[Click above to embiggen: Chicago’s Sidetrack the Video Bar decided that the Orlando massacre last week made the perfect advertising opportunity for their new summer drink, which people should call “The Tasteless and Shameful.”]
In Boystown here in Chicago (the strip of gay bars on Halsted in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood, in between Wrigleyville and the lake), one of the largest bars is Sidetrack the Video Bar (just called Sidetrack or Sidetrack’s by locals). This place has a sketchy history of making bad decisions, particularly when politics are involved, because I think the people who work there are in such a little bubble and are almost never criticized that they don’t even realize when they do something wrong. The bar is owned by Art Johnson and his partner Jose “Pepe” Pena and is used often as a political tool for the Left. Johnson was one of the main benefactors of Equality Illinois, which for years perpetuated the myth that gay people are perpetual victims (and need a group like Equality Illinois to exist to protect them, so please take out your checkbooks now). Whenever the Left wants to do something gay-related as a photo op, they usually send the celebrities to Sidetrack and use it as a backdrop to talk about how evil and terrible and awful Republicans are.
During elections, Sidetrack pushes a hard-Left agenda on its patrons, with the windows and walls plastered with propaganda (much of it being flat-out lies calling one Republican or another a bigot or something else awful and defamatory, because this is what gays on the Left always do at election time…rev up hatred and claim that Republicans are trying to kill gays). Meanwhile, when Muslims are actually out killing gays for real, the “gay community” largely tries ignoring that. For whatever reason, the Left wants to keep importing into the country large numbers of people from backwards and dysfunctional cultures who hate and want to kill gays…and the “gay community” closes its eyes and covers its ears. Good luck with that.
In the past, I thought the worst thing that Sidetrack could ever possibly do was when it had guys dressed up as Nazis at its Halloween party and no one who worked there thought that was a bad idea in any way (they even featured the pictures on their website!). But, this weekend I think Sidetrack topped itself in the disgusting and shameful category by using the massacre in Orlando as an excuse to advertise some new summer drink they’ve concocted.
Less than a week after a Muslim went on a rampage in Orlando in the name of Islam and executed almost 50 people (for the crime of existing when Islam mandates that gays should be killed), Sidetrack painted a colorful rainbow “From Halsted to Orlando” message on its windows (the same ones that will be filled with anti-Republican hatred come October/November).
From Halsted to Orlando. Celebrate Pride Sidetrack Style with a Bull-Beri Storm featuring Red Bull Blue Edition.
So, let’s get this straight. Something horrific happens a week ago — which Sidetrack acknowledges with the “Orlando” part of its ad — but then it engages in the cognitive dissonance of pushing its new Red Bull drink. I am sure that any straight business that did something as crass and tasteless as this would be pilloried for it, but in Chicago Sidetrack gets a free pass on things like this (just as it did with the Nazi costumes at Halloween and the hate-mongering it gins up during elections). Did a throwaway reference to what happened in Orlando really need to be slapped above a promotion for a new cocktail?
Why not just paint a nice sign that says “We love you Orlando!” or “We support Orlando!” or do what other bars and businesses on the strip did and place the pictures of the people who were murdered in a nice display? While Sidetrack as a business does need to let the world know that it has a new Bull-Beri Storm drink (featuring Red Bull Blue Edition, no less), does it really need to do that in the same breath as invoking Orlando?
Don’t the people who were murdered deserve more space in a memorial than the ingredients in a cocktail somehow strangely being promoted alongside their lost lives?
What’s the purpose of saying “From Halsted to Orlando” and then going on about a new Bull-Beri drink? While people on Halsted may very well be enjoying their Bull-Beri, and for all I know it may be delicious (and possibly the greatest drink ever concocted), I guarantee you that the people in Orlando who have been attending funerals around the clock and working to rebuild shattered lives are not excited about Sidetrack’s new Bull-Beri concoction. So, it’s false advertising to say people will be drinking this “from Halsted to Orlando,” as I bet somewhere around Atlanta (if not sooner) people will be asking “What the hell is wrong with Sidetrack?”
I want to believe that Sidetrack’s owners Art Johnston and Pepe Pena are not bad people but instead are just elderly men who periodically do bad and stupid things because they are out of touch with what being gay means in a world that doesn’t need their old Alinsky ways. For some reason, they saw this tragic massacre happen in Orlando and the first thought they had was, “This would be a great way to promote that Bull-Beri Storm drink!” I am not sure who exactly thinks like that, but it fits with Rahm Emanuel’s old “never let a good crisis go to waste” mindset. A Muslim walks into a gay bar and mass-murders gay people…and Johnston and Pena see a Red Bull infused marketing campaign spring to life.
I can’t even begin to process how their minds work, but since this is Sidetrack and it’s the biggest bar in Boystown they will get away with doing whatever they want, no matter how tasteless and shameful.
Which, in my opinion, is what they should have called that Bull-Beri baloney they are peddling. Stop in to Sidetrack’s for a room temperature glass of Tasteless and Shameful. Being served all summer, from Halsted to Orlando!
[Click above to embiggen: the agenda for the 6/20/16 Orland Park Public Library Board meeting, where Library Director Mary Weimar is pushing to have her son Mark Weimar hired for a public position. Why can’t that grown man find a job somewhere that his mother is not the director of a public facility?]
Nepotism appears to be alive and well in the state of Illinois, at least in Orland Park. For those of you who have read the book I wrote with Megan Fox (SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment), you’ll know that part of the settlement that Megan and I won against the Orland Park Public Library was that we basically became this library’s court-mandated supervisor for the next two years. This means every month the library has to send us its spending receipts and other documents showing what it is doing. This is because when Megan and I started digging into what the library director, in particular, had been doing for years and years (and trying to cover it up), the library went to extraordinary means to hide that information or destroy it.
This week, we discovered that the library director, Mary Weimar, is now pushing to have her son, Mark Weimar, hired onto a public position at the library. I guess we are supposed to believe that there are no other qualified candidates for this lucrative public position than Mary Weimar’s son. How shameless of her.
But, not surprising, considering that this is the woman who covered up child pornography being accessed in her building and was also caught telling women who were being sexually harassed in that library that if they didn’t like it then they could just quit. You can read whole chapters about the terrible things Mary Weimar did in SHUT UP!.
Why you should care
It’s a gorgeous Saturday and you’re busy so why should you care what someone you’ve never heard of is doing to abuse her power once again in a strange, messed-up library in a suburb of Chicago?
Recently, Megan and I spoke at a Tea Party event, where a lot of nice people showed up to hear us talk and it struck me that instead of just having meetings where they go to hear people talk they might want to think about picking a public body near them and then using FOIA requests to dig up documents to piece together what’s going on in that public body. And then they should start going to those local board meetings to ask questions about the director’s relatives being hired onto the public payroll or the lavish trips being taken with public funds and the expensive dinners being eaten by staff, etc.
