The New Costco in Liberty Township, Ohio: Small government and guns make communities great

For around two years, I had been looking for a PlayStation 5. Unfortunately for PlayStation, the company released its newest video game console during Covid. Who would have ever thought that the economy of the world would shut down entirely when planning for such a new release? In many places in the world, supply chains have not returned to normal due to massive government interference and their stupid support of Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset. That has been particularly true of computer chips, which make the new PlayStation 5 so powerful. So it’s been very difficult to get a new PlayStation 5. Our family has continued playing our old PlayStation 4 over that duration like many people have had to. But I’ve been on the lookout for one for several years and have not been able to find one. There are usually long waiting lists you have to get on to have a chance to buy one. Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and all the usual places have been unable to keep them when they do come in, and what they get has usually been a very limited supply. So I was quite shocked when I went to the new Costco in Liberty Township to meet my family on the opening day of November 2022 and saw at the entrance a pallet of PlayStation 5s stacked high for people to grab as they came into the new and wonderful store. I arrived before my family did, and it took me less than a fraction of a second to see the obvious. I grabbed one as people were plucking them from the stack as quickly as they came in, and we bought it that day and have enjoyed it profusely. 

Yes, I’m a fan of Costco, even though they are not exactly conservatives. They are known Obama supporters, but they provide excellent service, so I haven’t held that against them. Costco does a lot of great things, and I have been a frequent visitor to the one in Tri-County, Ohio, for many years. When I found out that they were going to build a new Costco in Liberty Township, Ohio, I was very happy because I feel like a lot of people do about Tri-County, Ohio, located between the cities of Sharonville and Springdale, that big government has destroyed the former economic boom town and left it a husk of desperate value. I used to think of Tri-County as one of the greatest economic centers in the United States. I worked there several times in my life, so I know the area’s character well; it’s been a part of my life most of my life. So I’ve seen it in better days. But over the last 10 to 20 years, the progressive policies that came from big government woke policies have left the reputation to be one of crime. To describe it simply in one word, when I think of Tri-County, I think of MTV. The youth have been allowed to run wild and take over the character of the area, and wherever youth go, like mindless locusts, they destroy everything in their path. Older people don’t want to deal with a bunch of slack-jawed kids dressed inappropriately and constantly catcalling women while trying to shop and spend time with their families. But kids don’t have money, but moms who run families do, and those types of moms made Tri-County great. 

That is why Costco built a store in Liberty Township, which is everything that Tri-County isn’t, very conservative and safe, and people who live there have money and care about things. It’s not to say that Liberty Township couldn’t become like Tri-County at some point, but the differences couldn’t be more obvious. In Butler County, Ohio, where Liberty Township is, there are over 400,000 residents, most of whom have guns. They either have guns in the home or carry them, and crime is not tolerated the way it has been 6 miles to the south in Tri-County and Sharonville. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Costco realizing that their Tri-County store was being held back because people just didn’t want to be in an area known for crime to shop at their store. So they built a new one, and people were hungry for it. For the first few weeks, there has been a line to get into the store, and people have been flocking to it just to buy goods and services and enjoy the Costco experience. And this new Costco has had everything, a lot more than the Tri-County store had, like PlayStation 5s. As I bought our new PlayStation in the long lines that went to the back of the store, I realized that if the Tri-County store did try to carry the type of items that the new Liberty Township store did, that theft would be the likely result. In Tri-County, with their progressive governments and their big-city attitudes, crime is much more permitted. In Liberty Township, crime isn’t permitted at all. And there are a lot of guns carried by good people who won’t hesitate to use those guns to defend property and persons, which was always the point of the 2nd Amendment. 

This is precisely why many of us in the Butler County area have fought the temptation to allow West Chester and Liberty Township to become a city like their neighbors in Sharonville, Springdale, and Forest Park. Bad government happens when it gets too big, and once there are city councils and mayors involved, woke politics starts to attach itself to the decision-making process, and things get out of control. So we have fought for small government in Butler County, and the results are obvious. Butler County communities run much better than communities within the I-275 loop that have fallen for the big government temptation. I could tell stories about my experiences in Mason, where they have a city too, but over time they have had to become much more nibble on their feet to adapt to the pressure exerted by Sycamore Township to their south and Liberty Township to their west. The struggle to keep the government small is hard, but it’s obvious where they manage because when the government is small, there is less bureaucratic nonsense, allowing companies to invest without all the additional trouble. And when you go to the new Costco in LIbety Township and see the lines from people hungry to get in, you can see the obvious quickly. I happened to listen to a few older men standing outside the new Costco, bewildered as to why people were going so crazy over this new store, even days later after it initially opened. And the answer was that a lot of these shoppers were simply sitting at home waiting for something to open near them because they didn’t want to go into Tri-County to deal with the mess there, all the kids with their pants walking around half down, the nasty language, the cars with rap music pouring through closed windows but being so loud that it vibrates the fillings out of people’s teeth. When there is too much government and too much progressive policy, it ruins communities. When there is less, it makes communities better because the kind of people who shop and start businesses can then have a relationship without the government messing it up. And guns help a lot. Where there are lots of guns by private hands, there is much less crime. Where there are less guns, there is a lot more bad behavior.   And put simply, that is why the new Costco at Liberty Township is so much better and why communities like Tri-County, Ohio, are failing. 

Rich Hoffman

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Microsoft Was Never Our Friend: They don’t respect our time, our productivity, or our American sovereignty

I always liked the Paper Clip guy from early versions of Microsoft Windows. He might have been irritating, but he always came across as trying to be helpful, respectful of your time, and assuming that what you needed to do on the computer you were using was valuable. That sentiment has changed over time. Microsoft is well-known as a member of the Desecrators of Davos attempt to overthrow the world. Their obvious role in the scheme is to dumb people down with nonsense and steer society globally where the Klaus Schwab types want them to go. The Microsoft of the 1990s is long gone and what has been given to us in its wake is a significant intrusion of progressive intent to change the world as we know it. Microsoft thinks it can do it because they are essentially a monopoly that touches just about every computer in the world, other than Apple, which is just as bad.

I used to love Microsoft; I was a big fan of Word, of course. But I loved Excel, Project, PowerPoint, and everything Microsoft made. I was a fan of it all. But I entered the computer age at the ground level and watched this company evolve. And that also gives me the liberty to discuss how much it has changed from its original intentions. The Microsoft of today does not respect its users. They provide constant updates whenever they decide to; they don’t care what you are working on and have no value for it. They do what they want; they speak to you through messages as if they are a parent telling you to brush your teeth before going to bed and have lost their understanding of the original company mission in the beginning. Their goal now is globalism and steering mankind into the slaughterhouse of globalism, and they intend to use their software as the bait that drags everyone to that gloomy destination.

