Tuesday, August 19, 2014
New video shown on CNN does not show what the person taking the video taker claims. She claims the dead man was running away before he turned to confront the officer. AT NO POINT IN THE VIDEO DOES IT SHOW THE THIEF 'RUNNING' AWAY. 7 of more days BEFORE the video was released. Reason she says she didn't release it sooner is not valid. Plenty of time to "EDIT" the video. Hmmmm.
High poverty rate is claimed as one of the many reasons for the violence in Ferguson. Problem is that FEW if any of those looting, vandalizidng and intimidating are HIREABLE. If Ferguson wasn't mostly a ghetto before the violent man was shot and killed, it will be a ghetto shortly. ( He was no longer a 'kid' after he was 10 years old!) What business in it's right mind would locate in Ferguson, Mo.? Maybe the countries #1 radical Communist, Marxist and nutcase, Al Sharpton, will move there and later be joined by Jesse Jackson, Jr. if and when he gets out of prison. Maybe the NEW BLACK PANTHERS members will move there. Maybe Obama and maybe even Holder will vacation there instead of Nevada and Hawaii or whatever place they go at the exxpense of the working class taxpayers. All who have common sense and can afford to should be planning to move elsewhere. Most civilized countries do not put up with what is going on in this St. Louis suberb. Many of the looters are on photo tape and can be identified. 15 years minimum is what they should get if convicted. Or if not shot dead. I support peaceful protests andrelize that many of the 'goons' are not from Ferguson. I support the real people who are being victimizedd; black and white, Hispanic or Asian. I also realize that too many Security Officers (I've seeen more than enough films of "Swat Teams" in ACTION) are little better than thugs themselves but all indications so far was that the officer who did the shooting had little choice but to shoot. That the thief, bully and thug was killed is what is called the "luck of the draw" or in this case "the luck of the officers aim". Cause and look for trouble and suffer the consequences.. My question if why weren't officers working in pairs? And why not armed a TAZER? It i obvious we are turning into a country of wimps and if you are black, way too many pacifist people believe being black means 'special consideration' without common sense.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
That black people lack proper leadership is most notable again in Ferguson, Missouri. That a young life was lost is always regretable. Did this adult black male create a robbery and bully the small buisiness owner or manager? The security camera APPEARS to verify his tragic actions. Was the report of the robbery the cause of police officers quick arrival on the scene? That APPEARS to be the case. Did the dead youth resist questioning? That APPEARS to be the case. Did the dead youth start the violence by shoving the policeman back in his vehicle? That APPEARS to be the case. Has not a witness come forward to claim the young black started the violence? That APPEARS to be the case. Is that witness under 7/24 police protection. I hope so and I hope that witness phones are tapped to prevent intimidation which is as certain as night is succeeded by daylight. Did the officer shoot the youth in the back as he moved away? That is the claim by some. IF this was the case, the officer should get a minimum of 20 years. Did the officer have a Taser? If not, why not. If so why didn't he use his Taser instead of a gun? Let all these incidents be sorted out by proper authorities. Not by the violence, itimidation and claims of people's rights being denied by those not worthy to lead. How would have Peoria's Carl Cannon handled the situation? What is he saying to his elite core of young mostly black youths? Surely, not what Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Gene Robinson and others on the site are saying. One woman is shouting that the people in this community need jobs. Of course they do. But to even get a job let alone hold a job requires that one has learned enough through education and observation to qualify to be INTERVIEWED AND SUBSEQUENTLY hired and HOLD the job. Companies of any reasonable size will open in an area where demographics prove there will be a stable and qualified work force. The shout "we need jobs" is not enough. Smart Peoria leaders have been shouting to the rooftops that we need qualified workers, not just people who "need a job". Starting back in 1993, I started visitng schools and observed what went on in the classroom. I even ran for the board where there were 6 candidates for one position. The JSEB endorsed candidate won, unfortunately for the ccommunity. She was a good woman but unqualified for the task of managing a system with a $120 million budget, much bigger today. As of now few qualified people want to serve 5 thankless payless years on #150 board of education. Almost all of my