Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Urbandale Iowa is live streaming on YouTube here:
It starts at 930am CST on 1/15/16.
Donald Trump has really been running a brilliant campaign. This morning, there are a lot of interesting takes on the debate last night, especially the sparring between Trump and Ted Cruz. One of the observations made in something I read addressed the fact that Trump is tapping into the anger that all of us feel with the sense that “America is dying.” The elite — be they on the Left or in the ranks of the Cocktail Party GOP establishment — don’t see the country dying, because they are insulated and comfortable in their little bubbles. I was in Washington, DC for something in the summer and it was like being in a totally different world compared to parts of Chicago. DC is thriving. New York for the most part is always thriving. But things are so bad in this country that the death of this country is even being felt in Chicago: stores that have been open for 30 years are closing because they can’t afford the rising rent, long stretches of storefronts are empty (some for years), the City is aggressively ticketing parked cars like never before because it is so broke (even having cops drive around endlessly looking for people who have expired state vehicle stickers, which is a $60 fine). These are desperate times.
Anyone I know who works in hospitality has woken up to the reality of illegal immigration…those are easy jobs to bring in illegals under the table and replace American workers. Black people are seeing that City jobs in Chicago are going to Spanish-speakers now instead of to blacks. Resentment is building because even government employers are looking to replace American-born blacks with imported Hispanic labor. The City seems to like employing Hispanics more than blacks, so the blacks are being tossed to the curb.
Democrats would face a horror show of an election against Donald Trump, because he’s probably the only Republican that black people would ever vote for. If Trump rails against companies (and government offices) that hire Spanish-speakers over native-born Americans, there will be a flood of people who never voted Republican in their whole lives rushing to vote for Trump.
People need Trump to tell them it is okay to voice their anger. I get angry every time I go on something like Hulu and they play Spanish ads during a show. There is nothing I hate more than hearing Spanish. It is the language of poverty. It is the language of laziness. If you want to live in America, you need to put aside the garbage of your old life in whatever hellhole you came from. When you move here, start speaking English. Stop pretending you are still where you were before you left. Assimilate. Do not force the people who were born here and have spoken English our whole lives to now have to listen to Spanish because of you.
I hate that America is slowly being colonized by Central America. It makes me angry. I am sickened that our elected officials are allowing this to happen, because Democrats want the votes from these Hispanic colonists and the Cocktail Party GOP elite wants the cheap, uneducated, compliant labor to replace American workers (and eliminate blacks from the workforce). I hate the disruption that all of these non-assimilating colonists are causing. We have enough unemployment in this country. We do not have a need for the never-ending importation of colonists from Central America.
Donald Trump is the only person I feel is capable of doing anything about this. I believe he really will build The Wall. We have needed that wall since the 1980s. Construction of The Wall has been authorized since the 1980s. But the Left has prevented the construction and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment has refused to build The Wall…because they wanted to lower wages and make jobs scarce (and because they prefer ignorant, illiterate Third Worlders working those jobs because they are easier to boss around and control than native born Americans).
This country really needs to start taking care of its own, not being this perpetual chump that surrenders its sovereignty and allows a cesspool like Mexico to dictate to us. We need a president who will put Mexico in its place and assert dominance of that Gulf oil. It’s been how many years and we still have this problem with Mexican drug cartels? Mexican drug running was a plot device in episodes of the A-Team in the 80s. Here we are in 2016 and we haven’t done anything to subdue the criminal enterprises of Mexico. The only thing that makes me angrier than Spanish ads popping up on American tee-vee is hearing whatever lowlife president of Mexico is currently in office dictating terms to America or saying we need to accept and support more of the colonists that Mexico dumps on us. I am sick to death of this.
Are you angry too?
Every election it seems there’s a large portion of Republican voters who stay home because they think letting the Democrat win is sending a message to someone, somewhere. That message is never received and it only results in more Democrats being elected, which means more colonists are allowed to pour in and take jobs from Americans. This year, we actually have a candidate in the race who will do something about the problems this country faces. If you do not get off the couch and vote for Donald Trump then you are never going to get off the couch.
I think the greatest thing about Donald Trump is that finally there is a Republican running who has some testosterone in him. After the parade of wimps that the GOP has run in recent years, it is electrifying to have an Alpha Male in the race who will not take any garbage from the Left or the Elite or Third Worlders.
It is an exciting experience to watch Donald Trump’s rallies. My hope is that when he speaks it gives everyone else in the Silent Majority courage to start speaking out as well. Political correctness cast a spell on this country that made people afraid to express themselves…and the result of that is all of the problems we have been facing lately. You cannot be silent and just hope for the best. You must speak out. Start telling anyone who will listen how angry you are.
Thoughts on Trump speaking in the live stream:
* Should make it tough to come to America. Illegals are being treated better than veterans.
* Trump will make our country great again and put a stop to this.
* Potential to make America greater than ever before.
* He is really a great speaker; probably the best candidate I’ve ever heard speak.
* Politicians are all talk and no action…for years they have been saying they will fix the VA and it is worse than ever before.
* Trump fixed the Wolman (sp?) rink in New York after politicians couldn’t fix it for years. Example of him doing things that typical politicians can’t do.
* General Patton could wipe out ISIS in two days. Why aren’t modern generals like that? Trump will fix it.
* I really love listening to him speak. What I love most is when he states the obvious: how stupid most people in leadership positions are.
* Trump has the biggest crowds at all his rallies.
* Let’s be honest about Iowa though: these people are very spoiled. Aren’t you sick of Iowa always going first and Iowa being lavished all this attention? To me, the people in Iowa always seem like prima donnas. They need to be coddled. They really take advantage of this “first in the nation” stuff. And that caucus is horrible. Making people stand in a room and walk to a corner to support a candidate. I think that’s sick. Every election should be a secret ballot. Having people physically walk to a corner in a room to be counted sounds like something people do in the Sudan. I am sick to death of Iowa.
* Trump says he can’t believe how stupid the Chinese think our leaders are. The people in office now are such jokes. We lose billions of dollars on bad trade deals.
* We need people who love this country to be running things.
* The deal with Iran is a disgrace: giving them $150 billion and they put our sailors in the begging position.
* We have the dumbest and most stupid people leading this country. We have to change that.
* We need to strengthen our military so no one will mess with us again.
* The “Allies” we have in the world take advantage of us.
* We are wasting so much money. We need smart people to start questioning how our money is spent.
* Sick of Republicans letting us down. You send them to Washington and then they just do whatever Democrats want. Sick of that. They seem to think when they get there that if they do what the people want they will lose their seats. Need people who will do what is right.
* Political correctness is killing this country.
* He will turn his company over his kids to run when he wins.
* We will be saying Merry Christmas again. Christmas will be back. No more happy holidays political correctness.
* Angry at stupidity. Angry at incompetence. Angry at our politicians. Angry at people coming across the border. Angry at anchor babies. Need to straighten this all out.
* ISIS is using the Internet better than we are. They are radicalizing people over the Internet. We are allowing people to come back after they are radicalized but they should never be allowed back.
* Need to destroy ISIS.
* We need to lower taxes and create an economy that is vibrant again. Cut the waste, fraud, and abuse. Make the country strong and rich again.
* Get rid of Common Core. Go back to local education. Get rid of Department of Education.
* EPA is making things terrible. Go back 15 years. Roll back the craziness. Do a lot of cutting.
* Trump thinks that Hillary Clinton will not be the Democrat nominee. He thinks what she did with the emails and servers is worse than what David Petraeus did.