It’s out now, Bill Gates, when he stepped away from being the boss of Microsoft just as lockdowns were happening all across America in the spring of 2020, during a big election year where a virus that was planned at Event 201, sponsored by Bill Gates himself, was released. Gates wanted to protect Microsoft from his role in the virus and designed to work on the “climate change” initiative hoping that Microsoft would be shielded from public opinion as they learned what role Gates had in managing the virus in society and what the governments of the world would do about it. But Microsoft was just another front on the culture wars attack. I had been noticing that their edit software was already attacking strong usages of pronouns and other kinds of terminology that might be considered “too aggressive” as a means to control information flow and the quality of it as determined by the Desecrators of Davos, which Bill Gates is undoubtedly one of the founding members. Microsoft was no longer concerned about the quality of the individual users’ time; they were now concerned about controlling what the particular user did and what they thought while they were interfacing with their products. The footprints of global corporatism were unleashed, and people were so in love with the Microsoft product that they didn’t notice how sinister some of the changes truly were until it was too late. Microsoft went from being a helpful friend to essentially becoming the software of the terminators from one of Jim Cameron’s science fiction doomsday films. Only they weren’t intended to kill the user, only to make them suitable, compliant soldiers of the administrative state. The lure was to get people addicted to easy pornography, and a big brother was watching the users through the software all hours of the day, anywhere in the world that they might be. 

It was a baffling experience to see how Microsoft was pushing its Teams meeting system just as the governments of the world, all looking for Bill Gates donations, thought that the way to deal with the Covid virus, a virus created in a Chinese lab by Bill Gates’ friend, Dr. Fauci, and both of them worked hard to keep medicine away from those who caught it so they could push all these new social controls like social distancing. The wearing of useless masks to fight the virus was to work from home and use Microsoft Teams to communicate instead of actually going to the office. And the media followed that assumption with talk about a New Normal, coming straight off the pages of Claus Schwab’s latest book, titled The Great Reset. From the point of view of Bill Gates, who wants a zero-emission world to save the planet from some bizarre climate change religion that takes all mankind back essentially to The Law of One, the sun worship of pagan deities from an archaic past, keeping people off the roads and at home would save the planet from those pesky humans and their gas-guzzling cars. So Microsoft Teams was there to allow people to do business in their underwear which essentially shut the world down productively for more than a year and crippled the world’s economy. The Microsoft solution was to attempt to control the messaging through their various software updates, keep the public steered toward globalism, and discourage information that might say otherwise. 

But the footprints of globalism were there from the beginning. It’s just that while the market was taking off, Microsoft needed the customers to get addicted to their product like a drug dealer might give away free samples to get people addicted to the high. In its early versions before Windows 95, Microsoft wanted to appear helpful, productive, and respectful of its users. But after Windows 95, and the complaints about the product showed this trend, people saw that Microsoft was less interested in the user market and much more interested in making the users slaves to their system since, by then, most of the world was using a version of Windows to interact with computers in whatever way they were using them. The goal from the beginning was to gain control of the time the users spent on a computer and to get them to want to do more of it. Even when reality threw obvious problems their way, they simply ignored the information and proceeded on anyway, just as they did with the concept of Teams meetings replacing real human interaction in an office space. Microsoft’s stupidity in understanding the basic nature of productivity went straight to the door of Bill Gates, who never wanted to help society live better lives with a superior product. His goal was to use the information to control productivity and to dumb down the users to the point where they wouldn’t even see what was happening to them along the way. The Paper Clip guy was an illusion all along. Microsoft never intended actually to be helpful but to bait mankind into following them into mass control from global forces. That long-hatched plan culminated when Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft upon unleashing Covid from China. Microsoft went on to do its work as built by its founder, while Bill Gates went into full Desecrators of Davos mode and joined the others who were openly looking to take over the world. Microsoft was never our friend; it was only an enemy from within from the very beginning, and it is obvious that they don’t respect our time.   They only want our minds to do what they want with them to serve interests that are not American.

Rich Hoffman

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Protect Lakota Kids.com and the Public Records that Show all the Evidence: Defending children from the extreme liberalism of Lakota schools

It’s not like the bad behavior at Lakota schools happened overnight. It took place over a long period of time. For those who have been wanting to see all the evidence from the Matt Miller divorce and the crazy sexual lifestyle of the superintendent of Lakota that has been much talked about, you can see it all down to the last public document at the excellent website Protect Lakota Kids.com.  CLICK TO Visit for yourself. I am proud of the great people who put that site together, and you better believe it; it was not an enterprise of a few lonely people. It’s a community effort; even better, over 600 people have signed the petition to protect Lakota Kids from the diabolical exploits of the radical progressives who work for all these government schools. This particular school is in our neighborhood, and it is challenging our values as a community, so it’s great to see people coming together to stand up to the vile behavior that has been on full display for quite a while now. The evidence of that behavior is reflected in the meeting segment shown below. A parent gave a very nice speech about the bad behavior of the superintendent, but additionally on the behavior of the school board members and other administrators. No wonder they didn’t see anything wrong with the superintendent’s sexual behavior because they are just as bad in many cases. What does that say about the people who run Lakota schools, especially when you can see for yourself just how bad that behavior has been for the superintendent? 

When the upset parent’s speech was given, I was working on getting new school board members elected. For me, that was the solution: to get better management on the board who would take the job a lot more seriously, not drink so much, and find themselves in compromising situations when they went to social events around town and out of town. The stories from some of these events have been horrendous and embarrassing to me. I like my community; I think there are a lot of good people who live in Butler County. I’ve been associated with Butler County most of my life. I could have lived anywhere in the world that I wanted, but I loved Butler County so much that I stayed in the area by choice. But these extreme leftist types who always come with more government expansion, especially in the public schools, do not represent the values of the community I have known for five decades. Many people moved to the area to be part of that kind of community. They did not move to Butler County to be embarrassed by the extreme liberalism of Lakota schools. For too long, they have put up with it to go along to get along. But after learning more about just how liberal and sexually reckless the people who run Lakota schools really are, there has been a very steady chorus of anger that has been building for several years now. To say the least, when Matt Miller was hired to be the superintendent in 2017, he reflected the values obviously of the people who hired him. And to understand what those values were, just read the voluminous public records on the Protect Lakota Kids website. We know the school board knew in 2020 just how bad things were, and instead of fixing the problem, they moved to cover everything up, which everyone should find alarming.

I had hopes that good management might fix some of these problems, but instantly the governing board gave the new school board members a fruit basket of friendship and worked to either bring them into the fold or to get rid of them. One of the newly elected board members seemed to like the fruit basket. The other one could care less, and instantly, Matt Miller and his partners on the school board worked quickly to get rid of her. And at that point, it was apparent that I had wasted my time trying to work with the board to have proper management at Lakota. Because the sexual deviants, the swingers, and the radical left loons who make up Lakota management wanted to protect their racket from the outside eyes of the holy rollers in the community and their pesky “Christian values.” They had no desire to listen to voters; they simply wanted to hide bad behavior from the public, and by reviewing the public documents at Protect Lakota Kids, it’s obvious that this was a common assumption, not an isolated behavior. With our tax money, we were funding the kind of behavior among the adults at Lakota that we wouldn’t endorse in our community otherwise except behind the innocent faces of our children. 

