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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.
Public School Shocker: Gay Porn Actor and Male Stripper Employed As Teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago!
[ Click above to embiggen: 6th grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof (sometimes "Bradley T. Balof" or "Bradley Balof") at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago is really "Brad Thomas" (porn actor) and "Bradley Thomas" (male stripper, erotic entertainer, racist comic, and sometimes-bartender at gay bar Sidetrack in Boystown) ]
The Chicago Public School system is now embroiled in another breaking scandal as it was uncovered this weekend that a gay porn actor and male stripper/erotic entertainer is currently employed as a sixth grade teacher at majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.
This follows scandals in Florida and Massachusetts where FOX News and other investigative reporting teams discovered former gay porn stars teaching elementary school students in the Miami and Boston environs. Here in Illinois, I’ve uncovered irrefutable proof that the Chicago Public School system currently employs a man who continues to moonlight in the adult entertainment industry; by day, he’s charged with taking care of classrooms full of mostly minority children…but at night he bares his body in sweaty bars and upon public stages for the hungry eyes of other gay men.
Are parents of elementary school students in Chicago informed that at least one of the men teaching their children is currently involved in the adult entertainment industry and does the Chicago Public School System have any idea of the sort of nude moonlighting in which at least one of its teachers engages? These are questions we ask your help in answering this week as we get to the bottom of this new Chicago Public Schools scandal that warrants a full investigation by the state and federal Education Departments.
[ Click above to embiggen: employment information for Bradley T. Balof, who earns nearly $60,000/year as a public school teacher…but still performs as an adult entertainer at night ]
Bradley Thomas Balof has been on my radar for some time, since he performs as a stand-up comic and serves as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for sexually-charged events at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago’s heavily-gay Boystown neighborhood.
While on the stage, Balof openly talks about being a Chicago Public School teacher…and, in fact, often mocks the mostly black students in his charge by incorporating variations of racist “Shaniqua” or “Loquisha” ghetto-humor into his comedy stylings; these are “jokes” commonly told by gay white men like Balof that depict his black students as ignorant “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas” and other ebonics-inspired characters who are in his opinion unable to learn, difficult to teach, and almost entirely coming from broken homes with missing fathers and stereotypical black “welfare queen” mothers, whom Balof portrays on stage as having children for the expressed purpose of collecting more government benefits (and then shunting the kids off to him and his fellow Chicago Public School teachers to deal with for the day). White gay men laugh uproariously at these “jokes”, which has made Balof a regular on the gay comedy circuit, according to his website: BradleyThomasComic.com. His experience teaching black students in a Chicago Public School classroom provides roughly 80% of what he talks about in his standup routines…and his jokes primarily boil down to the fact that the “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas”, and other black students in his classes exist entirely to be laughed at by gay men who find this style of “comedy” hilarious.
For the uninitiated, it’s incredibly common to find gays mocking blacks in niche comedy venues…while simultaneously black comedians often find it hilarious to make fun of gay people; this is part of the dynamic of the Left where one specific demographic group often mocks and targets another (but the national media never calls any of them out on it, since it’s one minority mercilessly maligning another for intra-party Democrat amusement).
When Balof’s not denigrating his students and their families at Sidetrack or other gay venues around town, he also appears nude or nearly-nude as a male stripper for various celebrations and serves as an erotic entertainer at leather and fetish-themed events, where he’s costumed in everything from steel-studded jockstraps to dog collars and brightly colored thongs or g-strings. Balof has seemingly made no effort whatsoever to hide his adult activities from simple Google image searches and, in fact, both Sidetrack the Video Bar (one of his employers) and ChicagoPride.com (an entertainment site focused on life in Boystown) prominently feature many images of Balof stripping, strutting, and posing nearly-nude around town. Sidetrack, during its recently discontinued “Laugh Track” standup comedy nights, additionally hosted a great number of Balof’s “comedic” attacks on black people and the mocking of his specific students at Joseph Stockton Elementary in Chicago. Sidetrack maintains a video archive of all the “Laugh Track” comedy performances from the years 2010 to 2012, as Balof’s racist “comedy” making fun of his black students was recorded by Sidetrack’s video production team.
