[Click above to embiggen: a map of the Beltway Sniper serial killings back in 2002. It’s interesting that NO SUCH MAP is posted anywhere marking where all the recent Chicago expressway shootings have been. Why not have one? Wouldn’t such a map establish a pattern that could help figure out who is doing this? Unless the reason for not having a map is because the media and police don’t want people to put those pieces together.]
Here’s something that people on the ground in Chicago are all freaked out about (but of course the media won’t report on it accurately and the police seem to be pretending that it’s not happening): is there a serial killer shooting at cars on the highway into Chicago similar to DC’s Beltway Sniper from years ago?
Whenever these shootings are reported on, the media seems to go out of its way to just claim this is random gang violence. But…if that was true then wouldn’t this have always been happening through the years? I find it hard to believe the gangs just decided recently to start shooting at cars when they never did that before. Why start this new “shooting at cars on the highway” thing…or missing each other and accidentally hitting cars (which is what the police try to claim is happening, but that makes little sense)?
Doesn’t it seem more plausible that a serial killer (or pair of serial killers, similar to the Beltway Sniper killer-team) is at work?
The Beltway Sniper was a two-person team working around DC in 2002. The serial killers in that instance turned out to be 42-year old John Allen Muhammad and his 17-year old accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam, was executed by lethal injection in 2009 for murdering at least 10 people in the sniper attacks. Malvo remains in prison without the possibility of parole. If you recall, the media tried hard at the time to pretend that Muhammad and Malvo were not serial killers either (especially after the media caught onto the connection to the Nation of Islam).
Here in 2016, it feels like the media and police want to try pretending these Chicago shootings are just random gang violence because that’s less scary than a serial killer who is hunting cars for prey (especially if it is a black shooter targeting white people driving to and from work in the city). I know plenty of suburbanites who are scared out of their minds over this…and they have stopped driving into the city as a result. Everyone here is desensitized to gang violence and white people in the suburbs figure that they will never be impacted by the black-on-black crime in the Southside that bleeds across the Tribune’s front page every Monday morning (what local tee-vee reporter Evelyn Holmes always calls the latest Murder-Death-Kills). But, the specter of a serial killer would get suburbanites’ attention in ways that would hurt all of the tourist-dependent entities downtown. Can’t have that just as summer fun season is heating up.
Even conservative outlets like HotAir fail to put the pieces together and see a serial killer pattern, not just random shootings. Why is that?
This is another example of watching a story being reported on completely opposite to what people who live here in Chicago are saying about it. It’s like being in Russia in 1980-something and reading Pravda or Iskra…or listening to Baghdad Bob during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as he literally reported the exact opposite of what was really happening all around him on live tee-vee.
Have you noticed any of this?
What think you: is random gang violence more comforting a thought than the specter of a serial killer hunting in Chicago?
[Click above to embiggen: The Orland Park Public Library does not carry on its shelves the book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, even though this library claims every fall that any book that is deliberately not carried is “banned” or “censored” by the library that does not carry it. If they don’t carry a book that is critical of them, isn’t the Orland Park Public Library staff banning and censoring this book?]
* The American Library Association (ALA) hosts an event every year called “Banned Books Week,” which Thomas Sowell once called “National Hogwash Week.”
* The ALA claims that a book is “banned” if any parent ever complains about the book’s contents for young children. By this logic, the ALA would say it is age discrimination if a parent doesn’t want his/her child to look at Playboy or the Karma Sutra in a public library. The parent would be “banning” those adult books by merely voicing concern over the appropriateness for a child.
* Since the release of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, numerous members of the ALA have aggressively tried to suppress the book (aka “banning it”) by posting fake, negative reviews on Amazon (without ever having read the book). Also, libraries are refusing to carry SHUT UP! on their shelves…which is the very definition of “banning” according to the ALA.
* Hypocrisy, thy name is librarian.
In 2013, my friend Megan Fox and I stumbled upon the fact that no one seems to ever ask questions about how public library boards spend the millions of dollars of taxpayer money they are allotted each year in Illinois. In Chicagoland, the media once in a while busts bad school boards for going out to lavish dinners, staying in hotels for conferences in town, or expensing vacations to Florida or Hawaii or wherever and writing it off as “board education.” But, what are library boards doing? They get as much money as some school districts or park districts…only no one ever seems to question how that money is spent (just trusting that libraries aren’t misspending it).
We quickly realized that anyone who wants to fleece taxpayers and get away with it should probably think of running for a seat on a public library board. More often than not, people run opposed for those seats…and the benefits are outrageous. Since library boards are never scrutinized and the public almost never attends library board meetings, unscrupulous individuals who win seats on public library boards can pretty much do whatever they want.
We caught members of the Orland Park Public Library board stealing gold jewelry, putting in for large travel expense checks without receipts to back anything up, going on trips to “conferences” but never having any proof they actually attended conference events, throwing large sums of money at “contractors” who were paid big bucks for jobs that library employees could have (and should have) done for no extra pay, etc.
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[XANADU is playing at the American Theater Co. at 1909 W. Byron in Chicago 60613 (close to the Addison Brown Line stop); 6 shows weekly through July 31st, with tickets available at ATCWeb.org.]
