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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How Barack Obama and Rock Hudson Are Alike (Hint: a complicit press worked a clear agenda to protect their secrets for years). Oh, and they’re also both gay as rainbows.
[ Click above to embiggen ]
I recently watched an episode of the series “The Will” that’s available on Amazon Instant Video right now, which investigates the controversies surrounding the settling of celebrity estates and trusts; the episode of note (Season 2, Episode 5: The Estate of Rock Hudson) was about what happened to Rock Hudson’s millions after he died in 1985 and the world finally “discovered” Rock was gay (shocker!)…and had purposefully never disclosed his HIV status to his live-in male lover at the time, Marc Christian MacGinnis. I’m 36 and was just a kid when Rock died…but I remember most people being shocked to learn that this famous Hollywood leading man was actually gay for all those many years of his career as a heterosexual heartthrob, having Pillow Talk with Doris Day, smooching Julie Andrews in some random movie, running around with Susan St. James as his pretend wife on the tee-vee, tangling with Elizabeth Taylor in Giant, bearding it up with Phyllis Gates as his pretend wife in real life, and finally freaking Linda Evans out by kissing her on “Dynasty” (back when people were largely ignorant of how HIV spreads and the poor woman thought for many months she’d caught the then-quickly-fatal disease (and not to mention cooties) from her on-screen lip lock with deeply closeted gay Rock Hudson).
As you’d see if you click the link above, the investigators on “The Will” spent a good amount of time explaining to the audience why so many people were so stunned to learn that Rock was gay…even though those who lived and worked in Hollywood knew about his romantic preferences and general antics for years. Looking back on the man and his career, it’s incredibly obvious that he was gay, was hosting fabulous pool parties for barely-dressed young bucks, and that he engaged in a sham marriage with a studio secretary (that would be Phyllis Gates) because he needed that playacting for his public image (to beard what he was doing in private).
In case you haven’t figured this part out, “beards” in this context aren’t the scruffy, manly thing actors Chris Pine and Ben Affleck look awesome sporting on their faces…but the opportunistic sort, of the female persuasion, that closeted male celebrities squire on their arms (to fool the rubes into believing they are He-Man, die-hard, heterosexuals). Actors have been doing this since the advent of Hollywood fame (if not before motion pictures even existed)…and somewhere along the line in recent decades the political world has followed suit. Maybe when the country elected a former actor to be president in the 1980s the Washington establishment decided the best way to manage political image was by cribbing notes from the honchos of the old studio system in California, which protected the “brand” of marketable gay-men-posing-as-straight by teaming them up with beards best suited for the role.
This, of course, makes Michelle Obama the most high-profile and powerful beard in history (even if it can’t get her to dress worth a damn (or find a convincingly realistic wig and stick with it), unlike the countless Hollywood beards that have sprouted up before her).
My good friend Justine who retired to Toluca Lake, California was in her 20s back in Rock’s promiscuous heyday and she well remembers his house in Beverly Hills, which he called “The Castle”. Back then, there was a club in Los Angeles named Studio One that attracted all sorts of celebrities of the mid-70s to the cleaner, less drug-hazed, and more vibrant version of New York’s Studio 54. While people like Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, and even Jackie Kennedy were buzzing down to the dank VIP pit in 54 (which was actually just a basement-cum-exclusive-lounge…no pun intended, I swear) to hold court amidst all that trademarked debauchery, the likes of Farrah Fawcett, Elizabeth Taylor, and Raquel Welch were dazzling Studio One with sporadic appearances where they were embraced and admired by “their gays”. In keeping with the natural laws of gay physics, wherever there are celebrated female divas there will always be an endless supply of hot, young gay guys in their retinue…since gay guys are attracted to these women by gravitational force (if never sexual chemistry) and the lure of their vicarious limelight.
Justine remembers Rock’s assistants and procurers coming “down the hill” from The Castle to invite the hottest, tallest, and blondest men back to the mansion to have a swim and meet Rock…since a closeted Hollywood movie star couldn’t come down to Studio One to pick up boys himself. It seemed to Justine that picking up studs for Rock Hudson was a full-time job that just about everyone in those circles knew about. “Nice work if you can get it, right?”, she told me, while explaining that the procurers weren’t at all subtle about what they were doing…and that they didn’t have to be, since most guys were closeted themselves and saw no benefit in talking to anyone about Rock Hudson having the modern equivalent of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog’s models delivered to his “Castle” on a regular basis…as if the guy was ordering-in Kung Pao chicken or Orange Beef.
“The Will” confirmed Justine’s take on this, since all of the celebrity tabloids and media outlets of the time knew that Rock was gay but would never run any stories on it. In fact, the owners of those publications SPECIFICALLY and EMPHATICALLY refused to “out” major movie stars (even the ones who, unlike Rock, weren’t so discrete and were picking up boys of their own in person in the West Hollywood bars of the day). Sometimes entertainment writers in Photoplay magazine or whatever would make inside-jokes or drop clues and hints about what was really going on (much like Matt Drudge does here in 2013 on his Drudge Report regarding Barack Obama’s homosexuality), but that was more of a game they played with regular readers who were also in-the-know.
This is all echoed in how the media at-large operates to this day, where guys like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Will Smith, Zac Ephron, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lucas Haas, Billy Zane, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Kevin Connelly (geesh, what is it with gay Kevins?), Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Vin Diesel, and Ryan Seacrest have one beard or another on their arms almost at-all-times and engage in either sham marriages with willing, ambitious women or just cycle through a series of studio-manufactured “girlfriends” to keep people from gossiping about who they really wake up next to in the morning (hint: that person has morning stubble in addition to bed head).
If you are smart and savvy and can read between the lines in entertainment magazines (or get the straight truth on who’s gay in Hollywood from sites like WeHoConfidential or Blind Gossip, which are both regular reads for anyone who wants to discover the truth about celebrities the media pushes on us), you’ll know that reporters play along with the game of never outing a celebrity unless “The Powers That Be” (TPTB) want to destroy the guy for some reason. That rarely happens, though, because I think the papers fear a backlash against them for the outing…and they figure they can make more money in the long run by keeping quiet, blackmailing the celebrity for access, and eventually publishing everything they have in their files on the guy after he’s dead or comes out of the closet on his own (like Richard Chamberlain, Tab Hunter, Troy Donahue, and George Takei did eventually).
If you are wondering who constitutes “TPTB”, your guess is as good as mine…but since most companies are owned by other larger companies and a town like Hollywood is run by a handful of very wealthy and influential people who maintain their grips on power by channeling the Mount Olympus scenes from the original Clash of the Titans (or, to really gay things up to Great Merciful Zeus! level around here…the Olympian scenes in the Broadway stage production of “Xanadu”)…you can deduce that white-haired men somewhere who play Zeus decide which of the little clay figures transformed into dazzling stars will be forever protected and which ones will come crashing down in flames in the tabloids, once they’ve exhausted their usefulness.
Though I don’t believe the same exact “TPTB” in charge of Hollywood holds exclusive sway in Washington, I think that a lot of these people overlap…particularly when a Democrat is in the White House.
Now more than ever before, the worlds of politics and entertainment have merged…and closeted gay politicians of both parties are protected by a “studio system” equivalent that largely embargoes any stories that would “out” these men…until a time comes when Democrats need to nuke the guy to achieve some goal of the Left’s.
