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Reasons cited for no new Kroger store on the South Side are the epitome of bullsh*t

Oh, brother:

John Elliott, Kroger spokesman in Indianapolis, said his company looked into the request to fill the void in South Peoria with a subsidiary that operates smaller stores.

Elliott said the company decided that a smaller store on Western would hurt sales at the Kroger operation at the Madison Park shopping center, located about a mile west of Western Avenue.

This is the epitome of bullsh*t. On Sterling and Lake, HyVee came in and built a brand-spanking new superstore RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from an existing Kroger superstore. I don’t see either one of these stores closing. In fact, both seem pretty busy. Yet, they can’t build a new Kroger store to replace one that went out of business because it MIGHT compete with another Kroger store MORE THAN A MILE AWAY.

I have a reason that makes more sense. ‘Screw poor people.’ That’s the reason.

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December 21st, 2014 at 10:57 am

Category: Media

I’m glad to see a Patch reporter managed to piss off SOMEONE in authority

From Patch:

Patch editor Joe Hosey will not have to reveal an anonymous source, an appellate court ruled on Monday, and with that his legal battle of more than a year came to an end.

Third District Appellate Court judges earlier this month heard arguments on whether Joseph Hosey should be required to divulge the source from whom he received investigative reports that described in detail various aspects of a grisly Joliet double murder in January 2013. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney in September 2013 found Hosey in “minor direct criminal contempt” for withholding the information. Hosey faced jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

There is not sufficient reason for Hosey to disclose his source, the appellate court ruled, in turn negating Kinney’s ruling.

As originally conceived, Patch was a good idea. A bunch of local online-only sites operating under the AOL banner could conceivably destroy all print media. Patch sites would share stories, but generate their own local content, and would eventually replace local newspapers that had to compete by printing news on dead trees and hand deliver the news once a day.

The execution was faulty, as Patch editors were told to, essentially, writer advertiser friendly copy. Then the boss of AOL told the investors they would earn big, big, big earnings now, now, now and when that didn’t happen, they make money (in the sort term) the way all corporations do, by cutting staff.

So, It’s a good thing to see that one reporter for Patch had the balls to piss off someone in authority. He will no doubt get fired now.

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December 16th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Category: Site news

Blogger Bash is a go!

Blogger Bash will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 30 at the Bullpen Sports Bar at Landmark Plaza. Be there are be talked about.

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December 15th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Category: Uncategorized

Valley & Bluff needs your support

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December 14th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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How do Journal Star reporters and editors even find their way around in this city?

More directional issues in today’s Journal Star:

A judge ordered a Central Peoria man held on bond for allegedly biting his 3-month-old son.

Xavier M. Barlow, 21, 2622 N. Dechman Ave., Apt. 1, appeared Friday in Peoria County Circuit Court on one count of aggravated battery. Judge Mark Gilles ordered him held on $3,000 bond, down from a $40,000 bond request by prosecutors, and ordered Barlow to have no contact with his son.

No. Wrong. Dechman is one block east of North Knoxville. Thus, if you live on North Dechman, you live in the East Bluff. Not inb the Center Bluff, as the modifier “Central Peoria” implies.

If Journal Star reporters and editors actually gave a rat’s ass about Peoria and Peorians, they wouldn’t keep screwing up in this way.

Such directional miscues from the reporters and editors in one of the reasons I started my original blog. It’s one of many, many reasons the Journal Star will wither away and die while Valley & Bluff will continue to grow in popularity. It’s a news site run and operated by real Peorians for real Peorians.

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December 14th, 2014 at 11:55 am

Category: Uncategorized

Journal Star, late again

wehaditfirstSo, the Journal Star has the story on the Mexican restaurant coming to Campustown. I had that story six days ago. I know, I know. Small victories.

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December 10th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Category: Uncategorized

Dangerous ammosexual homeowner THINKS getting hit in the face with a brick is reason enough to justify shooting back

Just another entrepreneur plying his trade when a dangerous gun nut shoots:

Topeka police Sgt. Byron Endsley said at the scene that a man who lives at 305 S.W. Clay heard a noise at his residence and went downstairs to investigate. A news release from Lt. Dean McWilliams said the homeowners called police to report someone trying to break into their house.