What a way to start a fabulous summer in Chicago! The American Theater Company’s production of XANADU is the most fun I’ve had at any show in years, probably since I saw Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Royal George several seasons ago (and am still humming along to all the fun songs from that, too). Approaching 40, XANADU’s early ’80s nostalgia is for me what Smokey Joe’s 60s nostalgia was for Baby Boomers in the generation above me…a fun evening of songs I remember from childhood, tuned up and refreshed for the here and now in a show that transported me to someplace fun and carefree for 90 nonstop minutes (with no intermission!).
For those who don’t know, XANADU is a stage retelling of Olivia Newton-John’s 1980 feature-length music video for her album (you guessed it) XANADU. I’ve always thought this movie was the most genius thing that any record company ever did, better than Purple Rain for Prince, Captain EO for Michael Jackson, Vibes for Cyndi Lauper, or Who’s That Girl for Madonna. It doesn’t seem like Newton-John ever fancied herself as an actress or dreamed she would have a film career…and I don’t believe anyone who worked on the movie thought they were creating a cinematic masterpiece for the ages. They knew this was camp, not high-art, when they were making it and understood that not everything in life has to be excruciatingly serious high-art. They all wanted to sell copies of the XANADU album and make it a big hit, so the movie was an extended music video for that, playing in theaters a year before MTV hit cable…and whatever anyone thought was cool or neat to see on a movie screen, they just threw into XANADU (like they were grade-schoolers bedazzling an art project until they could not possibly bedazzle it anymore).
You won’t read many reviews of the XANADU stage production that don’t trash the 1980 movie because I think critics enjoy feeling smug and good about themselves for making fun of things (from a long time ago, for Millennial critics in particular). There seems to be peer pressure amongst these cynics that if they don’t trash the 1980 movie then they cannot feel superior to the people who either made or just enjoyed the 1980 movie. That attitude is prejudiced and misplaced here, because XANADU was a product of its time that plays like a time capsule from an era now lost. It’s as if it was written and produced by a focus group of cutting-edge 1980 trend-followers, who shoved whatever they thought was “hot” at the moment into one movie: leg-warmers, neon, feathered hair, roller skating, disco…XANADU has it all! That movie is a window back in time…to a moment at the end of the Carter Era, just before Reagan took office, when Americans were sick of the gloom and malaise and stagflation and aspired for something more carefree and optimistic (in a time that people now derisively view as being devoid of culture or art). The musical actually references this, with confusion amongst the muses about whether they are in Venice, Italy in the 1780s or Venice, California in the 1980s…and there’s groans about being in the “wrong” place.
I could argue on behalf of the 1980s being a particularly spectacular time to be alive (as I was there), but I’ll save that for another day. Those of us who were there know the truth…and those Millennials who weren’t there are just jealous. Because the ’80s were fun and campy and people did things without being glued to phones and electronic gadgets…and I am grateful every day that I remember what it was like to be part of that simpler world.
There’s a hilarious line in the stage production of XANADU that calls all of this ’80s campiness “children’s theater for 40-year-old gay people,” which is the most accurate description imaginable. And that’s a great thing because we have enough cynical, depressing, dystopian, dark, and gritty you-name-it clouding over us wherever we turn (especially in Chicago these days, with what plagues our news). Being transported to an optimistic place like a roller-disco about to open in 1980 is not a bad way to spend 90 minutes on a Friday night in Illinois.
I have seen the stage production of XANADU several times, once on Broadway with the original cast in 2008 and then twice at Water Tower in Chicago when a touring company came to town in 2009. While I enjoyed all of those, there is something special about American Theater Company’s production that makes this version of XANADU the best I’ve seen yet.
The set design is transportive, largely because the venue American Theater Company uses is an old repurposed building that must have been some kind of auto body shop or other commercial/industrial space once upon a time. Walking up to the theater at 1909 W. Byron, the building surprises you, with an unassuming blink-and-you-miss-it entrance that meshes well with XANADU’s plot (involving an old building on the brink of demolition being repurposed as a roller-disco). It’s all very meta, in the best possible way, and the setting of the theater feels like a character in the show. Stepping inside, I was greeted warmly by beautiful chalk drawing murals, kitschy props and decorations, bubble gum and vibrant jolly ranchers, and fun video screens playing facts about the XANADU film and stage versions. Did you know that “Xanadu” was the name of Chinese Emperor Kubla Khan’s summer palace? You’ll learn that and more while in the lobby waiting for the show to start.
I’ve never seen a show more perfectly cast than this production of XANADU. Hats (or leg-warmers) off to director Lili-Anne Brown for assembling a group of talented young Chicago actors who really made this show their own…and I think elevated it to a place more fun than the Broadway or Water Tower productions I’ve seen. On a much smaller budget than previous productions, costume designer Samantha C. Jones made spectacular choices that I feel surpass the Broadway stagings. Jones is the first XANADU costumer I’ve ever seen make the connection between Mount Olympus and Studio 54, the pinnacle of that late-70s/early-80s elite aesthetic. When the Clash of the Titans-style gods appear at the end of this production, they’re not wrapped up in togas but instead clad in vintage Halston, the goddesses looking set-ready for cameos on Dynasty and Zeus a hilarious amalgamation of Jimi Hendrix, Richard Roundtree, and Ruby Rhod (fresh from a trip to Fhloston Paradise in The Fifth Element). See what I did there, I rapid-fired a bunch of random pop culture references at you…just like XANADU does in its 90 minutes! If you are into this kind of thing, you will love this show.
