I’m flying solo today so there’s a little more to do. Brooke gets to sleep in this morning and tomorrow.
I’m getting to the blog during the Noon news so it will be a little shorter. Sorry I’m late.
Getting back to normal. It was good to hear from some of you who are getting the power back on. We sent Megan down to Knoxville, where more than a thousand people still didn’t have power this morning. She was there when a family got it’s light back. We’re running the story at Noon.
One of the by-products of today’s weather? I’m not sure if any of you saw it but there’s ice falling off trees, buildings…our transmission tower! Cars in our lower parking lot may have a few dings in the this afternoon. Aaron, the guy who runs camera for us says he saw ice chunks just missing people downtown while he was at lunch.
The Final Democrat Debate before the Caucuses starts in an hour. Did any of you watch the Republican Debate? Not much there in the way of fireworks. I was hoping to hear more of a debate and less of the canned answers a lot of the candidates give. And by the way Who let Alan Keyes in the Debate. The guy may say he’s running for president and complain about being left out…but He’s run no credible campaign here. I know this debate was broadcast around the country, but the point was for Iowa voters to try to decide who they want to support. Are we really supposed to commit to a candidate who hasn’t made a serious commitment to the process here in our state? And if any of you are ready to argue the process is closed to people without the cash to run, I would send to to the Huckabee campaign. As of last quarter he had spent something like 300-thousand dollars this year or this quarter…I think I could raise $300,000. Keyes didn’t try so someone explain to me why he deserves to be at that debate?
Speaking of politics. I had a call from a woman on our tip line wanting Channel 13 to do a story on Mitt Romney. She contends that because he’s a Mormon, he can’t separate his beliefs from his decision making if he were elected President. I talked to this lady about her opinion for a little while. “I’m a Catholic” I asked, “Does that mean I would let the Vatican dictate my decisions?” It’s the same argument made against John Kennedy. this woman went so far as to tell me If Mitt Romney is a true Mormon, then he can’t associate with anyone who’s not Mormon. Really? So let me get this straight, He ran Massachusetts, A Fortune 500 company, and the Olympics…and he did it all associating only with people who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints? Seems like it would be a reasonable assumption right?
My point in tell you this story is that there are a lot of people who are afraid of beliefs they don’t hold. I admit I don’t know enough about Mormonism, Islam,…heck I don’t know enough about being a Methodist to speak in any kind of an educated way about what Methodists do or don’t believe. I know what I believe, and as a voter it’s my job to go out and ask the candidates questions if I have concerns. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If someone doesn’t want to vote for someone it’s their own business, but before you make that decision, I would challenge Iowa voters to look more closely at their own beliefs before they try to challenge a candidate’s.
And One more note this afternoon. I thought a lot about the tenacious Anonymous bloggers who seem to get a big charge out of posting rumor or innuendo about the people on our show. I guess you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. But the more I think of it, the more I think: how sad is that?
This person has so little to do, so few people to talk to or interact with that they have to post things they’ve made up about people they don’t know. I’ll keep deleting the posts and the rest of you can keep ignoring them.
I think the rest of us are just here to talk about the news of the day, maybe what’s going on in the cities or towns you live in. I don’t think too many people really care about my personal life or that of anyone else here. To borrow from the great Ron Burgundy, I don’t know if you knew this but….we’re really not that big of a deal.