2021 Spring Semester–Our 21st Semester. We look forward to you learning with us. To download a complete copy of this semester’s schedule click here. EmpowerU is a FREE University. Please help us by making a small donation to help defer our costs. Thank You.
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“We are corrupting kids’ souls” — Bob Frantz, The Authority 1420 AM
Critical Race Theory (CRT) holds that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans. –Brittanica
Since the Ohio State School Board passed the Resolution to Condemn Racism and Advance Equityin July 2020 under the cover of Covid-19, Critical Race Theory has started to spring up in schools all around the State. Tonight we will hear from Parents of Students that have seen CRT first hand and the wedge it creates by pitting students of different colors against each other. You will hear from Kara Molfetta, a Lakota Parent and what she found out about the school’s lesson plan one day when her son came home from school. You’ll learn about Dan’s lawsuit against the State Board of Education and what happened when the Board told Dan that he was not allowed to make any public comments about Race to the State of Ohio School Board.
Meet Kirsten Hill, an elected member of the State Board of Education. Kirsten will fill you in on the background of the School Board and how the decision made by the Board has allowed Critical Race Theory to become more prevalent. Hear from researcher Tom Hagedorn who will take us through a short description of Marxism and the clear line between Marxism and Critical Race Theory. It’s a definition you need to be clear on. Meet Mark Raczynski an 8th grade American History teacher for the past 24 years on the importance of teaching History to our kids and his views on the Board of Education’s Resolution.
Learn about the large–6th largest in the State–Olentangy School District, with it’s 22,000 students and 4 Diversity Officers. Maureen Botos will talk to you about the length the School District has gone to indoctrinate children and their teachers. Including their choice of speakers hired by the district for “training”.
On this night we will also be joined by Karen Burton and Colleen Schitter who have lived in the King’s Local School District for 8 and 20 years. They will talk to us about the kids required reading list (does the name Ibram X. Kendi sound familiar?) and issues involved with concerns over curriculum.
Karen Burton and Colleen Schitter
More than anything tonight, EmpowerU wants to send you the clear message that Critical Race Theory is in Ohio now and you need to watch what is happening in your kids and grandkid’s schools.
Just added to the program, Kim Georgeton will discuss CRT and its evolution to Private Schools and the potential of this “Marxianity” moving into your churches. Hey we want to make sure you understand D.E.I. if it comes up in your school.
The Governor of Ohio, ultimately has the ability to stop the Marxist Class Warfare of Critical Race Theory. We have reached out to Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Jon Husted and asked one of them to make a comment at tonight’s session. To read the many, many resource articles on Critical Race Theory go to www.empoweruohio.org and choose the first tab at the top “Critical Race Theory” or click here.
Jack Windsor – is an Investigative Reporter for WMFD in Mansfield and the Managing Editor at The Ohio Star. During the first several months of Covid-19 Jack was the reporter who consistently asked Governor DeWine difficult questions. Jack joins EmpowerU from 7:05-7:15 PM to fill us in on his perspective of his work on Covid-19 and how he thinks Ohio has done with the pandemic. He’ll also give us an update on projects that he is currently working on.
Kirsten Hill was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2018, representing District 2. Her term began in January 2019 and expires in December 2022. Kirsten and her husband, Andy, operated her family’s year-round farm market in Lorain County for 25 years. She also ran a seasonal farm-tour business, hosting families and preschool through elementary classes for many years.
Kara Molfetta, is a Lakota Parent. Learn what she found out about her school’s lesson plan one day when her son came home from school. Kara has been instrumental in talking about CRT and sex education in schools and has helped mobilize people to help parents understand the real threat that is taking place.
Tom Hagedorn is a “professional student.” He loves reading, researching, and writing about many topics. In his college days, he co-published two papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. More recently, he published Founding Zealots: How Evangelicals Created America’s First Public Schools, 1783-1865.” He has taught classes at Xavier University and for the Osher Lifelong Living Institute (OLLI). He has enjoyed a career in financial services that spans five decades. He is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.
Mark Raczynski has been an 8th grade American History teacher for the past 24 years. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served as a tow missile operator in Desert Shield/Storm. He lives in rural Ashland County with his wife, Christi (also a teacher), and his three high school children, Joshua, Rebekah and Nathan. He is currently a member of the VFW and Medina Bible Church both located in Medina, Ohio.
Colleen Schitter has lived in the Kings Local School District in Warren County, Ohio for 20 years. She and her husband raised two children who attended public school, vocational school and a home-schooling cooperative. Colleen became a watch dog for the public schools when, while working on a bond issue, she discovered issues spanning campaign violations to concerns over curriculum. Her passion is advocating for the students and the community to obtain and maintain excellency in Kings Local.
Maureen Botos is a native Ohioan that moved to the Olentangy district from Missouri in March 2020. Her husband and three kids, 13, 11, and 6, moved to the district because they were told it was one of the best in the state near Columbus. After being in the district for just a few months, Maureen, a stay at home mother, noticed that the district was promoting many controversial views. While working with many like minded parents to open the schools full-time this Fall, she was shocked at what was actually being taught in the classrooms already. This prompted her, and many other parents to create a Facebook group to gather information, expose CRT to other parents, and organize a way to keep it out of the classroom. From this group, they are starting a non-profit called Olentangy For Students. This will allow the group to get messaging out to parents and also show parents how they can help to combat this racist ideology.
