America’s Strange Love for Corn Ethanol [Updated: New AP article with must-see video]
(New link: Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy) In 2007, before our domestic shale boom put a big dent in America’s reliance on foreign oil, the Bush Administration made a massive commitment to biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Standard mandated an ever-increasing consumption of ethanol as a motor fuel through 2022. Candidate Obama, then junior senator from the nation’s #2 corn-producing state, wooed | Read More »
I… do not care if the Iowa GOP is unhappy that it may lose influence in the 2016 election.
You should have seen what I wrote originally. Swear words were involved. Anyway, Iowa’s worried that it may not have the influence that it once had over the Republican primaries: On the surface, Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses seem healthier than ever: would-be candidates are flocking here mere months after the last White House race ended, drawing sizable crowds and ample news coverage. Senator Ted Cruz | Read More »
Tech at Night: More on the Playstation 4. Kids don’t belong on the Internet.
Heh, the Playstation 4 is pro-used games and cheaper, right? Not so fast. The PS4 simply didn’t include the Eye and will let publishers restrict used games after all. Told you EA didn’t stop online passes because they were suddenly fine with used games.
Kids don’t belong on the Internet, because predators are out there. Even if your kid is high school aged, Be careful!
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Barack Obama v. Disappointed Iowan Sixth Graders.
Mr. President? I’d like to introduce you to some of the American people that you are harming with your petulant closing of the White House to tours. (video link here) “The White House is our house! Please let us visit!”
Union Briefs for Friday, March 8, 2013: Government union flea bytes…
From unions forcing workers to pay for politics and applauding ObamaCare, to getting a better deal from the taxpayers than the taxpayers get themselves, it’s Friday and here are your Union Briefs…
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For Romney and Obama It’s All About the Ground Game Now
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Scott Conroy to get his on the ground view of the race for the White House, why both campaigns think Iowa is winnable, and how the different approaches to get out the vote efforts may make a key difference in these closing days of the campaign.
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The Current Electoral College State of Play
Two weeks before Election Day, all signs point to this being a very tight election. Romney clearly seized the momentum with his debate win two weeks ago – one which Obama failed to stop with his stronger performance last week. Most national polls show Romney with a 2-3 point lead; however, the state polls show an even tighter race. One thing has not changed in | Read More »
The Spirit of Community Organizing – When Corruption Gets Treated As A Manageable Risk
You can always trust the government. They practice morality on a much higher plane than the money-mongers grubbing for the filthy lucre down in the private sector. It’s a good thing they exist to be morally pure and impartial to all sides. Oh, Wait! They don’t. They are just as likely to be corrupt, duplicitous, and falsely self-seeking in the name of the commonweal. In Iowa they have mechanized corruption so that it happens efficiently as a manageable risk of governance.
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The Des Moines Register reports that for five years ending in February 2011, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission shook down landlords for “voluntary contributions” in exchange for dropping discrimination complaints. The Register obtained copies of 27 settlement agreements involving about $20,000 in contributions.
Fomer Obama staffer arrested in Iowa Secretary of State identity theft investigation.
Reports are coming in (via @CFHeather) that a former Obama ’08 staffer – one Zach Edwards, formerly with the 2008 Obama campaign in Iowa and currently up until the arrest working for Link Strategies*, a company affiliated with Sen. Tom Harken (D, IA) – has been arrested for identity theft. The Iowa Department of Public Safety puts it fairly succinctly: “According to the Criminal Complaint, | Read More »
Iowa Aftermath: Good Night for Romney and Santorum, Bad Night for Perry and Bachmann
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Matt Lewis to discuss last night’s vote in Iowa, the potential departure of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, and how the race looks now with New Hampshire and South Carolina next on the primary calendar. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment | Read More »
I was right and the polls were wrong about Ron Paul in Iowa
According to CNN, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are set to win 6 delegates thanks to their close 1-2 finish in the Iowa caucuses. Ron Paul fell to third place. He didn’t win, and he fell further and further behind as the votes were counted last night. Not one poll projected Ron Paul to drop to third, and PPP stuck to Paul being in | Read More »
Everything You Heard Last Night Was Bull, Perry Might Want to Stay In, & a Newtlear Attack
As you wake up this morning, Rick Santorum only lost to Mitt Romney by 8 votes. Santorum spent about a dollar per vote and Romney spent hundreds of dollars for his votes. Rick Santorum substantially over performed and while the Romney camp wants you to believe a win is a win, Romney got less votes in 2012 than he got in 2008. In addition, everything | Read More »
First thoughts on the Iowa primary.
OK, with [96%] of the vote in we can maybe start to look at the results and get some meaningful data out of them. Apologies if any of this sounds loopy: the cold that took over the rest of my family last week finally hit me, so anything weird that I say is the medication. Also… you’ll note that I avoided being rude about the | Read More »
The Early Entrance Polls
The early entrance polls are trickling out. CNN says Paul, Romney, and Santorum are in the top tier. The Washington Post’s Fix tweets that the 2012 evangelical crowd is about the same as 2008. Anecdotally from several caucuses, and anecdotally only, I’m hearing the Occupiers showed up for Ron Paul. We’ll see. The next round of entrance polls comes soon.
What if Santorum Wins?
Thirty minutes from the start of the Hawkeye Caucii, let’s ponder Nate Silver’s analysis. I can confirm from the ground that most everyone thinks Mitt Romney is going to win, but there are a heck of a lot of engaged evangelicals on the ground today doing last minute work to help Santorum and also to stop Romney. If Santorum wins, a lot of people will | Read More »