Posts Tagged ‘Iowa’

Yesterday, a coin initiated the Super Bowl XLIV. Today it blasted into outer space. NASA still has panache.

Photo by nasaimages.org

Space Shuttle Blasts off on Last Night Flight

Shuttle Endeavour blasts off on last planned night launch, taking new room to space station


The Associated Press


[Endeavour and six astronauts rocketed into orbit Monday on what’s likely the last nighttime launch for the shuttle program, hauling a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station….]


You know, I really don’t care what plastic Best Foods/Helmann’s is using, or what the reduced shelf breakage is; I want glass mayonnaise jars back!! Yes I know, glass takes energy to produce, but so does plastic, Every time I pick up a jar, I want to fling it down the aisle.  Who really knows what’s in this flavor of the month container? So, in light of that little tantrum,  I found that Mother Jones has put out an interesting article on the corrolation between Bisphenal ingestion in mothers and increased asthma in children.

Moms Get Plastic, Kids Get Asthma?

— By Julia Whitty| Wed Feb. 3, 2010 6:18 PM PST

[More bad news on the health effects of bisphenol A (BPA), that organic compound used as a building block in many plastics—including in plastic water bottles, food packaging, sunglasses, and CDs….]


On February 4th, after waiting for more than nine months, and without the vote of yet to be sworn Scott Brown, M Patricia Smith, was finally confirmed as the Solicitor for The Labor Department. The vote was 60-32, with 3 not voting. Republicans have opposed Smith over the HELP (A wage watch effort.) program in New York.  One wonders however, after the final vote tally, what the game was really about. Would a filibuster have lasted any longer? If the 60 votes were there, why not get it over with?

OSHA inspectors were on site in Middletown Conn. this weekend, in the aftermath of the construction site explosion where at least 5 workers were killed and 12 were injured. The Solicitor is arriving at a momentous time.

Also, on February 4th, Martha Johnson was finally confirmed as Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). The Senate gave her the green light in a vote of 96-0, with 4 not voting.

Johnson waited ten months because of a concern Senator Kit Bond had about whether the GSA should close a federally owned building and relocate to leased space. Ridiculous!  Why should this have happened? What was the Senate game?

Finally, the Iowa Independent reports, that in a flurry of inanity and bad timing, (Didn’t the POTUS just tell the world that “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” had to go?) two State of Iowa Republican legislators are attempting to get certain forms of  bullying excluded from their anti-bullying bill passed in 2007. Apparently these two don’t think the words sexual orientation or gender identity ought to be in there. Jason Schultz and Matt Windschitl, shame on you!!! These Repugs have got to go!

GOP lawmakers want to exclude gay students from anti-bullying bill

By JASON HANCOCK 2/8/10 1:15 PM

[A pair of Republican state legislators has introduced a bill that would remove protections for gay, lesbian and transgender students from an anti-bullying law passed in 2007.

State Reps. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, and Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, sponsored the legislation to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as definitions used for purposes of protecting students in public and nonpublic schools from harassment and bullying…]


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Cornland Speculators! Green Light Alert!

Politico.com Breaking News:

President-elect Barack Obama plans to name former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for Secretary of Agriculture at a news conference Wednesday, transition aides said.


Because he made a brief run for President, On The Issues Org. has a bit on him HERE.

I’m being silly. The Cornland speculators already knew. If we had read the tea leaves properly (corn leaves?) we might have known as well.

I Own My Vote, PUMA, The Denver Group, The New Agenda.

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In the last several years the cost of farmland in Iowa has soared. Senator Harkin, in the past, has opined on the worry over whether both corn for fuel and food could be produced. Today that argument might be seen as the last rosy glow, before the financial ember was gone.  Soaring costs of farmland at the record rate below can only be seen as anticipation of an ethanol enhanced future, spurred by the recent farm bill passage. (more…)

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Stuff of Genius

Well gee, Michelle is lost and confused about what happened to feminists. That’s what happens when you start with a faulty premise, like assuming there was a choice after 2004, and start blaming the victim. Hey, at least she knows our name, and she’s discombobulated enough she forgot to ignore us:



By Michelle Cottle

Post Date Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | Issue Date Wednesday, September 24, 2008

[Can someone please tell me what the hell happened? This presidential election was supposed to be a high-water mark for feminism. Hillary Clinton entered the primaries as the first female front-runner in our nation’s history. Better still, she wasn’t running as a Woman Candidate.  ….]


Of course, THIS kind of information below is the real source of Michelle’s concern:


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A Commission to Review Caucuses?

Obama has Iowa aflutter today. Discussions of the Voting Calendar were flying around. Iowa’s chant-We gotta be first, we gotta be first! If we keep screaming long enough maybe Iowa will actually hear a mosquito. GET RID OF THEM!!! (more…)

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Caucus Away!

You know they tried. Here is the Iowa Independent’s View. What is the next step? We don’t want to wait for no stinkin’ Rules Committee! (more…)

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What a way to approach the huge Farm Bill issue in advance of a convention in Denver! Maybe Chicagoans don’t understand the interconnectedness of environmental issues in the West.  Of course voting records are known! Tom Harkin’s ethanol bid, Obama’s backing of the corn states is naturally going to rub against up against the Rockies, and all points west. (more…)

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