[Carla Burkhart, the SLAPPer, who also sits on the College of DuPage Foundation Board.]
* A SLAPP is a lawsuit filed as “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.”
* SLAPP lawsuits are intended to chill First Amendment protected Free Speech.
* A person filing a SLAPP lawsuit is called a “SLAPPER;” the target of a SLAPP is called “The Target.”
* The Edgar County Watchdogs are the leading government abuse watchdog group in the state of Illinois, having gained fame over the years for exposing corruption at the state and county level and for performing citizens’ arrests on government boards that violate Illinois’ Open Meetings Act.
* The SLAPP filed by Burkhart against the Watchdogs can be found here.
An interesting SLAPP lawsuit has been filed against the Edgar County Watchdogs in DuPage County, Illinois. The SLAPPER is a woman by the name of Carla Burkhart, who claims to run a business called “Herricane Graphics.” That’s right: she spells “Hurricane” with an “e” instead of a “u” because she apparently thinks that’s clever in a “feminist” way…when ironically enough “HERR” in German is the word for MISTER (and “Mister iCane” sounds like it could be an Apple-sponsored Batman villain, probably with a club foot or at least a limp). But, I digress.
The Edgar County Watchdogs are John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who happen to be two of the most interesting people I’ve ever met in Illinois politics. They run the website Illinois Leaks, which is a fascinating and informative read. For the last several years, one of their big projects has been exposing corruption at the College of DuPage. Their efforts have involved numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that uncovered wrongdoing committed by the College of DuPage Board (CoDB), mostly centered around contracts that were used by corrupt Board Members to move money into the hands of cronies or evade various legal requirements meant to keep this Board in check.
The CoDB frequently violates our state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) as well and has often made important decisions behind closed doors and in secret when they were required to conduct such public business in open meetings. When a public entity tries to circumvent the OMA by conducting its business behind closed doors in secret instead of out in the open, the Attorney General of Illinois has the power to void whatever actions the public body took that were not performed in accordance with the OMA.
So, when Kraft & Allen prove OMA violations, there are big consequences for the College of DuPage, since whatever actions the board members took that were outside the parameters set by the OMA must be voided…and that means contracts the Board signed go POOF! and any monies moved around must be returned as if the Board’s actions never happened. An OMA violation is a big deal…but it takes members of the public scrutinizing board members’ actions to expose such violations and then petition the Attorney General to remedy the situation.
This is mind-numbingly boring to 99% of the people in our country (which is why our country is in the mess that it’s in). Filing FOIA requests and attending board meetings and poring over contracts to ensure the letter of the law is being followed might seem like punishment to regular people. Or, they would probably assume there is someone on the government payroll that is supposed to be doing this, so why should they volunteer to take up such tedious work? Again…this is why Illinois is in the mess that it’s in and has been that way for decades. Because FOIA requests and board oversight is boring the majority of the public can’t be bothered to even feign interest in this stuff.
But, if you are a fan of John Grisham novels, these FOIA battles with public bodies can get incredibly exciting here in Illinois…especially when a SLAPP is involved. Here in Illinois, when corrupt public officials get called out for their wrongdoing, they lash out and attack…because that’s just what the government does in Illinois. A SLAPP lawsuit is a particularly crafty and aggressive way of scaring away critics and chilling criticism since, as you can imagine, no one enjoys being sued. Public officials count on that and support one another when a SLAPP is filed, since hearing that a government watchdog has been sued for investigating or speaking out means that regular people will likely be afraid of getting involved in something like that themselves (since they don’t want to be sued).
You might not realize this (because even law schools don’t teach it), but the First Amendment has built into it something called the Right to Petition. This involves our constitutional right as Americans to petition our government for change and redress of grievances. How you can “petition” the government is vague and nebulous; it includes all manner of political activity and free speech.
Carla Burkhart is a member of the College of DuPage Foundation Board. The Edgar County Watchdogs caught Burkhart signing an Architect’s contract with the College of DuPage on behalf of her company, “Herricane Graphics,” for a large sum of money. The problem is that Burkhart is not a licensed architect. She was not legally allowed to sign an Architect’s contract. This is not a mere formality, as an Architect’s contract is a special contract that is exempt from the required bidding process for other kinds of services. So, in order to give Burkhart a sweetheart deal no-bid contract, the College of DuPage fraudulently had her sign an Architect’s contract with them to exempt her from the bidding process. This is classic Illinois corruption. Since Burkhart knew she was not an architect at the time she signed an Architect’s contract, there’s no way she didn’t know that what she was doing was wrong and illegal.
