Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Harold Robbins


Harold Robbins sold 750 million copies of his books, which included The Carpetbaggers.

Harold Robbins's real name was Harold Rubin and he was brought up in Brooklyn.

In The Advocate, July 9, 2002, Christian McLaughlin wrote:
"Harold Robbins wove an unhappy married homo into the dysfunctional tapestry of his automobile-dynasty potboiler The Betsy... But Robbins waited until The Lonely Lady (1976) to really go gay. Not only does he give heroine JeriLee Randall a queer best friend (How trendy! How 1999!) who encourages her to sleep her way to the top of the screenwriting business, but Robbins also exposes the lesbian interludes that all writers know are a must when climbing the Hollywood ladder." - Sex, sin, and sand: straight authors of "beach books" were never ...

Andrew Wilson has written Harold Robbins - The Man Who Invented Sex

According to Andrew Wilson, Harold Robbins, when writing about his youth, "invented, sensationalized, exaggerated, and elaborated, massaging the truth, shaping it into more and more outlandish forms, until it bore little resemblance to the reality of his existence." The Denver Post - Harold Robbins by Andrew Wilson

So what we have been told by Robbins about his youth and upbringing may not necessarily be true! It may tell us what Robbins would have liked to have been true.

Harold Robbins "started to smoke grass at eight and sniffed cocaine when he was eleven or twelve, the same year he lost his virginity to a prostitute. Sometimes men would come up to him on the streets of New York and proposition him. Did he want an ice cream cone? they would ask. And he would jerk them off for a quarter or a dime. 'I thought that was normal,' he said. 'I didn't think there was anything wrong with it.' He progressed to dropping by the matinees held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to make a little extra cash. 'You'd see two movies, and then the burlesque would start and the old men would come in,' he told Ian Parker of The New Yorker. 'And I would get a quarter to jerk them off. I didn't think it was a wild thing. You know, I made a dollar, a dollar and a half, and I had enough money for the day. The only trouble, now I think about it, was they didn't have Kleenex in those days. I had to go to F.W. Woolworth and buy a package of handkerchiefs.'" The Denver Post - Harold Robbins by Andrew Wilson

Harold Robbins told a journalist for the Advocate: "I was on a submarine, and if you're on a submarine for 22 days you want sex... We were either jacking each other off or sucking each other off. Everybody knew that everybody else was doing it. If you were able to handle it, you could get fucked in the ass, but I couldn't handle it that well. We jerked off too, but you get bored with that. You'd jerk off so you could relax and sleep. You'd start jerking off, and some guy would come over and say, `I'm gonna blow you.' So we did it, it was fun, and it was over." The Denver Post - Harold Robbins by Andrew Wilson


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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Martin Luther was a fascist


Martin Luther was an anti-semite. He hated the Jews.

In 1543, Luther wrote 'On the Jews and Their Lies' (German: Von den Juden und ihren L├╝gen), in which he advocated harsh persecution of the Jewish people.

Luther wrote that Jews are devils, blasphemers, and liars who "lie so clumsily and ineptly that anyone who is just a little observant can easily detect it," a "miserable, blind and senseless" people, "nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no thread of clothing which they have not stolen and pilfered from us by means of their accursed usury." (On the Jews and Their Lies (Martin Luther) - The Wikipedia Review)

Luther seemed to support adultery. Luther said that a woman had the right to take on a lover, if her husband wasn't able to satisfy her in bed. ( Martin Luther . Cheat's Guide PBS)

Luther could be crude. He is reported to have shouted at the devil: "I have shit in my pants, and you can hang them around your neck and wipe your mouth with it." Luther believed he could drive the devil away "with a single fart." (Wallace et.al., The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People: p281 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: Martin Luther)

Luther wanted witches to be killed. Luther declared that a possessed child should be thrown into the river to be killed or cured. (Robertson, History of Christianity: p208 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: Martin Luther)

Luther could be considered a fascist. He supported Serfdom.

Luther encouraged the nobles to suppress the 1525 Peasant's Revolt in Germany by violent means. And in fact the nobles tortured and then killed over 100,000 peasants.

Luther wrote: "Let all who are able, cut them down, slaughter and stab them, openly or in secret, and remember that there is nothing more poisonous, noxious and utterly devilish than a rebel." (Rejection of Pascal's Wager: Martin Luther)

To Luther, the abolition of Serfdom was "against the gospels".

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Agnolo Bronzino

Bronzino - Detail from The deposition of Christ

Bronzino - Palazzo Vechio, Florence

Bronzino - Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time

Bronzino - Portrait of a Young man

Pontormo - Joseph in Egypt

Agnolo Bronzino was a 16th century Florentine artist and poet who became court painter to Cosimo de Medici.

