Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

31 March

Dying Southeast Iowa


Spike,

#84 - Des Moines County

#92 - Lee County

A ranking of Iowa counties by health statistics confirms what the 2010 census data showed. Extreme Southeast Iowa is not the place to be.

R. Grimm Reaper

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County Employee Double Dipping No Surprise


Spike:

Regarding WR’s letter about county insurance benefits, this is just another example of government out of control. The people who negotiate the county union contracts just roll over and give them nanny care or whatever they want in order to get the union votes despite the cost to the taxpayer, typical of one party government.

Also, like the city when people retire from the county there are those that are rehired back by the county taking jobs away from those in the population without jobs again another form of privilege between union employees and management.

The city as well as county are both guilty of this form of nepotism.

Abused

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Jacob Barnett





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Israel, Turkey and Iran





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30 March

County Employee Double Dipping Continues


Spike,

I'm sure many people are already aware of this, but I was not until I learned of it during today's supervisors' meeting.

County employees who are married qualify for the "family benefit allotment", but they do not have to take Family HMM insurance. Instead they can use that money to do several things with. For example, if the employee's spouse has family insurance they can buy additional, more specialized insurance, use it for child care, or use it for retirement savings.

If the employee has a family, but is not married, and the children are covered under the ex-spouses' insurance they can simply take single insurance coverage and use the remaining dollars as they see fit.

I've had insurance provided me through work and have been involved in negotiations for a number of years at an area business, but I can assure you we NEVER had a sweet deal like this one. Our employee coverage was fully-paid single coverage(with a $100 deductible) and $100 per month towards family coverage, which in today's climate would not pay 50% of a family plan.

It's no wonder the County's General Fund is on its last breath.

WR

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Obama's Economic Terrorist Continues Financial Threats


Terrorist Stephen Lerner Doubles Down on ‘Economic Terrorism’ Plan in New Op-Ed

"In an op-ed dated for today that appears in the progressive publication In These Times, Stephen Lerner doubles down on his plan to bring down the U.S. economy.

Lerner writes thatThis can be our moment.” In the op-ed, Lerner outlines his campaign to “stoke simmering discontent into concrete, concerted direct action to challenge corporate extremism.“ This is a campaign that would sow ”the seeds of a movement that turns the tables on them [Wall Street].”

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Cuba to Qatar Should Get to Vote for US President: Radicals Ayers and Dohrn Preach One World Government in Lebanon


Obama's Bombers Preach Sedition




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29 March

Avoid Eastbound Curran Street Exit


Spike.

I noticed this afternoon while exiting the Eastbound HWY 34 exit onto Curran a massive tire slashing cement pot hole. People should be aware of this pot hole in the right turn lane if going South on Curran. Damage potential here is high.

It could not only slash a tire but could also cause side wall damage to a tire if hit head on. I saw it in time and swerved just in time to miss the worst and biggest part of the hole.

Anyone driving on Burlington streets should be aware of potential tire destroying pot holes on most major streets that haven’t been resurfaced in the last year or two. Going North on Central past the light in the right lane of the Central Street bridge could also damaged tires because the expansion joint black top is falling apart. I thought this leveling out was to take place a year ago or so but to date nothing has been done to bring up the sunken part of the roadway to match the bridge surface.

GH

Drivers be aware of Burlington’s dangerous and ill maintained street conditions which could cause serious damage to alignment or tires.

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Burlington School Financial Disaster Was Forecasted


Now, They Don't Have a Pot to Pee In

Spike,

You know, whether the self-important twits and talking heads in this town like it or not, you hit the nail on the head years ago when you went after the former Burlington School superintendent and the school board for building monuments. You never wavered in your analysis of impending financial disaster.

Nobody listened. And here we are. The schools don't have a pot to pee in. Multiple unused buildings, threats of no middle school sports, no money for demolition and the school board sits there like the bunch of retired union morons they are. I'll bet we still pay Mike's retirement health care. And we'll pay for Jane's after she gets run out of town.

Enrollment will continue to decline as people move from Burlington to more prosperous areas of the country. Hell, moving to Kingston is a major step forward.

Millions of dollars just thrown in the wind like Heland on a gambling junket.

And not one solid business decision to be found. Or anyone with balls to just say no.

You Told Us So

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Why Don't They Come Like They Did?


Spike:

I am puzzled that we are taking such a slow start when the urgency is so great among Republicans to change the leadership in the White House,” said Ann Trimble-Ray, chair of the Sac County Republican Party and an adviser to King."

A study of Iowa's Republican National Committeeman and woman's actions would explain a lot.

KN

Or read it here.

Spike

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Black Activist Confronts "Bomber" Bill Ayers





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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend


"You have been told by the media and politicians that there is nothing to Glenn's theory that radicals, Islamists, Socialists and Communists are working together. However, as we watch the Middle East and the rest of the world catch fire and the events of the world play out, it is becoming more and more clear who is correct and who is incorrect. But why hasn't the incorrect side come out and now admit that it is really happening? Just what is it stopping them from telling the undeniable documented truth? As you will see by the end of tonight's program, there is another agenda. "




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28 March

Courtney & Fraise's Stupidity Light Just Keeps Shining


Spike,

I see our dimwitted senators Courtney and Fraise are fomenting discord over the Iowa Department of Economic Development reformation.

According to both nitwits they believe Iowa job growth has been hindered by low wages. Neither mentioned absurd corporate income taxes or Iowa's last place finish for commercial property taxes.

"State Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, and state Sen. Gene Fraise, D-Fort Madison, cited low wages as another obstacle to economic growth.

I’ve always said we don’t pay enough in Iowa,” Courtney said. “That’s always been my point.”

We got your point Courtney when you hired illegal, scab labor to rebuild your house.

If it's good enough for you to hire off the street shouldn't we follow your lead you moron and pay at least minimum wage?

