Posts Tagged ‘Sidetrack the Video Bar
[Click above to embiggen: Chicago’s Sidetrack the Video Bar decided that the Orlando massacre last week made the perfect advertising opportunity for their new summer drink, which people should call “The Tasteless and Shameful.”]
In Boystown here in Chicago (the strip of gay bars on Halsted in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood, in between Wrigleyville and the lake), one of the largest bars is Sidetrack the Video Bar (just called Sidetrack or Sidetrack’s by locals). This place has a sketchy history of making bad decisions, particularly when politics are involved, because I think the people who work there are in such a little bubble and are almost never criticized that they don’t even realize when they do something wrong. The bar is owned by Art Johnson and his partner Jose “Pepe” Pena and is used often as a political tool for the Left. Johnson was one of the main benefactors of Equality Illinois, which for years perpetuated the myth that gay people are perpetual victims (and need a group like Equality Illinois to exist to protect them, so please take out your checkbooks now). Whenever the Left wants to do something gay-related as a photo op, they usually send the celebrities to Sidetrack and use it as a backdrop to talk about how evil and terrible and awful Republicans are.
During elections, Sidetrack pushes a hard-Left agenda on its patrons, with the windows and walls plastered with propaganda (much of it being flat-out lies calling one Republican or another a bigot or something else awful and defamatory, because this is what gays on the Left always do at election time…rev up hatred and claim that Republicans are trying to kill gays). Meanwhile, when Muslims are actually out killing gays for real, the “gay community” largely tries ignoring that. For whatever reason, the Left wants to keep importing into the country large numbers of people from backwards and dysfunctional cultures who hate and want to kill gays…and the “gay community” closes its eyes and covers its ears. Good luck with that.
In the past, I thought the worst thing that Sidetrack could ever possibly do was when it had guys dressed up as Nazis at its Halloween party and no one who worked there thought that was a bad idea in any way (they even featured the pictures on their website!). But, this weekend I think Sidetrack topped itself in the disgusting and shameful category by using the massacre in Orlando as an excuse to advertise some new summer drink they’ve concocted.
Less than a week after a Muslim went on a rampage in Orlando in the name of Islam and executed almost 50 people (for the crime of existing when Islam mandates that gays should be killed), Sidetrack painted a colorful rainbow “From Halsted to Orlando” message on its windows (the same ones that will be filled with anti-Republican hatred come October/November).
From Halsted to Orlando. Celebrate Pride Sidetrack Style with a Bull-Beri Storm featuring Red Bull Blue Edition.
So, let’s get this straight. Something horrific happens a week ago — which Sidetrack acknowledges with the “Orlando” part of its ad — but then it engages in the cognitive dissonance of pushing its new Red Bull drink. I am sure that any straight business that did something as crass and tasteless as this would be pilloried for it, but in Chicago Sidetrack gets a free pass on things like this (just as it did with the Nazi costumes at Halloween and the hate-mongering it gins up during elections). Did a throwaway reference to what happened in Orlando really need to be slapped above a promotion for a new cocktail?
Why not just paint a nice sign that says “We love you Orlando!” or “We support Orlando!” or do what other bars and businesses on the strip did and place the pictures of the people who were murdered in a nice display? While Sidetrack as a business does need to let the world know that it has a new Bull-Beri Storm drink (featuring Red Bull Blue Edition, no less), does it really need to do that in the same breath as invoking Orlando?
Don’t the people who were murdered deserve more space in a memorial than the ingredients in a cocktail somehow strangely being promoted alongside their lost lives?
What’s the purpose of saying “From Halsted to Orlando” and then going on about a new Bull-Beri drink? While people on Halsted may very well be enjoying their Bull-Beri, and for all I know it may be delicious (and possibly the greatest drink ever concocted), I guarantee you that the people in Orlando who have been attending funerals around the clock and working to rebuild shattered lives are not excited about Sidetrack’s new Bull-Beri concoction. So, it’s false advertising to say people will be drinking this “from Halsted to Orlando,” as I bet somewhere around Atlanta (if not sooner) people will be asking “What the hell is wrong with Sidetrack?”
I want to believe that Sidetrack’s owners Art Johnston and Pepe Pena are not bad people but instead are just elderly men who periodically do bad and stupid things because they are out of touch with what being gay means in a world that doesn’t need their old Alinsky ways. For some reason, they saw this tragic massacre happen in Orlando and the first thought they had was, “This would be a great way to promote that Bull-Beri Storm drink!” I am not sure who exactly thinks like that, but it fits with Rahm Emanuel’s old “never let a good crisis go to waste” mindset. A Muslim walks into a gay bar and mass-murders gay people…and Johnston and Pena see a Red Bull infused marketing campaign spring to life.
I can’t even begin to process how their minds work, but since this is Sidetrack and it’s the biggest bar in Boystown they will get away with doing whatever they want, no matter how tasteless and shameful.
Which, in my opinion, is what they should have called that Bull-Beri baloney they are peddling. Stop in to Sidetrack’s for a room temperature glass of Tasteless and Shameful. Being served all summer, from Halsted to Orlando!
How the Left Uses Gays to Dismantle, Undermine, and Toxify the Catholic Church…the Gaystapo in Action in Chicago!
John Nolte at Breitbart.com just published a hard-hitting piece that’s worth your very valuable time…exposing Barack Obama’s commitment to the institutional Left’s Alinskyite objective of “dismantling, undermining, and toxifying the Catholic Church”; this article’s one of those that I’ll probably quote from for years to come, because I’ve never seen this articulated so succinctly before. Dismantle. Undermine. Toxify. That is precisely what Leftists have been attempting in their decades-long war against the Catholic Church. Kudos to Nolte for precisely encapsulating so much evil into three small words…which I hope you’ll join me in making everyday vocabulary from this point forward.
What John Nolte probably doesn’t know firsthand, though, is that the Left’s weapon of choice against Catholics is normally gays…who serve as a Gaystapo goon squad that is revved up into frenzies of hatred against Christians in general (but Catholics quite specifically). If you observe the institutional Left’s strategic moves long enough, you’ll see it’s almost always gays who are bused in to block the entrances to cathedrals or churches and scream expletives at parishioners heading into mass; this is, of course, the toxification aspect of the Leftists’ agenda…since they are attempting to make going to Catholic mass so unpleasant an experience for believers that they’ll potentially start staying home, just to avoid being screamed at by obnoxious gays out on the street (most of whom, in the video above at least, are actually members of the Chicago Teachers’ Union…more on that later).
The Left uses the Gaystapo against the Church (with gays screaming “Bigots!”) in much the same way that Democrats trot blacks (led, of course, by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Henry Gates) in front of cameras to accuse conservative businesses, Republican politicians, or any of the Democrats’ other perceived “enemies” of being “Ray Ciss”. This is stage crafting coordinated by the DNC, with gays and blacks serving as useful idiots and foot solders for the institutional Left.
It doesn’t matter to the State Media that the particular gays holding astoturfed signs or the blacks being paid $50 to walk a picket line often have no idea what specifically they are protesting (and, as in the video above, can’t really identify what exactly makes someone a “bigot” or a “Ray Ciss”)…just so long as the “news” can run clips of them angrily denouncing enemies of the Democrat Party as “bigots” or “Ray Ciss”. It’s almost as if the Left has a giant vending machine somewhere that dispenses these useful idiots in prepackaged cartons, in whatever flavor Democrats need that particular day to target a specific area of Christianity or conservatism for attack. This is such a well-oiled machine that Leftists no doubt have a color-coded chart to determine which particular subset of the Democrat Party can be most aggressively used to inflict the most damage to Christians and conservatives on any particular issue. It’s like knowing you just need to type in A5 to get your nacho cheese Doritos or plug in B7 for some Cheetos (while simultaneously sinking Republicans’ mixed-metaphoric “Battleship”).
You’re probably much more familiar with black people being used by the Left in antics conducted by “The Justice Brothers” of Jackson, Sharpton, and Gates (as parodied by satirist Paul Shanklin above)…but you need to start paying attention to the similar activities of obnoxious gays who are consistently manipulated as unthinking props by the “gay community” leaders who serve the institutional Left as what I’ve dubbed “The Gaystapo”; this is happening every day all around you…and you need to start speaking out against it.
Because if you do, then Democrats would no longer be able to use any of these people as weaponized props against Christians and conservatives and the institutional Left would be dealt a very severe strategic blow…WITH YOUR COMMITTED HELP.
[ Click above to embiggen: two men who spread virulent hatred against Christians….one in Chicago and one in Tehran ]
A classic example of the deployment of a weaponized Gaystapo brigade manifested itself just this week here in Chicago — on Sunday June 16th, 2013 — when a throng of self-proclaimed gays operating under the banners of “Equality Illinois” assailed the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church on Belmont Avenue between Halsted and Broadway in Boystown (see “Hateful Gays Attack Catholic Church in Chicago” video at the top of this page…but be cautioned about foul language, loud screaming, and general obnoxiousness).
Equality Illinois is a political action group founded and funded by Art Johnston, the owner of Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown; though Johnston often introduces himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk”, I instead refer to him as “The Ayatoldja Johnston” because in Chicago he serves a function for “activist gays” and the institutional Left that the Ayatollah Khomeini similarly served for jihadists and Islam in Iran: he’s the one who makes the speeches to identify and denounce the “enemies of the gay community” and the Left in Illinois and then compels the equivalent of jihad against them. If “The Ayatoldja Johnston” pushes a fatwa against you from his perch at Sidetrack the Video Bar and marks you as an “enemy”, expect to have every gullible gay in the tri-state area harassing and menacing you lickety-split…in much the way that the Ayatollah Khomeini used to sic deranged Muslims on the worldwide “enemies of Islam” from his mosque in Tehran.
If you are familiar with the Alinsky Rules for Radicals you’ll already know that the institutional Left employs much of the same sort of tactics that the “Religion of Peace” that is Islam utilizes…and that both groups are very enemy-directed and destruction-focused. No wonder the Left attacks Christians relentlessly but never addresses the beheading, maiming, imprisonments, torture, forced gender-reassignment, general brutality or other evils that Muslims inflict upon gays in any country where Islam is dominant; Leftists clearly view Muslims as fellow travelers in the “enemy of my enemy is my ally” sense. Little do these idiots know, however, that should the institutional Left succeed in destroying the Catholic Church on a global scale that Islam will no doubt rise up to fill the void…and at that future date Muslims will turn on the useful idiots in the Left and execute them. The gays, to no one’s surprise, will be the first ones that Muslims kill.
Leftists don’t think that far ahead though…or, more accurately, they don’t seem to think that much at all. As the video I shot in Chicago last Sunday establishes.
When I brought this footage home and showed it to my boyfriend Justin, he watched exactly 47 seconds of it before he covered his ears and told me he couldn’t take anymore; the screaming, yelling, cursing, honking, and general obnoxiousness was too overwhelming for him. Justin’s a nice young guy from rural Arkansas who still asks me “why are these people doing this to our country?” whenever he witnesses the “activists” of the Left in action. For those of you who feel similarly to Justin and can’t make it through the full 8 minutes of footage I taped, here’s a rough breakdown of what the Gaystapo was up to in front of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel this Sunday:
* The video begins with a woman who self-identified to me as “a loud and proud bull dyke and rug muncher!” (that is a direct quote) answering my questions to her about what the “protest” was about (that’s me you hear off-camera talking to these lunatics); she’s wearing a tee shirt that’s clearly emblazoned with the Equality Illinois (EI) logo, much like the shirts worn by other attendees of this scream-a-thon. Look closely in the video and you’ll see that most of the signs also carry either the Equality Illinois logo or some reference to this group…as Equality Illinois is who directly organized the attendees (with help from the Chicago Teachers’ Union). The woman refused to give me her name, so I’ll call her “Equality Illinois Woman” in the below.
* I asked Equality Illinois Woman about the sign she was holding, which read “ARCHBIGOT of Chicago not welcome”; it turns out this mob was dispatched by the Ayatoldja Johnston’s Equality Illinois PAC to purposefully disrupt a mass being led by the Archbishop at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for its gay Catholics group, AGLO (Archdiocese Gay Lesbian Outreach). The Ayatoldja Johnston seems to have decided that depressing turnout for this mass was important, so Equality Illinois Woman and her cohorts were there to bully and heckle any gay Catholics who were heading into Mt. Carmel to celebrate mass (more on this later).
* Labeling someone a “bigot” is a tried and true tactic of the Gaystapo, empowered by Alinksy Rule for Radicals #13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Start paying attention to whenever gays anywhere call someone a bigot; it’s always a supremely astroturfed effort. The Ayatoldja Johnston did this to Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady back in the year 2010…and even went so far as to plaster the entire front of his bar Sidetrack on Halsted with bizarre signs screaming BIGOT! BIGOT! BIGOT! at Brady (in much the way that the screamers in the video shout BIGOT here in 2013). No explanation was ever given by Ayatoldja Johnston regarding what exactly made Brady a “bigot”…but according to Johnston he just was. That eerily reminds me of the Ayatollah Khomeini declaring Salman Rushdie a heretic and demanding his beheading in a fatwa; at least the only thing the Ayatoldja Johnston demanded gays in Boystown to do to Brady was to ensure he did not win the gubernatorial election.
* When I pressed Equality Illinois Woman for some specifics on what made “the Archbishop” a bigot, she said that he “takes money from parishioners to lobby against the civil rights of gay people”. I find this highly ironic, because by this definition Equality Illinois Woman has named Art Johnston himself as a bigot…because he takes money from Sidetrack bar patrons, funnels that into Equality Illinois, and uses that organization to lobby against the rights of Christians (including funding this scream-a-thon in front of Mt. Carmel that was intended to disrupt its AGLO mass last Sunday). This is a good reminder to all of you to heed Alinsky Rule #4…which is to “make the enemy live up to its own rules”.
* Equality Illinois Woman got very upset with me when I asked her what exactly the money from the Church was being used to do, and she rambled about it being used to “meddle in politics”. But, isn’t that what the Ayatoldja Johnston does with Sidetrack’s money via Equality Illinois? She got right up in my grill and said that the Archbishop doesn’t “know the difference between Church and state and can’t separate Church and state”…and that’s where I think it’s time to take a reality check and think about the fact that Democrats control the entire state of Illinois. Which is not Alabama, or Mississippi, or Georgia, or Arkansas, or even Missouri…where religious leaders have a lot of clout. I actually can’t think of any state where the Catholic Church is powerful enough to really affect politics in the year 2013, since the sex-abuse scandals of the 1980s really constrained whatever public influence church officials once had in America. Just think back to the last election and the various Bishops and Cardinals who warned Catholic voters about the dangers of Obamacare and its forcing the Church to violate its doctrine by funding contraception via health plans…and not all that many voting Catholics paid much attention to that at all when they cast their ballots. If any religious leaders in this country have any real political power today it is the evangelical ones…who can assuredly make or break a Republican’s national political career (see: Mitt Romney). Nobody in politics really pays that much attention to Catholics…except the Gaystapo that always attacks them. Which makes me wonder how much the Left had to do with the sex scandals of the 1980s and whether Leftist long-term infiltration of the Church set the stage for all of that…just so the institutional Left could weaken the Church from within in what Nolte called the effort to “dismantle, undermine, and toxify” it. We’ll have to revisit this another day because I think we might be onto something.
