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Robert Bates Posts his First Youtube Video



Former City Council Candidate, Robert Bates, is continuing his battle to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He made a Youtube video of a phone call he made to the New York Associated Press on May 3, 2013 that became available to the public on May 5, 2013.

Robert Bates

False Memorandum

Fifteen years after he stumbled upon a memorandum with his name on it claiming he was violent and under a doctors care Robert Bates has made it his life mission to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Bates told CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar that he wants to clear his name. “I want to clear my name I am not a violent person” he says “I feel like the media has portrayed me as a mentally ill person who wasn’t on my medication but I am not on any medications at the time of the memorandum I wasn’t even under a doctors care.”

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

Robert Bates Robert Bates was charged with two felony counts of threats and an aggravated misdemeanor of first-degree harassment in 2009. He paid a $10,000 surety bond to get out of jail.Trish Mehaffey a journalist with the Gazette covered this case in 2011. Mehaffy wrote three articles in 2011 about Robert Bates but never once called him to ask him his side of the story. News reports aired over and over reminding everyone that “Robert Bates, 43, was charged with two felony counts of threats and one count of first-degree harassment.” Saying “he threatened to blow up the courthouse”.
I asked Bates if he’d ever been interviewed by Trish Mehaffey from the Gazette. He said “no, I’ve been trying to tell my side of the story but they won’t report it”.
On October 4, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “An assistant prosecutor told a judge Tuesday neither he nor the Linn County Attorney’s Office had any bias against a carnival business owner, who is accused of threatening to blow up the courthouse in 2009, and the case is being

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

handled fairly.”  Robert Bates asked for a change of venue based on the nature of the allegations to ensure he had a chance at a fair trial and he was denied.
In an article two days later on October 8, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Sosalla denies both motions based on lack of evidence presented by Bates. “Bates presented no evidence that any district judges had any personal knowledge of the disputed facts or that they were even aware of the alleged threats, Sosalla stated. He also failed to show any member of the Linn County Attorney or the Linn County Public Defender’s offices showed any bias or prejudice against him.”

I asked Bates why he made that request and he told me that he did it because if he did in fact make a threat to blow up the courthouse then everyone there

would have been a potential victim therefore it would be a conflict of interest. “I didn’t get a fair trial because the case didn’t even go to court”. Bates said. I asked him if he was relieved the charges were dropped and he told me “no I wanted my day in court to settle this matter once and for all but the case was dismissed”.

Robert Bates

One sided story

Mehaffy – March 2, 2012 “Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler said he requested medical records from Bates, which were provided last week. It was determined Bates was making “idle talk” and didn’t intend to present a “real” threat. Instead, Bates’ behavior stemmed from a medical condition, which means he wasn’t responsible for statements made.”

Mehaffy never mentions what this so called medical condition is. Bates says “it’s because it doesn’t exist”.

Bates speaking at a council meeting in 2009

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RE: Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force


Letter to the city council and the Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force

I know the Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force meets tomorrow and that they are in charge of selecting the site for the Time Check Recreation Center replacement and I want to make certain my concerns are heard if I am unable to make it to the meeting.
Is the plan still to build on this “preferred” spot that just flooded?

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The “preferred” site for the replacement of the Time Check Recreation Center

“Sina said the city might need to cut down 600 trees to make way for the recreation center on the Q Avenue NW site” http://thegazette.com/2011/09/26/panel-recommends-ellis-for-rec-center/
Couldn’t we instead appeal to FEMA to go with the Ellis Blvd site by Time Check Park? At least it doesn’t flood “every year”. I would be willing to write in favor of that site but I will fight tooth and nail against anything being built in Ellis Park especially after the last few days!
Here’s a video I made today hoping to have input (even though we already went through the neighborhood planning process and had our opinions asked over and over until we’re blue in the face). I am concerned that our input as a community still hasn’t been taken seriously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecckNCbx1Dk

Please take this into consideration when choosing the site.
This ice jam flood reminded many of us who went through the 2008 flood just where the river fed into the neighborhoods before coming out of it’s banks! Please train someone to run the dam to control this better in the future.
Thank you,
Ajai Dittmar

