Saturday, December 31, 2011


As we approach 2012 we here at Freedom of Speech have been pondering about what the new year will bring. Here are some of the questions we need to ask ourselves.

Have we the citizens of New Albany had enough yet?

Will we finally have accountability from the new Mayor?

Will there be an end to the mismanagement?

Will there finally be an audit?

Will there be an end to the conflict of interest?

Does it exist? You bet it does.

Will there be an end to the same people sitting on multi-boards and collecting a salary from each?

Will we have qualified people making the right decisions with our money?

Will we be able to drive down our streets without having to worry about potholes?

Will our sewers finally be repaired?

Will our new City Council President be able to stand up to the Mayor?

These are just a few of the questions and issues for 2012.

As we close 2011 we need to become focused on the future of New Albany. Next year will be very interesting. We need to come together and stand up and be counted, things won't change if all we do is sit and talk about it.

All of us here at Freedom of Speech want to wish each of you a Happy and safe New Year.


Political credibility is probably the single most important variable defining the success or failure of any given local government.

Our local government's credibility is a tangible and measurable asset.

Local governments are credible if they are able to deliver services such as keeping the city clean and public utilities working efficiently.

Local government is increasingly responsible for raising own source revenues. As such, if a local government is to be financially viable it must confront its constituency with the cost of providing services.

In the current measure the constituents "do not trust" our local government.

Discretionary power does not refer to the right to make decisions but rather deriving personal gain from choices made.

Accountability is the underlying element with which corruption can be addressed. As long as there is personal gain overshadowing the accountability there will always be an opportunity for corruption in local government.

The formula for failure of local government:

Corruption = Power + Discretion - Accountability

The challenge is where common sense political leaders and administrators are motivated to serve the public without private gain.

And their own personal agendas.

Furthermore, it is necessary to fully capture the manner in which our local government interacts with its constituents.

What we need to do is:

* Making public information public

* Increasing public participation and

* Establishing administrative structures that promotes transparency and reduce discretionary power as well as the "propensity" to be corrupt

* Allowing bad local government to fail

* Accountability, credibility and integrity should always be in local government

Our elected mayor and local council members should have a stake in our community. At its most basic level our local government is required to simply collect revenue and apply local ordinances.

Citizens deserve accountability.

Our current Administration has failed to establish a working relationship with its citizens.

Mayor England had the choice to:

* Increase the publics confidence level in our local governmental operations

* Increase department head accountability for financial reporting and all information disclosed to the public

* Develop a stronger, more independent audit system

* Stringent purchasing policies, tighten spending, and timely reporting is necessary to adhere to budgetary constraints under which local government operates

* Looking out for the best interest of all the citizens of New Albany

And Mayor England has failed miserably!

Accountability is the essence of our democratic form of local government.

It is the liability assumed by all those who exercise authority to account for the manner in which they have filled responsibilities entrusted to them.

They must be accountable to the people.

Freedom Of Speech would like to know who will bring Accountability, Credibility and Integrity back to the City of New Albany?

So we say to you, Douglas B. England, your the worse Mayor the City of New Albany has ever had. Leave the keys with security on the first floor and don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Good riddance!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


From : Katie Dept. Manager
To: All 3rd Floor Staff
Subject: Ethics Classes
Date: Dec. 29, 2011

Dear Staff:

As you've probably heard, we've had a teensy glitch in the document leaks department; A certain new Mayor, who shall remain nameless, has been naughty lately, and the blogs are all over him for lying.

Now we'd usually just ignore this sort of thing, but our new Mayor has even been sworn in yet! So we clearly have to send out a "we care about ethics" message, to get the taxpayers off our new mayor's back.

Here's what we're gonna do.

I'll be holding ethics classes the first two weeks in January, and you all have to come. Booooring!!! - yes, I know. But I promise my class will be really short.

As an extra inducement, I'll devote 95% of each session to a talk which I like to call "keeping the council members and taxpayers in the dark."

The following topics will be discussed:

* No more paid 3 hour lunches.

* All offices facing Hauss Square be on the look out for taxpayers and/or Council Members heading to the 3rd floor.

* Comp Time

* Take home cars at the malls

* Cell phone calls to out of state family members after the holidays

* Grocery shopping during working hours

Excuses to use before releasing any documents:

(a) Everyone has to fill out a form
(b) We're to busy
(c) Copy machine is broke
(d) The person that handles this is in a meeting

Do you get my drift...staff?

