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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 Division of Performing Arts presents festival of baroque music and dance

Baroque music The University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts will present the Iowa Festival of Baroque Music and Dance, April 4-8.

Free public events will be:

--A keynote lecture by School of Music emerita flute faculty member Betty Bang Mather at 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
--A Brown Bag Lecture, "Dances for the Sun King: André Lorin's 'Livre de Countredance,' discussion with the editors" hosted by adjunct faculty member Rachelle Palnick Tsachor at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
--"Characters of the Dance," featuring diverse characters that graced the 18th-century stage, at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Riverside Recital Hall.

"The idea behind the festival was to integrate scholarship and performance about Baroque dance with hands-on teaching and demonstration for students and the general public." explains violist Christine Rutledge, a music faculty member.

"Dance was such an integral component of almost all Baroque music, yet so many musicians and dancers don't know what the dance forms are or where they originated. By discussion and demonstration we hope to bring a new awareness about Baroque dance and how it affects the way we play and perform."

Mather's keynote will explain -- through visual, musical and dance demonstrations with music —- some of the most common French Baroque dances and explain how they were danced. Mather is a well-known scholar of French Baroque dance as well as Baroque performance practices.

Mather and guest dancers Paige Whitely-Baugess and Thomas Baird will work with students in the Department of Dance and the School of Music during the week, leading up to the Friday activities.

In the Brown Bag Lecture, Tsachor, Baird and Whitely-Bauguess will discuss the recently published "Dances for the Sun King: André Lorins "Livre de Countredance," with which the three have been closely involved.

"Characters of the Dance" will be a fully staged dance concert by Whitely-Bauguess and Baird with the Iowa Baroque Ensemble, which consists of faculty and student performers playing period instruments from the LaFosse Collection of Baroque stringed instruments. School of Music faculty members involved in the ensemble are Rutledge and organist Gregory Hand.

Whitley-Bauguess and Baird have collaborated exclusively as dance partners for the past 20 years. They interpret, recreate and perform Baroque theatre dances in venues throughout the world. A recent performance in British Columbia was described as "a window on the past ... like being caught in a musical and theatrical time warp that reached my ears and eyes as a soft-focus vision of a quite spectacular moment in the history of western performance art."

Highlights of their artistic collaboration include repeat concerts with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver and Les Fêtes de Versailles in Japan; "Bailles y Danzas," a program of Spanish music and dance performed with Chatham Baroque; and "Harlequin Unmasked," music and dance of the commedia dell' arte performed with REBEL.

Learn more about them at, and see them on YouTube at

Read biographies of Rutledge, Hand and Tsachor at

The Division of Performing Arts is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This project was funded by the division's Arts Across Borders Fund.

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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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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


Braley attacks Republicans, ignores multi-trillion dollar spending he voted for

Steve_rathje Below, is a fundraising letter that Iowa ’s Liberal Democrat Congressman, Bruce Braley, is mailing out to Iowans. Note that there are no comments in regard to the $5 trillion in spending he’s voted for since entering Congress in 2007. Neither, is there a single comment regarding the $1.5 - $3 trillion dollar healthcare bill that he voted for in 2010, or the more than 45,000,000 unemployed, and underemployed middle class Americans, which he seems very content with offering nothing more than a pocket full of food stamps and an unemployment check. He says nothing about the continuous flow of jobs leaving this country and into the open arms of others, or the millions of dollars he receives every election season from organized labor unions. 

“Mr. Braley, I think Iowans have had enough, let alone... given enough!” 

Steven R. Rathje


Dear Jane,

Only a few months ago, Republicans took control of Congress and started a full-out assault on the middle class: huge tax breaks for Wall Street bankers and billions in subsidies for Big Oil that would cost 700,000 jobs here in Iowa and across the country. 

I honestly don't know how they sleep at night. 

Their agenda is wrong and I'm not going to stand for it. You sent me to Congress to fight for you and your family, and that’s what I plan to keep on doing. I won’t allow Republicans to balance the budget on the backs of working families while handing out your tax dollars to their billionaire friends. 

That's why I need your help today. I've set a goal to raise $6500 before our fundraising deadline on March 31 -- which is only 3 days away. The media will be watching our fundraising totals very closely, and I need strong grassroots support to show the political pundits that I have what it takes to fight the extreme right-wing agenda. 

Will you chip in $15 before March 31? 

Republicans are slashing funding for education and public broadcasting, cutting support for law enforcement and defunding health and safety programs here in Iowa and across the country. 

I have a different vision of America 's future -- one that balances the budget responsibly, invests in our schools, rebuilds our roads and highways, and develops new technologies that will make American workers more competitive in the world. 

We can’t allow their vision -- where the rich get richer and the middle class pays for it -- to win. And I can't do this without you. 

Click here to donate $15 to help me reach my goal of $6500 by March 31. 

Together, let's make sure our vision for America prevails. Thanks for all that you do. 


Bruce Braley  

Paid for By Braley for Congress