August 12, 2005

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows everywhere

Helpful commenter JCKDNLS69 recently offered these thoughts in a couple of comments responding to the venom displayed by other commenters expressing their very dim view of local legislators: "I think it would be best to talk about some real issues dope. Like how to draw new business to the area and bringing new jobs to the area. Honestly, This blog is nothing but a glorified speak out page."
(to which I might add, but with pictures!)


"Maybe that is the real topic that needs to be addressed.... how do we all become better people by finding the good in the things we read, hear, and touch. Let's look at the positive insight into making our area marketable!"

Perhaps I don't know what are "real issues" as opposed to unreal issues, but I figure I've stumbled across a few "real" ones along the way. And drawing new business and jobs to the area? Nothing but an endless circle jerk in my humble, yet cynical opinion.

I'm all ears as to how we - each and every one of us - could become better people by finding the good in the things we read, hear, and touch. (Hey, this keyboard is really, really cool!) And I admit, I'm really short on positive insights that will make our area more "marketable." (Maybe the fact the area doesn't smell as bad as Clinton?)


Knock yourselves out. Let's get that positive energy flowing people! All together now! MARKETABLE! MARKETABLE! MARKETABLE!

But all sarcasm aside, put your brains to the grindstone, stay on the sunny side of the street, and let's come up with some ideas on this "real" issue. Just because I'm an irretrievably sarcastic, cynical wretch is no reason to not address things like: How do we transform our area into a promised land for yuppies which will attract them like a moth to a flame? What are the impediments to growth? What role would government have in this, and so on. We could discuss what localities have done wrong, but that might be negative.

Here's some lyrics to get you in the right frame of mind.

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere,
Everything that's wonderful is what I feel when we're together,
Brighter than a lucky penny,
When you're near the rain cloud disappears, dear,
And I feel so fine just to know that you are mine.

My life is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere,
That's how this refrain goes, so come on, join in everybody!


At 8/12/2005 6:05 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

Overlooked advantages of our area of the country:

Affordable housing: Maybe the coming collapse of the housing bubble in other areas of the country will cause people to realize the advantages of living in an area where the price of housing has always been tied only to construction or refurbishment costs.

Uncongested traffic: It takes me 10 minutes to drive to work. Why waste your life in a traffic-jam.

Bike paths along the Mississippi: In my daily bike ride along the river I see herons, egrets, geese, ducks, pellicans, eagles, hawks, muskrat, beaver and (when the circus is at the Mark) elephants and tigers.

At 8/12/2005 7:00 AM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

I'd like to see the expansion on the idea of what Rochelle has done, in Upper RI and Whiteside Counties along the 1-88 Corridor t continue to spur growth, and grow our numbers. They have made the intersection of 1-39 (N-S) and I-88 (E-W), into a logistic hub for varius supply chain related retailers and manufactruing outlets, and wholesaleres. Wal-Marts logistical center in Sterling/Rock Falls along I-88, I hope will spur expansion on that theme westward into our area, and housing starts will follow.

At 8/12/2005 7:12 AM, Blogger diehard said...

hmmmmm I dont know. Let people choose their own representation in the state legislature? Ha, I just had to throw that in there.
No, I know we could tought ourselves as Little England were we have a ruling class and aren't troubeled by elections. Everone is appointed!!

At 8/12/2005 2:06 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...


Boland announces reelection bid;
Jacobs relieved

- qconline.

At 8/12/2005 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Jacobs, let Dennis Ahearn do your fighting for you!

At 8/12/2005 8:54 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Is headusher having another hotflash or something again??

At 8/13/2005 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacobs sits back smugly while he makes deals with the Republicans so that he can get a total pass on the election for his race.

Meanwhile, he tries to knock off a Democrat who votes correctly more than he does - Mike Boland - and Ahern lets himself be once again - used - by the Jacobs family in their vendetta against Boland.

This is a longer fight than the Hatfields and the McCoys. Comone -- someone grow up!

