Burlington Derailed ó The Continuing Story

30 June

Ell Sock Puppet of Power & Worden - "I'm a little shocked..."


I see the sock puppet Mayor Ell has his litigation face on.

"I didn't ask the county board to come to our meeting. It's open to the public, so they can come if they want. I don't need them there. Right now, it's between us and our attorney," Ell said

"There is no argument they (Des Moines County supervisors) can give me that would make me want to assume responsibility for that road," Ell said. "I'm a little shocked..."

Ell says there no argument he can be given to assume responsibility.

Boy does the echo like a fart in the Grand Canyon or what?


Don't disgrace our National Parks like that. Fact check? It was a liquor store fart.


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Burlington Video Tour


Imagine the visit Burlington video.....

Scenes of the Burger King parking lot
Guess the biggest pothole tour highlights
The RecPlex
School system admin office to show off highest drop out rate
The empty railroad shops
Walking tour to avoid Cascade Bridge
The city's water park
Eminent Domain Mall
Maple Street Moonlight Stroll
The RecPlex - listed twice because they are going to expand it
Central Fire Station to see where current city leadership learned to lie
City hall crime tour with the Son of Slagle
Lock & Dam 18 electricity tour

I can't wait.


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The People's Right to View


"Mandeville drunken mayor Eddie Price gets pulled over on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway after his dumb drunk ass ran through the barricade in the toll booth. He did not get a DWI. Only had to pay a $200 fine. What a loser he and the police chief of the Causeway, FELIX M. LOICANO are."

A drunk Mayor gets pulled over and off easy. It was shot where a local newspaper rides herd to see public records are just that.

Since Burlington no longer has a real newspaper, this is as close to full public disclousre as we will ever get.


"You gonna drive me home?"

That sure rings a bell. At least the mayor paid a fine.


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Applause, Applause, Appalling


"The Southeast Iowa Regional Bus, which is operated by the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in Burlington, known as Region 16, is the recipient of the 2008 ďMost Improved Regional Transit System of the Year.Ē"

Do they give awards for having the highest high school drop out rate in Iowa? Is there a trophy for the greatest increase in crime for the year?

When will people recognize a cause and its effect?


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Triumph of the Drunk On Film


I see the Burlington's City government plans to propagate its vision of betterment to the world. Rising from the ashes of depression, an inspired leadership brings hope, prosperity and fills the promise of a better future. The world will be impressed via the miracle of selectively edited, moving pictures.

Burlington's leadership harvested from local beer halls has not hit upon anything new. They really should study the old masters.

They don't make 'em like they used to. Financing Burlington's video project with local advertising guarantees that. The work of the true masters will not be challenged by anything Burlington's leaders commission.

One should not be too harsh on little men of little means in their little kingdom. After all, it's the thought that counts.

Love and kisses,


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29 June

Cupid's Poison Arrow Hits Numnut City Manager in the Ass


"To finance the project, the New York-based company sells advertising linked to the videos. Worden said the videos are "a means to attract new residents and businesses."

The City of Burlington is expanding into web advertising. The draw, propaganda fluff and lint about Burlington.

This means more competition for ever tighter local advertising dollars. Why did the Ad Vertiser not try this video angle? Will competition sour the love affair between City Hall and the Ad Vertiser?

If public records are again made public and idiotic antics in the wee hours by City office holders are no longer ignored, we will know the romance is over. If unrequited love makes the Ad Vertiser do their job again, they may draw an audience and attract advertisers like the Hawk-Eye of old.

Such a divorce would be the best thing to happen to this town in decades.

Krammer V. Krammer

Free internet movies? Have you ever seen anything Burlington does that's free work? Nothing that costs money works. Just another feel good move to deflect Worden's incompetency.

Maybe we could buy an ad.


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Democrats and Cap & Trade


Well the House of Representatives today took the first step to destroy our way of life through their total ignorance of global weather along with the messiah Obama and his complete lack of understanding anything. Liar Pelosi and her gang bribed many other loser democrats in order to swing the vote that will destroy the American way of life.

We need to vote all those that voted for this loser bill out of office in 2010 a feat that was done to the Democrats in 1994 for their stupidity whence they lost 57 seats. How this unknown Obama person was ever elected president is beyond comprehension and just goes to show how ignorant Americans actually are and how poorly educated Americans have become via the government school system to even believe all the lies Obama and the loser Democrats are feeding them.

Itís just too bad we have to wait until 2010 to get rid of him along with Al Gore, GE, and the entire den of tax evaders Obama hired to reduce our country back into third world status.

The schools and news media have lied to the American people for so long we now have a country of dead heads incapable of thinking for themselves and actually think big government is good and the current stooge in the oval office is doing his best to destroy our country.

Just Sick

The Democrats stuffed a 309 page amendment to the bill in 35 minutes before the committee voted. Every real Democrat better change their party affiliation now. When this hits the barn lot it's gonna be sloppy.

A disaster of epic proportion.


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Collaborating a Catastrophe


"You have the skills base to grow engineers and welders," he said. "You need more career development. You need to attract educated and experienced people."

Another consultant. Another report. The results are the same.

What of collaboration and coordination of efforts to bring about positive change. We have the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. What do we get?

Tax subsidized bus rides are provided to attract poorly educated, poorly skilled workers. Our schools become bedlam and the state's highest drop out rate becomes Burlington's booby prize.

Such success demands more space. Tax dollars to buy a building far in excess of the SEIRPC's needs is in the works. One more property off the tax rolls.

Concentrated efforts by the SEIRPC will eventually end the need for further consultants' studies. Nobody will have the money to pay consultants to tell us we keep doing the wrong thing.


Isn't this the 4th economic development study in the last 4 years? All these reports but nobody does anything else. They just continue to throw taxpayers' money to the wind. Nobody cares.

Hell, the last consultants did a drive-by with their report when they threw it on the curb at city hall and ran all the way back to Texas, never to be seen or heard from again. I wonder why? They do work all over the world.

Pretty soon, at the rate we're going, no one will want to even do consulting work for Burlington.


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Hinkle of Italy


AnsaldoBreda Inc., a unit of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. of Italy, has submitted a proposal to Milwaukee-based Super Steel to buy the plant and all its equipment, according to officials at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo.

There has not been a recent performance of Burlington's long running, comedic horse opera, Hinkle of Italy. Are we not about due for another grand tour with some Chamber of Commerce Board members and spouses in tow?

An Italian company is interested in a railroad equipment rebuilding operation in New York. As I recall, there is an under utilized facility of a similar nature around here. Would it possible for our development experts to take some time from seeing the sights and see if anybody would care to see what is available in Burlington?

Despite the "without merit" lawsuit local leaders pulled on the BNSF, the railroad may take interest in a proposal to wring some profit from a largely idle asset. One of the guilty is no longer around to derail any deals.

Mr. Slagle will not be traveling to where his role model made the trains run on time.

After paying my taxes, I can hardly afford to drive to Rome, IA. Will we ever see much return from Mr. Hinkle's eternal trips to the eternal city?

Childe Harold

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Regional Planning Panders to Liberal Voters


In my opinion SEIRPC wanted to bolster the liberal voting base and supply people to rent all the dumpy homes standing empty in Burlington and of course ensure for themselves a supply of taxpayer funded money.

Since the advent of the subsidized busing for Tyson my neighborhood has suffered a huge increase of new people that have entirely different standards of living than do the long time neighborhood citizens.

With two apartments in one building we have about eight autos, over ten children and a slew of mixed races coming and going at all hours of the day and night. I must admit that the children are dressed nice and do respect others property; so Iím well pleased with that; however the yard is trashy, the adults are loud and just plain have basically nothing in common with the local residents in our neighborhood.

I know for a fact the owner of the rental would never live next to people he forces on our neighborhood and you can bank on it. This is what happens in Burlington Ė once a home is purchased for a rental the landlord will rent it to anyone regardless of how theyíll fit into the neighborhood and the next thing you know the neighborhood turns to a blighted area just as other neighborhoods have done in Burlington. Just look around and youíll see the blight everywhere in this town and to top it off the Manor was nice compared to some of these inner city blighted areas. Thereís blight on the same block as city hall and nothing is ever done to enforce the canned city codes that are apparently on the books for show only.