* At the 39 second mark, Equality Illinois Woman has walked away from me and has essentially stopped answering my questions. A very odd man pipes up who for some reason reminds me of a Muppet (so that’s what I’ll call him). He says that the Church is there to block gay people’s rights, so I ask him how exactly it does that in a Democrat-controlled state like Illinois where the Catholic Church has little to no power.
* Equality Illinois Woman then starts screaming at me about Prop 8 in California and doesn’t like it when I remind her that blacks in the Golden State who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 (to usher in The Golden Age of Hope and Change) also voted for Prop 8. One of the apocryphal tall tales that gays enjoy telling is that California is actually controlled by super-powerful Mormons in Utah who forced the passage of Prop 8 (which canceled out “gay marriage” in Sacramento). This is the height of absurdity because if Mormons were really that powerful then why didn’t they simultaneously carry the state of California for John McCain in the electoral college? The State Media will never admit this, but the reason that Barack Obama won the state of California’s electoral votes while Prop 8 passed in 2008 is because Obama’s black voters also gleefully pulled the lever to discriminate against gay people. And they loved every minute of it. I actually don’t know what blacks in that state were more thrilled about: electing a black man president or sticking it to gays with a ballot-measure F-U in CA.
* Equality Illinois Woman insists at the 52-second mark that the Archbishop was in fact behind Prop 8 (so it wasn’t the Mormons?) and that he was also behind the effort to block “gay marriage’ in Illinois. I assume she also believes he was behind the Kennedy Assassination, the removal of Twinkies from the marketplace, and the rigging of the Dancing with the Stars Voting in 2010 (no, wait, that was me!). For those who don’t know, Democrat Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan decided not to allow gay marriage in the state of Illinois because if he had done this right now Illinois would be the 13th state to recognize “gay marriage” and Madigan is superstitious and didn’t want to be the “unlucky #13″ state. He wants Illinois to be the 14th state to legalize “gay marriage” because 14 is one of his lucky numbers (I think it’s a grandchild or niece or nephew’s birthday or something). This is honest to goodness the reason why “gay marriage” did not pass in a fully Democrat-controlled state legislature…just because Democrats here did not want it to pass this year. Fundraising off “gay marriage” is a HUGE FINANCIAL BOON for Democrats…and they need that money for 2014. What the State Media and the useful idiots at Equality Illinois won’t tell you is that Democrats purposefully tabled “gay marriage” in 2013 because they wanted at least one more year of fundraising in the “gay community” to fill their campaign coffers for 2014. If Madigan had allowed this to pass in ’13 it would have been unlucky for Democrats in the fundraising racket…so it’s better for the Left’s nationwide prospects in ’14 to keep gays riled up about “gay marriage”. Do you see how that works? Maybe “14” isn’t a family birthday number for Mike Madigan after all…but is just another part of the Left’s longterm election strategies.
* Around the 107-minute mark Equality Illinois Woman and Muppet insist the Church controls the state of Illinois, which is just an outright lie. Have you been to this state? Clearly the Church would do a better job of running it than Democrats…and maybe black children in public schools here would be able to read by the age of 15 and AIDS and meningitis wouldn’t be making roaring comebacks in the City of Chicago. Idiots.
* Something really interesting happened at about the 114-minute mark. If you blink, you’ll miss it…but there is a man in a dark shirt with nasty dark hair and a goatee who started coming towards me to knock my camera out of my hand and assault me. You’ll hear Equality Illinois Woman pull him to the side and say “Did I say you could do that to him?”, which was my first indication that this woman was the assigned “leader” of the protest. You need to understand that this is how astroturfing works on the Left…there is always a contact person/leader of the event and then people like Muppet and Nasty Hair Thug are recruited by various organizations like Equality Illinois or the Teachers’ Union. When they arrive on-site, they are told that someone like Equality Illinois Woman is in charge. Usually they meet around the corner from wherever the actual scream-a-thon will be taking place and the contact person/leader establishes the rules and priorities of the event. One of the rules is that they can’t do anything that looks violent while being filmed…and they can’t say things on camera that people like James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart have been expert in the past at catching on tape. If Equality Illinois Woman had not been there to stop him, I’m pretty sure Nasty Hair Thug would have knocked the camera out of my hand or grabbed it…which would have been very unfortunate for him because police were standing by and I would have insisted he be arrested for assault and theft for doing so.
* At 121-minutes, Muppet can’t identify which representatives in the Illinois state legislature said they were being pressured by Catholics not to allow “gay marriage” in this fully Democrat-controlled state. He said he needed to go back home and look at some list he had of all these people. But, he didn’t bring this list to the event he was attending where he’d be screaming and yelling about these people? Doesn’t make much sense.
* At 144-minutes, Muppet asks me what I’m doing there and I truthfully told him I was just walking down the street and saw all the commotion. This is amusing to me because I almost never go down Belmont between Broadway and Halsted because the only thing that’s really on that stretch of Belmont is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and that’s not the church I attend. It was a one-in-a-million chance that I of all people would be walking down this street right when this scream-a-thon was happening…and for once I actually had my camera with me and it still had battery life in it. I happened to be out that day taking photos of apartment buildings for a friend looking for a new place and if not for that I’d have never encountered these lunatics or gotten this on film. The Holy Spirit must have been directing me or something.
* I love that he says at 153-minutes something about “if you are a gay man”. That’s funny to me because I think there’s no way on Earth I could ever hide that I’m gay and don’t think I’m remotely passable as straight. I think my voice gives me away, totally.
* At 209-minutes, Muppet says that Democrats don’t control the state of Illinois with Speaker Mike Madigan. Clearly, Muppet is visiting us from BizarroWorld.
* At 220-minutes, Muppet insists these people he doesn’t know the names of are all afraid of “reapercushions” (I think he means repercussions, but maybe these are some sort of sofa paddings the Angel of Death carries around on which to rest his sickle). Once again, I don’t know why any Democrat would be afraid of any religious group because the way this state is gerrymandered there are no Democrats anywhere in Illinois, even far down south, who are ever in danger of losing their seats because of the influence of Catholics. That’s just crazy talk on Muppet’s part.
* At 242-minutes, I attempted to get good shots of as many of the faces of the people protesting as possible because I’d like to identify them all by name (and see how many of them work for the Chicago Public School system). If you read Nolte’s article, he makes it clear that the Left is targeting Catholic Schools for destruction because they are an impediment to the complete takeover of children’s education in this country (via the Frankfurt Plan). I always spot members of both the Teachers’ Union and the SEIU at any astroturfed protest in Chicago and endeavor to identify which teachers specifically are moonlighting in the Gaystapo. If these taxpayer-paid public employees are doing things like this on their off time…I think parents need to wonder what they are doing in the classrooms.
* Notice how the majority of these people scurry from the cameras, attempt to obscure their faces with signs, turn their heads away, etc. If they were proud of what they were doing and really believed in the things they were screaming then why are they so afraid to be photographed doing all of it? I can tell you, whenever I am at some event speaking in public I don’t care who films me because I am in a public place, engaged in a political activity for a cause I believe in, and I never, ever say or write anything that I do not believe 100% to be true and will forever standby. Leftists on the other hand always seem ashamed to be on film, like at heart they just know what they are doing is wrong and wilt when a camera is pointed at them. Why is that?
* 254-minutes…the two guys hiding their faces are both public school teachers but I don’t know their names. I recognize them because they were both wearing Chicago Public Schools red tee shirts in the bar Downtown on State Street earlier this year during the whole mess with the teachers’ strike. I remember the bald guy because he looks like Buster from Arrested Development. If you know the names of either of these guys (or anyone else in the video) please email or post in comments because I’d love to find out what schools they teach in and see if parents of their students know what they get up to on the weekends with Equality Illinois and its political agenda.
* At the 304-minute mark I see someone has a video camera on a tripod…and the camera is pointed at the church steps. Equality Illinois is very clearly trying to capture every gay man heading into the AGLO event on film…so that the Ayatoldja Johnston and the rest of Equality Illinois can identify these guys and deal with them in some way. Remember that this event was setup up right before the AGLO mass being celebrated by the Archbishop…so the camera was positioned from a vantage point to capture the faces of the attendees heading to the event. The camera is not pointed at the protestors, so it’s not being used to record the activities of the Equality Illinois and Teachers’ Union members. It is filming who is going to services for AGLO so that the Ayatoldja Johnston can know who these people are…and perhaps order gay jihad on them. Why else point the camera that way when all the action is happening on the sidewalk?
* At 307-minutes, the gay bullies dispatched by Equality Illinois harass a gay Catholic in a yellow shirt who is attempting to enter the church. They’re calling him names and shouting at him for participating in AGLO, but much to his credit he ignores them and keeps his cool…the guy in the yellow shirt says he has “seen two year olds that behave better”…and one of the gay bullies from Equality Illinois screams “yah, you’re wearing yellow and yellow”. I guess because he has on a yellow shirt as well as yellow shoes. That’s called matching. It’s a pretty standard thing to do, especially for gays. Yellow Shirt guy tells the Equality Illinois thugs that they act like idiots. They really don’t know what to do, because they are used to successfully bullying people, so Equality Illinois Woman just starts shouting louder.
* At 335-minutes, a man wearing the Number Five on the back of his shirt starts talking about Anita Bryant (whom Justin thinks is the “black woman who accused Clarence Thomas of putting hairs on a can of Coke” but is actually the former singer and Florida orange juice pitch woman whom Harvey Milk made into his personal nemesis back in the 1970s). Pay attention to Number Five, because I believe he’s also a Chicago public school teacher. I’ve seen him before at Teachers’ Union events, though he might be a professional protest-attendee in the ranks of the astroturfing Left. That means he might not even be gay himself, but is doing this because it’s safe to assume that Equality Illinois paid people to stand in front of this church and harass people attending the AGLO mass. I think he’s a teacher though, based on his mannerisms and the fact that I swear I saw him at the teachers’ strike protests too.
* Notice the Chicago police standing there. Justin actually asked me why the police were not doing anything to stop all this, but I had to explain to him that the cops in Chicago are actually really great guys…and they do an AWESOME job 99.9% of the time here. I love Chicago cops. They aren’t allowed to stop a protest like this or to interfere in it…but they were there to keep the sidewalk clear and actually protect people heading into the Church. So they were doing the right thing. If the Equality Illinois thugs had laid hands on anyone, grabbed my camera, or physically blocked the way into the Church then the cops would have arrested the gay bullies. But these people had a legal right to scream and yell and attempt to disrupt the mass verbally…they just could not physically touch anyone, step onto Church property to scream and yell, or prohibit someone physically from attending mass. They are allowed to videotape people going inside in an attempt to identify them and intimidate them because there is no expectation of privacy walking down a sidewalk and into a church.
* 341-minutes. Just look at how weird these people look. That also makes me believe this was a paid protest and that people answered an ad on Craigslist or something to attend this. There are such oddballs in this group from Equality Illinois; some look homeless, others appear to be mental patients. I doubt they all are fully aware of where they even are let alone why they are screaming at a church. One guy looks like Quasimodo and might think this is a staging of Hunchback. This is really typical for turnout at a Leftist paid event.
* 420-minutes. You can see a guy running past the lunatics to get into the church. It’s pretty sick that this is allowed to happen, as Justin said. Can you imagine if the tables were turned and gays had to run to get inside of a gay bar? I wonder what the Ayatoldja Johnston would say if Christian groups picketed and screamed “BIGOT!” in front of his bar Sidetrack on Halsted and forced his customers to run as they were entering the building, afraid of being filmed going in? I bet the State Media would be all over that, wouldn’t they?
* This all goes on for a while longer and the honking and screaming of BIGOT! give me quite a headache. I cut it off at 8 minutes just because it was more of the same thing over and over again and the police were keeping anything major from happening. But the protest itself went on for quite a while with lots of screaming and yelling intended to disrupt the mass being held inside. You’ll notice that everyone screams louder when the doors of the church are opened…because they are trying to get their voices to carry inside. I think they also are doing a psy-ops trick here, because they are trying to seem more numerous than they really are. As in, if they scream loudly when the doors are open the people inside will think there are hundreds of Equality Illinois thugs out there…instead of just a handful of paid lunatics.
What’s actually fascinating about all of this is that I never knew about this AGLO organization before and hadn’t heard that Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had some kind of a gay outreach program. The only way I would have ever found out about this was if I had walked by a protest like the one on Sunday that called AGLO to my attention. I’m now considering going to mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and joining this AGLO group…and the Church will have Equality Illinois and the Teachers’ Union to thank for that new addition to their membership ranks!
I’m sure the Ayatoldja Art Johnston will just love that.
As I was walking away, Equality Illinois Woman said something I wish I could have gotten on tape because I enjoyed the visuals of it so much. She said, “THEY always send one of them out to try to discredit us like that”, while pointing at me. As if people who were never credited in the first place need me to discredit them.
I wonder who’s the “THEY” that she referred to in that and what “one of them” meant to her. Since Sunday, I’ve been enjoying coming up with ideas on that with Justin, imaging all sorts of variations on the theme of “THEY” and “THEM”.
Was “THEY” the Vatican itself, as if the Holy See dispatches me on these missions around the world in service of the Church? I pictured a tall, dark, and chastely-handsome colorfully-attired Swiss Guard popping up to my doorstep carrying a parchment scroll sealed in blood red wax and tied up in golden string with an urgent mission directive straight from the ring of Pope Francis in Rome…directing me to Belmont and Halsted to film lunatics screaming at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on a random Sunday in Chicago.
Perhaps, instead of a Michelangelo-clad hottie the Vatican would just materialize a cherub in the vicinity of my desk who’d deposit my marching orders on finely-calligraphied vellum…like those owls that flew around Hogwarts passing all of those notes (but leaving just glitter behind instead of the horrors I imagine mice-ingesting owls depositing from their behinds as they took flight around the magical school). If black smoke over the Vatican means no pope has been selected by a conclave and white smoke heralds a new pontiff…does raspberry or peacock smoke indicate successful transmission of a message from the Holy See to a conservative homosexual in Chicago? The possibilities are endless.
Of course, I wondered if Equality Illinois Woman instead meant “THEY” in the Republican sense…like Governor Sarah Palin, Congressman Allen West, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senator Ted Cruz, or others in the GOP ranks that I like and admire sent me out to videotape on Sunday? How awesome would that be? (Answer: it would be hella awesome, hunties). Where do I sign up to be an unpaid page for committed conservative people who are trying to save our country from ruin? I’d love that gig and would hope they keep me very, very busy always.
