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July 2014

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas

By Mike Thayer

Got a hankering for fajitas? Try this the next time you fix them


  • Two pounds of flank steak
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • The juice of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning


Mix the olive oil, tequila, lime juice and fajita seasoning in a measuring cup or small bowl.  Pour over the top of the flank steak in a zip lock bag or plastic container.  Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.   Grill over high heat, about five minutes on each side (for a medium rare). Pull the steaks off the grill, let them rest for five minutes and slice across the grain.  If you're like me and want more spice, sprinkle some more of that fajita seasoning on those slices before you put them in the tortilla. Fantastic!

Kate Hudson’s Favorite Leading Man To Kiss Is Heath Ledger - Radar Online

Kate Hudson’s all time-favorite leading man to smooch with? The late Heath Ledger.

The actress, appearing with Wish I Was Here co-star Zach Braff in Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live clubhouse Wednesday, was quizzed by a caller about who her favorite actor to lock lips with was — a dashing group including beefcakes like Matt Dillon (You, Me and Dupree), Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Luke Wilson (Alex & Emma).



Gap between rich and poor expands because government grows

"You want to talk about why the gap between rich and poor is expanding? It's because the pie's getting smaller, and the pie can only get smaller as government grows. The argument against government expansion is that it shrinks opportunity for everybody who doesn't work or have anything to do with government." - Rush Limbaugh

Downtown playground to be closed for three weeks for resurfacing

The Downtown Iowa City childrens' play area, located on the Ped Mall near the Public Library, will undergo a resurfacing project beginning next Monday, August 4. The work will require fencing off and closing the playground for three weeks. It is expected to reopen on Monday, August 25.

As part of this capital improvements project, the existing surface will be removed and a concrete base will be poured to provide a solid foundation. A new rubberized safety surface will then be applied on top of the concrete to provide a cushion for play and to add new color and design to the play area. After the surface has cured, a new slide will be installed and repair and maintenance will be performed on other parts of the play equipment.

The work has been scheduled to avoid timing conflicts with summer Library programs and the start of the University of Iowa's fall session on August 25.

For more information, contact Mike Moran, Parks and Recreation Director, at 319/356-5100.

Road Construction - S Clinton Street

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, August 4, 2014, S Clinton Street, between College Street and Washington Street, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area. It is anticipated the work will be completed and normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Monday, August 11th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to allow extra travel time as delays may be possible. Access to businesses will remain during the construction. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Liberal Political Outfit Opposes Job Creation in Iowa

By Mike Thayer

The liberal political outfit, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement - an oxymoron of a name considering what they actually do - is opposing the creation of jobs in 17 counties in Iowa and a healthier state economy.

Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) launched a petition drive requesting Gov. Terry Branstad to reject a proposed pipeline that would stretch across Iowa carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

“It always makes us a little bit nervous when regulatory agencies and out-of-state Fortune 500 corporations are having closed-door, private meetings among themselves,” said CCI spokesman David Goodner.

Note how Goodner's statement intentionally attempts to plant anti-capitalism and anti-Branstad administration seeds, as if Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners who is proposing this project and the Iowa Utilities Board (UIB) are both somehow inherently eeeeevvvvviiiiiilllllll.......   

Goodner neglected to mention in his unfounded little "private meetings among themselves" dig, that it's procedure for the company wanting to build something like this does in fact first sit down for an informal meeting with the Iowa Utilities Board.  It's the first step.   Goodner also failed to make mention of how the IUB has kept both the Governor's office and the media (and hence the public) in the loop.

Background:  David Goodner is a professional protester, that's what he gets paid to do and he's been detained/arrested by police not just for being disruptive and over the top at protest sites, but for posession of drugs as well.  Related:  Professional Protester David Goodner Arrested on Drug Charges

So under the guise of saving the planet, Goodner and his liberal organization are opposing the creation of good paying jobs in Iowa and they're neglecting the environment to boot!   In their zeal to protest something for the sake of protest, it hasn't dawned on them that putting that oil on rail cars - which is currently happening in transporting that oil from North Dakota to Illinois - is a much higher risk to the environment than a pipeline is.  

Liberal idiocy.

CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information - Washington Times

CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers — an allegation he had denied in March.

In a search for Bush-era interrogation practices, computers were hacked in “a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” between the Senate and the agency, Mr. Brennan has concluded, agency spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday, National Journal reported.


54% Believe Obama Wants Most New Illegal Immigrants to Stay - Rasmussen Reports™

Voters think President Obama is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters want the U.S. government to send these new illegal immigrant children home as quickly as possible. Thirty-six percent (36%) think instead that the government should process them more slowly to determine whether any should be allowed to stay in the United States. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.