Burlington has a spineless city council and dimwits as department heads who have been on the job so long they think their unique and canít be replaced. These people just sit back and get their raises every year based on nothing more than filling space and wasting time, while our taxes just keep climbing. All government has gotten to the point where the taxpayer can no longer afford the excessive costs and lack of performance. All government employees should be given a 25% wage cut and a 35% increase in their portion of the benefit costs. We should also look at the retirement these dimwits are getting in Burlington because I would imagine itís totally out of line with the private sector. I would pay government people the same as the military with the exception they pay for a third of their medical benefits. After all arenít military people government employees? Why do we treat the civil servants as sacred cows?

We then have retired police and others working for the city after retirement but thatís another story for another time.

Sick of It

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27 June

Collaborating a Catastrophe


"You have the skills base to grow engineers and welders," he said. "You need more career development. You need to attract educated and experienced people."

Another consultant. Another report. The results are the same.

What of collaboration and coordination of efforts to bring about positive change. We have the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. What do we get?

Tax subsidized bus rides are provided to attract poorly educated, poorly skilled workers. Our schools become bedlam and the state's highest drop out rate becomes Burlington's booby prize.

Such success demands more space. Tax dollars to buy a building far in excess of the SEIRPC's needs is in the works. One more property off the tax rolls.

Concentrated efforts by the SEIRPC will eventually end the need for further consultants' studies. Nobody will have the money to pay consultants to tell us we keep doing the wrong thing.


We study everything and never heed anyone's advice.


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26 June

Terminate Tapp Transit


Why is the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in the bus business? Propriety of subsidizing Tyson's Foods aside, there are other government agencies better capable of handling the job.

For starters, there is Burlington Urban Service. Count the school districts between Burlington and Columbus Junction. All of these government transportation systems have long experience, personnel and facilities to accomplish the task. Why not give a grant to them to provide the service?

There are private transportation companies capable of providing the service as well. Would giving them a chance to bid would be socialist sacrilege?

Tapp's federal grant grab relies heavily on the transit business to justify buying a building far in excess of the SEIRPC's needs. There is neither need, nor reason, for SEIRPC being in the bus business.

Taxpayers are tired of being given the business by Mr. Tapp. Hopefully, the federal agency in charge of disbursing our tax money will apply the brakes to Tapp's scheme.

The Southeast Iowa Regional planning commission was not chartered to run bus charters. If its current Director can not focus the SEIRPC on co-ordinating positive regional development, Mr. Tapp should be thrown under the bus.


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The Cap and Tax Fiction

from the Wall Street Journal -

"The reality is that cost estimates for climate legislation are as unreliable as the models predicting climate change. What comes out of the computer is a function of what politicians type in. A better indicator might be what other countries are already experiencing. Britain's Taxpayer Alliance estimates the average family there is paying nearly $1,300 a year in green taxes for carbon-cutting programs in effect only a few years.

Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history. Even Democrats can't repeal that reality."

I wonder if Loebsack will vote for this with a "Present." If he's awake.


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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

"Health care is an important topic, of course, but deep discussions of its finer points can be a little sleep-inducing.

Just ask Rep. Dave Loebsack, who was spotted Tuesday dozing off during the House Education and Labor Committee hearing on health care reform, according to an HOH spy."


It is nice to see we are represented so well in Washington. I hope the folks that voted for this life-long government leech are proud. I say Miller-Meeks in 2010. She stayed awake long enough to pass her medical boards AND help her patients.

Loser Loebsack thinks we are paying him to sleep.


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Flowers from Algernon


"We'll, we can recognize at least two hooker liaisons."

hen the seats of local power open for business, one would assume your server starts humming?

What resulted upon reading your revelation? From the Court House, City Hall, et al. did any florists get a call? Ditto jewelers for any glittering affirmation of marital affection. It would not be an intelligent move.

Our political incumbents of declining intelligence are not dealing with the collective decline that re-elects them time after time. Receiving something unexpected nice after reading Spike may confirm suspicions of spousal vice.

Unlike local voters, there is no fooling the Mrs. forever.


Charlie Gordon

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25 June

Regional Planning


I was wondering why Burlington and Marshalltown regional planning groups received the Iowa Public Transit Conference awards for the year and it dawned on me that Marshalltown has a very large illegal alien population and Burlington has a large Tyson imported worker population. It would appear that both cities are offering subsidized transportation to these groups because without it theyíd of never won the award.

SEIRPC wins an award while the city of Burlington suffers the effects of their award with the taxpayer having no say about anything that happens to their city, typical goings on in Burlington.

On top of this SEIRP has requested and has had recommended by the Office of Public Transit the following:

E-W Staffing shuttle Ė capital $68,060

E-W Staffing Ė operations $16,044

Tyson shuttle Ė capital $68,060

Total $152,164

Of course all of this is taxpayer money used to subsidize special interest groups that the average citizen knows little about. SEIRPC is sort of a shadow tax eating organization that appears to operate on the fringes of society.

It would be interesting to know just who rides the E-W shuttle because we know who rides the Tyson shuttle. Does anyone know where SEIRPC publishes their ridership statistics? Does anyone know what type of contract they signed with Tyson?

In fact does anyone know anything about their operation and its cost to the taxpayer? Why do they think they need a $1.4 million dollar building with an increase in square feet of 95% over their current location or 1400 square feet to 30,000?

There are just so many unanswered questions regarding this organization.


Brian Tapp and SEIRPC do not disclose their financial dealings; even to the Ad Vertiser. The Ad Vertiser's 2nd big gun, Publisher-Steve-Delaney-Mini-Me-Minion, poo-bah Dale Allison, is toothless when it comes to making Tapp disclose the Tyson contract.

Tapp lives off the cream of others' needs. Everything they do is paid for by the taxpayers. Everything they do is always late and a last minute need to comply with regulations. Tapp fills his board of directors with pacifists.

Look at the Hoschek deal on the ethanol plant. Tapp got Hoschek to sign the Rise money grant agreement without the other supervisors even knowing about it.

What was once a valuable organization has been reduced to nothing more than a blood sucking leech, hiding in the dark, slowly draining the taxpayers.


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A Scandal of Note


"S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted today that his secret trip to Argentina over the Father's Day weekend was to visit a woman he has been having an affair with for the past year."

The Governor of South Carolina ditches the wife and kids. Nobody really knows where he is. The Governor flies to South America for a dalliance with his Argentine par amour. It is a risk revealed worthy of reading.

What do our local elected do to compare?

Ever since the toll booths closed on MacArthur Bridge, we do not even get reliable reports on our elected rascals low rent rendezvous. Nobody misses driving across that old bridge, but the stories the toll takers told were worth more than the quarter it cost to cross.

Please let us know if you can verify a hooker in Gulfport, or thy neighbor's wife, with any of our local elected. If for no other reason, for auld lang syne.

Fanne Fox

We'll, we can recognize at least two hooker liaisons.

And we didn't need to deal with that crabby, old fart, toll taker.


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Faltering Pastures Are Greener Elsewhere


MPW tells a story thatís as true today as it was when his family pulled up stakes and fled Burlington for greener pastures, only more so.

Things in Burlington will probably get much worse as the lay offs continue and the Obama economy continues to falter. Burlington also has a problem of a shrinking middle class thatís being replaced with those of lesser education and means of support.

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24 June

Education Cost Plus SEIRPC


Hereís a good example of why public education costs so much and we get so little:

700 NYC teachers paid to do nothing.

This situation is just disgusting and I wonder if our little town has the same problem. How many teachers in our city could be getting paid to do nothing or is it just a big city problem? In my opinion the taxpayer in Burlington would never be told if this were the situation here. Weíre still taking care of a superintendent that has nothing to do with the Burlington school system anymore and weíll be doing it until heís 65.

Another thing is Burlington has basically two superintendents for a school system that is shrinking before our very eyes except for those new students provided by the SEIRPC organization which provides employee subsidized transportation for Tyson.

I often wonder just what benefit these workers have been to Burlington since there are no jobs here and Muscatine turned down the plan. What did Muscatine know that Burlington didnít and whatís the cost to the taxpayer been?

How about all the railroad workers that travel to Galesburg every day, where the hell is their subsidized transportation from SEIRPC? In my opinion the same service should be provided to these former Burlington Shop workers that are forced to drive to Galesburg everyday in order to keep their jobs. It seems Burlington puts the future of our city in transit workers with no bonds to this city at all.


