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Ides of October - potpourri

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John Eyster
Monday, October 15, 2012

Are you aware that TODAY is the IDES of October? YOU probably know about the IDES which Shakespeare made famous - correct? "Beware the ides"? Now, on this IDES of October I decided to review several subjects. First, reminder: The rescheduled Knilans - Kolste (alpha) debate is tonight @7:30 pm. Are you ready for the 2nd half of October?

For more follow-up information, read Catherine W. Idzerda's article, "Knilans-Kolste debate rescheduled" published on page 3A of today's (10/10/2012) Janesville Gazette. (I am NOT allowed to provide a link.)

Or, review my WE THE PEOPLE blog post, "JOE KNILANS has resurfaced! Where in the world WAS Joe Knilans?" for details.

TOMORROW is the 2nd Presidential Debate from 8 - 9:30 pm CDT broadcast and online.

I myself like the format tomorrow night BEST because of the fact that it provides for DIRECT QUESTIONING by WE THE PEOPLE. The description from the 2012 Election Central states, "The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization."

The sponsor of the debate tomorrow night is the Commission on Presidential Debates with Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent as Moderator.

For more information as well as the details of the last Presidential debate coming 1-week from today - Monday, Oct. 22, use this link to the "2012 Presidential Debate Schedule." Use this link for the full website, "2012 Election Central" with numbers tabs, e.g., Debates, Democrats, General News, Obama/Biden, Polls, Republicans, Romney/Ryan, Video.

FASCINATING RE-ENACTMENT on the 100th anniversary of the attempted assassination of TEDDY ROOSEVELT yesterday in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the article, "Re-enactment of Roosevelt shooting is true to history."

The re-enactment reminded participants that after being shot, Roosevelt went on to deliver his address lasting 60-80 minutes at the nearby Milwaukee Auditorium (today the Milwaukee Theatre). He declared, "It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."

Roosevelt was taken to a Chicago hospital the next day on a slow train where he convalesced for a week. Believe it or not, the bulletin was never removed from his chest.

Teddy Roosevelt is one of the BEST of American presidents according to rankings. One of the best videos we used in the US History course was, "T.R.: The Right Man at the Right Time."

I believe T.R.'s message in 1912 is one which NEEDS to be heard now 100 years later. The article reports, "Roosevelt spoke of his Progressive Movement, extolling the right of laborers to organize and blasting the Democratic and Republican parties of the day as reactionary. He made a special plea to residents of Wisconsin, birthplace of the Progressive movement, to back him and take the effort national."

WI was the birthplace of the Progressive movement. Is it HOME to the progressive movement in 2012? What do YOU think?

Just think: 3 weeks from TOMORROW - Tues., Nov. 6 is our GENERAL ELECTION DAY with voting for numerous offices, including US President! COUNTDOWN TIME! Have you decide on YOUR vote for US President? Do YOU want to share your choice?

Here we go...

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:32 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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