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The All-Steinway Schools

Hola a todos. In recent years, I’ve been hearing more about the All-Steinway schools. They are the Conservatories and Schools of Music in the US and internationally that have only Steinway pianos in their practise rooms and Concert Halls. Steinway pianos are considered to be the best pianos — although some people would likely disagree and say that L. Bösendorfer is the better piano (and used by the Tehran (Iran) Symphony Orchestra) — which is a major attraction for serious music students when considering where they would like to apply for their advanced music training to work towards a degree in music. All-Steinway Schools are not new. Oberlin Conservatory of Music has been an all-Steinway school since 1877. Quite a long time.

But with Conservatories and Schools of Music trying to be competitive, more and more schools are slowly becoming all-Steinway campuses. It is quite an expense, since Steinway pianos are not cheap.

Some all-Steinway schools I’m familiar with are the University of Maryland School of Music at College Park, Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music in Winchester Virginia and Yale School of Music in New Haven Connecticut.

Surprisingly, The Juilliard School in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins’ University in Baltimore Maryland and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston are not all-Steinway schools.

There are also two types of Steinways. There’s the US-made Steinway (known as the New York Steinway; the factory is in Brooklyn) — which is what I assume these all-Steinway schools that I’ve mentioned have — and then there’s the Hamburg Steinway made in Alemania/Deutschland/Germany (a tour of the Hamburg factory in a video titled “Ear Opening”). Some people prefer the Hamburg Steinway, including concert pianist Cristina Ortíz. It’s one of the reasons Cristina says she does not like to perform in los Estados Unidos/the United States, because most of the Steinway pianos here in the major concert halls are the New York Steinway. She says she can tell very quickly by playing a few notes whether the piano is a NY or the German-made Steinway. Another reason Cristina doesn’t like to perform in the US is because of the piano placement outside the orchestra stuck out on the edge of the stage for piano concertos. I’ll never understand why that’s done either. The US does some damn weird things, that really don’t make much sense. She said she has to gently ask the conductor if it would be possible to move the piano more inside the orchestra so that the leader/concertmaster is behind her and slightly to her left — just like with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in the video below; you’ll see that he’s positioned more inside the orchestra as you can see the leader (first chair violinist) behind and just slightly to the right of the pianist — as is customary in Europe for piano concerto performances. Understandably, she says the placement of the piano effects her playing. She said sometimes the conductor is very accommodating to her suggestion to move the piano in — which also requires moving the podium in some, where the first violins are somewhat behind and to the left of the conductor but that’s not a problem — and other times the conductor wants to be difficult and does not agree to her request. It would also help to hear the orchestra better being more inside the orchestra I would think.

What’s the difference between the Hamburg and the New York Steinways?

“One of the biggest difference between the two different factories is the actions. New York makes their own actions while Hamburg utilizes Renner (an esteemed German action manufacturer). The New York Steinways have unique design elements only available on the Steinway made actions including the Accelerated Action. Another difference between the two factories is that Hamburg Steinway’s tend to have slightly thicker soundboards than their New York counterparts. This means that the Hamburg Steinway’s are a little bit more subdued and it takes a bit more effort to get a larger sound out of them (depending upon voicing).” [Source: The Difference Between New York and Hamburg Steinways]

A comment from someone who bought a Hamburg Steinway:

“Upon receiving my brand spanking new Hamburg Steinway B & A. I gotta say these make new N.Y. Steinways look and sound quite inferior.The attention to detail is night and day between the two. The obvious cosmetic differences that I see that aren’t acknowledged on the technical data Steinway website are; …” (continued here —> ) [Source: Hamburg Steinway vs New York Steinway]

Here’s a short piece by Debussy played on a Hamburg Steinway. It was the encore piece played by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet after his performance with the hr-Sinfonieorchester.
Debussy: Images – Premier livre (Reflets dans l’eau) ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony:
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I don’t own a Steinway, but if I were going to buy a new piano I’d choose the Hamburg Steinway based on hearing them and what I’ve read about them. They are used in most of the videos from European performances that I’ve written about, and they are beautiful pianos. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

What happened to the renowned University of Maryland Chorus?

BSO and the University of Maryland Concert Choir perform Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45

University of Maryland Chorus (A Tribute)

Arts Review: The Rachmaninov Third with pianist Cristina Ortíz

Cristina Ortíz y Nelson Freire play Momoprécoce by Héctor Villa-Lobos

Only people in the US could be talked into thinking that black and gray are “upscale.”

Hola a todos. I heard a salesperson on a shopping network yesterday going through the colours of bed sheets they were selling. All pastel colours. Nothing exciting. He said, “And if you wanna be upscale, you’ll buy the gray.”

I then realised that’s where this obsession with mortuary-gray is coming from. People are being told that gray equates with “upscale” and gullible people fall for it. Just like with real estate agents liars, their dishonest way of operating is: “Tell the customer anything, they’ll buy it….put the word “upscale” on it and the stupid people among us and those trying to be pretentious will buy it.”

