Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

29 November

Wal-Mart Worker Killed by Shoppers


A Wal-Mart worker was killed by shoppers Friday morning in New York.

Last year, a worker at the West Burlington was hit by a carload of overeager shoppers.

America's obsession with greed can't get any worse.

Spike

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28 November

Dysfunctional Holiday Greetings


Spike,

Did you get your annual Christmas card from the drunk ex-Mayor's brother? It is always entertaining and serves to remind how fortunate most of us really are at this time of year.

SC

Thankfully, this was a quiet year from the drunk ex-mayor's rooting section.

Spike

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Tax Funded Crime Spree and Roman Holiday


Spike,

$210,000 of our taxes for a crime spree, only they call it a work force expansion initiative. At least money to Community Field produces a baseball team as a distraction. And they are winners.

Thanks for the Galesburg link. Local leaders there took action. They were tired of paying for all those trips to China. How many more trips to Italy are planned from here? Has Worden visited Pompei yet?

See Naples and die.

CA

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Iowa Turkeys Pardoned


Spike,

Two turkeys from Iowa are in the news. Presented for the White House Thanksgiving table, the traditional Presidential pardon has been granted to both. Needless to say, neither was an elected office holder from Burlington.

Our infamous turkeys have no need for a pardon. No matter what they do, they always get away with it.

Tom

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Give Thanks


Spike,

Taxpayers of Des Moines County have one thing to be thankful for. There will be a new face on the County Board of Supervisors come the new year. One down. One to go.

The Heland heresy remains. It must be dealt with. Unlike the outgoing problem, Heland will not disappear in a party primary.

Enjoy your feast, but forget not the threat. Give thought to preventing future famine. Take action.

MT

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27 November

Give Thanks


Spike,

Taxpayers of Des Moines County have one thing to be thankful for. There will be a new face on the County Board of Supervisors come the new year. One down. One to go.

The Heland heresy remains. It must be dealt with. Unlike the outgoing problem, Heland will not disappear in a party primary.

Enjoy your feast, but forget not the threat. Give thought to preventing future famine. Take action.

MT

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26 November

Chamber of Commerce


Spike:

I noticed that the Chamber received $210,000 from the city and is listed under Convention and Tourism up 49.83% from the 2006-2007 budgets. The next highest value was Community Field at 98.47% up from $20,280 to $40,250. This money is taken from the Hotel/Motel tax fund and these were the adopted sums.

The Chamber by far received the most money from tax dollars.

PJ

I sure don't get these big Chamber ads in the paper and their treasurer trying to hide this fact. Hiding your facts eventually leads to dismissal. But when you have 18 mouths to feed, you need a lot of food.

Galesburg economic development recently cleaned out the nest for the winter.

We could use a similar action around here.

Spike


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25 November

Trousil's Kid Charged With Felony


Throws Bag of Vomit at Cab Driver

Falcon has the story. We have a question.

Do you suppose the kid told the Macomb cops his old man was the dictator of West Burlington?

Spike

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The Peasants are Revolting


Spike,

"We had a good country and they ruined it."

The City of Burlington spent money they never had to build Manor Mall.

The State of Iowa has expanded it commitments 20% over the last two years.

In addition to the usual borrow, spend and re-elect, the U. S. government is trying to soak up bad paper tied to housing debt fueled by foolish federal policies.

Iceland is totally broke. The International Monetary Fund is trying to bail Iceland out, but it will not be painless. Who has the money to bail us out?

Icelanders are storming their parliament. At level should we start?

Ernest Defarge

09:18:42 - SPIKE - No comments

Slagle and Delaney


Spike:

It’s really too bad the local newspaper won’t pursue the story of the police department letting Slagle go for a supposedly drunk driving charge. This is just another case of the Hawk Eye printing articles that circumvent the real story, while it hides and fails to print the actual happenings here in Burlington.

More people are using the paper for fish wrap and turning to Burlington Derailed (Spike) and West Burlington City (Falcon) to find out the truth of what’s going on in the local area. The Hawk Eye can no longer be trusted to tell the truth and is basically a stooge for the local party that’s constantly in power, although it fails at just about anything it does. Basically the Hawk Eye has sold out its readership by not printing “the rest of the story or any of the stories.”

Nauseated

I think the bar stools are too close together down at the Sombrero. Instead of rubbing elbows you wind up joined at the hip.

Spike


09:11:46 - SPIKE - No comments

Taxation Slavery


Spike,

Tax freedom day is figured when you stop working to pay taxes at all levels of government. This usually occurs in early May. The federal government is talking about half the entire yearly value of what our nation produces to bail out the mess created in large part as the result of liberal federal housing policies.

I guess next year we will all end up working until after Thanksgiving for the government.

GH

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24 November

Obama's Senior Economic Advisor - Part 2


Now you can be your own judge of Obama's senior economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee.

Hopefully, this Goolsbee guy will transcend back to the world of academics. He has no place in forming national economic policy.

And neither does Nancy Pelosi. Her bitterness makes her veins pop. Talk about a dog with fleas or a baby crapping its diapers.

Spike


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Local Boy Makes Good - Elsewhere


Spike,

It is the same old story. The brightest and best have by and large left. Des Moines County is only now ending over a decade of suffering a County Supervisor of dubious literacy.

Whatever happened to the Republicans in Des Moines County? They used to elect a few candidates with some intelligence.

GT

The local Republicans are physically assaulting their party members at their fund raisers, spreading the word of God instead of fostering the direction of change.

Spike


02:23:42 - SPIKE - No comments

Otter Island


Spike:

Wonder what we paid Geode Forestry to take care of the tree deal? They keep saying we made $601,000 but what did we pay them or did they do it for free?

Broke and getting worse

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How Times Have Changed


Spike:

How true this is!!

HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison for 20 years. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist and gets pregnant.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them
in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red fire ant mound.
1957 - Ants die.
2007- ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

The statements above just go to show how ridiculous our lives have become due to political correctness, excessive government and just plain stupidity.

Distressed

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23 November

Obama's Senior Economic Advisor


I just watched Obama's senior economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee, on Face The Nation. What an educated idiot.

There are terribly smart people floating around this world. But from his performance this morning, he doesn't appear to have a clue what happens outside of the school yard.

He's no Timothy Geithner who is slated to be the new Treasury Secretary.

We're going to keep you posted when his video interview posts to the CBS website. Then you can see for your self.

Spike

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Otter Island Windfall


Spike

I disagree with you that the $600,000 from Otter Island will go to pay for the City's frivolous lawsuits. I do agree that the lawsuits were frivolous, foolish and wasteful, but I believe the City already paid the attorney fees.

What did we citizens and taxpayers receive for the $300,000 - $400,000.? Nothing! We could sure use that money for several things. The sad thing is that hard working Burlington people get up and go to work each day and pay their taxes for City services. Then the City chooses to make such foolish and wasteful decisions with the tax dollars and our services are cut. Delaney was in the paper Saturday asking for the streets to be fixed but yet he supported the BNSF lawsuit and the wasteful spending.

Now, if they don't find somebody else to sue, we may be able to use the $600,000. to pay down some of the debt. I'm sure there are individuals that are licking their chops for this $600,000. Hopefully the council is much wiser this time.

Questions: If the island should be logged every 15 years as Worden stated, then why was it ignored for 30 years? It seems that we could have profited 15 years ago and received another windfall next year. Is the City getting desperate for money or is Worden on the ball more so than Slagle?

Burlingtonian

The frivolous lawsuits I mentioned cover every lawsuit Scott Powers jumps into. None of his lawsuits of merit warrant spending any money on. Not a one. He's the most overpaid, incompetent contract employee in the city's history.

Paying for the dumbass council moves is self explanatory.

I'd guess the city is desperate for money. But you'd never know because no one answers the hard questions. Or maybe a opportunistic logger looking for an easy mark that saw how poorly managed Burlington is.

I wonder if that alleged bald eagle nest impacts this timber sale?

Spike


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22 November

The Experience of Thirds


Spike,

From third in the world to becoming Third World. What a difference within less than 100 miles.

AAA

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New Work Force Needed?


