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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Today, as you may already know, is Vietnam Veterans Day.
It is an honor to salute all those patriots who served during the Vietnam war. Whether you were stationed in country or not, you are a patriot who deserves to be thanked and remembered. All soldiers serving during the war were part of the Vietnam war no matter their station or MOS. We all had a job to do and we proudly did it.
God Bless America
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island school since January 2014, said he was terminated March 16 after being told he made "inappropriate comments" to sophomore Shemar Cooper.
At the beginning of the school year, Cooper and his mother, Kelley Porter Turner said the first teacher tried to coerce him to stand by grabbing him by his arm.
Porter Turner now says that two weeks ago, Ziebarth told her son, "If you want to drive with me, you have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance."
"I brushed it off and let it go," she said, until Cooper came home from school and said the teacher "wouldn't let it go."
Ziebarth said, "I told him he can make a choice to sit, but as long as you choose to sit, you will not sit in my (drivers ed) vehicle. I did not tell him what to do."
Cooper's other friends drive with the teacher. When a group went out for behind-the-wheel training, Cooper asked if he also could go, his mother said.
The teacher reportedly told her son, "'You know what you have to do if you want to come with me,'" Porter Turner said.
"If my son didn't say anything to me, (the teacher) would have continued — and that's bullying," she said.
"He violated my son's First Amendment rights," she said.
She said she emailed an Eisenhower administrator and asked her to "take care of it."
"She called me two days later and said he was going to be terminated," said Porter Turner, who then contacted the news media.
School officials did "not set an example the first time," she said, saying the first teacher got suspended for trying to force her son out of his chair to stand for the Pledge.
"That first teacher should have been fired. That would send a message that you can't get away with bullying my son," Porter Turner said.
Cooper is a "good kid" who gets "good grades," she said.
"I tell him to stand up for what he believes in," said Porter Turner.
School officials have declined to comment on personnel issues.
Ziebarth told a different story.
He said he had one behind-the-wheel lesson with Cooper in February.
"I didn't want to say anything to him then, with other students in the car," he said.
But when Cooper later asked when they were going out driving again, that is when Ziebarth said he had a private conversation with Cooper about what it means to stand for the Pledge and told the student how he felt.
"I told him I stand to honor the sacrifice and bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It doesn't mean America is perfect, or that we agree with everything going on," said Ziebarth, whose grandfather was a Marine in World War II, and whose uncle served in Vietnam.
"We had an understanding. He was making a choice, and I was making a choice. His name never appeared on my sign-up sheet again, so I thought it was over," Ziebarth said.
"I thought it was best for everyone. I didn't want my feelings to seep into my instruction unintentionally," he said.
There are seven other drivers ed teachers, and students sign up and choose the teacher they want to ride with because they want students to be comfortable behind the wheel, he said.
After that conversation, Ziebarth said Cooper often "joked" about it with him, smiling and saying, 'Hey, Mr. Z am I going to ride with you today?'
"I would say, 'you know the answer,'" the teacher said. "Shemar was absolutely pushing the issue."
Ziebarth said he had not spoken to Cooper for the past two weeks and added he was surprised to be called to the principal's office March 15.
The next day he said he was told his services were no longer required in the district, without being given a specific reason.
Ziebarth was not under contract and was not a tenured teacher.
"I was given no options. Had the principal told me I had to allow Shemar in my car, I would have," he said.
"The punishment does not fit the crime," he said, noting that the first teacher got a one-day suspension.
An online petition drive to "Get Mr. Z back at Ike" was started by students at change.org, and had over 600 signatures, as of Wednesday morning.
Similar to what occurred after the first incident, Porter Turner's son is being harassed by classmates, who blame him for getting a favorite teacher terminated, she said.
Last September, Porter Turner said she was going to take her son out of Eisenhower because he was being harassed by fellow students and enroll him in an online charter school.
That option did not pan out because the student had to be a Chicago resident or pay tuition, she said. Cooper lives in Merrionette Park.
