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Friday, 19 March 2010
Kill the Bill
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

This just in:


If you are concerned about the direction of the health care bill, please come and show your support!!!




Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:29 PM
Subject: impromptu Saturday health care protest in front of U.S. Representative David Loebsack's office

this may be a bit short notice, but i just got word that there is going to be a protest in front of Loebsack's Cedar rapids office at 11am Saturday.

office is at 150 1st Ave NE Ste 375. Could you bring a bullhorn or a sign or a bunch of friends !

you could also call his office number (202) 225-6576 and let him know how you feel.
Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Representative David Loebsack 
(please call between 9am & 5pm)

as always, spelling and grammar mistakes are mine !




Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 4:59 PM CDT
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Updated: Friday, 19 March 2010 5:01 PM CDT
Thursday, 18 February 2010
First We Must Get Their Attention
Topic: Out of Flyover Land
There is an old tale about a farmer who bought a new plow mule and was informed by it's former owner that, "He will do everything you want from a plow mule, just ask him nicely."  
Much to the chagrin of the new owner, the mule laid his ears back, dug his hooves in the dirt and didn't budge.

So he called the former owner who came over looked at the mule, picked up a 2 X 4 leaning up against the barn and WHACK laid the mule out.

"I thought you said all I needed to do was ask nicely", the new owner said.

"Well" the former owner replied, "FIRST you gotta get his attention."

I would say events around the country, Tea Party Rallies, Town Hall Meetings and most recently the  Election in Massachusetts,  MAY indicate that the American Public is giving up on,  "Asking Nicely"

The question is, whether anyone is paying attention.

Now it is quite true that the Election of Senator Brown WAS about the Proposed Health Care Plan.

That, however is not the entire picture.

Let's be honest, the public does think Health Care is important.

The American Public does want some changes and improvement.

The American Public also wants something done about dependence on Foreign Energy supplies.

What it doesn't want is the Progressive Plan on Health Care with an accompanying take over by the Federal Government of 1/6th of the US Economy.

NOR does it like the Raping of the US Economy that is a called Cap and Trade with the attending Redistribution of Wealth around the World which is in my opinion the real goal of the Global Warming Agenda.


The American Public is LIVID at the Progressive's Obsession with the above to the Exclusion of attention on what it feels are the MOST Important Issues of Today.

Those being, the Economy, Jobs and National Security in the Face of International Islamic Jihad,

And while they were voting on Health Care, Cap and Trade they were also saying


We want you to start focusing on what WE think is important
PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which means to me that anyone who campaigns on other issues to the exclusion of the Core Values that the Public desires?

Is in for  a BIG surprise.

As Republicans and Conservatives we stand att the cusp of a Generational Opportunity, possibly surpassing the one we found in 1994.

Should we let this slip through our fingers it may be more than one generation before we have another one and if we fail generations of Progressive Politicians will be indebted to us.

Our Tent has many rooms, Social Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives, Constitutional Conservatives etc.

All of our Core Values have importance and if fact, we do well with the General Population.

Right to Life values are increasing among the public, Defense of Marriage Values are as well, 30 some States have taken stands on the latter and there has been a shift in the attitude of the Public on the topic of Abortion in our Favor.

In the last Generation, more and more States have affirmed support of the 2cnd Amendment with Shall Carry Legislation.

So many of our Core Values ARE held by most of the General Public,

BUT if we do not come to the Electorate on the Issues that they deem to be most important NOW?

We may be picking ourselves up off the plow field along with the Progressives.

What the Tea Party espouses ARE Conservative Core Values,

We need not do anything but be true to our Basic Principles and Campaign on them.

Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 3:39 AM CST
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Saturday, 9 January 2010
Just Make It Cost More
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

I just ran into one of the most Byzantine, Convoluted and Backwards ways of lowering costs on something that I have ever encountered.