Spike:

I’m sure glad Burlington is having an influx of new workers to ensure continued filling of the welfare and unemployment rolls because there sure aren’t any jobs in Des Moines County to my knowledge. What low job skill demand is there here in Burlington? High paying skilled jobs are a thing of the past in Burlington which leaves only menial work, if any.

Greater Burlington Partnership is lying when they say there’s a shortage of workers in Burlington. If there is a shortage of workers it’s because of those on entitlements that just don’t want a job and would prefer living off the taxpayer. Many of the new people don’t even work in the Des Moines County and probably work in Louisa County and travel back and forth for a $1.00 a day, at whose expense? These people were brought to Burlington to fill many of the empty homes and make slum landlords rich through their charging higher than normal rents for their below standard homes. The only high paying jobs in town are probably drug dealing and selling of stolen goods.

Our so called “leaders” are selling the taxpayer out by bringing in people for personal gain only with no attempt to entice good manufacturing jobs into town, a task they have failed at time and time again. All these so called “leaders” receive high salaries and produce nothing in return, losers all.

Nauseated

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Otter Island


Spike:

I must have missed the info in the advertizer. What is the city planning to spend the $600k on, and when do they plan on re-planting the silver maple trees on Otter Island ?

Or, do they have plans for a new river mall on the island?

Homeless Bald Eagle

That $600,000 will probably help pay the debt for the dumbass moves that Slagle, Mini-Me Worden and the council have made.

Or pay Scott Power's frivolous lawsuit bills.

Spike


01:32:00 - SPIKE - No comments

America Needs General Motors


Spike,

General Motors is well worth bailing out. General Motors has proven they have what it takes to save entire sectors of the transportation industry. The marketing, engineering and management skills that did so 50 years ago have remained constant.

What's worked for General Motors has worked for Burlington.

Corvair Vega

01:24:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Taffy's Tariff


Spike,

"Taffy was a Welshman
Taffy was a thief....."

I see Hinkle and his partners gave at the office. When will the thieves come calling at their house?

Too many around Burlington have already "given" at their house to support Grow Greater Burlington's policy of economic development. If you do not already own a 12 gauge "marrow bone," you better hurry.

PC

01:22:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Times are Changing


Spike,

"The company is under increasing pressure from declining advertising revenue and circulation as more people get their news online. It also is under pressure from Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp international media conglomerate bought The Wall Street Journal with a mission of knocking the Times off its perch as the U.S. newspaper of record."

The almighty New York Times is in trouble. Spike, do you need to buy the Advertiser to become Burlington's news source of record?

JH

I thought we already were Burlington's news source of record. We're the most factual and definitely spelled correctly 99.9% of the time.

Spike


01:18:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Will They Pay to Advertise


Spike,

"According to the deal offered by Jolie, the winning magazine was obliged to offer coverage that would not reflect negatively on her or her family, according to two people with knowledge of the bidding who were granted anonymity because the talks were confidential."

Hollywierdies are offering bribes to celebrity news rags for favorable coverage. To get the same from the Advertiser, all local political air heads need do is swear allegiance to the proper political party.

"The Associated Press plans to cut up to 10 percent of its workforce in 2009, according to sources at the news service, as it copes with tough financial times and ailing member newspapers."

Will tough times upset the mutual love fest between the Advertiser and the local single political party? The Advertiser's scarlet hue long ago soaked beyond the editorial page tinting the "news" sections. Is red ink yet dripping onto the balance sheets? Will it become necessary to receive tribute from the party for the Advertiser to keep waving the party's banner?

John Reed


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21 November

Slagle No Surprise


Spike,

Does it really surprise anyone that Burlington’s biggest crook was let go by the BPD. In a city where there is only one party wiping the ass of past or present public crooks is the norm. We have one set of laws for the public and another for the egotistical elitist scum bags. Whoever let Slagle off should be brought up on charges and fired; this person is just as guilty as the criminal himself.

The BPD is showing its real colors by letting public figures off regardless of the crimes they’ve committed. I guess the buck stops at the police chief should this story be true and hence he should be fired without question.

Disgusted

04:14:44 - SPIKE - No comments

Greater Burlington Partnership a Victim of "Success"


Spike,

"Greater Burlington Partnership President Dennis Hinkle said an influx of new residents may have spurred some criminal activity, but argued workers are needed to bolster the city's shrinking workforce."

Greater Burlington Partnership President Dennis Hinkle should be elated. Burlington's economic development group is reaping the rewards of the "growth" they advocate. What better testimonial and selling point to prospective businesses regarding Burlington's expanding work force could Hinkle have ever hoped for.

AC

Where was SEIRPC Brian Tapp during the crime forum prep? Home hiding under the bed like a little boy that plays with matches?

Spike


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How Obama Got Elected in All 57 States





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Sovereign Wealth Funds


from Lou Dobbs -

"LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Thanks to its vibrant export industry, China has amassed nearly $2 trillion in foreign funds, money that the government is turning around and using to invest in U.S. financial institutions through its Sovereign Wealth Funds. China has already invested in private equity firm Blackstone and Morgan Stanley. A new report by the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission says China could quietly buy up companies critical to the U.S. economy.

LARRY WORTZEL, U.S. CHINA ECON. & SECURITY REVIEW: We're worried that controlling interests could be gained in an accumulative way so that some agency or authority in China in the end has 10, 15 percent of a U.S. company.

SYLVESTER: Analyst estimates Sovereign Wealth Funds controlled by countries including China and the Gulf States, could grow from roughly $2.5 trillion worth of assets today to $12 trillion in the next four years. Unlike Japan that went on an investment buying spree in the early 1980s, lawmakers say China is different because it's a non-democratic communist country whose interests may not always align with the United States. SEN. RICHARD LUGAR (R), INDIANA: Sovereign Wealth Funds are not ordinary investors. They are ties to foreign governments and create the potential they will be used to apply political pressure, manipulate markets, gain access to sensitive technologies or undermine economic rivals.

SYLVESTER: And the Sovereign Wealth Funds are not beacons of transparency, particularly China's state administration for foreign exchange or SAFE (ph) Sovereign Wealth Fund, an arm of the Chinese Central Bank.

MICHAEL MADUELL, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND INST.: They don't report their holdings. They don't report their true asset size. They don't have a presence. You can't contact them. They are very secretive.

SYLVESTER: Concerns are greater now as money-strapped financial firms look for quick cash infusions."


We warned of this threat a year ago. In that year not only has China continued to invest in American companies, China wealth funds help drive the fuel prices higher in wild speculation trading.

This isn't over with China. China runs the largest industrial espionage effort in the world.

Spike

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Get Out of Jail Free


Spike,

I saw the post saying Slagle got a pass on a possible drunk driving rap. Did this occur before, or after, the Manor Mall collapse and office departure?

Charlie Weaver

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Study Maoism on the Mississippi


Spike,

"Right now, students are not going there to study the Chinese language and history," said Janis Perkins, the director of the UI Study Abroad Office. "They're going predominantly for business programs, cultural programs, and internships."

All your postings comparing the People's Republic of China to the People's People's Republic of Des Moines County came to mind while reading about students studying abroad in China. Why travel so far when the experience may be had closer to home? This is especially true in certain fields of study.

Those majoring in Public Administration may experience a similar level of corruption covered up by confusion by doing an internship in Burlington. While they may not learn Chinese for use when explaining public policy, consider conversational Slagleze. City Hall has a comprehensive record of Slagle's double talk and duplicity in Newspeak. New Wordenisms are being added daily.

Lemming sheep herding, eminent domain for fun and "profit", the public right to ignorance (secret meetings), utilization of party propaganda services (the Advertiser), etc. Burlington offers practical experience. Such training will enable a bright, aspiring public administrator to handle the challenges of running a rapidly shrinking rural county seat in the middle of North America, or an expanding, polluted provincial center on the East Asian mainland.

