WHAT: The WLS-AM “Talk Star” Contest for 2013 LIVE! Finale
WHEN: Today (August 21st, 2013) at 6pm CST
WHY: Support our friend Megan Fox for the win!
HOW TO LISTEN: Go to the WLS-AM website here: http://www.wlsam.com and then click on the LISTEN button in the upper right of the screen. It’s a poorly designed website and they make it hard to listen live, but it’s worth it to stare at the screen until you figure it out. There’s also some kind of APP thing for the phone that says “I Heart Radio” but Hell if I know how that works.
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX — text STAR to 68683 and then choose MEGAN FOX
[ Click above to embiggen: the 2013 finalists for WLS-AM's "Talk Star" ]
Our good friend Megan Fox has entered herself into the WLS-AM “Talk Star” competition again this year; she wrote all about that HERE if you didn’t see it already. I thought we could all listen to her show together and figure out how to vote for her so she can win…but the WLS website gives no indication whatsoever how to do that. Did you ever watch that show “Newhart”, the one in the 80s where Bob Newhart played the owner of an inn somewhere in Vermont (not the other show, where he was almost the same character but was instead a psychiatrist in Chicago in the 1970s)? I feel like his character from that show whenever I go to the WLS website…because it’s like crazy people or children who are supposedly more precocious than they really are built their site. I could not find information I’m looking for there if my life depended on it. I swear I’m only 37 but that site makes me feel like I’m 80 and can’t figure out how to get the VCR machine to stop blinking. It’s just bad.
The only time I ever go there is when Megan’s in some kind of contest, and year after year that site just never gets any better. I almost think it’s on purpose at this point, like they just don’t want people to find the information but they can claim it was on a page somewhere but people were too befuddled to find it. If you are sharp enough to spot how to vote for Megan in this contest anywhere on the website, please chime in below in comments and tell me or email us at (HillBuzz@gmail.com). I sent Megan a text thingy and asked her to give me good instructions so I can post it here, but I never know if I sent that text to the right person. My boyfriend Justin usually handles all this technical stuff but he’s in Arkansas right now visiting his parents…and that leaves me to manage year-2013 technology with my year-1993 capabilities, which is never pretty.
500pm CST – Waiting for the contest to start. On the radio, there’s a lot of commercials for cleaning companies and things. Chicago’s a dirty place, evidently. It’s so weird to hear commercials, since I stopped watching live network tee-vee years ago and I almost never listen to the radio (unless it’s Rush…but even then I just don’t tune into the radio much). I watch everything on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant, or sometimes on the websites for the various networks…so encountering commercials is just bizarre at this point. It’s especially strange because the ones on WLS radio are all for the aforementioned industrial cleaners or concrete companies or home improvement project people. It’s hard to pay attention to any of them.
I don’t know if you remember, but Megan Fox entered this “Talk Star” contest last year and I still have bad feelings over what happened to her and several other contestants back then. I actually think that WLS-AM violated the Communications Act of 1934 (the 1960 amendments)…because I don’t believe the contest was fair last year due to the activity of one of the hosts, a jackass named Bruce Wolf. The Communications Act was amended in 1960 due to the public outrage over the “Quiz Show Scandals” of the 1950s…where popular quiz shows were rigged so that the people the producers wanted to win would win the prizes after receiving unfair advantages. During last year’s “Talk Star” contest live-on-the-air, Bruce Wolf purposefully interrupted, talked-over, and otherwise stole air time from several of the contestants…but not the woman who ultimately won the prize (a woman named Stephanie who marketed herself as a black female conservative…which sure seemed to be the person that WLS marketing and PR wanted to win the contest all along). Stephanie, by the way, repeatedly said over and over that she had no interest in being a “Talk Star” but only entered the contest so she could win the vacation trip being offered.
Megan Fox was one of the people that Bruce Wolf screwed over. I just realized how weird it is that they both have “animal last names”…so it almost sounds like this happened in a cartoon, where “Wolf steals Fox’s time”. But, that’s what happened last year. Megan would try to talk, but Bruce Wolf would interrupt her and would tell fart jokes while she tried to do her on-air audition for the contest. I couldn’t believe it. Bruce kept insisting that he’d eaten onion rings or curly fries or something at the restaurant where the contest was taking place…and he just had to let all the listeners know that the food he ate at the restaurant had given him explosive gas. Meanwhile, Megan (who was up first in the contest) kept trying to speak and Bruce wouldn’t let her get any thoughts out; Bruce was just too obsessed with telling the radio audience about his newest farts. It was so bad, he had to have been doing it on purpose to take her air time away from her…but he did NOT do this same thing to the two black contestants on the show (Stephanie and a man named Faraud Muhammad).
I could live to be 100 and I’ll never forget this, because it was just so blatant. Bruce did it to Megan and then did it to a few other people…but when it came time for the woman who ultimately won, Bruce got astonishingly quiet and allowed her to talk as much as she wanted. He similarly allowed Faraud to speak unhindered as well. This is my own personal opinion, but I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Remember that I was a registered Democrat until the year 2008 and I do not believe in coincidences where elections or contests are concerned. I’m just saying that if I was hosting a radio contest and I wanted a certain person to win, I could think of no better way to stack the deck in favor of that person than what Bruce Wolf did last year…by just interrupting, talking over, and generally ruining all the other contestants’ time on the air…but leaving the person he wanted to win alone.
That’s what I think violated the Communications Act of 1934 and the “Quiz Show” amendments of 1960…because Congress made it illegal to rig contests like that or to stack the deck in anyone’s favor. But, that’s exactly what I believe Bruce Wolf did last year. I don’t think I’ll ever let that go. There should be a giant neon asterisk whenever that “Talk Star 2012″ contest is mentioned due to Bruce Wolf’s meddling in the process.
I just want to be really clear that I don’t speak for Megan on that. While I think she should have won — and would have won last year if not for Bruce Wolf’s interference — that’s just my own personal opinion. She’s a friend of mine, but this is my site and it’s my opinions and she’s probably horrified that I am writing about this. But I just can’t get over the unprofessionalism of Bruce Wolf…especially when big prizes are at stake. Megan does not feel the same way as I do about this and has told me repeatedly to get over it and that she believes it was “God’s plan” for Stephanie to win…but I remain convinced that Bruce Wolf did what he did to stack the deck in Stephanie’s favor at the expense of the contestants whose time he ate up with his incessant fart jokes.
In addition to getting the opportunity to do a two-hour show on WLS (it’s a one-time thing, but that two-hours on the air results in a professional demo tape that’s worth its weight in gold for someone who wants to have a career in broadcasting) there’s also a trip to Mexico on the line too. Personally, that sounds horrible to me, because Mexico’s such a terrible place…but a vacation is a vacation in this economy (and no doubt scores of people would risk Montezuma’s Revenge and other perils in that failed state for some R&R in the Gulf). The woman who won the contest last year said on the air she just wanted the vacation and didn’t care about being on the radio, which I think is just a slap in the face to people who actually want to use this contest to break into the radio business for a professional career. Megan says this woman is very nice and has become a friend of hers now so I promised not to say anything bad about her…but she really said that thing about just wanting the vacation. She can’t take that back and rewrite history now…but I won’t say anything bad about her regarding it. I sure can think it though. Because even if she really felt that way it was still a dumb thing for her to keep saying over and over again.
530pm CST — There’s an obnoxious commercial on now for something called 1-877-Cars-For-Kids…which is encouraging people to give their cars to children for tax breaks. I think I know what they mean to say, and that’s that people can donate unwanted cars to the charity and they will sell them and give money to children’s charities. But, if you are an English-as-Second-Language person (and when the Cocktail Party Republicans force amnesty through to Democrats’ thunderous applause in upcoming months that will be millions of additional people) then I wonder if you’d understand the whole “cars for kids” thing. The jingle just has a bunch of kids screaming into the microphone and “singing” about giving cars to kids…which just sounds dangerous. I wonder how much money it costs to have an ad on this station. Clearly, that “Cars for Kids” thing cost $100 or less to produce as a spot. Maybe the kids produced it themselves….while riding in cars. Cars that people gave them to ride around in for no reason. Because charity.
537pm CST — they’re doing that little news break thing, talking about the San Diego Mayor who has been groping people but who refuses to leave office. I just give up, folks. I really do. The American people keep electing perverts and creeps to office…and even when they are exposed as such these guys still cling to power. It was not all that long ago that guys like this would have resigned in disgrace and would have never been heard from again. I think it was only 2006 when that happened…like when Mark Foley (who molested Congressional pages) and Larry Craig (who was caught toe-tapping for sex in an airport men’s room) resigned in disgrace and ere more or less never heard from again after that. But, here in 2013 we have Anthony Weiner running around embarrassing himself…and actually competing with Elliot Spitzer to be the most disgusting human being seeking elected office in New York state at the moment. And on the opposite coast, there’s this guy in Sand Diego whose name I refuse to learn. Because they are Democrats, the State Media allows them to continue their antics…but, really, these guys should walk away and disappear into the shadows. Before the “Golden Age of Hope and Change” that we’ve been enduring since 2008, I bet they would have.
Though, maybe all of this is a consequence of Bill Clinton’s shame in 1998…and the fact that the Millennial Generation and Generation-Y (my age cohorts) grew up or came of age during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings…and maybe that normalized these types of antics enough for pollsters to conclude that guys like Weiner and Spitzer need to just keep running, despite being depicted as sexual deviants. It’s such a weird time to be an American in 2013…because on one hand the Baby Boomers are in power, with the most radical of them shoving every crazy 1960s Leftist idea they’ve ever had down our throats at every available opportunity…and on the other hand we have the growing clout of kids-turning-into-adults who were raised in public schools that indoctrinated pure Leftism and hatred of America into their hearts. That’s such a devastatingly destructive combination…and we have 15 more years until the Baby Boomers are either all gone or are in retirement homes.
Such a scary thought.
541pm CST — this is the point where I’m waiting for something to come on the air and I start thinking I’m on the wrong channel, because right now several idiots are talking about some kind of sports game. Specifically, they’re talking about Tony Roma’s having “big stats”. I’ve had ribs and barbecue chicken at Tony Roma’s recently (in Iowa, actually, on a road trip with my friend Penny) but I’ve never tried their stats. I think it’s fascinating that straight guys will have long and involved conversations using all sorts of memorized numbers about sports. I believe they’re talking about football, but it could be baseball. This is the cure for insomnia for a gay guy, let me tell you. But, in fairness, if someone was having a conversation about reigning supermodels of the early 1990s I could hold my own and whip out measurements and career highs for Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and the like. It’s just kind of amazing to me that straight guys spend their free time memorizing facts about other guys who run around in tight sports costumes…but gay guys have their heads full of trivia about gorgeous women that you’d think the straight guys would be interested in. That’s hilarious to me.
They’re talking about “fantasy football” on the show right now…which, as I understand it, isn’t even real football. It’s some kind of pretend thing that guys talk about, where they imagine that certain guys they like are all on the same team together (and wear jerseys they designed themselves no doubt, if they are bi or at all gay-curious). They’re debating who is the best “tight end”…which is not all that different from a conversation you’d overhear somewhere in Boystown right now, but in a different context.
550pm CST — So, the contest is supposed to start in ten minutes…but they were still talking about “fantasy football”. I know this is probably not true, but if it’s truly “fantasy” then I think they should have unicorns and dragons and things on the team. Maybe they could limit the number of creatures on each side — so it could be both fair and more realistic — but if they insist on using the word “fantasy” then they should be required to engage in at least something remotely fantastical.
Now it’s a commercial for “It’s Just Lunch”…where people can call and be on a date tomorrow. I’m sorry, but this “It’s Just Lunch” thing is just sad. There is something wrong with the guys who would participate in this. I know that a lot of women want to meet a guy and might not know how to go about it…but no man, straight or guy, who is worthwhile lacks the ability to find himself a date without resorting to a dating service. Especially if he has to pay to do this. If you are a woman and you hear the “It’s Just Lunch” commercials and think “I should try that!” then maybe you need to also think about what sort of men have been scraped from the bottom of the barrel and are ready on a moment’s notice to have a date with “It’s Just Lunch” clients.
There are so many better ways to meet good, quality guys. You should try church first…and join the Ladies’ Guild and get to know mothers and grandmothers who have nice single sons and grandsons. Another good idea is to lookup the baseball, soccer, rugby, and other amateur sports leagues in your town. Start going to those games…and strike up conversations with the women who are there rooting for their boyfriends. Make friends with them…and then they will introduce you to the cute single guys on the teams. I think that’s a better time investment than the “It’s Just Lunch” garbage. And it’s FREE! If my boyfriend Justin really does end up moving back to Arkansas to live with his parents again, then I’m totally going to become a fan of the Lincoln Park sports leagues and find a new guy this way myself. I think it’s a genius plan. Feel free to co-opt it for yourself, because we’re friends like that.