I’m surprised these bed sheets were not marketed as SmartsheetsTM because I often see items being marketed with the gimmick word “smart.” “Smart” this and “smart” that for a nation full of stupid people. A toilet lever could be marketed as “smart” and people in the US would believe it! They absolutely would! They’re that stupid, and getting worse by the day. Just look around you to confirm that.

Now get this (speaking of stupid): I read a headline the other day that said that many people in the US think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. I know the reader is probably thinking that I’m making this up, but I’m not. You can confirm what I’m saying by putting this title in your search engine: “Chocolate milk definitely doesn’t come from brown cows — but some adults think otherwise.”) Yes of course they would. Stupid is in. As that article says, about 17.3 million people in the US believe that chocolate milk does indeed come from brown cows. Loco.

And since “stupid is in,” why would anyone buy something with the word “smart” on it? Clearly, millions of people haven’t thought that through. Unfortunately, critical thinking skills seem to be a rare commodity here in the US.

“And if you wanna be upscale, you’ll buy the gray:” So I have to conclude that this is why I see nearly everyone — especially conformist Millenial females — wearing funeral-black/hearse-black and casket-gray clothing head-to-toe even when it’s very hot out. Their priority is with conformity, not with their comfort. I see nothing appealing about black and gray, and both black and gray are heavily promoted on that corporate network with their drab gray sets. I heard one of the show host say, “this will go with all the black in your closet.” Then the viewer is told that she will look “chic and modern.” They are two of the latest marketing buzz words.

Both black and gray are very drab, dull, dreary, depressing colours. Pretty colours lifts the spirits. Black and gray do not. They look morbid. I see the interior of some homes around me with their walls in drab gray because “that’s what’s in.” It looks awful and cold. Nothing warm or welcoming about it. Corporatist homeowners with absolutely no taste. And their SUVs look like big black hearses. As mi amigo/my friend said: It used to be that the colour gray was the bottom of the barrel. The US Navy uses gray. A lot of primers for house painting are gray. Look at the tires on cars. They’re black. Plumbers wear gray overalls and so do pipe fitters and concrete workers. And the bottom of septic tanks is painted gray. That’s “upscale?” Hardly!

After I heard that marketing nonsense on television I mentioned earlier, I told mi amigo: Well I can’t think of anyone who would be considered more “upscale” than Queen Elizabeth II — and here in the US there seems to be this tabloid-style obsession with the British monarchy and the Royal Family — and the Queen never wears gray. And she only wears black for state funerals. She’s always in very pretty colours. She likes bright yellow, which is what I often see her wearing as well as bright lime (that looks beautiful). For the scaled-down opening of Parliament 2017 the other day following their snap-election where the conservative prime minister Theresa May — when is that horrible wretch of a woman going to step down? — lost all credibility, the Queen did not wear her customary robes or her crown, but rather a very pretty true-blue suit with matching hat. The Queen loves colour, so why aren’t those who are trying to “Keep Up With the Joneses” and trying to be “upscale” not wearing the colours of the Queen?

So, to counteract the sales nonsense on that shopping network, if one wants to be “upscale-looking” one will wear pretty, bright colours that lift the spirits just like the Queen. One will not wear mortuary-gray or funeral-hearse black clothing. Because when you do, you look depressed and part of the Millennial “Cult.” Their slogan seems to be: “!Conform, Obey! Wear Black and Gray!” Only people in the US could be talked into thinking that black and gray are “upscale.” Chau.—el barrio rosa

The Queer Equality March began with the US National Anthem? WTF?

Hola a todos. I’ve already written reams about how I don’t at all relate to corporatist Brand LGBTTM and I don’t feel like regurgitating any of that again, frankly. For those interested, you can read it here as well as at the links at the bottom of that page.

I saw this headline: “Equality marchers push for progress on LGBT rights.” I read language that said that the LGBT Queer community came out en masse in the District of Columbia for the Equality March this past weekend. I was curious what “en masse” meant, specifically how many people showed up and had made the trip to the District for the March. I found the article which I’m not going to link to and nowhere in the article did it give the number of people who attended the March. The article showed/interviewed some of the people who had attended the March. Some were wearing the corporate logos of Brand LGBTTM, specifically one of the organisations that threw the trans community “under the bus” some years ago. The people interviewed expressed their support for said corporate organisations and their intent to continue to fund them with their donations. Most (if not all) of those corporate organisations serve as shills and hacks for the thoroughly corrupt and imperialistic Democratic Party and work to keep Queers in the orbit of the Democratic Party. (Related: Here’s an article about one of those corporatists organisations).

What got my blood boiling was when I read that the March began with the singing of the US national anthem. WTF? That is so very corporatist Brand LGBTTM and another example of how they desperately want to be like the breeders. Not only do corporatist sports events begin with the singing of the US national anthem — and the anthem has absolutely nothing to do with sports — but now corporatist Brand LGBTTM have adopted it to begin their marches. How very mainstream, conformist and sheeple. And tacky. I don’t sing the US national anthem under any circumstances (nor do I play it on the piano). Because the US national anthem glories war/the US Military Industrial Complex and repugnant US nationalism, which you can read more about here: Gay Men Glorify War and Nationalism. We, in the original Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement never sang the US national anthem for the same reasons.