The fact that, even after a 666-page book was written about all the bad things that she’s done, Mary Weimar is still doing horrible things at the Orland Park Public Library as director and is now engaging in blatant nepotism shows that the public needs to supervise public bodies. If you are not watching them, no one else will…and then books like SHUT UP! are needed to expose all the wrongdoing.
But…what if people who have the Tea Party spirit started making it their hobby to be the watchdogs who examine what people like Mary Weimar are doing in Orland Park? I am sure you have a Mary Weimar near you, at your local library, your local park district, your local village board. Get a group of friends together. Study your state’s FOIA or open records laws. Become expert on transparency in your state. And then start auditing that public body (pick one to start with as it will be overwhelming otherwise). Megan and started with the Orland Park Public Library but in the years since we became experts on FOIA and the Open Meetings Act we have expanded to study school boards, village boards, parks & recreations boards, and other public entities at the local level. We look at towns and villages in the Chicagoland area because we think that the local level is the place where change can be made the fastest and where it is easiest to get bad elected officials tossed off a board if need be.
What you can do
All change must start local. For Illinois to change at the state level, people on the local level must know that things like nepotism will not be tolerated any longer and that the public is watching. That will filter up to the state level, as in time the people there will see that what is no longer being tolerated locally will also not be tolerated on the state level. If enough states start being reformed this way, then the national government must adapt to these changes as well.
And, so, it really does all start with your looking at how your local library or school board is plundering your tax dollars and who is hiring their idiot son for public positions when they shouldn’t be.
Become a citizen sleuth and start making it your hobby to pay attention to what the Mary Weimars of the world are up to. And see for yourself that if you take your eyes off them for a moment, they will find some new thing to do that’s horrible.
[Click above to embiggen: Chet Siniawski reports that Chester is now being allowed visitors who can feed him and bring him water!]
In his latest update to GoFundMe, Chet Siniawski reports that the Joliet Area Community Hospice is now allowing Chester Siniawski to have visitors…and the visitors are allowed to feed Chester and give him water.
Previously, the facility was not allowing Chester to be fed or given water by visitors, despite Chester begging to live and begging to be freed from the facility and taken to rehab.
A Will County judge has placed what sure looks like an unconstitutional gag order on Chet, forbidding him from talking about his father’s health and well-being. The facility also is preventing anyone from taking video of Chester, which appears to be part of a strategy the facility has of keeping people from hearing that Chester wants to live, that he can speak, and that he is begging for food and to be taken to a rehab facility (instead of being starved to death in that awful hospice).
If nothing bad was happening to this man in that facility then why can’t visitors take video of him to show the world what Chester has to say? The only reason this facility wants to PREVENT video of Chester from being seen is because the facility does NOT want you to hear Chester and how well he talks and how he is cogent, alert, and answering questions.
It is to the Joliet Area Community Hospice’s advantage if people do not hear Chester for themselves, because then people can look the other way and pretend the hospice is doing nothing wrong. But, everyone who hears Chester beg to live and say he does not want to die must side against the facility and demand that Chester be fed and given water and afforded everything else he needs to recover.
The sudden about-face appears to be because so many people coast to coast are asking why Chester is being held prisoner in that facility without being allowed visitors, despite Chester clamoring for visitors. According to what Chet posted, Chester wants to see people and the family is encouraging all friends and loved ones to come see Chester and talk with him. People are being encouraged to bring him food and water, though it appears he still can only manage Muscle Milk, Ensure, and things like that. Since Chet has been gagged by the judge and he has had his First Amendment rights stripped from him as if this is the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia and not the United States, there are not many more details available on GoFundMe today.
This is the only means of communication about Chester that Chet is allowed and he is under a court order that censors almost every word about what he can say. I argue this is clearly an unconstitutional restriction on Chet’s ability to petition the government for change under the First Amendment, as how can Chester seek help for his father if he is not allowed by a judge in Will County to properly inform elected officials, the public, and the media about his father’s condition?
This is the most horrifying story I have ever covered as a reporter in the more than 10 years I have been involved in politics. I never thought something like this could ever happen in the United States. Where is our country heading when the government seems to work in such deliberate concert to snuff out the life of a man like Chester Siniawski who very much desperately wants to live?
How you can help:
1. Please tell everyone you know about this story and about how the Siniawski family is being censored and silenced by this judge.
2. Please chip in what you can to Chet Siniawski’s GoFundMe because the legal bills to fight that awful facility keep mounting.
3. Please pray for Chester and his family and consider letting your churches know this weekend what is going on here in Illinois.
Is This Still America? Runaway Judge Censors and Silences Man Trying to Save Chester Siniawski’s Life!
Seriously, is this still America?
A runaway judge in Will County, Illinois has slapped Chet Siniawski with a gag order, censoring Chet’s First Amendment rights and prohibiting him from giving any further updates about his father Chester’s health and well-being. Since April, Chester Siniawski has been held against his will in the Joliet Area Community Hospice where life-sustaining nutrition has been withheld from him by hospice staff, at the order of Chester’s wife Marian (who apparently wants to euthanize Chester).
The ghouls who run this “Death is Better” facility appear to want to euthanize Chester by starvation, despite it being illegal in Illinois (as MURDER!) to deprive a living human being of food and water and other life-sustaining materials, even in a facility that is designated a hospice. The word hospice does not mean “the place where you can get away with murder and the government won’t care.” Someone who is inside a hospice cannot be murdered by starvation, no matter how much the ghouls working there want that to happen and how hard they battle to make sure that no one knows what is going on in that hospice of horrors.
It is unconscionable that a judge would order a son to not be allowed to speak about his father’s condition and provide updates to the thousands of people around the country who love Chester and want to see him liberated from the Joliet Area Community Hospice and taken to a hospital and rehab facility where he will be fed, nursed back to health, and recover from his stroke. Chester can speak and begs for food and begs to be taken to rehab so he can live.
The Joliet Area Community Hospice does not want you to watch the video of Chester begging for his life. They want to pretend that Chester does not want to live, when he clearly does want to be alive, as he states clearly that he is not ready to die yet.
The state of Illinois is now, through this runaway out of control judge in Will County, interfering in Chet Siniawski’s ability to exercise his First Amendment rights to petition the government to save his father’s life.
This now feels like the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia.
I ask again, is this still America?
Do Americans allow there to be judges who trample on the First Amendment and try to silence a family that is fighting so hard to save their loved one?
We’ll be talking about this tonight on Andrea Shea King’s radio show. Please listen and spread the word that Chester Siniawski needs your help because people at all levels of Illinois government are trying to kill him!