600pm CST — I swear it’s 6pm CST and the station says it’s WLS, but they’re still talking sports garbage.
Oh, wait…they just said the Talk Star thing is starting. Hooray! I hope that jackass Bruce Wolf controls himself this time and doesn’t interfere with the contestants.
The newscaster is saying people are complaining about Bradley Manning’s sentencing and are asking Obama to pardon him. Just watch: Manning will be pardoned in 2017 as Obama leaves office. I bet the deal on that is already done. The Millennial generation thinks it’s cool and “Jason Bourne” to steal state secrets and reveal them to the world…treason is sexy to these idiots.
They say the average ACT scores in Illinois are 20 points lower than in the past…but the school administrators say that the kids are not dumber. The tests are just Ray-Ciss, I guess. That’s the way to explain away all poor performances by the students in public school. In reality, the kids aren’t learning because the teachers are terrible…and the teachers are terrible because teachers’ unions exist and allow terrible people to be teachers. The public schools are an unfunny joke…and it’s all because we have not yet outlawed public sector employee unions. The scores will not ever go up unless that happens.
606pm CST — I think the contest is starting. Nope. Psych. More commercials. They’re also saying that Millennials are buying things online and are “living digitally”. Do people really need to be told this, or can’t they just observe that around them?
Now it’s the traffic report. The thing is, in Chicago, the traffic report is the same every day. If it’s light out, the roads will be clogged with cars on any highway. It’s because all the roads here were built to handle about half the amount of cars that actually are on the roads. Thank the geniuses in academia who did the traffic projection studies in the 70s when this infrastructure was built. Those are the same Leftist academics who pretty much control our entire government right now too, by the way.
LIVE! from the Improv in Schaumburg…the “Talk Star Finale!”. Let’s hope the hosts don’t cheat again this year.
That jackass Bruce is talking now. He’s such trash. He tries to do that “morning zoo” type thing….where he makes obnoxious “jokes” that only he thinks are funny. Jackass.
Who on Earth thinks this man is funny? He’s like a reject from the Poconos.
They’re announcing the judges. It’s all people I’ve never heard of. Some woman from somewhere. A lady from the marketing department. That woman who won last year (but only did it because she wanted the vacation).
611pm CST — First Contestant: Laura Kelly from Oak Brook. She says she’s scared, but wants to be a Talk Star. She says she moved to Oak Brook 26 years ago and everyone out in Oak Brook tells her she should be on the radio. I hope that’s not them saying she’s ugly and has a face for radio. I have no idea what she looks like, but she sounds like a nice woman. She’s using her time to talk about some old apartment building she lived in that had a grocery store in it. Laura says she is a libertarian and likes Rick Santelli. She says enough regulation, enough taxes, enough Leftist orthodoxy. She works for Goldman Sachs and says it’s a “different Goldman Sachs”. That made no sense. She says she dropped out of college to work at Goldman Sachs, but made enough money so she never had to go to college. This is a weird conversation. She talks about an exit strategy to leave Illinois, but her family is here. She likes to golf she says, but she gets bored at nine holes. That doesn’t sound like she really likes golf all that much. Though, truthfully, I’d get bored before I got to the little windmill or pyramid at mini-golf. That obnoxious Bruce keeps trying to make stupid jokes…but he’s not interrupting her like he did to people last year. I think someone took him to the side and stopped that. Bruce has told her she needs to sing and is screaming at her to tell people her favorite song. Bruce is complaining about having to be up since the morning — so why don’t they have someone else host this contest then and let Bruce sleep right now? Laura says she has three children who vote Republican. I really don’t like this woman, for whatever reason. Bruce makes his first fart joke of the night at 6:16pm CST… a horn blows to call time and Bruce says it was his farts because he had artichoke dip. That’s the kind of humor this man puts out there. It’s always about farts with this guy.
– Commercial Break –
It’s that “Cars for Kids” commercial again…donate your car to kids today. It’s a song…and they spell something out, but for the life of me when people are singing and spelling I become mesmerized and never catch any of it. It’s like people are talking pig Latin in front of me and I don’t understand a word of what they are saying.
Now, it’s some commercial for “the virtual last mile” that helps people learn how to keep up with changes to their cell phones for business. What the Hell kind of thing is this?
There’s a commercial for some college that powers itself using energy from cows…bovine energy. I don’t think it was a joke.
And then they’re talking about a viral video on YouTube of some woman who did something, and now she’s going on a cruise thanks to her viral video. I think it’s this one:
621pm CST — They say you can vote: text STAR to 68683…which counts for 20% of score.
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX == text STAR to 68683
A “conservative Hispanic” is up next…what do you want to bet the station wants her to win this time, the way they wanted the “black conservative woman” to win last time. The marketing department loves that.
CONTESTANT 2 = Jasmina something or another. She’s Hispanic. You’ll hear that about 100 times. She peppers her speech with either Spanish words or with words accented with Spanish-inflection. Like you see on tee-vee. She also does that thing where every fifth word is said really loud. Like, “They are THERE…like Whos in Whoville they are THERE.” Jasmina is flirting with Bruce big time. She says she wants to stay in Illinois, but she says there is a pension liability in Springfield. She says she came from the East Coast to Illinois. She says she doesn’t look Hispanic and doesn’t have a Virginia accent even though she lived there. The one thing I will give this woman is that she does behave like the women they have on morning shows…when the woman acts like a sidekick and just makes little voices and things in between the men talking. She’s doing exactly that thing. She says that even in Virginia she was listening to WLS…which sounds like she’s just sucking up. Dan Proft asked her about the “War on Women” since Jasminia is both a woman and a Hispanic, so she’s a minority. Raise your hand if you’re sick of everything being about minorities. We live in the Tyranny of Minority in the year 2013. Can’t Jasmina just be a conservative woman…why does she need to try to score more points for being a conservative HISPANIC woman…especially since last year’s winner was the conservative BLACK woman. Do any of you out there get tired of the pandering like this as well?
– Commercial Break –
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX…text STAR to 68683
I have no idea what they were just advertising, but it was a creepy old woman talking about dragons. And it was something to help kids with school. After that, there was a commercial about Asthma. That was the Will Rogers institute, which does not support dragons.
The news brief is talking about some kids who were almost hit by cars somewhere after school. I guess that’s a news story. Since something almost happened.
Now it’s a woman who sounds like she’s having a stroke, breathlessly talking about errors the government has made collecting data on people. She says the government will admit its mistakes. Don’t hold your breath, breathless woman.
Geesh, the news is depressing. Now it’s someone who almost kidnapped someone. And then on a campus somewhere a person shot someone with darts. I can see how if you listen to the radio all day you’d be cationic and terrified of the world, the way that Justin’s parents are so scared of everything. It’s because they only hear “news” like this constantly.
633pm CST CONTESTANT 3 = It’s 89 degrees…on channel 89 WLS. Live in Schaumburg. Bruce Wolf (the jackass) and Dan Proft (who is professional) are hosting this contest. So far, Bruce has made one fart joke but has not really interfered with any of the contestants like he did last year. This contestant says she is a suburban soccer mom who likes to drink wine, she’s Jennifer Gulberson Sale. She says she’s in a nerd beauty pageant come true. Jennifer says she is a big fan of Real Housewives. She comes off as an airhead. She said that “who isn’t under indictment?”. Dan Proft asked her about Lisa Madigan and Mike Madigan…and Jennifer just giggled and said “yah, they’re messed up”. She does that Valley Girl thing with her voice….where every sentence ends in a question mark and a high pitch. They’re talking about something called Bennett Academy, where her kids apparently go to school. Her husband is from Germany and she’s saying Deutschland is king. I beg to differ, Jennifer…you fool. Germany tried twice to be “king” and thank Zeus the US was there to stop that. Fool. Jennifer says she writes about nonsense and covers entertainment stuff on some site she has. I really don’t like this woman. She comes off as one of those Real Housewives people. She calls everyone a “goddess” or a “king”…she likes Anthony Weiner and calls him “Tony Sausage”. She says her kids are there and she’s talking about porn and then giggled hysterically. Bruce asks her about Benghazi and I half expect her to confuse that with Ben Vereen. She dodges the question about Benghazi and instead talks about “the dog getting on the plane”. She says “you’re talking to me like I’m blonde and don’t know nothing” and then giggled. Dan Proft asked her if she knows how to get home from here. That was TERRIBLE. Jennifer’s performance, not the thing Dan Proft said. The thing Dan Proft said was accurate.
– Commercial Break –
Megan made me promise to be nice to all the amateur people competing in the contest. And I am really trying to be. But, that Jennifer woman who was just on was irritating. And I really don’t like the whole “we have to have a minority win!” mentality that drives someone like Jasmina to say again and again that she’s “Hispanic”. I totally forgot about the first woman already, but if I strain to think about it I remember she made a lot of money at Goldman Sachs and doesn’t have to work anymore. So, good for her. But why does she need a free vacation and a radio show? I am being nice though because I promised I’d be nice.
6:44pm CST CONTESTANT 4 = A guy who was on last year. Megan knows him and says he’s a nice guy. He’s a black Muslim named Faraud Muhammad from Evanston. I actually like his radio voice. He was also a finalist last year…and he was one of only two people last year who was allowed to speak without interruption. Just him and the ultimate winner, Stephanie. Both black…and both were allowed to speak without interruption while everyone else was interrupted completely by Bruce Wolf. Funny how that worked out. But I digress. Faraud is talking about Benghazi, saying that “BHO was able to sleep at night during that anyway”. Faraud is a standup comic too. But he stumbles over his words a lot. He tries to use very long and complex words, but he stumbles getting them out with this timing. He does come off as a very nice guy though who I think would make a fun friend to have. I’d like to meet him and would be okay with him winning tonight because he’d be able to carry a show of his own, clearly. They ask him his favorite movie of all time…and he says 2001 Space Odyssey and he talks about how the film was shot and he’s doing a HAL impression. Faraud is likable and can do good impressions. They’re asking about Benghazi and Egypt…but he’s dodging and goes back to entertainment stuff. He says he’d like to do an interview show, and that he likes Bill Whittle on PJ TV. Bruce Wolf has no idea what Faraud is talking about. Faraud talks about how he would run a show and how he’d like to have guests on…so that tells me he knows what he is doing. He goes there, though: he refers to himself as a black Republican and says he statistically doesn’t exist. They had a black winner last year, though…so would they choose a black winner again? The horn blows calling time and — of course — Bruce makes a fart joke about the horn, saying “Faraud that was very inappropriate of you”…as if Faruad had passed gas. Gross. Not funny. But this is the only thing this Bruce guy does. It’s like Shecky Green broadcasting live from the Pine Room of Camp Little Otter in the Poconos.
– Commerical Break –
Megan’s up after the break. I know she will do well. Being as objective as I can, her only competition is Faraud Muhammad…who I think could run a very good show of his own. The other people didn’t take this seriously, and that Jasmina just wanted to keep telling us she was “Hispanic” (with the silent part being “you need to pick me because I am Hispanic and Hispanic is very in this year”).
The prize is a limo ride, trip to Mexico, two hour radio show, and professional headphones.
652pm CST — MEGAN FOX turn: ”a homeschooling, tea partying momma grizzly”…from IntolerantFox.com and PJ Media…Megan Fox from Mokena. YEAH! Vote for MEGAN!!!! Talking about crime and violence in Chicago…iPhones stolen…flash mobs…I can fix it…I believe that God gave us a backside that is properly cushioned on one side to be beaten with a heavy stick…should you steal the iPhone you should be brought to “The Bean” in Chicago…build a platform in front and put them in front, pull pants down, and let the victims of crime take big paddles and go to town in front of peers…bring the stocks back. Corporal punishment. Bruce, the punishment works…maybe your mother didn’t give you enough. Homeschooling parent…rule of law in my house. Still legal to discipline your children on rear. You need to discipline these bad boys so they don’t get up for a week…then you get the nuns to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the transformative powers over these thugs. Dan says the Catholics need to take over the schools and the police department. What do you do for fun? I garden. I have a huge garden. We grow our own food so we have our own organic food to eat and we grow in back yard. I have a big dog named Moose. And homeschooling is really fun. You should see my life. I have nowhere to go and be with my kids and do fun things and projects. Homeschooling is not drudgery. It is freedom. The good news is that my children can learn any time all day and they are not standing in line, eating in a cafeteria, there’s no nonsense. They are free thinkers. I am raising free thinkers. I write about lifestyle issues. I brew our own beer. We grow our own hops. Bruce is shouting at her if they drink their own beer. They’re trying to tell her that her time is up and Megan says she has a big stick…says Obama speaks softly and carries no stick.
I just love her. I really do. She’s fabulous.
