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More Information On what happened At St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Smoking Gun web site | August, 2002

Posted on 08/24/2002 3:48:32 AM PDT by catonsville

We don't usually agree with the Catholic League, but moronic shock jocks Opie and Anthony got just what they deserved for broadcasting last week's stunt involving the Virginia couple arrested for having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia were canned yesterday for the August 15 incident that resulted in the arrest of Brian Florence and Loretta Harper for public lewdness. Opie and Anthony flunky Paul Mercurio--who provided listeners with a running account of the St. Pat's incident--was also arrested. Florence and Harper--dubbed the "Juicy Lips" team--were one of several couples entered in the radio show's "Sex for Sam" contest, where participants were given points for having sex in public places like St. Patrick's (25 points), Trump Tower (15 points), and Central Park (10 points).

They were also awarded points for specific sex acts, with the WNEW-FM hosts gleefully reporting when couples completed a "two-point conversion" or "balloon knot," Opie and Anthony slang for anal sex. At one point, Hughes announced what the Virginia couple earned for the St. Patrick's stunt: "Oh my God, 25 points, a two-point conversion, and eternal damnation."

Contest winners were to be awarded a trip to Boston for a music festival sponsored by Samuel Adams. In fact, Jim Koch, the publicly-held brewery's chairman/spokesman, was actually present--and apparently enjoying himself--in the Opie and Anthony studio as the sex contest occurred and official "spotters" like Mercurio called in with updates from the field. Koch, referred to as the event's "Grand Marshal," described the participating couples as "awesome, all of 'em, better teams. The quality gets better every year." Since Opie and Anthony dubbed Koch a "celebrity," a sex act occurring before the corporate boss was worth 30 points. Five couples attempted to perform in front of Koch in WNEW's studio, though only two succeeded in earning points. The results of last year's "Sex for Sam" contest--and the corresponding points list--are no longer available on WNEW's web site, but can be viewed by on The Smoking Gun site.

............ Mercurio, a belligerent, odious guy ... appears most responsible for the St. Patrick's sacrilege. On the tape, Mercurio is heard lying to cops and cathedral security guards, claiming that Florence and Harper--who were referred to on-air by false names--were friends who he was accompanying on a tour of Manhattan (Mercurio said the trio was in St. Patrick's looking for a bathroom). According to the misdemeanor complaint filed against Florence and Harper, the couple was spotted having sex in a church vestibule, "rocking their pelvises back and forth." Harper, with her back to Florence, was found naked from the waist down and "her genitals were open to view by the public." For his part, Florence was spotted placing "his hands in his genital area and was touching his genital area.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: arrests; opieandanthony; saintpatricks; sexscandal; sleaze
I thought additional information on the incident was needed. I am against such sleaze and will oppose it when I see it. I am not a " Puritian" because I am appalled at what occurred. I believe actions have consequences ,that the Opie and Anthony's of the world debase the moral currency, and that it is my obligation to show the damage they have caused.
1 posted on 08/24/2002 3:48:32 AM PDT by catonsville
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To: catonsville
I'm sure they're having second thoughts. They got fired Thursday.
2 posted on 08/24/2002 4:50:53 AM PDT by badfreeper
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To: badfreeper
Those slimeballs are too stupid to have a first thought, let alone second thoughts.
3 posted on 08/24/2002 5:23:51 AM PDT by Tom D.
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To: catonsville
boycott Samuel Adams bump
4 posted on 08/24/2002 5:59:23 AM PDT by stands2reason
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To: stands2reason
boycott Samuel Adams bump

All ready emailed them, title: "What Were You Thinking". I've had my last Sam Adams. Send to:

response@samadams.com

5 posted on 08/24/2002 6:05:57 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: stands2reason
http://www.bostonbeer.com/visitors/comment-new.cfm?companyid=sam

You can tell the Boston Beer Company what you think about Mr. Koch by going to the above website.
6 posted on 08/24/2002 6:07:35 AM PDT by 07055
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To: 07055
Thanks for posting the link. They've already heard from me on this. I told them what they already knew--I DON'T need their product.
7 posted on 08/24/2002 6:12:24 AM PDT by stands2reason
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To: stands2reason
I told them to please tell me that the Smoking Gun article was inaccurate and that they had nothing to do with this sick contest. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin they come up with---they probably just put Carville and Begala on retainer.
8 posted on 08/24/2002 6:15:18 AM PDT by 07055
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To: catonsville
Where is the FCC when you need them?

