Monday, September 18, 2017

An Open Letter to the Editors of the Journal Star (Posted 11/8/2007)


An Open Letter to the Editors of the Journal Star

On more than one occasion I have written and stated that the Journal Star is the most community divisive media from Chicago to St. Louis and from Des Moines to Indianapolis. It is a media that embarrasses its community leaders whenever an opportunity arises. Then it criticizes these leaders for not running for public office or serving in positions of authority over others in the public sector. Many Journal Star headlines and articles frighten some businesses and some visitors from even considering moving to the City of Peoria.

On Sunday, a guy who I’m told teaches at a major local university is featured on the front page of the JS crying the administration of Pleasant Valley Middle School committed a foul for their decision to send a 12 year old “pensive” (her picture with her pink stresses, not maroon; the journalist changed it to maroon so it fit in the headline, “Girl marooned by hairdo”) kid home because she violated the language in the school handbook. I quote , “Any type of dress or grooming that is inappropriate or disruptive will not be permitted, and students will be asked to change or given alternate clothing. Refusal to cooperate could result in the student being sent home.”

The apparently disobedient 12 year old kid is described as an honor student. Surely she and her mother can read and respect the rulings of those in charge of kids. School Boards and School Administrators with legal counsel determine dress and conduct codes, not a kid and parent just because the mother spent $100.00 and 10 hours on a hairdo. $100 bucks on a 12 year old kid’s hairdo?

The JS says that the kids name is Shawnterya Carter and her mother’s name is Ebony Neasman. It doesn’t mention that Pleasant Valley Middle School attendees are 72% poverty “family” kids.(The mother said the hairdo cost $100.00) Hmmmmm. The usual phrase was thrown in by the mother; “I think I’m going to have to get a lawyer”.

The JS whines about rising crime in Peoria and wants to blame everybody that’s anybody for the problem. When kids flout the rules and the law, someone on the editorial board or some reporter gets around eventually if not immediately placing the blame on authorities that do their best to keep law and order in Peoria. Then they whine about rising crime in Peoria. Any Police Officer will tell you that one of the major causes of crime in Peoria is the disrespect of any type of authority.

On 11/01, the JSEB wrote “Stressing out over student’s tresses.” Cute title. Both articles will tend to make this apparently disrespectful kid and parent martyr’s to the cause of disobedience. I am familiar with this school and its administrator. I have great regard for the benefits they bring to that community. Principal Somogyi followed the correct procedure to refer the reporter’s call to her superior, Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then the writer whines “He didn’t call me back.” Why should he? I suspect he already knew of the threat of a lawsuit by the “mother”. Any school attorney will tell the party being attacked to not let some bullying reporter attempt to try and convict the parties being victimized in the newspaper.

Remember when the JS twice reported that I approached a “mild manner Arthur Ashe” type in a parking lot when the police report clearly stated the “Arthur Ashe 30 year younger type” approached me saying “if you ever have a problem with my property call me.” (the property was registered at City Hall in the name of a woman with a different last name), What he really said was describing at least three ways to remove my M-----F------ head .After my protest the JS eventually issued a correction buried at the bottom left hand corner of page B11

I have spent a goodly number of hours visiting schools and viewing how a few kids in almost any class show their disrespect to almost any kind of authority. As a result, some teachers try to make “buddies” of these disruptive kids or ignore them totally in the classroom. Most teachers tell me that if they correct disruptive kids, the mother, note I say mother, comes railing and threatening the principal and the teacher. .

Both my wife and I remember that when we taught, disrespectful kids were handled by school authorities supported by the disruptive kid’s parents. We also knew to be a respectful kid’s friend but not become a “buddy” to any minor. Not true in much of our permissive society today.

Most of us who live in this community say to the JS, let the schools and other authorities do their jobs without every event involving a black becoming a racial front page issue and everyone they don’t like becoming whipping stock.

We are sick of it. Many of us hoped things would change when the paper was sold and some of those divisive to the community “retired”. Instead the JS looks more like the paper’s most of us give a glance but never buy when we check out at the grocery counter.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boot Straps - I Blogged this in 2005

I've had some health problems lately so have not felt like blogging. You can find me on Facebook, though. 