She kind of left Bruce shellshocked. Proft said that people are coming back for 90 seconds…or in Megan’s case, anything she wants.
This is all funny because last year Megan went first, and Bruce stole all her time with fart jokes. Megan was really polite last year and let him get away with that. So, it’s funny for me to see Megan get some revenge tonight and dominate her segment. Dan and Bruce kind of treated her weirdly because she did that…and she sure was the most forceful of the contestants. She was no-nonsense. That’s who she is…so if you like that, you’ll lover her.
I’ve thought since the day I met her that her destiny is to have a radio show. I think she should have won last year and should win this year….and that’s not just because she’s a personal friend. I just think she’s the best, she’s earned this, and she’d make a great show. But, I have no idea how they’re going to judge this.
Personally, I think they’re going to go with the “Hispanics are hot this year” thing and just give it to that Jasmina because she’s a “minority”…even though they had a minority winner last year. If they play games like that then everyone is a minority in some way. I’m gay, so I’m a minority. Megan’s a homeschooler…so she’s a minority. You might have a cat, and the majority of pet owners have dogs…so you too are a minority. Everyone’s a minority and we should all be celebrated and should win everything!
Either Megan or Faraud would be able to put on a good show…though I’d personally most like to hear Megan’s show.
In fairness, I want to state for the record that this year Bruce Wolf did not do anything to stack the deck or interfere with some contestants. He let people speak and didn’t monopolize this contest like he did last year. So someone clearly talked to him and took him aside before this show. I am so happy about that…because whoever wins the contest should be fair and should not be rigged from the start for one person like it was last year.
– Commercial Break –
Mattress commercials about memory foam…beds that will change your life…sleep numbers…whatever. A bed is a bed. I have never understood the fuss over mattresses. I’m from Cleveland and back there we were just happy to have anything to sleep on at all.
Weather forecast…thunder storms, cloudy, 82 degrees tomorrow. This has been a freezing cold summer. I look forward to sweltering 90-95 degree days and a lot of this summer I had a sweatshirt on. Where is all the Global Warming that Al Gore promised us because I never even made it to the beach this year.
708pm CST — back at the Improv in Schaumburg. Isn’t that a hilarious name for a city? Now they are explaining the voting. They’re going to get another 90 seconds to tell us why they need to be the Talk Star. I would bet any money that Jasmina will tell us she should be picked because she is Hispanic. The judges are some woman named Lauren Kone from WLS, Chet Copit (sp?) from a steakhouse somewhere (I have no idea who this is, so he might be a sports person…clearly he’s no supermodel or I’d know who he was), and then that woman Stephanie who won last year. Oh, and the Promotions Director Something Something Lynne. She’s a judge too. That Bruce is so stupid…he has no idea what he’s doing.
Megan comes on to make her 90 second pitch: The reason I should be the next Talk Star is because I have an interesting lifestyle. The government is being more intrusive in our lives. We can change how we live, become less a part of the machine. Pull your kids out of the indoctrination centers. Send to private or homeschool…do not leave them in a dangerous place. I would like to talk about how homeschool is better than you have been told. You can grow your own food. Make your own stuff. Tons of ideas that we do that you will really like. I think there are ways to help young people when bored to go to a book instead of killing someone (like in the news recently). Give them morality. I am Megan Fox and I want to be your next WLS Talk Star.
VOTE MEGAN FOX: text STAR to 68683
Faraud’s 90 seconds…he says he is doing this to pay tribute to his mother. He has a nice radio voice. He says his mother raised him to get a bachelors and a master’s degree. If more moms would have self sacrifice and emphasis on work ethic and hope then he guarantees that there will be fewer people in neighborhoods being bad. He kind of stumbles and loses his train of thought. This is a memorized speech or it’s written down and he stumbles. So the mom stuff was contrived. He stumbles and stutters at the end. But I still like him. I just don’t like people who bring out the mom card to score points, like at an awards show or something.
Jennifer Gulberson Sale…her 90 seconds. She says her daughter told her that she did a bad job. She says, “I’m an expert on nothing and I bombed”. Let’s just not make it a thing. My life is not complete. Seriously, I should be the next star because I like to have fun and I am about nonsense and I make people laugh and Anthony Weiner is hysterical and lets have fun. I am unemployed and looking for a job. My kids need to eat and they are here and don’t make me look like an idiot in front of my kids. Bruce, let’s talk about porn. Porn! I don’t take things too seriously so vote for Jenn. This woman is really irritating.
Jasmina is up…let’s see if she mentions being Hispanic again. She says, what does WLS stand for? Where Listeners Speak Up (but, there’s no U in WLS). Tell Springfield that things can’t go on. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow money we cannot pay back. I don’t want to be Detroit I want to be Chicago and it was a great state. I got “peeps” here from all over. Here’s a shootout to Kim at Hot Cuts for $16 and I am frugal. Running, taking care of my kids…. HORN BLOWS and cuts her off.
So she didn’t mention being Hispanic again…but I bet she would have if she had more time.
Laura something or another…gives her 90 seconds. Says she wants to get rid of Pat Quinn and Dick Durbin because of Obamacare and she has had it. She wants to say everyday that it’s another day closer to the end of Obama’s term and it makes her happy. She loves WLS-AM and she thinks that she is borrowing a phrase from Obama about jobs and she goes to bed with Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft and wishes that Obama would think about jobs all day. She thanks everyone for coming and now she wants to text people and she wants to be “voice for positive” (sic).
That woman irritates me too. There’s something about her that I just don’t like.
Here’s my ranking of the contestants:
* Megan Fox — winner in my opinion
* Faraud Muhammad – second best
* Jasmina the Hispanic Woman — not good, but better than the other two
* Jennifer Gulberson Sale — she was terrible gulberson awful
* Laura Whoever — honestly I can only remember that she worked at Goldman Sachs and made so much money doing that back in the day that she has just been looking for a hobby since…and that’s kind of a slap in the face to the other contestants who are looking for this opportunity to really jumpstart a career.
My gut is that the marking/promotions person will want Jasmina the Hispanic Woman to win in 2013, since Stephanie the Black Woman won last time. I don’t think there’s a doughnut’s chance in Oprah’s vicinity that Jennifer or Laura will win. So, Megan’s got a one in three chance of taking the prize this year.
Please vote for her: not only does she deserve it and it would change her life but she also would do a really great show.
TEXT the word STAR to 68683 and then vote for Megan. So, on your phone, go to send a text and put the word STAR in the text and then send the text to the number 68683. And then a menu will come up and tell you to push a number for Megan Fox. Choose that number and vote for her!
726pm CST — the voting closes in three minutes.
Apparently they will announce the winners soon. I guess there is voting going on in the restaurant. The audience vote counts for 20%. Then there are people voting by text. And then there are the judges too.
They’re talking about the idiocy of the Iowa Caucuses and how voting goes on there. How people cheat and stuff ballots and all that nonsense.
– Commercial Break –
736pm CST — that jackass Bruce Wolf is talking again. I just hate him. He’s introducing last year’s winner, that Stephanie.
Megan says she’s a very nice woman. She hosted “several shows”. Her claim to fame is having six kids and being a black conservative. So they picked her last time. She says she is “the Harriet Tubman of the conservative movement”…which I think is obnoxious of her to say. I know about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was a grade school report subject of mine. Stephanie is no Harriet Tubman. But I promised Megan I would be nice.
Stephanie comes on and says she is doing “fab-u-lous”. She says the questions asked this year were tougher than the ones asked of her. I agree. She got soft ball questions last year and was not interrupted once by Bruce (almost as if the deck was stacked so that she would win last year….funny how that worked out, in my opinion). Stephanie says she never called the station ever, had never wanted to do radio, but just wanted a phenomenal trip and that’s why she entered the contest. This is what irks me about this woman. She keeps saying that she was motivated by the trip, not the being on the air part. I just think that’s so wrong because the contest is the “Talk Star” contest…not the “Who Wants to Go on Vacation?” contest. Now she’s talking about her husband being a cook and how that made her fat but she still runs marathons even though her toenails fall off (but then grow back). I think there’s a powerful meaning or analogy in that somewhere. Stephanie says she set up her fan page and she has fans now and she likes when people invite her to things. She wants Illinois to not be a place where people are fleeing. She says that this is a good time to live in Illinois, despite all the people fleeing in droves. Now she’s saying that she might run for office too. She has a third grader and an 8th grader and she says she’s “not that vain”. She says this is an opportunity to talk to people and go out and meet people…and she gets a warm response when hosting the shows.
She’s complaining about someone who criticized her because she says “you know” a lot as a verbal crutch. But, she needs a thicker skin if she wants to be in radio…especially speaking on the conservative side of the aisle. I just still am bothered by her saying she just wanted the vacation. She might be the nicest woman in the world — and Megan says she is — but she should have had class enough not to say that. At least pretend you were interested in being on the radio and having a voice, not just doing this to get a free vacation. People with class take the prize but never let on that they were doing something just to win a prize.
— Commercial Break —
740pm CST — they are about to announce the winner.
I hate waiting for results when there’s one person I want to win. The anticipation sucks.
The judges are going to announce the winner.
Lauren Someone Or Another is announcing the winner.
Tension. Tension. Tension.
Lauren has a smoker’s voice.
And the next Talk Star is…Laura Kelly from Oak Brook.
That woman from Goldman Sachs? Geesh.
I didn’t see that one coming.
I thought she was the worst one and was rambling and made no sense.
Though, at least Jasmina the Hispanic didn’t win…just because she was “the Hispanic”. I really wish Megan had won, or if not her then Faraud.
This woman…I swear. They have this Laura talking after she won and they asked her what she would do on a show and she said she had no idea, she’d have to think about it. I know she’s excited, but she comes off as an airhead right now. At least she hasn’t gone on about how she just wanted the vacation. She says she did not sleep all week and has been nervous, playing solitaire on her cellphone. She said that is how she focused herself this week.
I still don’t know how she won or what she said that made people vote for her. Maybe she had a lot of friends there in the audience. She just said she was the PTA president so maybe she worked a network. I don’t know.
But the other thing I’m happy about is that Bruce Wolf didn’t cheat again this year and he didn’t interrupt anyone. No decks were stacked. Everyone had equal time. And for some reason this woman from Goldman Sachs won, even though she said nothing memorable.
This is the first and only time you will ever hear anything from this woman Laura Kelly…but I guarantee you will be hearing about both Megan and Faraud in the future, because both of them have the talent and smarts to make something of themselves in the industry. They just seem to be destined to have to claw harder for it and never give up.
Ugh…but Megan always says things like this are “God’s plan” and I trust that she knows what she’s talking about and that’s true.
I just wish I could have rigged this contest for her somehow (and I probably should have at least tried).
[ No…it's not "racist" little man. It's just another example of the State Media ginning up racial tension by calling yet another rich, white person "Ray Ciss" when the institutional Left needs racial tension to motivate black people to help Democrats with something they are currently cooking. Such as the push for Amnesty for Mexican criminals that's underway right now in the Senate. Funny how a high-profile white person is always pilloried as a "Ray Ciss" whenever the Left needs to get black people's attention for upcoming political activism. Can't be a coincidence since this happens so often. ]
Yesterday, the State Media fired up its “Ray Ciss” machine and aimed it at tee-vee cook and oversized personality Paula Deen. It’s important to view this as a case study in what sort of political strategy and Leftist agenda goes into an orchestrated hit on a rich and famous white person…particularly when that person is a Southern Christian. You need to start thinking long and hard about how Leftist operatives in the Ministry of Truth that is our state media view an opportunity like this to further the institutional Left’s position in the wider Culture War. Here are 10 important things you need to realize about what’s going on with Paula Deen right now:
10. This attack was originated by the plaintiff in a lawsuit currently filed against Deen and should be viewed as part of the legal team’s strategy in that case. The suit in question here is the matter of Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen et al that was filed in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia; you can read the full complaint for yourself here. Pages relevant to allegations of racial discrimination are 14 through 17. The plaintiff, Jackson, is actually a white woman and does not claim that she herself was racially discriminated against…but she states in the complaint that she heard (or heard about) racial discrimination of unnamed others in some restaurant that Paula Deen partly owns in Georgia called “Uncle Bubba’s”. Jackson also alleges that Deen told her she’d like to have black children tap-dancing in costumes from an old movie (like Shirley Temple would have been in) for entertainment at a “plantation style wedding”; Jackson further claimed that in communicating this to her, Deen called the children “a bunch of little niggers”…but there are no witnesses to this conversation identified in the complaint.
