Archive for October 29, 2010
Iowan Purchases Anti-GOP Ad
And a great ad it is. All text, no negative imagery, no violence, no lies, just one man's point of view coupled with some basic common sense facts. Here it is as it ran in the Iowa City Press-Citizen Thursday. Read and share.
It's hard to believe that intelligent people can really be so stupid as to even think they really want the Republican Party calling the shots again.
Don't let the leaders of the Republican Party like Sarah Palin make you into complete idiots. This woman is a highly dangerous person. the Republican Party is the Party that got us into this mess. Anyone that has a brain should be able to figure that one out.
The people that were and are still set against having a black person as president are doing everything in their power to make the administration fail. They should be ashamed of themselves.
He got to be our president because he ran on a platform for change which is what most people wanted. Most people were really excited about getting a President that had compassion for the middle class and the poor.
To make a long story short, the Republican Party and the people with the deep pockets just simply would not let things happen that would make things better for millions of people. The Republican party kept running off at the mouth about high morals and same sex marriage and the abortion issue to get votes. They don't come right out and say it, but they are still highly prejudiced when it comes to black people. That is the main reason they won't go along with Obama and the good things that he wants to do for his fellow man.
When you say you have high morals and family values but oppose things that would really help millions of families that just can't make ends meet That is Sinful. The leaders of the Republican Party should hang their heads in shame.
Don't let the people that are spending billions of dollars brain wash you into thinking they can get the economy back on track again faster than Obama has. They had 8 years to call the shots, which got us all in a deep black hole. We need to give Obama and this administration a chance. Don't jump ship now, two years is just not enough time to get a sunken ship afloat again. Use your own God given common sense to vote for what is best for all. Don't let the people with the big bucks use you! I am hoping that this political ad might do some good.
I am going on 92 years old, so I have seen it all.
Paid for by Sylvester Joe Hoard
An Iowa View of the ICBM Hiccup
by Paul Deaton
instead of taking six minutes to make the decision whether to retaliate
against a state who launched a nuclear attack against the United States
or its allies, couldn't we take more time to think a bit?“
If fifty of the United States' nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles go off full alert for an hour, is that the end of the world as we know it? The answer is no.
Last Saturday, this happened at the F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, when a communications failure between the missiles and the people monitoring them broke down. No worries, there is a backup communications plan should the United States have gone to a higher state of alert during the hour or so the missile communications with the missileers was down. According to Air Force spokesperson Christy Nolta, “There was a temporary interruption and the missiles themselves were always protected by multiple, redundant, safety, security and command and control features. At no time was there any danger to the public.” According to Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic, officials throughout the military, including President Obama, were briefed on the matter.
In the post Cold War period, why do we continue to have our nuclear weapons in a state of high alert? There are many, including the author who believe the idea of keeping nuclear weapons delivery systems on high alert is ready for retirement. If, instead of taking six minutes to make the decision whether to retaliate against a state who launched a nuclear attack against the United States or its allies, couldn't we take more time to think a bit? Why not take ten, or thirty minutes, or even a couple of hours before deciding to potentially end life as we know it? The United States continues to have the dominant conventional military force among nations, capable of bombing, with overwhelming force and great accuracy, anyplace on the surface of the planet. Do we even need to have nuclear weapons in our arsenal?
Opponents of nuclear disarmament were quick to pile on after the hour long lapse. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) was quick to speak out for modernization of the nuclear complex after the incident. It is ironic that while the New START Treaty proposes reductions in the strategic nuclear weapons inventory, Senate Republicans, like Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have used the treaty as an opportunity to build up United States nuclear weapons capability.
Some say the incident last Saturday is cause to stop the advancement of the New START Treaty. The truth is that opponents have been looking for any excuse to avoid ratification because of the growing consensus of almost everyone, except John Bolton, Phyllis Schlafly and Mitt Romney, is that the modest treaty would be good for United States national security and should be ratified.
As long as we brought the subject up, please contact Senator Grassley, who remains undecided on New START, and let him know that Iowans support ratification. Click here to contact Senator Grassley.
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Vice President Joe Biden in Dubuque, Iowa
Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd estimated at 550 people at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. One picture is worth a thousand words.
Iowa Democrats Main Street vs. Wall Street Tour Day 2
The Iowa Democratic Party and the Culver/Judge and Roxanne Conlin
Campaigns will started their statewide Main Street vs. Wall Street tour Thursday, crisscrossing the state to get out the vote leading up
to Tuesday’s election. Democratic candidates on the tour will take
their message of standing up for everyday Iowans, not corporations and
special interests, to voters across Iowa.
Event details are subject to change. An up-to-date tour schedule is available online at www.IowaDemocrats.org/tour.
Main Street vs. Wall Street Tour Schedule:
Friday, October 29th
Waverly – 7:30 AM
Join Gov. Culver at the Office of Sen. Bill Heckroth; 416 W. Bremer in Waverly.
Waterloo – 9:30 AM
Join Gov. Culver and Roxanne Conlin at the Black Hawk County Democrats office at 512 Mulberry.
Independence – 11:30 AM
Join Roxanne Conlin and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge at the Homestead Restaurant at 2000 Swan Lake Blvd.
Oelwein – 11:45 AM
Join Gov. Culver and more at Luigi’s, 1020 S. Fredrick in Oelwein.
Manchester – 1:45 PM
Join Gov. Culver, Roxanne Conlin and more at Betty’s Bread Basket, 113 E Main Street in Manchester.
Maquoketa – 4:30 PM –
Join Gov. Culver and more at the Jackson County Dems office, 112 Westgate in Maquoketa.
Clinton -4:30 PM
Join Roxanne Conlin and more at the Clinton County Democratic Party HQ, 224 22nd Place in Clinton.
Bettendorf – 6:30 PM
Join Gov. Culver, Roxanne Conlin, and more at the United Steelworkers Hall, 880 Devils Glen Rd.
Blog for Iowa Foreign Affairs Friday
by Paul Deaton
world is calling on the United States to lead, and the country cannot
afford the turning inward to last beyond November 2. That's possible
only if Democrats hold their own.“
On the Friday before a general election, Iowans don't think much about foreign affairs. In the background, the Iowa National Guard deployed thousands of Iowans to Afghanistan, and we may be aware of that, but that is about it.
There is a NATO summit coming up next Tuesday where the future of the alliance will be discussed. NATO is not even in the background for most Iowans.
Last Tuesday, Iran began loading nuclear fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear reactor. We are not talking about that and few Iowa media outlets carried the story.
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) reviewed Republican participation in foreign relations during a talk about the New START Treaty at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC on Wednesday. According to Lugar, the junior members of the Republican Caucus want less work on foreign relations and mark time until they can “get on the appropriations committee and bring home the bacon.” If you are interested in some of the reasons Senators are generally apathetic about foreign policy, it is worth the hour to hear Senator Lugar's views on this.
The United States' relationship with Turkey appears to be beginning to unravel. Pakistan's civil government is unstable. Japan is concerned with China's increasing hegemony on the high seas. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals point to sub-Saharan Africa as a place where life is getting worse by those or any measurements. Extremists have been moving into Yemen and Somalia. North Korea is preparing for a succession of leadership that will have implications for the region. The United States has a stake in all of these issues and very few Iowans are talking about them.
On the Friday before a general election, all eyes turn inward towards the race to November 2nd. Foreign relations falls into a kind of limbo managed by professional government diplomats and the military.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a lame duck session of the Senate and the question is whether the Senators will be engaged enough to accomplish anything. After the elections, as many as a fifth of the Senators will be lame ducks themselves, likely questioning why they are even in session during the holiday season. The New START Treaty is the only substantial foreign relations item slated for consideration during the session, according to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL). Whether New START will actually be debated is an open question.
At Blog for Iowa we are not much different than anyone else. We are focused on the election as well, and the new landscape for foreign relations that will result once the election is over. If Republicans win, the expectation is that the United States will become increasingly isolationist, self-centered in a way that seeks to exploit foreign relations rather than build them. We each have a stake in foreign relations, even if the election is currently occupying us.
So, for what may be the hundredth time, this is a reminder to vote early or on election day and tell your friends to do likewise. It feels like nagging, but the world is calling on the United States to lead, and the country cannot afford the turning inward to last beyond November 2. That's possible only if Democrats hold their own.
~Paul Deaton is a
native Iowan living in rural Johnson County and weekend editor of
Blog for Iowa. E-mail
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