Yes, the title of that website, Protect Lakota Kids.com, is appropriate because if we don’t do it, who will? The school board certainly isn’t interested in helping kids find their moral compass in life. And if we aren’t teaching kids the basics of living a good, productive life, then what are we teaching them to be? If you leave it to the school, the role model they have in mind is Matt Miller. Obviously, the Lakota superintendent has serious sexual issues, as chronicled by the public records listed on the Protect Lakota Kids website. And you don’t have to live in Lakota to have an opinion about this matter. This is a problem in all public schools. Everywhere there are government schools, we see the same essential issues.

What is different about the school district of Lakota is that parents are taking control of their community. We have tried to elect good school board members. But the progressive types have rebelled against that notion. So, if parents can’t control their school board, they will create awareness with their own media, with websites like Protect Lakota Kids.com.   At that site, they are doing the job that the media should have been doing all along. But it’s not as if good people didn’t try to do things the traditional way. Speeches like the frustrated parent shown here have been going on for a long time. And it proves that the school board chose not to listen and to act to defend the bad behavior from the judgment of the public at all costs. And that isn’t acceptable. We aren’t paying all the money that we do in taxes to fuel this level of liberal politics. Butler County is a very conservative place in the world, and Lakota schools are a playground of liberalism that has embedded itself into our community in extremely unhealthy ways. It’s a fight worth having because, in the end, the product of the community is the children. Left to their own devices, the leadership of Lakota is intent on making kids into reflections of their own impoverished lifestyles, into the train wrecks spoken about by that concerned parent. I know that parent, and when she was talking about handpicking people from the GOP for the school board, she was talking about my work. She was frustrated with the results; she was ready to give up on the school way back then. I would say that it’s always good to try to fix something. But to her point, Lakota has been beyond gone for a long time now. And it will never get better if we allow them to govern themselves. Because given a choice, Lakota management will always pick the wrong thing.

Rich Hoffman

Yuval Harari Couldn’t be More Wrong: The Desecrators of Davos are as clueless as a child just born, perhaps worse

My position has always been that I’ll put my book The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business against any of the books published by the World Economic Forum losers any day of the week as a strategy guide for the future, and it will win every time. It is undoubtedly true of the books by Klaus Schwab. I’ve read them all and have considered them the work of an insane lunatic hell-bent on taking over the world. But one thing I was reminded of by Alex Jones in his new excellent book, The Great Reset, was the motivations behind Yuval Harari. I have read some of his books, but I’ve always blown him off as background noise of progressive nonsense and a person obsessed with a false historical narrative designed to manipulate the world as Carroll Quigley did in his Tragedy and Hope. In the case of Harari, the modern version of Tragedy and Hope, his thrust is that only through cooperation does the human race advance, so if the world managers want to control the course of history, then the good bureaucrat essentially seeks to force collaboration between people to provoke the proper outcomes. In all cases with these Desecrators of Davos people, they expect to be more educated than the average person so nobody will ever question their flimsy view of the world and will think of them as geniuses, which includes people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Fink and many others who make up the audience of Yuval Harari.

My policy is always an open invitation to these Desecrator types. I’ve seen their guest lists, and nobody is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos that I expect to lose a debate against. I wrote my most recent book as I watched the Desecrators of Davos types move against an America First Trump Presidency in 2017 and 2018. In my book The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, I talk about the future of artificial intelligence in far more accurate ways than Klaus Schwab and Yuval Harari in placing the technocrat as the future of all mankind. They couldn’t be more wrong, and they certainly don’t understand the power of the individual. Their concepts of mass collectivism, which go far beyond the ridiculous limits of Karl Marx, are childlike and extremely naive. But because they have gained access to money and influence, and in human societies, those tend to be the default modes of operation that make people into kings, which we have yet to evolve beyond as a species, then the smoke screen that they can build as members of the wealthy elite is that they know something that everyone else doesn’t know. And the truth is, they don’t. They are all indeed like the wizard in The Wizard of Oz; they use their money to buy influence in the world. They use special effects to appear smarter and more intelligent than the rest of society. But really, they are just feeble losers hiding behind a curtain that a simple dog could pull away their concealment to reveal the truth. There is nothing about the Desecrators of Davos that is all that special. They have simply taken advantage of gullible people from the position of concealment to appear to be bigger and better than they really are. That is until you actually read their books and argue with them. That’s when people like Yuval Harari shrivel away under the weight of intellectual scrutiny. When pressed with reality, they can never answer the questions because their thoughts are entirely products of the safety of their academic vacuums, which formulate outside the reality of truth.   

My position has always been that it’s the individuals who develop great methods of leadership who make the world spin, not the forced technocrat strategies of forced cooperation, for which the United Nations has built its entire existence, and force global corporations to adopt the same methods for their basic survival. There is a reason that most large companies are brain dead from the beginning to end of their organization charts because they have lost leadership ability. Their blind trust in the ridiculous claims people like Yuval Harari make about human cooperation has cost them billions and billions of dollars in revenue. To cover up their mistakes, they more fully commit to the failure to hide them from the world. And in this way, most major corporations have fallen into the trap of adopting failure to cover up their mistakes in following these losers at the World Economic Forum. The Disney Company finds itself in just such a place now that, obviously, the world isn’t going to accept woke politics as its reality in America. And the rest of the world is following the populist path as well. The books of Klaus Schwab and Yuval Harari will not be accepted as the thought of a global people. Only the suckers who are bad managers themselves who join the World Economic Forum hoping to hide like the Wizard of Oz just how dumb and cowardly they really are as managers that collectivism becomes their security blanket. In my book and most of my work, I argue that problems must be faced, like a gunfighter in the street fending off bad guys. To do that, you must have courage, leadership, and know how to identify a bad guy. In the case of Yuval Harari, the bad guys trick everyone into the street unarmed and shake hands to make peace and avoid the need to have a conflict. Meanwhile, the bad guys get a free hand in the town to do as they please, which is why the world is as bad off as it is now. 