Note: If the Chicago Public Schools or Illinois State Board of Education subpoenaed those tapes, they’d have footage of Balof’s “comedy stylings” where poor black children at Joseph Stockton Elementary are the butts of his “jokes”. Shockingly, he’s smart enough not to maintain a YouTube channel with any videos of his standup routine…but I personally saw Sidetrack’s videographer taping Balof delivering these “Shaniqua” and “Loquisha” riffs during those Laugh Track events and know that as of this writing they are sitting in the video production booth at Sidetrack and have not ever been destroyed.
[ Click above to embiggen: Bradley Thomas Balof appears as “Brad Thomas” in the gay adult films Into It and Bowser Makes A Movie ]
Going by the name “Brad Thomas”, Balof has appeared in at least two low-budget pornographic movies and is featured in sexually-charged music videos that can easily be found posted to the web. In one of his films, titled Into It and manufactured by the adult entertainment company Hustlers in 2006, Balof stars as “Brett” and is featured on the back cover art of the video reclining nude in a position of sexual satisfaction. The erotic film involves male hustlers, heavy drug use, a “night of unbridled sex”, nudity, a sado-masochistic relationship, and other similar attractions geared towards a gay male audience. A “hustler”, for those who don’t know, is a low-rent male prostitute who picks up “Johns” on the street or in gay bars in a city such as Chicago.
In 2005′s Bowser Makes a Movie from erotic entertainer Hornbill Films, Balof inhabits the character of “Vincent Van Coq” in a story about a young gay man who decides “to pursue his life dream…making an adult film”. “Coq” is, obviously, a Gallic manipulation of “cock”‘…which is itself American for regular old “penis”. Balof, billed here as “Brad Thomas” once again, appears shirtless on the cover art for the film grabbing at his penis through his pants and can be spotted on the reverse in a scene where the title character Bowser indeed films the porno he’d dreamed of making. Dirty Bird Pictures seems to have continued the “Bowser” character into several sequels, which include Bowser Makes A Porn and Bowser Makes Another Porn, but it’s unclear if Balof’s character Vincent Van Coq was featured in these further sexual adventures (and none of these erotic features should be confused with the angry, testudine dragon that repeatedly kidnapped Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. video game series).
The music video “Joan Crawford Goes to Hell” by Chicago-based Joan Crawford-inspired punk band “The Joans” featured Balof (credited as Bradley Thomas yet again) gyrating provocatively (starting at the 2:40 second mark in the video above), dolled up as one of Satan’s barely-dressed imps in leather and soot as the Hell-bound, deceased actress is engulfed in CGI flames. Near the end of the video, Balof kneels before Joan Crawford and paws at her sexually…before gyrating his body some more in disco a-go-go special effects while a skeleton dances in rainbow lights behind him. The video closes with Joan Crawford pushing an eager Balof’s head down to a sexual position conducive for cunnilingus. According to the end credits, the video was filmed at gay leather fetish bar Jackhammer in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as "Bradley Thomas", MC of the IML Leathermen fetish events ]
Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago is when the annual International Mr. Leather (aka, “IML”) fetish pageant is held in a hotel downtown. Through the years, Balof has served as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for this event, where he’s appeared on stage in various forms of fetish gear, underpants, jockstraps, leather briefs, or nude. Balof in fact proudly posts this adult entertainment experience on his own website, as featured on his “Resume” page, and can clearly be seen performing his MC duties at the “world’s largest annual Leathermen convention”. The term “Leathermen” refers to gay men who enjoy a fetish of leather outfits, gear, and the corresponding sexual stereotypes associated with the “leather community”. The IML convention hosts sexual orgy parties, a “beauty pageant” of sorts where a nearly-nude “Mr. Leather” is crowned each year, and an expo of sexual toys and fetish gear for the “leather community”. In addition to serving as the MC for the major events, Balof danced in his underwear, in jockstraps, and nude for the enjoyment of IML attendees.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as "Bradley Thomas", Sidetrack bartender, stripper, drag queen, and MC for special events ]
As an employee of Sidetrack the Video Bar, Balof regularly appears in his underwear, jockstraps, dolled up as Liza Minnelli, and nearly-nude at various events that owner Art Johnston hosts in his bar (in addition to Balof’s normal shifts as a Sidetrack underpants-clad bartender). Serving as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for these sexually charged events, Balof also seizes the opportunity to engage in polarizing and oftentimes hateful speech directed at Christians, such as the tirade he engaged in against Dan Cathy and the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain at the Equality Illinois Pie Toss held at Sidetrack last year, where Balof berated a man dressed in a chicken costume as an effigy of Cathy and his company. Balof hosts the Sidetrack Mardi Gras, Halloween, and drag events…where he similarly revs up considerable hatred amongst Sidetrack employees and customers for Christians, conservatives in general, and others Balof labels “enemies of the gay community”. He encourages Sidetrack’s clientele and staff to hate Christians and Republicans and to take to the streets after events to punish and persecute those he and Sidetrack portray as “the enemy”. The net effect of all of this is quite similar to the exhortations against Emanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984, with Balof’s purposefully-chosen sexual-charged attire designed to get the maximum attention of the crowds for his rabid, anti-Christian and anti-conservative calls to arm.
