[ Click above to embiggen: what will be important for the year 2013? ]
Here’s another multi-part question about the “gay community” that readers have submitted for our month-long look at bad things gay people do to others that the State Media in this country will never, ever report on…seeing as how the narrative they push is that gay people are perpetual victims, much like black people. So, anything bad that a gay person does must always be ignored by the Ministry of Truth…just like how the State Media contorts itself like Plastic Man to avoid ever shining a light on the terrible things black people do.
A new study being pushed on Drudge Report today shows that only 23% of people in this country believe that what the newspapers and the tee-vee are telling them every day is even remotely true. Who are those 23 people out of 100 who think the State Media is trustworthy at all? Idiots. I swear to you, if it is the very last thing I ever do with my life, I am going to think of a way to get that number down to just 13% of the public believing a damn thing they hear on the tee-vee; newspapers I don’t have to worry about since those will be gone within my lifetime for sure (and probably the next five to ten years). The tee-vee is going to be around for much longer…even if it transitions to becoming an all-digital medium.
Over the next two weekends, various cities are going to be having their “Pride Parades” and the tee-vee is going to tell you how evil you are for judging the obnoxious behavior you will see on your screens; the tee-vee is lying to you, like always, because any nastiness or brattiness happening at any of these events is originating with gay people aiming that evil at others…but most especially Christians. The Pride Parades are not, in fact, occasions for gay people to celebrate “pride” in anything…but they are really just a very strategic weapon the Left uses to declare open war on Christians and conservatives for the entire month of June. They get away with it by showing a lot of rainbows on the tee-vee, or zooming in on hot guys dancing in their speedos a top floats to distract people. As lovely as rainbows and male strippers are (and I admit I’m a big fan), you need to always remember what the propagandists of the Left are really up to with “Pride Parage” coverage: it is ALL ABOUT furthering the Left’s agenda in the Culture Wars and continuing to convince Americans that being a Christian or a conservative is evil and that the various subgroups under the Democrats’ umbrella are all perpetual victims who need your sympathy. In reality, the roles are actually reversed…which you’ll see if you pay closer attention.
One thing in particular I want you to watch for, because it will happen in your state whenever the Pride Parade is held in YOUR biggest city: the tee-vee will show you a handful of random people holding up signs that read “God Hates Fags”…and then they will have a clip of either gay people or heterosexual members of PFLAG denouncing the “God Hates Fags” sign-holders. What the tee-vee never tells you is that the ones who are holding the “God Hates Fags” signs aren’t religious people at all…but in fact are actually either people hired off Craigslist by Leftist groups to be out there or they are members of unions like the SEIU. Those are Democrat operatives out there aping for the cameras so that the tee-vee can have a visual of Christians supposedly attacking gays. The thing is, these people only appear when the State Media wants to push the narrative of gays-as-victims. In Chicago alone, there are hundreds of events a year that these astroturfed “religious zealots” could be disrupting or protesting…but they ONLY show up for the Pride Parade coverage. Why is that? You’d think if they really believed in this “God Hates Fags” stuff that they’d be out every Saturday night in Boystown with their signs, trying to discourage people from patronizing all the bars and other gay businesses in town. But, they don’t do that.
It’s almost as if these “religious zealots” don’t actually exist and are just a cast of characters hired by elements of the institutional Left as some sort of stagecraft to push the desired narrative in June that gays are such victims. Now that I’ve told you to look for this, I hope you can watch for yourself and let me know if you can start seeing through some of the State Media’s deliberate and purposeful lying. The truth is out there if you would just only see it.
QUESTION: You’ve talked a lot lately about a group you call “The Gaystapo” but I don’t really understand who they are. Do they call themselves that or is it something you came up with? What do they do exactly and how are they organized?
ANSWER: I coined the term “The Gaystapo” here on HillBuzz.org in 2010 or so, because that’s around the time that I personally started receiving organized harassment from the “gay community” here in Chicago. Prior to this, I was vaguely aware of bad things that gays as a group would do to others…but I never thought much about how organized an effort this really is.
If you know my personal story of running this site, I used to write anonymously about politics because I live and work in a Leftist-controlled city and at the time I had a business that depended on consulting and freelancing for nonprofits. I still can’t get over the irony of this, but elements of the Left had been trying to “out” my real identity for two years to punish me for first of all supporting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008…but then also for backing Sarah Palin and John McCain in the general election; the Left could never figure out my name…until a Cocktail Party Republican named Fran Eaton at the little-read website Illinois Review purposefully outed me for personal reasons (I think it was a favor she did on behalf of my ex-boyfriend, who is a particularly vengeful bisexual still trying to climb the ranks in the Republican Party in Illinois). So, the Left couldn’t do much to me until a Cocktail Party Republican like Fran Eaton helped them…which I think is one of the most telling anecdotes you will ever hear about why so much of the GOP is a very bad thing for this country.
Not long after Fran Eaton outed me as the principle author of HillBuzz, the “gay community” here in Chicago started harassing me…because they didn’t like what I was writing about the bad things “the community” does. Things really heated up in the summer of 2010 because Art Johnston — a man I’ve since identified as the primary Ayatoldja of the Gaystapo here in Chicago — plastered all of the windows of his business, Sidetrack the Video Bar, on Halsted with hateful, nasty signs that maligned Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady as “a bigot”. It was incredibly vile…and something that Johnston did just to rev up hatred in the “gay community” for both Brady and Christians…since Johnston also used any event held at Sidetrack to make or authorize speeches that told all the unthinking, useful idiot gays in attendance that “Bill Brady is evil!”…”Bill Brady is a crazy Christian!”…”Bill Brady wants to put you in concentration camps!”…and other such nonsense. I’ve told you before that the best way to describe what goes on at Sidetrack during one of these big events (attended by capacity crowds of about 1,200 gay men at a time (and like 5 women with low-self-esteem who hang around gay men like flies on mangos)) is to just refer you to the two-minutes-hates directed at Emmanuel Goldstein in the book/movie 1984:
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The reason I call Art Johnston by the name “The Ayatoldja Johnston” is because he behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did in Iran; Johnston regularly takes the stage at Sidetrack to condemn the “enemies of the gay community” with fatwas he issues, declaring this or that person (such as Bill Brady) a bigot or commanding the useful idiots and drunks assembled in Sidetrack to engage in jihad against other “traitors” and “quislings” (which would be me…and other gay Christians and conservatives out there who speak out against the evil things that the Ayatoldja Johnston does here in Chicago). The State Media enjoys claiming that that Art Johnston is an inductee of the “Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame” and that he founded the organization Equality Illinois…but the Left’s propaganda wing doesn’t tell people that Equality Illinois regularly harasses religious people and is essentially just a sock puppet that spreads Johnston’s anti-Christian and anti-conservative messaging for Johnston.
It works like this:
* Art Johnston owns the largest gay bar in Chicago, which makes it probably the largest gay bar between New York and Los Angeles. Though it’s never won Best Gay Bar in the country in any survey I’m aware of, the place is actually quite gorgeous inside and remains extremely popular. Sidetrack is known for flaunting Illinois’ liquor laws by giving away every second or third drink for free…and Johnston never has to account for this because of the clout he has with politicians in this state.
* Attracted by the free drinks and the very beautiful interior of the bar, unsuspecting gays arrive at Sidetrack and receive anti-Christian and anti-conservative indoctrination during an evening at the bar. This is especially true during “Comedy Night” Thursdays when long blocs of virulently anti-Christian “comedy clips” are played that mock Catholics in particular (but never, ever saying a bad word about Muslims). Every event held at Sidetrack is MC-ed by Bradley Thomas Balof, a Chicago public school teacher who moonlights as a male erotic entertainer and also Sidetrack’s master-of-ceremonies; Balof revs up hatred for Christians every time he takes the microphone…and he serves as the Ayatoldja Johnston’s opening act, getting the crowd hungry for the red meat he’ll toss at them under the banner of Equality Illinois.
* The majority of events held at Sidetrack are in some way fundraisers for Equality Illinois…which is basically Art Johnston’s personal Public Action Committee. This is a very common tactic on the Left, to incorporate some sort of supposed non-profit that then does whatever a particular Leftist wants that thing to do…which allows that individual Leftist wiggle room to claim “it’s the organization doing it, not me!”. Another way to look at this is like what Hollywood actors do when they create their little vanity “production companies”; these are ways to move money around with less scrutiny than if they were just operating everything under their actual names.
* Johnston funnels revenue from Sidetrack into Equality Illinois and then uses Equality Illinois to attack Christians and conservatives throughout this state. In the process, he gains a lot of clout with politicians in Illinois such as Rahm Emanuel, Mike Madigan and his daughter Lisa Madigan, Anita Alvarez, Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin, and of course, Barack Obama. This covers the Ayatoldja Johntons’ butt when it comes to things like the liquor laws and also when it comes to mistreating and violating the civil rights of his employees (which he’s being currently sued for in federal court).
* No other bar in Chicago is operated this way and is so directly tied to a Political Action Committee like this. At the other taverns, clubs, and restaurants catering to gay clientele in Boystown there is no hatred being stirred up by the owners against anyone. Those other places are just about having a great time, drinking, dancing, listening to music, and (of course, for a gay bar) hooking up. But, at Sidetrack it’s like the drinking and the having fun is considered secondary to recruiting as many young, unsuspecting gays as possible into the cult of the Left…by the Ayatoldja Johnston CONSTANTLY pushing this “we must unite against our enemies!” Orwellian garbage all the time.
Art Johnston gets away with this for the same reason Sidetrack wins “Best Float!” every year in the annual Pride Parade (no matter how lackluster and amateur the effort): because money talks and the amount of cash that Johnston funnels into the Left via Sidetrack gives him clout enough to have anything he wants in this town. That means he also thinks rules and laws do not apply to him and that he cannot ever be criticized.
The State Media’s at fault for that, because all across the country there are people like Art Johnston who run the “gay community” in all big cities. There are people like this in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco, DC, you name it. The men orchestrating the very organized efforts to malign, menace, and harass Christians and conservatives in the “gay community” across the board are what I call “The Gaystapo”. The specific people such as Johnston who are the leaders and funders of these efforts are the gay Ayatoldjas…since they are forever telling other gays the evil things they need to do “to (our) enemies!”.
Can you imagine if Christian or conservative business owners engaged in activities such as Art Johnston’s? The State Media would have those establishments shut down and RICO statutes would probably be applied against any people on the political right who were suspected of colluding against the Left and using their places of business to recruit goons and foot soldiers for their efforts.
But, since Art Johnston is gay and owns a gay bar and his recruitment and fundraising efforts are for a gay organization that hates Christians and conservatives the State Media will never speak a word about any of this.
The Gaystapo is a lot like the krysha that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Henry Gates and other “Justice Brothers” run in the “black community”; it’s a way for the Left to use specific minority groups as weapons against conservatives. For this sort of racket to succeed, the Gaystapo and the Justice Brothers must enforce strict adherence to the teachings of the Left in their respective “communities”. Any member of these minority groups who strays from the plantation must be destroyed.
With the Justice Brothers, this means regularly pummeling Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, and other conservative blacks so a message is sent that if you are a black person who dares to vote Republican or voice conservative views then you will be annihilated. Remember that the State Media will never criticize a black Democrat for anything…and will in fact aggressively protect people like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, John Lewis, James Clyburne, Eric Holder, and (of course) Barack Obama no matter what terrible things they do…because the members of the State Media were taught in journalism school by Leftist professors that blacks are useful tools for the Democrat Party who must always remain useful to Democrats.
Any blacks who don’t toe the party line are smashed to pieces as much as possible whenever the State Media can gin up an excuse to do so. Ann Coulter wrote a wonderful book that addresses some of this (which you can checkout here: www.amazon.com).
The EXACT SAME THING happens with gays…only instead of the Justice Brothers we have the Gaystapo enforcing obedience and allegiance to the Left and the Democrat Party. I think Democrats primarily use blacks as weapons to tear down Republicans and intimidate large corporations, since both of these groups are terrified of ever being called “Ray Ciss”. When the Justice Brothers rev blacks up to shout “Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss!” at somebody the end result is that conservatives stupidly abandon that person, for fear of being called “Ray Ciss” themselves. Idiots. For whatever reason, conservatives have still not figured out that the Left will continue to use blacks as weapons until such time as conservative people refuse to be afraid of the “Ray Ciss” theatrics and stop caving into these thugs and bullies all the time.
The Left uses gays as weapons against Christians, because destroying Christianity is a top priority for these lunatics. I don’t even think they know what they’d want to replace it with because at this point the driving forces on the Left are pure irrational hatred and a love of destruction for the sake of destruction…and Leftists themselves behave mostly like mentally ill children who just want to do as much damage as possible to “their enemies”. There’s actually a horror movie coming out later this year called “Cooties” that’s about grade schoolers who are infected with a rage virus and rip the adults in their school to shreds; it could have easily been filmed at the Democrats’ Convention in Charlotte last summer.
On a daily basis, the most frustrating thing about all of this is how unwilling Christian and conservative people are to band together to put an end to any of this nonsense. I wish some of you would either send me an email or comment below on this, but what the Hell are you so afraid of? The only reason bullies ever have any power is because YOU give them that power. Currently, the United States is an apartheid state that is being misgoverned by the Left…but Leftists are a clear minority of the American people. The only reason the Left holds power is because good people are too afraid to speak the truth and point fingers at Leftists and call their conduct unacceptable.
Sure, when you stand up to these bullies they lash out at you — don’t I know it — but after a while you realize that short of murdering you there is not much they can really do to stop you. Ultimately, you reach a point where you see that you can effectively use the Left’s own Alinsky Methods against them and they have absolutely no comeback.
I’ll let you in on a mind-blowing secret, but only if you promise to share it with everyone you know in the Republican Party: the only thing the Left actually has is the Alinsky Rule Book. Since it’s always worked for them, they have no Plan B. There are 13 Alinsky Rules for Radicals that Democrats use in some form every day against Republicans. This is like being in high school and a teacher giving you an open book test that has all the answers on the handout she passed out yesterday, but you for some strange reason flunk the test because you refused to look at what was clearly spelled out for you.
The only way to defeat the Left is to turn the Alinsky Rule Book back on them. They do not know what to do when someone pushes back and uses their own tactics against them. They rage, scratch, and claw…but they do so futily. I don’t think it’s especially fun to be on the receiving end of the harassment the “gay community” is currently aiming at me for writing about the bad things the Gaystapo does in Boystown…but I sure as Hell think it’s important to keep doing so. I figure the Left loses a little bit of power and control for every conservative or Christian out there who reads about the Gaystapo and starts realizing that they don’t have to be afraid of these thugs and bullies.
