Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

31 December

JR. Murray Not In Worden's Fold of Lies & Deceit?


Spike,

Why didn't Jr. Murray get the mayor's job? Murray has spent most of his council career filling in for our MIA mayor at most every public event.

Are the hacks afraid Murray is too young, impressionable and could still fall from their crooked path? Did Jr. piss off Bruce Slagle's criminal understudy, Mini-Me Worden?

It seemed all too convenient that Davidson wormed his way into the Vice Commander's chair since he's a voice over for Caspar Milquetoast.

Even if Fleming and Reed perform beyond expectations can any real change be effected? Doubtful.

Lost Key's platform was built on deceit, lies and even more lies while covering his ineptness.

KL

Similarities Too Close to Call Differences



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3 Strike Drunk Mayor Reputation


Spike,

Well you got 'em all jacked up at city hall. Now we have to put up with a three-strike drunk mayor reputation.

Next time, tell your audience that our loser drunk mayor is one of the most qualified, exceptional political animals to walk the halls of Des Moines and Washington, D.C. Maybe he will land somewhere else.

NM

What? And be like the rest of these "cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh**?

Pass me the Tylenol.

Spike


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City Lost View of Casino Books - 10 Years of Debt with No Verification


Spike,

I see our bunch of dimwitted council members signed away the public's right to view the casino books. How nice!

Now the taxpayers can thank Tim Scott for his belligerent outburst chastising Leon Shahan for asking the council to double check the supposed facts laid out by Worden and casino investor Bill Ell.

I guess that's why Scott is selling picnic tables and dumping sewage on city streets.

WJ

Boy, the stench of sewage sure hits the sweet spot here.

Somebody needs to check with DNR to see if they were contacted about Scott's sewage dump on city streets since Publsiher Steve Delaney is hiding behind his ad revenue. DNR wrote all those tickets a few months prior. Surely, they would be interested in this.

Spike

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On The Job




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Hawkeye Letters to the Editor Leave Questions


Spike,

A recent letter taking the BPD to task has drawn several rebuttals, and the most recent one eluded to a local bar fight that resulted in a stabbing.

Today's reply went on to say it happened during a local business's holiday party. Though he didn't elaborate further I'm guessing it might have happened at The Buffalo since that business's manager also had a letter to the editor in the paper recently apologizing to neighbors about the problems.

I'm curious whether any Burlington Derailed readers know and would care to share the identity of the local business that's holiday party resulted in the stabbing and/or the identity of the business that held its holiday party at The Buffalo. Were they related?

I admit that I had an identity guess, but after today's letter that says, "You might be surprised to find out what business it was," I'm not sure. One more thing, I heard that the BPD was involved in a manhunt Tuesday night. Any truth to that?

TL

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30 December

Burlington's MIA Lost Keys Bill Ell Retains Crown




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“Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009


Democrats Dominate List of Crooks 9-1

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT
2. Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
3. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
4. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner
5. Attorney General Eric Holder
6. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)
7. President Barack Obama
8. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
9. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven
10. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

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New Crown for Council Imbecile





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The System Failed Along With "Planet Janet" Napolitano




Spike:

Well, according to our Homeland Security Chief the system worked as it was supposed to and private citizens prevented a terrorist from blowing up one of our airliners. This terrorist avoiding all security checks along with having no passport was able to board an American airliner with explosives in his pants and the chief of Homeland Security says, “The system was working.”

Our president then has the gall to say, “The alleged terrorist” when finally making a speech about the guy. Since when is a person caught in the act of trying to blow up our citizens and alleged person?

I think our government under Obama is incapable of protecting us any longer. Their main concern is to be politically correct as Obama wishes and refrain from saying the word terrorist or any other word that may offend Muslims when all along their the group that’s trying to kill us all. A man gets caught with his pants down trying to blow up Americans and according to Obama he is “alleged” to have done it. Remember, Obama is the only person on earth that never heard his pastor of twenty years say anything racist or against the United States.

I guess we can be thankful for a handful of passengers or we’d have no security at all. The government is protecting its ass and that’s all there is to it. Homeland Security dropped the ball but at the same time has the balls to say, “The system is working.” Just who are they trying to make believe the system is working? I find it hard to believe Americans are gullible enough to believe one word of this response.

Why does government continue to be a burden to the American taxpayer? Why is government so loaded with deadbeat incompetent personnel? Just why does government employees get paid, on average over $30,000 more than comparable private employees performing the same job?

Disgusted

Isn't it just amazing how incompetence runs rampant from the bottom up in the Democratic Party.

I can't wait to hear Mike Sweet's version of how this is George Bush's fault.

Spike


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29 December

A Fifth More of Your Income to be Taken


Spike,

Sobriety is not necessary when spending other people's money. It would not be first time this has happened.

Be it the U. S. Senate, or your local City Council, clarity of thought is no barrier to advancing your agenda even if you head the Senate Finance Committee.

Old Crow

Must be a friend of our local politicians.

Spike





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One Picture is Worth a Thousand Government Meeting Minutes



Spike,

Some newspapers have put the web's plethora of space to good use. Public record arrest photos are put up on their web site. This is most helpful.

Often times the name does not connect with a face. With the photo, it all comes together. It avoids suspicion leading to a wrongful identification in peoples minds.

Why does the Ad Vertiser not do this? Have they asked for such information from the Des Moines County jail. Are they afraid to follow through for public record information as they were the video of a Mayor's phone call for a ride home?

MB

Our real criminals drive home drunk from Gulfport or the Sombrero. Usually after a council meeting. Or after stealing votes from nursing homes.