I very much enjoy being “one of them”, as Equality Illinois Woman referred to me…because I sure as Hades never want to be mistaken for one of the nuts who’d heed the Ayatoldja Johnston’s call for jihad and scream and yell at a church on a Sunday. I’d rather this woman forever call me “one of them”…since “one of us” in her case would mean a wasted and pathetic life wallowing in the institutional Left’s special blend of hypocrisy and hatred.
On an intensely personal note, the more I consider it the more I truly do believe the Holy Spirit drew me down Belmont (a street I rarely walk down) last Sunday (a day I rarely am out and about walking in the neighborhood) for the specific purpose of catching the Gaystapo on tape engaging in this coordinated attack against Catholics; for Nolte at Breitbart to publish his article on the War on Catholics today (while I was working on getting the video footage up on YouTube and this essay written) sends a shiver up my spine because it, too, feels like the Holy Spirit at work compelling my service to the faithful on the ground here in Boystown. There’s a great line in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Sean Connery, playing a devote Catholic, “suddenly remembers (his) Charlemagne” and says, “Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky”…before employing an umbrella to send seagulls into the air to cripple a Nazi warplane. The Holy Spirit apparently has a long history of commandeering both the ordinary and the oddball for service as needed, no matter how unexpected it would be.
I’m delighted and honored to similarly answer the Spirit’s call whenever and wherever it comes…in service to my Lord, my country, and the American people I adore. I hope as friends you always join me in this and together we endeavor to expose all the bad things the supposed “gay community” does to aide and abet the institutional Left.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Have you ever encountered Leftists like this out and about, screaming and yelling and carrying on the way that they do? Can you tell immediately how artificial and astroturfed these “protests” really are and by watching the video can you see how the rabble present really do appear to be hired hands from Craigslist?
What are some ways that YOU can spread the word that the institutional Left uses gay people as useful idiots and Gaystapo goon squad foot soldiers in the ceaseless War Against Catholics in this country?
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Here’s another multi-part question about the “gay community” that readers have submitted for our month-long look at bad things gay people do to others that the State Media in this country will never, ever report on…seeing as how the narrative they push is that gay people are perpetual victims, much like black people. So, anything bad that a gay person does must always be ignored by the Ministry of Truth…just like how the State Media contorts itself like Plastic Man to avoid ever shining a light on the terrible things black people do.
A new study being pushed on Drudge Report today shows that only 23% of people in this country believe that what the newspapers and the tee-vee are telling them every day is even remotely true. Who are those 23 people out of 100 who think the State Media is trustworthy at all? Idiots. I swear to you, if it is the very last thing I ever do with my life, I am going to think of a way to get that number down to just 13% of the public believing a damn thing they hear on the tee-vee; newspapers I don’t have to worry about since those will be gone within my lifetime for sure (and probably the next five to ten years). The tee-vee is going to be around for much longer…even if it transitions to becoming an all-digital medium.
Over the next two weekends, various cities are going to be having their “Pride Parades” and the tee-vee is going to tell you how evil you are for judging the obnoxious behavior you will see on your screens; the tee-vee is lying to you, like always, because any nastiness or brattiness happening at any of these events is originating with gay people aiming that evil at others…but most especially Christians. The Pride Parades are not, in fact, occasions for gay people to celebrate “pride” in anything…but they are really just a very strategic weapon the Left uses to declare open war on Christians and conservatives for the entire month of June. They get away with it by showing a lot of rainbows on the tee-vee, or zooming in on hot guys dancing in their speedos a top floats to distract people. As lovely as rainbows and male strippers are (and I admit I’m a big fan), you need to always remember what the propagandists of the Left are really up to with “Pride Parage” coverage: it is ALL ABOUT furthering the Left’s agenda in the Culture Wars and continuing to convince Americans that being a Christian or a conservative is evil and that the various subgroups under the Democrats’ umbrella are all perpetual victims who need your sympathy. In reality, the roles are actually reversed…which you’ll see if you pay closer attention.
One thing in particular I want you to watch for, because it will happen in your state whenever the Pride Parade is held in YOUR biggest city: the tee-vee will show you a handful of random people holding up signs that read “God Hates Fags”…and then they will have a clip of either gay people or heterosexual members of PFLAG denouncing the “God Hates Fags” sign-holders. What the tee-vee never tells you is that the ones who are holding the “God Hates Fags” signs aren’t religious people at all…but in fact are actually either people hired off Craigslist by Leftist groups to be out there or they are members of unions like the SEIU. Those are Democrat operatives out there aping for the cameras so that the tee-vee can have a visual of Christians supposedly attacking gays. The thing is, these people only appear when the State Media wants to push the narrative of gays-as-victims. In Chicago alone, there are hundreds of events a year that these astroturfed “religious zealots” could be disrupting or protesting…but they ONLY show up for the Pride Parade coverage. Why is that? You’d think if they really believed in this “God Hates Fags” stuff that they’d be out every Saturday night in Boystown with their signs, trying to discourage people from patronizing all the bars and other gay businesses in town. But, they don’t do that.
It’s almost as if these “religious zealots” don’t actually exist and are just a cast of characters hired by elements of the institutional Left as some sort of stagecraft to push the desired narrative in June that gays are such victims. Now that I’ve told you to look for this, I hope you can watch for yourself and let me know if you can start seeing through some of the State Media’s deliberate and purposeful lying. The truth is out there if you would just only see it.
QUESTION: You’ve talked a lot lately about a group you call “The Gaystapo” but I don’t really understand who they are. Do they call themselves that or is it something you came up with? What do they do exactly and how are they organized?
ANSWER: I coined the term “The Gaystapo” here on HillBuzz.org in 2010 or so, because that’s around the time that I personally started receiving organized harassment from the “gay community” here in Chicago. Prior to this, I was vaguely aware of bad things that gays as a group would do to others…but I never thought much about how organized an effort this really is.
If you know my personal story of running this site, I used to write anonymously about politics because I live and work in a Leftist-controlled city and at the time I had a business that depended on consulting and freelancing for nonprofits. I still can’t get over the irony of this, but elements of the Left had been trying to “out” my real identity for two years to punish me for first of all supporting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008…but then also for backing Sarah Palin and John McCain in the general election; the Left could never figure out my name…until a Cocktail Party Republican named Fran Eaton at the little-read website Illinois Review purposefully outed me for personal reasons (I think it was a favor she did on behalf of my ex-boyfriend, who is a particularly vengeful bisexual still trying to climb the ranks in the Republican Party in Illinois). So, the Left couldn’t do much to me until a Cocktail Party Republican like Fran Eaton helped them…which I think is one of the most telling anecdotes you will ever hear about why so much of the GOP is a very bad thing for this country.
Not long after Fran Eaton outed me as the principle author of HillBuzz, the “gay community” here in Chicago started harassing me…because they didn’t like what I was writing about the bad things “the community” does. Things really heated up in the summer of 2010 because Art Johnston — a man I’ve since identified as the primary Ayatoldja of the Gaystapo here in Chicago — plastered all of the windows of his business, Sidetrack the Video Bar, on Halsted with hateful, nasty signs that maligned Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady as “a bigot”. It was incredibly vile…and something that Johnston did just to rev up hatred in the “gay community” for both Brady and Christians…since Johnston also used any event held at Sidetrack to make or authorize speeches that told all the unthinking, useful idiot gays in attendance that “Bill Brady is evil!”…”Bill Brady is a crazy Christian!”…”Bill Brady wants to put you in concentration camps!”…and other such nonsense. I’ve told you before that the best way to describe what goes on at Sidetrack during one of these big events (attended by capacity crowds of about 1,200 gay men at a time (and like 5 women with low-self-esteem who hang around gay men like flies on mangos)) is to just refer you to the two-minutes-hates directed at Emmanuel Goldstein in the book/movie 1984:
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The reason I call Art Johnston by the name “The Ayatoldja Johnston” is because he behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did in Iran; Johnston regularly takes the stage at Sidetrack to condemn the “enemies of the gay community” with fatwas he issues, declaring this or that person (such as Bill Brady) a bigot or commanding the useful idiots and drunks assembled in Sidetrack to engage in jihad against other “traitors” and “quislings” (which would be me…and other gay Christians and conservatives out there who speak out against the evil things that the Ayatoldja Johnston does here in Chicago). The State Media enjoys claiming that that Art Johnston is an inductee of the “Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame” and that he founded the organization Equality Illinois…but the Left’s propaganda wing doesn’t tell people that Equality Illinois regularly harasses religious people and is essentially just a sock puppet that spreads Johnston’s anti-Christian and anti-conservative messaging for Johnston.
It works like this:
* Art Johnston owns the largest gay bar in Chicago, which makes it probably the largest gay bar between New York and Los Angeles. Though it’s never won Best Gay Bar in the country in any survey I’m aware of, the place is actually quite gorgeous inside and remains extremely popular. Sidetrack is known for flaunting Illinois’ liquor laws by giving away every second or third drink for free…and Johnston never has to account for this because of the clout he has with politicians in this state.
* Attracted by the free drinks and the very beautiful interior of the bar, unsuspecting gays arrive at Sidetrack and receive anti-Christian and anti-conservative indoctrination during an evening at the bar. This is especially true during “Comedy Night” Thursdays when long blocs of virulently anti-Christian “comedy clips” are played that mock Catholics in particular (but never, ever saying a bad word about Muslims). Every event held at Sidetrack is MC-ed by Bradley Thomas Balof, a Chicago public school teacher who moonlights as a male erotic entertainer and also Sidetrack’s master-of-ceremonies; Balof revs up hatred for Christians every time he takes the microphone…and he serves as the Ayatoldja Johnston’s opening act, getting the crowd hungry for the red meat he’ll toss at them under the banner of Equality Illinois.
* The majority of events held at Sidetrack are in some way fundraisers for Equality Illinois…which is basically Art Johnston’s personal Public Action Committee. This is a very common tactic on the Left, to incorporate some sort of supposed non-profit that then does whatever a particular Leftist wants that thing to do…which allows that individual Leftist wiggle room to claim “it’s the organization doing it, not me!”. Another way to look at this is like what Hollywood actors do when they create their little vanity “production companies”; these are ways to move money around with less scrutiny than if they were just operating everything under their actual names.
* Johnston funnels revenue from Sidetrack into Equality Illinois and then uses Equality Illinois to attack Christians and conservatives throughout this state. In the process, he gains a lot of clout with politicians in Illinois such as Rahm Emanuel, Mike Madigan and his daughter Lisa Madigan, Anita Alvarez, Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin, and of course, Barack Obama. This covers the Ayatoldja Johntons’ butt when it comes to things like the liquor laws and also when it comes to mistreating and violating the civil rights of his employees (which he’s being currently sued for in federal court).
* No other bar in Chicago is operated this way and is so directly tied to a Political Action Committee like this. At the other taverns, clubs, and restaurants catering to gay clientele in Boystown there is no hatred being stirred up by the owners against anyone. Those other places are just about having a great time, drinking, dancing, listening to music, and (of course, for a gay bar) hooking up. But, at Sidetrack it’s like the drinking and the having fun is considered secondary to recruiting as many young, unsuspecting gays as possible into the cult of the Left…by the Ayatoldja Johnston CONSTANTLY pushing this “we must unite against our enemies!” Orwellian garbage all the time.
Art Johnston gets away with this for the same reason Sidetrack wins “Best Float!” every year in the annual Pride Parade (no matter how lackluster and amateur the effort): because money talks and the amount of cash that Johnston funnels into the Left via Sidetrack gives him clout enough to have anything he wants in this town. That means he also thinks rules and laws do not apply to him and that he cannot ever be criticized.
The State Media’s at fault for that, because all across the country there are people like Art Johnston who run the “gay community” in all big cities. There are people like this in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco, DC, you name it. The men orchestrating the very organized efforts to malign, menace, and harass Christians and conservatives in the “gay community” across the board are what I call “The Gaystapo”. The specific people such as Johnston who are the leaders and funders of these efforts are the gay Ayatoldjas…since they are forever telling other gays the evil things they need to do “to (our) enemies!”.
Can you imagine if Christian or conservative business owners engaged in activities such as Art Johnston’s? The State Media would have those establishments shut down and RICO statutes would probably be applied against any people on the political right who were suspected of colluding against the Left and using their places of business to recruit goons and foot soldiers for their efforts.
But, since Art Johnston is gay and owns a gay bar and his recruitment and fundraising efforts are for a gay organization that hates Christians and conservatives the State Media will never speak a word about any of this.
The Gaystapo is a lot like the krysha that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Henry Gates and other “Justice Brothers” run in the “black community”; it’s a way for the Left to use specific minority groups as weapons against conservatives. For this sort of racket to succeed, the Gaystapo and the Justice Brothers must enforce strict adherence to the teachings of the Left in their respective “communities”. Any member of these minority groups who strays from the plantation must be destroyed.
With the Justice Brothers, this means regularly pummeling Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, and other conservative blacks so a message is sent that if you are a black person who dares to vote Republican or voice conservative views then you will be annihilated. Remember that the State Media will never criticize a black Democrat for anything…and will in fact aggressively protect people like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, John Lewis, James Clyburne, Eric Holder, and (of course) Barack Obama no matter what terrible things they do…because the members of the State Media were taught in journalism school by Leftist professors that blacks are useful tools for the Democrat Party who must always remain useful to Democrats.
Any blacks who don’t toe the party line are smashed to pieces as much as possible whenever the State Media can gin up an excuse to do so. Ann Coulter wrote a wonderful book that addresses some of this (which you can checkout here: www.amazon.com).
The EXACT SAME THING happens with gays…only instead of the Justice Brothers we have the Gaystapo enforcing obedience and allegiance to the Left and the Democrat Party. I think Democrats primarily use blacks as weapons to tear down Republicans and intimidate large corporations, since both of these groups are terrified of ever being called “Ray Ciss”. When the Justice Brothers rev blacks up to shout “Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss!” at somebody the end result is that conservatives stupidly abandon that person, for fear of being called “Ray Ciss” themselves. Idiots. For whatever reason, conservatives have still not figured out that the Left will continue to use blacks as weapons until such time as conservative people refuse to be afraid of the “Ray Ciss” theatrics and stop caving into these thugs and bullies all the time.
The Left uses gays as weapons against Christians, because destroying Christianity is a top priority for these lunatics. I don’t even think they know what they’d want to replace it with because at this point the driving forces on the Left are pure irrational hatred and a love of destruction for the sake of destruction…and Leftists themselves behave mostly like mentally ill children who just want to do as much damage as possible to “their enemies”. There’s actually a horror movie coming out later this year called “Cooties” that’s about grade schoolers who are infected with a rage virus and rip the adults in their school to shreds; it could have easily been filmed at the Democrats’ Convention in Charlotte last summer.
