What: Hearings on the IRS persecution of conservatives and Christians
When: 6/4/2013 10am CST onwards
Why: Hearing individuals who were persecuted by the IRS testify to Congress about abuses
I’m going to live transcribe this hearing as I’m watching it. I apologize in advance if I get people’s names wrong, because I’m basing it on how the members of Congress are pronouncing the names of individuals and organizations. Some of these Congress Critters talk like they have mouths full of marbles. Others, on the Democrat side of the aisle, either seem drunk or have clear agendas to run damage control for the IRS.
Charles Rangle is talking as I start this and he’s clearly insisting this “problem” is just localized to Cincinnati and that it’s just the work of a few rogue nutters…and certainly not something Democrats did on purpose to punish and persecute the “enemies” of Barack Obama. Rangle does not ask questions, but instead gives his speech and says there is nothing much to see here and that no special prosecutor is necessary.
In my opinion, if there was ever a need for a Special Prosecutor is it now…and that officials from the IRS and the Obama Regime should be sent to prison over what they did. The IRS should also be gutted and put under the oversight of some nonpartisan group that would ensure that something like this never happens again. Long prison sentences for anyone caught using a government agency for political purposes are required.
Let’s reopen Alcatraz to house these IRS officials.
1018am CST — Congressman Brady. Asks about how frightened people were when the IRS targeted them for expressing their political views. Woman named “Ms. Martinek” said she was so scared she never thought she could stand up. She said that if she was denied the 501C3 she could not get donors to her group. Her board members would not give up and were not scared. She said that she is a group that prays for an end to abortion…and that her group was being targeted because it opposed Planned Parenthood.
Another woman, in blue, name Ms. Garrett says she was scared because it was tyrannical for the government to use agencies against individuals. Another man’s personal tax information was deliberately given out by the IRS to Democrats…and the donor lists from his groups were given to Democrats so that they could harass the man’s donors.
Ms. Belsom, another witness, says she fears what the government will do next. She never thought this would happen in the US. All of this is happening under our noses, they say, and the IRS persecution of Americans is terrifying because this is not supposed to happen here.
1030am CST — Paul Ryan questioning.
Sigh. This man would have made a great VP…and he had just a few minutes to question here. But he got to the fact that people were being told that if they didn’t do anything to upset the Left, then they could be tax exempt…but if they engaged in activity that upset the Obama Regime then they would be denied their tax exempt status.
1032am CST — vile racist toad John Lewis is up next. He doesn’t ask any questions, but instead says that nothing bad happened to no one and that “back when Bush was president the NAACP was hassled” so that if anything is happening to white folks now, well, he doesn’t have a problem with that. It was asinine as usual from this man. Remember he is the one that held hands with Steny Hoyer and walked across the capital grounds smiling with Nancy Pelosi the day they jammed Obamacare through Congress. He is one of the Left’s high profile
fool foot soldiers. He also reminds me of Mr. Toad from the Wild Ride at Disneyland.
1036am CST — Congressman Noones is talking. He says that it’s a lie that this is all located just to Cincinnati. He’s trying to get the names of people higher up in the IRS who were behind this stuff.
The bad thing about these sorts of hearings is that there are about a half dozens citizens up there, and they are not professional speakers. So it’s like pulling teeth to get information out of them. It also suffers because each Congress Critter only has a few minutes each…and the Democrats all use the hearings to give speeches saying that nothing had happened. The Republicans are trying to get the names of all IRS people involved in any of this and want to bring them all before the committee.
They also want to have Lois Lerner dragged before Congress in chains if need be to get her to speak.
1041am CST — Congressman Tiberi…talks about abuses his constituents reported to him.
The gist of this is that Democrats keep saying that things aren’t that bad…or it’s Bush’s fault…and Republicans say that the IRS needs to be cracked open and examined thoroughly.
The scary thing is that none of this gets to the root of the problem…or to the reality that the tax system is rotten to the core.
That’s really what we have here, though: the IRS has proven it can’t be trusted and has shown that it does persecute people based on their religion or politics. I see that Drudge has a blurb up that Jay Leno got THUNDEROUS applause when he said the IRS, not Gitmo, should be closed.
The media is claiming that this IRS business is not a big deal for people…but it really is. People who don’t know anything at all about politics know what the IRS is…and that it’s an organization that’s been allowed to grow too powerful and become too threatening. It really has become very un-American and needs to be dialed back. If Homeland Security could be created after 9/11 and fold a bunch of agencies into it, then something could be created to police and scrutinize the IRS.
And anyone working for the IRS should be subject to intense criminal prosecutions for ever targeting any American for persecution. On top of that, there should be huge financial fines to them and the IRS for this happening.
1050am CST — Congressman Reichert is talking. He has a very mousy voice. He’s going over some of the testimony from that last hearing on the IRS, before Memorial Day week. He’s talking about Mr. Miller from the IRS “providing poor customer service” and was then asked to resign.
Who else gave “poor customer service” under Miller or Lois Lerner?
Reichert is mocking Miller. But his voice is so deadpan it’s hard to tell. He’s saying it’s ridiculous to think any of what the IRS did was inadvertent. The IRS purposefully released information on people. Reichert is a former police detective. He says there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. He wants a woman named Nancy Marx to appear before Congress and be grilled.
Reichert asks for any other names of people who should be dragged before Congress and questioned:
* Sheila May Robinson
* Ron Bell
* Mitch Steele
* Joseph Herr
* Holly Paz
* Robert Chou
* Stephen Ciok
* Lois Lerner
* Holly Paz again
Some of the witnesses can’t remember names and say they will provide them later. How can you not remember names? Geesh. If someone was persecuting me I’d know their name for the rest of my life…but some people when they go in front of cameras freeze up.
Hey, have YOU written to your Congress Critters and Senators telling them how upset you are hearing what the IRS has been doing? Do you know of anyone who has been harassed by the IRS?
You need to write Congress a letter. Email it and FAX it. You can use the free www.faxzero.com site. I write to Congress all the time to tell them about things and have written about the IRS abuse already. If you don’t know how to do this, speak up in comments and I will help you.
11am CST — Congressman Boustany asks man named Eastman how his donor list was given to the Human Rights Campaign and published online. What happened was that this group that opposes gay marriage was targeted…and the IRS gave the HRC (a gay group) the donor lists for this other group so that the Gaystapo could come after this man and his group. HuffingtonPost published the documents too, which they got from HRC.
The IRS seems to have broken a bunch of federal laws doing this…because they were able to prove that the documents that were posted were protected, secure documents that would make the release criminal. The Justice Department has to prosecute these people…but don’t hold your breath that Eric Holder will do this, since he didn’t prosecute the Black Panthers either.
Geesh. This is scary stuff. The IRS not only targeted people for audit but it dug through tax returns and then thought about who out there would do the most damage to the group if they got ahold of their donor lists and tax returns. That’s going above and beyond and operating as an actual political organization…that’s the thing the DNC itself does, which means the IRS is acting like it’s the DNC some of the time.
Congressman Roskam told a story about Lois Lerner threatening him or someone he knew on the phone, saying he would have problems with the IRS if he ever ran for office again. Looks like he ignored her if it was him because he is a sitting Congress Critter now.
Congress says that “we will get this right” and “we will set this right” but I don’t trust that.
Regular people need to do something about this and go door to door in their neighborhoods and make sure that everyone knows about the bad things the IRS has been up to. More regular folks need to be involved in this….not just Congress Critters.
If you are watching this testimony, look at the people sitting behind the Congress Critters…these are assistants and aides and what-not. Look at them. Most are disheveled, wear really ugly clothes, look poorly groomed. Remember this the next time that anyone tells you the government is all-knowing and all-powerful. The government agents who try to do bad things to people are fumblers and bumblers, like the people who you see in these hearings behind the Congress Critters. They are not geniuses…and if they were, they would not be working in government. They can indeed be exposed and NO they will not get away with the things they have done. They are not smart enough to cover their trails. That is heartening.
1124am CST — a really big issue was just highlighted over the last few minutes. Mr. Eastman, who is from a marriage integrity group, has been saying that it’s been a systematic attack on his group and others like him in order to defund them so that gay marriage groups (like Equality Illinois in Chicago) could raise as much as they want while keeping groups that oppose them broke. So, Democrats use the IRS to target some groups for intimidation…so that those groups then can’t oppose groups that Democrats want to succeed.
This is why I will never, ever vote for another Democrat for any office in my entire life. I just don’t want to ever give any sort of approval to these tactics. I am sick of it and ashamed of it and angered by it.
Democrats know they can’t win on ideas…so they try to silence their opponents. That should not be acceptable. That is like a sports team constantly drugging their opponents, breaking their legs, or slashing the tires on their bus so they can’t get to the game. I hate that.
1130am CST — Fabulous! Closeted Republican Aaron Schock is speaking. He looks dorky here, but is quite the stud with his shirt off in Men’s Health magazine I do admit. When they show him from behind, he’s losing lots of hair on top though…so he won’t be a cover model for long. Enjoy the “hottest Congressman” label while it lasts, Aaron. And come out this month for Pride and start living your life as who you really are inside!
Schock’s asking for the budgets of the these groups that were harassed. It’s hilarious, but on his right wrist he’s wearing a “buddy bracelet”…these are bracelets that young twinks make for each other, kind of like a “going steady” thing. Might mean that Aaron has a boyfriend now (good for him!).
Schock’s establishing that the conservative groups had budgets like $254 a year or even -$1,300 a year (losing money)…while groups on the Left that were not harassed had giant budgets, especially that Organizing for America and other Obama cult groups that are never persecuted. An argument broke out where they tried to get Aaron Schock to yield his time but he wouldn’t…which is great of him.
I don’t have very much respect for Aaron Schock and he’s not a very nice guy here in Illinois…and he usually does what Democrats want him to do because he’s scared they will out him otherwise…but he didn’t do what they wanted and pretend this is not a problem today.
1148am CST — Congressman Marchant uses phrase “Conspiracy of Arrogance”. He says that the IRS has been lying to Congress for at least a year, more than more. Repeatedly the IRS has been lying to Congress in writing denying that conservatives and Christians have been persecuted by the IRS, when we know that this is true and has been happening.
That Mr. Eastman from the marriage group said that his group engages in the same activity as the HRC, but his group was harassed when the HRC was not harassed. So the IRS is clearly choosing to go after the side it does not want to win the debate.
Conspiracy of Arrogance is a great phrase for all of this. There needs to be criminal penalties for people in the IRS, not just “I’m sorry”.
1156am CST — Congresswoman Black from Tennessee asked about the IRS demanding the names of the 7th grade students who were participating in some Constitution learning class. The IRS was demanding the names of students to harass them. Geesh.
She then asks all the citizens assembled if they were scared off of activities…and people said that their donors were audited for the first times in their lives and people were afraid the government would come after their businesses.
You need to call, write, email, and fax your own Congress Critters and tell them how you feel about this.
Two other things that just keep coming up as another Congress Critter is talking:
* IRS demanded to know the content of people’s prayers
* Democrats keep talking about 501C3 versus 501c4 and then a 527 group. I don’t think a lot of people have a good handle on the differences between those. Making a list to write about that tomorrow or the next day. If you can find a good article with a nice illustration on that, please add it in comments.
1224pm CST — one of the Congress Critters who was just talking asked a great question: what do you want done?
I have to think about that and come up with a few specific things, other than jail the IRS officials involved. Enforce the law on the books and prosecute IRS officials for felonies. Reopen Alcatraz as a prison and allow people to poke at Lois Lerner and others through the bars with sticks. These are just off the top of my head.
You should start thinking about what you want to see happen to the IRS and write a letter to your Congress Critters about it.
1228pm CST — hearing adjourned.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Are you watching these hearings? What’s the most egregious thing you have heard the IRS do.
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I’ve been told that a lot of people find my “Ask a gay guy anything about the bad behavior of the gay community?” invitation enlightening..so I’ll remind you that you can use email or the comments thread on these Today in History posts all through the “pride” month of June to ask anything you’ve ever wondered about how the “gay community” operates and I will answer each one the next day, as best as possible. I note again that I probably am getting more out of this than you are, just because it’s fascinating to see what confounds or confuses straight people about “gay activism” in particular. Most of this stuff is so obvious to me because I see it everyday here in Boystown that I forget just how aggressively the Ministry of Truth that is the national media in this country refuses to tell any of you about the “dark side of the rainbow” that is everything bad gay people do but never get busted for by the press.
Here are some of the questions that came in yesterday and my answers to them:
1. QUESTION: I have long thought that there is a medical / scientific / genetic cause for homosexuality. (The real thing, not the seduced and “converted”). Possibly effect of maternal genetic mutation, effect of prescription drugs during pregnancy, etc. However, this research will likely NEVER EVER be done, because if a cause(s) can be identified, “cures” could be discovered, and the gay society / power structure / or whatever would totally prevent it. I would like to hear your opinion on this subject. I am a straight female and my best gay friend (that I could discuss freely with) died several years ago. Thanks.
ANSWER: I can speak on this in two different ways, from my personal life experience and then in more general terms with what I’ve observed both in the gay community and in nature. I don’t write about this often because not many people are interested in it, but one of my personal hobbies is paleontology of the Ice Age mammals and I also very much enjoy going to either the Lincoln Park Zoo or Brookfield Zoo here in Chicago and observing, sketching, and photographing the animals. I’ve always been fascinated by their behavior, particularly the ones who live in herds…and I especially have always been interested in the animals that lived long before humans were around to interfere with them in the act of our observations.
I think a lot of scientists, zoologists, and other academics are idiots. I’ve observed them, too, in their natural environments on university campuses and most of these people are very good at showing up for class and memorizing the material they need to pass an exam on whatever…but these people are not brilliant all-purpose thinkers. Most of them have agendas and will manipulate data to fit whatever predetermined theory they set out to prove…as we have seen with the climate-change-scare charlatans. Just because someone has a Phd at the end of his or her name does not mean that person should be listened to…because all it really means definitively is that his or her credit was good enough to fund all those years of tuition payments to a university and the person was a good enough rule-follower to have been awarded a degree by professors who seek to create mini-Me’s out of their students.
I mention all this because I think regular people on the street know more about what makes someone gay than a scientist does…and I don’t think the answer is in our genes, but I do think it has something to do with chemicals and hormones and the environment around a child when it is developing in the womb. I also think there is some truth to the notion that in large families the more children a mother has the more likely later children will be gay…but then I look around me at guys I know who are the oldest of several children and they are gay but the younger kids are not. Why is that?
Maybe it’s that scientists don’t know a damn thing when it comes to this…but I wonder if the babies are getting hormonal or chemical signals in utero that affect their sexuality…but then it’s a different coding being given to each child, with no pattern discernible. In some of the nature shows I’ve watched and in some of what I’ve read in books on various animal herds I’ve seen reference to some male animals being homosexual so that instead of competing for females they instead were like “uncles” to the herd…and were able bodied and available to fight and defend the group but they were not producing offspring of their own. That’s an interesting theory…and something similar could be happening with humans too…but it doesn’t explain why guys like me, who are only-children, end up gay and don’t have a lot of cousins or other people around.
None of the theories on why someone is gay from a genetic or biological perspective really work, because I think the only-child examples of gay men or women refute a lot of this…as does the eldest son in a family being gay (instead of the fifth son born, or whatever, which was attributed by some to nature protecting resources by not having that child be straight and competing for females).
Being gay is not a choice, though, and I can tell you that 100%. I could never choose to date a woman or want a relationship with one. I have incredible female friends who are just amazing…but I never wanted to so much as kiss one and back in school when I was forced to dance with girls for gym class or at homecoming or whatever it always made me so uncomfortable. It would, truly, be like YOU (if you are straight) being forced to slow dance with someone of your same gender. THAT is how that always felt for me.
The really funny thing about my life is that I think my parents picked up on me being gay about 10 years before I did…and it made them incredibly uncomfortable. It didn’t even occur to me that it was even an option to like boys until I went to college in New York. I don’t remember having any crushes on guys in high school or grade school, though some boys did fascinate me…but in ways like animals at the zoo fascinated me because they did such odd things. I just never liked sports and could not understand why other boys in my class wanted to run around and chase balls all day and hit or kick them to score points. It just seemed so stupid (and it still does). I knew I was missing whatever was in their brains that made them want to do that…but I’d much rather have been drawing under recess with my sketchpad or writing a story about everything that was happening on the playground. That’s always been my personality…I like to observe, explore, and document things…and have never been much for scoring goals or kicking stuff really hard.
I remember one time at the mall when I was maybe a freshman or a sophomore in high school and my mom and I were shopping for new school clothes…and we were just walking through the mall not doing anything attention-getting and some older guy with a letterman’s jacket walked by and was looking at me and I was totally clueless. My mother saw it, watched him, and then yanked me down another hallway of the mall; when I looked back I saw the guy standing there, and he was kind of smiling, and then it was just the blur of my mother making us get the heck out of there as fast as possible. She was really mad at me and said something like ‘What did you do?” and I had no idea what she was talking about.
