Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Peoria Journal Star - More Forgotten Headlines

August 20,2012 headline, "Housing Agency Closes Amid Mystery". To my knowledge, no further news was published in the JS about this mystery. I did see some type of legal action published this summer in the County newspaper. This "mystery" was never any great mystery to me as I published on this site many years ago that there "appeared' to be some things that were not proper with Pioneer Civic Services, which included lack of any apparent financial or any transparency. Back then, HUD, didn't seem to be concerned. Possibly some whistle-blower, finally got this body, that should be totally reorganized, attention and HUD finally stopped funding after funding over $4 million between 2002 and 2012. Was HUD guilty of the padding of someone or ones individual pocketbooks? Expect frauds to be "a dime a dozen" in the public, as well as many in the private sector. As has often been suggested, if you are going to steal other people's money, think big, as the penalties are usually worse for the smaller criminal acts. Or even misdemeanors. No, I've never been convicted of anything, except bad judgment many times. I probably just wanted to join the local crowd and with the thousands of politicians such as Aaron and Ray.

Peoria Journal Reports Sad Facts on Conditions on the South Side of the City

Years ago, I was asked to sit on the Board of Directors of the SouthSide Development Committee. One of the early problems encountered was the division among black leaders on the board. I was in charge of raising money for the work the committee planned. I approached Peter Korn, then Peoria City Manager, and inquired how the City could help us in funding. Mr. Korn asked me what happened to the $25,000 the City had just granted this group. At the next Board meeting I made the inquiry. No one seemed to know. I then asked to see a Financial Statement. There was none. As far as any of the group, led by James Polk, no one remembered any $25,000. Really, I said. At the next Board meeting, I was replaced. The group fell apart with some of the same questions about how funds were and are being used on the SS. With limited results. What was the major concern these 20 some years ago? Job, jobs, jobs. What were business concerns about the SS? Skills, Skills, Responsible workers, responsible workers, Integrity, integrity, integrity, etc. Now the JS is running a three publication series about this sad situation. It appears that the saying of things couldn't get any worse. They are. Conditions on the SS of Peoria are the worst I've seen and getting worse. Not according to the IB who by their own publication lists more vacant business properties in the history of the cit. And all public bodies are running deficits unheard of in my 40 some years as a Peoria City resident. The only problem I have with the JS entertainment section reporter, again writing conditions outside his field of expertise. The same reporter who belittled those of us who did our homework and correctly predicted why the downtown museum would fail. It's been over a year and three major facts that the public should know, since the taxpayers in Peoria County OWN the museum building, are full price paid attendance, financial condition and amount of ACTUAL dollars in the Endowment Fund. This fund was expected to be over $11 million by now, not counting the $5 million then County Administrator allegedly suggested to the museum board that that taxpayer dollars could be rolled over to the Endowment Fund. Endowment Funds are exactly what the term means. Money from the financially affluent, not regular Joe property tax owners. So many lies told by our "local leaders" on so many taxpayer funded projects. Many golden geese have and are turning in to regular Starlings coming home to roost. So sad.

I'll Vote For Trump If...........First of Series

he kills HUD. Or fires all top management and replaces them with sane people. (out of the few left in the public housing sector) Privatizes our inept Departments of Transportation. I came up from the St. Louis area on Rt. 55 two Sundays ago. 5 miles south of Lincoln, I first saw a sign saying "left lane closed ahead". I, like so many usually thoughtful drivers, pulled over in the right lane. Cars kept zipping by as we traveled at around 20 miles an hour. About 3 miles further along, traffic speed had slowed to about 5 miles an hour, yet cars kept zipping by in the left hand lane. Finally I pulled back over to the left hand lane, sidled up to a big pickup truck and asked the driver to help me stop these inconsiderate drivers. He readily agreed and together we stayed abreast each other, stopping probably 500 vehicles trying to get ahead of all of us who were now crawling along about 2-3 miles an hour. We finally came to the junction to Peoria and saw what was causing the roadblock. There were no workers, just about 5 concrete patches that were probably thoughtlessly poured Friday as I did not see anyone working Saturday when i went to the St. Louis area. Along Rt. 55 in this 5 mile area, were approximately 1000 brand new barrels, not a mark on any of them. Why did signage start 5 miles away causing many of us to obey the signage and pull over to the right hand lane so early? No sign said the problem was 5 miles away. Finally one sign did say, 2 miles ahead.Is this something new in Illinois? Not at all. Those who manage seldom consider the driver in Illinois, Florida and probably dozens of other states, but Illinois is the worst I've ever seen in my million and a half miles I've driven or ridden in my life. Takes away the ability of the energy cartels to set the same prices at all filling stations, especially in Peoria, Il. He deports the babies of illegal immigrants, along with the mother or relative sheltering them, who illegally cross our porous border to drop their babies, as soon as the babies and mothers, are releasing from free hospital care. ( I spent 7 hours, 5 hours waiting, at a charge of over $13,000; in emergency at a local hospital). Now my carrier and are being charged this excessive cost to make up for all the freebies, illegals and those not covered by a totally unfair ObamaCare) Now, Donald, if you promise to do just a couple of these requests, which of course, you or no other new President can do, you get my vote. More to come from this angry voter; angry at the establishment, who use taxpayer dollars to fly on taxpayer funded aircraft. No paragraphs as usual.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vote For Bernie Sanders For President? Who, Me?

