Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

30 May


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28 May

How Much Better?


Spike,

You wondered how much better it could get that Bruce Slagle has a new job. He's headed out-of-state. We should sleep better but never forget Worden and that crooked Scott Power are still running loose stealing from the taxpayers.

It couldn't get better unless the Feds showed up and arrested him. That would demand a party.

TP

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Man Hijacks Fire Dept. SUV and Chases Police Around Airport


First Burger King, Now The Airport

"...a man in a hijacked SUV chasing police around an airport. It all happened at Ireland’s Cork Airport, and yes, it does look like something out of a “Dukes of Hazard” episode.

According to the automobile website Jalopnik, the culprit is 37-year-old Edmond Stapleton, who stole two fire department vehicles at knifepoint at different points throughout the day. The video below shows his second hijacking. It also shows him multiple times narrowly missing police as he does figure eights and other driving-school-dropout maneuvers. Jalopnik explains the end result:

The chase picks up a few minutes into the encounter as police start chasing the SUV and then he starts chasing them. Eventually, a fire truck tries to help. It takes a few more minutes but eventually every police vehicle in all of Cork arrives to put him in jail."




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27 May

Crooked Former City Manager Slagle Lands New Gig


Hold On Mexico, Missouri The Jackass Is Loose!


Crooked Springsted bond salesman and Corrupt Former Burlington City Manager Bruce Slagle has a new job as city manager of Mexico, Missouri.

To save time and 'show you' what a great choice this was, read it here.

Pure & Ethical

Burning incriminating Evidence of Malfeasance

Slagle Commemorative Apple Tree

Slagle Family Christmas Story

Current Burlington Mayor Fears Slagle

Election Meddling

Good Old Boys Breaking Wind

Slagle’s Fishing Advice

Slagle on Litigation

How much better can it get?

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Beck On America





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26 May

The Zilchville Zeitung


Spike,

"According to Siemens operations manager Tony McDowell, the tour was intended primarily for the foreign press to learn about how Siemens is doing in Lee County."

Do you think any foreign correspondents took home copies of the Ad Vertiser? Doing so would educate on the state of Journalism in Southeast Iowa.

Many European journalists have a working knowledge of English. It is a shame the same can not be said of many at the Ad Vertiser.

P. J. G.

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Every Day May Not Be Election Day


Spike,

"Authorities have charged the owners of a tavern near Geode State Park for running an alleged illegal racing operation inside their establishment - mice."

I guess this activity is only legal the first Tuesday of November.

JL

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Iowa's Bitter Stew of Nuts and Loco Weeds


Spike,

"I don’t know what is more disappointing – former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen’s chaotic op-ed attacking the Iowa Caucuses, or the Des Moines Register’s willingness to reprint his diatribe without providing an Iowan with a chance to respond."

Native profiteers off Iowa's Presidential caucus process are having a rough 2012 cycle. The wannabe presidents are in Iowa, but many are coming just for the sound bite and photo op. Beads and glass trinkets offered up for Polk County porters to carry candidates to an Iowa caucus victory are scarce. Many corn field king makers are eating canned beans.

Iowa's state tree maybe the oak, but planting paid campaign workers feet on Iowa's caucus field has a history of producing a bounty of nuts and loco weeds. The harsh climate of New England makes them wither.

Voters in primary states from New Hampshire on have refused to smoke the rope. A big hit on Iowa's bong results in the gong. Iowa's winner is thrown off the stage during the campaign's primary stage.

The problem is obvious. Too many kooks have spoiled the broth.

Duncan Hinds

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Texas Adds 732,000 Jobs in the Last Decade


No Other State Has Created More Than 100,000

"...a lot of people will probably find this stunning:

The inventory of private-sector jobs in Texas increased by 732,800 between April 2001 and the same month this year, according to an On Numbers analysis of new federal employment data.

No other state registered an increase of more than 100,000 private-sector jobs during the decade. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia posted any gains at all.