Karen Burton has lived in the Kings Local School District for 8 years. She raised two sons who are both husbands, fathers and productive members of society. One is an IT Manager at a Fortune 500 company, and the other is a research scientist at a National Laboratory. She recently became a voice for parents who are afraid to speak against Critical Race Theory when a friend shared her child’s struggle with a required reading assignment that vilified Christians, white people and the foundations of our country.
Kim Georgeton is a concerned parent of a ninth grade student at a local private Christian school in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been following the cultural and societal developments over the last several months and has grave concerns about the future education of our youth. She has noticed changes in the “worldview” being force-fed into our society by the mainstream media, through governmental education policies with our very own tax dollars and even through a shift in the church that seeks to manipulate the minds of our next generation. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, but has traveled the world.
Vivek Ramaswamy Joins EmpowerU to Discuss His book "Woke, Inc."
The November 2020 Elections….The pieces are finally coming together, and they reveal a masterpiece of electoral larceny involving Big Tech oligarchs, activists, and government officials, who weakened ballot chain of custody and voter verification policies, and violated the constitutional authority of state legislatures.
Hear a front liner’s recounting of what actually transpired in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan, from Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State of Ohio. He worked with teams at these sites and examined the consequential irregularities, illegalities and unconstitutional actions that impacted vote counts. Ken will share his observations and concerns.
Where do we go from here, and how can citizens become involved in bringing about the reforms at the state level?
Vivek Ramaswamy will join us from 7:05 – 7:30 PM. Vivek is a traitor to his class. He’s founded multibillion-dollar enterprises, led a biotech company as CEO, he became a hedge fun partner in his 20’s, trained as a scientist at Harvard and a lawyer at Yale, and grew up the child of immigrants in the small town of Evendale, Ohio. Now he takes you behind the scenes into corporate boardrooms and five-star conferences, into Ivy League classrooms and secret nonprofits, to reveal the defining scam of our century. Vivek’s new book, Woke, Inc. begins as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American in 2021. A graduate of St. X High School, meet a local star that is turning heads on Tucker Carlson’s show and on the Opinion pages of the Wall St. Journal.
Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at the Family Research Council. He is a national bestselling author of three books: Rebuilding America: A Prescription For Creating Strong Families, Building The Wealth Of Working People, And Ending Welfare; The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency; and Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America.
He serves on the Board of Directors of various high-profile organizations including the Timothy Plan, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United States Air Force Academy Foundation, etc. Mr. Blackwell has had a vast political career. He was Mayor of Cincinnati, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
He has received many awards and honors for his work in the public sector. These accolades include the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work in the field of human rights which he received from both the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2004, the American Conservative Union honored Mr. Blackwell with the John M. Ashbrook Award for his steadfast conservative leadership. Ken’s commentaries have been published in major newspapers and websites. In addition, he has been interviewed by many media outlets.
His continuing education has included executive programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Mr. Blackwell has also received honorary doctoral degrees from ten institutions of higher education. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio, where he later served as a vice president and member of its faculty. In 1992, he received Xavier’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted into Xavier’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
This Class is SOLD OUT!
EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA 225 Northland Blvd Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 29, 2021
This Class is Sold Out — Sorry!
Doors to EmpowerU Studio Open at 6:30 PM
“Political correctness is the elevation of moral posturing about sensitivity over truth” –Jordan Peterson
Join EmpowerU at the movies as we watch the incredible documentary of “The Rise of Jordan Peterson.” Had enough of the new PC culture and social justice that is dominating us? This movie is for you as it presents a rare, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of Jordan Peterson, the academic and best-selling author who captured the world’s attention with his criticisms of political correctness and his life-changing philosophy on discovering personal meaning.
Christened as the most influential public intellectual in the western world, University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson skyrocketed to fame after he published a controversial viral video series entitled “Professor Against Political Correctness” in 2016. Peterson had enough of what he saw as a campus culture where “social justice warrior, left-wing radical political activists” ran rampant. He zeroed in on Canadian human rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender identify or expression. Peterson was especially frustrated with being asked to use alternative pronouns as requested by trans students or staff, like the singular “they” or “ze” and “zir” used by some as alternatives to “she” or “he”. Peterson’s employer warned that he could run afoul of the Ontario Human Rights code and his faculty responsibilities should he refuse to use alternative pronouns when requested.
“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” –Jordan Peterson
Peterson’s main concern was that by outlawing the use of language and certain words that our liberties are being run over by Government. Within 2 years, he had sold over 3 million copies of his self-help book “12 Rules for Life,” and became simultaneously branded by some as the academic rock star selling out theatres around the world, and by others as a dangerous threat to progressive society.
“The Rise of Jordan Peterson” intimately traces the transformative period of Peterson’s life while visiting rare moments with his family, friends and foes who share their own versions of the Jordan Peterson Story.
“The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.” –Jordan Peterson
Since this class is a movie presentation it will not be presented virtually–please join us.