* Mocks the $5 Billion Obamacare website.
* Veterans are dying because of the VA wait times…yet Mexicans go for free to US hospitals and take healthcare. How sick is that? Our veterans don’t get treatment…but illegals walk into a hospital and demand things and are given whatever they want.
* Paris has the toughest gun laws in the world…and all it did was create defenseless victims. Same with California. Gun free zones create killing fields because people are defenseless. Maniacs see that as a playground.
* People in California knew those San Bernadino muslims were plotting something but political correctness stopped them from phoning in a tip about these guys.
* Europe is being invaded. Look at all the young muslim men streaming into Europe. Trojan Horse. We have enough problems here without bringing in Syrian muslims.
[Warning: if you fall onto Carla Burkhart’s naughty list, she will SLAPP you!]
* Carla Burkhart is a corrupt public official who used her position on the College of DuPage Foundation Board to obtain a no-bid contract for considerable money.
* In January 2016, Burkhart filed a SLAPP lawsuit against critics of her no-bid contract.
* SLAPP stands for “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation,” which is something public officials use as a weapon against critics to chill free speech and attempt to trample on the constitutionally protected First Amendment Right to Petition public bodies for redress of grievances.
As I reported yesterday, the Edgar County Watchdogs activist group has been sued for $8 million by College of DuPage Foundation Board Member Carla Burkhart. Today I want to walk through her lawsuit and point out how ridiculous it is, using some of what I learned reading a fantastic book on this type of punitive and vexatious litigation that was written by George W. Pring and Penelope Canan in the 1990s, SLAPPs: Getting Sue for Speaking Out.
If you could choose one topic to become interested in for the new year that would pay dividends and help you become more active in rooting out corruption in your own community, I recommend you study SLAPPs. Chances are, some public official like Burkhart is probably suing a watchdog group or reporter in your own area and I am sure the target of that SLAPP could use your help on the ground. This abuse of power and process is happening all across the country because there is no national anti-SLAPP law that would prevent such Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.
The Pring/Canan book on SLAPPs is more than 20 years old at this point and I have not been able to find a newer work on the subject that’s remotely as good. Maybe someone reading this will write one. There’s a need for it, because we have entered into a new phase of SLAPPs that was not predicted by Pring/Canan.
Their book covered the first two waves of SLAPPs. The first will surprise you in that it took place just after the American Revolution, up until 1800 or so. At the very birth of our nation, local justices of the peace and other officials didn’t like the idea of Free Speech or the public’s ability to question and mock elected officials. This makes sense if you think about these people being in their 40s or 50s and having lived in the days before the Revolution; their brains were still hard-wired to England and aristocracy and being ruled by a King on a throne somewhere. They didn’t like when someone called them out on their bad behavior, so they would sue critics for defamation. Judges tossed these vexatious lawsuits out of court immediately, citing the First Amendment Right to Petition and the fact that criticizing a public official is not defamation (but is actually a treasured American right that sets our country apart from all others).
This is something that a lot of people, especially conservatives, have a hard time understanding. Defamation requires that a person know something is false and intend to cause harm while publishing it anyway, knowing that by telling a lie that harm will come to the target of the lie. The key words are: lie, intend, false, and harm. Reporting on something terrible that a public official actually did is not defamation. Criticizing a public official for bad behavior is not defamation. Mocking and ridiculing a public official is not defamation. Our nation’s first courts got it right over and over again in those early days and the First Wave of SLAPPs (as Pring/Canan identified them) lasted only a few years before elected officials realized they weren’t going to get anywhere with that tactic.
Jump ahead 170 years to the 1970s, when SLAPPs were rediscovered and used by mostly real estate developers as a weapon to silence critics of poorly conceived development projects. This was back in the days when greedy men in polyester suits with wide striped ties thought it was a great idea to build concrete public housing projects on scenic beachfront property…or plop state-run drug addiction clinics in the middle of a community full of young families…or local a slaughterhouse next to a cherished woodland park to befoul the area. Communities who opposed such developments found themselves at war with the developers, who would use every trick imaginable to get their way. These unscrupulous people started suing the outspoken activists who wanted to stop these ugly projects…in the hopes that the lawsuits would scare them into silence or otherwise tie them up or bankrupt them so they could no longer be obstacles to the construction. You can see how effective this would be in many cases: a well-funded corporate litigation team would file a SLAPP against a ragtag group of moms and dads who opposed the housing project or drug clinic or slaughterhouse or whatever. The community members were exercising their constitutional right to oppose the poorly planned construction projects…and because they spoke out against these developments, the developers sued these people for defamation. This went on for many years, through the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s, when Pring/Canan wrote their excellent book. It became an epidemic.
They called that the Second Wave of SLAPPs…which prompted many states to pass anti-SLAPP legislation that was meant to dismiss these kinds of lawsuits early in the litigation process, to both save the court’s time and also spare the targets of the SLAPPs the legal costs involved with defending themselves against such frivolous lawsuits.
I argue that so much time has passed since the Pring/Canan book that we are now in a Third Wave of SLAPPs. This time, the people who are filing these lawsuits are either spoiled prima donnas who don’t like being criticized (similar to the SLAPPers in the First Wave of SLAPPs back in the 1700s) or organizations who use proxies to file SLAPPs so that the organization can benefit in some way from the chill that the SLAPP puts over the community.
In the matter at hand, Carla Burkhart seems to be both a prima donna and also a proxy, possibly for the College of DuPage. She comes off as a spoiled and self-absorbed woman who does not like being criticized by the Edgar County Watchdogs…and at the same time it feels like she may have been egged on in this lawsuit by entities at the College of DuPage, who seem to be sick of John Kraft and Kirk Allen covering the years’ worth of ongoing wrongdoing at the College of DuPage. Burkhart’s goal is clearly to silence the Watchdogs, make them stop writing about her, and also scare anyone else out there who may be considering criticizing her or the College of DuPage (because Pring/Canan identified one big motivation of filing a SLAPP to be chilling speech in the community, since people will see that the Watchdogs have been sued and are suffering through litigation and so if they don’t want to be sued too they reason that they must keep their mouths shut about how they feel about Carla Burkhart and/or the College of DuPage).
[Kirk Allen (left) and John Kraft (right)…the best investigators of government corruption in the state of Illinois.]
Illinois is sometimes a hilarious state to live in, because if you show any interest at all in questioning how the government here spends money then you are called a “busybody.” I wonder if this is because so many people of Eastern European stock immigrated to the Chicago area…and that Soviet mentality became part of the Chicagoland culture that infected the rest of the state. I also think part of it is related to how much people love Al Capone here and how the airport gift shops have so many tee shirts with his face on it, as opposed to Abe Lincoln (who is supposed to be the mascot for the state…but people think Capone is more fun). Illinois is a very strange place where you are actually looked down upon if you “make trouble” by asking too many questions (or any questions at all). People have an attitude here of “shut up and mind your own business” and “don’t spoil this nice racket we’ve got going on.” Don’t rock the boat or make waves!
Kraft & Allen have pretty much single-handedly been using Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain documents that prove wrongdoing by all sorts of public officials. For some reason, reporters at the Chicago Tribune or Sun Times or wherever are never interested in doing this. Maybe they are but their editors won’t let them write anything negative about elected officials…or the editors think those stories would be boring because “nobody cares about the College of DuPage.” That is something that editors of publications say a lot, “nobody cares about the local level.” Remember that the newspapers are all failing and reporters now have to deliver papers door to door on Sundays…and everything is driven by clicks and hit counts and “what can go viral.” Investigative journalism is all but dead. Every paper still alive has become a shallow tabloid.