One person who attended the March wrote, “It was a very powerful moment….As the national anthem concluded, the crowds let out a thunderous cheer. The march had begun.”

Ugh. (roll eyes)

I would ask, “Did the organisers of this thing not consider that the US national anthem glorifies war/the US Military Industrial Complex and ugly US nationalism?” Queers of today are for all of that? That’s what Brand LGBTTM Queers are about? But upon reflection, we’re talking about the corporatist and conformist known as Brand LGBTTM so I wouldn’t expect them to even consider any of this. And it’s because of that and many other reasons that some of us cannot at all relate to shallow Brand LGBTTM. They are so desperate to show that they are “real Amurrrrrrrrkkkans,” so some fucking idiot decides that they should sing the national anthem to begin the March in order to try to prove to people just how “Amurrrrrrrrkkkan” they are. Did they all put their right hand over their heart as they sang like good little sheeple? After reading that, I’m surprised they didn’t also say the Pledge of Allegiance, have a bible reading and christian prayers too. Or maybe they did, and that wasn’t reported. They can fuck off, that’s how I feel about it. If I had been there, I would have been thoroughly disgusted and walked away from the March as it began at what my fellow Queers were doing and what they have become: the exact opposite of who and what they were during the decades of the (now-dead) Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Phones, Spinners and Millennials

Hola a todos. Mi amigo/My friend wanted to respond to a YT video he watched yesterday. The video creator was asking people to stop being critical of Millennials. He was defending their social media addiction, defending their phone addiction, and using the Valleygirl-word “like” throughout his remarks. He stopped short of defending Millenials and their new-found spinner addiction. In his video, he did not at all present our experience with Millennials, so mi amigo asked me to help him write a response to the video creator. We took what I had already written on pink barrio about this topic and reworded it slightly, then mi amigo posted it as a comment under the video. Mi amigo went back later and the video creator had deleted his/our comment. Interestingly, the creator allowed comments such as “Fuck the Millennials.” We had copied our comment before we hit “save” on YT. So rather than have all that time wasted for nothing, I told mi amigo I would post his comment here even though regular readers of mi diario/my diary (pink barrio) have read most of this many, many times before on here. Below is his comment which got removed. Mi amigo has watched this creator’s videos for some time and he was rather surprised when his comment was deleted and that this creator is not a stronger person than he apparently is. The creator of the video calls himself a “progressive.” Yeah sure you are. People call themselves anything these days; it doesn’t have to be based in reality. The truth hurts many fake-progressives as well as conservatives. How typical that once again, a fake-progressive deleted such a tame comment. That has been my experience repeatedly with fake-progressives. And we didn’t even use any sex language! In hindsight, since he didn’t delete the comment with the word “fuck” in it — which was also used by the creator throughout his video — maybe we should have worked “fuck” in there somewhere in our comment then he wouldn’t have deleted us. But we have repeatedly found that fake-progressives are such weak people. They have trouble hearing the truth. Here’s our comment that was deleted:

“I have to say that the Millennials I’m accustomed to hearing in San Francisco are not the brightest-sounding people when you hear them speak. They can’t talk without saying the word “like” every-other-word, to the point of sounding tongue-tied or as if they’re about to vomit. They can’t seem to say anything other than: “I’m like, he’s like, she’s like, it’s like, I’m like whatever like.” Repetitive use of the word “like.” The creator of this video speaks in the same way occasionally when he has a guest on and I can’t stand to listen to him on that occasion because the word “like” is the dominant word. I then click off. What is this obsession with the word “like” that many/most Millennials have ruined their speech with? They sound stupid. I don’t know how the Millennials keep a job speaking that way. Millennials have ruined San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area: They are employed by and in some cases owners of companies of the Tech Industrial Complex that has wrecked San Francisco. The Millennials can live addicted to social media as it’s called and starring at their phone 24/7, yet when I hear them try to speak they sound absolutely stupid as if they are without any social skills. Some of us say that social media is now the headquarters for those people without genuine/real social skills. In San Francisco, the Millennials I’m talking about are the wealthy who can afford Luxury Condos (a minimum of one million dollars), or they have no problem paying over $5,000/month for an apartment about the size of a large closet, which has caused the rents throughout the City and Bay Area to sky-rocket. They buy bougi, pretentious vehicles. They buy the biggest vehicles they can possibly find. They are also responsible for our enormously increased traffic on our eroding streets in San Francisco. Some of our streets now resemble parking lots particularly during rush hour. Our infrastructure is suffering. It is also the Millennials who have worked for anti-homeless laws in San Francisco because they think they are above seeing homeless people on their way to work to their wealthy tech job. They see nothing wrong with paying $7-8.00 for toast and coffee. They are part of what is now known as Billionaire Bay. I don’t have the highest regard for Millennials based on the group here in San Francisco. They seem absolutely shallow and superficial as well as conformist, in their ultra-conservative black and gray clothing/uniform that they wear every day: also known as The Black Zombies, all hunched over glued to their phones and oblivious to their surroundings in a major city. (Not very bright.) They walk out into traffic without looking either direction because they can’t take their eyes off their all-important precious phone. From a list I found, the No. 1 destination for the richest Millennials in the US is Arlington VA which is outside the District of Columbia. The District is No. 9 on the list. San Francisco is No. 2.”

