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Susan Sarandon has been giving interviews where she talks about breaking up with Hillary Clinton, despite a friendship going back many years. Sarandon cites corruption during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State as the reason for the “breakup.” The video above, available on the YouTubes by way of the Internets, is worth your valuable time. Sarandon can be painful to listen to sometimes, because she’s pretty far-Left in some of her beliefs (which center a lot on the Global Warming Apocalypse Cult)…but her ability to talk openly about not supporting the Democrats’ candidate for president is admirable.
At some point in life, I think that everyone has to think for themselves and stop lockstep, blind, party-voting. We should all look at the issues that truly matter to us and decide if the person running for office can be expected to do anything at all to affect the positive changes that we want.
Yesterday, early voting began in Chicago. I showed up bright and early, meeting a good friend downtown and heading over to the Board of Elections offices. I felt positively deplorable.
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[Click above to embiggen: one of Trump’s tweets, where he took credit for forcing Obama to release his certificate of live birth, after refusing to do so for years and years…and thus needlessly keeping controversy going, as that controversy always benefitted him.]
In the last few weeks, several websites have been pushing the theory that Birtherism originated in the Clinton campaign back in 2008. Lester Holt also decided to make Birtherism a big focus of the First Presidential Debate. I lived and breathed the 2008 Hillary campaign on the ground in Chicago…and actually started HillBuzz.org in February of 2008 because someone on the campaign who I had been working with told me to start a supporter website for her, as nothing like that really existed at the time and her supporters wanted someone to call out the Media for relentlessly attacking Hillary and trying to drive her out of the race and hand the nomination over to Obama. My job was to watch what people like Chris Matthews and Tim Russert were doing to Hillary every day and then rebut them…and also to get information about Obama out to the public that people here in Chicago fed me about him, but the Media refused to report about him because, of course, the Media didn’t want to ever say anything negative about him because they wanted him to win. Everyone working in the Media was committed heart and soul to electing that man and covering up his past. The Clinton campaign’s efforts to expose Obama were 100% centered around Jeremiah Wright, his radical connections to Wright’s hateful “church,” Obama’s connections to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the mystery of Obama’s mother’s relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, and the truth about Obama’s adoption by Lolo Soetoro in the 1970s (which included Obama becoming an Indonesian citizen and gaining an Indonesian passport) and how that factored into Obama’s admission to Columbia University (where I believe that Obama applied to this college under his Indonesian credentials in order to secure admission and benefits he would not have received if he used his American identity when filling out all the paperwork; in short, Obama gamed the system like he always does and to this this day he’s never been exposed for it because people for some reason didn’t find this scheme of his interesting enough to look into).
It is an absolute lie that Birtherism started in Hillary’s campaign. In that primary race, there were scores of other things that Team Hillary wanted to go viral to defeat Obama (as noted above), but claiming he was secretly born in Kenya was NOT amongst them. What follows below is what REALLY happened eight years ago, as I remember it. This is one of those instances in life where the truth is not as much fun or as useful for some people as they would like it to be and the lie they want to believe is more interesting…but the truth is that the only person who ever benefitted from Birtherism is Barack Obama himself and the Obama campaign itself pushed Birtherism as a false flag/red herring to discredit Obama’s critics and silence all criticism of his strange and mysterious past. That’s because Birtherism kept everyone from ever talking about all bizarre things about his life before he entered Columbia University that, to this day, he never wants anyone to ever talk about. So, here you go.
All About Birtherism: the Ingenious Red Herring That Has Successfully Kept All of Obama’s Real Secrets Hidden to This Very Day
Not many people seem to remember how much Birtherism helped Barack Obama back in his 2008 primary race against Hillary Clinton and the subsequent general election against John McCain. To this day, what is called “Birtherism” — the conspiratorial belief that Barack Obama was secretly born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and that fact making him somehow ineligible for the presidency — prevents any sort of conversation about the very real possibility that Frank Marshall Davis is actually Barack Obama’s biological father or that Obama may have fraudulently obtained favorable treatment from Columbia University in New York City by claiming he was Indonesian, not a black American, when applying to college there. Those are just two of the unlimited potential scandals that Obama artfully dodged because everyone and their brother was caught up in Birtherism and didn’t want to talk about anything else in 2008.
Has anyone ever stopped to think that maybe the Obama campaign itself created the whole Kenyan Birtherism red herring to keep people from digging into all the real secrets that Obama’s handlers wanted to keep hidden? After all, who other than Barack Obama ever benefitted from all the smoke and mirrors of Birtherism?