When Balof lists himself as “an activist” on his resume, this is the sort of activity that he means.
You may also recall that Balof was one of the five hosts of the now-defunct Boystown tee-vee show “Only At Brunch”, which lasted just one episode back in the fall of 2011 and is today remembered primarily for the cruel bullying of special needs toddler Trig Palin by one of Balof’s co-hosts (while Balof himself laughed at these “jokes” and did nothing to stop them on camera) and misogynistic attacks on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Only At Brunch was promoted heavily at Sidetrack, where the show held its premiere episode-watching party with complimentary drinks provided by Art Johnston. Johnston, it should be noted, is constantly informed about this sort of activity continuing in his place of business but he elects never to put any stop to it. Similarly, it should also be noted that Johnston self-styles himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and the principal leader of the “gay community” in the state of Illinois.
Johnston has been inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame and has seemingly no understanding of the word “hypocrisy”, since his establishment Sidetrack is ground zero for the hatred revved up against Christians and conservatives in Chicago…but, yet, Johnston never turns down an opportunity to lambast Christians and conservatives as “bigots” or persecutors of the gay community. Johnston, following Alinsky Rules for Radicals to the letter, accuses his “enemies” of doing the very things he and his staff engage in at Sidetrack.
To promote his standup comedy appearances during “Queer Comedy at Zanies in Chicago”, Balof appeared on a YouTube talk show called TheQudotco, in which he spoke openly about his employment as a Chicago Public School teacher. Tony Soto, the host of “The Qu”, specifically asked Balof if any of his students were aware of his activities outside of school hours…and implicitly asked whether the minors he taught during the day understood what their teacher got up to at night. As you can see in the video, Soto is clearly amused by the idea that a public school teacher could lead Bradley Thomas Balof’s double life.
Balof gave a quick run-down of his career outside the classroom, by noting that he started off as a circus ringmaster, then got into MC-ing events, hosting drag performances, and ultimately serving as the Master-of-Ceremonies for the International Mr. Leather (IML) convention (which Balof described as “expanding his horizons every Memorial Day weekend”, giving the camera a wink at the double-entendre obvious to anyone with a concept of what sort of “expanding” happens to a man’s body during “IML” weekend in Chicago; it seems “horizons” is slang to Soto for “sphincter”).
At about the 1:35 mark in the video above, Balof talks about still trying to find “his performance voice” while Soto asks if any of his students have discovered his extracurricular activities online. Balof acknowledges that children have, in fact, found his “other life” online…and even acknowledges they could be watching this very video by admonishing them to “do their homework!”.
Balof states directly into the camera at about the 1:50 mark: “I approach it as this is something that I do and that everyone should follow their (sic) passion in life. And to be a role model and to be in front of students…to not also want to express this artistic side of myself and to entertain people which is just something that is innate to the core of my being would be to not practice what I am preaching”.
