We should also recall that Burlington is Iowa's third worst city for crime behind Davenport #2 and Keokuk #1.
Doesn't say much about life in Burlington, I wonder if this has anything to do with the failure of the city to attract new industry or other jobs from coming to Burlington.
The schools are also a mirror image of the crime rate because many student can't read or do simple math. The high school has a very poor showing and has been on probation for 7 and 5 years in math and reading.
What a town and what a ranking putting it on a par with East St. Louis our sister city.
Allen West to Obama, Reid, Pelosi: ‘Get the Hell Out of the United States of America’
"West made the comments during a speech at a Palm Beach County GOP event in West Palm Beach.
“This is a battlefield that we must stand upon. And we need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend, chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table,” West said.
The audience was booing by the time West got to Pelosi’s name.
“Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else,” he continued. “You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”
Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA - Without Congress
Obama Circumvents Congress With 'Executive Agreement'
White House bypasses Senate to ink agreement that could allow Chinese companies to demand ISPs remove web content in US with no legal oversight
"Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever.
"I'm not naÃ¯ve (sic) enough to think this governor will ever sign it," Courtney said. "But if I can get it out now, and people can get a look at it, this governor won't be around forever. Maybe I can get it passed and get it signed."
People should be paid are they are worth, not what Senator thinks it will take to buy his re-election.
Senator Courtney is no bargain. Voters must make certain Senator Courtney is no longer around after next November.
Courtney will be grasping for anything larger than a toothpick and far more crooked.
“The company, Ener1, received a $118 million grant from DOE [Department of Energy] in 2010 as part of the president’s stimulus package,” writes the Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay. “The money, which went to Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel, aimed to promote renewable energy storage battery technology for electrical grid use.”
Despite the generous federal support Ener1 received (Vice President Biden even visited Ener1, January 26, 2011, the day after the President pledged in his State of the Union address to put “one million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015” with the help of taxpayer funding), and like several other now-bankrupt energy companies, Ener1 was “racked by problems.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer & Obama Face Off Over Book, Immigration Issues
Where's Valerie Jarrett or That Mad Black Woman?
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer traded words with President Obama after she greeted him at a Phoenix airport Wednesday.
Brewer and Obama "spoke intensely for a few minutes" after he landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, according to a White House pool report. At one point, the GOP governor shook her finger at the president.
"He was a little disturbed about my book," Brewer told a reporter after the incident, referring to her political memoir, "Scorpions for Breakfast." In the book, Brewer depicted Obama as "patronizing" during an earlier meeting.
"I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president," Brewer said. "The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So."
Brewer said Obama told her "that he didn't feel I had treated him cordially."
"Because of your history with Speaker Gingrich, what goes through your mind when you think of the possibility, which is more real today than it was a week or a month ago, that he would be the Republican nominee and that you could come back here next January or next February with a President Gingrich?”
To which the Minority Leader responded, “Let me just say this. That will never happen.”
When asked why, Pelosi elaborated, “He’s not going to be President of the United States. That’s not going to happen. Let me just make my prediction and stand by it, it isn’t going to happen.”
“Why are you so sure?” King pressed.
“There is something I know. "
Me, too. You're a pathetic has been and no new haircut will cover the treasonous nature of your very criminal fabric.
"On Feb. 18, 1924 the caucus was called for the Republican Party to elect delegates for the county convention. This was before many people on the inside were aware of how extensive the Klan movement had grown. They were in for a great surprise. No sooner had the caucus been called to order by the county chairman and the temporary organization named, than someone arose to substitute the proposals with one of his own, with a different chairman.
An effort was made to have regular procedure followed by which the permanent organization and the naming of delegates to the state convention were done by committees chosen by the precincts. The dissenters proclaimed that this was to be a people’s convention. A new chairman was elected. The effectiveness of this quiet work was seen when the vote was 151 for the Klan sponsored chairman and 57 against. The caucus had been stacked with Klan supporters. The new chairman later pulled a paper from his pocket and proceeded to read off the committee lists."
Set up your own group defending "Americanism." Gather your flock of the fooled. Collect dues and encourage donations.
Wave about symbols of nationalism and the dominant faith. Those different from your crew who do not attend the church of your choice need not apply. Issue smiley face proclamations from a friendly pulpit to detract from your true intentions.