This Class is Only an In-Person Class
Join Ray Hughes and Follow This Incredible Adventure
EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA 225 Northland Blvd Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
The Great Escape, as it came to be known, was a mass escape attempt from the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III located near the Polish town of Zagan. The purpose-built camp was opened in April 1942, and the Germans considered it to be practically escape-proof.
The camp housed mainly British and American airmen whose planes had crashed on Axis territory. The Germans generally captured prisoners with the words ‘For you the war is over.’ However, it was the sworn duty of all captured military personnel to continue to fight the enemy by surviving, communicating information and escaping. The Germans believed that security at the new camp was so tight that it would be impossible for anyone to escape.
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It was realized early on that for any escape attempt to succeed it had to be well planned and organized. The Prisoners at Sagan therefore established an escape committee. The committee decided to build three tunnels and the plan was to effect the escape of at least 200 prisoners. The tunnels were given the code names ‘Tom’, ‘Dick’ and ‘Harry’. Lots were drawn for 200 places, and on March 24, 1944, The Great Escape was attempted. Of the 76 men who escaped, 3 made it home to the UK, 23 were recaptured and sent back to Sagan. Hitler personally ordered the execution of the other 50 men.
Although only 3 men managed to reach safety and 50 men were murdered, the escape caused havoc among the Germans.
Intelligence Operations Airman 2nd Class Raymond G. Hughes, Petersburg, KY, entered the Air Force in 1956, serving for four years in the USAF intelligence school Target Planning & Survival unit until 1960. Hughes served during the Cold War with the 8th Air Force 100 Bomb Wing Intelligence Division, primarily with Strategic Air Command.
Airman Hughes continued to serve his community as an instructor at the Yudan School of Self Defense Karate and Judo, where he trained men, women, and children in the art of self-defense. He became a voice for veterans and one of the most respected members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, where he dedicated his time and energy in making life more comfortable for other members.
Raymond serves as historian and even manager for the USS Hornet Breakfast Group conducts events for veterans at the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library, and interviews veterans of all wars in collaboration with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where he has interviewed 75 veterans to date. Twice each month, he can be found transporting veterans from Twin Towers Retirement Center to shop for personal items. Raymond is involved in the Sons of the American Revolution and takes pride in helping others trace their ancestral lineage.
How To Fight Back to Save Your Community!-- In Person and Zoom
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There is a determined force in the world dedicated to an agenda designed to “reorganize human society.” To achieve that agenda they are on a drive to change our American economic system, abolish private property, and change our system of representative government. Most importantly, they have focused on making those changes primarily through control of government on the local level. This presentation will reveal the players and their tactics, and how to fight back. You will learn how to take the offensive to restore your community as a Freedom Pod where free enterprise, private property and individual choice are protected.
Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, and American sovereignty and independence. Tom DeWeese was one of the first to voice concern over the radical agenda of the environmental movement and to question its motives.
Tom is a native of Ohio. He’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society.
Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report and author of three books: “Now Tell Me I Was Wrong,” “ERASE,” a fictional political thriller, and his most recent policy book entitled “Sustainable, the War on Free Enterprise, Private Property and Individuals.”
Rodney Musterspaw on What It's Really Like to be a Police Chief
EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA 225 Northland Blvd Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Doors to EmpowerU Studio Open at 6:30 PM. In Person or Virtual Class.
For 30 years, former Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw handled brutal crimes that invaded his hometown. During his tenure, he saw the dark, ugly and cruel side of human nature. One of his survival mechanisms was to journal the daily events. It relieved his tension. It was therapy. He wrote in notebooks, on his laptop and on his phone. One day, while unpacking boxes, he discovered his journal entries. As he sifted through them, he was overpowered by the myriad of emotions stemming from each memory. “There were funny stories, notes of the day, things he had heard, his experiences, serious thoughts and observations that he had had. Little did he know that a simple daily journaling habit would turn him into an author.
The ex-chief does not condone bad behavior by cops. In his book he addresses the complex issues of racial profiling, evidence planting and untruthful statements. While he sometimes paints a transparent, unflattering portrait of police officers, he also acknowledges that the opioid crisis, structural poverty, lack of education and racial profiling have contributed to more crimes than a single police department could handle.
Rodney will take you to the inside of a police officer’s life, the life you don’t see. It will change the way you think about law enforcement. He says “The truth is that you cannot be trained enough to do this job.”
The Blue View is a brand new release and is already a 5 star read on Amazon, and the audio book was just released in January. Plus it has already been read in four other countries. Autographed copies of The Blue View will be available for $15, cash only, immediately following Rodney’s presentation.
EmpowerU Board Member Barb Horwitz will be joining us from 7:05-7:25 tonight to talk to us about McCarthyism. With cancel- culture at its height this discussion, which takes us back to the 1950’s may prove to be beneficial for many of us to learn about and reflect on.
Rodney Muterspaw was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio. He rose through the ranks of the police force, becoming Chief in 2015. He won numerous rewards throughout his career before retiring in 2019. Remains active in his community through his new career in real estate, community work, and speaking engagements. Muterspaw still resides in Middletown, Ohio, is married with three children and two grandchildren.