Just Keep Talking Courtney

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Pork Served in River Water


Spike,

"Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett was recently at the state capitol to lobby for the city to use $200 million of taxpayer money to pay for its $375 million “preferred flood management system.” The fine print, however, reveals that this plan, rejected by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, is loaded with pork that has nothing to do with flood prevention or recovery."

Read the link above and look at all the junk being billed as flood recovery. What goes for this up north means less for the rest of Iowa. Why should people in Burlington pay for all this?

"Unions in the Cedar Rapids area recently “negotiated” a construction contract with city officials whom they had bought and paid for, producing an agreement which unionized non-union shops and allowed the unions to set their own compensation packages..... For instance, the PLA, a copy of which was obtained only by a Freedom of Information Act request, mandates that construction companies “hire employees for covered work through the job referral systems offered by each signatory” union."

State Senator Courtney is on a committee in the Iowa Legislature studying giving Cedar Rapids our money. If giving Cedar Rapids the money means some of it goes to union sweetheart deals, will Senator Courtney support it? The need to use the freedom of information to learn what was done behind everybody's back for the unions sounds like something in Burlington.

If this goes through and the state takes more from us to cover what they give Cedar Rapids, how can afford to pay our local taxes? We have our share of dreams turned into white elephants.

How do we move the Wrecked Plex to the riverfront and pray for rain?

Noah

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Time for Opening Day - Obama at Bat





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25 March

Robbery On Roosevelt


Spike:

I went to Wendy’s at noon the other day and ordered a large chili, medium diet coke and a regular small hamburger without cheese and the total was a outrageous $8.22 including tax. When I complained about the price the girl said prices, “have gone up.”

I felt as though I was robbed at the counter and will never set foot in Wendy’s again. Wendy’s has now put themselves in competition with regular restaurants that offer cheaper prices and home cooked style meals; so that’s where I’ll be heading when eating out for lunch.

By the way, I can get two regular hamburgers, medium coke and medium fries at McDonalds for under $5.00 a much better bargain for food than Wendy’s can offer. I’d rather eat at McDonalds and save $3.22 and not feel I’ve been robbed in the process.

Broke

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2012 Preview





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Is America On The Wrong Side?


"Is America on the wrong side? One of the key players in tonight's show is Samantha Powers, the wife of Cass Sunstein, who was instrumental in advising Obama on Libya. She is a proponent of the Responsibility to Protest doctrine that the UN has used to invade Libya. Other Progressives like Richard Falk want to use that same doctrine to justify invading Israel. Powers herself has called for a Mammoth Protection Force against Israel."




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24 March

War on the World


Spike,

"Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday."

Hugo Chavez is a pioneering Astro Economist. Speculating beyond where most theologians would fear to tread, Hugo has a theory on what happened to the canal builders of Mars.

There is little doubt of what single party socialism can do to civilization. It does not take a telescope to see what has happened to Burlington.

H. G. W.

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Nearer to Dodgeville Move We


Spike,

"If we could go out and identify another 40,000 people that were missed, and it brings us over the threshold of 750,000, that would make a difference from what we can get from the federal and state government," Mr. Bing said at a news conference Tuesday."

Detroit did better than Burlington. Detroit lost 25% of its population in the 2010 census. Detroit had a head start. Detroit is worried about its government hand outs as a result.

When Burlington drops below 25,000, will that further reduce our dole from the federal and state governments? If so, Hinkle better get on Tapp's replacement to buy more buses. Help Chicago shrink. We need the welfare checks.

-4.4%

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Congressman Presses Holder to Investigate ‘Terrorist Plans’ in Bank Plot


"The Blaze has obtained an exclusive letter sent from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding shocking video uncovered by The Blaze on Tuesday.

In the letter, Chaffetz references video, posted yesterday on this site, showing a one-time SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, outlining a plan to collapse the American economy — including crashing the stock market — so that unions can become more powerful. The sinister plan is set to take place in May and includes mass homeowner mortgage strikes.

Chaffetz tells Holder “the escalation of Mr. Lerner’s threats would clearly constitute domestic terrorism and pose substantial harm to the American people and the economy.“ He goes on to request Holder investigate ”Mr. Lerner’s terrorist plans and notify me how the Department of Justice plans to respond to these threats.”

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Obama's Economic Terrorism - Part 2





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23 March

Bridges and Streets Demonstrate Void of City Business Skills


Spike:

I took a ride around town yesterday and couldn’t help but feel and see the alignment ruining problems with the Central Avenue Bridge. The approaches to both sides are a mess with the right lane of the North bound lane past the light just a mess of rotting blacktop batch work with the makings of a crater that is almost impossible to swerve around. Both ramps are totally out of plumb with the bridge because of settling that I think should have been leveled out months ago but again this is Burlington where little to nothing is ever finished.

I then took a ride West on Mt. Pleasant Street and took right turns on some of feeder streets that go North off Mt. Pleasant Street and was astonished to see the condition of the streets people living in the area are being robbed for via taxes. It’s just disgusting what these streets have disintegrated to over the years, and prove Burlington streets just have to be the worst in the state and the country.

If the city were doing its job the Cascade Bridge wouldn’t be closed through neglect. Lack of maintenance over the years by one administration after another through dreams of grandeur our tax dollars have been wasted on the likes of the Manor project, RecPlex, water park at the Casino, constant raises and bonus money for city management and employees and constant increases in fees for city services that have decreased to bare bone levels. Also, the golf course and pool have seen shortfalls that are caused through nothing more than mismanagement by the city. I wonder who paid to have the roadway by the casino landscaped? It would be interesting to know if the taxpayer had to pay for that or not.