Say you are defending America's traditional values. Say you are serving the Lord. Scare to action that small faction of the unthinking frightened. Scare them so they will do and vote as you say. Tell them your way is the only way for the salvation of the nation and more importantly themselves.
Take over an existing political organization. Do it to increase your own personal power and wealth.
Informed, independent thinking people organized and turned the tide against those whose belief in America's founding principles was only symbolic. It was nothing new. History repeats itself.
People in Iowa who know what is going on and think for themselves need to organize and take an interest once again. It is the only way to keep those malicious and ambitious from achieving power to serve their unholy ends.
"A Form “E” from each of Iowa’s 1774 precincts was to be sent to Iowa Republican Party headquarters in Des Moines by the close of business this Wednesday and used to “certify” the results of the Caucuses. Lucas, a backer of Mitt Romney, is no fan of having Rick Santorum declared the winner of the Caucuses.
“Romney fairly and squarely won the state of Iowa by eight votes,” Lucas said. “But when they recounted all their papers and stuff like this and stuff like that, they’re saying now he lost by 34.”
Lucas suggested party officials at the state level should be more concerned about electing Republicans in Iowa and less concerned about the “hype” of choosing a president."
Sounds to me like the chair was a big time Romney fan who didn't want certain votes to count. There needs to be a serious investigation into this and if it washes out, get rid of this joker before he runs the party into the ground.
Hand outs Hans is unhappy. Giving Tax increment Funding to any venture that comes along is causing West Burlington to suffer.
West Burlington's Schools are being under funded. West Burlington's infrastructure such as sewers is being under funded. All crumbles as taxes go up residential property and older, established businesses.
Hans Trousil is not the only Mayor to abuse TIFs. Many other Iowa cities have done the same. The Iowa Legislature is looking into stopping TIF abuse.
Hans wants to blame the Legislature for his folly. When will West Burlington voters see through Mayor Trousil and vote him out?
Scale of Production, Supply Chain Solutions & Lots of Workers - Yes!
"During that infamous Silicon Valley dinner with Barack Obama, the POTUS asked Steve Jobs, "what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? ...Why can’t that work come home? Mr. Obama asked.
Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back."
...Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day."
Since 2007 they have built over 200 million iPhones.
..."Another critical advantage for Apple was that China provided engineers at a scale the United States could not match. Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.”
In China, it took 15 days."
This is a must read. There is more to the story than the perspective of a community organizer that doesn't understand business or global economics.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the agency has approved the $25 million conditional loan commitment to Maryland-based Fiberight LLC and Fiberight Blairstown Operating LLC for their plant in Blairstown."
Ethanol is soused with subsidies. Cellulose ethanol has an even more checkered record. None the less, cut the checks.
Where no private venture capital would sanely tread, draw on a government account. Tell taxpayers it will create jobs. If will not support itself, so what. If it goes belly up, so what. It is not real money. It is tax money.
Have a shot of something new; wood alcohol. Guaranteed to keep taxpayers blind.
West Burlington Buried in TIF Debt - Likely in Top 10
Register Chart Fails to Compare Ratio of Debt to Tax Revenues
"Iowa cities are going deeper and deeper into long-term debt to jump-start development, state statistics show.
City officials spent about $350 million in tax dollars in 2010 paying off or acquiring new long-term debt under the state’s tax increment financing law, according to the most recent data available from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.
Former Democrat U. S. Senator from Connecticut, Christopher Dodd, did not seek re-election under an ethical cloud. This does not mean Dodd went home in disgrace. Dodd got a great paying job as a lobbyist. A member of the top 1% elite, Dodd advocate's the Communist Chinese approach to control copyright infringement on the internet.
If all it takes is a complaint, Burlington's City Hall and union halls will be on the horn to Washington every morn. Shut down Burlington Derailed.
If Dodd has his and his paymasters way, the First Amendment will be blown away.
As Beck points out, who wouldn’t want to stop piracy or protect property that belongs to someone else? According to Beck, we should of course want to uphold values that prevent online stealing and protects the copyright of others. “But that’s not the problem,” he says. “The solution is the problem.”