Wi Fu Yu

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20 November

The Liberal Ship Has Docked



from the Wall street Journal -


"Now the long wait is over, and the liberal ship has come in. In Mr. Obama, liberals have a president who seems to have stepped out of the last episodes of the West Wing. He has the Congress in his left pocket, the news media in his right pocket (or is it the other way around?), and he floats on a tide of unprecedented international enthusiasm. The Republican Party has no obvious standard-bearer, as it did in Ronald Reagan after Gerald Ford's defeat in 1976. It could well spend the next four years, or eight, tearing itself to pieces.

Instead, the only things that stand in Mr. Obama's path are what Marxists like to call "objective factors": the financial crisis, the mess in Detroit, the disposing of Guantanamo detainees, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russian hostility, Chinese assertiveness, maybe the disintegration of Pakistan.

Mr. Obama will get, and deserves, a period of political grace. Let's say a year. After that, it will become increasingly difficult to attribute whatever mistakes he makes to the legacy of his predecessor. American liberalism, such as it is, is finally being put to the test that fate has denied it these last many decades. Succeed or fail, this time there can be no excuses."


Locally, we know what a group of failures the Democrats have been. Imagine the potential melt down of this on a national level.

Spike

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Slagle Let Go After Traffic Stop


Spike,

Bruce Slagle is the biggest crook and liar to ever walk the halls on Washington Street. On top of that I know for a fact Slagle was stopped by the BPD after a night out drinking. And the BPD let him go.

It is hard to believe Slagle got away and is out screwing someone else for money as a consultant.

And the city council just kissed his ass like he was God. It's sickening. They should be ashamed of themselves.

BM

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We Should Be So Lucky


Spike,

"We have always been heavily invested in newspapers, and will continue to be," Bruce Buchanan, president of Harris, said. "However, we will use the proceeds of this sale to diversify our interests."

About a year ago, the Advertiser's Kansas owners announced two of their newspapers were for sale. In less than five months, those properties were sold.

Does anybody know if the Advertiser's owners are still unloading newspapers to diversify their interests? New owners means new management. It would certainly be in Burlington's interest if they sold the Advertiser.

JH

Who wants to buy a dead horse?

Spike


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Manor Mall of Mongolia


Spike,

"Protests are common in China over land seizures and corrupt officials. Local government officials often confiscate land for infrastructure and housing projects, with little or no compensation."

If you've seen one dictatorship, you've seen 'em all.

AH

Difference is in China they build something.

Spike


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19 November

Worden's Indifference To The People - Bruce Taught Me Well


Mini-Me Worden learned well from his Zen Master, Our Most Crooked ex-City Manager Bruce Slagle, how to give the taxpayers the old heave ho, bad grammar and all.

"I can't really comment too much because I haven't seen the petition. I don't know exactly what they're asking for," Worden said. "I can't even tell you where the petition is at."

A concerned citizen takes time to collect 125 names on a petition to ask the Burlington City Council to look at the growing smorgasbord of crime problem and Acting City Manager, Mini-Me Doug "Bruce" Worden can't find the petition and could care less that he can't find it.

Don't forget Papa Lost Keys Bill Ell said Mini-Me Worden deserved the job. Seems like this pea has fallen close to the pods.

Unfortunately, the citizens deserve more than Mini-Me Bruce Worden or this rag-tag bunch of council people.

Spike

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Honeymoon Over - Al Qaida Boss Calls Obama "House Negro"

Terrorist Adds Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice to Mix


Al-Qaida's number 2 nut job, Ayman al-Zawahri, criticized Barack Obama in a new message
, calling Obama, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, "House Negroes" implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.

Al-Zawahri says in an audio message, which appeared on militant Web sites today, that Obama is "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X.

Here's the first test. Obama needs to dust off Schwartzkopf and kill this guy. And let Norman go get Bin Laden, too. While he's at it, clean out the Somalie pirates.

Spike

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Secret Votes


The unions have paid Obama to further their agenda to eliminate secret votes when workers try to organize unions.

The law needs to stay the same.

If you have any doubt of how bad this could get, how intimidation can run rampant and how these thugs try to wield their impotent minds, look no further than the drunk ex-mayor Mike Edwards, Senator Tom Courtney, Tim Hoschek, Jeff Heland, Andy Anderson and a host of other free radicals that are running loose.

That's all the proof anyone needs.

Spike

08:22:19 - SPIKE - No comments

Obama In Trouble With Lobbyists


Spike,

Obama is already in trouble with the lobbyists and the UAW
.

Looks like we will have a preview of what's to come.

LJ

Payback's a bitch.

Spike


08:10:41 - SPIKE - No comments

The Great Mall of China


"No Compensation, No Hearings"

Spike,

You better not spout
You better not pry
Say nothing but nice
Or your gonna cry
A Manor Mall may replace your home

What a novel concept. You use eminent domain to make your critics go away. Senator Courtney Clause has been known to slip in an amendment to subvert the intent of noble legislation. Your rights are only as good as your ability to reign in would by tyrants.

PJG

Seems to be a thing about these malls that make stupid people dumber.

Spike


08:05:43 - SPIKE - No comments

Big Brother's Road Use Tax


Spike:

Your viewers should know the state of Iowa is equipping some vehicles in
Clinton, Scott and a couple of other counties with GPS devices to record the
mileage traveled on Iowa roads. The people that get the devices will be
paid approximately $100 a month for allowing the state to attach the "black
box" to their automobiles.

The purpose of all this is to check the feasibility of charging a "per mile
fee" in order to gain more funds for the road system in Iowa.
This means there will be a per mile charge for all drivers in the future to
fund road maintenance and construction.

I've attached a web page: Office
of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding Road User Fee Task Force

that explains many of the questions regarding this method of funding roads in
Oregon in the near future. Their fee would be approximately 1.25 cents per mile driven
within the state of Oregon per year. At this rate a 15,000 mile user within
the state would pay $187.50 in user fees per year.

There's a Policy Study put out by the Iowa Public Interest Institute
"Spending Our Transportation Dollars Wisely" which examines several methods
the state of Iowa must and will look at for funding roads. This study can
be found here.

Concerned

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Protecting the Old Party Line


Spike,

"Mr Li's directive is intended to keep the news in party hands by ensuring the news agenda is set by propaganda organisations rather than by investigative reporters."

China's propaganda Minister, Li Changchun, has been under the gun. The new media is upsetting the old order. What to do?

How foreign single party systems deal with this problem has probably been researched. Has your web site been getting hits from Beijing? It looks like somebody lead Mr. Li straight to the local Advertiser.

Chu Zin Liz

08:00:51 - SPIKE - No comments

To Shoot the Truth


Spike,

"A prominent reporter in Russia's Ingushetia region, Magomed Yevloyev, was shot dead in police custody in September. Investigators said a police officer had accidentally fired his gun at Yevloyev's head."

Exposing incompetence and corruption has repercussions. Once they know who you are in Burlington, you lose your job, your business, your credit, etc. In Russia, they are more to the point. The common point in both single party tyrannies is being able to identify the informer.

That is why Senator Courtney has tried to pass legislation in Iowa outlawing anonymous free speech. Emboldened by recent election results, be not surprised if Senator Courtney and his comrades try this move again under the mask of "fairness."

The Advertiser is the source of all that is true and important. Believe all you read there. Ask no questions. Report others who do otherwise to the party. They will be dealt with.

The peace of mind that comes from not thinking and security of the walled society shall be yours.

VL

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Party in Opposition to Censorship


Spike,

"For the children" and "fairness" are favorite rallying cries of censors. If they can block "porn," they need only flip a few keys to censor the political. Senator Courtney is doubtless taking notes on censorship's progress down under.

Web censorship down under is being implemented against the personal down under. The Sex Party has been formed in Australia. The Sex Party is fighting for freedom of information.

Senator Courtney's party has a drinking problem. You must not be informed about those late night calls for a ride home in a situation that would earn us a one way ride downtown. Any who tell must be identified for persecution. Please, call it "fairness."

Senator Courtney is a threat to our First Amendment freedom. Somebody needs to hold a tea party in opposition.

JA

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18 November

Rail Passenger Service in Burlington for How Long?


Burlington, By Box Car Only


Spike,

If you want to keep escaping from Burlington, you better be able to drive. In the long term, passenger rail service may disappear from Burlington.

