Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

31 January

Your Choice


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30 January

Crime In Burlington


Local Effort to Keep Pace With Sister City - East St. Louis

Spike:

Violent Crime

U.S. Median rate 4.5
Burlington rate 7.45
Iowa rate 2.86

Property Crime

U.S. Median rate 32.1
Burlington rate 42.51
Iowa rate 24.41

A person has a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of a violent or property crime in Burlington.

The Burlington rate for crime is 97% higher than the cities and towns of all sizes in Iowa.

Source of this information.

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.

HD

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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.”




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28 January

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.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was signed by Obama on October 1 2011, yet is currently the subject of a White House petition demanding Senators be forced to ratify the treaty. The White House has circumvented the necessity to have the treaty confirmed by lawmakers by presenting it an as “executive agreement,” although legal scholars have highlighted the dubious nature of this characterization."

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27 January

A Dime An Hour Mind Is No Bargain


Mindlessly Trolling for Votes

Spike,

"I'm not naïve (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.

Cabot Emptor

Courtney will be grasping for anything larger than a toothpick and far more crooked.

Spike

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Another Gov’t-Funded Energy Co. Goes Under


Obama Admin Announces More Loans

“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.”

Today, Ener1 announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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.”

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Are G Men Trailing Derailed?


Spike,

"The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips."

Holding public office and driving while intoxicated is not a federal offense. Neither is holding public office while grossly ignorant and/or incompetent.

Will the FBI spooks monitor Derailed?

Clyde Tolson

They're trailing everyone.........

Spike


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Google’s New Privacy Policy…Breaches Your Privacy


‘Real News From The Blaze’ Breaks It Down For You




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26 January

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer & Obama Face Off Over Book, Immigration Issues


Where's Valerie Jarrett or That Mad Black Woman?

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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."

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Warren: I'd Like to Teach The World to Sing





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Nancy Botox "I Know Something You Don't Know"




"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.

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25 January

When Crosses Afire Lit the Cornfields


Spike,

"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."

"One early supporter of McDonald and the Klan, was the Rev. J. Roy Wright, who had been pastor of the Centerville Church of Christ since 1920. He was a dynamic minister, attracting record crowds. He stated, “The Klan is not made up of cowards, but of brave men who have tolerance in their hearts for others. The Klan is not an organization of hate. It is an organization of love and has no quarrel with any man because of his race, color, religion or politics."

Way down south in the State of Iowa, not Dixie.

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.

"Anti-Klan forces, 100 people strong, finally held a meeting on March 13, 1925 and formed the Lincoln League in an attempt to restore normalcy to Centerville. The American newspaper wasn’t told about the meeting. The League’s platform affirmed principles of liberty, equality and justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the U.S and Iowa. They declared for friendship and good will among all citizens regardless of race, color, religion or politics. They favored strict enforcement of the law and efficient business administration."

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.

RR

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24 January

Four Sheets of Paper - Four Sheets to the Wind


Spike,

A lot people are probably aware of the national uproar over the 4 missing precincts from the Lee county GOP that couldn't be verified for the Iowa caucus count. If you go to the numbers provided by the Iowa GOP it shows that the missing precincts would have meant 25 more votes for Rick Santorum had they been turned in.

Compare this with the comments from the Lee county chair in an article by Radio Iowa about the whole mess.

"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.

NM

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TIF Trauma Trousil


Spike,

"Trousil said he prefers the version of property tax reform the Senate passed in 2011 than the version the House passed. Sands said that's because the Senate version does not affect cities and counties, but also does not stop shifting the burden to other taxpayers."

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?

Ed Norton

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Obama's Edsel


Spike,

"Some Chevrolet dealers are turning down Volts that General Motors wants to ship to them, a potential stumbling block as GM looks to accelerate sales of the plug-in hybrid."

Q: How do you start a fire without a match?
A: Rub two Volts together.

Q: How do you turn a Chevy Vega into a Chevy Volt?
A: Put an electrical cord on it.

The Chevrolet Vega is often cited as General Motors earliest obvious sign of serious decline. Now that Chevrolet is a division of Government Motors, behold the Volt.

