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.
If the NAACP was ever actually an organization dedicated to the advancement of colored people, I am certainly too young to remember. Throughout my adult life it seems the NAACP is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the liberal/progressive political wing. If “colored people” happen to align with their politics, great. But anything not part of the official Democrat platform is ignored or outright opposed.
A great example of this last is the NAACP opposition to school choice laws, which have been shown as fairly successful for black children in many communities. You would think an organization supposedly dedicated to helping advance black people would actually want to help advance black children, but since Democrats oppose school choice, you would be wrong to assume so.
In the latest bit of whacky weirdness, the NAACP organized a march to protest voter ID laws. Prior to the march, they distributed a flyer with DOs and DON’Ts. One of the DOs? “Bring photo identification and keep it on you at all times”
In my present state of mind, I am beyond the point of feeling angry about this. The hypocrisy among political power players is so rampant, so obvious, so egregious that I just can’t help but laugh.
Maybe I am laughing the laugh of the damned.
One of the many interesting sub-plots of the 2014 election year is the possibility that Congress may welcome its first openly gay Republican.
Dan Innis is running for a House seat in New Hampshire. He is a businessman, entrepreneur, Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and is married to a man. It was his husband who convinced him to run, saying “You’ve got to do this” to see if Innis could “make a difference.”
Richard Tisei is running again for a House seat in Massachusetts. He lost by just 1 point in the general election to John Tierney, and will face him again this time around. He has already served as a state senator. He is also married to a man.
Carl DeMaio is running for a House seat in California. He is a businessman who provided training and consulting specifically to financially-troubled government entities to help them become more efficient. He has also served as a city councilman for San Diego. At the time of writing this I do not know if DeMaio is married to his partner, but it is my understanding they have been together for six years.
None of these men are making their sexuality part of their campaign. It will be interesting to see what the liberals do, should these men make it through the GOP primaries. Kevin has often pointed out that liberals reveal their ultimate hypocrisy when faced with an opponent who would traditionally be a liberal. As a living example, DeMaio and his partner were booed while walking in the Gay Pride parade, because DeMaio is a Republican and was running for Mayor.
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.
[ Click above to embiggen: a clip from the latest Saturday Night Live sketch mocking our Lord and Savior, as broadcast on 2/16/2013. To watch the full clip for yourself, it’s currently available on HULU.com for free, which you can watch HERE ]
Last Saturday (2/16/2013), NBC ran a parody of Quentin Tarantino films called “DJesus Uncrossed”, which was a bastardization of Django Unchained…with a lot of Inglorious Bastards thrown in for good measure (or, for bad taste, depending on your personal perspective). Saturday Night Live heavily employed a laugh track during this faux-movie trailer…so that as our Savior was mocked in various ways these disembodied voices were hysterically overcome with giggles. Such as, when it was implied by the trailer that Jesus Christ “used the N-word a lot” (and that Peter Travers, from (I believe) Rolling Stone, quipped about this).
I’m going out on a limb in noting that a similar sketch entitled DMuhahahammad Unturbaned would have never left the writers’ room at NBC…for fear of the physical consequences to Rockefeller Center and the bat-guano-crazy reaction of Muslims worldwide to a blasphemous depiction of the medieval pedophile they deem to be a “prophet”. Since “the religion of peace” is neither a religion nor peaceful, NBC endeavors never to insult or offend Muslims…because Muslims vociferously police depictions of Muhammad in all forms of media.
Christians, on the other hand, raise little outcry whenever Jesus is impugned or mocked by the likes of Saturday Night Live…and, as a result, that mockery becomes a frequent source of material for unimaginative and talentless writers on shows that were past their prime back when I was still in high school (20 years ago!). Networks like NBC won’t so much as show an actor playing Muhammad…PERIOD…but they have no problem at all running sketches that portray Jesus as a violent, racist, murderer.
This is all part of the Left’s endless war against and persecution of Christians…and it’s important that you understand the REAL role of Saturday Night Live in the Left’s greater propaganda machine within its Ministry of Truth. The reason conservatives have lost the Culture War is because too often they delude themselves into thinking, “That’s just stupid!” or “Saturday Night Live doesn’t matter!” or “The only people who watch that are crazed Lefties anyway so they are preaching to their own choir”.
In reality, Saturday Night Live’s anti-Christian propaganda doesn’t just air once and then disappear into the firmament…it’s actually picked up in lots of ways by the Left and rebroadcast in various venues where it becomes part of a bigger effort to indoctrinate the susceptible into a permanent anti-Christian mindset.
