Phantom recycling


3 years you dumped the recyclables and nobody “knew”, in 3 weeks you have 2 companies submit bids choosing the highest bidder while rejecting the lowest bidder who has worked to develop an intelligent recycling plan with no explanation or consequences, all this following your inability to negotiate at least a break-even contract. All the while you state the recycling program will lose $14,000 per year after spending $53,000 per month on a phantom recycling program for 3 years.

Why is it that Altes and every other recycling company can make a profit and the FS city government, with all the tools it has at hand does not entertain the idea of packing and selling for profit?

This and all the other recent failures add up to gross incompetence or is there a deeper issue?

Joe McCutchen

Transparency needed–“Propelling Downtown” project

“Propelling Downtown Forward Plan”….who pays, what is the legal authority, what are the details, and is it Constitutional? June 19, 2017

Recent city government history indicates a government of incompetence, malfeasance, lack of transparency, massive foolish spending and cover-ups. While the City Manager Geffken wants “to move-on”.

Fluoridation, nascent Marshal’s Museum, street/sewer tax, softball complex, recycling, continued subsidizing of the Convention Center, proposed 87 miles of trails, fire & police retirement fund deficits, a new police chief by his own words in public print wants to install a paramilitary police force and put police Command under the control of minorities or anyone else without Commission Approval is a dangerous & an unintelligible means of building and sustaining an accountable policing agency.

All the above is against the will of the people, without detailed knowledge/planning, without approval and is mostly unconstitutional.
What Sicard & Griffin and other lesser lights, e.g. McIntosh, White, are proposing is simply that Fort Smith taxpayers will pay for their utopic visions of rehabbing their buildings, businesses, and developing their raw property for their own personal economic gain, always under the umbrella of tourism, jobs & new industry, which is farcical.

Bring “Propelling” to a citizen vote.

Joe McCutchen

New attempt at Urban Renewal using tax money for private property

June 13, 2017
“Propelling Downtown Forward plan”…and how does Griffin, Sicard and all their downtown cronies plan to pay for the Garrison Resurrection?

This is to inform each of you that in the 1960’s the federal government passed what was known as “Urban Renewal”, wherein city taxpayers paid for the reviving & restoration of privately owned downtown properties.

A vote was forced in Fort Smith and Urban Renewal was overwhelmingly defeated. R.A. Young (ABF) was chairman of the proposal to use city taxpayer dollars for his & others’ private property enhancements in downtown Fort Smith.

The “Propelling” appears to be the same proposed theft by another name. In view of the city’s massive spending, cover-ups, and failures one would think you folks would be more tentative. In addition to Files/Webb, Recycling, there is the matter of injecting millions of taxpayer dollars (city, state, national) into the nascent Marshal’s Museum originally billed as a “private endeavor “and the city’s 24 year history of misappropriating the 1% city street/sewer tax.

Another issue in question is Griffin’s use of the New Market Tax Credit designed for use in blighted areas and his long time involvements in HUD.

Just as any private property owner must be responsible for their property so do the owners of downtown properties. The City Government is not constitutionally or legally empowered in any manner to subsidize privately owned property. Hopefully you will refrain from cover ups and incompetence and let the light shine in…referencing your constituencies.

Joe McCutchen

Where are the “Distressed Cavaliers” when we need them? (Hint: their gene pool has mostly been destroyed)

resubmitted June 11, 2017

June 21, 2009 What the politicized institutions don’t want you to know.

The “Distressed Cavaliers”…….The best kept secret in our history, next to the truth about tyrant “Honest Abe”. (Read “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo)

The Collectivists/Politically Correct purveyors’ worst nightmare would be for American citizens to learn of their true Founding history….from the establishment of Jamestown by adventurers and businessmen BEFORE the Pilgrim’s Plymouth Rock, the first Thanksgiving at Berkley Plantation, BEFORE the Pilgrims’, to the wonderment of the saga of the “Distressed Cavaliers”. (Such knowledge might give rise to the pride Americans once had in their heritage, something carefully destroyed by the Politically Correct method of Cultural Marxists.)