[ Click above to embiggen: the worst kept secret in Republican ranks in Illinois is that Aaron Schock is as gay as I am ]
For instance, right here in Chicago I’ve personally seen — with my own eyes — Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria in the Chicago gay bar MiniBar caressing and kissing on some pretty hot guys before he won his Congressional seat and became a pinup model in Men’s Health magazine (and, oddly, a darling of the media who is trotted around, often shirtless, for tons of interviews in all sorts of glossy magazines). This was in 2008 and Schock was not at all secretive and had no fears of being recognized…since the odds of someone in a gay bar in Chicago geared towards twenty-somethings knowing who a Republican politician was were pretty slim. The Democrats who spotted Schock just smiled, no doubt complimented him on his taste in men and ability to pickup a buff soccer player or two…all the while knowing he’d forever be in their back pocket when they needed him in the future (since they’d blackmail him to vote their way whenever they’d want…lest they out Schock and reveal his taste for other men).
Conservative people are incredibly good and nice at heart…but are very naive by nature. I think that’s because they find it hard to understand the duplicity and relentlessly conniving nature of the political Left. One of the things that perplexes lifelong Republicans I know is that they don’t understand why Democrats are ready and willing to help Aaron Schock rise to even greater power in the future…and might even allow him to become a Senator or the Governor of Illinois someday; Democrats are obviously doing this since they know full well that they can always control Schock by threatening to out him if he ever strays from the plantation. And since they know they can control him, it’s advantageous to maneuver Schock higher up in Republican ranks, where he can be more useful to Democrats (and increasingly more vulnerable to blackmail). This way, even if Democrats lose a statewide office when Schock beats a Democrat who ran against him the Left still “wins”, technically, because Schock’s one of the Republicans that Democrats control through blackmail. It’s actually almost better for the Left that they maintain a few closeted gay Republicans on the blackmail roles like this, because whenever the Left needs “bipartisan support” for anything THESE are the guys that are rushed in front of the camera to help Democrats sell Americans another manure-sandwich and tell them how delicious (or, should that be how fabulous) it all is.
[ Click above to embiggen. Though I can’t do anything about getting the Kim Carnes’ out of your head now. ]
That’s how Democrats have controlled Lindsey Graham for years…and why he’s always racing to support things like amnesty for Mexican criminals in this country so he can be “that bipartisan voice” that comes out to call conservatives unreasonable whenever Republicans are actually taking an important stand on something that matters. If Graham doesn’t do what his masters on the Left tell him to do, they will out him in spectacular and embarrassing fashion…the way they did to Senator Larry Craig and Congressman Mark Foley (the former was labeled “the bathroom toe-tapper” and the latter was the creep chasing after Congressional pages back in 2006…though both of their outings were timed perfectly to help Democrats gain momentum in the upcoming Congressional races, which allowed the Left to take back the House). In case you’re keeping score, that means the Left strategically burned two of its blackmailable closet-case Republicans in order to complete the chess move that handed the Speaker’s gavel over to Nancy Pelosi.
While the Left is playing master chess like this using closeted gay Republicans as pawns, conservatives are off playing checkers on their porch…or not even aware they should be playing anything.
Another great example of all this is former Governor Charlie Crist in Florida, who is not only gay but who used to dress up in drag and go by the name “Sweet Charlotte” when heading to the Green Iguana gay bar in Tampa for alcohol-fueled romps with men. Crist is just so shamelessly opportunistic and pitiful that I swear he’s part lizard, but Democrats keep doing everything they can to reward his service to the Left…and might even succeed in electing him to statewide office in the future. “Chameleon Charlie” currently has a beard that’s less believable than any of Tom Cruise’s three former wives; she’s the former Carole Rome, who is heiress to a family fortune made from selling novelty products like whoopee cushions and plastic dog vomit. When the two of them are photographed together in public awkwardly holding hands and pretending to be physically attracted to one another, somewhere the ghosts of Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates chuckle in the summer lands of the afterlife…before turning their incorporeal heads and craning their phantom necks to both gape at Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Rudolph Valentino, and all the other eternally handsome men up in Heaven. Carole Crist, meanwhile, must really love being the wife of a former governor and national joke who leaves orange stains on any furniture he sits in.
Crist should fascinate everyone reading this because, of all the gay Republicans out there, reporters have come closest to outing him and talking about the obvious: that the man is gayer than a pocketful of rainbows at a Ricky Martin concert. Even the Huffington Post has written about Crist’s “alleged” homosexuality (which is about as “alleged” as my own, I laugh out loud), because last summer they ran a piece on Crist paying men to pretend they never slept with him (since Crist wants to make a political comeback in Florida and Democrats are eager to help him with that). The only thing surprising or startling about that HuffPo piece is that it was even written…since HuffPo tends to facilitate the Left’s agenda and I thought the memo was still clear on everyone pretending Charlie Crist was straight because that hurts Republicans. Sometimes, though, a politician is just too flamboyant and his beard is too absurd and hard-to-swallow that even the hacks working at HuffPo can’t carry any more water for Chameleon Charlie.
As for the GOP at large, I still don’t understand why they just don’t out Crist and expose him as the shameless liar that he is (and let’s be clear: it very much is in fact a big lie to hide your homosexuality when it’s clear that Democrats use a lie like that to affect how a politician votes in office or the decisions he makes when in an executive role)…but I’ve been told repeatedly through the years by people within the RNC that a Republican can never talk about anyone being gay for fear of the Left unleashing the Gaystapo goon squad on them…calling them bigots or homophobes because they are outing a shameless liar (who is being blackmailed by Democrats). In addition to being naive a lot of the time and playing checkers while Democrats play chess, conservatives also have a weird habit of digging their feet in on a very bad idea…and this one in particular is that they enjoy saying “I don’t care who someone sleeps with and I won’t listen to this” because I think it makes them feel good about themselves to say that “sexuality shouldn’t matter”. I think it’s nice and everything that they say they feel this way, but they’re foolish because it CERTAINLY DOES MATTER that Democrats have an easy way to blackmail someone because he’s watching select scenes from Magic Mike all day, just waiting for the Left to tell him how to vote (lest they out him as punishment).
Great Merciful Zeus that was an awesome movie. You should watch it, like a lot. It’s fabulous.
Where was I? Oh, yah…you might not care who movie stars really go to bed with at night (because there’s something wrong with you), but you do actually need to speak up about Republican politicians (or, former Republicans, in Chameleon Charlie’s case) being closeted because these men are ruthlessly used and controlled by Democrats (lest their secrets spill out).
I’ve never said this before because I was never sure and I don’t have any proof of it, but I really think that John McCain might be secretly gay too…because at the end of his career he’s still trotting out to help the Left whenever Democrats demand it. A former presidential candidate in his last term who knows he will never be a real national leader again doesn’t need to do the things that McCain just keeps doing to push the Left’s agenda under the “maverick bipartisan” banner. Back in 2000, before George Bush won the Republican nomination, I felt in my gut that Democrats were getting ready to out McCain and that they were laying the groundwork by having John Grisham write the book “The Brethren”…because the main character in the book is clearly based on McCain, but he actually becomes the Republican presidential nominee in the story instead of losing to Bush; in “The Brethren”, the McCain character carries on a flirtation with who he thinks is a teenaged boy…and it just gets so specifically creepy that I wonder if someone fed Grisham intel on McCain and told him to create a “novel” out of it. I am sure you are aware this happens all the time with writers, both in books and on TV shows and in movies; political operatives feed stories to creative people all the time so that dirt on an opponent can get out in creative ways and become part of the cultural landscape before Democrats need to launch the actual attack via MSNBC and CNN. I have a hard time believing that “The Brethren” featured a very McCain-like closeted gay presidential candidate in the VERY SAME YEAR that some thought McCain would become the Republican nominee; you may have never even heard of this book, but I bet you would have if Bush had lost in the primaries. McCain is one of those men who just set off my gaydar but I’ve never heard any stories about him doing anything with guys…though his energetic rushes to help the Left whenever Democrats call always make me think he’s protecting himself by selling out his Republican constituents on issue after issue.