Here in Chicago, there is a textbook, classic example of this at work in Sidetrack the Video Bar…which is the largest and most prominent gay bar in the city, located on Halsted Street and owned by Art Johnston and Pepe Pena (who are essentially the “godfathers” or “Dons” of the Chicago gay community). The anti-Christian videos produced by the likes of Saturday Night Live are collected by Sidetrack’s video production team and then re-edited into smaller clips that pack the anti-Christian sentiment into smaller, more explosive bites.
Those clips are then aired repeatedly to the intoxicated customers of the bar — over and over again — so that it’s resoundingly clear to the gay community of Chicago that Christians are to be targeted, mocked, and persecuted wherever and whenever possible. Since Sidetrack is the biggest and most prominent bar…and its owners are viewed as the “Dons” of the Chicago gay community…there’s immense peer pressure for gays in Chicago to toe the line and behave in the way that Sidetrack seemingly wants them to behave (if they want to keep being welcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago).
I’m never sure if straight people understand the importance of being socially accepted in a particular bar, especially the biggest and most prominent gay bar around. A stereotype of straight men is that they do all their business and conduct all their networking on the golf course…so in that sense belonging to the largest and most prominent country club would be the key to a successful life as a straight businessman. For straight women, success in the spheres they inhabit might involve belonging to the largest and most prominent gym or a prestigious social club like The Daughters of the American Revolution or the like.
For gay guys, if you aren’t regularly seen in the largest and most prominent gay bar and if you aren’t known widely as “a friend of the bar” then your social status in the gay community is adversely affected…and you forfeit the networking and status-enhancing opportunities afforded to regular patrons of that bar. If you’re someone who has been made to feel unwelcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar, you become a gay guy who has to miss out on all the big events in the community…and all the benefits that come with attending those events.
So, the pressure is high to be a “good guest” of an establishment and to go along with whatever trend its owners set…by behaving the way those “Dons” instruct you to behave via the videos they play in Orwellian fashion on massive screens throughout the bar.
If you’ve read 1984, you’ll remember the concept of a “Two Minutes Hate”…which is a propaganda tool used by the people in control to incite those watching a film to express hatred and rage at “the enemy” on a regular basis. Johnston and Pena orchestrate “Two Minute Hates” against Christians in the gay community on a regular basis, via the videos they regularly select for exhibition in Sidetrack…knowing that the net effect will be the strengthening of the Left’s propaganda that Christians are the “enemies of the gay community”.
Sidetrack, in fact, employs a Chicago Public School teacher named Bradley Thomas Balof as an MC and event host to really rev up the crowds against “the enemies of the gay communities”…which supplements the spirit of these videos with a live-on-stage maestro of hate who demands the crowd jeer at Christians and shout aloud how they’re going to “get them”, “stop them”, “hurt them”, or “destroy them”. Without fail, all the drunk gays in attendance raise their glasses in the air, their faces red with anger and booze, and follow Balof’s lead to scream out against the Christian “enemies”.
Can you only imagine the outrage in the national media if Muslims were the target of Sidetrack’s “Two Minutes Hate” instead of Christians. I even think that there’d be some pause if Jews were targeted, instead of followers of Christ.
I’ve tried repeatedly to interview Art Johnston to ask him why he needs to keep showing clips like “DJesus Uncrossed” in his bar, instead of just playing fun videos without any attacks made on Christians, but Johnston won’t sit down with me, answer my letters, or return my calls. I just can’t imagine doing the things he does to Christians in his bar unless he’s doing them on purpose…and that purpose is part of a larger strategy on the Left to keep this anti-Christian sentiment flowing in all the various ideological subgroups of the Left where it can take root.
What’s remarkable is the glaring hypocrisy of all of this, too, because gays are who the Left trots out to constantly claim they are persecuted by Christians…with plenty of banners reading “Christians hate gays!” at any Pride Parade event or “equality march” the gay community holds for the cameras. In another Orwellian twist, some people are more equal than others because gays actually accuse other people of doing the things they actually do to Christians themselves!
