The Most Faggy Goddamned Thing You Could Ever ImagineBohemian Grove is "the greatest men's party on Earth", according to once-regular attendee Herbert Hoover. A secret little getaway for America's male upper crust, the 2-week long annual retreat in Monte Rio, California, has all the luxuries you'd expect of an elitist clique: outdoor plays, an orchestra, delicious food and beverages, public urination, streaking, and human sacrifices, to name a few. Nestled in beautiful redwood forests, every Republican president since Coolidge has partaken in the gala, as well as a host of other huge names in business and politics.
Little is known about its origins. The Bohemian Club was founded, according to its PR people, in 1872 by "five newspapermen, a Shakespearean actor, a vintner and a local merchant" from San Francisco. The male bonding funfest at the Grove itself began in 1879, near the Russian River. It wasn't long before this yearly custom became an annual tradition which has continued for over 120 years. Members enjoy opera, literature, and music. That's all. Nothing else to see here, no photos please, leave the premises now, THANK YOU.
Now here's the real dirt. (cue creepy Theramin music)
Weaving spiders come not hereThe gathering includes semi-Masonic themes that center around a 40-foot tall stone owl, whose voice is provided by regular attendee Walter Cronkite ("And that's the way it is, hoot hoot."). Mock-Druidic rituals are performed, and the attendees (referred to as "Bohos" or "Grovers") wear Ku Klux Klan-style garb. Public policy speeches are given, conveniently away from the public that will eventually have to suffer under these policies. Called "Lakeside Talks", the topics of discussion range from "Communists, Democracy and Golf"; "America's Health Revolution: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Pays"; "America's Promise: Leading Armies and Leading Kids"; "Defining the New World Order"; and other such jolly cocktail chatter. It is boasted that the Manhattan Project first took shape at a Grove meeting. Security is allegedly as tight as a nun's cunt; journalists are now forbidden from showing up and filming the shindig. Reporters from CBS, People and Spy magazine have all tried to get a glimpse of the event, with limited success.
It goes without saying that this party of the powerful has garnered attention from the tinfoil hat leagues. The Bohemian Grove Action Network occasionally holds demonstrations against the event, but not in recent years. 37 year old Nevada resident Richard McCaslin somehow broke into Bohemian Grove in 2002 in "protest" of the meeting (he actually showed up about 6 months before the meeting was scheduled to take place). Calling himself "Phantom Patriot", he was fully armed and wore a blue paramilitary uniform (with the words "Phantom Patriot" written across the chest in red), a rubber skeleton mask, and body armor. This hero for our times was prepared to expose ritualistic child abuse and human sacrifices he had heard were regular goings-on at the retreat or die trying. But the poor dumbfuck got lost in the woods in the dark of night. McCaslin fell asleep in a cabin and awoke the next morning to find the aforementioned stone owl. He desperately wanted to blow the thing up, but instead left a verse from Leviticus at the base. Our hero then proceeded to set the mess hall on fire.
But damn the luck! The devil-worshipping spooks had been crafty enough to install a SPRINKLER SYSTEM which quickly doused the flames. After a brief police standoff, McCaslin was arrested and had a ton of charges hung on him, and a prison psychologist was assigned to him.
Radio show host and would-be conspiracy cracker Alex Jones claims to have actually penetrated the Grove. Disguising himself as a Boho, Jones filmed many of the rituals with cameras hidden on his person. His exploits were documented by British TV company Channel 4, and Jones sells copies of the video exposé on his site. According to Jones:
Each Year at Bohemian Grove, Members of This All-Male "Club" Don Red, Black and Silver Robes and Conduct an Occult Ritual Wherein They Worship a Giant Stone Owl, Sacrificing a Human Being in Effigy to What They Call the "Great Owl of Bohemia."Grove spokesman Steve Singer refers to this ritual as "Cremation of Care"(or "Dull Care"), which suggests that something is indeed burned, confirming many eyewitness accounts. He denies all the child abuse stories, as you would expect. And the human sacrifices are just simulated, so there's really nothing to worry about. Really.
There are over 2,700 "Bohos" (members and guests). The waiting list is about 10-15 years long (almost as bad as getting tickets to Letterman), so don't hold you breath. Most of the gatherers are American. Some of these include:
Harry Shearer produced a satire of Bohemian Grove called "The Teddy Bear's Picnic".