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Picture of Coming or Going


I saw your picture of a family down on their luck. It reminded me of my family's experience in Burlington.

My dad had a good job there, but it went south. We could not make it on both my folks working junk jobs. We did not end up in a box car, but the junk car my dad drove us away in was not much better.

Things got better elsewhere. My folks got better jobs and are looking forward to retirement. I am now on my own after graduating from college. I would never consider moving back to where I was born.

My family still has friends and relatives in Burlington. Each time we visit, the place just looks worse. Worst of all, the majority do not seem concerned about what is happening.

I am so glad my parents made a smart decision.


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23 June

Support The Long Haul


Here are some of the new arrivals brought in by SEIRPC to bolster the Tyson factory in Columbus Junction. Cheap but adequate transportation provided by SEIRPC with Mr. Tapp providing the one way cost of the trip.

When will we taxpayers get a break or will we be supporting these arrivals for the long haul?


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Lobbying Against Tapp's Travesty


Here's the address for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) office handling Tapp's attempt to buy his buddy's building.

Robert E. Olson, Regional Director
rolson *at* eda.doc.gov
EDA Regional Office
410 17th Street
Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202
303-844-3968 fax

People need to inform these decision makers of why there is no need for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission's proposed monument procurement.

Other areas hit harder by last year's flooding probably have urgent and more honest needs. To take money from them for a facility far in excess of what the SEIRPC needs is embarrassing exploitation of a tragic situation especially after regional planning moved into the auditorium after the 1993 flood.

If you agree, share your concerns with federal decision makers handling this grant. They need to know there are still a few honest people left in our corner of the world.

Make your letter/email/fax concise, on point and professional without personal attacks even though the whole bunch deserves it. Use spell check for your correspondence.


Keep it professional and on point. Otherwise, it will be ignored.


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22 June



Did Brian Tapp from regional planning ever disclose the Tyson contract?

Did regional planning ever buy the Raider building from Tapp's buddy?

Did the city ever admit anything about getting into the hydroelectric business?




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Burlington Problems


I noticed the other day in Burlington Derailed that one of the teachers taught business. Was that Mr. Davidson? What does Mr. Murray teach?

As far as the cameras located at the intersections that will be just a moneymaker for the city and an invasion on our liberties. The cameras would be best used on Central St., Maple St. and No. Hill area where they say no crime is. The city, county, state and federal governments are all about money who has it and how can they get it.

In the next election we had better take a hard look at the candidates running and see what they can do for us, the taxpayers. This city sure is a mess to leave to our children and grandchildren.

Keep up the good work Spike. Maybe we can get a better turnout on the next election.

One other thing Spike, do you know how many city employes we have? And out of them how many are retired police officers?


Davidson taught business and is retired. Murray teaches social studies. Ain't that a hoot!!

As for retired cops being on the city payroll, we don't know how many or why they were chosen over other candidates. I guess that theft of the IPERS investments created a new poverty level.


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20 June

Rot Gut SBD Miller Beer


I can never understand why Steam Boat Days continues to force that rot gut Miller beer on everyone. What the hell happened to free enterprise and what's with the $3 per cup price?

Burlington always does something to ruin people's fun and forcing that Miller on everyone is disgraceful. Normally the stuff is full of head and too warm for American drinkers who are use to beer being much colder than Europeans.

I imagine BSD is making at least $2.50 profit off every cup of that stuff they call beer.

Occasionally I down a cold regular Miller from the bottle and it taste good but that SBD's stuff is horrible and many people complain about it every year but for some reason BSD never changes its bad beer habit.

There are just so many really good beers on the market why can't another brand have a shot at SBD or is the committee in bed with Miller? For $3 per cup they could have the best beer in the world and still make a huge profit at $3 for every 8 or 10 ounce cup.

Believe me the time for change in beers has long past SBD's and most people are sick of the forced Miller formula. Anyone that sells an 8 or 10 ounce cup of hot tasteless beer for $3 per is just plain stealing from the customer.


Miller bought the naming rights years ago and probably everyone is afraid to raise the issue that a change is needed.

Warm beer? The only person that would drink Miller Beer warm is the drunk ex-mayor. Well, and maybe the current mayor and city manager. And the former crooked city manager Bruce Slagle.

Our mayors and city managers are known for their aspirations of tepid performance. Edwards, Ell, Slagle and Worden are just more tepid than others.


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19 June

City Attorney Bills Disgusting Example of No Leadership


Your readers that responded about the City of Burlington Attorney fees are correct. They should be itemized. Anything less is just very poor business.

Power could tack on a few thousand dollars and bill the City and they would pay it. If Worden or any council member took their car in to get repairs and they got a $5,000 bill, would they ask for it to be itemized. Sure they would.

This is a reflection of a city council that is lacking leadership. They let the staff and management run over them with little resistance. I'm disappointed in Tim Scott too. He doesn't run his business like this. A couple years ago, Tim stated that he was going to insist on itemized billing. He did not do his job either if he let this go.

The comment about, "Why should I care what Powers bills us". That is exactly why the railroad lawsuit estimate of $50,000-$60,000 turned into $300,000.

This type of city management over the years is exactly why we do not have the funds to fix our crumbling streets and no long range planning by Knoke or the council to repair or replace Cascade bridge. Knoke's attitude should have never been tolerated. That's the council's fault.

And The Hawkeye has been way to soft. They can do better.


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Scott & Thomas Billing Procedures


It's real simple.

Would Garry Thomas or Tim Scott tell a customer they can't have an itemized accounting on an invoice?

If Tim added a garbage disposal to a toilet repair job would his customer not want to pay for it if they only wanted the toilet fixed?

See? It's really that simple for these two people to understand.

Now the rest of the council, none of them including the business teacher, have ever had a real job so there is no need to try to explain.


You're right. A 3-2 vote, if it were ever to be taken would be a loser. Skate Power would still go free.


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Doug Worden Has Last Word


City mis-manager Doug Worden has spoken. Scott Power read his version of the Iowa Code and now, Worden must jump.

Worden did. This issue is over. Without input from his little rubber stampers.


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Lawyer Bills Paid With Free Money - It's OK!


TO should realize the city management is stupid and could care less about itemized bills because itís only taxpayer money. Why the hell would any of those loons give a damn? This town is run like a sinking ship with only city management and fools aboard.

We live in a loser town and until the voters learn how to vote weíre stuck with what weíve got which is nothing.


Free Money. I forgot.


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The Last Train to Mudville


Pressure is mounting for rail passenger service across Central Iowa. Advocates are pushing the proper political buttons with the appropriate dog and pony shows of public support.

It won't be long. Wave good-bye to Amtrak serving Burlington.


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Impaired Thought Processes Promote Honesty


"Does this guy ever think before he opens his mouth?"

RW made an excellent point about City Manager Worden. Worden's lack of thought does have one virtue. Worden is truthful.

Worden should have learned from he who went to Minnesota before him. Think something over before opening your mouth and lie.


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Pack Up Your Troubles On an SEIRPC Bus


"A startling number of children are falling through the cracks at one Chicago Public School. More than half of the kids didn't even pass the eighth grade."

60% of the eighth grade students at a South Chicago school flunked. There is an answer to this problem; Burlington.

Myra Bradwell Elementary needs to hold a special event for the parent(s) of failing students. A recruiter from Tyson's in Columbus Junction can tell them about the opportunities they offer and the joys of living in Burlington.

Burlington High School will probably not need to deal with failing students for long. With the highest drop out rate in the state, what difference a few bus loads more.

Crime wave; what crime wave?


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Burger King Lot on a Boat


"ďYes, there were big people on the Aurora. However, it would never occur to anyone of us to throw a party on board the ship, to jump overboard and so forth. Itís very painful that the Aurora has become a floating bar,Ē the former captain complained."

Public officials drunk, disorderly, disrespectful of the heritage they represent and they go unpunished.

St. Petersburg on the Neva, or Burlington on the Mississippi, single party dictatorships share may similarities.


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18 June

You Nailed Worden


I echo all your comments.

Does this guy ever think before he opens his mouth? Maybe the next time property taxes are due I'll subtract the portion for the City, after all why should I care how much I pay them.