That’s it. That’s what he deleted. Oh and by the way, we didn’t put the link in there because typically comments with links go into spam on YT. We wrote out the title of the article and where it could be found for one’s search engine. So it wasn’t a link that was the problem. I think it was just that he didn’t like the truth. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Why would anyone expect The Orange Man to honour Queer Pride Month?

Headline: The White House is refusing to recognize “LGBT” Pride Month.

Hola a todos. I recently wrote about anti-Queer comments online. From a quick glance, which is all I could stand to do, I noticed that the hateful anti-Queer online comments increased especially the week of el 1 de junio de 2017/1 June 2017 when El Hombre Naranja/The Orange Man did not issue a declaration honouring June as Queer/GLBTQ Pride Month.

Of the few articles I scanned about this, the comments were that of extreme anti-Queer hatred from the (most likely) gay closet cases who were very pleased that their draconian and deranged messiah, The Orange Man, was not honouring Queers and had (according to them) “restored dignity” to la casa blanca/the white house and was not honouring “sexual deviants.” One has to keep in mind that the human trash who continue to support El Hombre Naranja live in their own alternative universe which comes with its own set of alternative facts.

I got the impression that some fake-”progressive”/fake-”liberal” writers were surprised that The Orange Man did not honour the month. Why would that surprise them? Who expects him to honour anything having to do with Queers? Only the most naïve and delusional among us.

And sadly, there’s very little “pride” in the conformist, heteronormative and pro-corporate Queer community of today

As I’ve written many times before, I see very little pride from the “discreet” and “down-low” Queer community today. Those are the two descriptions most commonly found in men-for-men sex ads especially on C****slist. “Discreet” and “down low” (meaning closeted) are the opposite of pride. So what then is the point of continuing to having perfunctory corporate Pride events each year? Well, they are a money maker for a lot of people. Corporate Pride of today is this slick production that comes with their official corporate sponsors, their official automobile, their official corporate hotel (“Are you staying at the official Pride hotel?”), and other official corporate sponsors/commercials. And there’s US military recruiting at some of these events. In recent years, they’ve invited corporate sports teams to be in the parade. I’d like to point out that the Queers of the original Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement had no interest at all in the military, or in sports. This is all new in the big scheme of things in order to “assimilate” with the breeders (translation of assimilate: for many Queers this has come to mean go back in the closet and pretend to be straight) and be heteronormative, jock-like and breeder-like.

Unfortunately, the corporatists have thoroughly hijacked, taken over and ruined Pride, just as lesbians have since hijacked the original Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement with that top-billing “LGBT” acronym that one sees everywhere (except on pink barrio) and that the sheeple dutifully write as if it’s a Queer corporate logo/brand name. The original Pride lost itself years ago in favour of corporatism, and this seems to be the case regardless of which city one is talking about.

There’s going to be a national — what I’m calling — Queer Pride March on Washington, the District of Columbia, (my former home) this weekend, to coincide with the District’s annual Pride celebrations. DC’s corporate pride event is also sponsored by a major international corporate hotel chain. Lovely. The websites connected with DC’s Pride use the typical corporatist revisionist history acronym: “LGBTA” (notice the Q is missing; the A apparently stands for Ally or Association) rather than GLBTQ which honours our genuine/authentic history.

I have a suggestion: Forget all of these letters altogether and use the word Queer instead. But I know that the corporatist “Brand LGBTTM” won’t do that because the word Queer makes breeders uncomfortable and we can’t have that when Queers are doing their best to emulate and cater to breeders whenever possible as Queers “assimilate” with the breeders.

I sensed from the article I read about the District’s national march this weekend when it was announced that they’re not expecting too many to show up as compared to the national marches on DC during the days of the Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement. And because most of the Queer community today is quite conservative, who exactly would show up for Pride — or will they have “pride” for one day during the year? — when most are now “discreet” and “down low?” Closet cases don’t do Pride. How did that happen that Queers have become so conservative? How did the Queer community that I knew go from being very liberal/progressive to now prudish conservatives trying to be like and act like breeders? WTF?

The word “Pride” and the words “discreet, down-low” are a contradiction. When one is “discreet” one is now proud.

As with some political protests of the past, one must consider the strong possibility that the faces of those who attend the national march in DC will be captured by The Orange Man’s fascistic regime using Facial Recognition Technology. (One should put nothing past these septic, fascistic people despite their regime being completely in chaos and out-of-control. Is Jeff Se**ions going to be the next piece of bigoted basura to resign, in part, because “nobody” can get along with El Hombre Naranja?)

