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Words matter. It’s a simple concept, but Republicans never seem to understand it…and conservative writers refuse to change the way they phrase things. Democrats understand it fully: which is why Democrats win the Culture Wars. Words are powerful. Every writer knows this. The way a writer chooses to express a thought impacts how a reader receives, processes, and accepts that thought. The words chosen by a writer resonate a certain branding and marketing value for whatever’s being talked about.
I say this over and over again, and have been saying it for years, to the point where I feel like I’m trapped in a particularly devilish plane of Hell, where my eternal punishment is not having to roll a boulder up a hill forever (only to watch it roll back down just as I thought it would reach the top)…but to watch conservative writers use the word “liberal” over and over again or hear Republican pundits call Democrats “liberals” (even though doing this helps the Left, because Leftists love more than anything that Republicans are so stupid to keep calling them “liberals”).
Even my very good friends still do this, and it’s like nails on a chalkboard. Why won’t people learn? The word “liberal,” as you should all know by now, is a word that Democrats like…because people who do not follow politics closely have a positive affiliation with the word. Mentally, the word has the word “liberty” at its root and it’s impossible for most people to think of anything “liberal” as being a bad thing. Think: a liberal helping of sprinkles on a cupcake or suntan lotion applied liberally on a sunny day to the back of Insert-Supermodel-of-Your-Choice-Here. Whenever you say “those liberals are at it again!” you are actually helping spread a positive vibe about Democrats, since anyone listening to you thinks, “if those people are called liberal and liberal has a positive meaning to me, like slathering Zac Efron and/or Channing Tatum liberally with Coppertone until both they and I squeal with delight, then they must be the good guys and my friend who hates the liberals must be wrong.”
If you oppose Democrats and the things they do to the country, but you still insist on calling them “liberals,” then I’m sorry to have to tell you that you are an idiot. You are part of the problem and a big reason why the Left wins the Culture War. You are stupid. You should know better by now. I wish you would stop. I don’t know why you won’t stop. You are like someone who reads the Surgeon General’s warnings about cancer and lung disease on a pack of cigarettes before lighting up anyway, taking a big puff, and then blowing the smoke right into the face of a baby or someone trying to breathe with an oxygen mask. I don’t know why any sane person would do this.
I’m also baffled by people who call the Muslim colonists invading Europe words like “refugee” or “migrant” because these people are colonists. They should be called colonists. The act they are engaged in is Islamic colonization of the West. Read every article written about this and see how writers refer to this as “a migration,” as if we are talking about butterflies moving from one gorgeous field to another or geese flying south for the winter. A migration of large numbers of animals from one place to another is a natural event, where the animals stay somewhere for a while and then return to wherever they migrated from.
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As of today (Sunday 7/31/16), there are 99 days left until the November 8th, 2016 presidential election. (You can read other Election 2016 coverage here.) Today was a lovely sunny day in Chicago and I spent most of it in a favorite park enjoying some sun, thinking about assumptions we can make about this race. Here are some of my thoughts (please add yours as well) on what we can assume to be true:
Assumption #1: This election is a choice between Globalism (Hillary) and Americanism (Trump). Whether people realize this or not (and I think Trump would be smart to make people realize it), the 2016 race has evolved into a real choice for the future of our country. We are at a fork in a road…where if we take the wrong path it’s pretty much also stick a fork in us, we’re done. Will Americans choose to continue to exist (by voting Trump) or will Americans choose to be erased culturally, numerically, demographically, and logistically by the Globalism that both the Democrats and the Republican Cocktail Party Establishment have been pushing for years? Trump is the only politician who has ever raised the issue of Americanism vs. Globalism. Can he articulate this well enough so that native born Americans can see that the election is the choice between the continued existence of the United States or the replacement of the American people and American way of life by Globalist forces? Democrats had plenty of people shouting in Spanish at their convention in Philadelphia that Democrats are the party most concerned about foreigners, bringing more foreigners into this country, and giving foreigners whatever they want (while making native born Americans pay for it all). Are we at the point where Americans’ hospitality is exhausted and people are ready to say: enough with the foreigners already!
Assumption #2: Hillary Clinton wants to be president because she wants to be president, and wants to be the first female president. The Media has been telling us that Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton would be our first female president since at least 1995. She will say and do whatever it takes to win because she believes this is her destiny and the Establishment has promised that this is her destiny (and that this election is just a formality). She will tell lies, she will sign off on dirty tricks, and the entire Establishment (including the Republican Establishment) is behind her because she has guaranteed that she will maintain the status quo as it exists now and continue the lurch of Globalism. Trump has said he will shake up the status quo and burn the Establishment to the ground in the name of Americanism. Can we assume he is telling the truth and, if elected, will he really do that? I believe that he will. I do not think he is lying or playing games. The hostility that the Establishment shows Trump every day confirms to me that the Establishment hates him…and by way of logic anyone who opposes the Establishment and wants to see it collapse should support Trump. He’s the only hope to bring the Establishment down. Who else in our lifetime has gone up against the Establishment like this? Trump would literally fire every Cocktail Party Republican AND every far-Left Democrat in Washington once he’s sworn in. I really believe he will do that.