Stupidly, Republicans keep electing guys like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Aaron Schock and sending them to Washington to represent conservative constituents…but on important votes these guys will ALWAYS betray the people who trust them because Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi will pick up the phone and say in no uncertain terms “Vote with us or we out your sorry ass on national tee-vee tomorrow, Mary”. When that phone rings, you’d think it was Zac Ephron calling the way Graham and Schock in particular leap to their feet to do whatever Reid or Pelosi want them to do…because lying about who they really are and keeping their liaisons with men a secret is such an important part of their lives at this point that they just can’t imagine functioning without Democrats pulling their strings like this. I honestly don’t think these guys would even know what to do anymore if they didn’t have Democrats always at the ready to tell them how to vote…or else. Like with Stockholm Syndrome, I think these guys learn to love their arrangements. I’m going to start calling it Lindsey Graham Syndrome, since he’s the most obvious face of this behavior (or the Bette Davis eyes of it, anyway).
Though it’s rare, closeted gay Democrats are also in some danger of being outed by a Reid-Pelosi blackmail maneuver…as we saw with former Congressman Eric Massa, whom Nancy Pelosi personally outed when he would not go along with her orders on voting to enact Obamacare. Do you remember this man? He’s a porcine and disgusting little cretin whom Rahm Emanuel actually chased naked into the Congressional showers to scream at him to do what he was told and vote for Obamacare in the House back in the early days of the Golden Age of Hope and Change that is the Obama presidency. How on Earth could you forget that? This was a rare occasion when I can’t honestly tell you which of the two people involved in an encounter deserves to be screamed at naked more, Massa or the truly repugnant Rahm Emanuel. Pass the popcorn and the shower shoes, Mary.
Shortly after that encounter when Massa would not back down (since his constituents did not want Obamacare), Pelosi picked up the phone and ordered the release of information that Massa was under investigation for sexually harassing male staffers, keeping young men as essentially houseboy slaves in his Washington home, and generally making Barney Frank look like a fine and upstanding citizen in comparison. “Release the Kraken, it’s time to destroy Massa and tell the whole world there’s glitter in all of his pockets,” I imagine Pelosi snarling to whoever it is who answers that hot-pink emergency phone that’s used to out prominent, closeted gay dudes.
That phone’s usually dusty, though, because it’s rare for Democrats to ever out other Democrats…since someone needs to really cross a line on something important to receive that “release the Kraken” directive from Pelosi.
If you are a closeted gay politician of either party and the Democrat Party does not want you outed, the press will never say a thing about your proclivities (or the fact that you’re a gay Republican like Graham, Schock, Crist, or the more-I-think-of-it-it-just-makes-too-much-sense McCain who is being blackmailed by Democrats on a regular basis). I don’t know why so many conservatives have such a hard time understanding this, but the media in our country really is an Orwellian Ministry of Truth that exists to elect Democrats and keep the Democrat Party in control. So whenever I find an email from someone that asks me “Why don’t reporters tell the truth about this?” I feel like I’m opening a heartfelt letter from a sweet kid asking me how Santa Claus gets to all those homes all over the world in one night. A lot of conservatives live in the world of “Should” instead of the reality we actually occupy, since they believe that reporters “should” tell the truth in stories and “should” let someone know which politicians are lying and pretending to be straight when they aren’t. These same trusting people also think that reporters “should” let everyone know what secrets Democrats keep…so if no one is talking then there must be no secrets at all, or the good reporters “would” tell us important information like they “should”.
Yes, Virginia there indeed is a Santa Claus…but, NO (in all CAPS and BOLDED FOR EMPHASIS), reporters will never tell the truth about any Democrats…and will only speak the truth about Republicans when that’s what Democrats want the media to do. Life will be so much simpler and logical for you if you just accept the reality that every person you see speaking on tee-vee is reading from a script prepared by the Democrat Party (even the people on FOX, to a large extent). Just about the only people in this world who appear regularly in the media whom I trust to tell the truth these days are Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, and Rush Limbaugh. Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn, Jerome Corsi and more often than not Ann Coulter too (depending on which version of her shows up for work that day). Everyone else lies to protect Democrats, because that is what they were taught to do in journalism school, that is what they are expected to do by their editors at work, and that’s what they need to keep doing if they want to advance in their careers as political writers or tee-vee personalities.
This is all especially true in 2013 while the sitting president is not only a magical black man who the media must protect from all criticisms because of his race…but also because he’s a closeted, on-the-down-low gay man who additionally happens to be a raging drug addict.
So, Great Merciful Zeus anyone who talks about ANY of that mess is just going to be pummeled by every hand on deck at the Ministry of Truth.
[ Click above to embiggen: and send your hatemail to Newsweek, not me, because they said it…”The First Gay President” ]
The studio system in Hollywood that protected Rock Hudson’s secret gay life (and his HIV infection) for so long has absolutely nothing on the well-coordinated and disciplined operation hiding Barack Obama’s own secrets. Just like Rock, Barack is indeed gay…and just like Rock, Barack has a beard of a wife who enjoys her role and relishes all the perks it brings her. This is something very common in the black community, for a woman to serve as a beard for a closeted gay black man who is “on the down low” or “DL-ing it”, as the slang goes. Black women have no qualms at all about being a beard for gay black men, because homosexuality is such a hated “condition” in the black community and these women see opportunities for personal advancement by hitching their trains to some gay man’s star. Even straight black women who are successful in their own right and don’t need a man to give them money or make them powerful marry gay black guys or maintain longterm bizarre “dating” arrangements with them…just like Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, and Star Jones all did.
Michelle Obama is a beard, too, but she needed to ride Barack Obama’s coattails to power (partly to get away from Jesse Jackson, on whom her family depended for many years). This arrangement is no different than Rock Hudson’s with his beard of a wife Phyllis Gates…and no different from Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Kelly Preston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, Juliann Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, and all the women who beard it up for gay guys who want to be movie stars or other incarnations of celebrity. Being the pretend wife to an upwardly mobile gay guy is both fun and profitable…and there’s no reason these woman can’t have studs of their own on the side while their husbands-on-paper-and-in-the-press-only spend time “with the guys” playing basketball, golfing, or whatever else they do when they disappear off the record for long stretches of time (that staffers in the White House in particular claim are “irrelevant” and “not something the public needs to know about”).
Democrats have an extreme and vested interest in protecting the “Obama brand” at all costs, since the Left’s hold on power depends on Americans deluding themselves into believing the first black First Family is like the Huxtable clan from the beloved “The Cosby Show” (when in reality, the Obamas are actually strikingly similar to Will and Jada Pinkett Smitth…who have a mutually-beneficial marriage that’s produced children like the Obamas, but Will’s most often off cavorting with boyfriend Duane Martin like Barack’s screwing around with his longtime Love, first name Reggie…and the most delicious irony of all is that in the next few years Will and Jada will portray Barack and Michelle in some hyped-up movie…and Hollywood will give them both Academy Awards for the roles, you just watch).
Of course, reporters know that Barack Obama does drugs in the White House and is often so incapacitated that staffers scramble to think up increasingly more bizarre lies for where he was when something important was happening in the country. They sure can’t tell the American public the truth, that while the phone was ringing off the hook over the murder of the American Ambassador to Libya that the President of the United States was out of his mind high on cocaine…or that when other people were suffering or dying in name-the-tragedy the current president was naked and sweaty with Reggie, Kal Penn, or Hera-Only-Knows-Who wherever there was a door that would close and a light switch to flip off as the two of them got it on.