I can’t recommend the new Alex Jones book, The Great Reset, enough. For people who don’t want to read all the ridiculous books of the Desecrators of Davos, Alex does an excellent job of putting them into one book their true essence. His book is a one-stop shop pointing out the dangers of globalism, as is the clear intention of Schwab and Harari, who then lead many of the world’s billionaires to a promised land of guilt, hiding in their own way. When you make enough money like the Zuckerbergs and the Gates people do, the George Soros types, and the Larry Fink manipulators at BlackRock, then there is always a danger that they might be able to buy the loyalty of nations through some indirect means. And to hide that tendency from themselves, they always find themselves attracted to people like Yuval Harari and are more than willing to twist history and perspective into pretzels to help hide the guilt of their own faulty existence. It would also be my argument that some people are too smart to become rich, like Bill Gates, because there is a cost to that wealth. I certainly wouldn’t be willing to pay it. When you have that much money, there are always people who want to be near you all the time. In the case of Donald Trump, he thrives in those kinds of environments. But I wouldn’t trade him places any day of the week. Time to your own thoughts in your own way of achieving them is far more valuable, and I think people who are shopping at Walmart and Target and getting chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-a are far more intelligent than those at Davos. But unlike those Desecrators of Davos, they don’t have the luxury of the money to buy their innocence and attempt to trick the entire world into believing they are something they aren’t. The ultimate truth is that people can still see the broken-up people behind the curtain and aren’t fooled.

Rich Hoffman

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The Dumb Idea Lakota Had to Crush Public Comments: We need more school board members like Darbi Boddy

Everyone knows that I’m always available to help. I could have given far better legal advice to Lakota schools than what they have been getting from these bottom-feeder lawyers the last couple of years. Lakota is quick to hire $300 to $400 an hour of legal advice but slowly makes decisions on everything because they make everything too litigious, which comes from the fact that the board members themselves aren’t very competent. Board members Julie Shaffer and Kelly Casper were around when they had all that information on superintendent Matt Miller’s bizarre sexual lifestyles back in 2020. Instead of dealing with it, they spent a lot of money to put a fence around it. They can only blame themselves now that the public has discovered what they wanted to cover up. And it was they who played politics with everything. Remember how board member Darbi Boddy accidentally put a link to pornography when she was trying to point out what kind of sexual grooming was going on in the schools to the exposure of children? The board, Matt Miller himself, and all the labor union communists blew a gasket and tried to run her out of town and force her to resign. What did they think was going to happen? We had just elected Darbi to the board, and so far, in 2022, she has done a great job. The radical progressive elements that run the school don’t like her, and that is a massive credit to Darbi. She is what people have been looking for for a long time and the more those people hate her, the more the conservative voices of our community love her.   So the ill advice of legal counsel to have less public disclosure in the first place caused many of the problems that there are now. Matt Miller should have been fired in 2020 for violations of his contract. And all these legal bottom feeders have only allowed the school board to dig the hole deeper than they are currently burying themselves in. It sounds like they should have continued to ask me what to do. I certainly wouldn’t have advised them to do what they did on Monday the 10th of October, 2022, where the attorney for Lakota was the only person allowed to give public comments where he motioned to suspend comments by the public until things cooled down. That was a big mistake.

Lakota’s attorney was referring to several lawsuits that have gone against the school by private residents due to public disclosure needs. Lakota has been slow to reveal anything when pressed, especially once they had massive amounts of evidence about the sexual lifestyle of their superintendent Matt Miller, which they should have dealt with well before now. Essentially the lawyer for Lakota was playing games with the public, which was voiced through the mouths of Julie Shaffer and Kelly Casper to refer to the court cases as taking away money from the “children” as if to punish the public for wanting to see the public records, and by punishing them by taking away their right to public comment. News flash on a school board’s ability to take away the public’s right to provide public comment. The lawyer is going to lose that case. No judge in the country will side with Lakota because it’s a clear violation of the First Amendment. I know that progressive superintendents who are so highly honored by Mark Zuckerberg and other big progressives don’t understand that the Bill of Rights is the law of the land in America, and we aren’t going to erase it or “progress” beyond it. (CLICK HERE TO READ THE MARK ZUCKERBUCKS CONNECTION) What’s going to happen is that Lakota will have to rewrite their policy to allow no ambiguity for public comment, and the ability of the public to speak will be restored quickly. People are tired of all these legal games that have been played for a long time and are very expensive to restrict them from the proper management of their district by the public. And now they see what many have been saying for a long time. They voted for Darbi and look poised to vote for more like her in the future. But the school board and the radical leftist elements which have been in charge of the school worked hard to get rid of her. And now that people have come to support her, they are trying to remove the public’s voice, which has only made people more angry. And now that there is so much dirt on the superintendent Matt Miller, that Lakota as a board has worked to cover up, people are righteously angry. 

And this is typical of the kind of people who have been on the Lakota school board for a while; this was going to be the year where they started working toward another levy. You could hear it in many of the meetings so far in 2022. The liberals on the school board had gone out and given the teacher’s union raises when they shouldn’t have and spent themselves into oblivion. And they were counting on Matt Miller as the superintendent to sell it to the public. I mentioned Mark Zuckerberg because Matt Miller has been identified nationally as one of the biggest progressive superintendents in the country, and he is supposed to be at a Mark Zuckerberg event in April of 2023 in San Diago. So using that national profile, Lakota was hoping to win over voters with a new tax increase. But the people putting on that event are the same losers who are trying to destroy our country, so it’s unclear why anybody would think that would be a good idea. And knowing now what we do about Matt Miller’s sex life, which he admits involves fantasies of children, I wonder if that Zuckerberg event is still on the calendar. Well, given that they are all devil-worshiping liberals, they are likely to give Matt Miller more awards for such bad behavior. So I’m sure Miller is still good with the progressive community. But the conservative community of Lakota, not so much.

It was all avoidable, the public pays for the school, and they need to be a part of its management, including having opinions about the kind of employees Lakota has on the payroll. Matt Miller is the one who acted poorly and, once caught, tried to claim that he was a victim of political character assassination. Then when people became angry over that, the board cut public comments as if to punish the public for having an opinion. Then further stated that if people were going to continue to take action against the district legally, they were just stealing money away from the children. No, this is what cover-ups cost and a lack of public disclosure. This is also what it costs when you play politics and try to destroy people whom the public clearly supports. I am very proud of Darbi Boddy for standing tough against all these hostile progressive forces. I don’t want my money going to such people of low character, so Darbi has been representing me very well. I would love to have several more people like her on the board. The next election will have a couple of seats opening up. Trump will be running for a second term, so that the voter turnout will be very high that year. It would be easier than normal to put a few more people who would work better with Darbi on the board and start getting Lakota pointed in the right direction, which will be the next trend in public education where the tax money follows the child, not the zip code. The teacher union model is dead. And it has been expensive with legal gymnastics to attempt to keep it alive on life support. But any school board member not embracing the inevitable is only doing long-term damage to the reputation of Lakota. And that failure is the worst of all.