Previously, Symantec had denied that its own network had been breached, and instead pointed fingers at an unnamed "third party entity" as the attack's victim. Evidence posted by a hacker nicknamed "Yama Tough" -- a self-proclaimed member of a gang calling itself "Lords of Dharmaraja" -- indicated that the information was obtained from a server operated by the Indian government."
Nowhere in recent newspaper history has there been a Pulitzer-worthy account of an employee charged with leading an institution of higher learning being allowed to trash talk the Board of Directors with smoke and mirrors. Maybe one is lurking. It seems the opportunity is there.
“The first of Simone's goals focus on improving student success. Among other things, Simone wants to implement a pilot first year experience for fall 2012, which will be targeted for new entering students. This is ongoing.
"A five-person team of faculty and administrative/professional services staff participated in a workshop in November of 2011 to learn more about designing a first year experience for SCC students," Simone said.”
What the hell does this mean? Does Simone even understand what the goal is or how to achieve it? Not likely since its taken a year to have a workshop to study it. And why in the hell do students need a “first year experience” and why is this a goal for Simone? This is a local community college within an easy commute for 95% of its students. This isn’t Harvard, Yale or West Point.
“In addition, Simone wants to have continuous improvement at SCC. One of the ways she wants to do this is by working with an external consultant to create and provide an in-service for department and divisional chairs and association representatives, so can learn the tools and strategies to implement continuous process improvement within their areas.
This portion of the goal is completed. The training occurred prior to the beginning of the fall 2011 semester.”
Finally, Simone admits she doesn’t know what “continuous improvement” is or how to measure it in a manner the students or the Board can understand. Simone must hire and work with an external consultant to create something new. Apparently, Simone must not have the skills or abilities to foster new ideas by herself. If not, why is she here? It seems like stale bread. Everyone knows it has mold but doesn’t take it out of the refrigerator.
Meanwhile, for Beverly Simone, she gets the sack of crap award for trying to get us dumb old know-nothings to ignore the fact she doesn’t have a clue how to do her job other than blow smoke up the Boards’ ass.
Our hat flies off to Jermaine Pigee. Any writer charged with covering an assignment like this fluff piece deserves a Pulitzer, or at least a couple rounds at the Sombrero, for the hours it took to listen to the recording, trying to decipher Simone's whimsical diatribe of self worth, wondering what the hell is Simone saying and then transcribe that into a few words to fill the page between advertising.
Now, if he'd just go ask for the detailed financials.
The "Days of Wine and Roses" on Broadway at Mt. Pleasant
Your comments on Hans Trousil's Ad Vertiser howling were indeed revealing.
You and others have warned about the dangers of TIF abuse. Tax Increment Fund has become municipal meth. Look to the West.
West Burlington has become the equivalent of a toothless geek on an anti meth poster. Hans Trousil's cravings have the sewers caving in. Residential and non TIF businesses are being taxed to desperation to support Hans habit.
Cold turkey is not kind. It is necessary.
West Burlington residents should stop enabling Hans dependency. Mayor for life Hans needs booted from office. Maybe Trousil could found a local 12 step program for tax and and spend TIF addicts.
We have no shortage of government officials in need of recovery.
"Even so, the order of finish - Ron Paul second, followed by Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum - scrambled the field and prolonged the increasingly desperate competition to emerge as the true conservative rival to Romney."
Satan Steve Scheffler and Balloon Bob Vander Plaats effort to stop Romney in Iowa failed. Unlike 2008, the best Iowa's faith fraud merchants could arrange in the caucuses was a tie. Balloon Bob's boy, Rick Santorum, placed way back in the New Hampshire pack. The race goes on, but a questions remain.
What, if any, relevance will Iowa have in the process next time? Will Ralph Reed reduce his in exposure in Iowa?
I read in the Hack Eye the other day that the state will be considering a rise in the auto registration fees this year to offset the failures of the past two democratic governorships.
Auto taxes in Iowa are already one of the highest and unfair taxes in the entire country and all the clowns in Des Moines can think of are ways to increase taxes for highway upkeep along with the highest paid state employees in America based on the pay ratio of state versus private sector wages and benefits.
I would recommend a cut in all state employees pay and benefit packages which are totally in excess and need to be adjusted down to mirror the private sector pay and benefits. Of course the state always counters they need these highly educated college graduates, a statement that has yet to be proven. If we had smart people in Des Moines we wouldn’t constantly be raising taxes and fees, fees of which are nothing more than a tax. Iowa has over 2000 taxing bodies robbing us blind in order for state employees to live the Privileged Lifestyle at taxpayer expense.