And needless to say, there won't be a test. Of course there will be a gazillion page questionnaire.

Just kidding! ROFLMAO

After all, a little birdie tells me many of you may be hiring criminal lawyers real soon...and those guys are PRICEY!!! So the time to sock some cash away is NOW - Big Time!

Just kidding! HA...HA...HA!

Please check the attached schedule to see which slot you've got, and stop throwing our new mayor under the bus.

He needs some New Year cheer, before the voters eat him up come Jan. 1, 2012!

Remember it's the taxpayers money we're spending!

Happy New Years
Katie Dept. Manager
New Albany
Document Department

PS...Do not leak this memo!

Source: Anonymous

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


In keeping with tradition, we would like to invite you to attend a brief Swearing In Ceremony:

When: Thursday, December 29th

Where: County Commissioner's Meeting Room on the second floor of the City County Building

Time: 4 pm

Keith Henderson, Floyd County Prosecutor will officiate the ceremony.

We'll have refreshments and you can cheer on the the new candidates for 2012.

Dave Matthews

Monday, December 19, 2011


Ten Things To Say About A Christmas Gift You Don't Like...

10. Hey! There's a gift!

9. Well, well, well...

8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would've fit.

7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement.

6. Gosh, I hope this never catches fire. It is fire season though.

5. If the dog buries it, I'll be furious!

4. Did you forget I am a Democrat mother?

3. I love it -- but I fear the jealous it will inspire.

2. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.

And the Number One Thing to say about a Christmas gift you don't like

1. "I really don't deserve this."

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


3 Wise Women

Do you know what would have happened if it had been Three Wise Women instead of Three Wise Men?

They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole and brought practical gifts.

Seasons Greetings,


Overheard On The Wise Men's Journey To Bethlehem

Man, I'm starting to get a rush from this frankincense!

You guys ever eat camel meat? I hear it tastes like goat.

You know, I used to go to school with a girl name Beth Lehem.

Hey, do either of you know why "MYRRH" is spelled with a
"Y" instead of a "U"?

Okay, whose camel just spit?

All this staring at the star while riding a camel is making me woozy.

Happy Holidays,


A Little Christmas Poem

The wife is shopping for Christmas gifts,
With purchases little and large;
She doesn't believe in Santa Claus...
But she believes in Master Charge!

Merry Christmas,
Jimmy Price Family

Monday, December 05, 2011


It's awful funny that the mayor "again tries" to slip something under the radar. Thank God, for employees who believe in exposing the soon to be X- mayor for his sneaky under handed ways!

Let us show you what Mr. Soon to be X- mayor is pulling over on you taxpayers:

Whereas, the City of New Albany has experienced budgetary freezes in the last four (4) years, including salaries.

Whereas, the Common Council and the Mayor acknowledge that the cost of living has increase over the past four (4) years.

Whereas, Bargaining Employees by contract (police and fire) have a 1% yearly longevity increase in their pay and the non-bargaining employees have no such yearly longevity increase.

Whereas, the Common Council and the Mayor deem it important to the functions of the City and the morale of employees, to NOW, THEREFORE, PAY A COST OF LIVING RECOGNITION PAYMENT AS FOLLOWS:

Employees with years of service:
1-8 years......$750.00
8+ years.......$1,000.00

For the purposes of determining those entitled to the payment and the calculating of years, September 30, 2011, shall be used to determine the employee's payment.

First of all this is bogus, another lie out of Dougy's mouth. In 2009 they received the same amount due to bad morale in the city including the third floor employees.

In 2010 all these employees also got raises!

Freedom Of Speech would like to say: 2012 will be the Year of the Great Reckoning -- the year when the bills come due. After England is out of office.

Remember, folks it is NOT ILLEGAL for city officials, politicians, and even council members to lie (in) most cases. So don't worry - nothing shady is going on, just England and Council woman Benedetti doing business as usual!

Isn't that why we voted that "SOB" England out of office and we ask Mayor Elect Gahan to remove his crooked cronies too?

This is an insult to all the senior citizens on fixed income, who have NOT received a cost of living raise in three years. We ask our readers to remember who votes to give these free loaders a "Christmas Bonus' or should we say "Severance Pay" for all the damage they have done to our city and all the kickbacks they are leaving office with.

Who has put Benedetti up to this? And, why?

As they say if the shoe fits wear it, and to Dougy, be sure to not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out on December 31, 2011.

You're all so done in this town, you can stick a fork in all of ya!