It wasn’t until years later that I thought about this all again and realized that older high school guy had been checking me out and that my mother picked up on it when I didn’t. And I realize she figured it out because she was so nasty on the ride home in the car. This was in the early 1990s and I realize my mother did the best job she could as a parent…but she would get really nasty like that a lot, especially if something made her uncomfortable. And my being gay clearly made her uncomfortable even if she knew what I was years and years before I did. For some reason she thought I was flirting with that guy, or something…or sending him secret signals. It was so weird.
Clearly, I wouldn’t choose to be gay because being gay was such a bad thing in my parents’ eyes…and liking girls would have been so much easier. But, I just never liked girls. And I never will. Guys are really jerks a lot of the time, and sometimes I wonder if life really would be better without them…but then I look at something like Magic Mike and think, “Yup, I’m totally gay”:
Yah, that’s just beyond awesome. Where was I? Oh, yah…
There was nothing in my childhood that “made me gay”. I was never molested or touched by anyone. I never had any bad experience with any woman who could have “turned me” against girls. But, I just never had any interest at all in sports and I always felt different somehow from the other boys in my class…even if I didn’t realize why until I was 18. I was always really good at school, got straight As, was accomplished in art and I wrote little plays in elementary school. I loved studying animals and going to the natural history museum and I liked Thundercats and Transformers on tee-vee and the Star Wars movies…but also thought Dallas and Dynasty were fun to watch with my mom and grandmother. Going to a baseball game or whatever with my father was not, however, any fun…and neither was sitting in the car listening to those games while my parents drove somewhere. So, I had a little Walkman in the back and I’d be listening to Cyndi Lauper or Wham! or Laura Branigan in my own little world. I never wanted to be a girl or have girls’ things…and I didn’t want to be with one either.
And then when I was 18 and in college a guy from my French class just all of a sudden asked me out one day and the rest is history.
2. QUESTION: My main question is the gay community’s insistence on using the word marriage. My theory is that they not only want civil recognition, but they want religious institutions to be forced to marry them. My theory is that some of the more extreme activists want to test a case in the courts of a gay couple getting turned down for a religious marriage ceremony. This will be done because the activists hate religion in general
The reason “gay community leaders” such as Art Johnston and his Equality Illinois group in Chicago insist on calling it “gay marriage” is just to upset religious people and because they are fully aware that “marriage” is a religious sacrament. If they REALLY were interested in true equality, they would be lobbying for the state to stop using the word “marriage” for ANYONE and start calling the secular contracts “civil unions”.
That’s what I have been advocating for years now: calling what the state does “civil unions” and then the ceremony in a church or temple a “marriage” if someone has a religious ceremony. But states should not be “marrying” anyone, since they do not baptize people, administer communion, take confession, issue confirmation, bestow Holy Orders, or deliver last rites. The state has no business doing anything that’s a secular equivalent of a religious sacrament.
Let’s face it, what the state is doing with a “marriage” is just creating a contractual relationship between two consenting adults under the law…for various legal reasons. That’s a civil union and should be called such…whether it is a man and a woman, two men, or two women getting one of those. And, yes, it should be limited to just two people getting that together. In my opinion, it should also be limited so that someone can only get a civil union at most two times in his or her life…so that if they were divorced they can try one more time but that’s it. Though, truth be told, I’d love to see divorce come with a lot more penalties so that people wouldn’t treat getting “married” so casually.
Gay “activists” are really a sort of anarchist at heart because they believe that everything that exists in society is bad and must be destroyed in some way. They really don’t have any idea of what to replace it all with, but anything that is traditional or means something to anyone else is a target to be pissed upon. This only applies to American traditions or Christian beliefs, though…anything that is a cultural custom of a third world country or is a facet of Islam must be deeply respected…because those things are the opposite of what we have either in this country or in Christianity, so therefore they must be “good”.
Gay people are very simple-minded like this in a lot of ways, almost like small, bratty children. Things are “good” or “bad”, with the good things being whatever else out there hates the same things that the activists hate. Don’t ever be hesitant to state the obvious, too, that this is all about hate in the end. Hate fuels so much of what the gay community does. This is all about lashing out, destroying, tearing things down, annihilating enemies…it’s not ever really about raising gay people up and everyone getting along and being happy together.
3. QUESTION: Why is the gay agenda now focused on ‘outing’ gay sports stars in the major sports i.e.: NBA, NFL, MLB?
ANSWER: I don’t know if I would say there is an agenda to “out” anyone, because the “gay community” really doesn’t do this. “Outing” is a huge sin in gay ranks and people who out others are ostracized. I get so much hatemail from gays when I talk about closeted gay politicians like Aaron Schock, Lindsey Graham, Barack Obama, and others…or when I talk about closeted-gay actors and entertainers who are involved in politics (because these guys covertly push the Left’s agenda to their fans but aren’t honest about the fact that they are largely doing so because they are gay). There’s a web gossip named Perez Hilton who actually got death threats and all sorts of grief for dragging Ricky Martin and several other gay entertainers kicking and screaming out of the closet…and the blowback was so bad that he swore never to “out” anyone again.
There are a lot of gay players currently in sports, and people on the teams know who is who. Surprisingly, there are a lot of gay hockey players…and then I think the next sport with the most gays is probably soccer, then baseball, then football, and finally basketball (where it’s the Down Low club of closeted black gays we’re talking about). I’ve never seen, heard, or read anything in the “gay community” where people were trying to actively out a sports star…though it would be incredibly exciting in the gay community if these guys did start coming out.
Personally, I think they are fools to stay closeted. They would make SO MUCH MONEY if they just came out, because they could land sponsorships with clothing labels, beer and liquor brands, fitness equipment and gyms, and every other product or service geared to the “gay community”. On top of that, an openly gay sports star could walk around like a living god on a strip of gay bars like Halsted in Boystown…and he could have his absolute pick of any of the trade he and his entourage would find out and about. These guys are just morons to stay in the closet…and they are leaving so much money on the table.
I think they stay closeted because the owners of the teams and the coaches are morons too. They think that straight fans would be upset if they knew that the guys on the field were “fags”…but I think that’s not giving straight guys any credit. I have a lot of straight male friends and they don’t give a damn who is gay and who isn’t. In fact, a truly straight guy loves having a gay guy as a friend…especially when a group of guys is going out drinking or whatever. A gay in this situation is called a “fag stag”, and is kind of like setting up a lure for women…since they will approach a group of guys with the gay friend present since it seems less threatening than a group of guys otherwise would be. The gay guy then plays wingman for his straight friends, and women who like talking to a gay guy then get introduced to his straight friends. It’s such a win-win for everyone.
Gay guys love having hot female friends for the same reason…they become lures for straight guys to come around, or for other gay guys who also want to have a hot female friend…since it’s a status symbol for a gay guy to have a “Grace” or two (or a dozen) of his own. You don’t know straight women like that unless you are attractive, successful, and special in some way…and guys look at a gay guy who has a beautiful circle of friends and think “he must have his life together if he’s rolling like that”…so the other guy will come up and ask him out.
Win, win, win for everyone!
I wish the rumor would be true that sometime this June a whole herd of closeted athletes are going to come out…but I also hope every June that this is finally the year that Aaron Schock in the House and Lindsey Graham in the Senate come out as gay Republicans. I am not holding my breath for any of this, though.
4. QUESTION: Do you think more homosexuals are being born now than say, 40 years ago? I think there are and I question the advancement of chemical birth control as a possible reason.
ANSWER: No, not at all…but I think more people are coming out and being honest than would have before. One thing that is DEFINITELY happening is that gay guys aren’t being forced to get married and have children and live secret lives anymore. Do you remember that movie Far From Heaven from a few years ago? That is not happening in 2013. I’m 36 and my boyfriend Justin is 26 and I can say with great certainly that hardly anyone under 30 was ever pressured to lead a closeted life like that, at least not in this country.
Guys Justin’s age and younger aren’t even forced to have fake girlfriends in high school (called “beards”) to conceal the fact that they are gay…and are instead coming out in high school. Which is both awesome and mind-blowing to me….though if I had realized I was gay in high school I would have been open about it and would have taken a guy to prom and all of that. That would have made the news too, since it was a Catholic School that would have fought me on it, I’m sure. But I would have won and it would have been a movie of the week, probably. But, I didn’t know I was really gay until college.
There’s a bar in Boystown called The Lucky Horseshoe that I happen to love, because no one in there has any pretense or attitude. It’s a male strip club and about 1/2 the strippers are tragic wrecks or illegals from Mexico…but the other half are fascinating to talk to; most are smart guys who actually are stripping to pay for school and will only be out there on the stage a year or two, tops. Those guys always have great stories about the older men who come in…the ones in their 60s and 70s who are married and have grandsons who are the age of the strippers. There’s just so much angst and pain in these grandpas, because they were forced to have lives they never wanted and now everyone who forced them to do that is long dead. They would have much rather been male strippers in a gay bar themselves when they were in their 20s (if such places had existed).
Stepping into The Shoe you can just feel the regret and the longing for all those missed opportunities as you realize that every older guy haunting the place is wishing he had his life to do over again. I always buy these grandpas drinks in thanks to the universe for not making me have a forced marriage or pretend girlfriends or any of that. I’m so happy I missed all that, even if I do regret that I didn’t know who I was and wasn’t out in high school. But, I look at it that I just missed 4 years of experiences as a gay guy (since I came out in college instead of high school) while these other guys missed 40 years. Which is so sad.
Whoever you are and whatever you are, just love yourself and be yourself. If you weren’t able to do that yesterday, then do it today while you have the chance…because all of us really are only dancing on this Earth for a short while. So make the most of it.
5. QUESTION: how do you recommend that Christians (Catholics in particular), deal on a personal level when engaging with angry gays? If practicing loving patience and charity just gets us labeled as weak, or trying to explain the Church’s teaching on sexuality gets us labeled as hatefilled, and mentioning human weakness/ sin and forgiveness gets us called hypocrites, then for pete’s sake what are we supposed to do????
ANSWER: I think the big thing I’d like to see happen is for Christians to start sticking together and calling out gays on bad behavior, especially when the Gaystapo is maligning Christians (either individually or as a group). Conservatives tend to make the same stupid mistakes every time anything happens, which is so frustrating. I wish that would stop. I don’t know why people don’t learn.
When the Gaystapo starts screeching about something, Christians coast to coast need to get on every website, radio show, and tee-vee program they can and denounce gays as bullies and point out that what they are doing is just part of the Left’s attack machine against conservatives.
Start talking openly about the fact that the “gay community” lies all the time and that gays are just useful idiots for Democrats. Point out to gays themselves how they are used by the Left…and remind every gay who says Christians are evil that Muslims actually behead gays in the streets in the Middle East, so perhaps they need to turn their ire at their real “enemies”.
Just keep reminding gays that they are being used by people like Art Johnston in Chicago, who is the embodiment of the Gaystapo here. Every major city has someone like Art, whose job it is to keep gays on the Left’s reservation. Perhaps if enough people shouted back at gays that they are just being used by the Left that some of them would listen.
Ask these people what Democrats have really ever done for them or how any of the tax money collected ever really goes back into directly helping gays.
Never think “turning the other cheek” or “walking away so as to not dignify this with a response” is a smart solution. That doesn’t work.
But it also is a waste of your energy thinking you can change gay people’s minds or force them to behave civilly. That’s not going to happen, folks.
HOWEVER, I will tell you what would be a major shock to gays: if Christians stopped allowing themselves to be bullied and instead starting calling out gays as bullies. Great Merciful Zeus, if this started to happen the Gaystapo would have rainbow-infused heart attacks coast to coast.
Everything the Left currently does is based on the fact that whenever needed the Gaystapo can get Christians to retreat and disappear just by trotting out gays to scream at them and call them hateful names. That has always made Christians shrink and withdraw, in much the way that blacks are moved around like chess pieces to frighten conservatives with accusations of being “Ray Ciss!”. The Left counts on Christians and conservatives reacting in certain, predictable ways…and dummies that they are, Christians and conservatives keep DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN while expecting different results. It’s madness.
I think gays should be treated like small children by Christians and conservatives. When they act up and are bratty and obnoxious, they should not be ignored and allowed to screech unanswered. Instead, religious people need to come out and in very loud voices call the “gay community” a bunch of bullies and thugs…and then make the bigger connection to everyone listening that this same garbage gets trotted out whenever the Left wants to monopolize an issue…and that everyone is just tired of all this repetitious nonsense at this point.
Demand that gay people behave like civilized adults, instead of Lost Boys and wayward grown children.
React to screaming and yelling and hurled pejoratives by calling those doing the shouting bullies and obnoxious brats.
Don’t slink away and cower when the Gaystapo comes to rattle you…instead stare them down and show them they have no power over you.
THAT is how I would handle these people…because on the few occasions where I’ve seen anyone respond to the Gaystapo this way I’ve noticed that the Left really doesn’t know what to do and has no “Plan B” ready, as what they’ve been doing to Christians and conservatives has mostly otherwise worked so well in the past.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other issues do you have with the ‘gay community’ and what other things have you wondered about that ‘gay activists’ always do?
What else is on your mind on any topic this Tuesday, June 4th 2013?
— Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: Brad Balof's official performance biography from his comedy appearances in Chicago; note the detailed resume ]
Today, I’ve been asked to give testimony to a team of Investigators assigned by the Chicago Public School (CPS) system who’ve been tasked with looking into the nocturnal activities of sixth grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof; they want all photos I’ve found of Balof stripping and dancing on stage, all links to his pornographic or erotic videos, and all mentions I can find of “comedy” shows he’s appeared in where he mocked the intelligence, names, and home lives of his black Chicago public school students at Joseph Stockton Elementary on the North side. Truth be told, the person I spoke to on the phone to set up my testimony didn’t seem all that interested in the stripping or sex shows that Balof puts on…but CPS did appear very concerned that a white public school teacher was ridiculing black students at comedy venues such as Zanies in Old Town or Sidetrack the Video Bar (a Boystown gay bar that hosted “Laugh Track” comedy shows and other big events where Balof served as the MC and performed comedy bits at the microphone).
This is an interesting situation because typically in Chicago gay people can do whatever they like without fear of anyone in the media raising any question of propriety…while, simultaneously, no criticism is ever made of black people in the slightest in this city and no questions are ever raised as to why, exactly, black children do so poorly in the public school system here. The instance at hand of a gay public school teacher taking to the stage and mocking his black students for gay audiences thus pits two protected demographic groups against one another and forces the media to decide how they’ll ultimately cover this story (if at all).
Karen Lewis, the President of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, hasn’t weighed in on all this yet, but if she’s reading this now I’d love to ask her:
* Is it okay for a public school teacher (of any sexuality) to make fun of his students (of any color) after-work as a standup comedian? I’d also love to hear from any parents out there with children in public school to find out how you would feel if your children’s teachers were doing comedy sets based on your children’s intelligence and behavior after the last bell rang for the day.
* Is it appropriate for a public school teacher to moonlight in any facet of the adult entertainment industry, including performing nude or nearly-nude in public? It should be noted that in being featured in this adult entertainment the teacher in question does absolutely nothing to conceal his adult performances from his students and has admitted in interviews that his “children” in the public school system do in fact find photos, videos, and write-ups about him online. And he thinks that’s amusing!
* Is a gay white male teacher allowed to get away with doing whatever he wants when a female teacher has been prohibited in other states from being an adult entertainer while currently employed as a teacher? The ultimate question is: does being gay render someone immune to any and all criticism when employed by the government in any form?
I was in grade school in the 1980s and was mostly taught by either nuns or young moms from the suburbs…so it’s impossible for me to imagine a life where one of my elementary teachers was also a standup comedian and male stripper/erotic entertainer on the side. I went to Catholic School and know that if someone employed in the school was caught doing things like this that the person would probably be fired. At the very least, he or she would have been forced to make a decision between either remaining a teacher or leaving the classroom to pursue erotica full time elsewhere.
Bradley Thomas Balof’s full performance bio (posted above) that appeared in the programs for his comedy shows lists him as a true Renaissance man:
* Comedian = performances at Sidetrack the Video Bar’s “Laugh Track” events, at Zanies Old Town for “Queer Comedy” nights, and doing short sets of comedy at various gay festivals or while MC-ing events at Sidetrack.
* Activist = the MC of events at Sidetrack the Video Bar that raise money for Equality Illinois, which is the political lobbying group funded by Sidetrack’s owners Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena using the bar as a revenue stream; as an activist, Balof himself uses his time at the microphone to rev the gay crowds in Sidetrack up in hatred against Christians, conservatives, or other perceived enemies of the gay community. He spreads a great deal of hate in his particular brand of “activism”.
* Teacher = sixth grade teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School…earning $60k/year plus benefits from the City of Chicago (and guaranteed his full-salary at time of retirement for the rest of his life when he retires).
* Drag Queen = performing dressed up as Liza Minnelli for “Chicago Takes Off” (an annual burlesque festival), for the “Night of 100 Drag Queens” annual event held at Sidetrack, and at other performances throughout the year in Boystown; Balof is not a transvestite, however, and only appears to dress up like Liza for performance (not personal pleasure).
