Here is this week’s items of interest.  How often do I do these?  Whenever I feel like it…. and number…

1.  University of Iowa professor Stephen G. Bloom who is also the “Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar” there wrote a piece for The Atlantic that was neither professional or scholarly about his observations of over 20 years of living in Iowa.  To save you from having to actually read his almost 6000-word piece of fiction I’ll sum it up for you… Iowa is full of backwards, unwashed, uneducated hicks.  Praise God though that we have mud rooms to keep us from tracking pig crap into our houses.  This year Bloom is corrupting young future journalists at the University of Michigan (which explains a lot about the media) where we goobers in Iowa hope he stays.

2.  Pigs are flying and Ron Paul is closing in on Newt Gingrich in the latest Iowa Caucus poll trailing him by only one point – 22% to 21%… gee maybe we are just a bunch of goobers after all (just kidding Paulites, don’t hate).  From there we have Mitt Romney at 16%, Michele Bachmann at 11%, Rick Perry at 9%, Rick Santorum at 8%, Jon Huntsman at 5% and Gary Johnson at 1%.

3.  Christine O’Donnell has lost all of her Tea Party cred and endorsed Mitt Romney.  Does her endorsement matter?  No. Romney’s probably wishing he didn’t have it.  Maybe she decided this after the tea party in Iowa gave her the cold shoulder.

4.  Mitt Romney blasts Newt Gingrich as an “extremely unreliable” conservative leader.  Does anyone else see the irony in that statement.  It’s a true statement, but it’s equally true if applied to him.  Perhaps this is why evangelicals will revolt if he gets the nomination.

5.  Donald Trump pulls out of moderating the Newsmax Debate since he realized he wouldn’t the publicity he craved with only two candidates willing to debate.  Dumping Iowa for the second time. He’s now considering an independent bid… oh Heaven help us.  Donald, you’re fired!

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  1. Apparently there are rumors floating around about what Trump is really up to–there’s an article on WND.com that discusses the matter pretty well.  Some think he may try to run as an independent to throw the race in chaos (for reasons discussed in the article).  I just don’t trust the guy, and don’t blame the candidates for boycotting his debate.    

    There’s also an article about Rick Santorum’s eligibility on the same Web site.  Didn’t realize there were any questions about it, but at least it sounds like he is eligible.  Another thing about Rick Santorum that not many folks have mentioned is that he has a young daughter who has a serious illness.  She’s 3 now, but wasn’t even supposed to live that long, according to the doctors.  Sarah Palin got a lot of flak about taking her newborn around with her in 2008, and there have been questions on whether Santorum should even be campaigning since his wife and daughter are with him on the trail as well.  I don’t have a firm opinion about that at this point, but I’m surprised nobody seems to be discussing it.    

  2. Fiction?  I think Professor Bloom relied on too many stereotypes and overgeneralized, but I don’t think fiction is a proper description of his piece.  It cannot be denied that many young Iowans are fleeing the state in search of what they perceive to be greater opportunities elsewhere.  I did the same more than 20 years ago, heading to California for college, then overseas and upstate New York in the army, until finally landing in Portland, OR.  I’m proud to be an Iowan and grateful for having been raised there, but I felt that I needed something more.  Please don’t read this as an indictment of those who choose to stay.  I have absolute respect for my fellow Iowans, but I think they would be better served if they took this article as an opportunity for self-reflection and looking for possible ways to make the state more appealing to a greater percentage of young adults. 

    1. I too am from Iowa and landed in the Northwest.  Fiction?  How about an extremely one-sided critique? Self-reflection?  Iowans are stand-up citizens.  I was greeted at the airport car rental site in Des Moines by a friendly smile and handshake.  People treasure their families and many have strong convictions regarding faith.  What is troubling about Iowa?  Iowa chose Obama.  Iowa courts upheld gay rights.  It’s cold and people leave.  Your self-reflection comment makes no sense.  Iowa schools are outstanding.  How does Oregon fare…other than being the leader in food stamps.

      1. I didn’t bash Iowa.  I actually have very fond memories of it and still try to visit every year. I also acknowledged that the article contained too many stereotypes and broad generalizations.  As for self-reflection, what I meant is that Iowa’s citizens and leaders should think hard about why Iowans are leaving (It can’t just be the weather) and identify ways to slow the outflow of young people.  It’s certainly a challenge, as it is for many other states in the Midwest, but it’s a challenge I think it’s capable of meeting.  Perhaps it could do more to encourage immigrants to locate there.  

        As for Oregon, no place is perfect, but I quite like it.  And based on its population growth, it seems I’m not alone.

  3. Shaping up to be an interesting primary season with so many circus.. I mean caucus.. events in January. 

    I do wonder if one of these who do not win the nod will run as an independent.

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