Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story

27 April

"Without Merit" Experience Wanted


Spike,

"Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the Obama administration’s claim that it can stop Arizona from enforcing immigration laws, telling government lawyers during oral argument Wednesday that the state appears to want to push federal officials, not conflict with them."

Should the City of Burlington be in need of new legal counsel, they should consider hiring an attorney experienced with pleading President Obama's case.

Pressing a point on legal grounds the equivalent of quick sand, keeping a straight face while being dressed down by a judge, having a fool for a client, etc. is perfect experience. Burlington and district courts would be a let down from Washington and the Supreme Court. November approaches.

The regent advocating the divine right of a chief executive and his legal team could well be out of work. For anybody in Obama's legal team, there is no better place than Burlington to seek refuge. As far as the rest of the world will ever know, you fell off the face of the earth.

William Jennings Bryan

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Want to Know Just How Close the Muslim Brotherhood Is to the Obama Admin?


Obama's Nest Is Filled With Terrorists

"Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
- Muslim Brotherhood Creed

Look at the faces and then watch the video.





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26 April

Letter to Burlington City Manager Ferneau


If there is anything that could start to bring the appearance of credibility back to city hall it would be transparency.

I ask Mr. Ferneau to have the guts to tell our lousy city attorney Scott Power to begin to itemize his invoices. It is only a matter of turning on the account detail to present an outline of the hours expended.

It is only fair to the taxpayer that we know how much time Power is billing, what he did for that time, when he did it and how much each line item is. There isn't anyone that doesn't get an itemized bill. Even the lumber yard hands you an invoice for (6) 2x4's. Not 7.

Mr. Ferneau, when our lousy crook city attorney Power tells you the bill would be "just too large to submit all those pages" simply tell Power to submit a PDF file with the statement. The city would have the record for review by any taxpayer and some glimmer of ethical behavior would begin to shine on Washington Street.

If Mr. Ferneau gets this done the next thing he needs to do is account for the little league ball park lights that Tim Scott swore were in several locations, intact and with nothing missing. Find the city property and tell us you have found it and that it is intact.

Without taking these two simple steps the pallor of the gray stench from Slagle, Worden, Ell, Power and the drunk ex-mayor will continue to color the walls of city hall.

Spike

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Not At All Like Burlington


Spike,

"An effort is under way by a group of citizens to remove Mayor Mike Schares from office."

"Trial for the mayor of Dunkerton and a relative over a disputed traffic stop has been delayed."

The Mayor of Dunkerton discovered he is not above the law with local law enforcement. If the Mayor of Dunkerton wanted to avoid trial for traffic violations, he should have hired a certain former Burlington City Manager to mismanage Dunkerton.

PBR

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25 April

DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gets Testy with The Blaze’s Will Cain on CNN After Confronted About Inaction





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24 April

Sergeant Eric Holder


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23 April

Satan Raises Hell


Spike,

"All three members of Iowa's conservative RNC delegation – party chairman A.J. Spiker and committee members Steve Scheffler and Kim Lehman – attempted to enter the reception but were rebuffed after refusing to sign the delegate pledge.

The dispute became heated in the hallway outside, with the Iowans demanding to know why they had to sign a form to get their picture taken with the former Massachusetts governor.

Several of Romney's deputies on the committee assured the trio that they could keep their support a secret by checking the appropriate box, but they refused to do so.

"They don't trust us," a frustrated Scheffler said after the argument. "I have said I will support the nominee when we have a nominee, no ifs, ands or buts."

Those who know Satan and his entourage better than most know not to trust them. Stick Iowa in Obama's column.

R. Milhouse

150 oz Tide is on sale at Target for $17.99. Maybe Romney hasn't forgotten the church laundering operation at West Hill Methodist Church.

Spike


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Axelrod On GSA Scandal: 'We're Saving Taxpayers Money All The Time'





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Five Trillion Obama Dollars Later Axelrod Warns Of GOP 'Bankrupting Our Country'





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20 April

Reagan Vs. Obama - Social Economics 101





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19 April

May Snow Cones be Served in Hell


Spike,

"Iowa GOP Needs to Avoid Conflict of Interest."

