Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

December 23, 2018

Happy Holidays.......................


To you and Yours



This face is just for special occasions and if you are reading this you are one, curious, smart🦊 
Adam Gonzalez

Below you can enjoy some of the music in Puerto Rico but also in Mexico, Caribbean, Latin America
Do You like a ham cookout on a roasting fire? You are a vegetarian?  No Prob.you can have the Yuca pastelss.









December 21, 2018

12 Gift Suggestions from The Guys at Hornet




                                                                        
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The Guys at Hornet put their heads together and pulled out a dozen ideas for your gay uncle, gay friend or your gay other one. Everything for the top, middle or those ones that like to keep fluidly sex running through the muscles and bodily organs and I don't mean water and liver. The staff swears that these gifts are wanted by the gay man in your life (including you sweetie). If not all at least a couple! If his gift is not here ask me and I will help you out. Just put something on the collection box at the bottom so we can come back after New year's  Adam

Gay men are notoriously difficult to shop for. Let’s say you’ve come across what you think is a cute little stocking stuffer. We probably already have it. But there are a few tried-and-true gay holiday gifts that will never let you down.

Here are 12 gay holiday gifts for the handsome homo in your life:

1. A Pair or Two of Fun Socks

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Life’s too short to own boring socks, OK? Nothing adds a little zing to an everyday outfit quite like a pop of color or funky print around your gay friend’s perfectly sculpted ankles. Happy Socks has you covered. Seriously, tell your friend to throw those white athletic socks away.

2. Quality Poppers VCR Cleaner

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You know, for all those VHS tapes boxed up in your friend’s closet that need cleaning. But seriously, no one does bespoke poppers like the guys at Double Scorpio, an Austin-based “farm to disco” label. (We spoke to them back in February about their business, and why you’ll never want to buy a bottle of RUSH again.) They’re one of the great gay holiday gifts for the guy you want to lure to bed.

3. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 Magnets

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Because who doesn’t need Latrice Royale telling them, “Get these nuts away from my face!” every time they reach for that pint of Halo Top? These are lenticular prints, which is a fancy way of saying they’re basically two images in one, and when you tilt them (or, say, open the fridge), the image changes!

4. A Bidet Toilet Attachment

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It’s 2018. Why are we still wiping our own butts? Help your friend or loved one join the 21st century with a bidet attachment by Tushy, which runs much cheaper than a $1,000 Japanese toilet. These things fit on whatever’s in your bathroom. Your friend’s butt will thank him.

5. An Adult Coloring Book

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Few things are as therapeutic as coloring a picture of Ryan Gosling. (And we don’t judge you when you also sketch a picture of yourself being caught up in his warm embrace.) For the guy who loves coloring but who’s also a thirsty bitch, opt for Color Me Swoon: The Beefcake Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as well as Beginners.

6. Kinky (and Good Quality) Underwear

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Sometimes we all want to feel a bit naughty, but there are times that $4.99 jockstrap from Amazon just won’t cut it when visitors are expected. That’s when you reach for a pair of Gregg Homme undies. Woof.

7. A Cute Tee (That Also Raises Money for Charity)

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The artist behind the Iceman solo comic series, Sina Grace, teamed up with Represent to create this fun tee featuring a dog and cat bonding over comics. And it benefits Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps queer people around the world escape violence and persecution. Basically, if you don’t buy it, you’re a monster.

8. This Magic Potion for Bottoms

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File this one under gay holiday gifts for all the bottoms in your life (or really anyone who wants their digestive system running like magic). Guys who take Pure For Men #StayReady for the sex of their dreams. And it’s vegan!

9. A Cheeky Pin

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In case you haven’t noticed, pins are all the rage these days. Much like those quirky socks we mentioned above, they’re a simple, fun way to accessorize an outfit, taking you from “Hey, how’s it going?” to “Hey, how are you, ohmygodIlovethatpinwheredyougetit?!”

10. Queer Prayer Candle

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Times are … interesting, y’all, and sometimes that calls for lighting a candle and whispering a little prayer. And let’s be real, half of you queens are praying to Beyoncé on a regular basis already. Up the ante with one of these patron saint candles.