Midwestern governments are looking at regional high speed service. This will involve upgrading routes not currently used. Check out their map and follow the line from Chicago to Omaha. This will not happen soon, but powerful interests are pushing it.

To keep opposition down, high speed proponents may promise keeping the long haul Chicago to San Fransisco service through Southern Iowa. Will passenger trains still dodge coal trains across Southern Iowa when a path opens nearly a third faster serving larger markets? Promises wilt when subjected to reality.

Passenger rail has been a political football for nearly 40 years. A northern route will not only serve larger markets, but also Iowa's capital city. The political influence of an aged, small, shrinking, former territorial capital is pure comedy by comparison.

Like the Cannonball and Hooterville on a satellite television re-run station, the Zephyr and Burlington will become a fading collective memory.

KS

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The Divine Right of Mayors


Spike,

"Plot and plan against me, if you will," he said. "But remember, there is a God in heaven plotting and planning against you."

Beware, Spike. A bolt from Heaven is headed for your head and surge protector.

Gabriel

A mayoral bolt from a drunk is a crooked bolt. And we've
had two bolts and no nuts try to take us down.

We're still holding fast.

Spike


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Home Sprinklers Coming In 2011


Home sprinklers are coming to new residential construction on January 1, 2011 if the new code recently adopted by the ICC becomes law. States have the option of approving the new fire code.

See, John, you were right. I guess you're not the council crackpot that Tim Scott said you were.

BTW- Did Tim Scott every apologize to you for his radio remark on the KCPS Big Show 1150 AM?

Spike

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Newsprint and Toilet Paper Supplies


Spike,

"North American producers have suffered even more from falling demand, as the switch to the internet has taken hold faster there, but they have also been quicker to consolidate and cut capacity. In the year to September North American newsprint prices soared 33 per cent while consumption continued its descent, falling nearly 13 per cent over the same period."

Newsprint suppliers are reading their tea leaves. Newsprint capacity is being cut and the price increased as demand declines. You may as well get all you can while you can.

With less pulp going to produce raw material for the views as news on paper, do you foresee price stability for toilet paper and other paper products more useful than the Advertiser?

AS

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17 November

Murdoch to Media: You Dug Yourself a Huge Hole


Spike,

"It used to be that a handful of editors could decide what was news-and what was not. They acted as sort of demigods. If they ran a story, it became news. If they ignored an event, it never happened. Today editors are losing this power. The Internet, for example, provides access to thousands of new sources that cover things an editor might ignore. And if you aren't satisfied with that, you can start up your own blog and cover and comment on the news yourself. Journalists like to think of themselves as watchdogs, but they haven't always responded well when the public calls them to account."

It is a near certainty Mr. Murdoch does not read the Advertiser, but he has their number.

GH

Some holes are bigger than others. Some just wallow in the same hole.

We have to pipe sunlight to Publisher Steve Delaney. It's that dark.

Spike


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The Proper Links To The Future


Spike,

If they really wish to draw people back, the Advertiser should put up some more more links on their web site.

For career opportunities, click here.

For future reference, click here.

HG

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Apollo Reform School Needed


Spike:

Selling the Apollo for a detention center is probably needed to hold the drug dealers, thieves and burglars that the city, SEIPC and the Chamber of Commerce have brought in to fill all the empty rentals and provide more votes for the democrats. This fits in with the 80 to 100 sexual predators scattered around the inner city.

Just happens none of them are in areas where the landlords live. Then again the landlords have no concerns for which neighborhood they destroy with their renter choices because they themselves would never rent their house next door to the same people they rent to elsewhere. Of course there are those neighborhoods where it never matters who the renter is, just look as you drive around the central city.

Sooner rather than later Burlington is going to crash because of all the incompetence of the elected and hired city officials and then those that vote these losers into office will be responsible for paying their way out of the mess along with those of us that have never voted for the losers. Those basically responsible for the failures of Burlington to advance rather than recede are the UAW, Chamber of Commerce, SEIPC, Grow Greater Burlington, all those currently paying into IPERS and all other democratic leaning organizations. This coincides with the national economic mess we’re currently in which was created during the Clinton administration, a policy that forced banks and other lending organizations to loan money to illegal immigrants, jobless and others that couldn’t afford to make payments. Who in their right mind would loan money to people that had no means of paying it back? We all know the answer to that question, “DEMOCRATS.”

Disgusted

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15 November

Apollo Slated To Be Reform School?


Spike,

Just wondered if you had any information about the intended use of the Apollo School building that was recently sold on e-bay? There are people who say that it's about to be reborn as a reform school/detention center and that the powers that be are waiting until the proper time to inform us.

WL

It was only a matter of time until the taxpayers are subjected to another dumb ass move by the city council unbeknownst to all of us. Maybe the little hooligans could log off the Manor Mall corner and make toothpicks in the winter and grow vegetables for the Buy Local program.

Maybe Mini-Me Worden can't find the paperwork.

Spike


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Send Lost Keys to Loot D. C.


Spike,

Big city mayors are already whining about going broke. Of course, it is the world economy that is to blame. Their own fiscal irresponsibility is never even remotely related to the piggy bank being bare.

Burlington needs to get in there with the banks, stock brokers, auto companies and every other group seeking a hand out. Burlington maybe small, but we have a casino water park, empty lot retail development, etc. etc. to prove our irresponsibility is second to none.

Lost Keys needs to click on the Advertiser's link and book his flight from Moline with great haste. The great bloated sow in Washington has already been milked of nearly a trillion dollars. Our Mayor needs to be there while there is still an open teat with at least a trickle of "free" funding from D. C.

AZ

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The Hawkeye's Way Out of Town


Spike,

Have you seen the advertisement on The Hawkeye’s homepage? I really just want to puke. We have no fair paying jobs for our young people and the community to grow, so what is it we have to offer????

WK

According to the Ad Vertiser, the Moline airport to arrive or depart.

Spike




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14 November

STS 126 Airborne


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Blazing light surrounds space shuttle Endeavour, eclipsing the light from the nearby full moon, as it roars into space from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center during the launch of the STS-126 mission. Liftoff was on time at 7:55 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. STS-126 is the 124th space shuttle flight and the 27th flight to the International Space Station. The mission will feature four spacewalks and work that will prepare the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions.
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A Barack Market


from the Wall Street Journal -

"But there's little doubt that uncertainty, and some fear, over Barack Obama's economic agenda is also contributing to the downdraft.

The substance of what Mr. Obama has promised for the economy is bearish for stocks. The threat of higher tax rates, especially on capital gains and dividends, now may be getting priced into the market. Add that to investor doubts about Democratic policies on unions, health care and trade -- and no wonder stocks are falling. Lower stock prices in turn reduce household net worth, thus slamming consumer confidence and contributing to what appears to be a consumer spending strike.

If Mr. Obama wants to reassure markets, he could announce that he won't be raising taxes for the foreseeable future. Unlike hundreds of billions in new government spending or more taxpayer cash for Detroit auto companies, this no-tax-hike declaration is a "stimulus" that would cost the U.S. Treasury nothing. In the current market, there won't be many capital gains and few companies will have surplus earnings to pay out in dividends. A higher tax rate on zero gains yields zero revenue, so what's the point of raising rates?

What markets want to see from Mr. Obama is a sense that the seriousness of this downturn is causing him to rethink the worst of his antigrowth policies."


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All the News That's Not News Elsewhere


Spike,

It comes as no surprise it took the Advertiser 6 days to pick up the Oakville levee artifacts story. Like a horse to water, the Advertiser must be lead to a story and then you can not make them think.

For the Advertiser to be quicker on the uptake with a story, send it to Spike. Unless the Advertiser has installed software to scan Derailed and sound an alarm with each new posting, Derailed is probably bookmarked on every Advertiser computer linked to the web.

HG

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Field of Fools


Spike,

All hopes of a Circuit City in the Manor Mall have been short circuited. Don't bet on Best Buy buying into the Manor Mall either.

Has the City of Burlington looked into selling the trees off and leasing the property out for crop ground?

