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Friday, December 29, 2006

JRE Buzz (37): Blogger Sit Down in Iowa

Greetings BW readers,
The last few days have been and will continue to be a whirlwind for John Edwards, who announced his candidacy yesterday in NOLA. Only press and citizen journalists were at the announcement, with the exception of some of the residents and One Corps New Orleans.

Edwards is granting quite a bit of access to bloggers as he considers this campaign (his words from the announcement on Thur) a grassroots and netroots effort. The following YT was done by NCDem of the OAC.

One of the exciting moments for this blogger was to drive to Des Moines to see Edwards address a town hall meeting of 1o00, possibly 1500 or more, depending on who reported on it. But before the town hall portion, local bloggers and myself were invited to a petite tete a tete "bloggers sit-in". This was an opportunity to say hello ask Edwards questions. Jake Ludington, originally from Iowa and visiting for the holidays, is one of those Lockergnome guys and an attendee at this gathering. He captured a pretty good chunk of the conversation here. I hope Mitch Radcliffe is reading all of these accounts. After all, it was his idea to have a CJ or professional blogger on the back of the bus to capture the behind the scenes of a politician.

Yes, you see me very very briefly trying to sit down after shaking hands with John Edwards. To Edwards' left is my pal and OAC blogger, Jackie R, who was obviously very interested in what Edwards had to say.

My question was (and you can hear it on the video better than I can repeat verbatim) was about Edwards' foreign travels and the CFR report he wrote with Jack Kemp (in which Edwards finished my thought--"you mean Russia") and if it was possible to have the Russians at the table to help engage Iran. In short, Edwards didn't think so since Putin was moving away from democracy in Russia.

Other folks at this meeting included Robert Scoble, who works for Podtech and is travelling around on the plane with JRE, but Podtech is picking up his tab otherwise. He's one of my favorite geeks, and we had a nice conversation about the movement towards electronic public engagement, and I told him about some of the projects I've been working on at work as well as my own place here. I will post a picture I had taken with him later as I'm still in Iowa and will need access to my own computer to load into one of my plog accounts.

Scoble and I also talked about his experiences with some of the NC bloggers at the Converge South conference a couple of months ago. He said it was definitely like being in an old southern neighborhood, and one could see how politicians were born and bred out of that environment.

This was Scoble's first foray into political vlogging.

One thing I was not aware of until later was that not all of the bloggers were necessarily Edwards supporters at this blogger sit down. But I'm hoping one by one they will be won over, as I have been.

I also caught up with fellow bloggers NCDem and Chuckles, who were the CJ's travelling with Edwards' entourage for the first leg of the announcement tour. Jackie and I gave them a ride to their hotel and had dinner with them. Lots of war stories they were telling about their adventure, but it really was an adventure for them. Chuckles told me that Ezra Klein was his roommate in NOLA.

Updates forthcoming. Signing off from Hawkeye land.

More buzz l8tr...

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wow, C-SPAN Headlines Edwards

Edwards is the top of the news at C-SPAN. They just talked to Stephanie Grace of the Times-Picyune. Theme is "What makes a good president."

BIG Buzzers!

Stay tuned..

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Walkin' to N'Orleans

See the CJ version of JRE working it in NOLA.

Thanks to NCDem and Chuckles.

Jeff Pulver says this: John Edwards Announces his Candidacy on YT.

JRE did, but more later about that.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tomorrow Begins Today

New video of John Edwards down in NOLA this afternoon. Check it out at

Hmm, the website banner looks a little different too.

Rumor has it he will announce around 6:30 CT. I'm looking for it on C-SPAN myself. I read that the announcement is also from Ms. Tyler's yard as well.

How exciting! To glean from the website..."take action; take responsibility"

Remember how I mentioned the other day about the song "Snow" and refrain, "And I Dream.." resonates with me?

Here's why.

"And I Dream"..."Tomorrow begins Today".

Stay tuned...

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JRE Buzz (36): Edwards Workin' It in NOLA

This is a picture of John Edwards, in coordination with the NAACP who asked 30 middle school kids to help dig out a house owned by Oreila Tyler in the Ninth Ward, that was posted by NCDem a few minutes ago on the One America Committee site.

If you wish to join the conversation, click here.

NCDem and Chuckles, who another CJ with her, report that JRE will be returning to the Ninth Ward tomorrow, but he didn't say what he would be doing then.

Philgoblue has posted an excellent diary at OAC and at the Daily Kos about the Edwards' Announcement tour. It lists the things and events JRE has been involved in since 2004.

Robert Scoble has a great post about "you" politics and John Edwards here. He claims he'll be down there in the 24 hours. We'll see.

Update: Pics by Charles Dharapak from the AP.

Stay tuned....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Two Major Passings

James Brown and Gerald Ford have moved on. My prayers are with their families. It's difficult to lose a loved one near or during a major holiday, and my family has. I lost an uncle on Xmas Day back in 1993.

More later.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Christmas All

I had a nice Xmas Eve watching Love Actually and so far, a nice day in the Benny household. My spouse gave me some new speakers for my computer since the other ones were shot and old. A friend is visiting us and we gave him Andrew Sullivan's new book, The Conservative Soul. So yes, libertarians are welcome at Benny's house.

Listening to Anne Dudley's Ancient & Modern. I have a thing for spiritual choral music during Xmas. Spouse does too as I gave him Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum as a gift.

Off to make pumpkin pie...blessings to all BW readers.

Image courtesy of time-travel britain..

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

And I Dream...

One of my favorite Winter tunes...Snow Loreena McKennitt..

White are the far-off plains,
And white the fading forests grow;
The wind dies out amongst the tides
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree
Falls down scarce audibly.

The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snowfall hoods me around;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence is everywhere.

Save when at lonely spells
Some farmer's sleigh is urged on,
With rustling runner and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear

The barking of a dog,
To cattle, is sharply pealed,
Borne, echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;
Then all is silent and the snow
Falls settling soft and slow

The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer Earth to sky
The world seems shrouded, so far away.
Its noises sleep, and I
As secret as yon buried stream
Plod dumbly on and dream.

And dream
And dream
I dream
And I dream…

Winter Landscapes (different tune, but lovely pics...McKennitt embraces the Winter)

More to add later about "Snow" and another song that resonates with me.

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