* Leatherman = This advertises that Balof is into the leather/BDSM scene of sexual fetish; “Leather” is most on display in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, when the city hosts the annual International Mr. Leather fetish beauty pageant…which Balof MC-ed for many years dressed up in skimpy sexual fetish outfits. Balof is an active participant in the Chicago “leather community” and all its activities, by his own resume admission. Bars such as Touche, Jackhammer, and Cell Block in Chicago cater to the “leather community”.
* Bartender = Balof works at Sidetrack the Video Bar as a bartender/MC for special events. This is actually no different than police or firemen in the city working in bars when they are off duty. A lot of guys do this for extra money and it’s a long standing tradition for people who work for the City (and already make big salaries) to make even more money (often under the table) working in bars on the side. I actually have no problem with Balof being a teacher by day and a bartender or bouncer at night…but he crosses a line with the other stuff he engages in.
* Actor = Balof appeared in the pornographic films Into It and Bowser Makes a Movie; the former was about male prostitutes adventuring with drugs and the latter was about a group of people making their first porno. “Bowser” was so successful it apparently became a whole series of porn.
* Model = nude modeling for local Chicago photographers and through ModelMayhem, a website that connects nude models to photographers; a good number of Sidetrack the Video Bar’s employees regularly pose nude for local photographers or rent out their bodies through ModelMayhem. This is a popular thing to do for guys under 35 working in the bar scene.
* Bottom = this is Balof advertising his preferred position for anal sex on his resume; it’s in fact the only time I’ve ever seen anyone list this on a resume. It is not standard operating procedure for comedians/actors/models/whatever in Chicago that I’m aware of. The only other people who would list “bottom” in a program besides Bradley Thomas Balof would be guys on a RentBoy site or who advertise their bodies on Craigslist.
Are there some jobs in life where moonlighting should be strictly controlled by an employer?
I know that a lot of cops and firemen moonlight in the Chicago bar scene, with a good number of them picking up shifts as bouncers and doormen when they aren’t on-call for their already lucrative day jobs working for the city. Even back in Cleveland, cops and firemen did this all the time…but I remember hearing about a few instances through the years where a cop or fireman was caught making an erotic video and was fired over it, as it brought embarrassment to the department. There was even an instance in the last few years of a group of young morticians who made a “Men of Mortuary” Playgirl-style calendar (without full nudity) and then funeral homes that employed some of those guys fired them for participating in the project. So, this makes it seem that there are indeed limits to what some people in certain careers can do when it comes to moonlighting outside of their day job.
Am I wrong to expect a public school system to have an absolute zero-tolerance policy when it comes to things like this?
There isn’t an Illinois State Board of Education meeting in Chicago until the end of June, so I’ll have to wait until then to ask that question on the record and bring all this to the attention of all parents in attendance…but I’m wondering if the fact that Balof is gay and is stripping, dancing, and performing in the nude for other men makes a difference in how the Chicago Public School system responds to his
full-moonlighting; would a straight female teacher caught working in Hooters’ or bouncing around a stripper’s pole be disciplined for her after-school special activities while a gay male teacher/stripper is given free rein to nude it up all he wants when his teaching day is done? Does this mean there is one set of rules for gay teachers and another for straight ones…or is the fact that Balof has a penis (and shows it to people!) what makes all the difference in whether or not Chicago Public Schools has an issue with him?
If so, then there’s sexism in play here, too, since that would mean that Balof (a male) is given permission to do things that a female teacher seems forbidden to do. I hope that self-styled feminists take umbrage with that and demand that a stripping male teacher be treated just as a female teacher would when those nocturnal activities finally come to light.
Off the record, one children’s advocacy group I spoke with yesterday told me that they’d be afraid to confront the School Board about Balof because he’s a gay male…and anyone speaking out about his activities will be decried as “homophobic”…especially in June, of all months, “because this is pride month and we’re afraid of being called homophobes during pride month”. The bullies in the “gay community” would come out in full-force, I’ve been told, because whenever a gay man is criticized for any sort of behavior by a parents’ or moms’ group then gays see it as a chance to berate Christians and conservatives in general as “homophobes”.
Well, I’m openly gay and I have a problem with any public school teacher having a resume longer than “teacher”…especially when public school teachers are always crying about being overworked. Clearly, that’s not true, since Balof finds so much time to do all sorts of other things in addition to collecting that $60k/year as a Chicago public school teacher. If this guy really was so overworked and burdened by his teaching duties then he wouldn’t have the energy to bare his butt in public and wiggle it up on stage for people…or stand up there telling “jokes” about how dumb he thinks the black kids in his class are.
I think it’s time that people stopped being afraid of gay people calling them “homophobes” for saying something that a gay person (who is in charge of children) is doing while moonlighting is inappropriate, considering his day job. Being gay should never render someone an untouchable secular-saint who can’t be criticized for fear of the critic being bullied. Since June is “Pride Month” where the “gay community” loudly claims it’s demanding full-equality, shouldn’t part of that “equality” include an expectation that gays follow the rules like everyone else and be held accountable to the same standards of professional behavior that straight people must follow?
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think a straight female teacher would keep her job if she posted a resume like Bradley Thomas Balof’s?
Can you find any instances of female teachers being dismissed for actively taking part in the adult entertainment industry?
How would YOU handle this situation if you were Karen Lewis (President of the Teacher’s Union in Chicago) or Barbara Byrd Bennett (CEO of the Chicago Public Schools)?
[ Click above to embiggen: what will be important for 2013 in history? ]
Yesterday afternoon, something equal parts scary and amazing happened here at Buzzquarters that completely changed my impression of Chase Bank. Around noon, we got a text that there had been a suspicious charge of $86 or so made in a retail establishment and Chase wanted to know if I had approved the charge. I haven’t used my Chase credit card in months and almost never buy anything in brick-and-mortar retailers anymore; almost everything I buy is through Amazon.com since I work at home and love the convenience of the UPS guy brining me everything I need without me having to trek to a Target or wherever on trains or buses. I followed the directions and texted back to Chase that I didn’t approve the charge and was immediately connected to a fraud prevention operator in India. She was incredibly difficult to understand but was very nice on the phone; normally, I hang up on Indian call centers and try again in a few hours when maybe someone in Texas or the Philippines will answer the phone but since there was fraud being committed with my card I talked to her.
She told me that someone in California was trying to charge a bunch of things at a Wal-Mart and asked me if I knew anything about that (which I didn’t). It turns out whoever was doing this actually had a cloned card with my account on it…and this was the first time they tried to use it, apparently. Chase fraud prevention caught it because a sudden charge in California at Wal-Mart looked suspicious, since I had no activity on the card for a long time and I don’t have a habit of using that card in California or in stores like Wal-Mart.
In the past, I’ve actually hated Chase because they have turned my credit card off before when I’ve been on trips…and all of a sudden the card doesn’t work because the fraud system thought something unusual was happening. After being embarrassed like that while out to dinner once on a road trip, I started calling Chase and having them make a note on my account whenever Justin and I are going out of town…so that we don’t have problems when I try to use my card across state lines.
Today’s the first day I’m actually glad that the fraud detectors at Chase are so sensitive…because whoever cloned that credit card was stopped before any damage at all was done to me. Chase closed down that account and generated a new card number for me and is overnighting it to me today, so I’m not inconvenienced at all. I was really impressed with the whole experience (even if I would have rather been talking to Texas, not Mumbai, on the phone).
I wonder if anyone knows how criminals go about cloning credit cards anyway. I’m someone who sees those identity theft commercials on tee-vee and reads all these stories about this stuff happening…but I always thought it was being exaggerated, the way the news turns an average thunderstorm into a “Storm of the Century!” just to drive ratings. But, I honestly don’t do risky things online or use my cards at questionable places…and, yet, someone still was able to clone my credit card and attempt to use it thousands of miles away. So, I do know this does in fact happen.
I’d love any insight anyone out there might have on this.
Let’s celebrate “Pride Month” by having an open and honest discussion about lies the media keeps telling you about gay people in this country! This is one of those things I do as a public service that no doubt will piss all sorts of people off and slam my inbox with vinegary hatemail, but I’m just tired of the media lying all the time and this is something we can do as friends to counter all that.
I’ve really been enjoying the questions you are submitting about the activities of the “gay community” and its leadership. Please keep them coming, because I actually learn a lot when people outside Boystown tell me the things that bother or perplex them about gays they see in the media or read about wherever. I think this is a good thing to do in the month of June, since the media will be pushing the narrative that gays are such victims and that Christians and conservatives are so evil for being mean to them all the time…when I’ve been telling you for years that the exact opposite is true. I’m someone who has never been treated poorly at all by Christians for being gay…but I am attacked nonstop by gays for being proudly Christian. This is the exact opposite of what the tee-vee and newspapers would lead you to believe.
1. QUESTION: “Do most GLBT people not realize the impending dangers to them as a community were marxism or islam (never both, regardless of who our president is) to become the dominant political ideology? Especially given that neither worldview has ever been particularly kind to GLBT people when in force, and given that both are totalitarian and collectivist, and therefore incompatible with the western freedom that allows gay pride parades, “The new normal” and George Michael music videos?”
ANSWER: Well, the first thing you need to understand here is that the gay people who are screaming and yelling about things are very low-information and unthinking; they tend to just parrot what they see on the tee-vee, especially if people like Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow say it. Gays tend to latch onto one or two, maybe three, figures on tee-vee and follow those people on Twitter or Facebook or whatever; they actually no longer physically watch the news…but they do hear little quips that circulate on social media. It’s a status symbol to talk about the latest thing that Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow or (sometimes) Chris Matthews said because that’s how you prove in a gay clique that you are all edumacated about the issues…because not only do you know what Anderson, Rachel, or Chris said…but you agree with them completely. About whatever it is they said.
Gay bars like Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown are the hub for indoctrination in big cities when it comes to gay people being told what to think or say. At places like this, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and just a handful of others are presented as all-knowing oracles who must be obeyed and never criticized. To a similar extent, Jon Stewart is up there too…but only when he is saying things that those other people mentioned agree with. Sometimes Stewart goes off the reservation and actually says things critical of the Left…and then he’s just ignored and not talked about until he’s back to making fun of conservatives, Christians, and Republicans. The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live are frequently mined for sketches and little video clips that can be used to hammer home the message to gay people that THIS IS HOW YOU MUST THINK!…and anyone who thinks differently is harassed, mocked, and persecuted. A popular gay bar like Sidetrack that blasts these clips over and over to the drunken gays who frequent those places succeeds in drilling these talking points into everyone.
And, sadly, very few gay people ever stop to wonder if any of the propaganda is true…and they never wonder if Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, or Jon Steward are lying to them. There’s a lot of social pressure and fear of being ostracized that prevents a lot of these guys from thinking outside the gay box. They’ve seen people who tried to leave the gay reservation be brutalized by the “gay community leaders” and they don’t want to end up like them. So, they toe the line because they want to keep enjoying the male strippers in the bars and the free drinks that come along with going to a place like Sidetrack that plays the propaganda on its screens…because that’s a price guys are willing to pay for the free alcohol that accompanies the propaganda.
Christians are depicted as the greatest villains of all time to gays, with the Gaystapo high command of “community leaders” declaring that Christian institutions must be destroyed as much as possible. Some lesbian went on tee-vee over the weekend saying that she wants “gay marriage” to pass because it both weakens the Church and traditional families…and I think there are a lot of subversives who do things like complain about Christmas trees or nativity displays in the War Against Christian Holidays in order to further undermine and weaken the Church. Gays love having an enemy, and the gay community leaders know that unless gays are focused on an enemy they will just go off into a million different directions (because dealing with gays is like herding cats if you don’t have a colorful and epic enemy to focus on).
Catholics take the most fire from gays because the Catholic Church is such a distinct entity and because it has a readily identifiable leader and other members who wear uniforms that gays can lampoon easily. Quick, name a major Protestant figure that is internationally known. I can’t, and my boyfriend Justin is some kind of Protestant. I don’t even know what kind. Protestantism is too nebulous for gays to villainize…so from a marketing and brand awareness standpoint the Gaystapo has made Catholics enemy number one because they can mock the Pope easily, they can dress up in drag as “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”, they can parade around on Halloween dolled up as priests or bishops or whatever chasing after other guys dressed as altar boys…etc.
You need to remember that 90% of what gay guys do is very similar to how spoiled children behave. Gay guys never grow up, and a lot of the humor in the “gay community” is immature and malicious…but it’s excused away because gays are protected residents on the Democrats’ plantation. The narrative the media sticks to is that gays are the victims and Christians are the persecutors….so if gays want to “blow off steam” by mocking religious people, well, then they are entitled to!
The reason gays never dare say a bad word about Islam is that they are afraid of being killed by Muslims. In all the years I have lived in Chicago, I have never seen Sidetrack the Video Bar play a single video that is critical of Islam…but its Thursday “Comedy Nights” are peppered with frequent attacks on the Catholic Church and Christians in general. That’s because men like Art Johnston who run bars such as Sidetrack know that Catholics are never going to retaliate against him no matter what he says to mock their faith or degrade Jesus Christ. But, Johnston and the reset of the Gaystapo are TERRIFIED of getting onto Muslims’ radars and experiencing a fatwa or jihad at the hands of “The Religion of Peace”.
Gays bash Christians because they know they can get away with it…and they steer clear of ever criticizing Islam for anything because they are too scared that a Muslim will bomb, behead, brutalize, or do other horrible things to them…as “The Religion of Peace” consistently does all around the world.
As a member of the community, I can tell you that gay people are very stupid when it comes to Islam. They listen to the tee-vee and they just accept without question the rationalization that Islam is “just a religion like any other”…and they accept the Koran as a peer to the Bible or the Torah (which it most certainly is not). Very few gays understand that the Koran is setup so that any of the “peaceful poetry” that the Left likes to cite when promoting Islam is superseded by the violent exhortations to war and conquest that come later in the Koran. The Bible and the Torah do not work this way…and also do not advocate violent conquest of the world through any means necessary, the way the Koran does.
Gays are largely fools because they just buy into all the Left’s thinking without question…and the Left depends on gays remaining this ignorant so they can be useful idiots in the Culture Wars. The Left sides with Islam because both are enemies of Christianity…and the two, together, share a lot of similar tactics and belief systems. If you really stop and think about it, things that Leftists do are very similar to things Muslims do…and the lot of them are all extremely patient and strategic and are willing to play a long game of chess while conservatives and Christians get distracted by daily life and family chores and take their eyes off the playing field.
I actually know young gay guys in Boystown who get recruited to fly to Dubai to serve as male prostitutes to Muslims…and make a LOT of money doing that for a few years, until they age out of those brothels. Surprisingly, they’re returned to the States after they get too old (which is about 28 or so…but definitely before they hit 30); I always wondered if they were afraid the Muslims would kill them or make them into slaves working on the construction projects there…but apparently their disappearances would cause too many problems (and the Muslims have acquired slave labor from Pakistan and a few Asian countries anyway). Blonde white boys in the slave camps surrounding Dubai’s construction projects would draw stares…so the gay male sex workers end up released back into the gay community with as much money as they could save while they were serving in Dubai.
You don’t need to imagine all that hard to guess that very few of these guys end up saving all that much money, though…or that doing this ends up really being worth it. These kids are train wrecks who get addicted to cocaine and usually catch HIV from the Muslim men they service over there…and then they return home to the reality that they are now too old to do what they wasted their 20s doing and they have no real idea what’s next for themselves. Let’s not kid ourselves and pretend these male prostitutes worked in Dubai to save up tuition money for business or law school.
2. Question: Here comes a question…why do so many gays assume I hate them solely because I have a reluctance to accept gay marriage?
ANSWER: They assume you hate them because these guys are taught by the “gay community leaders” that they are supposed to hate their enemies. You don’t agree with them on something, so you are thus defined as the enemy in their thinking. Since they hate you for being their enemy then they assume you must hate them right back. It’s a vicious cycle of flawed and twisted illogic.
The people responsible for this on the local level in a city are the gay bar owners and the people who churn out the gay magazines and newspapers in a town like Chicago. On a national level, this “hate our enemies!” mission is pushed by The Advocate, Genre, and other gay glossy magazines…and it’s encouraged by gays in Hollywood and the rest of the infotainment industry.
I always refer back to the book/movie 1984 with this stuff because it’s just such a great example of what’s really happening in the “gay community”: to control these people, the Gaystapo sets up various villains for gays to hate as “enemies of the community”…and then gays are taught to scream and yell and berate these enemies in any form in which they appear. George Bush is an enemy. The Pope is an enemy. Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, and Michele Bachmann are enemies. Any priest or nun is an enemy. Any Republican is an enemy.
I, personally, get called a very special brand of enemy by the “gay community”…because they refer to me as a “quisling”, since I am a gay man who calls the gay community out on its bad behavior and who is thus a “traitor” in the eyes of the Gaystapo. These people have threatened and maligned me in every way imaginable for over five years now and I truly stopped caring or being surprised by any of it four and a half years ago.
