"Word of the Justice Department’s findings came shortly after Sony announced it had decided to delay the debut of The Interview. “Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the studio said in a statement issued after the major theater chains announced they would not show the film, citing theater-goers security concerns. One day earlier, the hackers had warned people to stay away from movie theaters daring to show The Interview when it opened on Christmas Day, adding “Remember the 11th of September 2001."
"When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said:
“U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation.”
Then he added:
“It’s also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.”
Ayers also offered his opinion on how the U.S. can more effectively operate its military:
“I think the US should immediately close all military bases and installations abroad, withdraw all troops on foreign soil including all mercenary fighters, end all military aid to Israel, and unilaterally decommission its nuclear arsenal.""
"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told me personally, “Your country will turn on you, the liberal media will turn on you, the people will grow tired of this, they will turn on you. And when they do, you are going to be abandoned.”
...“How many times in your life have you had a law enforcement official call you up in the middle of the day and say, ‘Leave your house immediately?’ That happened to me a couple of days ago,” Mitchell said.
“I don’t mind giving my life for my country but I do mind giving my life for a food fight for political reasons between two groups of people who should be able to work it out like adults,” he added."
If there were not all the "free" money from the state and feds to chase, it is doubtful Burlington would consider a levee. The cost to benefit ratio would not add up.
Most of Burlington "protected" by a levee would be parking lots. The Port of Burlington is an old truck terminal designed for rapid removal of valuables inside. The building most affected has been Memorial Auditorium.
What cost a new auditorium on higher ground? There is no shortage of blighted real estate in Burlington's core. The empty lot Manor Mall may not be large enough without a parking ramp. There is probably no "free" money for a new auditorium.
Burlington is no position to go it alone on a new auditorium out of the river's reach. After our recent rule by fools, Burlington can not even fix the streets. The cry has become spend more of what we have not to chase "free" money for a levee. We will all be happy and secure if we do.
Burlington's levee may well prove a Maginot Line against the Mississippi at its mightiest. Gulfport across the creek had water over the roofs in 1965. Gulfport got an improved levee after the flood of 1965 and the Mississippi has hardly bothered them since then.
The best way to defeat flooding is declare victory and leave the flood plain battlefield to the waters.