From what I’ve read about DC’s Queer community today, they sound as lame, “discreet”, “down low” and closeted as what San Francisco’s Queer community has become. Reading the personal sex ads for the District of Columbia (as well as the Northern Virginia and MD suburbs), they are the same as the ones I read from San Francisco. And if the District’s Pride Parade is as pathetically corporate as what San Francisco’s has morphed into — a mobile thoroughly corporate commercial mainly attended by breeders for celebrating millionaire and billionaire-owned tech companies (such as F***book: “Vladan Joler says that all F***book users are effectively working on behalf of the company,”), wealthy corporate sports team, et al — then I and mis amigos/my friends would have zero interest in going.

Some of us have no interest in corporatist “Brand LGBTTM” so-called Pride month or anything else they come up with. As far as we are concerned, corporatist and conformist “Brand LGBTTM” can fuck off. I and others can’t relate to them at all. I stay away from corporatists and conformist whenever possible. We like people who are proudly radical which are a small minority in the new conservative San Francisco of today, a playground for the super-wealthy.

While writing this article I read the following headline: “How The Stonewall Riot Birthed LGBT Pride.” That’s another lie. Stonewall did not birth “Brand LGBTTM. That is bull shit. That’s more revisionist history that one reads all over the internet these days and I and mis amigos/my friends are sick of it. This new “LGBT” acronym was not used or even thought of at the time of Stonewall. The name “Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement” was used at that time. This is another example of what I mean when I’ve written that the corporatist revisionists of “Brand LGBTTM” have literally gone back into historical documents — I don’t know how they accomplished that — and changed the language of that day from “Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement” to “LGBT” as if that’s the way it’s always been, which is a lie. It’s a false representation of our G & L Rights’ Movement. The Stonewall riots — along with the previous 1959 riot at Cooper’s Donuts in Los Ángeles and a 1966 riot at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco’s Tenderloin (I’d like to have seen those from what I’ve read about them!) — birthed the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement, not this “LGBT Pride” nonsense, which again for the thick people who happen to show up here, is revisionist history and a hijacking of our original movement by lesbians.

Now for those who may be wondering about the following and have not read anything else I’ve written on this topic: From my research, I’ve read many reasons why the “L” of “LGBT” was moved to first place. One of the reasons was to give lesbians “top-billing” to show that Queers support women’s rights. Well Duh. Isn’t it a given that Queers support women’s rights? Yes. Then they should have left the L in second place. Queers support transgender rights too — or some of us do — but I never see the T moved to first place, do you? NO. Some of us are surprised that the T is still there at all considering how heteronormative the Queer community has become. Another reason I’ve read for this change was that lesbians were feeling excluded. Oh, the poor dears! It grieves me so to hear that! Therefore, some corporatist idiot (perhaps a lesbian?) proposed “let’s put the L first” even though lesbians did not do most of the work of the movement. In the early days, gay guys and transgender individuals were the most activist and did most of the work with the riots at Cooper’s Donuts and Compton’s Cafeteria. And another reason I’ve read for the change was that the feminist movement — which is now dead in case one hasn’t noticed — occurred at the same time as the Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement so because of that in some sort of twisted-thinking way it was decided that the L should be first. To some of us, having the “L” in first place is chauvinistic as in “Ladies go first” something that the corporatists — devoid of any critical thinking skills — who dreamed up “LGBT” never considered apparently. And another reason I read that the “L” was moved to first place is that lesbians are considered more acceptable to breeders than gay guys so the “G” for gay was moved to second place to try to sort of bury the G in there in the acronym giving “top billing” to the L for lesbians. I don’t doubt that that’s the real reason considering how pathetically heteronormative and conformist the Queer community has become. I think it’s always good to cater to breeders and their bigotry/prejudices against gay guys, don’t you? [sarcasm intended]. That’s another example of how I much more related to the original Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement because in those days we didn’t fucking cater to breeders and try to be like them like Queers are doing today. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

More back to the 1950s: Gay guys marrying females in droves. Sad.

Gay guys self-induced conversion therapy

All the Queer boys and their wives

The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City

Change Gay Pride to Gay Discreet

The “Discreet” Gay Guys

More revisionist Queer history: Designer of Rainbow Flag dies

Brand LGBT(TM)

Why Are Bisexual Guys Calling Themselves “Str8?”

Is the GLBT Historical Society misogynistic?

Gay Rights’ Movement Legacy Hijacked By Lesbians. May GLBTQ Live On!

“Is the District of Columbia in the US ?”

New Columbia? WTF?

Breeder Marriage Proposals

Guys: What are you doing down on your knee? Aren’t you and your “girl” equals?

Hola a todos. This article is intended for everyone to read, but I’m mainly talking to guys here. Guys: What are you doing down on your knee? Unless you want to give another guy a blow job while you tell everyone that you’re straight, because you’re another gay closet case.

