Ya Gotta Love Austin’s Mayor! His reponse to a sexist rant goes viral

Saw this on one of my local news station’s (KXAN) website today. It’s hilarious! Ya gotta love a mayor who can deliver such a clever response to a sexist numbnuts like this guy who wrote a cringe-worthy letter and thought it wise to actually send it. Here’s the story. Check it out:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s response to man’s ‘sexist’ comments goes viral

By Dave Byknish  Published: June 1, 2017, 7:36 am Updated: June 1, 2017, 9:32 am

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks to a crowd outside the Capitol during a vigil. (KXAN Photo/Phil Prazan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you are going to spout nonsense, you should probably be aware of the skills the person you’re spouting it to possesses. Clearly a man who signed his name Richard A. Ameduri didn’t do his research and decided to hit the send button on May 26 before taking a second to breathe deep, count to 10 and think about what really matters in his life.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, or his public relations handler, decided to completely obliterate Ameduri in a response to his embarrassing and backwards rant about the Alamo Drafthouse’s choice to show the new Wonder Woman film exclusively to women for a few screenings. Much to the chagrin of a certain subset of men, the screenings sold out.

Adler posted the entire letter from Ameduri and his response on his website.

The man’s gripe:

I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deterioration. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the “women’s movement.” Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.

Richard A. Ameduri

Adler’s retort:

Dear Mr. Ameduri,

I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email.  I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Adler

 

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LOL! Mayor Adler: you rocked this one! Way to go.

What do you think of the letter writer? If you were to meet this jackass guy on the street or in a bar and you knew he was the author of the letter rant, what would you say to him? What do you think of the Mayor’s response?

 

 

Austin Runners raise $35K for Gorilla Conservation

This is why I love Austin! It’s a very animal-friendly city and it’s also wonderfully weird. Our city motto is Keep Austin Weird, after all…

Runners raise $35K for gorilla conservation.

Gorilla Run raises $35,000

(Paul Shelton / KXAN)

 

From KXAN TV:

By Michael Aaron
Published: January 31, 2015, 4:18 pm Updated: January 31, 2015, 4:19 pm

AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 600 people put on their gorilla suits Saturday and took a run around The Mueller in East Austin. The 5th annual Austin Gorilla Run collected funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF).

The 5K race raised more than $35,000 for the non-profit organization, which works to protect the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas in Africa and preserve their habitat. MGCF provides veterinary services to highly endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“It’s quite a sight to see close to almost 1,000 humans dressed as gorillas running in their gorilla costumes,” said Frank Keesling, President and Race Director of MGCF. “We are keeping Austin weird in a fun and quirky environment, as well as bringing awareness to a wonderful cause and a beautiful species.”

Mark Bond was the first male competitor to finish Saturday’s 5K race with a time of 23:30. Margaret Collins, the first female “gorilla,” completed the course in 26:42.

Runners enjoyed plenty of food (bananas included), drinks and music once they crossed the finish line. The family friendly event also included a kids obstacle challenge.

MGCF officials say the number of living Mountain Gorillas in Africa has risen from 248 to about 880 since the organization was founded in 2001.

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At least it was cold this morning! I bet the runners were grateful to have those gorilla costumes on. Congrats to all the runners who participated and all the organizations who sponsored this important fundraiser. And kudos to all who put the event together. I think $35,000 is a very respectable fundraising result, don’t you? The gorillas will be very grateful…

Sleet as Art

We had a rare treat the other night: sleet. In Austin, any type of winter storm activity is a welcome diversion. It left some beautiful art in it’s wake. These are pictures of a frozen dog bed on my deck, covered in sleet. How the sleet settled into the folds of the bed created a striking abstract.

frozen dog bed sleet freezes dog bed and turns it into art dog bed covered in sleet creates frozen abstract

My Blog was Nominated for a Sunshine Award!

sunshine award nomineeMy blog, angelsbark, has just been nominated for a Sunshine Award, an award given to blogs that bring a little joy to the world. Nominated by the fabulous Spiritbath! Wow! What a huge surprise, especially since I’m so new to blogging. I’m thrilled and honored that you find my blog worthy of nomination for this distinction. Spiritbath is one of my very favorite blogs whose mission is one after my own heart: They are a group who is on top of the spiritual awakening happening all around us and their part in that awakening is to share joy, love, laughter & peace through spiritually inspiring blog posts. And they succeed on all levels. Thank you so much Spiritbath for this honor! You can also find Spiritbath on Facebook.