Kraft & Allen exposed this on Illinois Leaks here.
Burkhart is essentially suing the Watchdogs for more than $8 million because they reported on the bad things that Burkhart and the College of DuPage had been doing. She also sued them for using a picture of her that she posted online when they wrote about her wrongdoing.
This is the very definition of a SLAPP suit.
Illinois is one of a handful of states that actually have an anti-SLAPP law on the books. This is called the Citizen Protection Act (CPA). This means that the Watchdogs will be able to use the CPA as a defense against Burkhart’s SLAPP. In Illinois, a SLAPPer is on the hook for the legal costs incurred by the Targets of her SLAPP. Legal fees in cases like this could end up being in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Watchdogs also have the opportunity to countersue Burkhart for any damages they suffer as a result of her actions. In many cases, SLAPPers end up destroying their lives by filing meritless litigation like this in attempts to silence their critics.
Why do they do this?
I think it says a lot about the culture of corruption in Illinois. It takes a lot of gaul for a public official to walk into a lawyer’s office and indignantly say, “How dare they write about the terrible things I did! I want to sue them for millions!” I am amazed whenever lawyers take cases like Burkhart’s, but in Illinois the expectation is that when you sue someone — for whatever reason — that person will just settle to make it go away. So there are disreputable attorneys out there in shabby little offices who will take any case (just like in a John Grisham novel). They eke out their livings by filing things like SLAPPs, with the expectation that they can basically extort money out of someone to make the lawsuit go away. It’s basically a shakedown.
I think SLAPPers feel they can get away with this because a lot of media entities will just settle these things for “go-away” money. But, when a SLAPP targets a grassroots group like the Watchdogs, things get really interesting. Kraft & Allen no doubt will want their day in court. I highly doubt they will just settle this meritless suit without a big fight. If anyone in this state is willing to go toe to toe with a SLAPPer and invoke every provision of the Citizen Protection Act to hold someone like Burkhart accountable for filing a SLAPP, it is John Kraft and Kirk Allen.
I hope this is a SLAPP case that gains national attention. It really deserves to be observed and studied. It is unconscionable for Carla Burkhart to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against people who called her out on signing an Architect’s contract when she is admittedly not an architect and for using a photo of her in news articles (which was covered by fair use). This kind of obvious SLAPP must not be tolerated. This is not Saudi Arabia and Carla Burkhart is not a sheik’s daughter.
It is worth watching this case for nothing else than the education it provides on government’s efforts to chill our shared First Amendment rights. Our liberty depends on the Silent Majority waking up to the realities of what SLAPPs can do to our communities.
Here’s an interesting question for you today: what do you think is next for the Gaystapo now that SCOTUS has redefined the word “marriage”?
Remember that pushing “Marriage Equality” has been very big (and lucrative) business for a lot of professional “gay activists” for a long time. It’s been a thriving cottage industry for the last 10 years (or more). Now starts the first week post SCOTUS ruling…and when the euphoria of the pride parades and the taunts at Christians for “winning” have grown tiresome, the people who’ve been employed for the last decade as professional “marriage equality” activists are going to need a new cause.
These people don’t just fold up shop and disappear or get “real jobs”. Instead, they pivot to a new “cause”…much like the staff of one political campaign pivots to a new candidate of for the next election. And, much like a political campaign staff, these professional “gay activists” tend to stick to the same sort of issue and the same sort of push (which is similar to the campaign staffers finding another candidate very much like the candidate they used to (until very recently) work for).
I am very curious where all the Gaystapo agents are going to go now that SCOTUS declared gay marriage to be a thing coast to coast. I see two ready options today:
* Continue the push to redefine marriage even further…to include threesome, foursomes, or any other number of people besides two
— OR —
* Invent a new gay-themed cause that doesn’t have anything to do with marriage, but is instead the new “cause” that can be used to rile gay people up and keep them voting Democrat now that “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” and “Gay Marriage” are over as fundraising tools and pot-stirrers
The media elite are in major spin mode today, trying to claim that Islam is really “The Religion of Peace” and not a medievalist death cult quite similar to Nazism in its zeal for conquest and destruction of Britain, France, the United States, and the Western world.
Clearly, Islam’s attack on Parisian cartoonists and satirists won’t be the definitive wakeup call that ends the media elite’s ability to carry water for these monsters.
But, what will?
I operate under the assumption that most people are lazy and are primarily concerned with their own households and what’s for dinner tonight or what game is going to be on the tee-vee when they get home later. But, every once in a while some event happens that shakes people and bumps our world out of its orbit, eradicating the status quo.
