I’m sharing this because it’s such a fun moment.
Megan Fox and I worked on our investigation into the sex crimes (and other illegal activity) happening in the Orland Park Public Library for a full 2 years. Just when we thought we uncovered everything there was to find, we’d stumble on something new. That Library had been covering up so much wrongdoing — with the blessing of the Village and the Police Chief — that it took us years to piece it all together. Along the way, the Village and police and the American Library Association all ganged up and tried everything they could think of to destroy us and shut us up. No one in Orland Park (or at the ALA) wanted us talking about the child pornography, sexual harassment of women, open public masturbation, and even gold theft happening at that Library.
We were even hit with a SLAPP lawsuit by the granddaughter of the woman who used to own the Chicago White Sox. All to shut us up.
But, Megan and I never stopped working, never stopped researching, and never stopped speaking out. And now every horrible thing that the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association did to us since 2013 is all being told.
Megan and I captured the moment when UPS brought us the first copies of the book. Almost three years of having everything and the kitchen sink thrown at us to shut us up and to terrorize us so we would never tell this story…yet, here it was.
666 pages of what no doubt is the American Library Association’s and the Village of Orland Park’s worst nightmares.
What a fabulous day.
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment is available on Amazon.com now!
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment is now available on Amazon.
The book details the harassment that Megan Fox and I received from Timothy J. McCarthy, the Orland Park Chief of Police, for several years, as the Village of Orland Park tried to scare Megan and me away from investigating sex crimes and other violations of state law that McCarthy had knowingly allowed to keep happening in the Orland Park Public Library for years.
Megan and I uncovered evidence that child pornography had been allowed by Library staff to be accessed without police being called as they should have been. The Library did not want police called on anyone engaging in sexual activity in the Library because then arrests would be made…and that would end up in the police blotter in the newspaper…and likely Drudge would find out about it. So, in a big public relations effort that McCarthy and other Village officials seem to have signed off on, the Library just kept quiet about the bad things happening in there. According to other sources, McCarthy knew for years that convicted child molesters who are barred from being around children were also using the Orland Park Public Library in violation of their parole. But he and the Orland Park Police chose not to do anything about that.
Instead, when Megan and I started uncovering what had been going on in that strange messed-up Library, McCarthy sent his goons after us. We were harassed and illegally detained while passing out political flyers. The Orland police called Megan at home to threaten her. McCarthy allowed Village and Library employees to make false police reports against us to try to frighten us away. The Orland Police would never take any action against the Library, not even when the Illinois Attorney General issued letters of determination showing that the Library Board Members had committed Class-C misdemeanors by knowingly and willfully violating the Open Meetings Act.
Timothy J. McCarthy seems to be allowed to get away with all this because back in 1981 he was the blonde Secret Service agent in a blue suit who was shot during the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Because McCarthy was a hero back on that awful day…for the rest of his life he gets to be a tyrant, I guess. He does what he wants, harasses who he wants, uses his police to terrorize who he wants…all because he is a “national hero” for being shot alongside Ronald Reagan and can never be questioned.
Is it smart to make a man who can never be questioned the police chief?
Is it safe for a community to have a police chief who can violate people’s civil rights and never be challenged, because he has that hero’s lifetime criticism-free pass?
Isn’t there another role that Timothy J. McCarthy could have in Orland Park besides police chief? It’s obvious people continue to want to reward and recognize him for his bravery 35 years ago…but is making him in charge of a police force really the best idea when he apparently can never be stopped from doing anything bad because of his celebrity status?
Read all about everything that McCarthy and the Orland Park Police did to us to try to shut us up in SHUT UP! (available now on Amazon).
Have you ever been at an event only to later read about it in the newspaper…but what the reporter chose to write bears no resemblance to reality? This happens all the time in Chicago, especially at local government meetings. Reporters here bend over backwards to avoid reporting negatively on government boards.
They do this on the national level too, but it’s really bad on the local level. Part of it is that these reporters are taught by Leftists in college not to make the government look bad…but also the reporters seem afraid of losing access or damaging a relationship with government entities by reporting accurately on them.
Megan Fox and I have seen this over and over again over the last several years, as she and I have been attending local government board meetings around Chicago’s suburbs, where we have busted many boards for violating Illinois’ Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act and other statutes. Reporters for the Tribune, Daily Southtown, Sun-Times, 22nd Century Media, and other outlets mostly refuse to report on any of this. They just pretend the bad things that elected officials do at board meetings don’t happen. Anyone who depends on newspapers for their news thus has no idea what really happens at these meetings.
Personally, I feel that reporters lie by omission when they deliberately refuse to report what actually happened at a meeting or other event. When a reporter decides to purposely not include something in an article, then the reporter is lying. Since the reporter is lying in order to benefit the government and deny the public the truth, the reporter is then a propagandist and the newspaper resembles something that would be printed in Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or North Korea and not the United States (at least as we used to know it).
Our latest example of piss poor reporting was done by David Lipowski of the Daily Southtown. He attended two Forest Ridge Elementary School (D-142) Board meetings in Oak Forest, Illinois that Megan and I attended…yet he refused to cover the bad behavior of board member Roxana Agler or her husband Troy Agler in his articles about the meetings. Lipowski reminds me of Norman Bates, being slight of build with a strange voice and a general air of oddness. There he sat at the 5/17/16 board meeting when Troy Agler lost his mind and launched into a deranged tirade that dropped F-bombs in front of small children…but Lipowski refused to report that in his write-up.