In the five years I have been running this site as an openly gay Catholic I have not even once had an experience where a Christian said anything evil at all to me for being gay…but on a sustained and regular basis I’ve had employees and customers of Sidetrack harass and malign me for being a “traitor” or “enemy of the gay community” for not renouncing my allegiance to the Church. Christians never attempt to make me choose between being gay and being Christian, but gay “Dons” like Art Johnston apply constant pressure to force gays to turn their back on Christ if they want to be accepted in the gay community.
I believe this is an orchestrated strategy on the Left, since it’s widely known that a gay man truly does need access to the largest and most prominent gay bar in a big city to thrive socially and professionally in gay circles…and the threat of cutting off access to those benefits is enough to force gay men to join the “Two Minutes Hate” that bars like Sidetrack incite against Christians with the videos they play and the speeches their staff members make.
Saturday Night Live and other entertainment arms of the Ministry of Truth provide the prepackaged material needed for the “Two Minutes Hate”…and Art Johnston serves up the venues for exhibition…and then his staff sees to it that the message is delivered to the desired targets for their anti-Christian conditioning.
This is happening where you live too, but if you aren’t a frequent visitor to or observer of the gay community you might not realize it.
But, this is how the Left won the Culture War…while Christians sat back and deluded themselves to believe “Oh, no one pays attention to that!” or “That show hasn’t been relevant in 20 years!” .
NOTE: Hulu.com has a tendency to take videos down after a while, so if you are reading this at some point in the future and the Hulu link at the top doesn’t work, I think the Amazon Instant Video link will work for as long as Amazon is around. You’d have to buy the episode of SNL to see the “DJesus Uncrossed” clip, though…and I’d advise never giving SNL or NBC any of your hard-earned money if you can avoid it. But, if you REALLY need to see the clip and Hulu is not playing it for free then I suppose this is an alternative (since NBC is very aggressive about removing its clips from YouTube):
UPDATE: For those unfamiliar with Sidetrack the Video Bar and how endemic the hypocrisy is there, I want to remind you that this is the very same bar that posted photos on its official website of a friend of the bar’s owners dressed up as Adolf Hitler for last year’s Halloween party.
So, the bar’s photographer specifically picked out those photos of Adolf Hitler to appear in the prominently-promoted galleries of photos on the website, when a great many other photos were not similarly chosen for inclusion in that gallery. And no one at Sidetrack had sense enough to appreciate that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis persecuted and then executed gays back in the 1930s and 1940s. You know, in the Holocaust…which wasn’t exclusively used against Jews, but also included the elimination of gays (branded with pink triangles), gypsies, the disabled, and other minorities in German-conquered territories.
But, in the year 2013…the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago specifically chose to celebrate dressing up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, like it was a good thing.
For those of you who scratch your heads at the Gaystapo’s attacks on Christians while simultaneously showing fervent deference to Muslims, include Sidetrack’s promotion of Adolf Hitler Halloween costumes with that insanity.
More on the bizarre and hypocritical things Sidetrack and its owners do HERE.
GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS! Look at the Filthy and Unsanitary Conditions Found in Offices of Chicago Law Firm Hinshaw & Culbertson!
[ Great Merciful Zeus! Lookit that abject filth! It looks like a crime scene! ]
I was recently subpoenaed as a witness in a case making its way through federal court involving a gay bar here in Chicago that’s been accused of harassing a Christian employee…which is a shocking display of hypocrisy, if you think about it, because the “Ministry of Truth” that is our national media constantly berates you with talking points that claim Christians are forever the ones victimizing gays…and no indication is given to the public that in reality it’s the gays who are the victimizers and not necessarily the victims in a lot of cases.
I’ve written about this before, while coining the term “Gaystapo” to refer to militant gays who serve as goon squads for the Left…and who are specifically charged with accusing Christians of all manner of hatred and bigotry (while simultaneously being the ones who actually rev up hatred and bigotry themselves against Christians at just about any gay-related public event held in cities like Chicago).
Well, I’m openly gay and can tell you that I’ve seen, firsthand, Christian men harassed and persecuted in the very prominent Chicago bar currently a Defendant in a major discrimination suit. I witnessed atheist or agnostic gays deliberately targeting gay Christians for harassment as “traitors” because of their faith…and I am looking forward to the day in the near future where I can take the witness stand in federal court and put on record everything I’ve seen self-styled “leaders of the gay community” do to men in Chicago who are both gay and Christian (but who refuse to denounce Christ or turn their backs on their families because the “gay community leaders” tell them that’s what they need to do). Honestly, this case is one of the most explosive I’ve ever encountered and has the potential to completely obliterate the Left’s ability to ever use gays as a weapon against Christians in the future…because it exposes the reality that whenever the Left accuses other people of doing something evil, it’s because subgroups of the Left are actually doing those exact same things to someone else.
