Peoria just needs to say ‘no’ (and mean it) when some developer comes along with more urban sprawl and blight

  Boy, THIS guy speaks volumes about what  is wrong with Peoria. Folks,  sometime the nest deal the city can make is to not make a deal at all. Next time, some developer comes to the city with a deal to build a newer and better thingamajig in far-northern Peoria, we should say “no, wont happen” then show them a list of properties available in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd districts.

Were I on the council, I would vote in favor of a moratorium on any further development in the 5th district.

Donald Trump is low rent

It’s true. From the Chicago Tribune:

trump_ass_faceBusinessman and reality TV star Donald Trump is under fire for mocking a New York Times reporter with a congenital joint condition during a campaign rally in South Carolina this week, drawing a scornful rebuke from the reporter and others who called Trump’s actions “despicable.”

The incident occurred as Trump was defending his recent claim that he had witnessed thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center collapsed. The assertion has since been fact-checked and discredited by law enforcement and government officials who were in New Jersey in the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks.

On stage Tuesday, Trump berated Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for his recent recollection of an article he had written a few days after the attacks. Trump appeared to mock Kovaleski’s physical condition; the reporter has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms.

“Now, the poor guy — you’ve got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!” Trump said as he jerked his arms in front of his body.

The gesture was all the more personal because Kovaleski covered Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993, a tumultuous period for Trump in which he struggled through several financial setbacks.

“The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record,” Kovaleski said.

Kaley Cuoco attacked by vicious face-biting pit pull


Yeah, I’ve had a crush on Kaley since the first episode of “Big Bang Theory”  (and I was barely aware she existed on “Charmed”).

So I was shocked, I tell you, shocked when I saw this picture of her face being bitten off by this dog, which I think is a pit bull. But then I read the caption and it turns out the dog is hears and it’s just playtime between Kaley and the mutt.



Ice rink shows how messed up Peoria’s priorities really are

 There are parts of this city –north and south — that routinely flood with every heavy rain because there’s no adequate storm water drainage. There are large parts of this city where no one ever bothered to put in sidewalks, and where kids are routinely ticketed for walking in the street instead of the sidewalks that do not exist.

But that;s OK. We’ve now got a temporary ice skating rink next to Peoria City Hall. All is well.

How can you tell when you’re dealing with a skeezy, money-grubbing news organization?

You can tell by clicking on the front page of their Web site. If you are immediately assaulted by a survey, or pop-up/roll-over ads, or interstitial ads, or heaven forbid, loud-music-blaring video ads that will not let you click them off, you are probably dealing with people you cannot trust to cover the basic honesty of your city government. The Peoria Journal Star is guilty of one or more of these sins. But the Washington Times and the Chicago Tribune REALLY come to mind.