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Is King Obama uncomfortable in the Oval Office?

By Mike Thayer

So I just got done watching King Obama give his address to the nation to explain why the United States has interfered with Libyan affairs.  

Such speeches, especially ones dealing with a military action, are usually given from the Oval Office.  Obama chose to deliver his speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

King_obama What's wrong with the Oval Office?  No, there's no written rule that speeches must be made there, but it makes sense to speak to the nation from there and why so many Presidents have done so on important issues of the day and at a far less burden to taxpayers.  It's supposed to be about conveying information to the people, not a photo op.  Think about the extra taxpayer dollars and government resources unnecessarily used on arrangments, security, transportation, etc., for a vague 20 minute speech.

Why does the King seem to be so uncomfortable in the Oval Office?  Think about it, look at how much time the guy spends away from it.  He has more hours on the golf course than he does at his desk.  During the BP oil spill, Obama took three vacations, to include a lot of golf and taking the family to the Acadia National Forest in Maine.  Japan suffers from earthquakes, a Tsunami, radioactivity, and Obama is on ESPN talking about his NCAA basketball picks.  Libya is busy blowing itself up, Obama is in Rio.

So nine days after tossing Tomahawk missiles at Libya, the King finally gets around to giving a speech about the matter.  How did he do?

Did he outline how there was an imminent security threat from Libya against the United States?  


Did he spell out how the affairs of Libya are of vital national security interest to the United States?


Did he explain how our military action in Libya is supported by Constitutional authority?


Did he clearly define what the mission is?


"The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that," said the Emperer with no clothes.

Then why did you launch missiles at them my liege?

Dinosaur Senator Tom Harkin still thinks throwing money at a problem fixes it

Tom_dinosaur_harkin Editor's Overview:  It's about the curriculum stupid! Despite all kinds of data, documents and reports clearly showing it doesn't work, Senator Tom "I don't even live in Iowa anymore" Harkin still thinks that throwing more money at our schools will fix the poor education some of our schools deliver.  Instead of looking at the dismal record of the U.S. Department of Education and questioning their productivity and then asking, "Is this money well spent?"  Harkin just pats himself on the back with a big - look what I did, I brought home some more bacon!  OK, maybe bringing home some tree leaves then since we're doing the Harkin head on a plant eating dinosaur body bit....  The point is he doesn't really care about results, he has the dinosaur elected official mentality  in that he only cares about the game he gets to play, the knight giving table scraps to the serfs.  Why are we continuing to send hard-earned money to Washington and the Department of Education, when the record shows continued decline in performance?  The following is his press release gleefully pointing to the *award* of $2.9 million that should have just stayed in the state to begin with.  Check out the part where the school districts will have to compete for this money.  Check out the strings attached and the control the federal level is applying to local school districts.....  Does that make sense to you?

U.S. Sen. Harkin: $2.9 million coming to Iowa to turn around lowest achieving schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kate Cyrul / Bergen Kenny March 25, 2011 202-224-3254

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education’s had awarded Iowa $2.9 million through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate panel that funds education initiatives and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

“Investing in our children’s future means directing resources where they are needed most. When schools consistently have low graduation rates, it is important we focus our attention there,” Harkin said. “Today’s funding is a step in the right direction. It will help districts take the necessary steps to improve their weakest schools. And, it could not have come at a better time for districts that are already struggling with tough budgeting decisions.”

The $2.9 million made available to Iowa is being distributed by formula to the state and will then be competed out by the state to school districts. Iowa’s application, which includes its list of persistently lowest-achieving schools, as defined by the state, can be found here.

School districts will apply to the state for the funds this spring. When school districts apply, they must indicate that they will implement reforms to the lowest achieving schools.

Once schools receive SIG funds, they will be able to begin to spend them immediately to turn around schools this fall. Iowa may apply to the Education Department for a waiver to allow them to spend funds over a three-year period.

UChoose campaign promotes healthy food choices on campus

Uchoose The next time you visit a campus dining facility, look for entrees marked with a gold apple label. You'll be making a healthy eating choice.

The labels are part of the University of Iowa's UChoose campaign, which highlights healthy food options for students, staff, patients and visitors dining at University Hospitals and Clinics, university residence halls and other dining areas.

UChoose-approved items meet the Healthy Campus Nutrition Guidelines, developed as part of a collaborative effort of Health Iowa/Student Health Service, UI Wellness/Human Resources, University Hospitals and Clinics Food and Nutrition Services, and University Housing and Dining. These food items meet one or more of the following criteria:

--fat makes up 30 percent or less of total calories
--zero trans fat
--added sugars are less than 25 percent of total calories
--whole grain as a major ingredient
--whole fruit and fruit juice is primarily used

--sodium is less than 480 milligrams per serving or less than 600 milligrams for entrees or sandwiches.