While I do admit it was shocking to feel the furnace of Alinsky-grade hate directed at me at first…because I had never experienced anything like that before…I quickly saw that these people are all just bully and bluster. The only reason the institutional Left wins the Culture Wars is because conservatives are very easily scared into silence and also Republicans keep making the same stupid mistakes over and over again and never seem interested in learning anything about the Left’s inherent weaknesses.
3. QUESTION: I think that many gay activists had bad experiences with religion growing up, most notably the Catholic Church, and this is their way of getting even. I’m wondering if that is your read as well?
ANSWER: That’s not exactly how I see it. In my experience, the most rabid and hateful gays grew up Protestant, actually…or they were not religious as children at all. There are very few former or lapsed Catholics in the upper echelons of the Gaystapo…but there are a lot of little boys who grew up Baptist or Methodist or whatever or who were Jewish once upon a time. True Catholics might end up gay as grown men (like me), but I think the Catholic programming is always in us…and I think we still are too polite and nice at heart to ever be one of the big Gaystapo hate machines that you see screaming and yelling and carrying-on against the Church.
So, it’s not people who feel they were personally victimized by the Church…but rather people who see that the Catholic Church is a convenient and high-profile target for the Gaystapo. This makes a lot of sense, too, if you think about it…because a lot of Protestants grow up being taught to hate Catholics…so they have that predisposition of hating Catholics that then is twisted by “gay activism” to take it to a new level. I can talk personally about my boyfriend Justin’s mother, who is a Protestant of some type and a generally nice woman…but there’s a brattiness and immaturity to her sometimes that comes through if I answer the phone and she feels an urge to take a dig at Catholics. If there’s something in the news or it’s a holiday or something, she’ll always do this…and I know she’s just tickled with herself all day that she said something nasty to a Catholic. Justin has some of this in him too, and I just let him do his thing because it’s not worth having a fight and ruining our day just because I’d like him to stop doing obnoxious things his mother taught him to do.
When I was in Catholic high school, my senior year religion teacher actually warned us all that Protestants would behave like this…especially ones form rural areas. It seems to be a cultural thing, which is really at odds with Christianity itself. But there is a hatred of Catholics amongst many in Protestant ranks…of which I can attest to through Justin’s parents.
I just see that pettiness and brattiness ratcheted up to whole new levels by the Gaystapo. Everything they say is just parroting what they hear others say. And then there’s the guys who insist on making a spectacle at Halloween or Mardi Gras or whenever, by dressing up in vulgar costumes that are meant to malign Catholics. They think this is hilarious but I see it as so very immature. And I note that these guys would never, ever, not in a million years dress up in outfits that mock Islam. They are not dressing up as a deformed and disfigured pedophile such as Muhammad…because they’d be scared of a Muslim physically hurting them for it. Maybe even beheading them in the street or otherwise murdering them. But, dressing up as a drunken Pope or a pregnant, alcoholic nun is just fine with 90% of the “gay community”.
The ultimate reason for this is that gays know Catholics in particular won’t do anything back…and are thus ripe for bullying. I am not a psychologist, but I’ve read enough through the years to know that people who convince themselves they are marginalized often seek out others who are even weaker than them…and then they work through their anger and other feelings by being evil to this weaker group.
Since Christians do not stand up to bullying, they are perceived as weak…and that is why they make an ideal target for gays.
4. Question: The other day, on the Liberace thread, you mentioned something about, if he’d been straight he probably would have been a truck driver. I’m not sure I would take that literally – there are plenty of men who are creative and have creative careers who are straight – but what do you make of the seeming link between creativity (or excellence in particular fields) and being gay?
ANSWER: This comment is about a piece I did on Liberace last week, because the Behind the Candelabra movie had come out on HBO. I was doing a joke on the fact that Rock Hudson, before he was discovered as a movie star, was a truck driver. And if he hand’t been picked up by that talent agent he would have been a truck driver for the rest of his life. It’s ridiculous to think of Lee Liberace driving a truck…but he was the son of Polish immigrants growing up in Wisconsin. If he had not been gay and interested in the piano, there’s a good chance he would have gone to work in a factory or driven a truck himself instead of becoming Liberace!.
I do believe that his being gay and him becoming the great showman and pianist are linked. He could have been gay without becoming the great piano player but I’d argue that he could never become the flamboyant success he was without being gay. There are a lot of variables that factored into his music career that were directly related to his being gay…and I think they were the secrets of his success:
* since he was not sexually attracted to women, he could cultivate a female fan base in ways different from straight male performers…which meant no broken hearts, stories about womanizing, or ever being seen as a “bad boy”…like Elvis Presley kind of was. It’s weird to think about, but Liberace and Elvis were contemporaries but they filled differently niches. I swear that’s not any entendre of any kind. But, Liberace was a safe, non-threatening, musical character who was interesting and whom girls never had to be afraid would carry them off and have his way with them…the way that Elvis would. Clearly, Elvis appealed to women in one way…and Liberace appealed to his fans in another. And ironically enough, Liberace’s fan base remained devoted to him much longer and never abandoned him for The Beatles or the Rolling Stones or Hendrix or whomever.
* being gay could have made Liberace less likely to want to be out roughhousing and playing sports and doing things that would take him away from his piano. I know it’s true that some gay guys are really into sports, but it’s honestly a minority…and the stereotype is more true than not that the only balls gay guys care about are, well…anyway. I have a hard time watching sports or playing any kind of game like soccer or whatever. I’ve done it when I had to, but I would have rather been doing anything else. Justin’s the same way. 80% of my gay friends and exes are like this. But I have had one or two boyfriends in the past that love softball and hockey or whatever. But, I’ve noticed that those guys who are really into sports aren’t into reading or art or creating things as much as those who aren’t into sports are. Humans are fascinating creatures with all sorts of reasons behind a lot of things we do…but I do believe that it’s a rare find to encounter a gay guy who just loves playing sports and who is also well-read, artistic, a great musician, etc. If you ever meet that guy, give him my number (don’t tell Justin, though).
* if he was straight, Liberace would have probably wanted a wife and family…which would have interfered with the trajectory of his career. Could he have been a straight pianist touring the country? Probably. Would he have been as successful and as interesting? I don’t think so, because being gay contributed to his campiness and really let him be a big star. If he was straight and dedicated himself to music (instead of truck driving) then maybe he would have played piano in a bar or even attempted to join an orchestra…but he would have not likely become a big, fabulous star out in Las Vegas.
I think being gay is part of a guy’s wiring…and that wiring makes a gay guy’s brain different…and in a lot of cases, that sort of “different” leads to a lot of great art, music, creativity, and (I hope) writing.
5. QUESTION: I have another question, it’s more of a hmmm but I’ve always been curious about it. I am not gay but my tastes tend toward Judy Garland, Dietrich, Bette Davis, watching Liza With a Z for the 17th time, etc. I even dragged hubby off to see Olivia Newton-John live (which he actually enjoyed.) A lot of legends are known today mostly in drag acts but that used to not be so. In the 20th century this was all considered general, family entertainment, which everyone in America enjoyed. Now it’s relegated to the gay interest bin. Why is this? There’s no cussing, no porn, no bashing, – it’s downright wholesome. So what is up with that?! I’m just wondering how & why squeaky clean oldies came to be associated & embraced by the gay crowd?
ANSWER: There’s a couple of things going on with this.
For starters, gay guys love glamorous women…especially ones from old movies who said really bitchy things or were just really quick-witted. It’s still true that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are very popular in gay culture…and even guys Justin’s age and younger know who they are, even if they have never seen any of their movies (FYI, Justin is 26 and neither he nor any of his friends will EVER watch a movie or tee-vee show that is in black and white, not if their lives depended on it). Drag queens still love performing as these characters and a lot of jokes told in pop culture still refer to these old actresses.
I think gay bars and drag queens are what keeps these people popular in gay circles when straight people have moved onto something else. You don’t see drag queens really riffing all that much on the stars-of-the-moment…and drag seems to be about 20 or 30 years behind what’s popular on US Weekly or in People magazine or whatever. I think it just takes a while for things to “cook” enough for it to be campy.
Gays also tend to really like things that are retro and have been discarded by the straight world. It’s kind of a badge of honor to “rediscover” something classic and to make it cool again. Maybe that’s a bigger part of all this than I realized until just now…this desire for gays to rehabilitate something old and make it fresh and appealing again. Kind of like when gays move into a bad neighborhood and gentrify it.
I can tell you personally that this has worked wonders for Joan Crawford. She died before I was born…but I met Bette Davis as kid and she was delightful to me. I remember hearing about the Davis-Crawford feud in my teens and for many years I was all about Bette Davis. I still think she’s hilarious and interesting…but Joan Crawford’s having a revival, at least in Chicago. There’s a drag punk band called “The Joans” that dresses up as her…and the movie “Mommie Dearest” is shown every Mother’s Day in Chicago at this little theater called the Music Box, with one of the singers from “The Joans” dressed up as Ms. Crawford (with another drag queen as Christina). People shout at the screens when it plays like they do Rocky Horror.
It forced me to have a new appreciation for Joan Crawford…and for me to really look into the whole “Mommie Dearest” thing and see she was not the monster that the lying and opportunistic Christina painted her as in the book. Drag queens have a magical way of bringing back the best of these lost stars…and smoothing out their edges a little. As someone who always loved Whitney Houston, I’m looking forward to the “queens” doing this for her some day too…and bringing back the best of her performances via drag, while letting the bad things of the last years of her life stay buried.
This is an example of something really profoundly good and magical that happens in the gay community that a lot of straight people don’t notice…but gays really do recycle lost or fallen divas and patch them back into shape in gay memory.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What else is on your mind today?
If you have anything you ever wanted to know about the gay community or the things it does, ask away! I’ll get to as many of these as I can a day and will make sure to answer all of them either the next day or the day after, depending on how many questions are there.
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: Some of the promotional material for website www.BradleyThomasComic.com, which was wiped clean of all content on the morning of Friday 5/31/13 after our initial reporting on "The Case of the Stripping School Teacher" was published ]
A sixth grade teacher in a Chicago Public School classroom has been identified as a moonlighting stand-up comic who mocks his black students’ names, intelligence, and home life in degrading “comedy routines” staged in the city’s LGBTQAI community…where gay Chicago men have a longstanding habit of making racist, “ghetto” jokes at the expense of black people…but are never called-out on it because gays are a protected and favored class in our national media; a gay public school teacher ridiculing and degrading his black students for the amusement of gay audiences thus pits two of the institutional Left’s primary demographic groups against one another in as politically-incorrect terms as possible. Chicago’s now faced with the rare spectacle of wondering whom the media will side with on this one: the black children being mocked or the gay comic who degrades them on stage?
Bradley Thomas Balof, a gay, white, male teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago continues to perform his standup routine at venues like Zanies in Old Town, with troupes such as OutLoud Chicago, and in appearances at Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown (where Balof also serves as the bar’s master-of-ceremonies (MC) for special events and regularly dances nearly-nude as an in-house erotic entertainer).
Balof’s “comedy stylings” at Sidetrack and other gay venues include:
* Mocking the names of his black students, particularly the females, as “Shaquisha”, “Loquisha”, “”Shaniqua” , “Bon’Qui Qui”, and other variations of same that are disturbingly popular “jokes” amongst many gay men in Chicago
* Informing his audiences that he’s a public school teacher in Chicago who is exasperated by the lack of learning ability of his black students…and then detailing their academic struggles on stage in a “my students are so funny, they think 2 plus 2 is 5″ kind of way; other “jokes” in this vein involved the children not knowing what various sexual or other adult terms meant and then having “funny” responses to Balof about them
* Affecting a “ghetto accent” and taking on “ghetto black mannerisms” while telling “jokes” about the black people he claims to encounter during his teaching day
* Ridiculing black parents, especially the mothers, for the poor school performance of their kids
* Maligning black women as welfare queens and linking their reproductive frequency to the lackluster academic performance of their children
* Presenting himself on stage as a sainted martyr for having to “put up with black kids all day at work”
Balof regularly performs these “jokes” as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for high-profile events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is owned by prominent Chicago gay activists Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (who are also the principle fundraisers and founders for/of the lobbying organization Equality Illinois). Johnston and Pena are regularly present for Balof’s comedy routines and laugh along with the rest of the gay audience as Balof mocks black people unrelentingly. This is especially disturbing, since Johnston and Pena take the stage at these same events to promote Equality Illinois’ purported mission of achieving “equality for everyone in Illinois”…but then they laugh uproariously when one of their employees lambasts the culture and intelligence of black Chicago children and their parents.
I have personally and repeatedly complained to both Johnston and Pena about the offensive nature of the “comedy” performed at Sidetrack, with Pena in particular telling me in his thick accent that he didn’t care about complaints and that he “thinks this is funny”…and so Sidetrack will keep doing what it’s been doing, with Pena’s personal approval, regardless of how awful some of these “jokes” truly are.
Sidetrack the Video Bar films all of its special events MC-ed by Balof and stores these recordings digitally in its VJ/sound booth above its Main Bar room at 3349 N. Halsted in Boystown; as of Friday 5/31/13, it appears an investigation now has been launched by the Chicago Public Schools administration to obtain copies of all these videos for review, as Sidetrack has never made these performances by Balof available on its website or YouTube. There is an entire video production facility in-house and on-site at Sidetrack, with three or four dedicated staff members in charge of filming, editing, and archiving every event that happens in the bar.
[ Click PLAY above: as of this writing, this commercial for "Laugh Track" found on YouTube is the only film from the events available; while it does not show the racist jokes about public school students that are so offensive and only offers a taste of what "Laugh Track" was all about, it does prove that these shows were filmed by Sidetrack using the bar's video production facilities. You can see screens to the sides of the comics where they're being projected while they work the microphone; a Sidetrack camera operator was filming them so it could be broadcast on the screens and those performances were then captured digitally and archived in the Sidetrack VJ/sound booth ]
From the summer of 2010 through the spring of 2011, Balof and fellow comic Adam Guerino additionally staged the “Laugh Track” live comedy shows held at Sidetrack on Thursday nights; these featured standup comedy performances by Balof where he used his life as a public school teacher in majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary as the basis for his performance sets. Another Sidetrack co-owner, Chuck Hyde, was quoted in November of 2010 saying these “Laugh Track” shows had “been growing rapidly…We know that there’s a whole lot of talent in our community that doesn’t always get to showcase, so this just seemed like a natural fit” for Sidetrack the Video Bar. Another interview with Guerino revealed that he, Hyde, and Balof had conceived the idea for “Laugh Track” together and were the principle driving forces of the weekly events.
These “Laugh Track” shows were heavily promoted by owners Johnston, Pena, and Hyde with lavish posters and ads in all of the city’s gay entertainment publications. By all accounts, they were extremely well-attended and brought a lot of business into the bar on what was otherwise a slow night of the week. But, the consistently degrading nature of the material aimed at black people and children quickly soured audiences and “Laugh Track” was canceled unceremoniously in 2011…with most references to it disappeared down the “memory hole”. After hoping the ill will and hurt feelings that initial year of performances caused had been forgotten, Sidetrack attempted to resurrect “Laugh Track” again in the spring of 2012…but it was not restored as regularly featured entertainment in the bar. Balof, however, continued his racist comedy stylings at Sidetrack whenever he took the mic as an MC of special events and still performs at Zanies and other venues whenever they will have him…making fun of the black students in his sixth grade class wherever he can plug in a microphone.
Balof’s official performance biography describes him under his stage name “Bradley Thomas” as:
Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom. Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent. Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art. Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you dont beat him to the punch. If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.
A “bottom”, as listed in the bio above, is a reference to Balof’s preferred position during anal sex (in which he elects to be the receptive partner); this is the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian list personal information such as this in a program bio…and one that his sixth grade students could easily find online in an internet search, no less.
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[ Click above to embiggen: What's going to be important on this date in 2013? ]
Yesterday, I asked people what questions they have about the “gay community” and how the institutional Left uses gays as a goon squad to do the bidding for Democrats. Since this is June — which is now considered “Pride Month” by the media — I’ll answer anything people are curious about regarding the “gay community” in these open threads every day…as well as giving you as much insight into the machinations and mysteries of “gay activism” as it applies to American politics today. Because we’re friends like this, I don’t think you should hold back with whatever you’ve ever wanted to ask a gay guy about the bad things that gay people do in this country…because there’s a definite reason behind a lot of it. I really hope this can be a nice counter to a lot of the propaganda you’ll be seeing all month from the media, since June is the time of year when the Ministry of Truth employs gays as high-profile advocates of the Left’s agenda (in much the same way that February uses blacks to push the memes the Left wants promoted that time of year).
Let’s have a look at what questions people submitted by email or comment already:
1. QUESTION: The gays I hear about on the news sound like bullies. They send hate mail to bakers who don’t want to make them wedding cakes, they try to get people fired for saying something they don’t like. Maybe it is the difference between being a leftist and being conservative, but they seem like a different group of people. Why is that?
