"A friend is one that has the same enemies as you have" Abraham Lincoln
"A roughly 20-minute YouTube video analyzing President Obama’s relationship with Israel, narrated by a 23-year-old former Obama supporter, has gone viral. In just three days, the little-reported on video “Absolutely Uncertain” has logged roughly 650,000 hits.
...“I don’t know how many people realize this, but today, Israelis are lining up for gas masks and cleaning out their bomb shelters,” Irina begins."
Liberal Pat Caddell: Media Have Become an "Enemy of the American people"
20 American Embassies Attacked - Where The Hell Is The Media?
"I want to talk about this Libyan thing, because we crossed some lines here. It’s not about politics. First of all we’ve had nine day of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this. Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, were under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers. If a President of either party—I don’t care whether it was Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton or George Bush or Ronald Reagan or George H. W. Bush—had a terrorist incident, and got on an airplane after saying something, and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified!"
Courtney and Illegal Voters - No News Here - Move Along After You Vote
Courtney is not opposed to non-citizens voting in Iowa or anywhere else because he hasn’t a clue that it’s illegal for non-citizens to vote in America just as it is in Mexico. Why are the left afraid of proving you’re a citizen prior to voting because even citizens can’t go into a federal court, take a commercial flight, cash a check in America without an ID proving you are who you are.
You’d think a man that hires non-citizens that arrive to the work site in the back of a pick-up would already know the difference. But, of course, we know Courtney never tells the truth just like most other left wing radical democrats. The citizens of Burlington have put up with lying democrats and Courtney for years and it’s time to rid ourselves of them for the good of all citizens once and for all.
Courtney is a spoke in the wheel behind the failed political system in America along with Obama and his failed policies all of which are dragging down our country. Whenever I see a blue political sign it makes me sick to my stomach knowing just how messed up this country has become from the likes of Courtney and democrats in general who remind me of the south end of a Jackass going north.
This Is Only "Stunning" When You Cheat Like Courtney
“It is stunning that Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is instead using Iowa’s funds for an 11th hour attempt to purge Iowa’s voter rolls."
"Secretary of State Schultz should immediately stop using Help America Vote Act funding for this misguided campaign that is only serving to scare qualified voters away from the polls.” State Senator Tom Courtney.
1. He will add over $9 trillion dollars in new debt
2. it will take 40+ years to pay it off if there is no additional debt
3. if the European Union doesn't totally collapse
4. and if the United States survives.
And all you can tell me is there really isn't a choice with either candidate?
What the hell kind of drugs are you taking?
Is that all you think of your kids, your family or this country?
If your aren't happy in 4 years with the other guy, boot his ass out. Keep firing people until you find someone that makes it work. Or change the vetting system based on the swelled heads in The Main Stream Media that don't have lick of experience doing anything other than telling people how to think.
Your Phone Company Collects Your Money for Obama's Free Welfare Phones
"SafeLink is run by a subsidiary of América Móvil, the world’s fourth largest wireless company in terms of subscribers, but it is not paid for directly by the company. Nor is it paid for with "tax payer money," as the e-mail claims. Rather, it is funded through the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, an independent, not-for-profit corporation set up by the Federal Communications Commission. The USF is sustained by contributions from telecommunications companies such as "long distance companies, local telephone companies, wireless telephone companies, paging companies, and payphone providers." The companies often charge customers to fund their contributions in the form of a universal service fee you might see on your monthly phone bill."
You pay for it. Never call it a tax. Call it a "contribution."
Vote for Obama and get a cell phone. The phone is "free." Somebody with a job paying taxes will pay for your phone.
Vote for Senator Courtney and get what?
Is there any chance of Senator Courtney providing "free" MP3 players with an FM tuner that only picks up Public Radio?
The 10% President - "The annotated Obama: How 90% of the deficit becomes somebody else's fault"
Pinocchio Obama's 60 Minutes Interview
Lie, lie, everywhere a lie! - Obama Debunked
"When I came into office, I inherited the biggest deficit in our history.1 And over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90% of that is as a consequence of two wars that weren't paid for,2 as a consequence of tax cuts that weren't paid for,3 a prescription drug plan that was not paid for,4 and then the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.5
"Now we took some emergency actions, but that accounts for about 10% of this increase in the deficit,6 and we have actually seen the federal government grow at a slower pace than at any time since Dwight Eisenhower, in fact, substantially lower than the federal government grew under either Ronald Reagan or George Bush.7"
The Overwhelming Stench of Doug Worden & Bruce Slagle's Creative Accounting
Bill Ell Overlooked Drinking Buddies In Rob-Peter Pay-Paul Scheme
Ex-Business Teacher Dudley Davidson Complicit
"For example, Ferneau said this year's general fund budgeted $60,000 for attorney fees, but he anticipates the figure likely will shoot upwards of $140,000 as it has is in previous years. Instead of drawing the cost from the general fund however, it has become customary to pay the bulk of the attorney fees out of the sanitation and sewer fund, he added."
Bankrupt Burlington. The more you dig, the worse it smells.