visits were dispointing, not only to me but to some of the tachers trying to keep order and teach at the same time while kids slept, played tic-tac-toe, roamed around the classsrooms and only waited until they could get out of the classroom and school building. I read up on the success of vocational schools while #150 Board President Linda Daley was trying to push every student to go to college. NOT EVERY KID SHOULD LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL AND GO TO COLLEGE. MANY OF THEM CAN'T EVEN READ WELL AS PROVEN BY THE KIDS GETTING SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH PEORIA PROMISE. She and subsequent board chairpeople and superintendents have been wrong. The vacated Woodruff High School was finally designated as a vocational school. I am told by authorities it has some vocational trades such as an abundance of Cosmoetolgy classrooms, some tech and the rest a hodge-podge of anything but vocational. Years ago I had a two hour visit at Pekin's vocational school and came away extremely impressed. I talked to the President of the Board of Directors of Dist. #150 and asked him if he had ever visted Pekin's Voc-Tech school and his answwer was, "no, why should I". It has been and is a major problem with #150 and IS a major problem with most public schools across the nation. I pitched the idea to one of the communities leaders suggesting that the houses on the east side of North street across from Peoria High be bought, demolished and a new Voc-Tech Center be built there. The schools would be connected by an overhead runway over North Street. He said he never thought of that which is typical of much of the leadership advising #150. Suspodedly the dead black youth was going to go to college. Was he enrolled and if so when and where? If not, why not? Why was he going to college? Did he have a goal or was he like so many kids today who see that colleges offers a place to party, buy and sell illegal drugs and meet more liberal minded individuals who would rather protest than get a balanced education. I understand that getting a balanced education is difficult today as many of those teaching are social liberals. So many unanswered questions in Ferguson and across the country but incited mobs usually take over when some real or imagined hurt is inflicted on a mostly ethnic community. Then most reason flies out the window. Too bad but the country needs more adept leadership helping train our kids, white, Hispanic, black, etc. to think, read and learn before striking out in anger. And yes I believe their is a lot of pent up anger in this country because of the lack of real thinking and acting leadership most everywhere. So sad. No spell-check. Sorry.
I haven't blogged much lately largely because of problems with my new Lenovo and the software program recommended by Nerds Are Us. When my health improves I plan to call the technicians at Best Buy. Also, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June, had surgery in July and start treatments Thursday. I had bladder cancer about 14 years ago and the cancer has been in remission. Fortuantely, all tests show that the cancer has not spread but has penetrated the bladder muscle. My urologist believes it is treatable. In 2002, I had prostrate cancer and accepted the most positive cure which was Radiation Seeding which involves the placing of a lot of platinum seeds in and around the area which did kill kill the cancer and most any OTHER activity in the area. In the mid-eighties, I was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia and neuropathy. In 2004, I had a triple-by-pass. At the age of 19, I lost 2/3 rds hearing in my right ear which started the onset of tinnitus in my ears which is present at all times. In the year 2000, I started wearing a hearing aid which still leaves me hard hearing especially if there is background interference. I still play winning tennis 2-3 times a week here in Peoria and in the winter at Payne Park in Sarasota. I won my last Tri-County in 2010. I still do my stretching and excercises and have regular check-ups with my family doctor, David Rodenburg, the best, my heart doctor, dermatologist and my urologist. I handle my own investments, the last broker I unfortunately used was Joe Stowell, Jr. who I later sued and settled out of court. Stowell left the brokerage he represented and soon declared bankruptcy. He still is a stock-broker as far as I know and is alleged to be a frequent visitor (after the stock market closes) to Club Caberet in East Peoria. These sightings, according to two of my acquantainces, one a very prominent former Peoria Public School official who also says one of Peoria's most notable reator and developer is a frequent visitor. These entertainment places are very legal and visited all over the country by many prominent Peorians "traveling out of town". I bring this up only because it was Joe, Jr.s brother, Jerry, who oddly enough, left a high-school