The State Media attack on Deen began on Thursday June 20th, 2013 when various news outlets reported that Deen admitted in a deposition for this case (taken a month ago) that she had used the word “nigger” in the past. You need to understand how a deposition works to see how the plaintiff in this case (or her attorney) originated this attack on Deen (for the purpose of forcing a quick settlement to the lawsuit). When a deposition is held, the following people are allowed in the room:
* the plaintiff and her attorney(s)
* the Defendants named in the complaint (along with one representative for each business entity so named)
* the stenographer typing up what’s being said in the deposition
* a videographer (if the deposition is being filmed…which I bet it was, considering this was the deposition of a famous person)
That’s it. No one else is there when the deposition is being taken. I don’t know what the rules in Chatham County, Georgia are, but here in Chicago a deposition can last for up to seven hours and its transcript is not released until the stenographer has typed it up, proofed it, and then shown it to the deponent (in this case, Paula Deen) for her signature to verify everything typed up was accurate in what she said the day of the deposition. This process seems like it could take a month before a deponent has approved and signed a deposition transcript…which would explain why we’re only hearing about this now, when Deen’s deposition was taken a month ago.
Only the plaintiff and the defense has access to the deposition transcript; not even the judge has this. Clearly, Paula Deen’s legal team did not leak to the press that she admitted to using the word “nigger” in the past. This had to have come from the plaintiff’s side then; either Lisa T. Jackson or her lawyers contacted the media and said “We got Paula Deen to admit to using the word nigger in her deposition!”. No one else could have done this, since the stenographer or videographer (the only other people allowed in the room) would be sued for damages and be subject to contempt of court if they contacted the press about what they heard in a deposition (in addition to these people never working again in the legal field).
Let’s take a moment and think about what Jackson’s motivation would be in heading to the press with explosive news that Deen admitted to using the word “nigger” at some point in the past (which, according to Deen, was actually in reference to something she said in the 1980s after being robbed at gunpoint by a black man when she was a bank teller). It sure feels like this is strategy on the plaintiff’s part to force a quick settlement in this case…lest Jackson reveal more of what was said in the deposition. Because Paula Deen is extremely wealthy because of her good public image and is internationally known, the media will be interested in just about every blurb it could scrape from Deen’s deposition testimony. All of it would be taken out of context, of course, and only the most explosive revelations would be spoon fed to the hungry State Media. This leaves Deen in an untenable position: either settle the case quickly with Jackson or allow herself to be subject to scandal eruptions like this that will permanently damage the Paula Deen brand and jeopardize sale of her cookbooks, kitchen equipment, and other goods.
Jackson dropped a nuke on Deen that caused The Food Network to end its business relationship with her. If Deen does not quickly capitulate to her demands, Jackson will no doubt leak more of the deposition testimony…perhaps in a bid to get Amazon to stop selling Deen’s books or home goods. This brinksmanship will continue so long as Jackson has juicy material from the deposition to use against Paula Deen. And the State Media, of course, will eat up every bit of this with great relish…because they enjoy stoking racial animosity in this country and love when a white Southern woman is being pilloried as a “Ray Ciss”.
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Witch Hunt Against the Butter Lady: State Media Declares Paula Deen A “Ray Ciss” (meanwhile ignoring all of Oprah Winfrey’s longstanding racism)
[ Click above to embiggen: the Charybdis of Lake Michigan and virulent black supremacist, Oprah Winfrey ]
No doubt, you’re aware that this morning in a desperate bid for relevance Matt Lauer on The Today Show is calling “the butter lady” Paula Deen a “Ray Ciss” because, allegedly, 40 or 50 years ago she said the word “nigger” out loud. Today marks the day when I’ve officially had enough of people behaving like we live in the magical world of Harry Potter and “nigger” is “the word that shall not be said” or “the n-word”. It is an ugly, ignorant, and vile word…but it’s just a word and not some magical spell that does unspeakable harm to the superstitious or easily-excitable. No one alive in the year 2013 should call anyone “nigger”, “fag”, “cunt”, “kike”, “whitey”, “chink”, “beaner”, or other ethnic, gender, or personal slurs…but it’s asinine to dance around these terms when The Today Show’s attacking a tee-vee cooking show host with one of them.
Haven’t you had enough of the State Media deciding today’s the day when it’s going to come after some random, famous white person and screech “She used the word nigger…fifty years ago!”. Is today the day you’re not going to take this garbage anymore?
I refer you to Alinsky Rule #4…which is “to make the enemy live up to its own book of rules”…and ask that today you encourage conservatives to stop doing the same things in situations like this while expecting different results. The institutional Left today is ginning up racial hatred by way of its sock puppets at The Today Show; the timing on this is curious since Barack Obama just ginned up religious hatred of Catholics a few days ago. All of this is happening while the “Gang of Ocho” is trying to ram through an amnesty bill in Congress that will create tens of millions of new Democrat voters while taking even more jobs away from actual American citizens and costing taxpayers billions in new welfare benefits.
If you don’t think all of these events are related and are in fact planned by the Democrat Party, you’re not paying attention.
Today, why aren’t we talking about black people who are extremely racist and subscribe to black supremacy? I cite one classic example for you: the virulent racist Oprah Winfrey, who during her long career in Chicago treated all white people she came in contact with like subhumans. This is a woman who has made a point to only donate money to organizations that exclusively benefit black people (such as that school in Africa she started where young girls were raped…and more recently the $12 million she gave to build the Black People’s Museum addition to the Smithsonian in Washington). The first politician that Winfrey ever supported was Barack Obama…because his skin color was similar to her own and she decided she needed to see this man elected president because of that.
I don’t know of a more clear example of racism than that.
Certainly it’s more relevant, damaging, and current than “the butter lady” using the word “nigger” in casual conversation in the deep south FORTY OR FIFTY YEARS AGO when, incidentally, black people themselves used that word. Come to think of it, black rappers use that word all the time. Black athletes throw it around the basketball court and in the football and baseball locker rooms too. It’s treated as a term of endearment by the State Media when one black person says it to another…but it’s still the same word that The Today Show is in hysterics over this morning because “the butter lady” said it.
Aren’t you tired of this absurdity?
Wherever you see anyone bashing “the butter lady” today anywhere on the Interwebz you need to chime in with a few things of your own:
* Why is this word okay for rappers and athletes to use?
* Let’s talk about black supremacists like Oprah Winfrey
* Isn’t it strange this racial controversy is ginned up right when Democrats are taking anger from black people because the amnesty bill pushed by the “Gang of Ocho” will hurt blacks the most in terms of jobs and the loss of welfare benefits
That’s what this attack on Paula Deen is really about folks. Leftists in the State Media sat around and tried to think of something to upset black people today and cause conservatives to go scurrying for cover (lest they be called “Ray Ciss” today too). Stumped, the only thing race related they could thunk up was to have Matt Lauer go on about “the butter lady” using the word “nigger” while living in the deep South in the 1960s and 1970s.
This sick game will probably work, too, because the “black community” has been so well-trained by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Henry Gates to stop paying attention to anything important at all the moment the race whistle is blown. Meanwhile, while this manufactured “scandal” percolates and ultimately saturates the news cycle the “Gang of Ocho” will be able to permanently damage the country and install an everlasting Democrat electoral majority…while Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain (three of Democrats’ favorite Republicans) help.
Democrats want to flood voter rolls with Mexican peasants because:
* they speak little to no English and refuse to learn, which makes them easier to control because Democrats can lie to them in Spanish via La Raza
* Mexican peasants have no respect for US laws and are used to how government works in Mexico (a failed state)…so they won’t care much if Democrats make America more like Mexico
* these newly-minted Democrat voters aren’t immigrants so much as they are colonists…with Mexico being a new colonial power in the world, sending its unwanted and uneducated burdens north so that they can resettle and make demands on the United States that are beneficial to Mexico. Start paying attention to how often the President of Mexico (whoever that is this week) rants and raves about the US needing to take more Mexican peasants off his hands…so that American taxpayers can pay for these moochers (or, are they “moochachos”) and provide them with free healthcare, food, living places, and all sorts of other benefits
* the more unskilled and uneducated Mexicans that are imported into the US the more American culture is first diluted and then ultimately replaced by a more Mexican mindset that is accustomed to the sort of political system that the institutional Left desires
The end game is to change the electorate enough so that Democrats gain permanent locks on national offices (and a super-majority of state legislatures) and the institutional Left then has the ability to change the Constitution however it pleases. La Raza constantly tells the Mexican criminals already living here and flaunting our immigration process that the American Constitution is “too old and out of date” and was written for “a smaller country”. The institutional Left dreams of transforming the United States into a socialist country where high-ranking Democrats will be the favored elite and everyone else will be serfs to the federal government. The mission is to lower the American standard of living and decrease our national wealth until we are essentially on par with Mexico itself.
Black people see this…and they don’t like it. I’d love to say they don’t like it because they are patriots and don’t want to see America ruined in this way…but they are more upset about the moochachos taking jobs that normally go to blacks (like Postal Workers, city and county workers, union patronage positions, etc.) and eating up all the welfare benefits that have been dwindling since Democrats started bankrupting the country in 2008.
Matt Lauer and the Today Show were thus used to run some interference and distract blacks, by giving them a rich white female “Ray Ciss” to hate on for a while. Smelling red meat, no doubt the Justice Brothers of Jackson/Sharpton/Gates will find other ways to expand this…and by next week a whole host of new “Ray Ciss” individuals will be witch-hunted into public view. That should give Rubio/Graham/McCain enough cover to do what Democrats are blackmailing them into doing (because I swear these three men are indeed being blackmailed with something unique to each one of them…as that is the only explanation for why the three of them forever do things that will directly harm our country, just so Democrats can crow about these measures being “bipartisan”; “bipolar” is more like it if they aren’t being blackmailed).
Democrats want to talk about Paula Deen being “Ray Ciss” today…but I want to talk about Oprah Winfrey being an enormous racist in all applications of the word “enormous”. Whatever the institutional Left and the State Media is up to each day, let’s endeavor to shift the debate to the opposite. Don’t let these people help the Obama Regime by allowing them to create a distraction stage right so that they can accomplish something underhanded over on stage left.
Say what? “That’s racist”?
No, it’s not “racist”. You’re “Ray Ciss”…so grow up and tell the Justice Brothers they need to find a new catchphrase and livelihood.
UPDATE: 412pm CST 6/21/13 — So, one of the worst PR teams out there seems to have advised Paula Deen to go on YouTube with a poorly filmed, amateur “apology video”. In it she’s rambling and almost incoherent. The lightning’s bad, the camera angles are terrible, and I believe they tried to make it seem “from the heart” by having it appear she set up the camera herself and just filmed it without anyone’s input. Here it is:
I don’t think she should have apologized for a damn thing.
What she should be doing is turning this back on the State Media and saying that this is just ridiculous, that she has not used that word in countless years, and that she seems to be the latest person that the Race Industry has manufactured a scandal against. Either just for the fun of it…or because Democrats wanted to take her down for some reason.
I know that when people speak honestly about things like this they get accused of believing in conspiracy theories and then the Alinskyites ridicule them…but it’s not paranoia when people are really plotting against someone. Clearly they are doing that to Paula Deen…for some reason.
I’m really curious as to what that may be. Either she’s just a convenient white woman that the institutional Left is clubbing right now because it needed to get blacks riled up about SOMETHING, ANYTHING…or Paula Deen did something that upset the Left and this is her punishment. Just watch, she will be audited by the IRS next. I also wonder if maybe the NSA recorded some phone call she had and Democrats have told her they have it and will play it if she doesn’t just make an amateur apology video and post it on YouTube.
Every time something like this happens, I just hope that finally, at last, Democrats have done this to the wrong person. One of these days, when the Race Industry attempts to brand someone “Ray Ciss” that person is going to refuse to play along and will turn the tables on the Justice Brothers and the complicit State Media. When that day comes there will be fireworks. The entire system the Left’s put in place to control pop culture and public discourse in this country depends on white people living in terror of being called “Ray Ciss”…and rushing to apologize for whatever they did that allowed the Race Industry to fire up the Death Star and aim it at them.
FOR ONCE I would like to see a victim of this hucksterism and extortion stand up for herself or himself…and say I DIDN’T DO A DAMN THING WRONG AND THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST MANUFACTURING A SCANDAL TO DISTRACT FROM SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON IN THE NEWS.
Paula Deen was clearly told she’d lose her Food Network show, her book deals, and all her other revenue streams if she did not play along here. Her idiot and untalented sons depend on her coattails to make their own livings, so she’s probably thinking of them too. I kind of get a Martha Stewart vibe in all this and almost also think taking down Paula Deen was just an exercise in icon-toppling…which the State Media enjoys doing to women.
Martha Stewart being hauled off to prison was great fun for them. Remember?
Recall also how gleefully the State Media enjoyed preventing Hillary Clinton from being the Democrats’ nominee in 2008 and the first female President. They loved that too.
I don’t think I need to remind you what the State Media did to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer, and Ann Romney.
Now, they’re going after Paula Deen.
If you are a woman of any substance or celebrity who has either built up something huge from scratch or is commanding respect on a large stage the State Media seems like it could ultimately come for you, too.
UPDATE #2 740pm CST — Well, that didn’t take long Food Network announced they have summarily fired Paula Deen and will not renew her contract for more shows. Deen did what the thugs of the Left wanted…and they fired her anyway. So, what was the point of that groveling above? Lesson to anyone paying attention: never, ever apologize when the Race Industry and the Justice Brothers come after you because they intend to destroy you regardless. Just because they can, since good people let them.
In comments, someone notes that more information is coming out about the deposition in which Deen stated she had used the word “nigger” in the past. Apparently, she was a bank teller and was robbed at gunpoint and then later described the black man who did it as a “nigger” when she was recounting the event to her husband at home. This happened in the 1980s…and Deen could have easily said in the deposition that she didn’t recall ever using the word “nigger” in her whole life…but she answered honestly that she had used the word to describe the man who pointed a gun at her when she was a bank teller and had threatened her life.
I have some thoughts on this because TWICE I have been mugged by black men: once in New York on Christmas Eve in 2008 and then shortly thereafter here in Chicago. Both times they stole my wallet, my phone, and the small digital camera I had been carrying with me…and both times they’d knocked me down with a blow to the neck and then whomped on me before I could realize what was happening. This happened to me because back then I was still operating under Democrat programming to not judge books by their covers…and when I saw black men approaching on the street at night I didn’t follow my instincts and move in the opposite direction or cross the street. I do not need a third lesson in the wisdom of following instinct over politically correct cultural programming, trust me.
However, I didn’t have any desire to call these black criminals racial slurs after they mugged me. The most accurate description of them was in fact just “black male criminals”…and there sure seem to be a lot of them in every single major city that is controlled by the institutional Left. I grew up in Cleveland in the 1980s and 1990s and slurs like the one causing the uproar today were never said in my house or by anyone I had any contact with…so they’re not my “go-to” thought even if something horribly traumatic happens to me. But, I can see how they would be for Deen in a terrifying situation like being robbed at gunpoint in the 1980s…since she would have grown up in the 1960s and that word would have probably been said all the time back then, by both white and black people.
I see some in comments below are starting to make the connection that this attack on Paula Deen is happening on the Friday before the Trayvon Martin trial starts up. I think we have our answer why this was done today. It’s to start getting black people revved up and angry and for the State Media to start villainizing whites in advance of what’s going to happen next week.
You see that right? You see how there are no coincidences with the State Media and how everything like this is timed perfectly to achieve their desired effects? There is absolutely no way in this or any other world that the witch hunt against “the butter lady” isn’t connected to the bigger picture racial tensions that the institutional Left wants stoked up next week.
This attack on Deen was just the priming of the pump.
QUESTION: Will conservatives ever stand up to the institutional Left and declare the race card and these endless accusations of this or that person being “Ray Ciss” to be ridiculous and unacceptable?
Will Republicans ever learn from the past and stop doing the same things over again while expecting different results?
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What: Hearings on the IRS persecution of conservatives and Christians
When: 6/4/2013 10am CST onwards
Why: Hearing individuals who were persecuted by the IRS testify to Congress about abuses
I’m going to live transcribe this hearing as I’m watching it. I apologize in advance if I get people’s names wrong, because I’m basing it on how the members of Congress are pronouncing the names of individuals and organizations. Some of these Congress Critters talk like they have mouths full of marbles. Others, on the Democrat side of the aisle, either seem drunk or have clear agendas to run damage control for the IRS.
Charles Rangle is talking as I start this and he’s clearly insisting this “problem” is just localized to Cincinnati and that it’s just the work of a few rogue nutters…and certainly not something Democrats did on purpose to punish and persecute the “enemies” of Barack Obama. Rangle does not ask questions, but instead gives his speech and says there is nothing much to see here and that no special prosecutor is necessary.
In my opinion, if there was ever a need for a Special Prosecutor is it now…and that officials from the IRS and the Obama Regime should be sent to prison over what they did. The IRS should also be gutted and put under the oversight of some nonpartisan group that would ensure that something like this never happens again. Long prison sentences for anyone caught using a government agency for political purposes are required.
Let’s reopen Alcatraz to house these IRS officials.
1018am CST — Congressman Brady. Asks about how frightened people were when the IRS targeted them for expressing their political views. Woman named “Ms. Martinek” said she was so scared she never thought she could stand up. She said that if she was denied the 501C3 she could not get donors to her group. Her board members would not give up and were not scared. She said that she is a group that prays for an end to abortion…and that her group was being targeted because it opposed Planned Parenthood.
Another woman, in blue, name Ms. Garrett says she was scared because it was tyrannical for the government to use agencies against individuals. Another man’s personal tax information was deliberately given out by the IRS to Democrats…and the donor lists from his groups were given to Democrats so that they could harass the man’s donors.
Ms. Belsom, another witness, says she fears what the government will do next. She never thought this would happen in the US. All of this is happening under our noses, they say, and the IRS persecution of Americans is terrifying because this is not supposed to happen here.
1030am CST — Paul Ryan questioning.
Sigh. This man would have made a great VP…and he had just a few minutes to question here. But he got to the fact that people were being told that if they didn’t do anything to upset the Left, then they could be tax exempt…but if they engaged in activity that upset the Obama Regime then they would be denied their tax exempt status.
1032am CST — vile racist toad John Lewis is up next. He doesn’t ask any questions, but instead says that nothing bad happened to no one and that “back when Bush was president the NAACP was hassled” so that if anything is happening to white folks now, well, he doesn’t have a problem with that. It was asinine as usual from this man. Remember he is the one that held hands with Steny Hoyer and walked across the capital grounds smiling with Nancy Pelosi the day they jammed Obamacare through Congress. He is one of the Left’s high profile
fool foot soldiers. He also reminds me of Mr. Toad from the Wild Ride at Disneyland.
1036am CST — Congressman Noones is talking. He says that it’s a lie that this is all located just to Cincinnati. He’s trying to get the names of people higher up in the IRS who were behind this stuff.
The bad thing about these sorts of hearings is that there are about a half dozens citizens up there, and they are not professional speakers. So it’s like pulling teeth to get information out of them. It also suffers because each Congress Critter only has a few minutes each…and the Democrats all use the hearings to give speeches saying that nothing had happened. The Republicans are trying to get the names of all IRS people involved in any of this and want to bring them all before the committee.
They also want to have Lois Lerner dragged before Congress in chains if need be to get her to speak.
1041am CST — Congressman Tiberi…talks about abuses his constituents reported to him.
The gist of this is that Democrats keep saying that things aren’t that bad…or it’s Bush’s fault…and Republicans say that the IRS needs to be cracked open and examined thoroughly.
The scary thing is that none of this gets to the root of the problem…or to the reality that the tax system is rotten to the core.
That’s really what we have here, though: the IRS has proven it can’t be trusted and has shown that it does persecute people based on their religion or politics. I see that Drudge has a blurb up that Jay Leno got THUNDEROUS applause when he said the IRS, not Gitmo, should be closed.
The media is claiming that this IRS business is not a big deal for people…but it really is. People who don’t know anything at all about politics know what the IRS is…and that it’s an organization that’s been allowed to grow too powerful and become too threatening. It really has become very un-American and needs to be dialed back. If Homeland Security could be created after 9/11 and fold a bunch of agencies into it, then something could be created to police and scrutinize the IRS.
And anyone working for the IRS should be subject to intense criminal prosecutions for ever targeting any American for persecution. On top of that, there should be huge financial fines to them and the IRS for this happening.
1050am CST — Congressman Reichert is talking. He has a very mousy voice. He’s going over some of the testimony from that last hearing on the IRS, before Memorial Day week. He’s talking about Mr. Miller from the IRS “providing poor customer service” and was then asked to resign.
Who else gave “poor customer service” under Miller or Lois Lerner?
Reichert is mocking Miller. But his voice is so deadpan it’s hard to tell. He’s saying it’s ridiculous to think any of what the IRS did was inadvertent. The IRS purposefully released information on people. Reichert is a former police detective. He says there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. He wants a woman named Nancy Marx to appear before Congress and be grilled.
Reichert asks for any other names of people who should be dragged before Congress and questioned:
* Sheila May Robinson
* Ron Bell
* Mitch Steele
* Joseph Herr
* Holly Paz
* Robert Chou
* Stephen Ciok
* Lois Lerner
* Holly Paz again
Some of the witnesses can’t remember names and say they will provide them later. How can you not remember names? Geesh. If someone was persecuting me I’d know their name for the rest of my life…but some people when they go in front of cameras freeze up.
Hey, have YOU written to your Congress Critters and Senators telling them how upset you are hearing what the IRS has been doing? Do you know of anyone who has been harassed by the IRS?
You need to write Congress a letter. Email it and FAX it. You can use the free www.faxzero.com site. I write to Congress all the time to tell them about things and have written about the IRS abuse already. If you don’t know how to do this, speak up in comments and I will help you.
11am CST — Congressman Boustany asks man named Eastman how his donor list was given to the Human Rights Campaign and published online. What happened was that this group that opposes gay marriage was targeted…and the IRS gave the HRC (a gay group) the donor lists for this other group so that the Gaystapo could come after this man and his group. HuffingtonPost published the documents too, which they got from HRC.
The IRS seems to have broken a bunch of federal laws doing this…because they were able to prove that the documents that were posted were protected, secure documents that would make the release criminal. The Justice Department has to prosecute these people…but don’t hold your breath that Eric Holder will do this, since he didn’t prosecute the Black Panthers either.
Geesh. This is scary stuff. The IRS not only targeted people for audit but it dug through tax returns and then thought about who out there would do the most damage to the group if they got ahold of their donor lists and tax returns. That’s going above and beyond and operating as an actual political organization…that’s the thing the DNC itself does, which means the IRS is acting like it’s the DNC some of the time.
Congressman Roskam told a story about Lois Lerner threatening him or someone he knew on the phone, saying he would have problems with the IRS if he ever ran for office again. Looks like he ignored her if it was him because he is a sitting Congress Critter now.
Congress says that “we will get this right” and “we will set this right” but I don’t trust that.
Regular people need to do something about this and go door to door in their neighborhoods and make sure that everyone knows about the bad things the IRS has been up to. More regular folks need to be involved in this….not just Congress Critters.
If you are watching this testimony, look at the people sitting behind the Congress Critters…these are assistants and aides and what-not. Look at them. Most are disheveled, wear really ugly clothes, look poorly groomed. Remember this the next time that anyone tells you the government is all-knowing and all-powerful. The government agents who try to do bad things to people are fumblers and bumblers, like the people who you see in these hearings behind the Congress Critters. They are not geniuses…and if they were, they would not be working in government. They can indeed be exposed and NO they will not get away with the things they have done. They are not smart enough to cover their trails. That is heartening.
1124am CST — a really big issue was just highlighted over the last few minutes. Mr. Eastman, who is from a marriage integrity group, has been saying that it’s been a systematic attack on his group and others like him in order to defund them so that gay marriage groups (like Equality Illinois in Chicago) could raise as much as they want while keeping groups that oppose them broke. So, Democrats use the IRS to target some groups for intimidation…so that those groups then can’t oppose groups that Democrats want to succeed.
This is why I will never, ever vote for another Democrat for any office in my entire life. I just don’t want to ever give any sort of approval to these tactics. I am sick of it and ashamed of it and angered by it.
Democrats know they can’t win on ideas…so they try to silence their opponents. That should not be acceptable. That is like a sports team constantly drugging their opponents, breaking their legs, or slashing the tires on their bus so they can’t get to the game. I hate that.
1130am CST — Fabulous! Closeted Republican Aaron Schock is speaking. He looks dorky here, but is quite the stud with his shirt off in Men’s Health magazine I do admit. When they show him from behind, he’s losing lots of hair on top though…so he won’t be a cover model for long. Enjoy the “hottest Congressman” label while it lasts, Aaron. And come out this month for Pride and start living your life as who you really are inside!
Schock’s asking for the budgets of the these groups that were harassed. It’s hilarious, but on his right wrist he’s wearing a “buddy bracelet”…these are bracelets that young twinks make for each other, kind of like a “going steady” thing. Might mean that Aaron has a boyfriend now (good for him!).
Schock’s establishing that the conservative groups had budgets like $254 a year or even -$1,300 a year (losing money)…while groups on the Left that were not harassed had giant budgets, especially that Organizing for America and other Obama cult groups that are never persecuted. An argument broke out where they tried to get Aaron Schock to yield his time but he wouldn’t…which is great of him.
I don’t have very much respect for Aaron Schock and he’s not a very nice guy here in Illinois…and he usually does what Democrats want him to do because he’s scared they will out him otherwise…but he didn’t do what they wanted and pretend this is not a problem today.