Learn About One of the Most Important Political Decisions Ever Made
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Charles Krauthammer called Winston Churchill “the most important person of the 20th Century”. Learn about his incredible life.
Churchill was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 during the Second World War he formed the key triangle of Allied Leaders which included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. Churchill again became Prime Minister from 1951 to 1955. Aside from his two years between 1922 and 1924 Churchill served in Parliament from 1900-1964. During this time he represented several different constituencies. In the early years from 1904-1924 Churchill was a member of the Liberal Party and was ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist for most of his career. Later, he served as a member of the Conservative Party, where he was leader from 1940-1955.
Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
Fearless on the battlefield, he hated war. He was a famous journalist and and the greatest orator of our time despite a lisp and chronic depression. His speeches were inspirational. His open-mindedness made him a trailblazer in social welfare, though he remained almost totally politically incorrect. Learn about the key decision Churchill made that may be the most important decision ever made by a political leader. EmpowerU Managing Board Member Dan Regenold helps us learn and focus on the accomplishments of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
As Boris Johnson, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom says, “Most of all, Churchill was proof that one person–intrepid, ingenious, determined–can make all the difference.”
Dan Regenold first became active in Government in 2003 when he became involved fighting Eminent Domain and helping stop it in Evendale and in Norwood, Ohio. In 2006, he was one of the founders of WeDemandAVote.com which successfully fought and stopped, by ballot initiative, a sales tax increase in Hamilton County, Ohio. Later WeDemand stopped Red Light Cameras in Hamilton County.
Regenold spoke at the CPAC Convention in 2008 to discuss major Grassroots initiative actions across the United States. In 2009, Dan was unsuccessful in his efforts to bring accountability to the Federal Government’s finances with a citizen lead initiative WeDemandABalancedBudget.com. In 2010 Regenold was of three leaders of the initiative to End Ohio’s Estate Tax which happened in 2011. The Tax Foundation called the repeal of Ohio Estate Tax one of the most important Tax accomplishments of 2011. In 2011 Regenold founded EmpowerUOhio.org (now in its 21st semester), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens.
In 2014, Regenold was one of the leaders of the effort to separate Music Hall from a County Wide Sale Tax which helped the Museum Center renovation get passed by the voters of Hamilton County. Dan is a lover of Liberty and enjoys speaking to EmpowerU classes about subjects he is passionate about. Recently he has discussed: Milton Friedman, Saul Alinsky, Net Neutrality, D-Day, The Deficit Mess and America at EmpowerU Classes. Regenold is CEO of Frame USA, Inc. in Springdale.
Bob McEwen Returns to Speak At EmpowerU --as We Travel on The Road to 20th Century Theater
20th Century Theater 3021 Madison Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
An economics major and six-term Member of the United States Congress, Bob explains the part that Liberty plays in understanding why some nations are rich and some nations are poor. America has been a very successful nation. What has set America apart? What has allowed it to become the most prosperous in the world? Our economic system and trade policy have significant implications on both our freedom and prosperity.
Currently, America is at a crossroads and must make a choice about how it will chart its course over the next decade. It can either embrace what has allowed our country to become successful or it can adopt the ways of less prosperous and less free nations around the world.
Bob McEwen served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Ohio. During his congressional tenure, McEwen was selected by his colleagues to the senior position as one of four Republicans on the powerful House Committee Rules that manages floor time for members and has jurisdiction over all legislation. He was also a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and a U.S. delegate to the European Parliament for over a decade. Prior to Congress, he served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2020, he was appointed by President Trump to the 1776 Commission to better enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States. He is also the Executive Director of the Council for National Policy.
Nancy Brunemann, Accountant to Join Us for Last Minute Tax Tips!
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Anyone who remembers hearing about the Ryan Widmer “bathtub drowning” case—and people who just wonder about what happens behind-the-scenes in any major court case—will find this talk fascinating!
Award-winning author Janice Hisle, who covered all three of Widmer’s trials for The Cincinnati Enquirer, will reveal unique insights about one of the region’s most-debated murder cases—and will discuss powerful lessons that can be learned from it.
Janice lives near the Warren County, Ohio, neighborhood where 24-year-old Sarah Widmer drowned in her own bathtub back in 2008; Sarah’s husband of four months, Ryan, then 27, was accused of murder. Even after Widmer was convicted in 2011, Janice couldn’t stop thinking about the case. So she combed through more than 10,000 pages of records…and found compelling new information that was never made public during any of Widmer’s trials. This information was released for the first time in Janice’s book, SUBMERGED: Ryan Widmer, his drowned bride and the justice system.
Some people believe that Widmer’s story “just didn’t add up,” and they think he is right where he belongs–behind bars, serving 15-to-life. But many other readers of SUBMERGED wonder whether Sarah Widmer’s death was really a murder at all.
She did suffer from strange bouts of sleepiness and other possible signs of medical disorders that have been linked to unexplained drownings—yet no tests were ever done to rule out those problems, not even during her autopsy. Since then, prosecutors have refused to release Sarah’s DNA for testing; a battle over the DNA and other issues has been pending for more than six years in federal court.