"We know that proper nutrition has an impact on energy, academic and work performance, weight management, and the prevention of chronic conditions such as cancer. People always have a choice, but the apple logo reminds people that they are choosing an item that will have a positive impact on their health," said Megan Moeller, coordinator of UI Wellness, a division of Human Resources.

UChoose was launched in January. The initial phase included the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where information about the program is available online at the hospital intranet and the food and nutrition services website ( In March, in celebration of National Nutrition Month, staff, students, faculty and patients attended a health fair was held highlighting the six UChoose areas to improve healthy food choices, said Joan Dolezal, director of Food and Nutrition Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

UChoose was also introduced into the dining facilities at Burge and Hillcrest Marketplaces in January. "We've heard expressions of appreciation for our efforts to provide more healthy food options and our initiatives to raise the level of awareness among our students about healthier eating habits and lifestyles," said Greg Black, director of University Dining.

A phased rollout of UChoose to other University Dining satellite locations in buildings such as the Dental Science Building and Main Library will take place over the next few months.

For more information, see For more information about healthy eating, see the National Nutrition Month website at

Geraldine Ferraro passes away at age 75

Geraldine-ferraro Fox News is reporting that Geraldine Ferraro, a Democrat and the first female vice presidential candidate, passed away on Saturday.

Ferraro died of complications from blood cancer - multiple myeloma - at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Democratic candidate for President Walter Mondale made Ferraro his running mate in the 1984 election; they lost to President Ronald Reagan and VP George H.W. Bush.

Haley Barbour big hit with local GOP

Gop_spaghetti_dinner 007 TIFFIN, IA. -- Saying the 2012 election will be about policy, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour spoke to a crowd of about 220 area Johnson County Republicans at their annual spaghetti dinner Friday night.

“Consistently the policies of this administration have been bad for the economy and business. Bigger government means a smaller economy. If you elect Republicans you will get limited government,” Baley said to applause.

Barbour spoke for about 20 minutes, focusing on the economy, job creation and detrimental Obama administration policies.

"How can the economy grow, how can your business make money, when the government is sucking up all the money?" he asked. 

Gop_spaghetti_dinner 006 In contrasting the current administration's way of managing government to a business, the Governor made the analogy of a hypothetical business that generated $2.2 million in revenue, but spent $3.8 million, leaving a $1.6 million deficit for the year.  "You could write a book about that experience," he said.  "It would start off with chapter 11," Barbour quipped.  The audience responded with laugher and applause.  

The event, held at Amana Clear Creek High School in Tiffin, also featured State Senator Paul McKinley who talked about education and Secretary of State Matt Schultz who highlighted his voter ID program.





Cubs' bullpen takes shape

Cubs Although the Chicago Cubs have not finalized the starting rotation, the pitching staff in general came into focus a little more Wednesday with a number of roster moves.  The Cubs still have to make a decision on the fourth and fifth starter spots. Randy Wells looks like a lock for the fourth spot, with veteran Carlos Silva and youngster Andrew Cashner battling for the final spot.

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Fire cops and firemen, but maintain a totally unnecessary *human rights* commission

Editor's Overview:  In light of the ever-souring economy, the city of Iowa City has made some budget cuts, most notably cutting loose one fireman and one policeman.  They do that, but maintain commissions, committees and events that cost taxpayer money but really don't produce anything like the Youth Advisory Council, the Art Advisory Council and the Human Rights Commission.  Below is a press release issued by the city of Iowa City, which city taxpayers unnecessarily pay for:

Contact: Stefanie Bowers
Contact Phone: (319) 356-5022


Posted by: Human Rights

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- General City News

Originally Posted 3/24/2011 1:52:00 PM 

The City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Youth Awards. The Ceremony will be held at the Englert Theatre on Wednesday, May 11th. The Youth Awards recognize activities performed by local youth that promote and/or contribute to Human Rights in the Iowa City area or abroad. The goal is not to select a winner, but rather to recognize contributions of our local youth. Since the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission hopes to recognize the creativity and uniqueness of our youth, we ask that student not be nominated for participation in class activities or pre-organized events. However, additional activity that comes as a result of a class or pre-organized event would be a welcome nomination. To keep the Awards timely, we ask that nominations be limited to events that have occurred since June 2010. Students previously recognized by the Human Rights Commission are eligible, as long as they are nominated for a different and current activity. Nomination forms are due no later than April 27th.

Each winner will be recognized Wednesday, May 11th at 7 p.m. at the Youth Awards Ceremony held at The Englert Theatre. Mayor Matthew Hayek will be the keynote speaker. Recipients will also be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Mayor and the Chair of the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission. The recipient, nominator and parents/guardians will be invited to attend the Ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

Nomination forms are available at or by emailing

Gov. Terry E. Branstad signs SF 464 into law

DES MOINES, IA. -- Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following legislation into law: 

Senate File 464:   An act allowing the establishment of an open season for hunting mourning doves.

Iowa joins 39 other states that allow dove hunting and the state is expected to benefit economically from the new recreational activity.