City council members should all be sent packing until they demand an itemized bill from the City Attorney, everytime he sends one. Even McDonald's gives you an itemized receipt, and I can guarantee that the records at his law firm include all the specifics as to how those hours are billed.

I guess any retail business that provides a service for Mr. Power only need to give him a piece of paper with the amount owed minus the details.

I don't know quite what to make of the whole Tama Road thing though. It seems to be more County if they maintain it. The fact that the County handled the paving probably speaks to the farm-to-market system which would mean Federal dollars paid for the paving as I understand it.

Even so, let's hope Worden doesn't let Powers bill enough hours to fight it and lose only to discover that paying for half the paving would have been cheaper.


All Scott Power knows is billable hours. I wonder how he keeps from inadvertently billing the Burlington school system, Grow Greater Burlington or Regional Planning for work he did for the city? An hour here and an hour there and pretty soon you have a crook's dream - free money.


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Power Has The Crook Grip


Don't blow a gasket over Scott Power. Everyone knows he's a lousy lawyer and that's why all the other attorneys in town are busy. No one would like to see this guy stopped more than the taxpayers.

Nothing you can say is going to break the grip this crook has on Burlington. At least not until an elected official with balls is voted into office and the rubber stamp guys stop slobbering over each other for the good job they tell each other they're doing.


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For a $34,539.51 Bill - The Detail Is On


You're right! When is the city council going to wake up about Scott Power? I worked for an attorney. All it takes is to tell the billing system you want the detail printed out on the statement.

I can tell you one thing for sure, there would never be a $34,539.51 bill sent out from our office without detail. Furthermore, none of our clients were stupid enough to pay that kind of bill without detail.

Why would the city council or the city auditors allow that?


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Doug Worden is Arrogant AND Condescending


I watch the council meetings and attend a few meetings around town where Doug Worden is in attendance. He is one of the most arrogant and condescending people I have ever seen. I don't know who he thinks he is.

I've seen people in the corporate world act like this. They are elevated to a position they are not qualified for (even though they believe otherwise) and sit in that position until their boss figures it out. Then, Poof!

Too bad this isn't the corporate world. We'd have a new city manager.

Been around more than the turnip truck

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Illustrative Example - Letter to the Editor


Yesterday, there was a letter from Dick and Jeannie Perry in the Advertiser commenting on what their old friends back for a reunion thought of their old home town.

Everyone in Burlington should read the letter because it tells a story of what is happening to our city and how itís changed for the worse in more ways than one. Iíve had old classmates comment on how dilapidated and trashy Burlington has become and I think itís a direct reflection of the people in office and the class of people that now call Burlington home.

Thereís very little to be proud of here in Burlington and itís not getting any better. Our high school has the highest percentage of dropouts in the state, the streets are a disaster and hundreds of homes look like unlivable trashy dumps. Our local government is rotten to the core, the city lawyer is a shyster and our elected officials havenít a clue. Our crime rate is above the national average yet our police chief says crime isnít up. Well, maybe he can tell us how long the crime rate been above the national average. We now have armed robberies of paper carriers, people walking on the sidewalks, gas stations, homeís and just about everywhere in town that doesnít have bars on the windows.

The downtown area will have a fixed up business right next to a rundown piece of trash and nothing is ever done about it. Why would anyone like to have a business next to the old Pennyís building or anywhere around it? Look at the house just up the street from city hall. The college owns this one and itís typical of rentals in the Burlington scheme of things. Our city codes are canned and unenforceable; the fire department is not capable of enforcing house numbering just look around at all the missing home and building numbers around town.

We have the old Mercy Hospital fixed up and what do they do, they put one of the ugliest antenna arrays on top of it and just ruin the appearance of the building. Greed played a part in the antenna mess, you can bank on that. Take a perfectly great looking building and ruin it with an antenna tower, typical Burlington ignorance.

Anyway, people should read the letter and visualized the image we pass on to visitors, specifically those that grew up here prior to 1980. I wonder what people coming here from Illinois think of that grand old building with the stupid antenna tower on it, what a disgrace topped off with cheapness.


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Crime Wave


The following points out where Burlington stands in the crime stats.

Burlington, Iowa (IA) - Sperling's BestPlaces

This is 2009 information and your viewers should take a look at the over view by clicking on Home and then the Overview tab.


Burlington, IA, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 4. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Burlington, IA, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 5. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.

I know the police chief says crime is steady but itís still well over the national average for such a small town and thatís a real shame.

Not much about Burlington to impress a potential business or manufacturing firms to set up shop here.

From all appearances it would look like Burlington will continue to be a rust belt has been city with a continued spiral down the road to decay and abandonment. We have no real leaders anymore and as a city verge on hopelessness.


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Dealing With a Changing "Democratic" Demographic


ESB is long gone. Case and Champion Spark Plug employ very compared to what they used to. The single party political system spawned on the factory floor lives on.

Is it fair to say that the single party system's continued dominance is due to the large number of pensioners from those places still here? Checking the obituaries, many of the names refer to having worked at these factories.

The old guard is changing. The pool that provided them is draining and not being refilled.

Is this why it is so important that our tax dollars be used to import low skilled, poorly educated and more likely to be government dependent people to Burlington? Unlike those leaving us, these immigrants produce little and demand much from those who do.

Will the single party system's struggle to survive be the death of us all?

Hugh Jenicks
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17 June

City Manager Doug Worden - What An Incompetent, Arrogant Jackass!

"Why should I care how much we paid him?"

"Why should I care how much we paid him? Worden said" in response to a question asked about how much money was paid to the Losingist Lawyer in Iowa Scott Power, for fees charged the taxpayers to review the Tama Road problem the city has with the County.

Worden doesn't care that a lump sum claim for $34,539.51 was recently paid to Scott Power according to yesterday's legal notices published in the Ad Vertiser. Now we know why. Worden doesn't care. And neither does the new Son of Mini-Me.

And apparently, neither is that bunch on the rubber stamp city council. Jim, Tim and Garry can count on us reminding each and every one of you about this financial disgrace. Lump sum legal billing. How stupid can this get? A mere computer command turns all of the detail on for the city's billing. No one has the guts to make Power do it.

And maybe someone needs to review whether or not the city's accounting firm is bound by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. If the city's auditor is a public accounting firm there might be a case to be made that they have broken their fiduciary requirements to mandate by audit the city's compliance with accepted financial responsibility that includes detailed billing from their junk yard lawyer.

If the county's bonehead auditor can sleaze out into signs and unpaid taxes, this case makes real sense for a complete and thorough review.

And will someone call Ghostbusters. Get rid of that fetid stench of crooked Bruce Slagle, Springsted's loser municipal financial adviser.


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The Innocent and Industrious Endure the Incompetent

If Local Leaders & Journalists Were As Diligent As My Newpaper Person


It is absolutely disgusting newspaper carriers have become victims of Burlington's largely leadership inflicted crime wave. My newspaper carrier is an honest, industrious fellow taxpayer.

Rain, snow, sleet, or shine, weather conditions make no difference. Unless the press breaks down, I can count on my newspaper being there to read over breakfast before leaving for work.

The sad thing is, nearly every morning my newspaper contains errors, deliberate omissions and opinion in what is supposed to be a news story. Besides quality of content, the quantity of information keeps shrinking. Those short comings are not the carrier's fault.

If local leaders and journalists were as diligent in their duties as the person who delivers my newspaper, Burlington would be a much better place.


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Robbing the Fourth Estate


"As Willie Sutton the bank robber said when asked why he robbed banks, 'because that's where the money is'."

It pretty much sums up why Jimmy Olson has not been robbed. Those delivering the "news" in Burlington earn more than those who write it.


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From the Land of Capone & Obama


"The Illinois senator's 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks."

Did Dirty Dick Durbin earn a few bucks by delaying commercial air service to Southeast Iowa? You must give credit to the pros to our east. In Illinois, their crooks are intelligent enough to make politics pay.

A vacant lot, 6 million dollars down the drain and Burlington tax payers stuck with the bill only got Slagle another job in Minnesota. If our hacks and bureaucrats had half the smarts of the east bank pros, they could retire comfortably off all they have wasted in Burlington.