Cross Posted at Hot Issues from Linn County Iowa

Obama to Meet Union Leaders Over Their Opposition to Cadillac Tax


Union officials told The Associated Press that they view the meeting Monday as a chance to forcefully make their case that the tax is bad policy and bad politics. Unions contend that the tax would be passed along to workers.


House Democrats prefer to raise income taxes on individuals making more than $500,000 and couples over $1 million and are reluctant to abandon that approach, saying the insurance tax would violate the president's campaign pledge not to tax the middle class. But they realize they likely will have to bend on that and other issues so that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can maintain his fragile 60-vote majority support for the bill.

The Senate wants to tax insurance companies on plans valued at over $8,500 for individuals and $23,000 for couples. Most analysts say the insurance tax would be passed on to consumers.

But Obama has defended the tax as a way to drive down health costs.

 "I'm on record as saying that taxing Cadillac plans that don't make people healthier but just take more money out of their pockets because they're paying more for insurance than they need to, that's actually a good idea, and that helps bend the cost curve,"

Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio just before Christmas. "That helps to reduce the cost of health care over the long term. I think that's a smart thing to do."

Fox News' Major Garrett contributed to this report.

Let me see if I have this correctly.  Obama thinks we spend more than we need to on insurance via our employee based Health Care Plans

SO His Solution is to TAX them make them cost MORE so we will not be able to afford what we have and will therefore settle for a cheaper Health Care Plan?

And THAT is his idea of LOWERING Costs???

Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 5:38 PM CST
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Updated: Saturday, 9 January 2010 6:00 PM CST
Friday, 20 November 2009
Politics As Usual
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

If that had been a Republican, every media outlet would have been screaming Fascism, But I bet you never saw this when it happened.

Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 4:00 AM CST
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Updated: Friday, 20 November 2009 4:02 AM CST
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Dia de los Muertos
Topic: Out of Flyover Land
The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd.

And after this year we can remember it as the Day that ACORN like a Resurrected Zombie, re qualified for Federal Funding.

Did you like me, cheer when you heard that BOTH  Republicans AND Democrats in Congress voted to suspend Federal Funding of ACORN?


The suspension was only good up to October 31st.

Yes on El Dia de los Muertos ACORN will be once again eligible for Federal Funding
I suspect some members of Congress did not have the courage to vote their true convictions and so created this stop gap measure in the hopes that after a whole month the Public would not notice it when they reinstated business as usual.

If you substitute the word ACORN for ACLU in this video you will have a fairly accurate of our present dilemma.


Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 2:44 AM CDT
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Updated: Wednesday, 28 October 2009 2:57 AM CDT
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Banned Is Better
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

This whole Fox versus the White house has brought to my mind the story given by Billy Joel on the origin of "Only the Good Die Young."

 There appears to me to be some parallels and I find the dichotomy hilarious.

First listen to Billy Joel.




 I have this mental picture of average American's sitting in their family rooms and as Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and  Anita Dunn  spouted off about Fox News,

Reacting with


What Can't We Hear?

What Is It They Don't Want Us To Hear???

While at the same time a cackle of fiendish glee arose from the dark dank Dominions of Fox News

Coupled with the plaintive tones of


Puh-LEASE B'rer White House DON'T throw us in the B'riar Patch!

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Saturday, 20 June 2009
If It Feels Good They Will Want To Do It Again
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

 I have this posted on the website I use for Local Political Issues

Hot Issues From Linn County Iowa

But the principles of a Bedrock Foundationn for Grassroots Political Activity can be applied I think in a healthy manner to any location or Party for that matter.

There has been some talk about a Precinct Initiative.

An enterprise I full heartedly endorse. There will be many plans and information forthcoming,'

Here are some of my ideas and what I hope will be useful tools.

Those who have been following my posts, may recall sometime back I posted a table with links to maps of the County Precincts.

Later I used the same format to post the Form As for all the Precinct Caucuses from last year.

Here I present that same format to be built into a table of Facebook Groups where residents of Precincts may communicate and inform each other.