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[Click above to embiggen: Carla Burkhart and her Thundercats-loving attorney Joshua Feagans have lost their SLAPP in DuPage County.]
Something that all conservatives need to start paying more attention to are SLAPPs: strategic litigation against public participation. These are lawsuits that Democrats file against people and groups who expose corruption in public bodies. There has been a resurgence in SLAPPs in recent years, as the Left increasingly uses this type of “lawfare” as a way of silencing the public and taking away people’s First Amendment Rights to Petition government for change and redress of grievances. The goal of a SLAPP is to make people afraid of writing about (or otherwise speaking out about) bad things that public bodies do and to intimidate watchdog groups so that people are too afraid of being sued to engage in the political process or use the Freedom of Information Act to uncover wrongdoing by public bodies.
Essentially, Democrats have figured out that to get away with doing more terrible things, they need to go after and silence people who figure out they are doing terrible things. SLAPPs are a weapon they use to pervert the legal system and bully people into shutting up and allowing Democrats to do whatever they want with taxpayer money in public bodies.
Megan Fox and I were hit with a SLAPP lawsuit in 2014 — which we prevailed in — by a woman named Bridget Bittman, who just happens to be heiress to the Comiskey family, which used to own the White Sox sportsball team up until the 1950s. Comiskey Park was named after her family. Bittman’s maternal grandmother Dorothy Comiskey Rigney was the last female owner of the White Sox; she married one of the baseball players that she owned, John Rigney. Megan and I encountered Bittman, the Comiskey granddaughter, in the fall of 2013 when she worked as the public spokesman for the Orland Park Public Library. This was the library that Megan and I discovered was covering-up sex crimes for years, including men openly masturbating at computers, sexually harassing women, stalking female employees in the stacks, accosting children sexually, and even accessing child pornography (with library staff knowing it kept happening, but choosing not to call the police as they were required by law to do). Bittman lied to the media about what was going on, claiming that no sex crimes were happening. We also discovered that library employees had been spending thousands of dollars at a local jewelry store buying gold for board members and even taking trustees out for $500 steak dinners to ensure that the board always did what library staff wanted and the sex crimes were kept covered up.
Megan and I used FOIA requests to find the library’s internal documents that revealed that library staff had for years deliberately covered up incidents like this. We had to take the library and the Village of Orland Park to chancery court to force them to give us some documents that they tried to keep hidden. The American Library Association (ALA), a group funded by George Soros, in fact instructed libraries to cover up incidents of sexual activity happening in libraries and to evade FOIA production by never writing anything down about anything bad that happens in a public library.
After we broke the story, former female library employees came forward to tell the public about how — when they complained about sexual activity and harassment happening in their work area — they were told by library management to either look the other way and ignore it or quit their jobs. The Orland Park Chief of Police, Timothy J. McCarthy, then engaged in roughly two years of abuse and harassment aimed at intimidating, harassing, and threatening us to try to scare us away so we would stop reporting on the sex crimes that had been allowed to fester in the library on his watch. For some reason, the government of Orland Park wanted to keep allowing child pornography to be accessed in that library and for men to continue to be allowed to use the library for sex. SOMEONE powerful in Orland Park WANTED this to keep happening and Police Chief McCarthy appears to have been tasked with threatening/frightening/harassing whistleblowers to keep Orland Park’s secrets hidden.
We document everything we uncovered in our investigation and everything that McCarthy and the Orland Park Police did to us in our book, SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment. One of the worst things that Orland Park did was to put library employee Bridget Bittman up to suing us in federal court with a SLAPP lawsuit. That was supposed to shut us up and scare us away. Her intent was to restrict our future speech and to make us never write about the library and its terrible employees again…so that Orland Park could continue to hide what had been allowed to keep happening there. That plan backfired because we not only prevailed when the SLAPP was dismissed but there’s now a 666-page book all about Timothy J. McCarthy, the Orland Park Police, the Orland Park Public Library, and Bridget Bittman’s SLAPP.