Another U.S. intelligence official said, “There was very good information on this in the first 24 hours. These guys have a return address. There are camps of people and a wide variety of things we could do."
Four More Years of Obama: Gun Control 'Under the Radar' No More
"President Obama is pro-gun control to his core, and his past is full of anti-gun legislation and anti-gun rhetoric that provides a clear indication of where the Second Amendment is headed in the next four years if we're silly enough to give him a second term.
For example, as a state senator in Illinois, Obama supported one-gun-a-month purchase limits; he supported legislation that banned the use of handguns for self-defense (even in one's own home); he supported an Illinois bill that would have not only banned but also confiscated "assault weapons" had it passed; and he supported a total ban on handguns.
As a Senator in DC, Obama opposed every pro-gun Supreme Court nominee he had the chance to vote against. He supported the Assault Weapons Ban and even joined Senator Ted Kennedy in attempting to pass huge increases on ammunition taxes in order to discourage gun ownership through cost inflation."
If you think Obama isn't serious about this, wait 4 more years and watch your guns melted down for scrap to sell to the Chinese. Or some other radical Muslim take it from your hands.
Extreme Eminent Domain Abuse Not Confined to Tom Courtney
Courtney's Communist Brothers Deal Like Tom Wishes He Could
"The victim, He Zhi Hua, refused to accept a paltry payment from the government which has forcefully evicted Changsha Village locals in order to re-appropriate their land for commercial use.
When Hua began a protest by lying down on the spot through which construction vehicles had to pass, the local Vice Mayor ordered workers for the state-owned company to murder Hua by driving over his body with a huge road-flattening truck."
Allen West Rips "Asinine, Naive, Inept, and Incompetent Response to Middle East Chaos"
“We have emboldened our enemies and really confused our allies”
“It’s very simple. When I listened to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice today, several words came to mind: asinine, naive, inept, incompetent, and borderline ignorant. Because when you understand that the Egyptian government…put out a letter talking about a potential threat of attacks and uprisings about a week before this– it was even printed in the Jerusalem Post on 9/11. And anyhow I can tell you…having been in a combat zone several times after 9/11, we were always on a higher state of security and alertness on 9/11. It should have been the exact same thing here.
“And for Susan Rice to say that this was not a well coordinated attack– first of all, I’d have to ask her what is her line of expertise in understanding what a well-coordinated attack is… This was not happenstance. It was not coincidence. This was well-planned, well-coordinated, and the president there in Libya confirms that.”
Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were providing security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya when it was attacked on 9/11. They were both hailed in the aftermath of the attacks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both had gone into private security after retiring from the Navy after distinguished careers.
The President refuses to admit that his policy of appeasement and apology has failed. The murder of our Ambassador and two former Navy SEALs is more than a "bump in the road," it is a global catastrophe where America is seen as being weak and vulnerable by our enemies. This President has failed to establish a red line for Iran's nuclear ambitions and has failed to recognize the scale and implications of the attacks against us. Reagan had it right: don't negotiate with terrorists and recognize the clear and present danger of not being willing to act or lead from the front."
Eric Holder Is a Criminal But Mike Chants Party Line - Blame Bush
Obama has told another outright lie about "Fast and Furious" and that Mike's favorite talking point “George Bush” had started it which is an outright lie by Obama. Obama just tells lie after lie and always has since being poorly elected by socialistic unknowing democrats, many of which live in Iowa.
Has the Hack Eye really told their readers the real truth about this huge Obama lie to cover up his inept Attorney General Eric Holder? I rather believe they haven’t printed a word about the lie because it’s against their liberal editorial page agenda.
If anyone wants to read the truth they can take a look here: Obama: Fast and Furious Started Under George W. Bush
We’d be in the next Ice Age before the Hack Eye would print it because down at the local there is no intent to be “Fair and Balanced” on the editorial page or in truthful political news as far as that goes.
Bushes "Wide Receiver" was actually aimed at arresting criminals while Fast and Furious was simply designed to cause chaos but ended up a total failure that resulted in hundreds of deaths one of which was an American border guard.
Space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft overflew many landmarks in Los Angeles to conclude its final ferry flight into history on Sept. 21, 2012. Among highlights in this video are low-level flyovers near the Malibu coastline, Los Angeles Coliseum and California Science Center, Dodger Stadium, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign and final approach and landing. NASA Video
Yes Steve, I know Romney wouldn't pony up to your trough with bags of money so instead of backing the legitimate candidate you chose to ride your horse of a green color right into Orlando with a Ron Paul pin sticking in your lapel.
While such an answer may be a viable way to escape pointed questions during an interview, the problem is that Obama's claim is absolutely and demonstrably false.
Here are the facts: there was an operation to crack down on cartel members and border crime under Bush, but it wasn't Fast and Furious, and it was stopped approximately two years after it began because the Bush administration realized there was a loophole in it that could be exploited. "
Harry Reid! Show Us Your Tax Returns You Phony Lying Jackass!
