Eugene Delgaudio’s Really Weird Rant: Beware the RADICAL Homosexuals

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delgaudio jeff sessions.jpg(Sterling, VA District Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio checking in with Senator Jeff Sessions)
Eugene Delgaudio is the District Supervisor in Sterling, Virginia. This is — for certain — the craziest, most bizarre political letter I have ever read.
And I have read a lot.
But since he is an elected official, a Washington Post reporter ought to kick the tires of his story, which I think is fabricated nonsense.
As a friend and gay rights leader Bob Witeck asked in an email he shared with me, “Where is this printing power house, loading dock, vans and army of long-haired earring-pierced men who are ratcheting up 2 to 3 million pro-homosexual petitions?”
EXCERPT of Delgaudio fundraising appeal letter pasted in full below:

One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.
My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.
Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.
As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.”
Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.
You see, even though homosexuals are just 1% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.
I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the Radical Homosexuals and protect traditional marriage there must be an immediate outpouring from folks like you.

Full Delgaudio Fundraising Letter:

Dear fellow American,
The Radical Homosexuals claim you and other pro-family Americans actually now support same-sex marriage, special job preferences for homosexuals and promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in schools.
Is it true? What do you say?
But first I want to make sure you understand just how serious this issue is.
You see, the Radical Homosexuals are storming through Washington demanding passage of their agenda.
And with the passage of Thought Control last year, they say NOW is the time to push their perverse “life-style” on every man, women and child in America.
And they insist YOU actually support them.
The Homosexual Lobby played a major role in electing Obama and the majorities he enjoys in both houses of Congress.
I can only begin to imagine all the damage the Radical Homosexuals will do with their allies controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.
As the President of Public Advocate of the U.S., I’ve devoted twenty-seven years to battling the radical homosexuals in Washington.
Backed by Hollywood celebrities, the media and millions of your tax dollars, the Radical Homosexuals have many Congressmen quivering with fear — and they have a Radical Homosexual-friendly majority in control of Congress.
That is why pro-family Senators and Congressmen are counting on me to find out if you really support the Gay Bill of Special Rights and homosexual marriage as the radical homosexuals claim.
Please click here to complete the American Morality survey and prove to Congress that Americans oppose homosexual marriage and the Gay Bill of Special Rights today.
Frankly if you really do support the radical Homosexual Agenda — or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for the family — insiders in Congress say the entire Homosexual Agenda could pass in a matter of months.
*** Special job rights for homosexuals and lesbians. Businesses may have to adopt hiring quotas to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
Radical homosexuals will terrorize day care centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law.
*** Same-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding-gown clad men smooching before some left-wing clergy or state official is just the beginning.
You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.
*** Homosexual advocacy in schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught homosexuality is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted sex acts as part of “safe sex” education.
With condoms already handed out in many schools, Radical Homosexuals will have little trouble adopting today’s “if it feels good do it” sex-ed curriculum to their agenda.
And to add insult to injury, lobbyists for the Homosexual Agenda are paid off with your tax dollars!
That’s right, radical homosexual groups like the Gay-Lesbian Task Force and ACT-UP receive millions from the government.
Hundreds of millions of dollars flow from taxpayers to homosexual activists through funding for homosexual “art,” so-called AIDS-awareness programs, and research grants.
And yet, Public Advocate receives absolutely no taxpayer assistance. My small office of volunteers and low-paid staffers are making quite a sacrifice to defend America’s morals and values.
But hard work is not enough. Items like mail, stamps, and even this email cost money.
That is why I ask you to make a generous donation after you complete the American Morality survey today.
One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.
My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.
Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.
As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.”
Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.
You see, even though homosexuals are just 1% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.
I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the Radical Homosexuals and protect traditional marriage there must be an immediate outpouring from folks like you.
Will you help?
Homosexual activists mock me in the halls of Congress. They say it’s too late because Americans like you don’t care enough to help, especially with the Democrats in control of Congress and the White House.
They say you support them. I tell them they are lying. They just laugh and tell me to give up.
Are they right? Should I just give up and let the Radical Homosexuals win?
Will you fight?
If, as I hope and pray, you oppose the radical homosexuals and want to defend the family and marriage then please immediately click here to fill out your American Morality Survey and submit it with your most generous contribution to Public Advocate right away.
I must tell you, your financial contribution is critical.
You see, while the radical homosexuals get tens of millions of tax dollars, Public Advocate gets no government funds.
Public Advocate relies on the generosity of Americans like you who give $25, $50, $75 or $100. A few special friends of Public Advocate give $500 or $1000.
For many Public Advocate supporters a contribution of $25 or $35 is a sacrificial gift.
I ask you only prayerfully to consider what you can afford.
You see, I’ve stretched Public Advocate’s resources to contact you and other select Americans whom I believe are most likely to take a stand in these difficult times. If you won’t help, I’m afraid there is little more I can do.
But the fact is, even if every person responds it won’t be enough to counter all the radical homosexuals are doing.
And not everyone will respond. Some are cowed by how pro-family Americans are portrayed on TV. Others will count on someone else to fight the fight and carry the load. I don’t believe you are like that.
I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them. That’s more than twice as many as all the homosexuals in America … and most of these families represent two or three voters each. But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.
My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.
A generous gift of $25 will let Public Advocate reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.
Only you know whether a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $500 or more is best suited to your budget.
I ask you to do what you can.
The Radical Homosexuals boast you support same-sex marriage, special job rights and the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Please let Congress know the radical homosexuals are lying.
Sincerely,
Eugene Delgaudio
President, Public Advocate of the U.S.
P.S. Radical homosexuals claim YOU support same-sex marriage, special job rights and promotion of homosexuality in schools — and with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, they think they cannot lose. Is it true? I pray it is not.
Please fill out your American Morality Survey right away so I can prove to Congress and the media the Radical Homosexuals are lying about you.
Also, please make a contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or $500 to help Public Advocate defeat the Gay Bill of Special Rights and defend marriage and the family. Your contribution is critical to reaching the millions of families I know still care for the future.
Because Public Advocate of the U.S. lobbies to fight the radical agenda of the Homosexual Lobby, contributions are not tax deductible for IRS purposes. This email was not produced or e-mailed at taxpayer expense. Public Advocate’s website is http://publicadvocateusa.org/.