This is what David Lipowski refused to report on:
Where I’m from, the husband of a sitting board member standing up in the middle of a public meeting, screaming the F-word, shouting about cocaine and gay sex and Obama, is newsworthy due to the fact it’s the husband of an elected official intimidating and bullying both the audience and the board. Women at the meeting were so afraid of the unhinged Troy Agler that they called the police to be escorted to their vehicles after the meeting. David Lipowski chose not to write about any of that in his article.
This is similar to how in April, when he reported on the previous D-142 board meeting, Lipowski tried to downplay Roxana Agler’s own poor behavior and the awful things she had been doing that caused the controversy with the Forest Ridge Elementary Board. There Agler sat during the meeting: pulling gum in and out of her mouth; making childish faces; getting up and stomping around the room; going over to Lipowski during the meeting and whispering things; storming towards the camera and trying to stop the public from filming during an open public meeting by putting her hand over the camera. Lipowski ignored all of this when he wrote his article.
All of this is proof that you should never trust the reporting in the Daily Southtown or any other newspaper. In my opinion, if you still have a newspaper subscription you should cancel it. If you can’t trust the reporters to actually tell you what really happened at events they are covering then why are you paying for that newspaper? If you want to read fiction, go to the library and check out the newest John Grisham or Kia Heavey adventure. Read a good mystery by Newt Love. But, don’t waste your money on reporting that’s supposed to be truthful when the reporters refuse to report the truth about the government, especially at the local level.
Reporters like David Lipowski are going to keep doing this as long as they keep getting paid. And newspapers like the Daily Southtown are going to keep paying these shameless hacks as long as people keep blindly paying for those newspaper subscriptions. The only way for the editors at these papers to wake up to the fact that the public demands the truth in reporting is for hacks like Lipowski to actually hurt the paper’s bottom line.
How you can help
1. If you subscribe to any newspaper or magazine for home delivery, cancel it. In my opinion, you should cancel your cable too so that CNN and MSNBC lose revenue as well. Defunding the Dinosaur Media in all ways possible is the first step toward eliminating their bias.
2. When you attend an event and see it written up poorly in the paper, spread the word that the reporter is lying, either by omission or in an outright way. Call the paper’s editor and complain. Post comments on the article noting the truth. Take to social media and let people know that the newspaper cannot be trusted because it prints lies.
3. If you attend any kind of public event, film it and post the footage to YouTube if anything interesting or unusual happened. In the matter at hand, David Lipowski refused to report on some pretty shocking things that happened at these school board meetings because Lipowski wanted to help the government and not tell the truth to the public. He would have gotten away with that if it wasn’t for the video that Megan and I filmed of these events. We were the only people filming that evening because people (especially those of us Gen-X and older) just don’t automatically whip out their cameras to film when something starts happening. We all need to get better at that. Even a cellphone video as something is happening is great. Don’t worry about the quality of the footage because just capturing screaming and yelling or other outbursts during a board meeting or some other event with elected officials is enough to show that something awful happened that the Dinosaur Media and hacks like David Lipowski refused to report on.
The more people see that the reporters are lying to them, by omission or otherwise, then the less relevant and effective the lies that the Dinosaur Media tells will be.
Help chip away further at the Dinosaur Media’s remaining power by busting their bias and piss poor reporting wherever you can.
[Buy Domino on Amazon.com today. It’s a quick read that is remarkable in how clearly it distills the existential threat to the West.]
There is a new book out that is a must-read. It feels like our generation’s Animal Farm, written by a talented author named Kia Heavey.
Domino is the story of a farm cat who sees his home turned upside down by “transformative” forces who think they know better. The book is an allegory for what the “transformative Left” has been doing to America for the last 8 years (or longer, really, if you think about it).
Like Animal Farm, Domino uses animals and a farm setting to tell a bigger (and more frightening) tale about the insidious threats to our freedoms and life…which are forced on us by the “Big Thinkers” who believe they know better. In Domino, a working class farm cat has to defend his home from an invading foreign culture that seeks to erase his way of life and replace it with their own. Will Domino just sit meekly by (and be politically correct) and allow this colonization and conquest to happen…or will Domino fight back against the invaders and conquerors?
One of the big pushes by the Left these days is to colonize the West with Islam (in Europe) or the Third World in general (in America). The Left believes that “multiculturalism” (what I would call Tower-of-Babal-ism) is the key to creating enough chaos and disorder for the Left to seize power. Colonizing the West with Islam and dysfunctional Third World cultures is how the Left intends to collapse Western society. From its ashes, the Left believes it can create a new age of feudalism, with the Leftists as the aristocrats and monarchs. The “multicultural” hordes being imported aggressively into the West are tools the Left intends to use to break down, erase, and replace existing Western culture.
This is an age where the media and the public schools teach Westerners that we must be quiet, shut up, and allow our cultures to become extinct and be replaced by what the Third World colonists and Islam are bringing. When I was in grade school, the teachers still taught that America was a melting pot where people came from all over the world and put away their differences and became Americans for a greater good. By the time I got to college, “melting pot” was a banned word and the schools were instead indoctrinating children that “salad bowl” should be the preferred immigration objective (where new immigrants never put away their differences and become Americans, but instead remain unassimilated in little clumps, like the various objects in a salad). I think by 2016 the Left has succeeded in fostering a “TV-dinner” mentality, where the various ethnic groups colonizing America (and the rest of the West) stake their territory and turf and establish enclaves that are less “salad bowl communities” and more colonies. Immigrants today do not assimilate because the Left does not want them to assimilate. Having a Tribalist Civil War at some point in the future is how the Left intends to destroy the American experiment.