"I hope my son can get through the next two years and not get harassed," his mother said.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
CP's in box is overloaded with junk everyday.
But look at the effort Garage Door Doctor in Charlotte went to put this email piece together.
I was out of town for a few days and as luck would have it, the garage door with my wife's car behind it rolled up just fine but when she tried to close it, the door went down about half way then made a loud bang and crashed to the floor.
So my wife called your company.
When your guy came to the house, my wife showed him the door, and explained how it was making a funny sound and how it crashed to the floor.
Your guy looked at it sprayed some WD-40 ran the door up and down a couple of times, declared the problem fixed and handed her a bill for $150 give or take.
Friday, February 17, 2017
|Walter "Wes" Scott"|
This memory of "The Paper Man" is well worth a read as well.
From the local paper
The local paper fails go into much detail when it comes to how Roger Best came to the point in his life where he decided to try armed robbery of a newspaper carrier in the dark early morning hours in Uptown Charlotte.
By all accounts Best was a thug since the day he was born.
His first arrest as on adult came on April 3, 2011, at age 17. The charge Felony Breaking and Entering.
On August 18, 2011 the judge bought into the idea that Best is a good boy and just needs a second chance. His sentence of 5 years is suspended in lieu of probation.
But by February 29, 2012 his probation is revoked and he is ordered to serve 10 months in prison.
Best is released from prison after only serving only 5 months of the 8 to 10 month sentence on July 26, 2012.
A month later on August 31, 2012 Best is arrested again, and there's little surprise the charge is again breaking and entering.
While awaiting trial and out of pre trail release he was arrested again on September 12, 2012.
At this point Best is denied bail and is remanded to custody until his March 7, 2013 court hearing. Best later enters a guilty plea and is convicted on both charges though consolidation for sentencing, along with the additional charge of HABITUAL BREAKING AND ENTERING. Best is given a sentence of one to four years. He begins serving his sentence on March 9, 2013.
Roger Best remained in prison from March 2013 until January 22, 2015 when he is released from prison. As a condition of parole among obtaining a job, remaining drug free and reporting to his Parole Officer as requests he must wear an ankle monitor. He had served only 23 months of a possible 60 month sentence.
On January 24, 2015, Best hits the streets only to resume his crime spree until he is arrested on March 2, 2015.
Upon release Best again cuts off his ankle monitor and continues his life of crime. After four months violating the conditions of his parole he is picked up and charged with removing his ankle bracelet on July 16, 2015.
He spends 72 hours in jail and is again released to resume his wave of violence.
On July 24, 2015 Best is picked up again.
On December 3, 2015 he's arrested while driving a stolen car.
|Roger T. Best December 11, 2015|
The charges are eventually dropped but he is returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his March 7, 2013 sentence.
Roger Best is again paroled from state prison on December 2, 2016.
On December 2, 2016 within hours of his release, Best is arrested, again charged with removing his monitoring device.
|Roger T. Best December 2, 2016|
Best is released once again on December 5, 2016.
On January 12, 2017 Roger Best is arrested again
|Roger T. Best January 12, 2017|
Best is out awaiting a March 3, 2017 court date on the January 12, 2017 misdemeanor larceny charge. When he shoots and kills Walter "Wes" Scott.
As taxpayers we pay vast amounts of money so that we, our children, our parents, our friends, employees, neighbors, and family members are protected from thugs like Roger Best.
It is absurd that career thugs like Roger Best are given repeated free passes when it is so crystal clear there is no chance of reform.
In Mr. Best's case it was obvious that he had no intent to conform to society's norm or obey the law. His path through life for whatever reason was a continuing escalation of crime and violence.
We have a criminal justice system that is said to be broken according to former president of the United States because it unfairly treats African Americans. I say it is broken because it allows pond scum like Roger Best to live outside the walls of confinement despite his refusal to conform to basic human standards, that it is indeed broken, but not in its mistreatment of African Americans but in its refusal to accept that some criminals are beyond redemption.
That sadly the only answer for those like Roger Best is lethal injection.