August 18, 2006

Upcoming Events

A few events worth noting....

DRINKING LIBERALLY - The Illinois Quad City chapter of Drinking Liberally will be holding forth at Jack's Place, 425 15th Street, downtown Moline tonight, (Friday 18th) starting at 7:30 p.m. C'mon down and join the fun.

*Note* Last week Jack's had a live band which made conversation difficult. If there is a live band tonight, the event will move down 5th Ave. to QC Sports Zone.


Jacobs, selfless and dedicated Democrat that he is, is holding this multi-thousand dollar event yet again at a restaurant owned by none other than Mike Whalen, the Republican candidate for congress in the very hotly contested Iowa 1st District, one of the few open seat races in the country which offers the Dems an opportunity to pick up a seat.

Guess Jacobs doesn't mind reaching across the aisle when it comes to where he spends his campaign money.

Where:1300 River Drive, Moline, IL
When:Thursday, August 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Casual attire.

Donation packages ranging from the "Frankie" for $2500 which gets you 6 admissions including access to the exclusive cocktail party before the event where you can have the senator's ear, through the $1000.00 "Dino" and $500.00 "Peter" levels and finally to the lowly "Sammy" (How come the Candyman's at the bottom of the list? He had more talent in his fingernail than Peter Lawford had in his entire body.) where $30.00 gets you some hors d'oevres and a cash bar.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Radisson across the street if you need accomodations.

Questions? Call J.P. Jacobs @ 309.230.1695


ROCK RIVER HOG PLANT INFORMATIONAL RALLY - A group opposed to the Triumph hog slaughterhouse will be holding an informational picnic tomorrow (Sat. 19th) which runs all day.

From their announcement:
  • Beautiful park-like setting along the Rock River

  • Live entertainment

  • Drawings for prizes

  • Excellent speakers knowledgeable in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and processing plants

  • Sustainable food served for a small donation

  • Tables & chairs provided, but in the event of a bigger crowd than expected, please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on

  • Affidavits demanding an Environmental Impact Statement be done; forms will be available to fill out and sign onsite

  • Restroom facilities and plenty of free parking

  • Children, Swimmers, Boaters, Inner-Tubers all welcome!

Where: The home of Art & Dixie Norris, 21824 Barstow Road, East Moline, IL
When: Saturday, August 19th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call for Info: 309/721-1800 or E-mail:

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IN CASE OF RAIN: Same date & time, Archery Zone 16800 Barstow Rd.

Say “NO!” to Triumph Pork Plant and a 237% Sewer Treatement Rate Increase For East Moline Residents!


A bit further down the road, we have:


Where: Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #25 Hall, 4600 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL
When: Thursday, September 7th, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Hosts: Sen. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Pat Verschoore, John A. Gianulis

Cost: $1000.00 Sponsor/ $250.00 Individual/ $100.00 "Young Professional"

RSVP to Friends of Blagojevich P.O. Box 3128 Rock Island, IL 61204-3128


Honoring Phil Hare
Lane Evans host with guest, Congressman Jerry Costello

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL
When: Saturday, September 9th, Social Hour 6-7:00 p.m. Dinner 7-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $70 Individual, $250 Sponsor, $500 Host, $600 for a table
RSVP by e-mail to or to 309.788.3273


At 8/18/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger tiz said...

In honor of Jacobs' fundraiser at Whalen's restaurant, I'm going to give a few bucks to Jim Beals. Anyone know where I can do that online?

I would encourage any other expats from the IL-17 now living in the IA-01 to do the same.

At 8/18/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

ha! There ya go Tiz... Nice to see someone trying to return the favor.

At 8/18/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger IHG said...

Let's face it, Mike Jacobs is smart enough to understand that he represents Republicans as well as Democrats and he is smart enough to chase and accept money from Republicans in return. These people are not going to come to a fundraiser at Democrat headquarters are they?

Man, we are all clammoring for less partisan politics, now we cannot even eat at a restaurant that is not owned by someone unless they agree 100% with our politics?

At 8/18/2006 2:04 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're a twit Jim, and you really should quit while you're behind.

You're becoming a pinata.

At any rate, there ARE two parties, and they do have distinctly different policies and views on how government should function.

Are you suggesting that there should be just one big party?

So because there are Republicans and Dems in every district of the country, that politicians should abandon their party affiliations?

And the issue isn't Jacobs accepting money from Republicans, as you'd know if you even bothered reading or comprehending anything.

The issue is him spending money given him by Dems at a restaurant owned by a Republican candidate for congress.

And try to avoid overstating EVERYTHING if you could.

Where is it said that no one should ever eat in a business owned by a Republican?

You're getting delusional.

Please get a grip Jim, you're embarassing yourself.

At 8/18/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger tiz said...

So I take it you're going to the fundraiser?