11. A Butt Scrub

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Honestly, it’s the gift you never knew you needed until you tried it out. Your gay friend will forever sit on faces with confidence thanks to this miracle blend by Studio Ready. His booty (and his boyfriend) will thank you (and us).

12. The Gayest Pillow on Earth

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Is your friend’s home décor a little stale? Well, “stale” will be the last word you use to describe his living room when it’s covered in Tom of Finland muscle hunks and leather daddies.

What do you think of these gay holiday gifts? Which are you adding to your own list?



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March 3, 2018

PETA Vegan Commercial Cancelled by St.Pat's Day Parade Because The Man in Pic Was Too Sexy




PETA go vegan campaign nixed in Savannah and Butte for being too “sexually suggestive”.

For St. Patrick’s Day, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) tried to place an ad featuring a shirtless man with a four-leaf clover in his mouth alongside the words “Kiss Me, I’m Vegan. Go Vegan and Get Really Lucky This St. Patrick’s Day” in Savannah and Butte, Montana, which boast among the largest March 17 parades.
However, the ads were rejected as too sexy and for looking “like something from a nightclub” in Savannah and Butte, Montana, one of the United States’ most Irish cities, also rejected PETA’s ad for being too “sexually suggestive”. 
Instead, the group will run the ad on the parade route in Manchester, New Hampshire, another city with a high percentage of people of Irish descent, at 19.4 percent, starting on March 5.
The full St. Patrick's Day PETA advertisement.
The full St. Patrick's Day PETA advertisement.
PETA also tried to place it at bus shelters around Savannah, but the city’s transit company never responded to the inquiry.
“With their proven healthy hearts, sizzling physiques, and increased stamina, vegans easily score that pot of gold at the end of the bedroom rainbow,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s signs may be sexy, but they send a wholesome message that nothing is more attractive than compassion.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”, notes that in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries there are still widespread abuses. e their risk of suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and impotence.
The ad follows PETA’s recent online dating experiments in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, which all proved that women using Tinder swipe right significantly more often for vegan prospects than for meat-eating ones. 
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Who made the decision that the man above is too sexy for an ad to help fund St Patrick's Day Parade?  I will bet my last underwear it was not a woman. It's always men! It is always men that feel weird looking at pictures of good looking other men somehow crosses the bar. What bar and who set the bar? The bar is between a man's legs. Let me explain.

There are one of two things I wanted to do when I finished school. One was joining the police force or joining the navy. I new family friends who'd joined both and they seemed happy. Joining the police was a long process and I had gone through all of it but now there was a budget crisis in New York City and the academy was closed for an indefinite amount of time. As a matter of fact, they were paying civil servants to retire and those that were new were being laid off. I was told the wait could be a year or two. I had gone through all the steps and had a high enough score that I knew I would be in once they started calling again. I figured instead, to join the navy. I took the written test and after that, I was scheduled for a full day of physical testing along with about 50 other young men. The navy wanted to do all the testing on that day and if passed then get the orders to ship out to the Great Lakes right away. The test included everything from being inside a vacuum tank to test you for a whole battery of issues from your reflexes to hearing. It was done in groups and we were in underwear and white t-shirts. It was just like the movies I thought but I was worry and it was not about the tests.

Before going to the Dr. and have him hold your balls while you coughed, you needed to stand naked in front of the instructor. He will ask you to hold them up and then to turn around and bend over. I don't know what they were testing you for but in mind, it was to see if you were attracted to other men. Talk through the vines also indicated I was right.  The instructor had a pointer stick and would walk in front of all of us (the talk was he would wakU if you got hard).

The problem  was it was done in groups of about two dozens all single line in front of the instructor. These were young, mostly most developed men. They will be called one by one and they would have to bend over while everyone else watch. I started getting a hard on. It was sweat time for me. I tried thinking of the saddest things happening to people in my family and somehow it woked and I did not have to go through the embarrasment of being hard in front of so many supposedly straight men. After that I knew the Navy was not for me because I was sure I liked men by now and I would be found out in confinement with other men, in the shower, changing. I could picture being thrown overboard with a big bat attached to my buns with the words "battie" inscribed in blood to attract the sharks. The navy was not for me at this time, maybe it was a phase.