Last year, British police thwarted a half-hearted attempt by Muslims to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II with knives at one of her official ceremonies in London. Had they succeeded (or come close), would that have ignited World War III?
For generations, we were told by the media elite that World War III would be the US vs. the Soviets. Lately, fear mongering has emerged claiming that China will be our enemy in World War III. There’s a new Disneyland being built in Shanghai and China owns so much US debt that this notion of a Chinese World War is rather preposterous to me. Believe it or not, the majority of people in China are actually pretty much like either Midwestern American or Southern Americans. They are not rabid communists and ideologues. Chinese people just want to show up Japan and are obsessed with that, but really have no hatred of the West. They love Americans. They do hate the Japanese though, but in a high school kind of way (like how a lot of grown women still hate the pretty popular girl from high school…and take delight seeing on Facebook that she got fat or is divorced or never made anything of herself). Making a better life for their children than they themselves had and seeing the Japanese humiliated are the two things that every Chinese person I have ever known has been most concerned with. They have no lust for conquest and, frankly, the Chinese government is more concerned with economic conquests than anything involving all-out war.
Islam, on the other hand, thrives on violence and bloodshed and chaos.
And the idiots of the media elite and academic elite in the West have been allowing Islam to grow stronger and spread wider. I think this is part of a plan, whereby these elites want bombings on the streets and the “excitement” of such chaos in Western cities. Reporters love covering explosions and attacks and chaos. And Leftist politicians love taking advantage of these crises to ram through policies they could never pass otherwise. This is like in the book 1984, with the enemy always poised to strike (so you better fall in line and listen to everything your government tells you, because only the government can save you from the enemy).
I believe the Left deliberately works to import terrorists and criminals into the West to create chaos…with the end goal of making government more powerful so that it can provide the security to “keep us safe” from the dangers that the Left imported. This is all deliberate.
But, I think the Muslims aren’t going to play along. They won’t be content with being used as once-in-awhile threats as the Left intends. This is like those stories you hear about truly stupid people who introduce some kind of bizarre animal onto a farm, because they think it will be useful in controlling some other animal. Only, of course the thing gets loose, breeds, establishes new nests, and takes over the farm. And the idiots who introduced this vile thing to a new part of the world eventually say on camera, “We never did think this would happen. No one could have predicted it!”
I think the Left is okay with Muslims assassinating cartoonists that ridicule Islam. The Left likes this, because it scares people…so there will be less cartoonists criticizing things that the Left supports, so the Left sees that as a net positive.
But what happens when Muslims do something like assassinating the Queen of England?
What happens when they blow up Notre Dame cathedral in Paris?
What happens when they kill the Pope or bomb the Vatican?
What happens when they destroy the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt?
That last one is on the list because I think it would resonate culturally, despite those monuments being in Egypt, which is now a Muslim country. But the pharaonic relics have been embraced by all Western cultures as something that’s also “ours”. European and American archaeologists recovered most of these treasures and they are displayed in Western museums. They are part of a lost culture, in a part of the world that was conquered by Islam. The original inhabitants of Egypt were usurped and replaced long ago by Arab colonists…in much the way that these colonists today are moving to Europe to replace the native people there.
Islam will succeed in conquering the world only if it moves slowly. If it stays at the pace of doing something like the Paris satirist assassinations…then waiting until people forget about them…and then doing something else, but never faster or more spectacular than that.
Killing the Queen, bombing the Louvre, destroying the Vatican, and even leveling the pyramids and sphinx would, I think, be too far, too fast, and it would cause a blowback against Islam that the media elite and academic elite would not be able to babble away on the tee-vee.
I expect Muslims to go too far, but I don’t know what “too far” will be. But we are inching closer to the day when we find out what that is.
And after that, I don’t there’s any way that the elites of the Left will be able to stop people from acknowledging that World War III will be the West vs. Islam, in much the way that World War II was the forces of good against Nazism. Islam and Nazism have a lot in common…which is why Hitler and the Muslims were allies back in the day.
The only real difference is that Hitler didn’t have the media elite and academic elite running interference for him or preventing people from speaking the truth about Nazism.
The media elite won’t talk about this — and they don’t use the word colonization — but isn’t that what’s happening to France and Great Britain and Germany with the Muslim takeover of block after block? The phenomenon is talked about here, in an article that talks about Muslims establishing mini-states in Paris neighborhoods. They move in, push French culture and values out, and set up their own government. The neighborhood becomes a no-go area for any non-Muslims and if you happen to be a French citizen that is robbed, raped, or murdered for crossing into this “mini-state”, then French police will not help you or arrest your murderer because that area is essentially no longer part of France…but is instead a Muslim “mini-state” where Sharia law rules the day and the politically-correct police are scared to do anything about it.