There's a big difference between not eating at a restaurant and dropping 6K there in one night. It's been proven that Whalen isn't above using his business interests to help his campaign. Aside from giving himself more than probbably any other congressional candidate thus far, there were rumblings back in the primary when all of a sudden he started showing up a lot more often in Machine Shed commercials. His company is based in downtown Moline but changed their website around the time of the campaign to not reflect their Moline address and to call themselves a "Proud Iowa Company". Two of the most visible signs in Davenport are on HOA property that's between Elmore Avenue and i-74. The guy uses his business to camapaign, period. And by having a fundraiser at Johnny's Steakhouse Mike Jacobs, who has to about all of this, is giving a big FU to Bruce Braley.

I understand the love between you and the Jacobs brigade though. You both seem to enjoy putting your foot in your mouth and the blaming the messenger.

At 8/18/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

It's time to quit nit-picking where we host fundraisers. Enough.
Republicans, Independents and Democrats enjoy the fine pasta and streaks at Johnny's Italian Steak House. Jacobs is a big backer of Bruce Braley. Whether he has a fundraiser at Johnny's or not has no relevance and is a reflection of someone becoming obsessed with the politics of partisan nit-picking.

To quote the Inside Dope's criticism of someone earlier today, let's quit wasting time on irrelevant issues and let's focus on the big issues facing Quad Citians.

On the big issues that matter -- issues affecting working families and the youth of this region -- Mike Jacobs and Phil Hare are right on target.

At 8/18/2006 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the folks opposed to the Hog plant going to serve at the picnic? I hope it's burgers and barbeque chicken.

At 8/18/2006 3:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

That's a nice glib response, but the fact is that the people who oppose this plant do so for a miriad of valid reasons which have nothing to do with being opposed to hog processing.

You don't have to be a PETA animal rights activist to be sincerely opposed to the Triumph plant.

There's plenty of reasons it shouldn't be located where it is, including a host of environmental problems. And then there's the entire issue of how it will affect taxpayers and the black mail perks and examptions given to Triumph.

The issue even reaches all the way into school funding and the bedrock issue of whether residents have any say so whatsoever in what happens around them.

To dismiss opponents as some sort of whacky animal rights people is both inaccurate and a bit disingenous.

At 8/18/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Damn right Gorilla,

Even though there's dozens of fine places to hold a fundraiser, what's wrong with paying a Republican candidate for a key seat in congress a few thousand bucks to cater a fundraiser for a supposed Dem?

It's just crazy to imagine that Braley would object to Jacobs dumping 6 or 7 thousand bucks on the guy he's in the race of his life against.

Why should Jacobs be expected to actually hold it somewhere else?

What the heck, there should be no difference between the party's anyway. Let's all just get along and just forget about party altogether.

I'm going to follow 'tiz's lead and donate to a Republican for the first time in my life.

But what the heck. You've convinced me it's no big deal and I'm sure Jacobs wouldn't mind if I gave what I'd have given him to his opponent.

At 8/18/2006 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TID, my response was glib, and it's not an issue related vegans v. flesh eaters or any sort of animal rights response.

The thought of having a picnic to discuss a pork plant made me wonder if they're serving BBQ pork sandwiches, not whether they are animal rights activists or not.

My problem with the Triumph proposal is the low wages for workers and the potential environmental damage to the wetlands. I believe it will cause second and third order problems for schools, health care, and public services.

As for the funding for the plant, I'm not sure that the funding streams aren't the same types of incentive programs given to other businesses. I haven't researched it. I do know it's a huge $$$ figure, but I don't think it's a new or unique program.

At 8/18/2006 5:08 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

Glad to see that Evans can muster the energy to get off his girlfriend's couch in order do to some politiking for "Congressman" Hare.

Too bad he hasn't had the energy to represent the 17th District.

But whatever. We all know that politicking for the powerful comes before the business of the people.

Gaia forbid that Evans should do some actual work for his district, rather than just work for his party.

I'm such a naif.

At 8/19/2006 2:11 AM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

Dookofurl, A. Lane hasn't been politicing for Congressman Hare. B. I saw Lane this week and he wasn't in any shape to be politicing for anyone. C. leave the man alone alright we get it he's leaving office and you dislike his stance on issues give it a rest let him suffer in diginity without slimmy bastards like yourself giving him shit, I just got back from drinking liberally and yes I'm a little drunk but you're still an asshole

At 8/19/2006 11:02 PM, Blogger Tacky said...

One can be civil and still get their point across without name calling. Mike is married to the daughter of Republican Buck Wendt ( former mayor of Moline). So the discussions around the dinner table when realtives are present is quite lively. Buck and his siblings will never change their strong views about their relative Democrats, even if they happen to be Senators.
Perhaps Mike Jacobs wanted his relatives to feel at ease ( and enjoy their food) while spending their money supporting his candidacy. Its all in the family.

At 8/20/2006 2:35 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Tacky, I appreciate your attempt to somehow rationalize Jacobs spending thousands of campaign donations at a place which directly profits a Republican candidate for congress, but I feel you really had to stretch your imagination for that one.. (unless of course I'm missing your sarcasm.)