Megan Fox and I have spent the last several years studying local elected boards in the Chicago suburbs that have been violating our state’s Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act in various and sundry ways. Mostly, we focus on board members who are caught stealing (not producing receipts for trips and meals they expense, eating fancy steak dinners and making the public pay, buying themselves gold jewelry and charging it to taxpayers, etc.) or boards who have written illegal policies censoring or restricting public comment at meetings (or holding secret meetings where they hide from the public, in violation of the OMA).
We have busted the Orland Park Public Library Board of Trustees, the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police Department, and the Village of Tinley Park in OMA or FOIA violations. In every instance, we were up against the law firm Klein Thorpe Jenkins (which represented the public bodies); Megan and I wiped the floor with Klein Thorpe Jenkins each and every time.
We received a tip that another Klein Thorpe Jenkins client, the Forest Ridge Elementary School District (D-142) board in Oak Forest, Illinois, was facing a unique problem: one lone out of control board member named Roxana Agler was terrorizing the other board members…and her husband Troy Agler was part of the problem. This husband-and-wife team frightens parents and bullies anyone who attempts to stand up to them. Klein Thorpe Jenkins, as usual, seemed to make the problem worse for the board instead of finding any solution. My working theory is that this unscrupulous law firm makes more money when a board is in trouble or it breaks the law than it would if Klein Thorpe Jenkins gave competent and reputable legal advice to public bodies. I believe it is their business strategy to either let problems get worse for a public body or even create problems…because then they can bill more legal fees to taxpayers to “solve” the problems than they would if Klein Thorpe Jenkins attorneys nipped these problems in the bud.
Megan and I couldn’t believe what we observed at the D-142 board meetings we attended. According to a Google search, Troy Agler is the Vice President of Sales at Casting House, a jewelry manufacturer in Chicago’s Jeweler’s Row in the Loop. He and Roxana also appear to own some apartment buildings together, operating under a company called “TRAK” (which seems to stand for “Troy Roxana Agler Katoozian,” with Katoozian being Roxana’s maiden name).
Part of Troy’s sales duties at Casting House appear to include attending expos and trade shows…where I doubt he uses language as foul and deranged as what he inflicted on a room with small children present at the D-142 board meeting this month. The Casting House bio for Troy asks jewelry customers to please stop by and say hello to him at trade shows…but the question begs: if people do stop by to say hello, will he shout expletives at them or rant about cocaine, gay sex, and Obama the way that he did at the school board meeting?
We used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a year’s worth of emails that Roxana Agler sent in her capacity as a D-142 board member. What we found was shocking:
* threats against fellow board members
* an attempt to use her position as an elected official to intimidate her perceived enemy (a crossing guard) and pressure the Oak Forest Police Department to reassign that crossing guard’s work duties (which in my opinion amounts to intimidation by an elected official abusing her seat on a board to try to negatively impact another person’s work duties)
* accusing said crossing guard (a grandmother named Nancy Hullinger, who has worked for the village of Oak Forest for decades) of sitting in a car and talking about Roxana Agler to a dog. You read that right: Agler accused a woman of gossiping about her to a dog. A DOG!
* berating fellow board members, insulting their intelligence, and accusing various people of using the local McDonald’s as a base of operations to spy on her (in what appears to be part of a bigger paranoia affliction)
* revealing confidential information from closed sessions to the public (which is a big no-no for an elected official)
* a special representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards needing to come out to make a special remedial presentation for Roxana Agler’s benefit admonishing her for her behavior
* behaving inappropriately during board meetings, refusing to follow board rules, acting unprofessionally during PTA meetings
* repeated references from Roxana Agler to some sort of strange friendship that her husband Troy Agler has with Deputy Police Chief Tim Kristin in Oak Forest (which could explain why the Aglers are seemingly allowed to get away with the sort of things they keep doing to Hullinger and their other targets)
It is concerning whenever the police appear to favor people like Roxana and Troy Agler and look the other way when they engage in the sort of behavior they are documented to have engaged in. It could be that the police allow this because Roxana is a board member, and the Oak Forest Police are just acting as goons for an elected official. Or maybe it’s because the Aglers own those apartment buildings with TRAK (and maybe either they or TRAK contributed to the right people in Oak Forest to score a free-pass to behave however they want).
If it’s true that Troy Agler and Tim Kristin are good friends, as Roxana Agler implied in various emails, then that’s another explanation for why Troy Agler is able to scream, shout, menace, bully, and swear a blue streak in front of small children at a school board meeting without suffering any consequence. It also explains why Roxana Agler was able to make a police complaint against Hullinger where she accused her of talking about her to a dog…when Hullinger has repeatedly been told by the Oak Forest Police that they will not get involved and take any complaint from Hullinger about Agler’s harassment.
But, Tim Kristin seems to have had no problem with Agler making a false police complaint about Hullinger talking about her to a dog. This appears to be how things work in Oak Forest.
The D-142 Board finally had enough of the Aglers, however, and voted to censure Roxana and take away her government provided email address so that she could no longer harass anyone with it or represent the Board in emails (such as the one to Tim Kristin where she attempted to have Hullinger’s work duties reassigned, because Agler does not like Hullinger and seems to view Hullinger as her mortal nemesis). It took more than a year of Agler’s abuse before the Board worked up the nerve to do anything about her, which seems typical for communities in Illinois.