teaching position (believe the JS said he was relieved of at least his coaching position) and head basketball coach for a teaching position at a middle school in Sarasota. It was Jerry who sent an email about my arrest in Sarasota to his arrogant brother, Jim, who one time worked for my company; he is a stock broker who I also gave my hard-earned money, who in return sent this misdemeanor charge arrest to everyone he could think of that would print this "breaking news". And of course they did. For my detractors, mainly Obama lovers, who daily hope to hear about my being convicted may have to wait forever. Sorry if I disappoint. Back to my health suggestions. Get regular check-ups. It was Dr. Rodenburg, who strongly advised me to get a cancer check-up that may eventually save my live. My next birthday will be my 90th so I relish everyday I still can be a pain in the ass to my detractors who hate to see my predictions come true. I don't like it either as I have tried to help Peoria succeed without Peorian's being overtaxed, which they are, public school education improved, our lives made safer and our streets, etc., properly maintained. Which they aren't. As about the only prediction I have been wrong on is that I did not believe Bergners would keep two stores in Peoria. I sure wasn't wrong on Obama (despite the growth of the stock market as one Democrat detractor claims) is a sure sign Obama is doing a great job. Hmmm. Hope my doctors help keep me healthy and active well into my ninties. My wife Claire, is working hard to overcome her diseases which makes our lives better in all ways. We both support each other despite numerous obstacles on both our part and a somewhat hateful press. I still have friends in the media who recognize me for what I have done for this community over 50 years. The commpany I formed with three people in 1964 still bears my name despite my selling my company over 22 years ago. They are the leading office interior and design company in Peoria by far. Sorry about any mispellings as my spell-check still doesn't work.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
It seems pretty common to see in print that Peoria Police are spending more time, money and risk breaking up bands of thugs who disperse as soon as the policee with their sirens blaring approach the site of the mob fighting and vandalism. These bands of thugs remind me of the course of events at the last basketball game I refeered in 1958 or 9. Roy Romani, former coach, and I, also a former ccoach, where selected by LaSalle-Peru Junior College to referee the finals of a Regional Tournament. The finals were between the locals and an all black college out of Chicago. L-P won 71-70. As we hustled of the floor we were verbally assualted and spit on by the busloads of blacks that accompanied to team to the finals. We leisurly took our showers and lingered in the locker room to allow the losing fans to disperse. To our shock when we emerged from the locker room to find all the Chicago fans lined up on both sides of the school exit corridor. They began verbally assualting us, threatening physical violence, etc. I told Roy and Bill Booker, a friend of ours and a former football lineman at Western, to look at no one and head for the nearest exit. We made it and one of the "fans" followed us outside. We turned and started after him. He tried to get back into the gym but the door had no handle. We started chasing him and harrassing him yet no one opened the door for him to get back inside. Bill fell and tore a hole in his pants and I ripped both handles off my gym bag. Finally someone opened the door and let him back inside. We were worn out and headed for the nearest watering hole. It took us 10 minutes to stop laughing before we could enjoy our drinks. The next day, I got a call from Dr. Mini, the President of the college, who profusely apologized that we had been left alone with the Chicago fans. I booked a full schedule of games for the next season including L-P College, Ottawa, Rock Falls, Bradley Freshman under Stowell and East Aurora plus two other Jr. Colleges. Unfortunately, I was promoted by my company to be District Manager of the Capital of Kansas, Topeka, where my lovely daughter Nancy Ann was born. My refereeing days were over. Thugs of all races are brave when they are in mobs. They are not so brave when alone, typical of the mobs forming in Peoria, forming because money for more security was spent on new amenities rather than on additional security in a more violent community, badly needing improved streets, sidewalks and curbs and more probation officers and zoning violation personell. Peoria is the prime example of where the wealthy arrogant elites and wannabees, control the destination of the city. We've got the facilities but the residents are moving out where the schools and safety are better and they can come back and use the nice facilities Peorian's are paying and paying, for.
