Behold, the Peoria Pundit’s anti-endorsements for the coming election

I do not endorse. An endorsement is something newspapers do. And when it comes to national or statewide races, the decision on who to endorse is often made by upper management of newspapers, sometimes be completely disregarding the reporting being done by staff. Often the endorsements are based strictly on what management things will benefit the owners of the paper, and are not based one whit on ideology.

So, the staff can feel that Candidate A is a jerk, but the bosses tell readers to vote for Candidate A because Candidate A won’t raises taxes on yachts. Happens all the time.

So, newspaper owners have ruined, for me, the whole concept of endorsements.

I do not make endorsements. I do, on occasion tell my readers who I am voting for. You might have perfectly valid reasons for voting the opposite. That’s fine. I’m not telling people they are stupid if they don’t vote the way I do (although that may in fact be true — I’m simply not TELLING anyone they are stupid).

  • Governor: Pat Quinn (Democratic Party)
  • Secretary of State: Sheldon Schafer (write-in, Green Party)
  • Attorney General: Ben Koyl (Libertarian Party)
  • Comptroller: Julie Fox (Libertarian Party)
  • Treasurer: Matthew Skopek (Libertarian Party)
  • U.S. Senate: Sharon Hansen (Libertarian Party)
  • 17th District Congress: Bill Fawell (Libertarian Party)
  • 18th District Congress:  Darrel Miller (Democratic Party)

As you can see, in most races with a libertarian or Green running, I picked a Libertarian or Green. Except for the governor’s race. This was a recent decision for me. Bruce Rauner would be an absolute disaster for Illinois, while Quinn has stumbled in several ways, he’s for the most part governed like an adult. So my apologies to Chad Grimm (Libertarian) and Scott Summers (Green Party, X-Men).

And I really wanted to stick it to Rauner for the role he played in forcing Dave McKinney out of his job.

Blammo! Home invasion victim saves taxpayers the cost of a trial

Perfect outcome:

Deputies said the homeowner, Chris Bane, heard glass breaking at about 5:40 a.m. He grabbed his gun and went into the hallway, where he came face to face with Calvin Yoder.

“The burglar fired a shot and the homeowner returned fire, striking and killing the intruder,” said Wendy Rose, a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. “Apparently the homeowner has been the victim of burglary recently so he was on alert, he was on edge, and as soon as he heard glass breaking he armed himself to protect himself and his 11-year-old child who was in the home.”

Rose said Bane’s home had been broken into as recently as Sunday, but deputies aren’t sure if Yoder was involved.

Yoder, 22, has had several run-ins with the law; he’d been arrested at least five times and spent several months in prison.

Now, the article says the homeowner is all worried that people will think he’s a bad person. Nope. I think he’s a hero who needs to have a parade in his honor. Detractors can call the guy an ammosexual in the comments.

Dave McKinney and I have some things in common


Both Dave and I were editors at the Daily Eastern News (I edited the summer edition while Dave ran the joint during the regular school year).

Oh, and Dave is also unemployed. Dave is jobless because he told the bosses at at the Sun-Times that he was better then they were and quit over this Rauner deal. Which is true. Dave is ethical as all Hell, while Rauner and his buddies in Sun-Times upper management are shit-heeled liars.

Dave is always welcome to start blogging for the Blog Peoria Project. I can’t promise him any money except what he earns from Google ads he’d run on his site. But then, I won’t undercut his reporting and essentially suspend him for doing his damn job.

Libertarian candidate basks in glow of support from Operating Engineers

From the Sun Times:

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois governor, said Monday he welcomes any financial support headed his way from a labor union that has dedicated itself to defeating Republican Bruce Rauner.

Grimm, who sees himself as the only legitimate candidate for change in a race featuring Rauner against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, said he doesn’t know exactly how much the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is prepared to spend on his behalf in the final weeks before the election.

But with an initial donation of $30,000 in hand and more expected, Grimm isn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth.

“I thought it was genuine, and I don’t see it as being a problem,” Grimm told me late Monday on his way to a meeting where he was hoping to learn more about the extent of the union’s help.

