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Can Americans Really Afford 4 More Years of Entitlements? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:41
Former Liberal Says Loyalties of the Poor are Misguided
By: Virgil Brannon

With young mothers being showered with expensive poverty and bouquets of dependency; when too many males are making more babies and not raising them; when a large percentage of our youth are graduating from high school not prepared for college, and when the doors of the unemployment office are open, but no one is willing to hire, how can we afford four more years of entitlements?   

How can this government raise taxes on the rich -- the ones who create jobs? This will stop businesses from growing and expanding. If you raise their taxes, the community programs they support – the Little League teams and the civic projects -- will suffer. Students who have put in hard work to get to college, who rely on business-funded college scholarships, may not be able to go. If these businesses fail to produce jobs, more people will fall into poverty and the need for entitlements will prevail.

When you raise taxes on businesses and the rich, you prevent companies from hiring new faces, and force them to turn away the old ones. With no jobs and no recognizable alternative presented by this administration, how can Americans become self-sufficient? As long as the Democratic Party is buying the votes of the economically poor households with free money, poverty will become the new norm because the party is using entitlements to sway votes.

How can America survive if she refuses to stand with her founders on what has always made her great? America is the super power of the world, but now it has been downgraded by entitlements to maintain a status quo? There are Americans struggling to make ends meet; they are struggling to put food on the table. With no focus on any solutions, how can there be any progress? The quick way out of poverty is a job and education. A job gets you out of poverty, and education elevates you to the next level. But how can people remove themselves from poverty when the Democratic Party’s system has been a failure from the start? What is so hard about showing those who think they cannot make it without entitlements that they can? What is so hard about showing them the long-term effects and consequences that Food Stamps and Welfare have on a them, and what is so hard about showing those who do not need entitlements the right way to stand on their own, without taking from others who are really in need? I know that most Americans would rather have a hand up than a hand-out.

When you make people believe they cannot achieve anything; make their goals become impossible to reach; and train them to believe that nothing is possible for them, failure thrives.  This leadership would rather we have less, settles for less, and be satisfied with receiving less. Struggling families and single parents who have just a little are not thinking that entitlements will kill their dreams, progress and growth while creating laziness. A young male without money or knowledge turns to crime and tries to take all that he lacks.

We have to show those who do not believe that they have a purpose; that there is something special about each of us in America and that there are plenty of opportunities for them to succeed. They need to know that America is the greatest country in the world, built on the belief that man can do anything and be anything, as long as he is willing to acquire the knowledge to put ideas into action. There is nothing that we cannot do when our minds are focused. We are all human beings, born for greatness, created by the greatest Scientist and Creator of the universe to be the most important species on this planet. We are the only species that has so many unique capabilities and talents. We have the ability to change things to make them better, and we can accomplish anything  because there  is  really  nothing  holding  us back.

But with 46 million people and rising still on food stamps and without hope and 60 million American votes without knowledge, when will the rest of us receive any Change? Either way, America cannot afford four new years of Entitlement while our neighbors suffer from choice in the Democratic Coma.

About Virgil Brannon

Virgil Brannon is the author of “Democratic Coma,” He is also a private investigator and the founder of I Am Vision Inc., a non-profit program that embraces and empowers youth with academic and leadership challenges. His goal is to promote the personal growth of socio-economically disadvantaged youth and their families by encouraging their dreams and providing members with a roadmap for success. Brannon attended Shepherd’s Care Bible College and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in ministry religious counseling.

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds celebrate State Historical Building’s 25th Anniversary Gala this month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 03 December 2012 11:17

(DES MOINES) – More than 25 years ago, Governor Terry Branstad led the effort to build the new State Historical Building, where Iowans and visitors interact with historic artifacts and engage in educational and cultural experiences.

On the 25th Anniversary in December, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will serve as honorary chairs for the State Historical Building 25th Anniversary Gala, an event to celebrate this milestone and to raise funds for new exhibits in the State Historical Museum.

“I love Iowa and I love Iowa history,” Governor Branstad said today during his weekly press conference. “In the late 1970s, when I was Lieutenant Governor, it was very clear that we needed to build a new historical building. After I became Governor, we took on that challenge and I’m now very pleased to celebrate this anniversary. I encourage all Iowans to join Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and me in supporting Iowa history.”

The Gala will be at 7 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2012, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. RSVPs are required by contacting the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs at 515-281-7471 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Holiday cocktail attire requested. Tickets are $100 per person or $75 per young professional (35 and younger). Gala Presenting Sponsors include Frantz-Hobart Management Services, Hy-Vee, John Deere, MidAmerican Energy and Musco Lighting.

As part of the Gala, an exhibition of 25 objects from the State Historical Museum’s permanent collection will be on display – one artifact representing each year of the building’s past 25 years. Photos, video and archived materials will be shown throughout the night to give Iowans a look a back, and two new interactive exhibits 99 Counties and Iowa History IQ also will be on display.

In addition, the Gala will feature Iowa entertainment including performances by Hot Club of Des Moines, Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo and Decoy, while artists Gabriel Lueders and Van Holmgren will showcase works. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds will offer remarks, and legendary opera singer Simon Estes will give a special performance during the evening.

The State Historical Building opened in December 1987 and is home to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its two divisions – the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, along with the State Historical Museum, the State Historical Library & Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Records Center and eight historic sites across Iowa.

Since its construction, the building has been a catalyst for investment and improvements in Des Moines’ Historic East Village, bridging the capitol complex to the river and igniting the development of businesses and neighborhoods.

It also serves as a forum for cultural and civic engagement and is a hub for hands-on educational opportunities. It has hosted presidents and politicians, advocates and enthusiasts, and learners of all ages. And, it is a one-of-a-kind destination where Iowans and other visitors engage in meaningful experiences rooted in history and the cultural arts.