Rich Hoffman

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Bigfoot in the Upper Peninsula: The 10 Kingdoms of Atlantis

Paranormal investigation, ancient history, and the effects of secret societies upon the world hidden from the shadows of direct influence have always been topics I enjoy thinking about. I would argue that expanding the limits of what you measure in life as a means to reality makes your sampling more accurate and understanding of the problems involved. But I never took any of those investigations very seriously prior to Covid. Yet now that we know what we do about the governments of the world and what they did with Covid, and election fraud, the phony mechanisms of Climate Change as a new global religion, I am willing to accept that some of these hidden influences that usually fall under the conspiracy theory category have much more relevance in our lives. So when you are looking for answers and solving problems, I like to take vacations where extremities of contemplation take place most effectively, and that is how I found myself with my family in St. Ignace, Michigan, staying in a small convoy of RVs at a very strategic campground near wonderful food, proximity to many interesting tourist locations, and best yet, lots of local bookstores filled with rare publications about scary local legends about Bigfoot, Mothmen, ghosts in the night, and UFOs that seem to use the Great Lakes as a base of operations for some timeless enterprise that is beyond the grasp of our current civilization. One thing that jumped out to me immediately was that Bigfoot sightings were common in the Mackinac Island region around where we were camped. The St. Ignace gift shops had embraced their paranormal fate much the way Roswell, New Mexico, had, which is great for business. But what were people seeing and why in that part of the world?

The Great Lakes used to be giant river valleys, especially Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. When the last Ice Age came through, the glacial ice shoved down the earth’s crust to such a degree that those valleys became lakebeds that now form the Great Lakes. Lake Superior was there already, but the remnants of the Ice Age developed the other lakes, and that age came to an abrupt end when the Younger Dryas cataclysm created Saginaw Bay to the south as the impact crater from a broken-up comet that had massive debris striking the earth around 11,600 years ago causing yet another mass extinction event. For all the liberals of the new religion of Climate Change, humans only have a few thousand years to figure things out. Mother Earth, as they like to term it, is not infinite; the new global replacement for the goddess Isis of so much esoteric literature talked about in mason halls all across the world is very perishable. The earth gets hit by lots of cosmic debris, and life is always in a condition of extinction. If a life form can move into space, it needs to as quickly as possible. The Younger Dryas cataclysm looks to have wiped out the remnants of civilization completely that may have been as advanced as our own, predating that Ice Age and forming globally in North America after the last, around 100,000 years ago. It only takes a few thousand years to go from rubbing sticks together to having advanced economies. However, all the things we build, if not with stone, tend to erode away within ten thousand years. That being said, everything made in America could disappear in that time due to erosion, so stories of Atlantis and Luminaria likely have lots of merit to them. And after many collections of unique literature passed down through the ages and essentially influencing the eventual creation of the Indus Valley, Sumer, and Egypt, by the time those stories reached those civilizations we now consider to be ancient, the stories were ancient before the ice started melting during that last Ice Age. After the Younger Dryas cataclysm, the only survivors would have been those far away from the impacts and the societies that depended on global commerce for their sustenance. That would explain why there are similar religions and methods of economic life all around the world when we have always thought of primitive life as not being able to perform any technology until our present understanding of the Vico Cycle. 

So in the pre-Ice Age period, the Great Lakes were dry, and there are many intelligent thoughts that North America was the breadbasket for the 10 Kingdoms of Atlantis. Currently, there are many thoughts about the roots of Atlantian civilization in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where the plate from a tectonic shift sunk a large land mass. It wouldn’t be the first time something like that had happened. There are also prevalent reports, especially if you listen to the Joe Rogan podcast that talks about these issues a lot these days, that there were cities of Atlantis in the now dry regions of west Africa. Likely that there were lots of things lost in translation by the time the Egyptians received the stories of Atlantis. Plato wrote them down before the Romans burnt down the great library at Alexandria in Egypt to cast away all previous pagan societies, erasing all this from conscious memory. It was kind of the ancient version of Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates denying Covid patients hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as a treatment for a virus created in a Chinese lab to invoke the Great Reset by the Desecrators of Davos. When the Romans burnt the library, they attempted to spread a new religion that would unite their empire: Christianity. These things happen all the time.

Bigfoot sightings are common in upper Michigan and in eastern Ohio. It just so happens that those are also deeply wooded areas with very little impact from modern society. I think people see more paranormal activity in these areas because they are less distracted by everyday life. But specifically in these regions, there were likely remnants of this ancient society that is yet unrecorded by history. In the paranormal activity, we see quantum entanglement, where living creatures and their technology coexist with our present age, but not necessarily in physical form. We may see each other, but only perceptually through information locked in neutrinos and other faster than light elements being revealed by quantum physics. I didn’t have any worries about a Bigfoot attack at our camps while in St. Ignace. But I did find the full embrace of the local culture fascinating as a rationalization for the paranormal. I found it particularly interesting that there have been frequent sightings of the Mothman in Chicago just down the lake from our camp on Lake Michigan from 2017 to the present; that is all over the place, especially at O’Hare airport. This is the same creature that terrorized the inhabitants of Point Pleasant, Ohio, in the late 60s before a bridge collapse that killed many people. As we all know, Chicago is experiencing a major catastrophe of violence due to liberal policies, so it is notable that the Mothman is showing itself there at this particular time. Yet with all that to contemplate, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, and the surrounding area were absolutely fantastic. The famous fudge was delicious. And it was clearly one of the great American treasures. But even better yet, there are deep mysteries there that penetrate our current understandings of modern science, and I found all that just delightful as a vacation destination.

Rich Hoffman

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Climate Change is the New Huitzilopochtli: They want you numb and dumb to make the sacrifice easier for them

We’re not just fighting political parties worldwide that have different ideas about things. We are fighting the basic tenants of good and evil that have roots into the past many thousands of years, and that evil continues to resurrect itself through the various liberal movements of our modern times. But not since Moses came down out of Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, which started mankind on a path toward self-government as opposed to the worship of many pagan gods, has this evil been so well defined. We see it today manifest as the Biden administration and their connection to globalism through the Desecrators of Davos. But just a quick trip to Mexico City, which was built upon the conquered Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, will give a clear look into that vast evil as it was revealed to the world in a much more literal sense for all of human history in the various cannibalism cults of human sacrifice that are attached to every city-state culture. Today we call the behavior of the city-states liberal in nature. But in previous times, before evil attempted to disguise itself from this new Judeo-Christian outlook on the world, the Aztecs and Mayas were quite literal representations of how evil worked in the world through the influence of pagan beliefs to sacrifice all human endeavors to their jealous and corrupt yearnings. You can still see much of Tenochtitlan all over the modern city and contemplate what went on there before Cortés came and wiped their culture out altogether, leaving behind only the name of Mexico to remember the culture of the blood-thirsty Aztecs that had a religion that was essentially a mass production facility of death. 