I hope that John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who run the Edgar County Watchdogs and their site Illinois Leaks, write their own book about the SLAPP that Carla Burkhart and Joshua Feagans (from the slimeball law firm Griffin Williams, LLP) filed against them…in what was very similar to the attempt by Bridget Bittman and Orland Park to silence Megan and me. At their heart, SLAPPs are shakedown efforts that should be viewed as a kind of extortion racket. Only disreputable attorneys file SLAPP suits because these attorneys know from the beginning that they will not prevail in the suit. The point of the litigation is not to win…but instead just to scare a reporter or community activist into ending whatever First Amendment protected activity that reporter/activist is engaged in. In our case, Megan and I uncovered years and years of wrongdoing at a public library that the Village of Orland Park wanted to keep hidden from the public; so, a public employee was encouraged to file a SLAPP against us in federal court to scare us away and make us agree to never write about those crimes again (if the lawsuit was dropped, of course). With the Edgar County Watchdogs, Burkhart and her sniveling attorney Feagans wanted Kraft and Allen to stop writing about the College of DuPage scandal, where the Watchdogs were instrumental in busting that public body for years and years of wasteful spending. The Watchdogs uncovered documents showing that Burkhart was awarded an architect’s contract for a large sum of money when Burkhart is not in fact an architect (and should have never signed an architect’s contract). Other questions were raised about the awarding of no-bid contracts that Burkhart appeared to benefit from, as well as Burkhart’s chummy relationship with disgraced College of DuPage officials who now appear to be under FBI investigation.
Burkhart went to the Griffin Williams firm the same way that someone would go to an ambulance chasing attorney with meritless medical claims against someone or another. SLAPPS are shakedowns. Feagans is one of the worst attorneys I have ever seen in my life. This is a grown man who maintained a Facebook page where he advertised his love of Thundercats (a line of hunky toys similar to He-Man in the 1980s, with muscular cat/human hybrids that fought evil in their underpants). If you review the filings in Burkhart’s SLAPP, you will see that Feagans’ work is poorly written, emotional, sarcastic, and unprofessional. In other words, exactly what you would expect from a grown man in his 30s who is still obsessed with Thundercats.
Yesterday (7/29/16), a three hour hearing was held in DuPage County court where Feagans’ nonsense was picked apart verbally by a judge who was none-too-pleased with his time being wasted by Thundercats-loving Feagans and SLAPP-happy Burkhart. The judge completely dismissed the SLAPP. He ripped this bogus lawsuit to shreds. From what I understand, Feagans cried like a small child after that happened. No doubt, he went home to his Thundercats collection in his room, told his wife he needed “Alone Time,” stripped down to his Underoos, and confided in Lion-O or Panthro or maybe even Mumm-Ra that life is just not fair and that he can’t ever win. Sword of Omens and Eye of Thundera, why is being a lawyer so tough and beyond the scope of my abilities?
Burkhart is pretty typical for a SLAPPer. She appears to have the money to burn on a lawsuit she knew she wouldn’t win, thinking that she could spend a few thousand to hire Feagans to essentially extort the Watchdogs. She just had to find a law firm dumb enough to sign her as a client on an un-winnable case. Perhaps she came across Feagans’ Facebook page, saw that he was a grown male attorney still really into children’s toys from the 1980s, and figured: BINGO! I’ve found my BOZO!
Feagans and the Griffin Williams firm then filed this bogus lawsuit for her…with the expectation that the Watchdogs would not be able to afford an attorney to fight it for them. The scary thing about SLAPPs is that they are wickedly effective when the target of the SLAPP does not have the means to hire attorneys for a defense and is too afraid to fight the suit him or herself pro se in court. What usually seems to happen is that someone is SLAPPed and then the shady attorney for the SLAPPer makes an offer that the SLAPP will go away and be withdrawn if only the target would agree to never talk about or write about the SLAPPer again. The SLAPPer’s slimeball attorney engages in extortion/shakedown here: if you don’t want to go to the trouble of defending yourself in court, then you must tear down everything you wrote about the SLAPPer and agree to restrict your future speech and never write about the SLAPPer or the bad things she did again. Otherwise, you will have to spend years and thousands of dollars fighting in court to make this bogus lawsuit go away.
See what they do here? If you catch something horrible happening with a public entity like the College of DuPage or Village of Orland Park and you expose it, to punish you someone connected in some way to that public entity will file a SLAPP against you. That SLAPP is never intended to survive a motion to dismiss or ever enter into discovery. These lawsuits never make it to summary judgment, let alone a jury. The purpose of the SLAPP is just to scare you, make you wish you never wrote about the public body or spoke out against it, and then you are supposed to beg the SLAPPer to make the lawsuit go away…with the promise that you will never get involved in local politics or participate in government activism in any way again. The SLAPP is designed to teach you a lesson, and that lesson is: do not mess with Democrats and what they are doing with taxpayer money because you will be sued if you get in the way of that gravy train.