Spike






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Gambling - Good for Anything that Ails


Spike,

With a 4 to 2 vote, the council gave its blessing to the proposed casino at Arundel Mills mall, which would be the largest of five slots sites authorized in Maryland and one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

Westland Mall ain't what it used to be. Gaping holes, not as many people as years ago, something is missing. This reminds some older residents of what happened to downtown Burlington. What to do?

A casino. Gambling is the answer to any and all problems. Remember all those promises of what a gambling boat would do for downtown Burlington.

Gambling can do the same for Westland Mall.

SE

Now that Ottumwa is in the hunt for a casino Catfish Bend needs to make a move. A West Burlington expansion wouldn't be too far away and still draw a whole new bunch of gamblers to help pay off the casino debt to Burlington.

Spike



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28 December

After 2 Drunks - What's Next?


Tonight, the Burlington city council misfits will ordain two new members and vote for a new mayor.

After two inept, drunk mayors with no leadership skills, what does the future hold for Burlington?

Junior Murray, a school teacher that thinks he knows everything and tells us often.

Jim Davidson, a retired school teacher that has no real experience doing anything except reading from a text book and kissin' Doug Worden's ass.

Chris Reed, a "performance manager" with no political experience except that garnered by 2 votes.

Bob Fleming, a retired, respected businessman with a personal relationship with Scott Power fermented to the point that he believes Scott Power to be an "honorable man."

Or, does everyone cave in to the no-show, old drunk Bill Ell?

It can't get any better than this.

Spike

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Mildew Jerry Strauss Retires - Why Not Take A Couple More?


Spike,

Des Moines County Mildew Custodian Jerry Stauss is set to retire this week. I won't be available for his retirement party this week. I have to work to pay my taxes to pay for his screw up at the county home along with his 911 expense account extravaganzas.

Speaking of retirement, maybe Jerry could take can't-balance-the-payroll Carol with him. We'd wait while she had her last massage.

Jerry, if there is anyone for you to pal around with on your last 911 sign milk run, please take Jeff Heland with you right out to the furthest corner of the county and drop him off.

We could use a lot less Jerry, Carol and Jeff in the court house.

Had Enough Excess Living Politicians

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24 December

Life After The Railroad Shops


Spike,

"Last week in Plattsmouth the re-employment office had closed, the Welfare Board disbanded, not a house, not an apartment was vacant, not a man was out of work."

A different time. A different place. No Manor Mall.

GH

There has been no life after the railroad shops. And there won't be until there is a wholesale house cleaning in downtown Burlington.

But I see Burlington's Worthless Lawyer stole another $17,000+ of taxpayer money without explanation or documentation. Dumbass Dougie will just go borrow more free money.

Burlington is infested with worthless politicians and incompetent government employees. Can't balance the payroll...what a joke.

Spike


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How the Obama Administration Cuts Wasteful Spending


Party Time at the FAA; Critics Question $5 Million Gathering

This is just sickening and heads should roll along with the FAA leadership. Americans are losing jobs and these scumbags are spending our money on partying for no logical reason. A power point could have explained the contract that is already been in force for about three months. 3600 government scumbags having a party on the taxpayer.

Sick of Government

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Marxmart - Fewer Freedoms Everday!


Spike,

"They'll see what's good. We'll show them what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people," said Chavez in his drive to change Venezuela from a market-based economy to a socialist one.

That wild and crazy communist on our door step is venturing into retailing. No junk food, but politically correct merchandise for the exploited masses. What to do about the competition?

If people do not buy what you are selling, outlaw the competition. Force feed a workers paradise by dictatorial fiat. This has implications beyond distribution of goods. It could spread to distribution of information. Could it spread to here?

Socialist news organizations in America are suffering. Competition is offering what the market wants. With the decline in readers, so declines the advertising revenues. Some politically correct newspapers are already gone.

For the good of the masses, politically correct newspapers would probably be the only ones sold at Marxmarts. With the competition ordered off to re-education camps, Marxmart would be the only retail advertiser.

Retail socialism would be subsidizing information socialism. Putting advertising dollars only in the hands of the politically correct would make perish free market pariahs. Freedom of speech may thus be circumvented by destroying free markets.

May the circle be unbroken. When does Burlington get a Marxmart?

If Marxmart should become the only show in town, would the Ad Vertiser's troubles be over?

Sam Stalin

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22 December

Head for the Hills


Spike,

"It is getting harder for governments to buy United States Treasuries because the US's shrinking current-account gap is reducing supply of dollars overseas, a Chinese central bank official said yesterday."

The Shanghai Daily is warning America's credit card is near maxed out. The world will not keep taking our I. O. U.s

This is announced on the heels of trillions in new obligations as political quacks like Sen. Harkin and Congressman Loebsack have voted to play doctor. Get ready for the destruction of the middle class Latin American style. Our currency will be debased through inflation.

Not only will individuals be poorer, so also lower levels of government will find the cost of credit destructive. The City of Burlington is always ready to bond its way to prosperity, but for how much longer?

Take notes when watching reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies. Do it before America's aging, neglected electrical grid collapses like Cascade Bridge.

Do more than laugh at home remedies for what ails you and coon grease cookies as a Christmas treat. Moving out of the mansion in Beverly Hills and back to the shack is what our leaders have decided for us. Be prepared.

JDC

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"Small stuff" - How Harkin Spends Your Taxes


Spike,

"Harkin dismissed deals dubbed vote-buying by GOP senators as "small stuff" that distracted Americans from the primary focus of the overhaul bill."

