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Sunday Morning Coffee - October 24, 2010

Sunday Morning Coffeeis our editorial look at stories that impact what has been going on over the past week and a peek into next.  Business?Coffee Cu ps   Maybe a little, but mostly scattered thoughts from a cluttered mind.  And, because it's a conversation I'd like to hear from you.  You can comment on this post, connect on Twitter - @MichaelLibbie or send me an e-mail.  That way we can keep the conversation going.  Let's get started....

I voted last week.  Iowa allows early voting so I headed to the Urbandale Public Library and cast my vote.  It took about 10 minutes and there were maybe 25 people who came and went during my time there.  Downside:  It doesn't stop the "Robo-Calls".

What the hell is with NPR?  It's been all over the news about the firing of Juan Williams and, frankly I was stunned.  When Don Imus was fired for his "nappy headed hoes" comment, I understood.  I get it when Helen Thomas is fired for her inflammatory retoric about Israel.  I didn't Crazy Alum Hat so much get it when Rick Sanchez was fired for his comment about Jews...he was stupid...but I don't think mean spirited.  But this?  Juan Williams, if you read listen or see the entire dialog between he and Bill O'Rielly, was being careful to NOT disparage Muslims.  He was being honest and I think many folks might actually agree with his sentiments of being a bit fearful or at least wary of people who so outwardly in their dress identify themselves as Islamic.  I know of no other ethic group that outright calls for the killing and murder of you...or me.  OK, to be sure, that faction is said to be only 1% of the Muslim population.  But, with 1.66 billion Muslims in the world we've got 1.6 million folks to worry about.  This "hyper-sensitivity" we are experiencing reminds me a bit of the "gotcha days" of the McCarthy Era. Meanwhile NPR CEO Vivian Schiller commenting on the firing suggests to the media that the Williams comments should have been between him and, "his psychiatrist".  There you go Vivian...that is truly high journalistic ethics.  She later was forced to apologize.  (And you are this week's winner of the "Crazy Hat Award") Should Juan have been fired years ago for not staying on the "party line" of NPR.  Perhaps and they had every right to do so...however this was bad, really bad because it also gives the nut jobs on the far right something to crow about.  I get weary.

I Get Weary - Part Two... "I wonder who put this pubic-hair on my Coke can?" was back in the news.  The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas calls Anita Hill and asks her to recant her 21 year old story about the sexual harassment issues swirling around the confirmation hearings of Justice Thomas.  "Let's make up girlfriend..."  You have got to be kidding.  Speaking of psychiatrists...

Maybe it is the "End of Days"...

It is the "End of Days" for many small and medium size business owners.  No, it's not taxes, it's not health care costs, it's not a lack ofEmpty Store 1  consumers...it's ignorance.  They know nothing about advertising and marketing but...think they do.  And "When They Won't Listen" to professionals who do...the end is clearly in sight.  Have a read and let me know your thoughts?

Later this morning there is a Candidate Forum at my brother's congregation.  Professor Dennis Goldford from Drake University is the moderator.  I believe Governor Chet Culver and Congressman Leonard Boswell will be there.  Terry Branstad and Brad Zaun had scheduling conflicts.

Levitt Here is Jeff, Marsha and Rafi Levitt owners of The Oasislocated 30 feet north of Court Avenue on 4th Street in Des Moines.  Cool place with mediterranean foods. I was there last night and the fried goat cheese and falafel is....WONDERFUL.  If you are in town...you've got to go.  515-228-4502 for directions, hours and reservations.  Great for lunch too!  (Not all smiles huh?  Give them a break...it was the end of a long day.)  They tell me they have been swamped the past two weeks...and with seating for only 34 people best to get there early.

A mixed bag of news for Webster City, Iowa as citizens learned this morning that the man who is bringing a new electric car manufacturing plant to the city has a troubled financial past.  Webster City, reeling from the closing of an appliance manufacturing plant, says..."Bring it on, we need the jobs."  Here is the article from the Des Moines Register.

Staying with the Des Moines Register for a moment...  We told you about this group a couple of weeks ago.  The America Future Fund is spending millions of dollars on attack ads in an attempt to oust several democratic congressman.  Will it work?  The funny thing is, I know Bruce Rastetterof Iowa Falls and he is a regular quotable person on W-GOP (Opps...I mean WHO-Radio) here in Des Moines.  Spending...millions, here is the Des Moines Register story.

On Tuesday I get to travel north to Ankeny, Iowa (a long journey of 15 miles) to speak at the Ankeny Rotary Club about marketing, advertising and social media.  Should be great fun.  My friend Steve SchraderBachar of Wells Fargo Mortage set it up.  That, of course means we'll be doing a re-run of Insight on Business here at Webcast One LIVE.   Bring questions...

In a couple of weeks I'm Dallas bound.  No, not Dallas Center, Iowa... the "Big D" for the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Associationfall conference.   Looking forward to it...that is a week long journey...must find a guest host for the program and maybe do a broadcast from Texas.  Hmmmm....

Thanks for coming by for a read.  We'll get back to business tomorrow have a wonderful Sunday and let's connect and keep the conversation going on Twitter, I monitor @MichaelLibbie (personal and business) and @InsightADV (business baby...only business)  Take care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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