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Ajai Dittmar Michelle, I had to call the water company the other day and it made me think of you. WOW, I am not happy with them at all. Made me wait on hold for ten minutes and the music was horrid! All I could think about was your situation with them and how much worse things are going to get. Later, I found my so called “notice” on the ground face down!
Frank King I would like to personally Thank Ajai for having the courage to run against a group of politicians who have unlimited money to support them Remember it was the street construction companies who funded the Vote Yes campaign and of course it will be those same companies who overcharge us for the work when it is done. Again I want to Thank You Ajai and tell you how much I admire you for trying to make a difference.
Michele Bowers Vileta West dale parking lot , that just made me laugh. ,, maybe 1 of those 600 people that just got a job under Corbett Can fix the streets. ,, Are those the people that are going to demolish it? 1st ave sucks at about 32 N.E. O ave. n.w. Johnson ave the right lane. On both sides. , and the list goes on.
Worship Those Who by Taxation Falsely Profit
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The new city gateway sign is 42 feet long and features an 18-foot-tall vertical panel of a downtown skyline, Cedar Rapids’ name atop an image of one of the downtown bridges and stone formations and native plantings at its base.
It’s hard to see the stone and landscaping for the chain link.
The taxpayers of Cedar Rapids paid over $156,000 to erect a monument of misplaced faith. Praise be to the forces of nature that keep obscuring it with weeds.
The sign is not representative of the entire community. Nowhere on this sign does it say welcome. When visitors come to Cedar Rapids, they are not welcomed. The spires of Downtown stand as temples telling all where they should worship the powers that be.
All that matters to the elite ruling Cedar Rapids is the Downtown District. Downtown has become a holy relic not unlike the mummified foreskin of some ancient saint.
Iconic views of the holy must be presented to the ignorant traveler. May they know to bow their heads when passing the altar upon which local taxpayers are sacrificed.
Woe be unto heretics. Those who blaspheme the sacred writ of ancestral swamp sand trust funds handed down through the ages must be punished.
Be they ejected from chamber of the City Council priests who serve their Chamber Pot lords. If still learn the heathen rage, far worse shall befall them.
As it was in 1920, Cedar Rapids Downtown District shall be forever and forever. Sales tax increase without end. Tax and spend. Tax and spend.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
May 26, 2013
How much did taxpayers pay to rebuild, purchase and demolish those buildings on 1st Avenue and 1st Street SW in Cedar Rapids, Iowa? Too much! But, the only way that the people who paid for it can find out about it is by obtaining public information.
How many people think that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) means free information? You would think that freedom of information would mean free information but it doesn’t; it only means you’re free to ask for the information and pay for said information.
That’s right, if you want any real information you will have to pay for it!
The equivalency of the Federal’s FOIA is the State of Iowa and City of Cedar Rapids’ “Open Records” law and ordinance, respectively.
But, just how “open” are these records?
Lisa Kuzela was the Vice Chair of the Local Option Sales Tax Oversight Committee (L.O.S.T.) when she asked for pertinent public information regarding where some of the funds from the L.O.S.T. account had been appropriated.
Kuzela asked for a list of the homes purchased with the L.O.S.T. funds and was told that it would “cost her $110 for six hours of time to compile the data”.
They then used the excuse that it was a “privacy issue,” even though the same requested information for properties purchased with FEMA and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds had already been publicly listed. So, why not make available those purchased with L.O.S.T? There was never any justification for their excuses.
Don’t take my word for it go check it out yourself!
Click here for information about The City of Cedar Rapids Greenway Area Address List.
Click here for information about The City of Cedar Rapids Construction Area Address List.
Assistant City Manager, Sandi Fowler, discusses Fees for Public Information
Kuzela is often charged for information requests from the City. On top of the research hourly fees, she is charged for scans – yes, scans! She is charged twenty-five cents per page to scan even though there is no ink or paper!