At the link, there's even a breakdown of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Again, Texas's formula for economic success is a fairly simple one: Keep business regulations to a minimum, keep taxes low, and keep organized labor in the public and private sector in check. It's easier said than done, but Texas's relative success is fairly definitive that the heavy handed big government approach to taxes and regulation is dooming the economies of blue states."

Five-part series on Texas.

I wonder what the bubble brain state senators Courtney and Fraise have to say about this?

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Searching Tanis


Space Archeologists Discover a Thousand Egyptian Tombs Hidden in Tanis

"Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids."

A video.

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GOP12.com: Krauthammer wants Ryan






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Obama Alienating Our Allies (Again)





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25 May

Allen West calls Obama `malicious intent’ towards Israel


"“America has a president who lacks moral courage and integrity when it comes to America's long-standing relationship with Israel,” West concluded in a weekly wrapup message sent to “fellow patriots.”

I cannot attribute this incompetent statement to naďveté, but rather to conscious, nefarious, and malicious intent,” he added.

“Yes, I am very aware these words and the statement I released will be carried forward all across America, and possibly beyond – and yes they are strong words. However, it is time that someone rose up to speak the truth.”

The only other possibility is that the pundits were correct in 2008. Obama has no real world experience doing anything let alone fostering and furthering a foreign policy agenda.

However, Obama "spent your tax dollars paying for a “director of progressive media & online response” within the White House. Translation: a dedicated enforcer and story squasher that loves the liberal media."

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Israel, Faith & Obama's Agenda





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24 May

This Isn’t a Painting — It’s a Photograph




"Lanting himself goes into more detail in a NatGeo blog post:

Here’s a short summary about the making of the photo. It was made at dawn when the warm light of the morning sun was illuminating a huge red sand dune dotted with white grasses while the white floor of the clay pan was still in shade. It looks blue because it reflects the color of the sky above. Because of the contrast between the shady foreground and the sunlit background I used a two-stop graduated filter which reduced the contrast. The perfect moment came when the sun reached all the way down to the bottom of the sand dune just before it reached the desert floor. I used a long telephoto lens and stopped it all the way down to compress the perspective."

Click Here to see the detail.

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Helicopter Footage of Joplin MO Tornado Damage





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Beck On Joplin Tornado





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23 May

Street Walking Again


Spike,

Thursday night, at the intersection of Summer and Angular Streets, there was a woman pushing a baby carriage in the middle of Angular Street heading East on Angular. She was stopped at Summer waiting to cross the street nowhere near any crosswalks. It was obvious her intent was to cross right through the middle of the intersection no matter what. Most cars already had their lights on and it was difficult to see her standing in the middle of Angular Street with a dark blue baby carriage.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why our newer citizens use the streets as though they were built for walkers while the sidewalks are just taking up space. Earlier in the day a woman and a youngster crossed in front of me in the same manner at the same intersection, in the middle of the intersection with no regard for traffic or anything else.

This type of bad behavior is happening all over the inner city and sooner or later someone is going to be hit and then just maybe the police or someone will finally try to put an end to it.

HL

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Malware Posing Increasing Danger - Facebook A Culprit


One in every 14 downloads is a piece of malware

"One in every 14 downloads is a piece of malware, according to information released by Microsoft last week. To try to inhibit the growth, antivirus defenses have to attack the problem from other directions.

Despite improved browser security over the last few years, new forms of propagation have developed, including highly targeted attacks known as spear-phishing, which go after individuals or groups of individuals.

Social media, and in particular Facebook, has seen a new way of spreading harm.

Facebook users get a message purporting to be from a friend that suggests they view a video. The video site purports to require users to install some software to see the clip, but actually it is a piece of malware."


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21 May

Iowa’s Relevance Questioned


Spike,

"But skipping Iowa isn’t a solution. This is not a tinfoil-capped anomaly. This is your party. And the struggle for its identity is highly relevant, not only to Republicans, but to the country."