So, the only way any of this corruption gets exposed anymore is because people like Kraft & Allen have made it their hobby to do so. Instead of watching baseball or football or whatever or collecting stamps or making model airplanes (you can tell that I have no idea what straight guys do in their free time if they are not investigating government wrongdoing), they FOIA government entities for their meeting minutes and contracts and whatever and they look to make sure that everyone is obeying the law. When they find someone who has broken the law, they write about that person on Illinois Leaks. When a corrupt public official doesn’t like being written about, that person sues…and loses because that lawsuit is a SLAPP. Lather, rinse, repeat. This will keep happening as long as public officials think they can get away with filing these Third Wave SLAPPs. We as a country really do need a federal anti-SLAPP law to stop all this.
Carla Burkhart’s SLAPP can be read in its entirety here. My thoughts as I read through it as a student of SLAPPs are:
Page 1: Is Herricane Graphics even a real company? In her lawsuit, Burkhart claims that she runs a business called “Herricane Graphics.” I talked yesterday about what a stupid name that is, but today I looked it up on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website and it is a licensed business. So it technically exists on paper, but I couldn’t find a website for it. The only Yellow Page listing I found redirects to another company called “Schreiner Chicago” (that has a 1990s-looking generic website that says it sells writing instruments and measuring cups, or something). All of this is strange because wouldn’t a graphic design company — if it was legitimate — have a fancy website to showcase its graphic design work? How does Herricane Graphics land any clients if it doesn’t have an online portfolio, a Facebook page, an Instagram, a Twitter, etc.? Something is fishy here.
Page 2: If you have never been involved in a lawsuit, you might not realize that lawyers are allowed to write all kinds of crazy things in a complaint without having to prove anything. Remember that anyone who graduates from even the worst law school in the country and manages to pass the bar in Illinois is allowed to file a lawsuit for a client and sign his name to it…and if he is not embarrassed and doesn’t care about looking foolish later, he can write anything he wants in the complaint. Realistically, unless a judge would at some point mock him, a lawyer can say crazy things in a filing and trust that 99.9999% of people will never read it. Lawsuits are boring to read and reporters are lazy. The average person who has no reason to read a lawsuit won’t bother. Even people who have been sued might not read the lawsuit because they have an attorney to do that (and attorneys never make fun of one another because they all try to stay friendly and give one another slack for the showmanship of a ridiculous complaint). Sometimes bad lawyers put things in a complaint just hoping to get an exciting headline on the chance that a reporter would read it…never expecting anything in the complaint to stick. Almost all lawyers operate under the assumption that the lawsuit will be settled out of court because almost all lawsuits are settled out of court (even the frivolous ones). No lawyer wants to go before a jury because juries are so unpredictable.
So, I laugh when I read what’s written about Kraft & Allen in this complaint by Burkhart because I can’t believe the lawyer she found to represent her is such a ridiculous writer. Take this sentence (please!): “The publications on Illinois Leaks are not designed to educate or inform the public, but to manufacture public hysteria against whatever cause Allen and Kraft so choose.” This is laughable because if you read Illinois Leaks you will immediately see that every post they make is meticulously sourced…and almost all based on public documents they obtained from FOIA requests and then posted to their website. They often just present documents and then pose questions, leaving the readers to view the documents themselves and draw their own conclusions. The topics they cover do not lend themselves easily to causing “public hysteria.” I am one of the Watchdogs’ biggest fans and even I have trouble finding the College of DuPage scandal exciting, let alone hysteria-inducing. I find this poorly written lawsuit that has been filed against them to be hysterical, however.
I truly feel that Carla Burkhart is one of the biggest idiots around for doing this, because she has brought the Streisand Effect upon herself. If she did not like being exposed for what she did wrong at the College of DuPage (when not many people really care about the College of DuPage outside of DuPage County) then she is going to go full on BARBRA when people coast to coast who are interested in SLAPP filings start looking into this lawsuit. As you may know, the “Streisand Effect” is named after what happened when Barbra Streisand filed a big lawsuit for millions of dollars in damages against a coastal erosion research project that had posted a photo of the California coastline that included her Malibu mansion. Hardly anyone had heard of that obscure coastal study in 2003 until Streisand filed the lawsuit; after that, millions of millions of people saw the photo that she sued to prevent anyone from seeing. Her idiocy in suing the photographer and website blew up in her face. She is an idiom now. The “Burkhart Effect” could be next.
Page 3: Here, Burkhart’s complaint gets into some of what she’s all worked up about. She claims that her company Herricane Graphics is real and is not imaginary and that the College of DuPage contracted her to do some kind of signage in April 2012. Then, in July of 2012, some kind of change was made to the signage the College wanted and so she had to have a new contract. Burkhart claims that the new contract was written as an American Institute of Architects Contract and that the College wanted that sort of contract. This gets into the problem that Kraft & Allen reported on, because Burkhart is not an architect. Someone who is not an architect should not (and can not legally) sign an Architect’s contract. The next few pages go into a weird, rambling conspiracy that Burkhart claims involved various people plotting against her, with one woman named Kathy Hamilton in a mad drive for power.
Page 5: Burkhart finally gets around to talking about the Watchdogs again. Here, she tries to make it seem like it was no big deal that she signed that Architect’s contract (even though she is not an architect). What you might not know is that in Illinois an Architect’s contract is one of the few exceptions where a public body does not have to put a job up for a competitive bid and go through that whole process. What it looks like the College of DuPage did was that they just wanted to give this job to Burkhart (who became a Board Member after she landed this gig) so they used that Architect contract to get around the bidding requirement. They didn’t want to put the job up for competitive bids because they just wanted to give this money to Burkhart and if they put it up for a bid then there was a chance that someone would underbid her and she would not get as much money as she wanted. So they pulled a fast one and used the Architect contract to get around that requirement. Burkhart is mad that she got caught and is embarrassed that Kraft & Allen reported on the bad thing she did, so now she is suing them as punishment for them catching her signing this Architect contract and evading the bid process. Only in Illinois!
Page 7: This whole page is roll on the ground hilarious. Here, Burkhart claims she did not sign the contract as an Architect. But, the Watchdogs have the contract she signed. And on the last page of the contract, she signed it as the Architect. How can she pretend this didn’t happen? See for yourself! The College of DuPage also ultimately conducted an internal audit and found that Burkhart was indeed improperly given preferential treatment. Kraft & Allen found this in FOIA production too!
As you can clearly see, over and over again this document that Carla Burkhart signed identifies her as the “Architect” in the agreement. It is repeatedly stated that this is an agreement between the College of DuPage and an Architect. At the very end of the agreement, Carla Burkhart signs her name as the President of Herricane Graphics, which is identified in Article 13 in the SCOPE OF THE AGREEMENT as being the Architect named in the contract.
She seems to claim that none of this happened, when this contract was produced pursuant to FOIA requests and the fact she signed her name as the Architect has been reported in the Chicago Tribune and in other publications...because that’s what the contract says! At no time does this ninny ever seem to have said to the College of DuPage that she shouldn’t be signing an Architect’s contract when she isn’t an architect and knows she’s not an architect. By all accounts, she’s just a greedy clown in a santa hat who went along with this Architect contract thing because this was the scheme they came up with to avoid that competitive bidding process and show her preferential treatment.