At the 2:09 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how much material for his comedy routines he gets from his job and Balof states that he gets: “as much material as any comic gets from their (sic) family or their (sic) job or whatever. Funny things happen on a daily basis, oh yah, sure. We all remember what it was like to be 13 and, yah, exactly”. Since Balof’s students are mostly black in a majority-minority school like Joseph Stockton Elementary, those “funny stories from work” are thus primarily about young black children whom Balof regularly lampoons with heavy racial stereotypes in his comedy routines.
Near the 4:00 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how he juggles being a public school teacher with working in a bar and doing comedy and Balof explains that he does most of his adult entertaining during the school breaks, including the three months in the summer that he has off every year as a Chicago Public Schools employee earning about $60,000 annually (plus benefits…and including a full pension for the rest of his life at his last level of salary when he retires).
Clearly, working in a public school as a teacher is a highly attractive day job for entertainers in the adult industry…since once they age out of porn, stripping, bartending, and fetish conventions they can retire in luxury on permanent pensions provided to them by the taxpayers of Illinois.
[ Click above to embiggen: Shawn Loftis, Kevin Hogan, Bradley Thomas Balof ]
Like Balof, other adult entertainers have also been enticed by the ridiculously-generous salaries and benefits packages in the public school system, including the union guarantee that they all maintain their level of pay at retirement for the rest of their natural lives.
The website Queerty (which describes itself as “Free of An Agenda. Except That Gay One”) recently ran the article “Adult Film Stars Who’ve Retired: Did They Have Happy Endings?” that profiled a handful of male pornographic actors and adult entertainers who are now “mainstreaming”.
Just like Bradley Thomas Balof, the porn stars Collin O’Neal (real name Shawn Loftis) and Hytch Cawke (real name Kevin Hogan) became public school teachers to qualify for the high salaries, lavish benefits, and guaranteed retirement funds that accompany teaching positions in most states. O’Neal/Loftis taught at Nautilus Middle School in Miami, Florida and Cawke/Hogan found a job at Mystic Valley Charter School in Massachusetts. This is around the time, coincidentally, that Bradley Thomas Balof also started working for the Chicago Public School system.
In 2010, the School Board fired Shawn Loftis for his porn past but the Teachers’ Commission forced his reinstatement in 2011, claiming that his career in the adult industry was over and that he was trying to start a fresh life and educate his students about the mistakes he made by becoming a porn star. It appears he continues to be left in charge of children in Miami-Dade County to this day.
FOX News reporter Mike Beaudet ambushed Kevin Hogan back in 2011 on camera and confronted him about his gay-for-pay porn past; this is a term for a straight (and often married) male who performs in gay sex videos strictly for the money (most often with the wife’s approval). His wife, it turned out, was also a former porn star (so clearly she didn’t mind what her husband was up to). In 2011 Hogan was suspended with pay while the situation was investigated and finally in 2012 the School Board in Massachusetts decided to dismiss Hogan and not allow him to teach in the 2012-2013 academic year, citing the fact that he had previously performed in adult oriented videos and he’d highly embarrassed his school when word on this got out.
So, that makes one School Board in Democrat-controlled Miami, Florida that decided a gay man’s porn past has no relevancy to the appropriateness of his being a public school teacher…and one School Board in a slightly less Leftist area of Massachusetts that decided a public school was not the best place for a retired porn star to work during the day.
What’s interesting about the Matter of Bradley Thomas Balof is that he currently still works in the adult entertainment industry as a male stripper, erotic entertainer and MC at fetish events, dancer in music videos, and additionally delivers highly racist comedy routines in which he mocks his public school students. While it appears the last pornographic movie he appeared in was in 2005 or 2006, the rest of his adult-acitivities-moonlighting still continues (mostly during breaks in the school year). He was just nearly-naked again in public this weekend, as a matter of fact.
So, unlike porn stars Loftis and Hogan, Balof is still very much in the adult entertainment business…while simultaneously being employed as a Chicago Public School teacher.
This being Chicago, with Rahm Emanuel as our Mayor, Barbara Byrd-Bennett as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system, and Karen Lewis as the President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union…what do you think the odds are of Bradley Thomas Balof continuing to teach the sixth grade by day in a shirt and tie while gyrating in bars and on public stages at night wearing not much more than some coconut oil and a smile?
Hope! Change! Adult entertainers for teachers everywhere!