Naive people have a weird belief that the Secret Service exists to watch the president and make sure he doesn’t do anything bad to himself or others…but that’s not their mission or role. Those praetorians are strictly there to keep external forces from harming the president and the other people under their protective umbrella…but the Secret Service does not prevent the president from acquiring or abusing drugs while in office and Secret Service officers will not reveal to the public what they observe regarding presidential drug use, gay sex, or whatever else Barack Obama gets up to. If they were snitches, then presidents would keep them at arms-length…which would place lives in jeopardy. Think back to Rock Hudson’s staffers heading down to Studio One to acquire boys for the movie star and remember how none of these people ever spilled the beans about Rock being gay…and now flash to the year 2013 and realize that the Secret Service serves the same purpose for Barack Obama.
When you think about it, this current president’s recreational drug use and his gay sexcapades make the recent conduct of the Secret Service all the more understandable. If you wondered why the Secret Service agents engaged in activity with prostitutes thought they could get away with what they were doing while on trips abroad with the current president you need to think about what they’ve observed Barack Obama himself doing, either abroad or in the White House itself. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the behavior of any staff is directly related to the tone and professionalism of the “Big Boss” of that organization. This sort of Secret Service debauchery did not happen when George W. Bush, Bush Sr., or Ronald Reagan were presidents…but we did hear a few things during the Clinton years and we’re still witnessing the sexcapades and debauchery that the Secret Service engages in during the Golden Age of Hope and Change with Obama as president. The praetorians are following the example that their “Big Boss” sets…whose Secret Service codename is “Renegade”, by the way. And it was chosen for a reason. The man is out of control, the Secret Service knows it, but agents are forbidden from (and perhaps even scared of) speaking out about what Barack Obama does when he’s in private.
Because we are friends like this, I hope that you and I together live to see the day when everything about Barack and Michelle Obama is revealed to the public. I don’t think this will happen for many, many years though…if we use the Kennedy secrets as any guide for how long it will take for reporters to get around to admitting what was happening in the White House. When I was a kid in the mid-80s, it was still hush-hush whispered that JFK “may have had an affair with Marilyn Monroe” and that the Kennedy family was “allegedly behind killing her”. We still haven’t reached the point where people just state the obvious and agree that, YES, the Kennedys killed this woman…but here in 2013 it’s widely accepted that JFK was cheating on Jackie with the unbalanced Hollywood bombshell. Surprisingly — and I never thought THIS would happen — we’re actually far enough away from “Camelot” that Jackie is no longer “St. Jacqueline of Grace”…and we’re learning that she herself cheated on her husband during their marriage, was more than a little racist sometimes, adored conspiracy theories, and probably went to her grave believing that Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination (while I think it was indeed Fidel Castro, by the way, in case you were wondering…since I think it was Castro’s chess move after the death of the Diem Brothers).
Honestly, I believe the future is going to look something like this in terms of what the public eventually learns about “Renegade” Barack Obama:
2013 to 2017: the Ministry of Truth will mock anyone who insists that Barack Obama does cocaine in the White House, that he’s gay, that Reggie Love is his boyfriend, and that he’s an avowed Marxist and is Muslim at heart.
2017: Obama leaves office…and six or seven months later, depending on which party is now in the White House, we hear a little bit here and there about Obama having been unstable during some of the crises of recent years
2020s: A shocking revelation will emerge that Obama was still doing drugs while in office (but you’ve known this since 2009 if you’ve been paying attention)
2030s: People will finally comment on the fact that Obama was a Marxist…and possibly the Left will be openly admitting he was a Muslim, with Obama possibly revealing this himself and becoming a devote Muslim as the biggest F-U to the American people he can think of
Early 2040s: Barack Obama passes away at the age of 70-something from some degenerative disease that was caused by either his drug use or his sexcapades with men. By that time, Barack and Reggie have probably lived together for years the way Cary Grant and Randolph Scott did or the way Raymond Burr (tee-vee’s Perry Mason) lived with Robert Benevides…who were all, it should be noted, “just very good friends” until the more famous one died…and then people admitted they were as gay as rainbows the whole damn time. Well, duh.
Mid-2040s: People finally start realizing that Obama was not just our first Muslim president, but was actually our first actively gay president too. It will be a gradual acceptance of this, kind of like today is the first day that I allowed myself to put the pieces together on John McCain…even though my gaydar’s been pinging on McCain since 2000 when that Grisham book came out.
2050s: It is widely established that Barack Obama was a drug addict, a Marxist, a Muslim, and a homosexual. So, basically, it’s going to take about 35 years or so for the world to catch up with everything that you and I know right here in 2013. What else is new?
Now, I’m basing this timeline on the Kennedy example…and also factoring in the reality that everyone working in the Ministry of Truth today or currently in journalism classes in college or high school is being taught that Barack Obama is a magical black man who must be protected at all costs, even if history needs to be rewritten on a daily basis to make whatever he’s currently doing look better. It’s going to take a long time for us to progress away from the emotional commitment that people in the media have to this man. That void in their hearts that normally is filled by religion in most people is instead dedicated to hero-worship in Barack Obama’s personality cult…and just about everyone working in the media today is afflicted by this. Until the current crop of “news leaders” retires and the next generation of similar Obama devotees expires, we’re not going to see much interest at all in anyone openly talking about Barack Obama’s drug use and his gay sexual appetite. People remain terrified to speak candidly about any of this, for fear of becoming the next Larry Sinclair (who had his life turned upside down, threatened, and largely ruined because he dared speak the truth about his past encounters with Barack Obama in Chicago); other men, like Donald Young, were murdered to prevent them from revealing Obama’s homosexuality. Jerome Corsi, who writes on this topic often, is berated regularly on tee-vee by Rachel Maddow (who apparently just had a foaming, crazed fit over him a week or two ago live on the air at MSNB-See How Much We Protect Obama!).
These are steps that the old Hollywood studio system never even took to protect guys like Rock Hudson who made The Powers That Be a lot of money. Clearly, so much exponentially more is invested in the Obama brand that an Orwellian level of rigid protection, enemy-destruction (hello, IRS Intimidation Scandal), and secret-guarding is required to provide the expected return on the Left’s investment in this gay presidential coke head.
Yah, I said it.
The current President of the United States is a gay coke head…and I’m not talking about the kind that came in the silver can that Whitney Houston used to sing about in the 80s on the tee-vee, but the kind that ended up drowning the poor woman in Beverly Hills last year.
I’m not afraid in the least to talk about it, because it’s the truth…even if I am ahead of my time in doing this in 2013 instead of safely waiting until 2048 or whatever to call a gay coke head a “gay coke head”.
Because he is.
You know it too, I think, in your heart…even if you might be ready to put all the pieces together for yourself. But, really, it’s the one and only solution that makes sense of every oddball thing about the Obama Regime and the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think Barack Obama is a gay presidential coke head? Are you afraid of the IRS or Homeland Security coming for you it you say it out loud? What do you think will happen if millions of us all call this would-be pharaoh a gay presidential coke head as often as possible from now on?