I wonder why the democrats didn’t complain about John Kerry’s wealth when he was running or John Kennedy’s and FDR’s wealth when they ran for president. Is there some type of two faced standards going on here by democrats? Even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were super rich when running for president. This doesn’t mean they can’t govern after all Obama himself has been a total failure from the start; so how rich a person is has nothing to do with being president. Are possible presidents supposed to be total frauds such as Obama proven to be?
Then when or if Obama doesn’t get to raise the debt ceiling he threatens the following:
1.Social Security Retirees,
3.Social Security disability and Medicare recipients.
Why doesn’t Obama ever threaten to cut off funds to any of the following failed spending:
1. Stop payments to illegal aliens.
2. Take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates.
3. Fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.
4. To cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around.
5. Not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff because he’s voided them out.
6. To take benefits away from welfare recipients.
7. The food stamp programs.
8. To not pay foreign aid.
9. To cut back on anything that involves his base voters.
The 2 percentage point reduction in the 6.2 percent payroll tax, first enacted last year, had been a major element of President Barack Obama's proposals to rejuvenate the economy. The effort to renew it for 2012 prompted a prolonged battle with Republicans last winter, especially in the House, and resulted in an eventual GOP surrender and a major victory for the president.
There has been little talk among Democrats about reviving the payroll tax cut yet again for next year, and Obama did not propose renewing it in his 2013 budget. Even so, few Democrats until now have said openly that the measure should be allowed to lapse"
Will Senator Courtney Come To The Defense of Non Citizen Voters?
Courtney's Delusional Interpretation of Iowa Voter Laws
"Sen. Tom Courtney, of Burlington, said many Latinos he’s talked to in his district are afraid election officials are going to try to keep them from voting. “These are good people who happen to be naturalized American citizens and they want to vote. They want to do their part. They’re scared, Mr. Secretary,” Courtney said. “This scares them and I don’t like that. We’ve never had that in this state. We’ve always been above board and everybody voted.”
"Council Bluffs, IOWA --- A DCI investigation into the 2010 and 2011 general and city elections in Pottawattamie County has resulted in three individuals being charged with Election Misconduct (vote fraud), a Class D Felony. Those charged are 52 year old Albert Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 49 year old Linda Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and 40 year old Maria Ayon-Fernandez of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
According to criminal complaints filed, Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez are all non United States citizens who registered to vote in Pottawattamie County. Albert Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election, Linda Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2011 city election and Maria Ayon-Fernandez voted in the 2010 general election."
Senator Courtney, should everybody vote, or only those legally eligible to vote?
When Senator Courtney's comrades beat on your door badgering you to register and vote, check the requirements. If you are in this country, but not a citizen, you are not permitted to vote. Vote as a non citizen and likely be deported, perhaps after serving time for criminal charges.
Every illegal vote cancels a legal vote.
Protect your legal vote. Vote Senator Courtney out.
Not that most of us wanted Obamacare. That was made clear at town hall meetings. In Des Moines County, Loebsack's ears were pinned to the podium by an out pouring of outrage against Obamacare.
Dave worked out a simple solution. The Nutty Professor has not worked a town hall meeting since. Echo chamber conference calls are not town hall meetings.
Professor Loebsack obviously flunked geography. There was more to his old district than Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, but those nearby cities were where his constituent service offices were located. The lion's share of all Dave cared about, Cedar Rapids, is not in the new district he seeks.
When Dave Loebsack claims he is working for Iowa, it is reasonable to believe he means only Iowa City.
We have given Dave Loebsack a government check to work as our representative in Congress. Dave Loebsack has voted to take from those who work and give to those who won't via government checks. This is not economically sustainable.
We should fulfill what Dave Loebsack has worked so hard for. Dave deserves a government check for doing nothing. Dave has earned his congressional pension.
Retire Dave Loebsack. Make Dave go away on election day.
"Suntech Power Holdings, one of the world's largest producers of solar panels, said on Monday that in order to cut production costs and operating expenses, it has temporarily shut down a portion of its solar cell production capacity at its Wuxi, Jiangsu province, headquarters."
Green energy is a product of government policy. Green energy is not competitive. Be it Wuxi, or a short distance west of Ft. Madison, green energy lay offs are happening.
The Burlington Advocate, I mean the Burlington Hack Eye Sunday had two pictures of gays with one on the front page that exhibited the marriage of an Air Force man to a civilian man by a Chaplin while deep in the folds was another of a gay Marine lip locking his civilian partner with his legs wrapped around the partners hips as women do when their spouse returns from the war zones.
How sensitive the Hack Eye is when publishing their political correct crap about gays as though it were a common and acceptable way of life to most of their readers or even a vast majority of the country with the exception of Pelosi’s San Francisco and a few other misled states. Of course here in Iowa we had it forced on us by some liberal judges although the majority of Iowans didn’t want the outcome had it been voted on as it should have been. Many good intentions have been spoiled by liberal dimwit judges through Obama like mandates generated by liberal courts.
Why not, Obama uses whatever means he can to force his agenda on the entire country usually by bypassing the congress and other more common channels. His usual methods are through back door, threats, mandates through the EPA and other government departments and middle of the night or Friday sneak attacks after Washington has gone home.