Iowa's fourth estate is concerned. Republican presidential candidates are not coming to Iowa in great numbers as once they did. As a result, Iowa journalists are becoming less relevant to the rest of America.

The lunatics are not the ones laughing the loudest. Socialists from the White House on down are rolling on the floors not just in laughter, but delight.

If you as an individual are concerned about this, the solution takes time, your time. It means attending local central committee meetings, caucuses and conventions from Burlington to Des Moines. Gird your loins to be bored and frustrated to the brink of madness.

The tinfoil hats will be there. They have been running the asylum. Only a majority of the sane will restore sufficient order to Bedlam to make it once more worth the price of admission.

The health of our nation hangs in the balance.

Dr. Francis Willis

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20 May

Green Bay Tap Construction Closes In On Completion


Spike:

Work on the new Green Bay Tap is progressing well after the devastating mid-winter fire that totally destroyed the original structure.

Glad

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Stealing From Taxpayers


Minerals Mined on Federal Land Spared Taxes, Aided by Senator Reid

Spike:

I see where Dingy Harry Reid and group have given mining companies frees access to steal all the gold, silver, Uranium and other mined products from our public lands without paying a dime in taxes. It’s just despicable what the Democrats do behind closed doors to rob and cheat the American taxpayer while bitching about the oil companies. Pelosi and Reid are two of the worst back stabbing politicians I’ve ever known of.

Pelosi secures non-compliance for many in her district from Obamacare and expects common Americans to pay up or else. This woman is the lowest form of human life on the planet and should be thrown out of office along with Reid.

How much of these two crooks can the American people stand? Pelosi has been brain dead for years and Reid played a large part in the mortgage mess that brought down our economy.

Disgusted

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Aspen Mountain reopening on weekends for snow enthusiasts


Spike,

"Skiing in Colorado's high county isn't over yet.

Aspen Mountain will reopen for Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, for the first time since 1995 and will remain open on the weekends as long as the snow holds, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday afternoon.

Although it closed for the season April 10, Aspen Mountain has a 71-inch base as another storm blanketed the central and northern mountains this week.

With a base of more than 94 inches, Arapahoe Basin ski area announced last week that it would be open daily through June 5 and then reopen for summer skiing for at least two three-day weekends, June 10-12 and June 17-19."

I'm going

Me, too!

Spike


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19 May

Will Ethanol Be Tapped Out? Hoschek, Hinkle & Tapp's Folley Unfolds


Spike,

"Critics of the ethanol industry sense that its support is weakening in the U.S. House and they’re asking House Speaker John Boehner to ensure that there will be a chance to debate and amend any ethanol-related legislation that will come through this year."

It looks like the ethanol subsidy may go away
. What about Des Moines County's investment in ethanol? Will steam over Daymen be a thing of the past? If all condenses according to the market, how much will local taxpayers shell out?

James Watt

How much better can it get? Broeker is running through the courthouse hallways like a little kid huntin' for pennies when he can just jump in his Studebaker and drive out 34 to see some real government waste.

The sooner that place dries up the sooner we can start feeding the world instead of some dumb ass political need.

Spike


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Carnival Cruise Lines - U. S. N.?


Spike,

"U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy's decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez."


Naming a ship bestows great honor
. There are others more worthy than Little Cesar of having a U. S. Navy ship named in their honor. Congressman Hunter offers some suggestions.

Damn the political correctness. Full speed ahead.

J P J

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18 May

Streetwalkers


Spike:

Seems many of the newer citizens are unaware of what sidewalks are for because many walk in the streets as though they have the right away over the automobiles. I was up on North 8th around Court Street and a large group of these new residents were walking down the middle of the street obviously heading downtown around noon.

Of course people who live in Burlington are use to pedestrians walking in the streets rather than the sidewalks because it’s been going on the past few years now with no reason to believe it will stop, after all the deer prefer the streets rather than sidewalks; so what’s the difference. I wonder who would be blamed if someone would hit a person walking down the street. Could be anywhere in town since it’s not restricted to any one area.