The SLAPPers are usually people with money to burn or people who are in some way being funded by either the public entities themselves or a lobbying group that benefits from the public entities continuing to engage in wrongdoing. In our case with Bridget Bittman, she was not only the Comiskey heiress (with the resources of someone whose grandmother owned a major league sportsball team) but she also received funding from members of the American Library Association to pay for her SLAPP against us, since the ALA had a vested interest in seeing us silenced (as they never wanted anyone to ever hear about things that the ALA does to cover up sex crimes in public libraries). With the Edgar County Watchdogs, Carla Burkhart wanted to silence John Kraft and Kirk Allen because she (and likely others connected to the College of DuPage scandal) didn’t want the public asking questions about all of the no-bid contracts and other shady dealings that the Watchdogs were exposing.
The thinking seems to be that if a SLAPP is targeted at a reporter/activist that the SLAPP will be so scary that the investigations stop, people become too afraid to write about the wrongdoing, and the people who engaged in whatever terrible things were being written about get away with whatever they did wrong. I wish that SLAPPers would come forward and at some point be honest with the public about what goes through their minds. Do they run a cost/benefit analysis and come to the conclusion that investing a few thousand dollars to hire a clown like Joshua Feagans (Thundercats, HO!) on the chance that the SLAPP could work is worth that roll of the dice?
Did Carla Burkhart, like Bridget Bittman before her, really believe that filing a SLAPP would make reporters give up on a story of great public interest? It amazes me that an attorney like Feagans is allowed to keep practicing law. In a just world, a lawyer like him should lose his license for not advising Burkhart that her lawsuit was meritless and that filing it would only be wasting the court’s time because the First Amendment precludes silencing reporters who are reporting on wrongdoing that involved a public body. I do not understand why the State of Illinois allows Joshua Feagans to continue being an attorney when he and his firm Griffin Williams file SLAPP lawsuits that they know have no hope of succeeding. He and everyone at his firm who signed off on this should be disbarred.
In my opinion, there should be a One Strike and You Are Out rule when it comes to SLAPPs. Feagans should not be given a second chance. If you read any of his filings, you will see within the first paragraph that he is too immature to be practicing law alongside real grown-ups. And that’s even without looking into his Facebook love of Thundercats and other children’s toys.
As for Burkhart, she has 35 days to refile and start this whole process again. Efforts are underway at the federal level to create a national Anti-SLAPP law that would severely punish SLAPPers for abusing the court system and using it as a weapon in the way that Burkhart and Bittman did. I hope those efforts succeed. We cover Bittman’s SLAPP in exhausting detail in our book SHUT UP!, which I hope legislators read as yet another firsthand account of a SLAPP and its intended purpose of silencing criticism of public bodies and discouraging participation in government.
100 days from today, we will know if the Establishment prevails and Hillary Clinton is coronated as the 45th President of the United States, as the Establishment and all its minions want…or if Donald Trump yanks the rug from under the Cocktail Party class and upends the apple cart. Globalists want Hillary Clinton to win so that America’s sovereignty can be further erased through open borders and American national identity further watered-down through continued colonization of America by the Third World. What I believe the globalists are doing is flooding Western countries with as many Third Worlders as possible to overwhelm the national identities of Western countries…so that Americans are replaced in their own nation by poor, uneducated, malleable foreigners who don’t have any affinity for (or even knowledge of) American traditions and values. The United States is a country that could never be conquered from the outside by a foreign enemy…so the globalists seem intent on destroying America from within, chiefly by replacing the American people with something else. Something that shouts angrily into microphones in Spanish, as evidenced by the spectacle Democrats put on in Philly for a week.
The globalists have promised to fulfill Hillary Clinton’s lifelong dream and make her president and in return Hillary will do whatever the globalists want. Maybe she believes that whatever comes after America (what I believe Obama called “The New America,” comprised of “New Americans”) will be better than what exists now…but I don’t see how that is possible. The Third Worlders being aggressively imported into this country are poor, they can’t read or write, they have no skills, and can’t do anything but simple manual jobs. We’re a county without factories to work in since those all fled overseas or to Mexico after NAFTA and decades of unions making it impossible for companies to manufacture anything in this country. The Third Worlders flooding here are not skilled in anything: they aren’t stonemasons or sculptors or carpenters or bricklayers needed for a building boom, like we had in another period where large numbers if immigrants were actually needed. In 2016, we have no jobs for the people who continue to flood into the country…but Democrats want their votes, so a permanent, impoverished serf class is being created. To keep these people poor forever, Democrats do everything possible to keep them speaking Spanish — the language of poverty — so that they never assimilate into American culture. Globalists want these colonists to instead build parallel societies within America, to balkanize the country with colonies that continue to expand and never dissolve into the melting pot (that America is supposed to be). This is all a divide and conquer technique, meant to fracture the United States and weaken us. This is all setting the stage for Whatever Comes Next, which is a future the globalists want where the US is no longer a superpower and some other entity takes over and rules the whole world.