Beneath the poorly written, self-indulgent hucksterism of this fundraising letter is a dangerous bigotry.
– Steve Clemons

Comments

38 comments on “Eugene Delgaudio’s Really Weird Rant: Beware the RADICAL Homosexuals

  1. Barton Fink says:

    Ok, shelves bulging, gay men with insertors, inserting, bulging, thrusting, bulging, inserting, moving toward him … Has no one else noticed the psychotic repetition of sexual language throughout his letter? Unconsciously aroused, he’s activating the same homoeroticism and homophobia in his target audience, presumably men and Eagle-Forum-ish women who break out into a sweat at this kind of talk. “I’d heard something was up, and I wanted to see for myself,” for instance, clearly references an unconscious fantasy of viewing an erection, and there are dozens of other bizarre double-entendre statements throughout his screed. Weird!

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  2. Atheist says:

    Is no one else going to comment on him simultaneously exaggerating and diminishing the strength of the homosexual community? On one hand, he spreads all this fear, but on the other hand, they only make up 1% of the population. The experts might disagree on the exact percentage, but the figure I usually see is around 10%, I believe.

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  3. sidenote says:

    Side note – that’s Jeff Sessions in the photo
    http://themodernmajorgeneral.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/sessions.jpg

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  4. E says:

    I don’t know if anyone has suggested this or not already, but I just went and took his little BS survey. http://publicadvocateusa.org/survey.php?id=28 if you’re interested in doing the same.

