Showing posts with label Lauren Boebert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lauren Boebert. Show all posts

September 20, 2023

In MAGAland there's no such thing as bad publicity but this Democrat probably will benefit


By Hal Brown
Read article in TMZ here.

Note that even with the bad reviews it gets 4 ½ stars.

Here's another TMZ article:

I modified this photo for my illustration.

This is a Google search of The Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar. I shows how the search is trending..

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This is what you see on Google Image search:

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One article that got my attention was this one from the gay publication The Advocate.

Here's an excerpt:

The man with Boebert has now been identified as Gallagher, co-owner of Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen. The U.K.’s Daily Mail was the first to report the news.

The fact that they are dating is “very surprising,” someone described as “a well-placed source” told the Mail. “I always thought Quinn was a cool guy and a Democrat. His parents would be horrified because they are definitely blue,” the source said.

Social media posts show Hooch has hosted LGBTQ+ events, such as a women’s party for Aspen Gay Ski Week and a drag performance called “A Winter Wonderland Burlesque & Drag Show.”


Unfortunately I can't compare the same search from before it became nationally know that to the grab and grope Beetlejuice sideshow put on by the bars owner, Quinn Gallagher, and the Charismatic Christian queen of Congress, Lauren "Bible Babe" Boebert.

What most rational people would consider bad publicity never seems to hurt Republicans, especially diehard MAGA Republicans. The Boebert brouhaha may end up in an election loss for her but then again the sympathy vote may help her eke out another narrow victory. 

Finally we have an incident where a Democrat, and a very progressive Democrat at that who is clearly woke, may benefit from what could be looked at as bad public behavior. In his defense, he thought he was making out with his date in the dark probably thinking nobody could see them unaware that he was being recorded by a sensitive low-light camera theater camera. Since he didn't think anyone could see this so one could make the case that this wasn't really public even though it happened in a public venue.

Here's more about Gallagher and his bar:


Just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, more than 20 people sat in chairs and on couches bunched together in the Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar. Note, Gallager is currently a co-owner of the bar.

Most greeted each other with hugs and hellos; others settled in right away.

They were there for another Hospitality Matters meeting, an awareness effort started by Lindze Letherman, general manager at Hooch, and Quinn Gallagher, bartender at Hooch, in response to losing several of their friends and service industry colleagues to suicide. 

Through the bi-monthly meetings in the Hooch bar space, which feature guest speakers and open-ended conversation, Letherman and Gallagher hope to create a more conducive environment to discussing mental well-being with their peers. Monday’s meeting was the fifth one in the past few months.

“We wanted to at least try to get the community together to start talking and realizing that it’s OK to not be OK,” Letherman said.

Now he and his bar are famous, not just nationally but internationally considering the incident was first reported in the UK Daily Mail (here)

Here's a tidbit from that article:

The hospitality business is something Gallagher and Boebert have in common. 

Boebert had a brief foray into the industry as the owner of Shooter's Grill in Rifle where customers could have their cheeseburger and onion rings served by a waitress with a 9mm on her hip.

The restaurant, which encouraged patrons to come armed, was shuttered in July 2022 after the landlord declined to renew Boebert's lease.

Despite bad Yelp reviews about Gallagher's business I would venture to suggest that it will help attract new customers if only out of curiosity. Residents 

I can see him having a profitable side hustle selling autographed photos of the groping picture.


This is what I posted on the bar's Facebook page which you can view here:

This will be an example of the truth of the saying that there's no such thing as bad publicity and I am glad to see this will prove that it works for progressive Democrats and much as it does for MAGA Republicans. Bad Yelp reviews won't hurt, in fact they will serve to give the bar even more publicity. More people will check out the bar just out of curiosity. After all, the bar still gets 4 ½ Yelp stars and similar rating elsewhere. I appreciate that Quinn and Lauren were attracted to each other and tried to put politcal views aside and see if their relationship could work despite being what I'd call strange bedfellows. 

A bit of snark:

Replica of
The Continental Congress Mirror
Update: Related from Salon:

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August 30, 2023

The Far-Right and the Riflemen (and Women)


By Hal Brown 

This morning Raw Story published this article: 

Far-right lawmaker wants to defund Fani Willis: 'I don't want to have to draw my rifle' Click to read.

