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The American Dream

I have no deviant desires.
The American Dream
Brent Humphreys

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I am married and I live in the suburbs.

My street looks like every street you have seen in every commercial since 1957.Ever since I first came here, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

I have two children – both bright – a girl and a boy. I can’t wait to watch them grow up.

I love my car. My impeccable home. I love being fit, and I love a good day’s work. I love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity. I love my wife. I love being monogamous.

I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass, and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways.

Every second Saturday, after the kids are safely off to bed, I take a Viagra. My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama, and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place. After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze-type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep.

The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings, diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table, while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker. That’s when the kitchen really shines. We don’t go to church, except for the high holidays, but we still know we are blessed.

My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean. She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card.

When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant, just as theirs had been. It’s not a lie.

Sure, we all comb our hair the same way, and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth. And so what if we all like to go to the same movies, watch the same TV, and eat the same popcorn. It’s a good life here.

Uncomplicated.

I’m not a complicated man.

I have no deviant desires.

—Sherwood Hinze

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Anonymous

I kind of see what your saying about him just stating what's on his mind. On the other hand, a hit piece can serve a practical purpose. It's not necessarily so that it isn't likely to get his message out to anyone outside his ideological circle. It's just your assumption that it won't. Additionally, the hit piece might help form a foundation for the receptivity by outsiders of what he really wants to say. Furthermore, what he really wants to say might be a combination of defending his deviance and expressing other concerns about suburban life.

Anonymous

I kind of see what your saying about him just stating what's on his mind. On the other hand, a hit piece can serve a practical purpose. It's not necessarily so that it isn't likely to get his message out to anyone outside his ideological circle. It's just your assumption that it won't. Additionally, the hit piece might help form a foundation for the receptivity by outsiders of what he really wants to say. Furthermore, what he really wants to say might be a combination of defending his deviance and expressing other concerns about suburban life.

anonymous

Is the Sherwood Hinze who had his teaching licence in Ontario revoked for sexually molesting a child the same one who wrote the above article?

http://professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/june_2009/go_hearings.asp

Member: Sherwood John Hinze
Registration number: 449432
Decision: Revocation

A Discipline Committee panel held a public hearing on November 27, 2008 into allegations of professional misconduct against Sherwood John Hinze for grooming a female student for a sexual relationship.

Hinze, a secondary school teacher, was certified to teach in September 2001. He did not attend the hearing nor was he represented by counsel.

The panel heard evidence that Hinze, while serving as staff advisor to his school’s newspaper, engaged in inappropriate telephone and electronic communications with the student, travelled to and from school with her, joined her at a restaurant for a meal and had sex with her. As well, he permitted her to visit him at his home on nights and weekends and stay overnight.

Hinze resigned his position with the board in January 2008.

Having considered the evidence, and based on the plea of no contest, an agreed statement of facts, a joint submission on penalty and the submissions of counsel, the panel found Hinze guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar to revoke his Certificates of Qualification and Registration.

“The member, by his actions, groomed the student for a sexual relationship; he continues this inappropriate behaviour,” the panel said in its written decision. “The committee finds the member’s conduct is reprehensible and unbecoming a member of the profession. Revocation is the appropriate penalty for misconduct of this severity.”

anonymous

Is the Sherwood Hinze who had his teaching licence in Ontario revoked for sexually molesting a child the same one who wrote the above article?

http://professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/june_2009/go_hearings.asp

Member: Sherwood John Hinze
Registration number: 449432
Decision: Revocation

A Discipline Committee panel held a public hearing on November 27, 2008 into allegations of professional misconduct against Sherwood John Hinze for grooming a female student for a sexual relationship.

Hinze, a secondary school teacher, was certified to teach in September 2001. He did not attend the hearing nor was he represented by counsel.

The panel heard evidence that Hinze, while serving as staff advisor to his school’s newspaper, engaged in inappropriate telephone and electronic communications with the student, travelled to and from school with her, joined her at a restaurant for a meal and had sex with her. As well, he permitted her to visit him at his home on nights and weekends and stay overnight.

Hinze resigned his position with the board in January 2008.

Having considered the evidence, and based on the plea of no contest, an agreed statement of facts, a joint submission on penalty and the submissions of counsel, the panel found Hinze guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar to revoke his Certificates of Qualification and Registration.

“The member, by his actions, groomed the student for a sexual relationship; he continues this inappropriate behaviour,” the panel said in its written decision. “The committee finds the member’s conduct is reprehensible and unbecoming a member of the profession. Revocation is the appropriate penalty for misconduct of this severity.”

Anonymous

It sure looks like it's him. The only Sherwood Hinze on Facebook lives in Toronto, where the Teachers College that fired him is, is a freelance writer, and describes his political views as "lefty commie libertarian." He claims to have a lot of experience in "Young Offender Residential Justice Programs." I wonder if he molested others that haven't come forward yet.

Anonymous

It sure looks like it's him. The only Sherwood Hinze on Facebook lives in Toronto, where the Teachers College that fired him is, is a freelance writer, and describes his political views as "lefty commie libertarian." He claims to have a lot of experience in "Young Offender Residential Justice Programs." I wonder if he molested others that haven't come forward yet.

Anonymous

Unless you have a different Sherwood Hinze in mind, be careful. I don't see anything about "sexually molesting a child" in that report.

Anonymous

Unless you have a different Sherwood Hinze in mind, be careful. I don't see anything about "sexually molesting a child" in that report.

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