Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dawson City Council Meeting Agenda for Jan. 3, 2012

Get the agenda before it hits the Sentinel (and before the meeting is done).

Meeting at 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm Public Hearing regarding modifications to our existing Urban and Rural Service District Ordinance.

Agenda

1. Meeting called to order.

2. Approve agenda.

3. Approve consent agenda items 4 & 5.

4. Approve December 6th & 20th council minutes.

5. Designate the Dawson Sentinel as the official newspaper for Council announcements and publications. Designate Minnwest Bank Central, Dawson Co-op Credit Union and United Prairie Band as the official depository and investment agencies for the City of Dawson.

6. 10 minute public forum.

7. Parcel adjustments

8. Property assessment reduction-New owners of property the City assessed for clean up are requesting the City to forgive part or all of the assessment. New property owners will be present.

9. City Assessor payment

10. Street Project engineers payment.

11. Fire Service Fee Ordinance.

12. Water/Sewer Capital Fee Ordinance.

13. Urban and Rural Service Ordinance.

14. City Maintenance Superintendent Brent Powers report-Street light replacement on 6th street bridge.

15. City Manager Dave Bovee’s report-1. 2011 committees 2. EDA minutes 3. EDA commissioner appointment. Morrie Schacherer was the only interested pary who applied for the open member posit6ion.

16. Adjourn meeting.

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Today’s News-Saturday Dec. 31, 2011

1. I wonder if they are going to take it home and teach it how to fight with swords? (Sorry, Dane Cook joke)

2. So there has been a sign for the last decade that things were going to get bad but we ignored it.

3. Cry me a river. Forget the Obama stuff for a second and focus on the 18 to 29 year olds. There is nothing wrong with working at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, or shoveling crap if that is the only job you can find. Don’t whine about your student loans. It’s not like you were the first to have them. Toughen up and get a job. There should be nothing “beneath” you.

4. Please stop. We don’t want Newt.

5. Shut up. Next thing you know they’ll want seances at every Burger King.

6. GOOD! What a bunch of frickin’ losers. When will they start protesting the President? Ya don’t think he is part of the “problem”.

7. OK. Walking in the pole is kinda funny, but seriously, don’t they have something better to do? It’s hard to pay off you student loans if you’re on the road all of the time protesting. Don’t ya thing?

8. Uh, couldn’t you do the same thing without the costume? I’m not sure if I get this one.

 

Hippies

Today’s News-Friday Dec. 30, 2011

1. This just doesn’t seem right.

2. Is someone pandering for votes? I think so. (you know he doesn’t believe in this)

3. And the problem is the banks. Yeah, right.

4. OR the it could be that some people are just crappy human beings. But I could be wrong.

5. Does two cases make a trend?

Today’s News-Thursday Dec. 29, 2011

1.  Oh yes, she is one of us. She is no different from you and me. She can relate.

2. I think I just went blind for a second. Help us all.

3. I was working on a joke about corn and poop, but I thought better of it.

4. I’m not sure what to think of this.

5. Bambi vs. a golden eagle. Who will win?

6. I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. BUT, my fingers would be clean.

7. Oh the irony.

 

 

11 Things That Will Be More Expense This Year

1. Domestic and International Airfare

Greater demand and fewer available airline seats will likely lead to higher ticket prices for flights next year.American Express predicts prices within North America will increase up to 5% for economy seating, depending on the length of the flight, and up to 7% in business class. Things look more bleak for European travel. A new “green tax” implemented by the EU is aimed at reducing emissions, and it will levy a fee of roughly $15 per passenger, each way, for flights to the U.S. Fees on shorter flights within the EU will be taxed slightly less.

2. New Digital Camera Models
Smartphones have quickly replaced budget friendly point-and-shoot cameras, so manufacturers and retailers are focusing more on higher-end digital SLR’s. This year, consumers may have a hard time finding a newly-released digital camera with an inexpensive starting price, as the market is moving towards more feature-rich products. “Lower cost products just won’t come to market and those that will be out there, will be priced more and more for profitability,” says Stephen Baker, Vice President of Industry Analysis at the NPD Group.

3. Hard Drives
There’s been a shortage of hard drives thanks to epic flooding in Thailand in 2011, and some retailers have actually been rationing hard drive–based products. As a result, we’ve seen fewer hard drive discounts. Expect continued shortages throughout the first quarter of 2012, which is when experts predict that production will begin to catch up to demand.

4. Desktop Computers
The consolidation of desktop features into monitor-integrated units — many with touchscreens — will drive desktop prices up in 2012, according to Baker. Expect average selling prices to increase roughly 30% on new desktops.

5. Food for Home Preparation
If your grocery bill seemed higher in 2011, you weren’t imagining things. Most retailers have reported that food prices are rising and those increases are being passed along to shoppers. Food costs rose 6% last year and will likely go up at least 2% more in 2012. Increases are likely to affect food eaten at home, rather than restaurants where those costs are easier to absorb when combined with sales of liquor, says Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst for the NPD Group.