This case will expose the Gaystapo for the evil it does to Christians…and it will also show the self-styled “gay community leaders” to be the real hatemongers at work in our society today.
There’s a lot more to come on this in the months ahead as the case moves through discovery and approaches trial…so be sure to stay tuned because I intend to tell you everything I am allowed to publicly reveal about the most shameless act of hypocrisy the “gay community” of Chicago has ever committed in its effort to destroy “the enemies of the gay community”.
[ Filthy conditions in the Hinshaw & Culbertson Chicago offices…but they aren’t even bothering to clean the carpet for a catered event/party? So trashy!]
The firm that’s representing the prominent gay bar at the center of this hypocrisy is Hinshaw & Culbertson, which is a national firm that claims to employ over 500 lawyers coast to coast in various cities…with its headquarters in an opulent skyscraper in downtown Chicago right on LaSalle just before you’d hit the Chicago river. Yesterday, I was asked to meet with Scott M. Gilbert, who is the lawyer representing the Defendants in the case, because he wanted me to teach him to use the search function here on HillBuzz.org to find various articles I’ve written about both the bar and the gay community’s persecution of Christians…and Mr. Gilbert, despite his law degree, was unable to find and properly use the clearly-marked search function on this site (Quick: as a test, try to find the search function yourself and pull up articles about gay bars and/or religion on the site and let me know in comments if you are able to easily do so).
I went to Hinshaw’s corporate offices yesterday afternoon at the invitation of Mr. Gilbert thinking I’d be showing him how to better use this website’s archives, but it seems that the day had gotten away from Mr. Gilbert and he hadn’t booked a conference room so the meeting never happened (as you’ll read in my letter below, all the conference space was booked for some big, elaborate party the firm was hosting for a “Don Bozo”…who could very well be a circus clown highly connected in the mob…in which case, I fully understand the firm’s zeal to placate “Don Bozo” with such a large party whenever he wants because clowns are scary enough on their own…but become particularly terrifying when they’ve mobbed-up). I waited and waited for Mr. Gilbert to find space for us to meet, but he never succeeded…and the entire time I was left in the reception area to stare at the filthiest carpet I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
Mind you, when I was in high school I traveled through Europe and into countries that were still Communist at the time…and I never saw filthy carpets like this in the Eastern Bloc. Here in Chicago, I’ve been to all sorts of oddball places in the various adventures I have in this city chasing down stories…and I honestly can’t think of any Cook County or City of Chicago office that was as filthy as Suite 300 of Hinshaw & Culbertson’s corporate offices at 222 N. LaSalle. I have been behind-the-scenes in zoos and have seen cleaner floors in the service areas of the primate and pachyderm buildings.
Waiting in Hinshaw & Culbertson’s reception area yesterday reminded me of that episode of Friends where Ross starts dating some hot girl…and she invites him up to her place for the first time. Based on the fact that the girl was pretty and affable and seemed to be completely normal, Ross expected to head upstairs and find a well-kept apartment free of filth and other unsanitary conditions. Perhaps he even expected it to smell like strawberries and be as orderly and attractive as a page ripped out of the Pottery Barn catalog. Instead, he walked into a pigsty…with stains upon stains and a mysterious creature burrowing through the detritus.
I can’t say that Hinshaw & Culbertson’s offices are THAT bad…but they do rank as the filthiest offices I’ve ever stepped foot in…in any country and at any time in my entire life.
[ Just in case you are wondering, these offices are on the third floor of a very large office building that has a massive atrium and entrance hallways. To reach this reception area in Suite 300, people need to enter off LaSalle and walk for many hundred feet through a little arcade of shops…and then take an elevator…and after that proceed down another hallway. So, if you’re thinking that this filth is just from Chicago winter salt/snow, think again. We haven’t had a lot of snow this winter and people’s shoes should be pretty clean by the time they make their way up here. I have no idea at all how this carpet got this filthy, save for live animals being loosed here on weekends to defecate and roll around in their own muck up here. It’s horrifying! ]
Whenever I encounter anything that’s so bad it makes me sit down and write a company a letter like this, I like to share it with all of you because I think more people out there should take the time to write letters.