Endsley said as the homeowner neared a door at the residence, someone from outside the house threw a brick through a window, striking the man in the face.

The person outside the house then tried to reach inside the broken window and open the door, Endsley said. At that point, the man inside the house confronted the man outside, firing several shots from a gun and striking the would-be intruder several times.

The wounded man then ran down the alley behind the house and was found lying in the back yard of a residence at 317 S.W. Clay.

Outrage! Where will it end? If homeowners keep shooting the people who are robbing them, then all the roving home invaders will have to get jobs for their own safety, thereby RUINING the job market for the rest of us.


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December 10th, 2014 at 9:55 am

Armed Vietnam Vet scares the Holy F*cking Sh*t out of masked home invaders

This tale out of Gaston County, N.C. wins the story of the year competition:

(Joseph) Sapienza, a Marine Corps veteran who served four years in Vietnam, was watching television in his bed at 7:42 p.m. at his home on Davis Avenue. He heard someone prying off the lock and pulling the nails to the latch out of his front door.

He grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, put it in a holster on his walker and began shuffling toward the sound. He flipped a hallway light on, yelled out to announce he was armed, and yanked open the door to see two men wearing ski masks.

They jumped off his porch and practically tripped over one another trying to flee, Sapienza said.

“It was like a keystone cops scene,” he said. “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.”


He later posted this note on his front door:

“(If) you try to break in my house again, I will be waiting on you,” reads the note, which was still there Friday afternoon. “Enter at your own risk.”

There is also a picture of the guy at his door. He’s using a walker. You’ve GOT to take a look.


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December 9th, 2014 at 11:57 am

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GateHouse Media charged with labor law violations

Because you are NOT NOT NOT going to read about this in the Peoria Journal Star or any other GateHouse Media publication. These are charges filed by the National Labor Relations Board, NOT accusations tossed out there by the United Media Guild at the Rockford Register Star:

  • GateHouse retaliated against our members after the UMG objected to unilateral changes to how photographers were to be scheduled. By labor law, such changes must be negotiated due to the status quo protections for working conditions during a initial contract negotiation. When the UMG would not agree to the changes, the NLRB charged that the newspaper “threatened employees and announced that it would change its policy regarding the ability of employees to alter schedules.”

  • GateHouse took that action in a letter to employees, the NLRB charged, “in order to undermine the (UMG)’s status as the employees’ bargaining representative.”

  • At the bargaining table GateHouse subsequently proposed that it have the right to outsource all photography-related work. The NLRB charged the company with doing so “because the employees . . . formed, joined and assisted the Union and engaged in concerted activities, and to discourage employees in these activities.”

  • By doing so, GateHouse “has failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the Union as the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of the Unit.”

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December 9th, 2014 at 8:59 am

Category: Uncategorized

‘Little Brother’ (citizen journalism) is the cure for Big Brother

I guess this is always how I thought of citizen journalism, but I never heard it expressed in this way before.

Dystopian futures have always imagined governments oppressing us with surveillance. Under the all-seeing, all-hearing eyes and ears of Big Brother, free will is curtailed and only “approved” behavior is allowed. Edward Snowden revealed this was no conspiracy theory, and we wouldn’t have to wait for the future. We’re already being watched, our liberty sacrificed for security.

But what George Orwell and Aldous Huxley didn’t foresee was the parallel rise of “Little Brother.”

Cameras and recording devices have progressively gotten smaller and cheaper, so it was logical to assume we might all own them one day. It was social media and its ability to tie those devices together that came as a surprise. Suddenly, cameras in the hands of citizens became weapons of justice. They level the playing field between the populace and the powers that be, as long as we turn them on.

The article goes on to link citizen journalism with police body cameras. It’s a good read.

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December 8th, 2014 at 9:37 am