Is Hell freezing over? Satan may not be able to make candidates dance to raise money for Ralph Reed? Is Satan worried?

BZL

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Obama Charges $1,000 Per Handshake


"President Obama’s fan base is willing to pay through the nose to get a glimpse of him. In fact, supporters in Dearborn, Michigan showed up today to shell out $1,000 just to shake the hand of The One."

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Obama's Department Of Energy: We Weren't Prepared To Handle Stimulus Money





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17 April

If You're Reading This


you live outside the region.

BurlingtonDerailed will be back up sometime today.

Spike

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16 April

Rex Troute Washin’ Down Mike Sweet’s Magic Brownies With Jack Daniels


Liberal Writer Begs Warren Buffet for Handout to Fund Troute’s Train Park

It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely asinine ridiculous Rex Troute gets when left alone at his desk within reach of Mike Sweet’s magic brownies and the bottle of Jack Daniels in his desk drawer. Troute’s latest fantasy revolves around Troute’s Train Park, a railroad theme park.

Troute openly fantasizes how Troute’s Train Park will look and how his novel hallucinations are used as a guide for advanced thinking to guide Burlington on its path to renewed prosperity.

What is mind boggling is that Troute seems to think his idea is somewhat novel or worthy of more than a double dose of Valium and a bottle of scotch. He seems to believe if he puts on Grandpa’s eyeglasses he suddenly has Grandpa’s wisdom. It appears Grandpa’s dementia is the only thing Troute found.

Had Troute taken time to Google theme parks, railroads and railroad museums he would have found Galesburg’s Railroad Hall of Fame project. Years in planning and needing millions of dollars, the RRHOF Board of Directors mandated a professional feasibility study just to answer the question – Can we raise the money to build this?

But money is no obstacle for Troute’s Train Park. After all, our city has considerable business experience in generating revenue. The failed Manor Mall, handouts to Huck’s Harbor, the Burlington Bees, the 20-year tax abatement for the ethanol plant, the ever over budget Rec Plex. However, we do have railroad experience, the lawsuit against Buffet’s BNSF is a stellar qualification.

Meanwhile on South Main, Troute wants to grab Warren Buffet by the ankle and shake him down to fund Troute’s Train Park with its retractable roof.

Buffet owes $1B+ in taxes and Obama wants him to pay more, so how long does it take for him to miss this investment opportunity?

At most real newspapers the business writer is the last bastion of professional behavior. Instead, Publisher/Pole Dancer Steve Delaney has let his business desk devolve into a desk occupied by the community loon.

Retractable roof……….

What a putz!

Spike

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Newspapers part of the top ten industries in decline


Some In Bigger Decline Than Others

Spike,

Here’s the latest from Business Insider about newspaper and the publishing industry decline in the U.S..

2012 revenue: $29.30 billion
2017 revenue: $23.70 billion

The newspaper and publishing industry has seen revenue decline at an annual rate of 6.4 percent over the past 10 years, driven by competition from web-based competitors. News consumers also seem to favor real-time reporting which has seen advertising revenues for newspapers decline.

Revenue in the industry is expected to decline at an average rate of 4.2 percent per year for the next five years. Gannett Co, Tribune Company and the New York Times Company are some of the biggest industry players.

Newspapers can, however, try to drive revenue through the use of paywalls and by charging for applications that allow access to full issues and multimedia content across a range of platforms.

KJ

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Obama: One of My Jobs in Colombia Is to ‘Scout Out’ Good Vacation Spots for Michelle





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13 April

Is Our Congressman a Communist?


Spike,

“That’s a fair question. I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,” West says in the video.

He went on to say, “It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” according to a spokesman, Tim Edson."

Dave-I-voted-for-Obamacare-Loebsack is listed as a member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“It’s just guilt by association taken to an extreme,” he (Libero Della Piana, a vice-chairman of the national Communist Party) told POLITICO. He also said there are no members of Congress who are members of the Communist Party – not even avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Do not blame the National Communist Party for Obamacare and our sky rocketing national debt. Check our congressman's voting record on that count.

Voters should just make certain our incumbent congressman can be called something else next year; ex-congressman.

