Please read the Peoria Area Blotter & Politics Blog

 The Peoria Area Blotter and Politics Blog (PeoriaBlotter.com for short) is my latest attempt to start a general interest citizen journalism site in Peoria. I cover crime news, politics and some press releases. And other news that comes my way. Yes. I’m gonna run advertising. And yes, I wanna make some money doing it. So please advertise. Or donate. When I start getting people hooked, I’ll sell subscriptions, Donations are being accepted. Did I already say that?

You see, eventually, the Peoria Journal Star will collapse as GateHouse Media continues to eat itself in it’s orgy of greed and self-destruction. I want my site to be standing when this happens. 

Typical greedy GateHouse behavior on display

This type of sh*t is no longer the news. I now fully expect GateHouse Media to do this short of shit, then run to bankruptcy court to have all their debts forgiven:

Kirk Davis, Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Media, which is the parent company of the Providence Journal [as well as the Peoria Journal Star as well as almost every other newspaper in this part of the state] received more than $1 million in additional compensation in 2015 over his 2014 income.  During the same period the Providence Journal continued to loss advertising revenue and circulation, and the company made substantial staff reductions in Providence.

Davis’ overall compensation increased from $917,000 in 2014, to $2.1 million, according to SEC documents first reported by Boston Business Journal.

Davis’ compensation increase of over $1.1 million. His 2015 compensation was comprised of a base salary of $500,000, a cash bonus of $600,000 and $1 million came in the award of stock. During the same, the Providence Journal went through two round of layoffs and buyouts.

During the past 12 months, the parent company’s stock has dropped from $23.87 per share to a close on Friday of $15.62 a share — a 34% decrease in stock value.

Newspaper reporter: The worst job in America?

Speak for yourself:

It is the third year in a row that a newpaper reporter ranked as the worst job.  Being a broadcaster didn’t fare much better.  It came in third worst on the list.

“The news business has changed drastically over the years, and not in a good way,” says former Broadcaster Ann Baldwin, president of Baldwin Media PR in New Britain, Connecticut. “When people ask me if I miss it, I tell them ‘I feel as if I jumped off of a sinking ship.’”

The report says that one factor that has many media jobs among the worst is the decline of advertising revenue. And, a drop in advertising sales translates to a decline in positions for advertising sales people. Advertising Sales Person appears on the 10 worst jobs list for the first time (#193), after finishing just outside the bottom 10 a year ago.

If all you are concerned about is money, benefits and job security, year]h, being a newspaper reporter sucks. But if you want a job that puts you right smack dab in the middle of what is going on, and lets you make a difference if you let it, then being  reporter cannot be beat.

To those people who left newsrooms for some cushy PR job … fine, we’re stronger without you.

Spider-Man’s Aunt May? Yeah, I’d bang her

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Marisa Tomei is 17 months younger than I am. And look at her. She’s HOT and has been since  “My Cousin Vinny.”

But she’s been slated to appear in the new Spider-Man movie as THIS character:

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Aunt May.

So, imagine the oldest, most elderly woman in your family. Now, imagine this woman’s mother. THAT is how old “Aunt May” is in the comics.

Now, this character is being portrayed by a young lady I have lusted after. Did you see “The Wrestler?”

This is just wrong.

A modest proposal with Verizon workers in mind

Proposed: A law stating that when someone sitting at their home in the United States picks up a telephone and dials a domestic customer support telephone number (not an international number), this United States citizen has the right expect to be talking to someone in the United States of America. Now, Verizon or whoever has every right to hire people in the Philippine or India to do their technical support. I’ve received some very nice help from non-Americans in that regard. But I dialed an American number to get them, and that’s not right. Call it the “Truth in Dialing” Act. Also, I’d make it a law requiring third-party customer support providers to make it clear with callers they are not talking to an actual employee of the company they thought they were calling.

Bad cop behavior in St. Louis

From Missouri Lawyers:

A former St. Louis police officer was ordered jailed Wednesday pending sentencing after admitting in federal court that he assaulted a handcuffed man in a case that forced a city prosecutor’s resignation.

Thomas Carroll, 52, waived a formal reading of the indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in St. Louis to a felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law, admitting he denied the victim his constitutional freedom from unreasonable force by a law enforcer.

Authorities allege Carroll was on duty in July 2014 when he assaulted the man, identified in court papers only as “M.V.,” near St. Louis’ Busch Stadium after the arrested victim was found to have a credit card belonging to Carroll’s daughter and stolen from her car.

While the man was handcuffed in the police cruiser, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, Carroll yelled to him that he made a “huge mistake” and “broke into the wrong girl’s car.” Later at a police station, Carroll ignored a supervisor’s orders to stay away from the man and confronted him in an interview room, ultimately throwing the still-handcuffed man into a chair before tossing him against a wall before punching him.

Textbook bad cop behavior here.