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POLITICS ALERT: GET READY

The cold corn fields if Iowa are going to be lit up tomorrow with the fire of presidential zeal.. it's here: The caucusing.

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While the HORROR REPORT steers normally clear of political footballs or policy debate, we still do pay attention and like to point out some of the stranger aspects of the news cycle.. I am also, personally, a bit of a political junkie. However, I have sense: Most if not all of it is a useless gamble on the future, with players on a stage who normally act out a role. This year's acting is spectacular, though.. Ratings high. And they will edge higher. Tomorrow night's Caucus coverage will be a victory for the networks..

...and some nail biting.
This report from the NEW YORK TIMES seems to be capture the moment in time we are living in:

But as the Iowa caucuses loom on Monday — the first votes after 1,500 candidate rallies, 60,000 TV ads and a nail-biting tightening of the polls here — the state’s voters are poised to play their most significant role ever in both parties’ nominating contests. And their embrace of candidates on the ideological fringes has amplified a national grass-roots rebellion against establishment politicians.


Both Democrats and Republicans have seen their presumptive nominees of a year ago — deeply experienced, proven political leaders — brushed aside by Iowans in favor of idol-smashing outsiders.



It's anti-establishment..


There has been some wild times. With more to go.



Just this weekend.. Ted Cruz may have done the creepiest and worst things in Iowa politics: He called people out BY NAME for not voting, and sent it to a flier to people's neighbors! NOT THE ONION. Real.


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Bush speaks at the Iowa Caucus Presidential Candidate Briefing at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa


There is hardly any excitement for Hillary.. nothing for JEB, despite his exclamation point. Rand Paul flopped as much as his hair.. the bigger they are the harder they fall, as exemplified by Christie... who emerges? An old messy haired socialist who flaunts populist ideals and an orange billionaire who flaunts his wealth. The choice is stark. It's amazing.. it's a ratings bonanza. It's also going to be a wild year.



Even Bubba is looking old as of late.. The times are getting to people.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a strong push to appeal to evangelical voters in Iowa, who comprised 57 percent of caucus voters in 2012 and are expected to play a huge role in determining the outcome of the poll on February 1


Photos of the day - January 30, 2016


Predictions for tomorrow: Bernie wins Iowa, but not by much. On the elephant's side; Trump wins by a sound margin, Cruz and Rubio fight for second. Rubio makes a jump and Cruz's bruisin begins.


That's the most pre-game you'll get from me.


I hope you're mentally preparing yourself for the onslaught of political advertising yet to come.


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Official searching for the phantom pooper

I CANNOT ADD ANY MORE TO THIS THAN WHAT A LOCAL CBS AFFILIATE DID IN COLORADO:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are searching for a woman who has been seen repeatedly defecating in a neighborhood while out running.Cathy Budde says her kids saw the woman mid-squat and came running back in the house to tell her.“They are like, ‘There’s a lady taking a poop!’ So I come outside, and I’m like … ‘are you serious?'” Budde said to the runner. “‘Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids?!’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, sorry!'”

IT continues to make some box office history

IT easily beat mother! this weekend .. It wasn't great competition, but it's a good victory nonetheless.


And some facts: In its first 10 days, the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel has earned $218.7 million domestically, passing up Get Out ($175.5 million) to become the No. 2 R-rated horror film of all time behind The Exorcist, not accounting for inflation. 
It is already the top-grossing September release in history. 
IT will finish its North American run with north of $300 million.

Overseas: IT is grossing $60.3 million in its second weekend from 56 markets for a foreign tally of $152.6 million and a stunning $371.3 million worldwide against a $35 million budget. 
Highlights included a record-breaking horror opening of $13.8 million in Mexico.
A perfect horror movie for the age of TRUMP.

The Great Mexico City Earthquake anniversary Earthquake

Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday..



Again.. 32 years later. To the day..
Today across Mexico City, as people were prepping for earthquake drills and remembrances of what occurred then... and now today, what occurred in real time.
Videos of ground shaking.. buildings literally falling down.. NPR has this: "We don't have an estimate yet from authorities of how many buildings — but just photos and videos from people in the street show there are many buildings collapsed so far," reporter James Fredrick told NPR. "The civil protection agency of Mexico City has confirmed that they're beginning excavation work for people trapped inside collapsed buildings."
Another problem loosed by the quake: Gas leaks have been reported across the city, some of which have already resulted in fires, according to Fredrick.
"God bless the people of Mexico City,&qu…