I really think the city should hold a meeting similar to the meetings about crime and explain how and why sidewalks are present in the core city. Of course there are many areas, mainly around the newer schools where sidewalks are unknown leaving only the streets to walk in or else students can wear paths through taxpayers lawns.

In reality someone will probably have to be hit before anything is done about it since it’s been going on for so long now it seems obvious no one cares, or do they?

Noticed

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Police Vanity Plates


Spike:

I notice the police cars are now sporting what would be called personalized or specialty licenses plates rather than the normal white state issued type that’s been around for years. My question is, do the taxpayers of Burlington have to pay extra for this type of plate or are they the same price as the white ones?

The taxpayers of Burlington are already being taxed to death in order to support excessive government wages and benefits; so if these plates cost more let’s just go back to the white standard issue plates.

Broke

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A Red's Cadillac


Spike,

"In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP made film titled (translated to English) “The Birth of a Party” or “The Great Achievement of Founding the Party" is set to premiere all over the Communist nation on June 15 reported China AutoWeb last September. The auto website adds:

"According to an announcement posted on Shanghai GM’s official web site yesterday, whose title reads "joining hands with China Film Group, Cadillac whole-heartedly supports the making of the Birth of a Party..."

The Chinese Communists are riding in Cadillacs while we peddle rickshaws. Too bad the Iowa Film Office is closed. The birth of Des Moines County's single party system has yet to come to the big screen.

Charlie Chan

What the hell is goin' here? TIme to dump the GM products and to hell with 'em.

Spike


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The Last Picture Show


Spike,

"Judge Douglas Staskal criticized the head of Polynation Pictures before sentencing her for attacking prosecutors and judges in public statements she has made, while blaming her plight on antisemitism and “some sort of political conspiracy.”

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of idiotic excuses. Where was oversight in the Iowa Legislature while the projection room burned?

Rudolph Valentino

The Courtney brothers were out blowin' smoke up each other's butt for a job well done while the thieves were rootin' around in the taxpayers' pocketbooks.

Spike


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17 May

The Prophets Ignored


Spike,

February 7, 2000
"Iowa’s precinct caucuses and a Mafia protection racket: The comparison is irresistible. In both cases, participation is almost always mandatory, there are no real benefits, large sums of money are wasted, and everyone keeps his mouth shut because too many thugs have a piece of the action."

May 16, 2011
"Now that the rest of the nation has woken up to the reality of GOP politics in the Hawkeye State, and that the decisions made by state GOP leaders eying their election or re-election prospects have been proven as a threat to the state’s traditional role as first-in-the-nation, leaders are scrambling to un-do the damage that could have been prevented years ago."

Iowa is losing its presidential starting point luster for Republicans. This has been coming for over a decade. Those who warned were stoned as secular heretics.

Those lamenting what worshiping the devil has wrought must not say they were not warned.

Zechariah

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Tin Foil Horns & Pitchforks


"Iowa losing clout because of 'people in tinfoil hats'?"

Spike:

"Two conditions make the early states in the presidential nominating process work. First, all candidates must believe they have an equal opportunity to succeed. They might not be happy with the outcome - most of them lose, after all - but they all have to feel like they had their shot and were given a fair hearing by voters. Second, the electorates have to be broadly representative of the party as a whole. This gives a win meaning and legitimacy.

The Iowa caucus may once have met those conditions for Republicans, but today it does not. Iowa Republicans have marginalized themselves to the point where competing in Iowa has become optional."

"Now that the rest of the nation has woken up to the reality of GOP politics in the Hawkeye State, and that the decisions made by state GOP leaders eying their election or re-election prospects have been proven as a threat to the state’s traditional role as first-in-the-nation, leaders are scrambling to un-do the damage that could have been prevented years ago.

GH

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16 May

McDonald's Oatmeal Rip Off


Spike:

Well, this morning I went to McDonald's and purchased an Oatmeal that ended up costing me $0.14 more than where I purchase it at McDonald's out of town and to top it off, it was about 1/3 less in quantity.