According to one veteran Peoria County Board member, this OLD (50 years) former County nursing home is heading for the landfill. Too bad. This 330 bed nursing home could have been renovated, new roof, new plumbing, new electrical, room revisions, etc for around $13 million. This figure was the one quoted by a very reputable firm out of Springfield. But Patrick Urich and the Democrats on the County Board wanted a Taj Mahal for it's majority Medicaid clients. So they got a local constrution firm to estimate renovation, the same construction company that was the successful bidder on a new County nursing home later to be called Heddington Oaks, and they concluded the new nursing woud only cost about $7 million more than renovation. A group of County Board Democrats then went to Chicago with inflated renovation figures and the State of Illinois said "go ahead and build a new one". The new one cost anywhere from $47 million to $51 million depending on whose set of figures you use. Plus 30 years interest, of course. At last report, Peoria County taxpayers were funding Heddington Oak to the tune of $3,000,000.00 plus. They were also paying interest on the approximately millions borrowed to build Heddington Oaks. I've always thought it interesting when people tell me something cost x number of dollars to build but leave out the interest they will pay on the large loan they take out for up to 30 years to build the entity. The museum may have only cost $99 million but the sales tax of ONLY 1.4% over 30 years has now gotten our former County adminstrator worrried that these projected sales taxes are not going to be enough to pay the interest on the already "white elephant" destroying the the landscape on Peoria's most valuable piece of property estimated by a departed City Manager to be worth $19 million while our current Mayor estimated it to have been worth at least $11 million. The JS says the museum is better than "an empty hole in the ground" while they critize people like me for living in a "box". Now our box is looking like we would have been better off if Cat had filled the hole and the city landscaped the "hole" and made one of the most beautiful riverfront parks in Illinois. The taxpayers paid over 2/3 of the $99 million plus interest and the personal donors could have spread their 1/3 donation over the entire county to make Peoria City and County a nicer place to live. As usual, Nerds on Call and my new Lenovo laptop I bought from them have not figured out why I have no spell-check and why the paragraphs I have created in this blog; 7 of them, will disappear when I hit publish. Oh well.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sales tax collections are down in the City of Peoria and Peoria County. Surely this is explainable as even I explained why this would happen in several blogs over the the past few years. Our former County Administrator, now City Manager, should also well know the reasons why. East Peoria is where the business expansion is taking place, not Peoria. When the ill-fated museum was being touted by the elite and the dreamers; two Bradley economic professors predicted that the the museum alone would bring in $16,000,000.00 in new business every year and with the money, more taxes. The "knowing" ones realized that predictions from those who live in "ivory towers" seldom come true. (one of my favorite comment writers, Don Axt, recently satirized the "movers and shakers" dreams about how Peoria would one day host the World Series of baseball)pointing out that the elite and other dreamers were so wrong on so many tax-payer funded expenditures such as on the Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM), on the RiverPlex that recently had to extend thier original 10 year loan to 16 years., how the privately owned ballpark had to have a City loan of $1,600,000.00 forgiven because of lack of attendance, how the African exhibit would have a new entryway off Prospect as illustrated in a 9/23/06 JS article written by John O'Connell and one article appearing on 9/07/07, plus in promotional advertising, when indeed the entryway looks exactly the same old way it looked 25 years ago and while attendance is touted to be, the mostly freebie school visits included while most of these kids look at these trips as way to avoid real learning experience, etc. My parents took us kids to the zoo, never the taxpayers. The more tax dollars spent on non-tax collecting entities, the less sales tax collected despite Peoria having one on the highest sales taxes in the nation. Look at all the abandoned businesses that no longer collect taxes and abandoned houses in Peoria. Look at our population, down about 5000 from 2004 when all these expenditures were susposed to build our population in Peoria. I'm stopping here because my lousy computer or software is threatening to shut me down again like it did last night losing 1/1/2 hours of my labor. My spell-check doesn't work and I'm sick of all the coddling being given to those who could work but can't because of their lousy upbring, a wimpy bunch of compasionate leaders, weak, unpaid weak school boards, all in an All-American City, a distinction earned largely by submitting the best bragging. Not bragging about ugly buildings with low attendance, the ugliest being the new museum, a leader in STD's and rough and pot-holed streets, mass gang fighting among the unemployed blacks who can't work but can steal, vandalize and impregnate. Good luck, Patrick and Jim. I'm buying where I can save the most money providing the service is the same. I pay the City and County and #150 enough in fees and taxes already.