Surely I jest. I'd vote for Al Franken before I would vote for Socialist/Communist? Sanders. At least Franken is a comedian who is supposed to be funny, if not a good public servant. Over any Democrat, I would vote for the Donald, who absolutely has the Republican elite wringing their panties harder as they try to figure out who among the many Republican candidates could beat Smoky Joe Biden. You Democrats till think Hillary can win? Better read Michelle Malkin's, "Culture of Corruption", which was published in 2009. I recommended this book on this blog site in 2009 as Malkin is a brilliant thinker, talker and author. Malkin pulls no punches in publishing facts in this book, backed by 75 pages of footnotes. Many scary facts about Hillary and Bill Clinton and that was way back 6 years ago. She was one of the leaders who was early warning the voter of having elected the worst leader of this country of perhaps, all times. The shenanigans of bankrupt Illinois Democrat Congressman, Dick Durbin, who personally promised me he was hard at work on a solution for our mental health inefficiencies 10 years ago, are also mentioned on page 58 and 62. Sanders, another wimp who let the mad "Black Lives Matter" group of loud-mouthed 'know nothings' drive him off the stage and caused his address to his followers be cancelled. Many times, I have been called a racist by people who are ignorant of the fact that 2 of my best employees, Mildred Hopkins and Iva Hinton were black. Also, on my sales team, was Bobby Humbles. Bobby and I played tennis at Monte Carlo when I took he and his first wife on one of the many trips my company won. Bobby and I were also doubles partners; Bob stared on the basketball team I played on and sponsored as we won three titles at the Clubs at River City. Bobby is still my insurance agent today. David Booth, Dana Davis and several other black employees were hired by me. Former Bradley Professor Williams, his first name escapes me, thanks me for the work I have done in this community every time he sees me and he calls me his "mentor". Yes, Professor Williams is black and a community activist. I saw him at Lakeview Library just a few days ago. He, like I, am and have been, extremely concerned about the effectiveness of the leadership at Peoria Public School District #150. (Read my many blogs about the situations at #150). Back to "Black Lives Matter". What a stupid name led by the type of leadership I detest, black, white or any color. Of course, all sane people know that all lives matter, Good grief.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sacrifice More Lives in the Mid-East - I Think Not

I won't be supporting any candidate who wants to send more ground troops into these religious and fiefdom hellpits. Obama is a murderer who (among dozens of other horrific actions he has committed, most deliberate) withdrew troops far to soon in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan will never end. Many of the generals who now call for more ground troops do so with the knowledge that they are safe in their promotions and pensions hideaways. The last highly publicized general like Patton this country had, was Petraus. I never or try not to lump all leaders together as we have many good ones; just not enough. And this great general was ousted because of an affair of which 25% of all married men admit to having and another 10 or so % wouldn't admit it for fear their name may appear in the survey results on Facebook. Does one think our leaders should be ABOVE this sort of thing? Has any country made worldwide public any leadership affairs except in England and France? Does anyone ever hear of any affairs Putin, China leaders and other terrorists had or are having? Oh, most think they they are not? Really? You can't count Eisenhower because he had a mistress, right, so many goody-too-shoes? While Churchill may have never had an affair may have been because he was happily married, was too much wrapped up in righting wrongs politically, or was afraid of being caught, or had a low sex drive, or loved his cigars and booze better than the "same old". I'm not endorsing sexual affairs or any other actions deemed illegal or unmoral but "shit happens", doesn't it? For everything else, we have security forces and attorneys, (about 30% of all adults are involved in "keeping and enforcing the laws"). Long ago, anyone reading my blogs, watched my performance as a public servant who was not subservient to any special interest groups, a businessman who succeeded against all odds including our ulta-conservative banks back then, as one of the angry people who early on saw this once great nation slowly slide into decline. We may still be the best nation to live in and we may be for a long, long time, but times "are a-changing'. If we have another huge depression like so many predict, the whole country will look twice as bad as Illinois and the direction this once great state is heading. As to mis-management in our military and secret service hierarchy, its there just like in almost all governments. If you talk to people who have served recently, watch Fox News TV and read other than romance novels and Peoples magazine or watch 'Fifty Shades' more than once, .....one realizes our security forces fight their own secret wars among themselves. Constantly. Do not believe those who claim if we do not stop them over there, we will fight them here. Well, they are already here and like the comic strip, 'them are us". Plus, don't think that if China and Russia are trying to steal our secrets, we have for centuries, tried to steal theirs. Maybe one reason China devalued the Yuan today knowing how it would disrupt our markets???? Enough said for one long sometimes rambling blog. But as has often been said, "there goes Merle again". Right, that's me. Free speech, yu'know.