1148am CST — Congressman Marchant uses phrase “Conspiracy of Arrogance”. He says that the IRS has been lying to Congress for at least a year, more than more. Repeatedly the IRS has been lying to Congress in writing denying that conservatives and Christians have been persecuted by the IRS, when we know that this is true and has been happening.
That Mr. Eastman from the marriage group said that his group engages in the same activity as the HRC, but his group was harassed when the HRC was not harassed. So the IRS is clearly choosing to go after the side it does not want to win the debate.
Conspiracy of Arrogance is a great phrase for all of this. There needs to be criminal penalties for people in the IRS, not just “I’m sorry”.
1156am CST — Congresswoman Black from Tennessee asked about the IRS demanding the names of the 7th grade students who were participating in some Constitution learning class. The IRS was demanding the names of students to harass them. Geesh.
She then asks all the citizens assembled if they were scared off of activities…and people said that their donors were audited for the first times in their lives and people were afraid the government would come after their businesses.
You need to call, write, email, and fax your own Congress Critters and tell them how you feel about this.
Two other things that just keep coming up as another Congress Critter is talking:
* IRS demanded to know the content of people’s prayers
* Democrats keep talking about 501C3 versus 501c4 and then a 527 group. I don’t think a lot of people have a good handle on the differences between those. Making a list to write about that tomorrow or the next day. If you can find a good article with a nice illustration on that, please add it in comments.
1224pm CST — one of the Congress Critters who was just talking asked a great question: what do you want done?
I have to think about that and come up with a few specific things, other than jail the IRS officials involved. Enforce the law on the books and prosecute IRS officials for felonies. Reopen Alcatraz as a prison and allow people to poke at Lois Lerner and others through the bars with sticks. These are just off the top of my head.
You should start thinking about what you want to see happen to the IRS and write a letter to your Congress Critters about it.
1228pm CST — hearing adjourned.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Are you watching these hearings? What’s the most egregious thing you have heard the IRS do.
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I’ve been told that a lot of people find my “Ask a gay guy anything about the bad behavior of the gay community?” invitation enlightening..so I’ll remind you that you can use email or the comments thread on these Today in History posts all through the “pride” month of June to ask anything you’ve ever wondered about how the “gay community” operates and I will answer each one the next day, as best as possible. I note again that I probably am getting more out of this than you are, just because it’s fascinating to see what confounds or confuses straight people about “gay activism” in particular. Most of this stuff is so obvious to me because I see it everyday here in Boystown that I forget just how aggressively the Ministry of Truth that is the national media in this country refuses to tell any of you about the “dark side of the rainbow” that is everything bad gay people do but never get busted for by the press.
Here are some of the questions that came in yesterday and my answers to them:
1. QUESTION: I have long thought that there is a medical / scientific / genetic cause for homosexuality. (The real thing, not the seduced and “converted”). Possibly effect of maternal genetic mutation, effect of prescription drugs during pregnancy, etc. However, this research will likely NEVER EVER be done, because if a cause(s) can be identified, “cures” could be discovered, and the gay society / power structure / or whatever would totally prevent it. I would like to hear your opinion on this subject. I am a straight female and my best gay friend (that I could discuss freely with) died several years ago. Thanks.
ANSWER: I can speak on this in two different ways, from my personal life experience and then in more general terms with what I’ve observed both in the gay community and in nature. I don’t write about this often because not many people are interested in it, but one of my personal hobbies is paleontology of the Ice Age mammals and I also very much enjoy going to either the Lincoln Park Zoo or Brookfield Zoo here in Chicago and observing, sketching, and photographing the animals. I’ve always been fascinated by their behavior, particularly the ones who live in herds…and I especially have always been interested in the animals that lived long before humans were around to interfere with them in the act of our observations.
I think a lot of scientists, zoologists, and other academics are idiots. I’ve observed them, too, in their natural environments on university campuses and most of these people are very good at showing up for class and memorizing the material they need to pass an exam on whatever…but these people are not brilliant all-purpose thinkers. Most of them have agendas and will manipulate data to fit whatever predetermined theory they set out to prove…as we have seen with the climate-change-scare charlatans. Just because someone has a Phd at the end of his or her name does not mean that person should be listened to…because all it really means definitively is that his or her credit was good enough to fund all those years of tuition payments to a university and the person was a good enough rule-follower to have been awarded a degree by professors who seek to create mini-Me’s out of their students.
I mention all this because I think regular people on the street know more about what makes someone gay than a scientist does…and I don’t think the answer is in our genes, but I do think it has something to do with chemicals and hormones and the environment around a child when it is developing in the womb. I also think there is some truth to the notion that in large families the more children a mother has the more likely later children will be gay…but then I look around me at guys I know who are the oldest of several children and they are gay but the younger kids are not. Why is that?
Maybe it’s that scientists don’t know a damn thing when it comes to this…but I wonder if the babies are getting hormonal or chemical signals in utero that affect their sexuality…but then it’s a different coding being given to each child, with no pattern discernible. In some of the nature shows I’ve watched and in some of what I’ve read in books on various animal herds I’ve seen reference to some male animals being homosexual so that instead of competing for females they instead were like “uncles” to the herd…and were able bodied and available to fight and defend the group but they were not producing offspring of their own. That’s an interesting theory…and something similar could be happening with humans too…but it doesn’t explain why guys like me, who are only-children, end up gay and don’t have a lot of cousins or other people around.
None of the theories on why someone is gay from a genetic or biological perspective really work, because I think the only-child examples of gay men or women refute a lot of this…as does the eldest son in a family being gay (instead of the fifth son born, or whatever, which was attributed by some to nature protecting resources by not having that child be straight and competing for females).
Being gay is not a choice, though, and I can tell you that 100%. I could never choose to date a woman or want a relationship with one. I have incredible female friends who are just amazing…but I never wanted to so much as kiss one and back in school when I was forced to dance with girls for gym class or at homecoming or whatever it always made me so uncomfortable. It would, truly, be like YOU (if you are straight) being forced to slow dance with someone of your same gender. THAT is how that always felt for me.
The really funny thing about my life is that I think my parents picked up on me being gay about 10 years before I did…and it made them incredibly uncomfortable. It didn’t even occur to me that it was even an option to like boys until I went to college in New York. I don’t remember having any crushes on guys in high school or grade school, though some boys did fascinate me…but in ways like animals at the zoo fascinated me because they did such odd things. I just never liked sports and could not understand why other boys in my class wanted to run around and chase balls all day and hit or kick them to score points. It just seemed so stupid (and it still does). I knew I was missing whatever was in their brains that made them want to do that…but I’d much rather have been drawing under recess with my sketchpad or writing a story about everything that was happening on the playground. That’s always been my personality…I like to observe, explore, and document things…and have never been much for scoring goals or kicking stuff really hard.
I remember one time at the mall when I was maybe a freshman or a sophomore in high school and my mom and I were shopping for new school clothes…and we were just walking through the mall not doing anything attention-getting and some older guy with a letterman’s jacket walked by and was looking at me and I was totally clueless. My mother saw it, watched him, and then yanked me down another hallway of the mall; when I looked back I saw the guy standing there, and he was kind of smiling, and then it was just the blur of my mother making us get the heck out of there as fast as possible. She was really mad at me and said something like ‘What did you do?” and I had no idea what she was talking about.
It wasn’t until years later that I thought about this all again and realized that older high school guy had been checking me out and that my mother picked up on it when I didn’t. And I realize she figured it out because she was so nasty on the ride home in the car. This was in the early 1990s and I realize my mother did the best job she could as a parent…but she would get really nasty like that a lot, especially if something made her uncomfortable. And my being gay clearly made her uncomfortable even if she knew what I was years and years before I did. For some reason she thought I was flirting with that guy, or something…or sending him secret signals. It was so weird.
Clearly, I wouldn’t choose to be gay because being gay was such a bad thing in my parents’ eyes…and liking girls would have been so much easier. But, I just never liked girls. And I never will. Guys are really jerks a lot of the time, and sometimes I wonder if life really would be better without them…but then I look at something like Magic Mike and think, “Yup, I’m totally gay”:
Yah, that’s just beyond awesome. Where was I? Oh, yah…
There was nothing in my childhood that “made me gay”. I was never molested or touched by anyone. I never had any bad experience with any woman who could have “turned me” against girls. But, I just never had any interest at all in sports and I always felt different somehow from the other boys in my class…even if I didn’t realize why until I was 18. I was always really good at school, got straight As, was accomplished in art and I wrote little plays in elementary school. I loved studying animals and going to the natural history museum and I liked Thundercats and Transformers on tee-vee and the Star Wars movies…but also thought Dallas and Dynasty were fun to watch with my mom and grandmother. Going to a baseball game or whatever with my father was not, however, any fun…and neither was sitting in the car listening to those games while my parents drove somewhere. So, I had a little Walkman in the back and I’d be listening to Cyndi Lauper or Wham! or Laura Branigan in my own little world. I never wanted to be a girl or have girls’ things…and I didn’t want to be with one either.
And then when I was 18 and in college a guy from my French class just all of a sudden asked me out one day and the rest is history.
2. QUESTION: My main question is the gay community’s insistence on using the word marriage. My theory is that they not only want civil recognition, but they want religious institutions to be forced to marry them. My theory is that some of the more extreme activists want to test a case in the courts of a gay couple getting turned down for a religious marriage ceremony. This will be done because the activists hate religion in general
The reason “gay community leaders” such as Art Johnston and his Equality Illinois group in Chicago insist on calling it “gay marriage” is just to upset religious people and because they are fully aware that “marriage” is a religious sacrament. If they REALLY were interested in true equality, they would be lobbying for the state to stop using the word “marriage” for ANYONE and start calling the secular contracts “civil unions”.
That’s what I have been advocating for years now: calling what the state does “civil unions” and then the ceremony in a church or temple a “marriage” if someone has a religious ceremony. But states should not be “marrying” anyone, since they do not baptize people, administer communion, take confession, issue confirmation, bestow Holy Orders, or deliver last rites. The state has no business doing anything that’s a secular equivalent of a religious sacrament.
Let’s face it, what the state is doing with a “marriage” is just creating a contractual relationship between two consenting adults under the law…for various legal reasons. That’s a civil union and should be called such…whether it is a man and a woman, two men, or two women getting one of those. And, yes, it should be limited to just two people getting that together. In my opinion, it should also be limited so that someone can only get a civil union at most two times in his or her life…so that if they were divorced they can try one more time but that’s it. Though, truth be told, I’d love to see divorce come with a lot more penalties so that people wouldn’t treat getting “married” so casually.
Gay “activists” are really a sort of anarchist at heart because they believe that everything that exists in society is bad and must be destroyed in some way. They really don’t have any idea of what to replace it all with, but anything that is traditional or means something to anyone else is a target to be pissed upon. This only applies to American traditions or Christian beliefs, though…anything that is a cultural custom of a third world country or is a facet of Islam must be deeply respected…because those things are the opposite of what we have either in this country or in Christianity, so therefore they must be “good”.
Gay people are very simple-minded like this in a lot of ways, almost like small, bratty children. Things are “good” or “bad”, with the good things being whatever else out there hates the same things that the activists hate. Don’t ever be hesitant to state the obvious, too, that this is all about hate in the end. Hate fuels so much of what the gay community does. This is all about lashing out, destroying, tearing things down, annihilating enemies…it’s not ever really about raising gay people up and everyone getting along and being happy together.
3. QUESTION: Why is the gay agenda now focused on ‘outing’ gay sports stars in the major sports i.e.: NBA, NFL, MLB?
ANSWER: I don’t know if I would say there is an agenda to “out” anyone, because the “gay community” really doesn’t do this. “Outing” is a huge sin in gay ranks and people who out others are ostracized. I get so much hatemail from gays when I talk about closeted gay politicians like Aaron Schock, Lindsey Graham, Barack Obama, and others…or when I talk about closeted-gay actors and entertainers who are involved in politics (because these guys covertly push the Left’s agenda to their fans but aren’t honest about the fact that they are largely doing so because they are gay). There’s a web gossip named Perez Hilton who actually got death threats and all sorts of grief for dragging Ricky Martin and several other gay entertainers kicking and screaming out of the closet…and the blowback was so bad that he swore never to “out” anyone again.
There are a lot of gay players currently in sports, and people on the teams know who is who. Surprisingly, there are a lot of gay hockey players…and then I think the next sport with the most gays is probably soccer, then baseball, then football, and finally basketball (where it’s the Down Low club of closeted black gays we’re talking about). I’ve never seen, heard, or read anything in the “gay community” where people were trying to actively out a sports star…though it would be incredibly exciting in the gay community if these guys did start coming out.