What is it that makes Burlington such a loser city when compared to others that are much larger and those much smaller? What have the citizens of Burlington done to deserve such embarrassment when compared to other cities in the region? Maybe they need to change their reckless ways at the voter box!

Granted we have very poor city management along with excessive city, county and state wages and benefits; so it would appears the only difference is the management since most other items are common ground unless one wants to throw in demographics and demographics are another problem we in Burlington must contend with all brought about by tax funded entities and other do-gooder organizations that aren’t exactly common with those in other cities.

Anyway, just wanted others to know about local rip offs in the food chain here in Burlington.

Concerned

It's a cost benefit analysis. If you sell 3 oatmeals, use 1/3 less oatmeal while raising profits and providing less value, who cares about the customer benefit?

Spike




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142 Years Ago, Golden Spike - Today, The Golden Shaft


"On Monday, May 10th, 1869, 142 years ago, an event occurred that is arguably the seminal point in the development of the North American railroad system: the driving of the Golden Spike, marking the official completion of the Pacific Railroad."

Braley boards the "Golden Shaft."


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So Called High Speed Rail U.S. Style


Spike,

I think the highest average speed for high speed rail out East in the U.S. is a mind boggling 68 mph even though they may reach speeds of up to 110 mph or maybe 150 for very short distances. The average speed for high speed rail in the U.S. remains well under 100 mph far slower than trains in Asia and Europe. Actually, Interstate travel by car is probably just a timely as Americas high speed rail and accessible to most of the population while high speed rail is only available for certain highly populated zones.

There was a time when rail service in the United States was just great but those days are long gone and one only need look at Amtrak to see how terrible service is now compared to the olden days.

Government run entities never seem to succeed because government just doesn’t have the initiative as does the private sector and government employees reap huge pay scales and excess benefits none of which are based on achievement, responsibility, accountability or capability but only on how long the person has been taking up government space.

Here’s a good article about the high speed rail plans.

Travel

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The Corruption of Free Government Money


Spike,

"The Family Leader has organized multi-city forums for Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Each has called for reining in federal spending and talked about family values. The same group received more than half of its funding from federal grants over a five-year period when it operated under a different structure as the Iowa Family Policy Center. The group was among those that benefited from former President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative, which made it easier for social and religious organizations involved in community work to win federal funding."

Republican presidential candidates would be wise to avoid Iowa's faith based political action committees (PACs). The devils running these PACs promise candidates access to their sheep. What price such access?

Iowa's satanic cults of the collection plate are not starting blocks for the White House. These PACs are a short cut on the highway to hell.

Tammy Faye

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French High Finance


Spike,

"The French political bigshot who heads the International Monetary Fund was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today — hauled off an Air France flight just moments before takeoff from Kennedy Airport, police sources said."

If Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes bail, will it be another taxpayer bail out?

GH

We already paid for his $3500/night suite at the crime site.

Spike

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Another Obama Abyss


Liberal Journalist Explains How Obama Could Decree Federal Control Over Private Corporations to Unionize & Regulate Them Using Laws Already on the Books




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13 May

Boondoggie Says: Bad Loonie!


Spike,

I read Delaney’s editorial on railroads. He knows less about trains than he does selling newspapers.

The unsigned, anonymous editorial references a press release allegedly received from Loebsack, our nutty professor, outlining this truly remarkable expenditure of taxpayer money on a public corporation. Try as I might, I can’t find any press release with the slightest resemblance outlining these rail funding details on Loonie’s website or other news outlets featuring the actual document to fact check.