GNU

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Why Apple Doesn’t Make the iPhone in America


Cheaper Labor? No!

America Lost Its Grove? Yes!

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.

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21 January

Ethanol Asininity Abounds


Spike,

"A commercial-scale plant to make biofuels from Benton and Linn County trash is poised to become reality with a $25 million USDA loan guarantee announced today.

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.

Snuffy

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20 January

TIF Debt Strangles Communities



"New development has Iowa cities' debt piling up"

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.

Iowa cities owed a total of almost $2.1 billion for more than 1,500 ongoing tax increment financing projects, led by top borrowers Des Moines, Coralville and Altoona.

The new numbers underscore a growing controversy surrounding part of an urban renewal law on the books since the 1960s that legislators of both parties say is being abused."

What is missing is the comparison of TIF financing dollars to tax revenue. West Burlington would probably place in the Top 10 of Disproportionate TIF Dysfunction.

Spike

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Look to the East for Your Rights to Be Least


Spike,

"Dodd clearly can’t distinguish the difference between censorship and web sites that engage in Internet piracy. And it’s interesting that Dodd would use the Chinese government as an example in his effort to get SOPA and PIPA passed."

"Dodd's retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term."

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.

GN

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Beck Explains Why You Should Be Worried About SOPA and PIPA

Forget Government Took Down Megaupload.com With Existing Laws

"On Wednesday evening, with Wikipedia still under its blackout to protest the House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), Glenn Beck shared with GBTV viewers what the proposed legislation is really all about.

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.”



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19 January

If There Ever Was a Reason


If there was ever a reason Iowa could give the nation why it should not be first in the political process, the blundered mess of the caucus count is enough to be banned from any future political process.

This is a monumental embarrassment for Iowans and a striking indicator of blatant incompetence.

Spike

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Santa Claus is Not Coming to Our Town


Spike,

"The president will discuss proposals from Tuesday’s address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Phoenix on Wednesday, and in Las Vegas and Denver on Thursday. On Friday, Obama will make remarks in Detroit."

It looks like Kenyan in Chief is coming to Iowa. Scheduled to soon speak in Detroit, his coming to Burlington would be redundant.

Spike, will you be traveling north on US 218 to provide live coverage?

Donner

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Norton User? You Might Want to Rethink That - Symantec backtracks, admits own network hacked


Warns pcAnywhere users they face increased risk

Confirms theft of source code of prominent consumer program


"Symantec today backed away from earlier statements regarding the theft of source code of some of its flagship security products, now admitting that its own network was compromised.

In a statement provided to the Reuters news service, the security software giant acknowledged that hackers had broken into its network when they stole source code of some of the company's software.

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."

A trusted alternative - Vipre.

Make it so #1.

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13 January

Big Obama Is Watching


Spike,

"It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months."

Big Brother is monitoring the web for any who fail to love him. Burlington Derailed was not on Big Brother's list. Big Brother has little brothers.

Are local little brothers watching? They must be. If City Hall, or the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee office see anything of interest they will pass it along.

BB

We've had Big Brother on site for a long time from every dark group the U.S. has in its arsenal. Mostly because of these two IAAP Supergun images.

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Great use of resources.

Spike



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Russian Snowboarding Crow


"Research has shown crows can use tools to obtain food, but footage captured by a Russian family has shown a fun-loving bird using a jar lid for something altogether different.

The jackdaw is seen taking advantage of the chilly winter weather to snowboard repeatedly down the roof of a home using a round jar lid.

The enterprising bird successfully slides down the roof before picking up the lid and returning to the top to try again.

The second time around the jackdaw slides over a bare patch of roof and quickly realises the snow provides much less friction than roof tiles."




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12 January

Ad Vertiser’s Jermaine Pigee Nominated for Pulitzer


Pigee Shovels Major Load of SCC Beverly Simone’s Crap

I have no doubts that the Pulitzer nominating committee will be soon seeing an application for Jermaine Pigee’s wrap-up of SCC’s Beverly Simone’s boundless pile of superfluous horse crap at Monday night’s meeting.

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.

Spike

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Municipal Meth


The "Days of Wine and Roses" on Broadway at Mt. Pleasant

Spike,

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.