This city has proven over and over again that they cannot run a business for profit and all city business ventures should be sold off to the private sector who could hire people that have a stake in the success of said business venture. City personnel earn far too much money and pay little to nothing for their benefits and no business could succeed with an employee base such as the city provides with their unions coupled to the democratic party virtually guaranteeing constant raises and free benefits in return for votes.

LM

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Have Pool - Need Manager


Spike:

I can remember going over to the Burlington public pool with my grandchildren a few years ago only to find what appeared to be low life losers walking within the pool area in street clothes acting smart and making wise cracks to those there swimming.

I could never understand why these non-swimmers were allowed to roam around within the pool area in the first place. I know of several people who stopped using the pool because of the intimidation and other goings on at the pool. There was apparently no adult leadership at the pool to my knowledge and the management was basically very young male and female student types. No one had the authority or guts to refuse entrance to the few low life’s walking around inside the pool in street clothes who weren’t there for swimming.

Maybe if an adult capable of enforcing the rules were running the place things would have been different. There’s nothing wrong with having students as lifeguards and other non-management personnel but the pool needs adult management to enforce rules and control the place, someone with full authority capable of refusing entrance to non-swimmers.

We can afford to bail out the other city run entities but not the pool, does that make sense? The RecPlex has been a drain on the taxpayer since it opened its doors to the tune of over a million dollars or approximately $100,000 per year; so in reality the pool is a bargain at a mere $70,000.

I like the public pool but without good leadership and an effort to make it successful, it like the rest of city run entities will cease to exist because for some reason the city is not concerned about the pool, probably because of the money they waste at fun city, the golf course, the RecPlex and the Manor all of which are currently breakeven failures.

If the city can’t run a pool how can they possibly manage the city or anything else?

AH

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Doug Worden Backs Taxpayers' Footing His Green Fees


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President's South American Safari


Spike:

It’s really sad that our president gets us involved in another uprising that has nothing to do with us at all and he does it by bypassing the American people, our elected representatives in congress and then leaves the country with his children for spring break.

Rest assured he’s not traveling alone but has taken along his keepers from GE, Westinghouse and other corporate people he represents from the White House.

He’ll be calling on other socialist countries before his return from spring break, countries where other presidents are more despised and more in line with Obama’s thinking on how government should be run.

I wonder why the left and main stream news are so quiet about another possible war he’s gotten us into with a country that has really not done anything to harm the U.S, that we know of. It’s just no different than what Bush did in Iraq another country that never harmed the U.S..

I hope the left and main stream press are happy about what their child president is doing, a president who has undercut our country from day one and has no concept of what America is or what it’s made of. A president that has never been honest with the wacko’s that elected him through not keeping his word or campaign promises.

Let’s just face it, Obama was just not presidential material and the nitwits that elected him have brought us to the verge of destruction through electing an unprepared block organizer to president of the United States. The American left wing radicals, their union friends and Hollywood money along with Iowa democrats put us in this mess and hopefully we can get rid of him come 2012, if it isn’t to late by then.

Sickened

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Burger King and A Spring Break Without It Being Our Drunk Ex-Mayor





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What Bomb?





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Obama's SEIU Buddies Plans to Take Down JP Morgan Chase inTerrorist Attack


"The information layed out in tonight's program should scare the heck out of every proud American regardless if they're Democrats, Republicans or Independents. ...The far left’s economic terrorism playbook is revealed. See actual evidence that there is indeed an enemy within planning to take down Capitalism and forever change our way of life. I am working on coordinating and organizing the flash mobs, so stay tuned!




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22 March

The Decline Of Iowa's Oldest


Spike,

"The New York Times has concluded (as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times concluded some years ago) that online advertising cannot possibly grow quickly enough to counteract the decline in paper advertising and readership that newspapers, by putting the content online for free, are almost certainly speeding."

What is the worth of news?

The web revolution has old media scrambling. The ink on paper, sell subscriptions model is still being pursued online. How many will pay to play and how much they will pay is being explored by old, widely known and respected news organizations.

Old media in minuscule markets off the beaten path are doubtless watching closely.

Iowa's Oldest News on Paper currently delays their web content until mid day. By that time, the three minute read on paper contains the remains of the morning's grapefruit.

What is found there is all too often already widely known and no longer news. There is little reason to pay for access. Ancient history is free for the asking.

The empire's decay is evident for any who care to compare what is to what was. The barbarians are at the the gate. Their Spikes are gleaming in the dawn.

Would you care to venture how long until Iowa's Oldest Empire on Paper falls?

Alaric Olson

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21 March

The Audacity of Golf No-Change You Can Believe In!


Oh, here he is now:

“Tall and tan and young and lovely

The boy from Spendaholica goes walking

And when he passes

Each one he passes

Goes ‘Aiiieeeeee . . .’”

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SuperMoon




NASA Image Anthony Ayiomamitis


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Barack H. Obama Elementary School's Message


Spike,

"At the time that the school acquired its new name, administrators took a lot of flak for ostensibly focusing on the name change instead of the plight of its students. But the city resident behind the movement, Myra Campbell, believed it would "send a subliminal message" to the students."

Perhaps the students at soon to close Barack H. Obama Elementary did get the message. There is no need to bother getting an education to compete in the larger world. America's hope is becoming change.

The U S government as an ever expanding welfare state will take of you.

Closing schools will free up resources for other uses. Free federal government health care, more money for Vision Iowa hand outs, and a great redirection of resources down to the local level would be possible.

The Wrecked Plex could be expanded. Cascade bridge could be swiftly replaced to allow our young quicker and easier access to Crapo Park's playground. After all, no child must be left behind.

Reese Cess

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A Lesson From Japan






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19 March

Discovery Launch





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18 March

Weekend Crackdown Could Start in City Limits



Spike:

I see where Iowa law enforcement will be cracking down on drivers Thursday through Sunday on the prowl for speeders and drunk drivers. I for one would think this would be a full time job in Burlington because speeders have increased exponentially over the past several years. Of course speeders are much more dangerous because now most of them are blowing at the mouth on their cell phones and not paying attention but to their conversation.