Our state seems to be in the mess that it’s in because people don’t pay much attention to what’s going on with these local boards. How many Roxana Aglers (or Troy Aglers) are loose in Illinois? How many local boards have members who are out of control and abusive, either towards fellow board members or the public? Notice that the Dinosaur Media is not interested in reporting on any of this, largely because at the local level the newspapers and TV stations are far too chummy with local boards (and don’t want to report negatively on any of them).
How you can help
Whether it’s a library board, a school board, a village board, or a parks and recreation board…find some local entity in your area to start studying up on. Use FOIA requests to see how the money is being spent. In particular, look to see which board members are eating in fancy restaurants or going on trips to “conferences,” which in Illinois is code for “all-expenses-paid-by-taxpayers” vacations. Take an active interest in what emails board members are sending and how they are using (or abusing) their power.
Illinois got to this point because at some point in the last several decades the people here became conditioned that they should be afraid of their government and of the police. That fear of challenging elected officials (and the police who act as praetorian guards for public bodies) has caused institutional rot on many of these boards. The public has taken its eye off the ball for far too long.
All it takes is FOIA requests and attending board meetings to bust bad behavior on these local boards. The next step after that is finding good people to run to replace the bad ones on the boards in the next elections…or just giving good members of a board the courage to stand up to their bad colleagues by showing them support in numbers at board meetings. It seems that many good board members feel alone in Illinois and don’t have the guts to stand up to characters like Roxana Agler unless they know that the public is behind them. This seems to be especially true when board members use their spouses (like Troy Agler) to menace and frighten people at board meetings who came to speak out against the bad behavior of board members.
Americans’ First Amendment Right to Petition the government for change and redress of grievances is of paramount importance in our country. It is what separates America from other nations in the world, especially those with royalty. The public is supposed to supervise elected bodies…and elected officials are supposed to be public servants, not tyrants and monarchs.
If you ignore what’s going on at your local board level then you should not be surprised by how out of control those in Washington behave. To change our political culture, we need to start local and force changes that will reverberate upwards. Enough is enough.
Watch more of the D-142 School Board scandal coverage here:
My new book (written with my friend Megan Fox) is coming out next week: SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment.
This book tells the story of the lengths that local government goes to (with the help of national lobbying groups) to silence the First Amendment rights of Americans when they criticize and petition the government for change. Something is very wrong with this country when even local library boards and villages out in the suburbs believe that they can throw everything and the kitchen sink at Americans to chill free speech, silence them, and shut them up.
Back in 2013, Megan and I stumbled upon years’ of unreported crimes in the Orland Park Public Library. It happened by accident, after a library staffer tipped us off that they “got a lot of that” in there. Curious what “a lot of that” meant, Megan and I used the Freedom of Information Act to look into the Library’s internal incident reports and legal invoices, to see what problems that Library had through the years. Immediately, the Library Director chose to involve the Orland Park Police Chief, Village staff, and the law firm Klein Thorpe Jenkins to try to scare Megan and me away so that we would not be interested in the incident reports she wanted to keep hidden.
The Library illegally redacted reports and hid other documents entirely. Some records appear to have been destroyed completely, but what we found shocked us: years and years and years of sex crimes happening in that Library, with staff never calling the police. In the instances where something bad happened at the Orland Park Public Library and police were called, it was library patrons (not staff) who called the police. A pattern emerged where it seemed that Library staffers were doing all this on purpose, as if they knew that if they called the police then what happened in that Library would make the news…and they didn’t want that bad publicity.
Very quickly, Megan and I were targeted for destruction. The American Library Association (a lobbying group that is funded in large part by George Soros) sent “crisis managers” to advise the Orland Park Public Library on how best to silence and scare Megan and me away. We did some digging and saw that the ALA does this to every mom or dad who discovers something awful happening in a Library and complains about it. The ALA targets the parents who complain and chases them away. This has been happening for years.
Figuring out who was behind all this — and who in Orland Park wanted the sex crimes to keep happening in the Library and to keep going unreported — took several years to figure out. FOIA requests gave us some insight and Megan and I took to attending board meetings to petition the library board to address its many problems. Instead of listening and doing the sensible thing, the Library decided to go to war against us…even encouraging a Library staffer to sue us in a bogus SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) suit.
Along the way, Megan and I became experts in the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, and SLAPPs. We lived to tell the tale, which oddly was a story that the local media refused to ever report on accurately. You see, if you ever find yourself up against local government (especially an entity like a library board that no reporter wants to write a negative story about, no matter what happens in there), you will realize that the media is too chummy with government to ever tell the real story.
In our book, we document run-ins we had with reporters from the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown, NBC, CBS, the Orland Park Prairie, the Orland Patch, and other outlets. Not a single one of these people ever wanted to report on the sex crimes that were covered up in the Orland Park Public Library for years and years (which all appeared in their incident reports, which reporters chose to ignore). No media outlet wanted to report on the female employees of the Library who were sexually harassed on a daily basis by men masturbating to porn in the Library. None of this was happening in downtown Chicago and these were derelicts doing any of this…this was all happening in an upscale, affluent suburb of Chicago…where local politicians and police seem to have decided that they were all going to deliberately look the other way and never stop any of this (because someone wanted this to keep happening at the Orland Park Public Library).
Every terrible thing that a local government entity can do to you to shut you up and scare you away was done to us. Sometimes twice. Sometimes eleven or more times.
