Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Received distinguished award for service to children
From Eric Dondero:
We have wondered how it is that Dennis Hastert could have known Lawrence "Black Larry" King. You will recall from our articles here at LR the last couple days, that King, known as "Black Larry" organized the nationwide child sex ring out of Omaha. He was a president of an Omaha savings and loan and the chief fundraiser for Boys Town for years. He sponsored and organized trips for the boys all over the nation, including Washington, D.C. For context, King was also head of the nationwide Black Republican League in the 1980s.
We may have just uncovered a big piece of the puzzle. Hastert is no stranger to Boys Town.
From a press release, presswire.com, Aug. 7, 2001, "Speaker of the U.S. House J. Dennis Hastert Receives National Girls and Boys Town Award":
BOYS TOWN, Neb., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 children at Girls and Boys Town thanked Speaker of the U.S. House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) today for his support of children, families and education by presenting him with the Girls and Boys Town Service to America Award. The award was presented to Hastert by Girls and Boys Town's National Executive Director Father Val J. Peter, Mayor Ashleigh Anikputa, 17, of Wayne,Neb., and Vice Mayor Benjamin Sims, 16, of Chicago on behalf of the more than 500 children present at the event.
Hastert is only the second person to receive this award from Girls and Boys Town, which is currently celebrating its 85th year of helping children. The only other was Colin Powell in 1992 when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The award is presented to individuals or organizations that provide patriotic inspiration and motivation to other Americans by their action or example.
The recipient must embody the finest American values, namely liberty, freedom, truth, justice and a belief in the country, and have a firm belief in God, love of family and compassion, caring and respect for others. "No one understands better than I do that troubled children today are more deeply troubled than ever," Hastert said.
"As former coach and teacher, I appreciate that teaching our kids skills and values to help them grow up to be good citizens is of great importance. No one does this better than Girls and Boys Town. I am honored to receive this award." "Speaker Hastert inspires us all to be better Americans," Father Peter said. "I recall a phrase he said to his fellow members of Congress:Full context on Dennis Hastert, Lawrence King and Ed Rendell, listen to the podcast of the Andre Controversa show from last night. Guest - Greg Bucceroni, sex trafficked as a teenager, who maintains that he saw Hastert at a sex party with boys in D.C.'Solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness.' His work and his life have been dedicated to public service, first as a teacher and coach, and now as a teacher, coach and facilitator for our country's legislative leaders."