A simple phone call to the owners of the station with a threat to pull their license probably would have been enough to stop this nonsense before it got out of hand.

BTW, these are some sick people. No wonder the country is going down the toliet.

What once was considered too sleazy to see the light of day, now is shouted from a 50,000 watt radio station for the world to hear.

9 posted on 08/24/2002 6:22:03 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: catonsville
Well, here's something that got my attention: I heard on the news yesterday that these Bozo's have to be paid the remainder of their contracts - some 5 million dollars - even though they've been canned. I guess Infinity was too stupid to include a clause that would get them out from paying under these circumstances.
10 posted on 08/24/2002 6:23:26 AM PDT by peteram
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To: peteram
There can be implied terms in contracts. If Viacom had integrity, they would make these guys sue for their money.
11 posted on 08/24/2002 6:30:31 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: catonsville
Letter from the FCC to the satation

It is an Acrobat file.

12 posted on 08/24/2002 6:33:56 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: catonsville
Outrages of this sort seldom exist in isolation. For further thoughts, please see:

Isolating The Issue

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit the Palace Of Reason: http://palaceofreason.com

13 posted on 08/24/2002 6:41:36 AM PDT by fporretto
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To: stands2reason
I heard that they just changed their name.

NEW NAME FOR SAM ADAMS BEER

14 posted on 08/24/2002 6:57:31 AM PDT by stlrocket
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To: catonsville
Rumor has it that they have already been picked up by another new york radio station Q 104.
15 posted on 08/24/2002 7:01:06 AM PDT by Brush_Your_Teeth
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To: 07055
To: The swill you call beer

Say goodbye to a customer.

Lots of good beers on the market that can figure out how to market beer without supporting morons who insult people of faith.

Your company stepped over the line with the ad hoc approval of this outrageous stunt and now you are going to pay.

Maybe if you get the head bonehead CEO to offer an apology to the people of the Catholic faith, you stock won't drop into the toilet, there your sense of community is.

16 posted on 08/24/2002 7:17:27 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: catonsville
Another example of the left's utter hatred of religion.
Boycott Samuel Adams bump
17 posted on 08/24/2002 7:28:42 AM PDT by apackof2
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
My letter just went out:

Dear Samuel Adams:
Well, you guys really blew it (pardon my vernacular).

Whomever had the bright idea to be part of the latest Opie and Anthony ill-fated fiasco ought to be publicly spanked (how about in the middle of Fanuiel Hall?), but Mr. Koch, you appear the stupidest of all to actually buy into the publicity scheme. Where is your brain? What moral compass were you using?

One can only conclude that there is something in Samuel Adams products that actually causes devolution, and that the brain cells rapidly and exponentially diminish with repeated ingestion of said product.

Therefore I've had my last Sam Adams product of any kind and will advise my family and friends to do the same. It doesn't appear safe to continue do so.

A closing suggestion - perhaps you should put an addendum to the federally required warning label on your alcholic product - "WARNING: with repeated use this product will eat your brain cells and cause the drinker to behave like an animal, possessing no ability to make judgments of any kind."

One more thought - you might adopt a new publicity slogan closer to the truth:
Sam Adams - great beer, stupid company.
18 posted on 08/24/2002 7:31:31 AM PDT by ncpastor
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To: JZoback
Isn't it the truth? These things used to be considered by the public as wrong and would not be tolerated. Today it is normal behavior. Yes, no wonder the country is going down the toilet. Children in school learn about everything except what they should so, what can you expect from people anymore?
19 posted on 08/24/2002 7:35:04 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: JZoback
BTW, these are some sick people. No wonder the country is going down the toliet.

Going down the toilet ? It's already there, I'm just waiting for the BIG flush, by the Man upstairs.

21 posted on 08/24/2002 8:02:24 AM PDT by DreamWeaver
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To: DreamWeaver
Going down the toilet ? It's already there, I'm just waiting for the BIG flush, by the Man upstairs.