"Black Lives Matter" - Stupidity in Action

Here is what I think of the leaders of this stupid movement by stupid people. Black lives leaders should be splattered everywhere they surface by any manner available. Open season forever.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Yup, No Trump

The Donald is no debater and no politician. Arrogant, angry and hostile, but right in most of his beliefs as to what is wrong with this country and what he would do to restore our dignity. But divisive by attacking Rosie (who I can't stand either), calling EVERYBODY in Congress stupid and stating that he would not promise to support a Republican for the nomination to be our next president, killed ANY chance that the establishment would nominate him in Cleveland next year.

All candidates had good visions of WHAT they would do if elected which is what all politicians say even if they know it's not doable.

Yup, Trump is out and I have no idea who is in. However, there are 5 more debates to come and it's like the song, "It's a long, long time from now to September" next year when the voter has determined what Democrat or what Republican they will vote for who they hope will be our next President. Under no circumstance would I support another Democrat to lead our country. Whether or not, I probably won't be around to see if anybody can stop this countries accelerated slide to 'wimpism', a new term I have for the path our current leadership is taking. Obama will go down in history as the worst president to lead this country since Harding.

If any Democrat is elected, this country will be in deeper do-do by far than the mess we are in today. And that includes most state, city and county governments,especially in Illinois, Detroit,Baltimore and Peoria.

Yup. I watched all 5 hours and all the politicians except Rand and Donald, said all the things politicians are schooled to say. And yes, most of them believe what they say, doable or not.

Advise to Trump. YOU ARE NOT THE RIGHT PERSON TO START A THIRD PARTY. PERIOD. You represent a large number of angry Americans but you are to brusk and you do not come off well as a likable top dog in politics.Stick to your business acumen and use your billions to help elect the Republican nominee. May you will be named Secretary of State. You have the balls for the job.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Peoria Journal Star - Forgotten Headlines

I could list them by the dozens. But here is one that really stands out. Date - 12/15/2011. "Pioneer Parkway extension seen at TOP PRIORITY FOR CITY" written by John Sharp, a good reporter unheard of recently. Unheard of is also this TOP PRIORITY.

Expect it to surface again in 2040.

Or probably never as our National Debt will be $36 trillion by then.

Or more.

Monday, July 27, 2015

GOP Elite Have Their Panties in a Bind

Yup, it's Trump. What I want is this arrogant, successful businessman and wealthy U.S.A. loving leader, who has the guts to say why this country is going to hell at a faster pace than most sit-com loving people realize. I do not agree with some of his arrogance but he earned the right to be heard. He did not intend to blanket all illegals who have been here because our leaders let them be here and who have made a success of their lives and contributed to this country.

Trump is talking about the illegals that swarm across our border every day, many of them already criminals and who get more benefits than the poor who are here legally. No other major country in the world has a more porous border.

A friend was concerned about his morals while at the same time admiring the Kennedy adulterers and Franklin Roosevelt, an adulterer. And many admire the Clinton's, both an adulterers.

Yes, iot is very true that unless you have walked in person's shoes, you do not know what they really think and why they believe there actions are justified. If they break a law; and thousand of laws are unreasonable, they should be convicted by a fact seeking jury of their peers or a fact seeking judge.

And, no, I have never been convicted of any reasonable or unreasonable law.

This country should be VERY tired of the good old boys and girls clubs that are running this Titanic. You scratch my back, then I will scratch yours. Unfortunately, if a politician doesn't succumb, he probably won't get reelected. I've been tired of it for years.

While I seldom listen or read Limbaugh, I did today, and he is exactly right. And no, I am not Republican but an Independent. However, I would vote for most any Republican over almost any Democrat although I proudly voted for Democrat SA Jerry Brady

My suggestion to the Donald is that he accept donation up to $1000 so he gets more people involved. He must not go this campaign with a small number or hard workers. If he realizes he won't get the Republican nomination and starts a third party, both he and the Republicans will lose. This country needs and has needed since Perot, is a sold thinking President, not incumbent to any special interests. But maybe this country deserves another Democrat. If you recall, I predicted a revolution in this country in the not too distant future. That is a major reason the this phony joke we have as are current president, wants us all to turn in our weapons. I suppose after the slaying of 5 people by a knife wielder that was noted in last week news, he and his ilk may start a campaign to turn in all knives.

