Monday, December 11, 2006

Monday, December 11 is...

National Day (Burkina Faso)
Escalade (Geneva)


Every year in early December, the Swiss city-canton of Geneva interrupts its pre-Christmas festivities for a different kind of celebration: l'Escalade, a festival that celebrates the city's victory over the Duke of Savoy's invading troops in 1602.
Some other things to read and ponder today:

Reaction to my "hot" list has been mixed. State 29 says my list is the only one he agrees with and calls it "intriguing." Common Iowan recommended reading it. Drew Miller called it "obnoxious." I'm still researching, but it's possible that being called obnoxious by Drew Miller may be the absolute ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Douglas Pierce of Greenfield had a letter in the Register over the weekend that was worthy of a full repost:

Is it just me, or do other people agree that we are paying the governor until January? Is he going to reimburse the state of Iowa for his time spent engaging in this folly he is calling a presidential run?

The old adage of the mice will play while the cat is away seems to be right on in regard to the fiasco of a search for a president of the University of Iowa.
I'll reiterate what I've said before. Iowans elected Tom Vilsack to serve eight years. Right now he's served seven years and 11 months. All I want at this point is to know that his job as governor, which he still has for about a month, is his top priority. I don't feel like it is.

With that said, in a shocking development, Tom Vilsack's presidential campaign is receiving the support of his running mate. Join us next week when he announces he's been endorsed by his wife and senior staff.

It appears legislation that would ban smoking in public places could have a negative effect on casinos. I'm in favor of eliminating the dangers of secondhand smoke, to a point, but as someone who's strongly anti-gambling, having casinos that rank as the smokiest places on earth is also appealing. Back when I did go to casinos, I used to have to come home, change clothes and take a shower immediately so I wouldn't want to puke from the smell of stale cigarette smoke. That's a pretty effective gambling deterrent.

Joe over at Roth and Co. has the best coverage I've seen of the Iowa Department of Economic Development's most recent report to laud the achievements of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. While I think Joe and I differ greatly on the answer to the problem, we've at least established agreement on the problem.

Finally, here's a headscratcher: A Register editorial on the need to build spaceships and promote interstellar travel to find alternatives to our doomed planet to preserve our DNA in perpetuity. I'm wondering if Bill Richardson made the phone call that got the ball rolling on this one.


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