Just watch the cars in and around Burlington breaking every possible traffic regulation as though there were none. I was passed on the Central Street Bridge by a car going South at least 45 to 50 mph just prior to the traffic signals at the crest of the bridge. People are driving on Summer Street at speeds approaching 45 or 50 also with no clue that the speed limit is a mere 30 mph.

People might stop at a stop sign but then again they might just slow down and then floor it to get through before coming to a complete stop. While driving up the Central Street hill from Division Street in the right hand lane you may have to hit the brake’s because some of our newer citizens think nothing of stopping in the right lane to talk or discharge passengers at the ghetto homes on the West side of the street.

Also, many of the newer citizens have a bad habit of walking in the streets rather than on the sidewalks and at night this can really be a hazard to those who drive because besides deer in the streets we now have people oblivious to what sidewalks are for very similar to the deer.

I think it would be nice if we had law enforcement around all the time catching those traveling at excessive and dangerous speeds on our streets and not just on holiday weekends.

Sometimes I think we have less traffic control because of all the drug business being conducted on city streets along with the increase in crime that’s basically out of control in Burlington.

One thing we do know is that the law will be around this coming weekend from Thursday through Sunday and then things will return to normal on Monday; so everybody watch out.

AH

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Lemons in the Tea


Spike,

"Two former high-ranking members of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing various election corruption charges in a bogus tea party scheme, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced Wednesday."

Liberals everywhere are worried. 2010 was not like 2008. Tax and spend has voters worried.

Divide and rule. Create a fake tea party and slate of candidates on the ballot. You hope it splits the votes of those disgusted with your accomplishments. It is less work than providing rides to the polls from cemeteries.

The fall of Heland the Gross sent shock waves through Des Moines County's party of perpetual tax increases. If Aspen Grove alone can no longer carry the day, would they try something like this?

Reggie Mortis

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Liberal Taxes Explained





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Glenn Beck Delivers the Speech on Japan that President Obama Should Have





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Beck's Look At Obama's Lost Direction


"Something is not right with the President. He has been very busy lately, but for all of the wrong reasons. While it seems like the entire world is on fire, Obama is filling out his NCAA brackets and playing lots of golf. He is even about to embark on another 'well-deserved' vacation in Rio De Janeiro. The President is supposed to be a leader, but he seems out of touch and disengaged. Tonight...Glenn gives his 'Oval Office' address and tells us what President Obama should be saying to the world. "




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Obama's Pulpit of Hate 2011


Obama's Spiritual Advisor Rev. Wright Admits Black Liberation Theology and Socialism, Even Marxism Sound the Same, Capitalism Is a Demon, Attacks Beck, Palin, Racist Tea Party, US and Christians Support for Israel




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17 March

Obama 2011 NCAA Bracket


Not Worth a Crap As A President But Can Fill The Brackets on Live TV





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Empty [Brackets of Leadership]




"By Thursday, President Obama will already have spent 20 minutes unveiling his NCAA brackets on national television, so maybe he can take a few minutes before packing his bags to head off South America way to look over the needs of our nation. Then again, maybe inaction on his part is a better outcome for all of us."

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Rudy: Obama Too Disengaged on World Events


Meanwhile, he is very engaged in the details of his NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket.

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1.5 Million Views in 2 Days!





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Obama's 3 Little Pigs


"Remember the childhood story “The Three Little Pigs”? Complete with animals, action, and some life lessons about not taking the easiest route, the tale has become a classic. And despite variations over the years, the core story remains the same. Until now...Tonight, find out what new version of this story is popping up in classrooms across the country... and why if your kids come home with "The Three Little Pigs Revisited", you might want to make sure that it becomes recycled paper just as fast as you can. "




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16 March

New Skool Shirtz


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Japan & Libya Collapse - Obama at Stevie Wonder Concert


"Libya is raging violently out of control... Saudi Arabia has just provoked Iran... Japan is battling the devastating earthquakes and tsunami...and trying to keep a nuclear power plant under control. The markets are all tanking globally. Meanwhile, our President is off golfing and going to a Stevie Wonder concert. What the heck is wrong with this guy? Has someone hit this guy with a stupid stick? Plus, an update on the nuclear power plants in Japan and more on the financial fallout from the earthquake."




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15 March

Teachers Union Leader Calls WI a Revolution, Wants To Learn From Socialists, Republicans Evil





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Doom & Gloom or Step Up and Fix It





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14 March

Slagle's Fallen Apple


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In case you missed the article online after it was pulled from a featured story location or the hidden away in the gutter location in the Ad Vertiser, Click Here.

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Miss Cops Saturday Night on Fox? Here's Cops - Des Moines County





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Costly Disasters - Loebsack Tsunami


Spike,

"Disaster-modeling company AIR Worldwide on Sunday said it estimates the insured losses from the Japan earthquake at between $14.5 billion and $34.6 billion."

This is nothing compared to the disastrous debt our Nutty Professor Congressman voted for over the last two years.

GH

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Protesters Interrupt Iowa's Governor


Spike,

"Goodner said the CCI group, many of whom are public employees, wanted to discuss proposals involving union workers."

The big guy with a bag full of goodies lost last November. People with coal in their stockings are tired of providing candy to those who cry louder.

Is there anything the elves in the Iowa Senate can do to make them stop crying?

Rudolph

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Japan Before and After Earthquake


Aerial photos taken over Japan have revealed the scale of devastation across dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

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Tsunami wave spills over seawall, smashes boats, cars








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Fresh Footage of Huge Tsunami Waves





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13 March

Travelers Watch From Terminal as Tsunami Washes Away Cars at Sendai Airport





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12 March

Spike's Angiogram - Nope, Tsunami Energy in Wave Height


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NOAA Image

NOAA Propagation Model showing wave movement


What this really means!