6. Mobile Device Data Plans
Data plans in the past have had a tendency to decline, but as carriers build out 4G services, and move away from unlimited plans, data is set to become more expensive in 2012, according to Ross Rubin, Executive Director of Connected Intelligence at the NPD Group.

7. City-Enforced Fees
As municipalities look for ways to make up for budget shortfalls, fees for everything from dog licenses to vehicle registration and parking rates are going up, as is enforcement of fine-related infractions. In Chicago for example, a non-registered dog can elicit a $500 fine, while parking fines in Portland are going up 18% as the city tries to make up a $16 billion transportation budget deficit.

8. Water
Most communities in the United States will face water rate hikes this year, even places that are rich with the natural resource. Water rates in the greater Chicago area will increase by as much as 25% next year, while the parched high desert Denver market is set to rise an additional 5.5%. Like the above-mentioned fees, this increase is mostly a result of cities needing to increase revenue to balance their budgets.

9. Gas
Fuel prices began inching up just before the holidays, and 2012 is looking to be another budget-breaking year at the pump, with prices once again topping $4 per gallon.

10. Gold
The precious metal is poised to achieve its 11th straight year of growth. Gold prices bounced around a lot in the second half of 2011, but analysts expect it to rise roughly 12% in 2012. It’s a conservative estimate and a lot lower than the 17% annual growth rate of the past decade, but most believe gold will be more expensive. Take that to the bank.

11. Shipping
Unfortunately for avid online shoppers, the U.S. Postal Service will raise rates by an average of 4.6% next year, while both FedEx and UPS are hiking small package rates by 4.9%. Personal shipping will certainly cost more and it’s anybody’s guess how long retailers can continue the ubiquitous free shipping offers as rates rise.

Today’s News-Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011

1. And I quote “Taking the pulse of marine life in stressed seas.”

2. Could it be this administration has no respect for the troops? Maybe.

3. I can’t stomach stories like this. I can’t imagine how anyone could do this.

4. Good customer service is hard to find.

5. This could get ugly.

6. Yeah right and Oswald acted alone. Wait, what?

7. That’s a big croc, mate!

Today’s News-Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011

1. Yeah, I don’t think he would. Newt, you’re done.

2. What a bunch of thugs.

3. Why not? Things aren’t totally destroyed yet. Who am I kidding, yes it is.

4. All is well in the world now. No global meltdown for us.

5. I just don’t think I’d want to be on this cruise.

6. So the ones helping to create a revolution are now preparing us for said revolution.

7. Hey guys, look who is on the market again.

Today’s News-Monday Dec. 26, 2011

1. This after surviving a suicide bomber.

2. Happy New Year!!!

3. Again, Time Magazine’s People of the Year.

4. Interesting.

5. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bill Mahar is a nitwit.

6. Yeah, like they need more power.

 

Today in American History

1783 – George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.

1823 – The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (” ‘Twas the night before Christmas…”) was published.

1913 – The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.

1930 – Ruth Elizabeth Davis, an unknown actress, arrived in Hollywood, under contract to Universal Studios. Universal changed her name to Bette Davis for the movies.

1941 – During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

1997 – Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.

Christmas….Did You Know?

Did you know that…

There is a distinction between a Christmas carol and a Christmas song. A Christmas Carol has a fairly rapid, regular beat, which would, therefore, exclude a meandering, crooning song such as “White Christmas”.

The world’s most famous Christmas carol is “Silent night”.

“Jingle Bells” was originally named, “One-Horse Open Sleigh”, and was written for Thanksgiving, not for Christmas.

Charles Dickens’s story, “A Christmas Carol”, is the world’s most read Christmas story.

In 2003, the Austrian Trade Union Federation, representing 100,000 workers, claimed that the non-stop playing of Christmas carols in shopping malls was “psychological terror”.

Today’s News-Thursday Dec. 22, 2011

1. I like Matt Damon and I hate Matt Damon. I like him here, but I hate what he really is looking for. Shut up and act.

2. Ah yes. This is government working at it’s best. (sarcasm)

3. To think, this story wouldn’t have happened on the 24th. (not a creature was stirring….)

4. He used golf balls but he had a wicked bad slice.

5. I know we’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution but it is an old document; times have changed.”

New Poll

Today’s News-Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011

1. Sean Penn is a communist ***hole!

2. Fingers crossed. Yes, for real.

3. But I thought he WAS the messiah?!?

4. Maybe he should worry more about the rights of Americans which he is taking away.

5. If Obama were to be elected again I can’t say I’d be totally against this.

6. I don’t know. This may be someone to keep your eye on. By the way do women get 72 virgins too? I don’t think so.

7. Oh, this is comforting.

8. Oh, I think you’re right Mr. Clinton.

9. You’re right Whoopi, until millions of people are killed. Too bad that’s not on paper though. Shut up and act, would ya!?!

10. Whew….At least I used electrical tape. Moron.

Free Speech in a Small Town

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
 
That’s what the First Amendment says and generally that is true. Of course the exceptions are obscenity, defamation incitement to riot and fighting words, as well as harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified material, copyright, patents, military conduct, commercial speech such as advertising and time, place and manner restrictions (thank you Wikipedia). When you live in a Small Town, this list grows just a little bit longer.