Loebsack’s stealth press release expounds on the ability of these new rail cars and locomotives to travel at speeds up to 125 mph. What Loonsack doesn’t seem to grasp or want to acknowledge if he does, is where are these 125 mph trains going to run? The proposed route to Iowa City travels over the Iowa Interstate Railroad. At best, on a good day, it is a 45 mph railroad. How are you going to squeeze 125 mph out of the Iowa City Bullet Train on that stretch of track? To reach those speeds you would need to spend about $6 million per mph, rounded up to $500 million dollars to go that fast; maybe $1 billion to go that 60 miles to Illinois at the speed of stupidity. To think of it a different way, why should the taxpayers pay to upgrade the Iowa Interstate Railroad? They’re a freight railroad and publicly traded company. Isn’t this subsidizing corporate America that Delaney’s South Main Minions so violently detest and despise? Shouldn’t the taxpayers build new?

So Loonsack brings his $500 million grab bag of free Obama money. You build the Iowa Interstate into a 125 mph limited access railroad over the next 10 years. Now where are you going to get the passengers to pay for the $21,200,00/year in debt service at 3% interest for 25 years? And the operating costs of who the hell knows how much it will be 10 years from now.

The Iowa Interstate Railroad is owned by one of the shrewdest operators around. Ask him how much he could implement passenger train service between Iowa City and Chicago. I’ll bet it is a hell of a lot less than $10 million. Why hasn’t someone figured this out and asked the question.

Boondoggie
Sniffing Bad Butts for the Truth

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President Obama (Lies), Completely Wrong on Reason for High Unemployment


"CBS’ Mark Knoller, covering a town hall on the economy with the president this (Thrusday) morning, reports: “President Obama blames high unemployment rate on ‘huge layoffs of government workers’ at federal, state and local levels.”

This is completely wrong. Extremely and mind-bogglingly wrong. Epically wrong.

...Obama is not even a little bit right. Will anyone call him out on this?

The full quote is here:

“The reason the unemployment rate is still as high as it is, in part, is because there have been huge layoffs of government workers at the federal level, at the state level, at the local level,” he said. “Teachers, police officers, firefighters, social workers– they have really taken it in the chin over the last several months. And so, what we’re trying to do is to see if we can stabilize the budget.”

Again, completely false. There has not been a significant reduction – or even variation, really – in the size of the government workforce at the federal, state, and local level."

For the numbers, Click Here.

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Harry Reid: ‘We Need The People Of America To Rise Up’ in Favor of Amnesty for Illegal Aliens


Harry Needs The Votes - Courtney To Step Up With Aspen Grove Crew and his Home Handymen

"Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling on Americans to ‘rise up’ and express how important the DREAM Act is to them.

Reid made the comments at a conference on Wednesday in support of the measure that would allow qualifying illegal aliens obtain legal residence status."

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George Soros - Scumbag Terrorist


"A network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts"

"When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists' ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”

This information is part of an upcoming report by the Media Research Centers Business & Media Institute which has been looking into George Soros and his influence on the media."

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12 May

Siemens sues BNSF over damaged windmill blades


"Siemens Energy has filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway seeking compensation for a cargo of damaged windmill blades.

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Siemens alleges that 21 wind turbine blades that it manufactured at its Fort Madison, Iowa, blade plant were shipped to Liberal in August.

All of them were later found to have damaged blade tips. Siemens alleges this occurred when they hit a rail overpass at Kansas Avenue and First Street in Kansas City, Kan. Siemens is seeking $3.2 million, including $2.6 million for the 21 blades."

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Boehner: ‘We Struck a Nerve’


"House Speaker John Boehner, at a press conference this morning, said that he remains comfortable with the House GOP’s debt-ceiling strategy, which he outlined in a New York speech earlier this week. “Clearly, we struck a nerve,” he said. “The response from the White House, Democrats, and the Left has been panic and hysteria.

...Remember, Standard & Poor’s warned several weeks ago that it may downgrade its U.S. debt rating not over the debt limit fight — but because Washington has no plan to tackle its massive debt. The greatest threat to our economy, to job creation, and to our children’s future is doing nothing. Doing nothing is not an option. The American people won’t tolerate it, and neither will we.”

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11 May

Fissure May Consume Children Breaking Curfew


Spike:

Drivers should be aware of a massive fissure on the southwest corner of Spring and N. 8th Streets. This one could destroy front end alignment in a heartbeat or bust off a front right wheel when turning south onto 8th from the west off Spring.