Nixon enemy, lion of journalism, Ben Bradlee is dead

Ben Bradlee eve of the release of his book of memoirs 'A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures' Washington DC

Well, damn:

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday at 93, the newspaper said.

Rauner tries to bully reporter and publishers like this, reward Rauner with endorsements

Bruce Rauner has racked up an impressive tally of endorsements from Illinois Newspapers. The fact that right of center newspaper owners — virtually nine of whom are mom-and-pop owners who live in the communities that they cover — is no surprise that these corporate-owned multi-media machines have ordered their underlings to endorse Rauner.

The same reporter that broke the story in the Chicago Sun Times of a “female” CEO that Bruce Raunerthreatened to “bury” and make her “radioactive,” is now being bullied himself, along with another female, his wife. The highly-respected Sun Times political reporter, Dave McKinney, is on the receiving end of Rauner’s bullying tactics, highlighting the credibility of the original charges lodged against Rauner in an investigative piece that showed Christine Kirk, the CEO of LeapSource Inc., a now-defunct bankrupted GTCR company, being bullied by her boss. Rauner is again being accused of being a bullying in another piece, the Crain’s Chicago Business piece published yesterday, that shows Rauner attempted to kill the LeapSource story and “retaliate” and “bully” the reporter.

For good measure, Rauner’s team used the pretext of dragging McKinney’s wife into the narrative that the story should be “killed” by the Sun Times. However, the couple have bent over backwards to assure that their work would not conflict, reported Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax. Both are consummate professionals who would never allow their work to conflict.

McKinney’s piece in question was also co-written and co-reported by two others, Carol Marin and Don Mosely, yet neither of those reporters were accused of wrongdoing by the Rauner campaign. In fact it was Carol Marin’s reading of one of the more explosive parts of the story, that turned into an ad for the Quinn for Illinois campaign. Yet those reporters reporting on the story was not raised as an issue by Rauner, nor were they “retaliated” against, or “bullied.”

Think about it for one second. It is the fervent wish of these corporations to produce newspapers and have to pay reporters nothing. They would love to replace reporters with news writing algorithms, or at least to outsource reporters to call centers in the Phillipines.

So, Rauner makes a few phone calls and beats up on McKinney, to the point where this experienced and talented reporter feels it necessary to hire a lawyer to protect his rights. And publishers love this shit. And it doesn’t bother them in the slightest that Rauner made his fortune outsourcing workers. They love that shit, too.

Alert the media!

From the front page of this morning:

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

NEW YORK — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips.
Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries.

At last, our long national nightmare is over.

Attention smug pricks: Do not mess with cab drivers

I love this story. A Bellevue Village Trustee gets into a shouting match with a cab driver, the trustee gets out of his truck, confronts the cab driver and SOMEHOW the trustee gets himself stabbed. Naturally, I believe the cab driver. And so did the cops who arrested the trustee. One question: What hack company does the cab driver work for?

Blammo! Another violent punk gets it in the nads

Aww … poor baby:

Torres’ girlfriend told the officers that she and Torres had argued about a food order that Torres said wasn’t correct. During the argument, Torres allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face.

Their young son then went upstairs and knocked on the neighbor’s door, saying that his father was assaulting his mother. When the neighbor walked downstairs, he saw Torres’ girlfriend run outside. The neighbor then confronted Torres, who tried to grab the boy, according to police.

The neighbor said he ordered Torres to get on the ground, but Torres charged him, police said. The neighbor then fired his registered handgun.

And in what body part did the baby mama beater get shot? In the groin. Perfect.

The report isn’t good for charter schools

From In These Times:

The report indicates that, despite what the program’s cheerleaders say, the charter school model does not improve student achievement. The study compares charter schools to traditional public schools in a variety of categories, such as reading and math pass rates, graduation rates, and ACT scores. The results are underwhelming, with charters usually performing below their district counterparts and, if better, only by single-digit margins.

For example, when comparing charters to non-charter public schools, charter schools’ four-year graduation rate is 66 percent, compared to non-charters’ 68 percent. Five-year graduation rates show an even greater gap, with 76 percent of charter students and 86 percent of all public school students graduating in that time frame.

So why do charters like Peoria’s Quest continue to exist? I think it has a lot to do with hatred of teacher unions.