Billy Graham 1918 – 2018

Famed evangelical Christian evangelist Billy Graham died. He was 99 years old.

I saw Billy Graham speak in person once. It was in 1990 while I was in the Air Force. I had just PCS’d (permanent change of station) – moved – from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to Griffiss Air Force Base in upstate New York. A friend I knew from Guam was also stationed at Griffiss and evidently, he had become somewhat religious since moving back to the mainland.

Billy Graham was speaking at an arena in Albany and my buddy from Guam wanted to go. He asked me if I’d go with him.

I figured, why not? I’d never been to Albany before. I was such a new arrival to New York, I hadn’t really been anywhere.

Paul and Jan Crouch.

Up until that point, the most famous evangelical Christian speaker I had seen was Paul Crouch. He, of course, was accompanied by his wife Jan. They were speaking not in a big fancy arena, but in the church in which I was raised in, the Lancaster First Assembly of God.

I don’t remember much of the Billy Graham event, other than it was extremely boring. In other words, it was just like attending services at the old Lancaster First Assembly of God. I do remember an announcement about protestors out front of the arena and how we were not to pay any attention to them.

I didn’t see any protesters when we entered the arena, but I was immediately intrigued. Why would anyone protest a Billy Graham event? I thought Billy Graham was loved by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Billy Graham and President Richard M. Nixon.

I don’t really understand the allure Billy Graham had with people. He was famous for ministering to presidents and other heads of state. I’m not sure why this was the case. It’s not like the message he was providing was special or different than all the other professional evangelical Christian.

Granted, most professional evangelical Christians have an ethical stink about them that turns most people off. One has to look no further than Paul and Jan Crouch to know what I’m talking about. Billy Graham was unique in that he didn’t have that stink about him. He didn’t come across as a dishonest scumball out to make a quick buck.

Paul Crouch, Billy Graham, and Jan Crouch.

With that said, Billy Graham did make a living, a very good living, telling people things that were factually not true. He spent his life telling people that unless they asked a man who lived over 2,000 years ago in the Palestine region of the Roman empire to come into their hearts, they would spend eternity burning in a giant lake of fire.

Billy Graham told millions of people this message even though there was absolutely no proof that substantiated any of it. Facts? Like all evangelical Christians, facts were nonexistent.

Billy Graham dealt with faith, not fact.

I’d probably look at Billy Graham differently if I could ignore all the damage he did in the name of his religion. How many gay and lesbian people were  made to feel subhuman because of the teachings of Billy Graham? Billy Graham taught homosexuality could be healed with prayer. How many families with a gay or lesbian member were forever fractured and destroyed because of Billy Graham’s message? We will never know, but the number is probably quite high.

There are undoubtedly some people feeling sad today because Billy Graham passed away, but I do not include myself in their numbers. Afterall, Billy Graham is now in Heaven with Jesus, right?

Right.

Delta Airlines to crackdown on service animals

Delta Airlines has announced new draconian new rules concerning service animals. From CNN:

All passengers attempting to board with a service animal will have to show “proof,” 48 hours before flying, that the animal is in good health and has been vaccinated. Passengers with emotional support animals must sign a form that the animal is well behaved and won’t act aggressively. In addition they have to present a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional that certifies they need a comfort pet.

I don’t fly Delta, but usually, when one airline rolls out a new rule or fee, the others follow very quickly.

Personally, I don’t really care as long as I can continue to fly with my service pelican Randy. He’s a real godsend, especially on long flights or when there’s turbulence. Having him sit next to me really calms me down.

 

Aziz Ansari needs to keep his creepy fingers to himself

Aziz Ansari, better known as Tom Haverford on one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Parks and Recreation, is a creep. And not just any kind of creep, he’s a sexual predator creep who’s like Harvey Weinstein more than he’s not.

That’s right. I’m comparing Aziz Ansari to Harvey Weinstein.

Aziz Ansari met the then 22-year-old woman at a 2017 Emmy Awards after-party. The two began talking because both were using 1980’s film-based cameras. A week after they met, they went on the date.

The date went pretty terrible. According to the woman who wrote about the date on babe.net, Ansari got overly sexually aggressive fairly quickly. After eating at an oyster bar on a historic wooden ship on the Hudson River, the two went back to his apartment two blocks away.

From the article:

They walked the two blocks back to his apartment building, an exclusive address on TriBeCa’s Franklin Street, where Taylor Swift has a place too. When they walked back in, she complimented his marble countertops. According to Grace, Ansari turned the compliment into an invitation.

“He said something along the lines of, ‘How about you hop up and take a seat?’” Within moments, he was kissing her. “In a second, his hand was on my breast.” Then he was undressing her, then he undressed himself. She remembers feeling uncomfortable at how quickly things escalated.

When Ansari told her he was going to grab a condom within minutes of their first kiss, Grace voiced her hesitation explicitly. “I said something like, ‘Whoa, let’s relax for a sec, let’s chill.’” She says he then resumed kissing her, briefly performed oral sex on her, and asked her to do the same thing to him. She did, but not for long. “It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex.”