Boot Straps

Reunions are nice to see relatives you haven’t seen for a while and exchange talk about the success of your kids, your surgeries and exotic places you’ve been. They are better if you swap some dialogue about what else is going on in your communities and the world.. A niece of mine and I usually get around to talking about the public school systems. She taught in the Chicago area until retirement. We have different views on society. She feels you can never know what it’s like to be a person of color and /or poverty families unless you “walk in their shoes.” Good point, always. But then I’ll never know what it was like to walk in Ward Connerly’s shoes, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, the local Allen family, Ken Hinton, Martin Luther King, William Strawberry, Ophrah Winfrey, Bobby Humbles, Wayne McClain, Hersey Hawkins, Carl Cannon and millions of other people of color who most of the people in the community and the world look up to. I will also never know what it’s like to walk in Abraham Lincoln’s shoes, the Bush family, the Kennedy family or even my Mom and Dads shoes. My mom and dad were poor but they weren’t aware of it till it came time to pay the bills on the farm and paying the bills for nine kids. My recollections were there were always a series of financial struggles especially when the folks were faced with a farm drought like we are now experiencing. We all worked and never even thought of bankruptcy. And we always had enough to eat because we had both a garden and a truck patch. Drive the poorer parts of Peoria and look for gardens. I’ll give you two dollars for charity for every one you can find. Five dollars for every truck patch. Why garden when all these charitable places are handing out free food to anyone who comes to the door? No questions asked; gang bangers, “don’t give a d---ers”, free loaders, child molesters and honest people down on their luck. My observations are the latter are in the minority.

Anyway, a recent “letter to the Editors” by Henry Hein of Peoria pretty well sums up the way I feel about “walking in other peoples shoes.” Henry refers to a book by Charles Barkley entitled “Who’s afraid of a Big Black Man”? I now quote Henry because he is a wise man and states the truth as I see it. “The message of the book is that racism is a fact that has changed very slowly, but those suffering it should not give up on themselves because of it”. The successful people who are quoted in the book were mainly black and who said; get all the education you can; believe you can succeed; recognize doors have opened to you through the efforts of others who have gone before you; don’t dwell on blaming others for your difficulties; work hard and develop good habits; obey the laws, dress appropriately and learn to speak English correctly and clearly”. Henry goes on to say “This book should be required reading in our schools. It is inspiring and helpful. It tells us life is not easy (read Bill Gates) and for some it is more difficult than others, but doing the best we can is the most rational and helpful way to live”.

The old saying goes “you can lead the horse to the water, you cannot make him drink”. Perhaps the water is not to his likening; say the public school system. Then our job is to make the water (the public school system) more drinkable by offering and selling more vocational learning opportunities. Learning a vocation will show these kids that in order to make any kind of a living and raise a family they will need to learn to read and speak, write and express themselves and compute manually and electronically. Then enforce the truancy laws, remove kids from abusive situations, sexually, mentally and physically and increase the number of counselors in middle and high school and increase the size of our alternate schools. Bring in retirees to teach vocational skills and have an employee of the school district in the classroom to assist and enforce discipline.

Hanna City Youth Center has sat empty for years. Over a year ago I asked Dale Risinger to find the status of that building. I’m still waiting to hear from Dale but I forgot; Dale headed up the local IDOT before he went to Springfield. The Hanna City location would be a natural for vocational training from child care, animal husbandry, gardening, welding; body shop, electronics, carpentry; you name it. With all the free space needed from the State for probably just the cost of improvements and maintenance. There should be grants available. After all, if enhancements such as zoos and museums get millions for dollars in grants surely a project as worthy as this could get twice the money. Right? No, probably wrong, our priorities are out of sequence. Use the Hanna City site by #150 and offer space to all schools in bus driving distance. One school official outside of #150 has already shown an interest. Just corral and separate the gang bangers on the first day. Many of the “it’s not my fault I am like I am” will soon become the problem of the County Jail where more cells will need to added at an expense of approximately $25,000.00 per year per each. Which is cheaper, straighten out a kid or incarcerate him or her??

The need is there, the space is there but the will to even consider this possibility is lacking. First negative is “it’s too far away”. Is the prison at Pekin or Marion or Galesburg and Pontiac too far away?? Where do you think these truants and “don’t give a d---.” kids are going to wind up? At Caterpillar like in the old days? Think again. And no, they are not going to live on my welfare dollars if they have the ability to work and won’t. If they had the opportunity to learn and wouldn’t, no welfare dollars from me. Sorry.

Do I praise the efforts we are making in this community to not use racism and poverty as an excuse for failure? Of course, but I and most I know are not satisfied. We feel with our generosity, we are expanding a class who feel they will never need to work. Neither are the employers happy with the shortage of people who want to work and have learned basic skills. If they are not coming from our educational system, then we must open further the doors to all people from any country; people who will work, will learn; excluding those who do not have an explainable arrest record.. The day is fast approaching when other countries like India will be able to offer better paying jobs in their own countries. They will come here, study hard and take their knowledge back home and start businesses that will pay better and raise the standard of living in India. Then where will we get our workforce in the quantities and skills needed?? We have unfilled needs right now. It appears to be getting worse.

And then there is China who wants to buy a domestic oil company with 70% of the stock owned by the Chinese government. Where is Councilman Chuck Grayeb? But then oil and water don’t mix.

This article started because of family dialogue at the Widmer Family Reunion at Underwood Park in Normal. The shelter, playground, electricity, water, tennis courts, parking lot and ball diamond were all free. Compare with the run down condition of Glen Oak Park who charges $50 for shelter use. If you don’t think it still is the Glen Oak Park of past years I challenge you to look around. Count the patches of weeds, dead trees, trees that need trimming and the erosion on the south side of the lighted tennis courts. Well, what should I expect from a $44 million dollar PPD budget? Sorry I brought it up but I thought the $461.00 I paid in real estate taxes to the Park this year would give me at least a nice looking park.