Please do your part and tell your friends, family, and neighbors that, no matter what the tee-vee
lies about says all “Pride” month of June, the real victimizers and bullies operating out there are gays themselves. And you tell them a gay man in Chicago told you that and will keep telling it until the Gaystapo is stopped once and for all.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other questions do you have about the “gay community” and the bad things that it does to other people…which the State Media purposefully never reports?
What else is on your minds this Wednesday June 19th, 2013?
– Open Thread –
The Great Chicago Plague of 2013: Panhandlers Overwhelm Streets (but Mayor Rahm Emanuel does nothing to curb them)!
[ Click above to embiggen: photos of The Great Chicago Plague of 2013, when panhandlers took over the streets and Mayor Rahm Emanuel did nothing to stop them ]
Yesterday, I highlighted the Muslim female beggars who have encamped themselves along tony Michigan Avenue here in Chicago…and today I bring you more photos of the 38 panhandlers I spotted while walking around downtown in very tourist-trafficked areas on Wednesday May 29th, 2013.
I’ve never seen anything like this in Chicago in the eight years I’ve lived here…and don’t remember the city being this plagued by beggars since I started regularly visiting Chicago back in the mid-1990s. Being from Cleveland (which is so inundated with shuffling, moaning, and frightening vagrants that it often felt like living in a zombie apocalypse movie), I instantly notice beggars on the street — or the lack thereof — wherever I go. New York in the 70s and 80s was a classic example of a city crippled by the multitude of aggressive panhandlers seemingly EVERYWHERE…until Mayor Rudy Guiliani started cracking skulls (sometimes literally) to get this problem under control and move the beggars into actual jobs away from the tourist traps of Manhattan.
Chicago used to be a gorgeous, clean, and well-ordered city when Mayor Daley was in office…but with Rahm Emanuel running City Hall word has gotten out that panhandlers have free rein over our city’s streets. I’d love for Chicago Police officers to either comment on this thread or email us in private to tell us if there is in fact a directive to stop chasing panhandlers off the streets now that Rahm Emanuel is mayor…because this never, ever happened when Daley was in office. Not even during the years from 2008 until Daley’s retirement when the economy tanked and the jobless rate skyrocketed.
But, this spring the panhandlers just proliferated in Chicago (even though the economy’s been consistently lousy since 2008 because of Barack Obama’s ongoing incompetence). If Rahm Emanuel is not encouraging this on purpose for some reason and it’s not due to his ineptitude, then perhaps this is just a result of the fact that a lot of people have been out of work for so long with so few jobs in this city that they reached their breaking point, depleted their savings, and were forced onto the streets.
What’s so strange about these panhandlers I photographed is how with-it and articulate they ALL are; these are not the sort of people I used to see begging in Chicago (and they DEFINITELY aren’t like the clearly schizophrenic/mentally ill vagrants that haunted Cleveland). All of these people look like they could easily hold down a retail job somewhere or work at McDonald’s (at bare minimum). Aside from the Muslim women who pretend to not know English or understand much of anything, these panhandlers all give the impression that they’d choose to sit there on the street even if a job was offered to them.
It’s because of an urban legend that people wonder if at the end of the day these folks walk down the street and head towards a Mercedes they have parked (with hundreds of dollars in their pockets, tax-free, from all that begging)…but the fact that none of these panhandlers outwardly seem schizophrenic or otherwise mentally ill makes me wonder if this is really a surge in homelessness…or just an opportunistic way to make some easy money while chilling out on the ground in Chicago and soaking in some rays.
I loved the book “Freakonomics” and always try to remember that something being observed is usually caused by complicated variables that are not always clear. I know from personal observation that it’s a clear fact that there are many more panhandlers on the streets of Chicago right now in 2013 than there ever were since I started paying close attention to this city back in 1993 or so. I also know for a fact that police downtown do not say boo to these people…because I staked out a few of the beggars to see if police walking by would shoo them away, but they didn’t do anything about any of them.
Thinking back, I can recall police chasing vagrants away in Cleveland, where in the 80s and 90s the city used to actually round them up and put them on shuttle buses and then drive them to a suburb called Euclid just to the east (so they’d be someone else’s problem), but then later in the day Euclid would round them up again and drive them all back to downtown Cleveland (so they’d spend most of the day driving back and forth from place to place).
In years past, I remember Chicago police chasing the beggars away too…but not anymore. Something’s changed…but I just don’t know what. Yet.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What do YOU think is happening in Chicago?
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[ Click above to embiggen: More change we can believe in…the new phenomenon of Muslim female beggars scaring off shoppers in Chicago, Illinois ]
TIME magazine has a profile of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel on its newest cover, with an article inside that wonders why Chicagoans don’t like having him as our Mayor. I’ve written before that this is a complicated matter, with no single answer as to why this guy is the wrong fit for running Chicago. He’s petulant, arrogant, and mean-spirited…but that hasn’t stopped others in the past from being good Chief Executives of this town. I think Emanuel is just incompetent in some ways (and purposefully subversive in others) and I believe he just doesn’t know how to prioritize well when it comes to things that are important to Chicagoans (but not part of the Left’s greater agenda). Perhaps energy that should be spent making this a truly great city is being rerouted into persecuting enemies and perpetuating old feuds (or laying the groundwork for the Left’s radical transformation of our country, using Chicago as an operational headquarters). Some other day, we can spend our time trying to come up with a Top Ten list for all the reasons that Rahm is bad at his current job…which is a worthy use of an afternoon indeed.
But, yesterday I was downtown and made a point to take pictures of every beggar I saw outside on the streets of Chicago. My rule was to just walk around town in all the places that tourists go (like Michigan Avenue, State Street, and along all the avenues that have nice shops, good restaurants, and shopping malls) and if I saw someone begging, I’d take his or her pic. I have about three dozen of these shots now…and it took me just about two hours to get them.
It was actually very surprising to see the results of this little photo safari, because in all the years I’ve lived in Chicago I have never seen a proliferation of beggars like this before. I expected maybe one or two, three tops, but the problem seemed endless.
Also surprising was that a lot of these people didn’t seem like there was much of anything wrong with them…in that they looked like they had recently been employed and didn’t appear to be severely mentally ill (like the beggars I’d seen in Chicago in the past). Everyone had hand-written signs on cardboard, either saying they had children at home in need of the money or they tried to be funny and say their girlfriends were kidnapped by ninjas (this one has been circulating in Chicago for at least 8 years now, since I’ve seen it for that amount of time in one variation of another).
What I’ve never seen before, however, were Muslim women begging all up and down Michigan Avenue, in front of the tony shops likes Tiffany’s, Burberry, Apple, etc. This is the part of town that’s called “The Magnificent Mile” and is heavily trafficked by tourists; sometimes, the crowds are so dense that there are traffic jams in the middle of the sidewalk, as people get stopped in bottlenecks while trying to walk down the street. Further hampering movement these days are the Muslim women (who appear to be Pakistani or Bangladeshi) who now are allowed to sit on the sidewalk, camp out, and beg like this in the nicest part of town.
Since these women appear to be from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or elsewhere overseas and describe themselves as immigrants to passers-by (also pretending they speak little or no English, as a means of winning sympathy), I also wonder why in this county people allow the Left to so aggressively import third world peasants. Instead of, say, doctors, education professionals, and other hardworking and respectable immigrants who would not be begging on sidewalks. Instead, Rahm Emanuel seems to have placed an urgent order for the importation of Muslim female beggars…and I think people need to ask WHY IS THAT?
Don’t think for a second it’s not part of the Left’s social engineering long-term strategies. Because, logically, the more third world peasants that Democrats import then the more people will be living in this country who accept the living conditions in third world Hell holes as the norm…with the added bonus that people like this depend on government handouts and are used to autocratic governments with one party rule. They are Democrats’ dream voters, and the Left is working hard (with the help of Marco Rubio we must note) to ensure that the importation of third world peasants to mooch welfare benefits (or just beg on the streets of Chicago) continues at breakneck pace.
I’m not sure how he did it, but Mayor Daley (our former mayor…and also a Democrat) seemed to find a way to keep these people away from the tourist hubs in town. If the Muslim female beggars were in Chicago when Daley was mayor, I never saw them…and believe me, I’d remember. Evidently, either there’s just a larger explosion of this phenomenon that has surged the ranks of ALL beggars in general…or Rahm Emanuel is possibly doing something to specifically import these people as part of some bigger political scheme.
Remember his personal motto: never let a good crisis go to waste…and never miss an opportunity to subversively undermine the rule of law and social stability in this country. One female Muslim beggar at a time, evidently.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you notice more beggars where you live? Does the mayor in your town or city do anything to curb this?
Have you seen Muslim women in your city begging like this on the sidewalk…and where do you think this started and why is this happening in American cities now?
[ Click above to embiggen: What will go down as important today in history for 2013? ]
Today’s going to be a very busy day for me, as I’m headed out into the field to get the principal of Joseph Stockton Elementary School (in the Uptown neighborhood) and members of the Illinois State Board of Education to comment on why there’s a gay porn actor and male stripper teaching sixth grade in a Chicago Public School (since the guy in question also makes fun of his black students when doing “comedy” standup routines, I’d additionally like to know why that seems to be perfectly appropriate with the Board members too). These people won’t comment on the phone, won’t answer any questions I’ve so far asked of them, and they don’t return email or faxes. Next up: I guess I’ll be investing in carrier pigeons or logs for smoke signals in my expanding effort to get their attention.
The Board can’t ignore me forever, though, because it’s actually really hard for people in the government to refuse to talk to you in person if you go to their offices in your best suit coat and setup an appointment to discuss a pressing matter. I’m sure no one will be sitting down for an interview with me today…but I expect to at least score that appointment. If not, I’ll attend the very next meeting the Board has scheduled and I’ll sign up to speak on this matter in the “public comments” section at the end of the meeting that Illinois law mandates every state agency provide.
What’s interesting to me about “The Case of the School-Teaching Stripper” is that I seem to have a lot of friends (and strangers who enjoy emailing me) who feel it’s no big deal at all for a public school teacher to appear nearly-nude in
pubic public on a regular basis (or to have made erotic videos in the past under a thinly-disgusied stage name that is just his first and middle name with his last name left off)…but people do have a problem with a public school teacher making fun of his black students in racial terms during standup comedy routines. THAT, at least, is not okay with everyone even if people believe a teacher on the city payroll should be allowed to moonlight as an erotic entertainer if he wants.
I wonder if I should try to get a meeting with Jesse Jackson and talk to him about what’s going on at Joseph Stockton Elementary in terms of that racist “comedy”, since poor black children who are just trying to learn are providing the fodder for their teacher’s late-night comedy stylings; if I can’t catch him at Rainbow Push then maybe I can just stakeout King Spa out in Niles, where the most famous non-musical Jackson enjoys hanging out naked on random Wednesdays and eating big bowls of Korean food (as there’s a restaurant in this spa…not like he just happens to magically have Korean food on him at all times or it appears when he undresses or something, which would also be magic, come to think of it). It’s just so surreal to see America’s foremost racial huckster and shameless opportunist chillin’ with a few of his villains (what I like to call the Jackson entourage), as conspicuous as possible when surrounded by mostly Asian families out in the Chicago suburbs. I’m not sure what he’s still mad at me about, but whenever I’ve gone out to King Spa with friends and have run into Jackson there he just sort of glares at me for a while…but that could just be him hating white people. What else is new?
If I don’t make it out to Niles in my adventures this afternoon, I’m still going to pay special attention to businesses that have closed or are closing in Chicago and look for clues into just how bad the economy really is in this Golden Age of Hope and Change (brought to us by my friend Jesse’s good friend Barack Obama). Between going Uptown to try to talk to that principal and heading downtown to see the Board of Education, I’m sure to pass all sorts of abandoned shops and buildings that were proposed but never rose from demolition sites. An idea I’ve been kicking around for a while is to document things like this on a personal level, in the different parts of the city, and try to connect it to what other people are seeing on the ground where they live. Maybe you could chime in with the status of storefronts and shops wherever you are, too.
Just as a quick and extemporaneous update on life in Chicago, I’ve noticed the homeless people who beg throughout the city being more aggressive than I’ve ever seen them here. Now, they’ve started standing right outside the doors of the grocery store and Walgreens (our drugstores here) on the store’s property…instead of staying on the sidewalk like they used to do. The store security seems either afraid of making them go back to the sidewalk or is scared to say anything to them…and the end result is that when you’re coming out of a store they really bully and intimidate people and get right up in their faces since shoppers just aren’t used to someone panhandling right outside the door of a store and into the parking lot. That never used to happen here in Chicago. The homeless have never been this aggressive before and only the really rundown neighborhoods on the South or West sides ever felt truly dangerous. But, there’s a sense of trouble everywhere now, even in the tony Gold Coast.
There are a lot more beggars all over downtown, and they actually have permeated the residential areas of the city too…where I also never used to see them before. They bother people inside the Lincoln Park Zoo too (which is free and has no admission charge)…and that used to be a place that you could just enjoy the day and never be hassled. Chicago’s really starting to feel a lot like New York in the 1970s with all of this, which can’t be a good sign. It even feels like Cleveland before I left in the mid-2000s…and the best thing about Chicago was that it used to feel like the sort of city Cleveland would have become if it had fixed all its chronic problems. Now, in 2013, Chicago feels like a city being really and truly Clevelanded. Hope! Change!
I don’t know if this is all attributable to Obama or the economy…or if it’s because Mayor Daley is no longer in office. I do believe that at least part of the problems we’re experiencing are because Rahm Emanuel is the Mayor and the police and other city workers just don’t like or respect him. With Daley, there was a genuine love of the man even if you hated a lot of the oddball things that he did…and the police seemed to both respect and fear him, so they really did their jobs well when he was in office. I think cops in Chicago are still some of the best people in the world, but I just don’t see them hustle as much anymore to get bad guys off the street…as if they’re now doing the bare minimum of what’s expected of them instead of being their best, like they were when I first moved here. I also wonder if the police are being used by Rahm Emanuel more as a revenue-generating squad than as real police, because it feels like they’re more often out actively looking to write tickets than they are keeping problems in check.