In the mid 1600’s Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, had the brilliant plan of recruiting the younger sons of English Noble families. He was able to entice them with promises of land and position because under the custom of the day, only the oldest son was allowed to inherit the family estate and fortune. Another contributing factor was the ascendency of the Puritans in England who persecuted the non-Puritans. Hence the name, “The Distressed Cavaliers”. (“Albion’s Seed”, by David Fischer)

From these ranks came young men of education, intelligence, bravery, honor, ambition, entrepreneurial ship, and leadership. Englishmen of breeding and substance. It was from this stock that the First Families of Virginia arose. They included names such as Custis, Harrison, Randolph, Mason, Madison, Washington, Lee, Jefferson, Jay, Carroll, etc.

Our beginnings and subsequent progress were not based on “Diversity”, a twisted concept at best. It was based on consistency, rule of law, honor, and a knowledge of the Enlightenment philosophy of Individualism. A man was judged by strict rules on conduct, which allowed those of lesser circumstances to function and succeed as well.

No wonder none of this is taught in the Collective Government Schools. Knowledge such as this might make for a citizenry schooled in merit and the fact that government’s only legitimate business is that of protecting the rights of the citizens and the Constitution.

A great country cannot grow based on ignorance, superstition, or anarchy, which is the result of multi-culturalism, (too many legal & illegal aliens from 3rd World cultures having little or no redeeming factors…in short all people are not the same; much depends on their achievements and values) leading to tyranny and dictatorship over the masses. Individual rights and freedoms are an anathema to Collectivists—whether Socialists, Fascists, Communists, or Monarchists.

Every aspect of Western Civilization is under attack and every other culture is being touted…all by design to destroy its very foundations. Some call it genocide.

Our Founders accomplished the most astonishing achievement in the history of the known world…they established a Constitutional Republic at the beginning of our nation, which differed drastically from Democracy (Mob Rule)which is how politicians, bureaucrats and other co-conspirators are fond of describing our system today, and all forms of Collectivism ever tried. The rights of the individual were held supreme, not the power of government. The Right to Life, Liberty, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness was not meant for government but for individual citizens.

Oh, how we need the Cavaliers today to vanquish the trolls and harpies who rule over us, demean and threaten our very existence.

Barbara McCutchen

Diversity as a Primary Value creates chaos


Director Good and his affirmative action, set-asides, quota posse.

Times Record 6/7/17 –“City backs police hiring policy”…e.g. hiring out of city/state minorities without oversight.

FSPD Chief Clark apparently was hired for 3 specific reasons: (All having to do with PC Diversity)

1. He is black
2. To salt the mines with principally black males & to a lesser extent, women & a Mexican here & there.
3. To immediately hire black NCO’s, Lts, & Captains for command positions.

I view the above as nothing more than mutiny in our city police department and an economic & philosophical disruption of the FSPD.
No discussion re: hiring new raw minority recruits starting at the bottom as has been the case ( as do all inexperienced whites). Director Good in a TR article bloviated he was thoroughly upset pertaining to the above.

What the 4 Directors, Good, Lau, Lorenz, & government sponge Pennartz voted for is unconstitutional and immoral. Director Lau went so far as to say that “one of the city’s priorities is to recruit for diversity”. Diversity obviously overrules merit/achievement now. Why?

Turning over the entire FSPD command by hiring outside minorities, in this case mostly blacks for diversity sake is an act of aggression in these politically correct times that does not bode well for city citizens. The 4 names City Directors are placing multiculturalism & diversity ahead of the Arkansas & U.S. Constitution as well as earned merit. The 4 should inform their constituents where in the Constitutions is diversity discussed.

The question has not been asked nor discussed by these 4 elites—why are there not already minorities employed in the FSPD? There is a reason: merit, achievement, education, experience, competition, desire, etc. Our nation did not achieve preeminence with such deceptive & illiterate policies as you 4 have expressed.

