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Meet The Tea Partier Who Gave Thousands to Dems & Warned DC Visitors of The Yellow & Green Metro Lines

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Hit & Run regulars and folks who attend Reason's DC events may know Bruce Majors, who haunts the comments section at this here blog like Banquo's Ghost at the dessert section of a Golden Corral buffet.

Majors, an openly gay real estate agent who has lived in the nation's capital since 1980, was near the center of a bizarre Glenn Beck rally mini-scandal when a visitor's guide to DC he penned was interpreted as evidence of racism on the part of Tea Party types. Majors suggested that newbies unfamiliar with DC steer clear of certain neighborhoods and Metro lines and was pilloried on, among other outlets, Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show.

The Daily Beast caught up with Majors, who is nobody's idea of a conventional Tea Partier:

Already notorious on a number of progressive sites for posting inflammatory comments, Majors responded to attacks this week with a steady stream of profanity-laced insults aimed at Maddow, Robinson, The Atlantic, the American Prospect, and other progressive news outlets and writers.

He defended the guide from charges of racism, saying it was "overly cautious" by design and only intended for "people from Shreveport, Louisiana, who are in town for 36 hours." He said its parameters included a number of black neighborhoods, such as the affluent Crestwood. Majors, a DC resident since 1980, said he didn't mean to suggest all the off-limits areas in his guide were inherently unsafe—he frequents the nightlife scene on U street, off the Green and Yellow line, for example. Ironically, the only times he's been mugged or seriously threatened in DC were in the wealthier neighborhoods, which are approved for Tea Party consumption….

According to OpenSecrets.org, he's donated about $15,000 to Democrats since 2000, including a $10,000 donation to the DNC in 2000, a $500 donation to Howard Dean in 2003, and a $1,000 donation to John Kerry in 2004. His only recent contribution to a Republican candidate was $250 in 2002 to retired Rep. Jim Kolbe, then lone openly gay Republican in Congress.

"I kind of wish I hadn't given tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats, especially with the real-estate business what it is today," he said. "Now I can only give a few hundred a year to libertarians to try to make up the balance."

Majors says he also donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group, and once won a role as an extra in the sitcom Will & Grace at one of their charity auctions….

While he's faced some homophobia from Tea Partiers online, where he frequently participates in message board discussions, he says he's found activists are often willing to hear his views and question their assumptions about gay rights. And if they aren't, that's OK. He sure loves an argument.

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  1. “who haunts the comments section at this here blog like Banquo’s Ghost at the dessert section of a Golden Corral buffet.”

    You’ve tortured that metaphor more than a secret CIA prison.

    1. The CIA tortures metaphors?

      Those bastards.

    2. That’s not torture. It’s enhanced extrapolation.

  2. Bruce Majors, who haunts the comments section

    Never heard of him. Or maybe I haven’t been paying attention. What’s his alias?

    1. MNG?

    2. He use to comment on here a lot, but I haven’t seen any comments from him in a while.

    3. The last I saw, he was posting under the unlikely handle of “Bruce Majors”.

      1. What a dastardly ruse! The sneaky bastard.

  3. Those tea partiers are just a bunch of ultra right wing gay real estate agents!

    1. I have tainted egg on my face.

      1. I have tainted egg on my face.

        1. Are you Bruce Majors?

      2. Maybe you’ll learn to keep your tongue south of the Fallopian Tubes next time.

    2. My apologies. I meant to say teabaggers. TEABAGGERS!

  4. Ironically, the only times he’s been mugged or seriously threatened in DC were in the wealthier neighborhoods, which are approved for Tea Party consumption….

    So not only is he a racist, but he’s also not good at giving advice to outoftowners.

  5. Bruce Majors, who haunts the comments section at this here blog…

    Handle?

