GQ Magazine says there is a new masculinity. Men wearing ear rings, giant sleeping bag dresses, and crying.
Women have tried to be like men in certain respects for many years. Men have not tried to be like women. Has the time arrived?
Ear rings do not shock me. Many men wore them in Key West 30 yeas ago when I began coming here. Gay and straight. It made the straights feel a part of Key West. It also seemed to excite their wives and girl friends.
As to dresses in any fashion, I do not know. They are common in Key West with the drag queens and the occasional visiting cross dresser.
Crying. I believe everyone cries on occasion. Male and female. Sex gender has nothing to do with it.
I never wore ear rings, though some of my friends did. Gay and straight alike. A dress has never been a part of my life style. Crying has. There have been times.
It seems with my preference involving only 1 out of 3, I will not be a new masculine. I can live without it.
Busy last night. Remained in. As I normally do on tuesday evenings. My blog talk radio show.
There was more last night. The Democratic debate. My evening was full.
No one stood out in the debate. All performed well.
This was debate #4. It seems the candidates improve with each debate.
The candidates were also more relaxed. Again, being the 4th time it is understandable.
If I was pressed to select any who might have slightly stood out, it would be Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Bernie did well for a man who suffered a heart attack 2 weeks ago. The fire was still there.
Buttigieg was impressive as usual. His age and sexual preference will work against him, however. Many think 37 too young. Strange. The same persons think 70 plus too old, but will nevertheless vote for those older.
The sexual preference thing a problem. As far as we have advanced, I doubt the country would elect a gay man. A gay man married to a gay man.
African-Americans frown on homosexulaity. I doubt Buttigieg could get 10 percent of the black vote. The Democratic candidate needs 70 percent to win.
Certain whites will never vote for a gay person. Just the way it is. The U.S. someday will elect a gay President. Not in 2020, however.
Key West’s love for the strange has slowly been creeping up the keys. Marathon an example.
This past sunday night, the Full Moon Witches Parade took place. Also known as the Fall Moon Witches’ Paddle.
Some 24 persons dressed as witches or warlocks. They paddled off Marathon.There was a full moon. The event was planned to be held under a full moon.
The parade was much like a Duval Crawl. Coven members stopped at various beach bars along the way to party.
I see this event growing. Ten years from now, it will be in the hundreds.
It is Cuban Missile Crisis time. The nuclear missiles were discovered October 16, 1961. Lasted 13 days, ending on October 28.
It was a time for anxiety. The chance of war with Russia was close. Most expected it to occur.
Russian Jupiter missiles were set up like overnight on Cuba. Fidel Castro had no love for the U.S. He was thrilled it was happening.
The U.S. told Cuba and Russia to get the missiles out. Russia refused. A stalemate ensued for 13 days. Russian ships carrying additional missiles were on their way to Cuba. The Russian ships would then remain to guard Cuba from U.S. invasion.
As the Russian vessels got closer to Cuba, we could see them on television. Then a time came when we could also view American war ships. Ships of the most powerful 2 nations in the world were deliberately moving towards a confrontation.
The television showings were live. We were there! Scared as hell! It was going to happen! Nuclear war!
The ships got very close. A matter of several hundred feet. A U. S. vessel sent a shot across the bow of the leading Russian ship.
Would the Russians blink? Would the U.S. blink? Someone had to blink or in minutes the 2 nations would be in the war of all wars.
Unbeknownst to the world, President Kennedy’s brother Robert had been talking with a back door to the Russian hierarchy. Both seeking a way out.
Russia was irritated the U.S. had placed 50 or 54 U.S. Jupiter missiles in Turkey. Facing and intended for Russia, if needed.
A deal was struck. Russia would blink/withdraw. Publically, such was based on the U.S.’s assurance that it would respect Cuba’s territorial sovereignty.
There was a behind the scenes agreement which was not publicly disclosed till years later.
Russia was unhappy with the nuclear missiles facing them in Turkey. They wanted the missiles out. The U.S. agreed to remove them at some subsequent date. The reason for their removal to remain a secret. The Cuba confrontation not involved.
It took about 18 months for the U.S. to announce it was removing the missiles in Turkey. Such was accomplished in April 1963.
Americans were thrilled when the Russian ships turned. We all knew if they did not, it would only be a matter of hours before the Cuban missiles would be fired on the U.S. A war on American soil!
Police/citizen conflicts many. We must return to the time when each side respected the other. Things that occur today did not happen back when.
A San Antonio happening of an event which should never have occurred.
San Antonio police were searching a woman for drugs. In public and in front of other male police officers, the one doing the searching examined the woman’s vagina for drugs. He even pulled out a tampon and held it up for all to see.
The police officer then wanted to inspect the woman anally. She had been protesting and at that moment protested more forcefully. He did not search her anally.
The event was videoed by a squad car camera.
The woman recently settled for $205,000.
The police officer involved was no novice. He was a 32 year veteran. Difficult to explain why he conducted himself in such a fashion. Perhaps not the first time and he thought he was going to get away with it again.
Is there anything left that is sacred in today’s society?
Beside a student’s grades and extra curricular activities, some universities are now tracking an applicant’s browser history. The Washington Post reported 44 public and private universities across the U.S. are so doing. Require the applicant’s web browser history.
It will not stop. Shortly, most universities will require such information also.
A step too far.
I do not recall having to produce my Penthouse magazines when I applied to college.
Today is the birthday of Angela Lansbury. The great American actress. She is 94. And still going!
She has a triple citizenship. American, British, and Irish.
Her movies include Gaslight. The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate, and Sweeney Todd.
Her most distinguished Broadway appearance was when she played the lead in Mame on Broadway in 1966.
Her talent spilled over to television, also. She had a 12 year starring role in the television series Murder, She Wants.
Happy birthday, Miss Lansbury!
Enjoy your day!