When I was in college and graduate school I worked in hotels and was always happy to receive something in the mail from a guest letting us know about a bad experience. I can remember quite a few letters from guests complaining about unmade beds or improperly cleaned bathrooms…but in all the years I worked in hospitality I never received a letter describing conditions as filthy as the ones I found yesterday at one of Chicago’s biggest law firms. I am absolutely flabbergasted that no one has ever called these people on the carpet for their filthy carpet.
And I won’t even get into what the men’s room was like…you can read the letter below for yourself. I need another shower just thinking about being in there.
But maybe a good, old-fashioned public-shaming will cause these people to rent a Rug Doctor steamer or buy a carpet cleaner on Amazon or something…and hopefully a little shaming will cause them to clean their men’s room.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Have you ever encountered anything this filthy and unsanitary in any law firm or large company you’ve ever been to?
[ Donald L. Mrozek, Chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson…the Chicago law firm with the filthiest reception area and bathroom I’ve ever seen ]
VIA FAX & EMAIL 2/20/2013
Donald L. Mrozek
Chairman, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
222 N. LaSalle – Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
Dear Mr. Mrozek,
I’m writing as a professional courtesy to ensure you are aware of the filthy and unsanitary conditions of your offices, located in Suite 300 of 222 N. LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois. According to your firm’s website, you are actually based out of this office…and should thus already be aware of the problem.
On Wednesday 2/20/2013, I came to Suite 300 for a 4pm meeting requested by Scott Gilbert, a partner in your employment law division. Mr. Gilbert was not prepared for the meeting, so your receptionist in Suite 300 showed me to a couch in the reception area while I waited for Mr. Gilbert to find an available conference room. At the time, Blue Plate Catering was setting up for a large party to be held in honor of “Don Bozo” (according to the receptionist); I’m assuming Mr. Bozo is another member of your firm (and not the famous ginger-haired children’s show clown, embarked on a second career as a Mafioso).
Mr. Gilbert kept me waiting for a good 25 minutes, during which time I was shocked to observe the condition of the carpeting in your offices (see attached photos, taken 2/20/2013 from a couch in your waiting area). Frankly, I have not seen filth like this outside of a loading dock or “backstage” maintenance room at an industrial site or a poorly-run zoo.
As you can well see, there are enormous stains on the floor of your reception area that could rival those photographed at crime scenes or garbage dumps. Other mysterious stains make me believe the Hinshaw offices are rented out to a veterinary clinic or livestock auction house on the weekends…because the surreal presence of assorted incontinent ungulates is the only possible explanation for how carpeting could be stained this badly in a suite of offices in downtown Chicago in what purports to be a major law firm with over 500 partners in multiple cities.
Since you have no magazines in your waiting area and I could not get WiFi service in your office on my phone, I suppose I had nothing else to occupy my attention besides your firm’s filthy carpeting while I waited and waited for Mr. Gilbert (who ended up not even meeting with me today because he never could find an available room and seemed distracted by the big party happening for Don Bozo).
When I later needed to use your men’s room, I was horrified to find those facilities even dirtier than the reception area. All three stalls had clogged toilets filled with un-flushed feces and urine, with toilet paper clumped in standing water on the floor or dangling in long streams from their dispensers (as if the washroom was hit by a devastating combination of severely early Halloween “T.P.” tricksters and men with extremely high-fiber diets). The mirror was splashed with water and streaked with fingerprints and grime. Overhead, the lights flickered due to expiring bulbs needing replacing. One of the Blue Plate caterers was changing clothes in the washroom as well, so upon entering I literally bumped into a half-naked, robust Hispanic man standing gingerly on tip-toe in stagnant water…which is something I don’t expect to happen in a law firm in downtown Chicago.
Frankly, your firm’s washroom was filthier than ones I’ve seen in truck stops, football stadiums, or Greyhound bus stations…in Mexico. On a surprise bright side, at least there’s no stagnant water and feces floating in urine in the reception area. I almost forgot about the filthy carpets after experiencing your washroom.
While I am not a client of Hinshaw & Culbertson and most likely never will be, I do hope you take this letter to heart and think of the effect your filthy reception area and unsanitary washroom would have on an actual client. Is this the sort of branding you want your firm to have under your leadership as Chairman?
Because it’s my understanding that the reception area in Suite 300 is where your actual clients also arrive to wait to speak with your attorneys…and this is the impression you are giving to the people who step off the elevator and into the Chicago offices of Hinshaw & Culbertson, which are supposedly your national headquarters. You clearly don’t even clean your offices when you’re having a high-profile, catered function…which is just bizarre to me.