When this item was posted on the Illinoize blog, it predictably attracted the most vile and reprehsensible libel and utterly false attempts to attack the messenger, even the laughable invention that I am a "disgruntled former employee" of Jacobs.

I've never worked for Jacobs in my life, and neither apparently has the person they try to name as being myself, since that name appears no where in any campaign finance reports as having done work for the campaign.

It's literally amazing to see just how freaked out and disgusting these people can get when any thing appears which calls Jacobs actions into question, never mind the fact that the story is factual and can't be disputed in any way.

A truly horrible reflection of the character and mindset of close supporters of Jacobs.

When I first checked in on the piece on Illinoize earlier today, I found a series of comments so vile, disgusting and irresponsible that they've since had to be deleted and the blog administrator saw fit to shut off all comments completely.

This is the first time this has ever had to be done on the Illinoize blog to my knowledge.


At 8/20/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger Sue Preston said...

I saw an ad for Sen. jacobs about his fundraiser. Music critic for the TV show extra and local singer songwritter Jude Cole will be preforming at the fundraiser. I have also heard that Jude Coles business partner Kiefer Sutherland, from the hit TV show 24 will be attending. Can anyone confirm any of this.

At 8/20/2006 11:17 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So nice to have the "I heard...." "can you confirm" or the clasic "please advise" comments from the Jacobs camp back. It's been a while.

And the answer is that you, being close to the campaign, should surely know be able to confirm these rumors.

Maybe someone can write in the other familiar, "I spoke with Sen. Jacobs and...." ploy to set things straight.

At 8/20/2006 7:25 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

The Jacobs' event will be a good time. It may even more fun that the Dick Holliday and the Bamboo Gang concert Friday night in downtown Moline. I'm for all this live music and R & R. I also hear that Senator Joe Biden will be in the Quads this Wednesday, from 12-1, at some law firm promoting Phil Hare and Biden's 2008 presidential hopes. Go Democrats!!

And, Dope, it's high time to quit slamming the Jacobs' campaign for having their event on the plaza at Johnny's. Politicizing restaurants and bars is a truly slippery slope we don't want to move toward. The meatballs we eat at Johnny's aren't Republican or Democrat. We have to quit politicizing the issues that don't matter and politicizing the issues that do matter.

At 8/21/2006 8:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

With comments like that, your name perhaps should be DemJellyfish, not DemGorilla.

How can you NOT "politicize" a restaurant when it's owned by a freaking Republican candidate for congress, for Pete's sake? I mean, get real here.

And not only that, but a candidate in a race which in incredibly close and hotly contested and where Dems actually stand a chance to pick up a seat.

Why should voters be expected to show party loyalty when apparently its own candidate doesn't?

You may wish everyone would hold hands and sing kumbaya, and I'm sure you'd rather that there never be anything but happy talk put out about Jacobs and local Dems. That's fine. That's a legitimate, if partisan view.

But who's harming the party here? Someone who brings attention to this, or a Dem candidate doing thousands of dollars of business with a Republican candidate for congress?

And I'm not sure everyone shares your desire that we should all adopt a Sgt. Shultz-like "I see NOTH-ing!" attitude.

I don't feel that's a good enough reason for sweeping it all under the rug.

Is it really being a "good Democrat" to try to cover up the fact that Jacobs is spending a very large amount of money at a restaurant owned by the Republican candidate for congress just across the river?

Should a "good Democrat" turn their backs when one of their party's candidates indirectly aids a Republican candidate, and thereby harms the Dem candidate Braley in this hard fought race?

And the meatballs at Johnny's might not be Republican or Democrat, they may not be partisan. But the thousands in Democratic donor money that Jacobs is paying for them sure the hell is. As is the person he's paying.

Glad you're trying to run interferance for Jacobs, and I hope you're well paid for it, but I think people ought to make up their own minds. I don't think the issue should be ignored.

You obviously are more concerned with the damage this might do to Jacobs than the fact that Jacobs chooses to hold the event at Whalen's restaurant, and this even though it's been known he is the Republican candidate for congress for months now.

Are there no other venues for a fundraiser in the Illinois Quad Cities? How about the new Chop House which is struggling to establish itself just a couple blocks away? How about any other place?

Your loyalty to Jacobs apparently trumps your loyalty to the party's candidate for congress in Iowa it seems. I'd find that choice of loyalty rather curious if it weren't for the fact that you likely depend on Jacobs for income.

What if hypothetically Jacobs was spending thousands on a fundraiser held at a place owned by Andrea Zinga? What if the shoe were on the other foot? What would you say then?

Would that be a slap against Phil Hare? Hell yes. Would Dems be rightly outraged? I'd hope so.

Yet the only difference between that scenario and reality is that instead of the 17th in IL, it's the 1st in Iowa, instead of Hare, it's Braley, and instead of Zinga, it's Whalen.

I guess even in that case, you'd say Hare supporters shouldn't bring it up or make an issue of it?

How will you feel if Whalen ends up defeating Braley?

But again, perhaps most importantly, why should voters feel party loyalty when apparently it's own candidates don't?


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