Another four years of Obama and this country will be a total failure with little difference from the demise of the Romans and other great societies of the past who succumbed to the seven deadly sins as openly practiced by the our liberals. Seven deadly sins -
Dave Loonsack's attacks on John Deere are a major blunder. Our absent minded professor turned congressman must be seeking defeat. We should do this arrogant academic a favor and pink slip him at the polls.
MSM NBC Continues Lies for Redistributor in Chief Obama
September 19 - "MSNBC Host Says She Won‘t Air Obama ’98 ‘Redistribution’ Audio Because It’s Not Confirmed — Even Though President’s Campaign Confirmed Yesterday"
24 Hours Later - Lie Exposed & Liberal Media Attacks Begin
"During a Wednesday broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” which airs weekdays at 1 p.m. (EST), the show‘s host said she wouldn’t air the 1998 audio of President Barack Obama claiming he supports “redistribution” because it hasn’t been “verified” by her network.
"The biggest chunk of the project is $11.8 million expected to be spent on research and development of new products.
The budget includes $6.5 million for building remodeling, $1.9 million for manufacturing machinery and equipment, $1.8 million for site preparation and $1.3 million for the land acquisition." Winegard is expanding manufacturing space and adding engineers. Like it or hate it, this is real development.
Meanwhile, at the Wittkamp shell building theft, the Chamber loses $500,000 and the taxpayers get hammered for picking up the loose stool for 7 jobs that rotate between other Wittkamp properties. Hinkle's swan song is a $200,00+ fundraiser to shore up his office coffers. Maybe Dennis should ask Wittkamp to fund raise that $500,000 instead of the taxpayers. Little warehouses don't create jobs.
Lastly, the Motos 58 unit condo project has the next robber baron to play stump the chimp with the taxpayers. Franz-Hobart has a less than stellar reputation for doing good deals. Or at least, doing good deals for anyone other than themselves.
Biden Tells Grinnell College Students of Green Jobs Success in Ft Madison
"Siemens said the biggest job losses will come in Fort Madison where 407 workers at a wind-turbine blade factory will be out of work. About 220 workers will be retained at the plant to support ongoing operations, spokeswoman Melanie Forbrick said in a statement."
Obama claimed Green energy was the economic dynamo of the future. Green energy is turning black.
Solar and now wind energy are collapsing. Neither could really compete with government tax breaks and other subsidies. Nothing crashes harder than failed, government direct economic schemes.
If you want more Soviet style economic directives from Washington, Obama is offering four more years of the same. Be prepared for more great promises that deliver heart break.
If you library look up the Hawk-Eye from 1950, the quantity and quality of information offered puts the Ad Vertiser to shame. How much longer until Jimmy Olsen is riding a bicycle to his new job at Burger King?
The Hawk-Eye was a newspaper. The Hawk-Eye should not be equated with what it has degenerated into. The Ad Vertiser.
Find Out Which Glenn Beck Predictions About the Middle East Are Coming True
The War of The Dollar
"Beck explained that he warned about two years ago while at Fox News that radicals, Islamists, communists and socialists would work together against Israel and capitalism to “overturn stability,” which they have. He also predicted that protests would sweep the Middle East and become contagious, eventually destabilizing Europe and the rest of the world. And sure enough, the Middle East is currently on fire and the death toll is piling up — with no relief in sight.
His candidacy endorsed by the Communist Party USA, Vice President Joe Biden quoted the official Chinese communist government news agency in Burlington. Vice President Biden violated Tip O'Niel's golden rule, "All politics is local."
Biden should have quoted Burlington's official, local single party government news agency. The Ad Vertiser. The party line as espoused by Ad Vertiser Managing Editor Alison and others contains a wealth of socialist dogma for suitable for such occasions. When in Beijing, quote the locals. When in Burlington, do the same.
Just be certain you credit your source. Otherwise, nobody will know which is which.
T. Daley Arbeiter
A handful of clingers trying to keep the lamp lit doesn't an election make. Joe sounded awfully tired of spewing the Party line. A believer that knows the Kool-Aid is about to be passed out.
Glenn Beck on Libya U.S. Consulate Attack: ‘You’re Being Set Up, America’
“On the Glenn Beck Program” on TheBlazeTV, Beck stated that he believes, based on his research and analysis, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered not as a result of a spontaneous riot over an anti-Muslim YouTube clip but rather as part of a coordinated and planned attack using the protests as a cover.
“You’re being set up, America. Your freedom of speech is being set up and it’s being set up all over the world,” Beck said. “If you say somebody on YouTube can’t make a video that is offensive to somebody else, you stop everything, free speech is dead, the First Amendment is over. That’s what this is really all about.”
Beck went on to analyze the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi in depth, going point-by-point comparing the U.S. government’s explanation to what reality suggests."
7 Jobs Coming to Shell Building for $500,000 Discount & Years of Tax Abatements
What a deal Rodney got on the shell building. Is the city Council responsible for doing this? Rodney Wittkamp must sweeten the pie for the city Council and our mayor because who in their right mind would make a business deal like this?
