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Good Morning!

Again this morning…Brooke is the best! She brought over dinner, again, last night for us.
Again, it was awesome!…Manicotti with a meat sauce. She also got to meet the boys for the first time. Fun to watch.

It was also our first day (and night) without Sally’s Mom helping out. She headed back to Chicago after a couple weeks helping us out. To say we were both grateful for the help doesn’t really cover it. We did OK by ourselves and I have to admit, it was nice to just have out little family around. To be sure, though, we will miss her help in the coming days. My sister Katie comes in for a little relief Saturday. My Parents are also headed to Iowa this weekend for my nephews birthday and a good excuse to see our new arrivals.

Because I didn’t blog yesterday, I wanted to get a belated but much deserved thank you to Carlos Kirby and his wife. They’re neighbors and they stopped by Saturday to bring us a little gift for the boys. We had some family and friends over and were eating dinner. I’m embarrassed to say, we had no place for them to stand in the living room so I’m afraid I didn’t invite them in. I’ve spent the last three days feeling very rude.
I am continually floored by the generosity and pure kindness of Iowans. The Kirbys are the latest in a long line of people we are grateful to have around us here in Iowa.

To The News:
Grassley and AIG
We led off this morning with comments from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. In a radio interview he did with WMT in Cedar Rapids, Grassley said,

“The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they’d follow the Japanese model and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things — resign, or go commit suicide.”
His spokesperson followed up and said the Senator was, of course, speaking rhetorically. His comments, as usual, probably slide a lot closer to the truth than most of us are willing to admit. Outrage doesn’t quite cover feelings about a company that took billions and still doesn’t get it. Who in their right mind would take this bonus? If you work for AIG right now do you not see the billboard sized writing on the wall? For an employee of AIG to say..”It’s not my fault”, ignores the larger picture here. It IS YOUR FAULT! You worked for the organization largely responsible for taking down the economy. If our newsroom screws up and it makes our show. I SCREWED UP! It doesn’t matter that I didn’t do the original reporting, I didn’t provide backup for my co-workers and it is as much my fault as it is anyone else’s. Why is this so hard for people to understand?
I put up a new poll on the right. Would you give back your bonus money if you worked at AIG?
St Patrick’s Day
The Parade starts at 15th and Locust mid-day today. It’s going to be a great day. I don’t know what Irish culture void I grew up in but both Megan and Brooke told me if you don’t wear green on St Patrick’s Day to run the risk of being pinched. I did not know that.
Also today we had the Commissioner of Public Safety here in Iowa on our show. Just a gentle nudge in the right direction if you’re going out to party. Get a designated driver.
Shawn Shakes it
Was anyone else uncomfortable when the judge on dancing with the stars told Shawn Johnson to be more “naughty”? I thought she did a great job again. She looks like she’s having fun with her partner but in the end Shawn may not be able to pull of the sultry dancing that seems to be the judge’s preference. I think that’ probably OK. As Brooke said…she’s 17!
Brooke called me out and I have to admit she’s right. I was watching Dancing with the Stars with some interest last night. I will reiterate what I said about these shows in general. They’re like a bad drug. They suck you in with the allure of uncertainty, and the possibility of failure and humiliation. I find myself at the edge of my seat nervous that one of these people is going to screw up. Not because I want them to, but because none of these “stars” are trained dancers. They’re putting themselves out there for people to criticize and make fun of…All at once I find myself admiring their spirit of adventure and asking myself…who would do this?
OK…that’s it for today. Have a good one and enjoy the day.


  • flipper614

    The 165 Million AIG paid in bonus to it’s employees has been know about for at least a year. THE GOVERNMENT HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS ALL ALONG. Most of that money is “retention” money. All of our politicians are making a big fuss about this thing to cover their own butts because of the lack of oversight of 173 BILLION that we GAVE to AIG in the first place. AIG gave 93 BILLION of that money to Goldman Sachs and a bunch of European banks. No outrage about any of that!!! NONE!!!! 165 million bucks seems a little small compared to 93 BILLION!!! When are people going to wake up and figure this stuff out on their own instead of being led by a bunch of populist boobs that got us into this mess in the first place. This is Twilight Zone stuff! Let’s try and get upset about the correct problem.

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