I have started such a group for

Linn County Iowa Precinct 38 GOP

I ecourage you to form such a group for your precinct, send me the link and I will post it in the table. 

So once we have such a group how do we find real live people to join?

I have some suggestions.  A journey of ten thousand miles starts with a single step.

Do you know anyone in your precinct who is a Republican, or Conservative?

How about inviting them over for a backyard cookout?

I ask you, which would you be most likely to repsond positively to:

We are trying to organise Party Members in the Precinct in order to be more effective in Volunteer, Election and Fund Raising initiatives


We are inviting a few families who have the same values and desires as we do by for a backyard cookout and we would like your family to join in?

I think FIRST we get to know each other.

That is a sound foundation for a politically healthy Precinct.

There will be other ideas  and I am certainly not trying to tell anyone NOT to do anything,

But how about trying this?  I think it will work. Why?

Because it would be FUN.

You spend a nice afternoon, with some good food and fellowship with folks that think like you, and you will ENJOY yourselves.

It will make you FEEL GOOD

If there is anything I have picked up over the years it is this:

You give someone something that makes them Feel Good?

They are going to want to do it again.

  Use the Precinct Finder to find your polling place!

Precincts Marked Red Not Available

Precincts Marked Green Have Facebook Groups


















































Marion Precincts













Linn County Precincts





























Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 12:54 AM CDT
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Updated: Saturday, 20 June 2009 11:22 PM CDT
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Let Freedom Ring
Topic: Out of Flyover Land

Recently I saw something on Chris Muir's Day by Day Strip that struck a chord for me.


Can YOU identify? 


 We keep hoping they will change, but sometimes things seems hauntingly familiar.

In June's Linn County GOP Central Committee Meeting,  a Precinct Initiative was discussed.

I STRONGLY support Precincts being organized.  But one phrase kept popping up.

To Elect Republicans. 

Now of course I ALSO want to help Elect Republicans, 

 But my  interest in Precinct development has a different primary focus.
This system of political organization that has served Iowa so well for generations, has broken down.

IT needs no change but WE certainly need to change.

In the Past the Precinct Caucus was your neighbors, you KNEW your neighbors,  Your families knew each other, possibly for generations.

When the Caucus met, it was an assembly of citizens who knew each other and chose from their numbers people they respected to represent them on the next level of political organization.

Today when we go to a Caucus few know anyone else in the room,  They have no basis with which to gage anyone who wants a political position,'

So how to we fix this gapping wound in the Body Electorate?

We arrange for Republicans in a Precinct to meet and become acquainted.

Backyard cookouts. 

Picnics in the Park

Neighborhood coffee meetings

Using the new Social Networking systems such as Face book.

Creating a PRESENCE in our neighborhoods.

Form a sense of Community and Connection.

THOSE are the reasons I find the topic of a Precinct Initiative energizing.

Not simply to Elect Republicans in the next Election cycle and then let them go to sleep until awakened for the following cycle


Give Power to the People on the basic levels of Politics.

Because they are in fact the Foundation of Democracy.

The Party is not the officers at the County, State and National Levels.

Not our Elected Officials.

It is WE who are the Party.

They exist to serve and fulfill OUR wishes.

It is said

If He Knows and Knows that He Knows

He is Wise Follow Him

If He Knows Not and Knows Not that He Knows Not

He is a Fool Shun Him

If He Knows Not and Knows that He Knows Not

He is a Child Teach Him

But if He Knows and Knows Not the He Knows?

He is Asleep  Waken Him.


We have been asleep.

And In our Slumber?

Things have not gone well.

It is time in the words of  Yamamoto Isoroku

For the Sleeping Giant to Awaken

and perhaps be filled with a Terrible Resolve.>
We must take back our Government.

The Battle lines are drawn and the War is not to be fought or won

in distant Capitals but on the sidewalks of our Blocks and Streets.

Gather together,   Talk to your Neighbors,

All the other desires, Election Republicans,  Gathering Volunteers

Collecting Donations?