This is the kind of future in books like Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, where everything is like India and there’s a caste system: the powerful elite rule from on high and most people are poor serfs toiling away at the bottom. It’s impossible to ever move upwards and leave the most downtrodden castes. The elite live in unimaginable luxury at the top of the pyramid and the system is rigged to keep everyone else poor and powerless far below. This is the future the globalists want…and flooding the West with Third World colonists is part of a Cloward-Piven effort to collapse the world we know and replace it with their “Utopia.”
Hillary Clinton is clearly a pawn in all this. She’s not smart or competent enough to be engineering any of it. She is along for the ride. Look how the Democrat primaries were rigged for her to win. You saw how Bernie Sanders deceived all of his followers; he was always Hillary’s stooge and he was never intended to win the nomination. She needed a challenger to run against and he agreed to be that stooge. The Establishment decided long ago that Hillary would be the nominee and that she would also win this election. For the first time ever, the Establishment is so confident in itself that it’s no longer pretending that there are two parties anymore: John McCain and Mitt Romney were the stooges from 2008 and 2012; they were the men who ran against the Democrat, but didn’t really try to win because they were not supposed to win. They just were paid handsomely to be stooges, to be someone for Democrats to run against so there would be an “election”…but the Establishment and the globalists determined ahead of time that Obama would win because Obama would advance their agenda. In the last eight years America under Obama has been flooded with a massive stream of Third World colonists. All in keeping with the Globalists’ plan to eradicate America’s national identity, erase its borders, and eliminate its sovereignty.
In 2016, McCain and Romney are supporting Hillary. The entire Republican Cocktail Party elite is supporting Hillary. Stooges in Right Media (the term used for conservative writers) are all supporting Hillary. Look at what Erick Erickson from Red State and Ben Shapiro are doing. They are practically on Democrats’ payroll. All of this seems very coordinated. It feels to me that all of these people have been promised that their very comfortable lives will continue just as they are if Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th President…but that their lives would be upended if Trump would win. Erick Erickson loves to eat thick steaks and drink fine wine. Ben Shapiro loves whatever he loves, maybe gourmet chocolates and expensive collectible toys from Japan (I don’t really know much about him, so he could be really into Marie Osmond dolls for all I know). Hillary Clinton becoming president means that Red State would have guaranteed web traffic for four years…and easy to write articles about how terrible Hillary Clinton is. Ben Shapiro would get another book (or two) and would have scores of material to work from, seeing as how Hillary is such a known entity. Right Media’s business model is hating on Hillary and railing against her…and if your business is war then you never want to see peace. Defeating Hillary and removing her from the national scene means that Erick and Ben and the others would have to find something new to write about…and that’s a scary thought for them. Less web hits means fewer steaks and less wine. No wonder they want Hillary to win. They like the status quo. Trump winning upends the apple cart.
That’s really what this election is about and what the next 100 days should focus on: do people want the globalist trend to continue and for America to continue to be erased and eroded…or will people take a chance on Trump and the opportunity he creates to cause the Establishment to come crashing down?
It almost feels like the hostage mindset of people living under a dictator like Saddam Hussein…where they were used to their lives under his yoke and a world without him seemed scary, since they couldn’t imagine what would come next. Here, in our world, the Establishment has been doing its things and rigging elections and the Cocktail Party elite have been in place as a caste for so long that we’re all just used to them. Thinking about it all crashing to the ground is scary because WHAT COMES NEXT? Trump unending everything means that in January 2017 we’d be living in a whole new world. We would be off script. We’d be in uncharted territory. This would no longer be part of the globalists’ plans.
There would be a lot of hard work to do, because the Establishment that had been running things would be gone. In the wake, many secrets would be revealed and a lot of corruption exposed…and there would be anger and disgust as institutions like the IRS and the FBI get dragged before Congress and forced to reveal everything they’ve been doing to Americans. I believe that Trump would expose all of these people. It really would be like the collapsing of Saddam Hussein’s regime and all the trials that followed.
Anyone who has a comfortable life in politics does not want to see any of this happen, so they are siding with Hillary. That’s why McCain and Romney have been so into the #NeverTrump stuff. That’s why Erick Erickson and Ben Shapiro have been so into it as well. Anyone who’s made a comfortable living off politics does not want the system to be upended because their gravy train ends. It is hard finding a new career in your 30s or 40s and starting over. When you reach a certain point of success, you don’t want the rules to change because you’ve mastered the system and you don’t want to learn new rules. You like things the way that they are and you will fight to preserve what you have. Right Erick? Right Ben?
