TODAY: Thirteen Years Of JMG

Today is the thirteenth blogiversary of this here website thingy. As is tradition for today, here is my very first post.

April 29th, 2004

I was born and raised in rural North Carolina.

My fondest childhood memory is of playing in the dense, acrid, poison fog that was belched out by the county mosquito control truck during its daily dusk-time trip down our dirt road.

The cry of “Smokey! Smokey!” would fly up and down Nine Foot Road once the first faint sound of the pest control truck’s generator was detected in the distance. Trailer screen doors would slam open and kids would pour into the street for ten minutes of gleeful, giddy, mad dashing around in the thick white clouds of DDT.

We would smash into each other with full force in the blinding swirls and just scream and laugh hysterically, pick ourselves up and start running again. Parents had not a whit of concern about their children playing directly behind the spewing pipes of a pest control truck. In fact, NOT being allowed to play in the poison fog was often held out as potential punishment for misbehavior.

I think this explains a lot about me.

Counting this one, we’re at 65,921 posts over thirteen years, the last nine of which have been without a day off. Whether I am insanely committed or am insane and should be committed – that is your call. I very much appreciate all of you for being here. Help yourself to some well-deserved punch and cookies. Please don’t let the cat out. And onward to JMG year fourteen.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Well, thank you so very much, Joe My God.

    Celebrate this blogiversary by tipping generously for good service!

    Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies. Thank you again.

    • Adam King

      Thanks for the tip! We can all use karma advice.

  • Thanks, Joe. You’re my favorite blogger.

    • Adam King

      100%.

    • another_steve

      There are other blogs that cater to queer people, but not one that comes even close in quality to this one.

      • Disqusdmnj

        And some of us straight guys as well!

        Well, OK – at least *this* straight guy… 😉

        • another_steve

          We love us our straight allies.

          Thank you for being here. 😉

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Hear! Hear!
            And bring your friends. We’re great together at parties.

          • another_steve

            Straight boys can be gay-ified. Not sexually, but aesthetically.

            I have straight male friends who — having seen my fabulous home — have asked for guidance.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Agreed. And increasingly comfortable with seeing sexuality a hell of a lot more complex than in years past. No, not talking gay or bi-ified, just noting “yea, there’s 1’s, there’s 6’s there’s also a lot in between,”

          • my cool totally straight friends roll with it, in a manner that i really appreciate it. we make jokes, whatever. i do find that i am one of those sorts of queers who doesn’t have that many completely straight friends. mostly, they are more like neighbors and coworkers. i’ve been that what for a long time now. i’m not sure what that says about me.

          • another_steve

            I’m at peace with the Kinsey 0-6 scale. I truly believe that — from a purely sexual response perspective — there are exclusively heterosexual people (0’s) and exclusively homosexual people (6’s).

            There are, of course, everything in between — but my sense is that the vast majority of the human race — the vast majority of men, certainly — fall at one of the extremes.

          • JCF

            I’m equally convinced that the majority of the human race—which are female, need I remind you—do not.

          • ByronK

            Everything being black or white is easy. The living is in the grey.

          • Todd20036

            50 shades of it, at least

          • narutomania

            Hmmm. 50 shades of grey. 50 ways to leave your lover.

            Coincidence?! I think not!

          • Janetjjohnson

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          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            I’ve met an awful lot of in betweens, and I’m glad of it…..

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Hear, hear from all of us in betweens, Bjorn, and may I note that avatar is smoking hot.

          • Disqusdmnj

            Not to make this thread about me, but right now my wife and her best friend – who’s gay, natch – are out at some concert together. He picks up where I leave off (80’s new wave music, essentially), and I trust him to dress me more than I trust her. Being colorblind, she’ll tell me if something matches… he will tell me what to buy in the first place.

          • another_steve

            Well, Disqusdmnj, many (not all, but many) of we gay boys do have the gift for the aesthetic.

            Even my husband — an often uncouth slob — can pick out an acceptable and appropriate outfit for the occasion.

          • narutomania

            Alas, I fall into the other category, the “not many”, who were somehow Passed Over when the great deity of style and fashion was handing gifts at birth.

            Luckily for me, I am a spot-on mimic. If I see it, I can imitate it. So as long as I have inspiration in the form of a clothing ad or a spread from a home magazine, I can fake it just fine.

            Somehow my style, when left to its own devices, comes out like something that Ernest Hemingway and Amelia Earhart would surely have cobbled together in a joint effort.

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          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            LOL! I have many very close single straight friends, some of whom have asked me to help them make their homes more inviting to the opposite sex.

          • BobSF_94117

            help them make their homes more inviting to the opposite sex

            “Sean, that jockstrap you’ve got draped over your bedroom lamp — which I have to tell you is totally doing it for me — is a no-no. Put it away.”

          • Disqusdmnj

            All my friends are totally cool with whatever you do in your bedroom. We are children of the 70’s & 80’s brought up in a south NJ town that was half white, half black. We learned early on not everyone is the same, most of us to the point of being uncomfortable if around a whole bunch of straight white people. Diversity assuages us.

            Oddly though, most of my gay friends don’t read or have never heard of JMG. In that respect, I’m quite the outlier.

          • another_steve

            “All my friends are totally cool with whatever you do in your bedroom.”

            Lol. Tell your friends, Disqusdmnj, that just as many of us are in loving but non-sexual relationships as straight couples.

            “What we do in the bedroom” doesn’t define us.

            Doesn’t make us gay or lesbian.

            😉

          • Disqusdmnj

            Point taken, though what I said wasn’t meant to be interpreted literally per se, just a “I don’t care what you do, you’re human just like me” intention. All good!

          • Todd20036

            What I do in the bedroom doesn’t define my orientation, merely my eccentricities.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Just put the seat down when you’re finished in the loo.

          • Disqusdmnj

            Mine’s rarely up. How else would I get all my reading done? 😉

          • Disqusdmnj

            And thanks for having us / me!

            Also, I guess it *was* Adam and Steve… 😝

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Oh Eve joined in. Sometimes Steve got jealous. They worked it all out. But Cain, well, he was just an asshole from the start.

        • Todd20036

          Are you sure it’s not just a phase? Maybe you just didn’t meet the right man….

          • Disqusdmnj

            Ha! Believe me, there are plenty of times – after being with the same woman for 20 years – that I think there is no way men and women were meant to be together this long. If I had to spend every day with another person, I would totally rather spend it with a guy. We’re just… easier.

            But then I remember… women have boobs. And, we’re hairy and gassy. One of me in the house is enough. 😆

        • mad-dog

          this one, too.

      • greenmanTN

        There are basically 3 that I’ve gone to over the years. This is how I rate them.

        JMG= the NYT with great commenting community.
        Towleroad= People magazine, but the comment part really sucks due to censoring
        Queerty= National Enquirer. You can still read it, but probably won’t admit it.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Oh, that is so true.
          I feel slimy at Queerty, like not Silkwood Shower dirty but definitely, you know, not so fresh.

        • another_steve

          All a matter of what one likes and wants. The other sites are more gossipy. Some people like that, and that’s fine.

          I live with a gossip and half my friends are screamin’ gossip queens — so just the facts and nothin’ but the facts for me here in Blog Land, if you please. 😉

    • ranchdad

      Nigel: This is the top to, uh, you know, what we use on stage, but it’s very, very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to THIRTEEN. Look… (pointing at the amp dials), right across the board. THIRTEEN, THIRTEEN, THIRTEEN and then…

      • Andymac3

        Well, this piece is called ‘Lick my love pump’

    • Todd20036

      He’s such a great blogger that the RWNJs keep trying to shut it down

    • JT
    • Adam Schmidt

      In the midst of a job that’s gone horribly wrong so that I’ll be turning in my notice this week and starting a job hunt, family drama, and the vast majority of the time when I’d rather forget the cheeto in charge… it’s to my husband and this place that I turn to for truth and humor, love and sanity, and many other wonderful things that I need in my life. Thank you, Joe.