Nikolai Bukharin

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Manor Malls in Space


Spike,

"North Korea's heralded long-range rocket test ended in failure on Friday, disintegrating in mid-air soon after blastoff and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state."

Another reclusive, inward looking, single party dictatorship has suffered humiliation. Its self-heralded promise to catch up with the developed world has blown to pieces and crashed to the ground.

Like Agency and Roosevelt, will North Korea's Cape Canaveral put up a sign advertising great future opportunities? Be it rockets, or retail real estate, the burden of command and control failures fall hardest on the little guy taxed for it all.

Werner Von Kim

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A Quiet Square in Belgium - 2 days - 9.258 million hits





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12 April

Who Is Hilary Rosen & Why Did She Visit The White House 35 Times?


Joe Biden Visited 6 Times!

"A Democratic consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture. In the big picture, women who are unable to find work in Obama’s economy are a bigger one.

Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House 35 times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Further perspective: Energy Secretary Stephen/Steve Chu visited 16 times. (Guests are listed by name, not by title, so it is theoretically possible these totals count a separate person with the same name. In the case of Chu, I’m presuming he is the one listing of “Steve Chu” as well as the 15 “Stephen Chu” listings.)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has visited 19 times.

Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 12 times.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the name “Joseph R. Biden” appears . . . 6 times."

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Rick Santelli Loses it Over Obama’s Buffett Rule: ‘Absolutely Not!’















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11 April

Sweeter Home Burlington


Spike,

"Leroy J. Priest said he wanted to go back to his family in Chicago.

The 22-year-old man, who told police he "forgot" he had marijuana inside his pocket when it dropped on the ground during a patdown, will be going back to his hometown without the baggage of a felony conviction."

If you come to Burlington to work and make our community a better place, bless you. If you come blow weed and worse, blow on down the road.

LP

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Visibly Annoyed Obama Gets Lecture From Female President of Brazil





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WH Adviser Gene Sperling Hammered On Lack Of Democrat Budget





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10 April

Holder The Putz


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09 April

Senator Grassley Makes More Sense Than a Wht Hse Ful of Idits


Obama Senior Advisor Axelrod Doesn't Understand Tweet

Senator Grassley had a Tweet for Obama's squirt last week on the Supreme Court.

“Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause [American] ppl r not stupid as this x prof of [constitutional] law.”

I'm positive Axelrod would understand my comments, though NSFW.

I'll follow the Senator anywhere.

Spike

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Healthcare Constitutionality From Idiots


Remember Phil Hare? Who?

"When asked about Obamacare’s constitutionality, Nancy Pelosi famously replied: “Are you serious?” She was genuinely puzzled.

As was Representative Phil Hare (D., Ill.) As Michael Barone notes, when Hare was similarly challenged at a 2010 town hall, he replied: “I don’t worry about the Constitution.Hare is now retired, having been shortly thereafter defeated for reelection by the more constitutionally attuned owner of an East Moline pizza shop."

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06 April

Courtney's Brothers Oversightedness Ignored By Ad Vertiser


Perfect Example of Senator Tom Courtney's Careless Disregard for Taxpayer Money

Since Pole Party Publisher Steve Delaney Ignores Crime Stories


"A troubled Iowa schools group lost more than $1 million in public funds on risky investments, wrongly claimed $500,000 in federal grant money and improperly allowed executives to keep computer equipment when they resigned, according to an audit report released Thursday.

And your duly elected misfit Tom Courtney was charged with the legislative oversight.

"Nuff said?

Spike

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A Moot Point in Burlington


Publisher Steve Delaney Protects Obama Freedom to Perambulate Over The Constitution

Spike,

"Obama Lectures Journalists: Stop Reporting That Republicans Have Equally Valid Arguments"

Thanks for that video link. Obama would never need to lecture any at the Ad Vertiser on this point.

WM

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West Burlington Poliec Chief Shirks Iowa License Plates


When Will Hiring Short Timers Ever Become Passé?

It seems one of Falcon's readers has uncovered another problematic local fire chief. West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Heim was hired in November 2010 to lead the WBFD.

According to yesterday's post the Chief has failed to purchase Iowa license plates for his personal vehicle.

