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Chicken Out: Here Are The Keys To Your Brand-New Glass House, Sir

Ernieshearermugshot Did you notice something missing on this site last week? A certain high-and-mighty-righty commenter, perhaps? If you're thinking to yourself, "Why yes, Indyernie seems to have gone MIA," you'd be barking up the right tree. And up that tree, you'd find a giant, chunky man in a chicken suit. One who's been out and about calling Mayor Peterson names and lending his unrequested support to law enforcement as they negotiate a longtime contract dispute.

But far more interesting than the chicken's publicity stunt is the chicken's checkered past. The Indy Star examines part of the record in a "Behind Closed Doors" item today.

"While his identity remains under cluck, er, cloak, political observers believe the man in the chicken suit is an Eastside resident who owns an estate liquidation business.

"A 6-foot-2-inch man in a chicken suit has taken to showing up at city meetings to protest against Peterson, hatching an endless string of chicken jokes from city politicos.

"An old hearse with a chicken decoration on top was spotted at the City-County Building after one meeting this past week. The hearse also has been spotted regularly along the 8400 block of East Washington Street.

"Putting the chicken and egg together, Your Favorite Column tracked down the business owner, Ernest Shearer.

"'I don't admit it or deny it,' Shearer said, 'but I do agree with the message the chicken is putting out.'

"Fliers that the chicken passed out say that government leaders haven't done enough to slow the city's rising crime problem.

"Employees of the Democratic Party, who didn't think the chicken was so amusing, took it a step further last week.

"Suspecting Shearer, they researched his background and found a 1998 arrest.

"Shearer, 52, confirmed that he was arrested for failure to pay taxes and related charges. Court records, however, show the charges were dismissed.

"Shearer said he never owed the money prosecutors alleged that he owed."

To set the record straight and give credit where it's due, yours truly had nothing to do with finding Shearer's arrest. That was a gift from someone else with far better research skills. Those skills unearthed a November 18, 1998, arrest for corrupt business practices with a $7,500 bond. Here's a list of the charges filed:

CORRUPT BUSINESS INFLUENCE/FC
THEFT;RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY/FD
THEFT;RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY/FD
THEFT;RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY/FD
THEFT;RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY/FD
FAIL.REMIT RETAIL;USE TAXES/FD
FAIL.REMIT RETAIL;USE TAXES/FD
FAIL.REMIT RETAIL;USE TAXES/FD
FAIL.REMIT RETAIL;USE TAXES/FD

Now, Shearer can claim that he was wrongly accused, and the charges apparently were dismissed, but a quick Lexis search reveals that he's not even remotely close to a fine, upstanding taxpayer.

In fact, Shearer's tax record is one of the lengthiest TDW has ever encountered: eight pages of state and federal warrants and releases dating from 1992 through 2001, with the vast majority falling in 1998, the year of his arrest. In total, Shearer has almost 80 warrants and judgments to his name.

Heck, if this guy alone had bothered to timely pay the taxes he owed, maybe we could put more funds toward public safety.

Incidentally, Gary Welsh over at Advance Indiana doesn't think the Star should have published the nugget about Shearer's past in this morning's paper. TDW disagrees. The guy put himself into the spotlight by showing up to events in the chicken suit. He was actively angling for publicity, and he got the coverage he was seeking in last Monday's paper.

Now, if he was just some ordinary, law-abiding citizen trying to bring attention to a cause, there'd be no story here. But he's out there complaining about public safety funding when he routinely hasn't paid his taxes and has actually been arrested for it. There's your irony, and that's what makes this newsworthy.

Comments


Wilson I thought you didn't post anonymously...another Wilson Allen lie.

"The chicken is Ernie. He has a record."

Ernie has a list of charges that were dismissed idiot, not a record. The record (recording of the charges) belongs to the County/police department. I may be the subject but it‘s not my record, the record says charges dismissed. Now to Quote Jen, “GET OVER IT”. There is a difference.

No proof as to the identity of the Indy Chicken even the Smut Goddess can’t prove anything.

To quote Wilson, "But try real hard to remember who told you the stories you allegedly heard about me because folk like that will lie about you too behind your back..."

I hate to agree with Wilson, but sometimes he's right. Lies are lies and plenty are being told here, but not by me.

This is hilarious.

The chicken is Ernie. He has a record.

But Ernie seems to think that the more he goes on and on with his goofy crap directed at other people, it builds his credibility.