Should a position of command come into play and local police are interested in said position, they should be allowed to apply and in the same vein, if fairness is observed Chief Clark should be allowed to advertise and let the best men/women win. Always locals should be given serious consideration or you dissolve local incentives & morale.

Director Lau stated the FSPD is more than 80% white and more than 95% men. What is the problem with that?

Ten to one says Chief Clark already has his black police command in waiting…now without the oversight of the Civil Service Commission, which is a path to a potentially rogue force.

Joe McCutchen

Old Collectivist education programs merely renamed & expanded

Update on “Education” June 4, 2017

Once the public/parents catch on to the goals of government school programs, e.g. School to Work, Goals 2000, Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind, Common Core…the tactic is simply to change the name, give glowing recommendations and expand the collectivist/Marxist dumb down goals to short circuit children’s minds. Why? Ignorant, indoctrinated students grow into compliant, uninformed citizens, easily manipulated.

Notice the admiring article in the Times Record 6/1/17 “Future School wraps up first year”. They are pushing ahead into something called “Summit Learning”…Here is a quote from that website:


The platform comes with a comprehensive curriculum developed by teachers in classrooms. The base curriculum is aligned with the Common Core, and each course includes meaningful projects, playlists of content and assessments, all of which can be customized. Teachers can adapt or create new playlists and projects to meet their students’ needs.”

Anyone who has taken an interest in what children are being taught will recognize all the old buzzwords and realize these “programs” are more of the same with different aliases.

There is no point in lengthy explanations, there are dozens which have been done by experts…those who are intelligent enough or care enough are either already aware or will do more of their own research to find the truth, which is nauseating.

This is merely to shine the light of day on one of Fort Smith’s latest attempts to stealthily implement federal government goals and outcomes. Unfortunately the teachers are either victims/believers of the system or are knowingly complicit in compliance.

Most parents merely look at schools as convenient “free” babysitters or accept government control over the individual as acceptable.

For those who don’t…beware. Do your homework and do not give up your or your child’s freedoms for any price. You may not be able to afford homeschooling, but you can at least detoxify everyday whatever indoctrination eggs have been laid. If you are lucky and have good genes your kids could turn out okay, but will have missed vital/important information they may never obtain.

As for the rest, they get what they deserve.

~Barbara McCutchen

Public positions of power with no oversight invites trouble

The Fort Smith City Government is like a ship with no rudder and the last two decades provide the proof.

The Times Record today 6/3/17…”Directors may sway Commission on hiring decisions”. The City Government has succumbed to Political Correctness and legislative cowardice that reigns supreme, i.e. hiring out of city/state, particularly officer grade personnel.

New city Police Chief Nathanial Clark, he himself toting a load of racial baggage, immediately presented his disdain for existing policy and methods utilized by the FSPD.

5/18/17 in a public statement, Chief Clark opined in the Times Record “Police Chief wants more paramilitary command authority”. Indeed sobering. Paramilitary is defined as a combatant force equivalent to the military’s light infantry. Chief Clark’s statement of developing a paramilitary demands a detailed explanation.

5/22/17 the Chief, with the apparent blessings of the City Manager, Mayor, & City Directors, appeared before the Civil Service Commission and was turned down by that Commission for the aforementioned city employees to overturn the City’s police policy that “requires officers to begin as patrol officers before they can be promoted to higher positions”. The CSC further denied Chief Clark from recruiting from out of state (the real reason behind Clark’s request). The existing CSC & FSPD policy for hiring & promoting from within is sensible, fair, and effective. Publicly supporting Clark for the FSPD overthrow are City Manager Geffken and Directors Lau, Lorenz & Good.

Director Good emphasizing his diversity victimhood stated he “was thoroughly upset”, adding “bringing in women and minorities should not mean only allowing them to start from the bottom (as they should) and that applications need to be open to the best people”. Of course they should, that is the American way. Translation: what the Chief and Director Good are actually saying, there are no qualified minorities or women for positions in the greater Fort Smith metro area (150,000 citizens) and therefore they must go out of state to procure qualified police personnel, especially to create and enlarge the officer corps, which means Clark is demanding to hire out of city/state officers (Lts, Captains, & Majors) who will probably be minorities subservient to him personally; thereby isolating the FOP, the CSC, the City Manager & official Board from public scrutiny, oversight and sunshine. Chief Clark is implying our city and state do not have qualified police candidates which is a ruse.