A real standout in this production is Missy Aguilar and her interpretation of Calliope. It’s hard keeping all the Greek muses’ names straight, but Calliope is one of the two villainous muses (the other, Melpomene, is delightfully played by Karla L. Beard). Calliope (you pronounce that like the music-making contraption from the ragtime era) and Melpomene (I know of no easy way to pronounce this) may remind some audiences of the characters Pain and Panic from Disney’s Hercules cartoon (which is fitting, considering the shared mythological source material). They are slap-sticky, over-the-top, comedic relief that insert themselves to move the plot forward in between Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra musical numbers. In past productions, Calliope has been played as a brash redhead with glasses and a stereotypical Bronx/New York hamminess…reminiscent of Annie Potts’ secretary character in Ghostbusters.
Aguilar largely reinvents the Calliope role and makes it her own, bringing a Chicago-ness to the part that I loved. It was refreshing to finally see someone do something new with this part and play the role in an original and memorable way. This actress really hits a home run in what’s a supporting character and in many scenes steals the show (especially when literally chewing the scenery). She was so fun to watch and her banter and timing with Beard’s Melpomene make me wish the two would score a road trip buddy comedy of some kind. They are spectacularly entertaining villains…and both are more fun to watch than most people on sitcoms airing today.
Another standout was Aaron Holland as Danny Maguire/Zeus. Again, this was another example of this production of XANADU reinventing a role in a unique way that makes the show better than previous versions I’ve seen. Both as Maguire (the Gene Kelly role in the film) and as Zeus, Holland puts his own stamp on the character. This was the fourth time I’ve seen a stage version of XANADU but Holland and Aguilar really made everything seem fresh by taking their characters in a new direction (which worked better than the original versions).
The other muses, played by Kasey Alfonso, Hanah Rose Nardone, James Nedrud, and Daniel Spagnuolo are hilarious and engage the audience frequently as they zip around on roller skates. The stage is circular, with the audience seated around as if in an actual roller rink, which adds to the fun and magic of the evening. Alfonso is particularly funny with the winks and nods she makes to the audience and the fun expressions and reactions she gives her character, even while chomping on popcorn (a very fun and obscure inside-joke reference to the original 1980 movie). Nardone is enchanting and elegant on her skates and is a master at delivering one-liners. Nedrud and Spagnuolo switch effortlessly between hamming it up in drag as “sister muses” and then butching it up as rockers or California dudes as the plot requires. They even get to play a cyclops and a centaur at one point! The fun of a comedic production like XANADU is seeing the supporting cast race backstage, switch costumes, and pop back into the show as completely different characters (which is called cast-doubling, where one actor plays various roles in a show). A lot of the blink-and-you-miss-it in-jokes come from them and they make the production seem much larger with their versatility.
The leads in this production, Jim Deselm as Sonny Malone and Landree Fleming as Kira/Clio are strong…but I think constrained in some way and unable to put as much of their own unique stamp on these parts as the supporting cast was able to do. This is no slight against Deselm and Fleming, as they are both fantastic singers, but more a reflection on the parts they have to play. Since the stage production is a parody/spoof of the original movie, the character of Sonny Malone has to be a dumb-as-rocks (but with a heart of gold) Venice Beach dreamer and Kira/Clio must be a satire of Olivia Newton-John in her big film role. Fleming is saddled with having to do a bad Australian accent (on purpose) that mutates throughout the show into various other accents (also on purpose). I hope audience members get the joke and don’t think Fleming is really bad with accents (because part of the show’s humor comes from this running gag). I will just say this because no one else ever will, but some audiences who saw previous productions of XANADU didn’t understand the jokes like this (and frankly that is the audiences’ fault, not the actors). While you don’t have to know much about the movie this is all based on, going out to see live theater requires a little more smarts and paying attention than sitting in front of reality tee-vee at home while eating pudding. I’m sorry, but that’s true. XANADU is a show for people who can embrace camp and can pay attention enough to catch a lot of rapid-fire, witty pop culture references rooted in the 1980s (with nods even to Singin’ in the Rain and other classics…including literal classics, like the Greek myths).
While watching American Theater Company’s production of XANADU on its first preview night, I couldn’t help making a list of everyone I know who I want to bring down to see this show while it’s playing through July. My friend Megan Fox‘s two daughters (Ten and Seven) are going to be over the moon when I surprise them with a trip into the city from the suburbs to see this. They study Greek myths in school, they love the ’80s music that their mom and other Gen-Xers like me grew up with, and they are both just learning to roller skate. I can’t wait for them to see this show! I listened and watched closely during the production and saw nothing that I thought was inappropriate for kids seven and up. There were a few jokes with some innuendo that I think will go right over young heads…exactly like in the Disney Hercules cartoon, come to think of it. I also plan on seeing the show again on my actual 40th birthday this coming June, since the show references itself as actual children’s theater for 40-year-old-gay-people and all. How perfect is that?
