Listen now (123 mins) | Kmele is moving to a place where everything is free ChatGPT is a fabulist Moynihan’s new Orwell piece Wikipedia v. AI chatbots The assassination of (our) Kennedy Random gossip columnist: Jamie Foxx was murdered by Pfizer A better America: when Rick James met Linda Blair
A friend passes along this amazing early version of Tim Pool's wiki page:
"At one point, Tim was so exhausted from his non-stop reporting, exasperated by the non-relenting aggressive actions of the NYPD that kept him constantly on the move, that he had nearly collapsed. Rather than pausing his stream to eat and rest, he pushed on and asked nearby protesters if they could get him some water and a banana. Eventually, someone watching his feed on ustream saw his desperate need for food and water, found Tim in the mass of people and delivered a banana and water. Minutes later, Tim was swamped by numerous other appreciative viewers with more nutritious fruits, energy drinks, and even a hand bag to carry food and his new spare batteries."
It’s not that complicated. The TQs took things way too far, way too fast, and with the worst possible activist class, and the LGBs are paying the price, unfortunately. To me, personally, this doesn’t make much sense, because I see these two groups as very different and distinct, with more opposing interests than common cause. But I can’t really blame the average person for conflating them, when these groups are constantly bashed together as one unit in the media and big advocacy organizations. I fear this is going to be a hard knot to unpick.
In the meantime, please enjoy this thoughtful, cross-generational conversation between TFC friends Andrew Sullivan, Katie Herzog, and Jamie Kirchick from 2021 about coming out in the 80s vs. 2000s, the AIDS crisis, and gay revisionist history.
I keep editing Kmele's Wikipedia page with "He's not Black." and they keep taking it down.
There are so many things to comment on in this episode.
As to Matt wondering what to steal from Home Depot, it's obviously the power tools if they aren't locked up. I don't think it would be hard to fence a Milwaukee impact driver.
Jamie Foxx's wit is brutal and legendary. I still cringe from second hand humiliation whenever I watch his performance at the Emmit Smith roast. "I'm not Jamie Foxx. I'm your conscience."
Moynihan's reference to Rick James made me remember that Rick's lover and collaborator, Teena Marie, had a song titled 'Cassanova Brown'. Is that the origin of Kmele's nom de guerre?
I remember going to a Spanish Meetup event several years ago and one of the organizers was Peruvian. We would sometimes talk about Peru and he held Fujimori in high regard. He even accused me of being an apologist for Sendero Luminoso because I said that Fujimori and the armed forces contributed to the brutality in the indigenous highlands. That being said Sendero Luminoso was a vile, vicous group. There was a community activist, Maria Elena Moyano, who was brave enough to publicly criticize the Senderistas. What was her punishment? She was killed in front of her family and her corpse was dynamited.
Anyone interested in the history of that group should read The Shining Path by Orin Starn.
Quick google says in 1999 Clinton declared the anniversary of Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. In 2011, Obama expanded Pride Month to the entire LGBT community. Not to say it hasn’t gotten MORE recently, or seen to be MORE based on social media, etc. but it’s been an entire month since 1999.
Additional: Most gay folks I know also don’t like a month of corporations going ~*rainbow~* because they often turn around and give money to anti gay causes and/or don’t have pro-gay policies on file. Me and my crew skip the parade and go to the beach the Sunday instead. Mike Solana tweeted a great image set I think last year of various brand US logos all being rainbow and none/many of their international logos not rainbow.
There’s a lot to be cynical about but also a lot to celebrate and plenty strive for! Happy Pride, Fifdom 🌈 🌟
I was listening to this episode in tandem with receiving my SEVENTH work email SINCE YESTERDAY celebrating pride month, reminding me about pride month, a note from the director about pride month, the importance of pride month and DEI.... just in the unforgivable case that any of us forget while actually trying to get work done. I, like Moynihan, do not care but I do get a little.... no a lot....overloaded and came close to going up to my gay work bestie to tell him “Happy Pride month! Can you please tell them to stop with the emails already?” To be clear: I am not going to firebomb a target and I don’t think that my daughter wearing a rainbow tshirt will make her want to be trans (nor would I care if it did!) but I definitely understand why people are becoming incensed and just So. damn .Tired.
Imagine if the government decided that we needed a “second amendment pride month!” Or a “celebrate life month!” Or perhaps “Christian Heritage Month!” And then Target sold their baby onesies with guns on them or “God bless America!” maternity dresses or heaven forbid...dead fetus silhouette ornaments just in time for CHRISTmas, you want to tell me the left would not LOSE THEIR SHIT??! I’m just tired of both sides trying to push each other’s buttons for stupid crap equivalent to a schoolyard “I know you are but what am I” battle.
Kmele, my dude ... can you just, like, pick a state?
Oh for the love of God good people, do NOT skip the home inspection. No, they do not discover every flaw, as there are limitations on what you can inspect, but they can uncover A LOT. (MM love you, but that’s terrible advice).
Matt, Awesome podcast today- you are on fire! Enjoy your pops xo
Found Moynihan's article on Wikipedia, which includes this banger:
"my biography once claimed that I had a “vagina” and—pardon the language—“love the cock.”"
Dallas Raines, that brings back memories, Johnny Mountain too, weather guys like that are definitely an only in LA phenomenon!
I worked at Home Depot from 2002-2005. Power tools were the targets for thieves, and they usually would just grab them and then run out the emergency exit. I did give chase one time, but was quickly and firmly reprimanded, being informed that's what insurance is for.
So who’s going to listen to the Megyn Kelley interview with Tara Reade and report back to the class?
2 hours of the Fifth AND a Moynihan article on Orwell! You lads really know how to turn around a lousy week!
Also, Harry might be divorcing Megan. It's probably fake news, but if it's not, I'm really looking forward to hear the lads discuss.
Happy Friday, and a lovely evening everyone!
Obviously Kmele is an Israelite and so is wandering. However I assume he knows how long the commitment is?
The first Wikipedia entry for Tim Pool ends with “There is now a Tim Pool fan page on facebook, and hundreds of thousands of greatly appreciative fans of his amazing reporting talent, stamina, and... well, just plain awesomeness! THANK YOU TIM!” That’s definitely written by him, just as Moynihan stated.