In the center of Tenochtitlan was a giant step pyramid, not unlike the pyramids from the rest of the world, all part of one global culture of sacrifice that, in many cases, predates modern written history. These cultures consumed hallucinogenic drugs and thought they were talking to gods from beyond the grave who needed appeasement through the mass death of fellow human beings. It wasn’t unusual for the Aztecs, led by Moctezuma, to kill many hundreds of people per nightly ritual. Most of those people came from surrounding conquered territories and would be put in fattening pens to make them more delicious to eat when the sacrifices would take place to the God of War, Huitzilopochtli, known otherwise as Hummingbird. Huitzilopochtli was pronounced (Wechilopchee) in the Aztec tongue. The belief was that if Hummingbird was happy, that he would grant them productive conquests of their enemies with supernatural aid. Once the human sacrifices were fat enough to eat, they would be marched up the pyramid to the top, where high priests would lay them out across a sacrificial slab and cut out their still beating heart with an obsidian knife. The heart would be cooked on a heated pedestal for the spiritual consumption of Hummingbird. Then the body of the victim would be cut up into pieces. The heads and torsos would be tossed down the pyramid’s steps to a maniacal crowd below, while the arms and legs would be put into a big pot and cooked as a stew for mass consumption. Although the movie Apocalypto by Mel Gibson covers this kind of ritual well from a Mayan point of view, if you want to see for yourself how these things were done, that is an excellent movie to watch. As brutal as the movie is, it doesn’t come close to showing just how terrible and evil these rituals were and how common they were in a pre-Christian world. 

Well, imagine being one of the people who had to march up that tall pyramid only to be killed at the top and having to watch the people in front of you by the hundreds be killed, to hear their screams of terror, and to be chopped up into pieces while they were still alive and knowing that you were going to be next. To ease their minds, there were members of the priesthood who would distribute a drug to the people being sacrificed called Ithli, which was a mind-numbing agent that would dull their thoughts and make the terrible things that were about to happen to them much more manageable. After all, it was much easier to have the people the Aztecs intended to kill walk up to their deaths under their own power rather than carry them up there, kicking and screaming for all they could muster. In many ways, we take more precautions in modern-day slaughterhouses for cows, so they don’t see what is about to happen to them than previous cultures of human beings did toward fellow humans. So making those sacrifices numb and dumb with drugs was a key to pulling off a successful mass sacrifice. The less people could think about what was about to happen to them, the better the whole event would go. 

Of course, this is the root cause of the same mass sacrifice that liberals use today to appease the same pagan gods, but only now that they changed the names. Climate change is their new Huitzilopochtli, and a persistence global drug culture of legalized intoxicants serves the same purpose. Liberals, the direct descendants of all sacrificial city-state cultures, have given up the pyramid killings of the Mayans and Aztecs and now utilize mass killing through the medical industry and other devices of human harvesting where death rates are encouraged and reckless, disastrous lives advocated for to satisfy the gods of liberalism where individual integrity is looked down on, but consumption of the spirit for the masses considered a lofty goal.   When we talk about globalism, and the evils of the Great Reset, where it’s evident that mass death was the goal, not the deterrent, it’s the same old gods and the same mentality of mass sacrifice to them that we are seeing. It is also why all liberalism is evil; we are not dealing with rational political parties. We are dealing with an evil that inspired Christianity in the first place, the human answer to the thousands of years of stupidity in trying to appease mindless spirits who mask themselves as gods and speak to the drunk and intoxicated maniacally to create destruction and mayhem to all civilization. You can surely see their work in the Biden White House, the many evils that just the Hunter Laptop has revealed. We can see it in the FBI raid of Trump’s home in Florida. We can see it in the open border policies where women are raped daily, children are destroyed, and the drug cartels are empowered with almost a wink and a nod from our own CIA and FBI. And the hatred of America from those globalists who want to kill mass society for all the same reasons that the Aztecs killed their prisoners is much more common than anybody wants to admit. We are not dealing with rational political disagreements here, we are dealing with an evil that has been with mankind since the beginning of time, and America was an invention to destroy that evil. Not to yield to it. We are meant to destroy these sacrificial cultures once and for all, and when it is asked what is behind the MAGA movement of our times, it is nothing less than the destruction of evil on earth once and for all. Anything less would be considered not acceptable. 

Rich Hoffman

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Ricky Shiffer Attacked the FBI: Don’t get caught playing their game, the way to beat them is to take away their money

The frustration that Ricky Shiffer experienced when he attacked the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati is understandable, just as the January 6th rioters were understandable in their anger over election fraud. But I say to them and anybody else thinking about the injustice they see coming out of the FBI and law enforcement in general, the law is against them. Don’t let them bait you into making a bad move because all they have on their side is the attempt to victimize themselves and gain public sentiment by victimizing their position. Even though he was upset about the FBI raid of Trump’s home, Ricky Shiffer should have been cool and allowed the process to play out, even though the great fear is that these law enforcement types are manipulating the law to cover their own crimes, just remember that they do not have the legal position of merit at their backs. They have no other option but to try to win public sentiment through the traditional “sacrifice of public service” display. But people see what is going on, and the way to deal with these things at this point is through the election process. Fight to ensure we have free and fair elections, then use elections to remove these corrupt people from their positions. That is the case whether we are talking about local issues like public schools where obvious crime and misconduct have occurred. Yet, the authorities in charge are grossly abusing their power, or it’s the FBI office in your community. For me, the Ricky Shiffer story is a local one, it happened in my neck of the woods, and I understand there are lots of people out there like him. They are angry, and they want justice. But, the bad guys know how to twist things to their advantage, and Ricky should have never let himself be drawn into their trap. Because once he was, they could then control the narrative, which is all they really care about anyway, controlling public perception and using their manipulation over the media to continue their abuse of power fueled by taxpayer dollars.

I see all these bad things that the FBI has been caught doing as advantages. I would say the same to the local school board problems or the corruption of a local sheriff, where the law is certainly one way for political enemies but quite another for their friends and associates. Without the measure of a law and order society to compare to, there wouldn’t be any way to really say that things are out of control. And that’s when people like Ricky spring into action when they think there is no hope for justice and that they must take it upon themselves to defeat bad guys and restore order to the world. Part of the plan of how evil works in the world is to drive people toward the sense of desperation that causes them to remove themselves from the best strategic decision and then present themselves in a vulnerable way. From there, then they are playing the FBI game and falling right into their hands. When Ricky Shiffer attacked the Cincinnati field office, he might have made a few people think he was doing a good thing on Truth Social, Trump’s very good social media site. Still, he weakened his argument by allowing the pressure they created to inspire him to move off his already good position and go to them instead of making the FBI accountable at the ballot box with new management. Part of their goal in supporting a Democrat political party in America is to push people into a sense of desperation so that they act against the law because they have been led to believe that it is no longer respected. That is part of the strategy, and during the years of Trump in politics, this impression has only gained more bold action. But that says more about them than it does their opposition, the Constitutional conservatives who have gravitated toward the MAGA movement of populism.   The administrative state, which the FBI is struggling to protect with its bloated bureaucracy and big government ideas, is showing all its cards and building a case for their elimination in the future day by day. Let them make it because they are their own worst enemy.