I know a show is good when I walk out of a theater itching to tell everyone I know about it. For some reason, Chicago audiences have never seemed to get the jokes or understand the campy fun of XANADU the other times productions of this show have been mounted here. Going to XANADU is like going to see a screening of Mommie Dearest at the Music Box Theater with drag queens dressed up as Joan and Christina Crawford chasing each other around during the movie with Comet cleanser and wire hangers. It’s like heading out to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show or showtunes night in a gay bar and screaming alternate lyrics to the songs playing on the screen. It is a fun, campy night that you can sing along to and dance in your seat…so I think you might need to be a fun, campy person to really get the most out of the experience. You can’t be a grump. You have to actually want to have fun on your night out to see a show and want to go out for drinks afterwards and laugh and laugh and laugh with friends over what a great time you just had.
If you are anywhere near Chicago now through July 31st and you want a great night out with friends and family, I can’t think of anything better to recommend to you than Lili-Anne Brown’s production of XANADU at American Theater Company.
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by Richard Damus & Mark Rubel
Directed by: Lili-Anne Brown
Music Direction: Aaron Benham
Choreography: Brigette Ditmars
Scenic Design by Arnel Sancianco
Scenic Painter CoCo Ree Lemery
Costume Design: Samantha C. Jones
Melpomene/Karla L. Beard
Danny Maguire/Aaron Holland
Euterpe/Hanah Rose Nardone
[Click above to embiggen: the American Library Association quickly yanked down child porn promotion policies that had been in effect for years when they realized a new book critical of the ALA chastised them for facilitating these heinous crimes in public libraries.]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment has caused the American Library Association to quietly dissolve and disown its longstanding policies that promoted child pornography access in public libraries in Illinois and across the country. These damaging and destructive policies had been in effect at the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom since the 1990s, when a deranged and demented soul named Judith Krug was the OIF’s Director. Krug is best known for stating that she wished public libraries in Boston had not cooperated with authorities in their investigation into Muslim use of library computers to plot the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks and she also stated repeatedly that librarians should not look out for children in their libraries (and should instead look the other way when any crimes were occurring in those public buildings, in the name of “patron privacy”). Almost entirely because of Krug’s sick and twisted world view, in just a generation public libraries were transformed from safe places for families into the sketchy Masturbation Lounges and Cybercrime Dens they became in recent years.
Judith Krug is arguably one of the worst human beings to have ever lived, right up there with Margaret Sanger and Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, in terms of the destructive influence she had on decimating American families and harming children in a “transformative” way. Though she passed away in 2009, her spirit and influence still haunt the ALA…and by extension all American libraries under ALA control.
After it was announced that Megan Fox and I were writing a book that specifically examined the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the sick things it pushes librarians to do (including destroying evidence of crimes, interfering with and obstructing police investigations, insisting that librarians are not judges and therefore can’t tell if it’s really child porn that’s on a library patron’s screen, refusing to discriminate against people who are sexually attracted to children by reporting them to police for stalking, molesting, or exploiting children in public libraries, etc.), the ALA went into full-on panic mode.
The OIF’s new Director, a man named James “Jamie” LaRue, took to Twitter and engaged in a childish and immature squabble with Dan Kleinman, the nation’s leading expert on dangers to children in public libraries. Megan and I met Kleinman through our investigation into unreported sex crimes in the Orland Park Public Library, as Kleinman runs Safe Libraries (which is the best clearinghouse of information on all of the awful things that the ALA has been doing since the days of Judith Krug and her perverse War on Children). Kleinman confronted LaRue on the dangerous policies that the ALA had in place that instructed librarians not to call police when child pornography was being accessed in their libraries. LaRue denied that the ALA did that…but Kleinman had the proof, which he found right on the ALA’s website!
In addition to the ALA telling libraries they don’t have to call the police when child porn is being viewed, the Orland Park Public Library listened to Klein Thorpe Jenkins — which in my opinion is the worst law firm in the whole state of Illinois — when it told the Library that it could get away with not calling the police when child porn was only being viewed on library computers, instead of being filmed or downloaded or distributed. Klein Thorpe Jenkins actually made the sick distinction that the Library could evade responsibility by insisting that child porn VIEWING was okay…because it was a separate act apart from filming, distributing, downloading, etc.
No one in their right mind believes this is true…but Klein Thorpe Jenkins was wrong on this (as usual) because the act of viewing any pornography in a public building is a crime that violates lewd behavior, indecent exposure, and exploitation of children/corruption of a minor ordinances. Someone watching porn of any kind in a public building where passersby can see it is engaging in lewd conduct and is creating a sexually hostile environment that is criminal. When minors can be exposed to that sexually explicit material being viewed, the person displaying that material commits a crime. Klein Thorpe Jenkins failed to mention any of that in its advice to libraries on how they could sneakily try to claim they didn’t have to call the police on child porn viewers.