      This is almost always the first place on the web I come to in the morning and the last place I check before I go to bed at night. I may not always have as much time to comment as I’d like, but this is definitely my home on the net.

    • SockMikey

      Your my first internet visit (after checking email) of the day.

      You’ve provided an invaluable service to the community, a sounding board that prompts people to think about their views and a way to get information out to the world.

      Thank You Joe!

      Mike in Texas

  • Mike in Texas

    Congratulations, Joe … and many thanks for your particular brand of insanity.

  • Congrats, Joe — and thank you for hosting such a lovely online home for us miscreants & reprobates. 🙂

  • another_steve

    This is a wonderful blog. Thanks, Joe. I get most of my news here. You’re faster and better than Google News.

    And much love to my sisters and brothers here in these comment threads.

    Some of the most perceptive — and funniest — people I’ve ever met. 😉

  • Fiona_Alwyn

    Thanks Joe and may you be around this website thingy for many more years!

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Happy anniversary, Joe!

  • Frenchys House Party

    Mazel Tov Darling!

  • Adam King

    Thank you thank you thank you, Joe, you treasure you.

  • 2patricius2

    As others have said, your are my favorite blogger as well.

    And I remember so well, running in the wake of the mosquito fog trucks as they headed down and then up my one block, dead end street. Come to think of it, I remember well the scene when teachers handed out mimeographed pages to classes, and we all raised them to our noses and sniffed, as though on command.

    • Adam King

      They smelled sooo good!

  • Jay Phelps

    Congrats Joe! I love what you’re doing for our community! From a fellow alumnus of an NC small town.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    Several branches of my family, including Sampsons, were early settlers in NC. Perhaps were cousins of a sort.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • bkmn

    Congrats Joe – and here’s to many more years of causing distress among the far-right/buybull banging crowds!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/127c9a52b0c3c48f77275fbec3a2da3634da098a4f2f43de468e0d7ddd0510c6.jpg

  • Slippy_World
  • ColdCountry

    I’ve been here for about 9 of those years – came looking for facts and understanding, and stayed for the wonderful people. I do miss your original stories, Joe, and look forward to the few that you re-post every year. If this is insanity, I selfishly hope it lasts for many more years. I promise, I’ll be here.

  • Do Something Nice

    Congratulations and THANK YOU! This is a fantastic blog and community.

    I would gladly pay to subscribe.

    • Igby

      Wait a second, are you Joe in disguise?

      • Do Something Nice

        Nope!

    • vorpal 😼

      I wish Joe would bring back the t-shirts. I would buy a few without hesitation to support my favourite corner of the internet.

  • Igby

    Happy Thirteen Joe. I love your inter web, website, thingy.

    Thanks to you and here’s to at least another thirteen years.

  • jefe5084

    Thanks for all of the hard work and dedication.

  • ByronK

    Congratulations Joe! What an amazing space and community you’ve created. Thank you.

    • Cattleya1

      I’ve been coming here almost every night for over a decade. You are valued, Joe – and you are needed. A day without Joe is like a day… without the truth.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        like a half finished book, which is like a half finished love affair.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          Like a half fucked fox in a forest fire….ok, maybe that’s too far….

  • Blake J Butler
  • hmph. so the last twelve months were your thirteenth year, eh? now i know who to blame for all that’s happened in that period. /looks sternly in joe’s direction

    jes kidding, babe. thanks for all you do. have a snickers bar, and get some guest bloggers so you can take a couple of days off.

  • Henry Auvil

    Kudissimos! Keep up the great work. This site has been my daily hit of sanity, especially in the last six months.

  • perversatile

    The sad days were those when Granny wouldn’t let us play outside because the chain-gangs were doing road repair…
    Thank you Joe for being a daily part of my life.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • netxtown

    Happy, happy, happy 13!

  • Jerry Kott

    Congratz- a good year ahead

  • Dazzer

    Finally! You’re a teenager.

    Mind you, from the look of you, you’ve lived hard for the last 12 years 🙂

    Many, many, many congratulations – and thank you so much for creating this place.

  • Blake J Butler
  • KBlackie

    Joe, thank you much for what you do. I don’t always have the easiest time connecting within my community and you and your work here has helped me in those regards. You help my partner and I stay informed on such an important level. I’m just really really grateful for you, this site, and the people who read and comment (the best informed and the funniest comments on this here internet thingie).

  • CJason

    Oh. my. god, Joe. My. God. is a teenager! Congrats, Joe and thank you, and hey, treat yourself to a day off once in awhile. We will survive.

  • ChrisInKansas

    I check your page five times a day, easily. Some days triple that. I’m always informed and entertained. Thanks for everything, Joe.

  • edrex

    happy thirteenth! rural north carolinian myself. i too remember driving with my best high school buddy in the nearby city (winston salem) through a posh-ish neighborhood in the mosquito fog. no visibity. we sideswiped a street parked car and ripped a hubcap off my friend’s dad’s car. there were consequences. god, that was a fun time.

  • SoCalGal20

    Congrats, Joe! Thank you for making this here blog thingy such a fun and informative place.

  • Disqusdmnj

    Congrats on the anniversary! In Jewish years, now you are a man. 😜

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Lazycrockett
    • another_steve

      I found a good man to love — but alas, he’s not a billionaire.

      Maybe in my next life.

  • Dave604

    Congratulations! I visit daily for the interesting posts and discussion.

  • Nychta

    Congratulations, Joe, and thank you.

  • Bluto
    • another_steve

      That’s quite a talent.

      I doubt I’m anatomically capable of it.

      • BockMcMillan

        “If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again; Then your courage will appear, If you only persevere…”

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        It helps that the curve is perfect. The right curve makes a difference (or so I’m told ☺.)

        • Robincho

          Je t’upvote (pour un ami)…

  • Kevin Tawse

    Thank you Joe

  • Tiger Quinn

    Joe this is still one of the best sites there is – thank you for the hard work on keeping us informed.

  • Dan M

    Happy anniversary. Well done, sir.

  • Blake J Butler

    It’s really my go-to site because there is so much shit in the world, it’s difficult to be happy all the time, i have to look for myself to find good in the world and i do, and some of those times are on here.

    It’s going to sound really corny and sappy, but i love you guys and gals on here. Even though i will likely never meet any of you in person, i feel different when i come here, whether it is for laughs, eye candy, or giving verbal tongue lashings to those that are anti-LGBT. It’s good all around. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7e0b0d81b872e00f55e1990e971d7426bc15039e35bdac834fcaf854b395ce40.gif

    Group hug.

  • acde

    Thank you Joe from the west coast of Canada. You are my main source of reliable news about/from the USA. I also value lots of JoeMyGod laughs, occasional shared tears and the whole JoeMyGod community. I consider you a USA treasure.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Here’s to thirteen more. God willing.

  • Michael R
  • Spudman
  • Oscarlating Wildely

    And here’s 13+ more years! And a reminder…

    http://www.troll.me/images/wanna-know-gay/i-love-unicorns.jpg

  • BlueberriesForMe

    Thank you, Joe, for keeping on going on and keeping us all informed.
    Happy 13th!

  • Hue-Man

    13th Anniversary Symbols
    Traditional: Lace
    Modern: Faux fur/Textiles
    Flower: Hollyhock
    Gemstone: Citrine/Moonstone/Hawk’s Eye https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d06cb2b6f4337feb52e25704125de93bae8ed2efe617e1f4600f58db57c5160b.jpg

    • Michael R
      • another_steve

        “Only skin deep. It’s transitory, too. It’s terribly transitory. Oh yes. It’s too bad about this poor boy’s face. It’s tragic. He’s absolutely cursed. How could his beauty ever compare with my soul? And although I’ve never seen my soul, I understand from my mother’s Rabbi that it’s a knock-out.”