Bribing socialized medicine through the Senate with home state pork did not get the public option. That is no problem. Senator Tom Harkin (D) IA will be back with your cash to grease the wheels.

"I am a strong supporter of a public option, I remain so, and I believe that sometime in the near future we will revisit that issue again and we will adopt a public option." Thank you, Senator Harkin. We will all sing your praises every April 15th.

To rephrase the late, great Barry Goldwater, extreme waste in the pursuit of socialism is no vice. With Senator Harkin, waste and bribery is a virtue.

State Senator Courtney couldn't have said it better.

VL

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18 December

Conflict + Confusion = Failure - Similar to Coming Out - Or Capture


Spike,

"Scheffler stated that his candidate could not agree on 2 of his 10 points of minion rules to pass party muster.

So now, Satan flip flops like all bad little boys do."


You nailed it. Conflict of interest.

This Sheffler guy says one thing to satisfy his political action employer and then contradicts himself as a Republican Party official. Trying to serve two masters fails both.

Why do Republicans put up with this? For that matter, why do the people paying him?

BVP

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Where's Michael Moore? Could Heland or Sweet Fill In? They Look Alike!


No Trail - No Tourists?


Spike,

I see the Iowa DNR is killing Des Moines County's bike trail. A trail might disturb a rattle snake at Star's Cave. This could have major implications.

Supervisor Heland says this project is vital for our area. Eco tourists will flock to the bike trail. No bike trail. No rich tourists coming from where people have real jobs. We will all perish.

If the bike trail is dead and all those tourists are not coming, does that mean Huck's Hole will need another interest free loan to stay afloat?

LA

Whenever Michael Moore decides to boycott, tourism flourishes. This time Connecticut is his target because of Joe Lieberman's stance on health care.

Maybe we could get Heland to stand in if Michael isn't available. Or Mike Sweet.

Denounce the hell out of the decision and generate those tourist dollars.

Spike


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Politician's Carbon Footprint


Spike:

Who would you venture spews the most carbon into the atmosphere, Obama or Gore? It would seem the only thing green about these two guys is what they put into their wallets. We then have that nag Pelosi running a close third with Dirty Harry running fourth.

Why can’t Obama keep his feet on the ground and make his speeches from the White House rather than dirty up the air he claims needs cleaning? The nag seems to think she needs a Boeing 757 to fly back and forth to that fruitcake, obnoxious San Francisco on the weekends.

This presidency is beginning to make Carter’s look good by lifting it out of the bottom and replacing it with the current administration.

By the way I noticed Hillary seems to have gotten a new face job. I saw her on TV the other day and there wasn’t any sag to be seen; good thing she won’t have to have Obamacare or she’d be in real trouble.

None of the losers in Washington will have their lives disrupted by this loser administration because they make their own rules that are far more privileged than ours.

Disgusted

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Congressional Debate is Killing the Country


Spike:

Let’s take a look at how congress is ruining our country by debating programs that will do nothing but damage our way of life and make life miserable for our grandchildren and those beyond.

1. Debating a healthcare bill that they themselves don’t want along with a majority of real Americans

2. Borrowing money from China and wasting it on failed programs to stimulate jobs and earmarks for worthless projects such as paying off congressmen for their healthcare votes and other dumb witted crap. Where did the six million for paying off Hillary’s campaign cost come from? You don’t think Obama took it out of his party do you?

3. After the first of the year they’ll be working on cap and trade which is another step in the loss of American jobs and a huge increase in the cost of American goods

4. They’ll be working on making 12 million illegal’s citizens; so the democrats can improve their vote situation while the rest of us face much higher insurance premiums in order to pay the cost of their insurance

Anyone who voted for Obama should have their head examined and I wonder if the stimulus would pay for it. I’m just so sick of Obama and his line of BS that I want to scream. He’s either flying somewhere to make a speech, driving somewhere to make a speech, or inviting people to the White House to make more speeches. Doesn’t he know how to do anything but talk? Did he not learn anything at Harvard? I’m about sick and tried of hearing about all the Harvard people he has working for him and yet nothing is improving and we’re just sliding down hill into more and more debt and job losses.

Disgusted

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A Wiser City Investment Strategy - But Where Will Heland Go?


Spike,

"I made $7000 when I invested in your big pick last month. I cannot believe I made so much money with just $1500 to start with. Thank you so much for the priceless information you send me. I've told my friends about your website, and they have signed up as well!"

Those annoying pop ups may hold Burlington's salvation. Given the City of Burlington's track record with the Wrecked Plex, the Manor Mall and Huck's Hole, we need a new strategy; Penny Stocks!

With a penny stock newsletter and $1,500 to start out, how long until Burlington's City Manager can recover what our City financial misplacement specialists have lost? Even if they lose, we maybe winners with strict limits placed on the "investors."

Could budgeting <5% of what is paid out in interest on current bad investments minimize future losses?

Yes, the odds favor the house. Like fools on a casino floor, their gains by chance they will trumpet. None the less, keeping them occupied thinking they are winning could keep them at the penny machine and out of the high stakes room.

Until voters wake up and remove those from the casino playing with our money, could a controlled feeding of their addiction reduce our ever increasing losses?

Pump 'N Dump

Where will Heland go? The Riverside casino? The Augusta Tap?

Spike


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17 December

Republican Satan Scheffler Denounces Branstad as "Irrelevant"


Satan's Republican Laundryman Doesn't Follow His 10 Commandments for Platform


Spike,

"Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance, said choices Branstad made almost two decades ago are “irrelevant.” What Scheffler cares about now, he said, is getting promises of action from Branstad, not just assurances of shared beliefs.