Ultimately, Ricky Shiffer’s greatest power wasn’t a gun or threat of violence against the FBI. The January 6th protestors didn’t need to raid the Capitol building to prove their point. They were made to feel desperate by the regime in control. We’ve watched the Swamp in Washington attempt to use public sentiment against the protestors, even though the world had watched all through 2020 that liberal rioters were unleashed in all our cities and did far worse. Things go wrong when you get caught playing the game that the bad guys want you to play. The greatest weapon Ricky had, and we all have, is the power of the purse, the funding mechanism to feed the beast. That is where the administrative state is weakest, whether it’s the local school system or the corrupt national FBI. Don’t charge them with your guns and aggression, hoping to bring things to a conclusive resolution with a show of force. The FBI presents themselves with a show of force because it’s the only thing they can do. They do not have the law to their back, and much of what they did to Trump has put them in a bad public relations position. It has cost them far more harm than the fear of the public turning against them and attacking them where they work, like the Cincinnati field office. 

The way to attack is to reduce the size of government, vote for the kind of people who understand that smaller government is the way to go and choke them out of their funding. I know it doesn’t come out very sexy; it’s not like the movies we’ve seen where it’s a three-act play, the presentation of the situation, then the trouble is shown, then there is the climax at the end of the movie where everything is resolved. These legal problems are a running gig day by day and year by year. And if you look at things in the long run, we have learned a lot more about our FBI and their true nature based on how they have acted toward Trump, which has been very valuable. Before Trump, only conspiracy theories were talked about on talk radio at 2 AM in the morning. Now there are thousands of podcasters talking about these crimes from the FBI in the middle of the day all across the country. So, things are getting better the worse they look because now we can see what the FBI and law enforcement is really about. And that information can then help us know why we must defund them and replace them with something much more manageable and better for our society than the thugs of lawless bureaucrats they have become. It’s not a cliché to say that knowledge is a more powerful weapon than anything else, but it’s true.

Knowing what we are dealing with is far more important than whether they followed the law or not because we can then establish intent. And once you’ve done that, you can see the situation for what it really is, not how they want you to see it. And from there, you can decide what to do about it. But when you discover that these are bad people who have been up to no good, don’t let that knowledge rot you to your core with audacious revelation. Be cool, use the law to your advantage and manage them through the power of the purse. Taking away their money is the best way to harm them. That is a weapon that all the guns in the world couldn’t do better. And it’s time we use it for the purpose of good in the world.   It takes money to run all this evil. Take it away from them; then they will have nothing to fuel their activity.

Rich Hoffman

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Abuse of Power in Butler County: And it’s not Roger Reynolds doing it

I’ve talked about it before; I sympathize with the Steve Bannon contempt of congress case that is happening at the end of July 2022 more than other cases because it’s personal for me. I don’t communicate with him a lot, be we occasionally do. He has shared some of my articles on social media, and we have exchanged text messages on occasion, so it’s more personal to me to see what is happening to him than it would be if I didn’t know something about the person himself. As I watch him go to federal court every day and the judge lecture the defense about not making a circus out of the case, it is bewildering to think that Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress in 2012, yet no punishment ever came his way. But because Bannon is a member of the Trump White House, he is being treated like a criminal, guilty before proven innocent, just by association. And all this has made me think of the case of George Lang several years ago, who was facing jail time just for knowing John Boehner, who was poised to be speaker of the house, and the Democrats wanted to sink him through his friends. George, of course, was found innocent, but it was scary for sure. We could all point to misconduct in court proceedings that were purely politically motivated and shake our heads. But we often don’t say much about it because we fear that injustice being turned in our own direction, so we just move along and try to ignore it. Yet, I see the same thing happening to Roger Reynolds in Butler County, where political rivals are accusing him of corruption in his office. And I just don’t see it in any of the indictments, for which a 6th came out just recently to add to the pile, intent on knocking him out of office. It’s an election year, some rivals want Roger out as a political character, and they’ll do what they must do to sink him. 

Believe me; I’d rather talk about a million other things than this case, which I’ve discussed in detail. I’d prefer to leave all this mess to the courts to decide but based on a ridiculous article by Jennifer Edwards Baker from Fox 19 about the details of the 6th indictment against Roger Reynolds, which now involves Lakota schools, the issue is so preposterous that we just can’t ignore it. Obviously, the prosecution in the case against Roger, much like the case against Steve Bannon, doesn’t have much to go on, so they are prosecuting the case in the court of public opinion through reporters who might sway public sentiment ahead of upcoming elections. And that is the entire goal of the proceedings. And we can’t ignore the case because it could be any of us falsely accused. It’s not that I love Roger Reynolds. I think he has been an excellent auditor. But he’s made political enemies over the years, which is all part of the blood sport of politics. I think he could handle many things better regarding social interactions, but I recognize that he’s an A-Type personality, as is Sheriff Jones, and a clash among those types of people is bound to happen. I see it as more of a human resource problem than a legal one. If those two people have problems, they should resolve them in some other way than in political tricks ahead of elections and wasting the time of courts for personal vendettas, which is clearly the case with this indictment against Roger involving Lakota schools.   

The Fox 19 article says many things that could easily be misconstrued, leaving out all the relevant factors, such as all the axes to grind among public employees, especially those who handle money. The indictment indicates that Lakota schools were due to get back $750,000 from the auditor’s office. Roger suggested to the treasurer Jenni Logan that they spend that money on the Four Bridges Golf Course in a partnership. A whole series of emails between Jenni and the school attorney show an interest in Roger’s proposal. Ultimately, they decided it probably wasn’t a good idea, so the concept was rejected. That was back in 2017, a long time ago. So why is this story coming out now? Jenni is retiring on August 1st, 2022, and this is something for the road that fits into the motivations of Sheriff Jones and his political needs regarding putting someone else in the seat of the Butler County Auditor. So, they completely made up the word “coercion” in the indictment and tried to build a case that forced Roger to prove he wasn’t guilty of it due to pressure from public opinion, rather than proving that Roger actually used coercion in any way during the proposed spending of the money. When people see $750,000, they might think that’s a lot of money, but in reality, within the budget of Lakota, it’s much less than 1% of their expenditures and is actually about 11 or 12 teachers. Teachers make a lot of money, despite what the unions say about compensation. I can easily see how Roger would suggest that Jenni spend the money on something more useful, like an elevated lifestyle for the students of Lakota, rather than just blowing it on more activist teachers. Jenni must have thought the idea a good one because she pursued it through emails which are part of the case. But she did so voluntarily. That is not coercion; it’s a discussion among professional adults. 

All this doesn’t change my opinion of Roger Reynolds. As I indicated, I could tell stories all day long about court cases that were purely intended to destroy a political rival and had nothing to do with actual justice. I mentioned a few here based on personal experience. But it’s quite common as a practice. I’m all for law and order, but justice should be blind. What is going on with Roger Reynolds is that laws are being applied against a political rival instead of uniformly applied. It’s an abuse of authority, but it’s not Roger doing the abuse. It’s the accusers, not the recipient. I’ll still be voting for Roger Reynolds in the upcoming election. All the people participating in the investigation against him should be trying to work with Roger instead of getting rid of him over their personal problems they might have. Destroying people’s lives is not the way to solve a problem. It might be common, but it’s certainly not right.

