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Happy Birthday Gene Simmons
august 25, 2012

Posted on 08/25/2012 5:28:07 AM PDT by lowbridge

Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz Hebrew: חיים ויץ; August 25, 1949) is an American rock bassist, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and actor. Known by his stage personna "The Demon," he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: genesimmons; kiss
Simmons was a supporter of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. [7] He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, writing on his website: "I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs...in a country they've never been to... simply to liberate the people therein". [8] In a follow-up, Simmons explained his position and wrote about his love and support for the United States: "I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me." [8]

During the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Lebanon, Simmons sent a televised message of support (in both English and Hebrew) to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his "hero." [9]

In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama and criticized the 2009 health care reforms. [10]

Following Obama's 2011 Mideast speech, in which the President called on Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," [11] Simmons told CNBC that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' – how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border – nine miles wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth." [12]

During his visit to Israel in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel for political reasons are "stupid," In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President, stating as well that "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman." [14]

1 posted on 08/25/2012 5:28:15 AM PDT by lowbridge
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2 posted on 08/25/2012 5:30:56 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge
I don't mean to bring him down with his lapse in judgment, i.e. voting for Obama, I can forgive that, but dating “Cher”? and for how long (if I am not mistaken) ? what up wid dat????
3 posted on 08/25/2012 5:36:30 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: lowbridge
Excellent...sounds like he's got his head together on the subject of politics.But I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call him a musician.
4 posted on 08/25/2012 5:40:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: taildragger

Gene references having been sexual with over 5,000 women. I gave a feeling whatever the real number is, it is closer to 5 than it is to 5,000.


5 posted on 08/25/2012 5:41:56 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: lowbridge

Hey...me and Gene share the same birthday! He has 8 years on me.


6 posted on 08/25/2012 5:44:21 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (No matter who you elect,the government eventually gets in.)
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To: Ted Grant

“I gave a feeling whatever the real number is, it is closer to 5 than it is to 5,000.”

...he was in one of the hottest rock bands of the 70’s. His tougue is a yard long and he waggled it at the audience. There were hundreds of “groupies” waiting after every show. It was 5,000.


7 posted on 08/25/2012 5:55:14 AM PDT by albie
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To: albie

I dunno....


8 posted on 08/25/2012 6:11:41 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: lowbridge

Same day as my ex-husband, just 4 years earlier.

Happy Birthday, Gene.


9 posted on 08/25/2012 6:14:24 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: lowbridge

The perils of Wikipedia. His birth name is Chaim Witz, and his birthplace is Israel.

He did not speak English when he came to the US as a child.


10 posted on 08/25/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Ted Grant

Isn’t this guy just another Jewess princess from NYC? Do you like my nails?


11 posted on 08/25/2012 6:36:51 AM PDT by eternity (I like IKE)
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To: taildragger

He said once in an interview that she was the ‘love of his life.’

Yech.


12 posted on 08/25/2012 6:41:59 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: eternity

What the heck are you talking about? He’s hardly effeminate.


13 posted on 08/25/2012 6:44:52 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

So sad that he had to settle for Shannon Tweed.


14 posted on 08/25/2012 6:49:50 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: albie
I'm pretty sure Lois Griffin was one.


15 posted on 08/25/2012 6:56:43 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (ABO/Ryan 2012)
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To: 4yearlurker

Happy birthday!


16 posted on 08/25/2012 6:58:48 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (ABO/Ryan 2012)
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To: lowbridge

I’m waiting for the outrage that he’s hooked up (and bragged relentlessly about it) with thousands of women and has 2 children with a woman who is not his wife. I thought Conservatives were aaaaaaallllllllll about family values.

He’s disgusting, regardless of his politics. Absolutely disgusting to look at, and absolutely disgusting, morally.


17 posted on 08/25/2012 7:11:40 AM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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Ace Frehley(sic) said in an interview Gene had an insatiable sexual appetite and many nights he would have 5-8 groupies.

Shannon Tweed said the first time she saw his penor it looked "battle scarred"-her actual words.

18 posted on 08/25/2012 8:33:49 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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Then I’m wrong. I just figured it was part of his act.


19 posted on 08/25/2012 8:37:00 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: coop71
I’m waiting for the outrage that he’s hooked up (and bragged relentlessly about it) with thousands of women and has 2 children with a woman who is not his wife. I thought Conservatives were aaaaaaallllllllll about family values.

Gene has been with Shannon for 28 years!!! (they actually married in 2011 btw). 28 years with the same woman and by all accounts they are soul mates. What is better?- being conservative and living with a woman for 25+ years as soulmates or being a conservative and having gone through 3-4 divorces?

There is a couple in my hometown that has lived together for 30+ years, 4 kids and they are true soulmates. They do more for their local church than anyone...I don't think God really cases in these cases.

20 posted on 08/25/2012 8:48:15 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: 4yearlurker

Today is my birthday, too! Have a great day!


21 posted on 08/25/2012 8:58:07 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: lowbridge

Simmons should run for gov of CA...couldn’t be worse than the govenator.
He’s a big supporter of the troops, good father and entrepreneur...
Took too long to marry the mother of his kids, though...
But then, Ahnold had a prob like that too.


22 posted on 08/25/2012 9:36:52 AM PDT by matginzac
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You’re right: they did get mariried last year. Makes no difference. FReepers complain all the time about couples who have kids out of wedlock. That was my point. Where’s the outrage?

It’s very well-known that he has cheated on Shannon over the years. So, 28 years together only means Shannon is an idiot for putting up with it.

Again, I was pointing out the general lack of moral outrage by posters. Just because you agree with someone’s politics shouldn’t mean they get a pass for crappy morals when others don’t.


23 posted on 08/25/2012 10:06:14 AM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: lowbridge

Gene Simmons does have an unusually long tongue, but he comes by it naturally, not due to surgery or getting a tongue transplant from a human or animal.

In any event, this did result in an amusing illustration when he was dating Cher. It showed her wearing an elaborate metal crown she had used as part of a stage costume, with him standing behind her, his tongue weaving in and out of her crown like a snake.


24 posted on 08/25/2012 11:39:57 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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