One should also be on the alert when traveling on Summer Street in either direction because most young people are traveling near 50 mph and I also notice on Perkins towards Acers speeds in excess of 40 are the norm as are loud pipes on the many Comoros’ coming from the Acers area at all hours of the day and night.

Also, there is apparently no curfew in the Perkins School area because there are teenagers out every night between 2 and 4 in the morning. Last night a girl was standing on the corner yelling at the top of her lungs or should I say screaming and then she just walked off at about 3:30 am. Probably drunk or on drugs and hallucinating.

Many parents in this town are totally incapable of raising children and should probably be banned from having more than one and of course, that would mean less welfare for many of them. The few people that work now can hardly afford to pay for raising other incompetent parents' children. The do-nothings are ruining our country from within.

Disgusted

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10 May

Courtney & Fraise - The Bumbling Duo


What the hell are these two talking about?

"To do away with all the good things that we've done in the last 12 years so that you can pile up a big block of money (in the state's surplus) to give the businesses in the faint hope that they're going to create jobs, it doesn't make any sense to me," Courtney said, adding he agrees businesses shouldn't be overburdened but they won't necessarily hire people if given a tax break.

Fraise also criticized the tax credits for businesses, as the state already is ranked among the top places to do business.

I don't know what these two smoke for recreation but they sure are going through Peyote incantations. Iowa has one of the highest corporate income tax levels in the country and he thinks it is a top place to do business? Maybe if you're a tax and spend Democrat.

Who does Courtney think will create the jobs; government?

As for "swing back" in the next election, the only swing back will be the screen door hitting both of these clowns in the ass.

Spike

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Schools may ban chocolate milk over added sugar


"Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, is the latest district to tackle the issue. Superintendent John Deasy recently announced he would push this summer to remove chocolate and strawberry milk from school menus.

But nutritionists — and parents — are split over whether bans make sense, especially when about 70 percent of milk consumed in schools is flavored, mostly chocolate, according to the industry-backed Milk Processors Education Program."

What's next? Pigs in a Blanket?

Spike

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09 May

Burlington's Main Street Terrorist Target


Spike,

"Schumer said Sunday that he will push for the creation of a “do not ride” list for Amtrak. The list would be similar to the no-fly list that keeps those suspected of terrorism from flying into or out of the United States."

Who would pay for all this at a stop where there is not even a station agent anymore? If the grand standing, headline seeking Senator from New York has his way, you would not be able to board a train in Burlington. For every problem, no matter how ridiculous, liberals have an answer. More regulations and wasted money will solve it all.

Penny Less

Do you suppose he could/would do anything about the Chicago welfare crime wave that Tapp and Hinkle created?

Spike


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05 May

Just Say No


Spike,

"A proposal to extend the Cedar Rapids metro area's 1 percent sales tax for 20 years appeared to be narrowly failing Tuesday."

It looks voters told a large city in Iowa no to more taxes. Is there any chance of that happening here?

X. S. Payen

The whole state of Iowa noticed this one.

The Cedar Rapids Chamber supported the continuation of this anti-business tax that ultimately would have built a gazebo, remodeled a bunch of run down buildings while the real flood victims got shoved to the gutter.

The Cedar Rapids Advertiser gave $10,000 to the cause. Delaney must be jealous. He couldn't find a few bucks to catch the corrupt criminals; Sprinsted crooked bond salesman Bruce Slagle and his loser lawyer co-conspirator, Scott Power. It must hurt to watch real money change hands instead of bribes and threats.

This CR Boondoggle was nothing more than a massive Iowa taxpayer holdup that Courtney was going to drop down and give us no way out.

Good job to the We Can Do Better CR Committee. People not afraid to throw the mayor and the rest of know-it-all nitwits in the boat and sink it.

