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Anita Bryant vs. the Gay Crusaders

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

Anita Bryant is a popular singer who belted out The Battle Hymn of the Republic at the half time show for Super Bowl III. Now she is doing commercials promoting Florida orange juice, and she is good at it. She is a 1950's stereotypical mom, and a believing Christian. She also believes that the flamboyant gay rights movement is promoting the gay lifestyle to children. She speaks out against the flaunting of homosexuality. (To be fair, she also objected when Jim Morrison of The Doors flaunted his manhood at a Florida concert.) She thinks a "Don't ask. Don't tell" solution is best just like President Bill Clinton will order as Commander-in-Chief when dealing with gays in the military, but unlike Bill, Anita is getting hassled left and right by gay activists. She is even assaulted on TV when a fellow throws a pie in her face. (FYI, years later, recalling the attack on Anita Bryant, two pies will be thrown at Ann Coulter. They will miss.) And then a gay man in San Francisco is beaten and stabbed to death by local toughs. The mother of the gay man accuses Anita of contributing to her son's death. 200,000 protestors take to the streets. Anita's career is over. And so it goes, even today. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
WARNING: I am going to use the real names for body parts. I use these same words in front of my children, and I always have. So brace yourselves. Here we go.

As I understand it, the gay rights movement is divided between those who want to be peacefully gay, and those who want to ride giant inflatable penises down main street. I am OK with the first group and not OK with the second although I am willing for inflatable penises to be displayed in a private setting. To be fair, I feel the same way when women protest President Trump by wearing vagina hats. I am not shocked. I am bored. Some inequities exist between heterosexuals and homosexuals. We can fix those by eliminating the special privileges granted to heterosexuals. Marriage, like sex, should be private. Contracts can be entered into by consenting adults, and if the signatories do not live up to the terms of the contract, it can be adjudicated like any other breach of contract. Beyond that, government should butt out.

GMOs, oh dear!

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

This year, Keiichi Itakura and Arthur Riggs begin work on getting E. Coli bacteria to produce a human hormone. While their end goal is to get E. Coli to produce human insulin to help diabetics, this year they are able to get E. Coli to produce somatostatin, which is a simpler molecule than insulin, that was identical to the human produced version. This was used as a proof of concept showing that E. Coli could be used to create human hormones, allowing them to continue their work towards creating insulin, which is about 10 times larger than the somatostatin they had successfully synthesized. The following year, they were contracted by Genentech to create a plasmid, which is a ring of DNA that replicates independently from the other DNA in a cell, that would code for human insulin. In 1982 the product, known as Humulin, was aproved by the FDA for use in human patients, and was the first bio-engineered product to enter the market. [6][7][8][9]

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Despite all the opposition towards GMOs, and rightfully so, in my opinion, one would likely be hard pressed to find someone among them who would argue against the use of insulin produced by E. Coli, especially if they personally know anyone suffering from diabetes. While those in favor of the unrestricted creation and use of GMOs would use that as "proof" of the hypocrisy of those who are against GMOs. In my opinion, it shows that when one actually examines any controversial issue, and actually examines and considers some of the nuances, they realize that the world isn't usually a place of black and white. With GMO E. Coli, all but the most blinded fundamentalist would agree that the minimal risks associated with this modification is greatly outweighed by the massive benefits it provides to society. When looking at any controversial issues, one should consider each proposed solution or idea on a case by case basis, and not just make a blanket decision on these issues.

Tokyo Rose is Free, and an American Citizen

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

Iva Toguri is a Japanese-American born in Los Angeles on the 4th of July. She was visiting her a sick aunt in Japan when World War 2 broke out. She was stranded. She refused Japanese citizenship. She could barely speak Japanese at all, yet she had to eat. She got a job working for a news agency and soon had a radio show called "Orphan Ann". The American servicemen called her Tokyo Rose, but many women before Iva had been granted that nickname. She was the first American. Her shows were innocuous. In some cases she tried to help Americans since she could be subtle in her broadcasts saying one thing, but meaning another. After the war, the US Occupation government wanted to charge her, but they had no evidence (because there was none) so they let her go. Americans were outraged that Tokyo Rose walked free. They remedied that situation by providing witnesses (otherwise known as LIARS) to testify against her. She became the 7th person in US history to be convicted of treason. She was sentenced to 10 years. This year is her 6th in prison, and as President Gerald Ford vacates the White House he pardons Iva Toguri. Tokyo Rose is an American citizen once more. [10] [11] [12]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is too easy to simply "know" when someone is guilty. It is too easy to justify in one's mind that it is OK to bend the rules a little, to tell a lie, so that the outcome is right. We take an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but we take so many oaths these days that it is almost perfunctory. I think we need to take fewer oaths, and treat the ones we take more seriously. After all, I really don't need that many oaths from others, and if others do not trust me, why are they asking for my oath in the first place? Iva Toguri passed away at the age of 90. I learned about her through a broadcast by Glenn Beck. He now owns the microphone that Tokyo Rose used. It still works.