HCR

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Oakville Dead Indians


Spike,

The Oakville save-our-dead-Indian project is a threat to anyone who lives in the Oakville bottoms. We cannot rebuild a levee that protects some of the best farmland and the homes of the people who work that land because some asinine federal and state laws say we can't disturb Indian artifacts.

Looks like the federal government cares more about the dead than they do the living that also pay taxes. Wait; maybe those are part of the dead people who vote in Chicago elections.

Anywhere you dig in the confluence of the Iowa and Mississippi rivers you are bound to find artifacts. For those of us in the area it is like whoopity do. I can find them all over my property but I sure as hell won't let any archeologist come and halt my activities.

Two Rivers district should tell the archeologist to get lost and start running the bulldozers. Throw them under the dozer. Might grease the treads fairly well. They are dead for crying out loud!!! It is not like they will sit on the hill overlooking the Apostolic church and come riding a thundering heard of horses chucking spears and shooting arrows in a cavalcade spiriting over highway 99.

Whoever came up with this ignorant law needs to have their property and livelihood in jeopardy to get a taste of what it is like when spring rains come flowing into your hometown. The Hawkeye butt wipe has done a pitiful job of reporting on the situation.

Flooded

According to KWQC news the sites found are not going to interfere with the Corp of Engineers plan to construct a temporary levee to protect the Oakville Bottoms from future flooding.

Spike


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13 November

A Tale of Two Cities


Spike,

One of the big news publications based on coast is chopping heads. Volunteers are being asked to raise their hand for a rendezvous with Madame Guillotine. The balance sheet demands sacrifices.

What goes on on the coast works inland. Do not say it can not happen here. Your posting on the Advertiser's circulation figures was most interesting.

When the Internet revolution closes in on Burlington's reign of journalistic errors, who will be first to kiss the blade? Who would you suggest volunteer to do a far, far better thing then they have ever done before?

CD

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Davenport Proposal for Free College for All


Spike:

Have you heard the latest from Davenport? It was on channel 6 news tonight: local option sales tax to fund college for all students in Davenport.

They are trying to imitate a program in Kalamazoo, MI that was established by a PRIVATE donor and change it into a taxpayer funded version for Iowa. On the news report they said the city council hasn't worked out the details yet but is VERY interested in free college for all because Kalamazoo had 1000 additional students the year after they added the program.

How many more tax dollars does it take to educate the 1000 additional students? I send this to you because if it's in Davenport it won't be long before Burlington starts looking into it if they can find a way to get more of our $$$$. Just a warning.

Taxed to Death

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Oakville Levee Story A Week Old


Spike,

The Hawkeye had an article (11/12) that discussed Indian artifacts that were found near Oakville which may delay construction of the levee. The Muscatine Journal published the same information six days previously (11/6). The Journal has beaten the Hawkeye in printing several stories about Oakville. I guess since most of the residents left, Oakville is an afterthought for the Hawkeye.

The levee was indicated as the greatest concern for residents considering to return. The first repair information said it would be completed by November, the next said January. The date slipped to begin repairs in January, then went to begin in the spring. Since the artifacts were found, no one knows when or if the repairs or rebuilding will occur.

EY

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Spammer Web Host Shut Down - Spam Drops 66% Overnight


from the Washington Post -

"McColo Corp., which these experts say has emerged as a major U.S. hosting service for international firms and syndicates that are involved in everything from the remote management of millions of compromised computers to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography via email.

But the company's web site was not accessible today, when two Internet providers cut off MoColo's connectivity to the Internet, security experts said. Immediately after McColo was unplugged, security companies charted a precipitous drop in spam volumes worldwide. E-mail security firm IronPort said spam levels fell by roughly 66 percent as of Tuesday evening.

Spamcop.net, another spam watch dog, found a similar decline, from about 40 spam e-mails per second to around 10 per second."


Finally, someone found the plug and wasn't afraid to pull it.

Spike

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12 November

We've Lived Too Large, Too Long


Where will the bailouts end? Who doesn't need a bailout? How did we get here?

We've been living a lie too large for too long.

Until that reconciles with reality, it is not going to get better. And Obama will not be able to keep his campaign promises.

Spike

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Trickle Down Casino Economics


Las Vegas Casino Empire Takes Fresh Hits

"Sheldon Adelson -- who has seen the value of his stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. shrink by roughly $30 billion in the past year -- has agreed to a financing deal that further dilutes his holdings at a time when he faces an internal challenge to his authority.....Mr. Adelson will spend $525 million of his own money as part of the stock-purchase plan -- a safety net to help guard his majority control and sell the idea to other investors.

The move, which comes just several weeks after Mr. Adelson poured $475 million of his own cash into the casino empire, is an attempt to avoid defaulting on bank covenants that require Sands to maintain certain levels of cash flow and ensure the company has enough cash to fund operations."


How long does it take for this watershed movement in the casino business to land on Roosevelt? Oh wait, it already has!

No one was looking from city hall when it happened. They were all drinking the Jim Jones Stupid Fiscal Management Kool-Aid.

Spike

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Baucus to Push Health-Care Overhaul


Grassley's Committee To Consider Change

From the Wall Street Journal -

“The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will release a sweeping proposal to overhaul the health-care system that largely reflects President-elect Barack Obama's vision, increasing the chances for action next year.

There is one important difference between the initiative coming from Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and the plan Mr. Obama laid out during his presidential campaign: Mr. Baucus would require all Americans to have health insurance…”


Oughta make for an interesting ride.

Spike

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Letterman's A Loser


Spike,

If I had friends like David Letterman I would go shoot myself. John McCain went on his show to announce his candidacy and from there on was ridiculed by that pompous overbearing jackass Letterman.

I guess that's why McCain snubbed that rug wearing dork and appeared on Jay Leno. Letterman is such a loser.

A Democrat With a Remote Button

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Why Is Detroit Bailout Any More Important?


from the Washington Post -

"...why should the government come to the rescue of autoworkers while doing nothing to protect the jobs of the 9,500 delivery workers whose layoffs were announced this week by Germany's DHL, or the 1,300 employees who are about to be laid off by Nortel, the telecom equipment maker, or the thousands more employees who will lose their jobs at electronics retailer Circuit City, most of whom could only dream of pay and benefit packages like those to which unionized autoworkers still feel entitled?"

And what about Starbucks, too?

Spike

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No Obama


Spike,

Obama now walks tall and prideful that he has "won" the election. Salivating at the chance to gut American capitalism like Dahmer did to his victims lured to their demise and replaces it with American style communism.

I am completely appalled at how people in this country were so gullible to vote for a man that only gave the terms: hope, change, and spread the wealth. To top it off they only gave congress a 9% approval rating but let them maintain control along with throwing more crooked Communist cronies into the mix. Maybe we deserve this villain and his Reichstag minions who are against all things American.

The electorate was so captivated by excellent oratory and promises of government handouts instead of doing their homework to find out that Obama and his Democrat party are nothing more than Chicago thugs out to shake down the taxpayer in the final battle to destroy America and hand it over to the UN.

Looks like Two-helpings Heland and the cronies of Des Moines County Democrats are drooling over their newfound power to trample on the people as Obama is doing. What next? Probably a silencing of KCPS talk radio.

The morning show is filled with good, patriotic, right wing crackpots proudly defying the trampling of our rights by Democrats. Wasn't it Heland that came unglued after a regular caller proclaimed Democrats Communist? Heland responded those are “fighting words.”

Sounds like the democrats don't like it when their real message is being put forth publicly by real citizens who understand the ways of the one party machine. We must do everything in our power to make sure Obama is a lame duck who cannot put his style of Marxism on America nor allow the Democratic storm troopers to finish those of us off who refuse to worship the evil of Democratic style Communism.

Pissed Patriot

The only fighting Gas Bag Heland is capable of is rolling some little old lady out of the donut line. He better get used to hearing it. His horse in the race was Hilary.

Spike


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11 November

Thomas Jefferson On Banks


Ol' Tom had it right. Why can't we get it right?



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Image Courtesy of U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

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Bench Marks of Decay


Spike,

I see the Advertiser's circulation figures are reflecting Burlington's negative growth over the last 40 years. If the Advertiser keeps losing 2,000 subscribers a year, how long until it folds?