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think it’s appropriate for a Chicago Public School teacher to appear in porn, work as a male stripper, MC leather fetish events, and perform comedy routines in which he mocks his sixth grade students for their race and (in his opinion) lack of intelligence?
What would you do if you found out an adult entertainer was teaching in YOUR school district where you lived…and this teacher was not a “former adult entertainer”, but was someone who currently engages in this activity after he’s done teaching your children for the day?
Do you think that people employed with taxpayer funds in public schools should be forbidden to be part of the adult entertainment industry?
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Today, Congressman Darrell Issa’s subcommittee held testimony in the House investigation into the weaponization of the IRS as a means to intimidate, harass, and persecute Americans who were affiliated with the Tea Party, Christian groups, or had other conservative leanings. More hearings will come, but the clear pattern we’re seeing on a national level is that the Left uses federal government agencies as goon squads to target Americans on their enemies’ lists…and they believe they can get away with this because of who’s in the White House and who’s running the Justice Department.
On the micro-level of the City of Chicago, there’s a lawsuit currently in federal court in the District of Illinois Eastern Division that’s been filed against Art Johnston and Sidetrack the Video Bar which illustrates that the proclivity of using government agencies to harass “enemies” isn’t reserved for Democrats in Washington, but in fact is just normal operating procedure amongst Leftist “fellow travelers”.
Johnston, a devote Obama supporter and large fundraiser for his personality cult, is currently being sued by a former employee who was fired from his job as a doorman in Johnston’s bar because the employee complained about sexual harassment, religious discrimination, and retaliation (for his complaining to management about the harassment he received from coworkers, managers, and third party customers egged on to harass the Plaintiff by Sidetrack employees). Johnston fired this employee in August of 2011 after the employee hired a lawyer and prepared a complaint to the EEOC about the hostile working conditions that Johnston maintains in Sidetrack the Video Bar.
[ Entrance to Sidetrack the Video Bar in 2008, when Johnston heavily promoted the election of Barack Obama as a fellow traveler ]
Shortly after he fired the employee, Johnston had his accountant, Bryan Portman, file a false challenge to the employee’s unemployment benefits…alleging the employee was terminated for “insubordination”. This was a trumped-up charge because the employee never committed any act of “insubordination” (as a judge would later conclude) and was instead fired for filing an EEOC complaint (which is retaliation prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964). The challenge to the employee’s unemployment benefits was made via the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), which is the government entity in Illinois that handles unemployment insurance (and employers’ challenges to these claims).
There’s no question in my mind that Johnston filed this challenge against the employee’s rightful benefits solely to harass and persecute this person, because Johnston was upset that this former employee was suing Sidetrack for five counts of harassment and retaliation in federal court. Johnston had available to him the IDES challenge and though he should have known that this challenge would fail, he pushed the button anyway just to cause the employee to sweat and worry if the benefits he depended on to survive after his firing would be taken away from him. It’s actually a separate and additional violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer such as Johnston to file a meritless challenge to unemployment benefits just to harass a former employee….which is ironic because Johnston styles himself as a gay community “civil rights” leader who is constantly claiming that gays are persecuted by Christians. But, yet, here comes Johnston persecuting a Christian employee of his bar and violating this employee’s civil rights with this considered and determined harassment.
An IDES hearing at the local level immediately ruled in the employee’s favor, with the Adjudicator determining in less than a minute of interview with the employee that there was no act of insubordination involved in his firing and that the challenge to his benefits was thus meritless. Johnston then appealed the Adjudicator’s decision and decided to continue harassing the employee by challenging his benefits to the next level, which involved hearings before a Judge in IDES’ appeals division that required the employee to retain an attorney for the proceedings.
During these hearings, Sidetrack’s accountant Portman lied under oath multiple times to the Judge, in an attempt to have the employee’s unemployment benefits taken away from him. The employee suffered immense emotional distress during this process (which stretched on for months), because in this economy he was unable to find another job and still depended on his unemployment benefits. Johnston was clearly aware that Portman committed multiple acts of perjury in the IDES hearings…but gave his blessing to these actions because the goal was to harass and persecute the former employee as much as possible (as punishment for this guy suing Johnston and Sidetrack for the harassment he was subjected to there while he was an employee).