        ~ Harold, “The Boys in the Band”

        • edrex

          i so love that film.

    • Colonel Panic.

      Faux fur accented with lace and hollyhocks? Eek.

      • it does sound like some Failures i’ve seen trying to be clubwear.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I think hollyhocks are gorgeous myself, but Teleflora, Flowershopping.com and FromYouFlowers.com all say that chrysanthemums are the 13th anniversary flower.

      • Hue-Man

        Do florists supply hollyhocks? I remember from my childhood that they grew like weeds and when they finished blooming, we collected the seeds.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          I don’t know. I’ve never seen them in a flower shop.

          • marshlc

            Probably because they’re six feet high?

  • MikeBx2

    A day isn’t complete without checking in at JMG. I really get a lot of joy from reading everyone’s comments and expressing a few myself. I admit that sometimes I forget to read the post and head straight to the comments. haha Happy 13!!

  • Tom G

    Thank you for what you for. I’m on this damn blog as much as I’m looking at porn.

  • bobbybear.i.am

    If this is insanity then I hope to never be sane.

  • 1Myles1

    I have enjoyed many and I want to enjoy many more.
    Keep up the good work. It is a tough job but you do it better than most(no kiss-ups intended).

  • KaBoomBOX

    Happy 13th, Joe!

    • Ray Taylor

      I think Joe really will like that one.

  • Colonel Panic.

    Congratulations and thanks from the middle parts of England. The blog and especially the comments are an even better use of the interwebs than kitten pictures.

  • Jack

    Where is that like button?

  • Robincho

    Endless thanks, dear Joe, for all that you are and all that you do! All the JMG triskaidekaphiles wish you awesome continuances, and a hearty “bottoms up!”

  • John

    LOVE this blog! Thanks for all you do. Not everybody gets to be 13 twice 😉

    (Like a lot of things I write and say, it makes more sense in my head than it does in print. LOL)

  • Macbill

    Thank you very much for your fine effort. It makes a difference in my life to be informed of the issues that affect me.

  • Cuberly
  • Secure

    You’re the best, and so is this blog. Thanks for all you do Joe. Much appreciated!

  • djcoastermark

    It’s insane, but I’m committed to reading JMG. Thank you Joe for keeping me and others ….. sane !

  • Beagle
  • Andymac3

    My husband told me the very same story on running after the mosquito truck, playing in the pesticide cloud. That was here in New Jersey. Generation of kids brought up on DDT, what a gay old time.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Thanks, Joe. Long may you wave.

  • JIM W

    You’ve come a long way baby…. When my browser launches, JoeMyGod Blog is the default page that opens for me. Thanks and keep on keepin’ on.

  • DoctorDJ
  • Kevin Perez

    Congratulations on completing your thirteenth year of blogging. Today begins your fourteenth year in case you are triskaidekaphobic.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Ha ha! I always learn something here.

  • AJayne

    Congrats and thank you! Words cannot say how much I appreciate the site: articles, comments, and general comraderie – y’all keep me (relatively) sane.

  • whollyfool

    I come to this blog several times a day for news and comfort. Thanks for both!

  • margaretpoa

    That explains everything. I too played in that poisonous artificial fog bank. Gleefully. Yes, that sure explains a lot….

    • canoebum

      My dad was a chemist. He closed the doors and windows of the house and wouldn’t let us outside for half an hour after the truck passed. I still ended up a crazy person.

  • vorpal 😼

    Happy 13th birthday, JMG!
    Can be bring Off Topic Thursdays back to my favourite site?

  • Gigi
  • Ross

    CONGRATS, Joe!!!!!!!! It is incredible what you have created. Thank you. Thank you.

    For year 14 might I make a suggestion? I would be THRILLED to pay a fee to view JMG rather than see your fabulous site clogged by ads. The ads make it impossible to watch on my iPhone (it keeps “reloading) and almost impossible on my iPad (ditto).

    And you will be worth every penny.

    And speaking of memory lane…

    Ten years ago Steve Jobs introduced a newfangled device called an iPhone.

    The first five minutes of the video are moving, if you remember how revolutionary the device was.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qPAY9JqE4

  • Acronym Jim

    Happy Webirthday!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Congratulations Joe! As has been said many times here before, I come for the news and stay for the laughs!

  • Jukesgrrl

    I feel like I went up a couple of IQ points when I discovered Joe. My. God. I read it every day and recommend it constantly. I can’t thank Joe enough. Happy anniversary.

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    Before I found JMG, well…it was just ghastly.
    Congratulations and many thanks, Joe. You’ve created an amazing space, and the crowd here provides much needed sanity in a world that seems determined to walk off the edge. It’s also the greatest place to learn new things. All kinds of things.
    Which is a surprise and a joy.
    Laughter is part of my life well lived, and JMG provides a healthy daily dose.
    Here’s to you, Joe…and your continuing efforts to make a difference…and Three Cheers to The Flying Monkeys, too.
    🙂

    https://vimeo.com/126455670

  • Bj Lincoln

    I’ve been coming her almost as long as you have been posting. When I was reading 20 + sites a day, yours was the first and last one I visited. When so many blogs stopped after we won marriage, you stuck it out to our great relief. Today you are my #1 source of news that relates to our community. I am so grateful you put so much of yourself into this here web thingy. I can’t imagine life with out checking my news several times a day or reading the awesome comments with people who are like friends. They cared when I had open heart surgery, have shared their lives with us and comforted us through hard times. We are safe here and we try to follow the rules of good debate when challenged. There is a great collection of people who come from across the globe who teach me something new every day. This would not happen without your dedication. Thank you Joe.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      My very early friend on LiveJournal, 13 years ago, had a button on her page to JMG, so that’s when I began reading, almost as long as he’s been posting.

  • billbear1961
    • ByronK

      And it wouldn’t be the same without the soundtrack courtesy of billbear! xo

      • billbear1961

        Very kind!

        xo

  • northern_neighbour

    Curieux Bleu here from Oh Canada!

    I check JMG 2 or 3 times a day, for I think it is about 5 years now. My #1 breaking news source as well as mental/emotional therapy.

    And now you can’t comment any more without a pass-word and Disqus says I am “northern-neighbour” … so whatever … everything here is amazingly RELEVANT and IMPORTANT … and the humour is AMAZING here. What a great community you have brought together Joe Jervis!

    A MILLION TIMES THANK-YOU!!! … and as we are now in the storm of very dark times, thus this blog is DOUBLY NECESSARY to help us all keep sane, and yes JOE you are about the most SANE GUY and one of the most gentle men on the planet.

    A libation to be poured and hoisted high to celebrate Gentleman Joe, one of the true Princes of our 21st century … HEALING and LIBERATION! To JOE and to ALL OF YOU HERE!!! plus Daily Resistance!

    Keep BRINGIING IT!

  • jimbo65

    Happy Anniversary Joe! Thanks for all you do and providing us all an oasis of sanity! I remember I first came here many years ago. I believe the Matt Sanchez and Jeff Gannnon were the topic at the time. Ah, good times. Keep up the good work Joe. Can’t imagine a day without you.

  • David Milley

    Many thanks, Joe, for running the flat-out best LGBTQ news blog around and congratulations on managing to do it for so long. Congrats and thanks, too, for cultivating an amazing community of erudite, sage, sane commenters and providing as safe a space as any on the ‘net for them to speak their minds.

  • Pat

    Thank you for building the wittiest, best informed, and just flat out funniest community online. There have been so many times I’ll see a news item and hurry over to read what everyone here is saying. It’s a pretty awesome thing you’ve done, but then you’re you, and that’s pretty damned awesome, too. Happy anniversary!

