January 27, 2006

Barack does Moline

Barack Obama at his appearance at 1911 52nd Avenue, Moline today to announce the opening of a field office at that location.

Sen. Mike Jacobs discusses the WIU riverfront campus and Tech Corridor with Jim Bowman, Executive Director of Renew Moline.

Reader submitted photos.
(nice work! Anyone else have pics to share? Send 'em in.)

John Beydler at "The Passing Parade" has a post asking readers who they think would be a good pick to staff Obama's new outpost.

The Dispatch/Argus has an account of Obama's meeting with their editorial board and his views on current issues. (article available to non-subscribers for a "limited time".)


At 1/29/2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See Saturday's QC Times for a picture of Pat O'Brien and Obama on the front page!!!

At 1/29/2006 3:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Here's the link to the article.

At 1/29/2006 8:38 PM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

I was talking to a retired factory worker from John Deere at the Obama office opening and he asked, "Is that Mike Jacobs over there?" I said, "Yes." Then he says, " I wish my Daddy had gotten me a good job."

So I asked, "Where did your father work?" To which he replied, "He worked in the factory at John Deere."

I asked, "Did your father help you get the job at John Deere?"

My question was met with silence.

I should have asked him if he had to campaign to keep his job every 2-4 years.

I hope that you get my point Dope, that we all get some help in getting started in our careers from friends or family. Getting hired on as State Senator is no different than starting work in the factory at John Deere, except for the fact that the Senator has to get elected to keep his job, and the factory worker has to join the union, show up for work and do a good job every day to keep his.

If your vote is based on this one issue, make sure that you contemplate how you and your family and friends have benefited from the extra little help in life.

Then pick the candidate you think will do the best job representing our District in Springfield.

At 1/30/2006 2:55 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I get your point, though your comments here should be directed to all, not specifically to me unless you're responding directly to a comment of mine.

But your analogy is a little faulty, don't you think? Having a legacy help you get a brutally boring and perhaps dangerous and dirty job in the shops is a bit different than having your Dad put you in a position where you're representing the fortunes of hundreds of thousands of people.

The shop worker's dad gets him a job grinding burrs off of castings and Mikes' Dad gets him a job as State Senator and you're making an analogy?? Please.

Mike has to go eat $150 dinners and have people kiss his ass, and he has to work part time. The shop worker has to punch a clock every morning and get punished if he's a little late, have foremen and the company constantly watching his production and every move and expecting more and more production from less and less people.
His job is soul-deadening after several years, as I suppose being State Senator can potentially be too.
But there the analogy stops.

But Jacobs was installed in time for him to frantically get his name out there every time he sneezes and to build up a massive campaign fund. Otherwise, your comment about him having to run for office every now and then would be valid.
Sure, he has to run, and has to do humiliating and sometimes dumb things in the process. But being installed at the time he was ensures that no one really has a serious chance to defeat him.

Of course, as I've noted, Jacobs has every chance of defeating himself, but otherwise, the election is just a formality.

At 1/30/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

The DOPE then came to Jacobs' House.

"Let me in, let me in," cried the Dope.

"Or I'll huff and I'll puff till I blow your house in."

"Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin," said Sen. Jacobs.

Well, the DOPE huffed and puffed but he could not blow down the bick house.

But the DOPE was a sly old wolf and he climbed up the roof to look for a way into the house.

But the Senator saw the old DOPE climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water.

When the DOPE finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the BIG BAD DOPE.

The next day Sen. Jacobs invited his mother over for camoline tea. She said, "You see it is just as I told you, the way to get along in the world is to do things as well as you can. Fortunately for the Senator, he learned that lesson. And he just lived happily ever after!

At 1/30/2006 12:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well, the grade level is about right at least. As to what the rest is supposed to mean, I haven't a clue. Anyone care to interpret?

It can't be Sen. Jacobs because his mother must have told him to do as well as he can, and spend the rest of his time attacking anyone who finds fault with anything he does or says, even if they're true and correct, and smearing potential rivals by any way imaginable. The fairy tale left that part out.

At 1/30/2006 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


your comment is stupid. getting a job as state senator and factory are the same BS!!! we are supposed to vote in our leaders...not the men/women who work in factories...that is the major difference...we are suppose to VOTE...not let the good old boys appoint.

At 1/31/2006 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the world of propaganda they call this "Questionable Analogy".

Just a ridiculous post Tom.

At 1/31/2006 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't argue that Tom Benson is pretty dumb..... what a dumb analogy. How in the heck he ever passed the bar exam is beyond me.... wow!!
If he wants to be in politics, he better take a few lessons or just accept the punishment.

At 2/02/2006 9:12 PM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

The point of the analogy is not that it is even close to the same thing. The point is one of perspective. The gentleman who looked like he had done pretty well for himself and followed in his father's footsteps made the unsolicited comment to me because I was standing next to him. I thought it was interesting. I think that building the finest tractors in the world is an honorable profession and probably more rewarding spiritually than being a politician. I thought we could discuss the appointment issue reasonably.

To all the anonymous haters in the world of the Inside Dope:

Why are you so afraid to attack people and post your name?

Why are you so afraid to make any intelligent comments on any subject and sign your name to it?

Is it because you fear the mind-numbing responses from anonymous personally attacking your character?

If you are going to post as anonymous take a shot at saying something that is remotely intellectually stimulating.

By the way, I don't know how I was able to graduate from law school, help raise a family and pass the bar exam either. I did it with great support from my wife, my parents, my kids, my classmates and some good friends. Success requires working together toward a common goal. I hope that some day all of you anonymous's out there can be blessed as I have been.

P.S. The bar exam is pretty easy, the law school part, that was hard.


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