NCO’s under Clark’s command & plan would have no chance of promotions or complaints.

Geffkens, Clark, Good, Lau, & Lorenz are not masking Clark’s approach for restructuring both in mission & personnel in the Fort Smith P.D., just the omission of what is to be THE END GAME… another dangerous dose of Affirmative Action, Quotas, & Set-Asides that potentially will divide?

The bungling City Manager, the Mayor & the official Board are in the process of creating a potential unneeded racial divide in our city. Draw the needed resources from our city & state based on merit and competition.

Joe McCutchen

Diversity without merit solves nothing


More potential pseudo racial divisiveness beginning to show signs of bubbling up.

TR today: “City seeks diversity in police department”.

Chief Nathaniel Clark, familiar with personal racial discord as a former Chief of Police in another city, offered the remark: “Problems facing the P.D.—a lack of diversity and the struggles to recruit & retain officers and to afford equipment”.

In the absence of transparency in the FSM city government, what the Chief says may or may not be true.

As I took my eyes off the article they fell on another article describing the city government’s egregious conduct literally throwing away $52,920 per month on a non-existent recycling system compliments of the City Manager, Mayor & Directors’ cover-ups and incompetency. There’s your funding Chief Clark. However, no specifics regarding what equipment the Chief deems necessary.

Ahhh, the absence of diversity. There must be local reasons: lack of interest, qualifications, experience, background, merit, competition, civic pride, education, etc. etc.

Enter Director Tracy Pennartz, accompanied by teardrops & whipped cream Political Correctness. She reels off stats dealing with numbers, sex, rank, and race. Pennartz, in her over zealousness to install diversity apparently without standards made this senseless statement “Students graduating from high school said, ‘when they don’t see people like themselves in the PD, etc. it’s hard to attract them”. Is this not in diametrical opposition to what the multiculturalists espouse in showing a tinge of racial overtones? If they don’t apply and qualify they aren’t going to see people like themselves.

Director Good complained re the lack of minorities in city government…if minorities don’t seek office through the proper elective process the demographics are not going to change. The time to terminate quotas, set-asides and affirmative action has long since passed their useful stage. If you are not qualified, you should not now be hired using any of the above 3 programs as a criteria, and if you are qualified & competitive you will and must be hired.

Lots of whys should be asked by the Chief and Directors Good & Pennartz. And from the City Manager, Board & Mayor, bestow on citizens honestly & transparency.

Let merit, competition, and achievement prevail—it is the prescription for American success.

Joe McCutchen

Indoctrination vs. Education

It is common sense knowledge that facilities do not produce well educated students. The one room schoolhouse with outhouses for toilets produced much better educated students than today’s Taj Mahal’s. Why?

Example in the 5/23/17 TR article “School to hire Consultant”.

We are told by School Board member Talicia Richardson the usual educanto newspeak designed to say a lot and explain nothing. “We are making a great decision to MOVE FORWARD”. “We’ve never done anything like this before & just because we maintain our facilities (long time leaky roofs at Southside?), it’s time to take our facilities to the NEXT LEVEL”. “we need to be more STRATEGIC AND PLAN for not only short term but long term STRATEGIC moves that are going to put our district in a position REGIONALLY, –exceptional employers…place to work—all of those different factors. And if we DO NOT have facilities of monies (taxes) and things of that nature to support that we will not be able to MOVE FORWARD, as a district”. (Please note bureaucratic buzz words in caps) Translation=subterfuge & obfuscation re more funding & expansion.

Secretary Bill Hanesworth agreed. “We have to have a STRATEGIC plan and it’s not just facilities. It’s where are we going to be five or 10 years from now?” Doesn’t this sound like the Board & Administration do not have the expertise or comprehension to manage and direct our school system?

