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Why the Future Looks Bleak for the World’s Powerful Men PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:16
Gen. Petraeus Affair is Only the Most Recent
in History’s Watershed Seductions

Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters named Gen. David Petraeus her Most Fascinating Person of the Year, but battle-of-the-sexes author Charles D. Martin says the title more rightfully belongs to socialite Jill Kelley.

“Petraeus’ actions were utterly predictable,” says Martin, author of “Provocateur,” (, a novel about the often scandalous nature of sexual relationships between high-positioned men and ambitious, beautiful women. “Powerful men have been rendered intellectual mutes by beautiful women since the beginning of time. What’s more fascinating is how Jill Kelley, a homemaker and doctor’s wife, managed to wrap the nation’s top military brass around her ‘come hither’ finger.”

The influence women hold over men has been prominently cited since the beginning of recorded history, Martin says, from the ancient world to today’s top world leaders. Ancient Greece alone, he says, is rife with tales of a woman’s power: Kirke, the sex goddess in Homer’s Odyssey lured sailing men onto the rocks of her island; Lysistrada brought together the women of Athens and Sparta to deny their men sex until they stopped the Peloponnesian war.

“While I’m sure many men decide not to roll the dice on their career, marriage and legacy, I’m also confident that men who are otherwise smart, savvy and guarded will continue to forget their heads and think with their biology. My advice to powerful men? Beware of audacious women!”

Martin reviews some of the watershed moments in history that all came down to a beautiful woman and a man’s primal, physiological vulnerability:

• Adam & Eve (and Lilith?): Perhaps the most influential narrative of man and woman can be found in the Bible’s Genesis 2, where Yahweh fashions Adam from dust, and later creates Eve from his rib. Eve tempts Adam to eat an apple, and both get kicked out of Eden. Even more scandalous is the character Lilith, a figure from Jewish folklore circa the 8th century. According to Hebrew legend, Lilith was created the same dust as Adam, at the same time. Lilith was an independent woman who refused to submit to Adam’s domineering ways. She fled Adam and Eden before Eve’s creation, and refused to ever return. Ever since, Lilith flies around the world, howling her hatred of mankind through the night, and vowing vengeance because of the shabby way Adam treated her.

• Napoleon & Josephine: Long before Napoleon became France’s first emperor, he was a lowly second lieutenant who still had one foot in the fervent nationalism of his native Corsica. Contemptuous of the French aristocracy, he nevertheless fell in love with the widowed Josephine de Beauharnais. She was older, cultured and always just out of his reach, although she finally succumbed to his ceaseless attempts – and his power. The fate of Napoleon’s military campaigns, and that of Europe, was often at the mercy of Josephine’s whims. Although he married another for power and breeding purposes, Josephine’s name was the one uttered with Napoleon’s last breaths.

• Tiger’s face-plant: To say that he was the Michael Jordan of golf probably doesn’t do Tiger Woods credit. He was the most dominant golfer in the history of the sport, and there probably will never be another like him. An apparent addiction to sex – to young, beautiful and ambitious women – felled his career and family life. Nowadays, Woods is a mediocre-at-best PGA player, which has changed the lives of golfers like Rory McIlroy, who now finally get a chance to win the big tournaments.

• John & Yoko: Widely reviled by Beatles fans for breaking up the best rock band ever, Yoko really wasn’t to blame, says former Beatle Paul McCartney in her defense. But what more might the Beatles have done together? Did the band have one more album in them, or would they have toured once more? We’ll never know because when John met the exotic, artsy Yoko, she would be the only thing he really cared about.

• Bill & Hillary: Despite being impeached for lying about an affair with a White House intern while under oath, the 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, bounced back – a hopeful note for men everywhere. Most people remember him fondly for the good old days of economic prosperity over which he reigned. His wife, Hillary, decided to “stand by her man,” perhaps because of her own political ambitions. She is wrapping up her position as Secretary of State, and many pundits have her running for a 2016 presidential bid. She and the world appear to have forgiven Bill Clinton his extramarital indiscretions. Perhaps because, in the end, it really came as no surprise.

About Charles D. Martin

Charles Martin runs a hedge fund, Mont Pelerin Capital, LLC, and serves on the investment committees of prominent universities. An established business writer, his first novel focuses on the intrigue that often exists between alpha females that take on – and conquer – dominant males. Martin lives with his wife in a coastal town south of Los Angeles.

The Price Is Right, Live! - February 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:10
Tickets On Sale Friday, December 21

The Price Is Right, Live! is coming to the Adler Theatre on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The hit interactive stage show gives contestants, pulled right for the audience, the chance to "come on down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. Click on "Find Tickets" to purchase tickets.  If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were in the audience watching it live.
WANT TO PLAY?  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Register at the venue box office up to three (3) hours before show time on show days for the opportunity to be selected as a contestant in that day's show.  Contestants will be selected in a random drawing . Open to US legal US residents, 18 years or older.  Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play; odds of being selected depend on number of registrants.  Neither ticket purchase nor registration guarantee a spot as a show contestant. For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit the venue box office.  To enter theater to watch show, a ticket purchase is required.   Void where prohibited.

Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Tuesday, December 18, 2012** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:41

CHICAGO– December 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

Bill No.: SB 3237

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Requires that each plumber’s license must contain a photograph of the licensed plumber for identification purposes.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: June 1


IOLTA Grant Applications Due March 8, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:55

Des Moines, December 17, 2012—The Iowa Supreme Court Lawyer Trust Account Commission is accepting applications for grants under the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program for the grant period that begins July 1, 2013. IOLTA program grants are awarded to public purpose projects that provide legal services to low-income persons in civil cases, law-related education, and other programs that improve the administration of justice in Iowa.


Under recently adopted changes in chapter 44 of the Iowa Court Rules, applicants now must file one copy of their application in paper form and one copy in electronic form. Organizations may obtain a copy of the revised rules and grant application forms (paper and electronic) by contacting the Lawyer Trust Account Commission, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50319; by calling (515) 725-8029; or by electronic mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application forms also may be downloaded from the Commission's web page on the Iowa Judicial Branch web site at:


The Commission must receive completed grant applications no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013. The Commission will then review the applications and seek approval from the Iowa Supreme Court for awarding the grants. Grant recipients will be announced in late May or early June of 2013.


The Iowa Supreme Court created the Commission to provide legal services to low-income persons in civil cases using the interest from lawyers' pooled trust accounts. The lawyers' pooled trust accounts hold clients' funds that are so small in amount or held for such a brief period that it is not possible for interest on the funds to financially benefit the individual clients. Previously, attorneys' trust accounts earned no interest. The first grants awarded under the IOLTA program were made in June, 1986. To date, the Commission has awarded more than $23,203,000 in grants.


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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 12/14/2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:13
Now through December 21st - Online Voting for the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Annual Awards. Each Chamber Member is invited to vote. Winners and Nominees of the Annual Awards will be announced at the Chamber Annual Dinner that will be Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Steventon's Go to to vote. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Asbury United Methodist Church – 1809 Mississippi Blvd. , Bettendorf , IA. Rev. Dr. Kerrin Kirkpatrick.  563-355-5218. Asbury is a place of vital worship and exciting ministry. Our Sunday traditional service at 8:30 am and contemporary service at 11:00 am are filled with wonderful music that lifts praise and centers us in prayer. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:45 am.
Nate Bird has also joined the Chamber.  Welcome Nate!
Now through December 22 – The Sweet Life will be open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11-4 until Christmas offering all kinds of treats such as cupcakes, cake pops, brownies and cookies as well as sweet gifts for the holidays!
Now through January 6th – Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – “Holiday Token Sale ”7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
Now through the Holidays – Faithful Pilot - Let Chef Robert and his culinary team take care of your next get together. No party is too large or too small. Holiday gathering, retirement, birthday, or just inviting friends over, we want to take care of it for you. Contact Emily 563-289-4156.
Now through the Holidays – Crane and Pelican Whole pies for the Holidays: Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple, Chocolate Cream pies, and Pineapple Rum Upside down cake. Order at (563)289-8774 or at the restaurant. Must be picked up on Saturday 12/22.

December 15th: Family Night at the Rec Center The LeClaire RecCenter, 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 p.m. $2.00 per person. 3 years old and under free. Games and Crafts at 5:30, Open Gym starts at 6:30. Soup, Pizza $2 per slice, other concessions available.  Come have Holiday Fun at the Rec Center !
December 18th - Who says you can’t have a free lunch? The First Presbyterian Church in LeClaire offers free lunch to anyone in LeClaire once a month. Anyone, any age, regardless of need is invited. 11:30-12:30 at the LeClaire Civic Center
December 18th - Crane & Pelican Café - Dinner Featuring the Music of "Quartrio" Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Quartrio is a String Quartet will perform background music throughout dinner plus a formal concert after the 4 course meal. Details and reservations:
December 31st – Faithful Pilot - New Years Eve 2012 - Seating available 5, 7, and 9pm - 563.289.4156. And, from 11pm-1am, Chef Robert and his culinary team are preparing some bites for you to ring in the New Year. $15 per guest with champagne toast.
December 31st – Crane and Pelican Café - 3 Seatings for New Year's Eve 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. $49.95 for 3 courses including a glass of ChampagneDetails and Menu at
January 8th – Chamber Networking Luncheon – Crane and Pelican - noon
January 26th - Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner – Steventon’s
The River Cities’ Reader Annual Best of the QC Survey Vote online at now to February 1, 2013. There are fifty questions, but you only have to answer 15 or more to make your ballot count.  Results will be published in the Spring of 2013. Pass this link along and vote for your favorite area eating and drinking establishments!
Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.
Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center
2013 Trivia Nights:
January 12th - LeClaire Community Library
February 9th Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship
April 6th - LeClaire Little League
April 27th - Civic Club
May - LeClaire Lions TBD
June 8th - Buffalo Bill Museum
LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!
LeClaire Park Board Special Events Calendar (clip and save)
Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )
Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo
French Market Days 2013 -May 18th, plant exchange, sale benefiting Parks Dept.
Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )
Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating
Summer 2013 – Tug Fest and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

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