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  5. Michael Barber says:

    Let’s just turn this into something Mr. Delgaudio can understand. Just replace the word homosexual with christian and see how ridiculous this man is:
    The Radical Christians claim you and other anti-family Americans actually now support opposite-sex marriage, special job preferences for christians and promotion of the christian lifestyle in schools.
    Is it true? What do you say?
    But first I want to make sure you understand just how serious this issue is.
    You see, the Radical Christians are storming through Washington demanding passage of their agenda.
    And with the passage of Thought Control last year, they say NOW is the time to push their perverse “life-style” on every man, women and child in America.
    And they insist YOU actually support them.
    The LGBT Lobby played a major role in electing Obama and the majorities he enjoys in both houses of Congress.
    I can only begin to imagine all the damage the Radical Christians will do with their allies controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.
    As the President of Bigots of the U.S., I’ve devoted twenty-seven years to lobbying for the radical christians in Washington.
    Backed by Televangelists, the media and millions of your tax dollars, the Radical Christians have many Congressmen quivering with fear — and they have a Radical Christian-friendly majority in control of Congress.
    That is why anti-family Senators and Congressmen are counting on me to find out if you really support the Theocracy Bill of Special Rights and christian marriage as the radical christians claim.
    Please click here to complete the American Morality survey and prove to Congress that Americans oppose christian marriage and the Theocracy Bill of Special Rights today.
    Frankly if you really do support the radical Christian Agenda — or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for the anti-family bigots — insiders in Congress say the entire Christian Agenda could pass in a matter of months.
    *** Special job rights for christians. Businesses may have to adopt hiring quotas to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every christian fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
    Radical christians will terrorize day care centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law.
    *** Opposite-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding-gown clad women smooching before some right-wing clergy or state official is just the beginning.
    You’ll see couples hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.
    *** Christian advocacy in schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught christianity is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted opposite sex acts as part of “safe sex” education.
    With condoms already handed out in many schools, Radical Christians will have little trouble adopting today’s “if it feels good do it” sex-ed curriculum to their agenda.
    And to add insult to injury, lobbyists for the Christian Agenda are paid off with your tax dollars!
    That’s right, radical christian groups like the Traditional Values Coallition and Mass Resistance receive millions from the government.
    Hundreds of millions of dollars flow from taxpayers to christian activists through funding for christian “art,” so-called marriage awareness programs, and research grants.
    And yet, Public Bigot receives absolutely no taxpayer assistance. My small office of volunteers and low-paid staffers are making quite a sacrifice to defend America’s morals and values.
    But hard work is not enough. Items like mail, stamps, and even this email cost money.
    That is why I ask you to make a generous donation after you complete the American Morality survey today.
    One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
    As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and short-haired, plaid-shirted men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
    Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
    Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-christian petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.
    My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.
    Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.
    As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.”
    Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Christians could win.
    You see, even though christians are just 75% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.
    Hundreds of thousands of pro-christian petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Christian Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.
    I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the Radical Christians and protect traditional marriage there must be an immediate outpouring from folks like you.
    Will you help?
    Christian activists mock me in the halls of Congress. They say it’s too late because Americans like you don’t care enough to help, especially with the Democrats in control of Congress and the White House.
    They say you support them. I tell them they are lying. They just laugh and tell me to give up.
    Are they right? Should I just give up and let the Radical Christians win?
    Will you fight?
    If, as I hope and pray, you oppose the radical christians and want to defend the family and marriage then please immediately click here to fill out your American Morality Survey and submit it with your most generous contribution to Public Bigot right away.
    I must tell you, your financial contribution is critical.
    You see, while the radical christians get tens of millions of tax dollars, Public Bigot gets no government funds.
    Public Bigot relies on the generosity of Americans like you who give $25, $50, $75 or $100. A few special friends of Public Bigot give $500 or $1000.
    For many Public Bigot supporters a contribution of $25 or $35 is a sacrificial gift.
    I ask you only prayerfully to consider what you can afford.
    You see, I’ve stretched Public Bigot’s resources to contact you and other select Americans whom I believe are most likely to take a stand in these difficult times. If you won’t help, I’m afraid there is little more I can do.
    But the fact is, even if every person responds it won’t be enough to counter all the radical christians are doing.
    And not everyone will respond. Some are cowed by how pro-family Americans are portrayed on TV. Others will count on someone else to fight the fight and carry the load. I don’t believe you are like that.
    I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them. That’s more than twice as many as all the christians in America … and most of these families represent two or three voters each. But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.
    My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.
    A generous gift of $25 will let Public Bigot reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.
    Only you know whether a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $500 or more is best suited to your budget.
    I ask you to do what you can.
    The Radical Christians boast you support same-sex marriage, special job rights and the promotion of christianity in schools.
    Please let Congress know the radical christians are lying.
    Sincerely,
    Eugene Delgaudio
    President, Public Bigot of the U.S.
    P.S. Radical christians claim YOU support opposite-sex marriage, special job rights and promotion of christianity in schools — and with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, they think they cannot lose. Is it true? I pray it is not.
    Please fill out your American Morality Survey right away so I can prove to Congress and the media the Radical Christians are lying about you.
    Also, please make a contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or $500 to help Public Bigot defeat the Gay Bill of Special Rights and defend marriage and the family. Your contribution is critical to reaching the millions of families I know still care for the future.
    Because Public Bigot of the U.S. lobbies to fight the radical agenda of the Christian Lobby, contributions are not tax deductible for IRS purposes. This email was not produced or e-mailed at taxpayer expense. Public Bigot’s website is http://publicBigotusa.org/.