Isn't it time?

No, not to buy his license plates. The Police Chief needs to walk down to the fire station and hand the fire chief his newest Iowa token of taxpayer appreciation to go along with that new fire truck - a ticket.

Spike

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Burlington's Information Rage



Council iPads With BurlingtonDerailed Bookmarked?


Spike,

"Iowa City city councilors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adopting a new policy for distributing electronic packets for their meetings. The city will provide councilors with an Apple iPad to access weekly council packets, and view city emails and correspondence. The city will reimburse councilors for roughly $600 worth of purchasing expenses."

Should this come to pass here, will the City's IT people ready the machines with Burlington Derailed already bookmarked? If internet gambling sites are preloaded, it may quell their desire for future empty lot Manor Malls.

LB

I've seen too many videos of the Mayor checking his eBay account during council meetings to last me a lifetime.

Spike


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‘He Made a Mistake and You Can’t Admit It’


CBS Reporter Bill Plant Gets Fed Up with Jay Carney’s Wordsmithing




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05 April

Selling Crack Nets 5 Year Probation


Spike:

I wonder how many lives Quiana Lynn Saunders destroyed with her crack sales here in Burlington. If this horrible addictive drug only warrants five years probation why the hell do we even bother taking them to court?

In one day she sold crack three times to the same person; so in a week’s time just how many people in this crime ridden town would have been high thanks to Ms. Saunders? How many children may have ended up with crack sold by this woman?

That judge, whoever it was should tell the citizens of Burlington why the charges were deferred and what crime records she may have had in the past and was she a user herself? If she was a user herself she’ll be back in court well before the five years is up. The judge should make known why she thinks this person will not be a threat to society in the future or even for the next five years.

Is this what we call “Political Correct Justice”.

DS

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Obama Lectures Journalists: Stop Reporting That Republicans Have Equally Valid Arguments





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04 April

Chinese Applicants for U.S. Graduate Schools Up 18% This Fall


Following 21% on 2011 and 20% in 2010

Our universities see this as a financial bonanza. If we don't get our collective educational, elitist heads out of our proverbial country butts, as proclaimed here many times before, your grandchildren will be waiting tables for the Chinese.

Spike

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State of The City? Dismal


Spike,

About a week ago the city put in two street drains at the corner of Isabel and Plank Road. One was 20 feet long, the other was 30 feet long.

There were five city employees, three trucks and backhoe; they worked on it for a week.

There is no wonder why the citizens of Burlington are taxed so much. If a private contractor had done this job it would probably been done in a day and a half.

A couple weeks ago Mr. Fleming on the city Council asked if we didn't have any confidence in our engineering department. When you have a city engineer that missed the price on the holding tank by $1 million that's half-full of mud causing downtown flooding, why should we? If he worked for a contractor he probably be looking for a job.

The city engineers are worried about the Cascade bridge they should go down and be looking at the Central Street bridge. The wall bowed out over 4 feet and there are cracks in the footings.

As far as Burlington getting into the electric business the citizens and taxpayers should put an end to this immediately. The city has never run a business that made a profit. Look at the Manor Mall and Hucks Harbor.

We sure don't need the City Council heading north to Canada to get us a deal. Look what we got from Minnesota.

While driving back from Missouri I went through Keokuk. Burlington is looking like a carbon copy of it. Rundown buildings and substandard housing, what a lot of River towns are turning to. Hope the new city manager is tough enough not to cave in to the City Council on their brilliant ideas.

broke in burlington

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5th Circuit Court Dares Obama to Deny Power of Judicial Review


"Unfortunately, he (Obama) is not confused, He is devious, cunning, calculating and dangerous. He knows exactly what he is doing, and he is counting on the uninformed to do what they do best: be lemmings."
-Bob Miller


"a three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to "answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law."

In the hearing, Judge Smith says the president's comments suggesting courts lack power to set aside federal laws "have troubled a number of people" and that the suggestion "is not a small matter."

The bottom line from Smith: A three-page letter with specifics. He asked DOJ to discuss "judicial review, as it relates to the specific statements of the president, in regard to Obamacare and to the authority of the federal courts to review that legislation."