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16 June

Worden's Insensitive, Dumb Ass Comments


I happened to be at a recent event attended by Worden. When the manor museum and the paper carrier robberies came up, he was quick to respond to each.

As for the museum he felt it was a stupid idea with serious funding calculation flaws - and he should know about those.

On the robbery he couldn't pass up the opportunity to say how stupid anyone would be to rob a paper delivery person, because "How much could you get from them?"

The thing that popped into my mind first was, in the case of the female carrier, the robbers got a car and her purse with who knows how much money or how many credit cards in it.

The other thing that occurred to me is what Worden's kind of an act says about Burlington and the desperation or absolute irrationality of the robbers.

That's not something I find laughable, but then I'm not the esteemed Mr. Worden.


Worden is a bloated dope of incompetency. He has slathered the city financials so long he only knows grease of the sleezy kind.

I hope the Burlington PD doesn't listen to Worden's nonsense.


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Quiet Zones


Whatever we do with these quiet zones I only have one request.

I would appreciate it if the city would build these barriers so the city fire trucks have to drive over the curbs to turn any corners. It really helps everyone when we get up on 2 wheels answering a call around the "dumb ass" corners in this town now. I'd sure not like to change success.

We don't want change.

BTW - Our esteemed mayor's red shirt at Monday's council meeting made him look like a pimp in a cheap New Orleans house of ill repute.


The Beer Tent opened at Steamboat Days last night. The red shirt is the sign of a power drinker. And it hides his nose after a case or two.


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Great Homes Award


Here's a great shot of a home at 1111 N. 5th that exhibits the quality of the folks living in the North Hill section of town. Looks like their even renting out the roof for campers in order to pay the high taxes here in Burlington. This home is only a block from the river overlook and says a lot about the neighborhood.

I wonder if not having a railing on the roof is against our canned city codes that are seldom enforced.


I think this makes a great property tax challenge. How can you be expected to pay sky high taxes when all this is right across the street.


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More North Hill Homes


Here's a few more of Burlington's finest up on North Hill and I bet our ancestors would be just proud as hell by the way Burlington has maintained it's heritage.

The white house with all the paint peeling off belongs to the college and is a good representation of higher education and its ability to enhance our city. By the way this house is only a step or two from the halls of power at 400 Washington Street. The seat of city power and extensive city blight all wrapped up on the same block.

The other ones are just homes the city has let rot in order to get what measly taxes they can or they'd have them torn down.

We should all be proud at the way our city maintains its image.


All of these award winners, so close together. Isn't it wonderful. Where's Obama's bulldozer when you need it?


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Nintendo in the Nursery


"According to sociological research, up to 80 percent of schoolchildren of 12-13 years of age suffer from addiction to computers in Russia. Children may spend whole days sitting in front of computers without food, water and rest."

Is a favorite computer game at the Ad Vertiser and City Hall figuring out exactly who you are?

Given the increasingly younger age of Ad Vertiser interns, do 80%, or more, of them suffer from computer addiction. If they are willing to play pointless computer games for days without food water and rest, is there any chance a Jimmy Olson could reveal Super Spike's secret identity?

If any contestants stroke out, will Spike be blamed rather than those who are negligent in mentoring their young apprentices?


They're way too lazy for computer games. Maybe if someone would push the buttons for 'em.


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15 June

Searching for the Corners of a Round Room


"Troute's idea represents the out-of-box thinking essential to separate his hometown from the dozens of other similarly sized communities across the country. If he's successful, good for him and good for us. After all, as Troute said, who heard of Branson, Mo., 20 years ago?"

You certainly hit a nerve at the Ad Vertiser. A museum on the Manor Mall is too worthy of consideration. Out of the box thinking made the whole museum concept possible.

It was searching for a big box retailer that boxed Burlington into a corner with six million in debt to deal with. Out of the box thinking ignoring the nearby empty retail boxes has separated Burlington from hundreds of other similarly sized communities across the county.

Out the box thinking has certainly gained Burlington attention. Yes, come to Burlington. See what local leaders thinking out of the box did to make the national news wires. It goes beyond a vacant lot. See the busy railroad shops, etc. etc.

There is a difference between thinking out of the box and being off of your medication. If such out of the box thinking keeps up for another 20 years, will there be anything left in Burlington to take note of at all?


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Is It A Crime Wave Now When Paperboys Are Robbed?


We now have people of unknown races robbing newspaper carriers in the wee
hours of the morning because Tapp and other local stooges have loosed
criminals upon us under the guise of "workers".

Our police chief tells us crime is not up but I for one would beg to differ
with his play on the stats. The Burlington crime rate is above the national
average by a considerable margin.

In my opinion our Burlington crime wave should be about 40 miles further
north of our fair city but through deceit and greed it's been dumped in our
laps, want it or not. How could Muscatine have been so knowing and
Burlington so totally unknowing?

Maybe some Iowa natives would have gone to Tyson provided they had
government subsidized busing like the newcomers got or does this arrangement
go much deeper than the bus fares? Did it have anything to do with all the
empty rental houses rotting away or the need for liberal voters here in

One thing we can bank on is the average citizen will never know what evil
forces are at work destroying our city through their greed and ignorance.

Ready to Leave

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Manor Decay


Driving past the Manor yesterday I couldn't help but notice the un-kept and
blighted condition of the lawn, the appearance of which is worse than it
ever was when people lived there.

How could we possible have the money to destroy people's lives but not
enough to keep the lawn cut?

Let's see, there were people living there paying taxes and cutting the grass
before the city dimwits tore everything down leaving us with a black hole of
nothing. The Manor is now just a plot of land taking up space and producing
no taxes or anything else of value, what a deal.

The Manor and Tyson both go to show how Burlington is run by boneheads and
losers incapable of making intelligent decisions but very capable of wasting
taxpayer dollars on dreams of grandeur.


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Calling All "Cat" Skinners


"Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline."

This is the first sensible thing out of Washington in a long time. At last our President is talking realistically about dealing with the long term effects socialism.

This sounds like some ideas floated here. Downtown Burlington can be restored to its natural state, or at least a corn field. As another benefit, there will no longer be cause to import hoodlums to "Grow Greater Burlington."

Once you doze out the decay, will there be enough left to make New Mediapolis South and New Wever North?

The Manor is gone. When it comes to decay, why stop there? Fire up a fleet of D-9 Caterpillars and start pushing everything into the river.

Like all the junk cars littering its backyards, Burlington may have reached the point where melting down starting anew is the only option.


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14 June

Newsworthy West Burlington Baseball Game


I see we're in the news again for less than stellar reasons.


I'll see your Fox News and raise you the Chicago Tribune. Lord Trousil will be upset about all this discord in Trousilgrad.


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13 June

Beware of a Bad Deal Ad Vertised


The Ad Vertiser is just as guilty as the Drunk ex-Mayor, Slagle, Senator Courtney and the rest for the Eminent Domain Abuse Mall abscess. The Ad Vertiser did the cheer leading while their endorsed team ran down the field the wrong way.

Chalk up 6 million dollars in the hole on the score board.

The Ad Vertiser keeps on stirring the crowd. We want development. We want development.

Yes, unloading the corpse and putting it back on the tax rolls would be wonderful. So would three weeks of 80 degree weather in January.

If the City gave the lot away with a 50 year tax abatement to a retail developer, would the Ad Vertiser tell us it is good thing? It would make more sense than a museum doomed to fail. Drag out the absurd to make any bad for the tax payers, retail development scheme look like salvation.

Read between the lines. The Ad Vertiser is not being altruistic. The Ad Vertiser is undeniably shrinking and therefore increasingly desperate for advertising.

The final solution to the embarrassing vacant lot we bought must be the best possible for all stuck with the bill, not just the Ad Vertiser.


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12 June

Get The Kids - We're Going to Manor Mall Museum

An unsigned, anonymous editorial in Thursday's Ad Vertiser took the city council to task for not giving Rex Troute the opportunity to explore building a Famous Iowans Museum on the Eminent Domain Mall property.

I have a great idea. Why doesn't Rex raise a little more money to just buy the property and he can put whatever he wants on it whenever he is ready?

Anyone that thinks they can raise $2 million bucks for a marketing study and personal salary surely won't have any problem raising an additional $6 million to buy the city out. He'll need collateral and this will fill that bill.