Thursday, December 01, 2011


This year's theme of "Getting to Zero" by 2015 encourage us, as people of faith to reflect and work to promote human dignity and respect and protect the human rights of people living with or affected by HIV or those who are vulnerable to infection.

This theme encourages us to deepen understanding, develop partnerships and challenge discriminatory laws, policies and practices that stand in the way of access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Get Involved!


This day is dedicated to our special "little friend Joshua." See, Joshua contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion when he was only 3 months old. This special little boy died at the age of 9.

In his memory Freedom Of Speech staff members today, December 1, 2011, donate $1,000 to help fight AIDS.

We miss and love you Joshua. You will always hold a special place in each one of our hearts. There is not a day that passes that we don't miss your precious smile and determination.

Freedom Of Speech Staff

Monday, November 28, 2011


Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year for online retailers.

Retailers notice a spike in sales on this day as many consumers chose not to shop during Black Friday or did not find what they were looking for, headed to the web on Monday from work or home to find bargains.

Many retailers use Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season by offering special promotions.

We highly recommend to all of our readers to join you will get up to 6% or more cash back on certain purchases. We've been a member for over 3 years and you can join free.

Here's a list of businesses you might want to check out:

* Ace Hardware Coupons
& Cash Back - 4.0%
* Barnes and Noble Coupons
& Cash Back - 8.0 %
* Bath and Body Works Coupons
& Cash Back - 9.0%
* Dick's Sporting Goods Coupons
& Cash Back -3.0%
* ESPN Shop Coupons
& Cash Back - 10.0%
* Famous Footwear Coupons
& Cash Back - 9.0%
* Foot Locker Coupons
& Cash Back - 3.0%
* FTD Coupons
& Cash Back - 20.0%
* Home Depot Coupons
& Cash Back - 5.0%
* Coupons
& Cash Back - 5.0%
* Kohl's Coupons
& Cash Back - 4.0%
* Lands End Coupons
& Cash Back - 6.0%
* Old Navy Coupons
& Cash Back - 7.0%
* Payless Shoe Source Coupons
& Cash Back - 3.0%
* PetSmart Coupons
& Cash Back - 4.0%
* Coupons
& Cash Back - 15.0%
* Sears Cash Back - 6.0%
* Lowe's Cash Back - 5.0%
* Walmart Cash Back 5.0%
* JC Penny's Cash Back 3.0%

Happy Cyber Shopping!

Freedom Of Speech Staff

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, the rest for me
'Cause I'm Obama.'

Should one percent appear to small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm Obama.'

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
'Cause I'm Obama.'

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm Obama.'

If you got a corporate jet, your to rich for me
If you got a pet, I'll tax your cat
If you wipe your feet, I'll tax your mat
If your over weight, I'll tax you fat
'Cause I'm Obama.'

And you're working for no one, but me
'Cause I'm President Barack Obama.'

Thursday, November 17, 2011


What the council is voting for tonight is (1) a $2.3 million bailout for soon to be x-mayor of New Albany. Unless you live under a rock like Councilman Bob Caesar "who will claim he balanced" the budget (cough) it's just another one of his lies.

Our local government is only thinking about the raises they gave, mismanagement and for our own police, fire department and to save face.

You nine council members voted once to make England accountable to us taxpayers. Now that the election is over it is a complete different story.
It's not fair or right for us taxpayers to pay for England's incompetence, and his malfeasance.

Wonder why were broke?

Read below and get your answers:

Balance Estimate for EDIT/Rainy Day/Riverboat Year End 2011-After Appropriation for Rolling Deficit:

EDIT/ Rainy Day/Riverboat
(end 2011)............................$5,472,169

Appropriation - General
Appropriation - Parks.........($100,000)

Appropriation - MVH..........($500,000)
Balance EDIT/Rainy Day/


EDIT 2011:

Ending Balance Oct. 2011..$3,708,792

Est. Income Nov. 2011.......$185,504

Est. Income Dec. 2011.......$185,204

Expense-Remaining of

Estimated Balance Ending
2011-No Additional..........$2,912,743


River Boat 2011:

Ending Balance Oct. 2011..$1,300,307

Est. Income Nov. &
Dec. 2011..........................$200,000
Estimated Balance Ending 2011
-No Additional.................$847,487

Rainy Day 2011:

Balance Oct. 2011...........$1,760,303

Est. Income Rest of 2011..$-0-

Expenses-Remaining of
Total Expected Year End-No
Additional Expenses/


Total Funds Amounts Available for Rolling Deficits:

Riverboat Fund ... $847,487
Rainy Day............ $1,711.99

(2) $40,000 x 2 for New Albany First:

Freedom Of Speech would like to say:

Why should EDIT dollars be USED for a salary and is this NOT discrimination if they give it to one group and not give it to other groups or non-profits?