They will FOLLOW as Healthy byproducts of a Political Base that  rests on a Sound Foundation rather than the Shifting Sands of we must do anything,  we must ignore violations of our basic Core Beliefs just to amass numbers.

For if we continue to follow those sorts of Paths?

Instead of Elected Officials to whom we can look with Pride?

We may get, and deserve rather than healthy sound leaders the

ghostly image of a

Click to play Senator Specter's Welcome Message

Click here to play Senator Specter's welcome message

So  I say to you

Aux Barricades mes Amis
To the Barricades my Friends

For your Homes

For your Families

For the Souls of Your Party and Nation

Fiat justitia, ruat coelum

Let Justice Be Done,

Though The Heavens May Fall 

My Friends this struggle is not for the faint of heart,

There are always those who value, Tranquility over Disruption,
even if the disruption leads to a better, Freer Life

They are with us now, as they were at the Birth of this Republic.

Those who do not wish to enter into a Stuggle for Democracy

To Them one of Our Founding Fathers said.

Samuel Adams

American Patriot & Politician

1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us
in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down
and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon
you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

                                           —Samuel Adams

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Thursday, 11 June 2009
Some Assembly Required
Topic: Out of Flyover Land
There are few things that can send a chill down the back of a man,

A man who is a father and husband, that is,

As the sight of this dreaded phrase.

Some Assembly Required


In the Cartography of the Family Landscape

It is the indication of Tera Incognito

Quite similar to the areas on Ancient Maps inscribed with

"Here be Monsters"

It is the signal that you face a gauntlet, which if not traversed successfully will result in the wrathful glares of wives and mothers, the teary eyes of toddlers and

The knowledge that Daddy has RUINED Christmas or a Birthday, whichever the case may be.

But be of Good Cheer Fathers and Husbands, for there IS Hope.

There is a simple Binary, Two Step Program of Recovery, which will enable you to sail through those troubled waters and emerge on the other side victorious and the Family Hero, instead of the Family Villain

They are

1) READ the Directions!

  and what is more Important
2) FOLLOW the Directions!

These two Rules will carry you in good stead all the Days of your Life and in any Trials you may encounter.

The correct assembly of a County Central Committee has some characteristics in common with the ordeal of putting together the annual Christmas or Birthday gifts.

We started off with Central Committee 2007 it was to some extent complex, but not unduly.

It had a 4 part Executive Board much like the current model and a Central Committee Body composed of various and sundry Sub-Committees, a single Meeting Location and County Party Office.

Now Central Committee 209 Build A was much streamlined,

It had the same 4 part Executive Board, but an attempt was made to run that as a Stand Alone system.  The single Meeting Location was replaced by a menu of options and the County Party Office was eliminated for the sake of steam lining.

There were some problem that arose.  The isolated Central Committee Body and the Standalone Executive Board developed a VERY severe feedback problem resembling the situation that arises when a microphone is placed too close to a speaker.

A very high pitched angry sounding squeal arose and the functionality seemed to be lacking.

That to do?

I suggest the same thing the Wise Husband and Father decides when he realizes that Tab A will NOT fit into Slot A because Tab B seems to be already inserted.

That is take the device apart spread out the constituents and READ the Directions!

In the case of assembling County Central Committees, the directions we need to concern ourselves with are :

the Constitution of the Linn County Central Committee and the By-Laws of the Linn County Central Committee.

The above links are to PDF files, if you do not have a PDF viewer a simple Freeware PDF viewer can be obtained HERE

 I would suggest we all read these directions,  I will submit my interpretation in a later post.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Having Your Cake and Eating it Too
Topic: Out of Flyover Land
I just got a Tax hike update from my good buddy Tim Pugh
                Dan can you forward this message on to everyone on your list for me, I am forwarding to everyone I have.

Thanks Tim

Who also happens to be the Lead in the local Taxed Enough Already initiative. 

