Chicken lips are scarce
Great gay kiss-off lays a gigantic egg
Last Updated: 7:48 AM, August 4, 2012
This was billed as the greatest protest since Occupy Wall Street. Thousands of scantily clad gay men and lesbians said they’d lock lips in a coast-to-coast red-hot make-out session.
They were to blast anti-gay-marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. But gays preferred staying home to watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey yesterday as a symbol for the lack of stamina in the national kissing campaign.
From Georgia to California, protests drew yawns, not saliva.
Even in Atlanta, the home of Chick-fil-A, only two dozen kissers showed up. And there was a similar lack of necking in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
At NYU, 20 people weren’t allowed in the dorm that hosts the city’s only Chick-fil-A. Just three pairs of guys kissed on the street.
In Jersey, I only found eight kissers — and two weren’t even bi!
Giggling like overaged cheerleaders, Jessi Friechter, 42, and Claudia Campagna, 51, stared into each other’s eyes. And in full view of the Chik-fil-A neon sign, the coworkers pecked each other on the cheek — handing me an iPhone to record the event.
“My husband would love this,” teased Friechter.
Nearby, an older gent who refused to give his name was freaking out.
“That’s disgusting! That’s not why I came here,” he said.
“Why don’t they go to Sbarro and do that? Why don’t they go to Subway?”
So much for the kiss-fest. It couldn’t even draw New York’s Lesbian-in-Chief Christine Quinn, who wants to boot Chick-fil-A from the city.
This aged mall of dwindling splendor, where brow threading competes with bedazzlers, was supposed to be swarmed by thousands of folks protesting Cathy’s comments: “We are very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
But there wasn’t enough gay outrage to draw more than one person who was actually gay.
She was Laura Fram, 34, a gay Republican vegetarian, who said Chick-fil-A was “hateful and hurtful.”
But her main problem was that she had no one to kiss.
“If you find someone for me to kiss, I’d be willing — but only a woman,” Fram said before running to pick up her daughter.
One disappointed by the smooch fiasco was Curtis Sliwa. The radio talker and Guardian Angel has been urging people to come out and eat.
“I was here to realize every male fantasy — watching lesbians kiss,” he said. “Now I get to buy a spicy chicken sandwich and waffle fries.
You’re not the only one.
Man Arraigned In June Murder In Hartford
A man wanted in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old man in June is back in Connecticut after being captured in Philadelphia.
Carl Small, 31, of Bloomfield, was arraigned Thursday in Superior Court in Hartford on a single count of murder. He was ordered held on $1 million bail and is due back in court Aug. 16.
Police tracked his cellphone to Philadelphia, where he was captured on June 28. He was extradited to Connecticut this week.
Small was wanted in connection with the killing of Christopher Donato, who was found dead on June 18 in his apartment at 58 Prospect Ave.
Donato’s father had asked police to check on his son because the son hadn’t been in touch for a couple of days and failed to show up for work. Officers found Donato lying on the living room floor covered in blood, according to an arrest warrant.
He died of multiple stab wounds, the warrant says.
The apartment showed signs of a struggle, including furniture that had been moved around and blood splatter that was evident along the wall and on furniture, the warrant states. It appeared that someone attempted to mop up a large pool of blood, but was unsuccessful, the warrant said.
Donato’s 2000 Chevy Blazer was stolen, but was recovered near 48 Vine St. His cellphone, three firearms and one or two laptops were also stolen, the warrant states.
Investigators searched Donato’s cellphone records and looked into phone numbers that had called him on June 16, the day police believe he was killed. Investigators traced the numbers to an apartment at 48 Vine St., the warrant states.
Residents at the address said Small had stayed there for a few days. One person said Small told them he “hurt this cracker kid real bad,” the warrant says.
Police spoke with a friend of Small’s, who said Small spent the night at her residence on June 20 and appeared nervous. When he got up the following morning he asked her to have a drink of cognac with her. She said he then began to cry out loud and talked over and over again about a body, the warrant states.
Small also eft a laptop computer at the woman’s apartment, and police seized the computer and determined that it belonged to the victim, the warrant states.
Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella praised Major Crimes Division detectives Luis M. Poma Jr. and Tony Rykowski for their work on the case.
“Their collaboration with HPD patrol and detective divisions, combined with critical cooperation received by outside law enforcement agencies such as the United States Marshals and the Philadelphia Police Department, resulted in a rapid identification of the suspect and his ultimate capture in Philadelphia. They are a credit to their profession.”