Proving Tari WRONG

By: Diane Benjamin Tari claimed in his rant that I would never live in Bloomington and I hate Bloomington. He’s right about never living in Bloomington (or Normal) because out in the country I am free. My taxes are much lower and I don’t have authoritarian bullies telling me how to live my life. However […]

Bloomington is getting Form Based Code

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has been trying to pass Form Based Code for years.  Normal already has it.  Everything looks the same, especially the student housing.  Individualism isn’t allowed.  Almost every building is retail on the bottom with apartment above, whether there is a need for retail or not.  One Uptown Circle […]

Bike facts that don’t matter

Update:  The lady in the video reported Amelia stated her family won’t be using the bike lanes – too dangerous!  She is supporting the plan because Bike Blono wants it.   By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I attended Renner’s Open House for the first time.  I don’t attend because I already know what answers are going […]

Bats and Wind Farms

By:  Diane Benjamin I wonder how this article made it in the latest magazine printed by Illinois State University! ISU is a big pusher of wind energy, so this article is out-of-place.  Somehow it didn’t make the on-line version of the magazine or I would have linked to it. If you are Facebook friends with […]

More on the Global Warming scam

Two articles destroy the Global Warming Myth:   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/un-official-admits-global-warming-agenda-really-about-destroying-capitalism Excerpt: A shocking statement was made by a United Nations official Christiana Figueres at a news conference in Brussels. Figueres admitted that the Global Warming conspiracy set by the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, of which she is the executive secretary, has a goal not of environmental activists […]

Elect Hauman? WHY?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a brief recap of things I’ve written about previously: Comprehensive City Manger reports are no longer issued because Hauman thinks they are a waste of money.  Now citizens have no idea how tax receipts are trending.  See email HERE  This email also sounds like she doesn’t care about speakers at […]

Attn: Farmers – EPA is after you

By:  Diane Benjamin The EPA is now out to regulate how farmers treat their land.  Did you know plowing creates mini-mountain ranges?  Did you know those mini ranges create disturbed wetlands? The whole report is 38 pages, see it at this link: http://www.beefusa.org/CMDocs/BeefUSA/Media/Beltway%20Beef/WOTUS%20Committee%20Report%20Final.pdf This excerpt is from page two.  While we all thought we lived […]

Logan County: Wind hearing tonight

Tonight is a zoning hearing for a new wind farm: Thursday, September 8 @ 7:30 PM at the West Lincoln Broadwell Elementary School District 92 which is located at 2695 Woodlawn Road, Lincoln, IL 62656 Wind farms can be hazardous to your health, produce very little electricity for the massive costs (subsidizes), and won’t provide […]

The Hoax takes a new low!

By:  Diane Benjamin The climate change believers were unleashed to spew propaganda in the bird-cage liner today.  An editorial by two ISU professors called people who haven’t swallowed the communist green kool-aid part of the “cult of ignorance”. These clowns admit to living in a bubble.   I agree and it’s funded by taxpayers and […]

Budget: Entertaining you!

By:  Diane Benjamin Quality of Life?  it’s not if you can’t afford to live here or participate! Details for anything listed as Total are in this document  FY 2017 Budget Detail  It’s searchable, so any item is easy to find. Much of the below is what Bloomington spends to entertain you.  I’m purposely not including […]

Get facts before approving more Wind Farms

By:  Diane Benjamin Invenergy wanted to build a wind farm in Livingston County.  The Livingston County Board refused to approve the project.  All of this was very recent. Being defeated in Livingston County, Invenergy has moved to McLean County to try again. Before the McLean County Board jumps at yet another wind farm in McLean […]

Update: Climate facts and deniers

Here’s another article to consider:  http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2015/12/climate-change-and-the-lessons-of-a-winter-storm.html I few days ago a banned person left a comment about climate change to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2015/12/26/vogel-you-make-my-writing-sooooo-easy/ This person has the honor of being the only person I have banned from commenting.  The IP address isn’t local, so I don’t take her seriously.  I banned her because having an […]