[ Click above to embiggen: photo from official Sidetrack website showing Bradley Thomas Balof (a Chicago Public School sixth grade teacher) revving up the crowd into a two-minutes-hate against Christians by using a man in a chicken suit as proxy for Dan Cathy and the Chick-Fil-A chain last year ]
ANSWER: I want to refer to something that happened at the gay bar Sidetrack here in Boystown last year when the gay community targeted the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain and excoriated it’s CEO Dan Cathy, because this is a classic example of gay people acting like deranged bullies (but they don’t even see it as bad behavior). I’ve written about this before because a Chicago public school teacher named Bradley Thomas Balof is also involved, since he was the master-of-ceremonies (MC) of a “Pie Toss” event that was held at Sidetrack to raise funds for Equality Illinois (an organization that lobbies for gay marriage in this state, but that also claims to support equality for all people in Illinois); Sidetrack’s owner, Art Johnston, is the principle fundraiser and a founder of Equality Illinois (which in many ways is a political organization he started with his own money to do things he personally wants done to the world, using his bar Sidetrack as a revenue stream to impose his ideas on Illinois with this pet project…which is not all that dissimilar from how George Soros operates on a larger stage with his own resources).
The “Pie Toss” event degenerated into a hate rally against Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, and Christians because Bradley Thomas Balof took the microphone and stood next to someone dressed up in a chicken suit (holding a sign that read “Hate More Gayz”…which is a take-off of Chick-Fil-A’s “Eat More Chicken” sign that’s carried by cows in all its promotional materials) and encouraged the crowd to scream curses and profanity at this feathered proxy for everything the “gay community” is taught to hate by “community leaders” such as Johnston. Balof — who I remind you teaches sixth grade at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in the Chicago Public system — revved the audience into frenzy, inciting gays to angry exhortations at the proxy by repeating over and over that Dan Cathy and Christians in general were villains and that if gays didn’t stick together they “would destroy us!”; he then encouraged the crowd to destroy “them” instead…in a prolonged “two minutes hate” that can only be understood by people who’ve read the book 1984 (and seen the movie version). Just picture the clip below, but imagine gay people and drag queens doing the screaming and yelling:
Keeping with the spirit of 1984, here in 2013 the “gay community” regularly stages “two minutes hates” like these to rev crowds up against Christians and conservatives…because the gay community must always have an enemy to focus on to maintain its unit cohesion as part of the institutional Left’s voting bloc Jenga Tower of Democrats. Gay bars like Sidetrack in Chicago make it a condition of entry to participate in these “hates”; if you are a gay guy who isn’t into this stuff you will be quickly ostracized or victimized by unrelenting peer pressure. Balof, as the MC, stokes the crowd…but other crowd members around you will be stoking each other following his lead…and if you are the lone person shaking his head in disbelief that something this Orwellian is actually happening in Chicago in 2013 then people around you will grab hold of you or get in your face demanding “Why aren’t you screaming at the giant chicken too? Why aren’t you one of us hating on our enemies?”.
[ Click above to embiggen: Sidetrack owner and self-styled "activist" Art Johnston making one of his public political speeches at an event at Sidetrack engineered to rev the gay people in attendance up in arms in service to the causes of the institutional Left…always recruiting new troops for the endless war against "our enemies" ]
Once the crowd is sufficiently revved up, Sidetrack’s owner Art Johnston usually takes the stage to make a speech talking about Equality Illinois’s mission and how he needs everyone’s support (translation: dollars) to continue “the fight” against the gay community’s “enemies”. Art “We have always been at war with Eurasia!” Johnston is very soft-spoken and frail, but this works to his advantage because it’s a nice contrast to what Balof’s just done in the “two minutes hate” leading up to his arrivals on stage; this actually lends the man immense gravitas because he seems as serious as an elder statesman when he comes out and speaks calmly in quiet tones after everyone’s just been screaming and yelling at a giant chicken that’s about to be pummeled with cream pies as a proxy for Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A, and Christians in general. The stagecrafting of these events is well-considered and deliberate.
I cite Sidetrack as an example of bad behavior in the gay community when it comes to things like this because here in Chicago this is THE ONLY PLACE that things like this happen…and that’s because of Art Johnston’s ownership of the bar while simultaneously running and funding the Equality Illinois political organization. Other bars on the Halsted street of gay taverns and businesses aren’t involved in politics (even if their owners might personally be as Leftist as Johnston) and just focus on having things like wet-underpants contests, drag shows, costume parties, and other more traditional bar-type events. But, Sidetrack’s different because it’s not just a bar…but it’s also an event stage where the institutional Left regularly revs up the Chicago gay community in a frenzy of hate against its selected enemies. I write about Sidetrack so often on this issue because this is the only beer-and-booze joint in town that does anything remotely like this.
The original question asked by a reader above about gays seeming like “a different people” can only be answered by saying that, YES, the “activist” gays and the people who succumb to their propaganda really are different…and it’s not in terms of sexual orientation. It really is Leftism that differentiates them…and in the “gay community” the Left has captured people’s imaginations because they regularly see Leftist propaganda in the big bars like Sidetrack, which really is the heart of gay social life in Chicago. Sidetrack is the most expensive-looking bar in town and is by far the poshest…so people want to come there to see and be seen. Celebrities like Cyndi Lauper, Kristen Chenowith, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim Curry, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, and other stars of Broadway shows rolling through Chicago all come to Sidetrack. It’s also widely known that Sidetrack bartenders give every third drink or so free to regular customers (which no other bars in town do, as it’s a violation of state liquor laws…but Sidetrack’s so politically connected that this is not enforced against them).
If you are a gay man in Chicago who wants to be seen on the scene and enjoy rubbing elbows with celebrities and getting free drinks, then you have to either participate in or be completely quiet about the “two minutes hates” and the screaming at people in giant chicken suits that goes on at Sidetrack. That also means you must either start to eventually believe it’s good that Art Johnston uses his bar to rev up hatred like this…or you’ll isolate yourself from this social and networking hub, at great detriment to your gay social life in Chicago.
In every city in the country, there is a place like this that serves the exact same purpose in the “gay community” there; essentially, these are propaganda centers that the institutional Left uses to indoctrinate and rev-up gay people as part of Democrats’ goon squad in its Ministry of Persuasion (to keep with the Orwellian spirit of all this). None of this just happens by accident and is in fact all coordinated and directed by the “gay godfathers” like Johnston that keep the Democrat Party afloat in urban centers with both large donations and endless recruitment drives for foot soldiers.
2. QUESTION: Why do gays feel that they need to describe themselves as gay first? Meaning that they may be an artist, musician, doctor, lawyer, but they say “I’m a gay artist, a gay doctor, gay lawyer”. Is it necessary for them to describe themselves first and sometimes soley gay. I find this descriptor to be the most demeaning of all. Reason being is that their value of themselves is hung on being gay when that doesn’t explain WHO they are or their accomplishments.
ANSWER: This is an excellent question, because I personally describe myself as a gay writer or a gay conservative and I didn’t realize how often I do that until you asked about it. I’m going to answer this question in very personal terms that do not presume to speak for everyone (or even a majority of gays)…but I can tell you why I myself do this.
I’m 36 and am just on the cusp of being the last generation of gays that probably feel like this, but when I was a teenager it was shocking for anyone to talk about being gay on the tee-vee or in movies. Phil Donahue would often have gay issues on his program, and I remember watching them very close to the tee-vee so that if my parents came home I’d be able to quickly change the channel…since I knew they’d be upset if I was watching anything gay-related. At this point, I knew I didn’t like girls in the way that my male classmates did and that I was uncomfortable if some girl passed me a note saying “Melanie likes you!” or whatever. I was still clueless and wondered why I didn’t “like” anyone in that way…and it honestly didn’t even occur to me that maybe I liked boys instead.
My mother picked up on me being gay YEARS before I realized it, and she’d get very uncomfortable and unpleasant if anything gay-related came anywhere near our house; she was, in fact, furious with me for picking up an issue of GQ magazine when I was looking at getting a new suit for homecoming or school pictures or something in high school, because she saw the ads with all the shirtless hunks and thought “GQ” stood for “Gay Questions”. She probably still thinks that and indeed still is uncomfortable with and doesn’t want to talk about anything related to “gay”.
I think I’m probably lucky that it didn’t occur to me that I was gay while I was in high school in Cleveland in the 1990s…and that it dawned on me only when I was in college in New York in an environment where nobody much cared that I was gay. To this day, the only place I’ve ever been that has ever tried to make me feel badly about being who I am is Cleveland…and that has nothing to do with religion as much as it’s just a facet of the Cleveland mindset to make people feel bad about something. If it wasn’t being gay, it would be something else, as the city of lights, city of magic that is my hometown is a fairly backwards and stringently uncomfortable place in a great many ways. I love that I’m from there because everything quirky and oddball about me is thanks to Cleveland…but I’m also glad I haven’t lived there in many years and never will again.
It’s hard for straight people to understand this, but “coming out” is a very big deal for gays of my age cohort and older. My boyfriend Justin is 26 and his Millennial peers don’t feel the same way, since they’re all out in high school and never felt any pressure to conceal who they were. That’s a fascinating cultural change that’s happening…and I think it’s directly linked to the tee-vee show “Will & Grace” that NBC aired in the late-90s/early 2000s…because the character of Will was a “normal” gay man who was successful and nice and had a great life with friends…and he was the lead character and not just some sidekick who was ridiculous (like the truly awful “Jack” character on the show, who is basically a gay minstrel steppinfetchit that a lot of gay boys are terrified of growing up and becoming). Before Will (played by straight actor Eric McCormack, now 50!), gays on tee-vee were just sad, stereotypical jokes (once again, like Jack, as played by flamboyant Sean Hayes) that made a lot of guys ashamed to be gay…but Will was the star of the show telling the jokes, and the audience laughed with him and not at him.
I really think when you talk about the “gay community” you need to see things as the generations before “Will & Grace” (like me and people older) and the generations after “Will & Grace” (like Justin and guys who are younger than him)…because everything is just so different now. Justin’s a graphic designer and project manager who never calls himself a “gay designer” or “gay project manager” and his friends don’t call themselves a “gay law student” or “gay architect” or whatever…but my age-peers are all “gay doctors”, “gay lawyers”, or “gay writers”…because coming out as gay was a big deal for us and it’s just part of our programming to be so upfront about the “gay” label.
Psychologically, this is part F-U to the people who forced some of us to be in the closet at all in the past. This is part of the “we’re here…we’re queer…and proud of it!” chants that you used to hear a lot of…and I honestly tell you that I relate to it. I’ve written about this before but I mention it again since it’s a classic example of this, but probably the worst day of my entire life was several years ago back in Cleveland at my grandmother’s funeral when my Aunt Vesta appeared out of nowhere and started grilling me in front of all the mourners, like I was on trial, pointing her bony fingers at me and saying “You ain’t gay, are you? Well, ARE YOU?” with pure spite and bile soaking every word. I was horrified, since I hadn’t lived in Cleveland in years and had actually come straight to the funeral home from the airport…and was not expecting my sexuality to be the center of attention when someone in a coffin reclined in another room. No funeral should be all about me until I’m the one in that box, but Vesta (who had a lifelong love of Liberace…go figure) hated gays and decided she’d seize the opportunity to embarrass and scold her nephew in front of the convenient audience.
[ Click above to embiggen: If I had a picture of Aunt Vesta, it would look a lot like this one of the character Florence Jean Castleberry from tee-vee's "Alice", as portrayed by Polly Holliday in the 1970s…but Vesta still looks like this today ]
I remember thinking I had a real choice to make in that moment: should I pushback on Vesta and give her a lecture on manners at a funeral and then get into an argument about there being nothing wrong with me being gay…or should I disarm the situation, ignore Vesta, and redirect the energy to where it should have been in terms of remembering and honoring my recently deceased grandmother? It really took all of my self-control not to be selfish in that moment and grandstand about being proud to be gay…but it would have been inappropriate to do that, or to be catty to Vesta. She was in her 70s already back then and was a lifelong Clevelander with a giant beehive hairdo lacquered with enough Aquanet hairspray to have supplied all of Fashion Week…and at her heart she was also a troublemaking little imp who saw my presence as a convenient way to gab attention for herself. This wasn’t about me being gay, I realized, since that fact was obvious to everyone there who realized I’d have had a girlfriend or a wife by then if I was straight…but it was instead about Vesta being jealous that all of the day’s attention was on a corpse and she was grasping for something to make a scene over. She tried to make the scene about me, but I didn’t comply with her stagecrafting.
In fact, if I hadn’t been there at all Vesta would have accused someone of being an alcoholic, would have confronted another cousin about having a black girlfriend, would have ripped a guy’s toupee off to reveal him as secretly bald, would have mocked someone whose business failed, or whatever. That was just Aunt Vesta, Liberace’s number one fan from 1965 through 1987 (when she was confronted with the reality that he was gay…and then she decided to hate him from 1987 to the present), an imp whose role in Cleveland was to ruin events and make trouble so that people would have to look at her and listen to what she was saying…since her relevance was directly proportional to how much tension she caused at any family event.
I think a lot of gay guys my age and older have been vexed by Vestas in their lives…so when they finally come out they call themselves a “gay doctor” or a “gay lawyer” or a “gay writer” or whatever because they just feel such a sense of relief of shutting those Vestas down. And, I will say it would have felt AMAZING to give Vesta a Julia-Sugarbaker-esque performance at that funeral. For those who don’t recall, Miss Dixie Carter portrayed Julia Sugarbaker on the tee-vee show Designing Women in the early-90s when I was in high school…and Miss Julia did not suffer any fools; her trademark was setting one idiot or another straight, by delivering a stern lecture peppered with Southern expressions and witty turns of phrase that left her opponents fumbling and bumbling for anything to say in return. In gay bars, a lot of a drag queens still — decades later — quote Julia Sugarbaker’s greatest hits…like this one:
I have no doubt in my mind I could have done something like that to Aunt Vesta…and it would have been memorable. To say the least. When Justin reads this, he’ll laugh, because I end up being like this a lot here in Chicago when dealing with horrible people in politics when I’m working…but I would never, ever be disrespectful at someone’s private funeral and think it was an opportunity or invitation for me to perform a Sugarbaker scold. When i worked at a hotel in Cleveland during college I met Dixie Carter, who was actually a staunch conservative (and a bit of a drunk, truth be told)…and I’m delighted to say she was tipsy enough to do the “Nights Went Out In Georgia” riff for me live and in person…so the temptation to seize an opportunity to deliver something like that myself to as classic a villain as Aunt Vesta is huge for a gay guy. It really was — just so you know, and someday your children will know — like the stars aligned and the fates conspired to present me with that particular opportunity to shout about being gay at a funeral….but I chose not to take it.
I thoughtfully made the choice not to be that kind of person…or, more specifically, that obnoxious kind of gay person who doesn’t consider his surroundings or social situation before making a scene. But, I do see myself as a “gay writer”…or more specially, a “gay conservative writer”, since I am proud of every word in that description and at least one of the words makes me a target in one part of the world or another and I don’t flinch away from that. I’m proud of it. I love who I am and I wouldn’t change very much about my life for anything or anyone.
Aunt Vesta will get hers someday. But that was not the time or the place for me to give it to her.
QUESTION 3: Why is gay marriage important to gay people? What is it that they believe they are missing by not being able to marry? Why do many chose to bully those of us that believe that marriage is sacred, between man and woman as if we are somehow odd? We didn’t invent the institution, but its been around for centuries.
ANSWER: First off, I am a gay man who is opposed to “gay marriage” because I’m Catholic and believe that marriage is a Holy Sacrament, in the league of Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Last Rites. I believe that marriages should only be performed in churches or temples as they are religious ceremonies; the state has no business conducting marriages for ANYONE and the government should be barred from using the word “marriage” at all on any paperwork since we should have complete and total separation of church and state in this regard. I am exceedingly fundamentalist in this belief.
What the state does when it issues a license and then performs a ceremony between two people is a civil union…and straight people should be able to get those from the state just as gay couples should get them. But no one should ever be considered “married” unless they participated in a religious ceremony administered in their faith. People get “married” in a church…and get joined civilly at the courthouse. I do not believe the state has the power or the authority to force religious institutions to do anything…and if the Church does not believe in marrying two men or two women then it shouldn’t have to. But, everyone of consenting age should be able to join civilly with one other consenting adult who also wants that.
But, I don’t want the state next deciding to baptize people, give them communion (and turning that into the body and blood of Barack Obama or some other sick nonsense), issue Holy Order to them, or perform ceremonies of Last Rites. Interestingly, my boyfriend Justin is some kind of Protestant…but I never am quite sure which kind, though it’s a Southern thing from Arkansas where his parents started their own church at one point (which sounds crazier than it really is, since he means they just started a chapter of a congregation in a new building they built…and not like they invented a new “Church” with a capital-C like L. Ron Hubbard did on a dare when he came up with the space-alien worshipping Scientology cult or the medieval pedophile Muhahammad did when he conjured Islam from nightmare into our world). I went to Catholic school from kindergarten through my senior year of high school and still lump all Protestants in together because that’s part of how I was raised…just as Justin’s parents taught him to smirk at and malign the Catholic sacraments. You have no idea how fascinating this sort of thing is, since it’s honestly two gay guys living together who have the same Protestant vs. Catholic feuds that straight people of either faith have as well. He takes snipes at Catholics all the time and I have to be the grown-up in the relationship and not let him bait me into retaliating against Protestants…which makes me feel like I’m on Bill Maher’s show or something when I’m really just in our kitchen.
