WE HAVE MAIL !!
Well, well, well. What HAVE we here?
A local supporter of Bob "Mr. Sanctimonious" Lonsberry. A fellow pontificator who's undoubtedly studied under the Lonsberry Analytical Method which stresses off-the-cuff quips such as "gut-less (sic) coward" and "you are the moron". Works for Bob, so it must work for me.
Let's break this one down, shall we?
(1) "This email goes out to the gut-less coward who made a whole website to rip on Bob."
Oh dear. Looks like this hapless hayseed can't determine the difference between 'a whole website' and a very small section of a large website. Such distinctions are mere trivialities to simple minds, but I suppose that's being overly generous.
(2) "I believe your name is Ed. Let me first quote this of what you said, " ed. - Switch to decaf and chill out, Bob.) ".
Ahhh... NOW I understand!! This is an English Lit drop-out!! Those of us quasi-educated readers are able to understand that '(ed. _______)' within a direct quote implies an editorial comment and not the editor's presumed name of 'Edward'. Again, a simpleton would not be expected to retain such knowledge and should be forgiven for such a hysterical gaffe.
(3) "It looks like to me you are the moron who needs to switch to the decaf."
Yup... definitely a Lonsberry devotee by the gross generalisation and assumption in Bob's imitable style. I don't drink coffee... decaffeinated or otherwise.
(4) "Let me check does Bob have an entire site dedicated to pissing on you? Your antics were amusing at best."
Bob doesn't know me from Adam and couldn't care less... of course he doesn't have 'an entire site.. (see #1 above)... dedicated to pissing on (me)". But I'm glad this yokel found my amusing antics to be the best aspect... much appreciated!
(5) "How can one be so prejudice against someone that does not agree with him/her? By showing such vitriol and hate towards these people you have become everything you CLAIM to hate."
Read Lonsberry's comments again. THEN tell me who's 'so prejudice against someone that does not agree with him/her'. Bob's vitriol and hate is so legendary, it cost him his job along with earning his the wrath of much of the community that listened to his crap. Yet being the good God-Fearing Mormon that Bob is, he slaps a link to the Mormon church on his website as somehow proving how 'righteous' and 'tolerant' he is... despite his publicly admitted apology to Mayor Bill Johnson for referring to him as 'an orangutan'. Let's file that one under 'H' for Hypocrisy.
(6) "You go and have a great night and I hope you sleep well."
OK. I'll go. I'll have a great night. I'll sleep well.
(7) "God bless George W. Bush."
Nimrod. George W. Bush is already blessed by God; and he's the first to admit God told him so.
I retract nothing. Bob Lonsberry's Mormon piety is only surpassed by his adulterous hypocrisy, thinly-veiled racism and self-serving and self-aggrandizing ego. A petulant and whiny charity case, Lonsberry was quietly accepted back into the fold of talk radio with the proviso "Watch your ass Bob, or next time you'll REALLY be out of a job".
Let's get something straight. The readers will notice a complete LACK of advertising and popups on this website. The reason?
*I* pay the rent on the disk space for this website and since it's MY dime, I'll write whatever I damn well please on whoever I damn well please. Don't like it? First, ask me if I care - then go and set up your OWN website bashing at whatever or whoever you feel like. I encourage readers to do that.
Second, *I* am not a public figure who uses the public airwaves to advance my own personal agenda... totally denigrating, humiliating and castigating entire segments of the community at large. Those who use a community's mainstream media as a soapbox for racism, hypocrisy and intolerance do so at their own risk. These people should not be shocked when personal opinion is expressed condemning their views.... which is exactly what this SECTION of this website is doing.
Finally, it bears noting these are the waning days for the traditional and conservative mindset of the Rochester area. The policies of 'family values' at the expense of everybody else are quickly coming to a close and Lonsberry and his hometown pals are rapidly becoming anachronisms and passé. That sort of nonsense may have been fine for Ward and June, but like it or not... diversity, diverse ideas and acceptance are the Order of the Day in the 21st Century.
