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Chuck Grassley is an Idiot

Charles (Chuck) Grassley has been in congress forever.  He was a known political figure in Iowa way back in 1972, when I was 18 and participating in my 1st election as a volunteer for George McGovern.  We lost badly but history has vindicated us.

Charles Grassley (R-IA)

I remember he was a bit of an old crank even then.  It’s depressing to me that he’s still around, but let me say one thing about politics in my fair home state.  Well, two things.  First, Iowa is not a particularly conservative state.  It is not totally full of rednecks, or Christian evangelicals.  It is about 50/50 between Republicans and Democrats.  It is the home of Slipknot and Bill Bryson.

Purple as it is, there is one idiosyncrasy of Iowa politics that I’d like to point out:  once somebody gets elected to an office, they’re basically elected for life, if they want it.  Governors routinely serve 4 or 5 terms.  Most Iowans are not radically conservative or radically liberal.  They just really, really don’t like rocking the boat.

Anyway, this time Grassley has gone a step too far.  He tweeted “Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law”

I really don’t think Grassley should be calling Obama stupid.

First, his abbreviations are moronic.  He could have easily expressed the same thought in less than 140 characters using fully spelled out words in grammatical sentences.  Just because he’s on Twitter does not mean he is required to write like a 15 year old.

Secondly, whatever you think of Obama’s positions, his intellect is unquestionable.  He’s written two books, which were actually quite good books, and he actually wrote them himself.  He is an incredible public speaker and, throughout his time in office, has proved to have a grasp of both domestic and international economic, political, social, cultural and military issues.

Thirdly, what does Grassley mean by that “x prof of con law” comment.  Obama is a former professor of constitutional law, a fully accredited lawyer, and former editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He did not suddenly lose credibility on legal issues because he is no longer employed as a college professor.  The reason he is an “x prof of con law” is because he is President of the United States, a fact which seems to have gone over Grassley’s head.

Senator, you are the one who sounds like an idiot.  You are an embarrassment to the state of Iowa.

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July 18th, 2010

Rain

I’ve been praying for rain, which may seem like a strange thing for an atheist to say but it sounds so much more poetic and meaningful than saying “I’ve really, really been hoping it would rain.”  Unfortunately, it happened while we were in the car, driving from Liberec back to the cottage, so it was a bit scary but we got there all right.

There, we were basically rained in, but I was the only one bothered by that.  The TV was on in Czech (Sam wanted to watch football but Dan and Waldek were watching some bicycle race) and everybody was speaking in Czech over the TV, kids were screaming (our 2, Lenka and Dan’s 3, the oldest of whom is the same age, within a week, as our youngest.)  That was the coolest thing about the weekend, meeting the new baby for the 1st time.

I sleep less than most people, but it’s awkward there because I always get up 1st and nobody is awake  but somebody is sleeping in  every room of the house.  Often I get up early and go out for a walk but that was not an option.  I did get one in a little later, when it had slowed down  to a drizzle.  The land looked beautiful, and clean.

In the afternoon, we took a trip to Sychrov castle, where we were married 8 years ago.  The kids were not particularly interested in that, but they liked the aquarium (which was really dull) and the dragon exhibit, which was pretty cool but very small.  For me and the wife, though, it was quite a romantic journey.

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