I asked Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen reporter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, if Iowans this time around would be trying to make up for the fact that they chose Kerry over Dean four years ago and thus did not pick a presidential winner. Here is her response and report on Friday (Dec. 28):
By Carolyn Schmidt
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- Iowans do want to make a winnable choice this time, although frankly it wasn't the Iowans who took Dean out of contention last time. It was the media feeding frenzy over Dean's rallying of his supporters after the caucus results were announced. Read more »
Here is a report from Carolyn Schmidt, a grassroots observer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She filed this report late Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa--We don't know a whole lot since the candidates had no public appearances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but they've kept their faces in front of us. Chris Dodd, of course, as you may know moved his whole family to Iowa for the caucus campaigning, so he and the family were pictured in the CR Gazette wrapping gifts for Iowa soldiers overseas. Hillary cleverly showed herself putting tags on gifts to go under the tree. Read more »
First exposure to Flight of the Conchords - a YouTube clip of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” - kind of bugged me. I was not in the mood for another comedy rock group, especially one that sings in fake black voices. Plus as far as I knew, it was tied to some super-hip new TV show. Finally I hated the name of the group. Read more »
Ever since listening to that multi-song pileup of a soundtrack for I’m Not There, I’ve been plotting my own alternate album: a compilation, to paraphrase Barry (Jack Black) in **High Fidelity** that does not “suck ass.” To begin with, the pathetic hipster pandering is gone. No Stephen Malkmus, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, or Mason Jennings. Jack Johnson? Are you fucking kidding me? Read more »