The courts are not private playgrounds to bully people into fight resolution that might have been settled on a playground when everyone was kids. As adults, judges, attorneys, and media bottom feeders are not replacements for fists to the face. When the courts are abused, as they are clearly being abused in this Roger Reynolds case and the case of Steve Bannon, that gives politics and our justice system a bad name, and everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves, as far as I’m concerned, all six of these indictments against Roger Reynolds are political witch hunts. If I had been Roger, I would have handled things differently, where there was no question as to blurred lines. But social mistakes aren’t against the law. Intent to commit a crime is, and to assume intent where there clearly isn’t any evidence, just for the political theater of altering an election is despicable at best and gross abuse of authority at the very least. 

Rich Hoffman

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Butler County’s Version of Liz Cheney: As Thomas Hall said of Sheriff Jones, “he’s a bully, using his office for political motives until people stand up to him”

When I first heard about this sixth charge from the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, as they have been investigating Roger Reynolds as the auditor for several accusations of corruption, I thought it was ridiculous before. But now, it had become just as much of a kangaroo court as the January 6th Commission for which Liz Cheney was leading in an attempt to keep President Trump off the 2024 presidential ticket. Roger Reynolds has been an excellent auditor in Butler County for a long time, and he has a political rival in Sheriff Jones who wants to show him how much political power he has, and the two have been at it for well over a year now. And instead of fighting in a parking lot somewhere, this is how modern bullies fight; they use the legal system as a weapon against their political opponents. I watched in bewilderment how a grown man like Sherrif Jones could have such a press conference announcing so much of nothing as he did with this latest stack of accusations against Roger, declaring that this latest one on the pile was some kind of big crime of corruption in line with the recent case of P.G. Sittenfeld from Cincinnati who was just found guilty of similar charges. In Roger’s case, he is nothing like the dirty politicians like P.G. Sittenfeld or the very dirty politics that occurred in the FirstEnergy case in Columbus, which isn’t about money at all. The FirstEnergy controversy is an attack by the political left against the Ohio energy grid and using political infighting among Republicans to hide it. When you see cases like this, where a Sheriff is so personally involved in finding anything to knock off a political rival within the Republican Party, you can tell easily that it’s not a case about the crime but about power and control over other people.

I know the characters involved in the new indictment, such as Jenni Logan, the treasurer from Lakota schools. She stated she thought Roger Reynolds was asking Lakota to invest money owed back to the District into a golf academy at Four Bridges. Ben Dibble, who was president of the school board around that time in 2017, was involved as well, according to the liberal activist from Fox 19, Jennifer Edwards Baker, who would love to erode away the very good Republican Party of Butler County any way possible. She’s been at it for a while, and area Republicans have been targeted for anything resembling impropriety. Of course, that’s tough because many of the modern Republicans are not like they were back in the Michael Fox days or when Bob Shelley was a trustee in Liberty Township. Lakota has their own problems, and if there was some incidental conversation about a golf academy from money coming back out of the auditor’s office, which Roger Reynolds represents, it was likely out of polite conversation. I’ve seen the lunch circuit Jenni Logan has been a part of for a long time, and I understand how talk can be made. For a while, especially before Covid, almost everywhere I went to lunch, I saw Jenni Logan and Matt Miller, the Lakota superintendent, there talking with other people. I can easily see in such meetings how talk about how money should be spent would occur. Is that legal or illegal? Well, suppose we start picking pepper out of fly droppings like this over legal issues meant to show the sheriff’s department’s power over things people say and go from there. In that case, we will likely create a business and political environment where nobody can talk to anybody about anything anywhere. Knowing the characters involved in this latest indictment, it didn’t change a thing about my opinion about Roger Reynolds. I will still happily vote for him and support him in the upcoming elections. I care more about what good of a job he has done for my community than what kind of political enemies he has made along the way. And after that press conference by Jones, I could only conclude that he has now become Butler County’s own version of Liz Cheney, who hates President Trump so much that she would attempt to bend the law and waste endless amounts of money in investigations just to keep him out of the political theater.

The level of ridiculousness really overflowed when Sheriff Jones tried to bring up Thomas Hall, who is a current State Rep running for the 46th District, which now includes Liberty Township.   Jones indicated he was continuing to investigate Thomas Hall for conflicts of interest even though a recent Keith Faber report from way back in 2018 and 2019 failed to show anything wrong, even under a microscope of a state audit generated based on what people “say.” Those old-style political hits aren’t going to work in this new world where people have seen so much done against President Trump. The public is much more savvy about these things than they used to be. In reaction to Sheriff Jones indicating he was going to continue investigating Thomas Hall, whom Jones is supporting a rival to run against Hall in the primary on August 2nd, Hall simply called Jones a “bully.” Hall said specifically to the Journal News, “this whole thing is ridiculous, for the sheriff to want an investigation I think is wrong, using his office for political motives when there’s an election 19 days from today. (when the statement was made and referring to the August 2nd primary race)  The sheriff is a bully and will continue to do what he wants until people stand up to him.” That’s one of the reasons I’m supporting Thomas Hall; he’s a good, sharp young man who can handle the heat in the kitchen and make a wonderful meal with it. And the sheriff doesn’t like him because he won’t kiss the ring and allow Jones to be a token kingmaker. 

I’ve talked to Roger Reynolds, and I know why Jones doesn’t like him, at least from Roger’s perspective. Roger runs a great auditor’s office in Butler County. People say all kinds of things, and if the roles were reversed, Sheriff Jones could easily find himself on an indictment list based on “what people say.” People could say that Jones is a bully because he wants to put the fear of the law into local trustees who vote on budgets from which his family and friends benefit. Jones has family and friends employed all over Butler County, and he doesn’t like it when they get laid off for not showing up for work. I know Roger pushed for more transparency on how money gets shown to the public, and Jones wasn’t a fan. And from there, their relationship, which had been a good one, fell apart. Those things happen; I see it as a human resource issue of county employees fighting over power and prestige. But when that hatred escalates to the level where a sheriff is willing to abuse his power to the extent he has with Roger Reynolds and Thomas Hall, purely over political power within the Republican Party, then it becomes a big problem. What we really have is a Butler County version of Liz Chaney. This name used to have significant meaning in the Republican Party until she was revealed to be a liberal hack by the Trump administration. And the phony hearings happening now in Washington D.C. are the same phony hearings that have been thrown at Roger Reynolds because he has pushed for more transparency and accountability for public officials. Not less. And for all the reasons that the political establishment hates Trump, they hate people like Roger Reynolds and Thomas Hall. And when it comes time to vote for them, I will happily pick Roger and Thomas every time over the opinions of Sheriff Jones. 

Rich Hoffman

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