Obama stills thinks he may someday lead a Muslim dominated world. And that world won't lead with compassion, a term so often used by those who claim to be DEEPLY religious but often need to look in the mirror for a long while as they reflect all their immoral acts committed or are still committing and have buried deep............

At 90, I'm still around to piss people off but this country badly needs a couple million younger people who mostly agree with what I blog.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mars: We are Spending Billions to Send People a Location 5 Light years Away?

We should be using that money to really develop a low cost method of converting ocean water to safe farmland water. Maybe build  pipelines from the Mississippi to the drought stricken west. We could use some of the able 47,000,000 people on food stamps and other welfare have meaningful jobs. Or start trucking water to help out the struggling transport industry

Bring back the CCC which was killed by politicians and big unions.

Five light years away or 22 light minutes away. When a world is being destroyed where we live? When will people and politicians get real???????

No, I Don't Post Anonymous Attacks on Me on This Blog Site

Sorry, if you don't have the guts to print your name on your comments and state facts, your opinions are worthless. After all the outright big and small lies about the museum, why would I support it?? The museum is sinking. Most of the small Endowment money is phony money. I wonder how much longer the BIG SCREEN will be operative? The planners who overlooked humidity will not have their reputations tarnished because they are are all denying responsibility causing the County (taxpayers), who owns the building to invest $50,000 for fans while trying to determine who is responsible for the estimated $2 million to correct the problem.

Records show that 15,000 people voted AGAINST building the museum. I doubt whether many of them changed their minds and are attending enmasse. By the way, what happened to the 15% discount PROMISED to all Peoria residents? Don't see it mentioned anywhere.

And worse yet, it is an ugly building and losing bundles of money when it was promised to grow attendance which instead continues to shrink .Let the unions and the elite support the deficit. They lied and fought for it without research unlike the leaders of those who were in opposition. Don't stick the common taxpayer who have already had roughly 70% of the cost foisted on them when people like Brad McMillan promised the board, the private sector would be the ones paying 2/3s of the cost.

Another lie among many including an IMAX theater which was instead developed in the private sector..A company that has made me a sizable bundle of money.

The Journal Star always made me give them my address and phone number before they would print my EDITED letters to the editors (LTE). Many times they asked me to send them my facts.I always did and they would print my letters. (Roughly 35 of them)

So you anonys, post FACTS instead of one line attacks on me.

Hmmm.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Andrew Rand - Peoria County Board Chairman Facing Troubling Times

Chairman Rand reported in the May issue of IB, in an interview labeled, "A Conversation Overdue" that "it was not long ago that Peoria County faced some very difficult issues because of undisciplined policies and spending. But in 2001. the Peoria County Board said 'enough' and adopted smart, conservative policies that maintain our fund balances, support our bond ratings and guide our spending habits. for more than a decade, the County has authorized balanced budgets and funded important priorities, despite the 2008 recession and the lagging recovery, which has been the slowest in 50 years."

What Democrat Chairman Rand said is true (Rand was elected by the Democrat controlled board after some rumored back room negotiations with Democrat Board Member, Mike Phelan), I believe that spending started again slowly going downhill in 2008 through today when the County Board overwhelmingly supported the failing Museum (the County Board borrowed the money to own this Peoria Riverfront Museum building, borrowed the money to fund a new $50 million plus county owned nursing home, Heddington Oaks, took over the Hanna City State owned Correctional Center, now in a severe state of dilapidation, paid over a million dollars to demolish a 47 year old Bel-Wood, was basically forced by a cash strapped City of Peoria to take over the Humane Society operations, despite that the major animal control problems are in the City, not the County, rising pension costs, salaries, etc.

It was interesting that the Journal Star, managing Editor of the Editorial Page, Barbara Manz Drake, took issue with me why I would run for a County Board seat in 2000, against an incumbent who Mrs. Drake said was doing such an outstanding job. The Editorial Board took great pains to stop my election by a seething Editorial supporting the incumbent, that they ran this Editorial 2 times to make sure they didn't leave out any readers. Despite their efforts, I won by 27% points and helped guide the County back to fiscal sanity.

However, despite the fact that Chairman Rand supported all of the above expenditures (you don't get elected by going against the majority as Rand Paul knows) I believe he is a shrewd businessman and will make every effort to bring back fiscal stability to the County. But if the nation goes into a financial spin downward as many predict, his job will become very difficult. That is why in his May article he calls on all the public bodies in Peoria County to "come together to discuss and define the magnitude of the problem."

Best wishes, Andrew. I believe, however, that the job is like being "a dollar short and a day late" The willingness of other public officials to do much in the way of combining and giving up control because of pressure from their constituents, many of whom are small special interest groups who feel they should not give up anything but other should instead.

Kind of sounds like the situation in Greece on a much smaller scale.

And, unfortunately, all public bodies in Peoria County are in a financial bind. I believe the taxpayer is going to be loser as I predicted many years ago on this site.