"I would like to have from you by noon on Thursday -- that's about 48 hours from now -- a letter stating what is the position of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, in regard to the recent statements by the president," Smith said. "What is the authority is of the federal courts in this regard in terms of judicial review?"

Smith made his intentions clear minutes after the DOJ attorney Kaersvang began her argument, jumping in to ask: "Does the Department of Justice recognize that federal courts have the authority in appropriate circumstances to strike federal statutes because of one or more constitutional infirmities?"

Kaersvang replies yes, and Smith continues: "I'm referring to statements by the president in past few days to the effect, and sure you've heard about them, that it is somehow inappropriate for what he termed 'unelected' judges to strike acts of Congress that have enjoyed -- he was referring to, of course, Obamacare -- to what he termed broad consensus in majorities in both houses of Congress."

In asking for the letter, Smith said: "I want to be sure you're telling us that the attorney general and the Department of Justice do recognize the authority of the federal courts, through unelected judges, to strike acts of Congress or portions thereof in appropriate cases."

Click Here to hear the Judge lower the BOOM!!!. It's slightly past halfway through the hearing.

I would imagine the judge's tone is similar to that heard when the judge in the railroad lawsuit told Iowa's losinist lawyer Scott Power, "no merit", get out or you pay the railroad legal fees.

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The Imperial President: Obama Wages War on SCOTUS, Congress


Obama: "I the Ruler"

"President Obama’s favorite word, as we’ve learned repeatedly, is “I.” He uses it on a constant basis. He uses it to claim credit and to assign blame. He uses it to cajole and to threaten. He uses it to plead and to prod.

But he doesn’t use the word “I” purely out of ego. He does it because for President Obama, “I” represents the executive branch. And the executive branch, in Obama’s view, is the ruling branch of American government.

President Obama’s latest attack on the Supreme Court is just the latest evidence of his deep-rooted disdain not just for the Constitution, but for the system of checks and balances it represents. Prior to his election, Obama told Americans that we were just days away from “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” He didn’t mean that simply in terms of policy, although he certainly wanted redistributionist policy to take center stage. He meant it in terms of governmental structure."

...In August 2011, Obama stated, “It's been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have …. We knew this was going to take time because we've got this big, messy, tough democracy.”

Obama doesn’t like that “big, messy, tough democracy.” He wants what Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once called The Imperial Presidency. He wants the Supreme Court to do his bidding, or shut up. He wants Congress to get out of the way. He wants power, in its purest, most unbridled form. Should he win re-election, he will undoubtedly pursue that vital goal. After all, how are you going to get “fundamental change” without fundamentally undermining the Constitutional structure?"

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Government Supported Green Energy Producing Red Ink


Spike,

"Mitsubishi has decided to “mothball” its Fort Smith wind-turbine manufacturing that was expected to employ 400 at full production."

Government always knows best. Government knows best at playing investment banker.

Solyndra and other solar electric firms that government favored have failed. Wind-turbine manufacturing companies besides Mitsubishi have been laying off and been sold off. All those taxpayer subsidies gone with the wind.

Command and control economic planners always meet their maker in the market.

Ethyl Null

Fortunately, Siemens is the only one making money with its world-wide market.

Spike


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03 April

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Church Houses Cub Scout Child Pornographer


Church Preacher Runs for State Senate

Seems Satan Steve Scheffler, Grand Master of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition pack of campaign bleeders, seems to need some sort of house cleaning.

Satan Scheffler utilizes the Point of Grace Church in Waukee for many of the clandestine Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's closed-to-the-great-unwashed political events. It is behind these closed doors Satan and his-birds-of-a-feather have appeared to be spreading his evil ways.

It seems the Point of Grace Church also housed a child pornographer and Cub Scout leader.

Now, to add excitement to an already blossoming Spring, Senator Rand Paul is due to enter the house of Satan for a fund raiser.

I doubt if the good Senator has any clue what a den of iniquity he is scheduled to appear in.

Or who is hosts might really be.