“Over the past 25 years, the State Historical Building has provided Iowans and other visitors with a wide range of resources ranging from academic and genealogical research materials to educational programs and cultural arts performances,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “Today, however, people are searching for and receiving information in new and exciting ways. That presents challenges and opportunities for how we document and present Iowa history, and how we nurture and support the cultural arts throughout Iowa.

“Our goal with this celebration is to create a new platform that incorporates modern technologies into interactive museum exhibitions and programs,” Cownie said. “We also want to engage students and other Iowans through the cultural arts in ways that ignite their imaginations and encourage them to be more innovative in thinking of the next big thing that will position Iowa as a leader in this highly competitive global environment.”

More information about the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa can be found on-line at


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at

Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 03 December 2012 10:35

COLLINSVILLE – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, of Highland who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

“The loss of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage is a tragic reminder of the danger our sworn officers face every day as they enforce the law and make all of us safer.

“It is important that motorists always take every precaution to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for everyone.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Deatherage during this very difficult time.”


Davenport Men Sentenced to Jail/Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Monday, 03 December 2012 09:58

Davenport Man Sentenced After Federal Drug Conspiracy Conviction

DAVENPORT, IA- On November 30, 2012, Charles Glen Harrington, age 41, from Davenport, Iowa was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Harrington was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment and ordered to serve five years supervised release following his imprisonment. Harrington was also ordered to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

From approximately October 2007 until June 2011, Alon Shorter, Dale Shorter, Roscoe Lee, Charles Bateman, Charles Harrington, David Minor and Kadar Wall conspired to distribute in excess of 2.8 kilograms of cocaine base. This investigation included controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Harrington on February 22, 2010, February 25, 2010, March 1, 2010, March 5, 2010, and March 23, 2010. The crack cocaine distributed by Minor came from co-conspirators Dale and Alon Shorter. Harrington admitted to being directly responsible for, and it was reasonably foreseeable to him that others in this conspiracy were responsible for, in excess of 2.8 kilograms of crack cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Davenport Man Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Methamphetamine and Gun Offenses

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 29, 2012, Travis Lee Meier, age 21, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and for possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Meier to four years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment.

Meier agreed with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine from October 2011 through early March 2012. Meier manufactured and distributed methamphetamine on multiple occasions over the course of the conspiracy and possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug activity.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:50
Give the gifts of health and hope to a little boy and his family this holiday season:
Purchase jewelry, donate cash or gift cards, or attend the benefit dinner

Bettendorf-- Jayden, a 2-year-old boy, who lives in Bettendorf, has been suffering for nearly seven

months, and needs your help this holiday season. At the end of May this year, Jayden contracted strep throat and hand, foot, and mouth disease after going to a backup daycare. He went on antibiotics for the strep, which caused him to be stricken with a bacterial infection called C-Difficile (C-diff).

This once energetic, happy, and healthy boy is now lethargic, anemic, and struggling to stay well because the infection has weakened his immune system. Any exposure to the outside world can make him sick. His condition is now so bad that he can no longer attend daycare, which has forced his mom to stay home from work to care for him. Unfortunately, before any further  diagnosis can be made in regards to his fragile immune system, the C-diff must be cleared up.

After four unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics for the C-diff, he is undergoing a very new, rare, and risky procedure as a last resort. Jayden must frequently endure trips to the Iowa City Children's Hospital. With medical and travel expenses adding up, the family’s stress is compounded by the fact that their living expenses continue without the second income from Jayden's mom. And if things couldn't get worse, Jayden’s primary caregiver, his mom, contracted the incredibly contagious C-diff as a result of having to go on antibiotics last month. C-diff is on the rise in our community and can affect anyone, but it especially preys on those who have taken antibiotics.

This little boy and his family need your help. They will be celebrating Christmas this year not by exchanging gifts, but rather by being thankful and counting their blessings for any small improvements to his ailing health.

Please support “Jayden’s Cause” to help make their holiday complete by allowing Jayden to continue to stay home with his mother so that they don’t lose everything in the long process of bringing him back to a normal, healthy life.

Your contributions will help grant him the time to heal and will provide Jayden and his family with hope that this will all soon be resolved. He still has a long road of recovery ahead that requires strict isolation, more testing, diagnosis, and treatment for his current condition and other underlying ailments undiagnosed at this time, but there are several ways you can help! You can purchase lia sophia jewelry on December 9; make cash donations; donate gift cards for groceries and gas; and/or attend his special dinner on December 14!

Two Special Events:
Sunday, December 9th at 2 pm
lia sophia Jewelry party at Habaneros; 5185 18th Street, Bettendorf, IA.

20-40% of jewelry sales will be donated to Jayden’s Cause
Christmas shop while helping Jayden’s Cause and save; buy 2 full price items; add up to 4 more at 50% off (discount on most expensive selections!)
December ONLY: $20 for any $100 piece with each $100 order.
Help increase the total donation to Jayden’s Cause by scheduling your own party;
o 5% from each party scheduled will be donated

Friday, December 14th at 6 pm
Special Benefit Dinner at the Golden Leaf; 2902 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA.
• $10 includes a full meal, buffet style dinner
• Auction Items, Bake Sale, Cash Bar, Live Entertainment, and Prizes
• Santa Claus will be spreading his merry cheer and available for pictures

Tax-deductible donations can be made to any Wells Fargo under the account name Jayden’s Cause. Thank you for giving Jayden and his family the gifts of health and hope this holiday season.

For more information about Jayden’s Cause, making donations, the events, or volunteering please contact Elisha Shadden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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