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Sunday Morning Coffee - November 21, 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee is our editorial on various events andCoffee Cu ps  happenings that took place last week.  We also take a peek into next.  Some call this the "scattered thoughts of a cluttered mind" and that's OK too.  We'll get back to business tomorrow...but for now, have a sip?

Funny how things change.  Sixty-Five years ago the labor unions and farm equipment manufacturers joined forces to combat the evils of the Axis Powers.  Today, in many of these family owned businesses, one must be careful not to utter the "five letter word" union.  Here is a look at a vintage poster I found on a recent video shoot in Northwest Iowa.


I want that poster!

Today is the 21st day of the month of November.  Republicans, just a scant 19 days ago, won a 20 seat majority in the Iowa House of Representatives and since that time we have learned that Iowa is on the brink of...disaster.  (Pay no attention to the fact that Iowa, from Girl Vintage Image outside our borders, continues to be the wonder child of the 50 states.)  Talk of "bread lines", cutting of benefits, canceling university sabbaticals, cutting the vehicle state's fleet of vehicles, and other predicted horrors are on the tongue of the newly elected House Speaker, Kraig Paulsen.  The sky is falling and there is no telling what might become of our children!  Hold on kids...this is going to be interesting.

Meanwhile the GOP paragon of virtue, Newt Gingrich, has come to Iowa to lecture us on morality and the change that is coming to America.

However, some positive news came out of our state this week.  The United States presented Iowan and Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta the Medal of Honor at a White House Ceremony. It's quite a storyGiunta MoH  from about a humble man and placing others before himself.  Here is the text of the speech.

Our son is coming over to the house later today and we shall sit shiva for the Iowa Hawkeye Football Team.  Yesterday they lost to Ohio State 20 - 17.  It marks the fourth time this year the Hawks defense has allowed a final drive to sink hopes of the hopeful.  Four defeats...by a total of 15 points.  Maybe the sky IS falling.

Wanna see the business end of voice over work?  Here you go:


We get asked all the time, "So what do you DO?"  Thought we'd show you just one aspect.

I was in Mason City this weekend...nice folks at Adas Israel who are trying to make a difference.  Thanks for allowing me to be part of it these past 20+ years.

Speaking of religion, here is an interesting story about Christian teachers who work for an Islamic school...hey, it's Iowa.

I find myself walking from one room to the other looking for stuff...and sometimes that "stuff" is already in my hand.  Is it age or is it just that  I've got so much rolling around up there?  Grumble.Courtney and Tank 2

We did a neat photo shoot this week...here is our model Tank with his Mom, Courtney.  Oh, wait...  Here is our model Courtney with her dog, Tank.  Is that better?  Nice job kids!

Tomorrow is Metro Monday with Insight on Business and we're out to prove that Des Moines is not...boring.  It's not a big task but it will be fun.  Our guest tomorrow is Pete Jones who writes as DesMoinesIsNotBoring.  Hey, we're convinced...now to do the work on others.   Insight on Business tomorrow at Noon Central only at Webcast One LIVE!

I was just about to send this off...and looked again at the date.  Something about it struck me and then I remembered:  Tomorrow marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.  Forty-Seven years...I remember it like it was yesterday.

That's it...going to push this out the door.  I know I've forgotten loads of stuff...that's why, if you want, we can keep the conversation going:  On Twitter it's @MichaelLibbie (personal and business) or @InsightADV (business baby...business) and, yep...got one of them "Facebook Thingys" too.   Have a great Sunday...