The book goes on sale next week. I hope you buy it because in addition to telling our story of what the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association did to us it’s also an account of ways that you can fight back against entities like this when they come after you.
The First Amendment Right to Petition our government for change and redress of grievances is under attack in this country. Washington DC is largely a lost cause, depending on how you look at it…but your local government can still be changed, if citizens are brave enough to do that. I hope Orland Park goes down in history as an example of how wrong local government is when it thinks it can silence its critics.
Because even if the local media refuses to report on any of it, someone could always write a book about every terrible thing that happened. And if irony holds, the very same public library that declared war on the First Amendment might very well be forced to carry a book on its shelves all about every awful thing it did to try to silence people!
– Book will be released last week of May 2016 –
Why does the politically correct Village of Orland Park waste $5,000 every year on a “holiday party” when they have banned “Merry Christmas”?
* The Village of Orland Park long ago banned the words “Merry Christmas” due to political correctness (and the fact that Orland Park has been colonized by Muslims in recent years, ever since a large Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated mosque was erected there over the loud objections of longtime residents who tried their best to resist the colonization).
* “Happy Holidays” is the official mandate…though Village employees receive Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day as paid days off.
* Assistant Village Manager Joe LaMargo mocked Christ at the “holiday party” in 2015 with what he deemed a humorous sweater. Wanna bet that he’d never wear a sweater with Muhammad on it like that to a “holiday party.” Only Christianity receives such blasphemy and ridicule. Never, ever any disrespect shown to Islam.
* Isn’t it time public employees stop getting to have their “holiday” cake and eating it too? If they want to eradicate Christmas so badly…shouldn’t we stop feeling bad about taking away their “holiday” parties (since, by definition, these are no longer Christmas parties)? Even I would feel like a grinch if I forced this Village to stop having Christmas parties…but I don’t feel the slightest bit bad in suggesting “holiday parties” are not necessary and should be canceled.
* Why should public bodies be allowed to hold vestigial
Christmas parties for themselves at great public expense if the original meaning and intent of these December events no longer applies (since political correctness has eliminated Christmas)?
* Listen to Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan talk about the corruption and ongoing spending problems in Orland Park here:
This is another example of the kinds of things you can uncover if you use Freedom of Information Act requests to examine the spending of local government boards and village/town entities in your area. Writing FOIA requests and then poring over the documents you get back is like solving little mysteries right in your living room. It’s exciting catching public employees doing terrible or embarrassing things. You should try this for yourself in 2016. You won’t regret it. There is limitless potential when it comes to the upsetting things you will find.
For the last several years, my friend Megan Fox and I have been studying the corruption in a Place You’ve Never Heard Of called Orland Park, about 40 minutes southwest of Chicago, which first came on our radar when we discovered that child pornography had been allowed to be accessed in their public library (with library staff deliberately looking the other way and covering it up for years). Their own hidden incident reports (which they fought and fought not to produce) proved they had allowed a man to not only view child pornography on the Library’s computers without police being called but they had also allowed masturbation at the computers, the stalking of women, and the sexual harassment of female employees to go on for years in what can only be described as the Library’s second floor “Masturbation Lounge.” The Village lashed out at us and tried to scare us away after we uncovered the extent of perversion happening in that Masturbation Lounge and all the other sex crimes and impropriety happening at that Library…which then made us interested in everything the Village itself was hiding. The more nastiness these local elected and public officials aimed at us to scare us away and silence us, the more we committed to making scrutinizing the Village of Orland Park our new hobby. We knew if these people were so desperate to shut us up and chase us away and force us to sue them in chancery court to compel them to comply with the Freedom of Information Act that they must be hiding all kinds of things. SPOILER ALERT: we were right!
The Edgar County Watchdogs were an inspiration to Megan and me in our FOIA education, since those guys have become famous in Illinois for busting corruption using Freedom of Information Act requests. The Watchdogs have even performed citizen’s arrests on government boards around the state that they caught violating the law. Forbes magazine lauded them for that. I think they are probably the most talented and committed government corruption busters Illinois has ever seen. And the beauty of what they do…and what Megan and I learned to do by following their example…is that they just email government bodies and ask for expense reports, incident reports, and other documents that likely will contain clues to terrible things the public employees are covering up (hoping no local “busy bodies” ever think to look into).
Last month, in FOIA production, I came across references to the big “Holiday Party” that the Village was throwing for its employees at great taxpayer expense; they planned on having an “Ugly Sweater” contest, which is normally called an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest here in Chicagoland. Looking through emails and flyers that the Village had produced related to their big party, I noticed that the employees all very deliberately avoided any use of the word “Christmas.” Like, they went really far out of their way to avoid using the “C-word.”
Previously, Megan and I discovered that the Orland Park Public Library had even banned all traditional Christmas music, because they claimed it would offend Muslims passing through the Library. (Apparently, Muslims spontaneously burst into flames or shatter into a million pieces as if dipped in liquid nitrogen if they hear even the chorus of “Silent Night” or “Ave Maria.”) Hypocritically, a few summers ago this same Library dedicated an entire month of expensive programming to “Muslim Journeys,” which was a series of lectures, displays, and racy belly dancing performances where the Library actively promoted Islam and Islamic “culture.” (Complete with appearances by Imams from the Muslim colony’s mosque, there to proselytize and encourage submission to “the religion of peace”…that blows infidels to pieces.) So…that thing they say about traditional Christmas music and even the words “Merry Christmas” being banned from public property because such overt religious expressions would offend “other cultures” does not apply to Islam or Islamic “culture” offending anyone else. As usual, Christians are told they cannot express their faith or enjoy their culture in public (which just so happens to be the dominant majority culture in this country)…but every effort must always be made to do whatever the precious, wonderful Muslims want. People in Orland Park are idiots embracing dhimmihood…as you will see. But, I digress. There is much more of this tangent for another day.