Let’s not use the word “mini-state”. That’s just stupid. Something simpler is happening and it’s pretty remarkable that the West is allowing this, but the West is being colonized by the Third World.
Muslims are setting up colonies in Western nations. Everywhere a mosque is built, Muslim colonists arrive and resettle and gradually take over more of the area around it. It’s happening in Chicago too. There’s a suburb here called Orland Park that’s being taken over, ever since a mosque was built a few years ago. Muslims apparently are required to live within a certain distance from a mosque. Which means they congregate, build their numbers, and then begin taking over. Soon, the host culture becomes afraid of upsetting them…and starts abdicating power to them. And then they become a permanent presence as a colony.
We’re past the point of stopping this or preventing the horrors that this colonization of the West is going to bring. Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the US…the list goes on; all now have fifth columns of Muslim and other Third Worlders who have established colonies inside Western nations. These colonists — and let’s call them that, because they do not behave like traditional immigrants — are doing to Western nations what Western colonists did hundreds of years ago around the world.
I think of them as Revenge Colonists, in what I deem to be Revenge Colonialism.
The academic elite in the West have a sickness, where they believe that the West should be punished for colonizing the world. The punishment and penance is now allowing the Third Worlders to move into Western countries and take them over block by block. All white countries must now be “multicultural” until the day that “white privilege” is erased and white people become a minority in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the US…the list goes on.
This is the Age of Tribalism and Revenge Colonialism. Let’s call it what it is.
I don’t see DOOM! though. That’s largely because things never work out for the Left the way the Left wants…and I believe the Left is only really good at causing chaos and tearing things down, but the Left has no capacity for making a “new world order” stick.
What’s going to happen is something like this:
* One of the smaller Western countries will fall to Islam and there will be a civil war. Probably the Netherlands or Denmark. Muslims will execute the royal family and round up the elite in the country and slaughter them. An Islamic flag aspiring to be part of a Caliphate will fly over that country. This will happen in our lifetimes, in probably the next 20 years.
* There will be civil wars in Britain and France and Germany. Chaos. Bloodshed. The conquering of the Netherlands/Denmark will ignite this, as the Muslim colonies in other Western countries are inspired to try takeovers there too. I think they’ll jump the gun, though. Islam is not a religion but is instead an ideology like Nazism and it has a built-in conquest plan that’s based on incremental movements and the patience to outlive, outlast, and outbreed targeted enemies. But, modern Islamists seem to move faster in the age of Twitter and Facebook and all that…and so they jump the gun and reveal themselves (and their true intentions) before their enemy is completely weakened.
* We’ll have another World War, where it’s the West on many fronts fighting Islam’s fifth column in Western countries. This will be unlike any World War ever seen, because the fighting will be completely within Western countries, as each one fights the Islamic Fifth Column within their own country.
* There will be a decades-long period of suffering, privation, austerity, and darkness all over the world, as the West is no longer able to keep the peace and maintain stability in other places, as the West is completely absorbed with its own fight for survival against Islam.
* The United States will not be in the position to save the day as it has in the past, because the Fifth Column of Leftists here keeps weakening us by importing millions of Third Worlders into our country and onto our welfare dole. I’m not entirely sure, but I think the point of open borders and unchecked colonization of the US is to import as many poor people as possible so that America is impoverished and bankrupted. I think that’s how the Left wants to conquer us. Aside from Michigan, there’s no chance of Islam conquering any areas of the US, but as noted colonies like the one in Orland Park, Illinois are growing and I believe that’s happening all across the country. I don’t think the Left feels confident it can import enough Muslims to topple the US…but they can change American demographics enough that the US becomes kind of like Venezuela in the end. Change the culture, change the demographics, remove the United States as it exists currently and replace it with something else.
What’s the end game?
I wonder if remnants of the Soviet Union are behind all this. Remember the TV show Get Smart? In the late 80s/early 90s the show tried to come back for a revival on FOX (which lasted just a few episodes). But I remember watching the pilot. The original Get Smart was set in the Cold War…and the continuation was set after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Only, the KGB-like entity that the Get Smart characters were up against still existed. The Soviet agents just rebranded and continued their work, even if they weren’t being given official orders anymore because the USSR was gone. But they kept thinking of clever ways to destroy America and continued doing what they were trained to do.
I wonder if that’s what’s been happening here since the 1990s. The Soviet Union seeded our country with operatives. The current TV show The Americans is about this. There were moles put into positions of influence in both government and private corporations. What if after Moscow stopped issuing these people orders they just continued doing things they felt were the logical next steps…and they continued recruiting and building their networks.