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  6. RonK, Seattle says:

    cf. http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/
    Sadly, the 2010 official entry deadline (April 15) has already elapsed.

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  7. Dianaw says:

    I stopped reading this after the second paragraph. However, here is what terrifies me: The recent disastrous Supreme Court decision regarding campaign groups and free speech means idiocy like this can be posted on websites, turned into a DVD, generate copy for endless political advertisements and promos for the lunatic fringe. It doesn’t have to be true, it doesn’t have to make sense. All it has to do is push enough hot buttons so that a very small but committed group of voters who actually believe this s*** gets out to the polls and votes for a wingnut. This is what the Supreme Court ruling on campaign content has now codified. Democracy, RIP.
    Diana Witt

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  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I’ve never claimed this jackass Questions “works for AIPAC”, so its his usual straw horseshit that is one of the reasons I have zero respect for him. I DO claim that he purposely obsfucates and denies AIPAC’s insidious and over-bearing influence on American politics and politicians in a complete departure from OBVIOUS REALITY.
    As for his motive, who the hell knows? But that motive sure as hell doesn’t include offering honest or logical debate. Like I said above, anyone denying AIPAC’s role and influence is either an idiot or a liar. And Questions is no idiot.
    “This is one of the most bizarre letters I’ve read in a while”
    Really???? Well, read the letter in the thread below this one that these pathetic mewling assholes penned about our “ally” Israel. It is easily as removed from reality as Delgaudio’s homophobic droolings are.

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  9. Sweetness says:

    This is one of the most bizarre letters I’ve read in a while.
    He really has a flare for…what?…sci-fi pulp political porn?
    A new genre?
    I wonder when, if ever, we’re going to move through this sick
    period in our country.

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  10. questions says:

    DonsS,
    Thank you for that. Really decent post.
    As for the other issues floating around here, I have a bit of time today before the swamp restarts, so I’ll give it a try.
    First issue: there’s a psychology finding that I think goes by the name “priming” but that has some other name/s I’ve come across. The basic idea is that whatever field or background you have going through your head will color your estimates, findings, sensibility about things. If you have a large number in mind, then the next numeric guess you make is more likely to be a large guess, and the reverse if you have a small number in mind. There are numerous experiments dealing with this issue.
    Vitriolic rhetoric around here sets a background or a field that encourages more vitriol to come out. There’s a kind of permission-granting that comes when the posts get really nasty. I find the permission-granting to be somewhere between unfortunate and really really problematic.
    Number two, since AIPAC has been labeled as the thing there is no worse than, the corrupter par excellance, the source of wicked outsider pollution, the betrayer and so on (I don’t think that I’m exaggerating the level of discourse here), anything that doesn’t measure up to what such a wicked entity would deserve is seen as equally a betrayer, a source of disease or pollution, that without which we’d all be better. It’s become a profoundly moral question such that one is not permitted to be a moral creature if one disagrees with the party line on the impact of AIPAC.
    The field, then, is biased towards not allowing any kind of actual rational discourse related to the field of study that deals with lobbying, the impact of lobbying, correlation and causation in the social sciences, data, http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/04/wrong-arguments-that-sound-right.html this point, or anything else that might suggest that AIPAC isn’t what it appears in the minds of the strongest fingered posters here.
    Because it’s been painted as a moral question, instantly one is immoral if one takes a different view. It’s right up there with the old when did you stop beating your wife dilemma.
    When you couple the nuance needed to deal with complex IR and domestic issues with the moralistic vitriol and a deep hatred for lengthy prose that covers, ummm, nuance, you get a lot of what we’ve seen around here.
    Labeling an entire existing person as excretion, unworthy of existence, akin to insects, prepared only to read See Spot Run, or whatever solely because said entire existing person disagrees with a moralistic interpretation of an entity is really extreme in tone, eliminationist in intent, biased from the beginning. Add in the paranoia (somehow I work for AIPAC (and believe me the paranoia predates this and includes strong assertions that a few of us posters are actually the same person…)) and, indeed, I start to see these odd parallels between, I don’t know, bias, paranoia, eliminationism, and moralism on the one hand and bias, paranoia, eliminationism, and moralism on the other. I’m a little weird that way, I guess.
    But again, DonS, I appreciate the self-separation here. It fights against the narrative field at work around here. It’s probably a good idea to try to reduce the effects of narrative fields. (Of course, some posters probably think that that’s what they’re doing with all that vitriol anyway. And clearly that’s what Steve’s original post is worried about as well.)