I was curious how ridiculous people looked in their “Ugly Sweaters” and wondered how many high-ranking Village employees would participate in this silliness. I was also curious how much food the Village would order for the “Don’t Call It Christmas!” party and how much all that would cost. In addition to all the spending documents, I also thought to FOIA any photos and videos taken during the party. Helpful hint: Public bodies must produce photos, videos, audio recordings (like voicemail recordings), texts, Facebook messages, and other electronic audio/visual “documents” in addition to emails, faxes, spreadsheets, Word docs, and hardcopy papers you might request.
I was surprised to spot none other than Joe LaMargo, the Assistant Village Manager (second highest ranking position in the Village), dancing around in photos wearing a sweater with “Birthday Boy Jesus” on it. As he danced, various public employees seemingly stared at his butt and clapped. In his defense, it’s a pretty decent butt.
Amiright? His wife is very talented at picking out this clown’s jeans and dressing him. (Though I wish she had vetoed that sweater.)
So…at this “holiday party” that taxpayers pay for (but are not invited to), “Merry Christmas” is not allowed to be said and is forbidden (because uttering those words may cause any Muslims walking by to flip out and convulse on the floor in seizures)…but high-ranking Village employees are allowed to make any Christians in the room feel uncomfortable with a blasphemous “Birthday Boy Jesus” sweater. And everyone applauds!
It’s shocking how much these gluttons spent on food (and how much food they ordered) for all of these politically correct Village idiots. You could choke Rosie O’Donnell herself with all this:
* 45 pounds of hot Italian beef with bruschetta and sweet peppers = $350.00
* 5 full tubs of baked mostaccioli pasta with marinara = $325.00
* 4 full tubs of chicken with marsala wine sauce = $300.00
* 4 full tubs chicken with champagne butter shallot sauce = $300.00
* 3 full tubs of salad = $115.00
* 5 full tubs of roasted potatoes = $175.00
* 3 full tubs of grilled veggies = $120.00
Why couldn’t they have just done a potluck and had everyone bring a favorite dish from home, at their own personal expense?
Adding in other catering costs, sternos, waiters, utensils, etc. the grand total for all this came to $2,269.00. But, since 300 public employees were dancing around in their Ugly Sweaters and eating champagne and marsala wine chicken and 45 pounds of Italian beef for two full hours that day, at least one hour of that time involved public employees who were on the clock and incurring payroll expenses while they were partying (but never, ever saying “Merry Christmas”). Think about it. The luncheon was two hours long. People only get 1 hour of lunch break in a work day. That means people who attended this party had one hour of lunch break plus one hour when they were on the clock but away from their desks eating, partying, and shaking their butts in Ugly Sweaters for their co-workers (or subordinates’) amusement.
The minimum wage in Chicago currently is $10.00/hour. 300 public employees multiplied by $10 = $3,000. And that’s working off the assumption that all 300 of these people make no more than $10 an hour (which is unlikely, considering how well government positions in the suburbs pay).
So, over $2,000 for the food for this pigfest…and then $3,000 more in payroll costs for the 300 public employees who were on the clock but not at their desks during that second hour of the party after their lunch hours ended = at least $5,000 in taxpayer funds that were spent because of this “holiday party.”
Why You Should Care
In my opinion, if nobody can celebrate Christmas anymore because everyone lives in abject terror of upsetting Muslims then I think these vestigial public employee “holiday parties” need to come to an end. What is the purpose of these events if all the Christmas spirit is yanked out of them?
What they count on is good and decent people feeling bad and not wanting to “take away their Christmas party.” But, this event is decidedly and emphatically NOT a Christmas party. They make a big, colossal point of it NOT being a Christmas party. Therefore, no one should feel bad about “taking” this away from them. These people are hypocrites if they think they can make a big production of forbidding “Merry Christmas” but still insist we view this event with the emotional attachment we would ascribe to a real Christmas party from before the Days of Political Correctness. They count on the public not wanting to be seen as grinches and take this annual event away from them…but in my opinion when it comes to political correctness run amuck, it’s better to be a grinch than a chump.
They remove the “Merry Christmas” and deck the banquet hall with “holiday decorations” instead, but they want to still be able to eat their body weights in champagne and marsala wine chicken and gorge themselves senseless on Italian beef until they burst. Why should the public have to pay for that when this is NOT a Christmas party? What public benefit comes from wasting $5,000 in taxpayer money on these idiots? Surely this event does not cause these public employees to treat the public any better. I see no evidence of any gratitude at all ever been shown to the public for any of the endless perks, treats, and treasured showered on public sector workers using taxpayer funds.
Right now, unemployment is at its highest level in generations. Everyone working for the Village of Orland Park has a pretty nice life with steady paychecks and — let’s be honest — work that is not really all that difficult or strenuous. Take a look at these marshmallows and tell me if you think they have rough lives, like they are working in coal mines or something. If they don’t want to say Merry Christmas, then I don’t think they need to have an annual “Don’t You Dare Say Merry Christmas” party.