Do you really think the citizens of New Albany "will buy local" when they find out it was their EDIT Funds that set this group up?

They can't raise the funds for New Albany First, so they expect YOU to foot their bill!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Should taxpayers support every non-profit group?

What does $40,000 pay for:

Salary for part-time employee (20-25 hours/wk) - $25,000

Rent/Phone/ Internet - $2,000

Conference/trainings - $2,000

Marketing/advertising - $5,000

Office/printing supplies - $1,000

Programs of Work - $5,000

Operations and Management/Staffing:

We have attained 32 affiliates in our first six months. Our projection is to double that by the end of our first year and have 100 members by the end of 2012. We intend to hire a part-time director by January 1st 2012.

Question: And, who might that be?

Financial Plan:

New Albany First IBA's initial fee structure is as follows:
Individual/Family Membership - $25/$40 per year
Friends of New Albany First (for non-profits and other interested parties, including business located outside of New Albany/Floyd County)- $50/year
Regular Business Memberships - $120/year
Supporting Business Memberships - $300/year
Sustaining Business Memberships $500/ year

Question: Have you considered having fundraisers and collecting donations?

Freedom Of Speech would like to say:

Our city is sitting on a $2.3 million deficit of miss management and malfeasance. Why should this group or any other group be entitled to our EDIT Funds? Should every Tom, Dick, and Harry that has a non-profit or have applied for non-profit status get funding?

If you do for one then do we have to give to all?

As they say: "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink!"

Thursday, November 10, 2011


The new Christmas tree program we've all heard about will impose on U.S. domestic producers and importers an initial fee of 15 cents per tree.

Meaning: it will start at 15 cents, and go up from there.

Implementation 'Delayed.'

Now here rather is a revenue-raising idea that we all can get behind: a tax on stupid. Start with Congress, and by the time you get through the three branches of federal government, the deficit will be wiped out, guaranteed!

Yep, too good to pass up.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


City Of New Albany Mayor:

Jeff Gahan - 4,506

Council At Large:

Shirley Baird - 3,297

John Gonder - 3,556

Kevin W. Zurchmiede - 3,319

City Of New Albany Clerk:

Vicki Glotzbach

District 1:

Dan Coffey - 498

District 2:

Bob Caesar - 734

District 3:

Greg Phipps - 550

District 4:

Pat McLaughlin - 653

District 5:

Diane McCartin-Benedetti - 786

District 6:

Scott Blair - 640

Freedom Of Speech would like to say:

"Mission Accomplished!"

Sunday, November 06, 2011


It is such a cliche that many of us roll our eyes when we hear the phrase "every vote counts."

But in New Albany we saw the old saying come true in the primary.

City resident Diane McCartin - Benedetti won her bid to run in the general election for council by a mere 25 votes.

By the same token, Dan Coffey won his chance because of the decisions of just a dozen voters.

But the point remains that it is a squeaker and for all the voters who decided they didn't want to venture out to their local polling place because of the rain or because they were turned off by negative campaigning or, worse of all, because it just doesn't matter if they vote, clearly they need to think again.

This is the most important election the City of New Albany has had in several years.

As we have said before, it is unfortunate so many voters sit local elections out because those who are elected determine so much that affects our daily lives - whether it is our taxes, increase fees, who will haul away our trash, fix our sewers, whether city departments will be cut or major lay offs will happen due to lack of funds.

We recommend you vote for the candidate and not the party. Our opinion is that both party chairman's should be removed!

Matthews and Wilcox both are doing a disservice to their party.

Don't vote "against a candidate" because of the color of their skin or gender.

Be an inform voter.

If you can't find the answer to a particular question call the candidate for your area. You have so much information available on line, council minutes which shows their voting record, and their comments in our local newspaper.

For those who have grown tired of the rhetoric, deal cutting and think their vote doesn't count or have simply come to "hate New Albany politics" - don't give in now!

The general election is just two days away. Do your civic duty go to the polls and VOTE Tuesday November 8th!

Saturday, November 05, 2011


Obama got subpoenaed to hand over all of Solyndra documents.

Is this a prelude to impeachment?

White House calls Solyndra subpoena "Unreasonable burden in the president's ability to meet his Constitutional duties."