I just heard that Rodney plans on hiring seven employees to work there. If this is true he must be using it as a warehouse. Ex-business teacher Jim Davidson must have learned a lot from our former mayor. You don't have to be very intelligent that this deal robbed the taxpayers again. This city should never be involved in the shell building again without voter approval.
I see in the paper that we have GPS on the city golf carts. Is that for our city leaders to find a way back to the clubhouse as they drink their way around the golf course?
"So, on a highly symbolic date, mobs storm American diplomatic facilities and drag the corpse of a U.S. ambassador through the streets. Then the president flies to Vegas for a fundraiser. No, no, a novelist would say; that’s too pat, too neat in its symbolic contrast. Make it Cleveland, or Des Moines.
The president is surrounded by delirious fanbois and fangurls screaming “We love you,” too drunk on his celebrity to understand this is the first photo-op in the aftermath of a national humiliation. No, no, a filmmaker would say; too crass, too blunt. Make them sober, middle-aged midwesterners, shocked at first, but then quiet and respectful.
The president is too lazy and cocksure to have learned any prepared remarks or mastered the appropriate tone, notwithstanding that a government that spends more money than any government in the history of the planet has ever spent can surely provide him with both a speechwriting team and a quiet corner on his private wide-bodied jet to consider what might be fitting for the occasion. So instead he sloughs off the words, bloodless and unfelt: “And obviously our hearts are broken . . . ” Yeah, it’s totally obvious."
Senator Tom Courtney was outraged. Does this guy have a can of nitrous oxide down his shorts?
Courtney, you're are a mindless twit. If you were doing your job as the Vice Chairman of Oversight, the taxpayers wouldn't be in these messes. But you were so busy shoving your nose up somebody's butt you couldn't see the hammer that just hit you for the 3rd time this month.
You were no good as a union boss and you sure as hell aren't better as a ineffective, incompetent, corrupt politician.
Fed Up 2
You're right. Courtney was too busy looking in the mirror to see if his hair was greased down like the hoodlum thug he dreams to be. Appearance is everything when you get to the pedestal for your daily onset of self-flagellation of chest beating.
And right now, I'd hate to be on that FBI oversight pedestal being quizzed as to whether or not I understand fiduciary responsibility.
No Marines for Libyan Ambassador, Full Security Detail for Valerie Jarrett Vacation
"Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya. But White House Senior Advisor and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett has a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, according to Democratic pollster Pat Caddell."
I see where someone kicked a rock down along Osborn Street and Courtney slithered out from under it spewing his venom about Romney like a true bag of wind he is. Sticking up for unions that he supports only for their money and votes, while hiring wetbacks to do his home repairs. What possible purpose could Courtney be elected when Southeastern Iowa remains the armpit of Iowa during his tenure. What has he done for the good of Southeastern Iowa that warrants his possible reelection when there are much better candidates running against him.
His only claim to fame is handing out M&M’s up at the state house while rubbing elbows with the other loser democrats that constantly pass laws ruining the lives of Iowan’s as though it’s their duty.
Here’s a statement that appeared in the paper that was given by an Obama supporter, "Humility is his (Obama's) calling card, and doing what is right is his promise. He's a mentor guilty of taking the best path and making the right choice. If you were to find yourselves there with him, you'll realize he's your anchor. He's your leader. He's my leader. He's the leader. Your support for this man and what he stands for is the right choice. Forward, onward through the fog".
He’s right about one thing that we’ve been in a fog ever since Obama was elected by the indigents of our country and those who can’t think for themselves. Obama is the most incapable president this country has ever had and he’s destroying everything in his path because of his beliefs in socialism and big government running the lives of everyone when they can’t even run the government under Obama’s leadership, except from behind
When I think of Obama and his supporters I can’t help but think of the Nazis and how they misled the German people into believing their propaganda while controlling the press but the American press abandoned the American people to support the likes of Obama a person with no experience other than being a block organizer educated by American affirmative action and supported by a degenerated American press and television news with few exceptions.
When I see blue election signs I again think of only the worst that America can offer those who can’t think for themselves and want to be cared for by the government. People who will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. When I see people using food stamps at quick shops I see democrats and their life threatening do-gooder minds ruining our people and our country, just look around Burlington and you’ll see what I mean. Over 52% of school children in Burlington are considered being from disadvantaged families. This to democrats is the American Dream under Obama and his henchmen along with the editorial page in the Hawk Eye that constantly supports failed government policies, failed local government and failed local schools all of which are run by democrats from top to bottom.
Courtney is so out of touch he doesn’t realize how well off Wisconsin has become since government unions were put in their place, a sure sign he hasn’t a clue about what’s wrong with America. All states that have stopped collective bargaining by government unions are so much better off than those that haven’t and of course Iowa is still living in the stone age when it comes to government unions which is why Iowans are so heavily taxed in order to pay a grossly overpaid and benefited state government. Just look at what Iowans pay when they register their autos which is just plain stealing from the masses to pay for the government employees privileged lifestyles, it’s just disgraceful and outright deceitful.