Why do they deserve a big $5,000 luncheon in December when they probably make more money each year and work cushier jobs than many of the people whose taxes pay their salaries? It’s unheard of in Chicago for employees in the private sector to have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day off as paid holidays. Private sector employees only get Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off. Almost all businesses in Chicago are open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and people are expected to work those days.
I think these public sector employees need to start suffering a consequence for their insufferable political correctness and slavish devotion to Islam. If they are so hellbent on eliminating Christmas and making this a truly secular nation with no Christmas traditions…then it’s time to stop holding “holiday parties” at the end of December. They can have their own parties at home on all of the holidays they have off with pay.
They should buy their own food, cook their own champagne shallot butter sauce chicken, slice their own 45-pounds of Italian beef and call it whatever they want to call it, wearing whatever ugly things they want to wear that day.
But, it’s high time that these public employees shared in the suffering that political correctness has caused our country. Until “Merry Christmas” is reintroduced, it’s time to put the kibosh on this “holiday party” hypocritical foolishness.
[Above: Carla Burkhart and her attorney Joshua “Josh” Feagans filed a SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) to punish her critics for rightfully reporting on her no-bid contracts with the College of DuPage, which were awarded to her as “architecture” contracts when admittedly Burkhart is not an architect. Though many news outlets reported on Burkhart’s corruption and misdeeds, she and Feagans elected only to target certain critics for SLAPP intimidation and retaliation.]
* A SLAPP is a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” designed to silence critics of a public official and chill people’s First Amendment Rights. It is essentially using a court and abusing the legal system as an intimidation tool against one’s targeted enemies.
* Criticism of public officials is part of Free Speech and vital to our democratic system of government; the Right to Petition government bodies includes the right to publicly criticize public officials for their wrongdoing. This is what separates the United States from monarchies and totalitarian dictatorships that forbid such criticism under penalty of law and threat of government reprisal.
* Carla Burkhart filed a SLAPP lawsuit against the Edgar County Watchdogs and other select critics in January 2016 to silence and punish those targeted for their First Amendment protected speech. Burkhart is represented in her SLAPP by attorney Joshua Feagans of the lackluster firm Griffin Williams. Feagans’ Facebook page boasts that he enjoys watching Thundercats cartoons on the tee-vee.
* This is a Thundercat, in case you don’t know or weren’t around in the 1980s (it is not normal for grown men in professional fields to advertise that they are still into Thundercats as they approach middle age):
I’m having a great time studying up on all the bizarre twists and turns in Carla Burkhart’s asinine SLAPP lawsuit against the Edgar County Watchdogs and other critics of Burkhart’s outrageous no-bid contracts with the College of DuPage. This is a great case to learn from because it’s such a blatant SLAPP. It is perfect material for Tea Party minded people to read and investigate because SLAPPs are one of the weapons that corrupt public officials (and their reprehensible Thundercats-loving attorneys) use to take away the public’s First Amendment rights and deprive Americans of our liberty. You can read more about SLAPPs here.
I introduced you to this particular Burkhart/Feagans SLAPP several days ago and have been reading various articles written by The Chicago Tribune and other publications on Burkhart and the various open state investigations into her conduct. The Caucus Blog, which follows goings-on in the Illinois statehouse, posted a terrific summary that you should read at least three times to let all the information sink in:
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You can watch the endorsement live here on ABC from Ames, Iowa (530pm CST on 1/19/16).
Sarah Palin is a national treasure, she really is. Nearly everything she does makes me smile and gives me hope that America has a chance to rebuild and recapture our greatness. I love her “going rogue” spirit that just gobsmacks the Cocktail Party GOP-establishment.
There was an article a few days ago on a site called The American Interest by Walter Russell Mead called, “Andrew Jackson Revenant.” It’s not a great article, because Mead ultimately takes an unfavorable view of Americans and reveals himself to be a Leftist would-be elitist…but he makes a few interesting points, perhaps unintentionally. The big takeaway from this article is that Mead identifies a “Jacksonian” spirit in Americans that is ascendant in the suddenly vocal “Silent Majority.”
For the last 8 years or so, it’s become evident that something has been happening in this country that frightens the elites…though it’s been hard to identify exactly what that is and to give it a name. Maybe it’s been brewing even longer than that…it might even have its roots back to the circus that was the Clinton Impeachment and all the Ken Starr unseemliness. For a while, it was called the Tea Party spirit but it’s bigger and more important than that. I only felt a part of this beginning in 2008 when my eyes were opened to it during the media’s relentless (and shameless) push to elect Barack Obama…and ever since then I’ve been paying attention to how out of touch the elites are in both political parties in this country…and how much regular Americans despise these people in Washington.
It was always obvious that the far-Left was completely out of touch and that those living in the ivory towers of academia were insane; for my entire lifetime that was the case, but until 2008 those lunatics were kept locked in the attic for the most part. Democrats knew they had to seem like centrists back then, but we all know they long ago stopped caring about optics and there’s a very good chance that an elderly socialist will be the Democrats’ nominee for president this year. On the Republican side, I think it became clear in 2012 that the Cocktail Party GOP-establishment would rather lose elections than elect Republicans to office who were not part of the accepted “club.” Nikki Haley is a great example of someone who is installed in a position of power and then completely changes who she is because she likes being in power so much and listens to the people who tell her not to upset the apple cart.