Superintendent Doug Brubaker said “that STRATEGIC planning allows for conversations with different STAKEHOLDERS such as parents, students teachers administrators, staff, business leaders and others in the community about what the district wants students to understand know how to do by the time they graduate.” (What exactly does that mean?)

For $36,410 CAMBRIDGE STRATGIC SERVICES will compile data & an overall PLAN for the district that will include BELIEFS—a statement that is a formal expression of the district’s & community’s fundamental ”VALUES: ETHICAL CODE, OVERRIDING CONVICTIONS & INVIOLATE COMMITMENTS—EXPRESSION OF DISTRICT’S IDENTITY, PURPOSE AND THE MEANS OF ACTION; STRATEGIC PARAMETERS,” ETC. ETC. ETC.

The CONSULTANTS will also give….”an examination of those forces over which the district has little or no control such as social, political, economic, demographic, technological or educations trends; competition”…etc. etc. etc.

You understood the precise meaning of what our hard-earned $36,410 will get for us and the children, right? Does it ever occur to you that when you read these glowing reports from public education that there is never a word about upgrading curricula, increasing academic demands, insisting on highly intelligent, well-educated motivated teachers, or reconstructing teaching courses/schools in a way which demands higher standards and more rigorous studies? No, and you won’t. Sadly most well-intentioned educators are victims of the same system and do not understand the role they are playing. Some may understand but have no means to fight the system and even may attempt to do what they can to counter the collectivist agenda. Scant few comprehend the socialist strategy, most think they are carrying out a noble cause or are too ignorant themselves to understand the difference between educating and indoctrinating.

A well-educated, inquisitive, hard-working student is not what today’s “leaders” want….because they are not easily fooled or controlled that is why. Under the guise of EQUALITY/DIVERSITY the system seeks to “educate” to the lowest common denominator…the slowest, least intelligent, and thereby bringing all to SOCIAL JUSTICE where no one feels left out or humiliated. The ultimate victim is the intelligent youngster or any other who wants to learn.

Perhaps you have noticed the ridiculous NEW MATH, the lack of teaching cursive writing, the disdain for memorization, the absence of logic, the presence of highly revised history, the disappearance of higher academic subjects in science, astronomy, Latin, ancient history, geography, grammar, etc.

In case you are not aware, CONSULTING FIRMS (particularly pertaining to anything governmental & usually employing retired bureaucrats) are agents of the government and take their instructions from it. Whatever direction the government wants the school to take, that is where the CONSULTANTS take them in all their glorious educanto newspeak, designed not to be precisely understood. Meanwhile, of course they rake in mega taxpayer bucks. The ultimate goal is to remove all local control & keep the taxpayers from knowing what they are doing and why. Another goal is to short-circuit the child’s mind and render it helpless to be self-sufficient, not needing government help & guidance.

Don’t be intimidated with the educanto gibberish that even its practitioners don’t completely comprehend. They are well paid parrots who do as they are told, no matter how nonsensical, as long as it fulfills the demands of salary, perks, & pensions.

Pity the young. Get them out of any school which receives federal money.

~Barbara McCutchen

Trail Mania/Altruism/Destruction of Individualism

May 21, 2017
Trail mania—who’s behind and the real purpose, besides huge bucks for owners of 501c3’s & 4’s?

Recall Fort Smith is hustling for 87 miles of trails and recently “visionary” Miles Crawford who claims to be an altruist and a selfless individual has proposed 35 more miles in an article in the TR May 14, 2017 declaring that abandoned railroad beds from Central City to Paris & all villages in between would be the recipients of the Trail. Ownership? Maintenance? Financing? Usage?

Is it your foolish belief that the idea for massive numbers & miles of trails were birthed in U.S. cities, e.g. Fort Smith? If so, why then the proliferation of thousands upon thousands of miles of trails & costing billions of dollars to fund & construct across the nation? Crawford & all his fellow travellers enjoy saying trails are “good for the economy, will bring jobs.” Evidence please. An old Fort Smith standby promotion tool is e.g. “Fayetteville & other cities are constructing trails”, as if there a mandate for Fort Smith.