Remember a vote for the blue is a vote for a lack of leadership to get America out of this Obama economy and his reckless shredding of the Constitution.
Hinkle Swan Song - Sell Building $500,000 Below Market Value
Asinine Deal Emblematic of Incompetence
I see how pleased grow reater Burlington with the sale of the shell building In industry Park. The only thing I can see that grow greater Burlington does is grow themselves.
I don't know why you would take a building worth over $1.6 million and sell it to Rodney Wittkamp for $500,000 less plus a hug tax abatement for 15 years and think you got a good deal.
Our illustrious mayor Jim Davidson must have been the brains behind this with all his business experience. Who knows what else they gave Wittkamp and Winegard. It seems like we're all you bending over backward for these two and I know why most of their employees don't draw a livable wage. I guess what good for Rodney and Randy is just supposed to be good for Burlington. At least Winegard produces good manufacturing jobs while Wittkamp pays minimum wage.
I don't know what business would want to come to Burlington because of the crime and the general state the city is in. I would be interested if someone did come here what were out they would drive around the city to show greater Burlington off. People better start looking at the taxes that these two pay. And if a big business did come to Burlington these two would have to hire a train to Chicago to replace the temporary employees that they hire. But I don't believe that would cause much of a problem because they've got their fingers in the employment business in Burlington anyway.
And with grow greater Burlington on your side how you go wrong. And all those apartments that the taxpayers are paying for and the tax abatements for the young professional people most of us will never live long enough to see any revenues. I hope these apartments are not going to have drug dealers or before long it might look like the projects in Chicago.
...According to security sources, the State Department had greenlit a “health check” at the consulate I preparation for 9/11. Nonetheless, the attackers broke the perimeter within 15 minutes of the Libyan mob forming. Local guards did nothing. One witness reported, “The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs.” According to sources, the Ambassador died from smoke inhalation after he was trapped in a building set on fire and besieged by rioters.
The Libyan government, for all its supposed regret, seems less than troubled by the whole incident. Wissam Buhmeid, who commands the Tripoli government-sanctioned Shield Brigade, which operates as police in Benghazi, stated, “There were definitely people from the security forces who let the attack happen because they were themselves offended by the film; they would absolutely put their loyalty to the Prophet over the consulate. The deaths are all nothing compared to insulting the Prophet.”
Ambassador Murdered, Obama Going to Vegas for Fundraiser
"Let's recap. Yesterday, riots broke out at American embassies in Egypt and Libya. The American ambassador and three other American officials were murdered. Their bodies were dragged through the streets to a cheering mob. This all happened on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, with the ridiculous pretext that throngs of muslims in two different countries were simultaneously offended over a stupid film no one knew existed. In Libya, at least, the murder of our diplomatic personnel is tantamount to an act of war. Yet, for Obama, the campaign must go on.
"But where is the president’s statement about this? These countries represent his much touted “Arab Spring.” How’s that Arab Spring working out for us now? Have we received an apology yet from our “friends” in the Muslim Brotherhood for the assault on our embassy?
It’s about time our president stood up for America and condemned these Islamic extremists. I realize there must be a lot on his mind these days – what with our economy’s abysmal jobless numbers and Moody’s new warning about yet another downgrade to our nation’s credit rating due to the current administration’s failure to come up with a credible deficit reduction plan. And, of course, he has a busy schedule – with all those rounds of golf, softball interviews with the “Pimp with the Limp,” and fundraising dinners with his corporate cronies. But our nation’s security should be of utmost importance to our Commander-in-chief. America can’t afford any more “leading from behind” in such a dangerous world. We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one."
""I can't tell you how important this is," Courtney said. "Romney is nuts, and my opponent is nuts. But we can't depend on that. A few years ago we had nuts running," (and I got elected). "Obama is a good guy."
And the taxpayers of Iowa just keep letting a complete nitwit, incompetent stooge back into office.
Courtney went on to proclaim, "Absentee ballots are so important, because the last 30 or 40 days of this cycle are going to be the dirtiest you've ever seen."
John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, said at the meeting: if the conservative (Republicans) gain control of congress then the FAA could be looking (at) as much as a 15% cut in budget and we (may) be looking at furloughs. If the liberal Democrats take control of congress then we would be looking at a flat budget," the email said. "In short if the Republicans win office our jobs may be (affected) ... if the Democrats win office then our jobs would not be (affected)."
The above words reflect the policy Obama has set for government entities and dirty politics are the name of the game in the Obama administration.
As crooked and dishonest as Illinois politicians are you would think the American people would never vote for a national politician from Illinois especially from the Chicago area. Obama has already sold his soul to the devil to get in office the first time; so he has nothing to lose this time but his ego and that really scares him and then his street behavior takes control.
In short any government official who acts as did Mr. Hickey should be fired no matter what department they work for.
Last Thursday, about 200 retirees whose pensions the Obama administration “threw to the wolves” rallied in front of a shuttered Delphi plant in Ohio on the day Obama was addressing the Democratic National Convention. These retirees called on Obama to fix what his administration did to their pensions. If Obama did not work to make their pensions whole, those in the group, many of whom voted for Obama in 2008, vowed to work to ensure Obama is defeated in November.