Just say for a moment that you were running a presidential campaign and you knew that your candidate had unique vulnerabilities that could cause everything to come crashing down around you if anyone poked around in his past, investigated his radical associates, evaluated how he misrepresented himself at various points in his life and career, and fact-checked his much-celebrated autobiography? What if you knew for a fact that your candidate was a sociopathic fraud and that he had aggressively lied through the years, inconsistently telling whatever useful lie he felt that he needed to tell in each critical moment to get ahead? If the campaign would have imploded if the right people started asking the right questions then the only way to win was to preemptively obliterate anyone’s abilities to ask those particular questions. In this mental exercise, remember that you are a Democrat, you care nothing about the truth, you believe that the ends always justify the means, and you think Saul Alinsky was someone commendable who should be revered and admired.
I argue that the luckiest of all breaks that Barack Obama had back in 2008 on his road to power was the whole Birtherism fixation on Kenya. Once Birtherism captured people’s wildest imaginations, even the demented ravings of Reverend Jeremiah “Chickens Coming Home to Roost!” Wright and Obama’s obvious connections to domestic terrorist William Ayers were lost in the background and no criticism at all of Obama’s past dealings was allowed. Anyone questioning anything at all about the suspicious and irregular holes in Obama’s biography, particularly about his sketchy time in Indonesia and stretch at Occidental College in Los Angeles before heading to Columbia, was lambasted as a “Birther,” with the net result being that Obama mostly sailed through the 2008 election without the kind of scrutiny that would have dredged up inconsistencies or oddities in his published life’s story.
The ridiculous Kenyan Birtherism conspiracy story allowed the Media to mockingly point at someone asking legitimate questions about Obama’s strange and elusive past and label that person “a Birther.” Once that mocking started, no one was willing to publicly entertain the thought that Obama was really hiding something horrible in his past from the American people…something that could have (and should have) ended his campaign for the presidency. People were much too afraid of being lumped in with the Birthers and so they kept their mouths shut about anything strange they would have otherwise talked about regarding Obama.
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[Click above to embiggen: This is “Scooby,” the weird GMC van that the Clintons seem to ride around in now. I never saw any kind of van like this used by anyone important until it appeared to pick Hillary up at that 9/11 event in New York earlier this month. Why can’t she ride in a normal car?]
Have you noticed that instead of a limo or town car that Hillary Clinton has been arriving at events in a strangely-shaped van?
This is the same van she was awkwardly lifted into in New York earlier this month, at the 9/11 commemoration event. She and Bill Clinton also emerged from a similar van as she arrived for the First Presidential Debate. During the chaos at the 9/11 event, one of her aides, who had no idea she had left the scene and had been rushed over to her daughter Chelsea’s apartment (instead of being taken to the hospital…because when you are having a serious medical problem and collapse in public, the sensible thing to do is to go to your daughter’s apartment…where odds are there will be less medical staff than at a HOSPITAL) let it slip that the codename for the mysterious black van was “Scooby.”
I think this is a reference to the “Scooby Van” that the Scooby Gang tooled around in on the Scooby Doo cartoon series. So, they call this van “Scooby” and they seem to enjoy riding around in it more than a limo or a sedan. I have never seen anything like this until that 9/11 event…and then again as the Clintons arrived on the Hofstra campus. What the Hell kind of van is this? For real.
But, then I watched the new show Notorious on ABC and several characters rushed into a similar van as they fled from reporters outside a courthouse. These “Scooby” vans must be a new thing that rich people are using instead of sedans or limos. None of the people who piled into this van on the show were lying about any secret medical conditions (at least not in this episode) and just seemed to favor this van for its plush comfort.
Notorious provided a nice look at the interior. I’m sure the production crew based this on an actual van of this type; you can see that it’s very comfy in there, with a high ceiling and a giant screen tee-vee and probably all sorts of communication gadgets. Does Hillary’s van have medical equipment in it that she needs…so that negated a trip to the hospital and she was able to just go to Chelsea’s apartment instead? Is this van like an ambulance or something or is it all just about the comfort?
I also wonder if Hillary’s having trouble getting into a regular limo or a sedan, so it’s easier to use this van. But what would she do as President? The presidential limousine (nicknamed, “The Beast”) is pretty much set in stone. The Secret Service makes the POTUS ride in that armor-plated behemoth. Would they let her use “Scooby” instead of “Beast”? I don’t think they can do that.
