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Iowa: Somebody Has To Vote First…

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:40 PM MST

Why is Iowa so vital to picking presidents?

DES MOINES, Iowa — Just hours before the first vote of the 2008 presidential campaign, the world waits breathlessly with one question.

Not who’s going to win Iowa’s caucuses Thursday night. No, the question on the minds of people watching from afar is: Why Iowa?

Why should such a tiny state get such a big say in picking the president?

A farm state where the local museum feels compelled to boast, “More than just pigs and corn.” A place where the epicurean high point of the state’s biggest gathering, the state fair, is fried pork on a stick. A state without a major-league sports franchise, for heaven’s sake.

A state where the people are as white as the snow-covered landscape, devoid of the minorities who are changing the country’s complexion. A place where people graduate from school in record proportion, and live long, healthy lives.

It is, to many Americans, a foreign place.

And yet, when a sliver of this small, unrepresentative state’s population votes Thursday night, the national news media will immediately pronounce winners and losers. Some candidates will claim momentum that the elder George Bush in 1980 called the “Big Mo,” while others will go home and drop out. The course of American politics will be changed.

“Makes no sense,” Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said to his hometown paper.

It’s not exactly the system that anyone thinking objectively would design to pick the leader of the free world.

For example, even with a big turnout this Thursday, experts expect 87,000 Republicans and 125,000 Democrats at most to vote in a state with 3 million people. That’s a very thin slice of 300 million Americans.

But that’s a lot more people than the party bosses who used to pick candidates. That’s the way it was before Vietnam-era revisions.

And somebody has to vote first.

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Evening Jukebox… The Captain Of Her Heart

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:23 PM MST


Double – The Captain Of Her Heart

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…a happy, and peaceful, new year!

posted by anthony @ 17:45 GMT

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Countdown…

GEF @ 9:28 AM MST

THE CLOCK IS TICKING ON THE AMERICA’S LAST YEAR OF FREEDOM

By Greg Evensen

December 30, 2007

NewsWithViews.com

There is not a single person left above ground in America that has not yet had their obituary published, that can admit to feeling positive about the coming months before our next general elections. Out of 280 million American citizens and 20 million illegals occupying space within our borders, we have 20 auditioning professional liars and pretenders willing to say anything to live in the White House. Only one in my view, Ron Paul, holds the minimum requirements to legitimately seek and honestly campaign for the office. He isn’t my guy 100%, but I can live with most of his platform and his character.

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Hillary Signals Free Pass for Bush

Sudhan @14:00 CET

By Robert Parry | Consortiumnews.com, December 31, 2007

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is signaling that a second Clinton presidency will follow the look-to-the-future, don’t-worry-about-accountability approach toward Republican wrongdoing that marked Bill Clinton’s years in office.

That was the significance of former President Clinton’s remarkable Dec. 17 comment that his wife’s first act in the White House would be to send Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush on an around-the-world mission to repair America’s damaged image.

“The first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again,” said Bill Clinton, who has accompanied the senior Bush on international humanitarian missions over the past several years.

What was perhaps most stunning about the remark was its assumption that Americans would be impressed that the country’s two dominant political dynasties would team up in early 2009 to tidy up some of the mess created by the headstrong son of the senior dynasty, the Bush Family.

The Bushes and the Clintons – who have held pieces of the nation’s executive power for more than a quarter century dating back to George H.W. Bush’s election as Vice President in 1980 – essentially would be keeping matters within the board rooms of the Washington Establishment.

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