  • canoebum

    Congratulations Joe and thank you! JMG was my lifeline all through the battles for the repeal of DADT, DOMA and finally the recognition of our marriage rights. Everyday it is my first read in the morning, even if it’s the weekend and you probably haven’t posted anything new. I’ll come on just to read the overnight comments. The community of readers is a source information, inspiration and new perspectives. You’ve created something truly wonderful here. I’ve said this in the past and it bears repeating; your work ethic, professionalism and dedication to this enterprise is phenomenal.

    I found this space through Pam’s House Blend. Although that blog is gone, I still feel appreciation to her for opening my eyes to a whole new world. I hope she’s doing well.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    This blog is more than a blog. It seems it’s the first online community I found that feels like a real community… a family even. We share comments, music, pics, videos, fun, sadness, exhilaration as though we all knew each other forever. Thank you, Joe, for creating and nurturing the JMG family!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDSSGyPurmE

    PS: Don’t forget, everyone, to click the “Recommend” icon on top of the comments section.

  • billbear1961
  • David Walker

    Thank you, Joe. We’d miss you, but you really are allowed a day or so off from time to time. Just tell us ahead of time so we can stock up on whatever is needed to get us through that day.

    I maintain this is the best gay bar/community center that has ever existed and will ever exist. We know each other, know whom to enjoy and whom to avoid, and we do try to make newbies and straight allies welcome. The posts and conversations are so informative and fun and thought-provoking and, sometimes, mind-numbing, but that last one is about the topic.

    I really, truly feel I’d be less of an informed person without you. Your work is vital. And I think you can take a day off from time to time.

  • Lazycrockett
    • KarenAtFOH

      And so the thuggery begins/continues. How long before they start doing it outside of the rally?

    • safari

      That will end well.

    • billbear1961

      FASCISTS!!

  • Ray Taylor

    Congratulations Joe for being the best 13 year old bloger. I mean for 13 years. Sometimes I just get all mixed up. Cheers.

  • fuzzybits

    Congrats Joe. Been here since 2010 and can’t believe how fast things go!

  • JT

    Congratulations, Joe, and thanks!
    https://i.imgbox.com/tI2JHyPf.gif

  • JWC
  • j.martindale
  • SoCalGal20

    I just saw this on my twitter feed and haven’t had a chance to read it yet but sounds like it will e a good read.

    https://twitter.com/rawstory/status/858476007904473088

    • houstonray

      It was a good read. Especially the last line, ha.

  • safari

    Thank you, Joe. You’ve created a wonderful community here.

  • Lazycrockett
  • twb6yz

    Congrats and thanks for all the work you do

  • Silver Badger

    Happy anniversary. You have played an important part in our lives.

  • SoCalGal20

    Totally OT but I wanted to mention it before I forget. If there are any Guardian of the Galaxy fans here who are planning to see the new movie and you have a Regal (Edwards, Regal, etc) cinema nearby, you may want to see if they’re doing a GOTG double feature on Thursday. I don’t don’t know if any other theater chains are doing something similar. At the Edwards theater by my work it’s $25 for both shows (in the super fancy reserved seating theater). Other theaters in my area it’s $20. It’s a good deal considering what Edwards normally charges for one movie.

    • fuzzybits

      I applaud you if you can do it,but my behind and body can’t sit in a theatre seat that long.

      • SoCalGal20

        I understand. But, we’re in the fancy theater with leather recliners lol. I also assume there’s going to be an intermission so there will be a chance to walk around.

        I once sat through a marathon showing of the original Star Wars trilogy at a movie theater. Great fun but a long day lol.

        • fuzzybits

          Yea,now that I think about it it’ll be the same here. We have some theater’s with the leather seats too. One just put in what’s called “dreamloungers”,big enough for two people.

  • SoCalGal20
  • Hue-Man
    • safari

      The same reason Trump tower has 58 floors but the top floor is 68?

  • billbear1961
  • SoCalGal20

    Sam Bee’s Not the WHCD is streaming now. It’s just the red carpet right now.

    https://twitter.com/fullfrontalsamb/status/858483547568390144

    https://mobile.twitter.com/i/live/850430976572260352

    • Lazycrockett

      Starts on TBS at the top of the hour. Its actually getting a lot of press.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      We’re recording it on Canada’s comedy network. Just about to start watching.

  • houstonray
  • Paula Key

    Happy Anniversary, Joe. This is truly a labour of love. Thank you. You have enabled us to make this our home – solidarity, sharing, joy and sadness. Much love.

  • kaydenpat

    Congrats Joe. This is a daily read for me. Gave up some other media after the last (awful) Presidential election, but still love JMG! Keep up the great work.

  • Mickey Bitsko
    • safari

      I suspect Gary will be press secretary shortly.

  • fuzzybits

    Joe,you make us feel,”Mighty Real!” https://youtu.be/VyAHULpMXKQ

  • worstcultever

    about to enjoy the thread

    kisses to Joe, Shelley and everyone here

    • billbear1961

      xo

  • bambinoitaliano

    Happy Anniversary JMG! Thank you Joe for creating this sandbox for this crazy kitty to play in 🙂 Log live Joe and may the site last for a few decades more.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a09337a8f00961d45406bb8a823d090d7f496bb058b1b92b71410a3fa0d33c3.gif

  • billbear1961
  • SoCalGal20

    Read this brutal and brilliant takedown of the NYT by a leading climate scientist explaining why he cancelled his subscriptiom to the NYT.

    https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/857625862933540864

    • billbear1961

      The New York Times conspires with LIARS!!

    • billbear1961

      I hope many, many OTHERS do as HE has done!!

    • billbear1961

      There is still the Washington Post.

      If necessary, we can all flock to the Guardian!

      It may well be that we will have to rely on the press of ALLIES to fight American FASCISM!!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Retweeted and shared on FB.

    • Ross

      Really great smackdown regarding the atrocious NYT Public Editor’s response:

      http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2017/04/liz-spayd-is-worst.html

      I cancelled my NTY subscription in 2016 after they had yet ANOTHER front-page article slamming Hillary…which proved within days to be untrue.

      • safari

        And then they had that post-2016 election letter re-committing themselves to journalism as a-not-really apology…

      • SoCalGal20

        The thing that gets me is the utter contempt for their readers by the Public Editor (and the others in editorial) and by several of the writers who, rather than accept or reflect on legitimate criticism or, you know DO ACTUAL JOURNALISM, instead sit on twitter picking fights and mocking people who have valid criticisms (looking at you Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush!). It’s a shame because the NYT does produce excellent journalism and has people worth reading. But, I just cannot get past the bad stuff to get to the good. Hiring hacks and mocking and dismissing their readers’ concerns is unprofessional and beyond the pale.

  • easygoingmister

    Cheers to Joe & the JMG comment peeps!

    Also, interestingly enough, this year is the 13th year for me & my guy as well. Being together under 1 roof that is.

    • SoCalGal20

      Congrats to you and your man!

  • MikeBx2

    I don’t know if host Hasan Minhaj will go easy since Trump’s not there, but I hope not. He should roast him good. Get way under Don’s thin skin. I’ve got nothing else to do, so I’ll be watching.

  • Congratulations and a happy anniversary, Joe! May we, your family, celebrate many, many more.

    As appropriate music is the order of the day, I joined in and went searching for some — and found this, a song about the beginning of the world, a song which has not been heard for 3,000 years:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUcTsFe1PVs

  • Sam_Handwich

    Thanks so much, Mr Joe!

    I’ve never experienced a JMG meet up. Would love to meet you in person for once, and also some of my fellow flying monkeys. If you’re planning on attending Bear Week in Ptown this year, please let us know. I can be there in a 2 hour drive.

    Thanks again for all you do. Our lives are richer for your efforts.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Last sentence is so true. Thank you.

