Julian Assange. Tulsi Gabbard. Joaquin Phoenix. Bart Simpson. They all have something in common, a very, very understudied phenomenon that is not just endlessly fascinating, but a very key feature of dozens of “political scandals” and lies at the very heart of what people have started to call “the Deep State.”

Imperial Teen was this hipster band I remember from my youth. The best thing about the band was their mixed male/female vocals. Although no one had any idea at the time, apparently it was two gay men and two lesbian women. At the time, there were some “out” gays, like Elton John, but even in the entertainment industry gays and lesbians were typically “politely closeted.”

Back in those days, the 1990’s, “LGBT” had not been really mainstreamed. It may be hard for younger people to understand this, but even in the 1990’s, “gay marriage” was not a thing; no government recognized it. In fact, homosexuality was frankly rather disapproved of. People did know that “gays and lesbians” existed, but few people were particularly worked up about “what people did in their private lives.” Hit television shows like Friends and Seinfeld included quite a bit of humor about homosexuality and homosexuals, humor that at the time was seen as kind of “pro-gay” but now is considered “homophobic.”

Homosexuality was grounds for dismissal from the military; Bill Clinton passed a policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which was just about the mainstream opinion at the time.

For someone my age, it is frankly astonishing that homosexuality went from a rather fringe and barely tolerated phenomenon to literally a key feature of US foreign policy – the United States uses its financial, media, political, and military leverage against other countries demanding they pass “gay rights laws” and the State Department not just pushes pro-gay foreign policy but even flies the “LGBT Rainbow Flag” on their foreign embassies.

It’s frankly bizzare, isn’t it?

To understand, let’s take a look at a trope in writing and film called a “MacGuffin.”

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MacGuffin

“MacGuffin” (a.k.a. McGuffin or maguffin) is a term for an object or element in a story that drives the plot, but serves no further purpose. It won’t pop up again later, it won’t explain the ending, and it won’t do anything except possibly distract you while you try to figure out its significance. It usually takes the form of a mysterious artifact, package, or weapon that everyone in the story is chasing, though in some cases it won’t even be shown.

The article lists two tests that determine if some element in the story is a MacGuffin or not:

  1. Is the nature of the item or the item itself interchangeable? (i.e., would it matter to the story if the MacGuffin was a priceless diamond or a secret technology?)
  2. Is the nature of the item irrelevant to the plot? (i.e., in a heist film, it doesn’t matter if you are robbing a bank or a priceless painting.)

A good example is probably the briefcase in the film Pulp Fiction. What is in the briefcase that everyone is after? Who knows, it doesn’t matter, it’s not the point.

Let’s speculate that when it comes to US imperialism and its bizarre obsession with “LGBT rights” that we are seeing a MacGuffin. It’s not really about homosexuality. As soon as “gay marriage” was passed, they immediately started pushing “transgender rights.” The number of “genders” and the words used to describe them get invented constantly and changed on a regular basis. What is a “demisexual?” A “demisexual” is a woman who wants to have an emotional connection to a man before she has sex with him. That used to be called “normal” – now it’s a “sexual orientation.”

One of my favorite songs, and videos, from Imperial Teen is “Yoo-Hoo.” It is the best of old-style MTV music videos, essentially, a short film. The theme of the music video is BDSM and it even rather explicitly makes a reference to narcissism and a lack of empathy. There is a scene where the main character, a beautiful woman, opens her front door and is confronted with some ugly children begging for money; she derisively throws some trash into their bucket, rolls her eyes, and slams the door in their faces.

The song was included in some hipster film of the time I don’t remember, and the video features … “stars” … an actress from the film, Rose McGowan.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really remember all of the actresses I’ve seen in film. Off the top of my head, I can name Drew Barrymore, who was not just my, but pretty much everyone’s, sort of “crush” when we were teenagers, and Nicole Kidman, perhaps the most beautiful woman ever born, if you were to ask this writer.

“Feminists” complain about Hollywood. They turn young girls, typically starting when they are “nubiles” (note the term that Ghislaine Maxwell used to describe the targets of her trafficking ring) into “stars.” Their time in the spotlight typically lasts for a few years and then get replaced by newer, younger, “fresh meat.”

Two or three years ago Rose McGowan emerged as a prominent voice in the so-called “Me Too” movement, which was triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. While the Harvey Weinstein scandal was ostensibly about Hollywood moguls like him sexually abusing and raping Hollywood actresses, there was clearly far more going on. Harvey Weinstein had hired “private detective agencies” staffed with “former” Mossad agents to spy on, and threaten, his victims and journalists and even law enforcement investigating him.

And of course, we see the same thing in the infamous Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell case; Epstein’s – and Donald Trump’s – lawyer Alan Dershowitz also hired “private detectives” that were “former” Mossad agents to do the same thing.

To be blunt, that is the extent of my knowledge about the actress Rose McGowan; I don’t remember any film or TV show she has been in, although reading Wikipedia I guess I’ve seen a few.

