Some newsy tidbits are just too good to pass up. This year’s Republican Party platform, aiming high as always, declared that pornography was/is a public health crisis. To whit:
Republican delegates unanimously adopted an amendment to their draft platform Monday morning that called pornography “a public health crisis” and a “public menace” that is destroying lives.
“Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well being,” the amendment stated.
Consider that over 1,200 children were killed by guns in 2014-15. The current 2016 listing of dead children can be found here. If that many children were being killed by observing sex (can’t think of one) or taxes, the Republicans would be so apoplectic as to be hospitalized. But pornography is the cynical choice. What voter would openly defend pornography? Or consider the child sex abuse scandals of the Catholic Church. One could as easily substitute the word Catholicism for Pornography in the platform above. Try it.
While Ted Cruz attempted to criminalize dildos and Texas; while Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia Republicans were alternately defending laws (or threatening to write laws) that would criminalize anal and/or oral sex’; Republicans, including Tom Delay, were rushing to defend pedophile and child molester Dennis Hastert—but, I guess as the saying goes, he was their pedophile and child molester.
But leave it to xHamster to reveal Republicans for the cynical, morally vacuous, lying hypocrites that they are:
“The increase in Cleveland porn traffic during the Republican National Convention is allegedly 184 percent higher than usual, xHamster reports. Cleveland is making history in all sorts of ways, shattering its previous record for porn viewership while topping out at 873,294 views. There are more people in Cleveland watching porn right now, xHamster says, than when the Cavaliers won the NBA championship…
And that brings me to the delightful apologia to “The Pearl”, first published in 1879. It was, in a sense, the very first erotic blog, but in monthly superscription form. The subscription disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared.
An Apology for our Title
Having decided to bring out a Journal, the Editor racks his brains for a suitable name with which to christen his periodical. Friends are generally useless in an emergency of this kind; they suggest all kinds of impossible names; the following were some of the titles proposed in this instance: “Facts and Fancies,” “The Cremorne,” “The all Round,” “The Monthly Courses,” “The Devil’s Own,” and “Dugdale’s Ghost”; the two first had certainly great attractions to our mind, but at last our own ideas have hit upon the modest little “Pearl,” as more suitable, especially in the hope that when it comes under the snouts of the moral and hypocritical swine of the world, they may not trample it underfoot , and feel disposed to rend the publisher, but that a few will become subscribers on the quiet. To such better disposed piggywiggys, I would say, for encouragement, that they have only to keep up appearances by regularly attending church, giving to charities, and always appearing deeply interested in moral philanthropy, to ensure a respectable and highly moral character, and that if they only are clever enough never to be found out, they may, sub rosa, study and enjoy the philosophy of of life till the end of their days, and earn a glorious and saintly epitaph on their tombstone, when at last the Devil pegs them out.