Got news for ya buddy. The chicken idea is a loser, and only hurts your cause.

Three words: go away gracefully.

Oh please do shut down this thread.

In fact do us all a favor and shut down your entire site!

Consider this your warning shot, guys. I'm this close to shutting down the thread.


"For the record Ernie, I've never done the bathroom scene like you tried to peddle here. It's not my style. But try real hard to remember who told you the stories you allegedly heard about me because folk like that will lie about you too behind your back..."

Wilson you are full of crap, I didn't post it here. I read the post here and on another site. I tend to believe it after talking to folks who know you. And yes, I know people will lie about others. You do it regularly.
Damm Wilson if you think its me on that web site check the description, compare it to my photo and the description you have. As far as my sexual orientation its none of your business, you can ask my wife...I would love watching her kick your ass. At 5‘2“ and 120 lbs she could handle you.

For the record Ernie, I've never done the bathroom scene like you tried to peddle here. It's not my style. But try real hard to remember who told you the stories you allegedly heard about me because folk like that will lie about you too behind your back...

I find it peculiar that IndyErnie knows about Eastside bathroom cruising sites. Eastgate was out in his neck of the woods too. Hmmm. Openly gay men usually dont do the bathroom scene - it's closety allegedly-str8 men. Are you trying to tell us something about your sexual pursuits, Ernie? Googling "IndyErnie" already tells the whole world about your cruising ...

People have an FBI file without knowing it.
If you ever posted anything negative about an elected official, especially at the federal level, the FBI may have something on you! It may be a one sheet "file", but it would be there!

The comments are gone. I can't check the IP addresses.

I'm not accusing you, but you're awfully paranoid.


"But when you start throwing out allegations about sexual relationships with children, you draw my ire. And you lose your commenting privileges."

Jen again I'm asking are you accusing me of posting that Wilson has sex with children? Simple question. Please answer, with your investigative skills checking IP address should be a piece of cake.

Ohmygawd, listen up! I've heard that straight guys go to bars in Broad Ripple to meet girls.

I don't care where people meet as long as they're consenting adults.

But when you start throwing out allegations about sexual relationships with children, you draw my ire. And you lose your commenting privileges.

"It's homophobic to allege that a gay man has sex with children in a mall bathroom. Sorry, bucko, but you don't get to pull those tricks here."

Jen are you suggesting that I posted these remarks? Check the IP addresses, I didn't. However I have heard similar comments about Wilson and the Eastgate Mall. I was told that it was a “man station” and Wilson was a regular. I don't know that to be true, just something I was told.

Oh, look: Another lie from 10:40.

To All:

TDW deletes comments she does not agree with.

It's homophobic to allege that a gay man has sex with children in a mall bathroom. Sorry, bucko, but you don't get to pull those tricks here.

You're right. I'm a joke. Yet you're arguing with me.

"homophobic"? How come every time a debate comes up about same-sex relationships & you don't like the angle of one person'a point of view you name call? Pretty much the same thing as pulling the race card. Ladies and gents, the author of this blog is a joke.

"Oh, trust me, its just b/c we are pissing her off that makes her some up w/ these crazy ideas."

Did you leave home this morning without your writing skills?

^ Oh, trust me, its just b/c we are pissing her off that makes her some up w/ these crazy ideas.

"Deleting comments. Not allowing for an even debate I see. What a joke."

If you want to make homophobic comments, go get your own site. That's your right.

Me not allowing you to spout off on my site makes me a responsible blog owner. You nuts aren't the only folks who read, you know.

"Knock it off with the Wilson comments"

Protecting one of your sources?

“And blaming everyone else”

Blaming and explaining are different.


“The chicken is yesterday's news“


Think what you want.

Deleting comments. Not allowing for an even debate I see. What a joke.

"Hey, did I just piss you off. Uh, yes, haha!! But I'm just stating the truth. Deleting comments I see. Very grown up there."

Honey, you've got a long way to go before you piss me off. I've become quite the expert at dealing with trolls who laugh at their own jokes.

And no, you're not just stating the truth. You're stating lies that double as homophobic comments. See the difference?

Additionally, you're adding precisely nothing to the debate.

As for deleting comments, you're in my house. If I don't like how you're acting, you'll find yourself on the front lawn.

Hey, did I just piss you off. Uh, yes, haha!! But I'm just stating the truth. Deleting comments I see. Very grown up there.