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  11. DonS says:

    Questions, I’ll not wade far into your quandary with POA, only to say that I would wish not to relate to you, or not, based on your relationship with another poster. Maybe that’s an ideal that [I along with others] observe in the breach too much — this blogging stuff is so wild wild west. A wise old friend once reminded me that ‘comparisons are odious’, yet oh so compelling. I’ve got more than enough material to work out dealing with myself that I try not to take the comments section too far out of proportion.
    As to the ‘dangerous’ aspect of right wingers (the left seems wimpy by comparison), given the intentional as well as unintentional emotional (mostly fear and hate) impetus of the social wars brewing in this country, I’ll reassert they are dangerous . . . and quite obviously armed.

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  12. questions says:

    “Rather, its his covert efforts on behalf of AIPAC that I find so slimey. In truth, his ridiculous state of denial flies in the face of all the evidence, and can ONLY be an argument offered without conviction, totally fueled by motive. ”
    **
    Since I actually know that I don’t work for AIPAC, since I actually think that what I write is on the truer side of things, what am I to make of this kind of post?
    POA is suggesting that he sees through my deceitful guise and KNOWS things about me. Talk about paranoid fantasies and dark and stormy nights….
    Is it any wonder I read the nonsense above and my brain links it to other nonsense, even if of a different content? The form is similar. But I’ve been over this.
    And as for a “dangerous and ugly pov”, I have my own ideas about povs that I find unhelpful, uninformed, overly paranoid, pattern-finding in the absence of pattern. Dangerous? Who knows. Ugly? Yeah.
    And as for “pretty demeaning” please re-read POA’s history of describing just about anyone here who disagrees with him. He doesn’t argue against points or arguments, he doesn’t cite much in the way of evidence. Instead, he insults, demeans, tosses out anecdotes as if they were proof, and voila! a day’s work.
    On the “zealots here”, I think that we might very well disagree about that term and to whom it applies. Absent being endlessly insulted by one particular poster repeatedly and a few others occasionally, I would just let it all go. People have their issues, their passions. It’s fine. But under the keystrokes of some, those passions turn into a level of nasty vitriol and bullying self-righteousness that I find way over the top.

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  13. DonS says:

    “Fact is, the note above presents a paranoid fantasy of dark and stormy night bogeymen illegitimately affecting the political process. I see a parallel in style, though not in specific content.” (Questions)
    “Comparing this wackjob’s letter with the distress some of us feel towards the damaging influence Israel and its most powerful lobby wields over our foreign policy is disingenuous at best.” (POA)
    The round goes to POA. On weight.
    Questions, barb aside, it is pretty demeaning to imply the parallel; almost sounds like an excuse. Painting with that ‘paranoid’ brush goes against the weight of much evidence. To assert the seriousness and impact of pro-Israeli PR, not to mention coopting US politicians, does not make one paranoid of course. Perhaps it is only a matter of degree. Look at the opprobrium and hate Obama has garnered in the zionist milieu for his lukewarm attempts to apply some leverage. Sneer at POA, et al, if you must (I guess that includes me). And M & W. Where exactly do we draw the line at what is ‘paranoid-name-calling’ and what is actively disparaging and discrediting a legitimate problem? No question, for example, where our host’s necessarily nuanced analysis lead, but even that draws the dismissive repartee of the zealots here. Maybe even he is a paranoid fantasists if his non-nuanced thoughts were known.
    Having re-read the Delgaudio diatribe, and some of his bio, it is really nothing to joke about. This guy represents a dangerous, ugly pov. It’s hard to imagine that Sterling is so deeply mired in rednecks that he gets elected. (and I reside in SW Virginia, so I have no problem imagining rednecks) He hits on all the far out RW issues in the crudest of ways; a real ‘activist’. Any locals want to opine here?

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Anyone minimizing, or questioning the corrosive and encompassing power that AIPAC has over a huge portion of the Washington DC sell-outs is either an idiot, or a liar. PARTICULARLY in light of recent events concerning the Isreal/United States relationship.
    Comparing this wackjob’s letter with the distress some of us feel towards the damaging influence Israel and its most powerful lobby wields over our foreign policy is disingenuous at best.
    Questions’ act of insulting me doesn’t bother me, because he’s right, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think he’s not much better than a maggot. But his insults are not what has prompted my opinion of him. Tit for tat. Rather, its his covert efforts on behalf of AIPAC that I find so slimey. In truth, his ridiculous state of denial flies in the face of all the evidence, and can ONLY be an argument offered without conviction, totally fueled by motive. He’s actually a bit slimier than Nadine, because she makes no bones about being a lyin’ sack of radical bigoted shit. But questions hides behind his bookcases and his wall of obsfucation, attempting to convince his readers that black is white and day is night.
    Like I said. Fuck ‘im. He hasn’t got enough common sense or life experience to blow his own nose. He doesn’t live BEHIND a desk, he lives UNDER one.

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  15. DonS says:

    Questions, you’ve got points. But aren’t you also one of those who thinks why must every post be ‘about I/P? That’s the part that confused me.
    Anyway, POA is pretty much an equal opportunity insulter, and of course gets his due in return. Fact is, I am not the moral police, and don’t aspire to it; you and POA will have to work out your issues. But you wrapped more than POA into your barb, and I am more than glad to acknowledge that.
    Now perhaps I am giving POA more props than reasonable here, or you, but there is a germ of concern I detect. Not all issues can be reduced to simple black or white answers, or strong opinion. Maybe most. And of course ideas and words don’t total up the individual; but it is all we have to judge by here.
    BTW, I appreciated your OT link to what’s happening in Winslow AZ.

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  16. questions says:

    DonS and POA,
    Have you paid any attention to the number of insults POA has posted? And you’d take issue to anything sent in return?
    Fact is, the note above presents a paranoid fantasy of dark and stormy night bogeymen illegitimately affecting the political process. I see a parallel in style, though not in specific content.
    And DonS, since you’ve become something of a Morals Officer around here in the last couple of posts, why not say something about POA’s suggesting that I go back to reading See Spot Run? (Admittedly, he got himself above the belt, so perhaps you didn’t call him out on it because you were impressed by the height of his wit.)

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  17. DonS says:

    I believe Franklin is right; Delgaudio needs a clinical eval pronto.
    And POA is right re Questions little passive aggressive stink bomb.

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  18. P.S. Mueller says:

    A truly peculiar bit of prose, obviously written by an intern under
    the influence the letters column of Nutball Today.
    Yikes!

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  19. nadine says:

    Steve, I see your favorite counsel, Greg Craig, is now going to represent Goldman Sachs, who is facing a civil fine in a case the SEC has been investigating for 20 months…and announces a result the same week as the Chris Dodd & the WH try to push the Finance Reform Bill.
    Interesting timing, no? I notice that Mr. Paulson, who conspired with Goldman to put together the POS bonds that Goldman sold to its unsuspecting customers (thus collecting its regular fees plus its short winnings when they collapsed) has not been charged with anything at all. Did somebody decide that Goldman was enough of a villain by itself, the White House doesn’t need extras?
    Coincidences this big lead to cynicism as day follows night.