“We want someone who will exert leadership as opposed to saying: ‘Yeah, I’m with you on taxes; I’m with you on marriage; I’m with you on life, don’t worry about it.’”

Scheffler said social conservatives want someone who will not let the Legislature go home until agreeing to let the people vote on an amendment banning gay marriage."

Iowa's Republican National Committeeman says former Governor Branstad's experience is "irrelevant."
Under investigation on a complaint of laundering money through a Burlington Church, the group that pays Iowa's Republican National Committeeman's salary is more concerned about beating up homosexuals than Iowa going broke.

This is excellent news for Governor Culver. The last thing Iowa's incumbent Governor wants is for his record as Governor to be relevant. Put the spot light on a social issue side show.

Southeast Iowa's dysfunctional duo in the Iowa Senate, the comedy team of Courtney and Fraise, are no doubt secretly cheering. With Mr. Sheffler's antics, they will remain in the majority safe from rebuke for voting to spend Iowa into a billion dollar debt.

With leaders like Steve Sheffler, the Republican Party of Iowa is following the path of the Republican Party of Des Moines County. Total irrelevance awaits.

DG

Scheffler stated that his candidate could not agree on 2 of his 10 points of minion rules to pass party muster.

So now, Satan flip flops like all bad little boys do.

Spike



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Gather Wood and Torches


Spike,

"Grassley, a self-described born-again Christian, issued a statement late Friday saying he hopes parliamentarians in the East African nation drop the proposal that calls for life sentences for people convicted of sex with a same-gender partners and execution if convicted more than once."

How long until Iowa's Republican National Committeeman and his employer under investigation for money laundering through a local church call for Chuck Grassley to be burned at the stake?

Joan of Arc

I wonder if Scheffler values human life above same-sex marriage. Or, does he secretly torture animals he doesn't like?

Spike



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16 December

To Hell With Christmas Music - 2nd Graders to Sing "Allah is God"


“Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying ‘til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.”

"A battle over religion is brewing in central Indiana after a public school wanted second graders to sing a song declaring, “Allah is God.” The phrase was removed just before the performance after a national conservative group launched a protest.

The principal of Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, IN, said they were trying to teach inclusiveness through their holiday production. It included references to Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa.

However, no other deity, other than Allah, was referenced in the show."

This bullshit is out of control whether it be these loons or Satan Steve Scheffler and his minion Daisy Duke Lehman.

Spike

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Why Losers Should Not Pick Winners


Spike,

"A report released Monday by Gov. Chet Culver's office on the costs and benefits of tax credit programs provides no clear documentation of a return on investment for the state for more than half of the 32 active programs."

The Government knows best does not pay. Warm and fuzzy sounding "tax incentives" result in special interest give away programs impossible to account for.

All politicians fall for this trap. The worst are liberals like Senator Courtney and Supervisor Heland. "Tax incentives" are a command and control tool not unlike Marxist Leninist five year economic plans.

Voters are guilty too. They believe the laws of human behavior and resulting market forces maybe nullified with other people's money. Demagogues will provide in return for votes.

Until voters do a reality check before casting their ballot, look for more Manor Malls and worse wasting scarce resources.

HJN

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Social Issue Extremists on Branstad - 4 More Years of Culver?


Spike,

"Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance, said choices Branstad made almost two decades ago are “irrelevant.” What Scheffler cares about now, he said, is getting promises of action from Branstad, not just assurances of shared beliefs.

“We want someone who will exert leadership as opposed to saying: ‘Yeah, I’m with you on taxes; I’m with you on marriage; I’m with you on life, don’t worry about it.’”

Scheffler said social conservatives want someone who will not let the Legislature go home until agreeing to let the people vote on an amendment banning gay marriage."

Iowa's Republican National Committeeman says former Governor Branstad's experience is "irrelevant."
Under investigation on a complaint of laundering money through a Burlington Church, the group that pays Iowa's Republican National Committeeman's salary is more concerned about beating up homosexuals than Iowa going broke.

This is excellent news for Governor Culver. The last thing Iowa's incumbent Governor wants is for his record as Governor to be relevant. Put the spot light on a social issue side show.

Southeast Iowa's dysfunctional duo in the Iowa Senate, the comedy team of Courtney and Fraise, are no doubt secretly cheering. With Mr. Sheffler's antics, they will remain in the majority safe from rebuke for voting to spend Iowa into a billion dollar debt.

With leaders like Steve Sheffler, the Republican Party of Iowa is following the path of the Republican Party of Des Moines County. Total irrelevance awaits.

DG

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Is It Constitutional? Healthcare Demand for All Isn't




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Obama's "Greedy Fat Cats?" - Wall Street Thieves


Why has Obama surrounded himself with his despised "Greedy Fat Cats?"



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15 December

What Stupidity Will the New Year Bring?


Spike,

Local leaders provided a bounty of stupidity in 2009. Personal conduct unbecoming of a college freshman was not as entertaining as in past years. Still, public money was wasted and long ignored infrastructure came to the fore.

I suspect 2010 could bring massive mayhem with public money. There is rumbling from the downtown whacked who live in the past. With their redevelopment genius, Montgomery Ward will move back in on Main Street. It will only take $____ million dollars to make it so.

Spike, what predictions of perfidy and pilfering would you care to make? One and all, what do you think can be accomplished by local minds most small?

Please, share your observations. Do not worry that those incapable of an original thought will take your tongue in cheek chide and make it public policy.

