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MORNING BUZZ: The Week that Was

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It’s been that kind of week. Fast. Blogging has unfortunately taken a backseat to preparations for a short break. We have a wedding to go to this weekend. More on that later…for now I’ll try to catch up.

If I was a taxpayer or parent in the West Des Moines School District, I’d be asking why no one thought to check the sewer system when they decided to drop $62 million on renovations. Isn’t the infrastructure the FIRST thing you repair? Turns out the sewers aren’t up to code and the oversight is going to cost the district another $400K. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $62 million but it’s A LOT of money! How much less would it have cost as a part of the overall renovation and not an emergency, hair on fire type project?

I can’t believe this guy thinks he should be elected to Dog Catcher much less Mayor or New York. You resign from Congress after lying to your constituents (and your pregnant wife)about having online conversations that would make Dr Ruth Blush… After resigning and saying you were going to stop with the dirty talk…you continue to do it anyway. Now, let me be clear, I have no problem with people getting their kicks how they choose. Even if they’re married…what you and your wife find interesting is none of my business. If, however you are an elected official and you lie about this stuff…you don’t get three second chances.
On a side note, this should serve as a great example to anyone…if you get caught in a lie…don’t tell another…

Rep Steve king is still getting a lot of heat for comments he made about the Dream Act. He was trying to make a point about the people pushing for its passage. They tend to paint a picture of kids who’ve struggled to make it in the US after being dragged here by their illegal parents…kids who are valedictorian, would be upstanding citizens…if only they had a path. King’s point was that this isn’t the case with every kid… He put it badly… and more disturbing, the language he used has at least an underlying tinge of, if not racism…a total lack of understanding of why that might be offensive to someone else. In that respect, he’s like a poster child for what voters continue to say they don’t like the Republican Party. It probably won’t matter in King’s District.

Oh Baby
While I wasn’t one of the people waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the Royal baby or the kid’s name. I do however enjoy the traditions associated with all of this. Some of the traditions are certainly outdated, but The Brits have a proud history. If you frame all of this in that light I think it’s cool.

Speaking of British
The Open was great last weekend and it was cool to see Phil win. My wonderful wife took the boys out for the last hour or so of Sunday’s round and I got to watch all of it. that makes me lucky for a lot of reasons but that might be the best six holes of golf I’ve seen anyone play in a major.
The Open made news early in the week for holding its Championship at a club that has an exclusively male membership. The Chairman of the R&A didn’t handle the questions very well. I thought the comment he’s being criticized most for is one that could spark a legitimate and interesting debate. Reporters argued that holding the Open at a club with exclusively male membership is tacit approval of that kind of exclusion of women…and that it’s not insignificant. Women, they argue are left out of the networking, friendships and associations these clubs produce.
Bottom line there’s just no place for an all male club anymore. That’s what most of the pros said too. I sat there watching all of this and thought, are these really the issues we need to be talking about where equality is concerned between men and women? Pay inequity, sexual harassment in the workplace, better benefits and accommodations for pregnant and nursing mothers…aren’t those bigger issues? Whether a fraction of a percent of the golf clubs in the world may be a large symbol of the kinds of roadblocks women face, but are they really THE barrier we need to knock down that will make a difference where equality is concerned?

An NBC story showed the museum housed inside the CIA. No one gets to see it…obviously but it has some real gems of history…including a note from a then OSS officer at the end of World War Two. He became the head of the CIA eventually but in Spring 1945 he wrote a note to his then three year-old son on stationary with Hitler’s name on it captured in the German leader’s mountain retreat. The Note reads:

Dear Dennis,
The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe – three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat – a boon for mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high.
Love, Daddy

That’s a treasure for the son and for the rest of us who get to read it.

Finally my Dad and Mom are here to help us out this weekend as we head to a wedding Saturday night. We left detailed instructions about the where’s and hows of our routine. As Sally mentioned the list to my Dad last night, my son Will launched into his list of “important” reminders for Grandpa.
“Now Grandpa,(hands gesturing) remember to put us in the car and get us in our car seats so we are safe, and when you back out of the driveway be careful not to hit the house…Mommy and Daddy would be very upset with you if you hit the house…and remember, after dinner…little boys get desert….” He went on for about three minutes while my Dad tried to keep a straight face.
Sally worried aloud that this is what she sounds like when she talks and that Will inherited it from her. My Dad was quick to correct her saying only, “He’s his Father’s son…and Patrick was much worse”. I believe it.

Have a great day!