In case you haven’t figured this out yet, but Klein Thorpe Jenkins is the kind of law firm that seems to specialize in telling public bodies that they can get away with whatever sick or illegal thing they want to get away with. This is the law firm that a public entity goes to when it wants to break the law in some way: Klein Thorpe Jenkins will not tell them to obey the law, like any ethical or reputable law firm will do. Instead, Klein Thorpe Jenkins is the law firm that bad public bodies hire when they want to break the law and have lawyers that help them get away with it. They are very similar to the firm Bendini Lambert Locke in John Grisham’s The Firm…or the law firm Wolfram & Hart on tee-vee’s Angel. They are the most offensive lawyers you will ever encounter in Chicago and I believe they are the facilitators or causes of the majority of problems public bodies are involved in.
A lot of SHUT UP! deals specifically with times that Klein Thorpe Jenkins attorneys violated the law, or caused the law to be violated, right in front of us at board meetings or at other points during our investigation into the Orland Park Public Library. There are chapters and chapters of all the foul things that the legal eagles of Klein Thorpe Jenkins had a hand in. If you enjoy books about terrible law firms up to no good, then SHUT UP! will be an enjoyable read for you.
The American Library Association will hate it, of course, probably as much as Klein Thorpe Jenkins will. I find it amusing that since the book was only published yesterday that James LaRue and others at the Office for Intellectual Freedom have not even had the chance to read it yet…but already they are trying to disappear evidence down the memory hole and pretend they never encouraged child porn access in public libraries. Dan Kleinman has all the screen grabs though!
Just compare what the ALA’s policies towards child porn and explicit sexual content in public were BEFORE the publication of SHUT UP! and what they look like now, after SHUT UP! was announced and the ALA realized that Megan and I were busting them for giving such piss poor advice to public libraries. It is a night and day, obvious difference. Since these policies were not changed since the days of Judith Krug, the only explanation for every evil thing they had posted suddenly going POOF! is that SHUT UP! scared the bejeezus out of them.
It’s no wonder that members of the American Library Association have so aggressively tried to suppress sales of our book and censor and ban it and why they organized yesterday to post bogus negative reviews of SHUT UP! on Amazon to keep people from reading it.
If our book has caused so much turmoil at the ALA just one day after publication…just imagine what will happen when people read all 666-pages!
[Click above to embiggen: the bogus review by “LPZ Berskutis” that ALA Think Tank members encouraged to be left on Amazon.com to suppress sales of the new book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment on its first day of release, 5/26/16.]
This is sickening (but thankfully Amazon.com ultimately did something about it).
Members of the ALA Think Tank (a Facebook group that Barbara M. Jones — the former Director of the ALA’s Orwellian-sounding Office for Intellectual Freedom — had used during her tenure to direct ALA members to do her bidding) openly talked about tanking the debut of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment by writing negative reviews for the book on Amazon…without ever reading the book or knowing anything substantive about what was in it.
The book was published on 5/26/16…and aside from a handful of people who received Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) from Megan Fox and myself personally, no one who has purchased a book from Amazon has even been able to read it yet. The books are being printed in South Carolina and then shipped via UPS…and so a book ordered on 5/26/16 would not have even been shipped as of 5/26/16 (let alone be in the hands of anyone who could have read it). Anyone posting a review of the book on 5/26/16 was, thus, being dishonest when slamming the book (that they never read) in a bogus Amazon 1-star review.
On 5/26/16, ALA Think Tankers aggressively targeted SHUT UP! for attack with negative reviews…from librarians who never actually read the book. This was similar to how the leftist site Wonkette attacked SHUT UP! earlier in the month, without ever actually reading it, because Wonkette lost its mind and became upset that Megan Fox and I released a book trailer for SHUT UP!.
This is how the Left works in case you haven’t noticed: leftists reinforce what each other say and make something true by repeating it in an echo chamber. Wonkette lied about SHUT UP!, but future leftists will cite Wonkette’s lies as fact…and build off them. Then, other leftists will cite and build off that…and it’s the Alinsky Telephone Game to destroy the target with overlapping lies.
The good news for the moment is that Amazon is sophisticated enough to realize what these leftists are doing, so the “drive-by” fake negative review that the ALA Think Tankers put up was yanked. It’s likely they will continue to post fake negative reviews in the future though, which is part of the Left’s longstanding habit of suppressing and censoring and banning whatever they do not agree with or like.
Librarians who frequent that ALA Think Tank page are so naked in their prejudiced bias and Alinsky nature. Look how they were so easily caught plotting to post the fake reviews to hurt Megan and me.
Do you think this is how people who truly believe in “intellectual freedom” should behave?
Example One from ALA Think Tank page:
So, not only are they ginning up the “insightful reviews” talk (of a book they have never read and probably have no intention of ever reading), but look at what Amy Vecchione wrote about violating our book’s copyright by just scanning it and putting it up on a “Tor node.” According to a Google search, Vecchione works in the library field at Boise State University. Here, she was caught on the ALA Think Tank page on 5/26/16 openly advocating for copyright infringement. Since she is a university professor, I wonder what she is teaching her students!
Example Two from ALA Think Tank page:
Again, none of these people have read the book SHUT UP!, but they decided to band together to suppress it by encouraging negative reviews…of a book that none of them have ever read. This is shocking and malicious willful intellectual dishonesty from the people who claim they are supporters of “intellectual freedom.” Why does the American Library Association encourage (or tolerate) its members to behave this way? Look how Terry Moore, who claims to be a librarian working in Midlothian, Texas, encourages people who have not ever read our book to trash it on Amazon…and a few hours later one of his fellow ALA Think Tankers has taken him up on his challenge.