Who started that ridiculous and silly tradition that when a guy proposes to a female he must get down on his (right) knee? This is 2017, but yes, I know it feels like the 1950s in many ways as we head backwards into the Dark Ages under El Hombre Naranja/The Orange Man et al. And since the guy in these breeder relationships considers himself superior to “little” non-feminist her, and she subservient to Mr Macho him, why isn’t she down on her knee instead begging him to marry needy-her? Hmmmmmmmmm?

Muchachos: Don’t you consider yourself to be her equal or even superior to her most of the time with your sexist “The Man Must Be Dominant Over The Female” mentality? Based on the chauvinistic and sexist behaviour I’ve seen from breeder Millennial guys around The Breeder Mecca (San Francisco’s Castro), they seem to think they are superior to their “girl.” (These Millennial/jock bro guys call her “my girl” and often because of the extreme height difference between the two it looks like he’s making out with his little daughter on the sidewalk.) Therefore, for your marriage proposal, stand cara a cara/face-to-face with her as adults and as her equal and ask her:

“Mi amor/my love, you don’t want to go through the charade of marriage with me, do you?”

I advise putting it in that negative context so she’ll more likely say, “No! I don’t.” I say that because that’s really what the marriage process is. It’s a charade. It’s merely a legal process. And in many cases — it can be weeks/months or even years after he and she get married — the guy will be slapping her upside the head and/or she’ll be slapping him in a nasty domestic violence situation which makes that “down on the knee” proposal routine look pretty ridiculous when you think about it.

Even with some gay couples who like being heteronormative and want so much to be like the breeders (WHY?), you’ll see him getting down on his right knee to propose to his boyfriend.

Muchachos: Save your knees for blow jobs, or for genuflecting during Messe/Mass in Roman Catholic or Anglican Liturgies.

Stop the Chauvinism
(Yeah, I know that’s likely to happen)

Breeder/Straight Guys: If you and your female partner consider yourselves equals, then stop the sexism and chauvinism. I’m talking about the following, as some examples: Let her pull out her own chair for herself in a restaurant or anywhere else. Let her open her own car door. And other things that you are “expected” to do for needy and attention-seeking her. She opens her own car door when you’re not there, doesn’t she? Or does she run into a store or somebody’s house and ask someone in there to come open her door for her? Unless she’s completely helpless and/or disabled, she can do these basic things for herself, no? She never pulls out your chair for you in a restaurant, does she? Well why not? Does she open your car door for you? Well why not? Get the point? Does the guy in a breeder relationship have to go open the bathroom door for her too and lower the toilet seat when she has to go to the bathroom or is she able to manage that? Why is the guy required to give her flowers and chocolates on Día de San Valentín? Why isn’t she required to do the same for him?

I’m glad I’m Queer because I would absolutely not do any of this ridiculous stuff that breeder guys are expected to do for females. I wouldn’t do it! And if that meant I wouldn’t “get the girl” then I wouldn’t “get the girl.” I would remain single like my straight neighbour who can’t stand any of this nonsense either. You should hear him talk about it! I would not have the patience for any of this fucking nonsense that I see breeder couples constantly doing (him doing for needy/high-maintenance her). Queers don’t do this shit. We’re equals with each other and we’re usually the same height (we don’t have this him-tall-dominant/her-short-submissive head trip going on). Queers don’t have these fucked up head trips that breeders consistently do, most of which they have learned from the corporate media/television and from family (one generation after another mindlessly passing down sexism and chauvinistic behaviour).

I’m not the first person to write about this perfunctory routine of guys getting down on their knee to propose to some female. I read an article about this awhile back and I was surprised that the writer felt it is just as ludicrous as I do. I thought I was the only person who found it sadly ridiculous and silly. It also looks so sheeple and predictable. It looks like one has been brainwashed by their television. When I see a guy get down on his knee on television, I say to myself: “Oh here we go again.” And often the female looks utterly embarrassed by it as if she’s thinking: “what are you doing down there? Why are you doing this? Get up off your knee and stand face-to-face with me. It makes me feel weird.” Then on cue, she turns on the waterworks and someone from la producción has to bring out a box of tissues for her to get a grip. Then there are the silly females who have to hop around like a little bird after answering, “I do.” She’s all giddy with excitement jumping around probably thinking: “Finally, finally, I found some sucker, a guy desperate enough to want needy and high-maintenance me. As my straight neighbour often says, “I guess the guy likes a constantly unpredictable emotional wreck.” It’s all right out of the Traditional Breeder PlaybookTM.

So guys: Don’t you think it would look better if you appeared to be her equal and stand in front of her cara a cara? Why not give that a try the next time you propose? It’s also a more mature way of proposing adult-to-adult. Any other time you talk with her or ask her for something you’re not down on your knee, are you? And as many marriages and divorces as many breeders go through, you’ll wear out your knee over time.