[ Click above to embiggen ]
I’m betting few people reading this ever watched the show “The New Normal” on NBC, which lasted just one season and was canceled due to abysmal ratings (even by NBC’s lowered standards); this was a half-hour sitcom featuring a gay couple (one of them a handsome obstetrician played by Justin Bartha and the other a funny-looking, flamboyant flake who was based on Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”) who lived in LA and came in constant conflict with a conservative Christian real estate broker from Ohio played by Ellen Barkin (whose character was a GREAT-GRANDMOTHER on this show…which is hilarious for anyone who knows how vain and nasty Ellen Barkin has behaved on sound stages for decades; just about the only good thing about the show for a lot of people was that Ellen Barkin now looks old enough to play someone’s GREAT-GRANDMOTHER). “The New Normal” was NBC’s attempt at recapturing the spirit of “All in the Family”, but inverting everything: so instead of arch-conservative and crotchety Archie Bunker the show centered around an unyieldingly-closed-minded gay couple who embodied everything the Left represents in 2013 (with the guys going to bed every night with a picture of Barack Obama next to their alarm clock and waking up the next day to twist every conversation into an opportunity to bash, malign, and ridicule those with differing political beliefs).
I actually thought the show was funny and enjoyed it because — surprisingly — “The New Normal” was pretty much equal-opportunity in its political humor. While the lead gay characters mocked Ellen Barkin’s conservative GREAT-GRANDMOTHER (I just can’t get enough of the fact that they cast her for this part!) from Ohio, she more often than not made them look foolish, naive, and delusional for all of the Lefty talking points they regularly spouted. In fact, I think at the end of an episode the Left looked more ridiculous than ever, because nine times out of ten the gay guys could not articulate a sound reason behind the things they were saying, just that because they heard them on MSNBC so it must be true. This is probably why the show tanked on NBC (a network that the Left trusts to provide a steady stream of Democrat propaganda, like it does on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and everything NBC News broadcasts), since the Left always wants to be perceived as the smartest people in any room…and they don’t like anyone seeing that they mostly have no idea what they are talking about and rely heavily on canned sound bytes they parrot from the tee-vee.
Probably the most memorable thing the show did was to address the issue of gays in the Boy Scouts (in Episode 20: About A Boy Scout)…but I disagree with the take “The New Normal” had on this, since it insisted that a gay former scout should naturally progress into being a gay scout master after he ages out of Boy Scouts…which I think is an inappropriate role for an adult gay man. But, I also don’t think that lesbians should be coaches of girls’ basketball and volleyball programs in high school…though I don’t think I’ve ever met a heterosexual woman who coached either of those sports (and I’ve only known a few who’ve even played them).
I have no reservations with gay guys being troop leaders for the Girl Scouts…and for lesbians being scout masters for Boy Scouts. I actually think this arrangement would be pretty fabulous, because if you made gay guys in charge of flailing Girl Scout troops they’d stage cookie-selling production numbers that would put Troop Beverly Hills to shame. Similarly, the crafty, frugal, outdoorsy, and always-practical lesbians of the world would be able to teach little boys survival skills and how to rebuild a carburetor or two (no joke: lesbians are amazing, like these magical Valkyries that can swoop in and fix anything…and do it all under budget!).
I would think it was inappropriate to have a straight man lead a Girl Scout troop, though…regardless of his best intentions. I wouldn’t be as automatically opposed to a straight woman leading a bunch of Boy Scouts, if she was a mom and not a predatory “cougar” who enjoys the company of younger men. There’s just a bad energy about straight guys being in charge of little girls…and I think that same energy is there if gay guys would be Scout Masters to little boys. Let’s remove that sort of energy entirely by not creating situations that naturally feel inappropriate like this. If you are an adult who is sexually attracted to other males, then impressionable young boys shouldn’t be under your direction ever; if you are an adult female who is sexually attracted to other females, then young girls should not be under your direction either. For heterosexuals, it should be the opposite situation, with adults never exclusively in charge of opposite-sex youngsters.
Personally, as a gay man I am suspicious of any other gay guy who makes a stink and demands to be put in charge of a bunch of little boys…as some are doing in pressuring the Boy Scouts to allow gay scoutmasters. I think the organization should fold and close up shop before they’d allow this to happen. If you spend any time in the gay community you will know that there indeed exist predatory older gays who hunt younger guys (called “chicken” in gay slang); these older men are “chicken-hawks” who are typically in their 50s and 60s and seem to be attempting to reclaim their own youth by fixating on the barely-legal “trade” that flows through the bars. I also feel like they are attempting to be youth-vampires and at the end of their lives they want to be around as much bare, young flesh as possible in hopes of rejuvenating themselves.
A really easy place to scope out this behavior is in a bar like The Lucky Horseshoe, where guys who look like they could be grandfathers (or great-grandfathers) blow their whole social security checks by stuffing singles into the jocks of the young, buff dancers at “The Shoe”. A lot of married, straight men also seem to be attracted to young guys who could be the ages of their own sons; there in fact is a very vocal and active subset of the gay community that fetishizes over “Daddy/Son” relationships…and one very common fantasy is that of a scoutmaster seducing a boy scout in a pup tent. This is so prevalent that at Halloween most of the young gay “twinks” (under 25 and slim of build) will dress up as boy scouts if they can’t think of anything more creative for Halloween costumes…since they know the outfit will appeal to enough older guys to guarantee they won’t buy a single drink in any bar that night.
[ Bradley Thomas Balof when he’s at his day job, teaching at Chicago’s public Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Beacon Street ]
The pictures at the top of this article are from Sidetrack the Video Bar’s website, showing Bradley Thomas Balof ( a Chicago Public school teacher at Stockton Elementary no less) moonlighting as the MC of Sidetrack’s Halloween costume contest last year, dolled up as…a Boy Scout. His “comedy stylings” during this event included lots of sexual jokes about being a randy Boy Scout and provocative dancing/flirting with the contestants as a stereotypical “gay Boy Scout”. Balof is pushing 40 but has worn this Boy Scout costume repeatedly through the years…so it appears to be a favorite in his fetish closet (note the “hickeys” he painted all over his neck for his costume, which he purposefully did to emphasize that he was supposed to be a highly sexualized Boy Scout). Balof is very much not alone in the gay community in his attraction to the Boy Scout motif; a good number of gay men find Boy Scouts sexy in the way that straight women lust after strippers dressed up as Navy officers, firemen, and the rest of the cast of Magic Mike.
Boy Scouts are right up there with Cowboys, Policemen, and Superheroes as sexual fetish objects for gay guys.
Based on my observations of the gay community since I came out at 18, I think allowing gays to be scoutmasters is like putting Otis the town drunk in charge of your bar’s liquor inventory. It’s just a situation that could end so horribly (even if Otis swears he never meant any harm)…so why on Earth would you do this when other people are available to run your bar? The fact that Otis is so eager to have that job just automatically makes me wonder what he intends to do when no one is looking. He’s an alcoholic…but he wants to work in a bar even though there are other jobs he could be doing where he wouldn’t be tempted to do bad things; that’s like Oprah suddenly deciding she wants to work in a bakery, even though she clearly doesn’t need to be doing that for the money (so you need to realize she just loves being around the delicious, delicious cakes). If every alarm bell is not going off in your head over an oddity like that, then something’s wrong with you. Get real!
It’s a whole different story when it comes to young gay boys who want to be part of the scouting experience, though. These boys might realize they are gay but aren’t sexualized yet..and aren’t joining scouts for sexual experiences. At that tender young age, they more likely than not just find other boys to be fascinating and intriguing…in ways they can’t yet process mentally as sexual feelings. I don’t think a boy under the age of 18 should be denied membership in a scouting group because he’s openly gay (or suspected of being gay, if adults can pick up on this about him even if he has not realized it yet himself)…but I think that scoutmasters should keep an eye on him…just as they should be keeping an eye on all the boys to make sure that no hazing, inappropriate conduct, or anything sexual is ever happening on those scouting trips.