How you can help
1. Spread the word about what the state of Illinois is doing to the Siniawski family.
2. Contact anyone you know who is a First Amendment advocate and tell them what this out of control judge is doing in Will County, Illinois
3. Chip in what you can to Chet Siniawski’s GoFundMe page because he needs every cent he can get to pay for lawyers to save Chester’s life
A friend of mine comes back to Chicago every year from many states away and we meet up for either the Pride Parade (last Sunday in June) or Pride Fest (a street carnival in Boystown that is the penultimate weekend in June). I think Pride Fest is actually more fun (it’s a street festival where vendors take over a long stretch of Halsted in Boystown and all the bars and restaurants set up booths) and that the Parade itself is claustrophobic and amateur hour, but I understand why so many people want to go (as the parade will always be special to people experiencing it for the first time…the first few times…or revisiting it again later in life and remembering what it was like the first few times). Pride Fest has music groups (sometimes big names if the business association that runs it can afford to bring in people like Tiffany or Debbie Gibson or whoever), great food, and lots to do. The Parade has tons of police yelling at people, itching to crack skulls; pickpockets working the crowd; suburbanites who came to gawk at all the gay people and “Others”; and drunk people throwing up or slamming into you. I love a parade…but I’ve been there, done that when it comes to Pride.
But, my friend Selena called me up yesterday and asked if I thought that Muslims would attack Pride in any way and blow up any bars in Boystown. She’s scared that what happened in Orlando, what happened in San Bernadino, what happened in Boston, what happened in Paris, etc. could happen in Chicago since we have such a visible gay neighborhood in Boystown and such high-profile events.
My gut answer to Selena was that I thought Pride Fest and the Pride Parade were safe, this year at least, because I again feel that Muslims never strike so close together. Let’s just take a look at when Islam attacked in very memorable ways and see if we can spot a pattern:
* 6/12/16 = Omar Mateen (a Muslim) executes almost 50 people in Pulse, an Orlando gay bar. Part of his inspiration was the Boston Marathon Bombers and ISIS. Afterwards, MSNBC and CNN tried really hard to hide the fact that he was Muslim and then declared that anyone talking about him being Muslim would commit thoughtcrimes by doing so. Conflicting reports say Mateen may have also had a suicide vest on, but the media is working so hard to carry water for Islam and obfuscate that as I write this on 6/15/16, it’s not clear if there was an undetonated suicide vest. SWAT officers who responded to the scene believed at the time that he did have a suicide vest on.
* 12/02/15 = Muslims Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik executed 14 “infidels” and severely injured 22 others in what appears to have been a botched attempt at something larger, which the government has never really explained. Possibly, a Phase Two was either prevented (and the government isn’t telling us) or it was aborted because Phase One did not succeed as Islam planned. As always, the Ministry of Truth that is our media declared Islam to be the “religion of peace” after these Muslims murdered so many innocent people on American soil in the name of Islam.
* 11/13/15 = Muslims killed 130 people in a series of attacks that people now hardly remember correctly (because too much time has passed). See this for yourself: ask anyone what the Paris attacks where and when they happened…and no one will be able to tell you. They will just say that a rock concert was bombed. What actually happened was a coordinated act of war with three suicide bombers, other bombings, shootings in cafes and on the streets, executions in restaurants, and then the famous Bataclan theatre massacre. ISIS terrorists entered Europe amidst the flood of Muslim colonists invited in by Angela Merkel throughout 2015, because the Eloi of Europe are too stupid to realize that Muslim Morlocks want them all dead. Millennials all changed their Facebook profile pictures to tri-colored red, white, and blue with pictures of the Eiffel Tower and a message of “Je Suis Paris” after this Islamic attack on France. That proved they cared and were “doing something” about it, because…Millennials.
* 01/07/15 = Muslims execute the cartoonist staff of magazine Charlie Hebdo because they don’t want anyone drawing pictures of the medieval pedophile who communed with Satan and inspired the retrograde ideological death cult that is Islam. Everyone around the world responded by becoming terrified of ever drawing Muhammad and risking death themselves, which means Muslims got what they wanted and proved that murdering Westerners is how to get what they want because they are savages who patiently push to take over the world with their death cult.
* 4/15/13 = Boston Marathon Bombing. I have to admit I am stunned this was that long ago. Do you see how time is really on Islam’s side and how the Muslim end game has such strong advantages, since we as humans have such a small temporal bubble we live in, in terms of what we remember well. I had no idea what the names of the Chechen Muslims were who committed these mass-murders at the marathon and, frankly, I don’t want to look up their names any more than I ever want to look up the names of presidential assassins because these monsters commit these acts to gain fame…and, thus, it’s more fitting that they be forgotten (but their victims always remembered). Three civilians and two police officers were killed by Islam in this attack and they were: Krystie Marie Campbell, Lu Lingzi, Martin William Richard, Officer Sean Collier, and Officer Dennis Simmonds.
The Paris and San Bernadino attacks were temporally close together…but thousands and thousands of miles apart. Islam does not seem to strike in a way where Americans ever get sick of it and demand to take the fight to Islam. Instead, Muslims kill a bunch of people while shouting Admiral Akbar! (or whatever) and the American media gets to then read from its script about how the government needs to take away guns from Americans (so they cannot defend themselves). Oh, and “Islam is the religion of peace.” Just don’t slip on any of the blood on the ground or trip over the bodybags.
In my opinion, since Orlando just happened in the middle of June I just don’t see Muslims risking reprisal by doing anything else horrible (especially not to gay people) for the rest of this summer. At least not in the US. I think the Pride Parade and Pride Fest and the other festivals of summer are all safe.
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Bellwood Public Library Board and Orland Park Public Library Board Steal from Taxpayers in Similar Ways
[Click above to embiggen: the Bellwood Public Library Board is remarkably similar to characters on the Orland Park Public Library Board, which is itself infamous for containing some of the worst and most corrupt games-playing public officials and pawns to ever hold office in Illinois.]
* The crimes and misdeeds of the Orland Park Public Library Board of Trustees are the subject of the new book, SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment. On 6/15/16, it was the #28-ranked book on censorship on Amazon, sharing the list alongside the classic Fahrenheit 451 and works by Sharyl Attkisson and other First Amendment advocates! It is also currently the #1 Banned Book in the nation, as members of the American Library Association have vowed to suppress the book with fake negative reviews and ban it by not including it in library collections.
* Members of the Bellwood Public Library Board behave shockingly similar to the individuals on the Orland Park Public Library Board who were investigated and examined in SHUT UP!
* Two groups of elected officials in two very different towns end up stealing from the public in very similar ways. Is this coincidence or the natural group dynamics of elected library boards in Illinois? Because so few people look at what these boards are doing, are they the perfect places for disreputable people to steal from the public?
One of the strangest discoveries that Megan Fox and I made recently involves the Bellwood Public Library Board of Trustees, which Megan and I observed at their most recent board meeting and on videos posted to YouTube by Bellwood community activists who love and care about their library (and want the board members to stop stealing and abusing library funds).