On a daily basis, the most frustrating thing about all of this is how unwilling Christian and conservative people are to band together to put an end to any of this nonsense. I wish some of you would either send me an email or comment below on this, but what the Hell are you so afraid of? The only reason bullies ever have any power is because YOU give them that power. Currently, the United States is an apartheid state that is being misgoverned by the Left…but Leftists are a clear minority of the American people. The only reason the Left holds power is because good people are too afraid to speak the truth and point fingers at Leftists and call their conduct unacceptable.
Sure, when you stand up to these bullies they lash out at you — don’t I know it — but after a while you realize that short of murdering you there is not much they can really do to stop you. Ultimately, you reach a point where you see that you can effectively use the Left’s own Alinsky Methods against them and they have absolutely no comeback.
I’ll let you in on a mind-blowing secret, but only if you promise to share it with everyone you know in the Republican Party: the only thing the Left actually has is the Alinsky Rule Book. Since it’s always worked for them, they have no Plan B. There are 13 Alinsky Rules for Radicals that Democrats use in some form every day against Republicans. This is like being in high school and a teacher giving you an open book test that has all the answers on the handout she passed out yesterday, but you for some strange reason flunk the test because you refused to look at what was clearly spelled out for you.
The only way to defeat the Left is to turn the Alinsky Rule Book back on them. They do not know what to do when someone pushes back and uses their own tactics against them. They rage, scratch, and claw…but they do so futily. I don’t think it’s especially fun to be on the receiving end of the harassment the “gay community” is currently aiming at me for writing about the bad things the Gaystapo does in Boystown…but I sure as Hell think it’s important to keep doing so. I figure the Left loses a little bit of power and control for every conservative or Christian out there who reads about the Gaystapo and starts realizing that they don’t have to be afraid of these thugs and bullies.
Please do your part and tell your friends, family, and neighbors that, no matter what the tee-vee
lies about says all “Pride” month of June, the real victimizers and bullies operating out there are gays themselves. And you tell them a gay man in Chicago told you that and will keep telling it until the Gaystapo is stopped once and for all.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other questions do you have about the “gay community” and the bad things that it does to other people…which the State Media purposefully never reports?
What else is on your minds this Wednesday June 19th, 2013?
– Open Thread –
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Continuing our look at the bad behavior of the “gay community” in the month of June, here are some more reader submitted questions on things the State Media won’t ever tell you about one of the Democrats’ counted-upon goon squads, The Gaystapo:
1. QUESTION: I notice that whenever you talk about the “gay community” you write it in quotes like that. Why is that?
ANSWER: Yes, I totally use quotes for “gay community” and other terms that the State Media has selected…because in the specific case of the “gay community” I just don’t believe there’s an actual “community” there. It’s funny, but for the past few weeks I’ve been helping my friend Justine find a new apartment for her daughter Cassidy here in Chicago and some of the apartment rental websites laud the “community” feeling of their buildings; this is a branding choice…and I’ve seen that the apartment management companies that use that “community” buzzword tend to be ones that target gays, Lefties with master’s degrees, and gray-haired-hippies. A lot of life today is talked in code…and “community” means something different to people living in Chicago than it would possibly to you.
This is hard to explain, but I think when people here in Chicago say “community” they mean that this is safe Democrat territory and that they’re all committed Obama Kool-Aid drinkers. I’m not talking about politics here, though…but just the Us vs. Them attitude that Democrats foster in all aspects of life. Here in Chicago, hardly any of these people know a thing about what’s going on in Washington legislatively or even what elected officials do…but instead they are just taught that Democrats are good and Republicans are evil…and to be “good” people must thus be as evil as possible to anyone who is not a Democrat. I think by emphasizing that “community” stuff in the rental websites that those companies are trying to recruit fellow-travelers and also simultaneously send a message that if you are not a Lefty that this building is not for you. Because of federal housing regulations they can’t come out and say NO CONSERVATIVES NEED APPLY (though, actually, one apartment rental place actually did that and they got in big trouble for it):
I think when people talk about the “gay community” they are really identifying the Leftist nature of this group…and the fact that they take pride in circling the wagons against their “enemies”. Think of this in gang terms…where saying “we’re the gay community!” is like everyone standing on the corner in matching gang jackets and saying “if you mess with one of us you mess with all of us”. There’s an element of a threat in the word “gay community” that is very subtle, but it’s there if you really think about it in Us vs. Them terms…where “Them” probably means people like you whom the “gay community” might come after some day if you are declared to be one of these “enemies” of the community.
The Ministry of Truth that is our State Media transactions in newspeak oxymorons because apart from the Us vs. Them attitude there is not really much “community” feeling involved in the “gay community”. A real community to me is one where neighbors look out for one another, bring food when someone is sick, help people find jobs who need them, carpool, have keys to each other’s homes and bring in the mail or papers when people are on vacation, etc. I have known a lot of real communities like this…but always in the suburbs…in enclaves of conservative-minded people.
Here in Leftist dominated Chicago there is no real sense of “community” anywhere. People tend to fend for themselves and will not normally help anyone else with anything. However, if “leaders of the community” stand up and point at a collective enemy, Leftists are thrilled to have someone to scream at, berate, or malign side-by-side together. They call this “community”, but it’s really more of an organized mob of hateful people who are happiest when they have a shared target to fix on.
The Left really operates with a hive mentality. When you hear “gay community” or “black community” or “Hispanic community” you really need to see 99% of the people who self-identify as members of that “community” in terms of worker ants who do what the Queen of the “community” tell them to do. In Boystown, I’ve identified the ruling elite of the “gay community” as The Gaystapo…and I coined the term “Ayatoldjas” for the individual big-wigs who send out the directives and set the tone for all the worker ant gays to follow. When an Ayatoldja points at someone and calls that person a “bigot”, for instance, throngs of unthinking gays “in the community” will pour out of the woodwork to scream, yell, shake their butts, and hurl epithets at the designated target.
Of course, this is VERY similar to how Muslims behave…where the imams and ayatollahs pronounce fatwas and issue jihads against specific individuals that are declared enemies of Islam. In Boystown, I have long identified Arthur “Art” Johnston as one of the principle Ayatoldjas who rev the “gay community” up against specific people; since Ayatoldja Johnston owns the largest and most popular gay bar in Chicago (Sidetrack the Video Bar) and hosts regular events where anti-Christian and anti-conservative videos are played or speeches are delivered, the Ayatoldja Johnston behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did back in Iran…informing the unthinking thugs within earshot what nasty things they need to do “to the enemies of our community”.
I’ve never seen anyone really make this connection before, but I think this explains why gays never criticize Muslims (despite Muslims openly murdering gays in any country controlled by Islam); the reason The Gaystapo says nothing bad about Islam is of course partially related to the very real fear that Muslims will murder anyone who criticizes Islam…but also because gays and Muslims share many common operational tactics. All of this is spelled out in both the Alinsky Rules for Radicals and the Koran…which are zealously followed by the thugs and bullies that populate both “the gay community” and Islam (“the Religion of Peace”).
2. QUESTION: Are you ever afraid for your life because you speak out against bad things gay people do?
ANSWER: Funny you should mention that. Early Monday morning June 17th, 2013 I was actually physically threatened by several employees of Sidetrack the Video Bar…who clearly are not pleased by my coverage of the terrible things the Ayatoldja Johnston and his staff of maliciously mischievous bullies do to Christians and conservatives in any proximity to “the gay community”. Twice — and at two different bars in Boystown — I was told specifically that the Ayatoldja Johnston had some sort of meeting about me that directed employees of Sidetrack to “get me”. One employee even said that the Ayatoldja wants my “throat slit”. Clearly, the “gay community” is not happy with me for taking this month-long look at the dark side of the rainbow.
My boyfriend Justin is convinced I’m going to be murdered and even friends of mine in conservative ranks tell me the investigations I’m currently conducting and the stories I’m chasing aren’t “worth getting killed over”. I’m going to upset a lot of people by saying this next part, but I was also told by a pretty prominent conservative writer that I should be more like “the new Breitbart.com” and not be so provocative…because since Andrew Breitbart’s death writers like Joel Pollack, Ben Shapiro, Tony Lee and the rest at Andrew’s old media company have really backed off and don’t engage in the hard-hitting and take-no-prisoners style that Andrew championed. Where Andrew took action and got results every day by being unafraid, the inheritors of his brand seem more interested in just listening to themselves talk and never actually doing very much. I think they’re scared and wonder if any of them succumb to paranoia and conspiracy theories and believe Andrew Breitbart really was murdered by the Left for being such a pain in the Obama Regime’s
hopeychange side from 2009-2012.
So far, I’ve not been physically attacked by any Sidetrack employees…but yesterday I was forced to file a Cease & Desist letter with Art Johnston’s attorneys about the menacing and harassing nature of his employees’ behavior towards me while out and about in Boystown. I do not set foot inside Sidetrack itself because I believe I actually might indeed be killed if I did…but I need to be out and about in the bars of Boystown because that’s where I get all the intel for my reporting. I need to go where my sources are and I can’t be bullied into staying away from the Halsted strip just because the Ayatoldja Johnston has seemingly issued a jihad against me.
As I’ve always said: if the Ayatoldja Johnston is upset because I report on the bad things he does in “the community” and particularly inside his bar Sidetrack, then he should stop doing bad things and I’d have nothing to write about. I think I’m actually pretty fair as an essayist and reporter and if Art Johnston ever did in fact abjure the Alinsky tactics he’s long employed against Christians and conservatives (and call on others in the Gaystapo to do likewise) that I would applaud his effort and would happily take a stage with him some time and congratulate him in person for stepping out of the dark side.
I would LOVE to see this self-styled “leader of the gay community” in Chicago openly condemn the bullying, incendiary tactics employed by gays against Christians nationwide. Yesterday, in fact, a group of gays revved up by the videos and the speeches made recently at Sidetrack the Video Bar screamed, yelled, and intentionally disrupted mass held at the Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church on Belmont in Lakeview.
This is a church that the Ayatoldja Johnston has personally targeted for abuse in the last several years…because this particular Catholic congregation stood up for its rights and challenged the timing and parade route for Chicago’s annual Gay Pride Parade (held the last Sunday of June), since the parade disrupts the church’s long-scheduled services. This Catholic congregation has, in fact, existed long before there was ever a “pride parade” on the last Sunday of June and they’ve had the same schedule of religious services for decades. They were there FIRST but they are excoriated as villains by the Gaystapo because they will not go away and be silent when gay bullies so order them.
Is it fair for this church to ask the City to allow its parishioners to be able to attend service without being blocked by the parade (since the parade streams right down Belmont and cuts off access to Mt. Carmel on “Pride Sunday”)? Hell to the YES it’s fair. Why can’t the parade be held on a Saturday instead of Sunday so that it does not interfere with Christian services?
Is it right for the Ayatoldjas of the “gay community” to rev up hatred agains the church because these parishioners have asked for some sort of compromise that would allow both the parade to happen but also for people to be allowed to come to mass without being blocked or harassed? Hell to the NO.
But, this is the hypocrisy of the “gay community” folks. Yesterday, when obnoxious gays revved up by the videos and speeches at Sidetrack attacked Mt. Carmel and screamed “BIGOTS! BIGOTS BIGOTS!” every time the door to the church opened the majority of them were holding signs emblazoned with the logo for “Equality Illinois”; this is the organization that Art Johnston funds with revenue from and events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar. Professionally-made signs and banners with Equality Illinois’ logo on them do not just appear out of thin air, magically, whenever a group of gay bullies needs to harass Christians. You can’t just buy this stuff off the rack at your local Gay-Mart.
This is part of a larger and very orchestrated war against Christianity that the Gaystapo gleefully participates in.
But you would never in a million years see an astroturfed protest like this in front of a mosque. Gays are only bullies to people who they know won’t do very much to stand up for themselves…but gays are terrified of ever offending Islam because they know that Muslims will in fact slit their throats and behead them in the streets.
My boyfriend Justin and (of course) his mother CarolAnne believe I should be afraid that the Ayatoldja Johnston has called for jihad against me in the “gay community”…because I think he believes that dispatching his Sidetrack employees to menace and harass me wherever they find me will make me shut up and end my challenges to the hateful, malicious, and Alinsky-fueled activities the Gaystapo engages in here in Chicago. While this is all happening in every single city with a large gay population, I have identified the Gaystapo’s principle Ayatoldja in Chicago and will continue to document the vile things that he and his employees keep doing in this city. Until they stop, behave themselves, and truly form a loving and safe community that respects others in the way that gays are always shouting for Christians to respect them. Ironically, I refer you to Alinsky Rule #4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules for others.
I loved Andrew Breitbart because he had enough of the Left’s Alinsky garbage and wasn’t afraid if they killed him for calling them out on the evil things the Left does. I feel exactly the same about Art Johnston and his maliciously mischievous bullies at Sidetrack the Video Bar. I am not going anywhere. I will not stop writing about the persecution of Christians and conservatives these people engage in. If they lay a hand on me, I will urge their prosecution for assault and will ensure that Art Johnston himself is held vicariously liable for the actions of his employees (since it is so clear that he personally is allowing, encouraging, and inciting these guys to menace and harass me).
And, just for sake of argument, if Justin and CarolAnne are ever right and any of these people do kill me…trust that I have a Doomsday Scenario plan in place for that. Everything I have ever collected on every single operative of the Left that I’ve been holding as life-insurance for myself will be released by friends in many different states if thugs like the Sidetrack Gang do indeed murder me. Something tells me more level-headed members of the institutional Left don’t want that to happen…and will hopefully rein the Ayatoldja Johston in and force him to rescind his jihad against me.
I am afraid enough for my safety at this point to share this all with you…but I’m going to channel Andrew Brietbart’s spirit and will keep doing what I am doing since the State Media will never report on anything bad that the “gay community” does. As a nation we need to call gays out for thuggish, bullying behavior and stand up for all the Christians and conservatives out there who are too easily threatened and never stand up for themselves.
Haven’t you had enough of the gay goon squad using June to pummel Christianity? When on Earth are you going to be a little bit Breitbart and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and force gays to adhere to the same standards of behavior that they demand from others?
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What else do you want to know about the “gay community”? No holds barred, no topic off limits.
What else is on your minds this Tuesday June 18th?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: Some of the promotional material for website www.BradleyThomasComic.com, which was wiped clean of all content on the morning of Friday 5/31/13 after our initial reporting on “The Case of the Stripping School Teacher” was published ]
A sixth grade teacher in a Chicago Public School classroom has been identified as a moonlighting stand-up comic who mocks his black students’ names, intelligence, and home life in degrading “comedy routines” staged in the city’s LGBTQAI community…where gay Chicago men have a longstanding habit of making racist, “ghetto” jokes at the expense of black people…but are never called-out on it because gays are a protected and favored class in our national media; a gay public school teacher ridiculing and degrading his black students for the amusement of gay audiences thus pits two of the institutional Left’s primary demographic groups against one another in as politically-incorrect terms as possible. Chicago’s now faced with the rare spectacle of wondering whom the media will side with on this one: the black children being mocked or the gay comic who degrades them on stage?