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11 March

Thugs Gone Wild


Spike,

"Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks."

How things have escalated. Whatever happened to telling the guy next to you at the bar saying. "You have a gun in your boot?

M & D

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A World Wide Problem


Spike,

"With India's pride buffeted on a daily basis by tales of collusion between politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen and reports of billions of dollars lost to flagrant corruption, the mood among the nation's middle class is distinctly crestfallen."

How many empty lots awaiting retail development were created in India?

PU

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Just Saying No to Municipal Meth


Spike,

I see the governor got tough on meth.

"No. That was Gov. Terry Branstad’s answer on Wednesday to Mayor Ron Corbett’s recent attempts to resolve a dispute between the two over the city’s use of a project labor agreement on its $75.6-million Convention Complex project.....

In his introductory remarks here in the city of Hiawatha, the governor made mention that Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, was in the crowd. But he made no mention that the mayor of the city next door to Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids, was there, too."

In public office, it is easy to get addicted to wasting other people's money. It takes no courage to make everybody happy by giving them each others money. The euphoria is brief and collapses when the bills come due.

Tough love from one who has been there is sometimes the only hope. The current crisis is showing some have the courage to lead the way to recovery.

On Wisconsin. Fight, fight fight for Iowa.

Taxed Toothless

Ron Corbett ain't Charlie Sheen. He's got to learn tough love. In or out of rehab; his choice.

Spike

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Sarah Palin: 'Unions must tone it down'


Spike,

"Sarah Palin on Thursday flipped around a line that was used against her not long ago, calling on union supporters to tone down the rhetoric in Wisconsin “so nobody gets hurt.”

After saying that union bosses were “acting like thugs,” Palin told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that it is the responsibility of the unions “to turn down the rhetoric and get truth out there so nobody gets hurt.”

I see Palin is back in form on this public union thing. I think her rational comments should be heard by every union member in America for a different reason.

If you don't stop this violence, the rest of America is going to quickly lose whatever respect it has for American labor. Only 6% of America belongs to a union. That leaves 94% of Americans to park the union bus if these thugs like Courtney, Edwards, Anderson, Heland and the rest of the little wanna be goombas in peril of extinction.

Chuck Darwin




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Cover the Walls With Paper


Spike,

"Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., eliminated government-related debt from his flagship fund last month as the U.S. projected record budget deficits."

All that government debt and for what? We must save NV. Sen. Dirty Harry Reid's cowboy poets. Congressman Loonsack gave us free health care.

Too much paper is driving up the risk. Interest rates commensurate with the risk will follow. What will that do to the wall paper market? What about local government debt?

Vacant lot shopping malls demand their pound of flesh. Will interest rates go up and cause tax payer revolts? If so, that can not be good for the municipal bond market. Could municipal bond salesmen in loud, checkered suits starve?

Rather than a more honorable profession like selling used cars, some municipal bond salesman could go back to creating demand. Municipal mismanagement is sure fire wire to create debt and municipal misery.

Hard times will get better, for some. A revolving door of ruin could be their route to prosperity.

B. S.

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Potholes Consume Burlington Due to Failed Fiscal Management


Worden's Cost Cutting = Less Than the Newsprint to Tell You


Spike:

Here are a couple photo's of the pot holes in the street on the corner of 4th and North. I'll never understand how our city streets can be in such poor shape because we pay some of the highest taxes in the state and get little to nothing in return. However, all the city employees seem to get their raises and bonus money right on schedule, pampering the "Privileged Class" in Burlington is priority one.

We are raped on city services which have increased from $75 to $152 since 1991 for my family and of course we get less although the fee's have more than doubled.

Burlington is just a poor choice when it comes to settling down and raising a family because of the extremely poor city management team and department heads along with high crime rates. The school board is another sore spot because of the rotten decisions made that have led to the building of new schools when not needed. Our school board thinks bricks and mortar will raise the kids test scores. There's just too many people living the good life generated by the school system when in reality our school system ranks as one of Iowa's worst for dropouts and testing. Our tax dollars are just being wasted on dreams of grandeur.

The swimming pool, RecPlex and golf course are basically failures because they can't even break even and we've had them for years. Since the RecPlex opened its doors breaking even has never occurred.

The one party system of losers produces only failure economically, recreationally, educationally and the quality of life is nothing to brag about.

Blacktop

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10 March

Discovery Touches Down!





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Deity of Political Morality in Iowa


Spike,

"Reed also took a swipe at one possible 2012 contender, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who was not there.

“Some have suggested we call a truce on the social and moral issues,” Reed said on stage, before referring to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “I’d like to have a leader who can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

An expert on political morality was lecturing potential Republican Presidents. Ralph Iscariot chastised those absent at the first supper of caucus delegate sacrifices.

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"However, national Faith & Freedom Coalition President Ralph Reed said he doesn’t believe their stances on same-sex marriage will be a key issue for the Iowa Caucuses in 2012."

Rallying the faithful against gambling has been a royal flush for Reed in the past. The article did not say if Ralph elaborated on the morality of gambling expansion.

Catish Ben

Ralph doesn't know what it's like to have any friends that aren't crooks, convicts, money launderers or free loaders. So his Americans for Tax Reform, Faith for Lining His Pockets, Jesus for Cheese moves are no longer reliable $500,000 mechanisms.

It just can't be a meal ticket for the same old smarmy, V05 line of rubber chicken BS. But it is still a snake in new
polyester seersucker suit.

Spike


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Aeroflot America


Spike,

"Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday Cuba flights would now be allowed from airports in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tampa and San Juan, Puerto Rico."

The U. S. government is permitting more direct flights to Communist Cuba. It will now be easier to visit the single party dictatorship and see the island paradise it has created.

