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Newspaper Editor Openly Offended By Barney Frank’s Openly Gay Lifestyle

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One might indeed ask this without preference -- wait, what?The editor of the Boardman News — which outshines even the New York Times in producing coverage specific to Boardman, Ohio — appended this note to a letter sent in by the local Democratic Party chairman, about Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank destroying the moral fabric of their town with his public displays of gayness. Maybe now Frank will get the message and hide himself away in some special catacomb of shame, instead of homo-ing up America’s heartland.

Frank was in Boardman (it’s located just south of Youngstown) to attend the Dems’ big and fancy Chairman’s dinner, raising an estimated $75,000 for party coffers. While in town he visited some brownfield sites and the local Mahoning Valley Pride Center, because when you’re openly gay those are the kinds of places you go.

Frank seems determined to flaunt open gayness wherever possible. More recently, he spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Westport ROMEOs — a social group whose acronym stands for “Retired (Respectful) Older Men Eating Out.” Make of that what you will. He also leaves his house fairly often, mainly to purchase groceries and also to anger total strangers who disapprove of his sexual orientation. The latter is his secret pleasure, like eating carbs late at night is for the rest of us. [Plunderbund/Mahoning County Democratic Party website/Herald News]

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  • chascates

    Mahoning Valley is the gayest name in American geography.

  • MarieDeGournay

    Barney Frank: a one man offending machine.

  • Katydid

    I know, right? Why couldn’t he have invited a closet case instead? In fact, why can’t all teh gheys just stay in the closet, where the rest of us can’t hear their muffled cries?

  • freakishlystrong

    I’m not sure what’s grosser here. The ROMEOs, (really?) or the reference to the “Democrat” party. Both are old, but if the ROMEOs take their dentures out, that’s something to consider.

  • Katydid

    Also too, note that my jaw hurts from literally dropping open. Now I know the derivation of the phrase, “Well, shut my mouth.”

  • ManchuCandidate

    The editor’s homophobic GOPer leanings would have been less obvious if he wrote FAG in 72 pt characters and used Demoncrap instead of Democrat.

  • bearbait

    “…local Democrat party…”, “…openly gay…”, “…what message does that send…”; Obviously this is another fine example of a “Fair and Balanced” news organization.

  • Limeylizzie

    Luckily, if you follow the link ,the phone numbers of this twat are there for us to use.

  • Cornhusker Kickback

    Retired (Respectful) homosexual men eating each other out seems pretty darn American to me!

  • JMP

    Well of course gay men are a threat to the people of Ohio; most of them have a fashion sense and would snicker at the state’s unisex uniform of a mullet, wifebeater and jean shorts.

  • Ruhe

    “What message does this send?” It sends the message you want, right? So, thanks, Rep. Frank, for making a valuable appearance in this backwater. You’re the straw that stirs up the base.

  • JMP

    [re=642510]freakishlystrong[/re]: Now, the note was “without preference to party affiliation”, the editor can’t possibly be saying that in bad faith so the usage of “Democrat party” twice must have been an honest mistake.

  • Manos: Hands of Fate

    If they think it’s ok to invite a queer congressman to asshat county Ohio, what’s next? A colored president? Think of the children, please.

  • One Yield Regular

    It might have been worse. Frank could have been invited to brunch.

  • tencentcomic

    I would wager that the “Dear Editor” is an old, chubby white guy who is still working since he couldn’t get his claim approved for social security disability. Trust me, I knoweth about the partiots in that part of heaven.

  • Lefty Lucy

    Gays?–the horror! Jim Traficant? Not so bad. Let’s return him and his toupee to Congress, again.

  • BeWoot

    Barney Frank: Kicking gay stereotypes in the teeth, like, forever.

  • Lefty Lucy

    [re=642523]JMP[/re]: It’s a union town. So they have to pretend at least not to hate Democrats. Which they’re not very good at, obv.

  • just pixels

    A newspaper editor who doesn’t know it’s the “Democratic Party”. What kind of message does that send to the kids? No message, that’s what! Because NOBODY reads newspapers anymore. Except the folks at as part of their community service.

  • God Hates Faps

    You know how you used to have that friend that is crazy and fucked up, but you would always invite him out just so you could point and laugh and have a good time when he got drunk and crazy shit happened? America is that friend. I just wish I was Canada or Europe in this scenario; the ones pointing and laughing.

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    [re=642514]ManchuCandidate[/re]: How about DemonFag?

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    At least he didn’t visit some browneye sites.