I must note in closing that all of your staff members whom I encountered were very polite and friendly (including Mr. Gilbert, who seems like a very nice man)…but when they saw me staring at the stains in the carpeting a few of them shook their heads as they walked by and mouthed “Isn’t it terrible?” or “It’s so embarrassing”. One woman candidly remarked that your firm is not doing very well financially these days and that a decision was made to cutback on things like carpet cleaning (and, clearly, washroom sanitizing and upkeep).
I sincerely hope that if you were the one who purposefully chose to allow your reception area and washroom to become so filthy just to save a few bucks that you reconsider that decision. A “Rug Doctor” carpet steam-cleaner rents for around $50 per day from local Dominick’s grocery stores and it could have your reception area looking markedly better in just a few hours. Alternatively, I’ve heard great things about the “Stanley Steamer” cleaning service that’s advertised on television (though I’ve never hired them personally). As for your washroom, the only advice I can think to give you is “Clorox bleach”…and to perhaps send around a memo asking your partners and associates to flush the toilets after use and to not splash water or throw toilet paper around everywhere like unsanitary zoo animals.
Best of luck to you with all of this,
CC: J. William Roberts (Managing Partner), Kevin Joseph Burke (Vice Chairman), Bradford R. Carver, John W. Dubbs III, Laurie S. Randolph, Robert J. Romero
[ Seriously. An affordable carpet-cleaner costs about $135 on Amazon with FREE shipping. The one above is the model that I personally own. Why on Earth a big law firm like Hinshaw & Culbertson can’t afford a $135 carpet-cleaner and some soapy water is just beyond me. ]
UPDATE: 2/21/2013 10am CST — I’ve gotten a surprising number of emails asking me what the young man in black is doing kneeling in front of what looks like some sort of “cult altar” in the lobby of Hinshaw & Culbertson…and what the white tables with the black band are for…and what the magenta-colored things in fishbowls are. Someone actually asked if those were “octopi” or some other sea creature.
I thought it was obvious in the original post, but those tables are there for the big fancy party that Hinshaw was going to have that night. The catering company, Blue Plate Catering, draped white tablecloths over the round bar tables and then let the cloth cascade down to the ground. While I was waiting and waiting for Mr. Gilbert to return to speak to me, I watched the young man dressed in all black (and a nice young female server) bunch the tablecloth together around the central pole that keeps the table upright. Then they tied ribbons around the middle to keep the cloth in place (that’s the black that you see).
On top the tables they had these little fish bowls with some sort of exotic flower inside. Despite being gay, I cannot identify all flowers…but it’s obviously some sort of tropical thing that’s magenta in color. It kind of reminded me of a giant raspberry…or like one of those “snow balls” flowers that used to pop up on bushes back in Ohio each spring.
You can (clearly) pick up decorating and entertaining ideas in the weirdest places. If I could give you one piece of advice today, it would be to never, ever miss up a chance to watch waiters or other servers setting up for an event if you can observe them. You will always get some little tip to show you how to turn a bar table into an elegant-looking “cult altar”, the way Blue Plate did with these tables and the “octopi” bowls.
I’m totally going to use this table setup and flower arrangement for something in the future. It would even work for having friends over if you want to setup a little snack or drink station.
UPDATE: 2/22/2013 900am CST — Read Part Two in “The Mystery of the Filthy, Filthy Carpet” HERE where we enlist the expert advice of actress Ann B. Davis of “Alice from the Brady Bunch” fame to uncover cleaning tips that might possibly be used by Hinshaw & Culbertson in the future to clean their filthy reception area carpet.
This is not as bad as Iceland and its elves, but an eyeless spider has delayed a $15 million construction project
One of the study abroad programs I undertook in college was to Iceland, where I worked on GPS-mapping glaciers and lava formations out in the field. It was often like being dropped off on the moon and left to fend for myself for many hours before a tiny speck on the road in the distance would become the only car I saw all day and I’d get picked up to head back to the research camp. The roads would twist and turn in Byzantine ways at times, making bizarre loops around rocks or scrags of underbrush. Iceland has few trees, but those that are there are slender and meek…with entire highways diverted far out of the way to respect the sapling’s “personal space”.