Why Bloomington is expanding the library

By:  Diane Benjamin Traffic at Bloomington’s library continues to decline, yet plans to expand continue.  Why? The answer can be found in NORMAL’s Master plan for Uptown: If you haven’t read Normal’s new plan, here’s a link:  Uptown 2.0 Plan  (It downloads a PDF instead of linking you to a webpage) The document is the […]

Definition: Public Servant

By:  Diane Benjamin Two schools of thought are in play locally: 1)  Government exists to create Quality of Life – no specific definition 2)  Government exists to provide essential services citizens can not provide for themselves – police, fire, streets, sewers etc Normal switched to option 1 when Koos was elected.  Everything that happens there […]

Happy Earth Day Suckers!

By:  Diane Benjamin The First Earth Day was in 1970.  One of the organizers was a now convicted murder Ira Einhorn, but I digress.  Below are what they predicted:  (Don’t miss 11 and 13) Behold the coming apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970: “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless […]

Corn Belt Customers: Say NO!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you are a Corn Belt Electric customer, don’t ignore the April 2015 issue of Country Living magazine.  Turn to page 6 or see this link:  http://icl.coop/illinois-rural-electric-cooperative-upgrading-to-new-generation-of-smart-meter/ Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative upgrading to new generation of smart meter Call, email, or write to them – Tell them you do not agree to […]

Here comes the Public Housing! UPDATE

UPDATE: Peter Levavi Sr. Vice President at Brinshore Development Greater Chicago Area Real Estate Summary Development of Master Planned communities through public private partnership Specialties:Public housing redevelopment, mixed income development, master planning By:  Diane Benjamin Another lesson in how screwed up our country is: The City of Bloomington has 100+ year old sewers.  Quality of […]

Buragas: More you need to know

By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Renner has a limited supply of Democrats to appoint.  Evidently that’s why Amelia Buragas was appointed to two positions by him.  (Zoning Board of Appeals and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Board:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/04/ward-4-forum-buragas/) With a limited pool of potential appointees, Renner appointed Amalia’s husband to the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  http://www.mcplan.org/department/board.php?structureid=16 The […]

Global Warming? Sure

By: Diane Benjamin In the 70’s, the talking points were Global Cooling.  Then temperatures increased and the talking points went to Global Warming.  Then temperatures cooled again, so now it’s Climate Change. No the science isn’t settled.  No 90%+ scientists do not agree.  No, you can not trust people who profit from towing whatever line […]

Normal: Providing chuckles (at your expense)

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal’s government is a never-ending supply of giggles as they attempt to “control” behavior.  Since the Mayor owns a bike shop, it’s easy for him to justify biking.  I’ve written before and shown pictures of the grand street plans that will evidently promote bikes.  Nobody has explained how narrowing intersections does that, […]

Normal gets Delphied again

By:  Diane Benjamin Look up the Delphi method.  It’s an established technique to make you agree with an agenda as “facts” are presented to support what the seller wants you to buy. Many people in Normal believe in the Uptown concept and now Uptown 2.  Personal property rights must be sacrificed for the greater good. […]

Bloomington: You’ve been hijacked (Part 3)

by:  Diane Benjamin If you believe government always acts in your best interests, don’t bother reading this post. There is a lot more to the presentation by the Ecology Action Center at last nights Council meeting.  The presentation starts on page 611:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7126 The oral presentation didn’t use any troubling words, but the written copy […]

Bloomington: You’ve been hijacked (Part 1)

by:  Diane Benjamin I moved to the Bloomington-Normal area in 1980.  McLean County was a solid conservative arena of small government and low taxes.  Those days are gone. When clear rules about the role of government do not exist, government makes up their own.  Even local Republicans no longer believe in limited government.  Taxpayers expect […]

