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 »
Crossing the Broken Blue Line
I have no doubt Michael Smithey is a diligent, conscientious police officer; one his boss, Chief Sam Hargadine is proud to have on the Iowa City force. It’s Smithey’s revelation of personal bias that’s troubling when laid bare on the streets he patrols. At first glance, Smithey appears rational as a negotiator, which in the line of duty, doesn’t allow for many character flaws. The | 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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2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take- Part 4
In the Midwest races, five in number, the five current seats are held by Republicans with one- Dave Heineman in Nebraska- being term-limited. Other than perhaps Iowa, all are fairly reliable red states: Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and South Dakota. The dynamics in South Dakota are dictated by the open senatorial race due to the retirement of Tim Johnson there. The Democrats have to defend this | Read More »
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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Opperation Take Back Illinois
Many people in Illinois and elsewhere are not aware that the Illinois State Constitution allows citizens to initiate changes to the Constitution without lawmakers approval. The people of Illinois can only make amendments by initiative to Article IV of the State Constitution, Article IV is the article pertaining to the state legislature. The Illinois Constitution only allows amendment to make “Procedural and Structural changes,” to | Read More »
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What I Expect on Election Day — Nation and Iowa
What to expect on Election Day – Nation and Iowa Not that I have a lot of extra time these days, but I thought I would throw together a quick prognostication about what I see going down on Tuesday. Most of my thoughts will focus upon the Presidential election, as you can imagine this is the headline of the night. PRESIDENT I went to RealClearPolitics.com | Read More »
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.
A Word About Polls and What They Mean
Statistics are a wonderful thing because they can be interpreted a variety of ways and spun for political advantage. For example, the unemployment rate is pretty straightforward and always has been. Yet, in 2008 the Democratic Party and Barack Obama have “analyzed” the fact that a rate above 8% is improvement. They also have analyzed straightforward economic data to the conclusion that the stimulus, which | Read More »
A Conservative Friend In Need: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa 4)
This year, conservatives have the pleasure of seeing so many conservative incumbents face little or no challenges by the Democrats. Their districts have a plentiful supply of conservatives and tea partiers, and these conservative heroes of ours will be returning to the 113th Congress. Likewise, unfortunately, there are also liberal Republicans in safe GOP districts, and it will take primaries to send them to retirement. | Read More »
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Today’s Primaries in a Nutshell
Besides the granddaddy of them all- the Wisconsin Governor recall election (discussed below)- six states will be holding primaries to determine candidates for Senate and Congressional seats. The following is a listing of interesting races in these states and the stakes for November. Lets start in California. There is no doubt that whoever emerges from the very crowded GOP field for Senate, they will lose | Read More »