Bradley Thomas Balof, a gay, white, male teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago continues to perform his standup routine at venues like Zanies in Old Town, with troupes such as OutLoud Chicago, and in appearances at Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown (where Balof also serves as the bar’s master-of-ceremonies (MC) for special events and regularly dances nearly-nude as an in-house erotic entertainer).
Balof’s “comedy stylings” at Sidetrack and other gay venues include:
* Mocking the names of his black students, particularly the females, as “Shaquisha”, “Loquisha”, “”Shaniqua” , “Bon’Qui Qui”, and other variations of same that are disturbingly popular “jokes” amongst many gay men in Chicago
* Informing his audiences that he’s a public school teacher in Chicago who is exasperated by the lack of learning ability of his black students…and then detailing their academic struggles on stage in a “my students are so funny, they think 2 plus 2 is 5″ kind of way; other “jokes” in this vein involved the children not knowing what various sexual or other adult terms meant and then having “funny” responses to Balof about them
* Affecting a “ghetto accent” and taking on “ghetto black mannerisms” while telling “jokes” about the black people he claims to encounter during his teaching day
* Ridiculing black parents, especially the mothers, for the poor school performance of their kids
* Maligning black women as welfare queens and linking their reproductive frequency to the lackluster academic performance of their children
* Presenting himself on stage as a sainted martyr for having to “put up with black kids all day at work”
Balof regularly performs these “jokes” as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for high-profile events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is owned by prominent Chicago gay activists Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (who are also the principle fundraisers and founders for/of the lobbying organization Equality Illinois). Johnston and Pena are regularly present for Balof’s comedy routines and laugh along with the rest of the gay audience as Balof mocks black people unrelentingly. This is especially disturbing, since Johnston and Pena take the stage at these same events to promote Equality Illinois’ purported mission of achieving “equality for everyone in Illinois”…but then they laugh uproariously when one of their employees lambasts the culture and intelligence of black Chicago children and their parents.
I have personally and repeatedly complained to both Johnston and Pena about the offensive nature of the “comedy” performed at Sidetrack, with Pena in particular telling me in his thick accent that he didn’t care about complaints and that he “thinks this is funny”…and so Sidetrack will keep doing what it’s been doing, with Pena’s personal approval, regardless of how awful some of these “jokes” truly are.
Sidetrack the Video Bar films all of its special events MC-ed by Balof and stores these recordings digitally in its VJ/sound booth above its Main Bar room at 3349 N. Halsted in Boystown; as of Friday 5/31/13, it appears an investigation now has been launched by the Chicago Public Schools administration to obtain copies of all these videos for review, as Sidetrack has never made these performances by Balof available on its website or YouTube. There is an entire video production facility in-house and on-site at Sidetrack, with three or four dedicated staff members in charge of filming, editing, and archiving every event that happens in the bar.
[ Click PLAY above: as of this writing, this commercial for “Laugh Track” found on YouTube is the only film from the events available; while it does not show the racist jokes about public school students that are so offensive and only offers a taste of what “Laugh Track” was all about, it does prove that these shows were filmed by Sidetrack using the bar’s video production facilities. You can see screens to the sides of the comics where they’re being projected while they work the microphone; a Sidetrack camera operator was filming them so it could be broadcast on the screens and those performances were then captured digitally and archived in the Sidetrack VJ/sound booth ]
From the summer of 2010 through the spring of 2011, Balof and fellow comic Adam Guerino additionally staged the “Laugh Track” live comedy shows held at Sidetrack on Thursday nights; these featured standup comedy performances by Balof where he used his life as a public school teacher in majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary as the basis for his performance sets. Another Sidetrack co-owner, Chuck Hyde, was quoted in November of 2010 saying these “Laugh Track” shows had “been growing rapidly…We know that there’s a whole lot of talent in our community that doesn’t always get to showcase, so this just seemed like a natural fit” for Sidetrack the Video Bar. Another interview with Guerino revealed that he, Hyde, and Balof had conceived the idea for “Laugh Track” together and were the principle driving forces of the weekly events.
These “Laugh Track” shows were heavily promoted by owners Johnston, Pena, and Hyde with lavish posters and ads in all of the city’s gay entertainment publications. By all accounts, they were extremely well-attended and brought a lot of business into the bar on what was otherwise a slow night of the week. But, the consistently degrading nature of the material aimed at black people and children quickly soured audiences and “Laugh Track” was canceled unceremoniously in 2011…with most references to it disappeared down the “memory hole”. After hoping the ill will and hurt feelings that initial year of performances caused had been forgotten, Sidetrack attempted to resurrect “Laugh Track” again in the spring of 2012…but it was not restored as regularly featured entertainment in the bar. Balof, however, continued his racist comedy stylings at Sidetrack whenever he took the mic as an MC of special events and still performs at Zanies and other venues whenever they will have him…making fun of the black students in his sixth grade class wherever he can plug in a microphone.
Balof’s official performance biography describes him under his stage name “Bradley Thomas” as:
Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom. Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent. Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art. Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you dont beat him to the punch. If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.
A “bottom”, as listed in the bio above, is a reference to Balof’s preferred position during anal sex (in which he elects to be the receptive partner); this is the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian list personal information such as this in a program bio…and one that his sixth grade students could easily find online in an internet search, no less.
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It’s Very Common for the Institutional Left to Commit Perjury When They Think They Will Get Away With It
[ Click above to embiggen: the Bonfire of the Gay Vanities ]
In the past several weeks, we’ve heard horrific reports of both the institutional Left using the IRS as a weapon of retribution against conservatives and Christians and current (for now) Attorney General Eric Holder committing perjury during Congressional hearings…because those in the Obama Regime arrogantly believe the rule of law does not apply to them and that they can do as they please without consequence.
While these events happen on the national scene, you’re no doubt aware that Leftists on all levels (federal, state, county, and local) see nothing wrong with any of this…so long as it’s conservatives and Christians being persecuted by the Obama Regime and the Democrat-controlled federal government. A group of college students even delighted their Leftist professors by getting together to send the IRS a thank-you card for intimidating, bullying, and maliciously auditing opponents of the Obama Regime…and the Democrat “activists” who committed a felony by bugging Senator Mitch McConnell’s office today gleefully exclaimed “they’d do it again!”. The institutional Left firmly believes that when those on the right are on the receiving end of deliberate persecution that the “right” people are “getting what they deserve” and that all ends justify these means. Somewhere in the bowels of Hades, Saul Alinsky is smiling.
If you are a lifelong conservative or religious person who wonders how anyone in this country could ever think it’s a good thing (worthy of a thank-you card, no less) for Democrats to use the government to persecute their professed enemies, then you need to take a look at what happens every day in Leftist-controlled cities like Chicago…and, in particular, enclaves like Boystown where the “gay community” employs these kinds of tactics against their “enemies” all the time (but you just never hear about it because the media won’t report it, since gays are favored tools of the Left and the media will never shine a light on gays’ bad behavior). The deeper you wade into the Left’s marked territory in states like Illinois, the more you will see that the sort of thing the IRS and Eric Holder have been doing is quite commonplace for Obama’s followers nationwide. It’s just standard operating procedure, actually, and gays in Chicago are mostly wondering what took Democrats so long to use the IRS and Justice Department to go for conservatives’ throats like this…because on the local level these guys do things like this all the time to their own personal enemies. It’s just that no one ever tells you about it.
The “gay community” you hear so much about in the media (you know, the special “community” that’s always claiming to be victims of bullying or harassment from others) is actually led by particularly ruthless gay individuals who more often than not are aggressive victimizers themselves…doing the sort of thing to others that they claim conservatives and Christians do to them…and believing they can get away with it because they are gay and are a special, pet class in the eyes of the media. You might remember Bret Easton Ellis calling these people the “gay cultural elite” or “gay magical elves”…but I’ve long-called them “The Gaystapo”, because prominent gay “community leaders” enforce a policy of complete annihilation against any gay man or lesbian who ever speaks out against any of the bad things that gay people do…especially when it’s a case of prominent gays persecuting Christians or using the government to come after their enemies.
I’ve told you before about a shocking lawsuit that is now in the deposition phase and making its way towards trial in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in the courtroom of Judge Amy St. Eve…where a former employee of the gay establishment Sidetrack the Video Bar is suing owner Art Johnston (the self-styled “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and inductee into the local “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame”) for four counts of sexual harassment (and hostile work environment), religious discrimination (and hostile work environment), retaliation, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This is a case involving a gay, Christian employee of Johnston’s named “J.P.” who was relentlessly harassed both sexually and because of his religious beliefs while working at Sidetrack…and then he was subjected to emotional torture by Sidetrack’s management and employees for complaining about what was being done to him in a bar owned and operated by “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and “Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee” Art Johnston. It is the absolute height of hypocrisy and a case that’s got everyone in Boystown buzzing…because it’s horrifying to many to see that after all these years of Johnston taking to soap boxes to claim that gay people were perpetual victims of bullying it’s now clear that gay people can actually be extremely effective bullies of Christians when they intend to be. The whole thing has a very “Bonfire of the Vanities” feel to it, because the case involves the most prominent gay man in Chicago — a person who regularly rails against Christians and conservatives as evil bigots — actually being the one inflicting pain, suffering, and abuse on another and violating a Christian’s civil rights due in part to his commitment to Jesus Christ.
If roles were reversed and it was another story about a prominent religious figure who was openly persecuting a gay guy, the media would be all over this like white on rice (or pink on a drag queen)…but the reason you have not heard a rainbow peep about this from anyone but me is because there is a complete embargo in the news about “gay community leaders” ever doing anything wrong to others. I guess the media believes that if they don’t talk about it, then it never happened…which has been the strategy of choice for the Obama Regime through the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the AP phone taps, Pigford, Fast & Furious, and everything else that’s befallen us in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
When this story breaks nationally (and I guarantee it will, if I have to seance the ghosts of Dominick Dunne and Truman Capote to help me cover it on a daily basis when the trial starts) it’s going to be mighty hard for the institutional Left to trot gays out in front of the media in the future and claim conservatives and Christians are so evil…because here in Chicago this case against Johnston and Sidetrack proves that gays are hypocrites…in that they don’t pass up an opportunity to do to others what they claim is so terrible when it’s done to them…because they are just so used to getting away with this stuff and think no one will ever call them out.
Well, I’m calling Art Johnston and Sidetrack out for their bad behavior…and I hope you do too!
J.P., the employee who filed suit against Johnston and Sidetrack, was mercilessly harassed and retaliated against as punishment from Johnston for complaining to the EEOC about the hostile work conditions in Boystown’s largest and best-known gay bar. Johnston, who is a large fundraiser for and cultish supporter of Barack Obama’s, declared all-out war on his former employee in retaliation for his complaint…including falsely challenging the poor guy’s unemployment benefits, with Sidetrack’s chosen representative in the hearings that followed perjuring himself while under oath on five separate occasions in an attempt to tell enough lies to have J.P.’s unemployment benefits taken away from him. The good news is that the administrative judge assigned by the state saw through the perjury and ruled that Sidetrack’s representative, its accountant Bryan Portman, was “not credible”…which is a polite way of saying the man was a damn and dirty liar while under oath; the bad news is that having his unemployment benefits challenged over a period of several months where Sidetrack kept lying during the hearings inflicted severe emotional distress on a young man who was trying desperately to find a new job. Instead of being able to focus on that, he had to worry about what new lies Sidetrack would tell at hearings or what else employees of Johnston’s would do to either silence him or intimidate him into dropping his lawsuit.
Like Obama and Holder on the national level, Johnston’s long been accustomed to fawning praise in the Chicago media, no doubt in part to the large sums of money he gives to causes dear to the institutional Left and the role Johnston has always served as an attack dog in Illinois (always ready, willing, and enthusiastic about making speeches or granting interviews condemning one conservative or Christian or another as evil incarnate and an enemy of gay people…which always comes in handy in election years, because one of Democrats’ favorite tactics is to polarize their opponents as loathsome villains and alienate them from voters because “they are enemies of the gay community”); because of all the chits he’s collected through the years from the Chicago Machine, Johnston behaves like someone who does not believe that laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to him…at least in part because the media refuses to hold prominent gays like him accountable for anything.
All of this is instructive for anyone struggling with what’s happening in Washington right now with Holder and the officials from the IRS who are either lying under oath or are pleading the Fifth (like Lois Lerner from the IRS) to avoid directly lying (since telling the truth would force them to admit they were in fact abusing government agencies to punish and persecute “enemies” of Barack Obama); conservatives always seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that people on the Left have absolutely no qualms about doing things like this…and that they do it every day, in matters local or national. This is just how they are wired and as long as they keep getting away with it they will just keep on doing it. Especially when Democrats hold so many state and national offices.
I became an armchair expert on perjury in the state of Illinois because of this suit that J.P. brought against Johnston and Sidetrack as I’m one of the witnesses in the case and was present when Sidetrack’s accountant, Bryan Portman, lied under oath repeatedly during those IDES hearings. As a result, I have clearly become one of Art Johnston’s most favorite people in the whole wide world. I was forced to submit an affidavit attesting to the fact I witnessed the perjury, as well as evidence that established that Portman was indeed purposefully lying in an attempt to manufacture misconduct on J.P.’s part that would have justified his termination by Johnston. J.P. complained to IDES about the fact that Sidetrack as an employer perjured itself in the hearings…but IDES said it has no mechanism under Illinois statute to do anything about it. An employer lying to IDES is indeed illegal…but IDES isn’t empowered to even so much as fine the employer for doing that.
Apparently, perjury under oath only seems to matter if a prosecutor selectively decides to enforce the statutes prohibiting it; this appears to be one of those “selective enforcement” issues, with prosecutors claiming they never have resources to pursue perjury against someone…unless that person is high profile enough to be dragged before the cameras in some political move Democrats have engineered. I spent a few weeks hounding officials at IDES until I was able to speak to the General Counsel and someone in the Executive Director’s office…and I learned that a big city like Chicago depletes county and state resources in so many other ways that prosecutors will never bring charges against an employer for lying under oath at an unemployment benefits hearing. The fact that the state’s attorney general can credibly say “we don’t have the resources to file charges against Bryan Portman and Sidetrack for perjury” is license for Illinois to just look the other way when a prominent gay-owned business is the victimizer and law-breaking…but you better believe that “resources” would materialize lickety-split if it was a Christian business being accused of perjuring itself in hearings against a gay employee.