Take a look at some snaps from Notorious below. In case you’re curious, it’s not a bad show. I like the actress Piper Perabo and she’s the star. You might remember her from the cable show Covert Affairs. Two episodes have aired so far and they have been fun.
[Click above to embiggen: On the show, the van pulled away from the reporters. It’s the same kind of van as Hillary’s “Scooby” van.]
[Click above to embiggen: inside the van is a big screen tee-vee and all kinds of tablets and gadgets and amenities. I imagine this set was built to look like real “Scooby” vans that are out there. This view is facing forward, with the wall holding the tee-vee separating the passenger compartment from the driver. There are round speaker holes in the walls.]
There are so many strange things going on here, it’s mind-blowing.
This video was filmed on 2/3/1997. So it was just a few weeks after Bill’s second inauguration. Rosie O’Donnell is dressed like Ronald McDonald for some reason.
Hillary looks amazing. She was 49 at the time. So this is her before any of the weird medical problems of recent years. I don’t even remember her like this, not in a pantsuit. It’s odd looking back this far. She’s like a different person.
Back then, as First Lady, she’d show more of her personality and would do silly things like this. Again, I think this is who she really is instead of the character she plays these days, based on what her handlers tell her to do.
Twenty years later, at least to my knowledge, Rosie O’Donnell has never stopped dressing like Ronald McDonald.
This afternoon I had lunch with a good friend from the 2008 Hillary campaign. We did what we always do when we get together, which is to tell stories and laugh about our favorite parts from that race. Neither of us will ever do another presidential campaign: we did Hillary 2008 and that is it for us. The trauma of going through that race together is something that bonds us, now and forever. We both feel that committing ourselves to Hillary back then came with a lot of negative consequences that we are still dealing with. Yet, as I always say, I couldn’t imagine doing anything differently and I really wouldn’t change anything (except, of course, her losing back then). Looking back, there was no way for Hillary to win since the deck was stacked against her behind the scenes since 2004 when the DNC decided to back Obama in 2008 after Kerry lost. Hillary never had a chance and we were all punching against windmills because the Establishment wanted Obama and they got him.
One of the most memorable lines that Obama said during those rigged primaries was when he said that Hillary was “likable enough.” That came during a debate, where Obama was asked if he thought Hillary was “likable.” So, he said what he said and there was an audible gasp in the room. He instantly knew he screwed up and Hillary got some good traction out of hammering him with that for quite a while. I bet he regrets saying it to this day, like that “bitter clingers” line he used at a San Francisco fundraiser at the Getty Mansion that haunted him before the Pennsylvania primary in 2008.
The day after the First Presidential Debate this year, Hillary was on her plane talking to reporters…and for most of it she does the robot thing that she does in public…but if you watch until the end you will get this quick glimpse of the real Hillary Clinton. The sarcastic woman that allowed herself to be seen more in 2008, especially when it was becoming clear that the DNC would not allow her to have the nomination and she basically said, “Screw it” and just went around being herself (instead of the fake version of her that has wide-eyes and tries to smile and laugh a lot and not say anything biting or memorable).
That part at the end is the real her. Where she says, “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.” And then all the reporters gasp and go: Oooooh! Burnnnnnnnnnn!
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[Click above to embiggen: a bar taped a ollin Kaepernick jersey to the floor so people could wipe their feet on it. Personally, I think they should have superglued it to the inside of a urinal. That’s where it belongs.]
There’s an article over at HotAir today about how the NFL’s ratings are in the toilet…but people still love their sportsball, so many people are still watching the games. I just don’t get that. It makes no sense.
After what Colin Kaepernick and other players have been doing lately to disrespect America, I have a hard time understanding why anyone at all is still tuning in to the NFL on the tee-vee when there are better things to watch. If you truly just love sportsball (or you just like seeing hunky guys in tight pants chasing after each other, grabbing each other, and rolling around on the ground together), there are alternatives for you…starting with watching college games in your area instead (or just standing around Boystown on a Friday night, where you can see all the grabbing and manhandling you want, for free).