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Forwarded to me by a friend. And almost all private entities PAY taxes, not collect. Walmart figures seem high but the examples are correct. Merle 1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day. 2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year. 4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined. 5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English. 6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world. 7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years. 8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy. 9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world. 10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago. 11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 Billion.) 12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart. You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy. This should be read and understood by all Americans?? Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!! To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt and ineffective: a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 237 years to get it right and it is broke. b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 77 years to get it right and it is broke. c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke. d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 48 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more. e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 47 years to get it right and they are broke. f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 42 years to get it right and it is broke. g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 35 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure. You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars. AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?? Folks, keep this circulating. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our "duly elected' (they never read anything) and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel. AND We have lost our minds to "Political Correctness" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,??????????? In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , Japan and Turkey ..And Pakistan ........previous home of Bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no extra aid nor do they get any special breaks--nadda beyond shopping discounts... Now, it is estimated that 90,000 illegal alien children under the age of 16 will be in our country by the end of the year. We will feed them, provide health and education and they will get everything a hard working American citizen gets - just for crossing the border illegally. Obama is proposing we give millions of dollars to El Salvador, Hondouras and Guatamala to "help" the children. Do you really think this money is going to get to the children that really need it? Meanwhile, Mexico is charging for allowing them to pass through Mexico to get to the US border, paid for by the drug cartels. They are keeping the Border Guards busy changing diapers while the drug lords funnel tons of drugs into the US to turn our children into zombies. In GITMO, the 147 Muslim terrorists have one doctor for every prisoner, a state-of-the art hospital system, are provided Korans and prayer rugs, food approved by the Koran, exercise and additional perks. Our Veterans die waiting to see a VA doctor while the directors get bonuses. AND Congress wants to freeze Social Security payments... You do know that Congress voted themselves a pay raise for 2013??? Google this--it's true!!! 99% of people won't forward this. I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Aaron Schock Presents Majority Republican and Independents Viewpoint on Obama's Lack of U.S. Best Interest Leadership
Peoria's Aaron Schock shines on CNN this morning. Schock appeared intelligent and persuasive in his approach to the questions of the CNN female interagator. An increasing number of liberal media commentators are starting to take a dim view of the leadership of our esteemed Emperor. Republicans like Illinois' Schock may help common sense Republicans to get elected to control both houses and start to lead this country out of the sickenng morrass Obama has led and continues to lead us into. Sorry, my spell-check is not working again.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
An additional I and and S in their appropriate spaces. Did anybody notice or care what an IDOT mower did to the grass between Rt. 74 and University on the South side? It will take years of taxpayer dollars to repair the damage done by mowing when the ground was saturated with water. Or, does anybody care that IDOT builds slopes too steep with seldom a terrace so that heavy rains wash gullies down the seeded or sodded right-of-ways? Then statewide, millions of dollars are spent in repair yearly. At least the head of IDOT resigned but I'm sure she will be replaced with another incompetent Democrat and strong union lover. The State of Illinois is sunk until it becomes a RTW state which will not happen in my lifetime. And, speaking of idiots, staunch coward Democrat Brian G., whoever you are, don't expect any of your stupidty to appear on my sites. Use Billy's site as he is evidently a friend of yours.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Yes, I am pretty good at spelling and signaling new paragraphs but my blogger site now controlled by Google will not permit me to consistently spell-check and it merges all my coppy even though I have indicated a new paragraph. Makes me want to blog less. I spelled copy coppy and spell-check couldn't identify that mis-spelling. At times, I wonder what highlly paid idiots designed these programs. i deliberately mis-spelled highly but spell-check couldn't identify the word. Good grief.