Friday, 29 July 2016

The banning from The Oxford Hotel!

Coaster from the very gay friendly Midnight Shift

Our new default pub is now the Midnight Shift. The staff there are lovely. The redesign is brilliant, and it's $4 beers all day. Must be the longest happy hour in Sydney. What's more the bouncers are not the gestapo thought police.

Last night David took me out with his tax return money (I'm still waiting on mine) and we had a very pleasant time there. During which David went for a walk to see if there was any dancing happening - I can't dance myself and generally end up as the table guard keeperer. 

There wasn't much happening was the report, but he also reported that he went into The Oxford to see what would happen. Strangely there were no bouncers on the door despite the hour (has the pub sacked them?) so he walked straight in. To one of the particularly nasty power mad bar persons there who pointed at him and yelled "out!"


If I'd have been there I'd likely have given him a Hitler salute and said "Zig Heil!". What a nut. 

Seriously though, the pub owes David and I a groveling apology, yet they respond by banning him (and I guess me too but I couldn't be bothered to find out to be honest). Since sending the complaint the other day they haven't even bothered to reply, which is disgusting behaviour in itself. But to be called a fag by one of their bouncers is just unforgivable.

I don't see how the Oxford is going to last long term. I remember when it was standing room in the main bar only, but now hardly anyone goes there. The word is out around the place that the new management has turn it into a straight bar, illogical in the heart of gay Sydney. And now they've had that homophobic thug at the door. Not exactly welcoming. The beers are over $6 too after they did those ghastly renovations with wallpaper that looks like it's from a demented artist from the '60's. The food is restaurant priced as well. The management there just doesn't seem to have any idea. Most of the locals that drank there are now down at The Shift.

I've also sent off the complaint to Alex Greenwich, the gay independent NSW MP citing the broader issue of over policing on Oxford St in general. Cripes, how dangerous can a bunch of poofs be? The most we might do is throw a Molotov glitter bomb. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Sea Shepherd campaign to stop BP drilling Great Australian Bight

Donate here
BP, responsible for the biggest oil spill in history, now wants to drill off the remote Great Australian Bight.

In these days of fossil fuels being abandoned for green energy, to drill for more oil is insanity. But to drill of the Great Australian Bight is in itself even more insane. If a spill happened there's nothing nearby to control it, if it was even controllable.

Now Sea Shepherd is taking up the cause and fighting for the planet. Please donate here if you so desire.


Full frontal interviews Republicans over "Black Lives Matter" movement in US

Obviously I don't pretend to know about the terrible racial problems in the US, but I did find the video a little bit encouraging at the end. When they're in front of a black interviewer they see them differently that through the eyes of Republican rhetoric and talking points ("All lives matter"). People are people and some of them expressed a serious desire to understand what black people go through regularly.

In that sense I found it similar to the issues around the LGBT. When your in front of a person you may not have wanted equality for them in the past, but when you see them as simply people like you the attitude changes.


"Life Is Hard" - Dorian Reland (video)

This is from a new Twitter follower, Dorian Reland.

Oh my. You may not want to play this one at work :)  Very catchy tune. 


I am inebriated, goodnight ... :s

I am rather over the top with beers at the moment. David got his tax check back before mine and has set about outings the last few days.

I therefore appear to presently be pissed as a fart.

That is all for tonight.

May the universe smile on all you and all your families X X X 


Man pulls gun on kid in US movie theater - kid was kicking his seat

Apparently everyone in the US will be much safer if everyone has guns according the the NRA over there. Well in this case at least not if you're a kid in a movie theatre kicking the seat in front of you. Despite assurances by the NRA of more safety with more guns, this kid found himself at the receiving end of a gun barrel. 

Now in Australia with our strict gun laws we can be assured that nobody will get a gun pulled on them in a school, a nightclub, or a movie theater, including children. But of course the US NRA corporation doesn't want people to know that. They make way too much money out of death for that.

 Like Orlando, when gun sales went up after the event.
According to the local TV news station KFVS 12, police were called to Paducah’s Cinemark Theater on Saturday morning, responding to calls that a gun was drawn inside the cinema. A man told one of the officers on the scene that another man sitting in front of him and his son grew irritated that the child was repeatedly kicking the back of the other man’s seat. 

Witnesses said that a fight broke out between the two men after the aggrieved audience member cursed at the boy. As the father was winning the brawl, the other man pulled out a gun, asking, “What the [expletive] are you going to do now?” Raw Story  

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Moonlight Serenade - Glen Miller :)

I always think of Rose on The Golden Girls when I listen to this.