I think the reason this type of"men'get offended by good looking men is because it will cause them to get excited for those sexy men and that wil probably will cause them to confess to the priest of how they felt. To avoid all that they take the easy way out. If in power like those that canceled the PETA ad will not allow it. They can't even excuse it.

I am not a psychology major but simply looking at these occurrences that make no sense, the only reason is sexual because the men judging these pictures say it's sexual when no body else says so, they are fearful of their own reaction and the reaction of those that are in between these thoughts.
Today with the knowledge that we have about sexuality and about sexual orientation it is amazing that older men are still stuck with the old ideas of sex and sexual orientation and what constitutes vile and bad taste.  I am here to tell them the bad taste comes from them.
 Adam

January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Greatness and Enemies







I was too young during the times of Martin Luther King but I did learn in school about his assassination and what he stood for which was not just for black people but he had a universal message for all. 

Mr. King knew he needed to bring whites to the fight for civil rights. It had to be a coalition to bring pressure on the government to make changes, to enact laws to protect both blacks and poor whites. 

I don't understand those that say the government should not get involved in civil rights like making sure people register to vote or that adults loving each other even of the same sex being allowed the same rights as traditional marriages. If not the government who? 

What is the government for.  To fight wars?  or  To make sure its people don't kill each other like in the civil war or other revolutions or closer to home in their own neighborhoods? 
When the government fails to do that what it needs to do, 
what do we get? Destruction and deaths. Some seem to believe the government is there to buy fighter helicopters and continuing to perfect Nukes to kill as many people as possible. Somehow they lost the idea of why we established and pay a government to be over us. It's the everyday things, less expensive things compare to how much we throw away to buy toys for the military and to make those that govern us comfortable and in many cases rich. Those toys we will never get to use and the ones we use chances are will get destroyed. For as much as we need to have a ready military, the defense should start at home. If North Korea, Russia, and others don't teach us that story that weapons do not feed or defend the populace then we will never learn. These nations have very scary powerful, expensive weapons but their people struggle to buy bread in North Korea they starve.

The government was formed to educate its people, to keep them healthy, safe in their own homes and neighborhoods.
That is what history of crime, wars, pandemics and uneducated people teach us. You have uneducated people that won't vaccinate their kids (they haven't calculated the chances of killling their kids and others is greater if you don't) or want them mixing with others. They can't protect themselves and their families well (uneductaed) because their lack of knowledge of new ways to protect us against cancers and other illness' crawling around waiting for an opportunity to strike. They haven't learned that mixing with others only gives us the understanding of others.

This is the government Mr. King fought for. He was misunderstood by the FBI and others which never get to understand because they don' listen. Mr. King fighting for the rights of all got killed by people that took him as the threat to whatever it was they were getting out ignorance of others and the subjugation of a race the whites brought here to just have blacks be slaves. Even after a century of the government realizing the error of the slavery ways some whites still feel the blacks owe them something. l feel like those times have never left or maybe the cancer was not all removed by the civil war and and civil laws, there still some it left that spreads from family to family.

In those whites, we find a lawyer who is anti blacks and anti-gays. His Name is Roy Cohn who was Trump's lawyer most of his life in New York.  Roy Cohn who worked for Joseph McCarthy who with the help of J Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI and closet homosexual kept taps on Mr. king in order to blackmail him, not because they thought he was any threat to the government but he was a threat in unifying people and realizing they had power unified..  It turns out that McCarthy had a lawyer(Cohn) who went around getting a list of gays in the entertainment industry to have them brought before Congress and admit on Television they were gays (which would get them blacklisted in their industry) and he was successful at it!! Why not, he was a homosexual too. So from a repugnant gay who is not only a racist but a jew hating jew who now needed someone to work for, someone who would have him since he was disbarred and there was family in real estaate who needed guys who knew those holes in the law, without scruples, just loyalty to them and which always had problems with nonwhites Roy Cohn was the ring that fits perfectly on the index finger.