They say, nobody reads Spike. When it comes to the written word, most of them require assistance translating writing into reading.

Edgar Cayce

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Congress - American's Reason to Vote


Spike:

We need our worthless scumbag congress cleaned up long before we need them ruining the rest of the country with their dreams of grandeur.

How can such a group of lowdown rotten people think they hold the high ground when they’ve ruined every part of our economy, our healthcare, our world image, our banking system and the list just goes on without end?

These people have the lowest membership standards of any organization in the world. The only qualifications are not being able to make it in the private sector, dishonest, natural liar, thief, loose morals, massive ego, crook, tax cheat, incompetent, easily bought off, wife cheater, tax cheater, speak with forked tongues and their all just a waste of human life.

Sick of Them All

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11 December

See Burlington and Sue


Spike,

"The justice secretary, Jack Straw, said recently that he was alarmed about “libel tourism.” And in the House of Commons, a committee has listened to a parade of witnesses denounce the current law as perverse, unfair, prohibitively expensive, contemptuous of free speech and an anachronism in an age when access to articles on foreign Web sites can be obtained anywhere."

England is considering rewriting its libel laws. If you do not like what you see in a blog, sue, sue, sue. Travel to England to do so.

America's tradition of freedom of speech has much tighter restrictions on libel. However, that tradition has been under attack by elements demanding greater command and control over every aspect of our lives.

State Senator Courtney once introduced legislation against anonymous free speech. Should England change its libel law, Senator Courtney may wish to consider rewriting libel law in Iowa. Sell it as an economic development tool.

Iowa can become the Mecca of libel tourism. More specifically, write the law so libel suits must be filed in economically depressed areas. The glitterati, mad at scandal sheets, will flock to Burlington.

Besides outing Spike and any others for punishment, Huck's Hole will be filled movie stars kids while their parents are in court. We will all become rich.

To rephrase Iowa's motto, Our liberties we let die and our rights have been mortgaged.

QB VII

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The New Math of Obama's Unsustainable Growth


Spike,

"The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data."

We need more government to control the private sector that produces wealth for government to confiscate to hire more experts to further restrict the private sector and individual freedom.

It is not just at the federal level. State and local government is just as bad. Lower levels of government are often encouraged, or outright required with unfunded mandates, to do the same.

As long as 2+2=5, it all makes perfect sense.

O'Brien

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A Dying Trade?


Spike,

"The journalism trade journal Editor & Publisher is shutting down after 108 years of publication."

If a trade journal covering a declining trade dies, can the trade be far behind?

HG

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Tried to Help With City Debt


Spike,

Seeing how patronizing my investments seems like a good thing, I went out to Huck's Hole Tuesday. It was closed. How is this thing ever going to pay when it is only open 25% of the year?

Have they considered stocking the pool with exotic fish like trout and salmon in the off season? They could charge people to ice fish.

If this keeps up, we're all gonna be eating a lot of carp to pay our taxes.

IW

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Need A Project Manager - Ghosts of Incompetence


Spike,

I see where we are now having problems with bio-solids from the Wastewater treatment plant. And if a site isn't found it will cost the taxpayers $1.1 million to construct a building.

I think we should bring John Mercer back because I know he will have a place to dump this. John gets along with the DNR very well, so I believe he can get this taken care of with little or no expense.

Leonard Johnson
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Merry Christmas From the Mismanagers


Spike,

I would like to know why we voted on the new library? We voted it down twice and our city council passed it anyway. Now if we have to vote on these kind of things why go to expense of doing it if the council just does as they damm well please.

We need to find some independent candidates to run for state and federal government. Mr Worden and the council didn't want to take the $1.8 million loan in a lump sum, so now we are stuck paying the interest on it for ten years.

Heland, Courtney, Loebsack and Harkin need to be voted out. Government has gotten too big and seeing as they can't police their own, it needs to be downsized and have term limits.

The business about the Christmas trees and nativity scenes need to be straightened out also. If they don't like it let those folks go back wherever they came from. One thing I never hear is we have "In God we trust" on our money, they have no problem carrying that.

The next election we really need to get the people out to VOTE. Or we can blame ourselves for where we are. This whole government is disgusting.

Damn Disgusted

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09 December

Interest Free - But Not to You and Me


Spike,

"Burlington City Council members approved bonding to pay off an existing loan used to invest in an outdoor water park and to offset the cost of improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant."

"The interest will be paid from hotel/motel tax revenues," he said. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the city received $656,292 from the so-called "pillow tax," according to information supplied by the city.

Brilliant, Dougy. Taxation without representation revenue that could have gone for what else? Wanna buy a bridge?

Is there an accountant in the house? Figuring opportunity cost of the money, etc. etc. what is the dollar figure the public has lost on this deal?

Tired of Stupidity Subsidization

It's all play money for Doug Worden. He's no manager or leader. He's just a stooge.

I'd like to tell my banker that I am rolling my principal and interest payment into a new loan while relying on a declining revenues and a third position collateral spot.

I like the way the Publisher Steve Delaney shirks its "Community Watch Dog" job by failing to name Huck's Harbor as the "outdoor water park."

How lame is that? A drunken night at the casino reward for Delaney?

Spike




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Loebsack vs. Braley - The Winner is Heland?


Spike,

Ethics sink with the ship. Iowa's continuing decline compared to the rest of the nation means the loss of a seat in Congress. Braley and Loebsack know what is coming. Perhaps it is the root of their dispute.