Maybe this is part of a bigger picture, though, because across the board just about everyone I know has a tinge of malaise to him or her and doesn’t seem to be as lively, productive, or engaged as they used to be. I think the last five years of Hope and Change are really getting to us all…even if we don’t realize it. I have good friends who talk about wanting to kill themselves, who never used to say things like that. Other people who used to talk about killing themselves all the time are sadly actually going ahead with it (though mercifully they aren’t usually successful). Anyone not employed by the government in some way frets about having a job and enough money to survive just a year or two from now. A pair of friends who’ve for a decade lived in one of the most awesome apartments I have ever seen in my life are being forced to give the place up and move because they can no longer afford it (and, seriously, this place is amazing…right in the heart of Boystown, with windows overlooking the Pride Parade route and the world’s greatest people watching any day of the week).
People are just surviving, not thriving. Another side-effect of Hope! Change!
I just don’t hear about anyone planning a cool vacation for the immediate future…and instead only occasionally catch them talking about going to Florida or Hawaii, maybe, in a few years “when things get better” and their “jobs are more secure”. Prior to 2008, these were the guys who’d talk in May about heading to Mallorca or the Dalmatian Coast…and in June or July they’d be off on an adventure. I just don’t foresee being able to take a real vacation and travel somewhere extravagant for many, many years…if ever again, to be honest. Thank goodness for YouTube and the ability to watch other people’s home travel movies and read strangers’ trip reports, right?
It’s shocking this is now America…where a lot of people can’t even afford to daydream anymore.
I do honestly believe that the lowering of our standard of life is intentional on the part of the Left…and that this is what Barack Obama meant when he said he intended to be a “transformational” president. I believe he wants to continue taking many of the simple pleasures and luxuries away from Americans, either by taxing people to death or by having their hours cut back at work due to Obamacare so that they’re making 25% less as a household than they used to make. If this trend continues, then Americans will be living more hardscrabble lives…which would put us more in line with the impoverished Muslims that Obama grew up around and most relates to back in Indonesia. Somewhere, his mother Stanley is smiling (and is probably still confused why her parents gave her such a stupid name)…since bringing the West down to Indonesia’s level was Obama’s mother’s dream for life. What a sick and twisted woman she was.
As I’m typing this, it’s that ugly gray-brown time of early morning in Chicago, around 4am, where the song birds outside my window are still chirping (since the light pollution in the city makes them think it’s dusk). Soon, the sun will rise and the sky will unfold into a gorgeous, baby blue and it will be a new day full of adventure and wonder if that’s what I choose to seek out for myself. Lately, my boyfriend Justin has really been getting me down because he’s just so down-in-the-dumps himself about the Left’s relentless assaults on America. I grant him that the news can indeed be depressing…if you let it. But, I think making the conscious decision to wake up and do something about the mess around you every day, in your own way, helps maintain your sanity.
When I remind Justin that tomorrow is a new day he just dwells on how rotten yesterday was. It’s hard getting him to listen when he’s convinced himself that all is lost and dawn won’t ever come.
I don’t know what Justin has on the books for today, but I’m going to force the Illinois State Board of Education to address a problem that they’d rather pretend doesn’t exist…and since I know how much these people hate speaking to and dealing with a member of the general public, I’m smiling right now because no doubt this be a fun day for me. I’m also very happy thinking about a very special project that my friend Megan Fox and I have been working on these last few months, which we’ll tell you more about in June. It’s summer in Chicago when the weather has finally stopped being so cold…and believe me I intend to make the most of every single day before winter’s chill returns with a vengeance. It’s now nice enough to reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in a while through the winter…and I am looking forward to all the adventures we’ll get up to.
I always feel strange when I type this, but I really hope that today you do something more than just read political opinion, essays, and articles on websites or watch the news…said the guy who runs a political website and spends all day checking in on the news.
It’s just that I wish that a place like Drudge Report or Breitbart.com or wherever actually inspired people to get off the couch and do something small each day to help shift the balance of power in the country…instead of merely opining on the sorry state of affairs in the country. I think Drudge is great and is my go-to site to see what’s happening in the world…but it’s really just reading and not ever “doing”.
Without Andrew Breitbart over there, Breitbart.com now seems to be a lot of people talking about things all the time, but not doing much either. Andrew, however, was always doing something, getting in a bad guy’s face, leaving the house and talking to people, and generally never wasting a day (of which that remarkable character had far too few). I wish his spirit was more evident on his legacy site…and that its caretakers encouraged equal parts action as well as reading (while simultaneously discouraging the Justins out there from stewing on things and upsetting themselves for no good reason).
I think it does take a lot of effort to make that transition from being someone who just reads websites all day to someone who takes what he or she reads on websites and engages in some action with that knowledge. I think the real key is to shift your focus to your local level so that you are not ever overwhelmed by everything that’s going on nationally. Find something in your community that upsets you…and then set about doing something about it. Pick a fight with your local government bureaucrats over something…and then do your homework, learn all the rules of procedure, start attending meetings, and ultimately triumph over the idiots and soft-tyrants in your local community.
It might not be the biggest issue facing this country right now, but I have a real problem with a public school teacher in Chicago making fun of his black students in comedy routines around the city…and I don’t think it’s appropriate for a current male stripper to be collecting $60,000 a year plus benefits in tax dollars to teach children by day and gyrate by night. As much as I love male strippers (full disclosure: most are pretty awesome), I just think you should be forced to choose between stripping and teaching and that the two shouldn’t mix (unless you are an instructor for grown-ups at some sort of master-level Stripper Academy…which would be a great storyline for a Magic Mike sequel, come to think of it).
Today I’m going to make sure the people who work with the Illinois Board of Education give me their opinion on all this…and tomorrow I’ll think about a next step, until this matter is successfully resolved to my satisfaction. Because the government works for me and I supervise the government. You do, too, in case you haven’t noticed. After that, I will find something else wrong about life in Chicago that I think needs addressing…and I will use my energy to make sure THAT thing is addressed too.
This sure beats sitting around the apartment on a gorgeous day being sad because everything on Breitbart or Drudge is so depressing. The irony is that it’s all so depressing because so many good people just sit around their homes all day reading Breitbart and Drudge Report and not doing anything about what’s upsetting them all so much.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What’s something that’s bothering you about life in the town or city you live in? Is this something that the Left is doing to the community you live in, either to lower your standard of living or to just generally beat people into the ground with Alinsky Tactics? Maybe today you could focus on this bothersome thing and then start piecing together a plan for what YOU can do to make sure the matter’s properly addressed by whomever is responsible for it.
There comes a point when every person needs to stop waiting for “somebody to do something” about whatever…and for that person to just do it him or herself. Do you think today might be that day for you?
— Open Thread —
Public School Shocker: Gay Porn Actor and Male Stripper Employed As Teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago!
[ Click above to embiggen: 6th grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof (sometimes "Bradley T. Balof" or "Bradley Balof") at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago is really "Brad Thomas" (porn actor) and "Bradley Thomas" (male stripper, erotic entertainer, racist comic, and sometimes-bartender at gay bar Sidetrack in Boystown) ]
The Chicago Public School system is now embroiled in another breaking scandal as it was uncovered this weekend that a gay porn actor and male stripper/erotic entertainer is currently employed as a sixth grade teacher at majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.
This follows scandals in Florida and Massachusetts where FOX News and other investigative reporting teams discovered former gay porn stars teaching elementary school students in the Miami and Boston environs. Here in Illinois, I’ve uncovered irrefutable proof that the Chicago Public School system currently employs a man who continues to moonlight in the adult entertainment industry; by day, he’s charged with taking care of classrooms full of mostly minority children…but at night he bares his body in sweaty bars and upon public stages for the hungry eyes of other gay men.
Are parents of elementary school students in Chicago informed that at least one of the men teaching their children is currently involved in the adult entertainment industry and does the Chicago Public School System have any idea of the sort of nude moonlighting in which at least one of its teachers engages? These are questions we ask your help in answering this week as we get to the bottom of this new Chicago Public Schools scandal that warrants a full investigation by the state and federal Education Departments.
[ Click above to embiggen: employment information for Bradley T. Balof, who earns nearly $60,000/year as a public school teacher…but still performs as an adult entertainer at night ]
Bradley Thomas Balof has been on my radar for some time, since he performs as a stand-up comic and serves as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for sexually-charged events at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago’s heavily-gay Boystown neighborhood.
While on the stage, Balof openly talks about being a Chicago Public School teacher…and, in fact, often mocks the mostly black students in his charge by incorporating variations of racist “Shaniqua” or “Loquisha” ghetto-humor into his comedy stylings; these are “jokes” commonly told by gay white men like Balof that depict his black students as ignorant “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas” and other ebonics-inspired characters who are in his opinion unable to learn, difficult to teach, and almost entirely coming from broken homes with missing fathers and stereotypical black “welfare queen” mothers, whom Balof portrays on stage as having children for the expressed purpose of collecting more government benefits (and then shunting the kids off to him and his fellow Chicago Public School teachers to deal with for the day). White gay men laugh uproariously at these “jokes”, which has made Balof a regular on the gay comedy circuit, according to his website: BradleyThomasComic.com. His experience teaching black students in a Chicago Public School classroom provides roughly 80% of what he talks about in his standup routines…and his jokes primarily boil down to the fact that the “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas”, and other black students in his classes exist entirely to be laughed at by gay men who find this style of “comedy” hilarious.
For the uninitiated, it’s incredibly common to find gays mocking blacks in niche comedy venues…while simultaneously black comedians often find it hilarious to make fun of gay people; this is part of the dynamic of the Left where one specific demographic group often mocks and targets another (but the national media never calls any of them out on it, since it’s one minority mercilessly maligning another for intra-party Democrat amusement).
When Balof’s not denigrating his students and their families at Sidetrack or other gay venues around town, he also appears nude or nearly-nude as a male stripper for various celebrations and serves as an erotic entertainer at leather and fetish-themed events, where he’s costumed in everything from steel-studded jockstraps to dog collars and brightly colored thongs or g-strings. Balof has seemingly made no effort whatsoever to hide his adult activities from simple Google image searches and, in fact, both Sidetrack the Video Bar (one of his employers) and ChicagoPride.com (an entertainment site focused on life in Boystown) prominently feature many images of Balof stripping, strutting, and posing nearly-nude around town. Sidetrack, during its recently discontinued “Laugh Track” standup comedy nights, additionally hosted a great number of Balof’s “comedic” attacks on black people and the mocking of his specific students at Joseph Stockton Elementary in Chicago. Sidetrack maintains a video archive of all the “Laugh Track” comedy performances from the years 2010 to 2012, as Balof’s racist “comedy” making fun of his black students was recorded by Sidetrack’s video production team.
Note: If the Chicago Public Schools or Illinois State Board of Education subpoenaed those tapes, they’d have footage of Balof’s “comedy stylings” where poor black children at Joseph Stockton Elementary are the butts of his “jokes”. Shockingly, he’s smart enough not to maintain a YouTube channel with any videos of his standup routine…but I personally saw Sidetrack’s videographer taping Balof delivering these “Shaniqua” and “Loquisha” riffs during those Laugh Track events and know that as of this writing they are sitting in the video production booth at Sidetrack and have not ever been destroyed.
[ Click above to embiggen: Bradley Thomas Balof appears as "Brad Thomas" in the gay adult films Into It and Bowser Makes A Movie ]
Going by the name “Brad Thomas”, Balof has appeared in at least two low-budget pornographic movies and is featured in sexually-charged music videos that can easily be found posted to the web. In one of his films, titled Into It and manufactured by the adult entertainment company Hustlers in 2006, Balof stars as “Brett” and is featured on the back cover art of the video reclining nude in a position of sexual satisfaction. The erotic film involves male hustlers, heavy drug use, a “night of unbridled sex”, nudity, a sado-masochistic relationship, and other similar attractions geared towards a gay male audience. A “hustler”, for those who don’t know, is a low-rent male prostitute who picks up “Johns” on the street or in gay bars in a city such as Chicago.
In 2005′s Bowser Makes a Movie from erotic entertainer Hornbill Films, Balof inhabits the character of “Vincent Van Coq” in a story about a young gay man who decides “to pursue his life dream…making an adult film”. “Coq” is, obviously, a Gallic manipulation of “cock”‘…which is itself American for regular old “penis”. Balof, billed here as “Brad Thomas” once again, appears shirtless on the cover art for the film grabbing at his penis through his pants and can be spotted on the reverse in a scene where the title character Bowser indeed films the porno he’d dreamed of making. Dirty Bird Pictures seems to have continued the “Bowser” character into several sequels, which include Bowser Makes A Porn and Bowser Makes Another Porn, but it’s unclear if Balof’s character Vincent Van Coq was featured in these further sexual adventures (and none of these erotic features should be confused with the angry, testudine dragon that repeatedly kidnapped Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. video game series).
The music video “Joan Crawford Goes to Hell” by Chicago-based Joan Crawford-inspired punk band “The Joans” featured Balof (credited as Bradley Thomas yet again) gyrating provocatively (starting at the 2:40 second mark in the video above), dolled up as one of Satan’s barely-dressed imps in leather and soot as the Hell-bound, deceased actress is engulfed in CGI flames. Near the end of the video, Balof kneels before Joan Crawford and paws at her sexually…before gyrating his body some more in disco a-go-go special effects while a skeleton dances in rainbow lights behind him. The video closes with Joan Crawford pushing an eager Balof’s head down to a sexual position conducive for cunnilingus. According to the end credits, the video was filmed at gay leather fetish bar Jackhammer in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as "Bradley Thomas", MC of the IML Leathermen fetish events ]
Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago is when the annual International Mr. Leather (aka, “IML”) fetish pageant is held in a hotel downtown. Through the years, Balof has served as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for this event, where he’s appeared on stage in various forms of fetish gear, underpants, jockstraps, leather briefs, or nude. Balof in fact proudly posts this adult entertainment experience on his own website, as featured on his “Resume” page, and can clearly be seen performing his MC duties at the “world’s largest annual Leathermen convention”. The term “Leathermen” refers to gay men who enjoy a fetish of leather outfits, gear, and the corresponding sexual stereotypes associated with the “leather community”. The IML convention hosts sexual orgy parties, a “beauty pageant” of sorts where a nearly-nude “Mr. Leather” is crowned each year, and an expo of sexual toys and fetish gear for the “leather community”. In addition to serving as the MC for the major events, Balof danced in his underwear, in jockstraps, and nude for the enjoyment of IML attendees.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as "Bradley Thomas", Sidetrack bartender, stripper, drag queen, and MC for special events ]
As an employee of Sidetrack the Video Bar, Balof regularly appears in his underwear, jockstraps, dolled up as Liza Minnelli, and nearly-nude at various events that owner Art Johnston hosts in his bar (in addition to Balof’s normal shifts as a Sidetrack underpants-clad bartender). Serving as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for these sexually charged events, Balof also seizes the opportunity to engage in polarizing and oftentimes hateful speech directed at Christians, such as the tirade he engaged in against Dan Cathy and the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain at the Equality Illinois Pie Toss held at Sidetrack last year, where Balof berated a man dressed in a chicken costume as an effigy of Cathy and his company. Balof hosts the Sidetrack Mardi Gras, Halloween, and drag events…where he similarly revs up considerable hatred amongst Sidetrack employees and customers for Christians, conservatives in general, and others Balof labels “enemies of the gay community”. He encourages Sidetrack’s clientele and staff to hate Christians and Republicans and to take to the streets after events to punish and persecute those he and Sidetrack portray as “the enemy”. The net effect of all of this is quite similar to the exhortations against Emanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984, with Balof’s purposefully-chosen sexual-charged attire designed to get the maximum attention of the crowds for his rabid, anti-Christian and anti-conservative calls to arm.
