Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OUST QUINN

Friends, I question your intelligence if you cast a vote for 6 years of failure. Four more years of Quinn will see Illinois as a bankrupt state.

I'm sending this from my "Think Pad". Please THINK carefully before you vote. Voting the party line must go the way of the dinosaurs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chicago Bears - Wait Till Next Year

Or next decade with this coaching staff, quarterback and 50% of the players. Remind me of the Chicago Dubs. Look good one game and like s--t the next 2 out of three. Good thing I was multi-tasking today or would have been a waste of my time watching.

"Soldier Girls" A Must Read Non- Fiction Book

Written by Helen Thorpe detailing the battles of three women at home and at war. Not for the faint-hearted. I couldn't put the book down. So exhilarating and so sad.

Drug Hypocrisy Rampant in the U.S.A.

Comic strip in the liberal St. Louis Dispatch titled 'Parenting No-No's Lesson #2 by Terri Libenson - The Pajama Diaries, shows a couple toasting their daughter with glasses of alcohol while holding hands and proudly saying "To our little drug prevention expert" upon her graduation from D.A.R.E.

Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago's Mayor  has it right. Most police chiefs in the area have it wrong.Alcohol is by far the worst widely used home wrecker and killer in the U.S.A. How many "closest alcoholics" in Peoria alone? I estimate the figure to be in the 10,000 range including one in my immediate family.

In 2010, out of 43,000 vehicular deaths in the United States of America, 16,000 were contributed to alcoholic abuse.

Most alcoholics will not admit they are alcoholics just like drug users and abusers will adamantly deny to any "bluenose" that  they use drugs of any kind.

Last night in Peoria, Il. every place that sells liquor by the glass or open bottle, Country Clubs, bars, night clubs, etc.,were near capacity and some stayed that way until 4:00 A.M. Plus another 35,000 were drinking at home or smoking illegal pot. No, I do not condone heroin, meth, hash, etc., or the abuse of legal prescription drugs.One does not have to tell me that the use of pot ALWAYS leads to using stronger drugs any more than using ordinary LEGAL pain pills can lead to an addiction. 

We legalized booze many decades ago. No way would the people allow the privilege to drink openly be  taken away. Yet we have failed to legalize a far less dangerous drug, marijuana,  that is widely used and contributes next to no vehicular deaths and destroys a fraction of the homes that the abuse of alcohol does.

One Police Chief in the area said stupidly, "It would set a bad example". What a hypocrite.The only Chief that got it near to right was the Bartonville Chief of  Police. The others were afraid of being voted out of their lucrative jobs.

Of course, many working in our failed drug intervention programs would lose their jobs including the gung-ho door busters ironically called 'Swat Teams'.They could be trained, if trainable, to be drug preventions specialists and the money collected on taxes could be used to support the care and treatment of those addicted to any drug including the worst one, alcohol.

Gun killing by gangs fighting for space in the illegal drug trade, would eventually fall by 75% in the U.S.A. The killings by  and in Mexican and U.S. A., etc.,drug cartels, would decrease dramatically.

I do not, nor never have used any drug besides booze and the only time I got drunk was once in college and at that time I could not afford a car so my buddies took me home. My parents never told me not to drink; they drank very little and my Dad stopped smoking,never in the house or car, at 55, but they warned me as did my grade school teacher, not to abuse either. But I do know that most parents who think their juveniles are not using and sometimes abusing liquor and are not smoking pot, are living in "ivory towers".Even kids who are highly religious hang out with their peers on usually very regular times without parental supervision, which is impossible to always provide, will, when they get older, often admit that yes, they did smoke a little pot, drink and have sex. Or worse that they may never admit. 

Whatever legal pot distribution system installed such as in Colorado, will be flawed as ALL humanoids are flawed. Any one who says they never committed an immoral act, is a liar Many believe that attending church in a church building will absolve them of their sins. Or go to confession. B------t.

So sad that so many people who could be productive, as Emmanuel says, are instead wasting away in jails and prisons. The righteous have caused more problems in societies that they could possibly believe. But they are similar to their kids who cheat in the classroom, steal from them, drink their booze when no adult relative is around, have sex before marriage, have sex by 13, etc., will deny, deny and deny.

This has never been a politically correct blog site. And this blogger has never been convicted of anything in a court of law. Neither am I a "bluenose" and would hope I will never become one.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Guns: They Will Never Be Removed From Civilain Ownership Nor Will All These Guns Be Registered

No matter whether their are a million or more interpretations of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution or the 14th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. A most interesting read is "The SECOND Amendment", a biography written this year by Michael Waldman. The book includes a couple dozen of pages of backup notes and references to the hundred or more books witten on this subject..

