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Posts Tagged ‘Newt Gingrich’

Post-Thanksgiving Hash

Like many folks, we are taking some time away to visit family for this holiday. We have one child at one end of the Mississippi and another at the other end. So we will be heading south with one set to visit the other. More than likely there will be lots of politics discussed on the trip.

VanderPlaats picks the winners

After the interviews for the Republican bishop’s — er uh — presidential candidate’s job last weekend, it looks like the VanderPlaats group had to disappoint some potential crown wannabes. So if your last name isn’t Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann or Santorum, you are not the stuff that Christian presidents are made of.

Which name doesn’t fit there?

In the previous list, does anyone notice that one peron seems to be a bit out of the stream that the others swim in? Maybe when it comes to being holy and religious and pious and humble, Newt is not only in another stream, but on another continent. Shows what a true joke Bob VanderPlaats and his puppets are playing on Iowans. VanderPlaats wants to be a king maker, and wants to be on the inside. For that purpose he is more than willing to make a laughing stock out of all that his organization, “The Family Leader” supposedly stands for. Who knows? Maybe he can be the next Mrs. Newt.

Iowa Independent closes

I was listening to the noon show on IPR Tuesday to hear the discussion of current journalism and the new media. (BTW, I do not pretend to be a journalist.) The second half-hour included an interview with Lynda Waddington of the Iowa Independent, an online news source. Lynda shocked us with the news that as of last Friday, they were no longer in business. So sad to hear that yet another independent source for news has gone. Thanks to Iowa Independent for its years of service.


A couple of weeks ago in an opening paragraph to a story I wrote on my corn stove, I mentioned LIHEAP or Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program. When the budget battles began in earnest last year one of the very first casualties was LIHEAP.  I intend to do a full story on my conversations with LIHEAP’s Iowa director, Jerry McKim next week when I have time.  But as the weather inevitably cools after Thanksgiving, I just wanted to put the thought of LIHEAP in people’s minds. The budget for LIHEAP was cut drastically while prices for energy have not fallen. Awards for help will most likely be smaller this year which will no doubt result in more disconnections next spring. More next week.

Iowa College Football

OK, I can’t help myself here. I am one who cheers for all three of Iowa’s public universities in athletic endeavors. So Friday and Saturday made for a really sweet weekend last week. We got home from a charity affair late Friday night. I had forgotten ISU was playing Oklahoma State that night. When I turned it on and saw the score (24 – 10 at the time) I thought – well, maybe it could happen. I fought sleep to see Woody go in for the score to win. What a sweet way to end the day.
Next day Iowa takes it to Purdue. And Northern Iowa wins another exciting game to move into the football championship playoffs for division 1AA.  I think the Hawkeyes can beat Nebraska. Can the Cylones become the champion of Oklahoma?  That would be great. And as always, the Panthers are tough come tournament time……


Newt, We Hardly Know Ye (Which Is Good For You)

When is water not water?

Does anyone remember why for thousands and thousands of years mankind drank alcoholic drinks rather than water? Mostly because drinking water would kill you with all the filth, bacteria and who knows what else in untreated water. This is still a problem in Africa today.
Fermenting juices etc. killed bacteria and made it possible for man to drink without dying. Looks like the natural gas industry is trying to bring back part of the good old days by making water undrinkable with it’s pollutants used for fracking.
So might as well start the kids on wine while they are young and be ahead of the game.

The Silver lining:
But there is a silver lining to fracking. People who can no longer afford to pay the heating bills this winter may be able to heat their homes by simply turning on their water faucets and lighting the water as it runs. At least until the gas companies figure how to charge them for putting gas in their water. But do NOT try to put out a fire with this fracking water.

Leadership by Newt.
With Gingrich in the lead my mind begins to wonder what the video will be at his coronation as the nominee next summer. In particular, I can hardly wait to see the scene where he hands wife #1 the divorce papers as she is wheeled out after cancer surgery. Or the tremendous speeches about family values to show the utter disgusting ways of Bill Clinton. This of course while he schtups his girlfriend behind the back of wife #2 – the one he married after the above scene.

Republican Win-Win-Win
People continue to accuse the Republicans of doing everything they can to sloww the economy so unemployment will stay historically high and President Obama will be blamed and lose re-election. But I believe there may be a more immediate goal. As long as huge amouts of workers remain out of work, the labor supply remain high. When the labor supply is high, wages are depressed and workers are much less likely to unionize. In today’s case wages are greatly suppressed. These are also the conditions that allow for great union-busting. Employers know that when you have hundreds of desperate workers just outside the door, those they do have working will be less willng to ask for higher pay or form unions.

Newt proposes child labor
Speaking at Harvard’s School of Business Friday, Newt Gingrich proposes throwing out current child labor laws and letting kids work. He claims that this would teach work ethic. Me? I see it as another way to dillute the labor pool and drive wages down, down, down. High unemployment, international labor pool, child labor – now if they can just get rid of those pesky minimum wage laws we will be in Republican heaven.

Short column this week.
Well the holiday takes a toll at BFIA also. We are getting ready to see the grandson. This afternoon we will attend the DeGowin Blood Center’s annual Donor Appreciation Dinner. I have been donating now for 44 years, so this dinner is one I feel I have earned. And as always I encourage all to donate. It doesn’t take much time and the holidays always mean shortage of needed supply.

Have a Great Holiday.
And Go Hawkeyes on Friday at Lincoln!