Ultimately, the IDES Judge ruled in the employee’s favor and stated that he did not believe Portman to be credible; the challenge to the benefits was completely meritless. Though the employee was vindicated, he was still forced to endure several months’ of worry and anxiety because Johnston decided to use a government agency to persecute him. This was very much the equivalent of the IRS auditing someone just because he was a Christian, conservative with Tea Party spirit.
Interestingly, this case proves that there’s really nothing an employer has to lose by lying during a challenge to unemployment benefits…because the Attorney General in Illinois will not pursue perjury charges against an employer for lying under oath during these hearings. After speaking to several people in IDES administration, I learned that no one working there could remember a time when an employer was prosecuted for perjury during an IDES hearing…because the prosecutors don’t have the financial resources to go after these people (supposedly). ”The judges know that the employer is lying, and then the judge rules that the employee keeps the benefits” was the general consensus of the IDES officials I spoke to. ”Their only punishment is that they had to pay a lawyer to be there when they lied, so it cost them money and then they didn’t succeed in taking a person’s benefits away in the end”. There is no mechanism available in Illinois law for an employer to be fined or punished in any way for filing a meritless challenge to an employee’s benefits. But, I believe there should be…since these challenges cause so much grief and stress for people whose energies should be focused solely on finding a new job.
Art Johnston is considered one of the “godfathers” of the gay community in Chicago, with his bar Sidetrack being “the heart of Boystown” (as it’s self-styled on its website). He’s extremely quick to point fingers and label all sorts of Christian, conservative figures “villains” for this, that or the other…especially by using the organization Equality Illinois (which he principally funds) as a proxy to scold his “enemies” as bigots if they oppose anything the Obama Regime does to this country. Simultaneously, Johnston chooses to knowingly file meritless challenges to an employee’s unemployment benefits (just because he can) and sends his accountant to perjure himself during hearings before IDES (because he knows that no one will prosecute him for it). This is very consistent with how the Left operates in general.
“Hypocrisy” is a term the Left seems woefully unacquainted with.
If you look carefully enough where you live, you will see that what’s happening in Washington DC with the IRS right now is just a larger and more high-profile example of what members of the Left do every single day in your community. This is the classic Alinsky Mindset of decimating your opponent (or, “enemy”, as the Left calls them) in any way possible…and specifically using arms of the government to do this wherever they can get away with it.
Whatever happens with the IRS scandal hearings won’t cure the cultural problem we have in this country, embodied in people like Boystown’s own Art Johnston, who are so steeped in the Alinsky Methods of the Left that they use harassment and personal destruction as standard operating procedures (all the while accusing Christians of being the REAL villains in our world!). If this is happening here in Chicago, I know it’s happening where you live…and it’s high time people started talking about all this and deciding as a nation that business-as-usual isn’t acceptable anymore.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Have you seen members of the Left abuse a government agency to persecute or punish an individual where you live? Do you recognize this as a disturbing trend amongst Leftists and Obama’s fellow travelers?
[ Click above to embiggen: a clip from the latest Saturday Night Live sketch mocking our Lord and Savior, as broadcast on 2/16/2013. To watch the full clip for yourself, it’s currently available on HULU.com for free, which you can watch HERE ]
Last Saturday (2/16/2013), NBC ran a parody of Quentin Tarantino films called “DJesus Uncrossed”, which was a bastardization of Django Unchained…with a lot of Inglorious Bastards thrown in for good measure (or, for bad taste, depending on your personal perspective). Saturday Night Live heavily employed a laugh track during this faux-movie trailer…so that as our Savior was mocked in various ways these disembodied voices were hysterically overcome with giggles. Such as, when it was implied by the trailer that Jesus Christ “used the N-word a lot” (and that Peter Travers, from (I believe) Rolling Stone, quipped about this).
I’m going out on a limb in noting that a similar sketch entitled DMuhahahammad Unturbaned would have never left the writers’ room at NBC…for fear of the physical consequences to Rockefeller Center and the bat-guano-crazy reaction of Muslims worldwide to a blasphemous depiction of the medieval pedophile they deem to be a “prophet”. Since “the religion of peace” is neither a religion nor peaceful, NBC endeavors never to insult or offend Muslims…because Muslims vociferously police depictions of Muhammad in all forms of media.