I’ve never understood the love for sportsball (which is a term that I lump all the pro-sports teams into; they are, collectively, just sportsball to me…in the way that I bet straight people can’t tell vintage Chanel or Oleg Cassini apart if your lives depended on it). Every now and again, I try to get myself interested in hockey…because sometimes I am in a social situation with straight guys and they start talking about one sportsball team or another. In those moments, I just hijack the conversation and start talking about the Lake Erie Monsters or other obscure hockey teams that may or may not be real. Or I talk about the Kurt Russell movie Miracle, about the USA vs. USSR big hockey game that happened long ago. After that awkwardness (since not many people follow hockey and/or Kurt Russell…or Croatian water polo games…or whatever other niche “sportsball” team I can expound upon), the conversation nudges along to something we can all talk about together…instead of just going on about the Bears, the Cubs, the Sox, the Bulls, or whatever those guys would have talked about otherwise. (I just wrote a book with Megan Fox all about sex crimes happening in public libraries and SLAPP lawsuits to silence whistleblowers, so that’s a good conversation-killing topic too!)
This summer, I tried watching the Olympics to see how much amateur sportsball I could take in an exotic cesspool such as Brazil. Outside of men’s gymnastics and anything involving Speedos, I couldn’t last five minutes staring at the screen and listening to the former athletes and talking heads going on about what was happening in front of them. There were some gorgeous specimens of the male form on display at the Olympics for sure. That gorgeous idiot Ryan Lochte sure didn’t fail to delight and entertain with his antics. The elegance of the gymnastic routines and the stamina of those hunks was a work of art. The diving was fun too, especially with adorable little Tom Daley prancing around. It was all a lot of Hot Damn! and Great Merciful Zeus! and Check him out! exclamations, which was fun for exactly a day and a half. I am gay as rainbows and while I loved seeing those scantily-clad guys in the muscular prime of their lives expertly executing all of their various moves while wearing as little as legally possible, watching the Olympics was like going to the Art Institute for me: I appreciated the beauty and I marveled at the talent…but at a certain point my brain had had enough and I didn’t care to see any more.
Straight people (and lesbians) love sportsball though, and scream and yell at the tee-vee and get all worked up over it. I’ll never understand why, but I accept that they love it. Sportsball is just something they love that my brain can’t understand. In places like Chicago, the NFL is the most important kind of sportsball of all, with very well-fed and large people dressing up in their favorite team’s colors and eating all kinds of gooey, spicy, and sweet snacks while drinking beer and screaming and yelling together on Sundays or Monday nights. So, sportsball is a social thing for straight people (and lesbians). The NFL means something to them that I will never understand, and I get that.
For years and years I tried to think of what my equivalent would be — something that I loved watching and that I felt was sacred to me, a thing that could never be taken away — and I couldn’t come up with anything. There are shows I love to watch (mostly mysteries like Elementary or spooky shows with hunky guys, like Supernatural) but when they aren’t on I find other things to do and I can give them up if I need to for some reason. I used to love the show Scandal (because gorgeous and sassy black women are almost as fun to watch as hunky guys), until an episode last year where the main character Olivia had an abortion and they played Christmas music while they showed her on the table, murdering the helpless little baby she had conceived (with the President of the United States on the show, no less). That was it for me and Scandal. Never again for me and Scandal.
Which was a shame, because I deliberately overlooked all the asinine things about social justice that actress Kerry Washington (who plays Olivia on the show) had said over the years. Washington is a big Obama kool-aid kid and it’s her right to be that if she wants. I’m able to separate what an actress says and does off the screen from how I feel about the show she’s on, no matter what stupid thing she says in interviews. I know not everyone chooses to do that, but I make the choice to keep liking a show even if an actress spouts nonsense I firmly disagree with. Olivia was just too fun of a character that I loved too much…right up until she had that abortion and the show presented it like the act was a marvelous and fun thing to do. Something that every woman should do. It made me sick.
I can love something and believe that I couldn’t live without it…right up until the point where something makes me mad and I realize how easy it actually would be to live without it.
I haven’t bought any Coca-Cola products for a few years now, not since Coke ran a disgusting commercial during the Super Bowl in 2014 or 2015, where they had people sing “America the Beautiful” in Arabic and Spanish, like that was a good thing. That was it for me and Coca-Cola. Never again for me and Coke.
I am someone who believes that if you move to this country then you need to assimilate and start speaking English so that we can be one people, with one language, living and working together as Americans. This push to Balkanize the US into various tribes, with each tribe gibbering in a different foreign language, disgusts me. I share Teddy Roosevelt’s view that there should be no hyphenated-Americans…just Americans. Coca-Cola is a company I will never patronize for the rest of my life because I don’t want to give them a single penny ever again. Let people who speak Arabic and Spanish buy their sugar water. I never bought Pepsi in all my life until Coke ran that terrible ad, but Pepsi products are the only sodas I’ll buy now. And that’s held firm for however long it’s been since that Super Bowl. God bless America!
