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March 2011

Dennis Kucinich is standing up for the Constitution, where the heck are the conservatives?

Say what you will about Dennis Kucinich, but when it comes to the issue about U.S. intervention in Libya, the guy has a point.  He seems to be the lone elected official voice of opposition in Washington.  Kucinich is a moderate to liberal Democrat, where are the conservative voices opposing Obama policy?  Where are the others standing up in defense of the Constitution?  Check out the following YouTube video, Kucinich nails it about 6:30 minutes into a one-hour speech on the House Floor. 

By his own words, Obama has violated the Constitution with his action on Libya

Obama's own words from a December 2007 interview with the Boston Globe: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

Did President Obama abide by the War Powers Act with his decision to fire Tomahawk missiles on Libya?


Obama authorized the use of B-2 bombers and fighter aircraft to strike targets in major cities in Libya, to include the capital city of Tripoli.  That's an act of war.

Did President Obama insist that Congress officially declare war?


King_obama So what has taken place?  The President has unilaterally authorized a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

Obama is right, America is no longer a Christian nation

The REAL View, by Mike Thayer

Remember this? 

Obama upset a lot of people with those words and considering this country's makeup is nearly 80 percent Christian, that Obama caught a lot of flak for what he said is not at all surprising.      

But perhaps for the first time since I saw him step onto the national stage, I think Obama for once may be right about something.  

America is no longer a Christian nation.

Let's take a look at U.S. intervention in Libya in example.  Is what the President has the U.S. doing in Libya, a Christian thing to do?

According to all the mainstream media reports covering all the talking heads of the Obama adminstration, this is a humanitarian mission of great importance!  Sounds pretty Good Samaritan like right?

But do you really buy that?  Really? 

Well if intervening in Libya is the Good Samaritan thing to do, then why didn't we intervene in Rwanda?  Darfur, Sudan?  Why aren't we launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria?  The reports on that situation indicate the pain and suffering taking place there is greater than Libya's conflict. 

So being a 'selective' Good Samaritan is a Christian and humanitarian thing to do?  Ignoring the inconsistency of interfering with one country's affairs and not another is humanitarian?  A Christian nation turns a cheek for one country but draws a sword for another? 

"But Mike," some of you are saying, "Gadhafi has inflicted pain and suffering on his people, this humanitarian action is justified!" 

Is it humanitarian to fire off more than 140 Tomahawk missiles on a country that did not pose a threat of imminent attack against the United States or its citizens?  How Christian is it to kill innocent men, women and children by that action?  This isn't a 'just war' in a secular sense let alone a bible sense....  And then there's that darn Constitution that doesn't authorize what the United States is doing, but that's another story for another day.

Ladies and gentlemen, a Good Samaritan is someone who helps someone truly in need.  To the Samaritan, it doesn't matter the race, color, creed, gender, etc, of a person in true need, the Samaritan helps, period.  The Samaritan also helps no matter the circumstance, he doesn't withhold assistance depending on the situation.  That we intervene in Libya and not Syria is inconsistent in a supposed 'humanitarian' policy.

It's obvious to me, that a lot of elected leaders are lying to the American people about why and what we're really doing in Libya, is that a Christian thing to do?  Other elected officials aren't challenging the lies and misinformation, they are failing to use their voices to speak out and demand the truth.  Is that a Christian thing to do?

When asked about Obama's Libya policy, Iowa's Steve King response was basically, I support the troops  Failure to object to a wrongful intervention is a Christian thing to do?  Selective humanitarianism is being Christian?  Lying about the motives behind intervention is being Christian?  Letting the lies pass without a challenge is being a Good Samaritan?

What the U.S. is doing in Libya isn't a Christian thing to do and yet the people of this nation are tolerating, if not condoning it.

Obama is right, America is no longer a Christian nation.  I think we quit being that a long time ago.  Long gone are the practices of the Judeo-Christian principles our Founding Fathers used to establish this country.  People no longer think in big picture terms, as in what happens to me if I sin?  People these days only think in terms of, what can I get away with?   

How Christian is that?  It's not, it's secular. 