Two years ago the dozen or so promoters of FS trails held a series of meetings in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood, & Pocola & produced less than a scant 100 citizen attendees…mostly special interests.

So what are these trails really for, besides for the CEO’s of the 502c3’s & 4’s? There is another reason, but what is it?

Miles Crawford is CEO of something curiously named “Go Ye Employment Services” & Chair of Ark. Workforce Development Board. Obviously Crawford is inextricably linked to and a product of government and involved in a 501c3 or 4. Another question , who planted the railroad bed trail system in his mind?

Diane Morrison is the Fort Smith trail boss and her 501c3 is the recently resurrected Frontier MPO…also on the incompetent board of WAPDD…conflicts? Ask the Mayor and City Directors, they are the experts in conflicts, cover-ups & transparency. Ms. Morrison has the credentials of a full-blown Marxist.

Individuals or corporations who set up 501c3’s & 4’s, traditionally called “non-profits” are anything but non-profit. Never forget that the 501c3’s & 4’s CEO’s and their enablers set themselves up with nice salaries, with little or no oversight, and taxpayers one way or another always subsidize/fund them.

Mr. Crawford’s justification for putting this 35 mile extravaganza together, with 2 friends, states the nascent project has gone from the “idea stage” and now they are pursuing the “developmental stage” and about ready to enter the stage to “Obtain the necessary resources,( i.e. taxpayer money) to purchase the land and develop it”, in other words another 501c3, Crawford the CEO to be & the frenzy for obtaining taxpayer monies (Grants) begins. Question: Who put Crawford and his 2 friends up to promoting another political vision? All politicians & bureaucrats are famous for their self-serving “visions”, but never involving their own money.

In the beginning I state that Crawford & his 2 friends proudly admit they are Cultural Marxists (Altruist & selflessness) I see no evidence of their commitment to self-sacrifice, smells like another tier of government welfare on the march, i.e. Grants.

Their claim of being Altruistic and practitioners of selflessness is the three allegedly walked a few miles on the rail bed and amateurishly droned part of the 35 mile span.

Auguste Compte, a French philosopher in the 1830’s coined the words Altruism & Sociology, the antithesis of our Founding Fathers & the Enlightenment. True altruism & selflessness is pure Cultural Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive propaganda as shown in the quote below.

A simple definition of Altruism by Ayn Rand, “What is the moral code of Altruism?” “The basic principle of Altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence and that self-sacrifice is the highest moral duty, virtue, and value”. Mr. Crawford you don’t fit that definition. What you fit is the profile of a self-serving government parrot.

So Mr. Crawford, again I ask who planted the Rails to Trails concept in your head, probably in one of your required government seminars.

All the while, nationally & locally bridges, highways, streets, sanitation systems, are crumbling while our corrupt politicians add to the crisis by spending billions on trails and non-essentials all flying in the face of our $20 Trillion national debt, 7 ongoing wars, billions yearly on legal & illegal immigrants who contribute mightily to all the above. Therefore; what is government’s tyrannical plan for Trail Mania?

Joe McCutchen

P.S. Senator John Boozman, using the same editorial space in the TR today in a piece titled “Graduates, can you make a difference?

Opining the same kind of Marxist dribble as Miles Crawford, is espousing—borrowing from Hillary Clinton—“It Takes a Village”.

Boozman recycles (no pun intended)…for instance with poetic Marxism, “We’re all capable of helping others”, “How can you make a difference”, “Live your life as a giver”, he omitted the other cliché, “Giving back”. Same old collectivist indoctrination drilled into students heads, killing our nation. Not one word about merit, achievement or rugged individual responsibility.

Residing in the Congress for 16 years and has not made one significant legislative accomplishment. Perhaps he would be advised to practice the Marxist mantra he asks of others. Such people are enemies of our Constitutional individual freedoms.

See reliable source for details.

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