Rekha Basu…Des Moines Register columnist, last week decided to weigh in on the latest wrinkle in the gay rights scam. She personally attacked me in her column.

This latest round is in response to a segment on my program a few weeks ago dealing with  the CDC’s most recent stats on AIDS in the USA and who is most vulnerable.

I did a short think piece on this. I won’t repeat the details, but you can hear it for yourself.

I don’t normally respond to this kind of stuff, but Reka’s column is so fundamentally dishonest and cheesy, it merits a forensic dissection.  It is a model of ham-fisted propaganda tactics….Gay Propaganda 101

In the late 80’s I interviewed Marshall Kirk who wrote a book called "After the Ball: How America will Conquer its fear a & hatred of Gays in the 90’s"

It’s the tactical textbook of the gay lobby describing the techniques intended  to work us over.    They  worked beyond his wildest expectations. (BTW he died of AIDS)

The tactics?  Desensitization, jamming and conversion… Brainwashing tactics 101.

He wrote, "All normal persons feel shame when they perceive that they are not thinking, feeling or acting like one of the pack…the trick is to get the "bigot" (anyone who disagrees with them) into the position of feeling a conflicting twinge of shame…thus propagandistic advertisements can depict homophobic bigots as crude loudmouths…it can show them criticized, hated , shunned "

"Our effect is achieved wrote, Kirk, without reference to facts, logic or proof…"   Get that part? …without reference to facts, logic, or proof.."


"Portray gays as victims of circumstance and oppression, not as aggressive challengers. In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will not be inclined to refuse to adopt the role of protector…we must forego the temptation to strut our gay pride publicly  to such and extent that we will undermine our victim image."

So…pop quiz.

If you think gay stereo types on TV are funny, then you’ve been de-sensitized…or if you think that not caring about this issue makes you sophisticated, then you’ve been de-sensitized.

If when you hear me use the term "sodomist" instead of the politically correct term "gay", you feel a twinge of "oooo…that’s a little too Fred Phelps," then you’ve been jammed.

Or if you feel shame if someone compares your opposition to same gender marriage to racism, then you’ve been jammed.

If you’ve ever donated to the Matthew Shepard Scholarship fund, then you’ve been converted.

And if you think it’s ok that gay propaganda is served up in the public schools to your kids with your tax dollars: the, you’ve been desensitized, jammed, converted and shafted. Welcome to Iowa.

So with that background in mind, I’ll dissect Rekha’s column.

"Basu: Let's put shame where it belongs"

Yup, right out of Marshall’s textbook… shame those who don’t share your position… note….without logic or facts.

"It's time to have a conversation about shame, and who deserves it. This has become an issue lately, as two local notables have been telling their audiences that people with HIV infection deserve whatever shame and stigma they get."

 This isn’t a propaganda point. This is an old fashioned downright lie. I never said that. If Mr. Leach did, he can defend himself. As a matter of fact, in my commentary I went out my way to criticize a politician for talking like this.  Perhaps you missed that part.

 "One is a talk radio host who has called homosexuality a sexual disorder, gay behavior stupid and gay people, even married ones, promiscuous."

Rekha, what exactly is "gay behavior"?  Are you saying it is smart or safe?  Do you think a bogus marriage license is as good as a condom? Perhaps you should re-read the most recent report by the CDC.

  I don’t see an asterisk for a footnote exempting MSM as the main risk group in the United States if accompanied by a marriage license. If I missed something you’ll point it out I’m sure.

"The other is a state Senate candidate running against a gay incumbent whom he calls a "marriage-diluting sodomite," suggesting he has AIDS and could spread it by shaking hands."

This is the classic guilt by association fallacy. I didn’t say it or imply it.  Ever.

"Jan Mickelson and David Leach have been responding to a series of ads sponsored by the AIDS Project of Central Iowa in which I played a role. They feature a variety of Iowans, some known, some unknown, saying that whether or not someone has AIDS won't prevent our associating with them. Each of us begins a sentence with "HIV won't stop me from..." Sen. Matt McCoy, whom Leach is challenging, continues "shaking hands with my constituents." I say, "putting a human face on people who test positive." The ambiguity about which of us has it underscores that "HIV is not the sum of who we are.""

Again, take up your complaints with Mr. Leach.

"But Mickelson claims HIV does discriminate - against gays."

Here’s the CDC’s most recent report. Perhaps you can shame them next.

A Snapshot from the CDC

MSM account for nearly half of the more than one million people living with HIV in the U.S. (48%, or an estimated 532,000 total persons).

MSM account for more than half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year (53%, or an estimated 28,700 infections).

