Friday, April 30, 2010

The Greatest Piece of Racist Homophobia Ever!

Full transcript from Harper's Magazine article

From a May 13, 1971, conversation among President Richard Nixon, John D. Ehrlichman, and H. R. Haldeman. On October 5, 1999, the National Archives made available to the public 445 hours of previously unreleased Oval Office tapes. The following dialogue was transcribed by Chicago Tribune reporter James Warren.

RICHARD NIXON: We're going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family--let people like Pat Moynihan and [special consultant] Leonard Garment and others believe in all that crap. But I don't believe in it. Work, work--throw 'em off the rolls. That's the key.

JOHN D. EHRLICHMAN: The key is Reagan's neutrality. If Reagan blasts this thing and says it's not strong enough on the work-requirement end, that will be very bad.

NIXON: I have the greatest affection for them [blacks], but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years. They aren't. You know it, too. The Mexicans are a different cup of tea. They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they're dishonest, but they do have some concept of family life. They don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like.

EHRLICHMAN: The Mexican American is not as good as the Mexican. You go down to Mexico--they're clean, they're honest, they're moral.

NIXON: Mexico is a much more moral country.

EHRLICHMAN: Monterrey, Cuernavaca. Go into slum areas, and by God they come out with clean shirts on a Sunday morning.

NIXON: The church. You find a helluva lot less marijuana use in Mexico than the United States.

EHRLICHMAN: The unions are actually a stronger force down there than the church.

NIXON: For what?

EHRLICHMAN: For conduct and social policy.

NIXON: ... CBS ... glorifying homosexuality.

EHRLICHMAN: A panel show?

H. R. HALDEMAN: No, it's a regular show. It's on every week. It's usually just done in the guy's home. It's usually just that guy, who's a hard hat.

NIXON: That's right; he's a hard hat.

EHRLICHMAN: He always looks like a slob.

NIXON: Looks like Jackie Gleason.

HALDEMAN: He has this hippie son-in-law, and usually the general trend is to downgrade him and upgrade the son-in-law--make the square hard hat out to be bad. But a few weeks ago, they had one in which the guy, the son-in-law, wrote a letter to you, President Nixon, to raise hell about something. And the guy said, "You will not write that letter from my home!" Then said, "I'm going to write President Nixon," took off all those sloppy clothes, shaved, and went to his desk and got ready to write his letter to President Nixon. And apparently it was a good episode.

EHRLICHMAN: What's it called?

NIXON: "Archie's Guys." Archie is sitting here with his hippie son-in-law, married to the screwball daughter. The son-in-law apparently goes both ways. This guy. He's obviously queer--wears an ascot--but not offensively so. Very clever. Uses nice language. Shows pictures of his parents. And so Arch goes down to the bar. Sees his best friend, who used to play professional football. Virile, strong, this and that. Then the fairy comes into the bar.
I don't mind the homosexuality. I understand it. Nevertheless, goddamn, I don't think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But, goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.

EHRLICHMAN: But he never had the influence television had.

NIXON: You know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags. Neither in a public way. You know what happened to the popes? They were layin' the nuns; that's been goin' on for years, centuries.
But the Catholic Church went to hell three or four centuries ago. It was homosexual, and it had to be cleaned out. That's what's happened to Britain. It happened earlier to France.

Let's look at the strong societies. The Russians. Goddamn, they root 'em out. They don't let 'em around at all. I don't know what they do with them. Look at this country. You think the Russians allow dope? Homosexuality, dope, immorality, are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the Communists and left-wingers are clinging to one another. They're trying to destroy us. I know Moynihan will disagree with this, [Attorney General John] Mitchell will, and Garment will. But, goddamn, we have to stand up to this.

EHRLICHMAN: It's fatal liberality.

NIXON: Huh?

EHRLICHMAN: It's fatal liberality. And with its use on television, it has such leverage.

NIXON: You know what's happened [in northern California]?

EHRLICHMAN: San Francisco has just gone clear over.

NIXON: But it's not just the ratty part of town. The upper class in San Francisco is that way. The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time--it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. I can't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.
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Decorators. They got to do something. But we don't have to glorify it. You know one of the reasons fashions have made women look so terrible is because the goddamned designers hate women. Designers taking it out on the women. Now they're trying to get some more sexy things coming on again.

EHRLICHMAN: Hot pants.

NIXON: Jesus Christ.

COPYRIGHT 2000 Harper's Magazine Foundation

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Show - Roc City Roller Derby

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It's all about the Roller Derby this week Roc City Roller Derby! Charlene Blankenship and SoLaLa Fah-Qu join us on the show to talk about the game, how it's run in Rochester and dishes a little dirt on the Roc City family. Dave and Melyssa get Roller Derby names...and no, Dave's is not Rusty Skates. It's Dave and three chicks, so of course we get to hear about Dave's history with tampons. Roc City Roller Derby on The Stuart Bedasso Show!

[Check out Roc City Roller Derby at http://rocderby.com]

Music:

Jim Croce - Roller Derby Queen
Stark - End Of The Line
Ike and Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister
Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Show - Becky From Empire Labs

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The majority of this week's show consists of our phone interview with Becky from Empire Labs. She sent us a treasure chest of goodies and we talk about all of them: Clone-A-Willy, Love Shot, The Tongue Vibe and more. Becky rocks! Dave did a Love Shot - check out his reaction. Melyssa introduces her dorky friends to Susan Gibney. Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like her?

We talked to Becky so long - there's no darn music this week!  But we already have cool new stuff lined up for next week.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Show - On The Road With Mike

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This show takes us on the road - literally. Dave and Mike are on the road to New Jersey so we spend a little time in the car with them. We talk a little Tiger Woods, more governments paying their bills with speeding tickets and it's Question and Answer time with Mike. He would make such a beauty pagent contestant. Listen and you'll find out why.

Music:

Willie Dixon - Spider In My Stew
Squid Vicious - Close To You
Chuck D - Thank Mama For The Soul Sisters
The Dollyrots - Kick Me To The Curb
Tina Schlieske - Ain't That Lovin You
Bama The Village Poet - Welfare Slave
Udokotela Shange Namajaha - Sobamba

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Show - Jenna Weintraub Part 2

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Jenna Weintraub is back for the second part of her appearance on the show. This time she's bringing the Saw and Banjo to play us some music. It's her first solo work in public on the banjo, too. We also bring back Mike Rodriguez for a rare return to the podcast! He's having some problems with the census. Someone needs to help the brother out. Melyssa's son does a good deed. Dave is convinced that there's a speeding ticket conspiracy in New York State. Matzo for everyone on the Stuart Bedasso Show!

Music:

Ecomog - Cougar
Jenna Weintraub - Riffing On The Saw (Live)
Psychedelic Shag - Go Back To The Bang
Jenna Weintraub - A F**cking Love Song (Live)
Jenna Weintraub - Old Fashioned Morphine (Live)

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