    • ByronK

      I’d love to see a Toronto JMG Canuck meet up.

  • fuzzybits
  • Todd

    I’m late to the party, but happy blogiversary! You’re my first online stop each day and always the first place I check when I hear of breaking news.

  • billbear1961
  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Michael R

    Throwing Russian flags while Trump speaks tonight
    ( avoiding the correspondents dinner )

    https://s24.postimg.org/omckikpsl/trump_russia_flags.gif

    • fuzzybits

      And none of those people know what it is.

      • billbear1961

        You could easily get them to wave it!

      • safari

        It’ll end up in the press.

        • safari

          Though I couldn’t find the word “flag” mentioned in the Free Republic live thread except for someone bitching about the lack of the US flags at democratic events and someone else complaining about (I know!) the use of the red flag at them.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      In their defense, they are an important part of his base.

      • Ross

        Probably????????

    • Cuberly

      The fidgety kid in the backgrounds says it all.

  • fuzzybits

    Don’t know why I go on periscope,but just saw David Duke on there. Uggg.

  • Lazycrockett

    West Wing on Sam Bee.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m watching the whca dinner.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • fuzzybits

      I like that,”sustained inquiry.”

  • Piet

    You should get a medal, Joe. The service you give us is invaluable. I am grateful every day for your contribution to rational thought and good reporting. Thank you, thank you, for being here.

  • fuzzybits

    I have to echo some folks when they say we would understand if you took a day off here and there Joe. We all need a little rest and some play.

  • Ninja0980

    Congrats on 13 amazing years Joe!

  • Bryan

    Thanks Joe for all you do here and beyond. Quite a nice thing you got going.
    Here’s to as many more years as you can stand.
    Cheers!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ross

      This made me burst out laughing!

    • safari

      As I am watching Drunk History and drinking at the moment, this is relevant to my interests.

      • safari

        Example: Harriet Tubman Leads an Army of Bad Bitches
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpTf1GFjCd8

        • KarenAtFOH

          “She was just dope as hell.”
          Time to bad bitch the orange slime.

        • SoCalGal20

          Octavia Spencer as Harriet Tubman! I love Drunk History.

          Here’s Lin-Manuel Miranda from another episode discussing Alexander Hamilton.

          https://youtu.be/XZNHRE96q6Y

  • Baltimatt

    Thanks, Joe.

    • billbear1961

      Hello, Matt!

      • Baltimatt

        Hi, Bill!

  • Sam_Handwich

    haven’t read much tonight about the Trump rally in PA

    good.

  • houstonray

    Hasan Minjaj is now up on the WHCD…

    • EweTaw

      “Jeff Sessions couldn’t be here, because he had a pre-civil war reenactment to attend. He wrote on his RSVP ‘No.’ Just no. His second favorite N word.”

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Probably the biggest “Boo” he got all night.

        What, exactly, does Jeff Sessions have to do not qualify for the defensive, wagon-circling, good-natured camaraderie of the Beltway?

    • Lazycrockett

      He is fine as fuck.

  • boobert

    Entertainment starting at correspondence dinner !

  • I go with the latter of the two… but, then, I’m an expert. Happy anniversary, Joe!

  • Natty Enquirer

    DDT was banned for causing environmental damage, not because it was especially poisonous to humans. Its acute oral toxicity is about the same as caffeine or acetaminophen. DDT was instrumental in wiping out bedbugs in most civilized areas.

    • safari

      And has a half life of 2-15 years in the soil.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Yes, it’s a very stable compound. It has a long half-life in the blood system, too, which is a concern, though health studies have been contradictory.

        • safari

          Like many long-lived compounds, there is question of how it affects the endocrine system.

    • Lazycrockett

      It also almost wiped out large population of certain birds cause it affected the strength of egg shells.

    • It’s not that benign. DDT acts as an endocrine disruptor. For women, this means reproductive disruption, including abnormal secondary sex characteristic development, infertility, and spontaneous miscarriages; for men, it manifests as decreased fertility.

      It’s not directly genotoxic, but has been linked to some types of cancer, including pancreatic.

      Incidental/occasional exposure was deemed tolerable, but the problem is DDT builds up in fatty tissues and further has food-chain bioamplification effects. Large or frequent exposure to DDT has been proven in many studies to negatively effect reproduction in both males and females of all animal species, including humans.

      • safari

        Because this seems like the place. Michiganders were also at one pointed poisoned with an endocrine disruptor that will affect us until at least mid-century and perhaps beyond. By mistake, a company mixed up an animal feed nutrient with a fire retardant that is a toxic endocrine receptor.

    • DoctorDJ

      Per Wikipedia:

      “Its publication ( Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”) was a seminal event for the environmental movement and resulted in a large public outcry that eventually led, in 1972, to a ban on DDT’s agricultural use in the United States.[7] A worldwide ban on agricultural use was formalized under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants,”

      DDT is the reason that the red tail hawk was a rare sighting in my youth. And the sand hill crane was unknown.

      Today these are common. And the bald headed eagle has put down roots 2 miles from my home for the first time in 100 years.

  • boobert

    You KNOW trump is watching this !

  • fuzzybits

    Darrell Issa looking happy. lol.

  • MikeBx2

    “I do not see Steve Bannon. I do not see Steve Bannon. Not see Steve Bannon. Nazi Steve Bannon.” -Hasan Minhaj (made me laugh)

  • Ninja0980
    • fuzzybits

      Sad.

    • safari

      Democrats: This, right here. Just make it an ad. Play it on loop for two minutes.

      • safari

        Like those annoying commercials, people will complain, but remember it. Head On, anyone?

        • djcoastermark

          Ugh, thanx for that earworm.

    • He really could shoot someone in cold blood in the middle of 5th Avenue and these mouth-breathing morons would swear up and down the victim must’ve deserved it.

      • Ninja0980

        Indeed, which is why Bernie and others need to quit saying these folks are reachable.. they aren’t.

        • MBear

          They aren’t “people”

      • fuzzybits

        For a pretty large percentage of his groupies he could do anything and they would fall on their knees and cheer. Because of course,there’s a white man in power again.

      • SoCalGal20

        And that Obama and/or Hillary did it.

    • Michael R

      At the end of this Peter Sellers gets the crowd to cheer wildly about destroying each other , so Trumpian

      Carol for Another Christmas ( Rod Serling , 1964 )

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXfJh0kkG8&t=12m24s

    • Lumpy Gaga

      If we call that a “pre-existing condition”, can we stop getting the constant finger-wagging about how our side is at fault and we just need to hold hands? (Or at least put a really high co-pay on it?)

      • safari

        If it will get me through a Thanksgiving dinner without endless midwestern silence, I’ll take almost anything.

    • DoctorDJ

      The Deplorables are a miserable lot.

      What part of sheeple don’t you understand????

    • Robincho

      Stupid, unfortunately, is forever…

  • houstonray

    There might be some epic Trump tweets after Hasan’s speech…wow!

  • Solarum

    grats on 13 years joe. love reading your blog daily. xoxo

  • Superman

    …and a quality group of commenters if I do say so myself.

  • Lazycrockett

    Hasan is getting very positive tweets.

    • MikeBx2

      I thought he was great.

    • houstonray

      He was very good! Some great lines and some very powerful statements that made them think (hopefully). Nice job.

      *and I have to say, he’s very pleasing on the eyes.

      • billbear1961

        He’s a living doll!

        • houstonray

          Amen! He’s a cutie and after that speech tonight I just want to give him a big hug. 🙂

          • billbear1961

            It will be remembered WHO stood up for the Republic and who–through their actions–or FAILURE to act–BETRAYED her.

          • billbear1961

            “Or” not “of.”

          • houstonray

            ??

          • billbear1961

            I made a mistake in one of my posts to you, but corrected it.

            🙂

    • Ninja0980

      He’s earned all of them.

