At five forty this morning we realized we hadn’t seen Brad Ehrlich…It sent us into a little bit of a panic, but it also is(literally) a nightmare scenario for all of us that work the overnight/early morning shift.
More on that in a minute.
First the news:
Iraq Confidence Hits New Low
A new AP poll out this morning shows the American People are more dissatisfied than ever about American Policy in Iraq.
The news comes as President Bush says the Iraq Study Group Report will be just one of the factors in finding a way forward in Iraq. Get ready top hear that phrase…The way forward…A lot. The President used the phrase quite a bit and promised he’ll make a major policy speech when the Pentagon, State Department and His own staff make a recommendation.
The shuttle Launch was scrubbed last night because of low clouds. It was nice to see fifty kids out at the Science Center last night ready to see the Launch. They all got a good set of demonstrations and a taped launch. Quick thinking by the staff at SCI.
That’s what some lawmakers are hoping a new proposal gets Iowa. The idea is to give movie makers some incentive to film here in Iowa. Why, because the filming of a movie involves hundreds of people and millions of dollars. They need places to stay, things to do and restaurants to eat in. That’s business for Iowa.
The proposal as I heard it would give about 20% of what the film spends back to the company in the form of a tax break. It sounds like a lot, but the incidental spending wouldn’t be included in that, so I think the state would be coming out ahead. Plus, this is money that wouldn’t otherwise come in. Who cares if we give back 20 percent of what we didn’t have in the first place. We still come out ahead.
Life after Maytag:
It was nice to see a couple of the former Maytag workers getting their degrees last night from continuing education. The two women we featured had a great attitude…If Maytag hadn’t gone under, they wouldn’t have taken advantage of the chance to go back to school.
This is going to be a hard transition for Newton, but after reading The World is Flat earlier this year, I am convinced the future doesn’t lie in companies like Maytag. There are too many people around the world that are too hungry for these jobs at a significantly reduced pay rate. Americans have to evolve. A 21 dollar an hour union job isn’t a realistic option long term. Unions were the right thing at one time in our history, and they have a place moving forward, but it’s the ones who evolve with time that will both survive and serve their workers well. Most of them are just trying to survive the way they are, and that’s just not possible. Take a look at this story I heard on NPR the other day. American’s management and Mechanics Union got it right.
That’s what the Iowa Board of Regents is giving itself in the University of Iowa President’s search. Of those of you keeping score at home…They had four finalists, they rejected the finalists, then reconsidered the finalists, the finalists rejected the regents…Now we’re starting over. For you baseball enthusiats…I think they call that E5.
The Senate Faculty President is saying the search has made Iowa a national embarrassment, One Regent is blaming radical faculty members for derailing the process. That’ll probably get the really qualified candidates lining up…
I’ve never understood why people do this. It’s not like the Regents are sitting there and saying…How can we make this University sooo bad no one will want to go there…Ever.(Picture Michael Gartner with his shoulders hunched over wringing his hands as he lets out a devious laugh…)
Come on…The reality is that each has his or her opinions, but at the heart of the effort is the search for the best candidate. I would say the same thing about the faculty advisory board.
Why is it that both sides can’t come at the process accepting that as a fact. Nobody’s helping here.
Iowa v Iowa State
We’re not ignoring the big game tonight. We didn’t have anything on it on the show this morning but, really what do you say besides the two teams are playing tonight. The unique thing about this game, this year is that it’s NOT going to be the best men’s basketball game of the college season. UNI Drake will be.
Brad Sleeps In:
So we gave Brad a hard time this morning for sleeping in a little. He still made it to work …Close to on time. And he felt really badly. I only mention it again to tell you that if we all have a recurring nightmare…This is it. Trish and I have both talked about the dream where you wake up(still dreaming) and the show is already on… Oversleeping becomes a little bit of an obsession.
I’ve also overslept. The brain works in funny ways. When the phone wakes me up in the middle of the night, I usually don’t even say hello. I usually just answer by saying…I’m sorry …I’ll be right there.
Think of a situation that gets your blood pumping and gives you a shot of adrenaline…now multiply it by ten. Going from REM sleep to a 140 heart rate in ten seconds can’t be good. I think most people call that a heart attack. Oversleeping is as close as I hope any of us ever come. I bet Brad doesn’t get a sound night of sleep for weeks.
Ambassadors of Harmony:
I’m off to St Louis for the weekend. I’m going to see the guy who was Best Man at our wedding. Shaun’s dad is in a Barber Shop Chorus called the Ambassador’s of Harmony(Here’s a sample of their Christmas Album).
It is exactly as corny as it sounds and it is exactly the right thing to get ANYONE in the Christmas spirit. We go every year. I’ll also be meeting Sally’s dad Rick down there. We’ve been talking about this concert for years, and he’s always wanted to go.
After Much anticipation…Drumroll Please….