Every decade redistricting makes the rats scurry. The loss of a seat creates panic. Loebsack and Braley's home counties are not that far apart. These two could end up in the same district. Somebody will drown.

This process creates opportunities for others. When the new map is drawn, there could be a district where there are none. Sitting on the fringe of Iowa's provincial universe, Burlington could end up in the same Congressional district as Council Bluffs.

Heland has been catching a lot of heat in his current seat. If up the ladder a seat comes open and looks cooler, Heland for Congress could happen.

Scared

Heland is no winner and he'll have a real tough time running for city council.

Spike


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A Candidate's Pledge of Explosive Action


Spike,

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two-time city council candidate and carnival business owner Robert Bates faces charges for first-degree harassment and making threats with an explosive device after police officers arrested Bates at his home Thursday night.

An unsuccessful candidate for public office promises action and gets a response. Talk about the ultimate political activist, this candidate fits the bill. Has this guy ever considered moving here?

Guy Fawkes


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08 December

Government Honesty Past History


Spike,

Under most circumstances the congressional ethics committee looks the other way when it comes to congressional scumbags.

Take Murtha and Rangel both of whom should have been in prison by now yet their still functioning as real senators. These two idiots have lied and cheated their way into the lives of all Americans.

We cannot have congress regulating themselves because congressmen are people of low moral values who would sell their mothers if it met more graft and money in their pockets.

Basically the American people have no representation in Washington anymore and we have only ourselves to blame because we seem to think longevity creates knowledge and governmental skills. What longevity creates in our congress is lying, scumbags who only represent those people and companies with money which has turned our government into a cesspool of greed and corruption.

We the people should regulate congress because their just not capable of doing it themselves. If they want a raise then the people should vote on it. If they commit a crime then the civil courts should handle the case because there again congress is too corrupt to manage themselves.

We the people need to control these scumbags that have ruined our government and destroyed any honesty that may have existed in government over the past 30 years.

Disgusted as Usual

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07 December

Loebsack Involved In Ethics Probe


Apparently, according to the Huffington Post,Congressman Loebsack has gotten himself involved in an old fashioned ethics probe over conduct brought about by fellow Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley.

Prior to a vote on an undisclosed "something," Loebsack received calls from his constituents trying to influence his vote. The calls were allegedly prompted by Braley's office.

The questions remaining are how did Loebsack vote and how does he verfiy the phone calls had no impact on his vote.

And why haven't we heard about this from the Main Street Frog Pond?

Spike



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Are Any Local Leaders Going?


Spike,

"Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference. Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings."

Free food and booze at a municipal bond salesman's hospitality suite in Des Moines just can not compare.

GH

We heard the local democrats chartered a jet for the event. Sold out in 10 minutes.

Spike


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The Safety of Anonymity


Spike,

"He was forced to appear before television cameras giving evidence to a House of Commons committee. Later he was taken away to be interviewed by the British intelligence services in a safe-house. In a telephone call shortly before his death, Dr Kelly said he would not be surprised "if my body was found in the woods"."

It a town where, "I've got a gun in my boot," is standard operating procedure, anonymity is paramount. No wonder Senator Courtney is always trying to out you.

Casper

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06 December

23 Democrats & 6 Republicans Under Congressional Ethics Probe


Loebsack In Another Ethics Probe

"House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.

The report appears to have been inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network, and it was provided to The Washington Post by a source not connected to the congressional investigations. The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer.

The ethics committee is one of the most secretive panels in Congress, and its members and staff members sign oaths not to disclose any activities related to its past or present investigations."

1. Rep. Barton (R-Tex.)
2. Rep. Bishop (D-Ga.)
3. Rep. Christian-Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)
4. Rep. Dicks (D-Wash.)
5. Rep. Engel (D-N.Y.)
6. Rep. Graves (R-Mo.)
7. Rep. Harman (D-Calif.)
8. Rep. Jackson (D-Ill.)
9. Rep. Kaptur (D-Ohio)
10. Rep. Kilpatrick (D-Mich.)
11. Rep. Mack (R-Fla.)
12. Rep. Matsui (D-Calif.)
13. Rep. Miller (R-Calif.)
14. Rep. Moran (D-Va.)
15. Rep. Murtha (D-Pa.)
16. Rep. Payne (D-N.J)
17. Rep. Rangel (D-N.Y.)
18. Rep. Reyes (D-Tex.)
19. Rep. Richardson (D-Calif.)
20. Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif.)
21. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)
22. Rep. Shuler (D-N.C.)
23. Rep. Stark (D-Calif.)
24. Rep. Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
25. Rep. Thompson (D-Miss.)
26. Rep. Towns (D-N.Y.)
27. Rep. Visclosky (D-Ind.)
28. Rep. Waters (D-Calif.)
29. Rep. Young (R-Fla.)

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05 December

Tit for Tat




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04 December

"Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009


Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009


1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
2. Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
3. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
4. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner
5. Attorney General Eric Holder
6. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)
7. President Barack Obama
8. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
9. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven - Murtha’s son and Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN.),
James P. Moran Jr. (D-VA), Norm Dicks (D-WA.), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), C.W. Bill Young (R-FL.)
and Todd Tiahrt (R-KS.)
10. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

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Recount or Sell Picnic Table Plan Set


Spike,

"Black Hawk County officials say 24 absentee ballots from Waterloo did not get counted on Election Day.

According to unofficial results, Buck Clark edged out Steve Schmitt by 29 votes for Waterloo mayor."

It looks like another molecule margin municipal election in Iowa. Burlington just went through one and it ended up in a recount. Waterloo could end up recounting too.