Page 12: Burkhart finally gets into the counts of the lawsuit here. Pages 8 through 11 were more rambling conspiracy theories about Kathy Hamilton plotting world domination or something. Burkhart has a strange persecution complex. She also complained about various articles that the Edgar County Watchdogs wrote about her that were all true, but since they were unflattering to her she says they weren’t true. But, again, each article is supported by documents that the College of DuPage produced pursuant to FOIA requests. And every article has documentation either attached or linked. So, I don’t understand how the attorney representing Carla Burkhart could in good faith sign his name to this complaint and file it for her. This is a guy who should really be facing Rule 11 sanctions for this. A lawyer who knowingly files a bogus SLAPP like this does not deserve to keep practicing law. He went to law school and should know better and should have told his client that she is out of her cotton picking mind and can’t sue people because she did something wrong and is now mad that people are writing about it. Take a public position on a Board (and enrich yourself) and expect public criticism.
Page 13: Burkhart alleges defamation, but again: if something is true it is not defamation and everything written about this woman is based on documents that the College of DuPage produced, such as the Architect’s contract she signed (when she is not an architect). Also, she claims that the articles that the Watchdogs wrote damaged her business and kept her from getting opportunities. But, her business doesn’t even have a website. Apparently, the address she lists for her business is an abandoned storefront with no signage in a deserted strip mall in the middle of nowhere. The telephone number listed for Herricane Graphics just rang and rang and didn’t even go to voicemail when I tried calling it to check if it was a real business. How is she getting clients if she has no web or social media presence, her supposed office is what looks like an abandoned storefront, and her phone number just rings and rings with no answer? Maybe if she is not getting clients her business is being hurt because she has not done any of the basic Business-101 things you need to do to actually have a business that attracts clients.
Page 14: More craziness on this page about various people trying to propel that Kathy Hamilton woman to power. This to me reads like someone who thinks her cat or dog is plotting against her and the toaster is preparing to lead a kitchen appliance uprising at dawn. Burkhart thinks she is owed at least a million dollars just for this!
Page 17: Here’s a few pages about tortious interference with a contract. This is rich. So, Burkhart seems to be mad that John Kraft and Kirk Allen used a FOIA request to obtain that Architect’s contract that Burkhart signed (but should have never signed because she is not an architect). Once it was exposed that the College of DuPage and Burkhart were using an AIA Architect contract they should not have been using and the College began an investigation into the impropriety, Burkhart alleges she was damaged because the College stopped paying her. Think about that for a minute. Burkhart actually has the gaul to sue the people who busted her for being involved in this no bid contract scheme because once she was busted she stopped being able to profit from the scheme. Again…only in Illinois!
Page 19: This is the best one….Burkhart sues the Watchdogs for “misappropriation,” claiming she was damaged because they illustrated their articles about her with photos that Burkhart had posted online (and she says they used the photos without her permission!). Again, it’s shocking that a lawyer actually wrote this complaint and filed it. Burkhart is a public official who is involved in a newsworthy scandal; she is not able to control who posts photos of her. The Watchdogs’ use of a photo of her is clearly covered by Fair Use. It is absurd that she would try to make this desperate claim for “misappropriation” (but she doesn’t say anything about asserting a copyright over the photo). The whole issue of Fair Use, copyright, and “misappropriation” is an interesting one that we can explore another day, because much like defamation this is something that people don’t really typically know a lot about and the push right now with the Social Justice Warrior and crybully crowds is for people to claim you need their permission to post something. That’s not true at all. Free speech can’t be curtailed just because a spoiled prima donna does not like being mocked for her bad behavior…and a picture of a public official accompanying an article about that public official’s bad behavior is fair game. This is not Saudi Arabia.
Page 20: Conspiracy! Everyone is plotting against her! My goodness. The author of this paranoid nonsense was someone named “Joshua M. Feagans” from the firm Griffin Williams LLP. He actually signed his name to this foolishness and filed it with the court. That is astonishing to me.
What I hope happens here is that the Watchdogs very aggressively fight this lawsuit and invoke our state’s Citizen Protection Act, which would ultimately make Carla Burkhart pay all of their legal fees that resulted from this SLAPP. I wish that Joshua M. Feagans, whoever he is, would have to face a Rule 11 sanction as well, but I won’t hold my breath for that in Illinois. It’s apparently very rare for an attorney to be punished for filing bogus lawsuits…though I do think the anti-SLAPP measures have some consequences for the plaintiff’s attorneys. It will be interesting to look into that.
Cases like this can drag on for years and this SLAPP was only filed on January 1st, 2016…so it’s only just begun. The timing is great for studying it as a Third Wave SLAPP though, in Pring/Canan fashion, because we can watch the case progress in real time.
I cannot wait to read the response that Kraft & Allen will file and also read their Motion to Dismiss, which should come in the next few months if Burkhart does not withdraw this SLAPP before then.
* Nikki Haley is the current Governor of South Carolina, though her real name is Nimrata Randhawa.
* Haley was a darling of Mitt Romney’s back in 2012 and is a favorite of the Cocktail Party GOP establishment.
* GOP consultants like to trot Haley out for photo ops because she has brown skin and they think this appeals to people on a Diversity! level.
* As usual, the Party of Stupid hasn’t figured out that promoting black women like Mia Love as prospective VP candidates is the best way to drive Democrats crazy and throw a wrench in the Left’s 2016 strategies.
* Ain’t nobody in this country who is going to race to the polls to elect the first Indian anything. But, a black female VP candidate on Donald Trump’s ticket could be a big windfall for the GOP.
I will be voting for Donald Trump in the Illinois primary and I hope to vote for him in November. I want him to be our next President. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be voting for Trump (mostly because I never thought he was serious about running for president). For some reason, I thought he was just joking or this was all some kind of stunt. To me he was always a “celebrity” and not a politician. I thought he was just trolling the media with a fake campaign and that he would make up some reason to stop campaigning by now…just in time for some new tee-vee show or business venture to launch (perfectly timed to capitalize on all the attention he generated for himself).
Donald Trump is someone whom I have always found amusing but never realized I loved. Remember all the times he called Rosie O’Donnell a pig or whatever, and the two of them would get into nasty public feuds? I loved every minute of that. Rosie O’Donnell is a pig. She’s rude, too. When she lived here in Chicago briefly while filming some show for Oprah’s Weird Noises (OWN) network, Rosie was rude and crass and piggish all over Chicago. She did not make many friends in the neighborhood. Donald Trump told the truth about her and she hated it. He made her come unhinged.
I love that about him.
I hate that America has become this unappealing place where people are afraid to call a pig a pig. I don’t know when this started, but it’s deeper than political correctness. Republicans are especially afflicted by it, whatever it is…this bizarre inability to speak the truth, forever being terrified of calling a pig a pig. I finally understand why so many conservatives sat home and refused to vote for Mitt Romney and handed Obama the second term. They just refused to vote for someone who can’t call a pig a pig.
This election is shaping up to be a fascinating one to study because if Donald Trump succeeds in defeating the Cocktail Party establishment and claiming the nomination he will prove that Americans have been hungry for honesty in a politician. This is reminiscent of the movie Bullworth with Warren Beatty, where he played a Congressman who decided one day to start calling pigs pigs and saying everything else that no one is allowed to say. People ate it up. Even black people started loving him. He gave everyone something to cheer.
