Sep 17, 2010

The Fasting and the Furious


Sep 7, 2010

Buddy, Can You Spare a Vote?


Who says there’s nothing green in the desert?


Steve May
Certainly not Republican candidate for Arizona State Legislature, Steve May.

May is credited with recruiting Thomas Meadows, Anthony Goshorn and Benjamin Pearcy, three homeless men from Tempe, Arizona, onto the Green Party ballot for the November election.

The New York Times reported that Democrats and Green Party members are outraged by what they view as a ploy by Republicans to use "fake" candidates (currently using a local Starbucks as their "campaign office") to throw the upcoming election. May denies such claims. NYT:

To make his point, Mr. May went by Starbucks, the gathering spot of the Mill Rats, as the frequenters of Mill Avenue are known. “Are you fake, Benjamin?” he yelled out to Mr. Pearcy, who cried out “No,” with an expletive attached.
“Are you fake, Thomas?” Mr. May shouted in the direction of Thomas Meadows, 27, a tarot card reader with less than a dollar to his name who is running for state treasurer. He similarly disagreed.
“Are you fake, Grandpa?” he said to Anthony Goshorn, 53, a candidate for the State Senate whose bushy white beard and paternal manner have earned him that nickname on the streets. “I’m real,” he replied.
Gathered around was a motley crew of people who were down on their luck, including a one-armed pregnant woman named Roxie whom Mr. May befriended sometime back and who introduced him to the rest. much as I'd like to believe his intentions are pure in kicking it with pregnant amputee transients, I don't know about this.   Something's rotten in Arizona, and this time it's not Jan Brewer's bacterial vaginosis flaring up again.

A Republican organizing the homeless? On behalf of the Green Party? It’s about as counter-intuitive as a gay man representing a political party that has largely worked to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry or serve openly in the military.

Oh, except wait--it appears that, in addition to being Arizona's latest creator of Green Jobs for the homeless, Steve May is also a gay man who has served both in the U.S. Army, as well as on the National Board of Log Cabin Republicans

Ugh. My head hurts. I think I'll go to Starbucks.

Sep 5, 2010

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged by Strippers


Proving, once again, that God don't like ugly but He sure do love funny, strippers from The Fox Hole in Warsaw, Ohio have flipped the script on nearby New Beginnings Ministries, picketing the church in the same manner in which Pastor Bill Dunfee and his congregants have been protesting outside the strip club for the past four years.

The Fox Hole is closed each week on Sunday, when strippers take to the church grounds with lawn chairs and picket signs. Clad in bikinis and booty shorts, the women are protesting the actions of church members, whom they say have harassed both employees and customers of the club, not only during their nightly picket rallies, but also by posting photographs of patrons' license plates on the Internet.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, it's hard for me to imagine a world where strippers are regarded as anything short of heavenly bodies.  That said, The Fox Hole appears to be nothing like our glitzy Gold Club, nor its dancers anything like the significantly "enhanced" Barbie dolls that grace its high-budget stage.  Instead, The Fox Hole is a glorified shack in a village of 900 people, its strippers regular women, some well into their forties, with imperfect bodies that many of them earned bearing the children they now work to support. In addition, this is not an all-nude revue spot; dancers at the Hole strip down only to panties and pasties onstage. Indeed, it's the kind of strip club that I'd probably work at if I were a stripper, that is if I had any upper body strength and a modicum of rhythm. 

The women of The Fox Hole say the constant harassment from churchgoers has cost them a significant amount of business over the years. One stripper told the Associated Press that she made $30 instead of [the usual] couple hundred dollars last Friday with the protesters outside.  She is a mother of four. Now remind me again, who exactly are the congregants punishing with their actions? 

Well, to be fair, Dunfee claims he's offered to help the strippers pay for food, rent, utilities and gas if they leave The Fox Hole.  If he's serious about supporting seven strippers and their hungry families in the name of Jesus, then that's a pretty lofty proposal--one that kind of makes you wonder what kind of "side job" a small-town pastor must be working to bring in that kind of extra cash. 

I'm just saying...

You can watch video of the strippers' protest here.
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