Once the Advertiser folds, is there a chance Burlington's census figures will improve? All those economic studies we have paid for point to the Advertiser as a leading cause of decay.

KPW

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Benefiting from Block Heads


Spike,

What wise folk our leaders be

A Manor Mall we'll never see

But what a place for walnut trees.

If trash trees on Otter Island are worth $600,000 why not plant a valuable species on the vacant lot at Agency and Roosevelt?

It will take time, but at least Sen. Courtney and friends "investment" may have a chance of earning money some day. Put a fence around it so dogs may run free and fertilizer our investment.

If we clear cut Crapo and Dankwart parks, will there be enough money to pay for the Cascade Bridge problem?

Arturo Ash

Whenever you let ANY logger onto your property to cut trees they steal trees like Heland and Hoschek steal votes from nursing homes. Every tree of any value will be cut down. You can't watch 'em all; they're like Gypsy thieves.

The city forester says it will look different. It sure as hell will. For many, many years. Sounds like he is well qualified to slobber on this Worden money miracle.

All Worden and the rest of these jackasses see is the money. Nothing else.

Even though they could have paid down the Fun City bond with $1.8 million.

Spike


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Where May We Earn Such a Rate of Return?


Spike,

Thanks for the posting on what the banks spent on lobbying and what they got in return. How do we invest $4.6 million and get $25 billion back? It certainly is not in a swimming pool at a casino.

Mayer Rothschild

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The CFO


Spike,

"As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, ..."


8% increase? Where exactly did you come up with this figure? Stab in the dark? Why not 20% increase? Fact of the matter is you have no clue what affect an Obama presidency will have on your bottom line. Sure, you can make an obviously uneducated guess. But you really have no idea.

So go ahead and lay off your "family" on presumptions. Seems to me these people would be better off working for a smarter, more caring person anyway!

I, for one, would rather pick up cans than work for someone with your business logic! BTW, I'm CFO of my company, and I'm not laying off anyone!

BB

We presume this was a reader's hypothetical situation stabbing at Obama's position statements.

As for business decisions made possible by this economy, I'm afraid the use of the scalpel should be replaced with an axe for most situations.

If you can maintain your CFO position and all of your employees, great! Otherwise, something is going to give.

Spike


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10 November

The Reach of Bank Lobbying Influence


From USAToday -

"Although federal law prohibits federal loan, grant or contract money from being used for lobbying, “Nineteen banks taking taxpayer money from the Treasury Department have spent $32.4 million lobbying the federal government during the first nine months of this year, their lobbying disclosure reports show.

Combined, the Treasury is investing in the banks $159 billion from the $700 billion financial rescue package approved by Congress last month. None of the banks has indicated it plans to stop lobbying.”


Lobbying expenses for the first nine months of 2008 by some banks receiving government help:

Graph

Sources: Lobbying disclosure reports, U.S. Senate Office of Public Records, Financial Services Roundtable

Now that AIG's bailout has been upped from $123 billion to $150 billion there is no doubt how much influence was peddled.

So how are they going to stop this?

Spike

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Ad Vertiser Circulation Down 10%


According to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations it seems the Ad Vertiser might have lost approximately 10% of its circulation. The last numbers were somewhere in the 20,000+ range. The latest number is 18,777.

They are not immune.

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Admitting Media Bias


Spike,


The Washington Post admits they were biased. Of course, they admit their
guilt only after having achieved their objective. What of the Advertiser?

The Advertiser is such a biased rag, no apology is really necessary. Any
who can read and reason at a 4th grade level already knows what the
Advertiser is really all about. To demand, or even expect, an apology
from the Advertiser for the obvious is an admission of one's own
ignorance.

EP

Publisher Steve Delaney's crew wears their crap like it's a medal.

If they only knew the difference.

Spike


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Christmas Downtown


Spike:

I find it appalling that the city of Burlington has done nothing to force the owner of the old Penny’s building to tear it down or at least fix up the exterior. This eyesore right in the middle of Jefferson Street has far outlived its usefulness.

Our city codes, of course which are never enforced have played absolutely zero in enforcing any kind of clean up on this dilapidated building. Sitting in an office shooting the BS all day will never get the job done nor does the city care.

According to the assessor the building condition is rated excellent; so I guess the city assessor’s Seeing Eye dog can’t judge worth correctly. It was built in 1880 and shows its age exactly, since there’s been no upkeep for years. Just above the second floor the building has several cracks in the wall; so within the near future we can probably expect another wall collapse.

The city collects slightly over $1500 in taxes on the building which is probably why they overlook any code violations. It’s hard to judge the real impact it has on the downtown but apparently it doesn’t bother neighboring businesses.

The person or people that own the building live in Wapello and could probably care less about owning a slum right in the middle of Burlington’s main business district.

Then we have 420 Fourth Street, on the same block as city hall a home built in 1847 which has a brass plaque on it that indicates it’s a historic building. This home is owned by the college who has let it fall on hard times. The exterior paint is peeling off everywhere on the home and it looks just terrible. Here again the city does not enforce its building codes or any other codes otherwise this home wouldn’t look like a dump. Years ago I use to visit the people that lived in that house with my grandmother and it was an impressive home and well kept. Now, in the summer the brush, trees and weeds totally engulf the building making it appear as a haunted house.

The city collects no taxes on this home because the college only collects money through taxes, much of which is wasted on sports and other superfluities

The City of Burlington should refund taxes we pay for code enforcement. We are getting zero value for the codes and those responsible should be terminated since they aren’t enforcing any of the canned codes purchased by the city for show only.

There are several code violations in just about every block of Burlington and the city enforces none of the code violations.

Dismayed

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09 November

Memo: Change


Fellow Business Executives:

As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned
myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President, and
that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have
to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot
increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we
will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been
eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn't
know how to choose who will have to go.

So, this is what I did. I strolled thru our parking lot and found 8
Obama bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these
folks will be the first to be laid off. I can't think of a more fair way
to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.

If you have a better idea, let me know.

Sincerely,

The CFO

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07 November

Will What Happens in Vegas Stay in Vegas?


Spike,

What's happenin' in Vegas is already beating on up the Boardwalk.

How long until it reaches Burlington?

LRB

It can't happen here. Our city council said so!

And they're never wrong.

Spike

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Admission by Intoxication


Spike:

A British journalist admitted in rather entertaining fashion his material was not his own. He gets his 15 minutes of infamy on You Tube for his honesty.

If a coherent local story appears in the Ad Vertiser, should we be suspect?

J. Payaczech

No, not really much cause for alarm. Real reporters move on to another real story. All the Ad Vertiser's writers do is repeat the story; errors, omissions, misspelling, grammar and all.

You can't screw that up too much more than it already has.

Spike


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Where Was The Linn County Auditor?


Spike:

I was appalled when I read your posting about the accused identity thief and embezzler running loose in the Linn County Auditors Office. Who knows what this guy had access to. Did the County Auditor follow this guy around to know for certain he did not record voters' identity information? Every privacy issue item is on your voter card.

The more I think about it, perhaps the man awaiting trial may be acquitted. He may have only been seeking on the job experience. You get into public office. You have official records so you can identify people. You take their money.

The outcome of Noe's trial will determine how long it will be before he can make his transition from apprentice to master. If Mr. Noe wants to move south and trade his orange jump suit for a Porter Wagner cowboy suit, he could be the next Mayor of Burlington.

Some may not remember Porter Wagner with his nudie suits and jeweled boots. The Drunk ex-Mayor Edwards obviously did.

Dolly Parton

Yeeee Haaaa!

Spike


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06 November

Wall Street Down Two Days After Obama Election


Wall Street lost another 443 points today to cap the largest 2-day loss ever of 929 points.

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A Different Perspective of Obama & Company


You own a business. You need to hire someone to run your business so you can expand.

A friend of your brother needs a job. During the interview you tell this future employee your business is worth $750 billion. The applicant says he is well qualified for the job but you can’t read his resume. And he has no references.

Would you hire him to run your business? You already have.

