TBL has refrained from crediting direct quotes to any of them in this publication, because really, who can tell them apart anymore anyway?
The disappointing crowd barely overflowed the San Diego Sports Arena. Authoritative sources at the Associated Press and New York Times put the attendance at somwhere between 1800 and 2000, describing photos of the attendees as 'misleading' and 'deceptive.'
The show then continued with "Christian artist" Michael W. Smith offering several musical pieces ostensibly extolling faith and patriotism, oddly without once mentioning the Episcopalian church's heroic embrace of brave, family-abandoning gay bishops or the Reverend Phelps' principled stand for faith and the First Amendment at military funerals, so we really must question his sincerity...
After that there were several speakers, including Hollywood personality Jon Voight, that same Colonel Oliver North who so embarrassed Congress, and numerous Gold Star families and recipients of some of Sean Hannity's scholarship largess. Oddly, none of them seemed to be pursuing ethnic studies, political science or the arts degrees so essential to success in civilized company.
At this point, the wheels came off the event entirely. A mister Leonard Skinner, if we heard the name correctly brought his "band" on for a "set"... in the course of which he launched a reprehensible attack on the fine singer Neil Young and agitated dangerously for religious practice and firearms ownership, while presenting an alarming audio-visual work of imagery calculated to lure the weak-willed into debauchery and perhaps even drug abuse. The crowd was obviously worked up to the very edge of an outburst.
Then, to goad the mob on into a veritable frenzy, "Charlie" returned to the stage to "jam" with Leonard. The atmosphere within the arena was so fraught with the prospect of unbridled license that our colleague Frumley was obliged to retire to the gentleman's lounge and very nearly compose himself. We will spare the reader the intensity of any further description on our part and simply present some smuggled video of the onstage bacchanalia:
Honestly, how these people expect themselves to be capable of governance escapes us entirely...