20200129 & 30th: MAGA/KAG Rally in Des Moines!

We’re headed to Des MOINES, Iowa, after the Mardi Gras-like-atmosphere-blowout-of-a-rally in Livewood, NJ. Don’t even think about groaning or turning up you nose at the prospect of a road trip to Des Moines……. We have a few surprises for you all. First of all, fellow QTreeper, Huskerheart and her husband, are going to the Rally and they have VIP PASSES! It’s a two day trip for them, thus we are “covering” the rally for the full two days. They will be “reporting” and checking in with us, here. Yeah baby, from Davos to Des Moines, QTreepers span the globe to cover the action!

Let’s get oriented with a map:

Des Moines is located in the lower middle of the state. Iowa is landlocked by Nebraska, MN, WI, IL, MO.

The rumor mill tells me over 80 Trump surrogates have been dispatched to Iowa over the weekend to represent the President at various caucuses throughout the state, including Don Jr., Eric, Lara, Kimberly Guilfoyle, various Admin members, and all-star Trump Supporters. Candidate Trump spent a LOT of time in Iowa and knows the system well. A Republican rally on the eve of the caucus makes sure he will be well represented on the ground, even though he has no real primary opponent.

The city of Des Moines sits at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. Because of the water resource, people have accumulated in this spot for thousands of years. Recently, the town was excavating for a new wastewater treatment plant and found a 7,000yr old site nicknamed the “Palace”. Thousands of artifacts were found along with graves.

The city was founded in 1843 and used to be Fort Des Moines. Today, the city is home to several Fortune 500 companies, particularly insurance and data focused. From Wikipedia: Forbes ranked Des Moines as the “Best Place for Business” in both 2010 and 2013.[12] In 2014, NBC ranked Des Moines as the “Wealthiest City in America” according to its criteria.[13] Des Moines has an estimated population of about 210K, with a metro of about 655K people. Iowa as a state is about 310miles x 200 miles, has a population of about 3,155,070, and a median income of $58,570.

Understand, Dad’s side of my family is from Davenport, eastern side of Iowa on the Mississippi. My grandparents were Iowa Hawkeye boosters for 55yrs. Generations of my family have railed about and $hit all over the bureaucracy of Des Moines, so it’s hard for me to speak highly of Des Moines. I do remember a field trip to the capitol as a school kid, however, and the majesty of the building. It’s an unexpected hidden gem, a place where we could wander for days……

The Capitol sits in a 17 acre park, built from 1871-1886, has 5 golden domes, stretching to a height of 280 feet.

It’s gorgeous…….. and contains one of the top 20 most beautiful libraries in the world.

There’s much more than corn to be seen in the heartland of America. Completed in the late 1800’s, the Capitol Law Library of Des Moines is a Renaissance transplant filled with five stories of legal precedent interconnected by spiral iron staircases wending around ash and chestnut wood.
Chestnut glows in the sunlight, unlike pecan or oak.

But that’s just the library, the legislative chamber is breathtaking.

Ceiling dome, in a ‘cool’ picture, without glare.
But the big ceiling dome looks like a big golden candle

Everywhere you turn inside the capitol, the craftsmanship is extraordinary.

The master staircase to legislative chambers.
The artwork which speaks to western expansion = Manifest Destiny
The marble tile work and wood trim is lavish.

BUT – here’s the kicker about the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines:

Gosh, I hesitate to even mention it. We all know Gail Combs as a dedicated researcher with mind-boggling ability to dig into the details….. and this is one of her favorite subjects. It’s like throwing red meat in front of a hungry lion….. but here we go…..

Since 1987, the World Food Prize laureate award ceremony is held annually in October in the House of Representatives chamber of the statehouse (our pretty Capitol Building), but this picture below is the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Pretty, eh? Makes us wonder who pays the bill for maintenance and plants the flowers…… Hint: You’re probably paying for it. Did you know? Hmmmmm….. Let’s keep looking.

The ceremony rivals that of the Nobel Prize, drawing over 800 people from more than 75 countries. Each year, world-class performers take the stage to honor the World Food Prize Laureate. Past performers have included Ray CharlesJohn Denver, and Noa to name a few. Let’s take a further look into the “World Food Prize” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize

In the beginning about 30yrs ago, the idea was simple. Senior Management at General Foods Company wanted to spur innovation in all aspects of FOOD, from farm to table. Sounds good, right? A noble cause. Kind of like Boy Scouts, right? From the same wholesome town, Des Moines, which gave us Ann Landers and Glenn Miller, and produces Better Homes and Gardens and Golf Digest. You know, regular Americans. What could go wrong?

BUT, the progressives got involved. The award was then sponsored by a wealthy philanthropists and soon…….. entered Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, the Rockefellers, etc. We have super rice to quadruple yields in China, 480 kinds of hybrid wheat, sterilization of crop pests……….. Ohhh, it’s a wonderland of NGO’s from all over the world. A miasma of government grants to hand out our tax payer dollars to save the world and redistribute our wealth, while liberals pat each other on the back for their “goodness”. It’s a den of progressives and control over the food chain.

Is it “good” or “bad”? Who knows……..? What are the chances the former State Dept’s Director for USAID is on the guest list for dinner? And a speech? Call me cynical…… It’s all the same people from the Aspen Institute, in Iowa.

Imagine my surprise……… Hey, I was just headed to a MAGA Rally in Des Moines and found the cabal’s secret hiding spot…… Des Moines? Gosh, did we ever expect we would discover a way to put “critical micro nutrients in the diets of millions of rural poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America”…. in des Moines? It’s confounding how Progressives want to help everyone else in the world except their fellow Americans. Astonishing. This subject may require a further dig (hint to Gail).

The state of Iowa has made enormous contributions to the USA. People like actor Tom Arnold (groan) and actress Donna Reed (!!!) were from Iowa, but so was Buffalo Bill, Johnny Carson, and the Indian Chief with the great hockey logo, Chief Black Hawk. Iowa has given us great sportsmen, writers, and scientists……… and Chuck Grassley and Steve Smith, but also Joni Earnst and Tom Harkin. Iowa is a mixed bag.

But I love Iowa and spent a great deal of my childhood there. We going to stop off to see the relatives on our road trip……… We might have time to head down to the barn and visit with the horses. Grab a few carrots or an apple, they like a snack.

Roll the windows down on the car, take a deep breath. The sky and the land in Iowa go on forever.

and eat some of Grandma’s cherry pie.

You’re all welcome at our house, in Iowa.

Looks like there’s a new sign on the barn!

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