This is a big joke, right?

Constitutional duties? The Jackass-In-Chief doesn't even know what that means and he certainly never read the document.

So what exactly does he need to hide, Hmmm?

Inquiring American minds DEMAND to know!

Constitutional duties = Multiple R&R's.

e.g - golfing retreats, mansion vacations, vacations under color of "diplomacy", and numerous re-election fundraisers!

The Obama Presidency is so fragile that he can't "Meet his Constitutional Duties" if he has to tell Congress what he is doing. That's like not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Well, thinking about it, we have to admit that does describe Obama pretty accurately.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


State Budget - House Enrolled Act 1001

* No tax increases
* Structurally balanced in both years of the biennium
* Maintains a prudent level of reserves to protect taxpayers
* Increases tuition support funding by 0.5% in CY12 and 1% in CY13
* Increases funding to K-12 education by $150 million

Where our tax dollars go:

General Fund Appropriations - As Passed Budget
FY 2012/FY 2013 Biennium (in millions)

* 47% Education K-12
* 13% Medicaid
* 12% Higher Education
* 9% Health & Human Services
* 7% General Government
* 5% Corrections
* Teacher's Pensions
* 2% Capital

Living Within Our Means - Indiana's Fiscal Restraints:

* Received 5.0% less revenue (1.34 B)
* Spent 5.5% less than anticipated ($1.52B)
* Ended with a reserve of $1.18B (9.1 of FY2011 expenditures)

Freedom Of Speech would like to thank State Rep. Ed Clere of House District 72 for taking the time to answer our questions and to meet with the citizens of New Albany.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Dorothy Howell Rodham, mother of Hillary Clinton past away early this morning at George Washington University Hospital.

Our Prayers Go out to Hillary, Chelsea, Bill and the entire Rodham Family. Mrs. Rodham lived a long and abundant life and in its celebration, Hillary will continue to learn her lessons and hold her mother close.

Thank you Mrs. Rodham (Dorothy) for sharing Hillary with the world and all of her 18,000,000 supporters.

Monday, October 31, 2011


On my honor
I will do my best
to take what you
give me and steal
the rest.

Douglas B. England

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Voting is a responsibility that ever citizen should take seriously. That's why it's important for citizens to vote in local elections.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard and their opinion to count.

After reading a letter to the Editor:

"Reader says he's backing Messer." You Mr. Smith have done a disservice to Mr. Messer. You should have had the guts to also list that you were on Jack's team, but you didn't.

Have you forgotten we are a small town of over 37,000 people?

When you throw mud at others, not only do you lose a lot of ground, you also get your hands dirty.

Hot heads and a bitter heart never resolves anything!

What you wrote in your letter hurts Jack more than it will ever hurt Jeff Gahan. Do you know how fast it will get around our "little town" that you are a member of the Messer election team?

Yes, you are entitled to your opinion Mr. Smith, but you are NOT entitled to your lies, mudsling and accusations!

You claim to know so much about running a campaign and all. Well Randy, we have a news flash for the "We Back Jack Team."

You have set Candidate Messer up to be fined $50.00 for each of his passed "Elect Jack Messer" green flyer's.

Freedom Of Speech has collected 75 of them and at this point we have no idea how many more are out there.

Here's our point, since it seems like Messer's campaign is being ran by a bunch of yahoo's. (cough) You did not put the disclaimer on his printed material. You know the one that says: Paid for by the committee to elect Jack Messer

To prove to you Mr. Smith that we know what we are talking about. We will gladly share with our readers Jack's back page:

Dear Friends,

For way too many years, a small, self-appointed group has manipulated our elections in order to limit our choices when it comes to city offices. This is especially true when it comes to the office of mayor.

Blah, blah, blah.....

Jack Messer

For more about me and my campaign, see my Website at or follow me on Twitter and Facebook - Messer for Mayor

"No disclaimer."

You, Mr. Messer, are in deep doo - doo! The State of Indiana's voters division attorneys frowns on candidates who don't play by all the rules.

We sure hope you got some "extra green backs" to pay for these fines!

What happen to your:

Honesty - Integrity - Pride?

Friday, October 21, 2011


"In some ways, they're not that different from some protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party. Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren't looking out for them."

Barack Obama

The president's undignified dialogue of envy worship and class division is getting embarrassing to the nation but we need to understand that his gambit originates in a community of Maoists and Che Guevara supporters and Obama's goal is to stir their emotions into a frenzy of hatred and covetousness.

