Category: News

Police Officer Suicide After Stealing Money From Youth

The alleged suicide of Fox Lake police lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz just gets crazier by the day. The moment the news broke of Gliniewicz’s alleged corruption which reportedly lead up to his perfectly staged death, every news station covering the tragedy were forcing it down America’s throat that he killed himself. I sat at home looking at the news reporters side ways because it was so obvious that they were selling the suicide – not reporting it.

Since the reporting of Gliniewicz, who was once considered a community hero, embezzling thousands of dollars from the Explore Youth Training Program that he ran, the story just gets more and more bizarre and suspect.

What’s so strange is that if Glineiwicz needed money so bad, he could have gone to friends, family member, his church, credit cards, or lenders in San Antonio. Why did he have to embezzle it?

Unfortunately, his family is being punished until the investigation into his death and alleged criminal dealings is complete. Residents of Chicago donated money to support the family during their loss, but the bank account set up to collect funds for the family has been frozen. The sudden passing of a family member is not only taxing emotionally on loved ones, but the funeral costs as well as everyday expenses that used to be taken care of before the family member passed away are now in the red. Those thoughtful donations would have helped Gliniewicz family a great deal. If his death is ruled a suicide, it is highly probable his family would not be able to collect on his life insurance policy. Spokesman for Harris Bank Patrick O’Herlihy reported Wednesday that the funds were being held pending the results of the investigation. O’Herlihy could not confirm the amount in the bank account or who it will be released after the investigation is completed.

According to the Associated Press, authorities are investigating Gliniewicz’s wife and oldest son for their possible role in his alleged criminal activities. As the case continues to unfold, Detective Covelli advises people who donated to the family should contact the charity groups to inquire about receiving a refund. Fox Lake police officers who sold t-shirts in honor of their fellow officer to benefit Gliniewicz’s family. According to the Fire & Police Commission, the t-shirts raised $126,000 for the family. The village of Fox Lake did not set up accounts for Gliniewicz family and they did not sponsor any fundraising events.

The Lake Zurich Police Department set up a collection site to gather donations for the family as well. The amount collected is unknown and the Lake Zurich department does not know if the money was deposited into the account that is now frozen. Those demanding their donations back are being directed to the Gliniewicz’s attorney. Believing officer Gliniewicz was killed in the line of duty, The CEO of the 100 Club Joe Ahern handed the family a $15,000 check. They, too, are wanting their donation returned after learning his death might have been a suicide. Ahern stated suicides do not fit their mission statement to assist widows of fallen police officers and they want the community to believe the 100 Club are “good stewards” of their money. So are widows to suffer because their spouse chose to commit suicide?

While the community is seeking to get refunds on their donations that were supposed to come from the heart unconditionally, the investigation could possibly prove officer Gliniewicz was murdered and set up to look like a suicide. In the underworld, those who threaten to “snitch” usually end up in a perfectly staged suicide. This investigation sounds like a movie. It will be a while before the mystery is solved on this one. The story continues to unfold…

Steve Jobs Fails Again?

Steve Jobs and the word failure are seldom ever in the same breath. When we think of the late, great co-founder of Apple Incorporated Steve Jobs, words such as brilliance, pioneer, businessman, and legacy usually come to mind. As I type this article on a Mac laptop, I cannot help but to think about Jobs’ contribution to world. It was always rumored that the innovator allegedly stole ideas from those who worked closely with him and that he was a cold and calculating man. It is possible Jobs was just misunderstood throughout the years as he tried to actualize what he envisioned.

There have been several attempts made by different directors, writers, and producers to depict the life of a man described as a genius by some and a monster by others. Every attempt has been judged harshly as epic fails. Fascinated and intrigued by the college drop-out turned mogul, I could not wait to see the movie Jobs. When I heard actor and tech-head Ashton Kutcher would be playing Jobs, I was eager to see the finished product. Kutcher put on those coke-bottle eyeglasses that was Jobs signature and he became him. The production piece gave more insight into the man behind the Apple empire. It captured Jobs’ grassroots efforts in a garage to turn his vision into a reality. Many gained more respect for the revolutionary. Others, however, viewed the 2013 film as slow. One critic compared it to watching paint dry.