Once a guy is 18, if he’s gay then he needs to understand that his role in scouting is over…unless he wants to become a fundraiser and support a troop in an administrative capacity. But, it’s just not appropriate for him to be a scoutmaster and be left alone with a group of boys. I think it is just common sense for a gay man to automatically avoid any situation where he could ever even be remotely accused of doing anything bad to a little boy…unless that guy really is a chicken-hawk who maneuvered himself into that position to take advantage of his role. I have a hard time believing that a gay guy who is insisting on becoming a scoutmaster ISN’T up to something ulterior in doing that, when nothing is stopping him from graduating from scouting and helping the organization in other administrative ways. Or just moving on with his life and finding adult interests to pursue…like 90% of the rest of guys do when they age out of scouting.
I know the Left screams that these gay men should be allowed to become scoutmasters if they want…but I think we need to get real and see that there’s something wrong with a person who can’t leave childhood behind and wants to continue being a part of a Boy Scout troop into his twenties and thirties (and beyond). Grow up! Join an adult-league sports team or get a job with the US Forest Service if you really love this stuff so much and want to make a career of it (or if you have Peter Pan syndrome and can’t graduate from childhood). But, leave the scoutmaster role to straight men who hopefully have sons of their own and allow those guys to have that experience…and you can create a role of your own as a fundraiser, administrative support person, or something else appropriate that allows you to continue helping the organization you loved as a boy…but in a new role unique to you now that you are a grown-ass man.
Even better: channel Shelley Long and seek out that struggling Girl Scout troop and coach them into winning their cookie drive or help them with their arts and crafts…and leave being a Boy Scout troop leader to the straight men…or to lesbians (who, frankly, would do a better job at this than anyone anyway).
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think there’s something inherently wrong with a gay man who won’t move on with his life and still wants to be part of Boy Scouts when he’s over 18? I am a 36 year old gay man telling you that I think there is something wrong with the gay guys who insist on being scoutmasters…so it is completely appropriate if you feel this way too.
What: House IRS Scandal Hearing
When: 5/22/13, 12 noon
I ended up tuning into this late, but it’s absolutely RIVETING.
I started watching when what looks like “Mr. Skulman” was talking; his name is really “Shulman”, but the glare from the lights on his nameplate make it look like he’s “Skulman”…which suits him.
One thing you should know right up front is that Republicans on this House committee came to ask questions…but Democrats came with prepared statements to make and asked minimal questions. This part of the hearings was the end, where the Congress Critters were allowed five minutes each to speak.
Around 1215pm CST or so — Congressman Welch (D) gives his speech, talking about equal enforcement of the law and the infringement on First Amendment rights. He says that America deserves answers as to what the IRS was doing. Largely, Welch wanted to give a speech on how terrible he thinks the SCOTUS Citizens United decision was.
Next came Congressman Gowdy…who really let into Skulman. He really got him by saying that there were inappropriate and dangerous things going on, but Skulman didn’t stop them. He asks if Skulman would have stopped someone with a knife in the building or if he would have waited for an Inspector General to write a report on someone with a knife being in the building. Skulman just smirked, squirmed, and said he would wait for the Inspector General to tell him what to do because that is procedure. Skulman will not answer YES or NO questions, and instead equivocates and rambles. Gowdy gets angry and says that Skulman is not allowing information to be given and is being evasive.
1245pm CST — Congressman Cardenas (D) from Nevada questions “Skulman”. He by and large just goes on and on, reading what he brought with him. There’s an IRS man named “Mr. George” who also speaks, alongside Mr. Skulman. Mr. George has an eloquent, Caribbean feel to him…like he could play a villain in one of the late-70s Bond movies.
1248pm CST — Congressman Farenthold (R ), from Texas, asks Mr. George what happened to the lists of donors that were collected by the IRS. Did anyone snap photos of those lists and distribute them to other groups to create “enemies lists”. Mr. George said he didn’t know nothing about nothing and that “it could be”. Farenthold then asked why Barack Obama’s brother or whomever got a 501c(3) approved lickety-split, but conservative groups languished in the approval process for years. Mr. George says that the standard for approval is 101 days for processing (one day for each dalmatian, apparently) but that due to incompetence this usually takes around 500-and some days. Mr. Farenthold asks why there are no procedures that alert higher-up people that things aren’t being completed quickly.
Farenthold then starts talking about a flow chart that he has that illustrates a rigid chain of command…with managers and supervisors and higher-ups who should be managing this. He says it is unfathomable that there would be such delays in processing applications…and that higher-ups wouldn’t know about the delays and ask why. Farenthold says that if people don’t file their tax returns that it won’t just “fall through the cracks” and be ignored for three years. Shouldn’t there be a command structure that would catch an outrageous situation like this?
A man from the IRS named Mr. Wolin talks for a bit, saying that “there’s someone new in charge now and maybe things will be better”.
1254pm CST — Congressman Woodal from Georgia speaks now. He gets Mr. George to establish that 65,000 applications for 501C(3) and C(4) status are received by IRS each year and are all processed through the Cincinnati IRS office. Woodal talks about a law he wants to pass that would take us to a consumption tax, not an income tax, and he says that clearly this is too much work for the IRS to handle. So he gives himself a little plug there. 100% of the applications were processed in this one office in Cincinnati…asks Mr. Skulman who he talked to when the question came up that something bad was happening in this office. Who did he speak to in order to get assurances that people weren’t being targeted for political reasons.
Skulman is very slimy and condescending…and he will not give names of anyone he spoke to. His strategy today is to not give up any names, apparently, and to apparently make himself look really stupid. He won’t admit there was targeting of conservative groups and he won’t even admit that this was all happening in the lead up to the presidential election. Congressman Woodal mocks Skulman…says “you contacted no one before saying to Congress that there was no targeting, but it’s clear there was targeting”. Whatever the truth is, we will bring it out…but we will not stand for people trying to keep the truth from coming out. You asked no one anything…you had no information and decided to keep it that way. You asked no one what was going on. You were derelict in finding out what the truth was when you were aware that people were saying there was political targeting going on in your office. That’s troubling.
1pm CST — Congressman Issa…speaking to Mr. George. Reads him quotes about the IRS issuing a press statement on May 10th…talking about Lois Lerner planting a question in a press event….Mr. George says he had no inkling this would occur. Issa says that there may be criminal activity in what Lerner did. Asks George if he will research this and find out what happened with that press conference of Lerner’s. Question to Skulman: the 5 year term you received is statutory, so you are appointed by a President to be a non-partisan term-appointee…someone who should transcend one term and be nonpartisan. You are required to have management skills and not be a political hack, right? You are supposed to possess management skills, correct? You are not supposed to be a political actor…you are supposed to be a manager. You are supposed to be a Commissioner for five years. Were you selected for your management skills? Skulman says he was selected for his management skills.
Congresswoman Lummus asks questions now. Issa was just using her time until she got there (she was in the bathroom and came back to the dais looking disheveled for some reason, wearing a red jacket that makes her look like an usher at an old time movie theater). Lummus asks Wolin about how quickly the IRS acts when there’s talk of something bad happening and there is an Inspector General. The offending activity is ongoing.
Issa interrupts Lummus and asks her to yield her time. Issa says that people are still in limbo and have not been approved. Wolin says that the IRS will get around to adjudicating the remaining applications that are still in limbo. Issa says “what the heck appropriate timeline should we expect”…can you give us a timeline on these people waiting, when they have already waited for years. Mr. George, people have been waiting for 3 years and now you say that it will take 30 days before you even know what you are going to do and have a plan…none of these commissioners knew anything or asked any questions so having a new commissioner shouldn’t make any difference. Mr. George says he can’t come up with a timeline or date for the IRS to begin acting appropriately and effectively.
