I did a google search on Kingdom Bound 2004, and your
article about Christian Wrestling and Kirk Cameron at this year's Kingdom
Bound Christian music festival [“The
Wacky Misadventures of Jesus and Kirk,” issue 55, 8/4] came
up as the #4 or #5 result out of hundreds, so, of course, I read it.
As someone who worked hard to publicize the event, I was most interested
in reading your article to hear your perspective. I want you to know
that I appreciate that your publication covered the event.
Kingdom Bound is one of the more unusual places to experience
God, because it's at a very secular amusement park with wild roller
coasters and such. But, I think that is its strength-- people who don't
go to church aren't as intimidated to go to an amusement park, and if,
while they're there, they hear about the good news of Jesus Christ--
that they are loved and forgiven by the creator of all things, despite
the things they do that they deep down know are wrong--then I think
Kingdom Bound is a positive event for the area and its people.
I've seen how your publication likes the idea of "evil,"
as its often highlighted in the pages and on the website of The Beast,
but I'm also thinking, since you did indeed cover Kingdom Bound, that
some of the staff members and writers there just might be seeking God,
and yearn to know Him in a passionate and life-changing way.
Maybe some of the things Kirk Cameron, a former TV star,
said at Kingdom Bound, were a little wacky, but overall, his message
was this: that we've all fallen short of God's worthiness. We've all
lied, stolen, cheated and hurt others. But Jesus Christ's death on a
cross and resurrection was God's way of saying to humanity: "I
forgive you and I love you." That kind of action compels me to
believe that Jesus Christ is ultimately more satisfying than any other
thing we try to make #1 in our lives.
I've seen many people's lives changed for the better because
of Jesus' influence in their lives, so I believe in and have faith in
His awesome power. True, some of His followers mess up or are truly
weird, but if Jesus can forgive their imperfections, than we can too.
Beast, I hope you cover Kingdom Bound 2005, and that you--your staff,
your writers, your readers--encounter God in a way that changes your
life for the better.
-Sincerely, Mark Weber
You mean like encountering Him in line for the Mind
Eraser and cutting in front of Him, because He’s a pansy bitch? We must
admit that’s pretty compelling.
Ricky Run” [issue 55, 8/4]
No offense to the author but I need this needs some editing.
ya know to get the facts straight. first off. Robert Brooks retired
b/c of a severe injuries. The guys basically got hurt every year.
Go look it up. The rest of the retired guys are just ridiculous cause
no one knows of them. Should have brought up Barry Sanders but he retired
cause he knew he couldnt win w/ the Lions. But thats besides the point.
Next, take a look at Fiedler's record. Fiedler's problem is he gets
hurt and the back up suck (ex Ray Lucas and Brian Griese). Onto the
Patriots-Dolphins Game. Lets rephrase a questionable PI call to a "bullshit
pass interfere call" that moved the patriots up 50 yards. Also
that Sam Madison was not the one involved, it was Jamar Fletcher. Another
important mishap was Olindo Mare kicking the ball out of bounds in overtime
on the kickoff.
Now, DONT assume anything. you say the bengals survived
last year w/o dillon. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!! the season didnt even start yet.
So basically u want the phins to draft another rb int
he draft when they "thought" they had ricky. Ok its obvious
u are a bill fan since they wasted their first round pick 2 years ago
Oh yeah take a look at the phins pickups for offensive
line. and receiver although boston is out but I think they will eventually
Oh my those Buffalo Bill fans............ ha ha take a
look at Bledsoe and ur 6-10 record last year and lets not forget that
Bills-pats game in NE last year (probably the most pathetic showing
for a team ever. pats wanted the score to be 31-0 and they made that
happen) go write about that
Anyways, u may want to fix some of those errors although
ur still a bill fan wishing they will still be in the playoff hunt comer
Dear Professor Boy-ar-dee,
u r defanatlee so smaat. Pikking on r teem reely made
ur poynt. Wee stand currekted, sur.
Oh my God, you mean people actually thought national fuel
would be punished harshly for letting some poor old lady freeze to death
Gas Off,” issue 56, 8/18/04]. Who was the mental midget that
thought just maybe those political fucks would give a shit about some
old lady who lives on a limited income? they probably think the same
way national fuel does. Hey! let her family pay out. Never considering
maybe they suffer hardships too. Well, get ready grams this winter you
better stock up on cat food get rid of your phone and sell a couple
antiques because those bastards are raising the prices again. That's
a fucking surprise isn't it? You'd think they would be blinging greatly
on just Western NY winters alone talk about greed and sucking your bank
dry. Anyway that's my complaint I hate those fucking assholes downtown
and the political fuckwads that mind you we vote for or allow to run
a race against himself. since when can you win an election that only
you ran in? hmm that's food for thought. Bush, Florida and our fine
mayor both republicans wink wink.
Now you’ve done it. Better pick up some space heaters
this winter, in case an enraged National Fuel executive decides to have
“Mr. Heatmiser” pay you a visit. He’s too much!
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your article
on the Buffalo News' "hip" halfwit Mary Kunz [“I
Hate You,” issue 56, 8/18/04]. She's as edgy as a bowl of yogurt.