When the outcome is in doubt, hire a champion to defend you. Do either of the contestants in Waterloo have Burlington's Drunk ex-Mayor's phone number?

TS

Maybe the loser would like to buy picnic table plan sets?

Spike


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IPERS Wants Taxpayers to Pay Brunt of Their Greed


Spike,

According to an article in the Register this morning, IPERS officials want the taxpayers to pay $60 million of their $100 million they think they need to fund their retirement accounts.

I say the hell with IPERS. No one "shores up" my retirement account when the market fluctuates. If they hadn't been so greedy and went looking for some quick cash they would have audited their California stock swindler before they lost millions to his crooked ways.

It's time to stop the slop.

No new taxes for government employees until they start to absorb some of the burdens the rest of us have.

Screwed by Government Employees

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Sheaffer Toxic Waste


Spike:

Several years ago the Sheaffer Pen company then owned by Eaton started up it’s new waste treatment plant for the purpose of removing hexavalent chromium, cyanide, nickel and other hazardous waste from their metal plating water.

During that time the waste was centrifuged and pumped into regular 55 gallon barrels and hauled up to the city dump and just thrown in with the rest of the trash.

I wonder what has happened to those barrels after about 30 years of wasting away in the landfill or whatever one wants to call it. This stuff was really bad news and very toxic and no precautions or safety issues were taken to protect the citizens of Lee County should they start leaking.

It was just an old guy in his farm truck that would pick up the barrels and haul them to the city dump which apparently was up on the ridge at that time.

Must have been hundreds of barrels of this toxic waste that were hauled up there and needless to say there was no paper trail or documentation even stating it was toxic at the time, to my knowledge.

If I lived in Ft. Madison I’d really be concerned just where that stuff was dumped and if it’s started leaking onto the open ground or into any underground water sources.

Remember that hexavalent chromium was the toxic that caused all the health problems for those people living in that town in California. There was a movie starring Julia Roberts who got those people a huge award from Pacific Gas and Electric.

Anyway, I just happened to think about all that stuff that was hauled off prior to there being any controls other than not dumping it directly into the river which had gone on for years before the waste treatment plant was opened at which time it was just dumped in the city landfill, although in barrels.

There must be some retired or other ex Sheaffer people that remember those barrels of toxic waste just being hauled off to the dump somewhere there in Ft. Madison.

Wondering

What's uphill ultimately seeps downhill. When does it hit?

Spike



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Mice and Mortarboards


Spike,

"Could be it’s their eighth grade graduation picture." - Sick of Them.

Sick of them has a valid observation. That photo looks fairly recent.

Has either of them gotten their G. E. D. yet?

LK

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RE: Mousketeers - Rodent Indentification


Spike,

Which one has bigger man boobs?

FH

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Job Cuts Not a Local Option


Spike,

"Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark on Monday will recommend the elimination of about 55 jobs as one option to help balance the city budget."

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091203/NEWS/912030355/1001/NEWS/Des-Moines-city-manager-to-urge-cutting-55-jobs

Reducing the numbers on the public payroll is something we will see here when?

TH

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Putin or Trousil - Don't Hold Your Breath


Spike,
"Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in power for over 10 years, ruled out a departure from politics on Thursday, telling a questioner: "Don't hold your breath."

In Russia, they have Putin. In West Burlington, they have Trousil.

MN

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03 December

Food Stamp Usage


Spike:

Below are the numbers for food stamp usage in Des Moines County and I wonder what the numbers are for the school district subsidized and free food programs.

Des Moines County

All people 17% (Approximately 6906 persons based on a county pop. of 40,629)

Children 32% (2209)

Whites 9% (865)

Blacks 40% (3842)

Change since ’07 +18%

It would seem our new residents are taking advantage of Iowans far and above what SEIRPC, Chamber of Commerce, slum lords and our city management had counted on. Muscatine knew what they were doing and Burlington showed its incompetence again.

Why would the new people even come here when there were no jobs for the Iowans already living here? I doubt the local trough feeders listed above would have provided subsidized bus service for the local people.

These numbers tell us a lot about Burlington and what the town is becoming and for sure it’s not desirable but rather depressing to say the least. Will Burlington become another East St. Louis in the foreseeable future?

Of course we all know that crime is way down also because the police chief said it was. I’ll wait for the numbers to be published by the FBI next year.

Worried

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An Ad Vertiser Tax? Tax Money for Newspaper Bailout?


Spike,

"The newspaper industry is suffering "market failure" and the government will need to help preserve serious journalism essential to democracy, an influential US congressman said Wednesday."

Liberal Democrat Congressman Henry Waxman of California is worried. His serious allies in the old media are in serious trouble. If Waxman's plan of government gimmes goes through, a free and independent press is through.

If that happens, we are all in serious trouble. The internet? These people, including State Senator Courtney, have also been advocating content control of the internet as well.

Locally, the Ad Vertiser has been a serious ally of tax and spend liberals. As the local propaganda service of the single party system, what price party loyalty?

In 2008, the Ad Vertiser dutifully endorsed the entire single party slate. The column inches of coverage given the single party versus its opposition were right down the single party line. Has the Ad Vertiser earned a spot at the trough?

It will take more than Waxaman to destroy an independent press. Where do liberal Congressman Loebsack and liberal Senator Harkin stand on this issue? Will they vote to use your taxes to support their local friends in need?

Somebody needs to ask and report their answers.

If what Waxman wants goes through, you will become a total slave to socialist taxation. There will be no independent voice left to warn.