Spike


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Jefferson's Common Sense

Spike:

Here are a few quotes by Thomas Jefferson about government:

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Jefferson really knew what he was talking about when he said this one. Out government is more than taking away and giving to those who don't wish to work. Our government is out of control and over stepping our constitution at every level.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Again, Jefferson is right on the money as our government is far exceeding it's power when telling us what light bulbs to use, what foods to eat, and on and on and on.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Jefferson knew exactly what the constitution met and anyone who disagrees is one of devious means.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. As of late this really starts to hit home and again Jefferson was way ahead of his time because government is truly exceeding its constitutional rights.

Our government today consists of some of the worst politicians money can buy most of which are from the Ivy League brain dead colleges where socialism is the main stay.

Nervous

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Valerie Jarrett Pulls Obama Chain for Bin Laden


Even Hillary Clinton Tired of Obama's Wafflin' Bull Shi*

Obama's Body Language in Photo Doesn't Suggest Power or Authority. It's More Like Watching the Basketball Playoffs.


"White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden"

"What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him – and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound."

"Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.

I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the Middle East.

Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?

A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one. Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of. Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives. Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed policy. Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the operation through.

What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful manipulation” by Leon Panetta. Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “…significant to the point of political debilitation.” It was at that time that Obama stated an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a bombing raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had originated from Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and present a far greater risk of failure. The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given notice. Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via military contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then informed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of them he had been given the authority by the president to proceed with a mission if the opportunity presented itself. Both Gates and Clinton warned Panetta of the implications of that authority – namely he was possibly being made into a scapegoat. Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the opportunity to get Bin Laden outweighed that risk. During that meeting, Hillary Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating she would defend him if necessary. Similar support was then followed by Gates. The following day, and with Panetta’s permission, Clinton met in private with Bill Daley and urged him to get the president’s full and open approval of the Panetta plan. Daley agreed such approval would be of great benefit to the action, and instructed Clinton to delay proceeding until he had secured that approval. Daley contacted Clinton within hours of their meeting indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval. Daley then informed Clinton that he too would fully support Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the president’s indecision to the American public should that action fail to produce a successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back to Panetta and the CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement order. At this point, the President of the United States was not informed of the engagement order – it did not originate from him, and for several hours after the order had been given and the special ops forces were preparing for action into Pakistan from their position in Afghanistan, Daley successfully kept Obama and Jarrett insulated from that

This insulation ended at some point with an abort order that I believe originated from Valerie Jarrett’s office, and was then followed up by President Obama. This abort order was later explained as a delay due to weather conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been acceptable for the mission. A storm system had been in the area earlier, but was no longer an issue. Check the data yourself to confirm. Jarrett, having been caught off guard, was now scrambling to determine who had initiated the plan. She was furious, repeating the acronym “CoC” and saying it was not being followed. This is where Bill Daley intervened directly. The particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting, Valerie Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and apparently no longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden mission. What did follow from there was one or more brief meetings between Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton, a representative from Robert Gates’ office, a representative from Leon Panetta’s office, and a representative from Jim Clapper’s office. I have to assume that these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to proceed with the operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound. I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.

At the conclusion of the mission, after it had been repeatedly confirmed a success, President Obama was once again briefed behind closed doors. The only ones who went in that room besides the president were Bill Daley. John Brennan, and a third individual whose identity remains unknown to me. When leaving this briefing, the president came out of it “…much more confident. Much more certain of himself.” He was also carrying papers in his hand that quite possibly was the address to the nation given later that evening on the Bin Laden mission. The president did not have those papers with him prior to that briefing. The president then returned to the war room, where by this time, Leon Panetta had personally arrived and was receiving congratulations from all who were present. In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand by that term. These figures worked around the uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett. If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who acted outside the authority of the president’s office. The president cannot afford to admit such a fact. What will be most interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett. One source indicated she is threatening resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we shall see."

Read it here and let us know what you think.

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02 May

The Charts That Show Why the U.S. Is ‘Screwed’


If you need a Monday morning graphic image of destruction, here you go. If you can stand more, Click Here.

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