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  20. Sammy says:

    Me thinks the gentleman “”doth protest too much”.

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  21. Cato the Censor says:

    So I take it that Mr. DelGaudio is another guy you wouldn’t want to hang out with at a cocktail party?

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  22. Carroll says:

    Oh My God!
    Tell me that letter is some kind of bad script for a sci fi movie.
    It would be laughable if it weren’t so utterly sick.

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  23. Franklin says:

    Ben,
    I believe Nov. 2011. The last election was in 2007. Delgaudio won the race by an awe-inspiring 224 votes out of a mere 4,142 cast (believe this may have been less than 10 percent turnout).

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  24. Ben Rosengart says:

    Disturbing stuff. This man is far out of the mainstream of
    American values. I want to see the good people of Loudoun
    County step up and show that they reject this hateful, bigoted,
    and frankly insane excursion into political malpractice.
    When is he up for reelection?

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  25. William Wallace says:

    Your post reminds me of the time the “Gay and Lesbian Victory Action Fund” did a youtube video mocking OK politician Sally Kern for talking about a homosexual agenda. It was surreal, like a bunch of guys wearing white hoods mockingly dismissing the existance of the KKK after some leader talked about the dangers of the KKK.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Three, I could imagine some poster or other around here getting rid of “radical homoSEXuals” and stuffing in “AIPAC member” in its place all the way through and getting the same bizarre paranoia”
    Fuck you.

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  27. Franklin says:

    I don’t think fraud really applies to the Delgaudio letter. His appeal is just plain nuts. The guy really needs a clinical evaluation.
    Given his “fantasy” involving forklift drivers too, it kind of makes a person wonders whether all the heat and smoke are simply cover for a double-life. I wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe it’s just a really, really cynical pitch that not even he believes.
    In terms of the legality, the questions would be more along the lines of “how is his organization using these funds?” Was the letter really paid for using his own private funds? The content of the letter is typical red-meat fodder for his base and probably protected speech.
    There’s also no way that the AG would spend any time or energy on this one given that he’s about as much of a nut as Delgaudio is.
    This is one of the problems with low-turnout local elections. Ninety to ninety-five percent of voters don’t even participate in these kind of elections. The kind of people who tend to show up are the most partisan voters — especially problematic when a guy runs unopposed. A few hundred people can put a guy like Delgaudio into office in a place like Sterling.
    These red-meat appeals though have a tendency to polarize the vote and motivate voters on the other side of an issue too. Based on a wikipedia entry, I understand that there is an online petition drive in Sterling to remove Delgaudio from the County’s Board of Supervisors. This is probably what his paranoid fantasy is in reference too.
    Regardless, the guy is an embarrassment for Sterling, VA.

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  28. Ross Sharp (Brisbane, Australia) says:

    A deluxe edition DVD of William Friedkin’s film “Cruising” is now on its way to Eugene.
    That’ll pop his clogs.

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  29. Dan Kervick says:

    ” “Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized. ” Didn’t this happen in the last movie that Kubrick made?”
    Good catch questions.

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  30. Ross Sharp (Brisbane, Australia) says:

    A very entertaining letter.
    Why would gay men and women terrorise a hospital and how? Impromptu mardi-gras parades through the cancer ward led by drag queens bopping along to George Michael tunes?
    As I was reading, this popped into my head for some strange reason …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

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  31. Dan Kervick says:

    I wonder if this is just puffery, Roger Keeling, or if the man has seriously gone off his rocker, and has fully lost track of the difference between his paranoid fantasies of persecution and the real world. This is black helicopter and body snatchers stuff.
    Secret warehouses and loading docks? Clandestine armies of gay men mocking him and surrounding him, all recognizing him by sight? “Trembling” and “tears”?
    He sounds like the guy who just discovered the factory where they make Soylent Green.