This clearly violates Iowa’s Open Records Law, State Code 22.3(2): “The fee for the copying service as determined by the lawful custodian shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service. Actual costs shall include only those expenses directly attributable to supervising the examination of and making and providing copies of public records. ”
Kuzela states “when I pointed this out to the City, they said that the reason they have to charge the same for a scan as a hard copy is that the machine counts the scan the same as a copy. I told them I’ve never heard of such a thing and no one should have to pay for something when there’s no expense for it. However, I’ve gone along with this absurdity and been paying $0.25 per scanned page so I could get the information.”
Kuzela goes on to say that within the past week, “they suddenly claim that the documents are off-site, so if I want the information, I have to pay them the time to go to another location to retrieve the documents at $20 per hour. This is over and above their hourly fee for the time it takes to scan (even though we have automatic feeders, now). This, too, is in addition to $0.25 per page to scan.”
What is wrong with the efficiency of our city if this information isn’t readily available – especially in the day of digital? Who are these people working for if they can charge taxpayers for public information – especially at a higher cost simply because they haven’t been well-organized in storing it?!
Aren’t we already paying them to do their job, and isn’t this part of their job? This all just sounds absurd to me!
But, it even gets worse!
Kuzela explains that “even though they’re emailing me the information (and therefore no supervising of staff is necessary while I review the information), they are now also saying that I have to pay a fee for ‘supervising the examination.’ So, does that mean I have to pay for an employee to supervise another? They haven’t responded to this question.”
I’m simply not buying that in this day and age when everything is digital that they don’t have this information scanned already and easily accessible! It’s obvious that the goal here is not to help the taxpayers get information, so they can oversee how their money’s being spent, but to prevent it. The City continually comes up with different excuses to make it as costly as possible in order to deter Kuzela from obtaining public information.
- Critical Months Ahead For Cedar Rapids Casino Plan (kcrg.com)
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa City officials not happy about property-tax relief (thegazette.com)
Infowars.com May 24, 2013
Political activist Adam Kokesh was released from jail this afternoon.
Kokesh was arrested last Saturday for exercising his First Amendment right at a protest. He called for a “new American revolution” to begin on July 4 with a march on all 50 state capitols.
The release was announced on his Facebook page with the following message and photograph:
Released 130524 with felony charges reduced to citations which I refused to sign. Played hardball. Won. Talk to you Monday.
Press Release: Adam Kokesh Calls on American Revolutionary Army to March on 50 State Capitols
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lucas Jewell email@example.com (904) 200-7016
Adam Kokesh Calls on American Revolutionary Army to March on 50 State Capitols
(Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2013)— Political prisoner and activist Adam Kokesh has released a statement from inside the Philadelphia federal prison about his planned July 4th, 2013 Open Carry March on Washington, DC. The statement was read by comedian and activist N.A. Poe, until recently a fellow prisoner of Kokesh’s, today Friday, May 24 at 1PM in front of the Philadelphia federal prison.
[CORRECTION: The statement was read by Lucas Jewell, business manager of Kokesh’s online show “Adam vs. the Man.”]
What follows is Kokesh’s complete and unabridged statement.
“When a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interest that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes, stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused its power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace.
“A new American revolution is long overdue. This revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this Independence Day, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property. Should one whole year from this July 4th pass while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible.
“The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.
“While there is risk in drastic action, the greater danger lies in allowing this government to continue unchallenged. So if you are content with the status quo, stay home, get fat, watch the fireworks from a safe distance, and allow this Independence Day to pass like any other. But if you see as we see, and feel as we feel, we will see you on the front lines of freedom on July 4th, 2013 for this, The Final American Revolution.”
Signed, Adam Kokesh, May 23, 2013 from a cage in the Philadelphia federal prison.
Kokesh and Poe were arrested on Saturday, May 18, 2013 while speaking to a permitted marijuana legalization rally at Independence Mall National Historic Park in center city Philadelphia, in a space specifically designated for free speech. They are being framed on felony charges of assaulting a federal officer, despite overwhelming video footage to the contrary.