She says Ansari began making a move on her that he repeated during their encounter. “The move he kept doing was taking his two fingers in a V-shape and putting them in my mouth, in my throat to wet his fingers, because the moment he’d stick his fingers in my throat he’d go straight for my vagina and try to finger me.” Grace called the move “the claw.”

Ansari also physically pulled her hand towards his penis multiple times throughout the night, from the time he first kissed her on the countertop onward. “He probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times,” she said. “He really kept doing it after I moved it away.”

But the main thing was that he wouldn’t let her move away from him. She compared the path they cut across his apartment to a football play. “It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a fucking game.”

This “date” took place in 2017. So why is the victim of Aziz Ansari’s creepiness writing about this now?

Because of this photo from the very recent 2018 Golden Globes:

If you ever see a man wearing one of these pins, get no closer than 50 feet.

Aziz Ansari is wearing one of those pretentious #TimesUp pins on his lapel to show how much he’s against sexual harassment. As if you aren’t wearing one of these pins, you’re somehow for the sexual harassment of women. I’d never trust a man wearing one of these #TimesUp pins, just like I’d never trust a male feminist.

Like everyone else in attendance, Aziz Ansari was wearing black. Wearing all black at the 2018 Golden Globes showed you are against sexual harassment in Hollywood. Sure.

This is after he was chasing a woman around his apartment he barely knew trying to do the sexual version of the mandible claw on her.

The mandible claw. Mick Foley called Aziz. He wants his move back.

Aziz Ansari just assumed the young woman would be into whatever he wanted to do sexually because of who he is. He’s a famous sitcom actor and a standup comedian. He’s famous and his date was not. In Aziz Ansari’s relationship with the young woman, he was in the position of power and she was not. Of course, he can stick his fingers down her throat so that he can more easily stick them in her vagina.

What would you expect someone like him to do first, ask?

Aziz Ansari is not an attractive guy. He’s not the kind of guy who would normally have unfamiliar women wanting to have marble countertop sex with him on a first date. Aziz Ansari used his fame to be a predator with women. The same can be said for Harvey Weinstein. Harvey Weinstein is not an attractive man. He used his fame and power to be a predator with women.

Aziz Ansari and Harvey Weinstein. Two creeps cut from the same unattractive bolt of predator cloth.

Charlie Rose fired for being a sexual predator

Charlie Rose

Esteemed and respected journalist Charlie Rose has been found out as a degenerate sexual harasser or women. From the Washington Post:

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

PBS and CBS responded to the article by firing the 75-year-old journalist.

I just don’t get it. I don’t know what I find more remarkable, that men like Rose have the desire to victimize subordinate women or that they assume they will get away with it. How many are more men like Rose are out there?

There are undoubtedly lots of other men in positions of power making unwanted sexual advances on women.

How can two news organizations not know that someone in their midst was a sexual predator? Both PBS and CBS should be ashamed. How am I supposed to respect 60 Minutes when one of their own presenters was a sexual predator who preyed upon underlings and they didn’t know about it?

If you cannot trust Charlie Rose, and you can’t, you are you supposed to trust?

Charles Manson 1934 – 2017

Charles Manson is finally dead. He was 83.

I’m old enough to remember the fear he and his “family” caused the public. Charles Manson was clearly insane, yet he was condemned to rot in prison, not a mental institution for the rest of his natural life. He also wasn’t sent to the gas chamber, something you would think would be a no-brainer considering the death and terror he left in his wake. He was originally condemned to death, but when California invalidated the death penalty in 1972, his punishment was automatically commuted to life in prison. Then in 1978, California reinstituted the death penalty, but since Manson’s sentence was commuted to life, there was no backsies.

And yes, that was the legal term for it.

I’m glad Manson is dead. It’s one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

My favorite part about waking up this morning and finding out Charles Manson was dead was how CNN framed the story. On their website, they have a photo of Manson, followed by that awful and obnoxious Ball basketball family from California, followed by a photo of Sean Hannity looking incredibly constipated.

Of everyone shown, Hannity looks the most miserable.

The New York Post published an interesting cover.

Make room Satan, Charles Manson is finally going to Hell? Manson never personally killed anyone. His followers were the ones who did the actual killing. Manson wasn’t even present for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, undoubtedly the most infamous of the Manson Family victims.

I’d wager there were far worse people in Hell than Charles Manson if Hell actually existed.

It turns out, Anita Sarkeesian was maybe right

Infamous video game critic and hyper-feminist Anita Sarkeesian has an image on her Twitter page that shows a necklace that says, TRUST NO MAN.

When I first saw the image, I thought she was just trying to be edgy. I thought it was an example of over-the-top hyperbole meant to invoke a reaction. I chose not to take the bait. It’s why I didn’t write about it until now.

With the news that Senator Al Franken acted inappropriately with a woman during a USO tour, I now look at Anita Sarkeesian’s necklace and have to think it’s pretty dead on. If you can’t trust Al Franken not to act like a dirtbag, what man can you trust?

You trust no man, that’s who.

You don’t realize who your heroes are until they do something terrible and you’re left with a heavy feeling of disgust. That’s what I feel when I see the photo of Al Franken pretending to grope Leeann Tweeden while she sleeps, disgust. It’s clear to me now from the way I feel, Al Frankin was kind of a hero of mine. I really liked him.

Not anymore.