 The postwar years were a time of great changes for homosexuals in the United States. The conjunction of the fear and anxiety of the first Cold War years, negative stereotypes held as scientific truths explaining homosexuality, and the greater awareness people had about the existence of gays and lesbians resulted in an environment of misunderstanding and persecution. Within this environment, positive scientific contributions toward the understanding of homosexuality such as Kinsey's report were twisted to fit the larger societal preconceptions, and even influenced the creation of legislation aimed at eradicating homosexuals from the government.
A protagonist in this postwar environment of fear and anxiety was a senator named Joseph McCarthy, who ascended in politics through lies and slander, and became most famous for his relentless persecution of 'infiltrated' communists, liberals, and dissenters. Assisting the senator in his crusade was a legal infrastructure previously laid out by committees who had taken the cause before him, the most important of which was the famous House of Un- American Activities Committee.
Despite the great number of literature written about the senator, there are relatively few studies that deal with McCarthy's persecution of homosexuals. Some historians mention it in the context of his other persecutions, and as an example of one of the many groups who suffered under the senator. In The Age of Anxiety: McCarlhyism to Terrorism, Haynes Johnson stated that the senator, and his chief council Roy Cohn 

Below I posted a story writen by  on The Daily Beast in which it gives you more on Roy Cohn. Gil describes the problems Mr. king had with Roy Cohn.  A Queens family who immigrated here from Germany. The Trumps had work for a man as special as Cohn.
Happy Holiday! Adam Gonzalez, Publisher adamfoxie blog Internatioal

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 The one on your right Roy Cohn, anti balck who hated MLK,, gay against gays, jew against jews died of AIDS. Life sometimes if funny! Oh the one on your left his buddy who learn from Cohn Trump


Believe it or not, Roy Cohn, the slimy lawyer who unintentionally helped make “McCarthyism” American for “smear,” once sued Martin Luther King Jr. … for libel. 

King died with the suit unresolved. Just three weeks after his assassination, Gilligan v. King furthered the liberalization of our libel standards Donald Trump is now attacking. 

Of course, according to mainstream media-mirroring America, about pitting America’s smearmeister general, “Citizen Cohn,” against America’s civil rights martyr Dr. King, is as morally lopsided as Donald Trump running against, say, Oprah Winfrey, for president. Yet fair judges took Cohn’s complaint seriously.

It began with a heartbreakingly familiar American ritual—a white cop shooting a black kid, who may or may not have been armed. The historian Michael Flamm, in his authoritative, compelling look at the Harlem riots that followed in that sizzling summer of ’64, writes reasonably, that “What happened on July 16 at 9:20 am in front of 215 East 76th street was unclear and contested, both then and now.”

What is clear is that a white, off-duty New York City policeman, Thomas R. Gilligan, while running an errand, heard a “commotion,” ran out, and ended up shooting a 15-year-old African-American, James Powell. Gilligan and the white adult witnesses on 76th Street claimed Powell slashed at Gilligan with a knife—cutting his hand—and that Gilligan identified himself as a police officer. Most of the kids on the street, who had attended summer school with Powell, saw no knife and heard no identification. 

“This is worse than Mississippi,” one young woman shouted, as three hundred furious students started trashing Yorkville. The violence spread to Harlem, then to Bedford-Stuyvesant. Six nights later, one rioter was dead, 118 were injured, 465 had been arrested. Looting caused a million dollars’ worth of damage.


Legally, Gilligan was exonerated. The Grand Jury refused to indict. The Manhattan District Attorney’s detailed 14-page report explained why—with the DA brandishing Powell’s knife at a press conference. Morally, the Congress of Racial Equality, CORE, nailed it. It should have been a “minor, indeed comic street incident,” with a highly decorated, 6-foot-2, 200-pound World War II vet and cop on the job for 17 years subduing a 122-pound teen with a three-and-a-half-inch knife. CORE’s counter-report on the incident concluded: “Policemen should not shoot boys half their size.” 

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Nerves were already raw that summer—even before temperatures hit the 90s during New York’s week-long riot. On June 21, racists murdered three civil rights activists from Mississippi’s Freedom Summer—James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Officials would only find their corpses on Aug. 4. On June 28, the militant Malcolm X founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity, while asking, “whoever heard of angry revolutionists all harmonizing ‘We shall overcome… suum day’ while tripping and swaying along arm-in-arm with the very people they were supposed to be angrily revolting against?” 

