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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Suggested itinerary should you find yourself in Washington DC, the week of June 12 - 17 without one after completing a couple of meet and greets
June 1-13, 2011. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.
La Dolce DC
Through July 31, 2011. Washington, DC will celebrate all things Italian this spring a citywide festival that coincides with the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The event showcases Italian culture through architecture, art, dance, design, fashion, music, theatre, film, food and wine.
The Source Theater Festival
June 10–July 3, 2011. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include eighteen 10-Minute Plays, four one act plays, eight “Mash-Ups,” Project 24/7, three staged readings and a one-of-a-kind opening night event.
U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club
June 13-19, 2011. The U.S. Open, which was first conducted in 1895, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association. Apparently this is sold out - perhaps the good Congressman Schock could get you in.
Should you find yourself near or on the National Mall you must visit Jefferson Pier the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Located directly south of the mall, is the Tidal Basin featuring rows of Japanese cherry blossom trees that were presented as gifts from the nation of Japan. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the District of Columbia War Memorial are located around the Tidal Basin.
When you get to the Smithsonian Institution go directly to the Sackler and Freer galleries, which both focus on Asian art and culture; but make sure you save time to spend hours in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall near the Capitol, but is not a part of the Smithsonian Institution. The East Building of the National Gallery of Art houses the modern art collection. Allow yourself plenty of time to just roam.
Two Peoria District 150 School Board members and the superintendent will travel next month to Washington, D.C.
But approval for travel to the nation's capital, when the school district will again finish out the year in the red and is looking ahead to yet further cuts next year, only narrowly gained support Monday night. Afterward, one board member said the $7,500 cost out of the Education Fund "comes on the backs of students."
The vote was 4-3.
Board President Debbie Wolfmeyer and board Vice President Linda Butler will travel to Washington, D.C., between June 12 and June 17. Superintendent Grenita Lathan will go from June 12 to June 16.
There was no discussion or comment during the meeting regarding the travel and nearly split vote.
"It's an opportunity to meet with legislators and hopefully Department of Education personnel to voice concerns we have and also to get information from them on the future of what's going to happen with schools," Wolfmeyer said after the board meeting.
Wolfmeyer said there currently is no itinerary.
The trip is being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria. The entire School Board was invited, in addition to area union leaders, business leaders and heads of social service agencies.
Dissenting votes were cast by Jim Stowell, Laura Petelle and Martha Ross. Approving the measure were Wolfmeyer, Butler and board members Chris Crawford and M. Lynne Costic.
Petelle said she would have liked more discussion on the matter.
"What I hope to get is some information on where the government is headed with helping school districts - it's also an opportunity in small group settings ... to share some concerns we have in our district," Wolfmeyer said, adding that she believed having more of the district's leadership represented could be beneficial.
Two School Board members, Ross and Costic, traveled to the National School Board Association's national conference in San Francisco in April. The cost of that trip was unknown Monday night.
Monday, October 12, 2009
He has been called the "Last Bush Loyalist" for his continued loyalty to George W. Bush by Slate.com and he will be in Peoria tonight, to support Congressman Aaron Schock as he announces his bid for a second term in office. A regular Faux News contributor, Frederic W. Barnes is the executive editor of the news publication The Weekly Standard, Mr. Barnes is without doubt, one of the “big boys” and he is ready to play with our own little Aaron Schock. Awww, right? Not so much…
Schock and “awww”.
People, you are no longer voting for the fresh faced boy whose cheeks you want to pinch. Aaron Shock is a calculating career politician, who Peoria has unleashed on America and the world, simply because he had the “awww” factor.
If Schock did not share Barnes’ philosophy, Barnes wouldn’t be throwing his money (or time) behind him. What exactly is Barnes’ philosophy? It would behoove the Peorians who continue to give Shock the votes to win to do some research.
In a Weekley Standard article Barnes pinned in January 2009, entitled “Ten things the president got right”, Barnes shares why he thinks George Bush was brillz...
No Child Left Behind(NCLB). Barnes notes that the teachers' unions, school boards and the education establishment were adamant about local control of schools--they all loathed the measure and still do. It requires two things they ardently oppose, mandatory testing and accountability. The complaint is that NCLB forces teachers to "teach to the test." The tests are on math and reading. "They are tests worth teaching to."
Enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, Barnes believes this saved American lives. Crucial intelligence was obtained from captured al Qaeda leaders, with the help of waterboarding. He further believes that whether this tactic creates a drowning sensation, is torture is a matter of debate.
The rebuilding of presidential authority. Barnes appreciates that Bush didn't hesitate to conduct wireless surveillance of terrorists without getting a federal judge's okay. He [Bush] decided on his own how to treat terrorists and where they should be imprisoned. Those were legitimate decisions for which the president, as commander in chief, should feel no need to apologize.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Folks are reporting on Congressman Aaron Schock’s visit to Honduras like it is good news. Frankly, I hope he is being closely monitored, for his own good and ours. We all know, a meeting with this Congressman would be any industrious freedom fighter’s dream come true.
Why is it that the thought of Schocky in Honduras talking about military coups conjures up images of Ollie North for me? Perhaps it is because I remember when Schocky announced his candidacy for Congress he talked about offering nuclear arms to Taiwan if China doesn’t go along with U.S. policy toward Iran. Oh sure, he retracted the statement, but not before international relations experts noted that his idea showed “incredible naivete”.
Excerpts from Schocky’s speech when he announced his candidacy for Congress:
Schock said he would propose spending the same amount to support “freedom fighters inside Iran” as Iran gives Hezbollah in Lebanon each year.
The money could be used to train underground leaders in how to organize and prevent detection, satellite phones, communications, radio broadcasts from nearby countries, “and eventually arms,” Schock said.
See what I mean? A freedom fighters dream come true.
Also see: Charlie Wilson's War
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
“Our” Congressman, Aaron Schock is featured on the cover of June's issue of the American Prospect.
Just an FYI, the more a word/name is mentioned, the more prominently it figures in the group. Peoria was mentioned 8 times.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Deonte Moore is just the most recent example of the plague of gang/youth violence that we face daily. Gangs do not exist in a vacuum. They are born out of an environment of poverty, lack of jobs, training, educational opportunities, and an absence of inclusion and spiritual engagement. We should be deeply disturbed that our Community has produced (and subsequently failed) Deonte Moore.
On February 13, 2009, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced H.R.1064 and S. 435, identical House and Senate bills to fund prevention and intervention programs that are comprehensive, community-centered and evidence-based efforts to combat gangs and youth violence. The Bill is called the Youth PROMISE Bill.
PROMISE stands for Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education and is sponsored by Representatives Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) and Michael Castle (R-DE) as well as Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). In response to gang bills that emphasized suppression and incarceration over prevention and intervention, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va) introduced legislation that champions evidenced-based practices and provides an alternative approach for lawmakers looking for effective responses to youth crime and delinquency.
The Youth PROMISE Act builds upon evidence-based methods proven to reduce youth violence and delinquency at the community level. Under the Youth PROMISE Act, communities facing the greatest youth gang and crime challenges will come together – via a local council that includes law enforcement, community-based organizations, schools, faith organizations, health, social service, and mental health providers – to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies targeted at young people and their families to make our communities safer, reduce victimization, and help at-risk young people to lead law-abiding and healthy lives, free from gang and/or other criminal involvement.
The Peoria Community is rich with resources, inclusive of a superstar Congressman named Aaron Schock. What better person to get behind this Bill and push for it’s passing than Aaron Schock. After all, the travesty that surrounds Deonte Moore is playing out right here in his home town. Congressman Aaron Schock should care about the passing of this Bill.
I encourage all readers of this blog to write Congressman Schock, tell him it is okay to support this important act. As a matter of fact we need to contact all Senators and Representatives now and ask for their support of S. 435 and H.R. 1064. Go here to sign a letter (scroll to bottom of page).
Click below to view a Section-by-Section Summary of the bill, including a list of current co-sponsors. Section-by-Section Summary
Thursday, January 29, 2009
According to the Huffington Post, Aaron Schock is in the running for hottest new congressional freshman. Take a look at Aaron's comptetion here, oh and vote for Aaron (or not). Just like Clay Aiken had Claymates (where are they now), Aaron has a legion of Schockmates who continue to vote for him. He's sure to win this contest.