This is the part of the story that led to the title and some mockery in the comments (my emphasis):

Moore said during a recent conversation with a fellow state senator they discussed “taking action right now because if we don't, our constituencies are gonna be fighting it in the streets.”

“Do you want a civil war? I don't want a civil war. I don't want to have to draw my rifle. I want to make this problem go away with my legislative means of doing so, and the first step to getting that done is defunding Fani Willis of any Georgia tax dollars."

This brought to mind the ABC TV western The Rifleman which aired between 1958 and 1963. Chuck Conners played the hero Lucas McCain. Some trivia: Sammy Davis Junior played Tip Corey,  a super fast, black gunman who killed the 5 men the law allowed to murder his father years ago, demands that deputy McCain symbolically throw his badge in the dirt in the episode Two Ounces of Tin (Reference).

The Rifleman was one of the first popular TV shows to feature a single parent raising a child.

Like any Western TV show or film, The Rifleman had plenty of villains and gunplay. But that isn’t what really made the show work. The driving force behind the show was the relationship between Lucas and his son.  

Lucas was a widower raising his son all by himself. Each week, he attempted to deliver justice and do what he considered to be right but also set a great example for his son.  

He may have been handy with a gun, but he only used it when it was absolutely necessary. He was kind, fair, and most importantly, not quick to action. Lucas provided the program’s moral center. 

In the current TV landscape, a character like Lucas may seem ordinary or, to some, boring. But that undersells just how influential Connors’ work in the role was at the time. It was about more than the character or dialogue — it was about the simple fact that it was a father raising his son without a mother. Read more here

The Rifleman was the only TV western hero who eschewed a six-shooter and wasn't the fastest handgun draw in town. Instead Lucas McCain shot from the hip  firing his rifle 12 times in five seconds in the introduction to every show (watch video here) It was in fact akin to what can be done with modern AR-15 style assualt rifles only without the skill required as shown in this demonstration by an expert.

The rifle was a Winchester Model 1892 44.40 caliber

The AR style assault rifle which is favored by gun nuts, mass shooters, and far right zealots doesn't require the skill of a fictional TV hero to shoot with deadly consequences. Bozos Boebert and Greene pose and post pics of themselves with thse big black badboy blasters and AR-15 pins are worn by members of Congress to express their far-right bonafides. 

Male or female, whether they are in pictures or wearing pins the AR-15 says to liberals "I'm more macho* than you." The message is that you should fear me because I'm a mighty monster and you're a minuscule mouse and I can mash you into mush.

It more than rhetoric coming form Trump and Trump wannabes portending violence if he ends up going to prison. These words are already leading some people to "draw" their AR-15 rifles. Chaucey DeVega writes in Salon today:

Over the weekend, for example, a white supremacist murdered three Black people in Florida. National security and other experts continue to warn that there are millions of Trump's followers and other members of the right wing who support and are potentially willing to engage in acts of terrorism and other violence – including a second coup attempt, civil war, or insurgency, to put Trump back in office. From: Don't look away: It's a mistake to ignore Donald Trump's interview with Tucker Carlson "The discussion normalized violence as a response to political disappointment"
Would it be that the heros of the MAGA GOP were truly as rightious as  they were in the early TV Western shows like The Rifleman. Instead they play at being righteous, but they are really saying they are holier then thou with the thou being everyone they think is twarting their agenda.

You can watch the first episode of The Rifleman, The Sharpshooter, here. In it Lucas (Chuck Connors) and Mark McCain (Johnny Crawford) finally find the ranch they have been looking for, but the ranch comes with a price, and Lucas may have to decide between the ranch and his son's life.


* The term macho has had a masculine connotation, however consider this book from 2003 which may have portended the likes of Boebtert and Greene
A remake of the cult classic tongue-in-cheek RPG. A new and exciting development in d20 Modern that is set to raise more interest than a certain well-known lingerie advert. Macho Women with Guns puts its scantily-clad and inordinately-proportioned heroines through situations tighter than a Baywatch swim suit, with machineguns in hand and grenades between their teeth. A light-hearted journey through a post-apocalyptic world where women call the shots and men cower to their will. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Macho Women with Guns features everything required in a great night of humorous guns, women, bombs, women, attitude, and more women. So slip on your thigh-high boots, pad your bra out with shotgun shells, and head into the new and terrifying world of Macho Women with Guns.

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