It was like stepping into an alternate universe, because the various characters on the Bellwood Board matched up almost exactly with the personality types on the Orland Park Public Library Board (which Megan and I investigated and studied for several years, culminating not only in our book SHUT UP! but also prevailing in litigation against the Board for its myriad violations of the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and our basic civil rights). In total, the Orland Park Public Library had to pay $55,000 to settle wrongdoing and the Orland Park Police itself had to pay an additional $12,000 for violations of the law they engaged in to silence the Library’s critics. They are all lucky that the State’s Attorney refused to prosecute any of them criminally for violations of our state’s transparency laws or civil rights violations. In Illinois, law enforcement refuses to enforce the Class-C misdemeanor penalty built into the Open Meetings Act for willful violations of the OMA, such as the ones that the OPPL continually committed with the blessing, consent, and encouragement of their attorneys at Klein Thorpe Jenkins.
Orland Park is a wealthy southwestern Chicago suburb where they have so much money to burn that the Board was caught accepting gold jewelry and other expensive gifts purchased for them from Noral Diamond Jewelers by the Library’s director, as well as eating expensive steak dinners in town to celebrate getting away with things and not being caught, going off on lavish conferences and making the public pay for those vacations, and allowing Library staff to waste taxpayer money on a host of other foolish things (such as a 3-D printer that can print sex toys and guns in the Library and appears to have never been used for anything worthwhile or productive, despite costing many thousands of dollars to purchase and an additional fortune each month to supply with the sex-toy-printing plastic material). If the spendthrift “let them eat cake” caricature of Marie Antoinette was ever put in charge of a public facility, it would be the Orland Park Public Library (OPPL). The staff in Orland Park were terrible to the public, treating moms with contempt and deliberately looking the other way when sex crimes (including child porn access!) occurred in the Library. The people living in the Orland Park community for the most part are apathetic, indifferent, and self-centered…never mustering more than a yawning “meh” when hearing about the horrible things that the Orland Park Public Library Board members were up to. Collectively, the characters that appear in SHUT UP! are some of the worst human beings I have ever encountered in my nearly 40 years on the planet. (And remember, I was once a Democrat…living in Chicago!) One board member, Diane Jennings, is easily the most vile, foul-mouthed, and repugnant creature I have ever met. She is the worst of the worst. Here’s a highlight reel of what made the Orland Park Public Library so terrible:
In stark contrast, Bellwood is a struggling blue collar community that is on the ropes, where money is hard to come by. But, the Bellwood Library has a fantastic staff of wonderful people who love the community. And the Bellwood community loves and needs its library! Bellwood has a library that was built in 1960 but is held together with love and is filled to bursting with positive activity, learning, programs for kids, and all the things that make libraries great. There is no waste by the staff. The people of Bellwood adore their library and want to see it thrive. And when the Board Members do terrible things, the public cares and demands they stop doing wrong and start doing right.
Bellwood and Orland Park could not be more polar opposite…but, yet, look how weird it is that SAME ARCHETYPICAL CHARACTER TYPES appear on both library boards, as if the same play was being performed by two different troupes of actors in two separate communities.
(1.) WORST TRUSTEE (person who seems responsible for all the bad things happening) = Diane Jennings in Orland Park/Regina Greene in Bellwood. Jennings is easily one of the worst human beings to ever walk the planet. She is despicable. She stole gold jewelry she knew she was not allowed to take from taxpayer funds, she stuffed her maw with steak after steak on the public’s dime, she used vulgar toilet language and horrific profanity in public (and during board meetings!), and she instructed a library employee to file a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) against the board’s critics to scare them away and silence First Amendment rights. During board meetings, Jennings engaged in and encouraged behavior that violated the Open Meetings Act aggressively. She screamed the word A$$HOLE! at people (in public where children could hear her and she knew she was being filmed). She called me a fag and told me she didn’t like gay people (and was caught on film doing it!). She is an absolute and unapologetic pig. It is clear she was the uncouth instigator and ringleader behind everything terrible that the Orland Park Public Library did, which is all documented in SHUT UP!
Ms. Greene appears to be much better-mannered than Jennings. Up to this point, I have not seen Ms. Greene use foul language the way that Jennings consistently does and Ms. Greene has manners, unlike Jennings (who behaves in public worse than a circus animal). I have had a pleasant conversation with Ms. Greene and she was very nice to me. To my knowledge, Diane Jennings has never been pleasant a day in her sad life and is not nice to anyone.
But Ms. Greene is clearly the trustee who is pushing the other board members to do wrong and to plunder as much as they can from the library. Just as Jennings was the force pushing the OPPL board members to take, take, take from public funds (and refuse to give back the gold or write checks for the food she stole until it all had to practically be pried back from her with a crowbar), it appears that Ms. Greene is the one who always seems to be behind the fancy trips, the spending on consultants, and the other foolishness that the Bellwood Board has been up to. Ms. Greene may be nicer and more pleasant than Jennings, but she sure gets up to all the awful things that Jennings loved getting up to.
The situation in Orland Park didn’t get improve until Diane Jennings was muzzled and enough new and better trustees were brought on board so that Jennings was no longer in the majority of voting board members. Once it was down to Jennings and just two other bad board members (Denis Ryan and Nancy Wendt Healy), one of the fellow bad trustees (Healy) actually jumped ship and started voting with the new sane majority. That left only Jennings and Ryan as the worst people on the board. Jennings remains the worst person in Illinois by all imaginable metrics.
It appears that if Bellwood ever gets to a place where Ms. Greene can be marginalized in the way that Jennings was muzzled that the Bellwood Board has a chance to turn things around the way that the good people who are now on the Orland Park Public Library Board are trying to undo the damage that Jennings caused over all these years.
I have not observed Ms. Greene enough to yet be able to tell if she is a bad parson the way that Jennings is the worst person ever, but Ms. Greene is clearly doing wrong and is also seemingly allowing a puppeteer from neighboring Maywood to influence the Bellwood Board. This is similar to how Jennings allowed DeBarbara Caldwell-Jones (what I collectively call the portmanteau of former Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Barbara Jones and ALA high-honcho Deborah Caldwell-Stone) to hold immense influence and control over the Orland Park Public Library Board. In both cases, why are people who are not elected to a damn thing being allowed to manipulate and control elected public officials sitting on boards that oversee millions of dollars of taxpayer funds?
(2.) INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT (befuddled and ineffective president of the board) = Nancy Wendt Healy in Orland Park/Mary Clements in Bellwood Healy is not a bad person (and her perpetual befuddlement is actually endearing), but she allowed Diane Jennings, Klein Thorpe Jenkins, and the ALA to push her into doing bad things. Healy is meek and soft-spoken and doesn’t question what Jennings/KTJ/ALA told her: she just did it, whatever bad thing it was. Healy also seemed to be the sort of person in life who doesn’t get much attention or love, especially since she is the sister of beloved actor George Wendt (who played “Norm” on NBC’s Cheers). Imagine going through life as the sibling of someone internationally famous who is always getting the spotlight for being arguably the world’s most lovable Boston-area drunk. Healy seemed to compensate for that by going to as many dinners, conferences, and fancy trips as she could (with taxpayers always paying). I don’t think she set out to take things she shouldn’t have and I don’t believe she enjoyed censoring Megan and me and doing other terrible things to us…but she sure never stopped Diane Jennings or the others who were behind it all. She also never questioned any of the spending until there was a point where enough good people had come onto the board that she followed their lead when the wasteful spending was at last challenged. Healy reimbursed the public for what she stole long before Jennings ever took a pen in one of her hooves and scribbled anything across a check.
