B3 note: I asked Carolyn Schmidt, our ace citizen journalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to check out the column of Peggy Noonan, the former Republican speech writer, in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.
I enjoy Noonan, a rock-ribbed Republican, but an intelligent and witty one, who is covering the race from afar.
She is looking for a "reasonable" candidate, finds Joe Biden and Tom Dodd "reasonable," finds John Edwards"unreasonable," finds Obama is not "on fire," and doesn't like Hillary Clinton much at all on much of anything. Here is Carolyn's response, filed Sunday, Dec. Read more »
B3: Here's a dispatch filed Satuday afternoon by Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen journalist, operating out of Cedar Rapids, Falls, Iowa, an election hot spot
As always, Iowans take the snow, Pakistan assassination, and all in stride
By Carolyn Schmidt
Cedar Rapids, Iowa--We had a 4-5 inch snow fall Friday on top of what's already on the ground (19 inches for the month of December). Richardson cancelled his appearances, but the others soldiered on--evidently not expecting much of a turnout for their rallies. Read more »
Oh, have more Cake, please! On the occasion of the Sacto-Bay Area band's New Year's Eve show Monday at the Warfield, I spoke to frontman John McCrea from his Oakland home - an intriguing and educational experience, natch. McCrea wandered down some unique avenues regarding his neighborhood, the music industry, farming, gorging, general loudness and so much more.
SFBG: I always associate Cake with Sacramento. Read more »
Oh, Mary! The girls spend Christmas in a homeless shelter.
REVIEW There's something about performing old television shows (i.e. "The Twilight Zone") on a bare-bones stage two feet from the front row that accentuates what was good about them in the first place--the snappy dialogues, the solid story construction, the tinge of the absurd. Read more »
Here's the latest report Friday afternoon (Dec. 28, 2007) from our citizen reporter Carolyn Schmidt in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
By Carolyn Schmidt
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- Seems that in small towns like Indianola, two campaign staffs may be working out of the same building, since there are more requests for office space than there are available buildings in some of these towns. The Clinton and Edwards campaigns are both working out of the same building in Indianola, according to the Des Moines Register. Read more »
Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man mounted a stack of speakers. All photos by Ben Hopfer.
By Ben Hopfer
What do you do when the cold weather kicks in and all your friends are out of town? If you’re like me you go see the Wu-Tang Clan. Braving the cold and rain, I arrived at Ruby Skye on Dec. 27 to check out the Wu, out on their "8 Diagrams" tour. Read more »