The Obamobedient media has tried to pass this shiftless group of unwashed progressive leftists as a liberal counterbalance to our "American Tea Party" movement. The "fleabagger movement" is in no way an original new political movement of the people as the American Tea Party is.

The American Tea Party are a lawful and patriotic group of middle class democrats, republicans and independent protesters whereas these "fleabaggers" are merely out to break the law, get arrested, and attract attention to their unworkable political implausibilities.

This is nothing but another attempt by Obama, SEIU, Acorn, Unions, Colleges and left wing groups to cause strife in an already stressful time.

We recommend you go to Craig's List under the NYC government job section. These people are being paid upwards of $400 a week to protest and organize.

Obama and the Union rent-a-mobs, should be ashamed!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Have you seen or read the Sample Ballot: Vote For Your Democratic Candidates on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011?

The Mayor is taking credit for someone else's hard work...a lack of integrity, because he clearly assumes we will just accept this claim as true!

Not this time....Mr. Mayor! We're going to expose you for the phony you are and the Narcissistic personality you really have.

In his haste to take credit for work done by State Rep. Ed Clere, England is misinforming you the voters.

He wrote and we quote: "Among Doug's many recent accomplishment $6.7 million dollar grant for neighborhood stabilization including the purchase and restoration of dilapidated housing in midtown neighborhood."

Ronald Reagan always use to say, "Shine a lantern on your own problem," as a candidate.

England's not running or fighting like a confident, battle-tested candidate, he's trying to land sloppy hay maker, and he's leaving himself wide open for the jab that's going to knock him to the canvass.

That's coming on November 8th.

What actually happened was this: The England administration applied for funds for New Albany. But they messed up the paperwork. Their application was immediately denied and lay in a pile of rejections. The possibility of getting funding for New Albany was dead!

Meanwhile, State Rep. Ed Clere, who is always keeping an eye out for ways to help our community, found that federal funds were available for a variety of projects. Clere, who knew about the messed up paperwork, immediately thought of the S Ellen Jones neighborhood and contacted the England administration to get the information needed to re-apply.

Despite constant stonewalling by the England administration. Clere helped New Albany's application get filled out correctly, then he pleaded the case on behalf of the people of the S Ellen Jones neighborhood.

Clere stayed after the application, watching to make sure it got the proper attention and that the people reviewing the application knew how important this money would be for New Albany.

When the money came through, Douglas B. England was quick to take all the credit, making sure to speak with reporters and the public about HOW he'd obtained the funding. Newspapers spoke of an England administration coup while Clere stood graciously to the side, simply being glad that our city is being helped. England even took the bows at the official opening announcement at Ritter Park, mentioning Ed only once- to thank him for being a "paper pusher."

Now, Douglas B. England dares to claim in his campaign propaganda that "he obtained" $6.7 million dollars for the Midtown project when, in fact, he stood by with his hands in his pockets when we know that the money was actively obtained from the hard work of our very own State Rep. Ed Clere.

Facts are such pesky little things, aren't they?

Our final thoughts:

Voters should NOT be surprised to read more of England's political BS and his deception. When you haven't done nothing for four years, but mismanage, lie, commit malfeasance you have to say something.

After all, you can't just make it all up - right, Mr. Mayor?

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Freedom Of Speech Staff will be attending:


Where: Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.

When: Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011

Time: 7 pm

A concert celebrating 10 years of the William J. Clinton Foundation & President Clinton's 65th Birthday.

Featuring :

Hillary & Chelsea Clinton

Stevie Nicks

The Edge & Bono


Lady Gaga

Kenny Chesney


and many other special guests

Hope you each have a great weekend. We'll be back on line come Monday morning.

Hillary - 2012

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


We are reminding all Floyd County residents that they must be registered to vote by the end of the day today (4 pm) to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

To be eligible, voters must be 18 years old, U.S. citizen, and legal residents of Floyd County.

People who have been convicted of a felony or adjudicated mentally incapacitated (Roger Baylor) with respect to voting must have their right to vote restored before they are eligible to vote.

Voters are encouraged to verify their polling places before Tuesday, November 8 general election.

Jeff Gahan for Mayor
Tuesday - November 8, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011


Yesterday the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend. The Legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. We believe history will remember Steve Jobs as one of the greatest innovators of all times, the Thomas Edition of the 21st Century.