Janice will outline controversies and questions that continue to swirl around this baffling case now, more than a dozen years after a beautiful young woman’s relaxing bath turned tragic—either by murder or by medical misfortune.
Autographed copies of SUBMERGED will be available for $20, cash only, immediately following Janice’s presentation.
Nancy Brunemann, an accountant with Platinum Accounting Services will join us between 7:05-7:20 pm to discuss any last minute tax filing tips. We hear that the Federal Government is going to require us to turn in our tax return for 2020 sometime…. Join Nancy for good and important information you can use.
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Janice Hisle worked more than two decades as an award-winning journalist before becoming an acclaimed author and freelance writer.
In 2020, her debut book, SUBMERGED: Ryan Widmer, his drowned bride and the justice system, took top honors in the True Crime category of two national contests: the Indie Reader Discovery Awards and the National Indie Excellence Award. The book has earned more than 100 five-star ratings on Amazon.com, and, at times, has ranked among the top 30 in its category. Janice has done more than 50 public presentations about the book, sometimes speaking to standing-room-only crowds of people who, like her, continued to wonder about the 2008 drowning of 24-year-old Sarah Widmer and the prosecution of her husband of four months, Ryan.
SUBMERGED exposes hidden angles of a nationally publicized bathtub-drowning mystery, which Janice covered for The Cincinnati Enquirer through three spellbinding trials.
Janice recently completed her second book, a biography of a Cincinnati-area philanthropist; she will share information about it during her EmpowerU presentation.
A summa cum laude graduate of Kent State University, Janice worked 15 years for the Enquirer, and previously worked for newspapers in Dayton, Youngstown and Kent-Ravenna.
In recent years, she also has covered high-profile court cases for The Associated Press, including the 2019 trial of a Warren County teen who was acquitted of killing her newborn infant. But the teen, Brooke Skylar Richardson, was convicted of corpse abuse for burying the baby in her home’s back yard. Janice also covered the trials of Ray Tensing. He was the University of Cincinnati police officer who stood trial for murder twice in 2017-18, but both trials ended with deadlocked juries.
On the side, Janice teaches group fitness classes—so her feet stay as busy as her keyboard does.
Sin City’s Underworld and The Supper Club Inferno
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The Beverly Hills Supper Club was Vegas before Vegas was cool. It was known as the “Showplace of the Nation” before it burned to the ground in 1977, killing at least 165 people—one of the worst fires in U.S. history. But few knew that the Beverly Hills had a violent past of deadly arson beginning in 1936, when it was taken over by the Cleveland mob that ran “Sin City” in Newport, Kentucky—an open city of prostitution, extortion, gambling and violence for decades, until new U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy went to war on the mob in 1961. His first target was Newport.
This is the story of a crime empire on the banks of the Ohio River, in the backyard of Ivory clean Cincinnati, and the war to clean it up that led to the assassination of Bobby’s brother, President John F. Kennedy. It’s a story of mobsters, hookers, murder and dice; dirty cops, crooked politicians and the underworld bosses whose power reached into the FBI, Congress and the White House.
Given the context of history, what happened in 1977 and the cover-up that followed were no surprise. Survivors have spent four decades digging to unearth disturbing evidence that the fire was arson—just like the first fire in 1936.
Their case is presented here, with the aid of FBI files obtained through an FOIA request, first-hand witness accounts and extensive research that uncovers new evidence and tragic stories of the victims and survivors. Autographed copies of FORBIDDEN FRUIT will be available for $20, cash only, immediately following Peter’s presentation.
Peter Bronson, author of Forbidden Fruit and several other books, was editorial page editor and columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership the Enquirer was judged Best Editorial Page in Ohio four years in a row.
Before coming to Cincinnati in 1992, he was editorial page editor and columnist at The Tucson Citizen in Tucson, Arizona. He started his news career in Michigan after graduating from Michigan State University in his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan. He has served on several non-profits, including Casa de los Niños home for abused children in Tucson; Northern Kentucky Children’s Home; Leadership Cincinnati; and Cincinnati Right to Life. He was a regular panelist / producer on the Channel 9 WCPO TV show Hotseat, and also on the weekly Tucson news show Arizona Illustrated.
He’s been a contributing editor and columnist at Cincy Magazine, and now is owner and publisher of Chilidog Press LLC, which offers publishing, writing, edition and consulting. His 2005 book, Behind the Lines: The Untold Stories of the Cincinnati Riots, was a regional best-seller. He is co-author of Legacy of Courage: True Stories of Honor Flight Veterans, and Legacy of Courage II. Chilidog Press has published dozens of books, including Judge A: Irretrievably Broken, Dance When You Can and the national award-winning Submerged.
He is active as a group leader at Horizon Community Church. He enjoys working on old sports cars, playing golf and travel. He is the father of two, and lives with his wife, Kathy, in Milford.
The Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe!
What was the price of the Covid 19-Panic? For the first time in history, the world shut itself down—by choice—all for fear of a virus that was not well understood. The government, with the support of most Americans, ordered the closure of tens of thousands of small businesses—many never to return. Almost every school and college in the country sent its students home to finish the school year in front of a computer. Churches canceled worship services. “Social distancing” went from a non-word to a moral obligation overnight. Moral preening on social media achieved ever-new heights.