At 8/13/2005 12:14 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

Anon at 10:49.
Please call me 797-5482. I have answered this accusation now 5-7 different times publicly, and multiple times privately, all with the same response, which is still the truth about who supposedly had asked me to do what, when, where and why.
Hit *67 and muffle your voice if you would like so as to allow yourself to remain anonymous.

At 8/13/2005 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahern, now you know what it feels like to be accused of something or someone your not- get used to it, that's the business.

At 8/13/2005 3:15 PM, Blogger diehard said...

At least Ahern has the Gonads to run for election. I will give him that! He doesnt need the speaker to come in and set everything up nice and tidy so he can have a pass!

At 8/14/2005 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahern - just do what you want to do and grow some thicker skin.

The business is what it is - except it's now set up now more for the wealthy - that's why Dems are having a tough time right now. They generally aren't loaded with family dough and the corporations are getting their way with every law and lowering wages of the worker daily.

Just do your thing and quit worrying about anything except how to get votes. Your last campaign was pretty weak so hope you learned something and have some better ideas. Good luck

At 8/15/2005 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

presenting ideas and issues as a candidate is the surest way to lose, right Ahern? voters do not care about ideas or issues, they vote on name ID, what their boss tells them to vote on, who is in the paper more, who is on the TV more, who is in the mail box more. come on people, why is the paper written at a seventh grade reading level? because that's the average reading level of those that read the paper, and those that read the paper vote more so then those who get their information from any other source, and probaly for at least the next few election cycles as well this will hold true. voters vote out of hatred, love, fear and ignorance, not issues. you see around here, we love Lane Evans, he wins. we are ignorant of pat vershoore, he gets appointed and wins, we fear the jacobs money, therefore no challengers will come forth to challenge an empty suit, and we hate any change, thus any challenger is up a creek. thus the power of the incumbancy trumps again. its your party guys, do what you will.

At 8/15/2005 4:11 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

The state of the Rock Island Democrat Party is strong. Democrat office-holders occupy all but one politcal office in Rock Island County. Given that we are an expanding politcal force, Democrats will not stop until Moline is under our leadership.

At 8/15/2005 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah exuse me the Democratic party had a chance last April to put Moline under their leadership and couldn't get the job done.
Stan Leach was re-elected by a nose!

At 8/15/2005 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get to comfortable boys, former Moline Mayor Al McCaulley is making politcal rounds. Can a comeback be far behind?

At 8/15/2005 6:04 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well my money is on Pat O'Brien if he runs next time for Moline Mayor - the job will be his for sure. Republican tradition aside, once they get a long look at the dufus the Moline voters elected to be their mayor, they will see the chance to have someone with a real brain and some progressive ideas and elect O'Brien if he puts his name on the ballot.

There is already trouble in Moline and the new Mayor who barely squeaked into his seat is simply clueless.

At 8/15/2005 6:09 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Oh and anon 16:16 - yea I know it's confusing - but Stan Leach did not run again for Moline Mayor. He retired but not before smearing Pat O'Brien all over the newspapers in paid ads to elect his "mini me" friend Don to replace him. His dispicable behaviour was pretty nasty to ride out of office and have it trail behind Stan, Don, Getz and all their little Republican friends.

It was like an episode of Dumb and Dumber. Stan and Don - whose dumber? It's a toss up.

However, they just ran to the gutter in their desperation to beat O'Brien and barely got it done. What a shame.

I can understand the confusion - they are both so much alike in so many ways.

At 8/15/2005 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Maybesomeday, you speak the truth.

Besides Al would never run unless he checked with O'Brien first to see if he was gonna run - as they are good friends and everyone knows that seat is O'Brien's to run for as a Dem -- (in a non-partisan ballot) if he wants it.

Hundreds of people are trying to get Pat O'Brien to run again next time. I hope he does.

At 8/15/2005 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Usher - see the support O'Brien has?

You and your other alter ego - Mike Jacobs do not have or enjoy that type of support and never will.

At 8/15/2005 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog would be nothing without Jacobs and Boland. These two are the only reason anyone even gets on this blog. They are very powerful people


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