July 13, 2009

Doh! That pool racism story veers left

Hey, I too thought it was a story of old fashioned racism; then again, with today's media, I also had a sneaking suspicion there was more to the story. Then there's this:

Valley Club president John Duesler apologetically refunded Storybook's money, as he did for Creative Steps.

"He was trying to help us out, because there weren't supposed to be city pools open this year," said Scanlon, who contacted The Inquirer after learning of the controversy.

The Creative Steps kids appeared at the Valley Club on June 29, so there is time for the smaller group of Storybook kids to have shown up before or after that date.]

Well. Let's get better acquainted with Dr. John G. Duesler Jr. He organized Opositive, a blood drive celebrating Obama's inauguration.

He was involved with Peace-Action Philadelphia (I can't find a date but this article describes him as the chairman and it was seemingly posted at the Peace Action PA website in Jan 2008). Let's check the Peace Action website - hmm, they haven't yet found a chair for the investigation into the truth of what happened on 9/11.

Dr. Duesler shows up on the Plaxo.com networking site where he describes himself as an eternal optimist. Looks like he'll have a lot to be optimistic about in the next few days.

Of course, there was this recent race hatred story, but have you heard anything about it? Sounds quite a bit more heinous than booting some kids from a pool, too. Oh -- and law enforcement "can't decide" whether it's a hate crime or not. Another surprise!

Posted by Hube at July 13, 2009 04:14 PM | TrackBack

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Funny -- the folks at DL went strangely silent when I pointed out the Obama connection to the story.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at July 13, 2009 09:15 PM

Here is the phone number for the PDGA, (706) 261-6342 That is the organization that pays John Deusler!!! Call and complain...He is the Marketing Director for the PDGA and is the President of this swim club...

Posted by: Reggie at July 14, 2009 02:28 AM

Here is the respose from Brian J. Graham the Executive Director regarding John Duesler's actions:

"As a person from a multi-ethnic background who has worked very closely, traveled and shared accomodations with John Duesler many times over several years, I can unequivocally say that the allegations of racism against him are absolutely untrue. It is unfortunate that the media has taken one ill advised word from his statement and run with it attempting to paint him as a racist. John Duesler is a man with impeccable character who deplores racism and it is criminal what is being done to him. I stand behind John and his family with my support and prayers and I urge everyone to withhold judgement and refrain from making uninformed comments. This is a media witch hunt and the truth will eventually come out."

Here is the original source:


Please call and express your concerns, PDGA, (706) 261-6342

Posted by: Reggie at July 14, 2009 12:31 PM