The world will reopen, and life will go on, but what kind of world will it be when it does? It cannot be what it was, because of what just happened.
Relentlessly focused on what we know and don’t know about the coronavirus, Professors Jay Richards, William Briggs, and Douglas Axe take a deep dive into the crucial questions on the minds of millions of Americans during one of the most jarring and unprecedented global events in a generation. They relentlessly focused on what they knew and didn’t know about the coronavirus demonstrating in this eye-opening study what real experts can contribute when a pandemic strikes. We need to know what and how it happened, to keep it from ever happening again.
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream.
Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012), The Human Advantage, and Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. His newest book is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Expert Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.
He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that have appeared widely on PBS. Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, the New York Post, Newsweek, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, and many other publications. He has written and lectured on a wide range of topics, including culture, economics, public policy, natural science, technology, and the environment.
5 Universal Concepts Every Gun Owner MUST Understand
Do you know that just touching a gun might be considered lethal force … that “stand your ground” means something different in every state … that you may be judged by a “reasonable man” standard?
Do you know the only reason you can justifiably use lethal force? Are you prepared to prove the “3” elements that justify your use of lethal force? Attorney and gun law expert Sean Maloney from Second Call Defense will review the basic concepts of lethal force, how they are interpreted by the legal system, and what it all means for you as a gun owner.
Sean Maloney is a passionate defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. He is a defense attorney and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms.
As an attorney, Sean’s law practice focuses on defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners who are forced to use their firearms in self-defense through Second Call Defense, which he co-founded.
Anyone with an Internet connection can read the latest news, listen to their favorite music, chat with friends, search for anything online, shop, pay bills, play games, and watch videos, all for “free”. But it’s not really free. If you’re not paying with money, you’re paying with data. You’re not the customer, you’re the product.
Companies like Google and Facebook harvest every little bit of data that they can get their hands on, and monetize it in a variety of ways including selling it to other companies, who may or may not secure it correctly. And the now with the nature of the Internet coupled with the ever increasing number of “smart” devices that we interact with are collecting volumes of very detailed information about how and where we live, work and play 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s relentless and pervasive and in many cases, not obvious. Americans are sleepwalking into a future nearly as frightening as the one the Chinese are constructing”.
At this session, Dave Hatter will explore privacy and security for your devices. He will also discuss the type of data that is being collected, how it’s being collected, how it’s being used, how it’s being misused, why you should care about improving your privacy, and tools and techniques to limit your digital footprint. When Dave is done with his presentation we will allow you to call in live to ask Dave questions from your home zoom connection. The number to call is:
Our new call-in technology puts Dave as close as you fingertips for you IT questions.
“Doomsday” Dave Hatter is a technology leader with nearly 30 years of software development, cybersecurity and project management experience. He has earned numerous industry certifications and, holds a BS in Information Systems from NKU. Dave is especially good at bridging the gap between business and technology and has delivered more than 200 successful software solutions earning nearly 60 testimonial letters from his clients. Additionally, he has written or contributed to 12 technology books, written more than 100 technology related articles for publications and, been quoted in many publications.
Libertas Technologies, the software development company Dave founded in 2001, was honored with many awards, but he is especially proud of winning the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2007. Dave is now a Cyber Security Consultant at Intrust IT, where he works with clients to educate them about cyber security risks and to help them defend their assets.
Dave is a regular on-air contributor on WXIX (FOX19) and Local 12 (WKRC-TV) and he can be heard every Friday morning at 6:30 AM on 55KRC’s “Tech Friday” segment with host Brian Thomas. He was elected Mayor of Fort Wright, Kentucky in 2014 after serving eight terms on the Fort Wright City Council. Dave currently serves as the VP of Training and Certification for the PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter, and has also served on numerous other boards.
Convention of the States Update to Be Discussed from 6:45-7:30 PM
With all the issues with censorship and personal data misuse by services providers and Big Tech, there has been interest in finding providers who respect personal data and refuse to censor content. Specifically tonight, we will discuss MeWe and Telegraph. Many have you have asked for a “deeper” dive on MeWe and this is your change. Rich Inman will present a few solutions describing how to sign up, how to find friends, expand your network, how to share content, and why you would use each solution.
Just to give you an idea of how much Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook values your input? Here is an package he refused from EmpowerU in December after our class on Social Media where you forwarded your messages to him.
Refused Package Sent by EmpowerU
to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg
At the first Pirate Radio Session on February 2, several people asked about the status of the Convention of State Project. Mike Mowry is the volunteer leader and State Director for Convention of States in Ohio. Mike will join us from 6:50-7:30 (note special time) to give us an update on the project. In Mike’s words, “I became concerned that the normal electoral process will never address the problem of our Country’s ever-increasing national debt and prospects of passing that debt onto our children and grandchildren. Join Mike Mowry at this session. Convention of States is a controversial subject but offers Citizens one of the few ways that they might win…
Richard Inman’s career has focused on leveraging practical technology innovation for strategic advantage. After attending Tri State University, he began his career focusing on Manufacturing Process Control and R&D. He was an early pioneer in Computer Telephone Integration developing multivendor / multiplatform telephony solutions. He also built and managed early Wireless last mile internet access solutions. Rich has spent the last 15 years innovating with Kroger Technology. He has worked with various non-profits to drive digital marketing and social media engagement. He is a vocal privacy and security advocate.