    1. There is only one poster on here overly concerned by DC metro line colors.

      1. I am Bruce Majors.

        1. I am Bruce Majors.

          1. No, I’m Bruce Majors.

            1. I am Bruce Majors’ father.

      2. Orange Line Special?

    2. Sorry MP. I guess I had never cussed you out here.

  6. I don’t understand why telling tourists to stay away from bad neighborhoods is such a big deal.

    1. You can’t hear the whistle, John?

      Neither can I, but it appears Mr. Majors learned, the hard way, the lesson we all learned long ago: never speak aloud the thoughts leftists only share with each other in hushed tones and at cocktail parties.

      1. No shit. I am sure Maddow rides the green line down to Anacostia just for fun. That is when she is not roaming around Brooklyn CUA.

        1. Even the Harvard lefties told us not to ride the Orange line back in ’87. And I have been stopped by a cop for being the only white guy in Anacostia in ’90.

          1. That’s reverse racial profiling. If you are the only white guy, you must be there to buy drugs, right?

            1. I was giving a black female coworker a ride home one night and a cop stopped me on suspicion of solicitation.

              That was a bit awkward.

        2. I am sure Maddow rides the green line down to Anacostia just for fun.

          Is this some kind of euphemistic slang terminology for some kind of sex act with which I am unfamiliar? If not, it should be.

          “Yeah, she really likes to ride the green line down to Anacostia, if you know what I mean.”

  7. I would have advised Tea Partiers to avoid DC altogether.

    It’s like telling someone where the safe spots in Mordor are. “The Orks tend to ride the Orange/Blue lines and be careful to avoid the gaze of the flaming eye over the Capitol.”

    1. Tolkien should have thrown in some briefcase-wielding bureaucrats. Scary stuff.

      1. He should have. That is where Tolkien gets it wrong. Evil is not some horrible host of beasts coming to eat your children. Evil is a host of gray suited well meaning bureaucrats with soldiers and police to do their bidding. In Tolkien’s defense the full depths of Nazism and Communism were not known when he wrote the books.

        1. Tolkien and The Great War

          I read part of this in a bookstore once. I should get it from the library.

          1. A lot of the scenes at Helms Deep and other places do a great job of describing what it is like before a battle.

        2. The bits at the shire after the battles represent this fairly well. Of course, they were cut from the movies.

          1. scouring, thats the word I couldnt remember – The Scouring of the Shire.

            It and Tom Bombadil were the two cuts that annoyed me about the movie.

            1. Agreed. But it made room for the cheesy romances that were never in the novel.

              1. To be fair, the romances in the movie (Aragorn/Arwen, Aragorn/Eowyn, Faramir/Eowyn, Frodo/Sam) were there in the books as well. Tolkien just didn’t address them much, whereas Hollywood feels the need for there to be a significant romance in every movie to bring in the female audience.

            2. Considering how many rubes criticized RotK for having such a long denouement with all those “fake endings”, I don’t think inserting another half hour detour into the Scouring would have been a good idea.

            3. And Bombadil was annoying, and would have required explaining why they just didn’t give him the Ring since he was unaffected by it. (I know Tolkien addressed this in the Council of Elrond, but that’s another scene that is waaaay too long already and doesn’t need any more chatter.)

          2. It pisses me off too (just like most other nerds I imagine), because I would have loved to see everyone back in the shire rocking sick armor, being a foot taller from drinking entwater, and all pimped out with powers and awesome gear, kicking some mage ass.

            1. I would have liked to have seen that to. I don’t blame them for cutting out Tom Bombadil. I have never gotten the reason for that aside in the book. It would have made no sense in the movie.

              1. Tom Bombadil was one of the Ainur (or the main man himself) telling mortal man, “Yeah, that’s tough. Really far out. But it’s not our bag, dudes. Good luck with all that shit.”

              2. “Tom Bombadil is not an important person ? to the narrative. I suppose he has some importance as a ‘comment.’ I mean, I do not really write like that: he is just an invention (who first appeared in The Oxford Magazine about 1933), and he represents something that I feel important, though I would not be prepared to analyse the feeling precisely. I would not, however, have left him in, if he did not have some kind of function.”