America is not a wimpy country, but in the last few decades we’ve allowed places like Mexico to kick us around and bully us. I don’t know who decided that Mexico gets to be a colonial power that colonizes the United States, but that’s what’s been happening. I don’t know who decided that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and other Third World hellholes get to be colonial powers as well…or that Muslim colonies get to take root in Europe and colonize that continent. All of this is happening and people refuse to talk about it. Companies like Disney actually import foreigners, sign them up for one of those HB-1 visas, and force American workers to train their cheaper immigrant replacements. And people are too afraid to complain about that.
The Mitt Romneys of the world don’t want to rock the boat. The John McCains of the world are so wimpy. The Bob Doles of the world just do whatever the Chamber of Commerce says. The George W. Bushes can’t wait for the next occasion to call Islam “the religion of peace.”
Thank God for Donald Trump. Thank God he actually is seriously running for president. After all these years, Bullworth has come to life and not a moment too soon.
Nikki Haley was one of Mitt Romney’s darlings back in 2012 and she, like Bobby Jindal, is someone that GOP consultants love to trot around…because her skin is brown. I think it’s disgusting that this woman has chosen to hide her real name (Nimrata Randhawa) and goes by “Nikki Haley” instead. I thought her State of the Union response was deplorable. She is the perfect personification of what is wrong with the Cocktail Party GOP-elite (the GOP-e for short). I didn’t think any GOP-e darling could fumble worse than Bobby Jindal did when he delivered his own State of the Union Response a few years ago, but Haley really was awful.
The Chamber of Commerce wants America flooded with foreigners so that Americans will lose their jobs and corporations can pay cheaper wages to Third Worlders on American soil. A nation that has as much unemployment as we do does not need any more immigrants. We have no duty or obligation to accept everyone who wants to come here. As long as Harvard and Yale and other Ivy League universities have an admissions process and do not give free tuition and room & board to anyone who walks onto their campuses, then the United States should not be forced to take in every person who wants to come here. There are immigration laws on the books that are not being enforced because Democrats and the Cocktail Party GOP-e crowd don’t want them enforced. Meanwhile, middle class Americans are being devastated and have no champion.
Donald Trump is clearly the right man for this troubling time. He says the things that I have waited years to hear anyone with a public platform say.
Nimrata Randhawa Nikki Haley did what the Cocktail Partiers told her to do and took a swing at Trump…and part of me wanted “The Donald” to punch her back hard, like he always did with Rosie O’Donnell. He got in a good jab at Haley, reminding her that she had solicited campaign contributions from Trump over the years, but he restrained himself.
Trump is incredibly astute for handling her this way. He clearly wants to win South Carolina. He made Haley look stupid and marginalized her, but he did not go in for the kill. She’s apparently popular in South Carolina…so getting into a Rosie O’Donnell feud with her (even if she started it) would be ill-advised.
I’d love to see Trump run with a black female Vice President. Maybe Trump and Mia Love…a Trump-Love ballot. After he wins the South Carolina primary, I hope Trump never gives Haley the time of day again. What good would having a Cocktail Party darling do Trump on the ticket?
A black female would do massive damage to Democrats if Trump picked someone like Mia Love to be his VP. Someone smart, with guts, conviction, faith, and determination. The first black Vice President and the first female Vice President all rolled into one. I never understood why the GOP establishment is so hellbent on pushing Indians like Haley and Jindal when they could do so much more damage to Democrats by promoting black female conservatives on the national stage.
Donald Trump will make the perfect choice for his VP, I’m sure of that.
And though he’s playing nice and not saying it, I’m also sure it won’t be a Cocktail Partier like Nikki Haley who joins him on the ticket.
[The creepy reference to SYMPHONY in 1/13/16 article on EW.com by James Hibberd, “Netflix’s Secret TV Ratings Revealed by NBC.”]
Have you heard about a company called SYMPHONY that uses something called “audio content recognition technology” to analyze background sounds via your cell phone?
James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly tossed a casual reference to SYMPHONY in an article he wrote about Netflix recently. Hibberd said that SYMPHONY listens to the background soundtrack on whatever you have on your tee-vee…and apparently this app then figures out what you are watching and makes a note of that. This is how NBC has apparently been able to figure out Netflix’s program ratings. The detective work using SYMPHONY was needed, it seems, because Netflix refuses to release ratings numbers.
NBC then found a way to use this creepy SYMPHONY program to spy on people, listen to what they were watching, figure out what it was, and determine if it was on Netflix.
Hibberd didn’t bother to mention if SYMPHONY is some variant of SkyNet that is now spying on everyone or if SYMPHONY is some sort of voluntary app that people turn on so that a computer program can listen to everything they are doing and analyze it. I have the impression that people aren’t aware that SYMPHONY is doing this; it sounds like this is an app that somehow gets on people’s phones or they are using it for something else and this “audio content recognition technology” is operating without people’s knowledge.
How could NBC obtain accurate ratings for Netflix programming if they were relying only on people who voluntarily allowed SYMPHONY to spy on them?
Wouldn’t people have to NOT know that they were being spied on for them to be honest with their Netflix watching habits?
SYMPHONY is the creepiest thing I have heard about this week for sure. Is anyone else out there curious about what this app does and if it’s voluntary (or somehow hidden and is on your phone right now and you don’t even know about it)?
[Carla Burkhart, the SLAPPer, who also sits on the College of DuPage Foundation Board.]
* A SLAPP is a lawsuit filed as “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.”
* SLAPP lawsuits are intended to chill First Amendment protected Free Speech.
* A person filing a SLAPP lawsuit is called a “SLAPPER;” the target of a SLAPP is called “The Target.”
* The Edgar County Watchdogs are the leading government abuse watchdog group in the state of Illinois, having gained fame over the years for exposing corruption at the state and county level and for performing citizens’ arrests on government boards that violate Illinois’ Open Meetings Act.
* The SLAPP filed by Burkhart against the Watchdogs can be found here.
An interesting SLAPP lawsuit has been filed against the Edgar County Watchdogs in DuPage County, Illinois. The SLAPPER is a woman by the name of Carla Burkhart, who claims to run a business called “Herricane Graphics.” That’s right: she spells “Hurricane” with an “e” instead of a “u” because she apparently thinks that’s clever in a “feminist” way…when ironically enough “HERR” in German is the word for MISTER (and “Mister iCane” sounds like it could be an Apple-sponsored Batman villain, probably with a club foot or at least a limp). But, I digress.
The Edgar County Watchdogs are John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who happen to be two of the most interesting people I’ve ever met in Illinois politics. They run the website Illinois Leaks, which is a fascinating and informative read. For the last several years, one of their big projects has been exposing corruption at the College of DuPage. Their efforts have involved numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that uncovered wrongdoing committed by the College of DuPage Board (CoDB), mostly centered around contracts that were used by corrupt Board Members to move money into the hands of cronies or evade various legal requirements meant to keep this Board in check.
The CoDB frequently violates our state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) as well and has often made important decisions behind closed doors and in secret when they were required to conduct such public business in open meetings. When a public entity tries to circumvent the OMA by conducting its business behind closed doors in secret instead of out in the open, the Attorney General of Illinois has the power to void whatever actions the public body took that were not performed in accordance with the OMA.
So, when Kraft & Allen prove OMA violations, there are big consequences for the College of DuPage, since whatever actions the board members took that were outside the parameters set by the OMA must be voided…and that means contracts the Board signed go POOF! and any monies moved around must be returned as if the Board’s actions never happened. An OMA violation is a big deal…but it takes members of the public scrutinizing board members’ actions to expose such violations and then petition the Attorney General to remedy the situation.
