Every once in a while this job is good for something. This morning it’s the fact that I get to remind everyone it’s my wife’s birthday. None of you need to hear any of the details of why I think I’m the luckiest husband around. You do, however need to know that both Trish and I wouldn’t be able to spend the time or the odd hours at our job without the support of two great spouses. So on a day when I get an excuse, I’ll say… Happy Birthday Sal and I love you.
Ok on to the News:
DEBATE TAKE TWO:
The third congressional district debates wrapped up last night with a back and forth over on brand X. If you’re asking, when were the other debates? We talked about them a little, but very few people noticed. This is another race that is being debated with attack ads not actual differences of opinion. Here’s how the Register and other news outlets saw last night’s debate.
NORTH KOREA THREATS:
North Korea is threatening to set of a nuke this morning. The UN security council will meet about this today in emergency session. This is a hard story to cover because N Korea’s leadership is just crazy enough to do it. Yet, you have to pause and wonder whether this is just an attempt to get all of us to pay attention to them again.
If you’ve been watching the coverage of the school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania you knew this one was coming. It’s the story where we go out to a school district and ask…”Could this happen here?”
Three school shootings in a week is enough to get a lot of people thinking about this and in the end I’m not sure we’ve come up with a better answer than: schools are doing the best they can. Should there be armed police officers at all Des Moines Schools? Would that matter if someone was motivated enough to try something like this?
EPA ON THE FARM:
Sen. Grassley made some news this morning. apparently the administrator of the EPA decided to take him up on his offer to visit the farm in Northern Iowa. The debate here is over new EPA rules that would limit the amount of dust created by any industry. Ever been out into a bean or corn field when they’re trying to harvest? The idea is that it’s supposed to be dry.
Dry=dust. I hope this EPA guy doesn’t wear his a suit to the Grassley farm.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the day at a record high today. Lower fuel prices are mostly to thank. Remember the days when things didn’t look so good for the Dow? Remember thee stories about how the economy was in the tank and the evidence was the Dow Average? Well, now the Dow is at a record. Good news for your 401k, generally good news for business. If stock prices go up companies might feel more flush, might invest more in expansion, hiring, research etc. So where’s the press? Does this mean we’re in good economic health. I’ll usually defend my journalism brethren when someone accuses the”liberal media” of being biased, but someone’s got to explain this one to me. The only stories we saw about the rebound of the stock market were after the record. If you take a look at some of these stories, they talk about the Dow like it’s no longer a reliable indicator of economic health. It’s reliable when it tanks. Why not now. Talk amongst yourselves.
As Cubs fans, this is the time of the year when Trish and I start focusing on the Bears. It should be noted that there is still baseball to be played and some of you might be interested.
The Cardinals, A’s and Yankees won.
(Trish here – Ugh. As a Cubs fan, I dread seasons when the Cards make the playoffs and the Cubs don’t – I have to listen to my Cards-fan husband obsess about his favorite team, and gloat when they win! Yesterday he had the game on DURING Clara’s 1st b-day party. But guess what she said when he flipped it on? “GO CUB!” Atta girl.)
DUSTING OFF THE OLD IMAGE:
valley Junction is looking for a younger, more hip crowd. The shopping district that was best known for it’s antiqueing when I moved here is trying to convince people you don’t actually have to be an antique to shop there. No offense to the mature set of our blogging audience, but it used to be a little stale down there. I will says this. If you are stumped about what you get your wife for her birthday…Guys, get down there. The shops down there are the kind of place you can find a unique gift and get the “holy grail” of comments when she opens her gift: “that’s so thoughtful“.
Finally, some thoughts from Brad. Not sure what we did to encourage the flood of comments yesterday, but here’s his response:
Let me apologize, I only check out the blog once in awhile, it is Pat and Trisha’s baby.
I cannot tell you how humbled I feel by all your responses. They make me blush, which is kind of tough, considering my face already sports a red hue.
I do like to sing, though I’m usually a bit shy about it. I enjoy dancing, but as many people might attest to, it is a work in progress.
I also work with Habitat for Humanity for roughly 25 hours a week. It is a cause that I truly believe in and have dedicated to it a great portion of my free time. Incidentally, I’m up for the “Mr. Habitat for Humanity of Iowa” award. I’ve got some steep competition this year. I’m running against the Governor, Larry Morgan, Dolph Pulliam, Suku Radia, Doug Reichardt and Terry Rich – which basically means I’m hosed!
The tall blonde lady is someone very special to me and we’ll leave it at that.
Hopefully that answers all your questions.