It’s at this point that I can hear some breeder guys screaming at me: “But marriage is a big deal!!! That’s why guys get down on their knee!!!” Is it really? Ha! Marriage must not be that big of a deal considering over 50% of breeder marriages in the US end in divorce early-on. Marriage must not be that big of a deal when many married breeder couples are caught cheating on each other all the time. Marriage must not be that big of a deal considering the amount of domestic violence one finds in breeder relationships/marriages, and I could go on with other examples. So all of that behaviour tells me that marriage is not that big of a deal but rather more of a traditional charade for suckers and those following The Family ScriptTM per our fucked-up society’s programming of people to get married. There’s quite a bit of dinero/money to be made by The Marriage Industrial Complex when people get married depending upon how elaborate it is.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just live together — as you may have been doing to begin with — rather than falling for the trap of traditional wedlock as it’s called. There’s a reason it’s called wedlock, muchachos. You’re legally locked into the thing until you go through yet another legal procedure called divorce to get out of that mess you got yourself into, which you may have been reluctantly talked into to begin with by family and amigos/amigas.

So get up off your knee, muchachos, and just live together. You’ll likely be happier that way. Because in some instances, marriage ruins a couple’s relationship. That’s true. Some couples find that they were much happier living together. Something psychologically happens with some breeder couples after they run through that legal procedure. And in many cases, they use their legal marriage against each other. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

I wouldn’t do well as a “straight” person

Entrance Rights into that Pussy

Do you respond to anti-gay comments?

Hola a todos. This article was prompted by one of my readers, Sean, who wrote a comment that I thought I’d address with this article.

As expected, the political climate in The Cesspool/Los Estados Unidos/the US is getting nastier and more hateful by the day. I’m referring to online in particular. One of the newer tactics of trolls that I’ve noticed is to drag out — what I call — the “Faggot Card.” Trolls now call anyone a “faggot.” Trolls — who are most likely Queer closet cases themselves — are now using the “Faggot Card” as a put-down of anyone they disagree with. The “Faggot Card” is usually the troll’s first attempt to bait readers/get a rise out of people in order to generate a first response. And the trolls I’ve seen using the “Faggot Card” are trolling in support of El Hombre Naranja/The Orange Man.

I’m seeing a lot more anti-gay comments online, especially in YT video comments — in large part because of the embarrassing, dysfunctional and insane regime of El Hombre Naranja — because along with the hate for immigrants and Muslims, Queers are the next chosen scapegoat for people who need some group to hate and to blame for all our problems. Although most Queers don’t seem to care that we’re being scapegoated from what I’ve noticed, which is a drastically different response/reaction/approach from the days of the very activist and proudly-radical days of the Gay and Lesbian Rights’ Movement. So, for example, if the topic of a video is Anderson Cooper (he’s a Queer boy), his sexuality becomes the topic in the comments even though his sexuality has nothing to do with the subject matter of the video interview. But the subject matter is irrelevant to trolls. Their anti-Queer agenda is all that matters to los pendejos.

I was responding to anti-Queer comments online on occasion. I did so when I felt like it and in a polite and matter-of-fact style, the opposite style used by the trolls. Was anything accomplished by my responding to these trolls? No. All it did was to make things worse. I was then trolled and dismissed and then the anti-Queer troll dragged out his next overused troll-script. I’ve heard that script for probably ten years which includes the tiresome “get out of your mother’s basement” and “get off EBT/food stamps” and the newer line: “you’re still sulking because Hillary lost.” (Hardly, since I can’t stand the woman.) But that’s the signature of trolls: to make baseless assumptions about people they know nothing about. And when that’s pointed out to them they continue to do it. Then they proceed with some really vile, sexually-descriptive, anti-gay stuff. Trolls also refer to people they’re trolling as “illiterate” while their comments are full of typos. Trolls need new material. I can recite their script from memory having seen it so many times. They have become very predictable.

My personal history with online commenting: Another surprising experience of mine was to have my polite responses to anti-gay comments deleted by comment moderators. It was as if the site preferred the vile and hateful anti-gay comments because they did not delete those. This happened to me on sites wearing the “progressive” label as well as some corporate sites. Although overall, I had the best experience of not being deleted on corporate sites. One might think it would be the so-called “progressive” sites I would have the best experience on. No, that wasn’t the case at all. With the “progressive” sites, they didn’t like my comments because I’m not partisan, and despite their pretending to be “progressives,” at s-election time these sites became nothing but excuse-making shills, hacks and cheerleaders for the corrupt and imperialistic misnamed Democratic Party and any piece of corporate trash they put up.

I now think that anti-Queer comments should just be ignored. Oh I’m well aware of the temptation to respond to ignorance and hate. But from my experience, responding to hate doesn’t accomplish anything because by now most people either “get it” or they don’t. I can’t think of one instance where I have knowingly changed anyone’s mind on anything over the years regarding political or social issues (mis amigos/my friends say the same), even when interacting with some very intelligent people in some rare cases.