Knock it off with the Wilson comments. Attack me if you must, but leave each other alone.

"You ever been in the military?"

No.

"Ever been fingerprinted?"

No.

"Have an FBI file?"

No.

"That was counting some obvious post that you and Wilson made anonymously."

They're all signed, kiddo. Didn't your buddy Eric Dickerson use the results of an Facebook poll to tell people he was leading the Congressional race?

"And you still don’t understand the concept of The Indy Chicken, but you will."

You don't seem to understand that I don't care. I've had my say on this, and I'm done. Moving on.

I will say that you're mighty defensive for someone who keeps saying he didn't do anything wrong. Except, you know, for not paying your taxes. And getting arrested for it. And blaming everyone else.

The chicken is yesterday's news. Trust me on this one. I've seen stuffed animals go this route before.

No one's arguing that you can't speak out indy, that's what this blog is all about, but how nice it would be if you actually had something to say instead of continually whining!

Sorry to break the news to you Ernie but neither Jen or I post anonymously - fakenames and sockpuppetry is a trick Darla, Jocelyn and other sneaky friends of yours do...


Jen point of interest.
I withheld posts by you, Wilson and me.
On your site and Advance Indiana, public opinion is 2-1 in my favor.
That was counting some obvious post that you and Wilson made anonymously.
Take those away and the numbers are greater in my favor.
Advance Indiana did bring your numbers down a little but I figured with the nut cases posting here it evened out.
Keep up the good work. You prove daily how bright you are.

And you still don’t understand the concept of The Indy Chicken, but you will.


"it looks like dude drives a limo with a chicken on top."

That car has been a rental for years and is very much in demand as one. What does driving it prove? That it was rented?

"Shearer's not a bright man" not all agree with you Jen. I think the same of you, but I never released it to the Indy Star.

"Maybe the Republican Prosecutor Scotty Newman's office has some detailed files on this case which are public documents like Dickerson's were? Could be interesting and informative..."

Yea right Wilson back in 1998 I bought a chicken suit and told Scott Newman about it. I'm sure he wrote it down somewhere in his diary...what a putzz


"The Chicken is a Tech H.S. dropout but he did get a GED in the Navy!"

Wilson you are right about this. I did indeed quit High School and I did join the Navy, and I received my GED there.

But this is what you didn't post. My stepfather left my Mother when I was 16. She was raising 3 boys without income (he skipped). Quitting school and joining the Navy isn’t the smartest move I’ve made, but it relieved my Mother of expense and worry. I bought my Mother a car after boot camp and sent my pay home until she was able to find a job. That took over a year. I served during Viet Nam and was honorably discharged. Since I've raised three children, and sent two to collage. One is a teacher. I understand the importance of education. I also understand serving my country. Where were you Wilson? You and I are the same age, when did you serve? Oh I forgot you stayed home and chased trousers and rode the peace train. Are you still living in mommy's house?

I won't make excuses for my life and I will continue to speak out whenever and however I want.

Jen when the info on elected and appointed city officials (democrats) starts coming out, remember you endorsed it.

hey Jennifer! ref:826.---> You ever been in the military? Ever been fingerprinted?
Have an FBI file?
I'll be watching you. (both hands busy, fantacizing)

Jen is a hot babe! I'd kiss her as well!!!

Unfrickingbelievable.

Like I said, the guy's not bright.

Domain Name.......... theindychicken.com
Creation Date........ 2006-12-06
Registration Date.... 2006-12-06
Expiry Date.......... 2007-12-06
Organisation Name.... Misty R Shearer
Organisation Address. 7133 N Orchard Drive
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Indianapolis
Organisation Address. 46236
Organisation Address. IN
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name........... Misty R Shearer
Admin Address........ 7133 N Orchard Drive
Admin Address........
Admin Address........ Indianapolis
Admin Address........ 46236
Admin Address........ IN
Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
Admin Email.......... indychicken@yahoo.com
Admin Phone.......... +1.3178234754
Admin Fax............

Tech Name............ YahooDomains TechContact
Tech Address......... 701 First Ave.
Tech Address.........
Tech Address......... Sunnyvale
Tech Address......... 94089
Tech Address......... CA
Tech Address......... UNITED STATES
Tech Email........... domain.tech@YAHOO-INC.COM
Tech Phone........... +1.6198813096
Tech Fax.............
Name Server.......... yns1.yahoo.com
Name Server.......... yns2.yahoo.com

Wish in one hand, spit in the other, 9:01. I'm sure you know what to do with it at that point.