Is Climate Change Real? Dr. Frank Returns to EmpowerU!
Is Climate Change Real? Of course! The climate always changes.
The questions that matter are: do we have much to do with it, and are there things we could possibly do that might actually make a difference.
Dr Frank will walk you through the actual data so that you can make up your own mind, and so you will be able to see through the propaganda from all sides. He’s been aggressively studying the subject, tracking the scientific literature, and Following the Data since the early 1980’s, when the threat of an impending ice age was all the rage.
Dr Frank has tens of thousands of followers on several social media sites (“Follow the Data with Dr Frank”), and his previous appearances and classes have been well received here at Empower U Ohio. You don’t want to miss Dr Frank’s educational, entertaining, and provocative presentation!
Douglas G. Frank, Ph.D., grew up on a small Black Angus Ranch in Northern California. His parents were successful entrepreneurs in the areas of insurance, investments, and real estate.
Dr Frank earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California in 1983. He then attended graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he completed his doctoral requirements before transferring to the University of Cincinnati in 1986 as part of the Ohio Eminent Scholar program. In 1990 he completed a Ph.D. in Surface Analytical Chemistry.
During his graduate work, he discovered a new phenomenon which was featured in several science books and international journals, including cover articles in Science and Naturwissenschaften.
Dr Frank left academics in 1996. His scientific success as a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow gained him introductions to several U.S. companies, where he continues to apply his scientific, electronics, engineering, and computer expertise to real-life research and manufacturing challenges.
He specializes in the development of custom control and analytical solutions, and has invented several instruments for surface optical characterization, precision force application, and soil analysis by means of portable electron microscopy and spectroscopy. A common thread in his work is the combination of precision motion with delicate measurement and analysis of large amounts of data.
Dr Frank lives in Morrow, Ohio and is married to his high school sweetheart, Donna. He has three adult children: Dynnelle, Daniel, and Deryk. Dr Frank believes in giving back to the community. He is Past-President of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club (2002). He is a popular speaker in the areas of Creativity & Innovation, Ethics & Character, Science & Religion, Rotary Polio Eradication, Climate Change, and now Covid-19.
He was honored by the Executive Board of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith as “one who exemplifies the practice of science as a Christian vocation.” Dr Frank is chair of the Math and Science department and Director of Music at The Schilling School for Gifted Children, a school he helped to establish in the mid 1990’s.
Recently, Dr Frank has gained notoriety for his modeling work on the Covid-19 pandemic. He has been making his work available to the public since January of 2020, and his Facebook page “Dr. Frank Models” (now “Follow the Data with Dr Frank”) has over 50,000 members and followers. Dr. Douglas G. Frank Doug@ToolsForAnalysis.com DrDouglasGFrank@Outlook.com
Steve Goodin, New City of Cincinnati Council-Member to Join EmpowerU
If you’re interested in supplementing your table with fresh organic produce that you can grow with your own skill, try this class. Talk about ‘farm to table’ you can’t get any fresher herbs and vegetables than from backyard to table.
Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more! The flavor is better than in the grocery store! Try different types and varieties of herbs and spices for example; basil, drying hot peppers, marjoram, sage, lavender, fennel, dill. Watch them grow! There are many benefits to growing your own food. You can even grow in an apartment or patio. There are so many more varieties and colors out there than in the grocery store.
Cincinnati Lawyer Steve Goodin is one of the newest member’s of Cincinnati’s City Council replacing Council-Person Jeff Pastor. Join Steve tonight from 7:05-7:25 PM to learn about his vision of Cincinnati and what he hopes to accomplish.
Steve Goodin was appointed Interim Council member to Cincinnati City Council on November 30, 2020. Goodin is a proud product of public schools. He received his undergraduate degrees from Miami University and his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He also did coursework at the University of Virginia College of Law JAG school.
He was raised in a union household and understands the value of hard work. He is a partner at Graydon Law where he serves on the Executive Committee and has lived in three neighborhoods—Northside, Downtown and Clifton. He is the father of three children.
His primary goal is to address systemic corruption at City Hall. He hopes to return council’s focus to creating jobs, providing safe neighborhoods and fostering a more just and inclusive city for all.
Public service has been a constant throughout Goodin’s life. He served in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2007-08, he was mobilized as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) prosecutor with the XVII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Karen is an avid reader, writer, learner, wife, and mother of two. She has worked in IT as a technical writer for over 30 years and is currently working full-time in IT. Outside of her paying job, she serves as an officer in Toastmasters International as well as a volunteer Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Leigh Ann Cartier:
Leigh Ann is a senior at Wilmington College majoring in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She has been successfully growing organic vegetables both in-ground and in containers as a hobby for some time.