What concerns me is when a real CFO, someone other than Mini-Me Doug Worden, does the cash flow analysis on a $60 - $100 million museum, I'm afraid this concept might slam into the wall like a cow making a splashy patty.

I'd guess you need maybe 600,000 people a year to break even since the monthly payment on an $80,000,000 30-year loan is $429,457.31 at 5% interest.

At $15 a head you'll need 28,630.487 visitors per month or 954 visitors per day, everyday of the year. Since we already know the water park couldn't maintain an unrealistic admission fee, the price will drop to $10 per person. Then, the museum only needs 42,945.731 visitors per month or 1431.52436 visitors per day, everyday of the year. Just to pay the interest.

Now if you were to lower expectations to a pole barn, things will pay off a lot quicker. So you could easily pay $6,000,000 for the property the showcase of how to do things right museum will occupy.

'Course I am sure there are relatives of the drunk ex-mayor Mike Edwards, Lost Keys Bill Ell, Senator Tom Courtney, Dennis Hinkle and Brian Tapp that would like to see their family icons immortalized in wax, in an $80,000,000 museum instead of the outhouse where they all belong.


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11 June

Barack Obama, I Have Had It With You & Your Administration

April 9, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC20500

Mr. Obama:
I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America. You are responsible to the citizens of the United States. You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia. You donít show Great Britain, our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia. How dare you, sir! How dare you!

You canít find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you donít want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey. You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. Whatís the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members - on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer. You havenít said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely didnít!

Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, thatís $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million - not a bad take. Who authorized that and why havenít you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you. I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.

Franklin T. Bell, CFM, RPA, FMA

cc: Senator Barbara A.. Mikulski
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. (D), 1st Congressional District
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III (D), 2nd Congressional District
John P. Sarbanes (D), 3rd Congressional District
Donna F. Edwards (D), 4th Congressional District
Steny H. Hoyer (D), 5th Congressional District
Roscoe G. Bartlett (R), 6th Congressional District
Elijah E. Cummings (D), 7th Congressional District
Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D), 8th Congressional District

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Email Scam Warning


If you get an email titled "Nude photos of Nancy Pelosi," don't open it.

It might contain nude photos of Nancy Pelosi.

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10 June

New Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavor

In honor of the 44th President of the United States, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: "Barocky Road."

Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all very bitter and hard to swallow.

The cost is $100.00 per scoop.

When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but then the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you.

You are left with an empty wallet and no change, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream.

Are you stimulated?

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A Monument to Small Minds Attempting Great Things

Why Was Lost Keys Mayor Bill Ell Left Out of The List Of Shame?


"Edwards, who resigned in June 2007, supported the use of eminent domain to acquire about 50 properties at the Manor site.

He vowed Burlington would "be the poster child ... of the right way to make this happen.""

Burlington is a poster child alright. Burlington is pointed to and laughed at around Iowa for what it has accomplished. The proof is at Agency and Roosevelt.

There is no need for a proposed museum on the site. Those big interest bills for a vacant lot keep on coming. Burlington can hardly afford to fund basic City services, let alone a museum. We already have a monument honoring those infamous for eminent domain abuse and economic development by ignorant political hacks.

A role call of the guilty now gone ignored one. Then Governor, now U. S. Sec. of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack cited an unnamed project in Burlington as good reason to veto eminent domain reform. That veto did not stand.

All involved were lucky the Iowa Senate amendment grandfathering the unnamed project in Burlington was still tacked on. In roughly a month, these little people in the way were on their way to eviction thanks to the political party of "the little people."

Many of the guilty have gone on to bigger and better things. Some are still around town and holding office. As always, everybody but the average taxpayer comes out a winner.


Why wasn't Mayor Lost Keys Bill Ell on the list of where are they now? Maybe writer Jimmy Olson Abel could have added our great screw up mayor's take on his role in stupid political blunders.

Or is his Lordship exempt from accountability? This cost a lot more than Ell's last $50,000 blunder. And one Ell can't cover up and hide from everyone.

As for the drunk ex-mayor Mike Edwards, he already is a poster child - for crooked, dip shit politicians.


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"Unions in Debt"

Union Election Debt for Obama Humongous

from the Wall Street Journal -

"We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama," declared Andy Stern last month, and the president of the Service Employees International Union wasn't exaggerating. The SEIU and AFL-CIO have been spending so much on politics that they're going deeply into debt.

That news comes courtesy of federal disclosure forms that unions file each year with the Department of Labor. The Bush Administration toughened the enforcement of those disclosure rules, but under pressure from unions the Obama Labor shop is slashing funding for such enforcement. Without such disclosure, workers wouldn't be able to see how their union chiefs are managing their mandatory dues money.

Alarm is coming even from inside the AFL-CIO -- specifically, from Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, who sits on the AFL-CIO's finance committee. Bloomberg News reports that he is circulating a report claiming the AFL-CIO engaged in "creative accounting" to conceal financial difficulties heading into last year's Presidential election. As recently as 2000, the union consortium of 8.5 million members had a $45 million surplus. By June of last year it had $90.6 million in liabilities, or $2.3 million more than its $88.3 million in assets. "If we are not careful, insolvency may be right around the corner," Mr. Buffenbarger warned."'

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The War on Capitalism


The primary features of War Communism were:

* Uncontrolled inflationary printing press finance, ultimately leading to hyperinflation and nationwide reversion to barter

* Near universal nationalization of manufacturing; widespread nationalization of retailing

* Stringent price controls upon and forced requisitioning of agricultural products; state monopoly on grain purchases

* Forced labor for civilians as well as the military

America is not going into uncharted territory. Others have been where we are boldly headed. All ended in disaster. If you believe the liberal media, we have nothing to fear.

Closer to home, why any banker would take TARP money without being on the verge of collapse makes no sense. Strings on those TARP dollars will have the bankers dancing to centralized planners quicker than anything.

Why be in a big rush to be first over the cliff. However slim, there is a chance people will wake up before the whole train is at the bottom of the abyss.


Everybody is drinking the Hopeium Kool-Aid. Even the Supreme court.

The abyss is on the horizon. Hope the Kool-Aid works. It's not the crash - it's the sudden stop that hurts.


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Fishing for Tourists From Outer Space


I have heard of Kilgore Trout, but who is Rex Troute?

Like Kilgore Trout, it is obvious Rex Troute is a dreamer. He wants the City to fund his dream and a museum job at the Eminent Domain Mall disaster site. Could a wax dummy exhibit on Burlington's first Mayor ever to resign and his accomplices make more tourists come to Burlington than a Welcome to the Monkey House at the Brookfield Zoo? Tralfamadorians may take note on the Ad Vertiser in cyberspace.

Some of these extra terrestrial tourists are rumored to consider one ounce spheroids of gold as pennies when tipping minimum wage hospitality workers. The flying saucers in which these tourists travel will not add to current traffic congestion at Agency & Roosevelt. It all makes as much sense as strip mall on the disaster site. No wonder Mr. Davidson and Master Murray of our City Council praised Mr. Troute's proposal.

Mayor Ell is still grumpy about the vacant lot he helped create. Lots of help he will be.

If Mr. Troute wants to dream dreams that will never come true, let alone pay off, and leave others with the tab, City Hall can make happen. Forget about a museum of abnormal natives. Take out nomination papers and run for Burlington City Council.

If Mr. Troute gets in with right party of good fellows and campaigns hard, he too can join the elite crew of abnormal natives for whom reality is just an illusion.

T. Fischer

We could draw a better crowd to see a headless body dug up at Aspen Grove.


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09 June

Two Rivers Drives Taxpayers Deeper Into Debt


I saw that Two Rivers / Burlington Bank & Trust applied for TARP money. So I looked up their financial status on the Iowa bank website and found that they have some of the lowest loan delinquency rates among the banks.

What I want to know is why do they need to borrow money and put this country into deeper debt? They donít need the money. They arenít making any more loans than before. The donít have a large default loan portfolio. They are lowering costs with this big, new back room consultant generated plan to raise our fees.

What are they up to?


Green fees are up this year. And with gas creeping up again, it just costs more money. You know how it goes. The taxpayers pay for the golf of the incompetent.