Congresswoman Lummus is speaking again. She says that trust in the IRS has been destroyed. People believe the federal government is out to get them. Watergate was a battle of titans, with the powerful going after the powerful. This is now the federal government going after regular people who had trusted the IRS not to target and terrorize them. I have no idea how we can restore the trust. The IRS has let down the people and has turned against them. It is on a stack of other concerns where they believe the federal government has turned against them. People hire and empower Goliath, and Goliath has turned against those very people. It is moms and dads at kitchen tables who want to have a Tea Party patriot organization…and their own government says it will not allow them to organize their patriotism in this way. This is far worse than Watergate because it is government turned against the very people who hired them.
Yields back to Issa.
113pm CST – Congressman Hastings from Washington. Speaks to Mr. Wolin, asks him what he knew and when. Asks him if he knew about people writing to Congress to tell them they were being harassed by the IRS. Wolin says he didn’t know nothing about nothing and had no curiosity to know anything. Hastings says that when Wolin gets a letter from members of Congress that those letters would go directly to him, and Wolin says “I don’t know where letters go, they go to lots of people”. Hastings says that Congressman Kemp wrote to the IRS in June of 2011 writing about the Tea Party being targeted. Skulman says he doesn’t remember anything about June of 2011. Hastings asks Skulman how he prepared for this testimony before Congress…asking about his testimony in front of the Ways and Means Committee. Skulman says he doesn’t remember any of that, it was so long ago. Hastings asks if he remembers a conversation with “Mr. Lynch” that happened earlier today. Hastings asks why Skulman said in that testimony that there was no targeting going on. Skulman squirms, and says “My understanding at the time was, uh, was…” and Hastings interrupts to ask who he was having conversations with to determine there was no targeting. Essentially, he’s saying Skulman was lying without flat-out saying it. Mr. Skulman says that his memory is bad. But finally says he talked to Nicole Miller, “Somebody Flax”, other people on my staff. My Chief of Staff, but they don’t have knowledge of anything. Hastings asked if he prepared for these hearings and familiarized himself with things for the hearing. Hastings: when you gave assurance there was no targeting going on, you had discussions with Mr. Destani (sp?) that led you to say that, and it’s clearly wrong and you have given no apologies for being wrong, giving non-answers, or vague answers. You respond to questions here by being vague. There is something missing here and this Committee will find the answers but you are trying to leave us in the dark.
120pm CST — Issa puts some sort of document into the record, which shows that Mr. Skulman is stupid and doesn’t know much of anything. Issa just embarrassed Skulman because whatever document that was proves that Skulman was lying when he said that budget cuts are the reason his office is so incompetent…since budget cuts did not happen in the years that Skulman was complaining about.
121pm CST — Congressman Clay asks about Lois Lerner and her attempt to get out of an audit by having that question planted during the conference she was giving. Clay, by the way, speaks like a cartoon frog. It’s hard to take him seriously. He’s asking Mr. George if it was a surprise that Lerner did what she did. Remember that Lerner refused to speak today because she took the Fifth. George says that there are criminal penalties for releasing taxpayer information without taxpayer permission. Clay has the White House was “responsible” since they got a draft Inspector General report on April 24th. Clay, if you have not guessed, is a black Democrat so he seems to be here to defend the White House. He says “those IGs they have up in there on these rare occasions they are there for a reason, I am asking the witness this, do you agree with the chairman?”. Mr. George has no idea what Clay is talking about and asks him to re-ask his question. Clay instead gives a bad impression of Bill Cosby doing a Jell-O pudding commercial from the mid-1980s. He has trouble saying “IRS”…and stumbles when he gets to the “R” part. He then thanks Mr. George for working so hard.
ISSA: trying to establish a timeline of when people at the IRS knew that the IRS was targeting Tea Party and conservative groups for harassment. George decided on May 30th, 2012 that this was happening. On June 4th, 2012 the General Counsel at Treasury was aware that these groups were being targeted. Asks Wolin if he was aware this conclusion was there by June 4th. Wolin says he didn’t know nothing about nothing. Issa shoots back and says that NO, the IG just testified that by June 4th these people were informed of this back in 2012 (before the election). Mr. George now says he wants to clarify. He says he had a meeting on June 4th and he made people aware of an audit and he now can’t remember if he had any notes from that meeting. He says he did not have any findings back then. Issa says that they indeed reached a conclusion that the IRS was targeting Tea Party, patriots, and conservatives in 2012. Mr. George says that he was “looking at issues” but did not have final determination at that time. “I had no idea this issue would later come up in this matter so I don’t much remember what was happening back then”.
The IRS really comes off as a bunch of incompetents who don’t know anything, don’t remember things, and have no idea what is going on. That is a marked difference from the way they act when they are auditing Americans.
130pm CST — Congressman Massie, questioning Skulman. Skulman still won’t answer yes or no. He says he will not accept responsibility for the behavior of the IRS. Massie asks Mr. George if there was gross mismanagement in the Cincinnati office. He says YES. “Do you accept responsibility for the mismanagement at the IRS?”. Skulman says he will not accept any responsibility. “Mr. George, there were lists called Be On the Look Out lists (BOLO)…my constituents are being asked if they were audited because of lists”. Asks Skulman if he can guarantee that there were no audits triggered by BOLO lists. Skulman squirms and says he can’t guarantee that people were not audited for being on an BOLO list. Mr. George says that he can’t confirm that the IRS hasn’t been leaking confidential matters. Says he doesn’t know if people’s private information is being released by the IRS for political reason. Massie: we need more hearings, we need to fire people at the IRS, we have a diseased and bloated government that has become self serving. Skulman says he can’t be responsible for 90,000 employees. Congress created this monster. We have 70,000 page of tax code and 90,000 bureaucrats. This is ripe for corruption and abuse. We need to restore public trust and Congress needs to shrink the IRS, simplify the tax code, and restore public trust.
137pm CST — Congresswoman Grissam — people want steps to make sure this never happens again. She is deeply troubled, but she wants to talk about 501c(4) status. She says that one key reason this exists is between the original statute and the regulation by Treasury. She’s here to give a speech. Going back to 1959 talking about changes to the “social welfare activities” related to being a 501c(4).
ISSA eventually interrupts and starts talking about the difference between 501C(4)s and 501C(3)s. Grissam is not asking any questions of anyone, but says she wants to know the donors and the activities of groups. I think her goal is to try to run cover for Democrats on this…because she seems to be trying to say that nothing is wrong in what the IRS did because she says that the government needs to know who the donors to things are. I’ve never heard of this woman before, but she comes across like a Barbara Boxer or Nancy Pelosi type of person…shrill, with an agenda, and no interest at all in finding the truth (only what helps her agenda).
143pm CST — Congressman Meadows — May 29th 2012, says Mr. George was briefed there was a criteria being used to target Tea Party groups. On May 30th, the day after, you briefed Mr. Shulman and others about the criteria being used against Tea Parties. Mr. George huffs and puffs…and he says he only knew that the allegations had merit but he didn’t have all the information the time. George does not want to give YES or NO answers. Meadows says they have notes that say that there was a separate criteria being used for Tea Party groups. On June the 4th you briefed the General Counsel in the Treasury Department…this was well over a year ago. This didn’t all just happen. Mr. George says that he has experts in the room usually and he doesn’t know these things himself. He looks like a bumbling idiot. He says this was just a courtesy call to the General Counsel. Meadows asks why Lois Lerner knew about all the interviews and things going on. George says he is not privy to anything and doesn’t know things. Meadows asks about Holly Paz (sp?) being in all these meetings, someone from the IRS in those meetings. George fumbles and bumbles. He says it was because of collective bargaining units. Someone is talking to George in his ear, his lawyer, and says that Holly was asked to leave but she wouldn’t and they were afraid to tell her to go. Meadows is incredulous. “This is in the documents you gave us!”. George says he doesn’t know nothing about no documents, no way. Geroge fumbles and bumbles, saying ‘Many people are in Washington, but some are not”. Meadows says that this was not isolated to people in Cincinnati but there were many people in DC involved in this.