This is mind-numbingly boring to 99% of the people in our country (which is why our country is in the mess that it’s in). Filing FOIA requests and attending board meetings and poring over contracts to ensure the letter of the law is being followed might seem like punishment to regular people. Or, they would probably assume there is someone on the government payroll that is supposed to be doing this, so why should they volunteer to take up such tedious work? Again…this is why Illinois is in the mess that it’s in and has been that way for decades. Because FOIA requests and board oversight is boring the majority of the public can’t be bothered to even feign interest in this stuff.
But, if you are a fan of John Grisham novels, these FOIA battles with public bodies can get incredibly exciting here in Illinois…especially when a SLAPP is involved. Here in Illinois, when corrupt public officials get called out for their wrongdoing, they lash out and attack…because that’s just what the government does in Illinois. A SLAPP lawsuit is a particularly crafty and aggressive way of scaring away critics and chilling criticism since, as you can imagine, no one enjoys being sued. Public officials count on that and support one another when a SLAPP is filed, since hearing that a government watchdog has been sued for investigating or speaking out means that regular people will likely be afraid of getting involved in something like that themselves (since they don’t want to be sued).
You might not realize this (because even law schools don’t teach it), but the First Amendment has built into it something called the Right to Petition. This involves our constitutional right as Americans to petition our government for change and redress of grievances. How you can “petition” the government is vague and nebulous; it includes all manner of political activity and free speech.
Carla Burkhart is a member of the College of DuPage Foundation Board. The Edgar County Watchdogs caught Burkhart signing an Architect’s contract with the College of DuPage on behalf of her company, “Herricane Graphics,” for a large sum of money. The problem is that Burkhart is not a licensed architect. She was not legally allowed to sign an Architect’s contract. This is not a mere formality, as an Architect’s contract is a special contract that is exempt from the required bidding process for other kinds of services. So, in order to give Burkhart a sweetheart deal no-bid contract, the College of DuPage fraudulently had her sign an Architect’s contract with them to exempt her from the bidding process. This is classic Illinois corruption. Since Burkhart knew she was not an architect at the time she signed an Architect’s contract, there’s no way she didn’t know that what she was doing was wrong and illegal.
Kraft & Allen exposed this on Illinois Leaks here.
Burkhart is essentially suing the Watchdogs for more than $8 million because they reported on the bad things that Burkhart and the College of DuPage had been doing. She also sued them for using a picture of her that she posted online when they wrote about her wrongdoing.
This is the very definition of a SLAPP suit.
Illinois is one of a handful of states that actually have an anti-SLAPP law on the books. This is called the Citizen Protection Act (CPA). This means that the Watchdogs will be able to use the CPA as a defense against Burkhart’s SLAPP. In Illinois, a SLAPPer is on the hook for the legal costs incurred by the Targets of her SLAPP. Legal fees in cases like this could end up being in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Watchdogs also have the opportunity to countersue Burkhart for any damages they suffer as a result of her actions. In many cases, SLAPPers end up destroying their lives by filing meritless litigation like this in attempts to silence their critics.
Why do they do this?
I think it says a lot about the culture of corruption in Illinois. It takes a lot of gaul for a public official to walk into a lawyer’s office and indignantly say, “How dare they write about the terrible things I did! I want to sue them for millions!” I am amazed whenever lawyers take cases like Burkhart’s, but in Illinois the expectation is that when you sue someone — for whatever reason — that person will just settle to make it go away. So there are disreputable attorneys out there in shabby little offices who will take any case (just like in a John Grisham novel). They eke out their livings by filing things like SLAPPs, with the expectation that they can basically extort money out of someone to make the lawsuit go away. It’s basically a shakedown.
I think SLAPPers feel they can get away with this because a lot of media entities will just settle these things for “go-away” money. But, when a SLAPP targets a grassroots group like the Watchdogs, things get really interesting. Kraft & Allen no doubt will want their day in court. I highly doubt they will just settle this meritless suit without a big fight. If anyone in this state is willing to go toe to toe with a SLAPPer and invoke every provision of the Citizen Protection Act to hold someone like Burkhart accountable for filing a SLAPP, it is John Kraft and Kirk Allen.
I hope this is a SLAPP case that gains national attention. It really deserves to be observed and studied. It is unconscionable for Carla Burkhart to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against people who called her out on signing an Architect’s contract when she is admittedly not an architect and for using a photo of her in news articles (which was covered by fair use). This kind of obvious SLAPP must not be tolerated. This is not Saudi Arabia and Carla Burkhart is not a sheik’s daughter.
It is worth watching this case for nothing else than the education it provides on government’s efforts to chill our shared First Amendment rights. Our liberty depends on the Silent Majority waking up to the realities of what SLAPPs can do to our communities.
[Above: Keep that baby quiet! There are weirdos trying to concentrate on being as strange as possible in the row behind you! Give it something to suck on! ]
My friend Megan Fox recently took time away from starring in the next Go-Bots movie (that nobody’s making) to do some field work in the Southwest (looking for dragons in ancient cultures in Arizona) while visiting relatives with her three children. On the flight back from Phoenix to Chicago, one very bizarre woman wearing a surgical mask decided that small children — babies, in particular — don’t have any rights as humans and they should instead be yelled at and told to “suck on something”.
Oh, Hell to the no!
Now, let’s just say that this erstwhile, female Michael Jackson impersonator (in her oh-so-Whacko-Jacko surgical mask) on Megan Fox’s Southwest Airlines flight is lucky that I was not flying with Fox & Kids on this particular adventure…because as a gay man I could not have resisted hitting back at that “suck on something” comment made to Megan. After this oddball demanded that Megan’s infant son “suck on something”, I would have certainly thought of something that this horrible woman could have sucked on…to keep her as quiet as she demanded the baby be. Finding something to “suck on” could possibly solve all of this woman’s problems, in ways that possibly even Cinemax couldn’t imagine.
You can read the full airplane horror story here, in Megan’s latest column on PJ Media.
What I find most interesting about the whole thing is the assumption by the Michael Jackson impersonator that Megan’s infant son does not have any civil or human rights…or that this woman could, in the year 2015, discriminate against him as if he was a non-person, non-human, thing just because of his age and mental development (as an infant). I have a real problem with that. I think this is discrimination.
I also am really troubled by this weird trend that a lot of idiots have jumped onto where they think a mother (or father) is now required — in the year 2015 — to bring little “apology gifts” wherever they go, to apologize for having children. A truly stupid woman did this somewhere on a flight recently, and it’s now become the latest trend.
There is now a growing segment of the public that expects (demands!) parents to board an airplane with six or seven little gift bags filled with earplugs, chocolates, Starbucks gift cards, and notes of apology for bringing their children with them onto an airplane. If you do a Twitter search on the hashtags #TravelWithKids or #FlyingWithKids, you’ll find all manner of fools cheering this practice and thinking it’s just the best thing ever that these parents are apologizing for the existence of their children on a mode of transportation. Travel writers, especially, are all over this…thinking it’s the best invention since the expense account.
I’m truly horrified by this.
As a gay man, I don’t think I should have to carry gift bags with me to apologize to people who sit near me on airplanes who might happen to not like gay people. Could you imagine if I had to do this, just because of who I was? What would I even have in the gift bags to apologize endlessly to strangers for being who I am?