    • Cuberly

      Seems quite a few conservatives are freaking the hell out on twitter.

      Not sure why, haven’t seen any of his routine, so I’m in the dark.

  • Blake J Butler
  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Thank you for all the work you do. And thank you, bitches, for being so essential part of my every day

  • TuuxKabin

    14, lucky seven twice. May it be doubly good for and to you, Joe, and may we all ride in on your coattails. Comgratulations. Just gon’ leave a lil’ something we were dancing to earlier this evening.

    oxo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGSqqhhokE

  • Max_1
    • Ah… the 9th is so triumphant, but Eroica (3rd) is still my favorite of Beethoven’s works. It was his chrysalis moment, written at the time when his deafness was becoming it’s worst, and overcoming the urge to commit suicide he threw himself into creating this…
      https://youtu.be/vj4JFAQ0N8c

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        You would also like the Erotica. 😉

  • CONGRATULATIONS! JoeMyGod is one of the sites I go to first everyday, and I check back often. I have let friends know they need to follow you, also.

  • Sam Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents Dinner’ is streaming on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/i/live/850430976572260352

    • safari

      Love it. Should have watched it from the start.

      • It’ll probably be available again online. Already parts of it are being posted, should be a full version somewhere. Maybe even via the Full Frontal website.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Cody in CT

    Maybe crazy, but we love you, Joe.

  • Marty Pavelka

    Thank you Joe. I read this blog every night. (And I remember those fog trucks in Ohio when I was a kid!)
    Onward!

  • Ninja0980

    Reading on all the folks who canceled their subscriptions to the NYT over their climate denier coverage, all I have to say is I never had to worry about that.
    After they cheerleaded the Iraq War, I vowed never to subscribe to them.
    Smart move.

    • Adam King

      I unsubscribed around that time too. They lost a subscriber, I lost nothing and saved a few bucks.

    • I’m not going to unsubscribe at this time, but I’m done recommending them to anyone else.

      • j.martindale

        The NYT and the Washington Post are almost the only east coast major newspapers still doing investigative reporting. Bitch and complain to them, by all means, about their bad behavior. They still are one of our few remaining bastions of liberal press. We cannot afford to lose them. Support them for the good that they do.

  • TampaDink

    Happy Anniversary, Joe! Thanks for your tireless efforts that keep us informed & in touch with people like us.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Minhaj @ WHCD made SURE everybody knew he was asked not to tweak Trump by the end of his bit.

    Especially since, first time he broached the subject, the host seated to his right said “No you weren’t.”

  • Lazycrockett
  • dogdadny

    CONGRATULATIONS! and THANK YOU! How appropriate that you and Ellen share the same anniversary. Two people who have done HUGE! ENORMOUS! TREMENDOUS! contributions, service and betterment to both the LGBTQ…community and the human one as well. We are better for having you in our lives and all those you’ve introduced us to. Always with a thump thump thump disco beat in the background.

  • Talisman

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Blake J Butler

    Can Hasan have his own show, i hate Trevor Noah for his frat boy like rhetoric he appeals to. But Hasan always seemed to be one of the greatest additions to the daily show.

    https://www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/10156536135081509/

    • Ross

      Brilliant.

      And…damn…he be cute!

      • Cuberly

        Whoa!

        (And yeah, he’s cute…..sorry for the shallow lapse.)

        • Blake J Butler

          He was one of cutest guys on the daily show, loved the bit he did with trump supporters at the rallies, how they grew to like him, but mentioned he was muslim, and it was like wham, you have to go.

          I don’t watch it anymore because of Noah, and i kind of blame left-leaning late night tv hosts like Noah, Maher, responsible for not being supportive of Hillary when the democrats needed to be united against trump.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • boobert

    I couldn’t say it any better than these guys ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf8ZAMRO1DU

    • Treant

      Barney bottoms at the lodge, doesn’t he?

      • safari

        Like a pro

  • SoCalGal20
    • DoctorDJ

      tDump. Duerte.
      Whatsa difference?

      • TimCA

        Constitutional rights and (for the moment) a muscular judiciary willing to uphold them

      • johncAtl

        Duerte has essentially admitted to killing citizens without waiting for a court to determine guilt. And he’s proud of it.

        Donald wishes he could get away with it.

        • If he’s allowed to remain in office, eventually he will.

    • Lazycrockett

      Its weird that this is making noise, he invited him when he was running and Duterte already said he had murdered people. This really isnt breaking.

      • SoCalGal20

        He’s president now. I guess that’s the difference.

        • Lazycrockett

          Its tweeter. things percolate for months if not years and then it catches fire and boom.

  • SoCalGal20
    • billbear1961

      The Russians are interfering in the elections of western democracies–supporting fascist parties with a campaign of LIES–and yet they rage–RAGE–if truly democratic parties in Russia get any support at ALL from the west.

      To the Russians, any support from the west immediately disqualifies any Russian political party receiving it. But Putin and his regime interfere DISHONESTLY in western elections, and that–THAT–is supposed to be just FINE AND DANDY!!

  • blackstar

    Thanks Joe.. you have the Best Blog. Has kept me sane in this crazy world 🙂

  • SoCalGal20

    And then there’s The Boston Globe. WTAF?

    https://twitter.com/bostonglobe/status/858534184222154752

    • Lazycrockett

      NO NO NO NO NO Fucking NO. JFC!

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
        • safari

          If he’s the father, the son, and the holy spirit… how much incest are we talking here?

          • johncAtl

            Well…Mary was a virgin, and she gave birth to Jesus. So it’s more like the father, the son and the holy what the fuck?

          • safari

            And if humans are the children of god… and Jesus is of Mary and god? Or is Jesus of god and himself?

          • johncAtl

            Alex Jones…..help me! George Soros is paying Safari to mess with my mind (which isn’t hard to do).

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            The incest is yuuuge. The biggest.

    • safari

      How about no?

    • billbear1961

      You SEE how they are normalizing these hate groups, these FASCIST groups that want to strip minorities of their CIVIL RIGHTS??

      As defenders of the TRUTH and genuine DEMOCRACY, it the DUTY of a FREE press to EXPOSE these groups for the lying extremists and fundamental DANGER to democracy that they ARE!!

      INSTEAD, they are normalizing them, treating fascism as an ACCEPTABLE option in a democracy–which it CANNOT be, because fascism DESTROYS the tolerance needed for genuine, diverse democracy to be able to FUNCTION.

      What we have to face is that our press now believes that tolerance means EVERYTHING and ANYTHING must be tolerated and listened to, given a forum to spread its views, no matter how hateful, irrational and mendacious–how inimical to democracy–it may be!!

      Are they truly THAT foolish?!

      Do they not understand how DANGEROUS these groups are??

      Are they doing this to fuel a VILE circus, to milk controversies THEY create by humouring these extremist MONSTERS of all the PROFIT they can squeeze out of them no matter how much DAMAGE they do to the body politic in the process?!

      Do they CARE how much DAMAGE they’re doing as long as they PROFIT from this evil CIRCUS?!

      Or are we talking about the EXTENSIVE infiltration of our media by these VERY fascist groups??

      How MANY of these “journalists” are, in fact, subtle fascist PROPAGANDISTS??

  • Snarkaholic

    I love you.

  • safari

    O/T: While it’s up — Full Hasan Minhaj’s WH Correspondents Dinner Monologue
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Jjg_B78uo

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      He was pretty damn good. I’m currently watching Bernstein & Woodward in the whole broadcast on C-SPAN. (It’s probably going to stay up there, since it’s on C-SPAN’s official channel.)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRQ9Dlh6X8

      • johncAtl

        He was good, but for the audience he fell flat a lot. He was far better than Larry Wilmore.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          He fell flat with the audience when it hit close to home.