“They just came after Adam [Kokesh] and N.A. Poe, the organizer of Smokedown – the only two there out of hundreds present who were taken into custody,” said Michael Salvi, an observer of the rally.
At a preliminary hearing in front of US Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter in the Byrne courthouse on Monday, May 20, 2013, Kokesh and Poe were denied bail. Poe was subsequently released on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Kokesh was denied release on the same day.
About Adam Kokesh
Adam Kokesh is a former US Marine corporal and veteran of the Iraq War who is active for peace, marijuana legalization, the right to keep and bear arms and other libertarian causes. Kokesh is the host of talk radio show “Adam vs the Man.” http://adamvstheman.com. Complete information on Adam Kokesh’s arrest and federal caging is available at http://FreeAdam.net.
This entry was posted in News on May 24, 2013.
**I am not a gun owner and won’t be at any of the marches in July but I will be watching from where I live and praying that no one is hurt.
- Breaking: Adam Kokesh Released (secretsofthefed.com)
- Adam Kokesh Released (dprogram.net)
- Adam Kokesh Arrested for Resisting Arrest (cedarrapidsactivist.wordpress.com)
- Adam Kokesh Calls For “New American Revolution” (dprogram.net)
The city has bought and torn down rebuilt houses for nearly five years. I’ve investigated this myself since 2011! The only answers I’ve ever been given for this is that the “owners applied for the buyout” and that it is for the “city’s preferred flood plan“. Just because the city has a plan doesn’t mean that it has to make sense.
Chris Earl’s investigative report generated more questions than answers for me.
Is it only newsworthy if a Mathew 25 aka Block by Block house is rebuilt and demolished? How many other rebuilt houses were bought by the city with our tax dollars to be torn down? I know of two other properties that were rebuilt, occupied, bought by the city and torn down. They weren’t houses that Block by Block rebuilt but it was only a matter of time before they went after Block by Block houses. The houses that were rebuilt, occupied, and sold to the city by landlords never made the news! The question I have is why did they sell out? Were they offered an incentive? Did they sell out because they’d never be able to get that kind of return on the market? 107% isn’t a bad deal is it? I don’t blame the landlords for wanting to sell out, especially if there was an incentive.
Chris Earl does a fair job in his reporting but I wish that the report would have focused more on the city taking federal money to tear down rebuilt houses than Mathew 25. I am more interested in the people who lived in those rebuilt homes. Where are they now? Were they given money to move? Are they happy? Would they have stayed if they were given a chance to purchase the house? Couldn’t these houses could have been sold through the cities “Roots Program“.
The city has done a lot of negotiating with the federal government to get their money to tear down rebuilt houses but when it comes to anyone in the city trying to save a rebuilt house from demolition there is no negotiating with the city. Once the city agrees to take that federal money the laws dictate that the house must be demolished. After 1100 homes have gone to the landfill you would think that the city would be satisfied but they’re not. The will continue to take our tax money to demolish rebuilt homes until they are stopped! Who will stop them?
“Police use pepper spray to gain compliance” What really happened?
Levi Roberts claims the media has it all wrong!
Christy Aumer/SourceMedia Group News (The Gazette) reported that on February 13, 2013 “Roberts was placed under arrest for intoxication, and would not obey officer’s directions to place his hands behind his back. Officers were able to handcuff him; however, Sloan then ran at officers and attempted to get them to release Roberts. Officer Kevin Lukan was pushed, causing him to have injury to his hands and knees, police said. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said the injuries were minor, and he was not transported to a hospital.”
CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar, I was poking around the KCRG Facebook page in the “posts by others” when I saw a posting with the video above. I reached out to both Sloan and Roberts but only Roberts replied. I asked him what happened and this is what he said: “You notice that KCRG keeps taking my post off their FB page. They ran an untrue story about me and don’t want to report the truth. I didn’t need to be falsely arrested, assaulted by police, witness them assault my friend and then slander me in the paper.”