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  32. Roger Keeling says:

    Mr. Clemons doesn’t offer much in the way of commentary beyond the text of Supervisor Delgaudio’s fundraising letter itself, but I wish he would.
    It seems to me that in political speech, as in commercial advertising, the courts long ago allowed a wide margin for what is commonly called “puffery.” Puffery may or may not be accurate, but it is not so inaccurate that its presence could be used to justify restrictions on First Amendment rights. So Roundtable Pizza calls itself “The Last Honest Pizza,” which is absurd on the face of it, but no one is demanding a retraction.
    But there is a place where puffery ends and fraud begins. And my impression is that this letter is deep in fraud territory. I think we all guess this man didn’t drive around one night seeking out a “gay” printing plant producing millions of bogus petitions. If he did embark on such a drive, he likely didn’t find anything. Maybe you and I are wrong in our assumption. But his letter is full of statements of hard fact, subject to proof or disproof. It seems to me appropriate for authorities — as in a state attorney general, perhaps — to demand such proof.
    Delgaudio’s purpose in making such statements was to get money from people. How he intends to use that money does not matter, whether for political campaigning or buying a new Mercedes for the wife. What matters is the apparent use of out-and-out lies to defraud trusting people out of their money. Fraud, of course, is a crime that can be punished in many ways, including jail time.
    This case strikes me as pretty extreme. Mr. Clemons would do us all a favor by doing a bit of research to find out if, as I think, this really could be classified as criminal fraud. If so, who can bring charges against this man? At the same time, can anyone bring a civil suit against him on the same basis?
    It’s fine that decent people get outraged by reading about over-the-top hate mongering and lies by people like Supervisor Delgaudio. But if we stop there, we’ve not done nearly enough. Unless there are negative consequences, this sort of thing will just keep on happening, and getting worse. There needs to be consequences to this man’s actions.

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  33. Jerry says:

    For people who believe the Bible is the Word of God, this letter resonates with their upbringing and belief system.
    The Herd is easily manipulated by people seeking easy money.

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  34. The Pessimist says:

    He is an elected official, therefore his activities and statements in this matter, and all matters, should be judged by the context of what motivates all elected officials:
    He is simply pandering for votes.
    No more, no less.
    He has identified a target audience of voters within his district and he is addressing them with what he perceives to be an effective emotional appeal. His statements and claims are reprehensible in any compassionate society, yet politicians like this moron will say and do anything to win votes.
    This guy has just exposed himself as an extremist-Christian fundamentalist. As Gandhi once said:

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  35. questions says:

    “Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.”
    Almost as if the petitions themselves have a sexual orientation.
    And the Bill of Rights becomes gay, too.
    Does paper have an orientation?

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  36. questions says:

    First, it really reads like a parody.
    Second, perhaps the age of parody is over, because if this is real, reality and parody just bumped into each other.
    Three, I could imagine some poster or other around here getting rid of “radical homoSEXuals” and stuffing in “AIPAC member” in its place all the way through and getting the same bizarre paranoia.
    Four, this truly is a bizarre use of fairly typical panic-click-donate fundraising. WElcome to the wonderful world of interest group politics.
    Five, if this letter is the slightest bit effective anymore, I think I will go hide somewhere. It’s simply too loaded with the guy’s hypersexed fantasy of meeting up with a bunch of body-pierced GUYS in the middle of the night. RE-read it for sexual content, and you figure he really has something going on in his psyche.
    Concretely:
    “passage of Thought Control”????
    “One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
    As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
    Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
    Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling. ”
    BULGING?? inserters?? all those earring pierced men…. Quite an imagination, this.
    “Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized. ” Didn’t this happen in the last movie that Kubrick made?
    “I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality ” Didn’t Joe McCarthy say this?
    And note that he, alone, knows what is happening and is trying desperately to communicate this fact to the unlistening general public. He’s been blessed with special knowledge and he’ll protect us all from….
    Wow. You can’t get crazier than this, or can you? Fantasy is potent stuff.

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  37. JohnH says:

    THEY CAME FIRST for the Muslims,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Muslim.
    THEN THEY CAME for the gays,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t gay.
    THEN THEY CAME for…
    It is getting scary out there. It’s as if the conservative movement is donning brown shirts.
    Dr. Adam Silverman talks about “Mainstreaming Extremism into American Political Discourse.”
    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2010/04/mainstreaming-extremism-into-american-political-discourse-silverman.html#more

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