Notable Births

  • Donald Trump Jr.: Son of President Trump and trustee for the vast Trump empire. [13]
  • Ahmed al-Nami (died 2001, age 24): One of the 9-11 hijackers of Flight 93. Todd Beamer led the passenger revolt. "Let's roll!" [13]
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Conservative panel member on The View and host of Fox & Friends. [13]
  • -- In Music Kanye West, Robin Thicke and Fiona Apple (Criminal). [13] [14]
  • -- In Movies James Van Der Beek (Varsity Blues), and Liv Tyler (in anything she wants to be in--alexshrugged). [13]
  • -- In Sports Troy Evans, and Tom Brady. [13]

This Year in Film

  • Star Wars: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." (So that you won't sue the crap out of the production company when you realize that there is every kind of weird alien in this film but NO BLACK PEOPLE! All kidding aside, Billy Dee Williams was considered for the part of Hans Solo, but Harrison Ford got the part.--alexshrugged) [15]
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Richard Dreyfus and Teri Garr. [15]
  • Smokey and the Bandit: Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields break every traffic law known to man. [15]
  • The Goodbye Girl: Richard Dreyfus becomes the youngest actor to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards. [15]

And....

  • Black Sunday: Palestinian terrorists try to blow up Superbowl X. (It's the Cowboys vs. the Steelers. It's not that bad a game.--alexshrugged) [16] [17]
  • Fun with Dick and Jane: With the aerospace industry collapsing, Dick and Jane look for another profession... like armed robbery. [18]

This Year in TV

  • Roots: A TV mini-series loosely documenting the enslavement of an African family, its suffering and eventual rise in American society. Hello, LeVar Burton (Star Trek)! (As Alex Haley's personal history, it is hokum, but it will change American attitudes toward black people for the good. The KKK gets the boot from this time forward.--alexshrugged) [19]
  • Soap: A parody of daytime dramas with Billy Crystal playing one of the 1st gay characters on TV. [19]
  • -- Also in Comedy: Eight Is Enough, Three's Company, and The Love Boat (It is Love, American Style on a boat! Did they think we wouldn't notice?--alexshrugged) [19]

This Year in Music

  • Hotel California: The Eagles. [20] [21]
  • I Feel Love: Donna Summer. (Not much on lyrics. It's disco!--alexshrugged) [20] [22]
  • How Deep Is Your Love: The Bee Gees. "We are living in a world of fools, breaking us down..." [20] [23]
  • You Light Up My Life: Debbie Boone. "You give me hope to carry on." This is the monster hit of the 1970s. [20] [24]
  • And so many great hits, I can't list them all.

This Year in Video Games

  • Atari opens Chuck E. Cheese's / Pizza Time Theater: It is a video arcade and pizzeria. [25]
  • Space Wars is released: It is the first vector graphics game. (That is, lines are well defined rather than pixelated blobs. See SVG.--alexshrugged) [25] [26]
  • And in home computers... The Commodore PET, the Apple II and the TRS-80 from Radio Shack. (They figured the TRS-80 would never sell, but the phones lines melted down as 250,000 customers rushed to put down a $100 deposit.) [25]