Americans are truly and deeply disgusted by people like Haley…and all the consultants who tell Republicans they must appear “moderate” if they want to win elections (even though moderates like John McCain and Mitt Romney lost their elections). The Cocktail Party GOP-establishent this year tried to force Jeb Bush on everyone, but since that is not working now they are trying to force Marco Rubio on us. At some point, they might even switch to Chris Christie as a backup. The Cocktail Party never gives up.
But, the American people are fed up and in Mead’s article he likens this attitude to “Jacksonian revival.” While he doesn’t think this is a good thing, I happen to think it’s exactly what the country needs.
For decades, the Left and the Cocktail Party elite have been destroying this country economy and decimating the middle class. It’s sometimes hard to wrap our heads around fully, but the elite in both parties really have the same goals: they want to enslave Americans economically, eradicate American culture, import enough uneducated foreigners to completely change the demographics of this country, impoverish the country, and erase American traditions like the First Amendment Right to Petition so that “Future Americans” are a different species of people who are scared of the government and are terrified of challenging it.
Political correctness has severely damaged this country in Orwellian ways. The Cocktail Party is terrified of even talking about that. If America is to become great again we need to eradicate political correctness and cultural Marxism. That is mission critical and priority number one.
Now that Mead has mentioned it, I can see the Jacksonian framework in that. I also really enjoyed a lot of what was said in an article by Michael Brendan Dougherty in The Week, called “How an obscure advisor to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996.” Again, this was written by a Millennial who holds Jacksonian Americans in obvious contempt, but at least he’s smart enough to see that there’s something really happening here.
Trump resonates because he wants to put native born Americans first and is sick to death of gimmegrants (my new favorite term for Third Worlders who pore across our border and then demand the United States support them for the rest of their lives).
Trump is sick of political correctness and says what the rest of us in Jacksonian America have waited our entire lives for a leader to say.
Trump doesn’t care if the media or the elite like him.
Trump isn’t bothered when the Left makes fun of him.
Trump is patriotic, loves America, and believes this country has the potential to become the greatest in all history.
Trump is against the colonization of the West by the Third World and Islam.
Trump does not support the federal government ruling our lives from Washington.
It’s wonderful to see Sarah Palin come out for Trump today. I hope she campaigns hard for him. Palin really is an important historical figure, right up there with Andrew Breitbart and others in the 2008-2010 time period where this Resistance to the Left and Cocktail Party began. I rank Palin up there with Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin and Paul Revere and George Washington as people who are synonymous with the American spirit. I tend to think of that spirit mostly in the Revolutionary days…but now I’ll have to adjust my thinking and include Andrew Jackson in that as well. There is a uniquely American soul that is evident in all these people, where they are unafraid to speak their minds and they believe the government should fear the people and not the other way around.
I have felt for a long time that Americans are hungry for leadership like this and for an attitude like Trump has shown so far. I hope he is seriously considering making Sarah Palin his Secretary of Energy so she can go to Washington with him and start cracking skulls.
[Above: GoFundMe campaign setup to raise legal funds for the defense of Illinois student expelled for having an unloaded gun locked in his vehicle. Every gun owner is entitled to a spirited defense when arms of the state come after him.]
The Edgar County Watchdogs are reporting that Logan Baker, a student in the Neoga School District here in Illinois, has been expelled from school for having an unloaded gun in his vehicle. There is a GoFundMe set up for Logan to raise money to pay for him to hire attorneys to fight this expulsion. A successful legal defense will probably cost him $10,000.
This is a cause worth contributing to because the Neoga School District seems politically motivated in targeting Logan because of the Obama Regime’s current push to take away Americans’ guns. Expulsion was clearly not the answer here, but the Leftists who run the Neoga School District seemingly wanted to prove they were good little Leftist drones who do what Obama commands them. Disarming the American population is a big goal of the Left, because a disarmed population is then unable to ever defend itself against an out of control totalitarian government.
The Watchdogs have raised some valid questions about the expulsion of Logan Baker that need to be addressed:
- Is it true that drugs and or drug paraphernalia were confiscated from the school that day and no one was suspended or expelled?
- Is it true that an Administrator has told a student to go home for having a gun in his vehicle and nothing else was done in the past?
- Is it true the ‘part-time’ Superintendent threatened an Administrator’s position if the punishment issued didn’t happen as demanded?
- Is it true bond money designated for a specific purpose was used for a parking lot instead of the designated purpose?
- Ask them to explain the back door referendums they passed in the past.
- Is it legal to use students to hand out papers on school property for Neoga Community Alliance that is pushing for a tax increase?
- Can those opposing it pass out their information on school property?
The Neoga School District has so far refused to answer these questions. There is a public board meeting tomorrow (1/20/16) that looks like it will be packed to the rafters.
How You Can Help
1. Go on Facebook and share the link to Logan Baker’s GoFundMe and tell your friends about what the Neoga School District is doing to this young man in service to the Obama Regime and its war on the Second Amendment. His GoFundMe is here. Email it out to your contacts with an explanation for what is going on.
2. Donate a few bucks to help chip in for Logan Baker’s legal fees. Hiring a defense attorney is expensive. A retainer could easily be $10,000. This young man’s life and future are at stake here and the state has limitless resources to persecute him.
3. Call or write to the NRA and ask them to get involved, especially in terms of providing legal representation to Logan Baker.
* NRA Phone: (800) 672-3888
* NRA contact form: click here to message the NRA
* NRA Twitter handle is: @NRA
4. If you are in the area, attend the Neoga School District board meeting on 1/20/16 and make your voice heard.