Example Three from ALA Think Tank page:
Then came Tricia Jauquet with more of this garbage, strangely wanting the actor George Takei (from Star Trek) to involve himself and/or have other people do “creative reviews.” Again, none of these people could possibly have read SHUT UP!, as it was only published that very morning…yet Jauquet and others were gleefully plotting to trash the 666-page book with bogus negative reviews on Amazon (and even involved a beloved Asian Sci-Fi actor in her scheming). According to her Facebook page, Jauquet is the Assistant Director and Technical Services Librarian at Purdue University North Central. What the hell kind of library are those people running?
Yet again, we bust an academic librarian advocating posting dishonest and bogus negative reviews of a book she has not even read…because she wants to ban, censor, and suppress a book that she believes she will not agree with. No less than Thomas Sowell has called the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week” by a new name — National Hogwash Week — because of the complete and utter shameless dishonesty of ALA members who participate in this hypocritical lunacy.
Is this disgusting behavior what librarians are learning in library school these days? Would their hero Neil De
Grassi Junior High Grasse Tyson approve of such shameful actions from Tricia and her ALA member colleagues?
The ALA and its leadership like James “Jamie” LaRue should be ashamed of themselves, as the people who participate in the forums that Barbara M. Jones was such a key part of when she was the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom are clearly people who make an absolute, unfunny mockery of “intellectual freedom.” How can a society be “intellectually free” when librarians work so hard to suppress or eliminate opposing viewpoints and sabotage books they believe they will not like (when they haven’t even read them yet)?
The American Library Association REALLY doesn’t want you to read SHUT UP!.
What are they so afraid of?
I hope it makes you interested in finding out what librarians like Amy Vecchione, Terry Moore, and Tricia Jauquet are so desperate to ban, censor, and suppress. Many in the American Library Association membership ranks seem to feel our book is an existential threat to the ALA’s very existence. This seems to be why they are so committed to suppressing our book any way that they can.
Could SHUT UP! collapse the ALA the way that James O’Keefe’s expose collapsed ACORN? If enough people read it, maybe it could. Hence, the determination by librarians to ban, censor, and suppress this book!
[Click above to embiggen: the ALA’s latest effort to silence and censor us and keep people from buying SHUT UP!]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment went on sale today and it has debuted as #199 of the top political books on Amazon.com (#11,412 total for the whole Amazon site).
This is amusing because we had absolutely no marketing budget, aside from word of mouth. The American Library Association hates this book with a burning passion and already ALA members on the ALA Think Tank page are threatening to scan the book and post it to TOR networks to violate our copyright and crater sales of the book.
You read that right: librarians who are part of the American Library Association are openly stating that they plan to scan the book and violate copyright law by then putting the book out there on TOR networks, so that Megan Fox and I as the authors of the book are harmed by librarians’ actions.
This, again, is a classic illustration of how the Left operates: if they do not agree with what you have to say, they look for creative ways to harm you, to hurt you, to silence you, and to shut you up. It’s shameful that librarians are behaving this way…which is why all of you reading this should start asking questions about the kinds of people that your local public libraries employ. The comments being left today about violating our copyright (on purpose) and sabotaging the launch of our book SHUT UP! all appear to have been made during the work day while the librarians doing this were on the clock.
If they are using library equipment to scan our book in order to violate our copyright and upload it to TOR, wouldn’t the library that employs them be criminally and/or civilly responsible for that wanton and willful act of copyright infringement?
When the Left does not want you to have information and does not want people writing about the terrible things that it does, the Left comes up with creative ways to silence conservatives and discourage participation in the political arena. In our case, librarians on the Left don’t want anyone else looking into what’s been going on in these public libraries. So, Megan Fox and I must be destroyed financially in their worldview. It took many hours of our time and effort to write our manuscript…and then a large sum to hire the formatters, designers, and other professionals to prep and launch the book for sale.
For librarians to want to destroy authors’ profitability is heinous.
Doesn’t this go against everything these hypocrites claim they believe in?
People who say they love books should never decide to actively violate copyright laws so that authors can not afford to invest the time and resources to write new books.
Destroying the profitability of a book such as ours, that is highly critical of the American Library Association, is a new low for Leftists.
I’m sharing this because it’s such a fun moment.
Megan Fox and I worked on our investigation into the sex crimes (and other illegal activity) happening in the Orland Park Public Library for a full 2 years. Just when we thought we uncovered everything there was to find, we’d stumble on something new. That Library had been covering up so much wrongdoing — with the blessing of the Village and the Police Chief — that it took us years to piece it all together. Along the way, the Village and police and the American Library Association all ganged up and tried everything they could think of to destroy us and shut us up. No one in Orland Park (or at the ALA) wanted us talking about the child pornography, sexual harassment of women, open public masturbation, and even gold theft happening at that Library.
We were even hit with a SLAPP lawsuit by the granddaughter of the woman who used to own the Chicago White Sox. All to shut us up.