Yet on July 2, Lyndon Johnson signed the transformational Civil Rights Act of 1964. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the same day James Powell died, the conservative Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican presidential nomination, declaring: “Tonight there is violence in our streets, corruption in our highest offices, aimlessness among our youth, anxiety among our elders and there is a virtual despair among the many who look beyond material success for the inner meaning of their lives.” 

Flamm notes that beyond inaugurating the 1960s’ “long hot summers,” the Harlem riots, the civil rights activism, the Goldwater nomination, and the great American crime wave, would nationalize local crime as a hot political issue. The “new racial dynamic… would drive a wedge between the civil rights movement and many white liberals… The image of the black rioter now joined the symbol of the black criminal, which had deep roots in American history.” 

Amid such tension, and given New York’s centrality in American consciousness, an all-star team of civil rights activists mobilized. Martin Luther King of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and James Farmer of CORE joined local activists including the great Harlem rent striker Jesse Gray and William Epton of the more obscure—and radical—Harlem Progressive Movement. They bombarded Gilligan with their eloquence, creativity, and wrath. Some alleged that Gilligan ended up in a mental hospital. Others distributed three thousand copies of a poster proclaiming: “WANTED FOR MURDER,” Gilligan was pictured in uniform above the contemptuous label: GILLIGAN, THE COP. 

It’s ironic that King was sued for slander. While he wanted Gilligan suspended, he came to New York on a “peace mission” championing non-violence. King felt caught. Extremists like his eventual co-defendant in the slander suit, William Epton, a “Burn Baby Burn” Maoist, were shouting: “We’re going to have to kill a lot of cops, a lot of the judges, and we’ll have to go up against their army.” And many Harlem leaders resented importing this outsider from Atlanta. King would say, characteristically: “I call upon all Negro and white citizens of goodwill to continue to struggle unrelentingly but nonviolently against the racial and economic oppression that face our country.” The Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, who said he started agitation for equality “before Martin Luther King was in diapers,” snapped: “No leader outside of Harlem should come to this town and tell us what to do.” 

Beyond his usual Gandhi-esque approach, King feared that black violence would get Goldwater elected. And five months before he won the Nobel Peace Prize—and four years before his assassination—he was not yet considered a saintly, nonpartisan figure. Allegations that he was a Communist hounded him. Meanwhile, Roy Cohn’s occasional cross-dressing playmate, the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, was trying hard to crush King.

Still, Gilligan—represented by Roy Cohn of Saxe, Bacon & Bolan—lumped King and Farmer with Epton, Gray, and the Harlem Progressive Movement. By the time he was 27 in 1954, Cohn was nationally famous and broadly loathed as head hatchet-man and chief counsel to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch-hunt. In private practice for the next three decades, Cohn continued tarnishing his reputation. Even his devoted client Donald Trump would tell Vanity Fair's Marie Brenner: “All I can tell you is he’s been vicious to others in his protection of me. He’s a genius. He’s a lousy lawyer, but he’s a genius.”

When he died in 1986, Cohn was disbarred, owed $3.18 million in back taxes and had experience as defense lawyer and defendant, having been “tried and acquitted three times in Federal court on charges ranging from conspiracy to bribery to fraud,” The New York Times reported.

Still, Cohn’s bullying made him a formidable lawyer. “My scare value is high,” he boasted. “My area is controversy. My tough front is my biggest asset. I don’t write polite letters. I don’t like to plea-bargain. I like to fight.”

Cohn picked a fight with Martin Luther King and his allies. “The complaint alleges plaintiff enjoyed an outstanding and excellent reputation and good character,” the court in Gilligan v. King et al. summarized; “that defendants since in or about July, 1964, conspired and maliciously and willfully participated in a plan and course of action designed to defame and injure the plaintiff in his good name and reputation, in his profession as a policeman; to destroy his income and livelihood and to remove plaintiff as a police officer of the New York City Police Department…”

The lawyers defending King and company wanted the case dismissed. They argued that in another case involving King peripherally, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964) the Supreme Court so protected free speech, it made it extremely difficult for “public officials” to claim they were libeled. Cohn and company countered by calling police officers low-level public servants, not public officials, limiting Sullivan to politicians who entered politics knowing it gets personal—and ugly.