Cedar Rapids Independance Day "Taxed Enough Already" Tea Party


Basic Info

Sending a message to the government that they need to stop spending our money on wasteful crap. People are meeting up under the aluminum tree in downtown between 1st ave and I380.

Date and Time to bel announced.

Please visit for information, updates, or details.

This is a not partisan group or and anti Democrat or Obama group, both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for waste.
We are not against any party or person but against out of control government spending and waste.

Cedar Rapids Independance Day "Taxed Enough Already" Tea Party

Group Type

This is an open group. Anyone can join and invite others to join.


It would appear to be about an attempt to quietly raise some more of our Taxes.
I have a friend of mine on the CR Public Library Board of Trustees and he was the one lone “no” vote on the budget for 2010 that included a property tax levy increase figured into it. Now comes the actual vote to go on record for a recommendation to pursue a property tax increase – it will take place this Thursday at 4:00 PM while the rest of civilization is actually working.

The agenda action item is for an intent to pursue a 27 cent library levy increase up from the current 8 cent special library levy – an increase of 19 cents (you raise about one million dollars in revenue for every 16 cents on the levy) so this will be an increase in excess of $ 1 million dollars in additional property taxes. This recommendation goes forward from the Library Board of Trustees to the City Council that also has to vote on this – but a recommendation from an independent commission, like the Library board of trustees, gives them the cover to “do the will of the people”.

What my friend is looking for is a little support and a little attention to be drawn to this matter; the quicker you can get out in front of an issue like this, the more attention that can be brought to it and the better the chance the Council may pare it back – or with enough heat, reject the increase in total. Otherwise this could slide thru from the Library Board on a Thursday afternoon without even being covered and slipped onto next week’s “consent” agenda at the Council meeting for a voice vote – in other words, a done deal.

I am advising him to use the term “Culture of Delay” in his remarks in urging the rest of the Library Board to vote against this tax increase recommendation; Brian Fagan is the Council liaison to the Library Board and has been counseling them on how to pursue this course of action. For instance

we know that the damage done to the existing main library is in excess of 50% of pre flood value so FEMA pays for an entire new one.

 However there are only two options, either raze the existing structure and build on the same site with protections against the 100 year flood event. Or second, build on a new site outside of the flood plain (like Westdale for example).

 Instead of making a decision and settling with FEMA which would allow for a release of funds from them for not just a building, but also for contents – this property tax increase is being proposed to largely pay for new materials to replace, in the interim, what was lost in the flood.
Call me cynical and suspicious, but to these jaundiced eyes it looks like an attempt to raise taxes and if one opposes the raise then one is mean spirited and does not care about the damage done to the Community by the flood


Get the FEMA money as well, later,  Then keep the tax hike because during the shuffle no one will notice?

Remember I made the title of this

Having YOUR Cake and Eating it Too

Having THEIR Cake and Eating it Too.

They are not going to be paying the higher property Tax, YOU will.
Keep a weather eye out for the July 4th Taxed Enough Already Rally
and spread the word about this Property Tax Hike

UPDATE:  Tim Pugh forwarded the Library's Responce to me.
I'd be happy to respond to this. FEMA covers our lost materials but the proposed levy increase would be for money to run our facility not for items lost in the flood. As you may remember even preflood, the library was incredibly challenged from an operating funding perspective. While FEMA/State/IJOBS will pay for a substantial portion of the capital cost of building a new building, the library levy is important because we need the operating funds to run the facility. It is absolutely critical that we have this support from the community. I can really bottom line this library levy. It really boils down to the square footage that we can support from an operational funding perspective.

We’d like to come back better than before

– with the passage of the levy, we can do that and build a beautiful new facility that will meet the needs today and of future generations. If we can’t pass a library levy, it calls into question whether we can even afford to operate a building the size that we had preflood. That’s how serious this is.
His reaction was much the same as what passed through my mind
However this building is not built, so what operating cost?

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