Maybe, Apple's Board members who knew him well, released the following statement said it best:

"Steve's brilliants, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

Monday, October 03, 2011


I know a man, Obama is his name,
Since he's been in charge, we've
never been the same.

No jobs, no future, just promises
of hope and change.

Still no hope, no change.

Obama you remind me of Bela Lugosi.

Not only you, but Biden and Pelosi.

No guts, no backbone, your bleeding
our country dry.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PROFIT & LOSS 101...

How many attorney's get paid from our Sewer Utility?

Here we thought Greg Fifer was the only Sewer Utility Attorney.

Wait until you read this crap....

A very interesting thing happen the other day. We received a Profit & Loss statement of 2011 concerning our Sewer Utility.

Our local "Mr. We Back Jack" candidate has been telling everyone who will listen, that he plans to raise and we mean RAISE our "sewer rate" when he becomes Mayor. He feels we are spending to much of our General Fund, EDIT, Rainy Day and Boat Money dealing with our sewer problems.

Well, Mr. We Back Jack: maybe you should question who gets all the money. Since you are promising and now seems to be acting as a kind of employment agency for England's staff for your new administration.

We thought our readers had a right to know who is making extra pocket money off us rate payers.

Legal fees from January 1 through August 8, 2011 - Sewer Utility:

1/4/2011 - Gibson........$596.56

1/7/2011 - Gibson........$120.00

1/20/2011 - Gibson.....$285.00

1/26/2011 - Gibson.....$435.00

2/4/2011 - Gibson.......$180.00

2/15/2011 - Gibson.....$825.00

2/16/2011 - Gibson.....$30.00

2/28/2011 - Gibson....$360.00

3/6/2011 - Gibson......$300.00

3/16/2011 - Gibson....$615.00

3/23/2011 - Gibson....$270.00

4/5/2011 - Gibson......$180.00

4/13/2011 - Gibson....$711.04

4/20/2011 - Gibson...$555.00

4/27/2011 - Gibson....$345.00

5/10/2011 - Gibson....$1,050.00

5/23/2011 - Gibson....$390.00

5/27/2011 - Gibson....$285.00

5/31/2011 - Gibson....$90.00

6/8/2011 - Gibson.....$270.00

6/15/2011 - Gibson...$600.00

6/29/2011 - Gibson...$330.00

7/13/2011 - Gibson.....$75.00

7/20/2011 - Gibson....$420.00

7/28/2011 - Gibson....$60.00

Source: Wilkerson - Sewer Board this NOT the same Gibson who is our City Attorney?

Isn't this the same Gibson who refused to sign about 1,000 sewer liens when he ran for State Rep. and got his butt kicked by State Rep. Clere?

Is this NOT the same Gibson who screwed us ratepayers out of $425,000 owed to us from the Georgetown Sewer Utility deal?

See folks, many council meetings ago in 2010, Dictator England along with his incompetent controller cut a deal with five council members to make Mr. Gibson a full time City Attorney, (like a city of about 37,000 citizens needs to be paying a full time City Attorney a $150,000 + salary).

England and Garry explained by doing this it would eliminate all those other Attorney's on each board and save the taxpayers. (cough) We didn't buy it for one second, but as usual Dictator England had the dirt on those five council members, he cut a deal and got his way.

So in 2011 England made a new (Employee) contract with "Slacker Gibson" a $50,000 salary plus billable hours and other sweet perfs.

Looks like to us: "slacker Gibson" got a real sweetheart deal...

Hmmm...Thinking out loud: (Isn't it amazing England never, ever, got one ounce of dirt on Councilman Steve Price!) Our final thoughts: Our "general election" is November 8, you better look at the mayor's race and council races with great concern. If you like us has been hearing about "Mr. We Back Jack's campaign promises" like:
*Larry Sharlow new Deputy Mayor

* Increase our sewer rate
* Lee Miller - Police Chief
* a $12 million dollar parking garage
* a new LOIT Tax
* (Slacker) Gibson City Attorney
And many, many, more promises and deals being cut, too.


Do you folks, really want England sitting on our council? Remember when he told us to turn our cable off so we could "pay our sewer bill" and if we didn't like the way he was running our city "we could move out!"

The real tragedy of all this, is that the taxpayers and rate payers of the City of New Albany are suffering from the damage all these people have done and what they all make off of it.

Your hard earned money!

As of August 8, 2011, legal fees spent out of our Sewer Utility Fund is $277,764.45 and we are $1,106,156.82 over our 2011 Budget.

Now, England wants a 6 million dollar bond for Stormwater.