In April 1968, Cohn won but lost. The New York Appellate court greenlighted Gilligan’s case, allowing a police officer who felt slandered to pursue a claim. This landmark case determined, however, that “the occupant of a governmental position, even of a minor nature, is a public official.”

As a “public official,” Gilligan faced the new, tough, four-year-old “actual malice” standard the Supreme Court established in Sullivan. The cop would have to prove that King and his colleagues knowingly lied when accusing Gilligan. That was a factual matter for a jury to decide. Thus the green light—but with flashing amber warnings about Gilligan’s chances of victory.

After 1968, this trial’s trail grows cold. Gilligan v. King disappears from public records, leaving historians with a mystery: Did the defendants settle confidentially? Did the plaintiffs drop the suit? 

Consider this: Roy Cohn lived to win. When The New York Times ran its April 26, 1968, story, declaring “Gilligan Upheld on Right to Sue Those Who Called Him a Killer,” his best move would have been to advise his client to declare victory publicly, then drop the case privately, but secretly. Cohn the street-fighter wouldn’t give his enemies the satisfaction of surrendering, preferring to let this threat linger—maybe even triggering occasional sleepless nights.

In 1968, blacks were 16 times more likely to be shot by cops than whites—and three times more likely to be shot then by cops, than now. Would any lawyer want to try convincing a jury that a civil rights leader, mourning yet another under-armed 15-year-old black kid killed, didn’t think black lives matter and wasn’t sincere in yelling “MURDERER”—in 1968 or 2018?

FURTHER READING

Michael Flamm, In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime (2016). Authoritative, insightful, and compelling look at the Harlem Riots—and their influence nationally, historically.

Nicholas Von Hoffman, Citizen Cohen (1988). Colorful account of Roy Cohn’s crazy, perverse life.

Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965 (1998). This majestic three-volume classic is a rare King biography that mentions Cohn’s slander suit—albeit fleetingly




December 24, 2017

Adamfoxie Blog Int. Wishes You Very Happy and Gay Holidays!

Another year...lately it seems like they've reached warp speed... If you can read this you will be getting the most sinceriest wishes for peace and happiness where ever you are.
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December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays

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Another holiday season and another chance to be good to each other🎄🎄



November 24, 2016

Thankful for Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for? 
That is the most important question we can ask ourselves on this day and everyday. No matter how well we are doing we most think of those that are lacking, on the same thought as we might be experiencing awful circumstances on this day and throughout the year, be sickness or death the most important thing we possess for a few instances of our lives on Earth is just that, the life we have been given to be here today and knowing that no matter how good or bad we are having it, it will not last. 

Therefore for the experience of being here on what ever circumstances, I shall hope we will leave here with a sense of accomplishing something and a sense of thankfulness for being giving the opportunity to be here on this earth.

There are things we will never understand and being one of those is while as we enjoy our dinner on thanksgiving day why there are innocent children and people lacking the basics of what we have. In Syria, Iraq, most Africa,Venezuela to just name a few. 

As we acknowledge those wanting we should give thanks everyday that we are able to have a doctor when sick and a blanket when cold. I wish all of those nations getting this message today and the readers in the U.S.A.,  a healthy thanksgiving and memories of sharing our love with our families.
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Trump and Chicken for Thanksgiving







Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which is usually my favorite holiday of the year. I always look forward to cooking with my brothers and sisters and stuffing my face with mashed potatoes and Tofurkey. But in the wake of the recent presidential election, the only thing that is on my mind is how I'm going to navigate all the Trump conversations that are likely to be on the menu, too.

It's not that I am surprised or even upset that many of my family identify as Republicans. That's expected. I grew up in Mentor, Ohio, a city that has voted Republican in the past five presidential elections. But we all know that what we just saw was no ordinary election and Trump was no ordinary Republican candidate. His run to the White House thrived on our nation's divisions along the lines of race, class, and gender. The rhetoric fueling his win has been used against my own brother, who has been bullied because he's mixed-race, and it has instilled fear in my little sister, who had to come to terms with the fact that an accused rapist is her new president. I can't believe there are people I love within my family who supported him and I regret that I never pushed back.