A fellow party member of State Senator Courtney wants to sink $3.1 million of your tax dollars into this abyss at the University of Iowa. Where does our State Senator stand on this so called investment?
I think we can probably set out another empty chair for Des Moines County that represents the county ability to lure in new industries. We seem to be stuck between two up and progressive counties, Henry and Lee and constantly eating their dust as they roar past us by constantly winning the all the livable wage jobs while we end up the constant loser wondering what the hell happened.
Maybe people do read the Hack Eye editorial pages and want to keep their distance from Burlington and it's one party system of failure, high taxes, fees and then again it could even be the high crime reputation Burlington has similar to that back in 1909, again when the Democrats were running things around here. Back in 1909 the mayor and city council took care of the crime problems unlike today.
Then again it could be a local government teetering on bankruptcy through fiscal irresponsibility and fleeting dreams of grandeur that have wrought failure after failure on Des Moines County. The last I heard our local Chamber depends on 70 percent of its funding from the taxpayer, three times what most local Chambers receive from taxpayers. Why does Des Moines County always pay more for less? For political reasons the Hack Eye just never wants to admit the real problems in Des Moines County because it doesn't agree with their leftist agenda and they just can't point their finger at the democrats who control them.
That $100,000 consultant fee paid to point out problems with Burlington a few years ago pointed their finger at the Hack Eye as one of the big problems with Burlington, yet the paper continues with its leftist political agenda while Burlington and Des Moines County weather on the vine while attracting a constant flow of indigent people to town along with no livable wage jobs. These are the workers Burlington and Des Moines County urgently needed just a few years ago; so said the Hack Eye. I would like to know just where all these new people are working when there aren't any livable wage jobs left here in Des Moines County.
Let's just face the facts, Burlington and Des Moines County are falling apart at the seams and nothing is being done to stop the hemorrhage. We have a paper with a rotten editorial page that never spells out the problems and is only concerned with its far left agenda regardless of the damage it does to Burlington and Des Moines County. Several of the editorial page writers are still stuck on Bush even though he's been gone for almost four years and nothing they say about Bush will make any difference to what's going on here in Burlington or Des Moines County.
The democrats here in Burlington and Des Moines County have failed miserably and the local paper acts like we live in a political paradise never saying anything about what's wrong with this dead end county that's nothing more than a true entitlement community. The economically disadvantaged students in the school district stands at 52.4% while for the entire state the percentage is 36.6%.
With the Hack Eye and the democrats Burlington just doesn't stand a chance when compared to Henry or Lee Counties when it comes to attracting livable wage jobs and it's been proven time and time again, we must face the facts that we live in a has been community and county.
Congratulations to Lee County and I'm sure Des Moines County will be waiting for its share of what spills over to the North.
Here's how people devise their parking in Burlington depending on their mood. This photo shows a late model Lincoln backed into a diagonal slot going south on 4th St. In other words the car is parked facing northeast rather than southwest although it was being driven south but parked as though it was going north.
Actually, the car is a black Lincoln late model with license #635ZHC and the corner is Columbia and N. 4th Streets on the southwest corner of the intersection.
I've also seen cars parked against the grain down on Jefferson Street in the same manner. I thought we were paying for a parking patrol but I guess a block from the BPD is never traveled by the police or the parking patrol.
I see where Obama and gang are busing in people by the thousands so he’ll have an audience for his big speech next Thursday. All the special interest groups he craves such as college students and others that have nothing better to do and why wouldn’t they go since it’s paid for by the democrats. It’s similar to what’s known as “canned laughter” used in sitcoms.
Whatever happens our Obama will be in fine form promising the world and delivering little to nothing such as he did in 2008. Obama plays the Black card for the purpose of getting votes and he’s got hardly any Black blood in him at all. From what I’ve read Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side, 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side. Federal law requires that to claim a minority status, you must be at least 1/8 of the descriptor, but for the sake of this article, I've converted it to a decimal fraction for easier comprehension. You must be at least 12.5% of the racial component you claim for minority status.
Anyway, rest assured those that follow this convention will be swamped with so much BS one would think their watching a video of the Hack Eye editorial page in real time.
"California delegate has been ejected from the Democratic National Convention after he allegedly tried to impersonate a member of Congress and hassled the hotel staff trying to assist a drunken, passed-out delegate. The incident unfolded early Sunday morning when both men arrived by taxi at the Blake Hotel.
Three-Fifths of Milwaukee's Black Voters Have Vanished Without a Trace
60% of Milwaukee’s Black Voters Have Vanished Without a Trace
...Starting in April, they spent eight weeks knocking on 120,882 doors across 208 of Milwaukee’s 317 wards to raise awareness of the gubernatorial recall election scheduled for June. The doors had one thing in common: the voter file said they were all home to a registered voter whom a commercial data vendor had flagged as likely to be African-American.
But the voter file represented a fiction, or at least a reality that had rapidly become out of date. During those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with only 31 percent of their targets. Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.