Meanwhile, socialistic, government subsidized air service maybe severed to the single party workers paradise of Des Moines County. This move by the U. S. government makes sense. More would rather spend late Winter in Havana than here.

You can't catch a bus to Havana, but you can ride Tapp & Hinkle Trailways from Chicago to Burlington. Be careful not to get mugged while waiting for the bus.

Marina Raskova

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82 percent of US schools may be labeled 'failing'


""No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed.""

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Government Makes it Happen


Spike:

"The problems keep piling up for the Iranian regime. It has lost its very important backers in the bazaars who went on strike to protest a massive tax increase. In the most underreported Iran-related story, workers continue to go on strikes at factories around the country. Now, the regime is facing a gasoline shortage that is causing even more angst among the populace."

"Even in the developed world I think we have very, very low wage growth, so people aren't getting more in their pay packet to compensate them for food and energy, and I think we could see social unrest certainly in parts of the developed world and the UK as well."

Iran has vast petroleum production potential. Iowa has vast food production potential. Add government command and control of the economy. Turn the world upside down.

Could Burlington experience food riots while in Middletown grain is being made into gasoline?

GH

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Handcuff-Wielding Michael Moore Declares ‘Class War’ on MSNBC: Oprah, George Soros and Others Should Be Jailed for Their Crimes"


According to Jackass Moore:

"Wisconsin isn’t broke.’

‘America isn’t broke. The money‘s just not in the people’s hands’

‘We have trillions of dollars in our economy, the problem is, the money isn’t where it needs to be.’
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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 13





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Time To Get Serious About Spending Cuts


"Is America broke? The New York Times and Michael Moore say 'no', but you be the judge...right now the Feds are 14 trillion dollars in debt. Right now, it is estimated that the total unfunded liabilities of the federal government is even larger than the total global economic output. If that isn't broke, I don't know what is! Plus, what is Obama's newest abuse of power?...Tonight's guests include Republican Congressmen Allen West and Connie Mack from Florida, Fmr. Clinton advisor Doug Schoen, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Fox Business Network's Eric Bolling"




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09 March

Dealing With Gamblers Remorse


Spike,

"Supporters of the pool said it offers children the chance to learn to swim, keeps them out of trouble in the summer and provides a wholesome exercise away from video games."

Sorry, children. City fathers prior lost all your money at the casino.

The swimming hole at the casino was supposed to pay off, but it did not. When you get done playing video slots, take the dog down to the river and play there.

NM

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Move To Burlington - Crooks and Thieves Welcome


Spike,

"Ruth Hart, the only announced candidate to date in this year’s three City Council races, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony theft in 2006 after stealing more than $10,000 from her nursing-home-bound mother’s trust fund.

Hart, 45, did not mention the crime in a recent interview and subsequent news story about her candidacy, but a news reader brought the matter to light."

I think she might have some promise working here in Burlington with Worden. The newspaper gets the facts wrong and she knows how to pilfer the till.

Welcome Wagon

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Criminals Armed in Iowa City


Spike,

"More than 150 people with criminal records now have the right to carry guns in Johnson County."

Did anybody compare the roster of those so registered to carry with a roster of the University of Iowa football team?

HKL

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In Waukee Did Hell Thus Freeze


Knock, Knock, Knock On Hell's Door

Brother, Can You Spare $500,000


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Devilishly Cold In Waukee

Spike,

“Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, a leading social conservative group in the lead-off caucus state, has invited 12 Republican presidential prospects to what so far is the first group forum in the state of the 2012 campaign.”

Five Republican presidential prospects Monday professed before an influential audience of Iowa evangelical conservatives how religious faith ought to blend with public life.”

In the past, it was unheard of for all not to crawl upon their bellies and worship the serpent. Their general election chances served up as burnt offerings to the Dark Prince.

It was gospel that Iowa was the key to the primary kingdom of New Hampshire and the promised land beyond. The potential kings of the free world could only hope the Dark Prince would not smite them on a cold, Iowa mid winter’s evening.

In 2008, that prophecy was proven heresy.

Twelve Republican apostles were invited to worship the apostates in Waukee. Only five showed up. Are the rest no longer afraid of mid Iowa's GOP Pharisees?

Waukee's message of deliverance was not what was spoken there. Waukee's message was in the courage of those refusing to be counted there.

Gabriel

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Harry Reid’s Deranged Plea to Congress: Save the Cowboy Poets!





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Cost Of A No-Fly Zone? $1 Billion. Benefit to U.S. Economy? $35 Billion. Saving Libyan Lives? Priceless.


"Projected cost to maintain a no-fly zone over northern Libya – just the coast line where the oil terminals deliver the goods – One billion dollars a year. (We currently spend two billion dollars each week fighting in Afghanistan.)

If the no-fly zone stabilizes the region and the oil markets, the price of crude is projected to drop $10-15 dollars per barrel, and we just take the low end of the of that projection and drop the price of oil by $10 a barrel, that represents a $35 billion dollar benefit to the American economy."




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08 March

Leaked Memo Reveals White House Distress: Why Don’t Schools Want Obama to Speak?


Because Even Us Dummies Realize He IS The Problem

"Last year, the White House received applications from more than 1,000 schools in a competition to secure a commencement address from President Barack Obama. But just one year later, it seems schools have lost interest.

..."As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.”

A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, “Something isn’t working.“ It called on staffers to ask ”friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices” to encourage schools to apply."

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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 12 - Discovery Headed for 364th Day In Space





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07 March

City Wages


Spike:

I read where the private sector wages have fallen 4% and our sick city management and council members are now wanting to slap a franchise fee on our utility bill in order to maintain the privileged lifestyle of city employees who pay little to nothing for their benefits and are overpaid when compared to the private sector when doing the same jobs. They also have far more paid holidays than does the private sector in most cases.