In Iceland — and I am not kidding in the least — construction projects must hire a “Elf Consultant” whose job it is to perform a sort of Icelandic feng shui so that the “invisible people” of Icelandic folklore are never upset by the building of roads, bridges, and house. Icelanders are the most superstitious and ridiculous people in the entire world in some ways: they are beyond gullible while simultaneously believing that since they are descended from Viking stock that they are invincible. The only thing they fear are the invisible elves they truly and actually believe cause their cars to malfunction, their electricity to go wonky, or their water to scald them to death (which actually happens every once in a while while someone is showering and there’s a surge of geothermal energy that boils the water in Icelanders’ bathroom pipes, killing a few people every now and again…no doubt when the elves are angry).
The Cult of Gaia in this country — otherwise known as “environmentalists” are almost as bad as the Icelanders with their elves. The latest bit of insanity is a $15 million construction project that’s been sidelined because of a tiny blind spider that would be disturbed by the construction.
I really love animals and used to want to be a zookeeper or a paleontologist when I was a kid. I think almost every animal out there is either interesting or delicious (or both). But some of them are just losers who can’t be coddled all the time. Species go extinct every day, and not because of anything that humans do. If that wasn’t true, then you’d be riding a triceratops to work tomorrow or taking the brontosaurus bus. Maybe you, reading this, would be some sort of evolved velociraptor yourself.
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On August 2nd the House released an investigative report on Solyndra, the failed solar energy company, which shows beyond a doubt the Obama administration abused taxpayer dollars for political gain.
Solyndra received a $535 million loan, straight from our pocket, as part of Obama’s “green jobs” strategy. Indeed, Solyndra was considered one of the jewels in Obama’s green recovery crown. When Obama visited the plant in 2010, he highlighted Solyndra as an example of the “right thing to do for the economy,” claiming the plant would employ at least 1,000 high paying jobs.
As is so often the case with lofty oratory, the reality never lived up to the rhetoric.
First, the Obama administration pressured federal reviewers to sign off on Solyndra despite misgivings about the viability of the company and of the government’s loan model. Emails released by the investigators show the Office of Management and Budget responding to White House requests by saying “We would prefer to have sufficient time to do our due diligence reviews.” The loan was ultimately approved, clearly under political duress as an OMB staffer remarked “given the time pressure we are under to sign off on Solyndra, we don’t have time to change the model.”
Solyndra’s CEO at the time hailed the “Bank of Washington” for coming to their aid.
It quickly became clear that Solyndra was in peril as it began to miss payments on the loan. A government analysis warned that the company would run out of money in September of 2011 and recommended that the government simply cut its losses. Instead, the government chose to restructure the loan, ultimately wasting MORE of our tax dollars than if they had simply allowed Solyndra to fail.
The investigators released emails which clearly indicate the decision to restructure the loan – which inexplicably put taxpayers LAST to recoup losses – was made for political reasons. One government analyst remarked that a Solyndra failure “would likely be very embarrassing for DOE and the Administration.” Another commented that she was “vastly confused by DOE’s decision to negotiate away their senior position in this transaction.”
The final insult came when White House Chief of Staff Jack Yew, perhaps sensing that Solyndra was beyond saving, decided to wash his hands of any further involvement in the Solyndra restructuring. Let me say that again to be sure it sinks in:
Despite the administration’s self-proclaimed “quite active interest” in securing the loan for Solyndra, just months before it failed, the White House distanced itself from any further decision making.
No doubt so that when it finally failed, they could blame it on OMB / DOE / Bush (which is exactly what they tried to do).
Still undetermined is exactly what role Obama bundler Robert Kaiser played in securing Solyndra’s loan in the first place. Emails show Kaiser “advised associates” on how to secure federal assistance for Solyndra. As it turns out, Kaiser’s family also had a “substantial” financial stake in Solyndra. Coincidence?
This is an example of Chicago Politics at its finest. We have a choice in 2012. Are you voting for four more years of cronyism and abuse of our wallets? “Bank of Washington” my ass… it’s the Bank of We the People. I say we shut the damn doors. #ABO2012
The administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones has given the Richmond, Virginia OccuPoopers free reign in a city park called Kanawha Plaza. Since starting their illegal occupation in mid-October, taxpayers of Richmond have provided the OccuPoopers with portable toilets, trash pickup, and other services worth at least $7,000.