The rules of the Sunshine award are:

  1. Display the Award on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present around 10 deserving bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

My Nominees for a Sunshine Award

The Happsters: http://happsters.com/ – a movement dedicated to spreading happiness. That says it all. And sign up for their Hey Hey It’s Friday emails: just a little motivation to send you into your weekend.

Nature Diary:  http://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/  – breathtaking photographs by Tom Whelan taken while on nature walks. If one needs a bit of creative inspiration, check out his nature abstracts.

Live & Love Again Revolution: http://liveandloveagainrevolution.wordpress.com/ : Wise beyond her years, this blogger helps people change the way they look at themselves…And who doesn’t need that?! Her stated philosophy: “Live Your Best Life & Love What You Do.” Yeah, I can dig that.

My Thoughts on a Page:  http://mythoughtsonapage.com/ – a blogger with a passion for writing has come up with some uniquely wonderful concepts for her blog, including her “Freshly Impressed” feature where she helps to spread the good of the blogosphere, one Freshly Impressed at a time.

Dainty Petals: http://daintypetals.wordpress.com/ – for her lovely poetry and my first encounter with Kyrielle, a French form of rhyming poetry. Her Rhyming Thursdays are fabulous.

Toemail: http://toemail.wordpress.com/ – a wildly unique concept that provides an interactive blog featuring pictures of toes. Toes! All kinds of toes, pictures taken by the bloggers themselves and those submitted by followers. Crazy fun!

Sadie & Dasie: http://sadieanddasie.wordpress.com/ – simple and elegant photos of art, design and two very expressive dogs, sprinkled with a bit of inspiration and motivation quotes.

Diplomatic Dog: http://diplomaticdog.wordpress.com/ – “a small dog’s musing of life in Kazakhstan” – the photos of this little angel just make me smile with every post.

The High Canadian’s Crib: http://thehighcanadian.wordpress.com/ – because his blog almost always has something that makes me laugh. And laughter makes me happy, which keeps me in a creative mindset.

Sherrey Meyer, Writer: http://sherreymeyer.com/blog/ – helping to make writers better through blog posts with tips and advice for writers, especially helpful for those doing memoir writing

To Do is To Change: http://todoistochange.com/ – a blog with a vividly colorful and cheery header that promotes the simple truth that small acts make a big difference. Indeed they do.

Warrior Writershttp://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ – Kristin Lamb’s blog for writers of all kinds with special emphasis on connecting with readers. GREAT advice and tips!

Thanks to these bloggers who provide enlightening, insightful, riveting, creative and fun content. Congratulations on your nominations!

10 (hopefully) interesting things about me:

  1. I have been adopting rescued and retired greyhounds since 1999.
  2. I’m from Niagara Falls, NY.
  3. I have a jewelry business called Accent Gem Designs
  4. I have a dogsitting business in Austin, TX called The Grey Zone.
  5. I will be a fully credentialed and ordained Animal Chaplain in April of 2015.
  6. I used to own a bar.
  7. I’m kinda stuck in the 70s when it comes to music & décor
  8. I name all my trees: Goldie is my Golden Raintree; Willow, no surprise here, is my Weeping Willow; my Big-Tooth Maple is named Mabelene; the two Washington Hawthornes in the dog-run are known as the Hawthorne Brothers; and I named my only indoor tree, a Rubber Tree plant, Trojan. Oh, and yesterday my ex transplanted a wild tree whose seed obviously blew into my yard. It’s some kind of Oak I believe, who has yet to be named.
  9. I like muscle cars from the late 60s and early 70s and I still mourn my ’71 Monte Carlo.
  10. I am a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan…but truth be told, some years it’s just hard to be.

My Aquarium Visit: Who Knew It Would Spark a Poem

I’m certainly no poet but this came to me as I was looking at the photos I took yesterday while visiting the new Austin Aquarium (which you can see in the slideshow below). I wrote this poem in honor of all the animals held in public aquariums:

Gliding through waters unfamiliar,

The ripples not like those in the sea.

How I yearn to be free from captivity.

The aquarium apparently my new home

How I despise these rocks I now roam.

 

I see them looking through the glass

Smiling, admiring, then walking away,

One after the other, day after day.

I have to rely on the Angels who see

To watch over us, only they hold the key.

Unless you are here to set me free?

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