The nutballs always have allies. Dim ones, but allies nonetheless.

This topic has obviously driven the AnonyTrolls wild

Google and CivicNet are devasting to loudmouths who want to sling shit without realizing their own pecadilloes are easily found nowadays ... thanks to the Internet, anybody can be a gumshoe! Aint TCP/IP great...

What information, 8:35?

I can tell you that everything I received was legally obtained.

Shearer's not a bright man. Not even slightly bright, actually.

He talks a lot.

You can find him on Eric Dickerson's campaign report. Run a Google search. Run a background check. Consult Lexis.

Everthing I posted can be yours in precious little time.

Plus, it looks like dude drives a limo with a chicken on top. Cuz there are so many of those in Indianapolis.

I wonder if the information was legally obtained. Sounds like a job for IDACS man.

I guess you need stuff explained for you, 7:40: Yeah, duh. When I wrote that, I had myself in mind.

I take a bunch of crap because I sling a bunch.

If you've got something on me, put it out there. But you'd best make sure you've got the right person and that your information is accurate.

I've never been arrested. I've never been in a crash. I pay my taxes on time.

If you put yourself out there, you put yourself out there.

Posted by: TDW | Jan 21, 2007 at 04:57 PM

Interesting logic.

So does 'putting oneself out there' include all forays into public records? Like being in an accident, or the subject of a police report? You know, wherein dates of birth, social security numbers, and addresses are subject to disclosure on this or any other blog?

Be careful Jen. This slope you are advocating is treacherous indeed, and can be tread by anyone who has the ability to do research..and post it for all to see. This isnt a threat, by the way, just an extension of your quote taken to its logical conclusion.

www.TheIndyChicken.com is owned by a person named Shearer using the address of a property owned by Ernest Shearer. (I deliberately obfuscated slightly the WHOIS info).

Oh, sorry, I guess he would be the "hunt and peck type!" HAHAHAHAHAHHA
Ditto 5:13, what an idiot!

Lay off the chicken's spelling. It's hard to type with your beak.

Did he pass the spelling test? Lessen for listen. Oh my! But chickens are not known for their large brains.

The Chicken is a Tech H.S. dropout but he did get a GED in the Navy!

TDW: Have you looked at the chicken's web site at www.theindychicken.com?

TheIndyChicken.com is a
non-partisan; un-bias,
open-minded, all is welcome to
participate, public service web
site.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! This guy is an idiot.

I agree, 4:48. I've said on here before that there are far better ways for Indy's officers to get their message out.

People see a fat guy in a chicken suit, and they laugh. He gets a newspaper story and some television coverage. Poof. That's it.

People see a credible, level-headed spokesperson talking about the issue of crime and what we can do to move our city forward. They listen.

By the by, I see there are folks who think I'm somehow doing the bidding of the Marion County Democratic Party.

Nah.

This happened by accident. I get tips from people, and they're not terribly hard to verify when you can connect the dots in 20 minutes or less. I didn't go looking for anything. I beat up on the Guv for a living and for fun. The Mayor doesn't need my help; check out his approval ratings.

This really is a small-time squabble; the chicken will be quickly forgotten by all but those close to the situation. And even those people won't remember him in six months.

As for "outing" the guy, look, if you don't want people to wonder who you are, don't put on a chicken suit and show up at public events lobbing mudballs and trolling for earned media.

If you put yourself out there, you put yourself out there.

if indyernie shearer didn't want people to know he was the chicken he shouldn't have told people he was.

Okay, indyernie - anyone who believes that Scott Newman filed charges just because "the state" wanted him to has been eating chicken feed for too long. Newman, unlike Brizzi, was hen-pecked by no one. If he filed charges against you, he did so believing that a crime had been committed.

I actually support IMPD officers on the issue of retro pay, but your chicken suit antics aren't exactly bringing credibility to this cock fight. And that's exactly what this has become. The IndyU LEO's sling chicken turds at the Mayor, so he and his group get to feel justified in their refusal to negotiate.

Have the LEOs ever thought about approaching high profile former officers who could do something besides don a chicken suit? Why not try a meeting with the Colts Chaplain? He's a former Tulsa police officer and as a teen, he had been in a gang. Finding a person like Ken to lead your movement would get you a lot further than the cock-mobile.

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