It was last Christmas when I first realized that some of my family were fans of Donald Trump. I was in town from New York City, sitting in my dad's dining room with my aunts, uncles, and cousins on Christmas night. We'd just finished our wine-fueled feast and were having some cake and coffee to wind down when it happened—our light-hearted conversation turned to the realm of politics. It was inevitable of course. Even at that point in the presidential campaign, the former reality TV star was dominating the media with his grotesque sideshow. I assumed his leadership of the birtherism movement, his misogynistic comments about women, and his calls to ban all Muslims from entering the US had already disqualified him from being a viable candidate. But to my horror, my family praised the man who'd been bankrupt four times and liked to make fun of people with disabilities for his "business acumen" and willingness to "tell it like it is."

I chalked their outdated views up to them being old and uninformed. So I decided to just drink some more wine and keep my opinions to myself. I didn't really think he had any chance of winning. I mean, this was a guy who characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and thought the key to solving problems in the US was erecting a ridiculous wall along the border. Even my siblings, who are too young to vote, considered Trump a dangerous bully. I believed there was just no way he could get the keys to the White House and become the most powerful man on the planet.

Of course, I was dead wrong. On November 8, I watched from my apartment in New York City with disbelief as the election results began to roll in. When my home-state of Ohio flashed red, I immediately thought back to that moment with my family at Christmas along with the dozens of other times that I had heard people try to rationalize a Trump presidency and I had said nothing.

Over the years, I have learned to avoid expressing my opinions on politics with my family. While I have always tried to have thoughtful discourse with my little brothers and sisters, my older family members haven't been as open to my views. When I would try to explain to them why I was marching in the streets for women's rights or why it's important to specifically say "black lives matter," they would disregard me. I could sense they were uncomfortable around me when topics like race or gender were discussed, because they knew I would have something to say and they never wanted to hear it. They liked living in their little bubble and I was always the one person who came to burst it. With this presidential election, I was so sick of not being taken seriously and written off as the angry feminist in the family, that I just decided to bite my tongue. Now, looking back, it's a decision I regret. We have to speak out against someone as dangerous as Trump, even when those extolling him are in our own family.

Unlike me, my Trump-supporting family members aren't quiet about their views, especially on social media. In the past weeks, they've gone from sharing Fox News stories to posting Breitbart's alt-right propaganda. Some of my relatives have even started referring to people who simply care about social justice as "libtards" and women who chose to have abortions as "baby killers."

I can see and feel the extreme impact of Trump's incoming presidency among my family. That not only disappoints me, but I'm scared to see that vitriol trickle down to my siblings. I don't want my little brother to think it's OK to grab a woman "by the pussy" because the Commander in Chief does it. And I don't want my little sisters to think that a man who believes "you have to treat [women] like shit" is deserving of anything but being put to the left. This Thanksgiving, I at least owe it to them, to stand up and finally speak my mind about Donald Trump.

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December 25, 2014

Time for Toys, smiles and eyes: Happy Holidays!


It’s time for toys, it’s time for excitement, unique smiles and eyes tired of not sleeping waiting for the morning.
Happy Holidays!!!! Not a holiday for you? Do something extra nice for you or someone else or just watch everybody else get excited. I’ll be watching you!