Kirsten Arnesen

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Post Iowa Santorum Slippage


Romney: What Is That On My Shoe?

Spike,

"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?

BB

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More Taxes On Tap


Spike:

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.

CP

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11 January

Trousil Implodes on The Storm of Decreased Tax Revenues


TIF Abuse Starts to Hit Home for Democrat Mayor

West Burlington’s Emperor Mayor Hans Trousil came out of the den in a letter to the editor expounding upon the imminent crisis about to befall all of humanity at the hands of the GOP. In reality, this implosion is more about West Burlington’s misuse of its tax increment finance or TIF, district.

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.

One look at the Battelle Studies for Iowa industry proves otherwise.

Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Cluster

2011 Iowa Bioscience Strategy

Iowa IT Industry Cluster

Ag Bioscience in the North Central United States

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.

Spike

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.

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Not Swept Under the Rug Again


"Blackhawk Booster Club president Jeff Rucker said he supported the punishment the college handed down to the student-athletes. The players booted from the squad also had their scholarships revoked."

The basketball team long predates the SEIRPC bus. What was so serious the right thing was done and supported?

DH

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Tip of Auditorium Iceberg


Spike:

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.

Sick of It

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10 January

Belligerent Tax and Spend Tom Courtney


Spike,

"Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, is frustrated hearing lawmakers say they need to "think outside of the box" to come up with funding.

"Folks always say, 'Trim costs. Cut the waste.' OK, let's do that. And then what? Then what will we do? And everyone has a different idea of what waste is," Courtney said."

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.

NM

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.

Spike


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Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists


Think This Is Getting Out of Control?

"Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.

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."

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09 January

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."

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Ready to Support Obama's Military Cuts?





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Avoid Burlington


Spike,

"Microsoft has been granted a patent for its “avoid ghetto” feature for GPS devices."

The article does not state if Microsoft will show sites of flash mob robberies. If Microsoft updates as they have with XP, how long until Burlington falls off the map?

Amerigo Vespucci

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06 January

So, How Do You Feel Now?


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City Hall Tribute to Lost Keys Bill Ell


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.

Spike

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Feel Good by Fools Development Failure -


We Know, It Isn't Manor Mall

But It Is A Volt In Another Color

Spike,

"The failed Range Fuels wood-to-ethanol factory in southeastern Georgia that sucked up $65 million in federal and state tax dollars was sold Tuesday for pennies on the dollar to another bio-fuel maker with equally grand plans to transform the alternative energy world."

Solar panel plant subsidies, Chevy Volts burning brightly in the night, a Manor Mall and ethanol plants. There is nothing like elected officials playing investment banker.

It is all too good to be true. All that manners is it sounds good and makes voters feel good, if only through the next election. Too bad the bill finally comes due.

There is no mention of a forged signature by a county elected official to get the Georgia plant's subsidies. Apparently the locals in Georgia do not have that to lament.

Mazie May Macabre

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Muckler's Rule of Record - Make Muckler Burlington's Next City Manager


Spike,

"Muckler said it was never the city’s (West Branch) intent to discourage people from recording meetings, but to encourage a positive working environment where people feel welcome and the council can be productive and effective."

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.

Hebert H.

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05 January

What You Don't See Won't Hurt Them


Spike,

"The live television coverage of a D.C. Council news conference was cut on Tuesday as Council Chairman Kwame Brown was being asked a question about the council's ethical lapses and poor approval ratings last year."

This sounds like something out of West Burlington. The cable company ate my homework.

Burlington just closes the meeting and when called on it, the audio disappears. The Ad Vertiser cries crocodile tears.

E. Lectro Magnay

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03 January

Glazing or Hazing? Will Taxpayers Ever Know?


Spike:

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.

KL

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You Have the Responsibility to Remain Ignorant


Spike,

"West Branch’s city administrator said Monday the City Council may need to clarify a proposal it is scheduled to vote on Tuesday that could limit the recording of council meetings – a rule that may violate state law."

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.

GH


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02 January

It Is Simple - Who Paid Jesus?


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.

Spike

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01 January

Force Fed


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Bye-Bye, Have a Nice Day


"and if you yell again, you will be arrested"




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