Trump is the worst nightmare of the Establishment status quo. This election appears to be shaping up as an choice between the status quo and something else. The question that must be answered is if Americans are tired enough of the status quo to roll the dice on something else and if the American people do indeed come to understand that the Establishment is embodied in Hillary (and that the Establishment has really been controlling both parties for years). Trump is a break from the Republican Party and is some new force of nature of his own. Will enough people see this as an opportunity to get rid of the Establishment for those Cocktail Partiers to fall once and for all?
In 100 days we’ll know the answer to that. We are in for the wildest ride of our lives, since the Establishment will not go down without a fight. If we assume that Trump does not just give up and lose interest in winning like McCain and Romney did, then this election will be one for the history and record books.
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[Click above to embiggen: some of the creepy skulls that were displayed at the end during the balloon drop at the finale of the Democrats’ convention.]
NOTE: I wrote live recaps of the convention as it was happening each day, all 8 hours of it per day. You’re welcome. All of those are here for you as a historical (if not hysterical) reference, day by day. The Republican convention notes are there too.
Back in the year 2000 (how weird is it that The Year 2000 is now ancient history?), DC Comics ran a series where Lex Luthor ran for President (and won!). He was a Ross Perot businessman who stuck it out and didn’t leave the race, the way that Perot did in 1992…and Luthor defeated Al Gore and George Bush and moved into a kryptonite-decorated Oval Office. Superman was pissed. I thought the whole thing was so absurd and hilarious. At the time.
This morning, I slept in late and rested up, after having covered every night of both parties’ campaigns for the last two weeks. I don’t remember much of the dream I was having, but near the end of it, I realized that Lex Luthor and the Joker were running for president. But, I didn’t feel any need or urge to stop them. It’s not that I didn’t care anymore, so it wasn’t me saying (or dreaming) “F*** it.” It was more like what happens if I’m walking home from the store and suddenly the clouds open up and it pours rain. There’s nothing to do but endure it, get drenched, and try to keep the groceries dry as much as possible. I can’t travel through time and remember to carry an umbrella. I can’t stop the storm from forming. I just have to get wet and deal with it. This too shall pass.
I am not working for either Lex Luthor or the Joker here in 2016 and I doubt I will ever agree to work for another national political campaign. National politics have gotten to a point so far removed from reality where they feel like something happening in a movie and not in real life. I believe that all of us are now just observers and that the results of national elections may even be predetermined. My focus the last few years has been working on the ground with local issues as a citizen sleuth. I don’t even bother with candidates in races, but instead have been using Freedom of Information Act requests to audit spending and piece together wrongdoing in various local and state public offices. And then I systematically confront the various boards with their wrongdoing, forcing change at that local level. It is slow, methodical, and (my boyfriend Justin says) boring work but I like that in a few months I can see results: the lavish trips that elected officials used to take stop; trustees write checks to reimburse the public for things they stole; bad public employees quit to spend more time with their families and bad board members decide to retire all of a sudden. I get more joy out of this than I ever did covering the national political scene, because I feel that being a local government watchdog actually matters…whereas filing another column about the latest scandal in Washington is just more shouting into a thunderstorm. No matter how good of a shouter I am or how witty my shouting, does it ever matter?
Making greedy pigs who stole taxpayer money from a library give it back matters. Getting crooked cops to admit they were wrong and fork over a settlement matters. Freeing a man who was being starved to death in a medical facility matters. The spectacles that happened in Philadelphia and Cleveland might as well have happened on Mars for all they matter.
My attitude towards this 2016 race is largely to be an observer of history, for this race is historic in so many (dare I say) fabulous ways. It’s the first presidential contest in my lifetime that feels like it is about more than just Democrats and Republicans jockeying for a crown. I feel that the real fight is between the Establishment (which has solidified around Hillary Clinton) and What Comes Next (which is the power behind Trump). I also feel that the Establishment is fighting under a banner of Globalism, where the end game is to destroy American sovereignty and erase our borders as prelude to that Utopia that lunatics truly and deeply believe will follow once the United Nations effectively controls the planet. The Establishment wants to end America as a place and a concept and a unique nation and replace it with some new entity that is the United Nations, but turned into a country (and not just an ugly building in Manhattan). Trump, to me, is the awakening of an Americanist giant and an opportunity for people who love America as a place/concept/nation to stand up and push back against the globalists. If Hillary wins, I think America ends with a whimper…but if Trump wins there’s at least the chance of upending the Establishment’s globalist schemes.
