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The Embarrassed Republican: Not in 'Our Town'

Seen 'Our Town' magazine? Do you really want to advertise in that?

There is a “magazine” being offered for free in several local businesses, it’s called “Our Town”.  The latest version is called “Twilight’s Our town Zone.”  It is true to the principals of it’s editor and chief author, Robert Beierle, who implores us all to return to the wonderful days of yesteryear when men were men and women didn’t talk so much.

It is a thinly veiled personal propaganda circular containing  22 or so pages of basic stone-headed “everyone stinks but cool white guys like us” thinking.   Just leafing through it’s pages makes it very clear why people don’t tell jokes like the ones it contains anymore.  They’re offensive, the kind you wish your cousin would stop telling when he’s had a few too many at the picnic.  The kind that don’t get him invited back.

This edition is missing the usual stirring hate-filled front page editorial, instead it sports a story of a man and his family transported from an idyllic 1962 to the cruel government controlled present day.  He is beset immediately by police, who threaten to shoot his unlicensed dog, insult his family and truck and then arrest the entire family for not wearing seat belts and letting the kids ride in the truck bed of the family's broken down vehicle. Off to the "pokey" with them!

Once the family is incarcerated at the local police fortress they are grilled by a ruthless “government bureaucrat” who relentlessly demand permits and licenses for everything from having a bake sale to changing tires without a license.  His wife becomes despondent when her children are changed into zombies by a flat screen TV, but apparently she can’t do anything about that without talking to her husband first.  Eventually, after considerable incredulity on the sad state of the future, the man and his family escape the clutches of the “Government” police while they are busy suiting up in riot gear so they can persecute the innocent family some more.

Shots are fired, the family dog is rescued and they magically return to their own time where the local sheriff gladly repairs their flat tire.  Really.

Everyone is able to express their own opinion about everything, we even have an amendment to the constitution about it.  Unfortunately we left out the amendment where everyone else isn’t allowed to express their own opinion about what’s said. Cloaked in a grimy “community service” overcoat, “Our Town” is a hate-filled rag, from the nasty crude jokes to the ranting editorials.  It manages to be  anti-women, anti-hispanic, anti-government, homophobic, anti-jew, anti-muslim (and there about 20 other anti’s I’ve left out) all in one one package.  And yet, It purports itself to be “the most popular publication in Morris county”.  Really?  Did you take a look at the Daily Record’s distribution lately, or the New York Times? I just hope that’s as far from the truth as the rest of Mr. Beierle’s ranting.

This “magazine” has been called out by NJ’s Hall institute for public policy for “hate columns” and rampant intolerance and yet it still gets advertisers in Morris county to support it and stores to carry it.  They must not be reading it.  Just as the Chick-fil-a corporation divorced itself from it’s founder’s views almost immediately when it came to light that he was a major supporter of anti-gay organizations, businesses are usually very careful not to alienate customers.  It’s hard enough getting customers these days as it is without advertising in some hate-filled fish-wrapper. 

I’d never actually seen a copy until last week, but I’d heard about it from a friend who had it pulled out of Kings on South street by talking to the manager.  Good for her.  It’s important to speak out when you see something like this.  This is not a publication you want your children idly reading while you shop, or anywhere else for that matter.  Mr. Beierle, the seeming sole author except for jokes always “submitted by a faithful Our Town reader“  gets to have his own opinion,  but he doesn’t get to have it without consequences.  No one does.  It is impressive that he apparently sells franchises to distribute “Our Town”.  By that I mean impressive in a kind of frightening way.

Taking a look at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate map” we see that NJ has the most organized hate groups of all the 50 states.  You will also notice that Morris county is pleasantly free of such groups although they cluster around our edges.  I’d like to keep it that way.  “Our Town” is an insidious insertion of hate and fear propaganda right into the heart of the county.  Pick one up to share and see if you agree.  If you do, talk to the store manager, or even better email the advertisers.  Freedom of speech works both ways.

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David Samuels, Jr. February 04, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Yes, this idiot's delight has popped up in a few locations in Bucks County too. I sometimes enjoy reading it because it's so ridiculously off the wall, tone-deaf and deranged that it's actually enteraining. Mr Bierle is a horrible writer, taking 3000 words to say what could be said in 300. His latest screed is "Obama is a dictator and he's using the Newtown CT. incident to take our guns." Not one word of sympathy or empathy for the people of Newtown, just a seemingly endless, inaccurate, repititious paranoid rant. Like I said- entertaining. I support Mr. Beierle's right of free rant. After all, that's how we know who to avoid. However, I think it's risky for a business to associate itself with any political point of view, because by doing so, that business is saying "I don't want your patronage" to people who don't share that point of view. I suspect some of the people who advertise in "Our Town" are getting cheap rates to advertise, and that's their main concern. They may not even read it other than to look ath their ad. I think you are doing them a favor pointing out the contents. What they do after that is up to them.
Mike March 09, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I laughed so hard when Obama won a second term. This rag is spewing so much hate against women, non-whites, non-Christians it must it orders directly from the white power groups. Even after years of the same "scare tatic" talking points attempting to influence voters NJ still votes for Obama. What a failure this guy is. Hahaha.
Trix15 April 05, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Wow!! What is wrong with everyone today? Can no one read something containing a little truth without bashing on the author? I came upon this site because I WANTED to find out MORE about Mr. Beierle. My husband and I enjoy reading his articles and find them refreshing. He almost always refers to this country’s history, our founding fathers, and the love he has for this country. How horrid!! He actually loves his country!!! Please people!! Go bash those that don’t care about this country, that hide the truths, and that disrespect the Constitution. Mr. Beierle does not discriminate against anyone but, rather, reminds people of what we were and what we have become. Oh, and yes, he refers to God because this country wouldn’t be a country without the strong Christian beliefs it had. Sorry, non-Christians, that’s just the truth. We love “Our Town”. We love the articles, the jokes and enjoy perusing the neighboring events and advertisements. I suggest that if you don’t like it, don’t read it, but there are many of us who do enjoy reading an honest, fun and God-loving magazine.

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