Christians, on the other hand, raise little outcry whenever Jesus is impugned or mocked by the likes of Saturday Night Live…and, as a result, that mockery becomes a frequent source of material for unimaginative and talentless writers on shows that were past their prime back when I was still in high school (20 years ago!). Networks like NBC won’t so much as show an actor playing Muhammad…PERIOD…but they have no problem at all running sketches that portray Jesus as a violent, racist, murderer.
This is all part of the Left’s endless war against and persecution of Christians…and it’s important that you understand the REAL role of Saturday Night Live in the Left’s greater propaganda machine within its Ministry of Truth. The reason conservatives have lost the Culture War is because too often they delude themselves into thinking, “That’s just stupid!” or “Saturday Night Live doesn’t matter!” or “The only people who watch that are crazed Lefties anyway so they are preaching to their own choir”.
In reality, Saturday Night Live’s anti-Christian propaganda doesn’t just air once and then disappear into the firmament…it’s actually picked up in lots of ways by the Left and rebroadcast in various venues where it becomes part of a bigger effort to indoctrinate the susceptible into a permanent anti-Christian mindset.
Here in Chicago, there is a textbook, classic example of this at work in Sidetrack the Video Bar…which is the largest and most prominent gay bar in the city, located on Halsted Street and owned by Art Johnston and Pepe Pena (who are essentially the “godfathers” or “Dons” of the Chicago gay community). The anti-Christian videos produced by the likes of Saturday Night Live are collected by Sidetrack’s video production team and then re-edited into smaller clips that pack the anti-Christian sentiment into smaller, more explosive bites.
Those clips are then aired repeatedly to the intoxicated customers of the bar — over and over again — so that it’s resoundingly clear to the gay community of Chicago that Christians are to be targeted, mocked, and persecuted wherever and whenever possible. Since Sidetrack is the biggest and most prominent bar…and its owners are viewed as the “Dons” of the Chicago gay community…there’s immense peer pressure for gays in Chicago to toe the line and behave in the way that Sidetrack seemingly wants them to behave (if they want to keep being welcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago).
I’m never sure if straight people understand the importance of being socially accepted in a particular bar, especially the biggest and most prominent gay bar around. A stereotype of straight men is that they do all their business and conduct all their networking on the golf course…so in that sense belonging to the largest and most prominent country club would be the key to a successful life as a straight businessman. For straight women, success in the spheres they inhabit might involve belonging to the largest and most prominent gym or a prestigious social club like The Daughters of the American Revolution or the like.
For gay guys, if you aren’t regularly seen in the largest and most prominent gay bar and if you aren’t known widely as “a friend of the bar” then your social status in the gay community is adversely affected…and you forfeit the networking and status-enhancing opportunities afforded to regular patrons of that bar. If you’re someone who has been made to feel unwelcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar, you become a gay guy who has to miss out on all the big events in the community…and all the benefits that come with attending those events.
So, the pressure is high to be a “good guest” of an establishment and to go along with whatever trend its owners set…by behaving the way those “Dons” instruct you to behave via the videos they play in Orwellian fashion on massive screens throughout the bar.
If you’ve read 1984, you’ll remember the concept of a “Two Minutes Hate”…which is a propaganda tool used by the people in control to incite those watching a film to express hatred and rage at “the enemy” on a regular basis. Johnston and Pena orchestrate “Two Minute Hates” against Christians in the gay community on a regular basis, via the videos they regularly select for exhibition in Sidetrack…knowing that the net effect will be the strengthening of the Left’s propaganda that Christians are the “enemies of the gay community”.
Sidetrack, in fact, employs a Chicago Public School teacher named Bradley Thomas Balof as an MC and event host to really rev up the crowds against “the enemies of the gay communities”…which supplements the spirit of these videos with a live-on-stage maestro of hate who demands the crowd jeer at Christians and shout aloud how they’re going to “get them”, “stop them”, “hurt them”, or “destroy them”. Without fail, all the drunk gays in attendance raise their glasses in the air, their faces red with anger and booze, and follow Balof’s lead to scream out against the Christian “enemies”.
