I last visited Jim Morrissey in Guthrie Center, about 20 years ago. In the 1970's Jim was the popular manager of Harrison's Variety store, located at 21 Central Avenue NW. The last of the Harrison's stores will be closed by the end of this year. Founded in Hampton, Iowa, as Harrison's Variety, the last three are in Indianola, Des Moines and Ames, and are now known as Harrison Sports. The owners claim that the change from a variety, to strictly sports was made necessary when Wal-Mart opened in Indianola. Same pew, different church.
With both the U of I and ISU in bowl games Friday, I can't resist a political football reference. "Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole." (John F. Kennedy)
Yet another liberal proposal to raise our taxes, this one intended to help those not capable of filing a non-itemized federal tax return. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., has introduced a bill that would allow the IRS to "do your paperwork." Cooper's office estimated that about 40 million Americans could enroll, saving them $2 billion in preparation fees and millions of hours in preparation time. "I'm sure it's been discussed" on the congressional Super Committee, said Ryan Ellis, tax policy director with the anti-tax-hike Americans for Tax Reform.
This is, undoubtedly, a proposal with no "legs," but to suggest taking responsibility from individuals and having the government do it would require hiring more IRS employees, at our expense. Republicans in Congress have introduced a bill to quash any such effort.
A Profile (NOT) in Courage award to the religious group called The Family Leader, led by Bob Vander Plaats. After announcing months ago that they would convene in December to select a candidate in the Republican presidential race, they did. Convene, that is. But, they "passed" on choosing a candidate and I think I know why. The Family didn't want to go down the tubes with a loser, and after they eliminated Romney (who has ignored them), Paul (a Libertarian), Gingrich (baggage), and Huntsman (too liberal), they were stuck with Bachmann, Santorum and or Perry. They chose "none of the above."
The latter three are actually the Family favorites, and if they had a snowballs chance to become president the Family would have been "all over" one of them. A twisted thinker might think they prefer Obama to Romney.
To their credit, whether you like their candidate or not, Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley, leaders of the Leader group, individually went on record as supporting Santorum. Bachmann and Perry, with impeccable family, values must wonder, "Uh, whut hoppen?"
Was it Warren Buffet who said, "There are only three kinds of people in the world, those who can count, and those who can't?"
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry will not be on the primary ballot in Virginia on March sixth because they didn't get the required 10,000 signatures and they are madder'n rednecks whose dog won't hunt. Gingrich was leading in a recent opinion poll among Virginia Republicans. Romney was a close second and Paul a distant third. Romney and Paul of Texas have qualified for that Super Tuesday primary.
"It speaks volumes to me about the particular organizational skills of the candidates," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. "It's hard for me to understand how they could miss this opportunity," as quoted in Bloomberg.
Gingrich's campaign director, Michael Krull, issued a statement calling Virginia's ballot requirement "a failed system" and said the former House speaker would launch a write- in campaign. Virginia law, however, doesn't allow for write-ins in primary elections.
Krull said last night on Gingrich's Facebook page that the campaign was "exploring alternative methods to compete" in the primary, and likened the failure to make the ballot to December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Talk about an over-reaction!
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed." (John F. Kennedy)
Remembering Bert and Minnie Badgerow, our closest neighbors for my first eight and a half years. Theirs was the first farm east of Union School on the south side of the then muddy gravel road and we were a few feet east on the north side. They had a cherry tree and I picked 'em and Minnie made me pies. Bert reminded me of my paternal grandfather, John Paulin. Taciturn, stern, hardworking, salt-of-the-earth types. We need more of them and fewer Alex Baldwins.
Don Paulin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236 -30-