I also wonder how much of a reduction city employees had in their wages this past year? I often wonder how many retired city employees are back on the city payroll double dipping at the taxpayer trough? We need jobs for those that came here for no other reason than exploiting Iowa’s taxpayers.

We need jobs in this tin horn town; so the remaining few that have work aren’t stuck paying all the damn taxes. We need huge cuts in the cost of government and getting rid of the unions and their collective bargaining would be one hell of a good start. There are also way too many people living off the taxpayers here in Burlington which has become a welfare city, always a benefit to the democrats, sort of a tit for tat arrangement, thanks to the Chamber, SEIRPC and associated goodish organizations.

Longing

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Judge Vinson to White House: Stop Stalling on Healthcare Ruling


When he declared Obamacare unconsitutional, it wasn’t just “friendly advice.”

Do You Suppose Obama Got It?


"If you’ve been following the news regarding the constitutional challenges to Obamacare, you’ll know that the biggest case of all is Florida v. HHS, in which Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida voided the entirety of the new health law. The White House responded that it would ignore the ruling and continue to implement the law while appealing Judge Vinson’s decision.

That ruling came down on Jan. 31, 2011. More than four weeks later, there has been no appeal."

...On Thursday, Judge Vinson issued his ruling on the “motion to clarify,” and it’s a doozy.

...Vinson’s new ruling can justly be described as a smack-down of the administration. Quoting an appellate ruling, he notes, “A declaratory judgment is a real judgment, not just a bit of friendly advice.” He sardonically recounts the administration’s stalling tactics, and describes their active “misrepresentation” of judicial procedure. "

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Can a $100 Dollar Bill Get You Detained at a Florida Turnpike Toll Booth?


Yep!



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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 10





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Lessons from Failed Revolutions





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04 March

Eat My Gas


Spike,

"A four-year-old biodiesel plant in Washington County that has been closed since 2009 will be placed on the auction block April 12.

Riksch Biofuels of Crawfordsville joins a growing list of biodiesel plants being auctioned off to satisfy creditors."

If corn prices keep going up, will there be an auction in Middletown? Government policy knows better than the market place.

WT

Great River can keep running. They aren't paying any taxes thanks to Tim Hoschek, Brian Tapp and Dennis Hinkle.

Spike


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Space Station and Shuttle Viewing Schdule


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Missouri welfare benefits being spent in Hawaii


Can't Happen In Iowa - At Least To Anyone's Knowledge

"In January Missouri EBT cards were used to withdraw $362,682 in cash outside the state. During that same time period Missouri EBT cards purchased $3,521,974 worth of food outside Missouri. Those card users racked up $752 worth of ATM fees, they were also paid by taxpayers.

Many of the EBT purchases were in border states, but a large chunk of change was spent in hard to reach places like California, Alaska, and Hawaii.

In Hawaii Missouri EBT cardholders spent $2,737 on food in January. During that same time period there were 6 ATM transactions totaling $175.

In California Missouri EBT users purchased $69,672 worth of food, and withdrew $7,818 from ATMs.

In Texas Missouri EBT users purchased $139,763 worth of food, and withdrew $20,981 from ATMs.

In Florida Missouri EBT users purchased $84,061 in food, and withdrew $9,737 from ATMs.

In Alaska Missouri EBT users purchased $1,845 in food, and withdrew $465 from ATMs."

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Jimmy Kimmel on Megyn Kelly & Anthony Weiner ‘Chemistry’ — ‘Definitely Hookin’ Up!’


“If I had that so-called ‘chemistry’ and hooking up with every guest with whom I have sparred, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Megyn joked. “I’d be Goddess No. 3 at the Charlie Sheen sober lodge.”




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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 7


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Shock and Awe for Police Officers


Glenn Beck Show Research for this episode

Van Jones Speak the Truth Killing Info

"Police officers are being asked to stand in solidarity with the unions. And why shouldn’t they? No one has a problem with teachers or the vast majority of everyday union members. But the people who are leading these protests, like Van Jones, are engendering revolution and a chaotic spirit across the country. Jones is even part of a new New York state curriculum which contains anti-police rhetoric and focuses not on how police help the community but on police brutality. If you know a police offer, please, pass this show on to them."




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03 March

Mr. Smith Goes to Burlington


Moore On Wealthy People's Money: "That's Not Theirs, That's A National Resource, It's Ours"

Spike,

"They're sitting on the money, they're using it for their own -- they're putting it someplace else with no interest in helping you with your life, with that money. We've allowed them to take that. That's not theirs, that's a national resource, that's ours."

Hollywood is fantasy land. Film maker Micheal Moore couldn't have said it better. Neither could U. S. Senator Harkin, nor our State Senator.

It's too bad lack oversight shut down Iowa's Film Office. A grant could have been applied to a documentary on the results of fantasy as public policy. Filmed on location in Burlington, "Two Tommies and Me" will never see the silver screen.

As long as we keep voting as we have, this live theater of the absurd need never close.

C. B. Taxationmills

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Megyn Kelly and Rep. Weiner Deliver Another Epic On-Air Battle


Megan Slaps Weiner Senseless

"For the record, the two were arguing about Weiner’s calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any case involving health care reform, since Thomas’s wife makes a living advocating against Obamacare. When Weiner brought up current justice, and former solicitor general, Elena Kagan, Kelly disagreed with the comparison."

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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 6





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Financial Terrorism - The Perfect Storm


"The perfect storm occurs when all of the forces in the world who want to take America and capitalism down come together and hit us at the exact same time. You have the extremists, communists, Iran and others all out to get us at a time when we are so vulnerable and broken due to factors like our borders, debt, energy and financial crises, the war and even political correctness. What, if anything, can we do?"