Having all these supposedly college educated employees just hasn’t panned out for the State of Iowa, the state has become a haven for many of societies unwarranted college graduates with degrees that mean little to nothing.
Another problem is the new people coming to Iowa are mostly of the lower income uneducated types while those they replace are the most educated ones that leave for states with more opportunities than Iowa can possible offer.
I can remember when Iowa led the nation in education and now we’re nowhere near the top which illustrates how the state has failed with its insane liberal form of government and feel good education system that fails to educate. Just look at the school lunch program that has mushroomed to unrealistic numbers of children that indicate the welfare state has come to Iowa to stay.
Iowa is too small a state to care for the thousands of non-Iowans flowing into the state for reasons other than working with no job prospects in sight; so it’s extremely hard to figure out why they come here in the first place unless it’s just easier to get a free ride in Iowa than surrounding states.
In Iowa as in many other states it’s the state government that has failed with all their phony laws, fees and taxes used to prop up their employees Privileged Lifestyles of inflated wages and excessive benefits robbed from the private sector that struggles to survive. One thing Roosevelt fought was the establishment government unions that died once he died and now just looking around one can understand what he feared with government unions has finally happened. Unions in government are wrong and basically immoral, if you don’t believe this just look at our worthless congress and a president that backdoors just about every person he hires circumventing the congress for approval and denying the people the constitutional form of government.
Iowans have basically lost their freedoms because of government unions and liberalism combined with the failed education system and the transformation of Iowa into a welfare based state.
Trousil apparently believes a proposed commercial tax rollback will not foster economic development. Trousil further states the elimination of machinery and equipment taxes never created any new manufacturers or manufacturing jobs.
Do you think Google and Microsoft would have brought their server farms to Iowa if we still had an equipment tax? Do you believe CNH would still have a factory in Burlington had the machinery and equipment tax not been eliminated? How about the expansion and new jobs CNH recently announced? Hell no!!
To believe the elimination of machinery and equipment taxes doesn’t foster manufacturing jobs and economic development seems more like an exercise in myopic, provincial buyers’ remorse over a TIF district gone mad. A TIF district served substantially more by a retail commercial tax base rather than a manufacturing tax base.
If Trousil wants to see equity in the commercial tax roll back proposal he might be better served lobbying his tax and spend buddy Tom Courtney to see that the commercial rollback on his bevy of TIF financed retail businesses is substantially less than the rollback for manufacturing.
And then go attract some manufacturers to West Burlington to utilize the TIF district to bring those jobs so that the TIF retail recipients can pay their taxes.
His city depends on that.
BTW, Trousil is always quick to pull the trigger on Wal-Mart. Tuesday afternoon the mayor was seen shuffling to his truck with a load of Wal-Mart groceries both paid for by his CNH retirement fund made more solvent by the elimination of machinery and equipment taxes.
How could it be possible that all the personnel down at the auditorium earn on average a salary of $54,000 plus benefits. Ms. Anderson pointed this out during budget talks the other day and I was shocked to hear what these people are making compared to the private sector.
Could it be all their managers, engineers, have architect degrees or just what the hell warrants a wage that high? It’s common knowledge all city employees are grossly overpaid and receive benefits at taxpayer expense regardless of their performance, responsibility or capability with the big wage decider being years feeding at the trough.
I think outsourcing would be a good option to reduce the cost of city government. Government unions are a cancer eating away at the taxpayer who has been left far behind trough feeders in both wages and benefits.
What the hell do they do all day when there’s nothing going on at that auditorium? It’s hard to imagine we need four or five full time employees down there on a daily basis when the building’s use is so sparse.
Just another method for democrats to keep the union money flowing in while the raises continue to flow out as payment for their votes.
Eminent domain abuse led to a lot of waste. It was one of the reasons there was such an outcry to reign it in. As the bill came to pass restricting abuse of property owners rights, there was an amendment in the Iowa Senate.
Burlington got its empty lot Manor Mall. Thank you, Senator Courtney.
When it comes to what to do, there is always a simply answer. Raise taxes. Senator Courtney has been good at creative revenue enhancements.