No, I don’t know what it is like to walk in anyone’s shoes but my own. I can only imagine, but being who I am, I believe I’d do something about it and it would be legal and worthwhile.


“Scrushy Wan

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Some Muslim History Not Taught In Public Schools


Public school classrooms are still silent about it today.  Why?

When Thomas Jefferson saw  there was no negotiating with Muslims,  he formed what is now the  Marines (sea going soldiers).  These Marines  were attached to U. S.  Merchant vessels. When the Muslims  attacked U.S.
merchant vessels they were repulsed by armed soldiers, but there is more.

The Marines followed the  Muslims back to their villages and  killed every man, woman,  and child in the village.

It didn't take long for the  Muslims to leave U.S. Merchant vessels alone.

English and French  merchant vessels started  running up our flag when entering the Mediterranean to secure safe travel.

Why the Marine Hymn contains  the verse, "To the Shores of Tripoli"

This is very interesting and a must  read piece of our history.  It points out where we may be heading.

Most Americans are unaware of  the fact that over two hundred years  ago the United States had  declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge.!

At the height of the 18th century, Muslim pirates  (the "Barbary Pirates") were the terror of  the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic.

They attacked every ship in  sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.  Those taken hostage were  subjected to barbaric treatment and  wrote heart-breaking letters home, begging their governments and families to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the North African Islamic nations of Tripoli,  Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers -  collectively referred to as  the Barbary Coast – and presented a  dangerous and unprovoked  threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under  the protection of  Great Britain.   When the U.S. declared its  independence and entered into war, the ships of the United  States were protected by France.

However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets.

Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.  Beginning in 1784, 17 years before he would  become president, Thomas Jefferson became America 's Minister to France.   That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American  ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of  $60,000.  It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas  Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further  payments.

Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace.  A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas  Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli 's ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation  attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not acknowledge their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be  found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and  that every Musselman  (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Despite this stunning  admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American  leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only  further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years the American government paid the Muslims  millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages.

The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over 20 percent of the United States  government annual revenues in 1800. Jefferson was disgusted.
Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.  That changed everything.

Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand.  The Pasha responded by  cutting down the flagpole at the  American consulate and declared war on the United States.   Tunis, Morocco , and Algiers immediately followed suit.

Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything  beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough,  decided that it was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget.  Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.

The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815.  The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever  be known as "leathernecks"  for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified  doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.

America had a tradition of religious tolerance.  In fact Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for  Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.  A religion based on  supremacy, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him.His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should concern every  American.  That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged;  Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been  banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the  picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah;  public schools are pulling  pork from their menus; on and on and on and on.

It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America.  By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what  is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a  politically correct knife, and helping to  further the Islamists' agenda.

If you have any doubts  about the above information,  Google "Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim World."


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AP Says Hillary's Book Calls It Hillary vs Trump.

They still don't understand. SHE LOST.

Al Gore - Radical Environmentalists and Most Democrat "Leaders" Favorite Whore

One of the biggest far right radical Democrats spreader of "fake news". By the way, mainstream media, please identify and do a full research of all the "white" guys holding Obama signs for 8 years.

Be "fair and balanced".


Democrat Trump Haters Holding Tax Paid Offices, Please Resign - All Of You

Help clean the Swamp, from D.C. through Californian, especially College "Professors+

Arlington Cemetery - Remove All Civil War Dead Confederate Soldiers??? Love One Another?? Sure

> Your
> history lesson for the day.
> Robert E Lee was married to George Washington's
> granddaughter. He worked with Grant during the
> Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero
> defending this country He believed slavery was a great evil
> and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to
>  read and write. After the civil war he worked with Andrew
> Johnson's program of reconstruction. He became very
> popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West
> Point were named in his honor in 1962. He was a great man
> who served this country his entire
>  life in some form or other. His memorial is now being
> called a blight. No American military veteran should be
> treated as such. People keep yelling, "You can't
> change history." Sadly you can. This is no better than
> book burnings. ISIS tried rewriting history
>  by destroying historical artifacts. Is that really who we
> want to emulate?
> As they tear down this "blight" keep these few
> historical facts in your mind. No military veteran and
> highly decorated war hero should ever be treated as such.
> This is not Iraq and that is not a statue of Sadam.
> IN ADDITION:: Lee was also very torn about the prospect of
> the South leaving the Union. His wifes grandfather George
> Washington was a huge influence on him. He believed that
> ultimately, states rights trumped the federal government and
> chose to lead the Southern
>  army. His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC was his
> home and while away fighting the war, the federal government
> demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person. He sent
> his wife but the money was not accepted from a woman. When
> he could not pay the
>  taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on
> his land. The government is still burying people there
> today. It is now called Arlington National Cemetery. DO THEY