Archive for April 10, 2012
Ed’s still on the air and still doing great radio. We apologize that we are a little behind this week here at BFIA and didn’t get the Fallon Forum weekly broadcast schedule up as we normally do each and every Monday.
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Tuesday, restauranteur and all-around great guy Robert Sanda joins me to discuss various angles on the corporate media, chain bookstores, and crazy things that happen to restaurant owners when Big Government over reaches its bounds. Most of you know Robert as the dude who cooks-up some mighty fine dishes at Tally’s Restaurant Bar and Catering, but he’s got a whole ‘nuther realm of experience, too.
Also, Tuesday, it’s time for this week’s . . . Pink Slime Update!
Wednesday, Iowa’s Head Bee Guy, Andy Joseph, joins us to discuss two recent studies linking common pesticides with the decline of bees. Bees are way more important than most people think. Trust me, when we run out of fruit and vegetables because there’s no creature left to facilitate pollination, you’ll say, “Ed, we’re sorry, we should have listened to you on the bee thing.”
Also, Wednesday, Mike Smith joins us to talk about whether or not taxpayers should pick up the tab for a private lake redevelopment. Mike’s the treasurer of Iowa Rivers Revival, worked with the Iowa attorney general’s office and was chair of the legal committee of Governor Culver’s Lake Delhi task force in 2010.
Thursday, it’s a high energy conversation: (1) Why is the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant still shut-down after being taken off-line over a year ago?, (2) Why do some Republicans, including Mitt Romney, hate the GM Volt, a car that gets 61 miles to the gallon and was named the European car of the year?, and (3) Is wind energy as environmentally friendly as proponents claim? We look at some of the arguments on the other side. (Hey, I promised to be fair and balanced, yes?)
Friday, Steve Cowan, producer of “Priceless” (check out the trailer), a documentary discussing big money in politics, joins us to talk about his film, which is presently airing on Iowa Public Television. Check out the trailer. It’s pretty compelling stuff, with Congressfolk speaking more candidly than they probably meant to, and three Iowa farmers offering their perspective, too.
This week’s Fallon Forum Freebie is an air-conditioning check with Leonard Tinker Heating and Cooling. I want to thank our local business partners and especially the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility for their support.
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“Robert F. ‘Bobby’ Kaufmann, Republican candidate for state representative, in District 73, pleaded guilty in late February to public intoxication but has not been convicted on the simple misdemeanor charge. Instead he has received a ‘deferred judgment.’
The deferred judgment means that the 26-year-old will serve a year on probation and, if he breaks no further laws, the case will be removed from his record.
Kaufmann said that he initially pleaded guilty to the charge ‘not knowing his legal rights,’ but his attorney helped him see that he could plead guilty yet avoid conviction under a deferred judgment.
Kaufmann had to pay a civil penalty and court costs of $195 and undergo a substance abuse evaluation.”
So this candidate will be on probation while he is trying to get elected to public office. Has that ever happened?
BFIA went to the online court records at www.iowacourts.gov and found that Kaufmann has received 17 convictions over the span of 10 years. We’ve reposted the information below but anyone can go and look it up. It’s public information.
While it is understood that a mishap here and there can happen to anyone, and we all have gotten the occasional speeding ticket, this is quite an impressive list of legal run-ins by any standard. Except for the public intoxication incident, running the stop/yield sign, and speeding 16-20 miles over the limit a couple of times, most of these are minor traffic violations. But still. It seems to us that a person would really have to be trying to have this many citations.
The point is, is this the track record of someone who is prepared to handle the pressures and responsibilities of holding public office? Just sayin’.
|2/4/2012||Consumption/Public Intoxication||06521 SMSM088584|
|10/20/2011||Operation without Registration||07161 STA0017648|
|5/31/2011||Failure to Maintain Safety Belts||07701 STA0030844|
|4/24/2011||Registration Violation||08791 STA0014571|
|6/7/2009||Operation without Registration||07701 STA0030844|
|12/20/2008||Failure to Carry Registration Card||06521 STA0028354|
|10/3/2008||DNU Expired Registration||06521 COSTA0024149|
|10/3/2008||DNU Excessive Speed 55 MPH (16-20 over)||06521 COSTA0024150|
|8/28/2008||Failure to Carry Registration Card||06061 STA0002777|
|5/19/2008||Failure to Maintain Safety Belts||07161 CLSTA0002754|
|4/30/2008||Failure to Maintain Safety Belts||07161 STA 0002292|
|8/30/2007||Speeding over 55 Zone (16-20 Over)||06521 STIC178051|
|3/13/2005||Failure to Display Registration Plate||04151 STP357617A|
|11/4/2004||Operation without Registration||07161 ST122WF52|
|2/5/2004||Auto Speeding 55 (6-10 over)||07701 WIST335823|
|2/22/2003||Auto Speeding 55 (11-15 over)||07701 WIST335426|
|12/20/2002||Failure to Obey Stop or Yield Sign||07701 ST335320|