I rarely comment anywhere anymore — it gives one a lot more time in one’s day if you don’t — because it all feels rather futile no matter what the topic. So many comment sections are full of nothing but childish, bullying, insipid comments. People with absolutely no social skills. There are a lot of people out there whose hobby is arguing. They get off on it. The topic can be some — what you might think would be — “safe topic” such as Tulip Arranging and there are people arguing over that! Or people arguing over California Poppies! jesus fucking christ. What a fucked up, dysfunctional society. These days when I have something to say, I write it here on mi diario/my diary, pink barrio, because I know it will be published here and it will remain here.

On the topic of hate itself: Hate seems to definitely be the stronger and more destructive emotion at this time in the world. And many governments have moved to the right and are moving to the right from a position of hate, scapegoating one group or another. Some governments (such as the US) constantly play The Terror CardTM to keep their population afraid of their own shadow and to keep their military budget bloated while their country crumbles from within (like the US). Rather than suspending their (the US) participation in their own terrorist attacks on other countries, their wars and destruction of the countries in the Middle East/Africa. A question for the US: Want to mostly end so-called “terrorism?” THEN STOP FUELING IT!!! Stop destroying the countries of the Middle East and killing its fine people for their natural resources per the PNAC agenda. That will end your blow-back. That will mostly end the resentment that people in the Middle East have for The Cesspool/the US, and its poodle the UK and other so-called “allies.” Why is this so difficult to understand? It’s not. There’s just a lot of dinero/$$$$$$$$ to be made in the name of so-called “Terror.” “Terror,” war and death-destruction of another country in the Middle East is a very lucrative busine$$ for The U$ Oligarchy/The Corrupt Ce$$pool.

Some people like to say, “Love Always Wins.” That’s not what history shows. History shows that aggression/hate consistently wins. “Love Always Wins” sounds nice and poetic, but it’s not based in reality considering the state of things and the current state of el mundo/the world.

Other than the haters and the millionaire-billionaire class, the average person is not going to “change the world.” The millionaires and billionaires will change the world for the worse as they’ve already done, particularly corporate politicians of said class. Most of us have no power other than where we spend our dinero/money. Where we shop and spend our dinero is our vote — and it’s the only vote that we can be assured is properly counted — and it’s the best way to vote by not supporting corporations, corporate banks (one should have one’s dinero in a credit union or an independent bank) and by avoiding corporate politicians whenever possible. We can all give our opinions but it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. It’s just therapeutic for us and for those who agree with us. Rarely has anyone agreed with me when I’ve challenged anti-Queer hate online. I was out there pretty much all by myself as I usually am. I did challenge some anti-gay hate about a month ago and only 1-2 people agreed with me which was disappointing. Those who disagree are not affected by our opinions. Instead, they troll us.

And I’d like to say this even though it’s not related to anti-gay comments: Even one’s vote doesn’t count. Hillary Clinton received 3 million+ more votes (that we know of) than he did and she’s sitting at home these days. So I don’t want to hear again the pabulum about “every vote counts.” That’s BS. Ask Hillary. And she pops up as often as possible to keep her face out there. I guess she’ll try to force herself on us again in another s-election. Just like the Obamas who keep forcing themselves on us. They seem determined to be the latest millionaire US pop culture “celebrity” couple, so we’re told about the latest DC restaurants they ate in. Who the fuck cares? Why don’t all these self-absorbed and self-entitled corporate parasites just go away and stop recycling their enormous egos on us? In the case of the Obamas, they had 8 years of daily attention as Mr Nobel Peace Prize greatly expanded the neocon PNAC agenda of the illegitimate Bush regime leaving office with 8 wars. Now go away! What more do they want? Answer: To become millionaire celebrities with outrageous speaking fees and book deals. They recently signed a reported $65 million book deal.

Now back to the trolls: My experience is that nothing positive comes out of responding to trolls. Nothing that one says to them will change their mind. One could say, “I’ll respond for the benefit of all others.” Well, all the others already “get it,” if they’re going to. Or they don’t, and their mind is not going to be changed. When I’ve responded “for the benefit of others” I received silence as a response. No one supported me. I was out there again all by myself.

As for this anti-Queer theme among male trolls pretending to be breeders: As I’ve written many times, breeders who are secure with themselves and their sexuality don’t make anti-gay/Queer comments. Gay closet cases do that to hide their gay sexuality/feelings and their gay shame and to make people think that they’re straight which in their twisted mind is “normal.” But again, who cares what the troll’s sexuality is? Anti-gay trolls are clearly very insecure with their own sexuality.

Some political trolls are paid, and some of us think these anti-Queer trolls are paid, because how do they survive financially — they need an income from somewhere — when they spend hours writing the same text over and over and on as many video comment sections and other sites as possible. They often do a copy-paste job. Maybe they’re “living in their mother’s basement” since that’s part of their script, so they would know all about that experience and they don’t need an income. Mother pays his way while her pathetically sad son wastes his days spreading hate and ignorance online. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

“Internet Trolls might be mentally ill.” Might be?

Most would walk comfortably into gas chambers, as long as they have their phones

The Hate for Queers