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.
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.
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 that “This 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].”
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.
Drivers be aware of Burlington’s dangerous and ill maintained street conditions which could cause serious damage to alignment or tires.
Burlington School Financial Disaster Was Forecasted
Now, They Don't Have a Pot to Pee In
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 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. "
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."
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.
"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."
"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.
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.”
Bridges and Streets Demonstrate Void of City Business Skills
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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.
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?
"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. "
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
"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. "
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."
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.
Ron Corbett ain't Charlie Sheen. He's got to learn tough love. In or out of rehab; his choice.
"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.
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.
Potholes Consume Burlington Due to Failed Fiscal Management
Worden's Cost Cutting = Less Than the Newsprint to Tell You
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.
"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.”
"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.
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.
"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.
"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"
"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."
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.
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.)
..."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."
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.
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. "
"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."
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.
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."
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?
“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?
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.
"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."
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: