Can you make $190 Million in Profit and Still be a Non-Profit Organization: Apparently not. The IRS decided Prairie Meadows is not a non-profit and is a for-profit operation – I'll predict that if this IRS ruling holds that Polk County will monetize the income stream in a sale. $2.1 Billion in revenue leave $190,000,000 in profit. Profit? Hmmm… a 4 CAP and it's worth a cool $4.75 Billion in one lump sum. If they can achieve a 4% return they are right back to where they began. Except no politician will allow a cache of money to sit without sticking his hands in the til. Kiss this baby goodbye.

Pets Poisoinings: I included this news item just in case you missed yesterday's blog post. FDA Warned Again about the Gum and Mint sweetener Xylitol – This sweetener is poisonous to pets. Maybe we should be using it in mouse traps. What is Xylitol? It is a sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, present in some plant tissues and used as an artificial sweetener in foods. Here is how the website Xylitol describes it:

  • What is it about Xylitol that makes it a great alternative to traditional sugars? Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate, that looks and tastes just like regular table sugar. It is a natural sweetener that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material. Commercially it is extracted from renewable resources such as corn cobs, and also from less environmentally sustainable sources such as hardwood. Xylitol also occurs naturally in our bodies – in fact, an average size adult manufactures up to 15 grams of xylitol daily during normal metabolism. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar.
  • What are the main sources of xylitol? Again from
  • Corn Xylitol vs. Birch Xylitol
  • There are two main types of Xylitol (corn and birch).  There are many variables that differ in the processing of Xylitol. 
  • Probably the best source though is the FDA with its most recent announcement titled: Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off, Consumer Health Information.
  • You can read this two page article by following this link.
  • Symptoms to look for: Symptoms include vomiting, decreased activity, weakness, staggering, incoordination, collapse and seizures.

HyVee Rice Recalled: HyVee announced two foods being recalled, HyVee Chicken Fried Rice (blue package) and Vegetable Fried Rice (green). “Officials said it's due to a possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Warren County Court Administration: It can honestly be said there is something rotten going inside the Warren County Courthouse, although not likely to be court rulings.” Fans were placed in nearly every room of the Warren County Courthouse in a last-ditch effort to eradicate a sewage smell that almost shut down the building Friday…. Sewer gas leaks have closed the courthouse at least twice in the last year. Residents recently voted against a $35 million plan to build a new courthouse.

Employment Law: A Memphis, Tennessee flight attendant is not likely to get unemployment benefits if the allegations that she stole some 1,500 mini bottles of liquor are proven. The case stems from what is alleged as her taking them from the planes where she was an attendant and then trying to sell them online. Delta Air Lines apparently instigated the filing of charges. This story reminds me of the miner who every day when checking out from the diamond mine would push a wheelbarrow out of the mine and home. The mine’s security officers x-rayed the tires and handles to see if he was stealing diamonds. In the 20 years they never once caught him stealing diamonds, but failed to realize he was actually sealing the wheelbarrows. Little things do matter. 

Do you have Triskaidekaphobia? According to Tad Andersen with KCCI, “Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. Wikipedia says it comes from the from Greek tris meaning "three", kai meaning "and", deka meaning "10" and phobos meaning "fear.”

School Administrative Issues Involving GunsValley Charter Bus Driver Tails Police Officer and Finds Driving Holding A Gun: In a very odd situation a school bus driver was accused of erratic driving that lead to his being stopped and then holding a gun on school grounds. Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa. Even if you have a concealed weapons permit you are still prohibited from carrying it onto school grounds. Carrying a gun onto school grounds is a felony.

Police Cam’s as evidence: And, let’s end today with the story about the police body-cam video that shows a suspect getting shot while resisting apprehension and arrest. Police expert reviews body camera video in officer-involved shooting, Cynthia Fodor with KCCI-8.

That's enough for today, now get back to working.

Steve Lombardi
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