September 17, 2006

Catch Harkin Steak Fry, Obama on C-Span

For those of you who didn't attend Sen. Tom Harkins 29th annual Steak Fry in Indianola, IA, you can watch the entire thing tonight (Sun. 17th) on C-Span beginning at 5:30 p.m. according to Harkin's website.

This year's star atracting is Sen. Barack Obama and notable as it's his first foray into Iowa. The event will be sure to attrack a lot of media attention.

*UPDATE* The event is being broadcast live right now (3:30 p.m.) and Obama just began to speak. I don't know if it will be rebroadcast on tape later, but I would guess it will be.

I don't know if the starting time provided by Harkin's site was incorrect or if that's when C-Span plans to rebroadcast the event, or if C-Span changed their schedule, or..... ?

At any rate, knowing C-Span (and I do, judging from the fact that I have a ghost of the C-Span logo permanently burned into the lower right corner of my TV screen)they'll surely rebroadcast the entire program most likely later tonight, and perhaps in the near future.

**UPDATE II** Just saw that the event will be shown twice more this evening at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. CST.


At 9/17/2006 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat and watched this event with my two year old on my lap. Though he had just awoken from his nap, and was a docile and observant child, I could not get over the fact that we sat silent for an hour or so, and may have been watching history. We watched a good man, someone, whom I heard over and over from the crowd, the hope of our party. Watching the subtelties, the nuances, the unspoken language which permeated the air around Senator Obama. I know this man will one day run to lead our country. I am just not sure it is now. It was a day I will tell my son about some time (and the Bears won too, so it was a great Sunday).

Young Father

At 9/18/2006 3:10 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Obama certainly does possess that all too rare ability to inspire a sense of hope in people.

The long, dismal slog through Republican rule has left the people of this country of both parties with a longing for some sort of hope, rather than the constant drumbeat of fear and dread.

I think that's why people seem to respond so strongly and positively to a young, attractive, politician with an interesting and admirable background of heritage and achievement in whom they can invest their hopes for a way out of this long dismal period in our countries history.

Just the thought of what Obama could do to help undo the global feelings of hatred and distrust which Bush has achieved in such a short time is an inspiring thought.

Perhaps the rest of the world would then begin to hope that we as a country had finally come to our senses.

At 9/18/2006 8:41 PM, Anonymous TYS said...

Everything he said sounded real good. If you listen close, I swear it it pure socialism if not communism. Seriously folks. There is real irony in his words. Listen again if you need to. TYS

At 9/19/2006 2:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yep, Obama noted that the culture of greed and selfishness has coarsened and weakened our society and the country, and said we needed to go back to the moral way, the American way, of believing that we are our brother's keeper, and to look out for the defenseless and protect the interests of the weak against the powerful.

He even said that in this great country, the richest on the globe, there shouldn't be any children suffering for lack of basic health care or suffering from hunger.

He even said that government shouldn't be completely destroyed, that people need to be self-reliant and provided the opportunity to prosper from hard work, but that government does serve a vital role in ensureing that people don't fall through the cracks.

What a crazy notion that government should ensure that we're able to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and have a desire to bring everyone along, not simply leave a huge portion of the population behind.

Now that's damn scary, huh?

Better throw some boogie-man labels on it right away!!

After all, you might be expected to actually look out for the best interests of the entire country, rather than your own paranoid and narrowly selfish interests.

At 9/19/2006 8:11 AM, Anonymous TYS said...

I don't agree. Even your 1st & 3rd paragraph contradict each other. We were NEVER to be keepers of my brother in this free country. Yes I can care about YOU across the land, but I can't/won't be obligated to give you money unless I want to and/or have it to give. We ARE to be self reliant, self motivated to suceed, to fullfil each of American Dreams. Obama said the American Dream isn't working and there is another America people want. Which is GOVERNMENT to be our keeper. That, my friend, is his whole political philosophy. He is a smart man, verbalizes well, charismatic, but politically flawed. I don't want more government. I certainly don't want him redistributing the wealth of the people. Someone has to expose the wolves teeth on this sheep. TYS

At 9/19/2006 5:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm afraid your interpretation of Obama's speech is utterly false. At no time did he say he wants government to be "our keeper" or even suggest such a thing.

If you got the message that you say you did, you're reading in a lot that wasn't there. And trying to characterize his message as communist or socialist is the reaction of some paranoid stuck in the 50's.

I've tried to find a transcript of his remarks because I'm certain that anyone reading them wouldn't come away with your peculiar view of what he was advocating. But unfortunately, I can't find a transcript anywhere, including on his own site.

If anyone can find it, please let me know.

The video of the speech is available at C-Span however, and if anyone wants to watch and LISTEN to it, I'm sure they'll see that tys's analysis is really off base.

Cut and paste this URL into your browser. (can't directly link from here)


At 9/19/2006 5:16 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

TYS is misinterpreting Senator Obama's remarks. Obama doesn't talk about income redistribution; he talks about the ideal of having policies and attitudes that are guided by faith. He said veterans returning from Iraq deserve better treatment than they're currently receiving. He said our foreign policy regarding Iraq has been mismanaged from the start. He said
we can do better. And he's right -we can - but not until we change the current captain of the ship.

I was at the Tom Harkin Steak Fry.
(And let me add that Iowa Gov Tom Vilsack was perhaps the best speaker of the day.)

At 9/20/2006 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TYS must stand for TotallYStupid.

Comon TYS, just admit you and your Republican friends are just upset that every time you try for diversity it blows up in your face.... Hmmmm Congressman Watts and others who speak for you and then leave because of the snooty platform you describe.

Such as only wanting to pay if you decide and to hell with everything else. What about roads and highways? How do you think those and other important things get paid for huh? If we all had to ask your permission, we'd be knee deep in mud with our trolleys!

At 9/20/2006 2:25 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 14:02, thanks for saying what I wanted to say but couldn't manage to figure out how to say it.

Government plays a vital role in a healthy society, and as you point out, paying for what the government does can't be on a voluntary basis. If it was up to right wingers like TYS, there'd not be any public schools, colleges, labs to research and prevent disease, agencies to ensure pure and safe foods, or thousands of other vital services.

And as is the case nearly every time one of these people who don't want to pitch in with the rest of us start complaining and whining that they don't owe the government anything, I'd lay big bucks on the fact that they themselves have benefitted from government spending, often to a great degree.

They may have had help when they were young with aid, they may have had a student loan, they may have gotten a job because the government ensured that employers couldn't discriminate, or they may have had a government subsidized and insured mortgage, and on and on and on.

And they benefit every day from the government they consider the enemy, by drinking clean water and safe foods and driving down the interstate, and especially for the right wing hawks, by being supposedly protected by hundreds of billions of dollars worth of military spending.

Under these folks way of thinking, when a snow storm hits and dumps 3 feet of snow, everyone should just shovel their own property and maybe the stretch in front of their house... but only out to the middle of the street, mind you, they wouldn't DARE think of plowing someone ELSE'S littel patch of street.

You know how well that system would work. The streets would be impassible.

And people would figure out that if they wanted to get anywhere, they'd have to all pitch in together to make sure that ALL of the road got plowed. And how do you best do that?

Why by what people lik TYS think is "communism" or "socialism"!! Yes, it's true.

Everyone pitches in for the common good. It happens every day in every town, city and village, state, commonwealth and the federal government.

And it's the best system that's been tried yet, so I fail to see why they want to destroy it.

At 9/23/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Amen Dope! Well said anon 1402


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