Since someone like Art Johnston knows he can get away with almost anything in Illinois, there was nothing to give him any sort of pause when it came to sending Portman to those hearings to perjure himself. He knew he’d never be punished when it was clear Portman was lying and probably figured he’d roll the dice and maybe luck out if Portman was a good enough liar to convince the judge to take J.P.’s benefits away. The goal, according to the suit filed against Johnston and Sidetrack in federal court, was to cause J.P. severe emotional distress by forcing him to worry for months about what was going to happen to his benefits…perhaps in an attempt to get him to drop his suit if Sidetrack would stop challenging those benefits he depended upon.
The media will never allow you to believe that a “gay community” leader like Art Johnston in Chicago can be the victimizer and not a perpetual victim, the way that the institutional Left insists on treating and using gays…but I hope you are smart enough to see just how often “gay community leaders” like Johnston act as the Left’s goon squads and enforcers in the political and cultural arena…since the media prevents conservatives and Christians from ever saying a bad word about gays (lest they be branded the dreaded “homophobes!” pejorative).
In a sick way, it’s almost a sign of immense progress in the country that a man like Johnston — who claims to be an activist and civil rights leader but is really a rather entitled Alinskyite at heart — is now the one abusing other people’s civil rights…since it shows that the march towards equality for gays has finally reached a point where, YES, gays are so equal and mainstream in America now that they are just as likely to victimize others as they are to be victims themselves.
This is quite similar to our first black Attorney General committing perjury, willfully breaking the law, looking the other way and never prosecuting favored groups, and doing all the other terrible things he’s done in the last five years….in much the same way that racist Attorneys General of the past possibly victimized black people under Jim Crowe. But, here in 2013 we have a black AG appointed by the “historic and unprecedented first black president” who uses his office to mostly persecute and punish white people in violation of the law…while in Chicago we’ve got a self-styled “gay community leader” who appears to be the biggest and most abusive bully in town and who does things to his Christian employees that gay people in the past would have accused religious people of doing to them in a 1950s workplace. In a sick way, it’s actually weirdly refreshing that our country has course-corrected in such a way that people who would have been legitimate victims 60 years ago are now so protected and favored in our culture that they feel empowered to assume the roles of victimizers.
We have truly become so equal and advanced in this country that the real racists in power are now black and the malicious bigots are actually now gay…though the Ministry of Truth that is our media continues pretending that the opposite’s still true, even though our world hasn’t been that way in a long, long time.
I’m not sure if that’s the hopeychange Barack Obama promised us back in 2008…but it’s certainly what we’ve got in Chicago and Washington in 2013.
Public School Shocker: Gay Porn Actor and Male Stripper Employed As Teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago!
[ Click above to embiggen: 6th grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof (sometimes “Bradley T. Balof” or “Bradley Balof”) at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago is really “Brad Thomas” (porn actor) and “Bradley Thomas” (male stripper, erotic entertainer, racist comic, and sometimes-bartender at gay bar Sidetrack in Boystown) ]
The Chicago Public School system is now embroiled in another breaking scandal as it was uncovered this weekend that a gay porn actor and male stripper/erotic entertainer is currently employed as a sixth grade teacher at majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.
This follows scandals in Florida and Massachusetts where FOX News and other investigative reporting teams discovered former gay porn stars teaching elementary school students in the Miami and Boston environs. Here in Illinois, I’ve uncovered irrefutable proof that the Chicago Public School system currently employs a man who continues to moonlight in the adult entertainment industry; by day, he’s charged with taking care of classrooms full of mostly minority children…but at night he bares his body in sweaty bars and upon public stages for the hungry eyes of other gay men.
Are parents of elementary school students in Chicago informed that at least one of the men teaching their children is currently involved in the adult entertainment industry and does the Chicago Public School System have any idea of the sort of nude moonlighting in which at least one of its teachers engages? These are questions we ask your help in answering this week as we get to the bottom of this new Chicago Public Schools scandal that warrants a full investigation by the state and federal Education Departments.
[ Click above to embiggen: employment information for Bradley T. Balof, who earns nearly $60,000/year as a public school teacher…but still performs as an adult entertainer at night ]
Bradley Thomas Balof has been on my radar for some time, since he performs as a stand-up comic and serves as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for sexually-charged events at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago’s heavily-gay Boystown neighborhood.
While on the stage, Balof openly talks about being a Chicago Public School teacher…and, in fact, often mocks the mostly black students in his charge by incorporating variations of racist “Shaniqua” or “Loquisha” ghetto-humor into his comedy stylings; these are “jokes” commonly told by gay white men like Balof that depict his black students as ignorant “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas” and other ebonics-inspired characters who are in his opinion unable to learn, difficult to teach, and almost entirely coming from broken homes with missing fathers and stereotypical black “welfare queen” mothers, whom Balof portrays on stage as having children for the expressed purpose of collecting more government benefits (and then shunting the kids off to him and his fellow Chicago Public School teachers to deal with for the day). White gay men laugh uproariously at these “jokes”, which has made Balof a regular on the gay comedy circuit, according to his website: BradleyThomasComic.com. His experience teaching black students in a Chicago Public School classroom provides roughly 80% of what he talks about in his standup routines…and his jokes primarily boil down to the fact that the “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas”, and other black students in his classes exist entirely to be laughed at by gay men who find this style of “comedy” hilarious.
For the uninitiated, it’s incredibly common to find gays mocking blacks in niche comedy venues…while simultaneously black comedians often find it hilarious to make fun of gay people; this is part of the dynamic of the Left where one specific demographic group often mocks and targets another (but the national media never calls any of them out on it, since it’s one minority mercilessly maligning another for intra-party Democrat amusement).
When Balof’s not denigrating his students and their families at Sidetrack or other gay venues around town, he also appears nude or nearly-nude as a male stripper for various celebrations and serves as an erotic entertainer at leather and fetish-themed events, where he’s costumed in everything from steel-studded jockstraps to dog collars and brightly colored thongs or g-strings. Balof has seemingly made no effort whatsoever to hide his adult activities from simple Google image searches and, in fact, both Sidetrack the Video Bar (one of his employers) and ChicagoPride.com (an entertainment site focused on life in Boystown) prominently feature many images of Balof stripping, strutting, and posing nearly-nude around town. Sidetrack, during its recently discontinued “Laugh Track” standup comedy nights, additionally hosted a great number of Balof’s “comedic” attacks on black people and the mocking of his specific students at Joseph Stockton Elementary in Chicago. Sidetrack maintains a video archive of all the “Laugh Track” comedy performances from the years 2010 to 2012, as Balof’s racist “comedy” making fun of his black students was recorded by Sidetrack’s video production team.
Note: If the Chicago Public Schools or Illinois State Board of Education subpoenaed those tapes, they’d have footage of Balof’s “comedy stylings” where poor black children at Joseph Stockton Elementary are the butts of his “jokes”. Shockingly, he’s smart enough not to maintain a YouTube channel with any videos of his standup routine…but I personally saw Sidetrack’s videographer taping Balof delivering these “Shaniqua” and “Loquisha” riffs during those Laugh Track events and know that as of this writing they are sitting in the video production booth at Sidetrack and have not ever been destroyed.
[ Click above to embiggen: Bradley Thomas Balof appears as “Brad Thomas” in the gay adult films Into It and Bowser Makes A Movie ]
Going by the name “Brad Thomas”, Balof has appeared in at least two low-budget pornographic movies and is featured in sexually-charged music videos that can easily be found posted to the web. In one of his films, titled Into It and manufactured by the adult entertainment company Hustlers in 2006, Balof stars as “Brett” and is featured on the back cover art of the video reclining nude in a position of sexual satisfaction. The erotic film involves male hustlers, heavy drug use, a “night of unbridled sex”, nudity, a sado-masochistic relationship, and other similar attractions geared towards a gay male audience. A “hustler”, for those who don’t know, is a low-rent male prostitute who picks up “Johns” on the street or in gay bars in a city such as Chicago.
In 2005’s Bowser Makes a Movie from erotic entertainer Hornbill Films, Balof inhabits the character of “Vincent Van Coq” in a story about a young gay man who decides “to pursue his life dream…making an adult film”. “Coq” is, obviously, a Gallic manipulation of “cock”‘…which is itself American for regular old “penis”. Balof, billed here as “Brad Thomas” once again, appears shirtless on the cover art for the film grabbing at his penis through his pants and can be spotted on the reverse in a scene where the title character Bowser indeed films the porno he’d dreamed of making. Dirty Bird Pictures seems to have continued the “Bowser” character into several sequels, which include Bowser Makes A Porn and Bowser Makes Another Porn, but it’s unclear if Balof’s character Vincent Van Coq was featured in these further sexual adventures (and none of these erotic features should be confused with the angry, testudine dragon that repeatedly kidnapped Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. video game series).
The music video “Joan Crawford Goes to Hell” by Chicago-based Joan Crawford-inspired punk band “The Joans” featured Balof (credited as Bradley Thomas yet again) gyrating provocatively (starting at the 2:40 second mark in the video above), dolled up as one of Satan’s barely-dressed imps in leather and soot as the Hell-bound, deceased actress is engulfed in CGI flames. Near the end of the video, Balof kneels before Joan Crawford and paws at her sexually…before gyrating his body some more in disco a-go-go special effects while a skeleton dances in rainbow lights behind him. The video closes with Joan Crawford pushing an eager Balof’s head down to a sexual position conducive for cunnilingus. According to the end credits, the video was filmed at gay leather fetish bar Jackhammer in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as “Bradley Thomas”, MC of the IML Leathermen fetish events ]
Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago is when the annual International Mr. Leather (aka, “IML”) fetish pageant is held in a hotel downtown. Through the years, Balof has served as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for this event, where he’s appeared on stage in various forms of fetish gear, underpants, jockstraps, leather briefs, or nude. Balof in fact proudly posts this adult entertainment experience on his own website, as featured on his “Resume” page, and can clearly be seen performing his MC duties at the “world’s largest annual Leathermen convention”. The term “Leathermen” refers to gay men who enjoy a fetish of leather outfits, gear, and the corresponding sexual stereotypes associated with the “leather community”. The IML convention hosts sexual orgy parties, a “beauty pageant” of sorts where a nearly-nude “Mr. Leather” is crowned each year, and an expo of sexual toys and fetish gear for the “leather community”. In addition to serving as the MC for the major events, Balof danced in his underwear, in jockstraps, and nude for the enjoyment of IML attendees.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as “Bradley Thomas”, Sidetrack bartender, stripper, drag queen, and MC for special events ]
As an employee of Sidetrack the Video Bar, Balof regularly appears in his underwear, jockstraps, dolled up as Liza Minnelli, and nearly-nude at various events that owner Art Johnston hosts in his bar (in addition to Balof’s normal shifts as a Sidetrack underpants-clad bartender). Serving as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for these sexually charged events, Balof also seizes the opportunity to engage in polarizing and oftentimes hateful speech directed at Christians, such as the tirade he engaged in against Dan Cathy and the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain at the Equality Illinois Pie Toss held at Sidetrack last year, where Balof berated a man dressed in a chicken costume as an effigy of Cathy and his company. Balof hosts the Sidetrack Mardi Gras, Halloween, and drag events…where he similarly revs up considerable hatred amongst Sidetrack employees and customers for Christians, conservatives in general, and others Balof labels “enemies of the gay community”. He encourages Sidetrack’s clientele and staff to hate Christians and Republicans and to take to the streets after events to punish and persecute those he and Sidetrack portray as “the enemy”. The net effect of all of this is quite similar to the exhortations against Emanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984, with Balof’s purposefully-chosen sexual-charged attire designed to get the maximum attention of the crowds for his rabid, anti-Christian and anti-conservative calls to arm.
When Balof lists himself as “an activist” on his resume, this is the sort of activity that he means.
You may also recall that Balof was one of the five hosts of the now-defunct Boystown tee-vee show “Only At Brunch”, which lasted just one episode back in the fall of 2011 and is today remembered primarily for the cruel bullying of special needs toddler Trig Palin by one of Balof’s co-hosts (while Balof himself laughed at these “jokes” and did nothing to stop them on camera) and misogynistic attacks on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Only At Brunch was promoted heavily at Sidetrack, where the show held its premiere episode-watching party with complimentary drinks provided by Art Johnston. Johnston, it should be noted, is constantly informed about this sort of activity continuing in his place of business but he elects never to put any stop to it. Similarly, it should also be noted that Johnston self-styles himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and the principal leader of the “gay community” in the state of Illinois.
Johnston has been inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame and has seemingly no understanding of the word “hypocrisy”, since his establishment Sidetrack is ground zero for the hatred revved up against Christians and conservatives in Chicago…but, yet, Johnston never turns down an opportunity to lambast Christians and conservatives as “bigots” or persecutors of the gay community. Johnston, following Alinsky Rules for Radicals to the letter, accuses his “enemies” of doing the very things he and his staff engage in at Sidetrack.
To promote his standup comedy appearances during “Queer Comedy at Zanies in Chicago”, Balof appeared on a YouTube talk show called TheQudotco, in which he spoke openly about his employment as a Chicago Public School teacher. Tony Soto, the host of “The Qu”, specifically asked Balof if any of his students were aware of his activities outside of school hours…and implicitly asked whether the minors he taught during the day understood what their teacher got up to at night. As you can see in the video, Soto is clearly amused by the idea that a public school teacher could lead Bradley Thomas Balof’s double life.
Balof gave a quick run-down of his career outside the classroom, by noting that he started off as a circus ringmaster, then got into MC-ing events, hosting drag performances, and ultimately serving as the Master-of-Ceremonies for the International Mr. Leather (IML) convention (which Balof described as “expanding his horizons every Memorial Day weekend”, giving the camera a wink at the double-entendre obvious to anyone with a concept of what sort of “expanding” happens to a man’s body during “IML” weekend in Chicago; it seems “horizons” is slang to Soto for “sphincter”).
At about the 1:35 mark in the video above, Balof talks about still trying to find “his performance voice” while Soto asks if any of his students have discovered his extracurricular activities online. Balof acknowledges that children have, in fact, found his “other life” online…and even acknowledges they could be watching this very video by admonishing them to “do their homework!”.
Balof states directly into the camera at about the 1:50 mark: “I approach it as this is something that I do and that everyone should follow their (sic) passion in life. And to be a role model and to be in front of students…to not also want to express this artistic side of myself and to entertain people which is just something that is innate to the core of my being would be to not practice what I am preaching”.
At the 2:09 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how much material for his comedy routines he gets from his job and Balof states that he gets: “as much material as any comic gets from their (sic) family or their (sic) job or whatever. Funny things happen on a daily basis, oh yah, sure. We all remember what it was like to be 13 and, yah, exactly”. Since Balof’s students are mostly black in a majority-minority school like Joseph Stockton Elementary, those “funny stories from work” are thus primarily about young black children whom Balof regularly lampoons with heavy racial stereotypes in his comedy routines.