P. Revere

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Meeska, Mooseka, Moronteers


Spike,

I am still puzzled as I stare at the photo you ran of the mice. Which one is Bobby and which one is Annette?

Lawrence Welk

One rat looks like another. Beats me. But we have reports of Heland running scared with his dress flying in the wind.

Spike

Androgynous Mice?



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02 December

Heland Can't Understand Culver's Tax Warning


Spike

I was reading the Des Moines Register this morning. The article was about the State budget cuts and their employees taking furloughs to save jobs.

Some Union employees disagreed with the furloughs and commented that the State should raise taxes. How greedy and stupid are these idiots. Put more on the backs of the public so they can have more.

Culver correctly said that it is unwise to raise taxes in a recession and it would hurt the public even more. I agree! Evidently, County Supervisor Jeff Heland does not agree with this based on his voting record.

The DMC supervisors, especially money hungry Heland should be listening. The DMC supervisors, led by Heland, but Beck and Cahill are responsible too, voted for annual pay raises and Free monthly health insurance at $1200.00 per month for family health insurance. Some employees (I think Heland) are taking a good portion of the money rather than the insurance and building a second retirement.

They then had a 17.5% tax increase, according to the Hawkeye and our tax statements. They were complaining that they would run out of money before the taxes came in. Hopefully Beck and Cahill will not fall for this twice. DMC needs to make cuts just like everybody else. Real cuts, not just failing to fill the pot holes. Our taxes are for services, not just to provide very good jobs with better benefits and more retirements than any in the private work force.

Taxed enough

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Mickey Mouse Losers or Eighth Grade Graduation Picture


Spike:

What a great picture of our two super stooges at the Mickey Mouse convention. Don’t the two of them look just about as smart as a road kill? I know that’s a stretch but its true.

I wouldn’t want anyone any dumber making decisions for the county or the city, Des Moines County is just so lucky to have twin dimwits at the helms.

Could be it’s their eighth grade graduation picture.

Sick of Them

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The Enemy is Us - Publisher Steve Delaney: "I Are The Enemy"


Spike,

"It is time to pause and recognise this – free costs too much."

Media mega giants are wondering if selling advertising to earn a profit for their efforts has become suicide. The net has not been paying off as expected.

If not Ad Vertising, what is the of worth local news in small markets like Burlington?

GH

There has to be content worth something of value before you can make these leaps of revenue creation. Dated articles cut and pasted from last week's newswire has no value except fill the pages between the ads.

Spike


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The Universality of the Socialist Elite


Spike,

"During the past two decades, social democrats have joined Europe's ruling elites on a truly massive scale. Disproportionately, they have been parachuted in the corridors of power, almost exclusively as unelected officials at all levels and all branches of government. In exchange for cash, dozens of these loyal social democrats were raised to the peerage by their crony Blair. Craving for recognition of their new status, anxious to line their pockets, and hurrying to shower benefits upon their offspring, the new caste of social democratic, parasitic office-holders has opened the gates widely towards mostly poor, muslim immigrants. They did so with the purpose of turning these underprivileged newcomers into a faithful electoral base to compensate for the loss of the traditional workers' vote."

A Pravda columnist bemoans Social Democrats destruction of Europe and betrayal of the workers they claim to represent. It sounds a lot like what Democrat Socialists are doing right here and now.

ITT

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01 December

Fighting Mediocrity in the Mouse Kingdom - Junket for Cheese Thieves?


Spike,

"While some have questioned UI Hospital and Clinics officials’ pricey proposed Disney World visit for a lesson in management, others say no area options would meet the hospital’s needs."

The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics wish to conduct research on customer satisfaction techniques. A trip to the magic kingdom to learn how Disney keeps their customers happy and coming back is generating heat.

Our local elected officials have made money losing amusement projects a priority with public money. Would a trip to Orlando improve the performance our squeaking cheese thieves?

If nothing else, a photo of Courtney and Heland wearing Mouseketeer ears would be priceless.

Minnie M.

Here are the head cheese thieves now - Boofus & Doofus.

Spike




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State Employee Math Skills Lacking


Spike:

Something just doesn’t add up because state workers claim they earn less than the private sector when doing the same job.

How come the statistics show that Iowa has the biggest spread in the country between private and state employees with the state employee earning on average 45% more than the private employee when doing the same job.

Also, if these people were worth so much and are so highly educated how come the state budget is facing one billion in deficits? Where are all these super smart overpaid employees when we need them?

Surprised

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Summer Street Now Gravel Road


Spike:

It’s my understanding that Summer Street will be unfinished until next spring thanks to the incompetence of the Burlington Street Department management. If there wasn’t time to finish it why the hell did they even start it? Now were stuck with a torn up piece of crap for the next four months, although it now blends in with the other corduroy streets in Burlington.

Is there no one with any brains left in this city or did any of them have brains to begin with?

Disgusted Again

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Ruse is a Ruse is a Ruse


Spike,

"ACORN, the troubled community service organization, recently considered changing its name in a bid to rehabilitate its image, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO."

"In March, the Christian Coalition of Iowa announced it was changing its name to Iowa Christian Alliance. Steve Scheffler, the president of the group, said the national organization, which is struggling to raise funds and is accumulating debt, had lost focus and become "an albatross around our necks."

What's in a name? If a name becomes associated with shame, is it time for a change? If you change only the name, may you continue doing the same?

G. Stein

After Scheffler and Lehman's campaign money laundering schemes are exposed, what will be the new name -

Satan's Coin Wash or Satan's Giffy Lube?

Spike


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