Can you only imagine the outrage in the national media if Muslims were the target of Sidetrack’s “Two Minutes Hate” instead of Christians. I even think that there’d be some pause if Jews were targeted, instead of followers of Christ.
I’ve tried repeatedly to interview Art Johnston to ask him why he needs to keep showing clips like “DJesus Uncrossed” in his bar, instead of just playing fun videos without any attacks made on Christians, but Johnston won’t sit down with me, answer my letters, or return my calls. I just can’t imagine doing the things he does to Christians in his bar unless he’s doing them on purpose…and that purpose is part of a larger strategy on the Left to keep this anti-Christian sentiment flowing in all the various ideological subgroups of the Left where it can take root.
What’s remarkable is the glaring hypocrisy of all of this, too, because gays are who the Left trots out to constantly claim they are persecuted by Christians…with plenty of banners reading “Christians hate gays!” at any Pride Parade event or “equality march” the gay community holds for the cameras. In another Orwellian twist, some people are more equal than others because gays actually accuse other people of doing the things they actually do to Christians themselves!
In the five years I have been running this site as an openly gay Catholic I have not even once had an experience where a Christian said anything evil at all to me for being gay…but on a sustained and regular basis I’ve had employees and customers of Sidetrack harass and malign me for being a “traitor” or “enemy of the gay community” for not renouncing my allegiance to the Church. Christians never attempt to make me choose between being gay and being Christian, but gay “Dons” like Art Johnston apply constant pressure to force gays to turn their back on Christ if they want to be accepted in the gay community.
I believe this is an orchestrated strategy on the Left, since it’s widely known that a gay man truly does need access to the largest and most prominent gay bar in a big city to thrive socially and professionally in gay circles…and the threat of cutting off access to those benefits is enough to force gay men to join the “Two Minutes Hate” that bars like Sidetrack incite against Christians with the videos they play and the speeches their staff members make.
Saturday Night Live and other entertainment arms of the Ministry of Truth provide the prepackaged material needed for the “Two Minutes Hate”…and Art Johnston serves up the venues for exhibition…and then his staff sees to it that the message is delivered to the desired targets for their anti-Christian conditioning.
This is happening where you live too, but if you aren’t a frequent visitor to or observer of the gay community you might not realize it.
But, this is how the Left won the Culture War…while Christians sat back and deluded themselves to believe “Oh, no one pays attention to that!” or “That show hasn’t been relevant in 20 years!” .
NOTE: Hulu.com has a tendency to take videos down after a while, so if you are reading this at some point in the future and the Hulu link at the top doesn’t work, I think the Amazon Instant Video link will work for as long as Amazon is around. You’d have to buy the episode of SNL to see the “DJesus Uncrossed” clip, though…and I’d advise never giving SNL or NBC any of your hard-earned money if you can avoid it. But, if you REALLY need to see the clip and Hulu is not playing it for free then I suppose this is an alternative (since NBC is very aggressive about removing its clips from YouTube):
UPDATE: For those unfamiliar with Sidetrack the Video Bar and how endemic the hypocrisy is there, I want to remind you that this is the very same bar that posted photos on its official website of a friend of the bar’s owners dressed up as Adolf Hitler for last year’s Halloween party.
So, the bar’s photographer specifically picked out those photos of Adolf Hitler to appear in the prominently-promoted galleries of photos on the website, when a great many other photos were not similarly chosen for inclusion in that gallery. And no one at Sidetrack had sense enough to appreciate that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis persecuted and then executed gays back in the 1930s and 1940s. You know, in the Holocaust…which wasn’t exclusively used against Jews, but also included the elimination of gays (branded with pink triangles), gypsies, the disabled, and other minorities in German-conquered territories.
But, in the year 2013…the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago specifically chose to celebrate dressing up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, like it was a good thing.
For those of you who scratch your heads at the Gaystapo’s attacks on Christians while simultaneously showing fervent deference to Muslims, include Sidetrack’s promotion of Adolf Hitler Halloween costumes with that insanity.
More on the bizarre and hypocritical things Sidetrack and its owners do HERE.