By 2015, these people really have no connection or loyalty to Russia…but they just keep doing the things they do to destroy America because that’s what’s in their DNA. I think they want to watch the world burn and don’t really care about the aftermath or what comes next. I believe they just want to see if they can succeed, and they don’t know how to live any other way but to do these things.
This is like how when one issues that the Left fundraises off of is resolved, another two will sprout so that the fundraising doesn’t stop. Let’s look at the racket that is the “gay community” for instance. When I first moved to Chicago, gay groups raised a lot of money off of three things: (1) Don’t Ask Don’t Tell being repealed, (2) Gay Marriage, and (3) AIDS. In the last two years, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Gay Marriage ended as issues in Illinois. Fundraising was obliterated. A lot of people working in political ranks lost their jobs because the issues they specialized in disappeared (like the Soviet Union collapsing). Those operatives don’t know how to do anything else but agitate, criticize, and raise money for specific causes like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Gay Marriage.
So, now there’s a big push for young guys to not worry about AIDS and to not use condoms. There’s a huge and concerted movement to teach young gay men that AIDS is something that they should not be scared of because “a cure is just around the corner” and “AIDS meds are easy and fun to take now”. So, young guys are acting like it’s the back room at Studio 54 again. Peer pressure is mounting for them to go back to the condom-less, STD-spreading days of the 70s. Why is that? Why on Earth would anyone want another explosion of AIDS infections?
Could it be because the Left needs a new fundraising surge from gay men (and the elite who feel good about themselves for being an “ally” of the “gay community”)? There are no coincidences when it comes to the Left.
Right now, gay bars are struggling in Chicago. Some that have been open for decades have shut down. New ones that opened in their places last a few months and shutter. Millennial gays think bars are crowded and gross and they find their hookups on Grindr. The bars are big fundraisers for Democrats. As the bars lose power and status and influence, Democrats lose that gay ATM. And now suddenly AIDS is making a giant comeback. Just when Democrats need gays to coalesce again behind an issue. Just when the bars need customers to come back. Just a coincidence. Nothing to see here folks.
Will the Left succeed?
Again, I don’t think the Left will triumph in the end. But I think it will get very ugly and needless suffering will fall on everyone. This is what always happens. And it’s happening in Western countries now, but it’s not being directed by any central Leftist brain. There isn’t one person behind all of these different things. Instead, it’s hundreds or thousands of different Leftist groups and millions of Leftists who each individually see a way to profit from chaos.
With Islam, the Leftist elite see the chaos that Muslims bring when they colonize as a way to gain power. The agitation and disruption to society that Muslims create is a way for Leftists to themselves create opportunities for slipping in and enacting various things that would have been impossible for them to try if the Muslims hadn’t created the chaos and division. This is that mentality of not allowing any crisis to go to waste. Since the West is relatively safe from external foes, the Left is importing Muslims into the West to be that fifth column to cause daily chaos. The chaos is the engine of change needed for the Left to seize more power and engage in more schemes.
In the US, the chaos agent is the importation of millions of illiterate Third World peasants and criminals. The Leftists see this as a way to create new divisions and tensions, because divisions and tensions mean profits for the Left. It means jobs for the political operatives and community organizers. Look at the gay community in Chicago as an example and microcosm: when the issues that create divisions and agitation are removed and a peace and contentment falls over a community, the businesses and organizations that thrived on and drove the agitation lose power and disappear. That’s bad for Democrats. So, new issues and divisions and agitation need to be created to keep the Democrats’ fundraising rolling. Since America has no external enemies that Americans fear since the Cold War ended, the Left is creating divisions and chaos with the colonization of America by the Third World.
All of this works so long as white people stay meek little cheese-nibbling mice and are afraid to stand up to it and speak out about what’s going on. The Left gets away with this stuff so long as people in the middle class still want to have the elite’s blessing and favor. It’s shocking that this is true, but Americans are obsessed with what people think of them. They are afraid of being called names if they stand up to what the elite is doing. They see what happens to people like Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh or whoever that stand up to the Left: they don’t want to be called dumb or be mocked. They don’t want to be attacked. They are just quiet little mice who want to nibble their cheese in peace.
So, the Left wins until the cheese is threatened. I call this “dibs”. It is the single greatest revelation I ever had since moving to Chicago. “Dibs” is a Chicago concept that did not exist in Cleveland where I grew up. You do not mess with “dibs”.