While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4 percent of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men (range: 522–989 per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men).

MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing. While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s.

"As for Leach, he wrote on his website that he fell on the floor each time he heard McCoy's ad. He suggested McCoy must have HIV based on "which direction the disease would be most likely to travel," and if so, would put people at risk by shaking their hands".

Again, take it up with him.

"One would have hoped by now everyone knew HIV isn't transmitted by hand-shaking and isn't a gay disease, but one which everyone must take precautions against. Clear Channel Communications, which operates WHO Radio, where Mickelson's show airs, took the unusual step of saying on air that he had made factual errors "regarding HIV/AIDS, its spread and current efforts to inform the public about this disease." But Mickelson is unrepentant."

Since I never said HIV is transmitted by shaking hands nor did I say HIV is a gay disease, (listen to the segment) repentance doesn’t come to mind. I did neglect to mention the other risk groups the CDC listed in their report… minority men and women and intravenous drug users. That may have left the impression that MSM was the only risk group I’m concerned about.  I’ll be more precise in the future.

"I've written about people with AIDS from Iowa to Ethiopia. There was the 53-year-old straight ad company executive who learned she had contracted it on a safari to Kenya years earlier, when injected by a contaminated needle. There was the gifted gay New York Times reporter who died at 39, after coming out publicly and beginning to write about others with AIDS. "At times I think my fellow AIDS sufferers are laughing at me, looking up from their beds with eyes that say, 'You'll be here soon enough'," he wrote.

There was the 27-year-old heterosexual Iowa couple. He was wracked with guilt that he may have unknowingly given it to her after contracting it during a nine-month gap in their eight-year relationship. And there was the Ethiopian couple engaged to be married who learned, in my presence, that he was HIV positive, so the engagement had to be broken. All of these people were on my mind when I was asked to take part in the ad campaign. I jumped at the chance to help break down prejudices.

Stigma kills. That's what I learned from the ad executive. She wanted to put a human face on HIV so other women would be less scared of coming forward. Studies show women are a third likelier to die than men in the same time period - maybe because, fearing disapproval, they get diagnosed and treated later. "I let this virus [make] an intelligent, creative, artistic, fearless (I thought) woman become someone who was so pathetically afraid," she wrote me".

This is Marshall’s Gay Propaganda Tactic 101-B

"…portray gays as victims of circumstances and oppression…must be portrayed as victims in need of protection…"

I was speaking about the majority of risk behaviors as reported by the CDC. This is just an attempt to change the subject.

So if I report the CDC's findings accurately,  then I'm attacking some poor black woman in Ethiopia.  Now I'm a white , imperialist racist oppressor of third world minorities.


Rev Al Sharpton couldn't have done it better.

Just to restate the facts,  the  CDC report was about the USA risk patterns, not a report on the third world. This is another attempt to change the subject.

Plus, the largest risk group is  the MSM group and  the group is growing…not women from the third world.  My discourse was about MSM risk group...not the accidental victims of dirty needles, or the women victims of promiscuous husbands.  The MSM risk group was the clear focus of my comments. Rekha again equivocates victims with perpetrators, both a fallacy and another cheesy tactic….

"…gays must be portrayed as victims…."

"When you consider these stories in light of the horribly offensive and irresponsible things being said, you see where the shame really belongs - and it's not with the AIDS patients."

Gay activists are get paid to be offended.  It's a tactic.  And for the record I never mentioned AIDS patients, or any other kind for that matter. I just listed risky behavior. The same risky behaviors listed by the CDC.  Perhaps that’s the responsible thing to do.

I said people should quit smoking… I didn’t shame anyone with lung cancer.

I suggested people should cut down on drinking… I shamed no one who is an alcoholic.

I suggested people with weight issues (my hand is up here) should lose some weight. I shamed no one with diabetes or heart disease.

I suggested, given the stark correlation between HIV and MSM, that some concern was merited.

For the record, this dust up has nothing to do with anything I said about AIDS. This has everything to do with the upcoming election. This has to do with the retention vote on for three of Iowa’s Supreme Court Justices because of their same gender marriage "vote".

I’ve been told to my face, on the phone, and by email, by gay activists, "You try to take out our judges, we take you out"

I believe them. Simple as that.

And as Rekha demonstrates, posturing, lying, deflecting, equivocating, are the shameful tactics of propagandists.

The problem for Rekha is that I read the play-book. I know all of her moves before she makes them.

Remember Gay Propaganda 101    "…our effect is achieved,"  wrote, Kirk, "without reference to facts, logic or proof…" Get that part? …without reference to facts, logic, or proof.."    

Rekha your effect wasn't achieved with me.   

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