But I really like the video and the song, so I read a couple of the comments on the Youtube videos.

Here’s a sample:

“Rose was a real teenage goddess- a shame Hollywood destroyed this girl.”

“Hollywood chewed her up and spit her out. Super sad I love her movies and her acting.”

“What happened to her that made her this way?”

The latter question is answered by one commenter, “she was raised in a weird cult.”

Indeed. A quick trip to Wikipedia reveals an absolutely fascinating bit of biography about Rose McGowan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_McGowan#Early_life

McGowan was born September 5, 1973, in Florence, Italy, to American parents Daniel McGowan, an artist, and Terri, a writer. She has two half-siblings. Her father ran an Italian chapter of the Children of God, which he and his wife were members of until 1978. McGowan spent her early childhood at the group’s communes, often traveling through Europe with her parents.

Through her father’s art contacts in Italy, she became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and many other Italian magazines. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10 years old, and settled in Eugene, Oregon. McGowan had an untraditional childhood, living as a teenage runaway in Portland, Oregon and associating with a group of drag queens in the city. When her parents divorced, she lived with her father in Seattle, Washington, attended Roosevelt High School and Nova Alternative High School, and worked at McDonald’s. She took ballet lessons until she was 13. At 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents and moved to Los Angeles.

Calling that upbringing “untraditional” is the understatement of the year.

So what was this “Children of God?” That had branches all over the world? Wikipedia lists a number of notable members, to include the founding member of the rock band Fleetwood Mac and the entire Phoenix acting family, to include heavyweight Hollywood actors River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix.

Tina Dupuy, the former communications director for Congressman Alan Grayson, and a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist, freelance investigative journalist and comedian.

The biography of another former member, who did not become a celebrity, makes it clear what the “Children of God” was all about:

Ricky Rodriguez: subject of the suppressed manual advocating adult-child sexual contact, committed a murder-suicide in 2005, killing one of the women who raised and allegedly sexually abused him, then himself.

The Family International (TFI) is a cult that was founded in Huntington Beach, California, US in 1968. It was originally named Teens for Christ and it later gained notoriety as The Children of God (COG). It was later renamed and reorganized as The Family of Love, which was eventually shortened to The Family. It is currently named The Family International.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_International

1968 – a pivotal year in the history of the United States. The beginning of a massive escalation of the Vietnam war, the height of the draft, and the focal year of the “Sixties Counter Culture,” the “Sexual Revolution” and “the Hippie Generation.”

This time period would see the birth of a huge number of “cults” and the careers of some bizarre and horrific characters such as Charlie Mason and his “Manson Family” often described as a “cult.”

Members of The Children of God (COG) founded communes, first called colonies (now referred to as homes), in various cities. They would proselytize in the streets and distribute pamphlets. Leaders within COG were referred to as The Chain. [ed: like the Fleetwood Mac song?]

TFI initially spread a message of salvation, apocalypticism, spiritual “revolution and happiness” and distrust of the outside world, which the members called The System. In 1976, it began a method of evangelism called Flirty Fishing that used sex to “show God’s love and mercy” and win converts, resulting in controversy. TFI’s founder and prophetic leader, David Berg (who was first called “Moses David” in the Texas press), gave himself the titles of “King”, “The Last Endtime Prophet”, “Moses”, and “David”.

Let’s suggest it would be a waste of time to bother with the “theology” of the group. Instead, we can take a step back and see a phenomenon. We have a “religious community” – with “branches” all around the world – and members who use “Flirty Fishing” – i.e., sex – to “recruit members.”

By 1972, COG had 130 communities around the world.

In March 1989, TF issued a statement that, in “early 1985”, an urgent memorandum had been sent to all members “reminding them that any such activities [adult–child sexual contact] are strictly forbidden within our group” …

In January 2005, Claire Borowik, a spokesperson for TFI, stated: “Due to the fact that our current zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual interaction between adults and underage minors was not in our literature published before 1986, we came to the realization that during a transitional stage of our movement, from 1978 until 1986, there were cases when some minors were subject to sexually inappropriate advances … This was corrected officially in 1986, when any contact between an adult and minor (any person under 21 years of age) was declared an excommunicable offense.”

One woman, born into the group, put it quite bluntly. To paraphrase her statement, “it had nothing to do with Jesus or love. David was a pedophile, he molested us all constantly.”

Let’s also think about the concept of “recruiting” via “Flirty Fishing.”

One can imagine such a scenario: at the “commune” in Italy, a “prophet” of the group tells one of the young women, “Hey Julie, this man named Tony Vanetti, he works at the bank on Vine Street and he hangs out at this coffee shop after work. God told me that he needs us spiritually, why don’t you go do some ‘flirty fishing’ with him and show him some love?”

And it’s international. 130 communities around the world. They are flying women and children from city to city for decades.

Pull the curtain a bit and you find all sorts of connections to intelligence and Hollywood.

Once you see it …