When Balof lists himself as “an activist” on his resume, this is the sort of activity that he means.
You may also recall that Balof was one of the five hosts of the now-defunct Boystown tee-vee show “Only At Brunch”, which lasted just one episode back in the fall of 2011 and is today remembered primarily for the cruel bullying of special needs toddler Trig Palin by one of Balof’s co-hosts (while Balof himself laughed at these “jokes” and did nothing to stop them on camera) and misogynistic attacks on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Only At Brunch was promoted heavily at Sidetrack, where the show held its premiere episode-watching party with complimentary drinks provided by Art Johnston. Johnston, it should be noted, is constantly informed about this sort of activity continuing in his place of business but he elects never to put any stop to it. Similarly, it should also be noted that Johnston self-styles himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and the principal leader of the “gay community” in the state of Illinois.
Johnston has been inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame and has seemingly no understanding of the word “hypocrisy”, since his establishment Sidetrack is ground zero for the hatred revved up against Christians and conservatives in Chicago…but, yet, Johnston never turns down an opportunity to lambast Christians and conservatives as “bigots” or persecutors of the gay community. Johnston, following Alinsky Rules for Radicals to the letter, accuses his “enemies” of doing the very things he and his staff engage in at Sidetrack.
To promote his standup comedy appearances during “Queer Comedy at Zanies in Chicago”, Balof appeared on a YouTube talk show called TheQudotco, in which he spoke openly about his employment as a Chicago Public School teacher. Tony Soto, the host of “The Qu”, specifically asked Balof if any of his students were aware of his activities outside of school hours…and implicitly asked whether the minors he taught during the day understood what their teacher got up to at night. As you can see in the video, Soto is clearly amused by the idea that a public school teacher could lead Bradley Thomas Balof’s double life.
Balof gave a quick run-down of his career outside the classroom, by noting that he started off as a circus ringmaster, then got into MC-ing events, hosting drag performances, and ultimately serving as the Master-of-Ceremonies for the International Mr. Leather (IML) convention (which Balof described as “expanding his horizons every Memorial Day weekend”, giving the camera a wink at the double-entendre obvious to anyone with a concept of what sort of “expanding” happens to a man’s body during “IML” weekend in Chicago; it seems “horizons” is slang to Soto for “sphincter”).
At about the 1:35 mark in the video above, Balof talks about still trying to find “his performance voice” while Soto asks if any of his students have discovered his extracurricular activities online. Balof acknowledges that children have, in fact, found his “other life” online…and even acknowledges they could be watching this very video by admonishing them to “do their homework!”.
Balof states directly into the camera at about the 1:50 mark: “I approach it as this is something that I do and that everyone should follow their (sic) passion in life. And to be a role model and to be in front of students…to not also want to express this artistic side of myself and to entertain people which is just something that is innate to the core of my being would be to not practice what I am preaching”.
At the 2:09 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how much material for his comedy routines he gets from his job and Balof states that he gets: “as much material as any comic gets from their (sic) family or their (sic) job or whatever. Funny things happen on a daily basis, oh yah, sure. We all remember what it was like to be 13 and, yah, exactly”. Since Balof’s students are mostly black in a majority-minority school like Joseph Stockton Elementary, those “funny stories from work” are thus primarily about young black children whom Balof regularly lampoons with heavy racial stereotypes in his comedy routines.
Near the 4:00 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how he juggles being a public school teacher with working in a bar and doing comedy and Balof explains that he does most of his adult entertaining during the school breaks, including the three months in the summer that he has off every year as a Chicago Public Schools employee earning about $60,000 annually (plus benefits…and including a full pension for the rest of his life at his last level of salary when he retires).
Clearly, working in a public school as a teacher is a highly attractive day job for entertainers in the adult industry…since once they age out of porn, stripping, bartending, and fetish conventions they can retire in luxury on permanent pensions provided to them by the taxpayers of Illinois.
[ Click above to embiggen: Shawn Loftis, Kevin Hogan, Bradley Thomas Balof ]
Like Balof, other adult entertainers have also been enticed by the ridiculously-generous salaries and benefits packages in the public school system, including the union guarantee that they all maintain their level of pay at retirement for the rest of their natural lives.
The website Queerty (which describes itself as “Free of An Agenda. Except That Gay One”) recently ran the article “Adult Film Stars Who’ve Retired: Did They Have Happy Endings?” that profiled a handful of male pornographic actors and adult entertainers who are now “mainstreaming”.
Just like Bradley Thomas Balof, the porn stars Collin O’Neal (real name Shawn Loftis) and Hytch Cawke (real name Kevin Hogan) became public school teachers to qualify for the high salaries, lavish benefits, and guaranteed retirement funds that accompany teaching positions in most states. O’Neal/Loftis taught at Nautilus Middle School in Miami, Florida and Cawke/Hogan found a job at Mystic Valley Charter School in Massachusetts. This is around the time, coincidentally, that Bradley Thomas Balof also started working for the Chicago Public School system.
In 2010, the School Board fired Shawn Loftis for his porn past but the Teachers’ Commission forced his reinstatement in 2011, claiming that his career in the adult industry was over and that he was trying to start a fresh life and educate his students about the mistakes he made by becoming a porn star. It appears he continues to be left in charge of children in Miami-Dade County to this day.
FOX News reporter Mike Beaudet ambushed Kevin Hogan back in 2011 on camera and confronted him about his gay-for-pay porn past; this is a term for a straight (and often married) male who performs in gay sex videos strictly for the money (most often with the wife’s approval). His wife, it turned out, was also a former porn star (so clearly she didn’t mind what her husband was up to). In 2011 Hogan was suspended with pay while the situation was investigated and finally in 2012 the School Board in Massachusetts decided to dismiss Hogan and not allow him to teach in the 2012-2013 academic year, citing the fact that he had previously performed in adult oriented videos and he’d highly embarrassed his school when word on this got out.
So, that makes one School Board in Democrat-controlled Miami, Florida that decided a gay man’s porn past has no relevancy to the appropriateness of his being a public school teacher…and one School Board in a slightly less Leftist area of Massachusetts that decided a public school was not the best place for a retired porn star to work during the day.
What’s interesting about the Matter of Bradley Thomas Balof is that he currently still works in the adult entertainment industry as a male stripper, erotic entertainer and MC at fetish events, dancer in music videos, and additionally delivers highly racist comedy routines in which he mocks his public school students. While it appears the last pornographic movie he appeared in was in 2005 or 2006, the rest of his adult-acitivities-moonlighting still continues (mostly during breaks in the school year). He was just nearly-naked again in public this weekend, as a matter of fact.
So, unlike porn stars Loftis and Hogan, Balof is still very much in the adult entertainment business…while simultaneously being employed as a Chicago Public School teacher.
This being Chicago, with Rahm Emanuel as our Mayor, Barbara Byrd-Bennett as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system, and Karen Lewis as the President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union…what do you think the odds are of Bradley Thomas Balof continuing to teach the sixth grade by day in a shirt and tie while gyrating in bars and on public stages at night wearing not much more than some coconut oil and a smile?
Hope! Change! Adult entertainers for teachers everywhere!
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think it’s appropriate for a Chicago Public School teacher to appear in porn, work as a male stripper, MC leather fetish events, and perform comedy routines in which he mocks his sixth grade students for their race and (in his opinion) lack of intelligence?
What would you do if you found out an adult entertainer was teaching in YOUR school district where you lived…and this teacher was not a “former adult entertainer”, but was someone who currently engages in this activity after he’s done teaching your children for the day?
Do you think that people employed with taxpayer funds in public schools should be forbidden to be part of the adult entertainment industry?
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How Barack Obama and Rock Hudson Are Alike (Hint: a complicit press worked a clear agenda to protect their secrets for years). Oh, and they’re also both gay as rainbows.
[ Click above to embiggen ]
I recently watched an episode of the series “The Will” that’s available on Amazon Instant Video right now, which investigates the controversies surrounding the settling of celebrity estates and trusts; the episode of note (Season 2, Episode 5: The Estate of Rock Hudson) was about what happened to Rock Hudson’s millions after he died in 1985 and the world finally “discovered” Rock was gay (shocker!)…and had purposefully never disclosed his HIV status to his live-in male lover at the time, Marc Christian MacGinnis. I’m 36 and was just a kid when Rock died…but I remember most people being shocked to learn that this famous Hollywood leading man was actually gay for all those many years of his career as a heterosexual heartthrob, having Pillow Talk with Doris Day, smooching Julie Andrews in some random movie, running around with Susan St. James as his pretend wife on the tee-vee, tangling with Elizabeth Taylor in Giant, bearding it up with Phyllis Gates as his pretend wife in real life, and finally freaking Linda Evans out by kissing her on “Dynasty” (back when people were largely ignorant of how HIV spreads and the poor woman thought for many months she’d caught the then-quickly-fatal disease (and not to mention cooties) from her on-screen lip lock with deeply closeted gay Rock Hudson).
As you’d see if you click the link above, the investigators on “The Will” spent a good amount of time explaining to the audience why so many people were so stunned to learn that Rock was gay…even though those who lived and worked in Hollywood knew about his romantic preferences and general antics for years. Looking back on the man and his career, it’s incredibly obvious that he was gay, was hosting fabulous pool parties for barely-dressed young bucks, and that he engaged in a sham marriage with a studio secretary (that would be Phyllis Gates) because he needed that playacting for his public image (to beard what he was doing in private).
In case you haven’t figured this part out, “beards” in this context aren’t the scruffy, manly thing actors Chris Pine and Ben Affleck look awesome sporting on their faces…but the opportunistic sort, of the female persuasion, that closeted male celebrities squire on their arms (to fool the rubes into believing they are He-Man, die-hard, heterosexuals). Actors have been doing this since the advent of Hollywood fame (if not before motion pictures even existed)…and somewhere along the line in recent decades the political world has followed suit. Maybe when the country elected a former actor to be president in the 1980s the Washington establishment decided the best way to manage political image was by cribbing notes from the honchos of the old studio system in California, which protected the “brand” of marketable gay-men-posing-as-straight by teaming them up with beards best suited for the role.
This, of course, makes Michelle Obama the most high-profile and powerful beard in history (even if it can’t get her to dress worth a damn (or find a convincingly realistic wig and stick with it), unlike the countless Hollywood beards that have sprouted up before her).
My good friend Justine who retired to Toluca Lake, California was in her 20s back in Rock’s promiscuous heyday and she well remembers his house in Beverly Hills, which he called “The Castle”. Back then, there was a club in Los Angeles named Studio One that attracted all sorts of celebrities of the mid-70s to the cleaner, less drug-hazed, and more vibrant version of New York’s Studio 54. While people like Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, and even Jackie Kennedy were buzzing down to the dank VIP pit in 54 (which was actually just a basement-cum-exclusive-lounge…no pun intended, I swear) to hold court amidst all that trademarked debauchery, the likes of Farrah Fawcett, Elizabeth Taylor, and Raquel Welch were dazzling Studio One with sporadic appearances where they were embraced and admired by “their gays”. In keeping with the natural laws of gay physics, wherever there are celebrated female divas there will always be an endless supply of hot, young gay guys in their retinue…since gay guys are attracted to these women by gravitational force (if never sexual chemistry) and the lure of their vicarious limelight.
Justine remembers Rock’s assistants and procurers coming “down the hill” from The Castle to invite the hottest, tallest, and blondest men back to the mansion to have a swim and meet Rock…since a closeted Hollywood movie star couldn’t come down to Studio One to pick up boys himself. It seemed to Justine that picking up studs for Rock Hudson was a full-time job that just about everyone in those circles knew about. “Nice work if you can get it, right?”, she told me, while explaining that the procurers weren’t at all subtle about what they were doing…and that they didn’t have to be, since most guys were closeted themselves and saw no benefit in talking to anyone about Rock Hudson having the modern equivalent of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog’s models delivered to his “Castle” on a regular basis…as if the guy was ordering-in Kung Pao chicken or Orange Beef.
“The Will” confirmed Justine’s take on this, since all of the celebrity tabloids and media outlets of the time knew that Rock was gay but would never run any stories on it. In fact, the owners of those publications SPECIFICALLY and EMPHATICALLY refused to “out” major movie stars (even the ones who, unlike Rock, weren’t so discrete and were picking up boys of their own in person in the West Hollywood bars of the day). Sometimes entertainment writers in Photoplay magazine or whatever would make inside-jokes or drop clues and hints about what was really going on (much like Matt Drudge does here in 2013 on his Drudge Report regarding Barack Obama’s homosexuality), but that was more of a game they played with regular readers who were also in-the-know.
This is all echoed in how the media at-large operates to this day, where guys like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Will Smith, Zac Ephron, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lucas Haas, Billy Zane, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Kevin Connelly (geesh, what is it with gay Kevins?), Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Vin Diesel, and Ryan Seacrest have one beard or another on their arms almost at-all-times and engage in either sham marriages with willing, ambitious women or just cycle through a series of studio-manufactured “girlfriends” to keep people from gossiping about who they really wake up next to in the morning (hint: that person has morning stubble in addition to bed head).
If you are smart and savvy and can read between the lines in entertainment magazines (or get the straight truth on who’s gay in Hollywood from sites like WeHoConfidential or Blind Gossip, which are both regular reads for anyone who wants to discover the truth about celebrities the media pushes on us), you’ll know that reporters play along with the game of never outing a celebrity unless “The Powers That Be” (TPTB) want to destroy the guy for some reason. That rarely happens, though, because I think the papers fear a backlash against them for the outing…and they figure they can make more money in the long run by keeping quiet, blackmailing the celebrity for access, and eventually publishing everything they have in their files on the guy after he’s dead or comes out of the closet on his own (like Richard Chamberlain, Tab Hunter, Troy Donahue, and George Takei did eventually).
