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President Quest 2020 – Joe Biden

Back in early August I took the morning off from the Computer Mine to see my 9th presidential candidate at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

I went to see Joe Biden. I doubt that I need to give much of a background on Joe Biden. He has been leading the polls ever since he joined the race, mostly on name recognition I would reckon. He has lost some steam lately and now is neck and neck with Joe Biden. I’d still put him as the odds on favorite for being our next president, but I would say that he isn’t the presumptive favorite that he was a couple months ago when these pictures were taken.

Here is the bio of Joe Biden from the Wikipedia:


Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (/ˌrɒbɪˈnɛt ˈbaɪdən/;[1] born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden also represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden is a candidate for president in the 2020 election.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He became a lawyer in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history. Biden was re-elected six times and was the fourth most senior senator when he resigned to assume the vice presidency in 2009. Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He opposed the Gulf War in 1991, but advocated U.S. and NATO intervention in the Bosnian War in 1994 and 1995. He voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002 but opposed the surge of U.S. troops in 2007. He has also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties. Biden led the efforts to pass the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. He also chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. Biden unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008.

In 2008, Biden was the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and became the first Roman Catholic vice president in history.[2] As vice president, Biden oversaw infrastructure spending aimed at counteracting the Great Recession and helped formulate U.S. policy toward Iraq through the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011. His ability to negotiate with congressional Republicans helped the Obama administration pass legislation such as the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, which resolved a taxation deadlock; the Budget Control Act of 2011, which resolved that year’s debt ceiling crisis; and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which addressed the impending fiscal cliff. Obama and Biden were re-elected in 2012.

In October 2015, after months of speculation, Biden announced he would not seek the presidency in the 2016 election. In January 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction.[3] After completing his second term as vice president, Biden joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Presidential Practice.[4] He announced his 2020 run for president on April 25, 2019.[5]

Here is a little information on Joe from his campaign website:

America is an idea.

An idea that goes back to our founding principle that all men are created equal. It’s an idea that’s stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator. It gives hope to the most desperate people on Earth. It instills in every single person in this country the belief that no matter where they start in life, there’s nothing they can’t achieve if they work at it.

We’re in a battle for the soul of America. It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough, resilient, but always full of hope. It’s time to treat each other with dignity. Build a middle class that works for everybody. Fight back against the incredible abuses of power we’re seeing. It’s time to dig deep and remember that our best days still lie ahead.

It’s time for respected leadership on the world stage—and dignified leadership at home. It’s time for equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice. It’s time for an economy that rewards those who actually do the work. It’s time for a president who will stand up for all of us.

Some pictures from the event:


Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

I have pictures from a couple of Mayor Pete events I’ve attended in the hopper still. I also hope to see Elizabeth Warren in Ames on Monday night.

Eastern Star Christmas Service – 2018

More from the 2018 backlog. After knocking out pictures from the Eastern Star Trick-or-Treat night, put me in the mood to also knock out the pictures from the Christmas service that my church did at the Eastern Star Home last year.

These pictures include at least one person that has since passed away and people that have passed on from our church to a next phase of their life.


Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

I’m starting to get to the end of the 2018 backlog, but some of the collections I have left to tackle are BIG!

Eastern Star Home Trick-Or-Treat – 2018

Once again, knocking out the 2018 backlog. On Monday night I sat through my favorite monthly meeting, the Outreach Committee Meeting. It was while I was sitting at that meeting, trying not to tinker with my phone, that it occurred to me that the Eastern Star Home’s annual trick-or-treat night was coming up soon.

It also occurred to me that I never published pictures from last year’s event. I usually go to the event to photograph people from the church that are there to volunteer and help out.

While I was perusing the pictures, it really hit home how drastically our church has changed in a few short months. But even when things change, things don’t change. If that makes sense.

Here are pictures from last year’s event:


Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

This year’s trick-or-treat night will be October 22. It lasts from 6-7 PM. If you have a kid that likes candy, they will get lots of candy. If you would just like to volunteer to help out, I can hook you up with that opportunity as well.

2009-06-22

Better strap it on. This post is going to be a LONG one, covering a ton of diverse ground! There are a ton of pictures in the folder known as 2009-06-22. I considered breaking this into multiple posts, but then I decided, “Nah, bro. We got this.”

Thee are night flower pictures, pictures from Ames on the Half Shell, pictures from Ottumwa, family pictures, and pictures of cherries.

The pictures from Ames on the Half Shell were from when The Josh Davis Band played there. It must have been rained out because the pictures are from DG’s Taphouse. The Josh Davis Band is my second favorite band to play Ames on the Half Shell. Not including Against the Grain or whatever Derrick’s band was called when they crashed Half Shell. It appears that I never published those photos.

The pictures from Ottumwa are from when I went there to help Jen & Derrick help with the house that Jen inherited from her uncle.

The cherry pictures are from when Shannon came over and baked me a cherry pie from the cherries from my cherry trees. It feels good to be self-sustaining.

There are pictures in here of people that are gone now. Gone, but definitely not forgotten:


Night Flowers 2

Night Flowers 1

Wet Stuff

Wet Stuff

Night Flowers 1

Night Flower 2

Wet Stuff

Wet Stuff

Wet Stuff

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

Ottumwa

Ottumwa

Ottumwa

Ottumwa

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

06-22-09

06-22-09

06-22-09

06-22-09

06-22-09

By adding these photos to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Night Flowers: Session 1

I Can Not Tell a Lie

Night Flowers: Session 2

Skin to Win

Abstemious

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Little League baseball.