This session of the Iowa Legislature needs to be Senator Courtney's last. Local voters need to think out of the box. The time has come for Tom to go.
When you have no answers and no solutions, get belligerent, throw your arms in the air like an French hooker and start blaming everyone else.
Tom should count his 100 days as some of his finest days of incompetence. Change is in the air and Courtney should start prepping for his final debates.
Debates he will have to attend. I can't wait to see the weasel squirm like a little boy that has to pee, twisting in his chair, wishing his turn at singing the high notes didn't mean wet underpants.
According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.
...the website “Fast Company” reports that the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been in play since at least early-2010 and that the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties."
Obamas Covered Up Whimsical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ White House Tea Party Bash
"A forthcoming book about the president and first lady reveals that they threw a lavish “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Halloween bash featuring actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, the New York Post reported.
“The Obamas” — written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor and set to be published Tuesday — details the whimsical affair, which coincided with the release of Burton’s Disney film that starred Depp as the colorful Mad Hatter.
It took place in 2009, the Obamas’ first Halloween in the White House, and came at a time when the unemployment rate was at a high of 10.1 percent. Depp, in full costume, greeted guests from atop a table.
“White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged,” the book says."
If you welled up some big, fat crocodile tears for Lost Keys Bill Ell's departure from city hall, let these two profound statements be written next to his portrait in hallway on a solid gold plaque for future generations to ponder when asked about how rotten was this town when Ell would be King?
1. Ell's biggest disappointment was losing the railroad lawsuit.....Federal Judge Charles R. Wolle sided with BNSF, saying the city's claim was "without merit."
"I think that was essentially a miscarriage of justice..." Ell said.
2. "Doug (Worden) and I have been volunteers in 10 or 15 different organizations together organizations together for so long..."
Then draw a myopic, provincial Big Eye around the entire portrait, the lost school key and gold plaque.
We finally heard the door slam shut on incompetence, twice. Once for Ell and once for numb nuts Worden.
The City Administrator of West Branch should be offered the position of Burlington City Manager. Mr. Muckler has it what it takes.
Any fool can flip the finger at the public they are supposed to serve. Unlike the unlamented, gladly departed Bruce Slagle, Mr. Muckler puts a verbal smiley face on it all when called out on cover ups.
"The recording proposal was drawn from the Missouri House of Representatives, where he’s previously served, adding he thought his experience with this rule worked well in the past."
Yes, Mr. Muckler's heart is in the right place. Whatever he can do to conceal would be greatly appreciated by our City Council. With his proven propensity to try glossing over any concealment, Mr. Muckler would be worth twice what Worden was earning.
Burlington Derailed has been a duller venue since our DUI Mayor resigned and Slagle skipped. Mr. Muckler would make a far more entertaining foil for local observers and commentators than Worden ever was.
Incompetence blurs confidence in conspiracy. We need a competent conspirator at City Hall. Burlington needs its confidence restored.
Spike, maybe you better post a job application for City Manager of Burlington and email Mr. Muckler. Mr. Muckler, Burlington needs you.
I see where there has been a glazing company doing something to the windows at the new North Hill Elementary School for the past several weeks. I hope the taxpayer is not picking up the bill for whatever it is they're patching over there on that brand new building. Surely the contractor who built that school bears the responsibility for the rework if that's what it is about.
If anyone knows what is going on I’m sure the public would like to know what exactly they're doing and who’s picking up the tab.
West Branch should do like the City of Burlington. Hold a secret meeting of dubious legality and do as you damn well desire in the dark. Look at what that cost in legal fees to fight closing the Burlington & Missouri River railroad shops.
There has been a lot of exposure this year regarding the seamy underbelly of Evangelical influence peddling on selecting the GOP candidate to hustle Obama from our house and back to the crime ridden streets of Chicago.
A few questions continually goes unanswered. Why does the public need to pay Satan Steve Scheffler or Balloon Bob VanDer Plaats to prepare their divine guide book and pledges to nowhere for the perfect GOP presidential candidate? How did these money-grubbing rats achieve such empirical insight into what makes a candidate worthy?
One should try to never answer a question with a question.
But, who paid Jesus? Yes, it is that simple. It's time to start thinking for ourselves.