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Mike & Michele / Dean & Herman
Last week I overheard my friend Urbandale City Councilman Mike Carver sharing his GOP choice with Dean Kleckner the former head of the Iowa Farm Bureau, the agricultural arm of the Iowa Republican Party. Mike, whose voice rumbled across the room, said that he will be caucusing for Michele Bachmann. Meanwhile my old friend Dean has announced that he is supporting Herman Cain. I love Urbandale...it just feels so...Right.
Speaking of Urbandale
There is an unconfirmed rumor that the new Hy-Vee store at 86th and Douglas will have, within its walls, a full service...bar. Like in tavern. Talk about a "smile in every aisle"! If this is true many shopping trips may become...lengthened.
A friend of mine who knows these things, because it is his job, sent me these 2010 statistics from the FBI. Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,409 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-bias offenses showed:
- 65.4 percent were anti-Jewish.
- 13.2 percent were anti-Islamic.
- 9.5 percent were anti-other religion, i.e., those not specified.
- 4.3 percent were anti-Catholic.
- 3.8 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
- 3.3 percent were anti-Protestant.
- 0.5 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
Shocking. If you would like to take a peek at the entire report here is the link to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics page.
According to the New York Times a billboard advertising Wodka vodka was taken down and destroyed after nearly an instant reaction to the wording and image. "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" was thought to be "funny" according to Brian Gordon the head of MMG advertising, the agency that dreamed up the campaign. Gordon was, according to the article, "...quick to point out that he is Jewish". OK, Brian...I know you are a bit insulated and no doubt totally assimilated but here is a tip: While 'we' might kid around with this sort of stereotyping it's like the "N-Word" used so freely by many folks in the black community. It isn't...cool for others. In fact, it isn't cool at all. BTW, Happy Chanukah! Here is the full story from Yahoo News. (Photo Credit - Gawker.com)
It's Family vs. Investors according to our friend John Lasker. While thousands of people stood in long lines to cash in on Midnight store purchases this past Friday thousands more were being forced to work at low-pay jobs rather than focus on Thanksgiving Day family events. Target, Old-Navy, Wal-Mart, K-Mart and a host of other "big box stores" forced workers, who make on average $7.96 with no benefits, to work in the middle of the night so you could buy that big screen TV. There is a common factor among each of these store employees...no union to protect them. Here is the full story, from our friends at Toward Freedom. I wrote off Walmart years ago and now I may have made my last trip to Target. (Photo: K2 images / Shutterstock.com)
From the news reports I saw late on Saturday evening Small Business Saturday, promoted by American Express, was a big hit as thousands made the choice to buy local. (A bit of irony as many small businesses don't accept American Express because of their higher fee structure...but let's not dampen the the story with negative thoughts that suggest this is a nifty marketing campaign for AE to encourage small business owners to accept their cards. I am NOT going to go there.) Keeping the cash in the community is smart, feels good and makes a difference. That is the whole message of the monthly Market Day - Iowa event. On Friday over 45 vendors took part in the anti-big box event at the Des Moines Kirkwood Hotel. Roll the video:
Nice! And, like Scott says...it's a monthly event.
There is a story going around that the Village of Windsor Heights may be installing traffic cameras. Love it! Don't buy the argument that it's about safety...it's not. It is about adding revenue...which the Village (with only about 5,000 residents) needs. This could be the cash cow that keeps my property taxes down. Some free tips:
- For the one mile I-235 winds it's way through the border of Windsor Heights see if we can get the speed limit lowered from 65 to 45. That will insure some instant cash.
- Set a traffic camera up on University just west of 63rd. We all know it's going to mean "pennies from heaven"!
- I think we've got only four or five stop lights in "The Village" and I see folks "running the red" daily. Camera them all.
Oh...and slow down will you. Where are you going in such a hurry? It's "The Village".
Romney vs. Gingrich
I still believe that Gov. Mitt "Flip" Romney will be the Republican nominee that will lose to President Obama next November. However a growing number of my pro-life, pro-family, pro-Christian, anti-Obama (because he's got a funny name, he's black and that pesky tie to Islamic family members) are moving toward Newt "Family Man" Gingrich. I hope so...he will be easier to beat. And, in case you didn't see it, today the Union Leader, the GOP newsletter in New Hampshire, endorsed Gingrich. It's been easy to take pot-shots at the president because he isn't firing back. But...wait. This will be fun. (Photo: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com)
This is week number 30 without my Iowa State Representative Chris "I Don't Talk To Democrats" Hagenow newsletter. I signed up back on March 19, 2011. Guess not much is going on. Meanwhile I get to keep up with the happenings of my friend and Iowa Representative Sharon Steckman from Mason City through her newsletters. And, I can't vote for her but I will send her money. Not that I'll support Chris...but just sayin'. BTW anybody signed on to run against him in 2012?
Anti-Mormon and Iowa
Here's an interesting article about how folks in Iowa tend to feel about Mormons. Written by my friend Daniel Finney for the Des Moines Register it looks at the continued bias some folks have about a faith that is 180 years old. Good stuff and worth a read.
Thanksgiving was a hoot with Mom being close. It's been 11 years since we've had the chance to celebrate the holiday together. After five years of us begging she made the decision to move to Iowa and that has opened up a whole new chapter in her 91 years. Here she is with my bride and two girls Holly and Hunter. She enjoyed herself so much and we did too.
Thanks for coming by for a read and a watch. Have a fantastic Sunday and get some stuff done...OK? - Michael