I feel that Hillary Clinton sold her soul to Globalism because she wants to be president so badly…and to be the first female president, in particular. For decades, we’ve been conditioned by the Establishment that a Hillary Clinton presidency is just destiny. It was always “the future” in SciFi shows, and now the future has arrived. Last night, she appeared on stage dressed up all in white to accept the nomination. Rebecca Mansour observed today that wearing white is traditional for a royal coronation. Depending on your generation and its pop culture references, Hillary was either Queen Elizabeth/Queen Victoria, Boss Hogg (from Dukes of Hazard), or President Snow from Hunger Games in her bright white pantsuit (which completed the patriotic tricolor she started by wearing all red one night and then all blue the next night, before appearing in all white during the convention’s finale).
The other day, Breitbart ran an interesting article charting all the times in recent years that some movie or tee-vee show pushed the idea of Hillary being president…and the three that I always remembered were:
* The tee-vee show Sliders in 1994 or 1995, making Hillary president instead of Bill in an episode set in an alternate dimension where women, not men, were in charge.
* Hillary’s face appearing on money in the Eddie Murphy movie The Adventures of Pluto Nash, as she was president at some time in the future before the events of that movie began.
* The aircraft carrier USS Hillary Clinton appearing in the Axis of Time series of SciFi novels, which was a ship named after the 44th President of the United States (Hillary) in that timeline.
In 2008 when the nomination was taken away from her, it felt like a new timeline had been created where Hillary would instead be kept from becoming president. The way that the DNC outsmarted and outplayed the Clintons was masterful in that they found the only kryptonite to keep her from the White House: a charismatic black man who struck the perfect balance between being someone that white people enjoyed listening to and black people enthusiastically supporting because his skin was their same color. He looked black, did what white people in the DNC wanted him to do, and could orate like a black preacher when needed. Obama made blacks cheer and whites swoon. Hillary was outfoxed. It was like someone traveled back from the future with a recipe for the one thing that could have prevented Hillary Clinton from ever being president…and then the DNC followed that recipe.
Everything that has happened since, in these strange and Idiocracy-prone eight years, has felt like a surreal, bad dream. In the Hulu show 11/22/63, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, when a man who traveled from the future came back to stop Oswald from shooting Kennedy, the past didn’t want to be changed and would fight back at him in interesting ways. In our world, our tee-vees, books, and movies told us for years that it was decided by The Powers That Be that Hillary Clinton would be president one day (she’s even president at one point in the Stephen King book!). Every time that Hillary’s been let off the hook for something awful she admitted that she did or the Media runs cover and outright lies for her, it feels like the universe is altering itself in such a way to force the destiny of that Hillary Clinton presidency to come true. History is rewritten and reality is altered in front of our eyes to create a more positive narrative for Hillary.
The reporting on the Democrat Convention this week reads to me like something from an alternate universe. The reporters who write about the Democrat Convention being a success were watching some other convention. It was not the same procession of grievances, victim stories, and shouting angrily in Spanish that I sat through day after day (for 8 hours a day!). Similarly, the reporting done by the Media on the Republican Convention in Cleveland was all wrong as well…because I felt out of the two conventions the only positive and America-focused convention was Trump’s. Hillary’s convention was all about carving people into their identity blocs, then telling them they were victims and that Hillary Clinton would “fight for them” because she is a woman. None of it really made sense to me. Trump’s convention was about stating that Hillary Clinton is repeatedly caught lying (which is true) and that she should never be trusted (since she lies and admits that she lies).
Here are 10 other observations I’m struck with today about the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia:
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My new book (written with my friend Megan Fox) is coming out next week: SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment.
This book tells the story of the lengths that local government goes to (with the help of national lobbying groups) to silence the First Amendment rights of Americans when they criticize and petition the government for change. Something is very wrong with this country when even local library boards and villages out in the suburbs believe that they can throw everything and the kitchen sink at Americans to chill free speech, silence them, and shut them up.
Back in 2013, Megan and I stumbled upon years’ of unreported crimes in the Orland Park Public Library. It happened by accident, after a library staffer tipped us off that they “got a lot of that” in there. Curious what “a lot of that” meant, Megan and I used the Freedom of Information Act to look into the Library’s internal incident reports and legal invoices, to see what problems that Library had through the years. Immediately, the Library Director chose to involve the Orland Park Police Chief, Village staff, and the law firm Klein Thorpe Jenkins to try to scare Megan and me away so that we would not be interested in the incident reports she wanted to keep hidden.
The Library illegally redacted reports and hid other documents entirely. Some records appear to have been destroyed completely, but what we found shocked us: years and years and years of sex crimes happening in that Library, with staff never calling the police. In the instances where something bad happened at the Orland Park Public Library and police were called, it was library patrons (not staff) who called the police. A pattern emerged where it seemed that Library staffers were doing all this on purpose, as if they knew that if they called the police then what happened in that Library would make the news…and they didn’t want that bad publicity.