More Executive Session – Secrets

by:  Diane Benjamin The minutes of the Executive Session held during the retreat last November offer interesting insight into what Bloomington’s Mayor, City Manager and Alderman are thinking.  Remember, this was a secret meeting.  Usually the Council votes to keep these minutes a secret because they don’t want you to know what they say.  See […]

The East-Side Bypass isn’t dead

by:  Diane Benjamin Sometime we forget about projects when there are no updates making headlines.  Millions of dollars have been spent to date for studies and more studies.  It is going to happen because government thinks it is their job to generate economic activity.  They see dollar signs and temporary jobs, so they jump thinking […]

Aggregation: 100% Green energy?

by:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington took two votes, but now both Bloomington and Normal convinced the citizens they could save money under aggregation.  Both cities negotiated prices with Homefield Energy, who is really Ameren.  (https://blnnews.com/2012/12/18/aggregation-follow-the-money/) Both Bloomington and Normal opted for 100% Green Energy.  Electricity isn’t a different color because a wind turbine produced it, so […]

Bad things start in California – here’s one

What to watch for locally: Sustainable Communities = NO private Property Rights Sustainable Communities = means jamming people into dense, urban centers using high-density residential housing and high-intensity retail and commercial buildings near mass transit corridors.  Best practices = We have to limit citizen rights “Sustainable” is frequently mentioned by officials in both Bloomington and […]

Australia Reining in Climate Schemes After Voters Reject Carbon Tax

Written by  Alex Newman http://flyoverpress.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/draft-australia-reining-in-climate-schemes-after-voters-reject-carbon-tax/?goback=.gde_4400754_member_273744157#!     In the wake of a crushing defeat last week for the climate alarmism-promoting Australian Labor Party, which imposed the deeply unpopular and expensive “carbon tax” credited by analysts for the conservative coalition’s victory, authorities in Australia are preparing to dismantle and consolidate the myriad global-warming schemes spawned under the […]

Socialism, by a guy living it

by:  Diane Benjamin A friend of mine is in the Army, stationed in Germany.  His family is with him and they do a lot of travelling around Europe.  They have been to numerous beautiful and historic places.  His Facebook page has a ton of great pictures.  I was kidding him last week about how he […]

The Truth about Wind Farms: Parasites

The REAL news has to come from other countries since America no longer has unbiased and fair media. Source:  http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/57556?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook Wind turbines need a constant supply of electricity “Parasitic Consumption”—Wind-Farms By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser (Bio and Archives)  Thursday, August 29, 2013 In case you are afraid that “Parasitic Consumption” (PC) refers to little mites eating the wind turbines, […]

Why local government doesn’t have money

by:  Diane Benjamin The McLean County Regional Planning Commission is busy planning for Bloomington.  Most of this commission consists of un-elected people who tell every level of government what to do by dangling money in front of them.  In addition to Bloomington, their website has plans for Normal, the County, and the schools.  That’s how […]

Report on the east-side bypass meeting

by:  Diane Benjamin The only clear supporter of the project was County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen.  Matt is an eternal optimist who believes Bloomington-Normal will continue to grow rapidly.  One crowd member pointed out that growth requires jobs and the major area employers aren’t hiring or bringing people in from other states.  The opposite is […]

OUCH! SENATE GLOBAL WARMING HEARING BACKFIRES ON DEMOCRATS AND SENATOR BOXER

Expert witnesses totally dismantled warmism July 22, 2013 by Marc Morano http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/07/22/ouch-senate-global-warming-hearing-backfires-on-democrats-and-senator-boxer/   During yesterday’s Environment and Public Works hearings, Sen. David Vitter asked a panel of experts, including experts selected by Boxer,“Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?” For several seconds, nobody said […]

Agenda 21: Restructure US government to make “huge” green changes in America, study proposes

One of the important unanswered questions, the former official said, is “who gets to decide what sustainability is? Or what its outcome means?”  One of the major impediments, the study says, is created by America’s “basic framework of government, established by law,” which is “one of separated and dispersed authority,” in which “government agencies at […]