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Dear Russ

April 21, 2002

A reader writes...Thank God! for Russ Gibb........... It's about time someone had the guts to publish something like your web site & "tell it like it is." Many people are fed up w/ Mikey's chauffer, silk suits, and all the rest of the BS he's handing out! Snipers on the rooftops, of all the nerve! (Memorial Day parade) He is a real schmoozer!!!! When will people see him for what he really is.....it's quite clear he was re-elected only because 21K people in our fair city did not want an "Arab" for a mayor......where the heck are the voters brains??? Mikey thinks he is the President of the UnUnited City of Dearborn.....including his West Wing......what a laugh!!!!.......But people would rather have a guy like Mikey, than an Arab......what a sick world we live in! Keep up your good work!!! We love you!!!

- W.F.

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Four Stars * * * *

May 12, 2002

Congratulations to Mayor Guido and his city workers who have refurbished City Hall. It looks great. Excellent Job. Now, if only the Major and his team would start enforcing our city signage ordinances, maybe East Dearborn wouldn't look like an extension of Detroit- sorry, but its true!

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The Water Mystery

May 12, 2002

What's going on at the Henry Ford Centennial Library's water fountain? Some say 50,000 gallons of water have just drained away...but where's it going? No one seems to know??

technology

An Apology...

May 12, 2002

My Internet service has been down for 12 days. Seems either COVAD or Ameritech forgot to reconnect it during a repair session.

politics

A History Lesson

June 7, 2002

1840: William Henry Harrison (died in office)1860: Abraham Lincoln (assassinated)1880: James A. Garfield (assassinated)1900: William McKinley (assassinated)1920: Warren G. Harding (died in office)1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt (died in office)1960: John F. Kennedy (assassinated)1980: Ronald Reagan (survived assassination attempt)2000: George W. Bush ????????????And to think that we had two guys fighting it out in the courts to bethe one elected in 2000.**********************************************You might also be interested in this.Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946 .Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot inthehead.Now it gets really weird.Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.Both were assassinated by Southerners.Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.Both assassins were known by their three names.Both names are composed of fifteen letters.Now hang on to your seat.Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford'.Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford'.Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.And here's the kicker .......A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

education

New Superintendent

June 7, 2002

Newsflash! Newsflash! I'll bet you a shiny red apple that the new Dearborn Schools Superintendent will be John Artis. Check it out! Check it out! It's not official, but check it out! Remember, you saw it here first at russgibbatrandom.com

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Think this is fair ??

July 4, 2002

by Rush Limbaugh, March 11, 2002I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the country in uniform, are profound.
No one is really talking about it either because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11th.
Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.
If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.
If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.
Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs.
If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry.
And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.
Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.
We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11th families are getting.
In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.
You see where this is going, don't you?
Folks, this is part and parcel of over fifty years of entitlement politics in this country.
It's just really sad.
"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."-Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually receive next to nothing of a raise.
Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low rent housing.
However our own U. S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress onetime to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month and most are now equal to be millionaires plus.
They also do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7 you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harms way receive a pension of $15,000 per month.
I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.
"When do we finally do something about this ??"
If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can. Thank you, Rush and do pass this on, Russ

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The Right to Leave - and sometimes maybe even the need

July 10, 2002

After hearing that a state of Florida liberal court changed its opinion and let a Muslim woman have her picture on her drivers license with her face covered, I just shook my head and wondered again, about political correctness gone amok. Now try this on for size, what if a kkk member wants to wear his mask and wants to wear it for his drivers license?? It's all nuts. And I blame myself for this insane twisting of our laws. Why? Because I have voted the straight Democratic party line, most of my life.. BUT NO MORE. I've had it with the limousine liberal Democrats and their running dogs in the media.... Then Sallie from up north found this editorial in a Tampa Florida newspaper and passed it on. So maybe there is still some hopes for the media. Please read it and let me know what you think, and then you too can pass it on.

IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politcally correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely composed of descendants of immigrants.
However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.
This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!
"In God We Trust" is our national motto.
This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because men and women, on principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.
If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.
If Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But, once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom,

THE RIGHT TO LEAVE!!!!!!

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Judge Runco's Campaign Literature

July 13, 2002

SMILE, I just got this e-mail today. Obviously from someone who does not like Bill Runco. Read it then let me know what you think. Now I have known Bill Runco for many years and have voted for him. He's a smart person. In fact I might vote for him again. Of course, I also like this Somers guy and I particularly like the idea that Somers is an independent, not tied in with the powerful Guido machine like Bill Runco. So, what to do??? Guess I'll decide on election day....
Anyway, here is the put down e-mail.

The spinmeisters of Dearborn politics are at it again--trying to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Case in Point: An 8" x 10" glossy campaign flyer touting Judge William Runco's "Old-Fashioned Hard Work" ethic.
The flyer features an illegally unauthorized reproduction of the famous painting "American Gothic"--copyright law mandates that a user of classic artwork receives dispensation and pays a fee to use such artwork for promotional purposes; a law that apparently does not apply to Dearborn's 19th District Court law-enforcing judge--praising the censured judge for efforts to saving the city of Dearborn millions of dollars by single handedly creating a work program for offenders who "...break the law in Dearborn."
The flyer then reads ...."You break the law, you pay the price." That's the message offenders get when they break the law in Dearborn." Gee, why didn't Judge Runco pay the price when HE broke the law in a real estate scam, and had the audacity to force Dearborn taxpayers to foot $33,000 of his legal bills? Furthermore, in a written letter issued by the Dearborn court, his zoner promised to repay the city if he was found responsible of wrongdoing in that particular land deal. (We must specify THIS land deal, the Trifan case, so we don't confuse any of the other shady land deals involving Mr. Runco over the years).
Well, I guess the flyer really should read "You break the law, you pay the price--unless your name is William J. Runco--because then, you are ABOVE the law."
(I won't hold my breath waiting for that addendum to the campaign literature prior to the August 6 primary).
signed, ?????????????????????????

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Thanks Bill

July 23, 2002

Had a call from Judge Bill Runco informing me he's not a crook. Seems that the art "The American Gothic" on his brochure is "clip art" and the copy right was paid for by his publisher.

Sheriff FicanoGee, I like the sheriff. I only wish he was an Independent and not tied in with that democratic-liberal Bonoir. Split ticket here I come.

Have you noticed the number of people going through amber lights here in Dearborn? Maybe its time we got tough on traffic law breakers. What do you think?

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