“I was the passenger in the back seat passenger’s side of the white SUV. Cops approached me first and asked for ID. I asked why and they stated “because I said so!” I told them I would give them my name and DOB but unless they explained why they are detaining me
that you will not provide ID”. “I was charged with public intoxication as well. I hadn’t even finished my one drink at the bar. I asked for a breathalyzer and was denied one. When I was allowed to at the jail I blew .001″
“If you look closely at the video in the very beginning when it starts you can see the cop grab her hair and bash her head to the ground”.
In a phone conversation I had with Roberts he claimed that the officer was the one who was being aggressive. And that he has spoken to Brent Long, with the Cedar Rapids Police Department‘s Internal Affairs and has gotten no where. What does Roberts want out of this? ” I’m not trying to get paid or anything. I just wanted this officer fired, suspended, reprimanded or something. Anything to prevent him from doing this to other innocent citizens. All we have are our basic rights. People should not be punished for knowing their rights and using those rights to say no to police. We don’t have to anything a cop says just because they “say so””.
The public intoxication charges were dismissed but an additional charge of “harassment of a public employee” because he posted the video evidence to Facebook. In the video you can clearly see that Levi was not interfering with official acts and that his head was slammed onto the police car after he was handcuffed.
I know -I know – don’t blog on these kinds of things or you’ll be looked at like a “conspiracy theorist” and you’ll “lose credibility”. Let me be clear. I am not one of those people who thinks that actors were staged in the streets of Boston pretending to be blown to bits. I believe the bombing happened. My condolences and prayers go out to the victims and the families of the victims.
I think what happened in Boston was horrible but what happened in Boston to our constitution was tragic. Why are people so willing to give up their liberties for the sake of security? Since when did American’s allow their government “rescue them at gunpoint”? Many evacuated residents (people who cheered as the police left) didn’t even know that the real hero was just a resident who was outside smoking a cigarette when he noticed something “off”. The police weren’t even responsible for finding the second suspect.
People were probably cheering because the cops were finally leaving I know I would. My biggest issue since this event happened is how the police reacted to the whole situation. I watched people be removed from their homes at gunpoint on Youtube. I listened to a woman’s chilling call into a radio station where she claimed that there was no “bomb” and that the first suspect was ‘run over by police’. I’ve seen footage of the “shootout scene” by people who live in Watertown, MA that included large pool of blood and bloody smudge marks.
- Police did not prevent either bomb
- Police didn’t find the second suspect
- Police did not uphold the United States Constitution
And then there was this:
According to Lauren Landry the timeline I was following online during the attack “The Red Sox officially postponed tonight’s game at Fenway Park scheduled for 7:10 p.m. “to support efforts of law enforcement officers.” The make-up date has yet to be scheduled. The Bruins game and Big Apple Circus performance scheduled for tonight have been postponed, as well, according to Boston Police.” Wow.
What is a False Flag? False flag (or black flag) describes covert military or paramilitary operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations than those who actually planned and executed them. Operations carried during peace-time by civilian organizations, as well as covert government agencies, may by extension be called false flag operations if they seek to hide the real organization behind an operation.
Do I think the police were behind it? No. I do however think at this point that there might have been warning signs since local news reports now confirm that the mother of the suspect was on the FBI terror watch list in 2011. It makes me wonder if they couldn’t have done more to prevent it from happening in the first place! Did officials allow this to happen to test martial law? Time will tell.
I just don’t know about the reports that were aired. There have been so many inconsistencies with the reporting of the Boston bombings it’s hard to discern what is fact from fiction! Like millions of Americans across the country I was glued to the television and watched Martial Law unfold in Boston. What I heard the news report saying was alarming. How can police “rescue” people at the point of a gun?
The following was not aired on television.
Then we had ABC News Martha Raddatz on television, live, comparing the streets of America to war torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In my opinion comparing what happened in Boston to Iraq and Afghanistan is like comparing apples to oranges. What happened in Boston could be comparable to what happens in Israel with the suicide bombings but no where near comparable to the illegal wars that continue to take place in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also noticed that Martha didn’t talk about the people America killed in Afghanistan that day.