* A copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition…to counter my presence on the plane and make it up to any straight guys near by that they have to sit near me?
* A mini DustBuster…in case I accidentally got glitter on anyone?
* A dictionary…in case I used any words unfamiliar to the buffoons around me who demand such gift bags?
* Some kind of small booklet containing pictures of long-dead movie stars or acerbic characters from old TV shows I love…in case I make a reference to someone or something that the people around me don’t get, so this way they can look up who that was? (Aside: there would be at least two pictures of Julia Sugarbaker from Designing Women in that booklet. End aside.)
Can you imagine if black people had to carry around gift bags to hand out to idiots to apologize for being black and for forcing other people to ride on a plane in the general vicinity of a black person? Can you imagine Jewish people being required to do this? Red-heads? The obese?
What if you are a really boring and depressing person and you have a proven track record of dragging-down the conversations and energy around you? You do this wherever you go and everyone admits it. You’ve even stopped denying it and now self-lable as a Debbie Downer. Should you take gift bags everywhere to cheer people up when they have to sit near you on something like an airplane?
Of course, it’s insane to think that I as a gay man should be forced to apologize for who I am and carry gift bags around with me (though…I have to admit…those gift bags would be fabulous…and oh so fun to make!). It’s absurd to think black people or Jewish people or red-heads or fat people or even boring people would ever be required to carry gift bags of apology to distribute to prejudiced strangers who would rather not sit by them on a plane.
But, in the year 2015, according to travel writers it’s now suddenly acceptable that idiots cheer the idea of parents with children in tow having to pass out gift bags to apologize for the presence of children. I think that’s sick. It’s anti-family and anti-American.
This could be why Western Civilization is collapsing around us, because we’ve entered this demented period of human history where families are not only dishonored but are actively scorned. As anyone who has ever gone so far as the corner grocery store with small children can attest, it’s a challenge for any mom or dad or babysitter to go from point A to point B with little people who are just beginning to understand the world around them. The rest of us — who don’t have kids with us — should ALWAYS be mindful of how hard it is to do simple and ordinary things while simultaneously being responsible for children. If you do not have a kid with you, you should not make life tougher for someone around you who does. I don’t care how good of a Michael Jackson impersonator you are in that oh-so-stylish surgical mask you wear out in public. Knock it off. Or face the ghost of Julia Sugarbaker, as channeled through a 30-something gay dude.
I consider what was done to Megan Fox on that airplane to be a kind of sick age discrimination against her son. Something hostile was said to her and her son was yelled at strictly because of the boy’s age (when he was not doing anything wrong). He was yelled at just because of who he was, which he has no control over.
I also argue that his mental abilities (as a 10 month old) are in play here too. His brain is still forming and developing and he doesn’t understand the world around him. He has no concept of being in a metal tube hurtling through the sky (with weirdos in surgical masks around him). To this baby, he’s just somewhere scary, surrounded by strange faces, his ears hurt, he’s breathing stale air, and at some point his little brain can’t take it anymore and he vents a little frustrated steam (because he doesn’t have the power of language to express how he feels). Babies are not potatoes or sacks of flowers that have no concept of what’s happening around them. They are sentient, but just can’t make sense of anything and that gets them frustrated after a while.
For instance, I am sure that Claire McCaskill does this every day, almost the entire day, in her Senate office. I don’t think she should be yelled at or told to suck things either. We should all have empathy for small children (and adults who should never have held public office) and not make situations worse by yelling at them (or their caregivers).
Children have as much right to be on an airplane as Claire McCaskill does. If you are so sensitive to noise, then maybe flying is not the best choice for you. Maybe leaving the house isn’t such a good idea, period. You can go to plenty of places in your imagination. YOU should be the one who is told to stay home if YOU are the one with the problem, not the child. YOU as the adult should behave better, not the child.
She should have left the kids at home!
What’s most interesting to me in all of this are the very nasty comments left for Megan Fox on that PJ Media article. I think it’s disgusting how many people told her that she should leave her children at home and not bring them on an airplane. To me, that’s like hearing that I (as a gay man) am not to be invited to some party or that black people should not be allowed to eat at the lunch counter or Jewish people should not be allowed to buy a house in the neighborhood. I am horrified that idiots are still out there on the anonymous Internet pontificating about who should be allowed or not allowed to be seated on an airplane…no matter how old they are.
But, of course, it would be so very politically incorrect to say that Muslims should not be allowed on airplanes…but it’s okay to say that babies should not be allowed on airplanes. Even though there is an actual, legitimate, rooted-in-forever-all-too-recent-history reason for why a solid argument could be made to keep Muslims off airplanes…it is instead the innocent, harmless babies who have the Evil Eye of Discrimination aimed at them. People need to get their priorities straight, lickedy-split.
I think it’s sick. It needs to stop. People who think they hate babies have probably never spent time with any babies, or have just not met a really cool and nice one like Megan’s little boy. Life is so short and far too precious to not celebrate being part of a child’s adventure that day…even if your role is to just be the smiling, kind adult who does whatever he or she can to make the child’s parent’s trip a little easier (instead of making it harder). No one is asking you to change a dirty diaper or lactate on demand or entertain the kid.
But no one should ever have to ask you to be a decent human being who refrains from adding tension and stress to the last few minutes of what was otherwise a really pleasant flight. And take off the damn surgical mask. It’s just creepy.
Every once in a while, the universe randomly tosses a mystery in my lap that puzzles me to no end. Today, I invite you into this enigma, where we will for a moment attempt to figure out what foreign policy “home runs” the Obama regime has had. I won’t spend too much of my day on this, because I don’t believe there have been any foreign policy successes during the current presidency and feel like the world is engulfed in fire and destruction and Western civilization is collapsing into ruin at the moment. An Islamic Caliphate rises in the Middle East. Europe is being invaded by thousands of Muslims every day and in short time all national and ethnic identity of European countries will be lost to a “multiculturalism” that is really just “colonization by the Third World and Islam”. Iran is close to having a nuke. Israel is on the precipice of destruction. Obama is smiling.
A man named Charles Jason Kaple is applying for appointment to a local board position in the Chicago suburbs and I was checking out some of his postings on Facebook to see if I could scry any clues into whether or not he’d make a good board member. The board he’s trying to place himself on is the Board of Trustees for the Orland Park Public Library. This is a library in an affluent suburb of Chicago that was caught covering up child porn being accessed in their building and other sex crimes happening, where the library staff deliberately chose not to call the police and allowed criminals to get away (so that police reports would not be written and the library would not make national news for having child porn accessed there). On top of this, the Orland Park Public Library also has a history of telling female employees that they should quit if they complain about being sexually harassed and the library director every year misspends thousands of taxpayer dollars on purchases at a jewelry store and lavish meals and treats for herself and her staff.
So, it’s important that a good person be appointed to fill a vacancy on the board that oversees this director…because it’s the only shot the public has of having her removed from her position and seeing her replaced with someone who will take seriously the obligation to make that library a safe place for children and families (where taxpayer money is not squandered on jewelry store purchases and fancy restaurant meals).
Kaple had a post up declaring Obama to be a home-run hitter in the foreign policy realm.
I’d love to ask him what he meant by that.
Or, ask you if you have any idea what the heck those “home runs” could be.
I’m truly stumped. That does not happen often. But, I honestly cannot think of a single accomplishment of this regime. Can you?