Even in Rochester. And ain't THAT a kick in the head??
Update on Bob : 05 December, 2003
since we last heard from Bob he seems to have licked his wounds,
rallied his slack-jawed fans and now feels boldly empowered to...
(ready for THIS?).. run for New York State Assembly.
Why YES!! Just what this state needs... another clueless legislator with a resume which includes accusations of racial intolerance, homophobia, adultery and a very public termination from his local radio show. Sure... that makes him a prime candidate to run for public office ( from boblonsberry.com: 'So Bob, You Got Work Yet?').
Gotta give the guy his due: he's got more gall than common sense and seems to feel vindicated that the political candidate who he branded a 'gorilla' lost the election by a wide margin.
Lonsberry's ego has resumed it's regular over inflated stature. Anyone who feels they've been given a 'mandate' simply because the object of his ridicule lost an election has more loose screws than a Chrysler K-Car.
But we wish him well in his political endeavours.
So here's to you Bob. Evidently your fans have restored your confidence to the point where you feel emboldened to go for The Big Time. Have at it and definitely go for broke.
There's no loser like a two-time loser.
This sad story of reckless commentary and a thoughtless bid for an easy joke has no happy ending. No opinions have changed, the target of the 'joke' has no closure and another worker has become just another unemployed statistic.
What Lonsberry does after this is anyone's guess... and Bob may be as clueless of his future as the next guy. At his age, it's tough to suddenly switch careers considering he's trashed his resumé for future journalist positions. What media outlet will be willing to take on a loose cannon who's been demonized in his chosen field by the public he's been wooing for a few decades?
There's only one person to blame for this. It's not the 'leftist Liberals', it's not the 'PC morons', it's not even the 'animal rights idiots'.
It's Bob himself. He brought his own termination upon himself and must assume all the responsibility for that.
Personally, this writer is pleased with the WHAM management decision and to be frank, they didn't have much choice. Allowing Bob to continue whipping out caustic witty remarks (and who honestly believes he'd suddenly see the light and change his opinions?) would only perpetuate the controversy he's caused. It's time to put this issue to rest and move on.
Bob's indicated he'd like to remain in the Rochester area and find work. No doubt he'll find a job, but it's highly unlikely it will be in his former career path... the area is too small to quietly blend in without being noticed and his reputation has been sealed. It's also unlikely he'll be satisfied with a position which doesn't provide generous amounts of attention and a platform for self-expression. Those jobs are few and far between in the Rochester area for people who've been socially ostracized.
So Lonsberry is gone. A sacrificial lamb, a victim of diversity or a journalistic martyr... none of these matter. A lesson has been taught and hopefully learned.
Racial intolerance may be acceptable in other parts of the country, but here in Upstate New York, it will be addressed swiftly and decisively.
Regardless of whether a career is destroyed or a livelihood is placed in jeopardy.
Let that be a warning to anyone with similar sentiments who decides to visit and/or live here.
Lonsberry's long descent into journalistic Skid Row
(It would be fascinating to delve into Lonsberry's status as an adopted individual (one he's rightfully proud of) and determine if rejection and/or an obsessive need for attention and approval has any deep rooted psychological basis. But I digress.)
Some people take inordinate pleasure in pushing other people's buttons. Leaving a trail of angst and outrage provides warm smiles of having succeeded in making a personal noise and impression. Like passing wind, the scent both lingers and offends. Job well done.
Some people may even have a personal agenda which demands fame on a stage to impress and win favour from their like-mided buddies. "I know So-and-So personally" is almost a calling card and suggests not only an identifiable outlet of their beliefs, but guarantees the Swarm Factor at the favourirte beer buddies' hangout. A lofty life's avocation if ever there was one.