Very quickly, Megan and I were targeted for destruction. The American Library Association (a lobbying group that is funded in large part by George Soros) sent “crisis managers” to advise the Orland Park Public Library on how best to silence and scare Megan and me away. We did some digging and saw that the ALA does this to every mom or dad who discovers something awful happening in a Library and complains about it. The ALA targets the parents who complain and chases them away. This has been happening for years.
Figuring out who was behind all this — and who in Orland Park wanted the sex crimes to keep happening in the Library and to keep going unreported — took several years to figure out. FOIA requests gave us some insight and Megan and I took to attending board meetings to petition the library board to address its many problems. Instead of listening and doing the sensible thing, the Library decided to go to war against us…even encouraging a Library staffer to sue us in a bogus SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) suit.
Along the way, Megan and I became experts in the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, and SLAPPs. We lived to tell the tale, which oddly was a story that the local media refused to ever report on accurately. You see, if you ever find yourself up against local government (especially an entity like a library board that no reporter wants to write a negative story about, no matter what happens in there), you will realize that the media is too chummy with government to ever tell the real story.
In our book, we document run-ins we had with reporters from the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown, NBC, CBS, the Orland Park Prairie, the Orland Patch, and other outlets. Not a single one of these people ever wanted to report on the sex crimes that were covered up in the Orland Park Public Library for years and years (which all appeared in their incident reports, which reporters chose to ignore). No media outlet wanted to report on the female employees of the Library who were sexually harassed on a daily basis by men masturbating to porn in the Library. None of this was happening in downtown Chicago and these were derelicts doing any of this…this was all happening in an upscale, affluent suburb of Chicago…where local politicians and police seem to have decided that they were all going to deliberately look the other way and never stop any of this (because someone wanted this to keep happening at the Orland Park Public Library).
Every terrible thing that a local government entity can do to you to shut you up and scare you away was done to us. Sometimes twice. Sometimes eleven or more times.
The book goes on sale next week. I hope you buy it because in addition to telling our story of what the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association did to us it’s also an account of ways that you can fight back against entities like this when they come after you.
The First Amendment Right to Petition our government for change and redress of grievances is under attack in this country. Washington DC is largely a lost cause, depending on how you look at it…but your local government can still be changed, if citizens are brave enough to do that. I hope Orland Park goes down in history as an example of how wrong local government is when it thinks it can silence its critics.
Because even if the local media refuses to report on any of it, someone could always write a book about every terrible thing that happened. And if irony holds, the very same public library that declared war on the First Amendment might very well be forced to carry a book on its shelves all about every awful thing it did to try to silence people!
– Book will be released last week of May 2016 –
I suppose since Facebook is never going away (at least until something else replaces it) that I should maybe possibly learn how to kind of use it. For a while now, I’ve been studying the inane social media postings of local government bodies here in suburban Illinois. Just about every Village, Township, and other locality has a Social Media Coordinator or a Public Information Coordinator or some other very highly paid person whose job it is to post asinine things on Facebook and Twitter on behalf of the public body. Having lived in Chicago now for over 10 years, I’ve finally ventured far enough into the suburbs to realize how small town and hokey Illinois gets just a few Metra stops outside Cook County. These suburban government Facebook-posters really go to town in the social media realm.
There are always pictures of plants and flowers and gardens posted, all of which can be unintentionally hilarious. With everything either written in a condescending tone or in this weird, hyper-excited way of speaking that I’d swear must be parody…if I didn’t actually know some of the “public information” employees involved in these postings (and also know they are dead serious when they right this stuff and have no idea any of it is funny).
“Sassy Plants” is a satirical diversion of mine where I collect photos that I take around Chicago and gamely ape and parrot the “social media coordinators” and “public information officers” I see posting on Facebook and Twitter…while at the same time trying to understand Facebook and Twitter myself…or just make a big mess of things.
If you love the absurd, native prairie plants in Illinois, the occasional wicked hot dude, and have a fondness for old Successories-style motivational posters with mismatched graphics and quotations, then perhaps you’d consider “Liking” Sassy Plants on your Facebook using the Internets.
Fidget Mittens and other satirical ridiculousness direct from Chicagoland suburbia awaits!
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted. Many (good) things have been happening in my personal life which have required my time for the last many months. Things are settling down a bit for me now and I’m planning to start posting again. Things are happening in this country that MUST be brought into the light!
My first order of business is to update you all on Kevin. He is currently recovering from pneumonia, which he contracted while recovering from his latest surgery. He misses writing and really misses HillBuzz, but he is doing what he must do to focus on his health and well-being.
If you pray, I ask that you please pray for Kevin, his health, his recovery, and his happiness!
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