Since the reader asked in the question, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets about the “gay marriage” push in the gay community, some of which might be obvious to you. For starters, it’s not really true that gay people want to be committed and get “married” (or civil-unioned, as I call it). I am not speaking for lesbians, because there’s a lot of truth to the old joke that lesbians meet, fall in love, and then move into a house in the suburbs together after one date; that almost really happens, because lesbians are pretty awesome like that in a lot of ways and want to build stable lives with eyes on the future…there is an awful lot to admire about a lot of lesbians, and most of them don’t fall victim to the propaganda efforts of the Left that so many gay guys get caught up in. Do not for a flannel-clad minute judge all lesbians by Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, or Ellen Degeneres (since most are more like Queen Latifah or Jodie Foster). Lesbians are far more sensible, practical, and loyal than gay men…because 90% of gay guys behave like lost little boys running amuck on Pleasure Island, with healthy doses of Peter Pan syndrome and disposable income that makes all of their wildest whims come true.
By and large, gay guys have no problem cheating on each other and treat sex like a competitive sport that’s about as meaningful as those little Starburst candies that come in a big pack but last all of half a minute (and leave wrappers all over your apartment or car). I happen to know two gay guys here in Chicago who are really fun and nice (and I think are great guys) and have been together for 10 years; they recently had a commitment ceremony and went all out, with drag queen bridesmaids, leather-clad “flower midgets”, and everything…but these guys still each go out and pick up other guys for anonymous unprotected sex…and they even have regular threesomes where they agree on a guy to take home together. Like they were picking out sofa cushions at Pottery Barn. These two just can’t get enough sex with strangers and they don’t let being in a committed relationship together stop their fun of hunting for the next sexual conquest.
Can you guess that these two guys are also most often the ones being interviewed on local tee-vee or for the Chicago gay publications talking about how important “gay marriage” is to the state? Meanwhile, they litter Boystown with more discarded lovers than Oprah drops wrappers throughout the aisles of a candy store.
I know that some straight people behave this way too. You can go on Craigslist and look for the Casual Encounters section where they have listings for “MW for M” or “MW for W” hookups, where a “man-woman” pair is looking for either another man or a woman to join them. This is more common than you’d think, and some of the people doing this could be your neighbors (and you’d never guess). I’m not going to judge any of these people, not even the gay guys I know into threesomes, but I will say I think it’s all kind of sad…and that I believe it just proves the people doing this are very immature.
I’ve never been addicted to sex and have never considered it to be a big priority in my life. I have, however, had friends who were serious alcoholics or drug addicts…and I know more people with sexual addictions than anything else because of living in Boystown for so long; my boyfriend Justin used to be a heavy smoker until he quit two years ago (and he was seriously addicted to “his smokes” at one time). I have a real sweet tooth and I know that if I let myself I’d be buying donuts and cupcakes all the time…and would eat the whole box before Justin got home if I didn’t stop and think about the consequences of doing that (and realize each cupcake would be so-many circles around the block running in the morning…so I always need to ask myself if eating it is worth the consequences).
I don’t think gay guys really think about the consequences of doing most things, because I think a lot of the ones who were closeted are just so jubilant about being “out” that they are living in a Never Never Land of shiny, rainbow-colored possibilities. They gobble up sexual encounters with hot, new strangers the way alcoholics slurp down free drinks at a wine tasting or chain smokers would go nuts on a tour of a tobacco factory. But the thing people mostly never talk about is the determined immaturity in a lot of gay guys…and the spoiled-child-like behavior of always wanting something new to replace the thing that’s grown old, with no limit to the amount of new things they can cycle through as long as they can.
And, face it, if you are young (read: under 35), good looking, in decent shape, have a nice apartment, wear nice clothes, and have a job title with some cachet to it (as in…it has to be something that looks impressive on a business card)…then you can have all the sex you want in Boystown, with a new willing person to pickup in one of the bars every single night. After 35, you can still get all of this…but you just might have to pay for it. That’s just a mind-blowing and exceedingly exciting and addictive lifestyle for 90% of gay men (but not at all for lesbians, who might go to a bar all of three times before meeting a woman to commit to and resettle with in the suburbs).
You never hear about this, but HIV is spreading like wildfire in Chicago…and Democrats are encouraging that, because gay men who have HIV or AIDS will need medication for the rest of their lives…so that means they will keep voting Democrat as they are taught by “gay community leaders” that only Democrats will give them the medication to stay alive. This is similar to how Democrats control blacks by having shills like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Henry Gates scream that Republicans are all racist…or how Democrats insist that Republicans will prevent women from murdering the babies growing inside them (remember the “vote with your vagina!” exclamations at the Democrats’ convention in 2012?). It’s also in the same league of how Democrats actively prevent Hispanics from learning English…since they are all easier to control if they stay Spanish-speakers for the rest of their life and are inhibited from ever being economically successful in this country. The Democrat Party is all about dividing people up into little demographic slices like this, identifying their weaknesses, then oppressing them in creative ways that render these people permanently dependent on the government for something (or constantly at war with manufactured “enemies” that they never dare question Democrats’ wisdom or agenda…lest “the enemy win!”).
Gay men are encouraged in Boystown to play Peter Pan, to focus on material things, to have as much unprotected anonymous sex as possible and by extension to spread HIV far and wide so that Democrats can keep the gay vote locked down for years to come. Open your eyes and see this, if you haven’t already.
“Gay Marriage” was just tabled in Illinois on Friday, with the Illinois House choosing not to pass an Illinois Senate bill that would have legalized “gay marriage” in this Democrat-controlled state. Republicans have no power here, but Democrats rule the state…and, yet, “gay marriage” is not legal in Illinois. There’s a reason for that…and it’s because Chicago is such a lucrative fundraising hub for Democrats…and the perpetual “legalize gay marriage!” battle cry pumps a huge amount of cash into Democrats’ coffers every single year, but especially in June when the Pride festivals in Illinois bring a lot of gay people out to venues where donations to Equality Illinois and other “gay marriage” lobbyists are solicited. Mike Madigan, a Democrat, controls the Illinois House with an iron fist. If Democrats REALLY wanted “marriage equality” in this state, it would have passed on Friday…but I think Democrats wanted at least one more Pride Month of fundraising before they’d allow Illinois to legalize “gay marriage”.
Without this as an issue, Democrats would have to find something new to focus gay guys on in bars like Sidetrack. Don’t forget that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is now history, and previously that was another rallying point for the Left in terms of controlling gays. Legalizing “gay marriage” in ALL states will be an issue the Left will have for years…but losing Illinois as a “battleground” will create a need for a new big, distracting issue here. That’s why I think Democrats have quietly been encouraging the HIV spreading…because once “gay marriage” is over as an issue then Democrats will make everything about “finding a cure!” for AIDS..and for that to matter we’ll need to have a new epidemic in this country so gay people will care about this again.
The Left is so sick and twisted that this is really what they are up to behind the scenes, whether the media ever reports on it to you or not.
The great irony of all of this is that gay guys who scream about wanting to get “married” often don’t stay together for very long. Gay relationships are mostly temporary. It is exceedingly rare to find two men who stay together for any length of time, with the cheating being a primary factor in breakups; it really seems like gay relationships only work when either both guys are cheaters (or into threesomes) and they have an open relationship or neither one is a cheater (and both are too afraid of HIV to ever expose themselves or the other guy to that illness). I can tell you that if my boyfriend Justin ever cheated we’d break up that day and I’d move out the next morning…and I probably wouldn’t speak to him again for a long time. I am not tolerating that, and he knows it; simultaneously he also knows I would never cheat on him because I’d not only never expose either of us to HIV…but I just think cheating is so trashy. Life is short, you get one shot at living as best as you can on this gorgeous planet, and I am not wasting my time here being trashy or trifling. No way, no thanks.
The gay gossip site WeHoConfidential (which dishes the “T” to all the hunties) actually lampooned “gay marriage” pretty well recently when it posted a picture of these two nightlife fixtures who excitedly announced they had been “married” in Provincetown or Fire Island or wherever…and at the time WeHoConfidential said they’d give the “marriage” until July 4th. Well, those guys ended up breaking up in May…not even six months after they were “married”. You are going to see a lot of this in the years ahead, if more states do legalize “gay marriage”…since there will be an explosion of gay divorces soon after. It will be all the rage to get “gay-married” for a hot minute…but, when that gets boring the guys will move on to someone else after going through the hassle of a gay-divorce. How many of you bet those guys will get married-and-divorced just that one time before returning to their old style of serial-dating and perpetual cheating?
Law firms are going to make a LOT of money off this, let me tell you. Seriously, if you are a lawyer maybe you should open a shop dedicated solely to this and corner the market on the ground floor.
Justin and I have legal contracts drawn up for things like health issues, survivorship, and powers of attorney. There’s currently nothing that we don’t have that a married straight couple have. It’s a lie that hospitals don’t allow a gay guy’s boyfriend to visit or make decisions, if they have a domestic partnership agreement or something similar that’s notarized and handled by an attorney. I think “partner” is more of a business title so I don’t like that…and “husband” carries a religious sense to me…so I use the term “boyfriend” for Justin and that’s what I will always call him. But, on some documents we were forced to use the term “domestic partner” just because that’s how the people preparing the documents handled that. In Illinois, we could get a “civil union” and have a ceremony or whatever…but I am not a big party guy. I used to be an event planner for many years and so I LOVE organizing events…but I don’t like being the center of attention at any. Justin hates attention like that too, so we’re never going to have a big party or anything for ourselves.
I will be honest, though, and say that I do regret we never got to register for “wedding gifts” the way straight people do. There are so many kitchen appliances, dishware sets, ice tea makers, and Martha Stewart home products I’d love to have…and those are exactly the things that my married straight friends were given when they first moved in together. I’ve had to slowly save up and buy this stuff for us on Amazon on our own…even though I end up having to give gifts like this to straight people all the time when I am invited to their weddings and other types of showers. Gay guys never get anything like this in return…which is my ONE AND ONLY feeling that, yes, maybe we should have some kind of event like this too (a party or something) just to say “hey, we started a life together and need the same stuff that straight people get for free from friends and family too!”. But aside from that, there really is nothing different from my relationship with Justin than the relationships my straight friends have.
4. QUESTION: Am I truly a homophobe because I do not believe gays should marry, and even adopt children. Why am I being “forced” to ‘fall in line’ when it is a true line in the sand for me?
ANSWER: No, you aren’t a homophobe. In fact, I will do you one better and tell you that there really aren’t all that many actual homophobes in the world. Once in a while, the media will show you some nutcase who is screaming about how evil gays are…but more often than not that person also screams about hating blacks, hating women, hating Jews, and hating everyone (including him or herself); that’s a mentally ill person, not a homophobe. For the entire time I have lived in Chicago there’s been this black man in a very nice collection of suits who stands on State Street in front of the Gap that’s down there, near the Marshal Fields building. He has a microphone and this little boom box with him and he shouts about gay people going to Hell or whatever…but even he isn’t so much a homophobe as he’s an attention-seeker and loon with nothing better to do all day.
I’ve known a lot of “straight” guys through the years who’ve made nasty remarks towards gays or who said homophobic things; ALL OF THEM, without exception, eventually turned out to be gay themselves. Every last one of these guys. All of my female friends who are married have husbands who are not homophobic in the least and have no problem with gay guys….because they are straight and realize that gay guys really won’t try anything with someone who is not receptive. Some gay guys flirt because they think it’s funny to try to make a straight guy uncomfortable…but if the straight guy is secure in himself then the gay guy will give up and move onto someone else. This is very similar to what bratty, spoiled children do when teasing siblings or kindergarten classmates. If you don’t give them the reaction that they want, they will feel embarrassed and move on to something else.
If anyone is “phobic” it’s gay people being “heterophobic” a lot of the time, in addition to being highly misogynistic. It would make you sick to know some of the things gay guys say about women and their bodies on a regular basis…but I’ll leave it as noting that the most common term for straight people in gay slang is “breeders”, with women often called “moo cows” for lactating and rearing children. You really don’t need to know what gay guys say about vaginas other than it’s vulgar and would turn your stomach.
As for the adoption issue you mentioned, I think gays who want to adopt should think about why they say they want that. The now-canceled show “The New Normal” on NBC was all about a gay couple who wanted a baby…because the more flamboyant guy wanted to buy baby clothes and thought it would be a fun status symbol, like Madonna and Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock had.
On the popular ABC show “Modern Family”, the gay characters also use their daughter as an accessory and treat her a lot like a pampered pet; one of the guys, the large one named Cam (who sometimes works as a children’s party clown), enjoys dressing the little girl up like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Tallulah Bankkead, and other dead stars of the silver screen. This little Asian girl they adopted is really just a living doll for them to play with.
Are all gay guys like that? No. In fact, one of my ex-boyfriends ended up adopting a troubled teenager a few years back…and it was a great situation for all of them. The teen had drug problems and my ex was actually adopted himself…and the little family they formed truly ended up being a great thing for all of them; a kid who languished in the foster system and was abused by other troubled teens he lived with in group homes finally is doing well in school, has a bright future, and is growing into a pretty solid young man who thinks he wants to join the Marines (which, I have to say, is something I respect immensely because the only real regret I have in life is that I never was good enough or had what it takes to wear that uniform and become one of the most amazing things on the planet…a United States Marine).
Would Justin and I ever try to adopt? Not on your life. Our lives are too crazy and I don’t think either of us could handle the responsibility. Someone’s always threatening to kill me or coming at me for something and Justin’s 26 and still mostly all about Justin. But, my ex and his boyfriend could handle adoption…and they did. With flying rainbow colors. I don’t think there’s any other gay guy I currently know who would be able to properly handle adopting, though…but there aren’t a lot of straight people who I would fully support in this either. This is not like taking home a dog or cat from the pound and I believe that adoption agencies need to be incredibly selective in who gets to adopt a child. People, gay or straight, should be evaluated on their individual merits and life histories…and if anyone is a big drinker, has done a lot of drugs, smokes, is promiscuous, was a big part of the gay party scene at any time in his life, or is involved as an activist for Leftist causes then I think that person should be disqualified from ever adopting. Period. But that is just my personal opinion because I would weigh heavily on the side of never taking any chances that could lead to jeopardy for a child. I would make either a terrible or marvelous adoption approval case worker because I probably would reject 99% of applications.
5. QUESTION: Did the gay community KNOW that Obama was lying in 08 when he said he was for traditional marriage? After that Mr. Cathy, owner of chick fil a said the same thing, as did others, and they were all called haters.
ANSWER: Of course they knew, and of course they had no problem when Obama changed his tune in 2012 to rally gay support and tap into the GAYTM (that’s like ATM, but it’s the unlimited money printer that is fundraising in the gay community). You will hear this all the time with any group affiliated with the Left, and it’s that it’s okay for Democrats to say whatever they need to say in the moment to get elected or to “win” the news cycle.
Gays actually realize this happens all the time but think that the ends always justify the means.
So, lying is okay as long as it’s a Democrat doing it…because it’s the only way to trick “stupid Americans” into putting the Democrat into office. Things like the IRS targeting conservatives are okay…because gays want all opposition to the Left destroyed and any means necessary to do this are just fine with them. It’s just all about doing whatever Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and the rest of the MSBC cast say needs to be done. Any dirty trick, lie, political theater, or abuse of power is acceptable…so long as the targets are Republicans, Christians, or conservatives. AKA, “the enemies of the gay community”.
Anyone opposing the Left in any way is an enemy who must be destroyed by the “gay community”…which, I hope you realize, is one of the most intolerant groups around because it relentlessly seeks to silence and obliterate its critics on a regular basis.
6. QUESTiON: I’ve always wondered why so many gay men (in particular) feel it necessary to “gain acceptance” by dressing up in outrageous costumes and being so “in-your-face” at gay pride parades. On the one hand we hear tons of whining about how they just want to be accepted for who they are, and on the other hand they act outrageously and DARE the rest of us to criticize.
ANSWER: You have to understand that the Pride Parade is not about acceptance or advancing rights or any of that…it’s just an excuse to have a secular version of Mardi Gras in the middle of summer during a month that previously had no other holiday (and the weather is awesome everywhere). The reason “Pride Month” exists is because there was no holiday already occupying it, summer’s gorgeous but not yet too hot, and gay dudes want to show off their beach bodies and shake their booties in the street.
My birthday’s actually during the last few days of June and I love that “Pride” falls at that time because I’m not only quite fond of rainbows but I also love that it’s just a big festive celebration with male strippers and drag queens galore and I don’t have to do a damn thing to make any of that happen on my birthday. I find it all delightful, but I also don’t take any of it seriously…since I know what it really is at heart: just a party, no matter how much the media tries to delude you into believing it’s a political statement about anything. Mary, please. “Pride” is about as meaningful to people in 2013 as Mardi Gras is a religious observance for the majority of the country at the start of Lent.