If you are wondering who constitutes “TPTB”, your guess is as good as mine…but since most companies are owned by other larger companies and a town like Hollywood is run by a handful of very wealthy and influential people who maintain their grips on power by channeling the Mount Olympus scenes from the original Clash of the Titans (or, to really gay things up to Great Merciful Zeus! level around here…the Olympian scenes in the Broadway stage production of “Xanadu”)…you can deduce that white-haired men somewhere who play Zeus decide which of the little clay figures transformed into dazzling stars will be forever protected and which ones will come crashing down in flames in the tabloids, once they’ve exhausted their usefulness.
Though I don’t believe the same exact “TPTB” in charge of Hollywood holds exclusive sway in Washington, I think that a lot of these people overlap…particularly when a Democrat is in the White House.
Now more than ever before, the worlds of politics and entertainment have merged…and closeted gay politicians of both parties are protected by a “studio system” equivalent that largely embargoes any stories that would “out” these men…until a time comes when Democrats need to nuke the guy to achieve some goal of the Left’s.
[ Click above to embiggen: the worst kept secret in Republican ranks in Illinois is that Aaron Schock is as gay as I am ]
For instance, right here in Chicago I’ve personally seen — with my own eyes — Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria in the Chicago gay bar MiniBar caressing and kissing on some pretty hot guys before he won his Congressional seat and became a pinup model in Men’s Health magazine (and, oddly, a darling of the media who is trotted around, often shirtless, for tons of interviews in all sorts of glossy magazines). This was in 2008 and Schock was not at all secretive and had no fears of being recognized…since the odds of someone in a gay bar in Chicago geared towards twenty-somethings knowing who a Republican politician was were pretty slim. The Democrats who spotted Schock just smiled, no doubt complimented him on his taste in men and ability to pickup a buff soccer player or two…all the while knowing he’d forever be in their back pocket when they needed him in the future (since they’d blackmail him to vote their way whenever they’d want…lest they out Schock and reveal his taste for other men).
Conservative people are incredibly good and nice at heart…but are very naive by nature. I think that’s because they find it hard to understand the duplicity and relentlessly conniving nature of the political Left. One of the things that perplexes lifelong Republicans I know is that they don’t understand why Democrats are ready and willing to help Aaron Schock rise to even greater power in the future…and might even allow him to become a Senator or the Governor of Illinois someday; Democrats are obviously doing this since they know full well that they can always control Schock by threatening to out him if he ever strays from the plantation. And since they know they can control him, it’s advantageous to maneuver Schock higher up in Republican ranks, where he can be more useful to Democrats (and increasingly more vulnerable to blackmail). This way, even if Democrats lose a statewide office when Schock beats a Democrat who ran against him the Left still “wins”, technically, because Schock’s one of the Republicans that Democrats control through blackmail. It’s actually almost better for the Left that they maintain a few closeted gay Republicans on the blackmail roles like this, because whenever the Left needs “bipartisan support” for anything THESE are the guys that are rushed in front of the camera to help Democrats sell Americans another manure-sandwich and tell them how delicious (or, should that be how fabulous) it all is.
[ Click above to embiggen. Though I can't do anything about getting the Kim Carnes' out of your head now. ]
That’s how Democrats have controlled Lindsey Graham for years…and why he’s always racing to support things like amnesty for Mexican criminals in this country so he can be “that bipartisan voice” that comes out to call conservatives unreasonable whenever Republicans are actually taking an important stand on something that matters. If Graham doesn’t do what his masters on the Left tell him to do, they will out him in spectacular and embarrassing fashion…the way they did to Senator Larry Craig and Congressman Mark Foley (the former was labeled “the bathroom toe-tapper” and the latter was the creep chasing after Congressional pages back in 2006…though both of their outings were timed perfectly to help Democrats gain momentum in the upcoming Congressional races, which allowed the Left to take back the House). In case you’re keeping score, that means the Left strategically burned two of its blackmailable closet-case Republicans in order to complete the chess move that handed the Speaker’s gavel over to Nancy Pelosi.
While the Left is playing master chess like this using closeted gay Republicans as pawns, conservatives are off playing checkers on their porch…or not even aware they should be playing anything.
Another great example of all this is former Governor Charlie Crist in Florida, who is not only gay but who used to dress up in drag and go by the name “Sweet Charlotte” when heading to the Green Iguana gay bar in Tampa for alcohol-fueled romps with men. Crist is just so shamelessly opportunistic and pitiful that I swear he’s part lizard, but Democrats keep doing everything they can to reward his service to the Left…and might even succeed in electing him to statewide office in the future. ”Chameleon Charlie” currently has a beard that’s less believable than any of Tom Cruise’s three former wives; she’s the former Carole Rome, who is heiress to a family fortune made from selling novelty products like whoopee cushions and plastic dog vomit. When the two of them are photographed together in public awkwardly holding hands and pretending to be physically attracted to one another, somewhere the ghosts of Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates chuckle in the summer lands of the afterlife…before turning their incorporeal heads and craning their phantom necks to both gape at Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Rudolph Valentino, and all the other eternally handsome men up in Heaven. Carole Crist, meanwhile, must really love being the wife of a former governor and national joke who leaves orange stains on any furniture he sits in.
Crist should fascinate everyone reading this because, of all the gay Republicans out there, reporters have come closest to outing him and talking about the obvious: that the man is gayer than a pocketful of rainbows at a Ricky Martin concert. Even the Huffington Post has written about Crist’s “alleged” homosexuality (which is about as “alleged” as my own, I laugh out loud), because last summer they ran a piece on Crist paying men to pretend they never slept with him (since Crist wants to make a political comeback in Florida and Democrats are eager to help him with that). The only thing surprising or startling about that HuffPo piece is that it was even written…since HuffPo tends to facilitate the Left’s agenda and I thought the memo was still clear on everyone pretending Charlie Crist was straight because that hurts Republicans. Sometimes, though, a politician is just too flamboyant and his beard is too absurd and hard-to-swallow that even the hacks working at HuffPo can’t carry any more water for Chameleon Charlie.
As for the GOP at large, I still don’t understand why they just don’t out Crist and expose him as the shameless liar that he is (and let’s be clear: it very much is in fact a big lie to hide your homosexuality when it’s clear that Democrats use a lie like that to affect how a politician votes in office or the decisions he makes when in an executive role)…but I’ve been told repeatedly through the years by people within the RNC that a Republican can never talk about anyone being gay for fear of the Left unleashing the Gaystapo goon squad on them…calling them bigots or homophobes because they are outing a shameless liar (who is being blackmailed by Democrats). In addition to being naive a lot of the time and playing checkers while Democrats play chess, conservatives also have a weird habit of digging their feet in on a very bad idea…and this one in particular is that they enjoy saying “I don’t care who someone sleeps with and I won’t listen to this” because I think it makes them feel good about themselves to say that “sexuality shouldn’t matter”. I think it’s nice and everything that they say they feel this way, but they’re foolish because it CERTAINLY DOES MATTER that Democrats have an easy way to blackmail someone because he’s watching select scenes from Magic Mike all day, just waiting for the Left to tell him how to vote (lest they out him as punishment).
Great Merciful Zeus that was an awesome movie. You should watch it, like a lot. It’s fabulous.
Where was I? Oh, yah…you might not care who movie stars really go to bed with at night (because there’s something wrong with you), but you do actually need to speak up about Republican politicians (or, former Republicans, in Chameleon Charlie’s case) being closeted because these men are ruthlessly used and controlled by Democrats (lest their secrets spill out).
I’ve never said this before because I was never sure and I don’t have any proof of it, but I really think that John McCain might be secretly gay too…because at the end of his career he’s still trotting out to help the Left whenever Democrats demand it. A former presidential candidate in his last term who knows he will never be a real national leader again doesn’t need to do the things that McCain just keeps doing to push the Left’s agenda under the “maverick bipartisan” banner. Back in 2000, before George Bush won the Republican nomination, I felt in my gut that Democrats were getting ready to out McCain and that they were laying the groundwork by having John Grisham write the book “The Brethren”…because the main character in the book is clearly based on McCain, but he actually becomes the Republican presidential nominee in the story instead of losing to Bush; in “The Brethren”, the McCain character carries on a flirtation with who he thinks is a teenaged boy…and it just gets so specifically creepy that I wonder if someone fed Grisham intel on McCain and told him to create a “novel” out of it. I am sure you are aware this happens all the time with writers, both in books and on TV shows and in movies; political operatives feed stories to creative people all the time so that dirt on an opponent can get out in creative ways and become part of the cultural landscape before Democrats need to launch the actual attack via MSNBC and CNN. I have a hard time believing that “The Brethren” featured a very McCain-like closeted gay presidential candidate in the VERY SAME YEAR that some thought McCain would become the Republican nominee; you may have never even heard of this book, but I bet you would have if Bush had lost in the primaries. McCain is one of those men who just set off my gaydar but I’ve never heard any stories about him doing anything with guys…though his energetic rushes to help the Left whenever Democrats call always make me think he’s protecting himself by selling out his Republican constituents on issue after issue.
Stupidly, Republicans keep electing guys like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Aaron Schock and sending them to Washington to represent conservative constituents…but on important votes these guys will ALWAYS betray the people who trust them because Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi will pick up the phone and say in no uncertain terms “Vote with us or we out your sorry ass on national tee-vee tomorrow, Mary”. When that phone rings, you’d think it was Zac Ephron calling the way Graham and Schock in particular leap to their feet to do whatever Reid or Pelosi want them to do…because lying about who they really are and keeping their liaisons with men a secret is such an important part of their lives at this point that they just can’t imagine functioning without Democrats pulling their strings like this. I honestly don’t think these guys would even know what to do anymore if they didn’t have Democrats always at the ready to tell them how to vote…or else. Like with Stockholm Syndrome, I think these guys learn to love their arrangements. I’m going to start calling it Lindsey Graham Syndrome, since he’s the most obvious face of this behavior (or the Bette Davis eyes of it, anyway).
Though it’s rare, closeted gay Democrats are also in some danger of being outed by a Reid-Pelosi blackmail maneuver…as we saw with former Congressman Eric Massa, whom Nancy Pelosi personally outed when he would not go along with her orders on voting to enact Obamacare. Do you remember this man? He’s a porcine and disgusting little cretin whom Rahm Emanuel actually chased naked into the Congressional showers to scream at him to do what he was told and vote for Obamacare in the House back in the early days of the Golden Age of Hope and Change that is the Obama presidency. How on Earth could you forget that? This was a rare occasion when I can’t honestly tell you which of the two people involved in an encounter deserves to be screamed at naked more, Massa or the truly repugnant Rahm Emanuel. Pass the popcorn and the shower shoes, Mary.
Shortly after that encounter when Massa would not back down (since his constituents did not want Obamacare), Pelosi picked up the phone and ordered the release of information that Massa was under investigation for sexually harassing male staffers, keeping young men as essentially houseboy slaves in his Washington home, and generally making Barney Frank look like a fine and upstanding citizen in comparison. “Release the Kraken, it’s time to destroy Massa and tell the whole world there’s glitter in all of his pockets,” I imagine Pelosi snarling to whoever it is who answers that hot-pink emergency phone that’s used to out prominent, closeted gay dudes.
That phone’s usually dusty, though, because it’s rare for Democrats to ever out other Democrats…since someone needs to really cross a line on something important to receive that “release the Kraken” directive from Pelosi.
If you are a closeted gay politician of either party and the Democrat Party does not want you outed, the press will never say a thing about your proclivities (or the fact that you’re a gay Republican like Graham, Schock, Crist, or the more-I-think-of-it-it-just-makes-too-much-sense McCain who is being blackmailed by Democrats on a regular basis). I don’t know why so many conservatives have such a hard time understanding this, but the media in our country really is an Orwellian Ministry of Truth that exists to elect Democrats and keep the Democrat Party in control. So whenever I find an email from someone that asks me “Why don’t reporters tell the truth about this?” I feel like I’m opening a heartfelt letter from a sweet kid asking me how Santa Claus gets to all those homes all over the world in one night. A lot of conservatives live in the world of “Should” instead of the reality we actually occupy, since they believe that reporters “should” tell the truth in stories and “should” let someone know which politicians are lying and pretending to be straight when they aren’t. These same trusting people also think that reporters “should” let everyone know what secrets Democrats keep…so if no one is talking then there must be no secrets at all, or the good reporters “would” tell us important information like they “should”.
Yes, Virginia there indeed is a Santa Claus…but, NO (in all CAPS and BOLDED FOR EMPHASIS), reporters will never tell the truth about any Democrats…and will only speak the truth about Republicans when that’s what Democrats want the media to do. Life will be so much simpler and logical for you if you just accept the reality that every person you see speaking on tee-vee is reading from a script prepared by the Democrat Party (even the people on FOX, to a large extent). Just about the only people in this world who appear regularly in the media whom I trust to tell the truth these days are Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, and Rush Limbaugh. Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn, Jerome Corsi and more often than not Ann Coulter too (depending on which version of her shows up for work that day). Everyone else lies to protect Democrats, because that is what they were taught to do in journalism school, that is what they are expected to do by their editors at work, and that’s what they need to keep doing if they want to advance in their careers as political writers or tee-vee personalities.
This is all especially true in 2013 while the sitting president is not only a magical black man who the media must protect from all criticisms because of his race…but also because he’s a closeted, on-the-down-low gay man who additionally happens to be a raging drug addict.
So, Great Merciful Zeus anyone who talks about ANY of that mess is just going to be pummeled by every hand on deck at the Ministry of Truth.
[ Click above to embiggen: and send your hatemail to Newsweek, not me, because they said it…"The First Gay President" ]
The studio system in Hollywood that protected Rock Hudson’s secret gay life (and his HIV infection) for so long has absolutely nothing on the well-coordinated and disciplined operation hiding Barack Obama’s own secrets. Just like Rock, Barack is indeed gay…and just like Rock, Barack has a beard of a wife who enjoys her role and relishes all the perks it brings her. This is something very common in the black community, for a woman to serve as a beard for a closeted gay black man who is “on the down low” or “DL-ing it”, as the slang goes. Black women have no qualms at all about being a beard for gay black men, because homosexuality is such a hated “condition” in the black community and these women see opportunities for personal advancement by hitching their trains to some gay man’s star. Even straight black women who are successful in their own right and don’t need a man to give them money or make them powerful marry gay black guys or maintain longterm bizarre “dating” arrangements with them…just like Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, and Star Jones all did.