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02 March

An Appropriate Honor


"Then to lie here close by the river over the place
Where the sewage flows from the village,
And the empty cans and garbage are dumped,
And abortions are hidden."

Edgar Lee Masters


Do you remember naming the middle school on Sunnyside Avenue? What is in a name? Is it honor? Is it infamy?

Hawkeye Creek (Sh*t Creek) was once a septic mess running through Burlington's heart. Hawkeye Creek was a smelly mess deservedly buried over a century ago.

Aldo Leopold Middle School was chosen over Hawkeye Creek Middle School. A native son of note, worth and fame was honored.

At Locust Street where Hawkeye Creek runs buried lies a sewage holding tank. Its design and cost controversies were worthy of note. It lies interned unhonored.

Foul deeds buried if exposure does not suit your agenda. Festering pustules concealed until sepsis threatens the entire body politic. Self important and vane while issuing proclamations of purpose as a public duty. For that what honor should be bestowed?

Spike, should a monument be erected over the Locust Street sewage tank? If so, in whose honor?

Tee T

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Short Selling America


Spike,

“There is sufficient justification to question whether outside forces triggered, capitalized upon or magnified the economic difficulties of 2008,” the report says, explaining that those domestic economic factors would have caused a “normal downturn” but not the “near collapse” of the global economic system that took place."

The crash of 2008 was fortuitous. Coming just before the election, it arguably made a difference in the outcome. Was the timing the 2008 collapse a result of normal economic forces, or masterminded by a person, or persons, other than a foreign power?

Who would be in a position to do something like this? Who has the knowledge and experience to pull it off? Who in the past has profited from short selling and wrecking national economies? Who would have their personal political agenda advanced by securing Obama's election?

Move on. There is nothing to see here.

Dr. S.

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Attack of the Manchurian Candidate Locusts


Spike,

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission...." The Outer Limits," 1963.

"Researchers are even exploring ways to implant surveillance and other equipment into an insect as it is undergoing metamorphosis. They want to be able to control the creature."

The fusion of Biology and Engineering keeps pushing the limits. What was once purely fiction is now federally funded research. The military's desire for remote control devices is crossing into lower organisms.

There is no stopping technology developing and spreading. From insects to rodents to political candidates, where is all this headed?

Who will protect us from misuse of such technology? How would we know if a select few are controlling the elected few to the determent of the whole?

"For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear." So much for the Ad Vertiser.

When a video-cam fly on the wall is available, will Spike get one? It would be something to send to City Hall, the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, etc. in case of secret meetings that are legally supposed to be open.

Shinning the light on pests is the best way to know you need an exterminator, before it's too late.

Leaf Hopper

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Why Bad Teachers Survive in Chicago


Does It Happen Here?

Spike,

Does it happen here? How go we weed out the unfit?

Jules

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Reich To Rich: Redistribute Or Risk Angry Populace Turning On You!




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Discovery - Day 5 Highlights





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The American Worker


"Glenn's message to the average hard working American, union or non-union..it does not matter because though we may disagree on certain issues, we will all have to weather this storm together. Right now, we are all finding ourselves in the same situation- it is getting harder and harder to make ends meet. Union members are now in a situation that every American may soon find themselves in..rich and poor. They are being asked to lose a pension, take a cut or lose a job. The cuts are necessary, but they have worked hard for their pensions. We are all going to have make sacrifices very soon."




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01 March

Rock Head Delaney Root of Name Change


Headlines of Incitement

Spike,

According to my research into the new middle school name it seems the only rock heads are located on South Main.

Delaney's Little Pigee says one thing, Big Piggy Delaney says its O.K.

Meanwhile, the natives are incited to comment after they buy the fishwrap to see what was said.

Vicious cycle this news business. Create your own story.

KP

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Sink by Group Think


Spike,

"If the models are anything to go by, the best outcome for the group—in this case, not being eaten—seems to depend on most members’ being blissfully unaware of the world outside the shoal and simply taking their cue from others....Dr Couzin’s models do not yet capture what happens when the leaders themselves turn out to be sharks."

If you need a model of leadership by drunks, thugs and fools aided by a single dominant source of missing information, just look around.

-4.4%

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Heland's Buddy Rents Brothel


Spike,

"The statements previously withheld include accusations that during a tour of several Latin American countries he 'made arrangements to "rent" a brothel for an entire night, allegedly inviting one of the Embassy's chauffeurs to participate in the night's activities'."

Politicians out on the town should never get behind the wheel.

TL

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Comparing the Life of a Government Employee with the Private Sector


"The world is backwards. It should be the taxpayers striking in the streets of Wisconsin. But, private sector taxpayers can’t afford to take a day off, let alone a week. Doesn’t that say everything? Only government employees with their powerful unions, lifetime job security, short work-weeks, loads of sick days, nonstop holidays, early retirement, and bloated pensions, can afford to stand in the street protesting. Common sense tells us anyone with this much time to protest and the ability to abandon their work duties, is greatly overpaid.

...I’m a small businessman. Like all private sector workers, I have no time to protest or strike. Take a day off? How could I do that? I run a business. People depend on me. I’m on call 24/7/365, weekends, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Vacations are “working vacations.” The phones never stop ringing, the emails never slow down. I have to work 16-hour days just to pay my taxes. Who benefits? Those government employees protesting in the streets of Wisconsin.

Is it fair that government employees can be paid as much as 70% more than the same jobs in the private sector? Is it fair that private sector taxpayers work to age 65, 75, or even longer, to pay obscene taxes, so government employees can retire at age 50, with bloated pensions? Does any of this make sense?

These public “servants” claim this is a battle for “the middle class.” Let me assure you, in the private sector a $100,000 per year job with paid medical, early retirement, and thirty (or more) years of pension is:

A) As far from “middle class” as you can get…

B) Very rare, if not non-existent."

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Changing Western Way of Life





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