WASTRELS: Feds Trying To Text Like (Their Idea Of) Gays In $500,000 Outreach To Promiscuous Meth Heads

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The National Institutes of Health is devoting $509,000 in grant funds to a Baltimore-based outreach program aimed at curbing sexual promiscuity and abuse of methamphetamine among homosexual addicts.

How?

By sending them encouraging text messages that are linguistically tailored to align with their subculture’s perceived vernacular.

In other words, the grant’s recipient, Friends Research Institute of Baltimore, is going to send gay men who’re hooked on meth some text messages every now and then that gaily urge them to use condoms and stay away from drugs.

The messages will be crafted to accord with “gay lingo” in a bid to appear credible and, hopefully, more effective, according to lead researcher Dr. Cathy Reback.

“We did a pilot about four, five years ago with 52 out-of-treatment MSM (males who have sex with males),” Reback told CNS News. “And we sent them text messages that were gay specific — used gay lingo — and made references to the connection between high-risk sex and methamphetamine use among MSM.

“So what I wanted to do with this text messaging intervention was to optimize the opportunity to get these guys [to have safer sex] by sending text messages, as opposed to ‘Come into my brick and mortar site that’s ten miles from your house, and come for a group [session].’  I mean – you know – okay maybe! …You know, send them text messages as they’re walking into a bathhouse, or while they’re getting dressed in their home, or on the computer to hook up with somebody.”

Sadly, Reback would not divulge the content of the targeted gay text messages, nor would she offer any clue as to which gay-sounding slang words they might contain. Similarly, she didn’t explain how the Institute zeroed in on an idea of what gay meth heads generally sound like when they text.

Lacking the entertainment value to be found in that info, taxpayers truly won’t be getting their money’s worth from this wasteful use of their dollars.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • podunk1

    Lets hope they spend the entire amount in Washington DC with a covenant they have to check in the white-house daily – stoned or not There is no end to this demonic administration!

  • KL

    I want to know How they know who is a promiscuous gay druggy (not many of them will have records), and how they know when they are walking into that bath house so they can send these stupid targeted texts . . . Info from the NSA???

    Idiocy aside (and that is a huge aside), it really would require extremely accurate and precise real time information, or it becomes pointless (not that pointless ever stopped a government plan ;p). Maybe they plan on just spamming everyone . . . how do you feel about your 12 year old getting one of these texts?

  • Jurgy

    ” … curbing sexual promiscuity and abuse of methamphetamine among homosexual addicts.” So, these meth users are addicted to homosexuals??? I think you meant ” … curbing sexual promiscuity among homosexuals who are methamphetamine abusers and addicts”? … and then, how do you solve that pesky problem of knowing who to text, and what their mobile numbers are? – NSA data mining?

  • SSMcDonald

    This is not the first time I have sent you this same message; you
    people are deliberately being part of the problem:

    People like you play into the hands of the liberals by using their
    politically correct euphemisms.

    In this instance, the use of the euphemism “gay” helps to spread their
    unacceptable terminology by glossing over what it really is; (homosexuality)
    making the term “gay” acceptable in the thinking of the uneducated masses.

    ALWAYS use the correct terminology: pervert, homosexual, deviant, queer,
    or sodomite. CEASE using their perverted terminology, “gay;” you only promote
    the spread of their agenda.

    • k92509

      I am the least politically correct person on the planet. I have suffered loss of employment and advancement because I tell it like it is. This country is imploding because of political correctness. It is OK for a certain group to be offended by certain correct remarks but not OK for you to be offended by having to mince your words. Political correctness equates to re-education of the American people to accommodate those who won’t or refuse to assimilate into society.

  • k92509

    These people like leeching the paracitic that depend on government handouts are depleting resources earmarked for those who actually need these limited resources. No one forced them into that lifestyle so let them fend for themselves like I and every responsible person has to.