Thea Shoemake joins EmpowerU to update us on "Everything's Political"
We have all encountered loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, loss of loved ones, loss of connections and loss of the freedoms we enjoyed before. As a result, many of us experience anger, frustration, and fear that at times can become overwhelming. Please join Erica Birkley in learning and practicing science-based strategies for effectively managing and regulating these emotions.
Thea Shoemake joins EmpowerU from 7:05-7:25 pm to update us on Education and her new Podcast called “Everything’s Political”.Twenty-five years ago, after answering his umpteenth question about sports by using a political analogy, my husband asked: “Is everything political to you? “No,” I responded. “Everything’s political, period. Meet Thea and access a new, resource for Ohio and more.
Everything’s Political Podcast–Produced by Joe Strecker
Dr. Erica Birkley is an Anderson Township resident, spouse, and mother to a 4-year old curious explorer. She is a psychologist and Assistant Professor within the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Birkley specializes in the treatment of stress, insomnia, anger, and depression among adults and couples. She loves bonfires with her neighbors, shopping Plants by Wolfangel, Zumba at the Mercy Anderson Healthplex, Beech Acres, A Fair of the Arts, Salem Garden’s burgers, and Coney Island’s tube slide.
This class will examine the impact of Alexander Hamilton on the founding of the United States. Both Alexander Hamilton and George Washington were shaped by their experiences during the American Revolution. Serving at Washington’s side during that war, Hamilton was appalled by the inefficiency of the government under the Articles of Confederation and by the reluctance of the states to contribute to the war effort. On September 11, 1789, the nomination of Alexander Hamilton as the nation’s first Treasury Secretary was submitted by President Washington.
Later that day, Hamilton became the first cabinet nominee confirmed by the United States Senate. President Washington and Secretary Hamilton were determined not only to strengthen the new American government but to create a sense of American identity. They were devoted to persuading their fellow citizens to think of themselves as Americans, not as Virginians or New Yorkers. It was truly remarkable that they succeeded in this endeavor, creating a Republic that has survived for over 230 years.
George Brunemann, is a local activist and will join us from 7:05-7:25 pm to talk about the next steps that Citizens need to take to preserve our Great Country. George was the leader of one of the largest groups, The Southwest Ohio Tea Party, for several years in Hamilton County.
Stephen F. Knott is the Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College.
He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. He is the author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency;The Reagan Years;At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House, and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics. His most recent book, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, was co-authored with Tony Williams, and was published in September, 2015.
Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia.
Matt Wahlert and Jay Carson to Join Us from 7:05-7:30 PM
If you missed the first installment of Talks held earlier this month, you missed a lot of fun. “Talks” is a new series of
fered by the team at EmpowerU. This is an opportunity for those who have attended EmpowerU classes to talk and listen to
members of the community. With so many things going on in the world right now it seems like the perfect time to hear what you have to say.
Our new technology allows you to call in on the telephone while we are on a “Zoom” call and discuss topics you find most important. EmpowerU “Talks” is a sort of a “Pirate Radio” station in a time when Big Media is shutting down conservative free thought. Shiver Me Timbers!
Join us for on Tuesday, February 25 for a second installment of this edgy new talk format designed to give us an uncensored forum.
There are many things we can discuss:
The Great Rush Limbaugh–Tell us a Story that You Remember–Or Share something you learned!
Does Either Political Party Represent you?
Who should replace Rob Portman?
Big Tech Censorship
Education in Ohio
Biden and Trump
Covid 19 and Governor DeWine
Equity vs. Equality
If you have been talking about all these subjects…maybe to yourself…now if your time to sound-off! When you sign on to Zoom if you want to talk you will be given a telephone number to dial into.
(Call in number if you want to talk)
EmpowerU wants to hear what you have to say…now!
Matt Wahlert is an Vice-President of the Colerain Township Government and will join us from 7:05-7:15 PM. He is a PHD in Political Science. Matt learned about the great fraud problem in the Ohio Government when he received a W2 from the Ohio Unemployment Commission for earnings that he never received that were fraudulently generated by hackers and thieves. Learn about this massive fraud of your monies in the State of Ohio. What do you do if this problem happens to you–it is happening to many, many people. Matt will join us from 7:07-7:15 PM)
Attorney Jay Carson from Buckeye Institute also to Join Session… Jay Carson is a Senior Litigator for the Buckeye Institute. Find out about the important two lawsuits Buckeye has filed on behalf of two Ohioans-Eric Denison of Westerville and Josh Schaad of Blue Ash-which call for the courts to declare unconstitutional an Ohio law that allows the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati to tax the income of workers who do not live in, and have not been working within, the respective municipalities. These lawsuits could have important implications for you if you work from home. Jay will join us from 7:15-7:30 PM.
Dan Regenold is the Managing Board Member of EmpowerU, which is about to begin it’s 21st semester offering FREE Classes in Ohio. In his ,free time Dan loves to dream about what is… and how GREAT things could be. Join Dan on this maiden voyage of EmpowerU “Talks”. See if he falls flat on his posterior! Dan loves his work as CEO of Frame USA, Inc. a GREAT American Made Manufacturer of Picture frames located in Springdale, Ohio. To find out more about Dan Click Here.