In Other News

  • New York City is blacked out for 25 hours. Looting ensues.: Maintenance issues, and several lightening strikes on power lines overloaded the system, but during the 1965 blackout there was no looting. (Something in the character of the people has changed.--alexshrugged) [10] [27]
  • GLOBAL COOLING! Snow is falling in Miami, Florida on January 19th: (Just to be clear, Alex Shrugged thinks that the world is generally on a warming trend. Whether this is a natural occurrence or due to human action is highly debatable. But even if it was due to humans, every plan I've seen to stop it is a joke.--alexshrugged) [10]
  • Food Stamps are here!: (The line starts on the left.--alexshrugged) [10]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1977, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Anita Bryant Florida orange juice ad - YouTube (2017). Retrieved on 5 April 2017.
  2. Anita Bryant Gets A Pie In The Face! Prays Thrower Is Delivered From Deviant Lifestyle - YouTube. Retrieved on 5 April 2017.
  3. Anne Coulter (almost) gets a Pie - YouTube. Retrieved on 5 April 2017.
  4. Arizona Daily Wildcat - Former student enters plea in 2004 Coulter pie assault - Thursday, January 12, 2006 (January 12, 2006). Retrieved on 5 April 2017. “One of two men accused of throwing cream pies at political columnist Ann Coulter during an event at Centennial Hall in 2004 pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor assault. Williams Zachary Wolff, 25, was fined $250, but the fine will be suspended as part of the plea agreement if he pays $915 in restitution to the UA for damage caused to a backdrop screen during the incident, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Noah Van Amburg.”
  5. Jim Morrison’s Indecency Arrest: Rolling Stone’s Original Coverage - Rolling Stone (December 10, 2010). Retrieved on 5 April 2017. “Jim Morrison, the Doors' cataclysmic, electroplastic lead singer, finally let it all hang out at a March 2nd concert in Miami, Florida, and in the outraged aftermath became the object of six arrest warrants, including one for a felony charge of 'Lewd and lascivious behavior in public by exposing his private parts and by simulating masturbation and oral copulation.'”
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Riggs_(geneticist)
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiichi_Itakura
  8. https://www.chemheritage.org/historical-profile/herbert-w-boyer-and-stanley-n-cohen
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasmid
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 1977 - Wikipedia.
  11. "D’Aquino, Linked to Tokyo Rose Broadcasts, Dies - The New York Times", September 27, 2006. Retrieved on 5 April 2017. “Testifying at the 12-week trial, Mrs. D’Aquino denied that she had ever made any disloyal statements on Radio Tokyo. She was supported in testimony from former Allied prisoners of war who had worked in the Japanese broadcasting operation. In a statement that she had given to the F.B.I. in Japan and that was entered in the court record, she said that she had sought to reduce the programs’ effectiveness as propaganda by inserting double meanings in some of her broadcasts.” 
  12. Iva Toguri D'Aquino - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 5 April 2017. “Toguri was pressured to renounce her United States citizenship by the Japanese central government under Hideki Tojo with the beginning of American involvement in the Pacific War, like a number of other Americans in Japanese territory. She refused to do so, and was subsequently declared an enemy alien and was refused a war ration card. To support herself, she found work as a typist at a Japanese news agency and eventually worked in a similar capacity for Radio Tokyo.”
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 1977 Births - Wikipedia (1977).
  14. Fiona Apple - Criminal - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “Fiona Apple”
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 1977 in film - Wikipedia (1977).
  16. Black Sunday (1977 film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “The inspiration of the story came from the Munich massacre, perpetrated by the Black September organization against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics, giving both the novel and film its title.”
  17. Black Sunday (1977) (Theatrical Trailer) - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “'Black Sunday' is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the President of the United States in attendance.”
  18. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977 film) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “An upper-middle-class couple, Dick and Jane Harper, hit a hump in living the good life when the husband loses his job. Falling through the cracks of society in the United States, they become high-class thieves to get back all they have lost.”
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 1977 in television - Wikipedia (2017).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 1977 in music - Wikipedia (1977).
  21. Hotel California - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017.
  22. Donna Summer I Feel Love Original 8 minute 12' version 1977 - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “I Feel Love”
  23. Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love (1977) - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017.
  24. Debby Boone You light up my life - YouTube. Retrieved on 4 April 2017.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 1977 in music - Wikipedia (1977).
  26. Scalable Vector Graphics - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 April 2017. “Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation.”
  27. New York City blackout of 1977 - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 5 April 2017. “Looting and vandalism were widespread, hitting 31 neighborhoods, including most poor neighborhoods in the city. Possibly the hardest hit were Crown Heights, where 75 stores on a five-block stretch were looted, and Bushwick, where arson was rampant with some 25 fires still burning the next morning.”

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