I wish that more people would turn off the NFL and find an alternative. If you love sportsball, there’s sportsball all around you…where no one is disrespecting our anthem. I never had the honor or privilege of serving in uniform, but my heroes in life are the men and women in the military, especially the United States Marines. On the too-rare occasions that I’ve actually met a Marine in person, I’ve been awestruck. They are true heroes, not pro athletes. One of the single greatest evenings of my life was a few years ago when I got to have dinner with two Marines in Washington, DC when I was in town for an event and few things have ever been able to top that honor. If you disrespect our anthem or our flag or the other things that symbolize our country, to me you are disrespecting those honest to goodness superheroes who wear our military uniforms. I don’t understand how anyone could watch an NFL game (and, thus, put money in the NFL’s pockets via those tee-vee ad sales) when the NFL is allowing our anthem and our country (and by extension our service men and women) to be so disrespected.
If you really love America, I think you should stop watching NFL games. It’s a free country and you can do what you want, but if you love America then help teach the NFL a lesson it really needs to learn.
Here in Chicago, if you love going to a football game, there are about 7 different colleges always having games. There are plenty of hot guys in tight pants for you to watch run around and grab each other. (Northwestern’s games are the best, in my opinion, because the purple and white uniforms are the cutest). If you don’t want to admit that you just love watching men run around in tight pants and you want to pretend that you think football is just strategically fascinating, that’s okay. I am not trying to yank you out of the closet. You can claim you watch football because you are just interested in the plays and you aren’t staring at anyone’s butt. I will never judge you, because we are friends like that.
If you really just are into the strategy (yah, right) and love the game itself, there are tons of high school teams in your area you could support (without ogling!). That’s much better than giving money to the NFL: pick a school and become a team booster. Buy stuff from their concession stand. Cheer the team on. Attend their pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners or whatever. Write checks to the booster club. Wave your pennant while wearing your raccoon fur coat, or whatever goes on in the stands at sportsball games. I went to exactly one football game while in high school, and it was only because it was a big homecoming game in some important anniversary year and they needed as many people as possible to wear uniforms and pretend to be in the marching band for some big dance number they wanted to do…so I got roped into doing it, pretending I could play the drum or whatever instrument they had me hold as an extra. I’ve never been to a Bears game here in Chicago because it’s so cold in that stadium and the tickets are more than a week’s groceries, so too rich for my blood. But there is football all around, everywhere, if you really love football so much. You don’t need to be watching the NFL just to see your beloved football.
One of the truly frustrating (and, in this moment, ironic) things about Republicans is that they are like Charlie Brown with his bedeviling football…and they don’t walk away when Lucy yanks the ball out from under them or does something else malicious. Democrats aren’t like that at all: the first time Lucy yanks the ball, Democrats will find a way to take the ball away from her so it never happens again. Lucy would be punished for yanking the ball and would never yank anything again after Democrats taught her a crippling lesson. Growing up a Democrat, I’m still wired like that…where if something awful happens, I don’t just keep setting myself up for the awful thing to happen again. I put a stop to the awful thing and make sure it never happens to me again.
Republicans never seem to learn. If they want to advance at all in the Culture Wars, they need to start punishing entities like the NFL (or Coca-Cola) that disrespect America. That sometimes means giving up something you love or finding an alternative for it. For me, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max ended up being just the same if not better than my old Diet Coke and Coke Zero. I don’t even miss Coca-Cola products anymore. I don’t miss the show Scandal either. Life is full of alternatives. I enjoy the fact that neither Coca-Cola nor ABC got any additional revenue out of me after what they put on the tee-vee horrified me in their respective cases.
If you are a rabid NFL fan, all I’m saying is that hockey players have great butts too. And they don’t just stand around and then run for a little bit, but they glide all over the place in exciting ways. They punch each other right in the face too and get all bloody sometimes and are given time-outs when they are bad. It’s so much better than football. Hockey is a great alternative if you want something to watch. It feels like it’s always on, too, because they are always playing hockey somewhere.
Why not give that a try for a while and let the NFL go bankrupt as punishment for allowing the likes of Colin Kaepernick to become the face of your precious football?
Colin Kaepernick is Lucy, just effing with you. The NFL allows this. Why take it?
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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