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?

 

 

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Family Reunited with Dog After Texas Tornado

The ruin from the slew of tornados ripping through the states right now is truly devastating but at least one family has much to be thankful for. They were traveling to a local shelter when the truck they were riding in was flipped by the tornado. A man and his wife, their TWO-WEEK old daughter and two dogs were in the vehicle. They rushed their daughter to the hospital but their dog Tater ran off.

Here’s the happy ending:

 

Besides fire, tornado is probably my biggest fear. One ripped through my area several years back and every time there are tornado warnings I get really scared. I think about how to keep all the dogs together if my house were getting ripped apart. It’s a terrifying thought, to me anyway…

Have you ever experienced a tornado or been close to one?

 

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…