Near the 4:00 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how he juggles being a public school teacher with working in a bar and doing comedy and Balof explains that he does most of his adult entertaining during the school breaks, including the three months in the summer that he has off every year as a Chicago Public Schools employee earning about $60,000 annually (plus benefits…and including a full pension for the rest of his life at his last level of salary when he retires).
Clearly, working in a public school as a teacher is a highly attractive day job for entertainers in the adult industry…since once they age out of porn, stripping, bartending, and fetish conventions they can retire in luxury on permanent pensions provided to them by the taxpayers of Illinois.
[ Click above to embiggen: Shawn Loftis, Kevin Hogan, Bradley Thomas Balof ]
Like Balof, other adult entertainers have also been enticed by the ridiculously-generous salaries and benefits packages in the public school system, including the union guarantee that they all maintain their level of pay at retirement for the rest of their natural lives.
The website Queerty (which describes itself as “Free of An Agenda. Except That Gay One”) recently ran the article “Adult Film Stars Who’ve Retired: Did They Have Happy Endings?” that profiled a handful of male pornographic actors and adult entertainers who are now “mainstreaming”.
Just like Bradley Thomas Balof, the porn stars Collin O’Neal (real name Shawn Loftis) and Hytch Cawke (real name Kevin Hogan) became public school teachers to qualify for the high salaries, lavish benefits, and guaranteed retirement funds that accompany teaching positions in most states. O’Neal/Loftis taught at Nautilus Middle School in Miami, Florida and Cawke/Hogan found a job at Mystic Valley Charter School in Massachusetts. This is around the time, coincidentally, that Bradley Thomas Balof also started working for the Chicago Public School system.
In 2010, the School Board fired Shawn Loftis for his porn past but the Teachers’ Commission forced his reinstatement in 2011, claiming that his career in the adult industry was over and that he was trying to start a fresh life and educate his students about the mistakes he made by becoming a porn star. It appears he continues to be left in charge of children in Miami-Dade County to this day.
FOX News reporter Mike Beaudet ambushed Kevin Hogan back in 2011 on camera and confronted him about his gay-for-pay porn past; this is a term for a straight (and often married) male who performs in gay sex videos strictly for the money (most often with the wife’s approval). His wife, it turned out, was also a former porn star (so clearly she didn’t mind what her husband was up to). In 2011 Hogan was suspended with pay while the situation was investigated and finally in 2012 the School Board in Massachusetts decided to dismiss Hogan and not allow him to teach in the 2012-2013 academic year, citing the fact that he had previously performed in adult oriented videos and he’d highly embarrassed his school when word on this got out.
So, that makes one School Board in Democrat-controlled Miami, Florida that decided a gay man’s porn past has no relevancy to the appropriateness of his being a public school teacher…and one School Board in a slightly less Leftist area of Massachusetts that decided a public school was not the best place for a retired porn star to work during the day.
What’s interesting about the Matter of Bradley Thomas Balof is that he currently still works in the adult entertainment industry as a male stripper, erotic entertainer and MC at fetish events, dancer in music videos, and additionally delivers highly racist comedy routines in which he mocks his public school students. While it appears the last pornographic movie he appeared in was in 2005 or 2006, the rest of his adult-acitivities-moonlighting still continues (mostly during breaks in the school year). He was just nearly-naked again in public this weekend, as a matter of fact.
So, unlike porn stars Loftis and Hogan, Balof is still very much in the adult entertainment business…while simultaneously being employed as a Chicago Public School teacher.
This being Chicago, with Rahm Emanuel as our Mayor, Barbara Byrd-Bennett as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system, and Karen Lewis as the President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union…what do you think the odds are of Bradley Thomas Balof continuing to teach the sixth grade by day in a shirt and tie while gyrating in bars and on public stages at night wearing not much more than some coconut oil and a smile?
Hope! Change! Adult entertainers for teachers everywhere!
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think it’s appropriate for a Chicago Public School teacher to appear in porn, work as a male stripper, MC leather fetish events, and perform comedy routines in which he mocks his sixth grade students for their race and (in his opinion) lack of intelligence?
What would you do if you found out an adult entertainer was teaching in YOUR school district where you lived…and this teacher was not a “former adult entertainer”, but was someone who currently engages in this activity after he’s done teaching your children for the day?
Do you think that people employed with taxpayer funds in public schools should be forbidden to be part of the adult entertainment industry?
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I’m betting few people reading this ever watched the show “The New Normal” on NBC, which lasted just one season and was canceled due to abysmal ratings (even by NBC’s lowered standards); this was a half-hour sitcom featuring a gay couple (one of them a handsome obstetrician played by Justin Bartha and the other a funny-looking, flamboyant flake who was based on Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”) who lived in LA and came in constant conflict with a conservative Christian real estate broker from Ohio played by Ellen Barkin (whose character was a GREAT-GRANDMOTHER on this show…which is hilarious for anyone who knows how vain and nasty Ellen Barkin has behaved on sound stages for decades; just about the only good thing about the show for a lot of people was that Ellen Barkin now looks old enough to play someone’s GREAT-GRANDMOTHER). “The New Normal” was NBC’s attempt at recapturing the spirit of “All in the Family”, but inverting everything: so instead of arch-conservative and crotchety Archie Bunker the show centered around an unyieldingly-closed-minded gay couple who embodied everything the Left represents in 2013 (with the guys going to bed every night with a picture of Barack Obama next to their alarm clock and waking up the next day to twist every conversation into an opportunity to bash, malign, and ridicule those with differing political beliefs).
I actually thought the show was funny and enjoyed it because — surprisingly — “The New Normal” was pretty much equal-opportunity in its political humor. While the lead gay characters mocked Ellen Barkin’s conservative GREAT-GRANDMOTHER (I just can’t get enough of the fact that they cast her for this part!) from Ohio, she more often than not made them look foolish, naive, and delusional for all of the Lefty talking points they regularly spouted. In fact, I think at the end of an episode the Left looked more ridiculous than ever, because nine times out of ten the gay guys could not articulate a sound reason behind the things they were saying, just that because they heard them on MSNBC so it must be true. This is probably why the show tanked on NBC (a network that the Left trusts to provide a steady stream of Democrat propaganda, like it does on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and everything NBC News broadcasts), since the Left always wants to be perceived as the smartest people in any room…and they don’t like anyone seeing that they mostly have no idea what they are talking about and rely heavily on canned sound bytes they parrot from the tee-vee.
Probably the most memorable thing the show did was to address the issue of gays in the Boy Scouts (in Episode 20: About A Boy Scout)…but I disagree with the take “The New Normal” had on this, since it insisted that a gay former scout should naturally progress into being a gay scout master after he ages out of Boy Scouts…which I think is an inappropriate role for an adult gay man. But, I also don’t think that lesbians should be coaches of girls’ basketball and volleyball programs in high school…though I don’t think I’ve ever met a heterosexual woman who coached either of those sports (and I’ve only known a few who’ve even played them).
I have no reservations with gay guys being troop leaders for the Girl Scouts…and for lesbians being scout masters for Boy Scouts. I actually think this arrangement would be pretty fabulous, because if you made gay guys in charge of flailing Girl Scout troops they’d stage cookie-selling production numbers that would put Troop Beverly Hills to shame. Similarly, the crafty, frugal, outdoorsy, and always-practical lesbians of the world would be able to teach little boys survival skills and how to rebuild a carburetor or two (no joke: lesbians are amazing, like these magical Valkyries that can swoop in and fix anything…and do it all under budget!).
I would think it was inappropriate to have a straight man lead a Girl Scout troop, though…regardless of his best intentions. I wouldn’t be as automatically opposed to a straight woman leading a bunch of Boy Scouts, if she was a mom and not a predatory “cougar” who enjoys the company of younger men. There’s just a bad energy about straight guys being in charge of little girls…and I think that same energy is there if gay guys would be Scout Masters to little boys. Let’s remove that sort of energy entirely by not creating situations that naturally feel inappropriate like this. If you are an adult who is sexually attracted to other males, then impressionable young boys shouldn’t be under your direction ever; if you are an adult female who is sexually attracted to other females, then young girls should not be under your direction either. For heterosexuals, it should be the opposite situation, with adults never exclusively in charge of opposite-sex youngsters.
Personally, as a gay man I am suspicious of any other gay guy who makes a stink and demands to be put in charge of a bunch of little boys…as some are doing in pressuring the Boy Scouts to allow gay scoutmasters. I think the organization should fold and close up shop before they’d allow this to happen. If you spend any time in the gay community you will know that there indeed exist predatory older gays who hunt younger guys (called “chicken” in gay slang); these older men are “chicken-hawks” who are typically in their 50s and 60s and seem to be attempting to reclaim their own youth by fixating on the barely-legal “trade” that flows through the bars. I also feel like they are attempting to be youth-vampires and at the end of their lives they want to be around as much bare, young flesh as possible in hopes of rejuvenating themselves.
A really easy place to scope out this behavior is in a bar like The Lucky Horseshoe, where guys who look like they could be grandfathers (or great-grandfathers) blow their whole social security checks by stuffing singles into the jocks of the young, buff dancers at “The Shoe”. A lot of married, straight men also seem to be attracted to young guys who could be the ages of their own sons; there in fact is a very vocal and active subset of the gay community that fetishizes over “Daddy/Son” relationships…and one very common fantasy is that of a scoutmaster seducing a boy scout in a pup tent. This is so prevalent that at Halloween most of the young gay “twinks” (under 25 and slim of build) will dress up as boy scouts if they can’t think of anything more creative for Halloween costumes…since they know the outfit will appeal to enough older guys to guarantee they won’t buy a single drink in any bar that night.
[ Bradley Thomas Balof when he’s at his day job, teaching at Chicago’s public Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Beacon Street ]
The pictures at the top of this article are from Sidetrack the Video Bar’s website, showing Bradley Thomas Balof ( a Chicago Public school teacher at Stockton Elementary no less) moonlighting as the MC of Sidetrack’s Halloween costume contest last year, dolled up as…a Boy Scout. His “comedy stylings” during this event included lots of sexual jokes about being a randy Boy Scout and provocative dancing/flirting with the contestants as a stereotypical “gay Boy Scout”. Balof is pushing 40 but has worn this Boy Scout costume repeatedly through the years…so it appears to be a favorite in his fetish closet (note the “hickeys” he painted all over his neck for his costume, which he purposefully did to emphasize that he was supposed to be a highly sexualized Boy Scout). Balof is very much not alone in the gay community in his attraction to the Boy Scout motif; a good number of gay men find Boy Scouts sexy in the way that straight women lust after strippers dressed up as Navy officers, firemen, and the rest of the cast of Magic Mike.
Boy Scouts are right up there with Cowboys, Policemen, and Superheroes as sexual fetish objects for gay guys.
Based on my observations of the gay community since I came out at 18, I think allowing gays to be scoutmasters is like putting Otis the town drunk in charge of your bar’s liquor inventory. It’s just a situation that could end so horribly (even if Otis swears he never meant any harm)…so why on Earth would you do this when other people are available to run your bar? The fact that Otis is so eager to have that job just automatically makes me wonder what he intends to do when no one is looking. He’s an alcoholic…but he wants to work in a bar even though there are other jobs he could be doing where he wouldn’t be tempted to do bad things; that’s like Oprah suddenly deciding she wants to work in a bakery, even though she clearly doesn’t need to be doing that for the money (so you need to realize she just loves being around the delicious, delicious cakes). If every alarm bell is not going off in your head over an oddity like that, then something’s wrong with you. Get real!
It’s a whole different story when it comes to young gay boys who want to be part of the scouting experience, though. These boys might realize they are gay but aren’t sexualized yet..and aren’t joining scouts for sexual experiences. At that tender young age, they more likely than not just find other boys to be fascinating and intriguing…in ways they can’t yet process mentally as sexual feelings. I don’t think a boy under the age of 18 should be denied membership in a scouting group because he’s openly gay (or suspected of being gay, if adults can pick up on this about him even if he has not realized it yet himself)…but I think that scoutmasters should keep an eye on him…just as they should be keeping an eye on all the boys to make sure that no hazing, inappropriate conduct, or anything sexual is ever happening on those scouting trips.
Once a guy is 18, if he’s gay then he needs to understand that his role in scouting is over…unless he wants to become a fundraiser and support a troop in an administrative capacity. But, it’s just not appropriate for him to be a scoutmaster and be left alone with a group of boys. I think it is just common sense for a gay man to automatically avoid any situation where he could ever even be remotely accused of doing anything bad to a little boy…unless that guy really is a chicken-hawk who maneuvered himself into that position to take advantage of his role. I have a hard time believing that a gay guy who is insisting on becoming a scoutmaster ISN’T up to something ulterior in doing that, when nothing is stopping him from graduating from scouting and helping the organization in other administrative ways. Or just moving on with his life and finding adult interests to pursue…like 90% of the rest of guys do when they age out of scouting.
I know the Left screams that these gay men should be allowed to become scoutmasters if they want…but I think we need to get real and see that there’s something wrong with a person who can’t leave childhood behind and wants to continue being a part of a Boy Scout troop into his twenties and thirties (and beyond). Grow up! Join an adult-league sports team or get a job with the US Forest Service if you really love this stuff so much and want to make a career of it (or if you have Peter Pan syndrome and can’t graduate from childhood). But, leave the scoutmaster role to straight men who hopefully have sons of their own and allow those guys to have that experience…and you can create a role of your own as a fundraiser, administrative support person, or something else appropriate that allows you to continue helping the organization you loved as a boy…but in a new role unique to you now that you are a grown-ass man.
Even better: channel Shelley Long and seek out that struggling Girl Scout troop and coach them into winning their cookie drive or help them with their arts and crafts…and leave being a Boy Scout troop leader to the straight men…or to lesbians (who, frankly, would do a better job at this than anyone anyway).
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think there’s something inherently wrong with a gay man who won’t move on with his life and still wants to be part of Boy Scouts when he’s over 18? I am a 36 year old gay man telling you that I think there is something wrong with the gay guys who insist on being scoutmasters…so it is completely appropriate if you feel this way too.
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Today, Congressman Darrell Issa’s subcommittee held testimony in the House investigation into the weaponization of the IRS as a means to intimidate, harass, and persecute Americans who were affiliated with the Tea Party, Christian groups, or had other conservative leanings. More hearings will come, but the clear pattern we’re seeing on a national level is that the Left uses federal government agencies as goon squads to target Americans on their enemies’ lists…and they believe they can get away with this because of who’s in the White House and who’s running the Justice Department.
On the micro-level of the City of Chicago, there’s a lawsuit currently in federal court in the District of Illinois Eastern Division that’s been filed against Art Johnston and Sidetrack the Video Bar which illustrates that the proclivity of using government agencies to harass “enemies” isn’t reserved for Democrats in Washington, but in fact is just normal operating procedure amongst Leftist “fellow travelers”.