"God Help us All!" span>

Friday, September 23, 2011


Pressure is mounting on Barack Obama to throw in the cards and announce that he won't seek re-election as president. Obama is in real trouble when he lost the support of The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board and The New York Times.

Obama got a decidedly downbeat message from his hometown newspaper on Monday - please don't run for re-election.

Chapman, said that Democrats have more-than-able replacement candidate in Hillary Clinton. "Not only that, Clinton is a savvy political veteran who already knows how to run for president."

Oh, and a new Bloomberg poll finds her to be merely 'the most popular national political figure in America today.'

Chapman goes on to say "The sputtering economy is about to stall out, employment is high, his job program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant, his approval rating is at its lower level ever, and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette."

Obama's problem is that he knows nothing about the negotiation with those who disagree, because he has always been surrounded by yes-men in his Chicago days.

Obama is damaged goods!

Our final thoughts:

Although we do have to wonder all this talk about him stepping down isn't some way to provide an "OUT" for the brewing scandals: Solyndra and Lightquard.

Keep your eye on former Senator Evan Bayh. There was a reason he retired during Zero's (Obama's) first term. And, he took his $13,000,000 war chest with him.

1+1 still = 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Liberals have always played the class warfare game. Barack Obama is a classic example of that type of liberal.

With a dismal failure of a record on economy where the majority of the public disapprove of his handling of it, the country suffering the highest rates of unemployment under Obama, higher deficits than have ever been seen, and raising the national debt higher than any other president'

Obama is making the political calculation to distract from those issues and focus his base on the unfairness of some people being more successful in business than others.

Class warfare is the only thing Obama has left!

Obama has made campaign stop after campaign stop, mentioning over 90 times that he wants his supposed job bill to be passed "NOW", fast before anyone truly figures out that despite his promises to the contrary his numbers don't add up!

What is inexcusable is that he isn't changing course, he is doubling down on his failed policies.

When 72.8 percent of the country, ordinary Americans, see the country is going in the wrong direction one would think that a smart man, (cough) and Barack definitely thinks he's smart, would undoubtedly see what everyone else sees...yet he continues his class warfare games, he continues to allow regulation after regulation to attack small businesses.

Class warfare rhetoric is exactly that, rhetoric.

Obama claim that the so-called rich aren't paying enough, hoping that ordinary folks like us won't actually look for themselves to see that the "rich" are already paying more than anyone else!

Obama isn't just putting his party above the well being of the country, he is doing something far worse.

Obama is putting his own reelection aspirations above party and country.

This is unacceptable!

So how's ALL that "Hope and Change" work'n out for Ya?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

911 UPDATE...

On Tuesday, the County Council tabled the 911 Project.

Tonight's final Council vote on the 911 merger was a 4-4 split vote, with Council member Steve Price absent.

Our sources tell us unless the county is willing to use the entire city's 911 fund, this 911 Project will never pass!

As my mother use to tell us: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Btw...Councilman Coffey, when do you plan to bring to the Council your Resolution for an Audit?

Thursday, September 08, 2011


Last night as the Republicans debated, a primary challenge was at the top of the Drudge Report and many other newspapers and other media outlets following smart analysis in Cheney to Hillary: "You're our only hope!"

The former VP did say on his book tour that Hillary might be the "only hope" that Democrats have of keeping the White House in 2012, and he's probably right.

Speaking of Hillary, our source in Washington emailed us that: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, in remembrance of the victims of the September 11 attacks.


Tonight's 7:00 supernova of boobery began, as with all things, in the cradle. We're not referencing Obama in the manger. No, we are saying that tonight's boobery was begat in boobery. Obama wanted a grand jewel box to display his wares so he attempted to big foot last night's debate. Like a flaccid 100 year old without the blue pill on his wedding night, the Obama jewels to be displayed tonight will be nothing but cheap little plastic baubles.

Tonight will feature more Obama payroll tax "holidays" more unemployment benefits and Tax & Spend. Tomorrow will feature more "Hillary Save Us" articles.

Just watch and see.

Same Obama shit, just another stimulus deal!

More of don't blame me, blame "George Bush and the Tea Party" crap.

President Obama is running out of time to remedy a threat far more lethal to his political survival than a cratering economy a growing perception he just isn't up to the job!

So those of you who choose to listen to his repackaged Stimulus Package 2, the rest of us will be looking to a coin toss at another arena.

"Are you ready for some
F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L !!!!!!!!"

"Go - Green Bay Packers"