Spike

This is a fictional story. We are all going to be working until we’re dead to pay for this mess. And no one with a small business will have a business after our wealth is spread around.

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Obama's Wealthspread - Now Available







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The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace


From the Wall Street Journal -

"The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House."


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Boeing Crippled By Unions' Stupid Thinking


This re-fertilization of socialist union ideology in the American economy is a serious issue. The idea we should drift towards the European socialist way of doing business is a catastrophic direction for us to consider, let alone take.

Boeing is the largest contributor to the U.S. trade deficit. If Boeing folds, we might as well start waiter lessons for everybody.

AirBus is a socialized, nationalized Euro business that has crippled Boeing's business plan on more than one occasion. The new Air Force tanker deal was an example of unfair competition by AirBus. The unions were the first to cry foul to the American public and we responded even though we had no personal stake in the fight other than pride.

The recent Boeing strike cost Boeing $100+ million dollars a day. The unions were on strike for about 8 weeks. Do the math. That's $5.6 BILLION dollars. No other American business can sustain that hemorrhage of cash and stay in business in today's economy.

Now someone tell me why we should fight for Boeing to get a fair chance to bid on the tanker contract when the militant IAM is out to derail the company’s sales efforts with a strike? Just so we can spread the wealth around? It isn’t going to happen.

If you want to share in this wealth, then take the risks that go with it. Don’t spend your day riding around in a golf cart like our drunk ex-mayor does and expect us to hand you your beer money.

A stupid stunt like this strike during a global economic crisis is indicative of just how preposterous this screw-you economics has all become.

Spike

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05 November

The Jerk To The Left Will Be Treacherous


People are so hungry for something different politically. Anything that they can cling to, whatever it might be, that might make their lives better in some small way.

But the Obama campaign chant has been very problematic. Obama makes it sound good but he never offered us any substance of a reality check. His plate is full of huge issues and the ramifications are far more serious than people want to believe. And he has no experience effecting policy.

But people were so desperate, they wanted to believe.

Democrats have an incredible responsibility to do what’s right. And that is something I am not optimistic about because their recent track record is so dismal. Just as dismal as George Bush. The next bailout could be abject poverty for millions of Americans.

People want to believe the supposed magic.

But magic is nothing more than an illusion. The proof comes with performance.

And like Missourians say, "Show me."

Spike

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Disappointing Election


Spike:

Well, it looks like we’ve lost in everything with the exception of Cahill; of course this is my opinion. It’s just impossible to get rid of the democrats in this county and on the state level.

Barry Obama has no experience doing anything but making speeches and the voters fell for it hook line and sinker.

Anyway, we should have plenty of fodder for future Derailed articles with the infestation of democrats on the local level.

Bill

They're going to be like leeches on steroids, sucking the life out of us.

Spike


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Obama Wins Election


Obama wins.
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04 November

Go Vote


It's your right. And duty.

And no, you do not get paid to vote.

Spike

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Vote No Courtney!


Spike,

Tell your readers to vote No on Tuesday to Courtney. Courtney left us with Manor Mall and supported the railroad lawsuit.

That’s enough tax debt from one elected fool.

Fed Up

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Democrat Identity Thief Works Linn County Auditor's Office


Unvetted Vote Monger Targets Victims

Democrat Adrian Noe - His Texas Days

Spike,

Seems Democrat wannabe Adrian Noe was working at the Auditors Office with unfettered access to anyone's records. The Linn County Auditor says Noe was a volunteer, a Democrat and not vetted. Auditor Miller did not vett any of his extra help.

Does anyone do their job any more?

PK

Cheat, steal and lie; the Democrat machine mantra. Only look as far as our city hall and court house to see the Masters in Democracy at work.

And we pay, like we always have, for their crimes.

Spike


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VeraSun No Surprise – Who’s Next?


Spike,

It is no surprise VeraSun ethanol went bankrupt. A bunch of amateurs trading corn futures when the purpose of the business was making ethanol. Short selling really paid off.

Makes you wonder. How many risky investment our local ethanol plant has made playing the futures market?

Broke

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03 November

Obama Wrong Person in History


It started with Colin Powell's, "We should embrace this moment in U.S. history...a Black man could become President of the United states."

I say baloney. This isn't about race, it's about qualifications. Barack Obama is unqualified to be President.

Barack Obama is not the guy. Obama and his wife, have far too many unresolved issues and unanswered serious questions for him to become President. His life should be an open book. Instead, he has repeatedly refused to answer the questions. He has no experience doing anything substantive except self-promotion and campaigning.

When you Boo-Hoo my thoughts just ask yourself one question.

Who would you rather have as your President, Barack Obama or Colin Powell?

Spike

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Courtney & Fraise Miss Forums - No Problem, Ad Vertiser Covers It Up


Spike,

I see the Ad vertiser endorsed Courtney and Fraise. Big surprise huh?

Both of these wonderful senators failed to attend candidate forums and their reward is an endorsement from the South Main censors. Fraise has been voted the least competent senator by the other senators for the last two years. Courtney was such a screw up at Case I never understood how his brothers voted for him the first time.

Courtney's continual back alley dealing like Manor Mall is something we are all going to have to pay for years to come.

DK

It's no surprise to anyone that knows the Ad Vertiser's Randy Miller is an old buddy of Fraise from his cub reporter days covering Lee County Democrats. So the endorsement came from someone that hasn't seen old Gene mumbling and forgetting what he has to say at the forums for the last 3 years.

Spike


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Voting - No Courtney


Spike,

I see Courtney has hit all the nursing homes and got straight votes for all the democrats. I know most of these folks don't really know who or what they are voting for anyway.

So I guess we might get some of the same old ones back in. What a rip.

Voter

You have to do what the Democrats do, vote early and vote often.

What ever happened to the democrats that they think they have to cheat to win - the total lack of qualified candidates?

Diewold and Hoschek perfected the nursing home shakedown. The rest of them refined it.

Spike


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The 3 F's


About Pennsylvania's role in politics - " We love our faith, our family and our firearms." - Andrea Tantaros

What makes her think the 3 F's apply only in Pennsylvania?

Spike

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Barry Obama


Spike:

I find it ironic that Obama wants to help the middle class and the down trodden with someone else’s money while his aunt lives in the slums of Boston and his brother lives in nothing more than a hut in Africa. Why hasn’t he ever helped his own family when he says, “When people lose a job or get in financial trouble they must turn to family for help.”

His $250,000 safe zone from taxes has been as low as $150,000 and all locations between both North and South.

We’ll all live to regret the day he becomes president, should it happen. When asked about his birth certificate he fails to produce even that and Hawaii has frozen all his records from what I’ve read on the net. Basically we have a person running for president that we don’t even know anything about, is he actually an American citizen? Tom Brokaw even said on a PBS interview, “What do we actually know about this Obama and his beliefs, his thoughts.” He sat in the same church for twenty years and never heard one word about hating Caucasians or America from that pastor. We do know he outright lies about many things in his past and brushes off his association with terrorists as nothing. Do we even know who his close campaign associates are and what their beliefs are about?

Too many unanswered questions about this guy for me; so he won’t be getting my vote. I hope people don’t waste their votes and give serious thought as to what their doing on the 4th. The way people vote here in Burlington and Iowa really scares the death out of me.

Worried

Barry has way too many unanswered questions to make me feel the least bit comfortable with him as our President. Couple with the the biggest, lying crooks in Washington, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, we are in for more trouble than we can pay for.

Spike


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University of Iowa Student Paper Fails to Endorse Loebsack


Spike,

Like the Ad Vertiser, the Daily Iowan nearly touches the ground to the left. Unlike the Ad Vertiser, the students know a bad Democrat when they see one.

While not going so far at to endorse the Republican, Dr. Miller-Meeks, advocating a third party option is a stinging rebuttal to Congressman Loebsack's performance.

If somebody is so bad that their own base has had enough, the rest of us should heed the warning.

GH

From the Daily Iowan -

Also, here in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, citizens must choose among four candidates. First-term Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack is facing three opponents: Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Wendy Barth of the Green Party, and independent Brian White.