152pm CST — Congressman Cardenas. But it’s a different man than from before, as the first man who seemed to be Cardenas was black. THIS Cardenas is clearly Hispanic, so that other guy was just sitting in the wrong chair I think. He’s every soft spoken and just asks George and Shulman and Wolin if they are going to help find answers. Softball questions. For some reason, Cardenas speaks like an Indian chief in an old movie. He has that soft, singsongy kind of voice.
158pm CST — Congressman Bentivoulo (sp?) asks Shulman if he ever felt uncomfortable today…the way that the IRS made his constituents feel uncomfortable. Says that it’s unacceptable that the IRS is harassing people for teaching the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Do IRS take a class on the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Do they teach ethics training? Shulman says he does not know. “Given their power to destroy businesses and audit people, shouldn’t they understand the concept of government restraint created at our founding?”. Asks Shulman if he understands the Constitution…says that he went to law school and had Constitutional law but is not an expert. Asks him about the amendments, the 19th amendment. Shulman says he does not have the Constitution memorized. He rolls his eyes and says he can’t recite the Constitution. Do you now what TEA in Tea Party stands for? Taxed Enough Already. The IRS wants to tax as much as possible.
ISSA — we had a transcribed interview yesterday I want to put into the record. When we asked Holly Paz (sp?) if she accompanied anyone to interviews, she said yes. But the arrangement we had with the union I would leave at the end of the interview so they could ask people questions later. This appears to be a big sticking point. TIKTA (sp?) seems to be the union. Issa reads from this transcript…and directs questions at George, asking about the target of an investigation being allowed to sit in and know the questions being asked even though she is being investigated? The IRS called this an “audit” instead of an investigation and seems to have allowed this woman Holly Paz to sit in on things when people below her talked about what she was up to…which seems to have been a way to intimidate these people into being quiet.
205pm — Congressman Cummings (D). He asks about why someone was allowed to sit there and listen to testimony when she is the target of the “audit”, and she shouldn’t have been sitting there. Apparently, the lie and excuse given for this is that the union required she be allowed to sit there. Mr. George fumbles and bumbles and says he doesn’t know why anything happened. He says having that woman Holly in the room was good because she was there to “click the memory” of the other people. He says in hindsight this looks unusual. Cummings says that Ms. Paz felt she had to be in the room to defend herself or the agency based on what may have been said or gathered in the interview. That seems to go against what George said. George said hindsight is 20/20.
207pm CST — Congresman Desantis says it is startling that Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and would not testify in an investigation into whether people’s constitutional rights were violated by the IRS. Desantis asks Shulman about conversations he’s had with Obama….and Shulman says he remembers being in the White House taking pictures and being at a party with Obama and maybe talking to him about taxes in general…and Desantis says he should remember all the times he speaks to a President, since he’s been at the White House hundreds of times according to the visitor logs. It’s listed that healthcare was the topic of him going there. Shulman says that IRS is tasked with implementing Obamacare and that’s why they were going there. Desantis says he worries about the IRS being involved with Obamacare and that the IRS should focus on tax collection not healthcare. A new intrusive burden on Americans to give the IRS power over healthcare. Shulman says that the IRS does more than taxes, and that Congress loads the tax code with many different functions for the IRS…in that the IRS does what Congress asks it to do.
Last five minutes for each side.
Cummings (gives Democrats’ take): There is a law and there are standards. Some organizations in general might not meet the tax exempt status in theory. Lemme tell ya what I am concerned about. I am concerned that all of this might have a chilling effect on employees who say, hey wait, we look at criteria fairly but UH OH I better be letting this go because UH OH the audits and I might be called in and tell people to do things properly, you know what i am saying, are you following me? (Honestly, he’s making no sense).
George: Oh, I am following you. The IRS is afraid to be too aggressive.
Cummings: How we strike that balance? We need to make sure the law is clear and there are guidelines consistent with fairness. We have to have that balance so that employees are not shaking like a leaf on a windy day believing that they are failing to do what they are supposed to do, but they also have to know what their guidelines are. You said you are going to conversate with Mr. Awful, the new commissioner, and I am trying to figure out what I just said and take it into consideration. How we create an atmosphere where employees do what they want to do and not feel threatened. Does that make sense?
George: It makes sense.
Cummings: Mr. Wolin, what you think?
Wolin: The employees need the confidence to do their job and I guess there should be a culture and policies that things don’t happen again. This is a process and we will move to focus on.
Cummings: This is about trust and truth. This is an ongoing process. I want us never to forget that it’s not enough to investigate but we need reform and there are moments in life when incidents happen because the moment tells us we need to change things in a different way and if we let the moment pass then things will get worse and you all need to know that I hope that we keep things in mind and the ‘Murica people are very concerned about these things up in here.
Meadows (or someone sitting in his chair, gives the Republican side of closing): Shulman, do you have no idea what is going on below you? Do you know about things happening with Sarah Hall who is now over healthcare? Do you know who Ms. Marx is?
Shulman: I don’t know. I know nothing.
Meadows: Either this is a coverup or its an extreme lack of curiosity on your part.
Congressman Jordan from Ohio: Wants to talk about the timeline. March 8th, meeting with Oversight. Then they do an audit…March 8th 2012. May 29th they brief the IRS. May 30th preliminary findings about we are doing an audit and by the way that Tea Party groups were targeted for audits. June 4th they give the heads up to Treasury General Counsel. Why didn’t they give Congress the heads up.
George: March 1st my office was contacted but this committee to look into the matter.
Jordan: But a few months later you saw that Tea Party groups were targeted and you didn’t tell Congress that. All we knew was that you were doing an audit. You told the IRS and the Treasury about initial findings but the first time we’ve heard about this was a few weeks ago and they were told back in 2012.
George: You need to look at the timeline and see we did say some thing.
Jordan: You gave a heads up to the Democrat administration but not the oversight committee. You don’t give us the same heads up. Isn’t that unusual in an election year?
George: I was not at these briefings and I don’t now.
Jordan: You tell them but not us?
George: I am exhausted and can’t communicate well.
Jordan: Did you ever communicate with anyone on the oversight committee?
George: People on my staff said things, I guess.
ISSA: We will work on an analysis of the timeline of the initial audit period and come up with guidelines on when an audit should turn into an investigation. It is a consideration of this Chair that there was a time when the knowledge of the primary activities should have converted the audit into an investigation that would have changed procedures we have discussed today. We need to put this together into a package and not limit into a preliminary timelines. There are criminal matters involved as well.
At the beginning of this hearing, Ms. Lois Lerner arrived via a subpoena She stated that she will invoke her Fifth Amendment right. Lerner chose to make an opening statement and made assertions under oath in terms of testimony. It was brought up by Mr. Gowdy that in his opinion Ms. Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights by addressing issues. Though I excused Ms. Lerner I will look into recalling her in light of this waiver. This hearing stands in recess, not adjourned.
NOTE: That last part is the most important one, because it looks like that Lois Lerner character is going to be dragged back to the hearing room and forced to testify about the bad things she did. I think they tricked her into saying enough in that room already to require her to come back and answer questions. If that happens, that will be Must See Tee-Vee because she will try to claim she doesn’t know anything or can’t answer…and I think that Issa will rip her to shreds.