Dibs is this remarkable phenomenon that happens here as soon as it snows even a little bit. One quarter of an inch of snow is fine, the equivalent of some powdered sugar leftover on your kitchen table after making donuts. Once that hits the ground, meek Chicagoans who are lazy and will never do anything to stand up to the terrible things the government here does will suddenly grow a pair and get very bold. Once “dibs” starts and there’s a little snow on the ground, these little mice come out of their homes with old pieces of furniture, giant buckets, orange cones, and all kinds of other trash and they effectively annex public property and take it over for the next three months. They lay claim to the public street in front of their homes for the remainder of winter and are prepared to fight people for those parking spaces. If anyone moves any of the junk that these mice put in the street in front of their houses, there will be physical brawls. The offending car that “stole” their space (that they called “dibs” on with the giant bucket) will be vandalized. And the police will not respond and will not write reports because this is filed under “dibs” and the City is afraid to fight “dibs”.
I find all of this both amusing and heartening.
These people in Chicago’s neighborhoods allow Rahm Emanuel to be Mayor. They allow the politicians in Cook County to be the most corrupt and vile in the nation. They allow Illinois to be the business-killing cesspool that it’s become. So, they are lazy and don’t want to be involved and are fearful and never want to stick their necks out. But, boy, if you threaten to take away something that they have laid claim to, a whole different side of them shows its face. You threaten to take the cheese away from that mouse and it becomes a lion. You don’t mess with “dibs”.
And that’s where all this is heading.
Unfortunately, Muslims and the other Third World colonists will have to do enough damage in the West so things get to the point that the cheese-nibbling little mice feel that their cheese is being threatened. And then BAM!, they will wake up and push back and the Muslims and colonists won’t know what hit them. There will be a lot of fighting. It will be messy and bloody and destructive. But I believe in the end the mice-turned-into-lions will win…and we’ll have another 50 years of relative peace, before the cycle starts again.
The Left exists to agitate. It’s very good at it. The lazy and apathetic people of the West allow the Left to agitate. Maybe some of them even think the Left’s antics are interesting. But when things boil over and the lazy and apathetic people start to see things they laid claim to threatened, then the Left (and all its proxies) loses.
I think we’re maybe 5 years away from that.
What happened in Paris yesterday was certainly not the last straw that wakes people up…but as more attacks by Islam like this happen, more of the little mice will wake up to what’s going on. And when enough realize that their collective cheese is being threatened by the Muslim colonists…then BAM!
It’s just unfortunate that it’s so hard to wake these mice up and that the BAM! never seems to come soon enough.
I was amazed today while visiting a friend that her children (both under 10) had never heard Whitney Houston sing…let alone heard her sing this Christmas song.
I feel that America is at a crossroads between the world most of us grew up in and a new, nastier, darker, and relentlessly-negative concoction that the Left has been pushing. A big part of that is the destruction of religion…and with it the butchering of our national soul. Kids today are being taught to hate America in schools and adults play the “nationality game”, where instead of being proud to be Americans they like to say they are “part German, part Hungarian, part Greek” or whatever. Teddy Roosevelt cautioned against that garbage a hundred years ago…because it’s part of what divides us as a people…and makes it so easy for the Left to split everyone along these various cracks and fault lines. America could never be conquered externally, but it can be killed from within by the “nationality experts” and the generations of children who are growing up insisting that America is nothing special and that we should all be “global citizens” instead.
How does Whitney Houston factor into all of this?
I think she was a canary in the coal mine for all of this. When I was a kid in grade school and Whitney Houston was coming to town, it was THE event to hit Cleveland. I remember the THRILL of finding out that a classmate’s mom had scored a group of tickets and a bunch of us were being invited to go to a Whitney Houston concert. And everyone there that night of the show was filled with such positive energy, singing along…with Whitney herself regal and serene and absolutely gorgeous. People of all ages marveled at her voice and were delighted by her songs. That voice. That regal bearing. That PRESENCE. Even now, these are the hallmarks I attribute to angels.
Is there anything like this in the music world (or in the greater realm of pop culture) today? I don’t think so.
Whitney herself is gone, of course. But in her last years she wasn’t the same Whitney that rolled through Cleveland back in 1985. In her final years, the nastiness of the Internet turned her into a joke. She was savaged and defamed and something inside her just gave up. And the demons got ahold of her.
This same corrosion is happening to our country. Every year, the attacks on Christmas get stronger. Militant atheists, Neopagans, and Satanists chip away at our shared Christmas traditions. The Multi-Culti cult makes new gains, further dividing Americans along various imagined ethnic and ancestral lines, carving us up into new demographic groups. Every time you play “nationality expert” you help them do this, whether you realize it or not.