February 7, 2013

On Chinese New Year China You Can Rent A Straight Boyfriend

Couple holding hands (generic)
There are just days to go before Chinese New Year, the biggest celebration on China's calendar, when the entire country shuts down for a few days of food, fireworks … and family.
Many enjoy the holiday, but millions of unmarried people merely endure it.
In the basement of an office tower in downtown Beijing, a cloud of gloom hovers over the canteen at lunch time. Groups of young women huddled over large bowls of noodles look depressed when asked about the February's impending Chinese New Year holiday.
"I'm pretty old - I'm almost 30 - but I'm still single," explains Ding Na, a woman hailing from China's northeast.
"I'm under lots of pressure. My sisters and my relatives all ask me why I'm not married. When they call me, I'm scared to pick up the phone."
Twenty-somethings in China - young women especially - face a strict societal deadline to find a husband before they turn 30.
According to Zhou Xiaopeng, a consultant with Baihe.com, one of China's biggest dating agencies, the pressure for singles to settle down crescendos around Chinese New Year.
  "Picture a scene where people sit around a table," Ms Zhou says.
 "Chinese people love to get together for dinner. On New Year's Eve, everybody is sitting in pairs, your brother with your sister-in-law, your sister with your brother-in-law, and so on. If you're the only one left behind, you can imagine the pressure and frustration."
Kiss for $8
Luckily for some, China's most popular online marketplace, Taobao, offers a band-aid solution: the rental of fake boyfriends.
For as little as $50 (£32) a day, dozens of classified adverts promise to provide a male companion for the holidays, pretending to be a single woman's plus-one.
Some postings list a full menu of possibilities - charging $5 an hour to accompany a girl to dinner and $8 for a kiss on the cheek. If the fake boyfriend stays overnight with his client's family for Chinese New Year, he charges $80 a night to sleep in his own bed, and $95 to sleep on the couch.
Sex is not even an option on the list.
Zhou Xiaopeng

 
Li Le, an agricultural products salesman from Tianjin, has put himself up for hire on Chinese New Year. Sounding a little embarrassed, Mr Li admits this is the first year he has attempted to work as a fake boyfriend instead of travelling home to see his own family in China's central Hebei province.
He insists he is not doing it for the money. Instead, he has more noble pursuits.
"It's an exciting thing to do," he says. "I might find someone who shares my interests and it would make both of us happy."
Thirty women have contacted Li so far, but he says its tough to find someone who trusts him enough to invite him home for Chinese New Year.
Ironically, Li says he is still waiting for that special someone to answer his advert, admitting, "the best result would be for me to find someone to marry through this".
A crazy idea? Maybe, but even Chinese pop culture has cottoned on to the possibility that a fake boyfriend could morph into a real one.
The hit Chinese TV series "Renting a Girlfriend for Home Reunion" stages the Hollywood romance between a single Chinese man and his fake girlfriend.
Yes, Chinese men hire stand-ins too - often gay men who haven't come out to their families. But Zhou Xiaopeng, the dating consultant, says women are really under the gun to find husbands. Though, eventually, even that might change.
"When people born in 80s or 90s become parents, they won't want to apply the same pressure they endured when they were young," she predicts. "It'll probably take 20 to 30 years."
That means that China's entrepreneurial escorts still have decades to perfect their craft. In Li Le's case, he still has time for the fake girlfriend of his dreams to hire him for the holidays.

December 30, 2012

2013 A Short Little List For The New Year 2013

New Year is Knocking!
Are you making the usual resolutions or you decided that the best one was none at all. This finds us   politicly in up-heavel like we were back in to the future in the Clinton Administration. The GOP through Gingrich saying they were going to not raise the ceiling and let the government default. You could say a lot of things about Clinton, but he had balls. As Monica will attest!
Well the government defaulted for the first time!
Government workers went without pay checks, the Smithsonian closed for the first time and all the branches of government. If it wasn’t so stupid it will be so funny!
Now we Have another untested president  and history repeats itself. Because all of the truths I know this one has proven right every time: Those that ignore history are doomed to relived again. the guys and girls in Washing ton are at it again testing this president. A president that would have his hands and administration hog tied if every few months we had to go through this GOP made crisis.
But I don’t want this message to be merely political but as we are getting ready for a new year we should not allowed certain factions of the government to treat us like this. We always say they are punks, they are doing this and that. But they are they because they elected them. We need to examine who “they is” and how we are doing our part in the political field. Because if we just bitch after they do what ever they want to do to us, then actually you and I {Because we are They} and are the problem.
I hope that this year will bring clarity to us and those who hold our mortgages and collect our rents to do things thinking about the impacts that selfish decisions bring. 
If one day we could care for each other that will be heaven. But I know that is a pipe dream, wish I had the weed to go for it and smoke it.
Happy New Year!

Adamfoxie*

December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays and a Better Year! 2013





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