Something isn't right in America folks.  We're not being told the real deal anymore and not enough people care enough to step up and say, "We want the WHOLE story, we demand the truth!"

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Being entrenched in a government job is counterproductive to good governance

Liberal Democrats Sally Stutsman, Rod Sullivan, and Terrance Neuzil have been entrenched in county government for years now. And while not a Supervisor for the same period of time, liberal Democrat Janelle Rettig is entrenched as well as a long-time member of several committees and commissions.  That's long enough.  A single train of thought (liberal Democrat) isn't good for the community.  They've all voted for unsustainable spending, resulting in ever-increasing property taxes and placing a truly unnecessary additional burden on community households that really can't afford it.  They've voted for dramatically increasing the size and reach of county government, lacking common sense, a true need, while becoming an obstacle to an individual's ability to create and achieve.  

We need to cut the government fat and put common sense back in office.

~ Doug Schinzing, Rural Johnson County

UI seeking suspects in assault at MacLean Hall

At about 2:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 28, University of Iowa Police dispatch received a call from a male who works in MacLean Hall that three young men approached him while he was in his office and began asking questions.

The caller said the males looked around, asked for his cell phone and then began assaulting him before fleeing. The suspects are described as three young black males, two approximately 5-foot-10 with a thin build, and one approximately 6-foot-1 and weighing about 200 pounds.

Two of the assailants were wearing hats and appeared to be clean-shaven. The assailants may have been wearing hooded sweatshirts with possible color combinations of blue, red, black or white with baggy pants. The victim suffered minor injuries. 

Anyone with information about this event is urged to contact University of Iowa Police at 335-5022. Anyone who witnesses suspicious or criminal behavior at anytime is encouraged to contact the University Police immediately. 

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

Iowa City lays off public safety personnel, keeps funding Youth Advisory Commission

The following is a press release issued by the city of Iowa City, that residents there unwittingly paid for.  Check out the agenda, the group's budget is to be discussed, as well as ways to seek out AND SPEND more taxpayer money......  What does this group actually produce?  Seriously, what?  It's your money.....

Contact: Marian Karr
Contact Phone: (;319) 356-5041

Notice of Agenda - Youth Advisory Commission

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Mailing List: Agendas - Boards, Commissions & Committees

Originally Posted 3/29/2011 12:31:30 PM


A new agenda has been posted for the upcoming meeting of the Youth Advisory Commission on Sunday, April 03, 2011. The meeting will begin at 4 PM ( Lobby Conference Room, City Hall ).

View the agenda for this meeting

View map of meeting location


Gov. Terry E. Branstad signs HF 267 into law

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

House File 267:  An act relating to the historical division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, including the identification of historic properties by certain rural electric cooperatives and including effective date provisions.

Iran believes unrest means Islamic Messiah is near

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said he is trying to hasten the return of the 12th Imam, and the only way to do that is through chaos. That's why they believe that the current unrest is a sign that the time is near. Why should that scare the pants off of everyone else who doesn't believe in the same things Iran does? The man who uncovered yesterday's shocking Iranian video, CBN reporter Erick Stakelbeck, gives the disturbing answer and more in an interview on radio today. Get all the details at

Bigger government is a bad thing

As if the problems of bigger government and out-of-control spending by elected officials at the federal and state levels aren't bad enough, we've got both those things going on right here in Johnson County.

The county's budget has increased 67% over the last four years and that's simply unacceptable.

Johnson County government has grown without merit and at the hands of liberal leadership. Because of the excessive spending decisions of Sally Stutsman and Janelle Rettig, your taxes are higher, your wallet is thinner. The government restrictions are tighter, your freedoms are fewer. Our lives and the local economy suffers as a result.

We The People need to demand the reduction of county government.  We need to fight against county purchases of more land. We need to make a push to sell the many parcels of land the county has taken out of the free market, that are undeveloped and off the tax rolls. We should fight to repeal the Conservation Bond, a county slush fund that took $20 million away from hard working taxpayers. 

It's time to stand up and say no to new government programs and county entity proposals. Stand up and say no to more regulation and restrictions.

~ Hillary Summit, rural Johnson County