                “I might put it this way. The story is cast in terms of a good side, and a bad side, beauty against ruthless ugliness, tyranny against kingship, moderated freedom with consent against compulsion that has long lost any object save mere power, and so on; but both sides in some degree, conservative or destructive, want a measure of control. But if you have, as it were, taken ‘a vow of poverty’, renounced control, and take your delight in things for themselves without reference to yourself, watching, observing, and to some extent knowing, then the questions of the rights and wrongs of power and control might become utterly meaningless to you, and the means of power quite valueless…

                “It is a natural pacifist view, which always arises in the mind when there is a war? the view of Rivendell seems to be that it is an excellent thing to have represented, but that there are in fact things with which it cannot cope; and upon which its existence nonetheless depends. Ultimately only the victory of the West will allow Bombadil to continue, or even to survive. Nothing would be left for him in the world of Sauron.”

                – Tolkien quotes, via Wikipedia

                1. So Bombadil is a foolish pacifist?

                  1. I believe Bombadil was supposed to be the personification of song, and therefore he is apart from the world even as he celebrates it, and can’t actually fight evil directly even though he would perish if evil were to triumph.

                    He’s a lot like the [oddly very popular among Tolkienites] fox that sees the hobbits walking in the Shire at night right in the beginning of the story: for him the epic story doesn’t exist, because he has his own concerns. And to Tolkien it’s good that there are those that the world passes by.

            2. I believe that the Scouring Of The Shire was one of Tolkien’s favorite parts of the book.

              1. Sam’s line, “This is worse than Mordor!” is something I find myself completely in tune with nearly every time I read political news these days.

      2. Dupont Circle is like an elven town filled with beautiful fairies dressed in skirts and business tops.

    2. I LOL’d.

  8. Maybe Majors isn’t the racist — all he did was identify the unsafe areas of DC. Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, believes that those unsafe neighborhoods are predominantly black. Maybe Maddow is the racist . . .

    1. Is it racist to identify *safe* areas? I mean, of course, as long as it’s explicitly a non-exhaustive list?

  9. They’re not booing. They’re yelling Bruuuuuuuuce!

    1. Booo-urns!

  10. Like with Koch, it doesn’t matter to progressives if Majors agrees with them on a large percentage of the important issues. If he steps even one foot off the reservations, he’s a fascist.

  11. I thought Bruce Majors was a “gag” handle, here. You know, the six million dollar man? That’s the dude’s real name?

    1. FWIT — The Six Million Dollar Man was Lee Majors aka Steve Austin. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      1. What the hell is FWIT? I don’t know. I meant “For What It’s Worth”.

        1. Damn, I need to get my memory checked. Either that, or use Google more.

          1. You’re not the only one.

    2. Dude, that was a shaved Bigfoot and Steve Summers in a wig —made out of shaved Bigfoot!

      1. +1. Btw, I get so hyper when I see the new Venture Brothers promos that I don’t even think I’m enjoying the show ironically anymore.

        1. Why would you need to enjoy it ironically? That show rocks.

  12. Who comes to DC from out of town to see frigging Crestwood?

    Hey kids, we’re not going to see the pandas, the Washington Monument, or the Hope diamond, we’re going to see a residential neighborhood instead!

    1. I took a shit in Crestwood once.

      1. How lovely for you.

  13. When these liberal critics come to DC, are they staying at the Anacostia Four Seasons?

  14. I knew Bruce some years ago and while I thought he was quite cute then I also thought he was rather bizarre psychologically. I even used some of his then antics to ask Thomas Szasz about his theory of insanity. Szasz responded as only Szasz could: “Just because he isn’t insane doesn’t mean he isn’t crazy.”

    Friends of mine who asked me about Bruce all got the same warning: he is someone best kept at an arm’s distance. I’m sure he means well but there was always something about him that just wasn’t entirely right.

    1. I’m still cute. Sometimes.

      Strangely my friends say the same thing about you.

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