Personally, I think they are fools to stay closeted. They would make SO MUCH MONEY if they just came out, because they could land sponsorships with clothing labels, beer and liquor brands, fitness equipment and gyms, and every other product or service geared to the “gay community”. On top of that, an openly gay sports star could walk around like a living god on a strip of gay bars like Halsted in Boystown…and he could have his absolute pick of any of the trade he and his entourage would find out and about. These guys are just morons to stay in the closet…and they are leaving so much money on the table.
I think they stay closeted because the owners of the teams and the coaches are morons too. They think that straight fans would be upset if they knew that the guys on the field were “fags”…but I think that’s not giving straight guys any credit. I have a lot of straight male friends and they don’t give a damn who is gay and who isn’t. In fact, a truly straight guy loves having a gay guy as a friend…especially when a group of guys is going out drinking or whatever. A gay in this situation is called a “fag stag”, and is kind of like setting up a lure for women…since they will approach a group of guys with the gay friend present since it seems less threatening than a group of guys otherwise would be. The gay guy then plays wingman for his straight friends, and women who like talking to a gay guy then get introduced to his straight friends. It’s such a win-win for everyone.
Gay guys love having hot female friends for the same reason…they become lures for straight guys to come around, or for other gay guys who also want to have a hot female friend…since it’s a status symbol for a gay guy to have a “Grace” or two (or a dozen) of his own. You don’t know straight women like that unless you are attractive, successful, and special in some way…and guys look at a gay guy who has a beautiful circle of friends and think “he must have his life together if he’s rolling like that”…so the other guy will come up and ask him out.
Win, win, win for everyone!
I wish the rumor would be true that sometime this June a whole herd of closeted athletes are going to come out…but I also hope every June that this is finally the year that Aaron Schock in the House and Lindsey Graham in the Senate come out as gay Republicans. I am not holding my breath for any of this, though.
4. QUESTION: Do you think more homosexuals are being born now than say, 40 years ago? I think there are and I question the advancement of chemical birth control as a possible reason.
ANSWER: No, not at all…but I think more people are coming out and being honest than would have before. One thing that is DEFINITELY happening is that gay guys aren’t being forced to get married and have children and live secret lives anymore. Do you remember that movie Far From Heaven from a few years ago? That is not happening in 2013. I’m 36 and my boyfriend Justin is 26 and I can say with great certainly that hardly anyone under 30 was ever pressured to lead a closeted life like that, at least not in this country.
Guys Justin’s age and younger aren’t even forced to have fake girlfriends in high school (called “beards”) to conceal the fact that they are gay…and are instead coming out in high school. Which is both awesome and mind-blowing to me….though if I had realized I was gay in high school I would have been open about it and would have taken a guy to prom and all of that. That would have made the news too, since it was a Catholic School that would have fought me on it, I’m sure. But I would have won and it would have been a movie of the week, probably. But, I didn’t know I was really gay until college.
There’s a bar in Boystown called The Lucky Horseshoe that I happen to love, because no one in there has any pretense or attitude. It’s a male strip club and about 1/2 the strippers are tragic wrecks or illegals from Mexico…but the other half are fascinating to talk to; most are smart guys who actually are stripping to pay for school and will only be out there on the stage a year or two, tops. Those guys always have great stories about the older men who come in…the ones in their 60s and 70s who are married and have grandsons who are the age of the strippers. There’s just so much angst and pain in these grandpas, because they were forced to have lives they never wanted and now everyone who forced them to do that is long dead. They would have much rather been male strippers in a gay bar themselves when they were in their 20s (if such places had existed).
Stepping into The Shoe you can just feel the regret and the longing for all those missed opportunities as you realize that every older guy haunting the place is wishing he had his life to do over again. I always buy these grandpas drinks in thanks to the universe for not making me have a forced marriage or pretend girlfriends or any of that. I’m so happy I missed all that, even if I do regret that I didn’t know who I was and wasn’t out in high school. But, I look at it that I just missed 4 years of experiences as a gay guy (since I came out in college instead of high school) while these other guys missed 40 years. Which is so sad.
Whoever you are and whatever you are, just love yourself and be yourself. If you weren’t able to do that yesterday, then do it today while you have the chance…because all of us really are only dancing on this Earth for a short while. So make the most of it.
5. QUESTION: how do you recommend that Christians (Catholics in particular), deal on a personal level when engaging with angry gays? If practicing loving patience and charity just gets us labeled as weak, or trying to explain the Church’s teaching on sexuality gets us labeled as hatefilled, and mentioning human weakness/ sin and forgiveness gets us called hypocrites, then for pete’s sake what are we supposed to do????
ANSWER: I think the big thing I’d like to see happen is for Christians to start sticking together and calling out gays on bad behavior, especially when the Gaystapo is maligning Christians (either individually or as a group). Conservatives tend to make the same stupid mistakes every time anything happens, which is so frustrating. I wish that would stop. I don’t know why people don’t learn.
When the Gaystapo starts screeching about something, Christians coast to coast need to get on every website, radio show, and tee-vee program they can and denounce gays as bullies and point out that what they are doing is just part of the Left’s attack machine against conservatives.
Start talking openly about the fact that the “gay community” lies all the time and that gays are just useful idiots for Democrats. Point out to gays themselves how they are used by the Left…and remind every gay who says Christians are evil that Muslims actually behead gays in the streets in the Middle East, so perhaps they need to turn their ire at their real “enemies”.
Just keep reminding gays that they are being used by people like Art Johnston in Chicago, who is the embodiment of the Gaystapo here. Every major city has someone like Art, whose job it is to keep gays on the Left’s reservation. Perhaps if enough people shouted back at gays that they are just being used by the Left that some of them would listen.
Ask these people what Democrats have really ever done for them or how any of the tax money collected ever really goes back into directly helping gays.
Never think “turning the other cheek” or “walking away so as to not dignify this with a response” is a smart solution. That doesn’t work.
But it also is a waste of your energy thinking you can change gay people’s minds or force them to behave civilly. That’s not going to happen, folks.
HOWEVER, I will tell you what would be a major shock to gays: if Christians stopped allowing themselves to be bullied and instead starting calling out gays as bullies. Great Merciful Zeus, if this started to happen the Gaystapo would have rainbow-infused heart attacks coast to coast.
Everything the Left currently does is based on the fact that whenever needed the Gaystapo can get Christians to retreat and disappear just by trotting out gays to scream at them and call them hateful names. That has always made Christians shrink and withdraw, in much the way that blacks are moved around like chess pieces to frighten conservatives with accusations of being “Ray Ciss!”. The Left counts on Christians and conservatives reacting in certain, predictable ways…and dummies that they are, Christians and conservatives keep DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN while expecting different results. It’s madness.
I think gays should be treated like small children by Christians and conservatives. When they act up and are bratty and obnoxious, they should not be ignored and allowed to screech unanswered. Instead, religious people need to come out and in very loud voices call the “gay community” a bunch of bullies and thugs…and then make the bigger connection to everyone listening that this same garbage gets trotted out whenever the Left wants to monopolize an issue…and that everyone is just tired of all this repetitious nonsense at this point.
Demand that gay people behave like civilized adults, instead of Lost Boys and wayward grown children.
React to screaming and yelling and hurled pejoratives by calling those doing the shouting bullies and obnoxious brats.
Don’t slink away and cower when the Gaystapo comes to rattle you…instead stare them down and show them they have no power over you.
THAT is how I would handle these people…because on the few occasions where I’ve seen anyone respond to the Gaystapo this way I’ve noticed that the Left really doesn’t know what to do and has no “Plan B” ready, as what they’ve been doing to Christians and conservatives has mostly otherwise worked so well in the past.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other issues do you have with the ‘gay community’ and what other things have you wondered about that ‘gay activists’ always do?
What else is on your mind on any topic this Tuesday, June 4th 2013?
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[ Click above to embiggen: Some of the promotional material for website www.BradleyThomasComic.com, which was wiped clean of all content on the morning of Friday 5/31/13 after our initial reporting on "The Case of the Stripping School Teacher" was published ]
A sixth grade teacher in a Chicago Public School classroom has been identified as a moonlighting stand-up comic who mocks his black students’ names, intelligence, and home life in degrading “comedy routines” staged in the city’s LGBTQAI community…where gay Chicago men have a longstanding habit of making racist, “ghetto” jokes at the expense of black people…but are never called-out on it because gays are a protected and favored class in our national media; a gay public school teacher ridiculing and degrading his black students for the amusement of gay audiences thus pits two of the institutional Left’s primary demographic groups against one another in as politically-incorrect terms as possible. Chicago’s now faced with the rare spectacle of wondering whom the media will side with on this one: the black children being mocked or the gay comic who degrades them on stage?
Bradley Thomas Balof, a gay, white, male teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago continues to perform his standup routine at venues like Zanies in Old Town, with troupes such as OutLoud Chicago, and in appearances at Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown (where Balof also serves as the bar’s master-of-ceremonies (MC) for special events and regularly dances nearly-nude as an in-house erotic entertainer).
Balof’s “comedy stylings” at Sidetrack and other gay venues include:
* Mocking the names of his black students, particularly the females, as “Shaquisha”, “Loquisha”, “”Shaniqua” , “Bon’Qui Qui”, and other variations of same that are disturbingly popular “jokes” amongst many gay men in Chicago
* Informing his audiences that he’s a public school teacher in Chicago who is exasperated by the lack of learning ability of his black students…and then detailing their academic struggles on stage in a “my students are so funny, they think 2 plus 2 is 5″ kind of way; other “jokes” in this vein involved the children not knowing what various sexual or other adult terms meant and then having “funny” responses to Balof about them
* Affecting a “ghetto accent” and taking on “ghetto black mannerisms” while telling “jokes” about the black people he claims to encounter during his teaching day
* Ridiculing black parents, especially the mothers, for the poor school performance of their kids
* Maligning black women as welfare queens and linking their reproductive frequency to the lackluster academic performance of their children
* Presenting himself on stage as a sainted martyr for having to “put up with black kids all day at work”
Balof regularly performs these “jokes” as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for high-profile events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is owned by prominent Chicago gay activists Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (who are also the principle fundraisers and founders for/of the lobbying organization Equality Illinois). Johnston and Pena are regularly present for Balof’s comedy routines and laugh along with the rest of the gay audience as Balof mocks black people unrelentingly. This is especially disturbing, since Johnston and Pena take the stage at these same events to promote Equality Illinois’ purported mission of achieving “equality for everyone in Illinois”…but then they laugh uproariously when one of their employees lambasts the culture and intelligence of black Chicago children and their parents.
I have personally and repeatedly complained to both Johnston and Pena about the offensive nature of the “comedy” performed at Sidetrack, with Pena in particular telling me in his thick accent that he didn’t care about complaints and that he “thinks this is funny”…and so Sidetrack will keep doing what it’s been doing, with Pena’s personal approval, regardless of how awful some of these “jokes” truly are.
Sidetrack the Video Bar films all of its special events MC-ed by Balof and stores these recordings digitally in its VJ/sound booth above its Main Bar room at 3349 N. Halsted in Boystown; as of Friday 5/31/13, it appears an investigation now has been launched by the Chicago Public Schools administration to obtain copies of all these videos for review, as Sidetrack has never made these performances by Balof available on its website or YouTube. There is an entire video production facility in-house and on-site at Sidetrack, with three or four dedicated staff members in charge of filming, editing, and archiving every event that happens in the bar.
[ Click PLAY above: as of this writing, this commercial for "Laugh Track" found on YouTube is the only film from the events available; while it does not show the racist jokes about public school students that are so offensive and only offers a taste of what "Laugh Track" was all about, it does prove that these shows were filmed by Sidetrack using the bar's video production facilities. You can see screens to the sides of the comics where they're being projected while they work the microphone; a Sidetrack camera operator was filming them so it could be broadcast on the screens and those performances were then captured digitally and archived in the Sidetrack VJ/sound booth ]
From the summer of 2010 through the spring of 2011, Balof and fellow comic Adam Guerino additionally staged the “Laugh Track” live comedy shows held at Sidetrack on Thursday nights; these featured standup comedy performances by Balof where he used his life as a public school teacher in majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary as the basis for his performance sets. Another Sidetrack co-owner, Chuck Hyde, was quoted in November of 2010 saying these “Laugh Track” shows had “been growing rapidly…We know that there’s a whole lot of talent in our community that doesn’t always get to showcase, so this just seemed like a natural fit” for Sidetrack the Video Bar. Another interview with Guerino revealed that he, Hyde, and Balof had conceived the idea for “Laugh Track” together and were the principle driving forces of the weekly events.