College Ames Day – Part III

This is final collection of pictures of College GameDay in Ames. It includes pictures of douche country “celebrity” Eric Church.

There are also a couple pictures from the Iowa State-Iowa game. I didn’t take many pictures because I have pretty much given up on taking pictures at Iowa State games. Plus, if you don’t remember, it poured down rain for about 5 hours of the 6+ hour game. It was a LONG day.

But it wasn’t an all bad day. Yes douche country “celebrity” pick Eric Church picked against the home team, but at the end of the day, all anything will remember is that Lee Corso put on Cy’s head.

Hopefully, the next time that College GameDay comes to Ames, they don’t poop the bed and bring us somebody that Iowa State fans aren’t booing every time he is even mentioned.

Hopefully, the next time College GameDay comes to Ames, Lee Corso is still around to put on Cy’s head.

Here are some pictures:


Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

I don’t have much to say about the game. Obviously it hurts when you dominate a game and lose. Regardless of what you think about the phantom holding call that hurt Iowa State at the end of the day Iowa State didn’t make the plays they needed to win the game. There were about 5 plays in the game that were decided by an inch. Everyone of those plays went Iowa’s way. However, every goal Iowa State has for the season is still on the table.

As for the other stories swirling around still.

I don’t really have anything to say about Bandgate. Looks like there was lots of blame to go around and hopefully things are fixed in the future. I do fear for the Iowa State University Cyclone Varsity Marching Band when they go to Iowa City next year.

I don’t have anything to say about the Des Moines Register digging up tweets a person made 8 years ago when they were 16. In the end, Carson King is still going to raise a ton of money and Busch Beer still sucks!

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is RUINS:


WEEK 211 - RUINS
RUINS

Remember a RUINS picture is a picture of something that has been abandoned or is in decay or has been destroyed.

Happy photo harvesting!

College Ames Day Part II

One thing I can tell you about being at College GameDay is that it is almost impossible to actually watch the show when you are there. Lee, Kirk, Rece, and Desmond have their back to the crowd and there is so much equipment around them that you can’t really see them.

They broadcast the show on a couple giant screens, but there is such a mass of people there, that the sound from the speakers gets drowned out. That being said, it was magical being at College GameDay. It was an accomplishment that I didn’t think Iowa State would ever achieve. I think under the right circumstances, they will be back. Or at least they will be at another Cyclone game in the future.

Here are more pictures from College GameDay:


Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Still got more pictures from College GameDay’s first ever trip to Iowa State… for football!

2009-06-12

The pictures from the folder 2009-06-12 are from the Burnin’ Sensations Ames on the Half Shell concert in 2009. It rained that day, so the concert got moved to DJ’s Taphouse.

I believe that Burnin’ Sensations have played Ames on the Half Shell every single year since Ames on the Half Shell began. They are your basic classic rock cover band, but they put on a very fun show.

Here are some pictures:


Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

Burnin' Sensations

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

Burnin’ Sensations

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve flowers.

Shimmer

It was a sad day in the Bennett Family. Carla and Jason had to say goodbye to their dog Shimmer.

Shimmer lived with me for about 6 months when Carla and Jason were building there current house, so I had a tight bond with Shimmer.


August 24, 2017

Today I had earmarked for a post on College GameDay being in Ames. However, with today’s passing of Shimmer, I felt it was more apropos to share pictures from the Boone Area Humane Society’s Pet Memorial Day Ceremony.

Pet Memorial Day was actually the Sunday of Pufferbilly Days, but because of Pufferbilly Days the ceremony was moved to last Sunday. Kio had me show up to take pictures.


Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

Pet Memorial Day - 2019

When a pet dies, it is common for somebody to bring up the poem “The Rainbow Bridge”, but most people (probably me included) think it is just too damn depressing. Instead, let me share a depressing poem by Rudyard Kipling:

Four Feet by Rudyard Kipling

I have done mostly what most men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can’t forget, if I wanted to,
Four-Feet trotting behind.

Day after day, the whole day through —
Wherever my road inclined —
Four-feet said, “I am coming with you!”
And trotted along behind.

Now I must go by some other round, —
Which I shall never find —
Somewhere that does not carry the sound
Of Four-Feet trotting behind

Farewell Shimmer. You will be missed!

Pufferbilly Westminster

On the Sunday of Pufferbilly Days I was once again tapped to do photography for the Pufferbilly Days Pet Show by Kio.

There was a lot of Bennett to the Pet Show as Logan and Mom were both judges. Teresa also showed Mocha. I’d like to say that the show was a smashing success, but as the 11 AM start time approached, there was only one entry, a cat.

Fortunately, a couple were walking a couple dogs past the Pet Show and I was able to wrangle them into entering the Pet Show. I mean, I couldn’t have a cat win Best Overall. Not that I hate cats. A completely false reputation.

I also was able to talk Teresa into entering and I almost got Carla to enter, but she couldn’t get Chloe there in time.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

So next year, YOU should bring your pet down to the pet show. A good chance that afterwards, you will be able to claim that your dog is award winning!