Ms. Clements appears to be very similar to Healy: I do not believe that Ms. Clements is a bad person. She seems nice and is soft-spoken and has a warm and bright smile, like Healy. But also like Healy it appears that Ms. Clements doesn’t challenge the bad things going on around her. She likes taking trips and being part of something fun (like the Library Board Vacation Club, as both the Orland and Bellwood boards appear to view their positions). Who knows, maybe Ms. Clements has a relative who was on a famous sitcom too and this is her way of compensating (the way that Healy compensates for jealousy of her brother by being on the OPPL Board and holding that president’s position so she can go on trips and pose for pictures).
(3.) TRUSTEE DRESSED OUTRAGEOUSLY (either in giant hats or dressed up in costumes at meetings) = Beth Geirach in Orland Park/J.B. Carr in Bellwood This is the funniest thing ever. Geirach is the OPPL Trustee who would always come to meetings inexplicably dressed up like Mrs. Claus, wearing red head to toe month after month. Every time I saw her, she was dressed up as Mrs. Claus (fresh from the North Pole). Ms. Carr also comes to every board meeting dressed outrageously, but her sartorial choice is distinctive hats. She looks fantastic, like a movie star in those hats. It’s fabulous. I wish at one point that she’d elegantly stroll into the room with a giant red hat and red trench coat, like Carmen Sandiego. If Geirach and Ms. Carr could combine together into one person, that’s exactly who it would be: Carmen Sandiego. Since she never speaks at any meetings, I know absolutely nothing else about Ms. Carr other than she looks amazing in hats, she has an eclectic collection of hats, she carries herself with the effortless grace of Diahann Carroll from her Dynasty days, and she loves going on those Library Board Vacation Club trips with Ms. Greene and Ms. Clements. Since Geirach wasn’t on the OPPL Board for long, we never got to know much about her either, other than she loved dressing up like Mrs. Claus and going out in public that way over and over again.
(4.) GLAMOROUS MISSING TRUSTEE (who never shows up) = Julie Ann Craig in Orland Park/Sharon Tharpe in Bellwood This is pretty incredible too. What are the odds that two different boards would both have beautiful women who look like they were once models and who have an aversion (or even all-out allergy) to showing up at meetings? Craig was the OPPL Trustee who went to Florida on Mondays to watch volleyball and is the ex-wife of former Bears player Dan Hampton (according to local lore, she’s also a former Playboy model and sometimes jewel thief). She is the most interesting woman in all of Orland Park, who never shows up for anything. Ms. Tharpe appears to be one of the most interesting people in Bellwood, who also never shows up for anything. You could not more perfectly cast two different women in the same role of Aging Former Model with Eccentric Life Story Who Does Not Show Up to Things. It’s surreal.
(5.) SIMPLE-MINDED TRUSTEE (who doesn’t pay much attention and doesn’t seem to understand things) = Denis Ryan in Orland Park/Billy Elliott in Bellwood Ryan is one of the stupidest people I’ve ever seen in public who was not in immediate danger of drowning in the rain. During board meetings, he would sit there on the dais, paging through catalogs or reading celebrity magazines, not paying a bit of attention to anything that was going on around him. I do not believe he knows how to read and in fact think he just looks at the pictures (and thinks the words on the pages are little bugs). Ryan loved going on trips and not bringing back valid receipts to support the thousands of dollars he’d ask for in reimbursement. Instead, he’d just scribble numbers on a piece of paper and use his hands and feet to then sum up a big number and the OPPL would unbelievably cut him a check for whatever cockamamie number he came up with. It was insane. Especially since Ryan would ask for $1,700 or whatever when Healy and other trustees would be on the same trip and would only ask for $400. Ryan never would (or could) explain that discrepancy and the OPPL refused to talk about why Ryan didn’t have receipts to support such reimbursement.
I don’t know if Mr. Elliot is doing anything like this (because the Bellwood Board apparently refuses to bring back receipts or documents of any kind when they go on trips), but during the Bellwood Board meetings I have observed, Mr. Elliott sits there like a lump in the way that Ryan always does at the OPPL. Ryan serves as Jennings’ stooge/minion/gargoyle and sits right by her so she can tell him what to do. At Bellwood, Mr. Elliott sits right next to Ms. Greene so that she can tell him what to do. At one meeting, Ms. Greene was asked to stop talking to Mr. Elliot during the meeting because the public could not hear what they were saying and Ms. Greene said she had to explain what was going on to Mr. Elliott because he could not understand. Jennings does similar things with Ryan during OPPL meetings. It is uncanny how alike these two are.
(6.) TRUSTEE WHO IS TOO QUIET (and misses too many meetings) = Cathy Lebert in Orland Park/Pastor Michael Horton in Bellwood What happens when good people are quiet and allow bad things to keep happening all around them? At the OPPL, Lebert is like a modern day suburban Snow White. She is sweet and kind and loves the library and the public. Too bad she doesn’t show up all the time…and when she is there, she sits there quietly and allows Jennings/Healy/Ryan to do terrible things instead of speaking out. She’s too meek. A very nice lady who is a great person clearly…but too meek and too timid and too prone to absenteeism. Pastor Horton at Bellwood is an amazing man and a pillar of the community. But he, too, rarely shows up. When he is there, he sees bad things happening in front of him but he does not speak out. I wish that both Lebert and Pastor Horton could feel the Spirit in them and speak out more for what is right…or just SHOW UP MORE OFTEN. In life, showing up and being on time is more than half the battle.
(7.) TRUSTEE WHO KNOWS RIGHT FROM WRONG (but allows wrong to happen) = Dan Drew in Orland Park/Dorothy Clark-Smith in Bellwood This is another sad one, because both Drew at the OPPL and Ms. Clark-Smith seem like decent people and they both challenge the bad board members once in a while, yet they don’t ever put a stop to the bad things happening. Ms. Clark-Smith also has been bitten by the per diem bug and enjoys those trips that the other board members love to take for their Vacation Club. This is unfortunate because, just like Drew, Clark-Smith seems like a very competent, intelligent, and passionate person. She just doesn’t seem to ever want to put a stop to the things that Ms. Greene and that puppeteer of hers are doing. In Orland Park, Drew clearly saw that his fellow board members were doing rotten things and he promised to put a stop to it…but never did. In many ways, this makes people like them worse than the Diane Jennings and Regina Greenes of the world. At least Jennings and Ms. Greene are consistent. Month after month, they can be counted on to do something terrible to the public while they are on the board. But, Drew and Ms. Clark-Smith are inconsistent. You can’t count on them for anything. And at important meetings, they both have a way of disappearing and not showing up. Neither Jennings nor Ms. Greene ever seem to miss a meeting though. Why is it that the bad ones always show up and are never absent?