- America has not been leveled by bombs dropped from war planes.
- America has not been “carpet bombed”.
- America has not been ‘invaded’.
- America is not a “war zone”.
I listened ABC News reports and what I heard over and over was “controlled explosions by the police”. I found a video online with evidence of this but the guy deleted it (good thing I have a copy of it huh). And since when do we use the military for police actions? Was the Boston Police Department so weak that they had to call them in for backup? Were they, as Alex Jones claims on Infowars.com a “False Flag Attack”? We have yet to see the alleged surviving “bomber” but he is already being held in a federal prison according to ABC News.
What about the second bomb? Where is the footage showing these guys dropping that bomb? Why is anyone who has questions about this considered a “conspiracy theorist”? When we are fed conflicting sound bites from the television and told “not to look at any other suspect than the ones that the FBI identified” it’s hard not to. I hope that the FBI can show us the alleged bombers setting the bomb down on video to stop the rumor mill. I am unhappy that my fellow American’s were looking down the barrel of a government gun in the name of “security” and suggest that law enforcement figure out another way. I pray that no other community is terrorized in such a way in the future.
April 21, 1836 -is the most important date in Texas history. San Jancinto Day is a state holiday and a day that has been reenacted for the last seventeen years at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte, just east of Houston. This reenactment is the largest in Texas.
Having lived between Texas and Iowa throughout my childhood I have always consider myself ‘part Texan’. I attended 4th grade at Nolanville Elementary in Central Texas during the Cold War in the 80s. This was a time of great tension between the United States and the USSR.
Organizers of the 2013 festivities have “nixed” the Texas Nationalist Movement presentation at San Jancinto Day festivities. The movement in Texas that has been working towards succeeding from United States of America. Organizers of the festival have also denied the Texas Nationalist Movement a booth to disseminate their materials because they are “too political”. When I heard about this decision the Texan inside me became outraged! It would seem to me that these festival organizers would want to embrace the Texas Nationalist Movement and their message because they portray the very spirit that San Jancinto Day celebrates!
Aren’t these festivities held in a public place funded by public money? Is this public money not some how funneled to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and their San Jancinto Day organizers by politicians? I don’t want to seem petty but I would like to know! Additionally, why are the festivities being held a day early, on Hitler’s birthday, instead of the date in which it was declared a state holiday, April 21.
I fully support my friends and family in Texas who are ready to break free from this tyrannical government. I get it. I hope that the Texas Nationalist Movement is successful so other states may follow suit. Succeeding from the United States of America is the right thing for Texas to do.The loss of our sovereignty to move towards a “one world government” is not the way our founders envisioned America! Texas could be a beacon of hope for the rest of our country.
Don’t think Texas is tyrannical? Ask parents of the 12-year-old girls who were forcefully vaccinated for HPV against their will and without parental permission how they feel. I couldn’t imagine what my mother would have done if the school would have tried to give me a shot to vaccinate me for a sexually transmitted disease before I ever became sexually active! When I attended Nolanville Elementary my teacher threatened to spank me with a paddle for losing my book . I told my mother I lost the book and that the teacher threatened to paddle my behind if I didn’t find it. She went to the school and confronted the teacher and she told him if he ever talked to me that way again that she would beat him with a paddle herself. Those were the days.
Texans fought and won the battle of the Texas Revolution becoming an independent Republic. In 1845 it joined the United States as the 28th state. The state’s annexation set off a chain of events that caused the Mexican–American War in 1846. In my opinion, denying the Texas Nationalist Movement the opportunity to distribute their information goes against everything that the holiday stands for. Independence is deeply ingrained in the character of the people of Texas and I hope that the Texas Parks& Wildlife Department and their “festival organizers” will reconsider allowing the Texas Nationalist Movement to give their presentation. I also hope that the organizers will allow Texas Nationalist Movement a booth at the San Jancinto Day festivities so that they may express the freedom that is being celebrated.