 


Come On In and Gamble


Come On In and Gamble

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Local governments have taken the bait

A 20 year monopoly on casino gambling in Linn County

A 3% minimum required by law return to the community

City owned real estate for their casino at an undetermined amount

Steve Gray and the Casino Gang say it is all about jobs, fun and entertainment

“A Cedar Rapids attorney was disbarred this week for taking $800,000 from client accounts that was used for her “gambling addiction,” according to disbarment documents filed Wednesday with the Iowa Supreme Court.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/22/cedar-rapids-attorney-disbarred-admits-to-taking-800000-out-of-client-acounts-for-gambling/

If tragedy is the entertainment you crave, you will get it with

Linn County Gambling


Who really wins?


Only the  the local and state government that get a massive 44% tax and the investors win in this Casino game.  $1.5 million for all of Linn County won’t go very far.

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The Real Deal


The Real Deal

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“Jennalyn Schilke started going to Station casinos at age 7, romping in the Kids Quest child centers while her parents went to the casino floors.

Now 23, she’s still a Station regular. You can often find her playing the slots at Station’s Fiesta Henderson.”

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/02/station-casinos-turns-customers-help-appeal-locals/

Only a fool would bet a Cedar Rapids casino will draw “1million tourists” a year. Cedar Rapids will never be destination station. A Cedar Rapids Gambling Station will prey on locals for generations to come.

Teach your children well with

Linn County Gambling

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Your Numbers May Not Come Up


Your Numbers May Not Come Up

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Then What?

The Cedar Rapids casino gang has thrown a lot of numbers around. A lot of numbers that keep changing.

Being charitable in excess of 3%, split the casino Gang’s claim of $80 to $100 million to get rolling. Run the numbers. Assess the odds. Speculate on the results.

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If you wish to risk the long odds:

Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling.


Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling


Is This Everyone in the Game?

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How Much Did Each Ante Up?

“On Monday, Vote Yes Linn County released a list of 58 investors, including the group’s leader, Steve Gray.”

“In recent days, the Vote Yes Linn County campaign had said the investor group was larger, but Marcia Rogers, the campaign communications director, on Monday said she had misspoken.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/04/vote-yes-linn-county-releases-list-of-58-investors-in-casino-project/

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, 58<100+. Is this a spinning of all stock investors in the casino? The numbers just don’t add up.

$100million/58=$1.724million each.  Are these 58 admitted “local” investors up to capitalizing the $100 million it will take to get a casino up and running?

State gambling regulators will want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Iowa’s gambling regulators will want to know all involved and their stake in the game. Linn County voters should know the same.

Considering the casino gang’s reluctance to initially release any investors involved and the conflicting stories, we must resort to speculation:

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If you are willing to invest based on conflicting and incomplete information, place your bets.

Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling

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Gun Appreciation Day in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


1/19/13 10 am – 2 pm residents of Linn County plan to meet at Greensquare Park for “Gun Appreciation Day“.

Join us in promoting the 2nd Amendment and showing the numbers of people who support your right to own firearms. This is a peaceful demonstration with information, educated people on firearms and the law as well as a few hundred of your closest allies in the fight to save your gun rights. Please read comments below and share this with as many people as you possibly can. Make sure everyone knows about this event.

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Colloidal Silver Testimony


When I first heard of colloidal silver I was intrigued but I was also fearful.  I mean don’t want to turn blue but I was in a bind and I had to do something!  Times are tough and I cannot afford to visit a dentist. If I could afford to visit a dentist would have already so lecturing me about it will not help.

My tooth hurt for one day when my face swelled. Thankfully, I had already ordered the colloidal silver off Amazon.com before my face swelled up three times it’s normal size.  It hurt so bad.  It was swollen for three days when the colloidal silver finally came in.

Not at my best with a swollen jaw

Not at my best with a swollen jaw

I know people have turned a bluish color from excessive use of colloidal silver.  I do not plan to use it in excess but after my recent experience I will be using it in the future for other ailments as they arise!