Loebsack has done a good job of advocating on behalf of his district in the aftermath of this summer's unprecedented flooding, but he has otherwise not been particularly impressive as a congressman. Admittedly, first-term representatives can only accomplish so much; however, Loebsack has thus far failed to provide the superior leadership he promised when he ran against and defeated James Leach in 2006.

Leach was exactly the sort of independent-minded person who should be working on this district's behalf in Washington. Regardless of how his fellow Republicans urged him to vote, Leach always stuck to his principles. This included casting one of the few Republican votes against authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq. Despite having long survived in an otherwise heavily Democratic district, Leach ultimately fell victim to the general public backlash against the Republican Party.

As a beneficiary of the 2006 Democratic takeover, Loebsack has failed to live up to Leach's example, far more often choosing to simply toe the Democratic Party line. For this reason, we urge voters in the 2nd District to support Brian White in his independent bid for Congress. Like Loebsack, Miller-Meeks and Barth are typical partisans. However, White offers a refreshing alternative. He is fiscally conservative yet socially liberal, judging issues individually as opposed to accepting any party's platform. In a heavily Democratic Congress, White could provide a unique voice for the 2nd District.


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Barry's Coal Threat


Spike:

Last night in San Francisco Barry stated, “I’m going to tax the coal fired power plants into bankruptcy and that the price of electricity would skyrocket.” What kind of a nut did Iowa nominate in the caucuses?

The stupid ones in Iowa have now cast a shadow over the entire Midwest and the country, now we know how he intends to pay for his tax cuts and social programs.

What a liar this guy is and we’re all going to pay the price for this nut should he make it to the White House. All the states and people related to the coal industry will eventually lose their jobs and the average family will not be able to afford electricity anymore.

We are in deep crap with this loser “Barry the Nut”.

Disgusted

Not yet.

Spike


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Obama Threatens Coal Industry With Bankruptcy


Do you think Obama thought of the UMW before he opened his mouth?



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02 November

Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorses McCain


The case for John McCain

"It's the economy; stupid was a political phrase that Bill Clinton's campaign frequently used during his successful 1992 presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush. Now, two days before the 2008 general election, the state of the U.S. economy is again the biggest issue on the table– in fact, its importance is even greater.

The United States and the world are on the brink of a major economic recession. Our nation also is troubled by unending war against terrorism, immigration laws in desperate need of reform and spiraling health care costs.

But at the top of this mountain of challenges is the economy– the engine that drives so much of our daily lives and determines so much of our future. At a time like this, we cannot succumb to panic. We must not throw wrenches in our path to economic recovery. And as the Great Depression taught us, the worst remedy for this country’s problems would be higher taxes for individuals and businesses.

Comparing the two major presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain’s approach is best aligned to spur economic recovery. This is the overriding reason The Gazette Editorial Board endorses the Republican Arizona senator over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

McCain, like Obama, is no expert in economics. But his proposals to retain most of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts make sense for businesses that are struggling to survive and Americans who need jobs. McCain also wants to cut the corporate tax rate to help U.S. businesses compete in the increasingly global marketplace. His estate tax revisions would help family businesses avoid being swallowed by corporate giants.

Growing business here means more jobs for more Americans. That is the single-best way to get our economy back on track.

Certainly, business leaders who take irresponsible or illegal actions should be held accountable through fair, effective government oversight instead of expecting taxpayer-backed bailouts.

That said, higher taxes won’t fix our shameful national debt of $10 trillion. The marketplace must not be shackled. It must prosper responsibly, which in the long run will increase tax revenue faster than slapping a higher tax rate on all but the very smallest businesses, as Obama has proposed.

Spread opportunity, McCain has said. He’s right.

Our support for McCain goes beyond his economic policies. Among the reasons:

His 20 years of military service, including heroism as a prisoner of war and a quarter-century serving in Congress provide perspective that Obama cannot match.

McCain has a deeper understanding of international issues and how to learn from mistakes and balance our interests with the worlds.

McCain’s record demonstrates he will cross his own party, even the president, if it’s in the country’s best interest. Witness his leadership on immigration reform initiatives.

He understands that controlling and reducing the nations debt will, in part, require some difficult changes in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

His energy plan is pragmatic and forward-looking– reduce our reliance on foreign oil with a broad approach that includes more nuclear power, domestic drilling and renewable-energy development.

We endorse McCain with some reservations.

His campaigns tactics at times have betrayed his billing as an honorable maverick. We expected better. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might well shake up Washington’s entrenched politics as usual. But she obviously lacks working knowledge and understanding of foreign policy and many national issues, which raises valid questions about McCain’s judgment in choosing her.

We acknowledge compelling reasons to consider Obama for president. His intellect, oratory and ability to inspire people from various walks of life are extraordinary. He has re-engaged much of the younger generation into politics. His message of healing our nations divisions resonates. He has our respect.

But Obama has offered no clear plan to deal with our country’s staggering debt. His tax plan could stifle the economic rebound we desperately need. His lack of experience with international issues is troubling.

And running mate Sen. Joe Bidens frequent gaffes don’t inspire confidence.

Critics of McCain say he’s–lost his way, and he’s not the candidate he was in 2000.

We believe the real McCain is alive and well. The McCain who is a proven defender of his country. The McCain who knows how to reach across the political aisle and international borders to find common ground. The McCain whose rock-solid commitment to this country can reinvigorate our economy, maintain our security and revive the worlds respect for America and how we play our critical leadership role."


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Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorses Miller-Meeks Over Loebsack


"We were pretty comfortable with endorsing Loebsack for a second term ... until we met Mariannette Miller-Meeks. The dynamo Ottumwa Republican physician and military veteran, who entered college at age 16, runs a small business and has been president of the Iowa Medical Society and a university professor. She impressed us with her command of key issues and a track record that proves she gets things done.

.....Miller-Meeks is smart, driven ­and well-qualified to become Iowas first woman elected to Congress. "


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VeraSun's 43 Ethanol Plants - Bankrupt


Well, it was bound to happen. VeraSun, Iowa's largest ethanol producer declared bankruptcy Friday evening to "allow VeraSun to address its short-term liquidity constraints as we navigate historically challenging market conditions while we focus on restructuring to address the company's long-term future."

VeraSun got caught short selling corn futures to the tune of $103 million dollars loss this quarter.

More to follow.

Spike

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Obama's Aunt In U.S. Illegally


Obama's Aunt instructed to leave U.S.

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Ski The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria


For all you skiers out there.

You'll need high speed internet to watch this simulation.

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01 November

The Evil Taxation Twins


Spike,

What a scary Halloween greeting! Heland and Courtney together is enough to put any taxpayer's wallet six feet under.

Put a cape on Courtney and he would make a passable Bela Lugosi. When it comes to passing tax increases and personal liberty restrictions, nobody holds a candle to Count Courtney.

Do you think voters will be scared enough to anything about halving the horror next Tuesday?

Boris K.

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Why "Enemies" Must be Identified


First, Joe The Plumber, Spike Next?

Spike,

Once they know you don't agree with them, look at what the forces of larger government will do to you.

If Senator Courtney ever passes his out Spike attack on anonymous free speech legislation, look out. Your troubles will never end. Just shut up and believe everything you read in the Advertiser.

More import, never speculate about what the Advertiser has taken the trouble to ignore.

JTP

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Will Obama Save Heland and Us All


Obama Says Red Meat & Farming Kill Us

Spike:

He thinks he is already President. Obama is selling political slim fast. No more red meat. We are too fat because of grain fed meat.

This will destroy the economy of the upper Midwest. Not that Obama really cares about the people there. We are all gun crazed snake handlers.

If you think Obama gives a damn about your health, think again. It is all about demonize and tax. Substitute tobacco for red meat and rewind 30 years. This should sound familiar.

Senator Courtney raised the tobacco tax. If Senator Courtney gave a damn about smokers' health, he would not make them smoke outside. Winter is coming and their weakened lungs could succumb to pneumonia.

All they want is an excuse to make you feel good when they rob you.

JCB

Heland is going to take a lot of healing. Stress from the charade causes overeating.

Spike


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