The release of Steve Jobs on October 6, 2015 possibly sent a message to the production crew behind Jobs that their version did not do the man justice. However, the public was just as critical on the second attempt to capture Jobs on-screen as the first attempt. Many wanted the film to expose why those who worked closely with Jobs questioned whether or not he was allowed into heaven or went to the blazing hot place instead on October 5, 2011 when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer. With a star-studded cast Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, and Seth Rogan as the whiz-kid who was there from the beginning Steve Wozniak. Directed by Danny Boyle and produced by Legendary Pictures, critics chewed the film up and spit it out.

However, Fassbender was given rave reviews for his portrayal of Jobs, stating he gave a towering performance of limitless firepower and savage wit.

Winslet’s performance was incredible. Hoffman was known as the Assistant in Job’s life who often gave him a reality check. Critics were surprised by Rogan’s emotional role as Jobs’ business partner. The cast was impressive, but the box office numbers were not. Maybe there is something to two films about the same person released within a couple of years of one another is not a good idea. If the public was disappointed by the first film, they are not likely to spend money at the theater to see the second one.

Though Jobs has not succeeded in Hollywood on the big screen, this amazing man achieved phenomenal success in his real life as an innovator, visionary, and pioneer. He brought change to technology that will be a part of his legacy and our history for centuries to come. Jobs, even in the afterlife, can never fail.

Playboy Magazine Just Got Ubered

Playboy magazine has been ubered. Who would have ever thought the day would come when America’s most popular pornographic publication since 1953 would stop selling nudity? I remember growing up going to visit my great grandfather in his barbershop. Our family was proud because he owned the most successful barbershop in town. The only problem was, when I went to visit him in the shop, I was always told to cover my eyes the entire time. Quite naturally, as any six-year-old would do, one day I decided to peek anyway, lifting my hand from over my eyes. I stood stunned looking at nude centerfold models in all sorts of positions taped from floor to ceiling on every wall like wallpaper. Everywhere I turned my head, I saw a nude woman. My mouth dropped as my aunt yanked me by the arm, pulling me out of the barbershop as fast as she could. She warned me not to look. I was speechless and I also realized, at that very moment, why my great grandfather had the hottest barbershop in town. He thanked Miss August and the pioneer to the sexual revolution Hugh Hefner for his prosperity. Generations of young boys around America were turned into men flipping through the pages of Playboy. When Hefner recently announced the magazine needed to change its winning formula, I could hear my great grandfather turning over in his grave. The nation is in shock.

 

As founder and editor-in-chief, Hefner sat in a meeting with his magazine executives on Tuesday, possibly surrounded by his Playboy mansion bunnies, and laid out the current state of the market and his vision. Due to the fact that the Internet and social media has provided easy access to porn to the public for free, magazine sales went from a reported 5.6 million in the 1970s to a sad 800,000 in 2014. Hefner, 89, explained to his staff, in order to keep his legacy alive, he needs to change with the times. Instead of gathering a round table of computer geniuses to come up with an innovative way to merge Playboy with the interactive world on some higher level no one has thought of yet, Hefner has decided to focus simply on the articles. Believing that the magazine was not only known for its beautiful nude women, but it also provided amazing articles. With all due respect, when Marilyn Monroe graced the cover of Playboy, many find it hard to believe that men were also interested in the automotive article on mufflers.

 

Larry Flynt, founder of the popular girlie magazine Hustler, reported to CNN that he believes Hefner has lost his mind. Flynt stated he will always respect Hefner for being a pioneer in the porn industry and an artist, but he will not be remembered for his business savvy. Though Hefner successfully sustained Playboy for over 60 years, the future to his legacy is uncertain. Playboy chief executive Scott Flanders assures readers that the magazine will feature beautiful women, but clothed in a more intimate setting with an “Instagram feel” to the photos. Reportedly, there will still be a Playmate of the month with PG-13 style photos.

 

If my great grandfather were still alive today running his barbershop, I am for certain a wallpaper of informative articles would not have the same draw or impact on his profit margin as would a kazillion photos of nude women taped to the walls. There would definitely be a decline in his loyal customers. My great grandfather was pretty savvy though. He probably would have evolved with the times and had video vixens playing non-stop on a big screen or possibly beautiful women offering neck massages and beer to his customers while they wait for a shave and haircut. At the end of the day in any industry, sex plays a role. Whether subliminal or raw in the consumer’s face, sex will always sell. Maybe Hefner has forgotten that?