Have you ever noticed similar group dynamics on boards in your area?
What is it about a 7-member board that lends itself to archetypes like this…or is it all just a bizarre coincidence that both the Orland Park and Bellwood boards are so incredibly similar?
[Click above to embiggen: as of 6/15/16, Chester Siniawski’s GoFundMe page is now gone. It appears the Joliet Area Community Hospice had a judge order it obliterated so that the Siniawski family cannot raise any more funds to fight the facility and save Chester’s life. Without the ability to pay lawyers to save Chester, the state will succeed in allowing the facility to murder him.]
UPDATE 11am CST 6/15/16: The Siniawski Family’s GoFundMe page has been restored. It was apparently down while it was being brought into compliance with Judge Allan’s court order (this is the Will County judge who believes he has the power to censor and silence the First Amendment Right to Petition of Chester Siniawski’s family members, who are trying to lobby the government to save Chester’s life). I am working on getting my hands on a copy of the court order that Chet Siniawski references in his latest GoFundMe update (made on 6/15/16 after the page was restored).
Chet appears to have been forced by the court to alter how he expressed himself, what he was allowed to say in his GoFundMe posting, and was censored in what he could and could not say. Why is a judge allowed to do something like this in America?
How can a court trample the First Amendment and restrict Chet’s future speech and also dictate how Chet can express his free speech in lobbying to save the life of his own father?
Who can step in when a judge does something outrageous like this and interferes with a man’s First Amendment right to petition everyone possible to save the life of his beloved dad?
How can the state do this and why is it interfering in the fundraising needed for legal fees to save a man’s life?
ORIGINAL POST: In a deplorable new twist, it appears that the Joliet Area Community Hospice was somehow able to get some judge somewhere to issue a gag order on the Siniawski family that appears to have also wiped out their GoFundMe page, where they were raising funds to save the life of Chester Siniawski. The ghouls at the Joliet Area Community Hospice have now not only managed to censor and silence the First Amendment Rights of the family members trying to stop the facility from starving Chester to death but they have also strategically eliminated the family’s only means of raising funds to pay for lawyers who are trying to save Chester’s life by freeing him from that facility.
Chester Siniawski is not a terminal patient. He is a stroke victim who can speak, is alert and aware, and has been begging for food and begging to live. The Joliet Area Community Hospice does not want anyone to know this. And now they have found some judge somewhere who has ordered Chester’s family to shut up, be quiet, and no longer speak to anyone about saving Chester’s life.
How is this possible in the United States of America?
The private facility in which Chester has been starved since April (because his wife would prefer him to be euthanized instead of recovering from his stroke in a rehab facility) apparently has enough clout to strip Chet Siniawski, Chester’s son, of his First Amendment Rights and also his ability via GoFundMe to raise funds to pay for the attorneys to save his father’s life.
As of this morning, 6/15/16, the GoFundMe page for Chester’s legal expenses has been wiped off GoFundMe and Chet has been gagged by a judge and is now apparently not allowed to say a word about saving his father’s life. How can a judge do this? How can one judge decide the Bill of Rights no longer applies to Chester Siniawski and his family, including his son Chet?
The state has now silenced and censored a man who has been begging to save his father’s life and the state has now apparently cut off the only means that the family had of raising the funds to pay for the attorneys. The ramifications of this are as massive as they are horrifying:
1. If the state wants you dead, the state will silence your loved ones and not allow them to use their First Amendment Rights to petition the state to save your life. A judge will come in and silence your son, put a gag on him, and apparently threaten him with arrest or other harm if your son tries to save your life. If the state wants you dead, the corruptocracy will silence anyone who tries to save you.
2. If the state wants you dead, then it will cut off the ability of people who love you to raise the funds to save your life. A judge will come in and apparently has the ability to obliterate your family’s GoFundMe account so that you cannot raise any more money to pay for attorneys. Without attorneys to help you, the state ensures that it will be able to kill you.
This is happening in Joliet, Illinois right now. It is like something out of the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany or Saudi Arabia. This is happening in America, today!
Does anyone out there care?
If you don’t care about what is being done to the Siniawski family then what will you do when the state does this to you at some point?
I have friends who adore the Disney parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney World here in the US and Disneyland Paris in France) and from time to time fear that Muslims will attack one of them. Today, Breitbart and other outlets are reporting that the Muslim who executed gays at Pulse nightclub in Orlando was also stalking the Magic Kingdom in Florida. So, today people are wondering if/when Islam will attack Disney.
One of the things that makes Muslims different from other evils that America has faced through the years is their patience and strategic-planning. Islam is not a religion but is an ideological death cult with military and political aims; it is a patient conquest engine a millennia in the making. Its adherents are discouraged from reading or learning anything but their Handbook of Death (the Koran). They are brainwashed by their imams, who teach them the best ways to kill (including where and when).
Have you noticed the pattern where Muslims do something horrific — such as the Boston bombing, the Paris nightclub attack, and Orlando — but then they wait many months (or even years) to do something large-scale again? Have you ever thought about why that is?
Watch what happens now. Islam struck Orlando and create a big, scary attack and people will be shaken and upset for a while, but the pattern holds that in less than two months people will go back to their lives and forget all this even happened. Remember all the pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the French tri-colored flag on everyone’s Facebook pages some time ago? Those “Je suis Paris” postings were everywhere…until they weren’t. Today, “I am Orlando” is trending. Until it one day in the near future won’t be.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
The pattern is that Muslims do not attack close enough together for Westerners to do anything about Islam. Strategically, Muslims commit violent acts of terror…but then sit back and enjoy the Left’s rush to censor anyone who speaks the truth about Islam. This was on display immediately after 9/11 when George W. Bush chose to go into “Islam is the religion of peace” mode when the dust from the destroyed Twin Towers was still falling over all of Manhattan. It was like standing on the shores of Amity Island in the 70s, the water still red with blood, announcing to extras in a Spielberg movie that “sharks are just misunderstood dolphins.”
Muslims know the West is in a suicidal Eloi sort of mode, where whenever the Morlocks attack and commit Murder-Death-Kill the Eloi will have some destructive urge to prove how enlightened they are by making excuses for the monsters…and political correctness dictates that when monsters strike and kill with their hate that the monsters should then be rewarded, given all sorts of new perks, and more monsters must be imported at more aggressive rates to prove how much the Eloi love the Morlocks.
This is madness, of course…but Islam counts on this crazy stupidity of the Left.
That brings me back to the Disney parks and how a strategic, patient, and scheming Islam would seem to know that Disney is a bridge too far. If the assumption is true that Muslims have a long game (which amounts to frog-boiling the West slowly and taking over through demographic and immigration jihad at a centuries-based pace) then doing something like killing families at a Disney park would cause too much outrage and anger. It’s one thing to strike a gay bar and then wait a few months before doing something else evil in a nightclub or blowing up some other building. But hitting Disney would make the American public hunger for retaliation. Disney is such a special place for almost every American, all across racial, ethnic, generational, and tribal lines. Disney is probably the one thing that every American, rich or poor, has a fondness for. Attacking Disney would be a unifying experience for Americans that the Left would not be able to use as a means of importing more Muslim colonists into the country or handing more of the West over to Islam.