But, Megan and I never stopped working, never stopped researching, and never stopped speaking out. And now every horrible thing that the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association did to us since 2013 is all being told.
Megan and I captured the moment when UPS brought us the first copies of the book. Almost three years of having everything and the kitchen sink thrown at us to shut us up and to terrorize us so we would never tell this story…yet, here it was.
666 pages of what no doubt is the American Library Association’s and the Village of Orland Park’s worst nightmares.
What a fabulous day.
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment is available on Amazon.com now!
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment is now available on Amazon.
The book details the harassment that Megan Fox and I received from Timothy J. McCarthy, the Orland Park Chief of Police, for several years, as the Village of Orland Park tried to scare Megan and me away from investigating sex crimes and other violations of state law that McCarthy had knowingly allowed to keep happening in the Orland Park Public Library for years.
Megan and I uncovered evidence that child pornography had been allowed by Library staff to be accessed without police being called as they should have been. The Library did not want police called on anyone engaging in sexual activity in the Library because then arrests would be made…and that would end up in the police blotter in the newspaper…and likely Drudge would find out about it. So, in a big public relations effort that McCarthy and other Village officials seem to have signed off on, the Library just kept quiet about the bad things happening in there. According to other sources, McCarthy knew for years that convicted child molesters who are barred from being around children were also using the Orland Park Public Library in violation of their parole. But he and the Orland Park Police chose not to do anything about that.
Instead, when Megan and I started uncovering what had been going on in that strange messed-up Library, McCarthy sent his goons after us. We were harassed and illegally detained while passing out political flyers. The Orland police called Megan at home to threaten her. McCarthy allowed Village and Library employees to make false police reports against us to try to frighten us away. The Orland Police would never take any action against the Library, not even when the Illinois Attorney General issued letters of determination showing that the Library Board Members had committed Class-C misdemeanors by knowingly and willfully violating the Open Meetings Act.
Timothy J. McCarthy seems to be allowed to get away with all this because back in 1981 he was the blonde Secret Service agent in a blue suit who was shot during the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Because McCarthy was a hero back on that awful day…for the rest of his life he gets to be a tyrant, I guess. He does what he wants, harasses who he wants, uses his police to terrorize who he wants…all because he is a “national hero” for being shot alongside Ronald Reagan and can never be questioned.
Is it smart to make a man who can never be questioned the police chief?
Is it safe for a community to have a police chief who can violate people’s civil rights and never be challenged, because he has that hero’s lifetime criticism-free pass?
Isn’t there another role that Timothy J. McCarthy could have in Orland Park besides police chief? It’s obvious people continue to want to reward and recognize him for his bravery 35 years ago…but is making him in charge of a police force really the best idea when he apparently can never be stopped from doing anything bad because of his celebrity status?
Read all about everything that McCarthy and the Orland Park Police did to us to try to shut us up in SHUT UP! (available now on Amazon).
Have you ever been at an event only to later read about it in the newspaper…but what the reporter chose to write bears no resemblance to reality? This happens all the time in Chicago, especially at local government meetings. Reporters here bend over backwards to avoid reporting negatively on government boards.
They do this on the national level too, but it’s really bad on the local level. Part of it is that these reporters are taught by Leftists in college not to make the government look bad…but also the reporters seem afraid of losing access or damaging a relationship with government entities by reporting accurately on them.
Megan Fox and I have seen this over and over again over the last several years, as she and I have been attending local government board meetings around Chicago’s suburbs, where we have busted many boards for violating Illinois’ Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act and other statutes. Reporters for the Tribune, Daily Southtown, Sun-Times, 22nd Century Media, and other outlets mostly refuse to report on any of this. They just pretend the bad things that elected officials do at board meetings don’t happen. Anyone who depends on newspapers for their news thus has no idea what really happens at these meetings.
Personally, I feel that reporters lie by omission when they deliberately refuse to report what actually happened at a meeting or other event. When a reporter decides to purposely not include something in an article, then the reporter is lying. Since the reporter is lying in order to benefit the government and deny the public the truth, the reporter is then a propagandist and the newspaper resembles something that would be printed in Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or North Korea and not the United States (at least as we used to know it).
Our latest example of piss poor reporting was done by David Lipowski of the Daily Southtown. He attended two Forest Ridge Elementary School (D-142) Board meetings in Oak Forest, Illinois that Megan and I attended…yet he refused to cover the bad behavior of board member Roxana Agler or her husband Troy Agler in his articles about the meetings. Lipowski reminds me of Norman Bates, being slight of build with a strange voice and a general air of oddness. There he sat at the 5/17/16 board meeting when Troy Agler lost his mind and launched into a deranged tirade that dropped F-bombs in front of small children…but Lipowski refused to report that in his write-up.
This is what David Lipowski refused to report on:
Where I’m from, the husband of a sitting board member standing up in the middle of a public meeting, screaming the F-word, shouting about cocaine and gay sex and Obama, is newsworthy due to the fact it’s the husband of an elected official intimidating and bullying both the audience and the board. Women at the meeting were so afraid of the unhinged Troy Agler that they called the police to be escorted to their vehicles after the meeting. David Lipowski chose not to write about any of that in his article.