It’s just a party! Guys honestly work out really hard all year just to be able to walk around in their underpants or Speedos during Pride or dance on top of a lavishly festooned Mardi Gras-esque parade float. It’s a celebration of youth and beauty and rainbow colors. For people who work as doctors, lawyers, or other professionals this is the only chance they have each year to be half-naked in public and be ogled and adored by throngs of parade-watchers without any repercussions or consequences. It’s a really big deal because just one day of being objectified as grade-A beef is enough to last a guy emotionally and mentally through the harshness of Chicago’s winters (and our dreary economy). With all the stress of life in this big city, dancing around in almost nothing during Pride is just a high that’s unmatched in any other way. In years past, Justin and I have both (separately) been up on floats and I can personally attest that the feeling made every pull-up and crunch worth it back then.
When guys are young, Pride is awesome because they get the chance to show off and be ogled and feel like gods of youth descended from Olympus and worshipped by the mortals.
When guys are middle-aged, Pride starts feeling like the last call at the bar where they are really into being up on the float because they feel like this is one of the last years they’ll be able to be sexy and half-dressed in public (before they become what the gay community reviles as “trolls”).
When guys are around 50 or 60 and they’ve reached their expiration date in the gay community (see: “trolls” above), they stand on the sidelines watching the parade and either try remembering what it was like to be a young god resplendent in rainbows or they wish upon sun, moon, and stars that they could have experienced being up there when they were younger…just one time.
I think Pride is the only “holiday” we have right now that really feels like it’s an ancient ritual…like something from Rome in the bread and circus days. It’s just sun and flesh and wild colors and creatively outrageous costumes. There’s a sense of the various Japanese Shinto “penis festivals” to it as well…and maybe other primitive rights celebrating physicality and virility…though with a decidedly gay bent.
Great Merciful Zeus, I love some of the costumes put together for Pride. I really and truly do. Back in 2010, the nightclub Berlin staged a float based on the Greek gods which was just stellar. They had drag queens as all of the goddesses (and others like Medusa and Pandora) and buff go-go-boys as the male gods and ancient heroes. It was just amazing showmanship and creativity and I adored seeing these characters form myth parading down Halsted in the parade. I even like to think that some of the ignorant drunks who were in the crowd and who attended public school in their youth might have loved the float enough to pick up a book later and learn more about the myths…sparking a desire to learn something that had never been there before for that person. Hey, it’s my birthday month and a guy can dream.
I know that straight people are often horrified by the gay guys up in thongs and whatever on the floats…but if you were gay you’d understand that this is just like being in a locker room with other guys. Male nudity is not as big a deal for us as it is for straight people, because guys see each other naked all the time and a lot of gay life revolves around gym culture. So, when gay guys see go-go-boys up there in their thongs or Speedos it’s actually more than those guys wear in the locker room or when they are dancing on stage at the Lucky Horseshoe in just their jock straps. The barely-dressed dancers are not even trying to shove anything in straight people’s faces or make a scene…and are instead up there celebrating their youth and their bodies in front of other people who are also celebrating youth and their bodies.
I’m telling you it is not meant in the spirit of “We’re trying to offend the breeders!” or “Take that, prudes!” but is instead just a Roman-like parade of flesh, lust, razzle-dazzle, and burlesque showmanship.
I think some of it gets vulgar though and that a lot of these people aren’t too terribly creative. One of the funniest things that happens every year, in my opinion, is that Sidetrack the Video Bar wins “best float” annually…because Sidetrack’s owner Art Johnston gives a lot of money to the people who put on the parade and would throw an absolute tantrum if he didn’t win “best float”. Sidetrack’s floats are never creative and mainly consist of their bartenders (some of which are out of shape) dancing in their underwear on a blue and silver moving platform with a very minimal theme. While bars like Berlin create GORGEOUS and intricate floats (like the herculean effort that went into their Mount Olympus entry), Sidetrack’s are just the same thing every year with some minor deviation (like, one year they had giant colorful crayons on the float…and the next year they had giant colorful sea horses…and a while before that I think they had giant colorful pieces of candy)…but that bar wins the “best float” contest again and again because the North Halsted Merchants’ Association just wants to keep Art Johnston happy.
Everyone laughs, because it’s so absurd…and people still talk about that Berlin Mount Olympus float when even I had to strain to remember what lackluster offering Sidetrack put forward the last few years. Boystown is such a predictable joke sometimes.
Straight people should remember that gays are wired to celebrate design, color choice, and production values more than heterosexuals do. The other day Justin and I were at lunch with my lawyer and he started talking about some woman that we’d all met earlier in the day, amongst a lot of other people. The lawyer kept trying to get us to remember her, but Justin and I couldn’t, even though the lawyer was saying how hot she was. And then he mentioned her eyeglasses off hand and Justin and I were able to recall the details of everything she was wearing…even the brand of glasses (Calvin Klein) and the fact that she had the same purse as the character “Jane” from that show “Happy Endings” that Justin loved to watch. Neither of us remembered her face or her bust size, but we could probably sketch out her entire outfit and I could tell you everything she said almost verbatim because I found her accent interesting and remembered it all as dialogue (like from a tee-vee show). The lawyer saw the woman as a hot sexual object of desire, but Justin and I basically just remembered a faceless mannequin wearing and saying interesting things.
I think to definitely answer the original questions, the Pride Parade is not meant as a spectacle or affront to straight people at all…and is instead just a big party in great weather where gay people who go to the gym a lot get to show off and we all celebrate youth while we possess it…before we transition into nostalgically remembering lost youth in our later years.
7. QUESTION: Sometimes you talk about gaydar. Is it real and can you really tell who is gay and who is not. Are there tells that straight people cannot perceive?
Yes, Gaydar is indeed real. Gay guys can usually tell other gay guys…but I personally can’t tell a lesbian if it would save my life. Gay guys have this thing in our eyes that gives us away. It’s hard to explain, but it’s this look that comes I think from hiding who they really were for so long and this focus that draws energy into maintaing a facade. Straight guys don’t have this because they aren’t trying to pass for straight or they aren’t reminding themselves to be masculine. You have to understand that gay guys who don’t act masculine and who get “queeny” are ostracized to some extent, or are marginalized as sidekicks in gay life. If you want to be an “alpha gay” or an “A-List” (or just “A-Gay”) then you have to be masculine and carry yourself like a straight guy would, even if it’s a “metrosexual” straight guy. But that effort to control “queeny” tendencies in walk, voice, posture, hand gestures, voice, or whatever causes some strain in the eyes. Like…90% of a guy’s energy is focused on whatever he is saying or doing just like a straight guy’s would be…but 10% is being diverted to maintaining the illusion he is an “A-Gay”. It’s that posturing (which can be like peacock preening for some of the guys in Boystown) that gives him away.
For closet cases like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Leonardo Dicaprio, Will Smith, Jake Gyllenhaal, and others it’s like 30% of their energy is diverted into playing it straight…and that shows in the eyes. There’s also this other thing that is a dead give away, and it’s so obvious but it works every time; if a hot woman walks by a gay guy might still look at her because he’s looking at her outfit or he thinks she reminds him of Linda Evangelista in the George Michael “Too Funky” video or something…which means if you think a guy is straight because he watched a woman walk by you could be mistaken, since he might even be a drag queen at heart watching her walk to get his own drag walk down pat.
If you really have no gaydar and want to figure out if a closet case is gay watch him when a hot guy walks by…and see if he notices and pays attention, or if he has to fight not to look. Straight guys are oblivious to other guys walking by if they aren’t somewhere that they are keeping an eye out for a threat. So, if a guy even glances at a buff, shirtless hunk on the beach or if his eyes watch the waiter walk away from the table then you should get a clue he’s not straight. A straight man wouldn’t do that. Straight guys aren’t checking out each other’s clothes, they aren’t thinking about how they would like their biceps to be as big as the other guy’s, and they aren’t trying to pick up walking tips like a drag queen would from a woman.
My lesbian friends think it’s hilarious that I can’t spot lesbians in a crowd…just like I think it’s funny when my straight friends can’t spot the gay guys. My boyfriend Justin loves doing this though. Wherever we go, he likes to just point out guy and ask “Family?” about him…meaning is that guy gay? Our straight friends never get it right…but Justin and I can almost always guess correctly. I think it’s just the fact that we both have been in the scene for so long that it’s second nature to us. With celebrities, we use sites like WeHoConfidential, Data Lounge, and Blind Gossip to confirm out suspicions. I can’t remember either of us ever being wrong when it came to closet cases, though.
KD NOTE: I think I hit all the questions people left yesterday, but if I missed any then please remind me. These are all just my personal opinions, so if you are gay and disagree with me on any of it, then please let us know in comments below. Or just send me hatemail, which is always fun too. I especially love if you find a way to call me “Ray Ciss” too, because: creative. If not “original”.
I think if June is really and truly supposed to be “Pride Month” that we should openly talk about anything related to the “gay community”, warts and all, and that gay people should try to make an overture to the straight world and invite questions or comments about things that bother heterosexuals about the “gay community’s” chosen image and branding.
I always find it interesting to hear the things straight people are confused about when it comes to gays…and it’s eye-opening how crazed and hateful some gays get when straight people ask simple questions. So, for the whole month of June I really hope people take the opportunity to ask whatever they want and I will do my level best to answer it in my own opinion and probably upset some people.
QUESTIONS FOR COMMENTS: What else do you wonder about or have a problem with regarding the gay community?
What else is on your minds this glorious Saturday June 2nd, 2013?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: What will be the event of 2013 that makes a future list? ]
Today’s June 1st, which begins Gay Pride Month in Chicago and most other major cities. I think it’s time that gay conservatives speak up about the bad things that the “gay community” does…in much the same way that black people like Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, Allen West, Kevin Jackson, and others call out the “black community” for its own terrible deeds. There’s no better month to dedicate to doing this than June…since a lot of these “Pride” events put the absolute worst of gay life on display and also give a lot of “activists” soapboxes to spread hatred against Christians and conservatives.
I think in a lot of ways our culture has advanced so much that gay people have become incredibly mainstream…to the point where instead of being perpetual victims a lot of gays are actually the victimizers of others, particularly religious Americans; the institutional Left in fact specifically uses gays to attack conservatives and Christians in much the same way that blacks are used and abused by the Left as props to scream “Ray Ciss!” whenever Democrats need to freeze, polarize, and alienate an opponent that Leftists decide must be permanently destroyed.
Conservatives are by and large very nice people who keep quiet about a lot of things…mostly, it seems, because a lot of them are afraid of being called names or of having the Ministry of Truth that is our national media write bad things about them in the dying, saurian newspapers or hurl pejoratives at them on little-watched MSNBC. Fear is the best thing that the Left has going for it…because if conservatives weren’t so afraid to speak out then this country’s Culture Wars would have gone a lot differently in recent years.
Why not start treating the Left like you’d treat bratty children? When they misbehave, you need to point out what they’re doing that’s wrong, push back, and educate them on how unacceptable their Alinsky tactics really are. Don’t be any more afraid of these people than you would be a spoiled kindergartner with trouble controlling his or her words or actions. Be the grown-up who has had enough and is not going to take anymore…and don’t just sit back silently while little Brendan or Mikos throws tantrums all June.
Please feel free to email or post a comment on these Open Threads all month asking anything you want about how the “gay community” operates and the sort of hypocrisy I observe amongst the “gay activists” in particular. You need to stop being scared of the Left calling you a homophobe just because you think the behavior of high-profile gay people is abhorrent. I’m gay…I have an awesome boyfriend…I live in Chicago and have been part of the “gay community” here for almost a decade…and I think gays have really gone too far in recent years and need to dial back a lot of the hatred that they aim at Christians and conservatives.
I love the rainbows that are plastered everywhere all June (and in fact am baking a rainbow cake today, just because) and it’s fun seeing so many people celebrating who they are without fear of reprisal…but gay people need to unite and say in a loud voice that NO it is not acceptable for gay people to be bigoted and hateful towards religious people and that it is NOT acceptable for gays to be mindless goons in service to the institutional Left.
Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, and Allen West get called “race traitors” by blacks like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Henry Gates because they speak the truth about the “black community” needing to dial down the hate towards other races and to start looking towards the future and improving their own lives; similarly, any gay man or lesbian who speaks out against the hate spewed by “gay community leaders” is persecuted for standing up to this Gaystapo.
Enough is enough, folks.
Because we’re friends like this, I say let’s take action this June and work together on calling the gay community out for its bad behavior this June…instead of just quietly accepting all the terrible things that gay activists will use the month to spew against Christians and conservatives.
QUESTIONS FOR COMMENTS:
* What do you think of the way the “gay community” behaves in general?
* Who are specific groups, people, or companies you’ve seen gay activists target, besmirch, and malign recently as “religious bigots”?
* What are some things you’ve always wondered about gay activists or how gays are used by the institutional Left to help Democrats?
What else is on your mind this first day of June in the year of our Lord 2013?
– Open Thread –
It’s Very Common for the Institutional Left to Commit Perjury When They Think They Will Get Away With It
[ Click above to embiggen: the Bonfire of the Gay Vanities ]
In the past several weeks, we’ve heard horrific reports of both the institutional Left using the IRS as a weapon of retribution against conservatives and Christians and current (for now) Attorney General Eric Holder committing perjury during Congressional hearings…because those in the Obama Regime arrogantly believe the rule of law does not apply to them and that they can do as they please without consequence.
While these events happen on the national scene, you’re no doubt aware that Leftists on all levels (federal, state, county, and local) see nothing wrong with any of this…so long as it’s conservatives and Christians being persecuted by the Obama Regime and the Democrat-controlled federal government. A group of college students even delighted their Leftist professors by getting together to send the IRS a thank-you card for intimidating, bullying, and maliciously auditing opponents of the Obama Regime…and the Democrat “activists” who committed a felony by bugging Senator Mitch McConnell’s office today gleefully exclaimed “they’d do it again!”. The institutional Left firmly believes that when those on the right are on the receiving end of deliberate persecution that the “right” people are “getting what they deserve” and that all ends justify these means. Somewhere in the bowels of Hades, Saul Alinsky is smiling.
If you are a lifelong conservative or religious person who wonders how anyone in this country could ever think it’s a good thing (worthy of a thank-you card, no less) for Democrats to use the government to persecute their professed enemies, then you need to take a look at what happens every day in Leftist-controlled cities like Chicago…and, in particular, enclaves like Boystown where the “gay community” employs these kinds of tactics against their “enemies” all the time (but you just never hear about it because the media won’t report it, since gays are favored tools of the Left and the media will never shine a light on gays’ bad behavior). The deeper you wade into the Left’s marked territory in states like Illinois, the more you will see that the sort of thing the IRS and Eric Holder have been doing is quite commonplace for Obama’s followers nationwide. It’s just standard operating procedure, actually, and gays in Chicago are mostly wondering what took Democrats so long to use the IRS and Justice Department to go for conservatives’ throats like this…because on the local level these guys do things like this all the time to their own personal enemies. It’s just that no one ever tells you about it.
The “gay community” you hear so much about in the media (you know, the special “community” that’s always claiming to be victims of bullying or harassment from others) is actually led by particularly ruthless gay individuals who more often than not are aggressive victimizers themselves…doing the sort of thing to others that they claim conservatives and Christians do to them…and believing they can get away with it because they are gay and are a special, pet class in the eyes of the media. You might remember Bret Easton Ellis calling these people the “gay cultural elite” or “gay magical elves”…but I’ve long-called them “The Gaystapo”, because prominent gay “community leaders” enforce a policy of complete annihilation against any gay man or lesbian who ever speaks out against any of the bad things that gay people do…especially when it’s a case of prominent gays persecuting Christians or using the government to come after their enemies.
I’ve told you before about a shocking lawsuit that is now in the deposition phase and making its way towards trial in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in the courtroom of Judge Amy St. Eve…where a former employee of the gay establishment Sidetrack the Video Bar is suing owner Art Johnston (the self-styled “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and inductee into the local “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame”) for four counts of sexual harassment (and hostile work environment), religious discrimination (and hostile work environment), retaliation, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This is a case involving a gay, Christian employee of Johnston’s named “J.P.” who was relentlessly harassed both sexually and because of his religious beliefs while working at Sidetrack…and then he was subjected to emotional torture by Sidetrack’s management and employees for complaining about what was being done to him in a bar owned and operated by “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee” Art Johnston. It is the absolute height of hypocrisy and a case that’s got everyone in Boystown buzzing…because it’s horrifying to many to see that after all these years of Johnston taking to soap boxes to claim that gay people were perpetual victims of bullying it’s now clear that gay people can actually be extremely effective bullies of Christians when they intend to be. The whole thing has a very “Bonfire of the Vanities” feel to it, because the case involves the most prominent gay man in Chicago — a person who regularly rails against Christians and conservatives as evil bigots — actually being the one inflicting pain, suffering, and abuse on another and violating a Christian’s civil rights due in part to his commitment to Jesus Christ.