No, it’s all over for Muslims if they hit Disney. That would be Pearl Harbor. Hitting a grade school would be Pearl Harbor too. Doing anything that specifically targets American children would be doomsday for Islam. And Muslims know this.
Why wasn’t 9/11 Pearl Harbor then?
It could have been and by all rights it should have been, but George W. Bush chose to go the other direction. If Bush had not given his “Islam is the religion of peace” speech and had instead spoken the truth, that “Islam is not a religion but is a militarized medieval ideological death cult with aspirations of global conquest” and declared war on Saudi Arabia on 9/12/01 the world would be a much better place today. But the House of Bush and the House of Saud (and all of the political establishment on both sides of the aisle) were too in bed with the Saudis, the principal engineers of Islam’s current colonization push around the globe. Do you remember how the entire West and its allies stood up and were ready to follow America’s lead on 9/12/01? If Bush had declared a War Against Islam on that day, Western civilization would have pushed back against this enemy like we were standing at the gates to Vienna.
Bush could have been Vlad Tepes and raised an army to save the West from Islam…but he chose instead to be tepid and flaccid and ignore the looming existential threat to life and liberty that Islam has always been.
For whatever reason, Bush chose to ignore reality and that “religion of peace” garbage has brought us to where we are today, where Muslims hit us every now and then…but never enough times in a row close together for people to demand that something be done to stop Islam. These terror events never happen close enough together for people to insist that the news media stop lying and pretending that Islam is the same as the true world religions.
No real religion encourages its followers to lie, to murder, to behead people, to throw gays off buildings, to treat women like subhuman animals wrapped up in black sheets, to use children for sexual pleasure, to destroy Israel, to topple democracy and replace it with totalitarianism, to execute political cartoonists, or to destroy ancient relics and monuments and everything that pre-dates Islam.
None of this is what true religions do. True religions promise hell and damnation for murderers…not a paradise full of virgins waiting to be raped as reward for bloodshed and mayhem.
Muslims Morlocks count on Western Eloi being stupid and complacent and clinging to their kumbaya fantasies while Islam plots our death and destruction. Bringing terror to Disney parks would ruin Islam’s long game. It would be too much, in a way that the Left could never explain away. It would be a PR disaster for Islam, instead of the once-in-a-while terror attack that shakes people up…and then allows the Western media to bully people into never saying a bad word about Islam, because speaking the truth about these murderous monsters is politically incorrect. And if you speak the truth, you will be bullied, you will lose your job, you will be threatened by the PC mobs, you will be called all sorts of names.
Because in the BizarroWorld we live in, when you get bit in half by a great white while enjoying your day at the beach, it’s somehow your fault and your biggest concern should be hoping and praying that you do not give the shark indigestion in any way or that no part of you gets stuck in the shark’s teeth and inconveniences it as it is scarfing you down. Because the monster that has come for you and your family must be honored by all good dhimmis and anyone caught saying “There’s a shark in the water eating people! Someone do something about it!” will be pilloried and censored and made a pariah.
All of this will continue until one day it won’t. One day, Muslims will commit two attacks too close together for the media to be able to excuse away. I personally think if ever three attacks were localized temporally that it would start World War III against Islam. Bam. Bam. BAM. Three strikes, and Islam would be out.
I think Muslims know this instinctively. Death and destruction are part of their centuries-old culture of conquest…but so is survival. They enjoy watching the West commit suicide and they are patient. They will do just enough to hurt us, weaken us, and cause strife…but never enough to cause reprisal and solidify Western opposition.
Their plan is to boil us like a frog in a pot and wipe us out slowly, so that there will be no West left to oppose Islam. Until we reach that point of terminal weakness, they are not going to do enough to ever rain down hell on Mecca or Medina or Riyadh. It’s just not going to happen because as an enemy these Morlocks are the craftiest and most strategic the West has ever fought.
This was an incredibly proud day for Megan Fox and me…our book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment has made its way into its first public library.
This is like that scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Audrey and Hannibal from the A-Team head into the New York Public Library and look for his book in the card catalog…and then it’s brought to them.
Megan and I were lucky enough to be there as Bellwood was coding the book, assigning it a spot on its shelves in the political science section, and labeling it before it joined other works on the First Amendment.
It was one of the proudest moments of my life and I am thrilled that we captured this on video.
The Bellwood Public Library is a fantastic place, serving a wonderful community that has made this library the heart and soul of their town. For the rest of my life, I will love and support the Bellwood Public Library as part of Megan’s and my adventure in bringing SHUT UP! to readers.
Members of the American Library Association are working hard to suppress our book, give it bogus 1-star reviews (without reading it), and encouraging libraries to censor and ban our book by not carrying it. The Bellwood Public Library has defied this censorship and has brought SHUT UP! to its shelves.
Megan and I would appreciate it very much if you asked your local public library to order SHUT UP! for its collection. A book about heinous acts of censorship committed by public officials (and public library staff!) to silence and intimidate people who discovered unreported crimes occurring in a public library is a book that should not be suppressed, censored, and banned by the American Library Association and its hypocritical members.
According to sources, the Orland Park Public Library refuses to carry SHUT UP! despite numerous patron requests for the book because Library Director Mary Weimar does not want a book critical of her actions in “her library” (as she calls it). But, according to the American Library Association during its annual Banned Books Week, if a book is excluded purposely and deliberately from a collection because someone does not want others to read it and intellectually does not agree with the book’s content or findings, then that book is being banned and censored.
It follows that Megan Fox and I managed to write the #1 Banned and Censored Book in the whole country!
[Click above to embiggen: our Amazon listing for SHUT UP!, which is under attack from trolls with Amazon’s blessing.]
Last month, my friend Megan Fox and I published a book about censorship and our experiences having the Orland Park Police, the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association throwing everything they could at us to frighten, silence, and intimidate us into not speaking out against the child pornography, sex crimes, misuse of public monies, and other horrors, abuses, and scandals ongoing in one of the strangest and most messed-up public libraries in all of Illinois (the OPPL). The book is currently #56 in Amazon’s ranking of books covering censorship (and #145,000 out of all the millions of books on Amazon), which is something that Megan and I are proud of. We hope you read SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment (and that you write an honest review of what you think of the book when you are finished).