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Americaís Future at Stake With Obamaís Chrysler Misstep

This Time, It Is Not About the Money

The Obama administration tried to rewrite the United States commercial code and bankruptcy laws while structuring a solution for Chrysler. In the sale to Fiat, bond holders were told to accept pennies on the dollar and forget their massive debt. Since much of that debt was owned by financial institutions it would be repaid with TARP money even though it is against the law to use TARP money for bailing out the auto makers.

Bond holders are the first in line during a bankruptcy proceeding. Bonds like Chryslerís are next in line to U.S. Treasury Bonds in value because of their security position. The bond holders are paid first with any remaining cash or cash received from the sale of any remaining assets. New, interim funding for bankrupt companies is based on this principle. If this isnít in place, no one invests more bond money.

The state of Indiana pension funds invested about $17 million in Chrysler bonds. Under the administrationís plan Indiana would receive $12 million and told to go fly a kite for the other $5 million. However, the UAW health trust, a creditor with no real standing in the bankruptcy proceeding would receive a 55% equity stake in the new company formed by Fiat. Fiat owns Case/CNH.

Indiana petitioned the New York appellate court to stop the sale because the rights of junior creditors were put ahead the rights of senior lenders. The appellate court decision was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rightfully issued an order shortly before the 4 pm Monday deadline putting the Chrysler sale on hold. She realized there is something wrong with this deal.

Obama, and his talking heads, will cry over the potential loss of jobs if this deal isnít allowed to go forward. Obamaís child car czar, Brain Brian Deese, will not shave for 3 days trying to grow some hair.

No one knows how the Chrysler deal will play out. But, what will happen if the sale isnít modified to conform to American law is that the bonds used to secure probably 90% of the heavy weight debt of American corporations will become worthless and the possibilities for a company in bankruptcy to obtain gap bankruptcy funding will disappear.

That has serious implications. The U.S. financial instruments lose all financial credibility. And that is far worse than anything we can imagine. Both the government based and corporate U.S. bonds, now held by our largest bond holder, China, are less valuable today. If China pushes as hard as it can, we will be waiting tables for the rest of the world by Christmas 2010.

And the respected financial bond standard used around the world for all to aspire to will be gone in 60 seconds if the Supreme Court doesnít exert the pressure of the current bankruptcy laws to the Chrysler sale.

This administration has no more answers than the last guy on how to fix Detroit. But there are people that know Detroit and the world market place and how to keep our global position in auto building. But those experts werenít asked for advice. Instead, 31-year old no-experience kids are allowed to destroy capitalism with 5th grade science experiments.

Hopeium wonít fix the Big 3 crisis. Smart capitalists will. And if you think this is a mess, wait until we get to GM.


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Egg Rolls, Privacy Stickers and Crapware A'la Courtney


"This is very good news for users, so they should not uninstall it. It will automatically filter pornographic images and antirevolutionary content. It will not take up much space on the hard drive. It is very stable and we have conducted many tests already," she added.

"Ensuring children's safety surfing online and create a green internet space is an important mission of the communications industry," said Xi Guohua, the vice-minister of the IT ministry, last month. He added that the Green Dam software had already been downloaded more than three million times and that more than 2,000 schools are equipped with it."

Very clever, those Chinese Communists.

Senator Courtney may not be very clever, but even he can grasp the concept. Be on the look out for legislation requiring specific software installed on all computers in Iowa. Of course, it will be "for the children" and their protection.

Who cares who Spike is as long as you block and track those who dare even attempt to read Derailed. Use one subversive, counter revolutionary, running dog revisionist as bait to identify the rest. Let the single party system flower for one thousand years.

Mao Tse Tom

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Food Stamps for Journalists


Reporters at the Boston Globe have a union. A 23% pay cut is on the table as a matter of survival. A vote is to be taken. Will the Boston Globe survive?

Does Jimmy Olson at the Advertiser have a union? If not, could Senator Courtney and his friends help remedy that situation?

If Jimmy Olson took a 23% pay cut, would he qualify for food stamps?

S. Gompers

Jimmy Olson can't get paid much less. The next pay grade will include the staff of the Purple & Gray.


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08 June

Does Moving Day for Tapp Draw Near?


South East Iowa Retards Promoting Crime (SEIRPC) wanting a new headquarters has been off the radar. No further words on Trousil and Worden firing words at each other over this scheme have been heard for a while.

The Ad Vertiser has been mum. Nobody has been posting anything here, or elsewhere.

Has the grant been submitted? Is the deal basically done?


I doubt if it is a done deal. But you never know. Just a monument to Tapp's idiocy and a shining tribute to the idiot Lemmings that sit on his board all puffed like baby Robins. All mouth and full of crap.


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It Crawled Out of the Freezer


The Thing from Another World

"Producer Howard Hawks' adaptation of the John Campbell story of an arctic expedition that runs afoul of a blood sucking alien is often credited (or blamed - depending on who you talk to) with launching the evil monster tries to destroy humanity films that were so prevalent in the 1950's."

I read of legal action local concerning post mortem, non-retention of a mind. Is it possible to file a class action suit against retention of a mind?

Such concern is nothing new. It is terrifying to contemplate the effect on those not yet born should some of our local leaders' thought processes ever be revived.


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Whitey's Open


Whitey's has reopened with a scaled down pool area, full food menu and of course, the bar.

Whitey's is just a fun place to go with friends and have a good time.

Is there hope for Burlington after all?


I hope it lasts. There are so many that need to disappear. Whitey's isn't one of them.


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Is Rash Of Burglaries A Crime Wave?


I want to know when a rash of burglaries are added to the other crimes committed does that result in a crime wave?


No. there is no crime wave.


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Thinking of Torching the Beamer?

from the Chicago Tribune -

"Nationwide, suspicious vehicle fires or arson increased 27% in the first quarter of this year compared with a year earlier, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, an industry-supported agency that investigates all types of insurance fraud. So-called owner give-ups -- cars intentionally destroyed or abandoned -- jumped 24%.

Barbecuing a Beamer is one of the more dramatic types of suspected insurance fraud that's increasing in this economic downturn, the deepest in half a century. But it's not the only one. Suspicious personal injury slip-and-fall claims increased 60% in the first quarter; staged car accidents were up 34% and commercial property fire/arson cases jumped 76%."

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Tea Party for Farmers


The farmers should get on-board. Obama will be after them next. They will be forced to bite the hand that pays them or succumb.


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Free the Press


If Senator Courtney gets his pet legislation passed, will Governor Culver sign the bill? It would mean you are sent to a re-education camp.

If this ever happens, will Al Gore get you out too?


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05 June

Time For Ted Wiegand To Be Shown The Door

Itís time for the supervisors to bounce their jackass accountant Ted Wiegand of TD&T Financial Group of Mount Pleasant right back down the rat hole he came out of. For some reason this guy thinks he is the audit police for the county and the entire world.

First he stirred the pot with Beckís daughter over county signs. Wiegand, in his infinite wisdom as a dipshit bean counter, decided that he was also a sign know-it-all. And since publisher Steve Delaney likes the dirt to sell his old news rag, Wiegand got his 15 minutes in the lights.

Now Wiegand has decided he knows more than anyone else when it comes to a county employee that is delinquent in paying their property taxes and the non-impact that has on their job performance.

I think it would be a good idea for Wiegand to validate his rock-throwing position under the GAAP guidelines and explain his rationale for his trash talk police work. Surely a smart, competent, (even greasy) CPA can point right to the paragraph that spells his witchcraft out. If not, shut up and keep your dumb ass thoughts to yourself. If you worked for me your ass would have been bouncing down the crumbling court house steps, one crack to crack to another. Go review Heland and Hoschekís mismanagement of county funds and audit that pile if you are so astute.

One should always remember that if you want to throw rocks in a glass house, best do it from the outside. And from what we hear, there is at least one audit customer that has had more overlooked on it than delinquent taxes.

Since this is appears to be a county personnel issue, I would guess there is always the possibility the employee could sue the county for this stupid CPA trick.

And shame on spit ball publisher Steve Delaney and his Kansas Carpetbagger owners for this low rent approach to non-newsworthy tabloid trash article. Barrel bottom lickers.


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Following a Bad Example


"The recession is driving the safety net of government benefits to a historic high, as one of every six dollars of Americans' income is now coming in the form of a federal or state check or voucher."

What is the ratio of local income provided by a government check? Is it higher than one in six.