Is all of this permanent, or is it just an unfortunately dreadful period in history that we’re going through?
I don’t know…but I don’t see much point in giving up hope. If you really believe in this country and the fact that America is something special in the world, then you should seize every opportunity to set the nationality experts and the Multi-Culti crowd straight. If you truly love the Lord (the way that Whitney sure did, back in her prime) then should celebrate Christmas with boundless verve. At a time when the creatures of darkness have more power than ever before and the Internet allows them to scratch and claw at everything good in the world, too many decent and kind people feel bullied into silence. They’re afraid to speak up for what’s right because they don’t want the trolls out there to come after them. They don’t want to be savaged, so they stay silent.
While it’s certainly one strategy to hide like that (and thus always avoid the attention of the Left), is it fair or right to hide your light under a bushel?
I am overcome with a sense of great redemption when I listen to “Do You Hear What I Hear”, by Whitney back in her glory days. That performance echoes through eternity. Twenty-five years later, it’s as joyful and as meaningful as the day she sang it on The Tonight Show. None of what happened to her later matters now. Her soul’s at peace and her joyful singing lives on.
Today, two new Whitney Houston fans discovered this song and are burning up their Kindles playing it over and over again for Christmas. They see in Whitney what I saw in her when I was their age…and that’s what her legacy’s going to be. Not the Bobby Brown years. Not the fall and the struggles. Not her sad and tragic end.
I think this nation is in a state of depression that’s more than economic. The Left has succeeded in dividing us and breaking our spirit, battering and berating our shared identity. But I don’t think that has to be permanent. I don’t believe what’s been done can’t be undone. And I don’t believe evil ever wins in the end.
If you love the Lord and you love America, just remember a comeback and real redemption are as reliable as Christmas rolling around on the calendar every year. The Left will scratch and claw and attempt to destroy Christmas, but they won’t succeed. Just as they will fail in their attempts to destroy America.
It’s not right or fair or fun that we have to be alive today to witness the Left at its zenith of power…but it wasn’t right or fair or fun for my grandparents’ generation to be alive when Hitler’s armies were marching across Europe and the forces of evil were at a previous zenith.
The Left is more insidious now, though. And the greatest threats to America today are domestic, not foreign. The Left has succeeded in turning America’s children against their own country. That’s never happened before. It’s one helluva challenge we face. I believe a large part of the Baby Boomer generation wants to see the country fall into ruin and burn to the ground before the Boomers depart this planet…and the Millennials in the generation below me have been taught by Marxists in the classroom that America must fall for the utopia of globalism to take over.
I don’t know how we can combat any of this…but I do know it’s worth trying.
Mommy Wars are a huge part of parenting and usually waged between working vs. non-working moms. But if you want to know who is really ruining kids, look to the philosophies of permissive parenting and moms who are more interested in being a friend than a parent. This trend is not only popular in Hollywood, but is trickling into suburbia where mothers of teen girls are shopping at the same stores as their teens and hosting parties with alcohol for their underage progeny. If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, congratulations, you are a crappy parent.
3. Are you a stage-parent?
Dina Lohan’s first mistake was getting her little girl, Lindsay, into the entertainment industry. While commercials and off-broadway plays may seem harmless, it can lead to full-on hollywood horror. Strangely, while Disney maintains the best place on earth for little ones, any child sucked into working for Disney doesn’t end up happy or healthy. Very few child stars escape unscathed. Aside from that, hawking your child like a money-making opportunity is just distasteful and I’m sure makes for uncomfortable conversation over holiday dinners while your child is trying to figure out how they ended up with a cocaine addiction to rival Richard Pryor’s. Stage-parenting is not the same thing as parenting.
A classic example is Lynn Spears who allowed a Rolling Stone photographer to photograph her under-aged daughter alone in her room wearing only a bra and panties surrounded by her childhood dolls. Spears then wrote a book trying to explain that she was just naive and had no idea the entertainment industry would exploit her daughter in that way (even though it had previously exploited every other female it got its hands on.) I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure if some creepy photographer tried to get my daughter alone in a bedroom he’d find himself out on the front lawn with a bloody nose. What kind of parent doesn’t protect their child from predators? A crappy one. (ahem…Billy Ray Cyrus.)