Michelle Obama is a beard, too, but she needed to ride Barack Obama’s coattails to power (partly to get away from Jesse Jackson, on whom her family depended for many years). This arrangement is no different than Rock Hudson’s with his beard of a wife Phyllis Gates…and no different from Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Kelly Preston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, Juliann Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, and all the women who beard it up for gay guys who want to be movie stars or other incarnations of celebrity. Being the pretend wife to an upwardly mobile gay guy is both fun and profitable…and there’s no reason these woman can’t have studs of their own on the side while their husbands-on-paper-and-in-the-press-only spend time “with the guys” playing basketball, golfing, or whatever else they do when they disappear off the record for long stretches of time (that staffers in the White House in particular claim are “irrelevant” and “not something the public needs to know about”).
Democrats have an extreme and vested interest in protecting the “Obama brand” at all costs, since the Left’s hold on power depends on Americans deluding themselves into believing the first black First Family is like the Huxtable clan from the beloved “The Cosby Show” (when in reality, the Obamas are actually strikingly similar to Will and Jada Pinkett Smitth…who have a mutually-beneficial marriage that’s produced children like the Obamas, but Will’s most often off cavorting with boyfriend Duane Martin like Barack’s screwing around with his longtime Love, first name Reggie…and the most delicious irony of all is that in the next few years Will and Jada will portray Barack and Michelle in some hyped-up movie…and Hollywood will give them both Academy Awards for the roles, you just watch).
Of course, reporters know that Barack Obama does drugs in the White House and is often so incapacitated that staffers scramble to think up increasingly more bizarre lies for where he was when something important was happening in the country. They sure can’t tell the American public the truth, that while the phone was ringing off the hook over the murder of the American Ambassador to Libya that the President of the United States was out of his mind high on cocaine…or that when other people were suffering or dying in name-the-tragedy the current president was naked and sweaty with Reggie, Kal Penn, or Hera-Only-Knows-Who wherever there was a door that would close and a light switch to flip off as the two of them got it on.
Naive people have a weird belief that the Secret Service exists to watch the president and make sure he doesn’t do anything bad to himself or others…but that’s not their mission or role. Those praetorians are strictly there to keep external forces from harming the president and the other people under their protective umbrella…but the Secret Service does not prevent the president from acquiring or abusing drugs while in office and Secret Service officers will not reveal to the public what they observe regarding presidential drug use, gay sex, or whatever else Barack Obama gets up to. If they were snitches, then presidents would keep them at arms-length…which would place lives in jeopardy. Think back to Rock Hudson’s staffers heading down to Studio One to acquire boys for the movie star and remember how none of these people ever spilled the beans about Rock being gay…and now flash to the year 2013 and realize that the Secret Service serves the same purpose for Barack Obama.
When you think about it, this current president’s recreational drug use and his gay sexcapades make the recent conduct of the Secret Service all the more understandable. If you wondered why the Secret Service agents engaged in activity with prostitutes thought they could get away with what they were doing while on trips abroad with the current president you need to think about what they’ve observed Barack Obama himself doing, either abroad or in the White House itself. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the behavior of any staff is directly related to the tone and professionalism of the “Big Boss” of that organization. This sort of Secret Service debauchery did not happen when George W. Bush, Bush Sr., or Ronald Reagan were presidents…but we did hear a few things during the Clinton years and we’re still witnessing the sexcapades and debauchery that the Secret Service engages in during the Golden Age of Hope and Change with Obama as president. The praetorians are following the example that their “Big Boss” sets…whose Secret Service codename is “Renegade”, by the way. And it was chosen for a reason. The man is out of control, the Secret Service knows it, but agents are forbidden from (and perhaps even scared of) speaking out about what Barack Obama does when he’s in private.
Because we are friends like this, I hope that you and I together live to see the day when everything about Barack and Michelle Obama is revealed to the public. I don’t think this will happen for many, many years though…if we use the Kennedy secrets as any guide for how long it will take for reporters to get around to admitting what was happening in the White House. When I was a kid in the mid-80s, it was still hush-hush whispered that JFK “may have had an affair with Marilyn Monroe” and that the Kennedy family was “allegedly behind killing her”. We still haven’t reached the point where people just state the obvious and agree that, YES, the Kennedys killed this woman…but here in 2013 it’s widely accepted that JFK was cheating on Jackie with the unbalanced Hollywood bombshell. Surprisingly — and I never thought THIS would happen — we’re actually far enough away from “Camelot” that Jackie is no longer “St. Jacqueline of Grace”…and we’re learning that she herself cheated on her husband during their marriage, was more than a little racist sometimes, adored conspiracy theories, and probably went to her grave believing that Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination (while I think it was indeed Fidel Castro, by the way, in case you were wondering…since I think it was Castro’s chess move after the death of the Diem Brothers).
Honestly, I believe the future is going to look something like this in terms of what the public eventually learns about “Renegade” Barack Obama:
2013 to 2017: the Ministry of Truth will mock anyone who insists that Barack Obama does cocaine in the White House, that he’s gay, that Reggie Love is his boyfriend, and that he’s an avowed Marxist and is Muslim at heart.
2017: Obama leaves office…and six or seven months later, depending on which party is now in the White House, we hear a little bit here and there about Obama having been unstable during some of the crises of recent years
2020s: A shocking revelation will emerge that Obama was still doing drugs while in office (but you’ve known this since 2009 if you’ve been paying attention)
2030s: People will finally comment on the fact that Obama was a Marxist…and possibly the Left will be openly admitting he was a Muslim, with Obama possibly revealing this himself and becoming a devote Muslim as the biggest F-U to the American people he can think of
Early 2040s: Barack Obama passes away at the age of 70-something from some degenerative disease that was caused by either his drug use or his sexcapades with men. By that time, Barack and Reggie have probably lived together for years the way Cary Grant and Randolph Scott did or the way Raymond Burr (tee-vee’s Perry Mason) lived with Robert Benevides…who were all, it should be noted, “just very good friends” until the more famous one died…and then people admitted they were as gay as rainbows the whole damn time. Well, duh.
Mid-2040s: People finally start realizing that Obama was not just our first Muslim president, but was actually our first actively gay president too. It will be a gradual acceptance of this, kind of like today is the first day that I allowed myself to put the pieces together on John McCain…even though my gaydar’s been pinging on McCain since 2000 when that Grisham book came out.
2050s: It is widely established that Barack Obama was a drug addict, a Marxist, a Muslim, and a homosexual. So, basically, it’s going to take about 35 years or so for the world to catch up with everything that you and I know right here in 2013. What else is new?
Now, I’m basing this timeline on the Kennedy example…and also factoring in the reality that everyone working in the Ministry of Truth today or currently in journalism classes in college or high school is being taught that Barack Obama is a magical black man who must be protected at all costs, even if history needs to be rewritten on a daily basis to make whatever he’s currently doing look better. It’s going to take a long time for us to progress away from the emotional commitment that people in the media have to this man. That void in their hearts that normally is filled by religion in most people is instead dedicated to hero-worship in Barack Obama’s personality cult…and just about everyone working in the media today is afflicted by this. Until the current crop of “news leaders” retires and the next generation of similar Obama devotees expires, we’re not going to see much interest at all in anyone openly talking about Barack Obama’s drug use and his gay sexual appetite. People remain terrified to speak candidly about any of this, for fear of becoming the next Larry Sinclair (who had his life turned upside down, threatened, and largely ruined because he dared speak the truth about his past encounters with Barack Obama in Chicago); other men, like Donald Young, were murdered to prevent them from revealing Obama’s homosexuality. Jerome Corsi, who writes on this topic often, is berated regularly on tee-vee by Rachel Maddow (who apparently just had a foaming, crazed fit over him a week or two ago live on the air at MSNB-See How Much We Protect Obama!).
These are steps that the old Hollywood studio system never even took to protect guys like Rock Hudson who made The Powers That Be a lot of money. Clearly, so much exponentially more is invested in the Obama brand that an Orwellian level of rigid protection, enemy-destruction (hello, IRS Intimidation Scandal), and secret-guarding is required to provide the expected return on the Left’s investment in this gay presidential coke head.
Yah, I said it.
The current President of the United States is a gay coke head…and I’m not talking about the kind that came in the silver can that Whitney Houston used to sing about in the 80s on the tee-vee, but the kind that ended up drowning the poor woman in Beverly Hills last year.
I’m not afraid in the least to talk about it, because it’s the truth…even if I am ahead of my time in doing this in 2013 instead of safely waiting until 2048 or whatever to call a gay coke head a “gay coke head”.
Because he is.
You know it too, I think, in your heart…even if you might be ready to put all the pieces together for yourself. But, really, it’s the one and only solution that makes sense of every oddball thing about the Obama Regime and the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think Barack Obama is a gay presidential coke head? Are you afraid of the IRS or Homeland Security coming for you it you say it out loud? What do you think will happen if millions of us all call this would-be pharaoh a gay presidential coke head as often as possible from now on?
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Yesterday, I noted how Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were both mocking New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on their programs. Today, in addition to hoping that CBS eventually finds a third “Jimmy” to give a late-night show to so that we could complete the emerging troika of “Jimmys”, I’m laughing at Fallon’s latest ridicule of Weiner…where he poses as the disgraced former Congressman and crams as many euphemisms for “penis” into a faux political commercial as possible. You can watch it HERE on Hulu by clicking on this and using the Internets.
I think it’s hilarious when straight guys make lots of penis jokes. I don’t know why, but it’s just the funniest thing in the world to me…because normally straight men seem uncomfortable with their manhood (and are always playing contortionists in the gym, trying to change into and out of their underwear while still wrapped up in wet towels so that no one can ever see their junk). This is something the Left has done to white men in this country in particular…to emasculate them and make them ashamed to be male (and white); it’s no doubt crammed into little boys through the public school system (along with all the other garbage that’s subversively instilled in the curriculum to make kids grow up to hate their bodies, hate themselves as humans, and hate America).
I also find Fallon’s ribald, anatomical humor to be refreshing because we live in The Age of Outrage where some nut is forever screeching over how offensive this, that, or the other is. Americans have been conditioned in the last few decades to forget how to take or appreciate a joke…which is just sad, considering this is a country founded by bawdy (and witty) men like Benjamin Franklin and women such as Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, who were certainly no shrinking violets hovering precariously near fainting couches. I don’t know if you remember, but earlier this year when Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars all sorts of lunatics became positively apoplectic when he made a joke about actresses in Hollywood baring their “boobs” for audiences, particularly when they wanted to win awards. I think the manufactured outrage over that sophomoric joke was the real outrage…since, while it was frat boy humor it also shook that stodgy and normally boring awards show up…like the way off-color jokes make celebrity “roasts” interesting.
While I am still disappointed that Ashley Judd decided not to run for Senate in Kentucky (or Tennessee…or California…or wherever the heck she actually lives), I’m taking a small consolation in the fact that this New York City mayoral race is going to be astoundingly surreal…and not just for the penis jokes. Anthony Weiner is one of the creepiest-looking and strangest people who have run for major office in recent memory. Last night, I was watching this show called The Will on Netflix streaming; it’s a documentary series that tells you the stories behind the battles over various celebrities’ wills and trusts…and the episode playing was the one about Rock Hudson’s estate after he succumbed to AIDS in the mid-80s.
My boyfriend Justin claims he doesn’t like watching tee-vee shows…but if something is playing he becomes mesmerized by what’s on the screen and stands there in the middle of the room, like the light coming out of the computer is a tractor beam that won’t let him go. It’s always amusing as he tries to guess what I’m watching….because, clearly, I’m someone who watches shows about wills and estate trusts at one in the morning…so just about anything could be on that screen. Justin saw the actor who was playing Rock in his last days, when he was incredibly gaunt and ravaged by the disease…and Justin thought I was watching some show about Anthony Weiner.
Only then did it hit me who the actor on that program reminded me of…and who Rock Hudson in his last months looked like himself…and it was Anthony Weiner.
Never in my life did I think we’d see a Democrat more creepy and lizard-like than Rahm Emanuel…but we definitely have that in Weiner.
I also love this new proof that there indeed is a God Who Laughs at the wheel of our universe…because an arrogant and bizarre little man named “A. Weiner” has become a national joke because of a scandal-of-his-0wn making involving his penis. The cliche is that the platypus is proof that God has a sense of humor…but I think proof positive is Anthony Weiner. You just can’t make stuff like this up, the jokes write themselves with this guy.
[ Click above to unleash the Charybdis ]
When I was looking over the bits for “Today in History” I became curious enough to check up on our old pal Oprah…and see how her flailing TV network OWN (which I believe stands for “Oprah’s Weird Noises”) is doing in the ratings. By all accounts, this is still a popular channel to leave on the tee-vee for household pets to watch during the day when no humans are in the house. Roughly 17 people a tune-in to hear/see whatever “Weird Noises” Oprah is making Monday through Friday; on the weekends I believe the network plays nothing but snow and is renamed “The Blizzard Channel” in the tee-vee listings. I joke to Justin that this is when his mother sits in front of her tee-vee with her palms on the glass and absorbs all of her new fears for the coming week.
I also have a habit, whenever I am at someplace like the Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, or the Lincoln Park Zoo to walk over to an empty aquatic animal pool/pen and stare blankly into it while monotonously taking pictures until a small crowd gathers around me to do likewise. When someone eventually asks what I’m looking at, I never get tired of saying, “This is where they used to berth Oprah until they hauled her out to California two years ago”. The Charybdis of Lake Michigan is most assuredly gone but not forgotten…by me, at least. Tee-vee viewers, however, no longer seem to realize the woman is still broadcasting somewhere.
OWN lost $300 million last year….and yesterday it was announced that Oprah had to bring in Tyler Perry to produce some scripted series for the channel that will also be directed by Tyler Perry, starring Tyler Perry, with sound effects and catering provided by Tyler Perry. I find this fascinating as a student of brand management and marketing…because Tyler Perry projects are largely crass, child-like, and weirdly racist (in that a black man thinks up these movies and tee-vee shows…but he makes black people seem like cartoonish buffoons in almost all of them, as if we’re watching live-readings of scripts written about black people in the 20s or 30s). It’s just so strange for Oprah, if she’s really trying to have a classy, upscale network that appeals to the same white housewives who watched her show for 25 years in syndication, to suddenly decide she wants to devote a good portion of her broadcasting day to Tyler Perry’s unique brand of minstrel programming.
