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July takes me away from home more than usual, and posts can be few and far between. Lori and I spent a week vacationing in the beautiful (and a bit cooler) lake country of Minnesota. Our grandson Colten was along – Lori shot this photo of us through the screen one morning.
Thanks for your patience during the lean month of July.
The world hasn’t stood still, and there are some intriguing new things to write about. See you soon!
Iowa grows corn. Miles and miles and miles of it. We don’t eat it, of course—it’s not that kind. We feed it to cattle and hogs, and we send it by the trainload to processing plants that make it into that “high-fructose corn syrup” that’s in everything else we eat. Read the labels in your pantry.
And, this year especially (the angst of the times being as it is), we plant corn in every available corner in order to save the planet (and make pretty good money) by selling it to ethanol plants.
Trouble is, it’s a little like tobacco and Kentucky: government subsidies contribute to the growth of something that we’d probably be better off without. Check out MotherJones excellent explanation:
And it’s impact on soil conservation is not good.
Corn is a hot potato here in Iowa. Though not a lot of us are still farmers, our friends, our industry, and our economy are linked to corn in a big way. But in the long run, it’ll be a bust. We need another scheme for agriculture, and we need pioneers and politicians and professors who’ll help us get there.
Tags: corn, agriculture, farming, Iowa, ethanol, crop+subsidies, alternative+fuels, ethanol+bad, Monte Asbury
Seems like I can’t go to the local coffee shop without meeting someone intriguing. Monday’s visit brought an introduction to the local Obama staffer, Ms. Scott (whose first name, sorry to say, has escaped me).
We chatted for a while. I shared my longing for a candidate who would get it that military confrontation and inflammatory talk make us appear threatening to the world, and we become less safe, rather than more. My concern is that the Guilani and Romney—and even Clinton—approaches to foreign policy aren’t safe. They provoke the very danger that they claim to scare away.
I told her I hoped Sen. Obama would speak out about how Republican cold-war approaches were outdated and dangerous, and how national security depended on finding a new road that would out-perform the threats and bombs of recent failure, and that would deliver a better kind of security to an inter-connected world.
In response, she recommended Sen. Obama’s speech at the J-J Dinner from last weekend. David Yepsen, arguably the most influential of Iowa pundits, wrote of this speech: Should he win the Iowa caucuses, Saturday’s dinner will be remembered as one of the turning points in his campaign, a point where he laid down the marker and began closing on Clinton, the national frontrunner. Here ’tis.
I find it hopeful. You?
Tags: Obama, candidates, Jefferson+Jackson, presidential, Iowa, Monte Asbury