I suppose since Facebook is never going away (at least until something else replaces it) that I should maybe possibly learn how to kind of use it. For a while now, I’ve been studying the inane social media postings of local government bodies here in suburban Illinois. Just about every Village, Township, and other locality has a Social Media Coordinator or a Public Information Coordinator or some other very highly paid person whose job it is to post asinine things on Facebook and Twitter on behalf of the public body. Having lived in Chicago now for over 10 years, I’ve finally ventured far enough into the suburbs to realize how small town and hokey Illinois gets just a few Metra stops outside Cook County. These suburban government Facebook-posters really go to town in the social media realm.
There are always pictures of plants and flowers and gardens posted, all of which can be unintentionally hilarious. With everything either written in a condescending tone or in this weird, hyper-excited way of speaking that I’d swear must be parody…if I didn’t actually know some of the “public information” employees involved in these postings (and also know they are dead serious when they right this stuff and have no idea any of it is funny).
“Sassy Plants” is a satirical diversion of mine where I collect photos that I take around Chicago and gamely ape and parrot the “social media coordinators” and “public information officers” I see posting on Facebook and Twitter…while at the same time trying to understand Facebook and Twitter myself…or just make a big mess of things.
If you love the absurd, native prairie plants in Illinois, the occasional wicked hot dude, and have a fondness for old Successories-style motivational posters with mismatched graphics and quotations, then perhaps you’d consider “Liking” Sassy Plants on your Facebook using the Internets.
Fidget Mittens and other satirical ridiculousness direct from Chicagoland suburbia awaits!
Here’s an interesting question for you today: what do you think is next for the Gaystapo now that SCOTUS has redefined the word “marriage”?
Remember that pushing “Marriage Equality” has been very big (and lucrative) business for a lot of professional “gay activists” for a long time. It’s been a thriving cottage industry for the last 10 years (or more). Now starts the first week post SCOTUS ruling…and when the euphoria of the pride parades and the taunts at Christians for “winning” have grown tiresome, the people who’ve been employed for the last decade as professional “marriage equality” activists are going to need a new cause.
These people don’t just fold up shop and disappear or get “real jobs”. Instead, they pivot to a new “cause”…much like the staff of one political campaign pivots to a new candidate of for the next election. And, much like a political campaign staff, these professional “gay activists” tend to stick to the same sort of issue and the same sort of push (which is similar to the campaign staffers finding another candidate very much like the candidate they used to (until very recently) work for).
I am very curious where all the Gaystapo agents are going to go now that SCOTUS declared gay marriage to be a thing coast to coast. I see two ready options today:
* Continue the push to redefine marriage even further…to include threesome, foursomes, or any other number of people besides two
— OR —
* Invent a new gay-themed cause that doesn’t have anything to do with marriage, but is instead the new “cause” that can be used to rile gay people up and keep them voting Democrat now that “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” and “Gay Marriage” are over as fundraising tools and pot-stirrers
The media elite are in major spin mode today, trying to claim that Islam is really “The Religion of Peace” and not a medievalist death cult quite similar to Nazism in its zeal for conquest and destruction of Britain, France, the United States, and the Western world.
Clearly, Islam’s attack on Parisian cartoonists and satirists won’t be the definitive wakeup call that ends the media elite’s ability to carry water for these monsters.
But, what will?
I operate under the assumption that most people are lazy and are primarily concerned with their own households and what’s for dinner tonight or what game is going to be on the tee-vee when they get home later. But, every once in a while some event happens that shakes people and bumps our world out of its orbit, eradicating the status quo.
Last year, British police thwarted a half-hearted attempt by Muslims to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II with knives at one of her official ceremonies in London. Had they succeeded (or come close), would that have ignited World War III?
For generations, we were told by the media elite that World War III would be the US vs. the Soviets. Lately, fear mongering has emerged claiming that China will be our enemy in World War III. There’s a new Disneyland being built in Shanghai and China owns so much US debt that this notion of a Chinese World War is rather preposterous to me. Believe it or not, the majority of people in China are actually pretty much like either Midwestern American or Southern Americans. They are not rabid communists and ideologues. Chinese people just want to show up Japan and are obsessed with that, but really have no hatred of the West. They love Americans. They do hate the Japanese though, but in a high school kind of way (like how a lot of grown women still hate the pretty popular girl from high school…and take delight seeing on Facebook that she got fat or is divorced or never made anything of herself). Making a better life for their children than they themselves had and seeing the Japanese humiliated are the two things that every Chinese person I have ever known has been most concerned with. They have no lust for conquest and, frankly, the Chinese government is more concerned with economic conquests than anything involving all-out war.
Islam, on the other hand, thrives on violence and bloodshed and chaos.
And the idiots of the media elite and academic elite in the West have been allowing Islam to grow stronger and spread wider. I think this is part of a plan, whereby these elites want bombings on the streets and the “excitement” of such chaos in Western cities. Reporters love covering explosions and attacks and chaos. And Leftist politicians love taking advantage of these crises to ram through policies they could never pass otherwise. This is like in the book 1984, with the enemy always poised to strike (so you better fall in line and listen to everything your government tells you, because only the government can save you from the enemy).
I believe the Left deliberately works to import terrorists and criminals into the West to create chaos…with the end goal of making government more powerful so that it can provide the security to “keep us safe” from the dangers that the Left imported. This is all deliberate.
But, I think the Muslims aren’t going to play along. They won’t be content with being used as once-in-awhile threats as the Left intends. This is like those stories you hear about truly stupid people who introduce some kind of bizarre animal onto a farm, because they think it will be useful in controlling some other animal. Only, of course the thing gets loose, breeds, establishes new nests, and takes over the farm. And the idiots who introduced this vile thing to a new part of the world eventually say on camera, “We never did think this would happen. No one could have predicted it!”
I think the Left is okay with Muslims assassinating cartoonists that ridicule Islam. The Left likes this, because it scares people…so there will be less cartoonists criticizing things that the Left supports, so the Left sees that as a net positive.
But what happens when Muslims do something like assassinating the Queen of England?
What happens when they blow up Notre Dame cathedral in Paris?
What happens when they kill the Pope or bomb the Vatican?
What happens when they destroy the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt?
That last one is on the list because I think it would resonate culturally, despite those monuments being in Egypt, which is now a Muslim country. But the pharaonic relics have been embraced by all Western cultures as something that’s also “ours”. European and American archaeologists recovered most of these treasures and they are displayed in Western museums. They are part of a lost culture, in a part of the world that was conquered by Islam. The original inhabitants of Egypt were usurped and replaced long ago by Arab colonists…in much the way that these colonists today are moving to Europe to replace the native people there.
Islam will succeed in conquering the world only if it moves slowly. If it stays at the pace of doing something like the Paris satirist assassinations…then waiting until people forget about them…and then doing something else, but never faster or more spectacular than that.
Killing the Queen, bombing the Louvre, destroying the Vatican, and even leveling the pyramids and sphinx would, I think, be too far, too fast, and it would cause a blowback against Islam that the media elite and academic elite would not be able to babble away on the tee-vee.
I expect Muslims to go too far, but I don’t know what “too far” will be. But we are inching closer to the day when we find out what that is.
And after that, I don’t there’s any way that the elites of the Left will be able to stop people from acknowledging that World War III will be the West vs. Islam, in much the way that World War II was the forces of good against Nazism. Islam and Nazism have a lot in common…which is why Hitler and the Muslims were allies back in the day.
The only real difference is that Hitler didn’t have the media elite and academic elite running interference for him or preventing people from speaking the truth about Nazism.