Megan and I chose to publish independently on Amazon because the print industry is collapsing and within five to ten years (or sooner) publishing houses as they have existed in our lifetimes will be gone. The future is independent publishing. Megan and I had complete creative control over our book and were able to assemble a team of editors, formatters, graphic designers, and other freelancers to pool together the skills needed to take our manuscript and create from it a 666-page comprehensive account of the censorship that local government engaged in for almost three years to silence us as citizen sleuths and investigative reporters. Just five years ago, before Amazon made it so easy for independent authors to do this, Megan and I would have had to deal with a publishing house of some kind (and all the bureaucracy involved in that, with people compromising our vision and interfering in our work at every step of the way). Independent publishing through Amazon potentially offers, for the first time in human history, a chance for authors to put out exactly what they want to put out in exactly the way they want to put it out. That’s never happened before. Whether you think this is a good or a bad thing depends on if you believe having multiple-layers of non-authors meddling in books is the way things should be. I personally feel that giving the authors complete creative control is a freedom of thought and expression we’ve never had in this country before and am excited by the future. Just think of what Ben Franklin or Mark Twain could have done with this.
That being said, there are some things about Amazon and how conservative authors are treated there that I think you should know. I believe by sharing this that maybe other conservative authors will come forward and detail their own bad experiences too. Amazon might not realize this, but its systems are deliberately set up in ways that end up allowing the Left to punish, suppress, and censor conservative thought. Amazon should take steps to remedy this bias. I want to give Amazon the benefit of the doubt that they do not know this abuse and censorship is happening.
1. The Amazon review system is abused by the Left to harm conservative authors. If you look at the reviews that are up for SHUT UP!, Megan and I have been hit by several “drive-bys,” which are the equivalent of a brunch of drunk teenagers in an old beater peeling rubber while tossing rotten eggs and overripe tomatoes at our windows in the middle of the night. Our book was released on May 26th and was available for purchase on Amazon on May 26th. That was late in the evening on a Thursday. The first day that I believe anyone ever received a copy of the book from Amazon (that was not one of a half dozen advance copies that Megan and I had printed and that we gave to a handful of people personally) would have been on May 31st or so, allowing for processing and shipping. Yet, Amazon allowed members of the American Library Association (who encouraged each other to leave negative reviews of the book without ever reading it) to post hateful 1-star negative reviews of the book starting May 26th. Without knowing even what was in the book, let alone reading it, members of one of the groups that Megan and I wrote critically about went online and attacked our book with the negative reviews. That’s more than intellectual dishonesty: it’s a severe abuse of the review system that Amazon allows. If you think about it, only the Left does things like this and even if a conservative person doesn’t like something, he or she will not lie and write a fake negative review to tank it. Conservatives will actually do “what they are supposed to do” and read something first before being critical of it. The Left has the advantage of being full-on Alinsky and never reading a book before trashing it. This is who we are always up against.
2. Amazon takes down positive reviews of books (from people who actually read the book) but leaves up negative reviews (from people who never read the book). I thought this was fascinating and also foolish on Amazon’s part. Apparently, Amazon uses some kind of special algorithm or search function where it looks to see if a positive review is in any way connected to an author…and Amazon will remove positive reviews because it does not allow friends or family of an author to write positive reviews for a book. This means that anyone who is a Facebook friend of Megan or me will have his or her review taken down by Amazon (but only if they write a positive review). Amazon leaves all negative reviews up, even if they are written by people who have been trolling Megan and me for years and are obsessed with hating us. Everyone who writes about politics picks up trolls, like barnacles attacked to the hulls of ships. Trolls become obsessed with a writer and follow around taking snipes, scratching and clawing, and defecating wherever the writer’s work is published or discussed. It’s just what they do. Amazon claims it is trying to do something where it prevents unscrupulous people from paying for positive reviews on sites like Fivver.com, but Amazon’s methodology is flawed. Writers (like everyone) have “friends” on Facebook that they have never met in person and who sought them out as “friends” on social media because they liked their columns and their work. We need a new word for people who have never met a writer (or an actor, singer, politician, dancer, drag queen, sportsball player, etc.) who is in the public eye for some reason and ends up receiving “friend” requests from people that he or she has never met. Those people are not really “friends” and they are clearly not family…and they are the opposite of trolls. I guess you could call them “fans”…but I kind of prefer “elves” just because that seems a more nature opposite to “trolls.” Amazon deletes positive reviews from elves but allows trolls to do whatever they want. I think Amazon believes that no one would pay money to hire trolls to trash their work…and Amazon is only concerned with killing the Fivver market for bogus positive reviews. The elves get caught in the crossfire, because they are not being paid to write positive reviews and only write positive reviews because they love the writer’s work.
3. Amazon creates a situation that encourages censorship. Because of #1 and #2 above, Amazon’s system ends up enabling censorship because it makes it harder for people to legitimately review a book and voice honest opinions, since those get drowned out (or deleted by Amazon!) by all of the drive-by egg-and-tomato-tossing trolls. The negative 1-star reviews discourage people who know nothing about the author from reading a book, even though the negative reviews come from people who never read the book. Meanwhile, Amazon prevents people who actually read the book from leaving reviews because those people are connected in some way through social media to the author (despite never having ever met the author in person and the only connection between them being Facebook “friending”). The net effect of all this is that someone who works hard to write a book with conservative political thought is then trashed aggressively by Leftists and beaten into the ground, but Amazon prevents other people (the elves) from having a voice as well to counter the trolls. Amazon allows the trolls to do whatever they want, but censors the elves. And at the end of the day I wonder how many conservative authors will never bother to write a second book because of the way that Amazon allowed their first book to be treated.
I understand that Amazon wants to kill Fivver and end the blackmarket for fake positive reviews…but don’t they also have the responsibility to wipe out the fake negative reviews too?
That’s why I ask anyone who reads our book SHUT UP! to please write an honest review of it. Whether you like the book or not, if you’ve actually read it we want to know your real opinion. Megan and I spent three years of our lives on that Orland Park case. We spent every cent we could spare funding our investigation into what was going on in both that strange messed-up library and the corrupt Village of Orland Park (which has one of the most abusive police departments in all of Chicago). I ended up doing nothing else in my off-hours but read case law, file and process FOIA request responses, scour documents for clues, and piece together spending irregularities and crimes covered up in stacks of old incident reports. It was a massive undertaking that took over our lives…which is why it resulted in 666-pages that are now on Amazon being trashed by people who never read it (and will never read it). The fact that people who actually took the time to read our work are not allowed to voice their opinion because they are among the thousands of people we’ve never met on Facebook is just plain wrong.
Amazon needs to rethink what it is doing. This is very much like the whole Target transgender bathrooms thing. Amazon wants to address a problem it sees a small minority engaging in (the people who abuse the system by hiring Fivver to post fake positive reviews). So, Amazon punishes everyone by aggressively wiping out positive reviews from anyone they suspect might know the sister of the neighbor of the mailman who once delivered an Amazon package to an author. This is like Target saying that because someone who believes himself to now be transgendered once wanted to use the women’s washroom in Maine somewhere that every store coast to coast now has to allow men singing Shania Twain’s “I feel like a woman” into changing areas while girls are trying on swimsuits (because….diversity!). This is not how you handle an issue involving a small number of people. You do not make everyone suffer because you have a concern with a tiny minority. The majority should not be punished and subject to abuse because of the whims of the minority. That was wrong in South Africa during apartheid and it’s wrong in America (and on Amazon too).