That commercial is not a joke someone made using the Internets or anything; that thing is REAL and it was approved by Oprah herself. The charybdis is desperate.
I personally believe this is proof that a lot of people still feel burned by Oprah proclaiming Barack Obama “The One!” back in 2008…and foisting this man on the country. There are a lot of white people who don’t have any black friends in real life who felt that Oprah was their “black female tee-vee friend”…and she promised those people, her tee-vee friends, that Obama was going to mount a unicorn and ride through the streets fulfilling all of their dreams and wishes. In fact, Oprah convinced a lot of these fools that Obama was going to be the effeminate male version of herself…so now all of these Oprah fans would have a nonthreatening black male friend of their own too. Oprah and Obama…like bookends that idiots could place on their shelves and point to with pride saying, “See that! I’m a good person…I have TWO black friends right there! Oprah and Obama!!!”
Only, Obama’s been awful for the country and everyone understands that on some level (even if they ended up voting for him again in 2012, because they just didn’t want to see a black man lose re-election…or they were brain dead…or actually dead but voted Democrat anyway). The Ministry of Truth that is our national media refuses to talk about this, but I think a lot of people are more angry at “their former friend Oprah” for pushing Obama on us than they ever are at Obama for being so bad at “presidenting”.
If people still loved this woman, she could set up a channel that only broadcasted to Fairbanks, Alaska and her fans would have found a way to watch her shows no matter what it took them to do it…but here she is having to stoop to Tyler Perry’s absurd level in order to convince someone — ANYONE — besides household pets and inanimate objects to sit through the Oprah’s Weird Noises broadcasting day.
I kind of love that. Schadenfreude: it’s what’s for breakfast today and every day around here when it comes to the Charybdis of Lake Michigan.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: It is a gorgeous Saturday morning in almost-summer…and what’s on your minds today? Nothing major happens in the news cycle on Saturday, so it’s a good day to catch up on things that have happened in the last week or so. One of my goals of the day is to get a good handle on all the characters involved in the IRS scandal…and in particular to find unflattering pictures of all of them so I can make some charts and graphics to help people put faces with the names that we hear batted about. That’s one thing that conservative writers are all so bad at but the Left excels in…making simple visual aides that regular people absorb easily. USA Today is especially great at this…but don’t hold your breath for them to make graphics explaining the IRS scandal to people.
What other things are people in your part of the country talking about on Saturday May 25th, 2013?
[Click above to embiggen: how Rahm Emanuel became Mayor of Chicago in the first place]
Today, a friend of mine sent me this article by Rick Perlstein entitled “Rahm on the Ropes” and asked me what the feeling is here in Chicago towards Rahm Emanuel (and what that portends for his future as Mayor). Anecdotally, here a few recent things to note about the man (or lizard, in my opinion) who will be Mayor of Chicago for as long as he wants (but that’s as high as he will ever go):
* I happened to be at O’Hare Airport for something in January and needed to take the Blue Line back into the city. I was SHOCKED to learn that it now costs $5.00 to board a CTA subway train at the airports; apparently, that fee hike took effect that very week. There was actually a CTA employee stationed at the turnstiles because passengers getting on the train were confused and angry that the automatic system was deducting $5.00 from every train card instead of the normal $2.25 to ride. ”You can thank our wonderful mayor for that”, the clearly perturbed black CTA worker said, with a dramatic roll of her eyes and a knowing nod that expressed she didn’t like the fare hike any more than passengers did. The entire ride into the City was nothing but grumbles from people upset by how much it cost to ride the train. People were fuming in their seats…and frustrated there was nothing they could ever do about it, knowing that in Chicago once the price is raised on something it will never, ever come back down.
This move to double the train fare from the Airports was made because under Emanuel the City is going out of its way to soak tourists and travelers for as much as they can while they are here, figuring that people won’t stop coming to Chicago just because the train ride from the Airports costs double what the CTA charges to board at any other station…but what the City doesn’t think about is all of the black people who work at the airport and take the trains to get there. 90% of the TSA workers in Chicago are black, as are the food service, retail, and other airport employees. Since they board the trains at the Airport to ride home, Emanuel just doubled what it costs them for the return trip of their daily commute. That adds up to a lot of money per month for people working minimum wage…and I can’t imagine that’s not having unintended consequences in other aspects of life in the city, since it’s NOT just the tourists who are being gauged by this fare hike.
* Blacks are also going to be dramatically impacted by the plan to shut down the Red Line completely in May for a 5 or 6 month overhaul of the tracks on the Southside. The line’s being closed after the Roosevelt stop…and that will affect all the stops south to 95th/Dan Ryan. For those who don’t live in Chicago, these are the stops that are mostly used by black people (who will now have to struggle with shuttle buses to get to their jobs in other parts of this very segregated city). Emanuel claims that shutting down the entire line will save time and money, as opposed to only shutting it down on weekends to do track rehabilitation work. Right now, only a few people here and there talk about this disaster coming…but that’s because the trains are still running and no one is really paying attention. But, when May hits and the CTA trains stop serving the Southside…it’s going to get ugly.
* Public relations telephone polls and surveys happen all the time, with people calling every few weeks to ask opinions on Rahm Emanuel. That never happened when Mayor Daley was in office. The entire time I’ve lived in Chicago I was never polled about the Mayor until Emanuel took office…and now it seems like someone’s polling Chicagoans about a new crisis a week with him. An awful lot of money is being spent on this…and it makes you wonder why, since Democrats have a lock on the Chicago Mayor’s office (and, thus, you’d think they wouldn’t need to keep polling so much). This leads me to believe that people are grumbling so much with Emanuel as Mayor that Democrats want to keep tabs on the discord and always know just how upset people are on a rolling basis.
* There’s anger at Emanuel for his ineptitude in handling the teachers’ unions last year, but more people are upset that Chicago doesn’t have a casino. I hear that one all the time, because people say we’re losing jobs and money to Hammond, Indiana (just across the Illinois border) or to the casino that’s out in the suburbs and reachable by Metra trains. I’m from Cleveland, which fought a downtown casino for decades, and I’ve never understood the logic of allowing gambling residents to board buses to take their money to other states (or cities) to play their slots…when a city can keep that revenue (and all those jobs) in its city center. People seem to think having a casino means their town will turn into the dystopian “Biff’s” version of 1985 in Back to the Future…but does anyone really believe that having a casino in Chicago will suddenly make this city more corrupt or crime-ridden? I say at this point the city needs to do whatever it can to create jobs in Chicago and keep all the money it can…instead of letting anything leave for Hammond (which, incidentally, generates $22 million in tax revenue a month from its casino…and almost all of that is from people in Chicago who race across the border to hit the slots). Emanuel came into office promising that his bad temper and caustic way of doing things would pay dividends with stalled projects like the casino…but people have not seen that at all.
* Murders are out of control here and the street gangs do not fear the police or any kind of prosecution. It really is like the days of Al Capone again…and taking a trip to the Southside is like playing Russian roulette. Everyday life in Chicago feels less safe than when Mayor Daley was in office. I’m not sure why that is, but I think there was an emotional connection to Daley that made him feel like a no-nonsense uncle who’d crack skulls if the need arose. Daley seemed in control at all times…and that just made those of us who live here believe that he could apply the right pressure in any situation to make things happen. Emanuel has never seemed in control like that, and I think the thugs have absolutely no fear of him or any belief he can get the cops to really crack down on crime. So, essentially it’s become a free-for-all with Emanuel as Mayor.
* Cigarettes are $11 a pack now in Chicago, which is a big deal to all of the native Chicagoans. What I mean by that are the people who were born and raised here and live mostly in places like Bridgeport or off Polaski and in all the working-class neighborhoods with all the post-WWII squat brick single family homes. These are the people who obsessively play the lottery every day and who still smoke like chimneys (honestly, never, ever get behind one of these people in line at a convenience store because they take FOREVER picking out their lottery numbers and grumbling about the price of cigarettes…you will never be able to dash in and out for something quickly when they are in lottery or cigarette mode). Chicagoans are either natives or they’re young people who moved here to find jobs but leave after about seven or eight years when the weather gets to them or they realize life is probably a lot easier (and better) in other cities like Dallas or Austin. The people who were born in Chicago, have lived here their whole lives, and will no doubt die here are a different breed with vastly different concerns…and chief amongst those is the price of cigarettes. Most of these people find ways to cross the border into Indiana and buy “their smokes” at Wal-Mart over there, where a whole carton is now about the price of three or four packs in Chicago.
I need to note here how lizard-like and unappealing Rahm Emanuel is in general. He is not a nice person, and that shows. Truthfully, a nice person probably can’t really be the Mayor of Chicago but I will tell you that people loved Mayor Daley…even if they grumbled about him. Daley was charming and likable…and because he was Mayor for decades I think people just got used to him being around and accepting he was in charge. Following an affable figure like Daley with a caustic and petty man like Emanuel was a very strange decision on the part of Democrats in Illinois. I think it was really the worst move they could have made…and that a black Mayor would have been able to really crack down on the crime and bring the murder rate back into “acceptable” levels.
Conservatives never understand just how big a role race plays in Democrat politics, but in Chicago everything is about race. And to win the Mayor’s race, you have to remember that Emanuel needed the vote split 6 ways along specific racial lines…so willing clowns like Carol Mosely Braun, Patricia van Pelt Watkins, and William Dock Wells III gleefully split the black vote in the 2011 Mayor’s race…while buffoons Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle split the Hispanic vote to help Emanuel. Mosely Braun received a lot of money for her role in this and was able to wipe out a great deal of her longstanding debt by agreeing to be a stooge for Emanuel. Some of these others just liked the attention of being “a candidate for Mayor!” or enjoyed building some name recognition. It was all a big game though, because Democrats knew that having three black candidates on the ballot instead of just one meant that there was no way Chicago would have a black Mayor. Similarly, ensuring there are two Hispanics on there to split the Spanish-speaking/illegal Mexican vote means that Chicago doesn’t have a Hispanic Mayor. This is the game that Democrats play here that works so well in such a segregated city. All Emanuel needed was to be the only white person in the race and he’d win…which he did.
Republicans don’t even field a candidate for Mayor in Chicago because I think they are afraid of being punished for “interfering” with the Mayor’s race. Everything in this town is quid pro quo, so I think if Republicans don’t run anyone for Mayor then Democrats agree not to go after the seats of the token Republicans who do hold office in the Chicagoland area. And those Republicans enjoy being tokens and having their little positions, so they don’t ever want to rock the vote.
I always hope black people wise up one day and see how Democrats treat them no better than animals…because if Carol Mosely Braun and William Dock Walls III had just dropped out of the Mayor’s race in 2011, then that Patricia van Pelt Watkins could have solidified the black vote against Emanuel….while the Hispanic vote was still split between the two Spanish-speaking candidates…and I don’t know if Emanuel could have won if blacks were all focused on just one candidate.
But, getting people to see things like this is very much like herding cats. I’m really at the point of just giving up and accepting that this is how it’s always going to be in this city, where people have become so dumb that they’ll always fall into whatever trap Democrats set for them. Even though it keeps hurting them all on a personal level that they just never connect back to keeping Democrats in office.
I don’t see how Rahm Emanuel is ever ousted from the Mayor’s office because of how expertly the Left exploits race in this City…but I don’t see how this would ever translate into a presidential run for this lizard. Barack Obama owes everything to being “black”…and the last five years of American politics have been anomalous because we’ve had a black man as the head of the Democrat party. Things change immensely in 2016 when a black person most likely will not be at the top of the Democrats’ ticket…or even be in contention for the nomination. What has Rahm Emanuel ever done that would convince black people to support him with the same level of enthusiasm they’ve shown for one of their own like Obama? It’s ludicrous to think that. So, he (and any non-black Democrat) will be at an immediate disadvantage in 2016.
Next, you need to look at this man’s physical appearance and personality…and see that he is very much lizard-like. He’s also foul-tempered, bitter and angry, and prone to hurling curses and vile pejoratives at people he disagrees with. Emanuel is a very unstable person with possible bipolar disorder…and he’s infamous for sending dead fish to people in the mail or screaming at men while nude in the Congressional gang showers.
Emanuel is also gay and has staffed his Mayor’s office on the fifth floor of City Hall with as many Zac Efron-looking young male interns as he can find. Watching the Oscars, it was hilarious to see George Clooney dragging around yet another woman as his “date” or to see the other Hollywood actors who sport their own “beards”…and it’s so funny to me that a lot of straight people can’t tell that Emanuel’s gay. He’s a former ballerina who used to frequent the Man’s Country bathhouse here in Chicago before becoming a big national name…and his marriage is very much one of convenience. There are scores of young guys here in Chicago were part of a Rahm Emanuel “placement program”, where they had to be his boy toys for a while…but then were ultimately rewarded with recommendations into the top law firms, brokerage houses, or whatever after Emanuel moved onto the next hot young thing. This has been going on for years…and is the sort of thing that happens all the time in politics, particularly when it involves people who consider themselves untouchable (like Emanuel).
Could a foul-tempered, mean-spirited, and lizard-like petty tyrant become President? I don’t think so, because though Barack Obama’s personality is actually a lot like Emanuel’s (and they seem to have similar taste in boys) there was a stark difference in how the public at large reacts to these men. The majority of Americans like Obama, think he’s “cool”, and have a generally good impression of him on a personal level. They know nothing about who he really is and don’t really care, because they like supporting the “hip, black guy”…and that’s a brand that’s served him and those around him very well. Rahm Emanuel just doesn’t have that going for him….and he can’t suddenly transform himself physically into an attractive and likable person. The lizard in his DNA just can’t be transformed enough for him to run for President.
This is actually kind of like the Ministry of Truth that is our national media talking about Michael Bloomburg running for President when that just never made sense either. Bloomburg is not as lizard-like as Emanuel, but he still gives many people the creeps…and that’s a high hurdle to face before he’d even have to justify his policies and decisions in office to people. Democrats are great at hiding someone’s past or obscuring their personal beliefs and record…but even the best spinmeisters on the Left can’t take a naturally unappealing person who gives people the creeps and make that person into a credible presidential candidate. Andrew Cuomo’s going to have a big problem with this too, if he really thinks he can become a presidential candidate…and so for the good of the country I think it might be funny and interesting to see Emanuel, Bloomburg, or Cuomo mount an ill-fated presidential campaign. I just hope Republicans aren’t stupid enough to run someone even more unappealing against a guy like that.