These “Laugh Track” shows were heavily promoted by owners Johnston, Pena, and Hyde with lavish posters and ads in all of the city’s gay entertainment publications. By all accounts, they were extremely well-attended and brought a lot of business into the bar on what was otherwise a slow night of the week. But, the consistently degrading nature of the material aimed at black people and children quickly soured audiences and “Laugh Track” was canceled unceremoniously in 2011…with most references to it disappeared down the “memory hole”. After hoping the ill will and hurt feelings that initial year of performances caused had been forgotten, Sidetrack attempted to resurrect “Laugh Track” again in the spring of 2012…but it was not restored as regularly featured entertainment in the bar. Balof, however, continued his racist comedy stylings at Sidetrack whenever he took the mic as an MC of special events and still performs at Zanies and other venues whenever they will have him…making fun of the black students in his sixth grade class wherever he can plug in a microphone.
Balof’s official performance biography describes him under his stage name “Bradley Thomas” as:
Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom. Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent. Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art. Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you dont beat him to the punch. If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.
A “bottom”, as listed in the bio above, is a reference to Balof’s preferred position during anal sex (in which he elects to be the receptive partner); this is the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian list personal information such as this in a program bio…and one that his sixth grade students could easily find online in an internet search, no less.
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It’s Very Common for the Institutional Left to Commit Perjury When They Think They Will Get Away With It
[ Click above to embiggen: the Bonfire of the Gay Vanities ]
In the past several weeks, we’ve heard horrific reports of both the institutional Left using the IRS as a weapon of retribution against conservatives and Christians and current (for now) Attorney General Eric Holder committing perjury during Congressional hearings…because those in the Obama Regime arrogantly believe the rule of law does not apply to them and that they can do as they please without consequence.
While these events happen on the national scene, you’re no doubt aware that Leftists on all levels (federal, state, county, and local) see nothing wrong with any of this…so long as it’s conservatives and Christians being persecuted by the Obama Regime and the Democrat-controlled federal government. A group of college students even delighted their Leftist professors by getting together to send the IRS a thank-you card for intimidating, bullying, and maliciously auditing opponents of the Obama Regime…and the Democrat “activists” who committed a felony by bugging Senator Mitch McConnell’s office today gleefully exclaimed “they’d do it again!”. The institutional Left firmly believes that when those on the right are on the receiving end of deliberate persecution that the “right” people are “getting what they deserve” and that all ends justify these means. Somewhere in the bowels of Hades, Saul Alinsky is smiling.
If you are a lifelong conservative or religious person who wonders how anyone in this country could ever think it’s a good thing (worthy of a thank-you card, no less) for Democrats to use the government to persecute their professed enemies, then you need to take a look at what happens every day in Leftist-controlled cities like Chicago…and, in particular, enclaves like Boystown where the “gay community” employs these kinds of tactics against their “enemies” all the time (but you just never hear about it because the media won’t report it, since gays are favored tools of the Left and the media will never shine a light on gays’ bad behavior). The deeper you wade into the Left’s marked territory in states like Illinois, the more you will see that the sort of thing the IRS and Eric Holder have been doing is quite commonplace for Obama’s followers nationwide. It’s just standard operating procedure, actually, and gays in Chicago are mostly wondering what took Democrats so long to use the IRS and Justice Department to go for conservatives’ throats like this…because on the local level these guys do things like this all the time to their own personal enemies. It’s just that no one ever tells you about it.
The “gay community” you hear so much about in the media (you know, the special “community” that’s always claiming to be victims of bullying or harassment from others) is actually led by particularly ruthless gay individuals who more often than not are aggressive victimizers themselves…doing the sort of thing to others that they claim conservatives and Christians do to them…and believing they can get away with it because they are gay and are a special, pet class in the eyes of the media. You might remember Bret Easton Ellis calling these people the “gay cultural elite” or “gay magical elves”…but I’ve long-called them “The Gaystapo”, because prominent gay “community leaders” enforce a policy of complete annihilation against any gay man or lesbian who ever speaks out against any of the bad things that gay people do…especially when it’s a case of prominent gays persecuting Christians or using the government to come after their enemies.
I’ve told you before about a shocking lawsuit that is now in the deposition phase and making its way towards trial in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in the courtroom of Judge Amy St. Eve…where a former employee of the gay establishment Sidetrack the Video Bar is suing owner Art Johnston (the self-styled “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and inductee into the local “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame”) for four counts of sexual harassment (and hostile work environment), religious discrimination (and hostile work environment), retaliation, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This is a case involving a gay, Christian employee of Johnston’s named “J.P.” who was relentlessly harassed both sexually and because of his religious beliefs while working at Sidetrack…and then he was subjected to emotional torture by Sidetrack’s management and employees for complaining about what was being done to him in a bar owned and operated by “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee” Art Johnston. It is the absolute height of hypocrisy and a case that’s got everyone in Boystown buzzing…because it’s horrifying to many to see that after all these years of Johnston taking to soap boxes to claim that gay people were perpetual victims of bullying it’s now clear that gay people can actually be extremely effective bullies of Christians when they intend to be. The whole thing has a very “Bonfire of the Vanities” feel to it, because the case involves the most prominent gay man in Chicago — a person who regularly rails against Christians and conservatives as evil bigots — actually being the one inflicting pain, suffering, and abuse on another and violating a Christian’s civil rights due in part to his commitment to Jesus Christ.
If roles were reversed and it was another story about a prominent religious figure who was openly persecuting a gay guy, the media would be all over this like white on rice (or pink on a drag queen)…but the reason you have not heard a rainbow peep about this from anyone but me is because there is a complete embargo in the news about “gay community leaders” ever doing anything wrong to others. I guess the media believes that if they don’t talk about it, then it never happened…which has been the strategy of choice for the Obama Regime through the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the AP phone taps, Pigford, Fast & Furious, and everything else that’s befallen us in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
When this story breaks nationally (and I guarantee it will, if I have to seance the ghosts of Dominick Dunne and Truman Capote to help me cover it on a daily basis when the trial starts) it’s going to be mighty hard for the institutional Left to trot gays out in front of the media in the future and claim conservatives and Christians are so evil…because here in Chicago this case against Johnston and Sidetrack proves that gays are hypocrites…in that they don’t pass up an opportunity to do to others what they claim is so terrible when it’s done to them…because they are just so used to getting away with this stuff and think no one will ever call them out.
Well, I’m calling Art Johnston and Sidetrack out for their bad behavior…and I hope you do too!
J.P., the employee who filed suit against Johnston and Sidetrack, was mercilessly harassed and retaliated against as punishment from Johnston for complaining to the EEOC about the hostile work conditions in Boystown’s largest and best-known gay bar. Johnston, who is a large fundraiser for and cultish supporter of Barack Obama’s, declared all-out war on his former employee in retaliation for his complaint…including falsely challenging the poor guy’s unemployment benefits, with Sidetrack’s chosen representative in the hearings that followed perjuring himself while under oath on five separate occasions in an attempt to tell enough lies to have J.P.’s unemployment benefits taken away from him. The good news is that the administrative judge assigned by the state saw through the perjury and ruled that Sidetrack’s representative, its accountant Bryan Portman, was “not credible”…which is a polite way of saying the man was a damn and dirty liar while under oath; the bad news is that having his unemployment benefits challenged over a period of several months where Sidetrack kept lying during the hearings inflicted severe emotional distress on a young man who was trying desperately to find a new job. Instead of being able to focus on that, he had to worry about what new lies Sidetrack would tell at hearings or what else employees of Johnston’s would do to either silence him or intimidate him into dropping his lawsuit.
Like Obama and Holder on the national level, Johnston’s long been accustomed to fawning praise in the Chicago media, no doubt in part to the large sums of money he gives to causes dear to the institutional Left and the role Johnston has always served as an attack dog in Illinois (always ready, willing, and enthusiastic about making speeches or granting interviews condemning one conservative or Christian or another as evil incarnate and an enemy of gay people…which always comes in handy in election years, because one of Democrats’ favorite tactics is to polarize their opponents as loathsome villains and alienate them from voters because “they are enemies of the gay community”); because of all the chits he’s collected through the years from the Chicago Machine, Johnston behaves like someone who does not believe that laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to him…at least in part because the media refuses to hold prominent gays like him accountable for anything.
All of this is instructive for anyone struggling with what’s happening in Washington right now with Holder and the officials from the IRS who are either lying under oath or are pleading the Fifth (like Lois Lerner from the IRS) to avoid directly lying (since telling the truth would force them to admit they were in fact abusing government agencies to punish and persecute “enemies” of Barack Obama); conservatives always seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that people on the Left have absolutely no qualms about doing things like this…and that they do it every day, in matters local or national. This is just how they are wired and as long as they keep getting away with it they will just keep on doing it. Especially when Democrats hold so many state and national offices.
I became an armchair expert on perjury in the state of Illinois because of this suit that J.P. brought against Johnston and Sidetrack as I’m one of the witnesses in the case and was present when Sidetrack’s accountant, Bryan Portman, lied under oath repeatedly during those IDES hearings. As a result, I have clearly become one of Art Johnston’s most favorite people in the whole wide world. I was forced to submit an affidavit attesting to the fact I witnessed the perjury, as well as evidence that established that Portman was indeed purposefully lying in an attempt to manufacture misconduct on J.P.’s part that would have justified his termination by Johnston. J.P. complained to IDES about the fact that Sidetrack as an employer perjured itself in the hearings…but IDES said it has no mechanism under Illinois statute to do anything about it. An employer lying to IDES is indeed illegal…but IDES isn’t empowered to even so much as fine the employer for doing that.
Apparently, perjury under oath only seems to matter if a prosecutor selectively decides to enforce the statutes prohibiting it; this appears to be one of those “selective enforcement” issues, with prosecutors claiming they never have resources to pursue perjury against someone…unless that person is high profile enough to be dragged before the cameras in some political move Democrats have engineered. I spent a few weeks hounding officials at IDES until I was able to speak to the General Counsel and someone in the Executive Director’s office…and I learned that a big city like Chicago depletes county and state resources in so many other ways that prosecutors will never bring charges against an employer for lying under oath at an unemployment benefits hearing. The fact that the state’s attorney general can credibly say “we don’t have the resources to file charges against Bryan Portman and Sidetrack for perjury” is license for Illinois to just look the other way when a prominent gay-owned business is the victimizer and law-breaking…but you better believe that “resources” would materialize lickety-split if it was a Christian business being accused of perjuring itself in hearings against a gay employee.
Since someone like Art Johnston knows he can get away with almost anything in Illinois, there was nothing to give him any sort of pause when it came to sending Portman to those hearings to perjure himself. He knew he’d never be punished when it was clear Portman was lying and probably figured he’d roll the dice and maybe luck out if Portman was a good enough liar to convince the judge to take J.P.’s benefits away. The goal, according to the suit filed against Johnston and Sidetrack in federal court, was to cause J.P. severe emotional distress by forcing him to worry for months about what was going to happen to his benefits…perhaps in an attempt to get him to drop his suit if Sidetrack would stop challenging those benefits he depended upon.
The media will never allow you to believe that a “gay community” leader like Art Johnston in Chicago can be the victimizer and not a perpetual victim, the way that the institutional Left insists on treating and using gays…but I hope you are smart enough to see just how often “gay community leaders” like Johnston act as the Left’s goon squads and enforcers in the political and cultural arena…since the media prevents conservatives and Christians from ever saying a bad word about gays (lest they be branded the dreaded “homophobes!” pejorative).
In a sick way, it’s almost a sign of immense progress in the country that a man like Johnston — who claims to be an activist and civil rights leader but is really a rather entitled Alinskyite at heart — is now the one abusing other people’s civil rights…since it shows that the march towards equality for gays has finally reached a point where, YES, gays are so equal and mainstream in America now that they are just as likely to victimize others as they are to be victims themselves.
This is quite similar to our first black Attorney General committing perjury, willfully breaking the law, looking the other way and never prosecuting favored groups, and doing all the other terrible things he’s done in the last five years….in much the same way that racist Attorneys General of the past possibly victimized black people under Jim Crowe. But, here in 2013 we have a black AG appointed by the “historic and unprecedented first black president” who uses his office to mostly persecute and punish white people in violation of the law…while in Chicago we’ve got a self-styled “gay community leader” who appears to be the biggest and most abusive bully in town and who does things to his Christian employees that gay people in the past would have accused religious people of doing to them in a 1950s workplace. In a sick way, it’s actually weirdly refreshing that our country has course-corrected in such a way that people who would have been legitimate victims 60 years ago are now so protected and favored in our culture that they feel empowered to assume the roles of victimizers.
We have truly become so equal and advanced in this country that the real racists in power are now black and the malicious bigots are actually now gay…though the Ministry of Truth that is our media continues pretending that the opposite’s still true, even though our world hasn’t been that way in a long, long time.
I’m not sure if that’s the hopeychange Barack Obama promised us back in 2008…but it’s certainly what we’ve got in Chicago and Washington in 2013.
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?
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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