In Jacopo Pontormo's painting Joseph in Egypt, the boy with the dark cloak and brown tunic, sitting on the first step of the stairs, is Agnolo Bronzino.

Bronzino was the adopted son of Jacopo Pontormo and scholars believe that Pontormo and Bronzino were lovers.

Bronzino adopted one of his own pupils, Alessandro Allori, as his son.

According to Michael Cornelius, "In sixteenth-century Florence, this type of arrangement often signaled a sexual relationship between two men; an older man adopting his younger lover was quite common." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo

Bronzino's poetry "contains homoerotic references and allusions."

Bronzino's painting Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time (ca 1540-1545) "conveys strong feelings of eroticism under the pretext of a moralizing allegory." - WebMuseum: Bronzino, Agnolo

Michael Cornelius writes: "There is an undeniable homoerotic subtext to several of Bronzino's famous portraits, including Portrait of a Young Man (ca 1535-1540)... parts of the young man's garb, especially his ring and sash, may act as symbols suggesting his sexuality." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo


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Julius III - 'Pedophile Pope'


Pope Julius III appointed a teenage boy as his first cardinal.


Julius had picked up Innocenzo on the streets of Parma when Innocenzo was aged 15 and a beggar boy. [1].

The Venetian ambassador reported that Innocenzo slept with the pope. (Pope Julius III )

Julius allowed Innocenzo to become richer than the Medicis.

Reportedly, Julius made love with 'cardinals, pages and young men he fancied'. (Paul's Gay Stamps: "Out of The Closet" The Renaissance Julius III)

Julius loved banquets, theatre, hunting and the Villa Giulia where artwork depicts putti playing with one another's genitals. ( Image:Satirello che ne masturba un altro - Roma, Museo di Villa ...)

Julius gave his support to Michelangelo and to Palestrina.

Julius III and Innocenzo are buried in the del Monte chapel in the church of San Pietro in Montorio, Rome.

Other famous gay popes included, reportedly, Pope Benedict IX, Pope John XII, Pope Leo X, Pope Paul II, Pope Sixtus IV....


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Monday, January 01, 2007

RUMI


Dr. Payam Ghassemlou, 30 August 2003, wrote: ( In and out of closet)

"When I need validation of gay love, I read love poems by Sadi, Hafiz, Rumi, and other Persian poets. They have written hundreds of love poems on same sex desire, which indicates a great deal of Persian literature is based on homosexuality.

"When I need to feel encouraged..., I read life stories of great Sufis.

"Unfortunately, most English translations of classical Persian literature are misleading and do not speak the truth. For example, most poetry by Hafiz has been translated in a way that makes the reader thinks he is writing a love poem for the opposite sex. In reality, Hafiz always honored same sex love in his poetry. Public display of homoerotic love has never been easy, and Rumi portray this in the following poem:"

I saw you last night in the gathering,

but could not take you openly in my arms,

so I put my lips next to your cheek,

pretending to talk privately.

Rumi (1207-1273) Rumi

The "whirling dervish" order of Sufis was founded by Rumi following the disappearance of his beloved friend Shams.

Rumi wrote love poems for and about Shams.

Rumi was born in Afghanistan in 1207 but lived most of his life in Turkey.

Rumi was a thirty-four-year-old Sufi teacher when he met the 'wandering dervish and mystic' Shams. Shams was in his fifties. Rumi and Shams 'would disappear together inside a house for months at a time, causing great resentment and jealousy among Rumi's followers.'

In 1247, Shams disappeared, possibly murdered.

While in mourning for Shams, Rumi began to "whirl" and chant his poetry.

Rumi had 'passionate relationships' with Salah al-Din Zarkub and Husam al-Din Hasan, two of his pupils.

Rumi's mystical epic poem The Mathnavi was chanted aloud to Husam.

Rumi's The Divan of Shams-i Tabriz was written expressly for Shams. Rumi wondered how to describe his relationship with Shams. "Even friend and beloved are wrong words for this," he said.

In The Divan, Rumi combines the spiritual and the erotic:

My mouth tastes sweet with your name in it...

I turn my face to you, and into eternity:
We have been in love that long...

There is a grainy taste I prefer to every
Idea of heaven: human friendship.


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Dionysus - Bacchus

Juan Joaquin Agrasot - Young Bacchus

Bouguereau - The Youth of Bacchus

Alma-Tadema - A Dedication to Bacchus

Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, revelry, and orgies. He is also known as Bacchus, by the Romans.

His followers include Pan.

A boy called Ampelos was Dionysus's first lover.

Michelangelo depicted Dionysus as a nude drunken youth.

Titian, in Bacchus and Ariadne, shows Dionysus 'caught mid-rapture by the beautiful Ariadne'.
Subjects in the Visual Arts: Dionysus

Caravaggio shows Bacchus as a seductive youth.

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