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June 2008

Did the local liberal media report this?

REPORT:  Personal income increases

Personal income increased $225.7 billion, or 1.9 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $600.3 billion, or 5.7 percent, in May, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $77.4 billion, or 0.8 percent.  In April, personal income increased $33.5 billion, or 0.3 percent, DPI increased $39.8 billion, or 0.4 percent, and PCE increased $41.1 billion, or 0.4 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real disposable income increased 5.3 percent in May, compared with an increase of 0.1 percent in April.  Real PCE increased 0.4 percent, compared with an increase of 0.2 percent.

Private wage and salary disbursements increased $15.9 billion in May, in contrast to a decrease of $9.6 billion in April.  Goods-producing industries' payrolls increased $1.7 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $6.8 billion; manufacturing payrolls increased $1.1 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $2.7 billion.  Services-producing industries' payrolls increased $14.3 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $2.9 billion.  Government wage and salary disbursements increased $3.7 billion,
compared with an increase of $4.0 billion.


REPORT: Growth in Gross Domestic Product

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the first quarter of 2008 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to final estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 0.6 percent.

The GDP estimates released Thursday are based on more complete source data than were available for the preliminary estimates issued last month.  In the preliminary estimates, the increase in real GDP was 0.9 percent.

The increase in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for services, exports of goods and services, and federal government spending that were partly offset by negative contributions from residential fixed investment and PCE for durable goods.

Editor's Note:  Positive growth folks, nothing at all to brag about, but positive growth nonetheless.  So don't buy into the doom-and-gloom, the economy is in the toilet claims by Democrat candidates for office.


Aftermath comparison: Iowa Floods vs. Katrina

Just an observation...as I watched the news coverage of the massive flooding in the Midwest with over 100 blocks of the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under water, levees breaking, and the attention now turned downstream for when this massive amount of water hits the Mississippi, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn't see...

1. We don't see looting.
2. We don't see street violence.

3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don't see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for people to rebuild.
6. We don't see people blaming President Bush.
7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don't see the US Senators or the Governor of Iowa crying on TV.
10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don't see or hear reports of the police going around confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting at the rescue workers.
13. You don't see some leaders in this country blaming the bad behavior of the Iowa flood victims on "society" (of course there is no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).

D.T.F ~ Alaska


Service Updates & Advisories

IOWA CITY -- Recent Street Re-Openings

o Iowa Avenue bridge between Riverside Drive and Madison Street open
o Mormon Trek open from Melrose Ave to Prairie Meadow Drive (UI Sports Hall of Fame).
o Madison Street and Market Street open
o All roads around County Administration Building open – East Benton St., Kirkwood Ave., South Dubuque St., and South Clinton St.
o Highway 6 open throughout
o Foster Road open
o Butler Bridge on N. Dubuque Street open

Flood Debris Sorting Reminder

Information is available on www.icgov.org/recovery about the recommended “4-pile” sorting system for flood debris. The four types of solid waste are: #1 – household hazardous waste; #2 – appliances, electronics, and gasoline-powered equipment; #3 – yard waste; and #4 – all other garbage. Flood-impacted residents and business owners are reminded to have these piles deposited at the curb, in the public right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street, for eventual pickup. Salvageable items that may just be drying out should not be placed in the right-of-way area. Anything placed at the curb will be considered garbage ready for pickup.

Transit Update (6/23/08):
All east and westbound buses – Plaen View, WestWinds, Melrose Express, Westside/Hospital and Manville Heights - will detour using Burlington St. in- and outbound instead of Madison/Iowa Avenue.

North Dubuque between Park and I-80 – for Manville Heights passengers needing to get to/from Foster Road area and downtown, Iowa City Transit will continue running a “shuttle” bus via I-80 between N. Dodge Pearson (:22 & :52 after), the Peninsula Neighborhood (:58 and :28 after) and Forest View (:02 and :32 after).

Manville Heights passengers needing to go to the Peninsula/Forest View will need to take the North Dodge to/from downtown to in order to get to the “shuttle” exchange point.

The “regular” Manville Heights route will operate to/from the interchange past UI North Hospital/MERF, Veterans Hospital and into Manville Heights, turning around at Upper City Park parking lot (layover by the City Pool).

Broadway and Cross Park routes will detour around Capitol/Benton area using Court to Gilbert inbound and outbound, will detour away from S. Gilbert (Hills Bank, Aldi’s, etc.) using Hwy. 6 East to Boyrum instead.

Any questions regarding Iowa City Transit routes can be directed to 319-356-5151.


Obama says America no longer a Christian nation

In a June 2007 speech captured on YouTube, Obama says we are no longer a Christian nation. 

Obama has also played the race card...... For a man who has charged others of racial postering, his comments are rather hypocritical. 

And the liberal media is just eating this up......  Completely lacking objectivity and journalistic integrity (shocker!), they're sadly painting a sick and twisted but "rosy" picture regarding Obama's actions.  Uttering references such as 'pre-emptive' and 'brilliant political move', they're trying to convince you that Obama can do no wrong, even though he most obviously is.  The media is ignoring reality.  Cross the political isle and these comments would NOT be tolerated!  It's yet another example of a Democrat double-standard and liberal bias.

It's disgusting that Obama continues to display a desire to paint Republicans as racist.  Never mind that he has no actual proof or past basis to support his statements huh?  Barack Obama said that 'the GOP is going to try and make you scared of me by saying I'm young...I have a funny name...and oh, did you notice he's black?'.   This is the talk of change and getting away from partisan politics?  This is the talk of unification?   

Don't be fooled by Obama's card play ladies and gentlemen.  It's the same old-fashioned-below-the-belt politics that we're so disgustingly used to seeing from inside the Beltway.


From the Internet

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table. everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be.... quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see. Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder. If you agree, pass this story on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop!

~ J. Krabbenhoeft, Cedar Rapids

REPORT: Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage

In an editorial piece in the The Recorder Online, a Central Connecticut State University publication, staff writer Chris Demorro factually opines: 

'The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate ‘green car’ is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer.'

Editor's Note:  More evidence of the hypocrisy in the tree hugger movement folks.


Evidence that alternative energy just doesn't cut it

AlgoreAl Gore, the former Vice President and self-proclaimed global warming savior is using even MORE energy since 'upgrading' his home with supposed energy efficient alternatives.

An article in the Telegraph.co.uk., reports that Al's energy use is up 10 percent over last year.

So not only is Al still a hypocrite for completely failing to practice what he preaches, but he spent all that money he's making in his snake oil selling efforts on 'alternatives' - and those alternatives he put into use aren't working as advertised.

The solar panels, the low energy lightbulbs, and a geothermal heating and cooling system aren't delivering as Al promised. 

Let's see.....immense out of pocket expense to implement the 'green refit'.....  the green refit not performing as well as conventional energy sources......  the monthly energy bill rising in cost......

Still believe in the snake oil Al is trying to sell you?

Ask your local liberal paper why they didn't run the 'Al Gore uses more energy than before' story.