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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
I've seen too many videos of the Mayor checking his eBay account during council meetings to last me a lifetime.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Fortunately, Siemens is the only one making money with its world-wide market.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.