This is similar to how in April, when he reported on the previous D-142 board meeting, Lipowski tried to downplay Roxana Agler’s own poor behavior and the awful things she had been doing that caused the controversy with the Forest Ridge Elementary Board. There Agler sat during the meeting: pulling gum in and out of her mouth; making childish faces; getting up and stomping around the room; going over to Lipowski during the meeting and whispering things; storming towards the camera and trying to stop the public from filming during an open public meeting by putting her hand over the camera. Lipowski ignored all of this when he wrote his article.
All of this is proof that you should never trust the reporting in the Daily Southtown or any other newspaper. In my opinion, if you still have a newspaper subscription you should cancel it. If you can’t trust the reporters to actually tell you what really happened at events they are covering then why are you paying for that newspaper? If you want to read fiction, go to the library and check out the newest John Grisham or Kia Heavey adventure. Read a good mystery by Newt Love. But, don’t waste your money on reporting that’s supposed to be truthful when the reporters refuse to report the truth about the government, especially at the local level.
Reporters like David Lipowski are going to keep doing this as long as they keep getting paid. And newspapers like the Daily Southtown are going to keep paying these shameless hacks as long as people keep blindly paying for those newspaper subscriptions. The only way for the editors at these papers to wake up to the fact that the public demands the truth in reporting is for hacks like Lipowski to actually hurt the paper’s bottom line.
How you can help
1. If you subscribe to any newspaper or magazine for home delivery, cancel it. In my opinion, you should cancel your cable too so that CNN and MSNBC lose revenue as well. Defunding the Dinosaur Media in all ways possible is the first step toward eliminating their bias.
2. When you attend an event and see it written up poorly in the paper, spread the word that the reporter is lying, either by omission or in an outright way. Call the paper’s editor and complain. Post comments on the article noting the truth. Take to social media and let people know that the newspaper cannot be trusted because it prints lies.
3. If you attend any kind of public event, film it and post the footage to YouTube if anything interesting or unusual happened. In the matter at hand, David Lipowski refused to report on some pretty shocking things that happened at these school board meetings because Lipowski wanted to help the government and not tell the truth to the public. He would have gotten away with that if it wasn’t for the video that Megan and I filmed of these events. We were the only people filming that evening because people (especially those of us Gen-X and older) just don’t automatically whip out their cameras to film when something starts happening. We all need to get better at that. Even a cellphone video as something is happening is great. Don’t worry about the quality of the footage because just capturing screaming and yelling or other outbursts during a board meeting or some other event with elected officials is enough to show that something awful happened that the Dinosaur Media and hacks like David Lipowski refused to report on.
The more people see that the reporters are lying to them, by omission or otherwise, then the less relevant and effective the lies that the Dinosaur Media tells will be.
Help chip away further at the Dinosaur Media’s remaining power by busting their bias and piss poor reporting wherever you can.
[Buy Domino on Amazon.com today. It’s a quick read that is remarkable in how clearly it distills the existential threat to the West.]
There is a new book out that is a must-read. It feels like our generation’s Animal Farm, written by a talented author named Kia Heavey.
Domino is the story of a farm cat who sees his home turned upside down by “transformative” forces who think they know better. The book is an allegory for what the “transformative Left” has been doing to America for the last 8 years (or longer, really, if you think about it).
Like Animal Farm, Domino uses animals and a farm setting to tell a bigger (and more frightening) tale about the insidious threats to our freedoms and life…which are forced on us by the “Big Thinkers” who believe they know better. In Domino, a working class farm cat has to defend his home from an invading foreign culture that seeks to erase his way of life and replace it with their own. Will Domino just sit meekly by (and be politically correct) and allow this colonization and conquest to happen…or will Domino fight back against the invaders and conquerors?
One of the big pushes by the Left these days is to colonize the West with Islam (in Europe) or the Third World in general (in America). The Left believes that “multiculturalism” (what I would call Tower-of-Babal-ism) is the key to creating enough chaos and disorder for the Left to seize power. Colonizing the West with Islam and dysfunctional Third World cultures is how the Left intends to collapse Western society. From its ashes, the Left believes it can create a new age of feudalism, with the Leftists as the aristocrats and monarchs. The “multicultural” hordes being imported aggressively into the West are tools the Left intends to use to break down, erase, and replace existing Western culture.
This is an age where the media and the public schools teach Westerners that we must be quiet, shut up, and allow our cultures to become extinct and be replaced by what the Third World colonists and Islam are bringing. When I was in grade school, the teachers still taught that America was a melting pot where people came from all over the world and put away their differences and became Americans for a greater good. By the time I got to college, “melting pot” was a banned word and the schools were instead indoctrinating children that “salad bowl” should be the preferred immigration objective (where new immigrants never put away their differences and become Americans, but instead remain unassimilated in little clumps, like the various objects in a salad). I think by 2016 the Left has succeeded in fostering a “TV-dinner” mentality, where the various ethnic groups colonizing America (and the rest of the West) stake their territory and turf and establish enclaves that are less “salad bowl communities” and more colonies. Immigrants today do not assimilate because the Left does not want them to assimilate. Having a Tribalist Civil War at some point in the future is how the Left intends to destroy the American experiment.