I think we need a real good cleaning and probably some serious scrubbing to get rid of the ring of filth around the water line, but I still have hope.

God, please don't flush.

22 posted on 08/24/2002 8:10:34 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: catonsville
Dear Samuel Adams,
It is inconceivable to me that any company would sponsor such a morally
reprehensible act as what occurred at St. Patrick's Cathedral. And the fact that your own Jim
Koch, chairman/spokesman, was actually present--and apparently enjoying himself is beyond
any sane conception.

Therefore I've had my last Sam Adams product of any kind and will advise my family and
friends to do the same. It doesn't appear safe to continue do so.

Furthermore I am participating in an online international boycott of your product.

Your only hope of redemption in your Publicly-held brewery is to:
1. FIRE Mr. Koch
2. Immediately issue a apology to every Catholic in the country.
3. Fire everyone in your marketing dept.

Very, very sincerely,
(My name)
Michigan
23 posted on 08/24/2002 8:13:02 AM PDT by apackof2
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To: catonsville
Now if they only went into an abortion clinic and described an abortion. If people think what a pedophile does to a child is bad, wait till they know what an abortionist does. Great for TV too.
24 posted on 08/24/2002 8:20:49 AM PDT by ex-snook
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To: catonsville
the WNEW-FM hosts

Boy..this event is really symptomatic of today's 'anything goes' philosophy.

'BJ'ers in high school hallways are awarded badges of honor these days.

To have WNEW associated with this crap is really disheartening for an old radio fan like me.

I once built a radio in RI so I could pick up WNEW "Eleven three oh in New York" after sunset (even with their 50KW).

William B. Williams, "The Milkman Matinee", Jazzbeau Colins, Ted Brown and EVEN Julius LaRosa...those were the days, my friends.

For those who want a taste of what those days were like try:

WNEW

25 posted on 08/24/2002 8:23:06 AM PDT by JimVT
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To: ncpastor
Well put.
26 posted on 08/24/2002 9:16:34 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: JZoback
God, please don't flush.

Oh, I needed that laugh, thanks :):):):)

27 posted on 08/24/2002 9:39:31 AM PDT by DreamWeaver
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To: JimVT
Jim, I was New York City kid during and after the WWII Years.
The "Make Believe Ballroom" with Martin Block on WNEW made us all feel better during those trying times. WNEW was the best station ever ( with WQXR for classical) for great music.

So different today: The music is awful, the radio personalities are thuggish and demeaning, their attitudes cynical and derisive.

I am not a Christian. But when blasphemy becomes just an inconvenience for public fornication and something to be ridiculed. than we are ALL in trouble.
28 posted on 08/24/2002 9:57:29 AM PDT by catonsville
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To: catonsville
WNEW was the best station ever ( with WQXR for classical) for great music.

Amen.

I lived in Jackson Heights for a few years after Korea and when I didn't have any $$$ to hit 52nd Street I listened to William B et al for Sinatra, Bennett, Cole, Clooney, Dorsey, Flanagan, etc.

Later I got hooked on QXR and that 5 to 6p.m. show with a guy whose name I can't remember but with a great voice.

Cripes.... even the ads were good.

29 posted on 08/24/2002 10:16:16 AM PDT by JimVT
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To: notorious vrc
Yep that's the truth. Oh the damage Clinton did to this country both morally and physically during his 8 years will be with us for a long time yet to come. God forgive him 'cause I can't nor I won't and Hillary is as much to blame. Neither one belonged in that White House...him or her! They abused the Presidency, this country and everything holy. Shame on them both.
30 posted on 08/24/2002 10:22:09 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: ex-snook
Now if they only went into an abortion clinic and described an abortion

They'd be stoned to death by feminists. And just imagine if this had taken place in a NYC mosque? But these idiots that put this on have no fear of the Living God, nor any decency of any kind.

31 posted on 08/24/2002 10:23:48 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Brush_Your_Teeth
Rumor has it that they have already been picked up by another new york radio station Q 104.

I hope that's not true. Ever since WNEW, where rock once lived, changed it's format, Q104 has been the only classic rock station in NYC. I'd much rather listen to music than these idiots.

32 posted on 08/26/2002 2:48:25 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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