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NPR Warmly Recalls Gore Vidal Denouncing America
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Posted on 08/05/2012 5:05:11 AM PDT by chessplayer

NPR’s Terry Gross was effusive in tribute to leftist author Gore Vidal on Friday’s Fresh Air, airing chunks of previous interviews she'd had with Vidal. She began: “In Vidal's New York Times obituary, Charles McGrath described him as, quote, 'the elegant, acerbic, all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization,' end quote.”

And: “As Reed Johnson wrote in the Washington Post, quote: ‘Vidal's revisionist outlook struck some critics as brilliant and others as almost gleefully perverse,’ unquote.” From a 1988 interview, Gross let Vidal unleash a long attack on how America is a "very primitive country" with its "peasant superstitions" of Christianity:

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1 posted on 08/05/2012 5:05:20 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Vidal should have been sentenced to live in Iran. Then get back to me on how bad America is.


2 posted on 08/05/2012 5:08:05 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: chessplayer

That old queen can go rot in the hot place.

I remember seeing one of his books after 9/11 in the book store. “Bush regime” this. “Bush regime” that. Blah, blah, blah.


3 posted on 08/05/2012 5:09:56 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: chessplayer

That old queen can go rot in the hot place.

I remember seeing one of his books after 9/11 in the book store. “Bush regime” this. “Bush regime” that. Blah, blah, blah.


4 posted on 08/05/2012 5:10:18 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: chessplayer

He’s dead....what a shame.....pass the toast!!!!


5 posted on 08/05/2012 5:13:59 AM PDT by ontap
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To: chessplayer
I heard some of this interview just the other day.

Vidal consistently made the point that there is no such thing as a "homosexual" and there is no such thing as a "heterosexual". For him, everyone was everything, and while an activity could be classified one way or another, people could not be categorized in a static way.

It struck me that this completely destroyed the "born that way" concept. Basically, you CHOOSE to engage in homosexual activity. You don't have to. You don't have a homosexual nature: no one does. It's simply a chosen lifestyle.

I really don't think Vidal had the ability to see how devastating his own viewpoint was. You cannot champion special rights for homosexuals if homosexuals are completely in that category by choice.

6 posted on 08/05/2012 5:23:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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Actually the fact that the homosexual community allows in bisexuals, transexuals, and transgendered into the tent essentially does the same thing even though nobody really bothers to consider it.

Though I’ve been thinking lately as to how stupid the notion of rights for the transgendered are.

I mean really, let’s think about this- if someone thinks they are a chicken we don’t graft fake wings and a beak on them then tell them it OK to go scratching out in the yard. We throw them in the loony bin for their inability to accept reality. How it the inability to accept the gender you are born with any different?


7 posted on 08/05/2012 5:30:58 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I wonder how many of his worshipers realize that.


8 posted on 08/05/2012 5:33:40 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Vidal won’t be missing this broadcast ‘cause I’m sure hell has an NPR affiliate.


9 posted on 08/05/2012 5:37:37 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: chessplayer

Vidal’s revisionist outlook struck some critics as brilliant.
Struck some critics as brilliant, puke alert! send them to an arab country!
Another thankless cretan who has made his money off the American people and then sh##s on thier doorstep.
I’m sick of these elitist arrogant nobodys who would remain nobodys if it werent for the generousity of the American people who made a nobody into a somebody only to be a turncoat. Sh## on them and on thier graves!!!


10 posted on 08/05/2012 5:37:44 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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"I mean really, let’s think about this- if someone thinks they are a chicken we don’t graft fake wings and a beak on them then tell them it OK to go scratching out in the yard. We throw them in the loony bin for their inability to accept reality."

I'd have no problem whatsoever if one of my neighbors wanted to do this instead of throwing him in the loony bin. It would be entertaining and of course free eggs are always a plus!

11 posted on 08/05/2012 5:41:48 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: chessplayer

Terry Gross - one of those "you can't make up the name any better" instances...

12 posted on 08/05/2012 5:45:32 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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I’ll give Vidal one thing though. He didn’t “TALK” about leaving the country like those asshats Baldwin and O’Donnell He put his money where is mouth is and left. Yeah he was a sottering old queen who didn’t know shit from shinola but at least he walked his talk!


13 posted on 08/05/2012 5:45:32 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: chessplayer

William Buckley Jr. had the best retort for vidal in a debate in 1968,”Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”


14 posted on 08/05/2012 6:02:15 AM PDT by SKI NOW
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“the elegant, acerbic, all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization,”

I’m old enough to remember the fouled mouthed, pressy queen fawned over by the liberal, very left-leaning, press.

He was nasty, arrogant and not partcularly funny until he had his a** handed to him by Bill Buckley!


15 posted on 08/05/2012 7:03:20 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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This shouldn't come as any surprise. A pretentious fop like Bore Vidal is the stuff of dreams for elitists like NPR. He's phony, he hates America, he's queer enough to make change for a twelve-dollar bill, he's an "artiste," he looks like Skeletor on crack ... What's not to love?

Expect to see more of these paeans in the a$$ in the coming months, as we're told that Vidal wasn't inspired by the Muses; he inspired THEM.

16 posted on 08/05/2012 7:11:59 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: chessplayer

Zsu zsu say every time a buzzer rings another poof gets his pitchfork.
Wait, thats a different story.


17 posted on 08/05/2012 7:17:13 AM PDT by Leep
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To: chessplayer

Zsu zsu say every time a buzzer rings another poof gets his pitchfork.
Wait, thats a different story.


18 posted on 08/05/2012 7:17:18 AM PDT by Leep
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To: chessplayer

Zsu zsu say every time a buzzer rings another poof gets his pitchfork.
Wait, thats a different story.


19 posted on 08/05/2012 7:17:18 AM PDT by Leep
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To: chessplayer
Over the years I have run across this show maybe a dozen times, and it seems every time it was her introducing a rebroadcast of an interview she did years before...I thought “Fresh Air” was an ironic name for the show.
20 posted on 08/05/2012 7:34:14 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks chessplayer.


21 posted on 08/05/2012 4:25:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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