...Last month the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office subpoenaed the national office of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) in Washington D.C. for the employment documents of a senior organizer currently under investigation for vote fraud in Wisconsin."
Harry Reid's Son Representing Chinese Solar Panel Plant in $5 Billion Nevada Deal
"The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada.
I don’t know what the hell our city considers low and moderate income levels and I wish they would tell us just exactly what they consider low and moderate?
The statistics show family sizes, rather than whether the families that have been counted have a father and mother, with children, or whether it is a single parent with children. For a three-person household, the threshold is $18,530; for a four-person household, it's $22,350; five people, $26,170; six people, $29,990; seven people, $33,810; eight people - $37,630.
An annual income of $18,530 amounts to a 52 week pay at $8.91 per hour, $22,350 amounts to $10.74 per hour, $26,170 amounts to $12.58 per hour, $29,990 amounts to $14.42 per hour and $37,630 come out to $18.09 per hour. These rates vary depending on the CPI. I’m assuming these figures are gross amounts.
Using the above amounts I would like to know why Burlington needs any low or medium income housing because there are few if any jobs in Burlington that pay $10.74 per hour or in other words few if any jobs that pay a living wage according to Burlington of about $10.50 per hour.
The really big question is why would anyone want to move to Burlington when those born and raised in Iowa can find little in the way of livable wage jobs in this area. I can remember when Burlington was a bustling major manufacturing area but those days are long gone because of Burlington’s attachment with unions which has driven out most livable wage jobs or led to the reduction of pay through union member sell out of new employees through two tier wage scales where younger workers make far less than older employees back when they started working. This is how the older workers maintain their high pay and benefits until their retired and gone leaving the company with a workforce earning far less than they previously paid for workers. Of course this leads to more profit for the company and dividends for the stock holders.
This town is looking at all the wrong reasons for building new housing. I think they should start by getting jobs first and then qualified people to work the jobs instead of enticing in more uneducated government dependent people to further put our town in the hole. We already have the 3rd highest crime in Iowa; so why would we want to add to this problem through lack of good jobs and constantly wanting to build low income housing?
Sometimes I think Burlington wants poor people because they can get more government money to waste on foolish dreams of grandeur, like the school they built out by Roosevelt off Mason road that doesn’t have sidewalks anywhere near it. Just plain stupid by the school board and the city to build schools on the outskirts of town making it just that much more costly to the taxpayer at getting the students to and from school while slowing down traffic on every major east/west route because of schools or having crossing lights on them. We have West Avenue, Mason Road, Sunnyside, Division, all bogged down by schools requiring 20 mph speeds even when children are sitting in the school and not even outside, stupidity at its highest.
Here’s another stupid thing the city did, they put the sidewalks on Sunnyside on the north side of the street while the school is on the south side; so now we will be stopped by a crosswalk constantly during the start and end of the school day that will back up traffic for no reasonable purpose. There’s just no end to the constant poor decisions by the school board and the city.
That spec. building in the industrial park is going to cost the taxpayers $50,000 per job, the firm said they were going to add ten (10) jobs; so if they discount the building $500,000 and give them a TIF the taxpayers will automatically pick up their taxes for schools, fire, police and who actually knows for how long the free ride lasts. Since it’s a local firm just what’s in it for the taxpayer in the long run if anything. One thing we don’t need is another screwing like we got with the Ethanol plant.
Burlington needs new low and moderate housing like they need another Manor project or another neutered paper like the Hack Eye to deter new business and push its leftist agenda on the editorial page, a page that discourages new business from even looking to Burlington.
Why do new industrial plants go to Mt. Pleasant or Ft. Madison rather than Burlington, here are a few of the reasons: the newspaper anti business and leftist editorial page, below average schools, falling down infrastructure, high crime rate (3rd highest in Iowa), poor city government, high fees for city services constantly on the rise to cover constant budget problems, extremely high cost for Internet and cable services, local government has proven itself dishonest and un-transparent in its dealings with the local taxpayers and a school board that is greedy and self serving with few concerns for the student body.
The city went against the voters and built the new library under the pretext that it would be a business draw, which was a lie to mislead the taxpayers who still voted against it. All the new schools were built after it was known the city was losing students in the hopes some would stick around which hasn’t happened. Instead Burlington is importing students from out of state to try and fill the declining system which is doing nothing but causing many other big city problems Burlington can’t handle a fact proven by the high crime and drug trafficking rates.
Whatever happened to good leadership that Burlington had from the beginning through the 1960’s? We’re now in a long decline with no end in sight. With the November election on the horizon we can change things or keep up the decline it’s the voters choice to maintain the one party system of failure be reelecting Obama, Courtney and all the other democrat losers currently holding office or vote to reverse this mess and get back on the road to progress by electing those from the right, those that know something about economics, business and government.
Had Eastwood said the things the media likes to hear with the same nervousness and hesitation, they would've called him wizened and seasoned. But because he mocked Their Precious One, suddenly he's some kind of embarrassment."
The President is an embarrassment and it took a senior American to pointedly illustrate that to the American people. The rest of the world already knows it.......