If roles were reversed and it was another story about a prominent religious figure who was openly persecuting a gay guy, the media would be all over this like white on rice (or pink on a drag queen)…but the reason you have not heard a rainbow peep about this from anyone but me is because there is a complete embargo in the news about “gay community leaders” ever doing anything wrong to others. I guess the media believes that if they don’t talk about it, then it never happened…which has been the strategy of choice for the Obama Regime through the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the AP phone taps, Pigford, Fast & Furious, and everything else that’s befallen us in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
When this story breaks nationally (and I guarantee it will, if I have to seance the ghosts of Dominick Dunne and Truman Capote to help me cover it on a daily basis when the trial starts) it’s going to be mighty hard for the institutional Left to trot gays out in front of the media in the future and claim conservatives and Christians are so evil…because here in Chicago this case against Johnston and Sidetrack proves that gays are hypocrites…in that they don’t pass up an opportunity to do to others what they claim is so terrible when it’s done to them…because they are just so used to getting away with this stuff and think no one will ever call them out.
Well, I’m calling Art Johnston and Sidetrack out for their bad behavior…and I hope you do too!
J.P., the employee who filed suit against Johnston and Sidetrack, was mercilessly harassed and retaliated against as punishment from Johnston for complaining to the EEOC about the hostile work conditions in Boystown’s largest and best-known gay bar. Johnston, who is a large fundraiser for and cultish supporter of Barack Obama’s, declared all-out war on his former employee in retaliation for his complaint…including falsely challenging the poor guy’s unemployment benefits, with Sidetrack’s chosen representative in the hearings that followed perjuring himself while under oath on five separate occasions in an attempt to tell enough lies to have J.P.’s unemployment benefits taken away from him. The good news is that the administrative judge assigned by the state saw through the perjury and ruled that Sidetrack’s representative, its accountant Bryan Portman, was “not credible”…which is a polite way of saying the man was a damn and dirty liar while under oath; the bad news is that having his unemployment benefits challenged over a period of several months where Sidetrack kept lying during the hearings inflicted severe emotional distress on a young man who was trying desperately to find a new job. Instead of being able to focus on that, he had to worry about what new lies Sidetrack would tell at hearings or what else employees of Johnston’s would do to either silence him or intimidate him into dropping his lawsuit.
Like Obama and Holder on the national level, Johnston’s long been accustomed to fawning praise in the Chicago media, no doubt in part to the large sums of money he gives to causes dear to the institutional Left and the role Johnston has always served as an attack dog in Illinois (always ready, willing, and enthusiastic about making speeches or granting interviews condemning one conservative or Christian or another as evil incarnate and an enemy of gay people…which always comes in handy in election years, because one of Democrats’ favorite tactics is to polarize their opponents as loathsome villains and alienate them from voters because “they are enemies of the gay community”); because of all the chits he’s collected through the years from the Chicago Machine, Johnston behaves like someone who does not believe that laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to him…at least in part because the media refuses to hold prominent gays like him accountable for anything.
All of this is instructive for anyone struggling with what’s happening in Washington right now with Holder and the officials from the IRS who are either lying under oath or are pleading the Fifth (like Lois Lerner from the IRS) to avoid directly lying (since telling the truth would force them to admit they were in fact abusing government agencies to punish and persecute “enemies” of Barack Obama); conservatives always seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that people on the Left have absolutely no qualms about doing things like this…and that they do it every day, in matters local or national. This is just how they are wired and as long as they keep getting away with it they will just keep on doing it. Especially when Democrats hold so many state and national offices.
I became an armchair expert on perjury in the state of Illinois because of this suit that J.P. brought against Johnston and Sidetrack as I’m one of the witnesses in the case and was present when Sidetrack’s accountant, Bryan Portman, lied under oath repeatedly during those IDES hearings. As a result, I have clearly become one of Art Johnston’s most favorite people in the whole wide world. I was forced to submit an affidavit attesting to the fact I witnessed the perjury, as well as evidence that established that Portman was indeed purposefully lying in an attempt to manufacture misconduct on J.P.’s part that would have justified his termination by Johnston. J.P. complained to IDES about the fact that Sidetrack as an employer perjured itself in the hearings…but IDES said it has no mechanism under Illinois statute to do anything about it. An employer lying to IDES is indeed illegal…but IDES isn’t empowered to even so much as fine the employer for doing that.
Apparently, perjury under oath only seems to matter if a prosecutor selectively decides to enforce the statutes prohibiting it; this appears to be one of those “selective enforcement” issues, with prosecutors claiming they never have resources to pursue perjury against someone…unless that person is high profile enough to be dragged before the cameras in some political move Democrats have engineered. I spent a few weeks hounding officials at IDES until I was able to speak to the General Counsel and someone in the Executive Director’s office…and I learned that a big city like Chicago depletes county and state resources in so many other ways that prosecutors will never bring charges against an employer for lying under oath at an unemployment benefits hearing. The fact that the state’s attorney general can credibly say “we don’t have the resources to file charges against Bryan Portman and Sidetrack for perjury” is license for Illinois to just look the other way when a prominent gay-owned business is the victimizer and law-breaking…but you better believe that “resources” would materialize lickety-split if it was a Christian business being accused of perjuring itself in hearings against a gay employee.
Since someone like Art Johnston knows he can get away with almost anything in Illinois, there was nothing to give him any sort of pause when it came to sending Portman to those hearings to perjure himself. He knew he’d never be punished when it was clear Portman was lying and probably figured he’d roll the dice and maybe luck out if Portman was a good enough liar to convince the judge to take J.P.’s benefits away. The goal, according to the suit filed against Johnston and Sidetrack in federal court, was to cause J.P. severe emotional distress by forcing him to worry for months about what was going to happen to his benefits…perhaps in an attempt to get him to drop his suit if Sidetrack would stop challenging those benefits he depended upon.
The media will never allow you to believe that a “gay community” leader like Art Johnston in Chicago can be the victimizer and not a perpetual victim, the way that the institutional Left insists on treating and using gays…but I hope you are smart enough to see just how often “gay community leaders” like Johnston act as the Left’s goon squads and enforcers in the political and cultural arena…since the media prevents conservatives and Christians from ever saying a bad word about gays (lest they be branded the dreaded “homophobes!” pejorative).
In a sick way, it’s almost a sign of immense progress in the country that a man like Johnston — who claims to be an activist and civil rights leader but is really a rather entitled Alinskyite at heart — is now the one abusing other people’s civil rights…since it shows that the march towards equality for gays has finally reached a point where, YES, gays are so equal and mainstream in America now that they are just as likely to victimize others as they are to be victims themselves.
This is quite similar to our first black Attorney General committing perjury, willfully breaking the law, looking the other way and never prosecuting favored groups, and doing all the other terrible things he’s done in the last five years….in much the same way that racist Attorneys General of the past possibly victimized black people under Jim Crowe. But, here in 2013 we have a black AG appointed by the “historic and unprecedented first black president” who uses his office to mostly persecute and punish white people in violation of the law…while in Chicago we’ve got a self-styled “gay community leader” who appears to be the biggest and most abusive bully in town and who does things to his Christian employees that gay people in the past would have accused religious people of doing to them in a 1950s workplace. In a sick way, it’s actually weirdly refreshing that our country has course-corrected in such a way that people who would have been legitimate victims 60 years ago are now so protected and favored in our culture that they feel empowered to assume the roles of victimizers.
We have truly become so equal and advanced in this country that the real racists in power are now black and the malicious bigots are actually now gay…though the Ministry of Truth that is our media continues pretending that the opposite’s still true, even though our world hasn’t been that way in a long, long time.
I’m not sure if that’s the hopeychange Barack Obama promised us back in 2008…but it’s certainly what we’ve got in Chicago and Washington in 2013.
The Great Chicago Plague of 2013: Panhandlers Overwhelm Streets (but Mayor Rahm Emanuel does nothing to curb them)!
[ Click above to embiggen: photos of The Great Chicago Plague of 2013, when panhandlers took over the streets and Mayor Rahm Emanuel did nothing to stop them ]
Yesterday, I highlighted the Muslim female beggars who have encamped themselves along tony Michigan Avenue here in Chicago…and today I bring you more photos of the 38 panhandlers I spotted while walking around downtown in very tourist-trafficked areas on Wednesday May 29th, 2013.
I’ve never seen anything like this in Chicago in the eight years I’ve lived here…and don’t remember the city being this plagued by beggars since I started regularly visiting Chicago back in the mid-1990s. Being from Cleveland (which is so inundated with shuffling, moaning, and frightening vagrants that it often felt like living in a zombie apocalypse movie), I instantly notice beggars on the street — or the lack thereof — wherever I go. New York in the 70s and 80s was a classic example of a city crippled by the multitude of aggressive panhandlers seemingly EVERYWHERE…until Mayor Rudy Guiliani started cracking skulls (sometimes literally) to get this problem under control and move the beggars into actual jobs away from the tourist traps of Manhattan.
Chicago used to be a gorgeous, clean, and well-ordered city when Mayor Daley was in office…but with Rahm Emanuel running City Hall word has gotten out that panhandlers have free rein over our city’s streets. I’d love for Chicago Police officers to either comment on this thread or email us in private to tell us if there is in fact a directive to stop chasing panhandlers off the streets now that Rahm Emanuel is mayor…because this never, ever happened when Daley was in office. Not even during the years from 2008 until Daley’s retirement when the economy tanked and the jobless rate skyrocketed.
But, this spring the panhandlers just proliferated in Chicago (even though the economy’s been consistently lousy since 2008 because of Barack Obama’s ongoing incompetence). If Rahm Emanuel is not encouraging this on purpose for some reason and it’s not due to his ineptitude, then perhaps this is just a result of the fact that a lot of people have been out of work for so long with so few jobs in this city that they reached their breaking point, depleted their savings, and were forced onto the streets.
What’s so strange about these panhandlers I photographed is how with-it and articulate they ALL are; these are not the sort of people I used to see begging in Chicago (and they DEFINITELY aren’t like the clearly schizophrenic/mentally ill vagrants that haunted Cleveland). All of these people look like they could easily hold down a retail job somewhere or work at McDonald’s (at bare minimum). Aside from the Muslim women who pretend to not know English or understand much of anything, these panhandlers all give the impression that they’d choose to sit there on the street even if a job was offered to them.
It’s because of an urban legend that people wonder if at the end of the day these folks walk down the street and head towards a Mercedes they have parked (with hundreds of dollars in their pockets, tax-free, from all that begging)…but the fact that none of these panhandlers outwardly seem schizophrenic or otherwise mentally ill makes me wonder if this is really a surge in homelessness…or just an opportunistic way to make some easy money while chilling out on the ground in Chicago and soaking in some rays.
I loved the book “Freakonomics” and always try to remember that something being observed is usually caused by complicated variables that are not always clear. I know from personal observation that it’s a clear fact that there are many more panhandlers on the streets of Chicago right now in 2013 than there ever were since I started paying close attention to this city back in 1993 or so. I also know for a fact that police downtown do not say boo to these people…because I staked out a few of the beggars to see if police walking by would shoo them away, but they didn’t do anything about any of them.
Thinking back, I can recall police chasing vagrants away in Cleveland, where in the 80s and 90s the city used to actually round them up and put them on shuttle buses and then drive them to a suburb called Euclid just to the east (so they’d be someone else’s problem), but then later in the day Euclid would round them up again and drive them all back to downtown Cleveland (so they’d spend most of the day driving back and forth from place to place).
In years past, I remember Chicago police chasing the beggars away too…but not anymore. Something’s changed…but I just don’t know what. Yet.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What do YOU think is happening in Chicago?
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One of my goals for this weekend is to brainstorm little ways that I can stop providing any revenue to the Left…by just being smarter about what I choose to do for fun or what my boyfriend Justin and I spend money on. I’m taking a little notebook with me and will keep track of any time that Justin or I spend any money…and we’ll write down what we spent and where. Then I’ll take a look at this when we’ve had a few weeks’ of data and start to analyze how we can reduce as much as possible the money we’re spending on any products that are owned by companies that fund the institutional Left.
I already do a lot of things to mitigate how much we feed into the Democrats’ revenue stream, but I’ve never bothered to be this particular about what we spend and where. I just think it will be an interesting personal experiment…and the mere act of doing this will already alter the way I think, because before I spend anything I am going to be considering whether we really need to buy this or that….especially if I don’t know if the owners of the manufacturing company, restaurant, or other service-provider are committed Leftists (or those who just decide funding the Left is a fun thing to do).
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite ways to limit the amount of our money that goes to the Left is to avoid seeing movies in theaters….since the movie chains themselves aren’t making money off those films, but the ticket prices are going straight to Hollywood…which in turn gives 50% of their profits to Democrats in one way or the other. In case you didn’t know, movie theaters actually make no money off newly released films and instead are in business to sell the concessions snacks, drinks, and candy.
If you are a big movie fan and just can’t live without seeing things on the big screen, I’d love you to try something as an experiment today…because it could possibly change your life.
There is a great website called www.TheMovieSpoiler.com that posts “spoilers” of all the newest movies that have been released. They already have the site updated for today, with the latest movies that have just come out for May 31st, 2013. After Earth and Now You See Me appear to be the two big new releases this Friday. All of the other films in the current Top Twenty films at the box office have spoilers posted on TheMovieSpoiler alongside these two newest releases.
I have no desire at all to see the nepotism-fest that is After Earth (as it’s a movie where Will Smith shouts “AW HELL NAW!” for two hours as he desperately tries to make his son, Jaden, into a movie star…when the boy’s about as wooden as Pinocchio), but I am intrigued by Now You See Me…which is a movie about a group of magicians who rob banks during their act. I LOVE heist movies like Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job, Flawless, etc. so this is the sort of movie that would entice me to visit a theater.
I have to admit I am tempted, especially since I will be downtown later tomorrow working on “The Case of the Stripping School Teacher” investigation and visiting the State Board of Education again (as today someone has promised to make time to speak with me about my ongoing expose in this matter). I’m most tempted to see a movie in theaters if I’m already downtown…and if I’m inclined to see a film like Now You See Me anyway, this is when I’m most vulnerable to cracking and giving Hollywood that $15 I don’t want to give them.
You’d be amazed at how well reading the spoiler to a movie changes your desire to see it in theaters. Once I read a spoiler, I know what happens in the film and I realize I can wait three months to see the movie when it comes out on Amazon Instant Video (if I really want to see it)…or wait about a year and it will be for free on Netflix streaming. By reading the spoilers before I see the movies, I actually feel like I’m reading a book and then later see the film adaptation.
Only, the “adaptations” in this case are EXACTLY like the film because what I read was a detailed summary of the movie. It’s fun to use my imagination to picture what the film will be like…and then when I finally see it on Amazon or wherever I may know what happens but I still enjoy watching because the spoilers didn’t capture all the jokes, the great visuals, or whatever else is most appealing about that particular film.
I think reading the spoilers and then waiting until the movie is on Amazon for $2.99 really gives me the best of all worlds…and I feel like I am part of pop culture because I know what is happening in the current movies, but I didn’t contribute a single dime to the Hollywood studios (which are essentially just an ATM for Democrats). Sure, Hollywood makes money off the Amazon rental when I eventually do that…but it’s about $1.99 that they make from me at that point (the $2.99 minus Amazon’s cut in the transaction). This is much less than handing Hollywood $11, $12, or even as much as $15 for a ticket (and double all this if I am going to the theater with Justin instead of movie-watching solo).
Just imagine if every conservative American started living this way…and drastically cutting off the flow of family funds to Hollywood. Could the movie studios survive and continue pushing the Left’s agenda if all of a sudden conservative-minded people made a few simple changes to how they did things and eliminated going to the movies on a national scale?
This would be a game-changer.
So much of politics involves these tiny things that people can do in their own homes that aren’t noticeable until millions of people are all doing it and there’s a big culture shift. The more you encourage your friends and family to stop watching movies in theaters, the better. Even if you cut back to just seeing the big 3D cartoon your kids are dying to watch or some other “event” movie you absolutely need to watch as soon as possible…the mere fact that you reduced your theater-going from several films a year to just one or two is a great start.
Maybe you could check out some local live theater where you live…especially at a college or high school near you, where they often put on all kinds of shows with very talented performers…and a lot of these are even FREE to attend.
Just something to think about as you head into the weekend in case you have free time and are wondering what you might get up to.
QUESTIONS FOR COMMENTS: What other ways can you start to reduce the revenue stream your family might provide to the institutional left? Do you know any good lists of companies to support as much as possible because they are pro-American and strictly avoid contributing to Democrats?
I’ve found that focusing on companies to SUPPORT is so much more fun and easier than trying to avoid/boycott bad companies. For some reason, if I see a list of products to never buy I suddenly want all of them. Or start seeing them everywhere when I never noticed them before. But if I know that such-and-such company does a lot of good in the world then I will actively seek out their brands and will try to incorporate them into my spending.
What else is on your mind as we enter this weekend here on May 31st, 2013?
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