I’m Here to Help

I’ve said this before, buy peanut butter now while it’s “cheap”. Here are a few more things you can do to keep more of your money in your pocket.

Something You Should………See.

I just got done watching a little documentary called “Cool It’. Cool It centers on Danish political scientist, lecturer and author Bjorn Lomborg, called one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century by Esquire magazine, and his practical approach to solving global warming.

Now I’m not sold on this idea of “man-made climate change” especially with the release of the Climategate emails. This little flick basically debunks pretty much all of Al Gore’s “evidence” but doesn’t say climate change is a hoax. It tells us “yes, this stuff is happening” but it won’t have the disastrous end results that we are being told. It was pretty interesting. I don’t buy it all, but nonetheless interesting.

Here is the website.

Today’s News-Monday Dec. 19, 2011

1. Riiiiiiight, it’s totally unrelated

2. Tee Hee

3. Which is why Mr. Putin won’t have an honest election.

4. I’ve never really liked Jeremy Shockey, but that’s changed just a little bit today. Good for him.

5. Ah yes. Mr. Middle Class. You bet he’s concerned about the rest of us.

6. Atheists, take your anger selves home and play with your Jerry Falwell dartboard. Leave the rest of us be.

7. Do you want to know who Bob Dole endorses? Yeah, me neither.

8. New pictures from the Battle of the Bulge.

9. I just realized this one. President Obama says in referring to the economy, “we didn’t know how bad it was” two days after saying “we didn’t underestimate” how bad the economy would be? Huh?

10. Egypt

Bad Politician of the Week

Whenever a new scandal raises its ugly head in the news, more specifically of the sexual nature, there is a rush to throw a “D” or a “R” by their name. This isn’t a “D” or “R” issue. It’s a bad person issue. We were told during the Clinton years that character doesn’t matter. Well, I disagree with that. It matters a lot. So if you screw around while working for me, I want you out. You can not be trusted. Which is why I won’t support Newt Gingrich and I glad to see this weeks Bad Politician decide to leave. (Who is a “R” by the way.)

Today’s News-Sunday Dec. 18, 2011

1. Big Brother? I know a little something about that. Hello everyone!!!

2. This happened in Detroit where houses have been sold for $1, which by the way has been under Democratic control for many, many years now.

3. How long before they go after Frank and Dodd? Yeah right.

4. Egypt

5. I can’t believe some of this crap.

6. Any one else noticing how slowly the world is being more openly anti-Jew? Almost like it was back before WW2.

7. A true hero.

8. Oh fer dumb.

Something to Think About

I never thought of that. Is that true for super grilled chicken burritos too?

Climate Change Scam

As I’ve said before, science does not have an agenda, but scientists do, and we are paying for it to boot.

Layaway Santa

We need more people like this. This is how things get better. Taking care of each other, helping each other.

Obama’s Watergate

Here’s an interesting OP/ED fromt the Washington Times.

Today’s News-Friday Dec. 16, 2011

1. Pictures from the top of the new World Trade Center. View them here.

2. Mr. Hitchens just learned if there was a God or not. RIP

3. Is a Madonna comeback something we have all longed for? Personally I’m waiting for Fu-Schnickens to bring it back old school.

4. Hippies be GONE!!! My light bulbs have been saved.

5. They must have seen Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. C’mon, he’s Batman!!!

6. Oh I don’t think so Mr. Jackson. Don’t you have someone to sue?

7. Now remember, these people are the “best of the best”. Time magazine made them Person’s of the Year.

1 in 2 Americans Poor?

So 1 in 2 American’s are poor or low income or so Facebook is telling me today. Click here if you don’t believe me.

Now this sounds terrible doesn’t it. Who wants to be poor? Not me. Who wants their neighbors to be poor? Not me. So what can we do to stop this poverty? Well first off let’s take a look at what is defined as “poor” or “low income” American style.

The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau as taken from various government reports:

  • 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
  • 92 percent of poor households have a microwave.
  • Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
  • Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.
  • Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and 70 percent have a VCR.
  • Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers.
  • More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
  • 43 percent have Internet access.
  • One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
  • One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.

WTF!?!?!!? I”M FRICKIN” POOR!!!! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN!!??!?!?!?!?!

Perhaps we have a skewed idea of what poor is.

Tell Me What You Think

Today in American History

1877 – Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.

1890 – American Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, SD during an incident with Indian police working for the U.S. government.

1939 – “Gone With the Wind,” produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

1965 – Two U.S.  manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered within 10 feet of each other while in orbit around the Earth.

1966 – Walter Elias “Walt” Disney died in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

“Incest” Prank

Yeah, this is kinda wrong.

Today’s News-Thursday Dec. 15, 2011

1. Seriously, everyone should be anger about this. This goes back to my consistency issues. Remember all the outrage about Gitmo? Surely you do.

2. Oh fer dumb!

3. Ah yes. One of Time Magazine’s People of the Year.

4. How do we fix this? What is the answer?

5. Well then Clinton was a lying liar and should be in jail and is Hitler and committed war crimes and should burn in hell!!! Right? Right?