And please, can someone get the girl a hairbrush?
Yeah—hey, too bad they don’t make something called
a “toothbrush!” She would need that, too!
I just have to thank you for your "I
Hate You, Mary Kunz" article. Myself and countless others
in my office have spent the last 24 hours wondering how on earth this
woman has a job, after reading her "See Rochester and Feel Better
About Buffalo" column. I've lived in both places and don't care
too much what she thinks of either, it's just the fact that her writing
is so terrible it's embarrassing! I don't think anyone could have said
it better than that article you printed. I love it.
(please don't print this!)
-Name Withheld despite request
Dear Name Withheld,
Yeah, that was ridiculous. “Cheer up, Buffalo! Rochester
sucks!” It reminds us of that appalling thing she wrote about how easy
life is since everybody left, because the line at the bank is so short.
It’s funny, actually: three issues ago, a couple of
dorks from Rochester sent us a 20 item list on why their town was better
than ours, and our reply, in part, read, “…no Buffalonian would ever
feel compelled to knock your town in a pathetic attempt to elevate his
own.” Guess we were wrong.
CUE MEDIA CIRCUS
The Beast, apparently does not understand the offensiveness
nor Ms. Bank's response to the Buggin Out' article for Spot Coffee [“Do
the White Thing,” issue 56, 8/18/04]. Nor did they (or did they)
correlate the historical meaning of 'Spot" and the bugging out
of the Black Man's eyes. Yes, we continue to be stressed out over the
issues of racism and other biases that impede the healthy process of
African Americans. The reminders that are placed in front of us every
day of our lives is most repressive and I do not believe as innocent
as most Europeans want to feign.
The Beast's so called money making portrayal of a stressed
out Black Man was most atrocious and must be viewed in it's entirety,
meant to not only an inhumane violation of decency but a gross business
error of The Beast and Spot Coffee.
I am not being unduly sensitive. I am very angry and not
able to accept these constant reminders of what racism continues to
do as it rears it's ugly head for all to see and to be warned. We have
EthnoRegionalism that is being spread
over this area like a suffocating oil slick. It will remind us that
each time we ignore the obvious exclusion, for people of color, highlighting
African Americans. Is this our just dessert? Compliments of the White
Things, doing their thang.
While Ms. Banks is well able to speak for herself, I will
add my comments to say, there are many professional Blacks here in the
City and County that live and breath the obnoxious fumes of The White
Thing...Racism and we are sick of hearing out of towners say to us as
well as media reports that this is a hick town
where Racism lives and thrives off the ability to oppress people of
color. Across this nation and globally, People who are treated so inhumanely
would rise up and burn the business down.
To remind a few of you who feel this is not an issues.
Research Emmett Tills murder and the thousands of blacks who were hung,
and killed in many other gruesome ways. Look at the bugging out of their
eyes. Then maybe you will understand the painful reminders that people
use to make money off. do not plunge the dagger into our hearts and
then expect to withdraw it, without pain.
An apology is not enough, but Ms. Banks deserves an apology
and reparations for your implied and outright Bestial comments. Spot
Coffee is included in this response. how long will you pour salt in
the wounds that many of you pagans and heathens inflicted?
Loretta L. Renford
Oh, please. We’ll say this one more time: WE
designed the ad. Spot Coffee had nothing to do with it. If you’re going
to burn anybody down, pick us.
Look, you may think of lynching when you see that picture
(although we confess to wondering if it didn’t take you some time to
come up with that association), but it was certainly the farthest thing
from our minds. What do you think went on here, anyway? We were sitting
around, trying to come up with a good picture to go with an ad for an
innocuous café, we saw that picture and said, “hey, that’s really funny,
because it looks like he’s being killed?” We may indeed be heathens,
but we’re not murderous hicks. (And we’re pretty sure that no Pagans
were involved in either the slave trade or the making of the ad in question.
Why slam them?)
Loretta, you’re just fucking insane to suggest that
people should “rise up and burn the business down,” or that they would
do so anywhere else. Do you understand the seriousness of that statement?
You’re encouraging the immolation of a goddamned coffee shop because
you didn’t think our ad was funny. Hardly seems the Christian thing
Foment misplaced anger all you want—we are not afraid
of controversy; in fact, we rather enjoy it. But that dog won’t hunt,
because it’s barking up the wrong tree. Yes, you are being unduly sensitive,
and any intelligent person of any variety can plainly see that this
is a non-issue. We’re not racist. Spot isn’t racist. You’re just wrong.
It’s people like you that inspired the term “PC thugs.” What you’re
really fighting for is your right to never be offended by anything,
whether the implications you see are real or imagined.
As for “reparations,” due to the seriousness of our
transgression, we are prepared to offer both you and Ms. Banks ten free
BEAST bumper stickers, from the highly collectible Orange Alert series.
Oh, and that was cute how you double-capitalized “ethnoregionalism,”
and italicized it, and made it red. It really is a pretty big word.
THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS
New "alternative" papers pop up in this backwards town as
much as new country and western stations. Hmmm. Being that Black papers
are historically the only real alternative press in this country-most
of our articles being written under the spector of bullets, bloodshed,
and rigged ballots, while your rag was probably published under the
stains of beer-foam, pizza sauce and wasted parents tuition money-it
would seem natural that you boys would just shut up and issue a public
apology to whomever Blacks were offended, or at least to Ms. Banks.
Let's say I give you the BOD (benefit of the doubt), and
say you did that picture that you now admit to doing, under the wanton
prevailing view of many of todays young Whites, that racism is no longer
a major factor, and Blacks should just be able to look at that ad strictly
as you do; as a regular guy buggin out. The history of images that magazines
and then Hollywood have perpetuated, of bug-eyed black men (exaggeratedly
dark-face-large White eyes), is a hard thing to ask an old-school African
American to dismiss when one of us runs upon your ad. I really don't
know you guys, but I take it that you were probably born after Civil
Rights. For me to sit here and break everything down to you would be
like a pregnant woman trying to convince me that her labor pains are
so much greater than my upset stomach. You see, even though I may sympathize
with her, I'm still light-years from knowing how she feels (which I'm
very thankful of mind you), so who am I to debate, argue, or admonish
from that standpoint?
What really concerns me even more than the ad, is your
bone-headed explanations and justifying in your "Do the White Thing"
article. Stop trying to figure out ways to make yourself sound like
the victim, and skip the pseudo-hip deniel, and practice the highly
unpopular art of if it offends a segment of people, then just stop doing
it. I mean Jeeeeesussss Christ, if the Spot learned to drop the ad,
then what's your problem? Please tell me just what kind of "homework"
does Challenger need to do to understand one clearly offensive picture.
This is Buffalo, the city where a young inner-city girl
was run over by a truck because she couldn't cross a six lane street
to get to her job in a suburban mall because years before one of the
men in charge of building that mall was overheard saying "we don't
even want the (inner city) buses here." The same mall which has
a major store that doesn't want Black women to sample perfume. The city
whose major paper used a picture of a bugged-out James Pitts in contrast
to a scholarly Joel Giambra over a year ago in a piece (I believe it
was about the Council reduction), relating to regionalism (do your own
homework, Steven Banko recently explains those pictures in counterpunch)
And you guys claim to be the "Alternative?" The more things
The leaders want Buffalo to be successful and popular,
they just don't want Blacks to be a major part of it as other cities
have. That has been Buffalo's overall theme since the '60's, so I can
understand a little oversensitivity over that buggin' out picture. You
guys need to get out more.
Chris Stevenson/Buffalo Criterion firstname.lastname@example.org
"If it offends a segment of people, then just stop doing it?"
You're an idiot. If we stopped doing anything that offends a segment
of people, you'd be holding 32 blank pages right now. The BEAST firmly
believes in our own right to freedom of speech. There is no right guaranteeing
people's freedom from being offended. We have never apologized, and
we never, ever, ever will. You can come down here and hold a gun to
our heads, and we'll spit in your fucking eye. It's not going to happen.
The "homework" the Challenger might have
done would have been calling us, or Spot Coffee, and finding out who
made the ad in the first place. Instead, they chose to wrongly indict
Spot for a perceived crime that was wholly ours. Infuriatingly, they
still choose to attack this perfectly benign local business. It's not
righteous; it's stupid. There are real racists out there, committing
true injustices, but you're too busy attacking a little independent
newspaper to bother with that. We don't run the Galleria mall, or the
Buffalo News, and we don't control our city's policies. Rest assured,
if we did, things would be different.
We're sorry that we can't offer you a "real"
alternative, but, since we're not black, we suppose we'll just have
to trudge on, living invalid lives as devoid of relevance as they are
of melanin. Oh, the shame.
BANNED IN ECHC
Please accept this letter along with my heartfelt thanks
for allowing me a voice
from this wretched place. You guys have really helped me to find some
measure of purpose in this otherwise lowly and sometimes brutal existence.
Not to also mention what it has done for my sagging self-esteem in light
of my predicament. So, again I must say thanks in a huge way.
Further, did I somehow get misplaced from the mailing
list? I have not received a BEAST for two issues now and only managed
to get the most recent issue when a certain deputy came and found me
to chew the rag over my contribution to it! So, if you could be so very
kind I would deeply appreciate being a regular recipient of each issue.
The new "Mistress
Monique" column is generating a lot of interest in this place.
Everything from she's "off the hook" to that "is a dude
man" to "I'd like 20 mins with her man or woman"!'
And I really like the Dr.
Rotten column and would love to be able to contribute there at some
future point as cannabis is one of my areas of expertise as once upon
a time myself and two other
growers from southeast Vermont produced a newsletter for
the exclusive use of middle to upper New England growers and breeders.
In closing, you guys are the best—and always keep me in
mind for dirty deeds!!
We’ve been sending the paper, man—they
keep sending ‘em back. “Unacceptable,” the envelopes read; a harsh judgment
we’ve heard before. Guess we really are officially banned at the Holding
Center. It’s ironic--we’ve been trying to stay out of jail for our whole
lives, and now they won’t let us in. We’ll keep trying, though—if you’re
reading this, then we guess it worked. Hang tough.