This is not sustainable. The entire nation will end up like Burlington. Desperate, depressed and broke is no future to seek.

H. H.

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To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me on South Central Night Before Last


I wondered if it would be alright to post this letter since I can't seem to locate this person. Thanks.


To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me on South Central Night Before Last:

I was the guy with the black Burberry jacket that you demanded I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings.

I hope you somehow come across this message. I'd like to apologize.

I didn't expect you to crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. Truth is, I was wearing the jacket for a reason that evening since it wasn't that cold outside as you might remember.

You see, my girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for Christmas and we had just picked up a shoulder holster for it that evening. Beautiful pistol, eh?

It's a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head, isn't it? I know it probably wasn't a great deal of fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge in your pants.

I'm sure it was even worse since you also ended up leaving your shoes, cell phone and wallet with me. I couldn't have you calling up any of your buddies to come help you try to mug us again.

I took the liberty of calling your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, and explaining to her your situation. I also bought myself and four other people in the gas station this morning a tank full of gas on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to one of the homeless guys over by Circle K along with all of the cash in your wallet.

I threw your wallet in a fancy gold Escalade parked at the curb after I broke out the windshield and side window and keyed the driverís door.

I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. They'll be on your bill in case you'd like to know. Ma Bell just shut down the line and I've only had the phone for a little over a day now so I don't know what's going on with that. I hope they haven't permanently cut off your service.

I could only get in two threatening phone calls, one to the county attorneyís office and one to the FBI with your cell phone. The FBI guy was really pissed and we had a long chat (I guess while he traced the number).

I'd also like to apologize for making you walk back home humiliated. I'm hoping that you'll reconsider your choice of path in life.

Next time you might not be so lucky.


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GM - Grand Motivation


Who says a great political leader can not inspire automotive greatness. You should stop picking on President Obama. You have no idea what you are talking about.

President Obama can do anything he sets his mind to. He is a true genius. If you do not believe it, just look it up in the Hawkeye. Mike Sweet knows a good man when he sees one.

Under President Obama's inspirational leadership, General Motors will make small, fuel efficient cars people will love. It has been done before and President Obama will do it again.

Today General Motors. Tomorrow, the world!

Eva Braun

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03 June

Obama's GM Mechanic

Obama's GM mechanic, Brain Brian Deese is set to dismantle GM and capitalism. Here's his resume:

31 years old
Never graduated from law school
Never graduated from business school
Not a formally trained economist
Never ran a company
1st government job
Never been in an auto plant

"In charge of dismantling GM Deese has become one of the most influential voices in what may become President Obamaís biggest experiment yet in federal economic intervention."

Thrown up in your Cheerios yet?

If not, wait. You will.


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The GM Bankruptcy By The Numbers

When General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection Monday morning the plans include a split-up over time into ďnewĒ and ďoldĒ companies with billions of new dollars in support from the U.S. government as well as the governments of Canada and Ontario.

GM CEO Fritz Henderson said at a press conference that the company would be leaner and more customer-focused when it comes out.

ďWe intend to offer you nothing less than best-in-class cars and trucks,Ē Henderson said. ďWe look forward to the chance to win your business, and win back your trust.Ē

The largest automotive industry bankruptcy ever

The 8th public company bankruptcy of 2009 with pre-petition assets of $10 billion or more

The 30th public company bankruptcy of 2009 with pre-petition assets of $1 billion or more

The 45th historic public company bankruptcy with pre-petition assets of $10 billion or more

The 99th public company bankruptcy of 2009

$344 billion is the total figure for 2009ís combined pre-petition public company bankruptcy assets

62,000 union-represented U.S. employees

68 percent of its total 243,000 employees are represented by unions

61,000 is the number of employees represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

377,000 U.S. hourly retirees

116,000 U.S. salaried retirees

3 million cars and trucks sold by GM in the U.S. in 2008 ó 22.1 percent of total car and truck industry sales

8 million cars and trucks sold by GM worldwide in 2008 ó 12.4 percent of total car and truck industry sales

$31 billion is GMís reported net loss for 2008

Source: BankruptcyData.com

GM Government Funding per Job:

Government bailout funds

Pre-bankruptcy TARP bailouts: $19.4 billion

Reported bankruptcy assistance: $30.1 billion

TOTAL: $49.5 billion

GM jobs

On December 31, 2008, GM employed 243,000 employees (with 116,000 of these employees working for GM North America)

[source: GM 2008 Form 10-K, ]

Government bailout funds per job

$203,703.70 per GM employee

$426,724.14 per GM North American employee

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Ad Vertiser Wins Spelling Bee

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Single Party System Succession


Kim Jong Il has anointed his 26-year-old son _ said to be competitive, proficient in English and a heavy drinker _ as the next leader of the communist state, news reports said Tuesday.

How do you pick a new leader in a single party dictatorship?

It looks like North Korea will keep on creeping along with the Kims. What if the world gets tired of the Kims' setting off skyrockets and forces them to flee?

Jong II has one sterling qualification to be Mayor of Burlington, but being competitive and proficient in English disqualifies. Like North Korea, West Burlington has one great ruler for life.

Should Kommandant Tousil hang up his gavel, would Kim Jong II be a possible replacement.

Napoleon XXIII

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02 June

Ad Vertiser Gender Confusion


"Valedictorian Aakash Dhuna said he will miss the trivial things that make high school what it is, and she shared a few treasured memories from his last four years."

A sex change operation in a single sentence?

Does anybody proof read anything at the Ad Vertiser any more?

Christine Jorgensen

Little Ms. Darcee is the cream of the newby writers on South Main. Follow her writings, they are a wonderful example of slaughtered facts filled with total inaccuracies.


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The Obama Motor Co.

Hopeium Recipe for Disaster

from the Wall Street Journal -

"If you close your eyes and imagine that GM's private managers would be able to make decisions based solely on business judgment, you can even start to believe......

....Every decision the feds have made since December suggests that nonpolitical management will be impossible.....First they replaced Mr. Wagoner...Then Treasury bludgeoned the bond holders in both Chrysler and GM to take pennies on the dollar....

....the labor agreement that the UAW approved last week, which goes some way toward reducing costs but probably not enough to make the new, smaller GM competitive. The new agreement simplifies some work rules and job descriptions but makes no reductions in hourly pay, pensions or health care for active workers....

....The Administration's concessions to the UAW also restrict the company's ability to import smaller, more fuel-efficient cars that it already makes overseas.

....This is raw trade protectionism. It is also textbook cartel behavior and would be an antitrust violation if practiced by a business.

....The Obama Administration has been whispering to the press that it could start selling its stake within a year to 18 months, and that it hopes to be out of the business entirely in five years. But even assuming that the taxpayer investment stops at $50 billion, GM would have to be worth a cool $80 billion for taxpayers to break even on their 60% stake. By way of comparison, GM's market capitalization at its recent peak in 2000 was only $56 billion.

....Mr. Obama likes to say he's a pragmatist who only prefers a government solution when it will work. But in resurrecting an industrial auto policy that even the French long ago abandoned, the President has made himself GM's de facto CEO. Our guess is that he'll come to regret it as much as taxpayers will."

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01 June

RINO Publisher Steve Delaney Might Have Voted for Lincoln


"(There's an assumption that as editor of The Hawk Eye, I must be a Democrat. I'm not. I'll offer proof -- I voted for the first President Bush in 1988, and I haven't received any dinner invitations from Pelosi.)"

I see Citizen Kane admitted how he voted over 20 years ago. So what.

Look at the straight single party endorsements. Look at the editorializing in stories and lack of stories based on bias. The Ad Vertiser has fully flowered to its current pathetic state under Citizen Kane.

Going back to 1988 to cite objectivity shows desperation and proves Citizen Kane is worthy of his name.


Strange, Delaney doesn't mention any interim election voting record. Or any that can be substantiated.


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Government Rails of Gold


Government subsidization of competing modes of transportation and excessive regulation evidently had nothing to do with the end of private enterprise hauling railroad passengers. Government will make it all better.

Does anybody know the cost to improve the rail route from Burlington to Preston, IA for 150 MPH passenger service?


There will not be 1 tangible product from that $8 billion in high speed rail money. That wouldn't build one route unless it was here to Preston.


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