Mr. Waldman has an impressive background. He sums up this well researched document of the much of the non-lethal "gun battles" that started nearly 200 years ago and rage to this day, "We can be true to the spirit of the Constitution and the animating forces behind the Second Amendment if we understand that above all else, whenever possible, the ability to make and set gun and other policies through the messy, imperfect democratic process is the ultimate 'right of the People'".

Amen.

Peoria, Il. Over Built in Retail and Taxpayer Funded Public Entities?

Kmart closing and another large retailer on the brink. Civic Center with unusually high losses does not bode well for the new hotel complex, the PRM at the beginning of a predictable long losing streak (when you ask the local public what they would like to see in this museum after it's attendance predictions plunged and you may remember that this was not to be just a LOCAL museum but a REGIONAL museum, when you see the largely privately owned ball park asking for relief from the City and receiving that relief through taxpayer dollars, the Peoria Park District cash strapped, the County property taxpayer owned Heddington Oaks losing $900,000.00 in the first 6 months of this fiscal year, sales tax collections down considerably, streets and curbs in seriously bad condition, etc. some of you may agree with me that the "wealthy movers and shakers" may have "moved and shaked'" too much.

I left out the troubled public school system, District #150, bonded up to their eyeballs and the IAW's aging underground water system. And the over flowing Greater Peoria Sanitary system and under staffed security systems, etc.

I know it is articles like this that anger people but many of our leaders, not just locally, are similar to the ones who designed the Titanic as unsinkable.

Of course, we are over built in eating establishments; nothing new because they lead the country in bankruptcies, but not in drinking and show an tell establishments.

So sad.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Peoria, Il., K-Mart is Closing

Never heard a peep from local medias. Interesting.

Next retail store closing will be the one I predicted would close about 5 years ago. I was wrong but I feel their landlord was desperate and cut a heck of a deal. Which store am I referring to???

The impact of the re-vitalization of East Peoria was seriously underestimated by the politicians, unions and press. Remember, the money to pay off the Peoria County owned PRM bond debt,comes from sales taxes from Peoria County, not any other county.

And Peoria County Board Democrat, a politicians politician, Allan Mayer, once called me Peoria's nut. Unfortunately the County, the City, the Park District, the ball park and the Civic Center don't have enough "nuts" like me. Did you figure out who the two Bradley Economic Professors are who predicted the Cat Building and the PRM would alone bring $16 in NEW sales into Peoria while ex-Peoria County Administrator says the City came up $1.5 million short in SALES tax revenue last fiscal year.

Hmmmm.

P. S. Mayer is up for re-election.Oyler should be a new Republican County Board member replacing incumbent Democrat Mayer.. Hopefully, he would be a common sense Republican as some of the most recently elected Republicans to the board appear by their actions to be pseudo-Republicans or are afraid of alienating their business customers. Another reason why 'RETIRED" people make the best decisions uninfluenced by special interests including their own special business interest.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Private Sector USUALLY Eats Their Losses When Dealing With Customers in the Public Sector

When Lakeview Library was built or re-built, my company was unfortunate to receive the order for the library shelving. The librarian showing everything tan but the supports and bases. After the shelving was installed and books replaced, the librarian came in to approve our work. She then said that she meant the entire "stack" was to be tan. I offered to discount the "stack" considerably but she said she wanted the stack all one color. So we contacted the manufacturer who said he would refinish if we brought the parts back. The librarian couldn't wait until new parts were manufactured. So we disassembled and hauled the parts back to Ringgold, Georgia. Our driver waited overnight and then brought the refinished parts back to Peoria. We re-installed the shelving only to find the paint on the re-finished metal started to flake. This time, we reordered everything new. We took down the old shelving and reinstalled the new. She was happy and my company lost a bundle.

The "stack" is still in use at Lakeview, except I believe she later had the end panels repainted a different color.

There is a name people use sometimes to describe an unreasonable woman but I can't recall what is is but it starts with a b.

Matthews Retires - How is the Hotel's Census Doing?

One of many questions by those of us paying attention and unanswered by local media is this. The deadline to complete the remodeling of the old Pere was March 1, 2013. The deadline was NOT met. The penalty for not meeting the deadline was $41,000.00 a month. Did the City of Peoria collect the penalty?

Since no one, including the local medias, did not report this addition (to my knowledge) to the financially strapped City coffers, my speculation is, no, they did not.

Why not? The developer ran into problems he didn't anticipate. In the priavate sector, you eat the losses. Maybe the City did collect. Anyone help me out here?

And by the way, why didn't any of the media and local "movers and shakers" comment on the $16 million in new business that the Cat Visitors Center and the new museum were to bring into the City of Peoria? Who made this widely publicized statement? Why, two economic gurus' from our own Bradley University.

City administrations recently noted that sales taxes were down by $1.5 million. I said at the time, these gurus' were wrong. But who was I? Just a guy that started a business in 1964 with $5,00.00; $2,500.00 borrowed, and built it to $11 million sales under harsh circumstances. I sold this business in 1992 with NO bank loans or any other loans outstanding.