Every day I realize I’m really nearing the end of my time in Chicago. The city is getting to me…and the fun I used to have here is just largely gone for me. There’s just too much wrong with the place since Emanuel became Mayor and things I used to be able to tolerate when Daley was in office just seem to bother me more now that Emanuel’s the public face behind these policies. The classic example I’ll leave you with is the city’s never-ending quest to snatch revenue from Chicagoans via parking tickets. There is an elaborate game that any driver in the city needs to play to avoid parking tickets…where there’s often a half a dozen signs giving conflicting instructions, with oddball requirements and warnings posted that require LSAT or SAT-level logic deductions to figure out if, yes, you can actually park in that spot today. Chicago has always been this way, but for some reason it felt like more of a game than an ordeal when Daley was Mayor.
I don’t know if that will make any sense to you, but when Mayor Daley was the public face of the City this “try not to get a parking ticket no matter how hard they try to trick you” thing felt more like an adventure…like, by parking your car you were engaging Mayor Daley in a high-stakes board game played on the streets of Chicago…and whoever knew the rules better won, but Daley wasn’t necessarily rooting against you and wouldn’t be upset with your beating him. With Emanuel, it’s just a totally different vibe now. Whenever Justin and I go anywhere and he parks the car there’s a real negative energy involved with the parking signs or dealing with the incredibly expensive parking meters. I feel a real heaviness in the air when I’m standing there in the cold with my notebook, trying to figure out if today is the third Friday of a month or a day when there’s a Sox or Cubs game or if there could be considered more than two inches of snow on the ground…or whatever other bizarre clues the signs are giving us to indicate whether or not we can park in that spot.
Since Emanuel’s been Mayor, it just feels like the game is now rigged and the deck is so stacked against everyone that I don’t wan to play anymore. I feel oppressed and overburdened by the action of the City of Chicago that it drains my energy to stand there and contemplate the parkings signage. This is not just because I’ve been living here for so long that the “adventure” of the Daley days is gone…it really is like playing Monopoly or Clue or whatever, but instead of playing it with a jovial person you like it’s now a game against a lizard-like and mean-spirited jackass. And it’s emotionally draining after a while.
I pick up on other people in Chicago feeling like this these days…and I don’t see how this man could mount a national campaign for office when this is the sort of impression he leaves on people.
Have You Ever Seen Changeling? It’s actually worth your valuable time (and really inspirational too).
The movie Changeling is not the 70s horror flick with George C. Scott and the ghost boy in the wheelchair (that would be The Changeling…and it scared the bejeebus out of me as a little kid…because apparently the addition of an extra three letters equals pure terror).
In 2008, Angelina Jolie starred in Changeling and I purposefully avoided seeing it in theaters because I’ve long believed Angelina Jolie is a cuckoo-bird. She wore a vial of her brother’s blood around her neck for a while, apparently dated him around the time she won her Oscar, and then stole Brad Pitt from Rachel from Friends. Being gay, I’ve never understood her sex appeal…but instead thought she was trash for participating in adultery. While I typically enjoy movies set in the 1920s and am fascinated by stories based on real-events, I just couldn’t get beyond my dislike for the actress to see this movie when it was new…and in years since I honestly never encountered it on DVD or on Netflix or even thought of it again.
But, while I was sick this last month I watched a lot of movies on Amazon Instant Video and somehow accidentally ordered Changeling when I probably wanted The Changeling…and so felt obliged to let the movie play, regardless of Angelin’a presence.
I’m truly glad that I did because not only was Angelina very good in the role (and gorgeous, too, incidentally…looking spot-on perfect as a woman in the 1920s without a vial of her brother’s blood in sight) but the story itself introduced me to two new American heroes in the form of Christine Collins and the Reverend Gustav Briegleb.
Collins (portrayed by Jolie in the film) was a mother whose young son went missing around 1927 in Los Angeles while she was away at work. The Los Angeles Police Department was the most corrupt in the world at the time and decided it wanted some good publicity…so they shipped in a runaway boy they found in Illinois and tried to pass him off as Collins’ son Walter. When Collins insisted that this stranger was not her son, the police ultimately decided to lock her up in a mental ward to shut her up so they wouldn’t have any more bad press over the fiasco. It’s so sad to admit it, but this is the sort of thing I can honestly see happening here in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel as Mayor and Democrats running the Justice Department nationwide.
Briegleb was a man with a radio show at the time who realized what happened to Collins and vowed to broadcast every day on the subject until everyone in listening range was riled up against the police for their abuse of power. He did just that…and ultimately forced Collins’ release. Watching the movie, he seemed to be the Andrew Breitbart of his day…which made me doubly sad because neither he nor Andrew are around anymore.
After Briegleb rescued her, Collins went after the police, sued the primary guy responsible for what happened to her, and kept suing him again and again through the years trying to force him to pay her the judgement she was awarded (which would have been about $400,000 adjusted for inflation). Someone with this sort of tenacity is amazing here in 2013…let alone in 1927 in Los Angeles…when no doubt most of her peers were terrified of being killed by those crooked cops in a “traffic accident” or “robbery” or something.
The movie could have been a gruesome, scary, serial killer story…but instead it was a very inspirational tale of a woman who just would not be broken and one who never gave up on finding her son. Christine Collins was absolutely amazing. I really hope that if I ever had a kid I’d fight for him or her as much as Collins waged all-out-war for hers.
I enjoyed the movie so much that I spent a few days researching what happened to everyone after the story told in the film ended. True to form, Christine Collins spent the rest of her life looking for her son. She lived until 1964 and apparently had to use aliases and change her name here and there because people affiliated with the crooked cops kept bothering her…even decades later. But, still she kept up her battle against the bad guys. And she never gave up hope that her son was still out there somewhere. Gustav Briegleb kept calling out the crooked police until the day that he died…and together with Collins he so embarrassed the City of Los Angeles that new laws had to be passed to prevent the police from ever again having the ability to just throw someone in a mental ward when they wanted to silence the person.
2013 is really starting out to be a bleak year and though the Ministry of Truth that is our national media won’t admit the obvious, we really are in an economic Depression. Things will get much, much worse in the days ahead as all of the many taxes prescribed by Obamacare drive companies out of business or force massive layoffs. Simultaneously, never in our lifetimes have we had so many people in government who believe they can do whatever they want to people and that they are answerable to no one. It all feels very reminiscent to Los Angeles in the late-1920s when Collins and Breigleb fought back.
I think a lot of you out there are going to be fighting back in your own ways in the years ahead. I hope you never go through anything like what happened to Collins…but in whatever challenges you do face I do hope you never give up, never surrender, and that you always speak truth to power. People today are scared of our government and the power it wields…and some are even afraid of being “disappeared” somewhere because they oppose what the Left is doing to the country (and what it will do in the next four years).
What I liked most about the movie Changeling is that it illustrates there is indeed an alternative to being too afraid to take on the “big guys” or the all-powerful government. I’m sure Collins was scared…and Angelina depicted her as being unsure what to do at times…but she would not let those monsters break her.
And in the end it was actually she who embarrassed and broke them.
What a great movie this ended up being…so good that I ended up doing something I almost never do and I bought the DVD so that I can watch it again one day when Justin’s home too.
It really is worth your valuable time the next night you want to put something on your video screen.
URGENT NEW YORK GROUND REPORT: Violence to break out this weekend over the Marathon’s diversion of resources
Today while Justin and I were driving to Wisconsin and back to do some canvassing for Romney/Ryan in the morning, I used the time on the road to make calls to a handful of friends I have not yet been able to reach in New York City. All of them live in Manhattan and were spared any direct damage from Hurricane Sandy — but all of them have friends and family in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, and other areas that were impacted by flooding and wind damage. Most of these people do not know each other…but EVERY CALL WAS THE SAME.
Immediately after we established they were fine and had survived relatively in tact, all of them said a variation of this to me: THERE IS GOING TO BE VIOLENCE THIS WEEKEND. BECAUSE OF THE MARATHON.
The anger in these people’s voices was thick when they talked about “that (insert expletive here) Michael Bloomberg and that (another expletive, this time really colorful) Marathon”. The only thing I can compare this to is one of those episodes of 20/20 where they report on some kind of caged animal attack…and they begin the segment by showing some rube taunting a lion for the delight of roadside tourists…and anyone with sense to them can just SEE that the lion is getting angrier and in moments is going to maul that Bubba. There’s this tension you feel as a viewer, just knowing what is going to happen, but being unable to stop it.
THAT is how my New York contacts report on the mood in the city right now…with the wealthy New Yorkers like Bloomberg completely oblivious that they are taunting an angry lion by going forward with the Marathon.
One of my friends used to date a Port Authority cop and is still friendly with him. She tells me that the cop is enveloped in a sense of pure dread headed into this weekend. This is a cop who worked recovery operations and was on duty at the dumps sifting through rubble after 9/11 looking for body parts to identify…and he says that right now he feels the worst he’s felt since then. He is horrified by the Mayor’s decision to go forward with the Marathon because “people are going to die when the fighting starts over this”. The cop describes New York right now as “a powder keg” and Bloomberg is lightning the fuse by diverting generators, food, water, and other resources to the Marathon.
Anyone with sense about him would postpone this event, or cancel it outright this year. But Bloomberg is pressing ahead with this because Democrats can’t risk political fallout for admitting that New York hasn’t yet recovered from the hurricane…and in doing this, Democrats are actually sealing their own doom because hosting the Marathon will result in more anger and damage to the party than canceling it would have. This is why Democrats should never hold high elected office…they forever make situations worse by trying to cover things up, hide the truth, or score political points.
An ex of mine who lives in the city and is a comic book artist told me his family on Long Island are furious and are now voting for Mitt Romney because they are disgusted with Democrats; this is an ex who wouldn’t speak to me from 2008-2010 because I backed McCain/Palin after the nomination was taken away from Hillary in 2008. He finally admitted I was right about Obama after Obamacare passed, because his dad is a doctor and told him that the mandate and all its 20 myriad taxes would destroy the economy as we know it and ruin medical practice in this country. My ex’s parents have never voted Republican in their lives but are doing so on Tuesday…and he reports that many of his parents’ friends and their families are doing the same. Once again, this is first hand reporting on the ground telling you that Hurricane Sandy did not help Obama…but it actually damaged Democrats immensely, only the Ministry of Truth won’t report on that. ”It’s kind of like the dam hurts with all the flooding and people are letting all their pent-up frustration and anger burst out…and it’s all going towards Obama,” my ex reported. ”And with them going ahead with the Marathon people are saying it’s just because canceling it would hurt Obama, so people are angry. There’s going to be a riot this weekend, I really think there will be”.
It’s ironic, too, because for the longest time the Left has tried to scare conservatives by claiming that blacks would riot on November 6th if Obama is not reelected…and, thus, one of the reasons giving for reelecting him was to keep blacks from rioting (so vote for Obama because otherwise the cities will burn). Democrats are now pushing forward with this idiotic Marathon while people in New York are in need of those resources to meet their basic needs…and not a single person in the party has sense enough to see the explosion of anger this is going to cause.
“It’s going to be bad. It’s going to be Rodney King bad. Just angry people smashing things and killing people because they are so mad that food and water and electricity is being taken for the Marathon but not given to them. I think they’re going to attack the Marathon runners and beat them. If I knew anyone who wanted to run that race, I’d tell them to just not come because they are going to get hurt”, one of my friends from college, a public school teacher in NYC, told me this morning. She believes that throngs of New Yorkers who have no heat, food, water, or electricity (or even homes) are going to descend on the Marathon route and take their anger out on the people running the race and “beat the (expletive) out of them”. She thinks they will also mob the Marathon headquarters “and take what they want” before the race even starts.
For the last two months, the Ministry of Truth has been constantly pushing stories designed to terrify Republicans and cripple them with frost-fingered fear in the lead up to this election. Great Merciful Zeus, it is a divine irony that the people who need to be truly afraid right now are Democrats…because they are playing with dynamite in regards to this Marathon and they are completely ignoring the dangers in going forward with an event that sucks resources from hurricane-affected areas just so the very wealthy can have their massive parade/party throughout the city.
“What you don’t understand is what a nightmare that race is in a normal year. It makes life Hell on us under normal circumstances, especially with all the people form out of town who come to clog up the city. You want to do THAT right NOW when all Hell just broke loose? Are you out of your damn mind?”, another friend said. I sympathize with this because when Chicago hosts big public events life grinds to a halt in the Loop. All summer long, various neighborhoods hold street festivals that disrupt life for whole weekends. A few times a year, Chicago shuts down certain major roads for bicycle races, marathons, 5ks, or whatever. One time, Mayor Daley allowed Michigan Avenue to be shut down for Oprah Winfrey for THREE DAYS (I believe she was being moved from one part of town to possibly the lake, which might have been a more natural habitat for that charybdis).
I think if Hurricane Sandy happened in Chicago, Mayor Daley would have postponed a race that was supposed to be run the very next weekend. He would have had sense to know that people would explode with anger if basic needs weren’t being met but the City diverted resources to a race. Rahm Emanuel, the current Mayor, would probably let the race proceed because he’d be more worried that canceling the race would disappoint people…and then they wouldn’t vote for Obama on Tuesday as a result. It looks like Michael Bloomberg is in the Rahm Emanuel school of thought.
I really hope New Yorkers can keep it under control but I’ll tell you that Chicago was mighty cold and wet today. Justin and I have everything we need, yet I woke up this morning and felt pretty snappy because I do not much like the cold. I had to really control myself to be polite to Justin and he had to restrain himself because he hates driving but we wanted to hit Wisconsin every day to canvass before the election. I can easily see how New Yorkers who are wet, cold, hungry, and living in the dark would be ready to explode with the slightest provocation. I’ve been to New York many times and people there are on the edge of violence on a gorgeous, breezy, bright summer day. So many people in such a tight space puts everyone on edge…and then throw in a hurricane flooding the subways and forcing people to walk two hours over bridges and through damp tunnels to get to work…and you have people who will be furious that a City that can’t get its act together to restore life to normal can take the weekend off to screw around with a race?
There is no way that this ends well…unless someone makes Bloomberg postpone or cancel the Marathon.
“It’s going to get ugly. Real ugly. Please pray that people stay patient and don’t explode”.
For any of you that were afraid Hurricane Sandy would end up helping Barack Obama…I hope you now see that it’s really DEMOCRATS who should be afraid of the damage this storm is going to do to them between now and November 6th.