  • M Jackson

    Bless your heart Joe. You’ve created a kind of community of a lot of funny angry fascinating and loving Disqusteers.
    i regret all the great novels I could have read in the last 12 years if I hadn’t been consumed with constantly checking JMG for the latest — someone on a comment thread will delight, scare, or comfort me.

  • robert

    And I remember the fun times and hard times in “Slanty house”. I’m glad we’re both still here xx 😉

  • safari

    O/T: Letter to the Editor via http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20170429/letters-to-editor-of-winchester-star


    ‘Hate Has No Home Here’

    I read, with great interest, Mr. John Natale’s colossal misunderstanding of the “Hate Has No Home Here” signs. Natale’s first mistake was claiming the signs read, “Hate has no place in this home.” Mr. Natale is incorrectly assuming that the owners of the sign are finding it necessary to state that there is no hate in their home. But, as the American flag depicted on the sign signifies, the posters are referencing the entire U.S.A., a country that does not tolerate hate in spite of its current leadership. Those people who have chosen to place a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign on their lawn are standing behind their belief that the country should be free of hate.

    Mr. Natale also lists questions that have remained unanswered, so it is my duty to define his burning inquiries:

    1. Question: “Who are the haters that you, the sign owner, are referring to?” Answer: Bigots who are trying to take away protections for transgender students, deport refugees and build a very expensive wall to keep illegal immigrants out (which is completely pointless and not helping your cause, but I digress).

    2. Question: “What, or whom, do the haters hate?” Answer: Perfectly innocent human beings who happen to be different from the haters.

    3. Question: “What is the evidence that there is significant hate in our community?” Answer: Me getting called homosexual slurs by students and adults alike.

    4. Question: “Obviously, you are so morally superior that you may declare everyone who disagrees with you a hater (side note: this first part is a statement, not a question). Where, when, and how did you become the Lord High Decider of Morality?” Answer: Never. We just put a lawn sign down. Calm down, dude.

    As I stated previously, the signs are not talking exclusively about Winchester. The signs are about the whole United States. They also aren’t implying you are a hater if you disagree; where did you get that idea? Also, Mr. Natale, if you’re going to ask us to do you a favor and take the signs down, do humanity a favor and take your Trump signs down. Finally, if you are going to say signs exhibit “snowflake sensitivity,” take a moment to think about how you are writing an angry letter to a newspaper about a lawn sign.

    — Luke Macannuco, seventh-grader, Brookside Avenue

    • Luke’s gonna go far.

      • billbear1961

        if the Republic survives

        • If it does, it’ll be because the young have saved it.

    • billbear1961

      Anyone is obviously a hater if he wants to strip his neighbours, whom HE has judged his inferiors, of their CIVIL RIGHTS.

  • greenmanTN

    Oh, to go back to such a more innocent time..”.

    NSFW! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    https://youtu.be/96NelAjjH4U

    • johncAtl

      Jeff had many talents, but singing and dancing were not among them. And watching pron with him was better with the sound turned off.

      • safari

        Still, lovingly, does it matter?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W18arzzl25c

        • johncAtl

          Not really, since I may have watched many of those videos multiple times. And I still shiver when I hear someone say “tight.”

      • M Jackson

        Oh no, he had that low rumble “you know you want it, yeah that’s the way”, I didn’t know I liked dirty talk until then.

        • johncAtl

          “Oh yeah that’s a tight ass. I like that tight ass.” Repeated every two minutes. Give me Kip Noll any day.

          • OdieDenCO

            to be honest, with Striker’s endowment most asses would be tight at least for the first 10 minutes.

          • M Jackson

            As long as we’re on the subject give me to Danny Sommers.

      • greenmanTN

        It could be worse. 😉

        https://youtu.be/pFiqO0Qpa_g

        • safari

          Now if she had autotune, this could be a hit.

          • greenmanTN

            God love the 80s.

            https://youtu.be/R3el090LwZY

            It made sense at the time. 😉

          • greenmanTN

            I really do try to keep my free association under control. I often fail. I’m that guy saying things like, “So did you know that Karl Freund, the cinematographer of many famous silent films, shot many of the “I Love Lucy” episodes? ”

            I just can’t help myself. Don’t don’t don’t say that. Fuck! You just HAD to say it, didn’t you? 😜

            https://youtu.be/C-z8PqxFP_U

            30 years later…

            https://youtu.be/stncnFtXMGU

    • safari

      I’ve never heard this song before. I’ll probably be singing it under my breath for a week.

      • greenmanTN

        I only want to help. 😈

      • greenmanTN

        Happy to help. 😉

        At least it wasn’t that “Kibbles and Bits” jingle which I had stuck in my head for a solid MONTH!

    • yes b’y

      As WIdow Twanky would say that front porch needs a good lick.

  • Sam D. Maloney

    I’m glad you exist. Your’s in the only blog I have permanently pinned.

  • BeaverTales

    My math blog is strangely catching on….maybe someday I will even make a living off of it. I couldn’t do an all gay blog because I’m not as versed on all the memes and culture that Joe knows will keep the traffic coming, I’m glad Joe does it. I’ve learned a lot about internet communities here…thanks Joe!

    • safari

      I’m convinced that one day we can communicate entirely in image memes when we’re all ready.

      • billbear1961

        I prefer a good Shakespearean rant, myself.

        And what judgment
        Would step from this to this?

        http://samuel-warde.com/samuel-warde.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Obama-Trumps-Trump-750×398.jpg

        https://youtu.be/VhW7bOoTxxQ?t=2m13s

        A murderer and a villain,
        A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe
        Of your precedent lord, a vice of kings,
        A cutpurse of the empire and the rule,
        That from a shelf the precious diadem stole,
        And put it in his pocket—
        A king of shreds and patches!

        • safari

          I can’t process Shakespeare at spoken speed, unfortunately.

          • billbear1961

            It comes with practice, and is worth the effort.

            It’s no exaggeration to call it–at its best–one of the chief JEWELS in the Crown of English.

            A transcendent treasure of our culture, of western and WORLD civilization.

          • coram nobis

            There is also this, a brilliant meditation on the art of theater.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZFngXSDD0I

  • johncAtl

    I’m not sure when I first stumbled across JMG, but it’s been a long time. I’ll guess I’ve read 75% of those posts, and I’ll use a conservative estimate that I only spent ten minutes per post (we all know some posts go on for hours while Joe and Shelley sleep). That means I’ve spent about an entire year of my life on this site. I’m not complaining. On to year fourteen.

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    • johncAtl

      Does the Secret Service know that Melania is online making $97 an hour?

      • billbear1961

        They will infest this world STILL, after the nuclear Armageddon, like the cockroaches.

        • safari

          The internet was designed for a nuclear holocaust.

          • billbear1961

            Designed to bring it on, I think, sometimes.

          • safari

            Same danger as the printing press. Just a higher magnitude of change over a shorter period of time — and in a time on the cusp of many, many other changes.

          • billbear1961

            It’s hard to know how a society can survive when 40% of the population have no respect for simple, basic fairness or any demonstrable FACT which PROVES them WRONG.

            No one with any self-respect can accept governance at the hands of callous, PROVEN pathological LIARS.

            It is DEGRADING, wrong, EVIL.

          • safari

            We have survived for centuries; and as a species for hundreds of them. And we’re starting to transition to something new. So, something of all of us will survive is my best understanding.

          • billbear1961

            I have NO desire to survive in a fascist PRISON.

            Indeed, many of us may not be ALLOWED to survive.

            And the THINGS that WOULD survive in such circumstances would be hateful, subhuman Nazi MONSTERS, morally depraved fascist FRAUDS.

            I’m very glad I’m gay and have not BRED.

            I’m SICK of the two-faced BULLIES’ relentless, baldfaced LIES.