  • karen

    He was here in the Valley? Oh my unlucky gay stripes, where was I?? Boardman I’d say is not the most gay-friendly town. I was just there for a job interview and let me tell you, even the lesbians at Dick’s Sporting Goods thought I was too gay for a job.

  • weejee

    [re=642513]Katydid[/re]: Since U R a local, are the Connecticut Teatards pushing for building New Orleans-style dykes dikes along your norther border to keep the ghey in Taxachusetts from leaking into the fair Nutmeg State?

  • level-of-taint

    Yes, we wouldn’t want to destroy the moral fabric of the Mahoning Valley with a gay person. Especially one from the “Democrat party.” After all, we have so many well-paying industrial jobs left, no legacy of corruption or mafia control, endless opportunities for young people, and sunny warm weather year round.

  • Radiotherapy

    ahh, the home of James Traficant and the most corrupt county in America.

  • masterofzen

    Of all the babyish things these people babble repeatedly, “Democrat Party” is among the most babyish.

  • jennx

    Of course, Barney Frank has the right to travel outside of the North East. But should he? Peace loving gays should denounce this gay travel to hallowed Ohio.

  • just pixels

    [re=642568]masterofzen[/re]: Freakin’ Repubicans.

  • CapnFatback

    [re=642506]chascates[/re]: Let us not forget that Ohio is home to Licking County, as well.

  • Mike Jay

    That does it! I’m definitely canceling my subscription to the Boardman News this time. Oh, wait, I don’t have a subscription. Never mind.

  • dijetlo

    It’s called projection, people. The same guy who’s aghast that Barney is entering the Homo-free environs of his fair city sweats beneath his porcine, dildo wielding wife imagining he’s an 18th century Jack Tar enjoying the obligatory sodomy and the lash. Deep down, he realizes that without powerful societal disapproval to hold him in check he’d wake up every morning looking like a glazed donut.

  • dijetlo

    [re=642581]CapnFatback[/re]: My favorite is “Big Assawoman bay”

  • Starrigavan

    Wow, this editor must not have gotten the Republican Party Talking Points bulletin. And I quote, “…we are replacing our public hatred of the sodomites with the Mohammedans…”

    Get with the times, Boardman Ohio! The Muslims are the new Gays! Who were the new Blacks… Who were the new Jews…

  • JMP

    [re=642590]Starrigavan[/re]: Now, that’s not true; the Republicans are replacing their public hatred of sodomites with Mohammedans and Mexicans, you forget the other current targets of their bigotry.

  • Beetletheknee

    [re=642586]dijetlo[/re]: Thank you for that mental picture, you sadist. *shudder*

  • mumblyjoe

    Without preference to party affiliation, fuck you, you Republican’t asshole.

    Look at me! I’m being nonpartisan!

    Christ, these are the same idiots who managed to promote the notion that there’s A Sweeping Anti-Incumbent Attitude (but only against Democratic incumbents! Also, Sweeping!) and all this. Please, mourn for our political process, and for America. Also.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=642528]tencentcomic[/re]: If by “old, chubby white guy” you mean “old pasty motherfucker who hasn’t gotten laid since the Jurassic Era and keeps getting rebuffed on the MFM Craigslist board,” then yes, absolutely agreed.


    I am disgusted by people’s openly offended lifestyles. Soon he’ll want an offended pride parade.

  • Mavky

    Ohio is already homo-ed up, though, back in the day, folks used to have to drive to Indianapolis to get laid.

  • Vera Severa

    Has anyone actually had experience having dinner with openly gay congresspeople? Maybe there’s something we don’t know here. I’m just sayin’….

  • mcc

    If you really want to see wingnut heads explode, donate to Steve Pougnet:

    He’s running for Congress in southern California (against Sonny Bono’s fourth wife) and if elected will be the only person in Congress actually in a gay marriage. And also Congress’s only gay parent. Also he is good on Issues, but you know. Whatever.

  • El Pinche

    What kind of message does that send ?

    One word: buttsekks

  • Min2.0

    Just as long as Barney doesn’t try to gay marry anyone while he’s there…

  • Extemporanus

    So wait, the dog didn’t die after all?

    What about the cow and Homo?

  • donner_froh

    “homo-ing up America’s heartland”

    I will use that unspeakably delightful term often.

  • gurukalehuru

    Without being snarky, I believe the message it sends is “would you please come to our fundraising dinner?”

  • GOPCrusher

    Barney Frank is gay?

  • FlownOver

    Must be hard to edit anything in that closet.

  • J

    Wow, you would think that someone who doesn’t know the English language and realize that it’s the Democratic party, not the Democrat party, could not get to be editor of The Boardman News. How does that happen?