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7/20/2014 12:32 pm
Seeking Clicks, A News Site Hitches An Unrelated Government Screw-Up To The Swinging Community


There’s an old joke about a traveler who stops in at a bar. The bartender gives him a beer, but warns the traveler not to talk to an old man who’s sitting at the end of the bar.

“That’s the angriest man in town,” cautions the bartender.

Well, the traveler is intrigued, so he goes over to the old man “Hey, old timer,” the traveler says. “I’ll buy you a drink if you tell me why you’re the angriest man in town.”

The old man stares at the traveler and says “, it’s like this. I’m the village handyman. If you look out the window, you’ll see a barn. I built that barn, and a dozen more like it in this town. But do people call me Darrin the barn builder? No!

The old man continues. “And if you came to this bar from the north, you probably walked over a stone bridge. I built that bridge, and three more like it besides. But do people call me Darrin the bridge maker? No!

“But let me tell you, , fuck just ONE goat…”

This joke came to mind when I read an article on Inquisitr dot com (yeah, that’s spelled correctly). Seems the federal government is housing Central American who have illegally crossed into the United States in a hotel near Buffalo, NY.

Leave aside the immigration issue, which has been hashed over in numerous other forums (and which doesn’t need to be debated here). The Inquisitr couldn’t resist slapping the following title on its article: “Feds Scout ‘Swinger’s Convention’ Hotel To House Illegal Immigrant , Already Fully Booked”.

First off, huh? That’s a mouthful of a headline. Even after two or three reads, it’s still fairly unclear. One might surmise that the the article will be about a bunch of young ‘uns being put in the same place where top- and bottomless swingers are busily dashing from room to room while waving dildos and cans of flavored lube above their heads.

One would be wrong. This article, which was published in late June 2014, “was previously home to the “Entice the Falls” couple’s swingers convention in 2009.” Wait – that was five years ago. Surely the hotel has scrubbed the stains out of the carpeted staircases, and chlorine-dosed the pools where those naughty, naughty swingers frolicked…. half a decade ago.

Second, the news of the story is that the feds decided to put the there in 2014… but didn’t bother to tell hotel management, and when the showed up, the hotel was fully booked. Now, that’s a news story – it’s an “oopsie” of pretty big proportions. And it doesn’t need irrelevant embellishment.

The only reason why a five-year-old swingers’ event mentioned once, midway down the piece, might be considered fair game to be mentioned in a headline is if there was a big stink about it five years ago when the convention was held. Under those circumstances, the hotel’s name would have acquired a certain degree of notoriety in the community the Inquisitr serves. But that’s a pretty flimsy ploy, especially since the hotel was recently renamed, according to the article.

But there was only one phrase in the article devoted to the swingers’ convention. It was in no way, shape, or form central to the issue. Furthermore, linking a government screw-up involving to a swingers’ convention – where, assumedly, were NOT welcome – is dirty pool. Most clubs and conventions are pretty careful when it comes to checking identification, and doubly so when alcohol is going to be served.

Fair’s fair: Inquisitr wants clicks as much as any other website. It’s a lot more fun to read about sex than it is to read about an illegal immigration crisis. But<b> pegging </font></b>a five-year-old swinging event to a current government issue in a headline is a real reach. Despite the snickering tone of the headline, it isn’t the swingers who should be ashamed of this.

(I’d love to publish a direct link to the piece, but blog guidelines prohibit doing so. The article is eminently Googleable for anyone who wants to bump the views count up, but be forewarned – it’s a yawner.)

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