Johnston, a devote Obama supporter and large fundraiser for his personality cult, is currently being sued by a former employee who was fired from his job as a doorman in Johnston’s bar because the employee complained about sexual harassment, religious discrimination, and retaliation (for his complaining to management about the harassment he received from coworkers, managers, and third party customers egged on to harass the Plaintiff by Sidetrack employees). Johnston fired this employee in August of 2011 after the employee hired a lawyer and prepared a complaint to the EEOC about the hostile working conditions that Johnston maintains in Sidetrack the Video Bar.
[ Entrance to Sidetrack the Video Bar in 2008, when Johnston heavily promoted the election of Barack Obama as a fellow traveler ]
Shortly after he fired the employee, Johnston had his accountant, Bryan Portman, file a false challenge to the employee’s unemployment benefits…alleging the employee was terminated for “insubordination”. This was a trumped-up charge because the employee never committed any act of “insubordination” (as a judge would later conclude) and was instead fired for filing an EEOC complaint (which is retaliation prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964). The challenge to the employee’s unemployment benefits was made via the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), which is the government entity in Illinois that handles unemployment insurance (and employers’ challenges to these claims).
There’s no question in my mind that Johnston filed this challenge against the employee’s rightful benefits solely to harass and persecute this person, because Johnston was upset that this former employee was suing Sidetrack for five counts of harassment and retaliation in federal court. Johnston had available to him the IDES challenge and though he should have known that this challenge would fail, he pushed the button anyway just to cause the employee to sweat and worry if the benefits he depended on to survive after his firing would be taken away from him. It’s actually a separate and additional violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer such as Johnston to file a meritless challenge to unemployment benefits just to harass a former employee….which is ironic because Johnston styles himself as a gay community “civil rights” leader who is constantly claiming that gays are persecuted by Christians. But, yet, here comes Johnston persecuting a Christian employee of his bar and violating this employee’s civil rights with this considered and determined harassment.
An IDES hearing at the local level immediately ruled in the employee’s favor, with the Adjudicator determining in less than a minute of interview with the employee that there was no act of insubordination involved in his firing and that the challenge to his benefits was thus meritless. Johnston then appealed the Adjudicator’s decision and decided to continue harassing the employee by challenging his benefits to the next level, which involved hearings before a Judge in IDES’ appeals division that required the employee to retain an attorney for the proceedings.
During these hearings, Sidetrack’s accountant Portman lied under oath multiple times to the Judge, in an attempt to have the employee’s unemployment benefits taken away from him. The employee suffered immense emotional distress during this process (which stretched on for months), because in this economy he was unable to find another job and still depended on his unemployment benefits. Johnston was clearly aware that Portman committed multiple acts of perjury in the IDES hearings…but gave his blessing to these actions because the goal was to harass and persecute the former employee as much as possible (as punishment for this guy suing Johnston and Sidetrack for the harassment he was subjected to there while he was an employee).
Ultimately, the IDES Judge ruled in the employee’s favor and stated that he did not believe Portman to be credible; the challenge to the benefits was completely meritless. Though the employee was vindicated, he was still forced to endure several months’ of worry and anxiety because Johnston decided to use a government agency to persecute him. This was very much the equivalent of the IRS auditing someone just because he was a Christian, conservative with Tea Party spirit.
Interestingly, this case proves that there’s really nothing an employer has to lose by lying during a challenge to unemployment benefits…because the Attorney General in Illinois will not pursue perjury charges against an employer for lying under oath during these hearings. After speaking to several people in IDES administration, I learned that no one working there could remember a time when an employer was prosecuted for perjury during an IDES hearing…because the prosecutors don’t have the financial resources to go after these people (supposedly). “The judges know that the employer is lying, and then the judge rules that the employee keeps the benefits” was the general consensus of the IDES officials I spoke to. “Their only punishment is that they had to pay a lawyer to be there when they lied, so it cost them money and then they didn’t succeed in taking a person’s benefits away in the end”. There is no mechanism available in Illinois law for an employer to be fined or punished in any way for filing a meritless challenge to an employee’s benefits. But, I believe there should be…since these challenges cause so much grief and stress for people whose energies should be focused solely on finding a new job.
Art Johnston is considered one of the “godfathers” of the gay community in Chicago, with his bar Sidetrack being “the heart of Boystown” (as it’s self-styled on its website). He’s extremely quick to point fingers and label all sorts of Christian, conservative figures “villains” for this, that or the other…especially by using the organization Equality Illinois (which he principally funds) as a proxy to scold his “enemies” as bigots if they oppose anything the Obama Regime does to this country. Simultaneously, Johnston chooses to knowingly file meritless challenges to an employee’s unemployment benefits (just because he can) and sends his accountant to perjure himself during hearings before IDES (because he knows that no one will prosecute him for it). This is very consistent with how the Left operates in general.
“Hypocrisy” is a term the Left seems woefully unacquainted with.
If you look carefully enough where you live, you will see that what’s happening in Washington DC with the IRS right now is just a larger and more high-profile example of what members of the Left do every single day in your community. This is the classic Alinsky Mindset of decimating your opponent (or, “enemy”, as the Left calls them) in any way possible…and specifically using arms of the government to do this wherever they can get away with it.
Whatever happens with the IRS scandal hearings won’t cure the cultural problem we have in this country, embodied in people like Boystown’s own Art Johnston, who are so steeped in the Alinsky Methods of the Left that they use harassment and personal destruction as standard operating procedures (all the while accusing Christians of being the REAL villains in our world!). If this is happening here in Chicago, I know it’s happening where you live…and it’s high time people started talking about all this and deciding as a nation that business-as-usual isn’t acceptable anymore.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Have you seen members of the Left abuse a government agency to persecute or punish an individual where you live? Do you recognize this as a disturbing trend amongst Leftists and Obama’s fellow travelers?
[ Click above to embiggen: a clip from the latest Saturday Night Live sketch mocking our Lord and Savior, as broadcast on 2/16/2013. To watch the full clip for yourself, it’s currently available on HULU.com for free, which you can watch HERE ]
Last Saturday (2/16/2013), NBC ran a parody of Quentin Tarantino films called “DJesus Uncrossed”, which was a bastardization of Django Unchained…with a lot of Inglorious Bastards thrown in for good measure (or, for bad taste, depending on your personal perspective). Saturday Night Live heavily employed a laugh track during this faux-movie trailer…so that as our Savior was mocked in various ways these disembodied voices were hysterically overcome with giggles. Such as, when it was implied by the trailer that Jesus Christ “used the N-word a lot” (and that Peter Travers, from (I believe) Rolling Stone, quipped about this).
I’m going out on a limb in noting that a similar sketch entitled DMuhahahammad Unturbaned would have never left the writers’ room at NBC…for fear of the physical consequences to Rockefeller Center and the bat-guano-crazy reaction of Muslims worldwide to a blasphemous depiction of the medieval pedophile they deem to be a “prophet”. Since “the religion of peace” is neither a religion nor peaceful, NBC endeavors never to insult or offend Muslims…because Muslims vociferously police depictions of Muhammad in all forms of media.
Christians, on the other hand, raise little outcry whenever Jesus is impugned or mocked by the likes of Saturday Night Live…and, as a result, that mockery becomes a frequent source of material for unimaginative and talentless writers on shows that were past their prime back when I was still in high school (20 years ago!). Networks like NBC won’t so much as show an actor playing Muhammad…PERIOD…but they have no problem at all running sketches that portray Jesus as a violent, racist, murderer.
This is all part of the Left’s endless war against and persecution of Christians…and it’s important that you understand the REAL role of Saturday Night Live in the Left’s greater propaganda machine within its Ministry of Truth. The reason conservatives have lost the Culture War is because too often they delude themselves into thinking, “That’s just stupid!” or “Saturday Night Live doesn’t matter!” or “The only people who watch that are crazed Lefties anyway so they are preaching to their own choir”.
In reality, Saturday Night Live’s anti-Christian propaganda doesn’t just air once and then disappear into the firmament…it’s actually picked up in lots of ways by the Left and rebroadcast in various venues where it becomes part of a bigger effort to indoctrinate the susceptible into a permanent anti-Christian mindset.
Here in Chicago, there is a textbook, classic example of this at work in Sidetrack the Video Bar…which is the largest and most prominent gay bar in the city, located on Halsted Street and owned by Art Johnston and Pepe Pena (who are essentially the “godfathers” or “Dons” of the Chicago gay community). The anti-Christian videos produced by the likes of Saturday Night Live are collected by Sidetrack’s video production team and then re-edited into smaller clips that pack the anti-Christian sentiment into smaller, more explosive bites.
Those clips are then aired repeatedly to the intoxicated customers of the bar — over and over again — so that it’s resoundingly clear to the gay community of Chicago that Christians are to be targeted, mocked, and persecuted wherever and whenever possible. Since Sidetrack is the biggest and most prominent bar…and its owners are viewed as the “Dons” of the Chicago gay community…there’s immense peer pressure for gays in Chicago to toe the line and behave in the way that Sidetrack seemingly wants them to behave (if they want to keep being welcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago).
I’m never sure if straight people understand the importance of being socially accepted in a particular bar, especially the biggest and most prominent gay bar around. A stereotype of straight men is that they do all their business and conduct all their networking on the golf course…so in that sense belonging to the largest and most prominent country club would be the key to a successful life as a straight businessman. For straight women, success in the spheres they inhabit might involve belonging to the largest and most prominent gym or a prestigious social club like The Daughters of the American Revolution or the like.
For gay guys, if you aren’t regularly seen in the largest and most prominent gay bar and if you aren’t known widely as “a friend of the bar” then your social status in the gay community is adversely affected…and you forfeit the networking and status-enhancing opportunities afforded to regular patrons of that bar. If you’re someone who has been made to feel unwelcome in the largest and most prominent gay bar, you become a gay guy who has to miss out on all the big events in the community…and all the benefits that come with attending those events.
So, the pressure is high to be a “good guest” of an establishment and to go along with whatever trend its owners set…by behaving the way those “Dons” instruct you to behave via the videos they play in Orwellian fashion on massive screens throughout the bar.
If you’ve read 1984, you’ll remember the concept of a “Two Minutes Hate”…which is a propaganda tool used by the people in control to incite those watching a film to express hatred and rage at “the enemy” on a regular basis. Johnston and Pena orchestrate “Two Minute Hates” against Christians in the gay community on a regular basis, via the videos they regularly select for exhibition in Sidetrack…knowing that the net effect will be the strengthening of the Left’s propaganda that Christians are the “enemies of the gay community”.
Sidetrack, in fact, employs a Chicago Public School teacher named Bradley Thomas Balof as an MC and event host to really rev up the crowds against “the enemies of the gay communities”…which supplements the spirit of these videos with a live-on-stage maestro of hate who demands the crowd jeer at Christians and shout aloud how they’re going to “get them”, “stop them”, “hurt them”, or “destroy them”. Without fail, all the drunk gays in attendance raise their glasses in the air, their faces red with anger and booze, and follow Balof’s lead to scream out against the Christian “enemies”.
Can you only imagine the outrage in the national media if Muslims were the target of Sidetrack’s “Two Minutes Hate” instead of Christians. I even think that there’d be some pause if Jews were targeted, instead of followers of Christ.
I’ve tried repeatedly to interview Art Johnston to ask him why he needs to keep showing clips like “DJesus Uncrossed” in his bar, instead of just playing fun videos without any attacks made on Christians, but Johnston won’t sit down with me, answer my letters, or return my calls. I just can’t imagine doing the things he does to Christians in his bar unless he’s doing them on purpose…and that purpose is part of a larger strategy on the Left to keep this anti-Christian sentiment flowing in all the various ideological subgroups of the Left where it can take root.
What’s remarkable is the glaring hypocrisy of all of this, too, because gays are who the Left trots out to constantly claim they are persecuted by Christians…with plenty of banners reading “Christians hate gays!” at any Pride Parade event or “equality march” the gay community holds for the cameras. In another Orwellian twist, some people are more equal than others because gays actually accuse other people of doing the things they actually do to Christians themselves!
In the five years I have been running this site as an openly gay Catholic I have not even once had an experience where a Christian said anything evil at all to me for being gay…but on a sustained and regular basis I’ve had employees and customers of Sidetrack harass and malign me for being a “traitor” or “enemy of the gay community” for not renouncing my allegiance to the Church. Christians never attempt to make me choose between being gay and being Christian, but gay “Dons” like Art Johnston apply constant pressure to force gays to turn their back on Christ if they want to be accepted in the gay community.
I believe this is an orchestrated strategy on the Left, since it’s widely known that a gay man truly does need access to the largest and most prominent gay bar in a big city to thrive socially and professionally in gay circles…and the threat of cutting off access to those benefits is enough to force gay men to join the “Two Minutes Hate” that bars like Sidetrack incite against Christians with the videos they play and the speeches their staff members make.
Saturday Night Live and other entertainment arms of the Ministry of Truth provide the prepackaged material needed for the “Two Minutes Hate”…and Art Johnston serves up the venues for exhibition…and then his staff sees to it that the message is delivered to the desired targets for their anti-Christian conditioning.
This is happening where you live too, but if you aren’t a frequent visitor to or observer of the gay community you might not realize it.
But, this is how the Left won the Culture War…while Christians sat back and deluded themselves to believe “Oh, no one pays attention to that!” or “That show hasn’t been relevant in 20 years!” .
NOTE: Hulu.com has a tendency to take videos down after a while, so if you are reading this at some point in the future and the Hulu link at the top doesn’t work, I think the Amazon Instant Video link will work for as long as Amazon is around. You’d have to buy the episode of SNL to see the “DJesus Uncrossed” clip, though…and I’d advise never giving SNL or NBC any of your hard-earned money if you can avoid it. But, if you REALLY need to see the clip and Hulu is not playing it for free then I suppose this is an alternative (since NBC is very aggressive about removing its clips from YouTube):
UPDATE: For those unfamiliar with Sidetrack the Video Bar and how endemic the hypocrisy is there, I want to remind you that this is the very same bar that posted photos on its official website of a friend of the bar’s owners dressed up as Adolf Hitler for last year’s Halloween party.
So, the bar’s photographer specifically picked out those photos of Adolf Hitler to appear in the prominently-promoted galleries of photos on the website, when a great many other photos were not similarly chosen for inclusion in that gallery. And no one at Sidetrack had sense enough to appreciate that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis persecuted and then executed gays back in the 1930s and 1940s. You know, in the Holocaust…which wasn’t exclusively used against Jews, but also included the elimination of gays (branded with pink triangles), gypsies, the disabled, and other minorities in German-conquered territories.
But, in the year 2013…the largest and most prominent gay bar in Chicago specifically chose to celebrate dressing up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, like it was a good thing.
For those of you who scratch your heads at the Gaystapo’s attacks on Christians while simultaneously showing fervent deference to Muslims, include Sidetrack’s promotion of Adolf Hitler Halloween costumes with that insanity.
More on the bizarre and hypocritical things Sidetrack and its owners do HERE.