Costs of additional police, helicopter (!?) and incarcerations would probably push this total into the tens of thousands of dollars. The administration had declined to enforce a number of laws on its books that require permits for events on City property, and forbid sleeping overnight in parks.
Naturally, the law-abiding (and likely neat and tidy) members of the Richmond Tea Party had paid for permits for all of their previous Kanawha Plaza rallies. They paid over $10,000 for portable toilets, permits, police protection, and all the other costs associated with using the Plaza for a pubic event. And they (bizarrely) thought that all groups using City property should have to actually follow the law.
The OccuPoop hit the fan when Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens pointed out the discriminatory treatment the OccuPoopers were receiving at the expense of the taxpayers of Richmond. “The city of Richmond is allowing Occupy Richmond to blatantly break the law day after day while forcing other groups to strictly comply,” Ms. Owens said in a press release that landed her on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.
But apparently it was the invoice the Tea Party submitted to the City of Richmond that really got the mayor’s boxers in a bunch. Yes, the Tea Party folks invoiced the city to get a refund of all the money they had paid to use the park.
So, in a completely non-shocking move, the Leftist mayor of Richmond, Virginia has responded to the Tea Party’s call for equal treatment by auditing the Tea Party.
Needless to say, OccuPoop Richmond and Mayor Jones have earned major Down Twinkles from HillBuzz.org over this blatantly unfair treatment.
Read more at BigGovernment.com.
Hollywood idiot Ashton Kutcher sides with child abusers — then gets slapped back by his own fans HARD
Yesterday, Hollywood idiot Ashton Kutcher used Twitter to side with the child abusers at Penn State, outraged that football coach Joe Paterno was fired for knowingly allowing young boys to be raped in his football locker room.
Almost immediately, Kutcher’s fans on Twitter slapped him back hard for siding with the molesters and not the victims in this matter.
Kutcher claims he didn’t really know what he was talking about and hadn’t heard that the rape of young boys was involved in this matter.
This reminds me a lot of ignorant people out there who have no idea who Che Guevara really was — or what he himself did to children — but love wearing those “super-cool” Che tee shirts or post images of Guevara on their websites, like he’s some sort of history hero.
That’s Johnny Depp, above, wandering around Hollywood somewhere promoting Che Guevara as the latest in hip, Hollywood, casual wear.
That’s a screengrab from a page on the William Fremd High School website where teacher Jason Spoor glamorizes Che Guevara (and Karl Marx, too) as a history hero worthy of inclusion alongside exotic vacation photos of himself.
Leftists, whether you find them in Hollywood or more locally teaching in the public education system, evidence poor judgment when it comes to people like Joe Paterno and Che Guevara.
This is something we’ve been reporting on for months on The HillBuzz & Mrs. Fox Show because the Left has a tendency to turn a blind eye to crimes committed against children in its rush to create heroes out of people like Paterno and Guevara that they might actually know very little about.
I have to admit I’d never heard of Joe Paterno until this week. I had a friend who went to Penn State and I used to write to her in “Happy Valley” many years ago and I was aware that football was a big thing in College Station, Pennsylvania. I understand that many people called Paterno “Grandpa Joe”. But, I’ve learned that Paterno knowingly allowed the rape of young boys to continue in the Penn State locker rooms.
It’s obvious to me that if anyone discovers someone raping children (or anyone for that matter) then that person needs to dial 911 immediately and ask the police to bring every available officer to take names and crack skulls. I think the SWAT team should be involved and the child molesters should be treated like Al Queda operatives. Aside from terrorists, those who commit crimes against children are the most vile monsters to ever walk this Earth.
Which is why seeing Che Guevara honored as a history hero at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois on a web server funded by US taxpayers is equally disturbing to me, since Guevara raped and murdered children by the THOUSANDS.
The Left doesn’t seem to appreciate the enormity of that, which results in those hipster tee shirts worn by Depp and the homage to Guevara displayed by Spoor…but in actuality serial killer John Wayne Gacy harmed fewer children than Che Guevara. But, Guevara’s a history hero at William Fremd High School…and “Granpa Joe” and his coaching staff are heroes at Penn State.
There is true evil in this world, and it feeds off the sort of ignorance displayed by Ashton Kutcher in his tweets, Johnny Depp’s fashion choices, and teacher Jason Spoor’s web decorating decisions.
For whatever reason, the political Left in this country consistently chooses to apologize for, downplay, or downright ignore the evil committed against children.
Why is that and what can YOU do to change this?