Downloaded the best of Glan Miller thinking that this would be the only song I liked. But I love them all after only the first listen. How wonderful such old music is making a come back now digitally.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Marriage equality plebiscite - First dog on the moon :)

First dog on the moon takes a closer look at the marriage equality plebiscite! I think the sarcasm involved nails it :)   Like you get married for babies and think of the children!


Jon Stewart reports on the Republican convention - video :)

In the words of Spock, "fascinating".

Jon Stewart does a guest appearance on the Late Show over there, and points out the shallow hypocrisy of the Republican media cheer squad. They condemn Obama for things they now praise Trump for. Really interesting.


George Christensen goes bananas about the unemployed :s

I say bananas because he might as well bark at the moon with the zero chance this has of getting through the new senate. What a nut.

He wants proposed Lieberal tinkering at the edges with superannuation, dumped in favour of cutting people of unemployment after 6 months. The unemployment benefit that's impossible to live off anyway.

If Christensen thinks that people on unemployment are rorting the system, or bludging, perhaps he should try living off said benefit himself for at least 6 months. All $240 or so of it a week. Looks to me like he could use a good diet.


The Walking Dead season 7 trailer!

The season premiers in the US Oct 23rd, so the torrent should be available to download here Monday 24th.


There's also Fear the Walking Dead, which starts next month in the US on the 21st August. Again, the torrent should be available Monday 22nd here in Australia.


Plebiscite "one final insult" - Victorian premier Daniel Andrews

Labor premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews has written a letter to Turnbull to oppose a plebiscite for marriage equality. In it he describes the plebiscite as the imposition of "one last hurdle - one final insult".

Indeed having your human rights debated is very insulting. 

*Update: Why a Prime Minister of honour should dump same-sex marriage plebiscite

"I'm not letting that fag in" - bouncer at The Oxford Hotel

David and I are boycotting The Oxford Hotel after our experience with one of their gestapo type bouncers on Sat night. Once a very gay friendly pub, I don't know WTF they're doing having a bouncer like this hot head on their door at night.

What's more the bouncer all down Oxford st are linked, so if one nutter makes a decision about someone, all the bouncers on every pub there are informed and the person is then barred from all the puds for that night.

What other area in Sydney has such an extreme level of policing/security? You have to wonder what's going on with the powers that be. I mean it's almost anti-gay.

In any case I have just emailed a rather lengthy complaint to The Oxford Hotel, of which I've pasted below.
We wish to make a complaint as long time customers of The Oxford and the treatment we received by the bouncer on the door Sat night. 

My partner David and I had approx 6 beers at the Midnight Shift and decided to visit The Oxford before going home. The bouncers at the Shift didn't consider either of us a problem or felt the need to cut off drinks. Upon arriving at the door of The Oxford the bouncer considered myself to be drunk and refused entry to me, which was no biggy as we'd have just gone home. However he used the word "fag" referring to me which is the issue. 

His exact words were "I'm not letting that fag in". 

We walked away and thought about just getting a cab home from there, and in doing so chatted with the other bouncer at the door of the pokies room who David has known for years. However the bouncer who called me "fag" was watching threateningly from the other door. A shouting argument enshewed between David and the other bouncer over his use of the fag word, with David calling him a homophobe as I moved him further down the street away from the pub. 

Suddenly the bouncer left his post at the door and charged down the street at David. The second bouncer at the pokies door was forced to intervene, by way of which he stood in the way of the charging bouncer with his hands raised. I don't mind saying I feared for David's safety. After that we left walking down the street and away from the pub. Shortly after we purchased a few beers at the bottleshop on the corner and got a taxi home. 

This behaviour by the bouncer was completely unacceptable and unprofessional. One would have to ask what a homophobic thug is doing on the door in Oxford St? In the past The Oxford has been extremely friendly to the LGBT community. David and I met there nearly four years ago. 

The bouncer also said that the pub was "under new management". What that has to do with anything I don't know, unless he was hinting that The Oxford Hotel is no longer going to extent the same friendship to the LGBT as it has in the past? We certainly won't be going there again and will be telling everyone we know of our experience on Sat. It's a small community and word gets around.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lyle Shelton of the ACL on The Feed - gay man interviews him

I can only say that the gay interviewer is a better man than me as far as being polite goes.

Watch as said gay man interviews Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby. He has the nerve to out and out lie, among other things saying that straight parents do a better job at raising children, and that Australian law doesn't discriminate against the LGBT.  


"Cavalcade of bullshit" - Republican National Convention; Angry Aussie :)

Angry puts his views forth of the clown show that is the US Republican National Convention.

It's hard to describe how much of a side show the RNC is looking from down under. Insane. Window dressing. Acting. Words sort of fail me at this point.