The building still bears my name 22 years later. But "Mutt" and "Jeff" or "Frick" and "Frack", who write a Monday column in the JS print I'm just a .........

From 2000 through 2010 I served on the Peoria County Board, electing to to run again as I was 85 years old, and left my position with ALL County funds in a positive condition.

And yes, I was arrested once in my life, but never found guilty. Sorry to disappoint some of my detractors.

Peoria County - How Did it Get in Dire Financial Straits??

Peoria County is controlled by Democrats. A majority of the Board are Democrats. The past administrator and the current administrator are Democrats. They voted to abandon BelWood Nursing Home and build a new $53 million new nursing home. (The Democrats said County owned nursing homes are "safety nets" for the poor). The new home, Heddington Oaks lost $900,000.00 in the first half of 2014. It was supposed to be self-sustaining. You recall that Heddington Oaks, like BelWood is also supported yearly by approximately $3 million of property taxpayer money.

Approximately $49 million of the $53 million to build Heddington Oaks is borrowed money to be paid back in 20-30 years with interest. In the meantime, the old nursing home, BelWood must be maintained of demolished. Estimates are $1.5 million to demolish.

Peoria County is one of the few counties, 7 at last count in 2O10, to publicly own nursing homes. The County now owns the Peoria Riverfront Museum, a museum that does not come close to meeting projections in attendance.

Peoria County also unwisely accepted the closed Correction Center on Rt. 116. The only use of the area is for old record storage. And at least one board member has the key or combination to the enclosed deteriorating 42 acre complex. To visit the records storage, two people must be present. More waste of time since the round trip is around 32 miles.

Now, Peoria County wants to cut 40 jobs, either through early retirement offering those accepting a check for $10,000.00 and $25,000.00 in extra health care benefits. Most of the cuts are to come from the Sheriff's Dept. according to the Journal Star, which makes one wonder if the county was over-staffed. No public comment yet from Republican Sheriff  McCoy.

I recall back in the mid-2000's, cuts were made in county employment yet I heard personally of no complaints by the public. I also learned that most of the positions cut were eventually filled.

In the meantime, complaints are coming from the rural area about the condition of county roads. Less and less information about what is happening to taxpayer dollars spent in the public sector is coming from our main local paper and local TV Stations. Saturday's front page of the JS had 7 FULL page ads out of 13 pages and the few reporters left at the paper are writing columns "outside" their area of history and overall knowledge. 

A good example is my next blog.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Peoria, Illinois Park District A Long Time Victim of "Biting Off More Than They Can Chew":

The Peoria Park Board, led by attorney Tim Cassidy, always bought all of Queen Bonnie's dreams of making Peoria another Cincinnati, Portland, New Orleans, or Memphis on the riverfront. They have missed every projection starting with the acceptance from the State of Illinois of the old IDOT Building on Knoxville (which they still own and maintain) the RiverPlex, the approximately $30 million zoo expansion and now their expensive move of park headquarters to the recently deserted 33,000 sq. ft. Lakeview.museum building. Plus the money they will need to borrow to the remodel the now empty old YWCA building while borrowing more money to pay for the upkeep once remodeled..

.While Pat Quinn and the Democrats stick the taxpayers with paying off all the monies owed by public entities like the Peoria Park District and the overwhelming debts of the State of Illinois.

Do not expect the closing of Donavan Golf Course and deals with private organizations to take over Central Pool to come anywhere near to closing the deficits the park district is facing presently. Expect the deficit to rise higher next year partly caused by the deficit funding RiverPlex, far greater maintenance costs of the new park headquarters, the maintenance of the new trail and the aging expense of other park facilities

The park can stave off some further deficits by raising fees and possible property taxes. The movement of dollars out of the area served by the Peoria Park District, to different tax collecting entities such as Tazewell County plus reductions in state and federal monies, was evidently not anticipated.

Back in 2002, Cassidy and Noble protested emphatically that these deficits would never happens.

I do not oppose nice things. But I've always believed one should;d have the means to pay their debts without sticking the taxpayer,especially when so many park activities are not FREE..

What is the old saying that is true? "Shit happens". Hmmm. But this s--t should have been forseen if they had a couple of intelligent business people on this "upaid" board.

What is the Queens salary? Around $135,000 plus all benefits and a later sizebale pension. Hmmm, again.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

PPD Should Raise Property Taxes to Cover Park Deficits

So writes Curt Wardelman on the JSEB Opinion page. I suggest Curt must live in another County or if he really lives in Peoria possibly with a wealthy property owner. Or he is very wealthy himself. Typical political leadership; cover incompetency by raising taxes. Curt and others of the same mindset, pay attention to how and why the "leadership" of the Peoria Park District led themselves into this 'pickle'.

 Raise already very high property taxes in the Peoria area?? Good grief, Curt.