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Do Business Anywhere But Burlington


Spike,

State Senator Courtney telling GE employees to join a union certainly sends a message. Senator Courtney's business acumen is legendary. Senator Courtney advocated the without merit railroad shops lawsuit. State Senator Courtney was involved with an eminent domain law exemption that forced low income residents from their homes to build the empty lot Manor Mall.

When we elect Senator Courtney and others like him, we say a lot to the world about Burlington.

Homer Less

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Valerie Jarrett Keeps Obama Close to Radical Roots


We All Know How Van Jones Worked Out!

"Valerie Jarrett is not only one of President Barack Obama’s closest advisors; she also is one of the most radical, with close connections to the Chicago left that nurtured Obama in his early political career.

The Iranian-born Jarrett (her parents were American expatriates) found a foothold in Chicago politics through her marriage to Dr. William Robert Jarrett, whose father Vernon held sway as a columnist on the Chicago Sun-Times--for a time, the city’s only major black columnist.

In 1991, Vernon Jarrett enthusiastically promoted a Chicago visit by professor Derrick Bell, who was still on voluntary unpaid leave from Harvard Law School, in protest at the faculty’s refusal to hire visiting professor Regina Austin.

...Obama was not Valerie Jarrett’s only project. She saw to the appointment of Van Jones as White House “green jobs” czar, noting that “we’ve been watching him...for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland.” (That activity included an anti-American rally on Sep. 12, 2001.) Her authority in the White House is almost unchallenged, and on visits to Chicago, local Democratic judges, officials and activists flock to see her and curry influence."

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Left Nearly Speechless After Tough Interview


Bug-Eyed Bird Brain DNC Chair Stomped Over Perp L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa





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01 April

Bye-Bye GE 2 - No April Fool's Joke


Spike:

Workers at GE supporting the union drive are without a doubt committing Hari Kari with their plant and jobs.

On top of that, the local citizens will be out the $200,000 from the city of West Burlington, $125,000 from the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors and $75,000 from the city of Burlington. Not to mention the pay cuts of 30 to 50% workers took previously to keep the plant running. Does Tom Courtney really think backing the union proposal will keep the plant in Burlington? Is this the same Courtney that used illegal aliens to work on his home just a couple of years ago when there were plenty of union workers available? People like Courtney are all for unions unless he has to pay union wages at which time he heads for the pool of illegal aliens because it cost far less than union labor. Another thing, just what does Courtney consider decent wages?

I was in a union once and have worked for both union and non-union companies and I would much rather work for the non-union firm because there’s far less friction, more versatility, more individual advancement opportunities, raises based on performance and other individual characteristics unlike union raises based on nothing that’s important to a company management but rather on a contract where the bad workers continue to receive raises along with good workers where in a non-union company they would have to earn their keep or hit the bricks.

Eventually in union plants the older union members will sell out the newer employees in order to maintain their lavish wages and benefits by agreeing to a two-tier pay system where the new or younger employees are sold out at lower wages and benefits similar to what happened at Case right here in Burlington. It’s happened to the pilots in the airline business and many other industries across America.

Of course there are companies right here in Burlington who fail to pay a livable wage to their employees while the owner’s stuff their pockets by keeping the employees at bay on wages. They will also use temporary works to reduce direct labor costs and there are times when it’s necessary but to continue using temporary workers indefinitely is wrong and there should be laws against such exploitation. Turning over temporary workers every six months is one method of skirting the hiring of full time employees and keeping wages down below livable.

If the union wins will the plant remain in West Burlington or will GE see fit to move it somewhere else where the cost is reduced? Will the local taxpayer get a return on their dollars spent to keep the plant in this area? One must remember unions are a disadvantage to companies competing in a world economy.

Can this area withstand another onslaught of indigent people to take the place of those GE employees that may or may not lose their employment because of a union? Getting a union will not solve anything for the local GE plant but could very well accelerate the factory’s demise by removing their only advantage should there even be one for keeping the plant here.

DF

I think the GE workers that realize there is no closure moratorium in the proposed union plan will overshadow those that believe they are protecting workers' safety. How many days has it been since a reportable accident?

I hope the workers see their way clear on this. If not, they might as well pack their toolboxes.

Spike


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Obama Explanation of High Gas Prices





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