One also has to wonder what sort of personal agenda would cause the Mormon Church to toss out one of its own members. Clearly our man Bob is no Leftist by any stretch of the imagination, so one can only imagine how extreme his Right Wing values really are. There's no explanation of the particular charges, but if the Mormon Church threw out somebody who's too conservative, the possibilities might have some serious implications. Maybe it was only because of youthful indiscretions. Certainly couldn't have been due to outrageous opinions or beliefs.
Bob Lonsberry makes no bones about his disdain of Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson. Johnson, African-American and decidedly Democrat, is running against Suburban Republican Maggie Brooks (whose stint on the local TV station as a news anchor and subsequent position as elected County Clerk no doubt qualifies her to manage New York State's third largest metropolitan area) for the race of Monroe County Executive.... a position held predominately by suburban Republican interests.
Lonsberry's latest, and perhaps final, act of idiocy concerns his radio show where he referred to Mayor Johnson as "an orangutan" and in the past, "a monkey". Even in the cozy world of the brand of insidious racism which pervades this area, there's a significant population of higher-educated people who simply cannot sit back and let Bob the Bad Boy mouth off anymore. Lonsberry, a good-looking man with the air of a past high-school jock and his trademark bowtie, has finally been seen for what he is. His cover, never very convincing anyway, has been stripped away and his obvious personal demons have come to surface.
Personal integrity is for saps. Saying one thing and doing the complete opposite has become acceptable practice for public luminaries. That's called hypocrisy and is very much the American Way in the eyes of many international communities... and 'Ol Bob definitely wants you to know he's all for the American Way. Whatever pays the mortgage.
Regardless of the cost.
WHAM 1180 AM may believe ratings will be fat and happy with hoards of listeners tuning in to hear outrageous commentary, but it only proves yet another marketing theory with no basis in reality. It's a foolish and gross generalisation to believe ALL listeners of talk radio tune in to hear the radio version of the Jerry Springer Show. And, in fact, many non-listeners (such as yours truly) will only feel compelled to write the advertisers informing them their products and services are no longer needed. I'm only too delighted to hit 'em where they live.
The mere fact that Lonsberry has been able to maintain his status as a journalist says plenty about the local population. Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch once mentioned (parenthetically) that Upstate New Yorkers' idea of high fashion "was buying a gingham dress from the Penney's catalogue". In other words, this part of the state is filled with hicks and hayseeds. Lonsberry's appeal only bolsters that gross assumption.
Bob's mighty talk show even plays in the Salt Lake City area in Utah... the state with the fuzziest line between church and state in the union. That his show would be well received in the state that brought you the Osmonds and mass-murderer Gary Gilmore should come as no surprise. Pious superficiality is one of Bob's stronger points.
It should be noted Bob is selectively weeding out comments on his website. That of course, his entirely his prerogative as it is his website, yet one has to wonder whether the pro-comments are intentionally featured while only a small number of 'Thumbs Down' are allowed to give a false impression of the magnitude of support. The people from Toronto who've made comments pointing out that he's jeopardising the success of the Fast Ferry project with his rather unflattering portrayal of the residents of the Rochester area have been deftly left out of the list of comments.
At this point, the last thing Bob wants to invite are fears about the imagined boatloads of Canadians swarming into the Port of Rochester never materialising due to unprogressive and intolerant sentiments. When the fast ferry goes belly-up, choruses of "Blame Bob" might put a real damper on an already fragile ego.
Well, for just a sprinkling of Bob's witty reparteé and expert assessment of What Ails Everything - And How You Stupid Douche Bags Can Fix It, have a gander ( the term ' hypocrite' comes to mind... ) :
A true devoteé of "There no such thing as bad publicity", Bob's managed to score a real coup this time:
And for those who feel compelled to speak up and do something about attention-dependent racists.
It's time to take a stand against blatant racism and send Bob Lonsberry packing. His venomous diatribes have been made known on a national level.
This is a prime opportunity to send a strong message that intolerance and bigotry is offensive and unacceptable.
Bob Lonsberry has got to go.