            And of WATCHING the media–people who have the GALL to call themselves JOURNALISTS–treat OBVIOUS lies and naked HATRED as something deserving of RESPECT, of a serious, civilized being’s serious consideration!!

          • safari

            I really want to write a long essay, but it is late, I’ve been running on an average of two or three hours of sleep per night for the past two weeks for various reasons, but right now we have a shadow of immortality. As time goes on, provided we don’t lose data, we’ll get more fidelity to the true thing. People are working on it for various reasons from advertising to prediction to more pure goals akin to resurrection and replacement. You, physically, might pass, but echos of yourself can survive right now.

          • billbear1961

            I’m not sure I want echoes of myself to survive, safari.

            Personally, I don’t think oblivion is something to fear or recoil from.

            ” . . . ‘tis a consummation
            Devoutly to be wished.”

            I have an irrational, physical fear of death because I’m only human, and I’m weak.

            Lord Salisbury said there was no point in being frightened of what MUST be. Well . . .

            It’s the MANNER in which one might die that frightens me most, rather than death, itself.

            I agree with the Stoics that we have a RIGHT to take the matter into our own hands and are not obliged to “hang on” if that doesn’t appeal to us.

            I think it’s almost preferable to arrange things ourselves rather than wait for Nature to do it in her often GRUESOME way (when she isn’t merciful and QUICK).

            Don’t let me keep you up!

            I should get to bed myself!

            🙂

            Goodnight!

            I hope sleep won’t elude you!

          • safari

            Thanks. Sleep well yourself.

          • canoebum

            To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, nothing focuses the mind so well as a hanging. I’m beginning to think we’ve sanitized society a bit too much for its own good. Perhaps the sight of traitors being hanged or facing a firing squad would bring back a bit of respect for actual truth and justice. After all, the Founding Fathers used them to great effect at the time of our American Revolution. So many on the far, far right, or in Trump World tout the benefits of Originalism, maybe a few stretched necks would bring a renewed perspective on the value of loyalty to one’s country.

  • Markos

    Joe, thanks for all that you do here! I followed ‘The Stories of The Saint’ links that you shared a few years ago. That must have been such an awesome time in New York. I’d never known about it without your posts to this site. I come here daily to see what News I’m missing out on from other sites. This is my first post here, usually I just lurk in the background to see what everyone else has to say. Been following you since 2010. This site is great.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Thank you for all your devotion to this site Joe! I imagine doing something 7 days a week for 13 years could be tiring from time to time. Remember the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial where the dude stumbles out of bed mumbling “Time to make the donuts”? I imagine it’s like that sometimes.

    These are a few of my favorite things about JMG:

    1. The music and music videos.
    2. The endless creativity of individual posters.
    3. The tremendous support for the Ali Forney Center!
    4. The kindness and genuine concern of so many.
    5. The real community that’s been created.

    Joe, if you are reading this, I’d love to see a daily “What’s On Your Mind” post, where we could all talk about whatever we want. There’s been times when I’ve wanted to write about what’s going on in my state regarding pending legislation affecting LGBT people. Maybe someone wants to talk about a surgery they’re facing or a new job. Just whatever is on people’s minds that day. I think it would be fun and encourage more of a sense of community. I’d be curious if others would be interested in it.

    • TuuxKabin

      Hi ’til tuesday. First off do you know the band, “The Real Tuesday Weld”? I won’t leave a link, I’m getting ready to rush out the door, but need my first thing in the morning hit of JMG. They’re a quirky group to say the least, but very creative with their animated videos.

      I agree with your five points. And more. A lot of us use the last thread Joe gives us at the end of the day as a ‘salon’. To comment on or off the topic, go on a tangent, get something off our chest. For me it’s often dream inducing. I’ve had dreams of being on line, communicating with each other.

      This last one from last night is a good example. Same in the morning. First thing when I come here, like right now, it’s full of a lot of commentator tots’ replies and new topics for discussion.

      We get to know each other by opening up to one another.

      Disclosure: I’m off to my stamina trainer’s studio for my 3 x a week pogrom. He’s from Uzbekistan, by way of a Commando in the Israeli Special Forces, been my barber for the last 15 years and ‘trainer’ since early September. He’s concentrating on restoring the strength and range of motion to my left shoulder/arm from a rotator cuff injury and rehabilitation that still left it weak and a bit stiff. We’ve gained much progress.

      So. With that I’m out the door, will return to el HubCap, aka as 2guysnamedjoe, husband of nine years, domestic partner ‘certification’ since 2001 and constant hugga bugga since January 1981.

      To answer your last sentence. Color me curious yellow, yeah, I’m interested as well.

      Happy May Day tomorrow. Remember to resist, persist, enlist and first of all exist.

  • UK Canuck

    You’ve curated a vast aggregation of stuff (I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term) that’s of importance and interest to me. I’m pretty much a daily visitor because of it. Thanks for your dedication.

  • billbear1961

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pm1R8_Yoq5Y/WJDMFHAk5NI/AAAAAAAALtE/oddg75Cn604z0yFj5ZfoIbBwdAGUnRN3wCK4B/s1600/lk013117_color.jpg

    If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not.

    Fare thee well at once.
    The glowworm shows the matin to be near,
    And ‘gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
    Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d6f2c0d0fb86e29f08c02613f3007591778af0cc7c10e9b6e0281cb778c4022.jpg

  • SDG

    Thank you Joe!

  • JCF

    [“Please don’t let the cat out.” Pshaw! We all know SHELLEY is the reason for your fame. ;-p~~~ ]

    Kudos, congrats and THANK YOU, Joe!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/80966865da5565812cb436c484d72c722f977de8e23c53d1b3415acf709a7b0e.gif

  • mjcc1987

    Thank you Joe.

  • yes b’y

    Thanks for all you do Joe, and thanks to all you JMGers, except Bill Perdue.

  • BearEyes

    Insane or not, we still love ya just the same and say thanks for all you do.
    Cheers to another 13!

  • bsinps

    Thank Joe!

  • BobSF_94117

    I come here for the veal.

    Thx, Joe.

  • medaka

    Thank you, Joe!!!

  • Steve Teeter

    Thank you indeed, Joe!

  • yes b’y
  • coram nobis

    Congratulations on 13 successful years at Joe’s Café Americáin. Unoccupied France salutes you.

    Seriously, running a blog is hard work and I admire your dedication and persistence.

  • Vinnie NYC

    Happy Birthday Joe and thank you for 13 wonderful years. I’m here many times a day and I love this family

  • CONGRATULATIONS To the best of the best!

  • Warped_Caleb

    It’s not a new morning without pulling up your blog

  • stanhope

    Thank God for you Joe! I read you every day.

  • geepster

    My day’s never complete without a few visits here! Thanks, Joe. Really. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c4447ed791b563beac3e2ce751182a4f44bb8c8bd69342b5b0614b198aa5dd1.jpg

  • I very much appreciate the work you do. I cannot imagine that kind of stamina.

  • You are unique, invaluable and irreplaceable! Thank you for supplying real-deal news, exposing the lies, and for your devilish humor!

  • Alison Wakefield

    Thank you for your important work and dedication to it. You are so needed and greatly appreciated.

  • Happy belated birthday to the JMG blog!!!

    • Richard, another Canuck

      I’ll second that happy belated Joe..I spend hours everyday captured by your reporting and stories.. Hugs,..

  • I was right there with you, Joe, biking through the mosquito fog… Although down in the ass-end of Alabama.

    ‘Tis small wonder we are, as a dear friend would say, “flicktated!”

    For me, there’s you, David, Alvin & Andy. NO ONE covers the LGBTQIA community better! Mazel Tov! 😉

  • Nickolaus Brown

    I have amnesia every year and read it again and enjoy it just as much. Thank you for what you do, I never spend a day without you…

  • AaronD12

    Congratulations on your site. Excellent work!