We started school in my house on Thursday, and, as usual, the freedom homeschooling offers still takes me by surprise. I’ve been at it for 3 years now (well, 7 if you count all the pre-pre-school that happens before school age.) We have a new grammar curriculum, Shurley English, which I think I’m going to love but when I started teaching the first lesson I realized my daughter already knows this information and I don’t want to waste her time re-teaching it. So I set her up with writing exercises while I perused the book and found the first 5 chapters are a waste for her. So guess what? We’re skipping them! If she were in class with 25 other kids, some of whom don’t know the same information she does, she would have to sit through 5 whole chapters which would take up several weeks of re-learning redundant information. What a waste of her time and talents! Instead, we can just skip ahead and get to the new stuff right now.
Many kids hate school and just get through it as quickly and as mediocrely as they can. Perhaps it’s because their specific likes and dislikes or personal learning styles aren’t taken into account. How can they in a system that has to cater to such a large group of children? Recently, a controversial article was written entitled, “If You Send Your Kids to Private School, You are a Bad Person” by Allison Benedikt that laments parents who want, and can pay for the best education their kids can get. Benedikt supposes all children should be in the public system even at their own detriment:…CONTINUE READING AT PJMEDIA!
From Rapey to Righteous: Can Robin Thicke’s Controversial Hit Song ‘Blurred Lines’ Elevate the Culture?
Fauxminists everywhere are declaring Robin Thicke’s summer hit, “Blurred Lines,” rapey and weird:
Basically, the majority of the song…has the R&B singer murmuring ‘I know you want it’ over and over into a girl’s ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.
As originally written with the rap, yes, it’s gross. So was the video with the naked supermodels, as is most pop music. That is all true. (Someone needs to record the date and time I agreed with a modern feminist. It won’t happen again.)
However, “Blurred Lines” is a serious jam and I can’t help but turn it up and sing along (albeit without the kids in the car.) Last week, I wrote about the Miley Cyrus twerking incident which involved Thicke, who really should have known better than to agree to perform a pedophilia fantasy with a barely-legal girl in a teddy bear suit. I think we can all agree these are not shining pillars of moral superiority we’re dealing with. The Hollywood crowd seems to be arrested in development somewhere near 15-years-of-age with a fixation on dick jokes and orgasms.
But something happened with “Blurred Lines” that made it palatable even to this Christian conservative prude
If you don’t know what twerking is yet, I’ll explain it one more time. To “twerk”, as the kids say, is not your average Jennifer Gray/Patrick Swayze dirty dancing. In fact, it makes their bump and grind look like the foxtrot. I was in Oklahoma last year hanging out with my cousins at a rodeo bar (yeah, I know it’s cliché but when in OK City, it’s A-Ok to go full-on cowgirl.) I was beyond perplexed when I realized I brought my red leather cowboy boots down hard on some poor girl’s fingers on the dance floor. What were her fingers doing on said dance floor, you might ask? Twerking. Imagine, if you can, what kind of position a girl must be in to have her hands on the floor, ass in the air, gyrating around like an acrobat on LSD. It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty ugly. I can tell you that me and the 5 other people I was with had a great time discussing and laughing (as was the guy she was twerking on, btw.) No one thinks this is sexy. It’s a big joke. It’s as if the guys in the room (not men) are all waiting to see who they can fool into trying this “move” which is nothing more than a scene from a XXX movie.
August 19: Thanks so much for voting. I’ve made it to the Top 5 and will be performing in the live show on Wednesday evening at the Improv in Schaumburg at Woodfield Mall at 6pm. If you can make it to cheer me on I would love it! If you want to reserve a seat just go to THIS LINK and put in your email address. Thanks so much for your support. Hopefully, in two days, I will be the next WLS Talk Star!
(Older post) Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile…actually it’s been since the last election when I drowned my sorrows in macaroni and cheese for a solid three months. Since then, I haven’t had the will to write anything… so sorry for that but it is what it is. There is exciting news however! WLS-AM is holding the Talk Star competition again and I’ve entered again and have been chosen in the top 10 again! Weird, right? I figure there are about 9 other nerds like me who are desperate to be on the radio which is why I keep getting into the top 10, but whatever the reason it’s happening again and I need your votes to get to the Top 5 and the finale live show on August 21. I think we only have until this Friday to vote although I would advise to keep voting as long as the page is up.
Like last time, we vote the Chicago way in this competition! There is no limit on votes from the same device! This is good news for those of you who have long commutes or downtime. I need you! It’s so easy too. All you do is go to THIS LINK which looks like this
If you want to hear the audition you click on my picture. To vote go BELOW the photos where the giant arrow is pointing and click my name and then vote! To vote multiple times, simply wait for this to appear…
I know that with your help I can get a shot at winning this thing again. Please take some time today and vote for me. If I win, I get a 2 hour talk show on my favorite station AND an adult trip to Mexico…which, believe me, this homeschooling mama needs! Thanks friends!