Entries Tagged as 'July 2009'

Iowa’s Smoking Ban: One Year Later

July 23rd, 2009 · 7 Comments

On the last afternoon of June one year ago I sat at a table in Thumbs sipping a beer. A half-dozen or so regulars were gathered up front inside the popular West Street bar that day, drinking and smoking and talking to the bartender. One topic soon came to dominate all conversation: the next day, [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · July 2009

Interview: Peter Singer

July 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

It was with good cause that The New Yorker once referred to Peter Singer as “the world’s most influential living philosopher.” The Australian ethicist has been instrumental in raising public consciousness of the inhumane treatment of animals and, more recently, of the burgeoning field of bioethics. Singer has also distinguished himself as an advocate for [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Interviews · July 2009

Teenage Wildlife

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Hours before he took the stage with his band, Ian Anderson sounded uncharacteristically cautious. “I’m gonna try to keep this a little more family-oriented,” he said, stroking his beard. “This might be the first show where I keep my clothes on.” Anderson, DJ Logan Jaynes, and guitarist Chase Risinger play together under the willfully ungrammatical [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · July 2009

Scenes from the Des Moines 80/35 Music Festival

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · July 2009 · Photo Essays

Laws and the Legislating Legislators Who Make Them: Al Franken Comes to Power

July 23rd, 2009 · 8 Comments

Al Franken’s long-delayed arrival at the U.S. Senate is a milestone for the current Democratic caucus in the Senate – bringing the Democrats to an unfilibusterable 60 senators – but it is an even more important milestone in American political satire. The satirist’s role has traditionally been to comment upon, react to, and indirectly influence [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Editorials · July 2009

The Obama Betrayal

July 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Ah, how joyous the mood was when the new administration took over. Many of the new, young liberals who had worked so hard for Obama, who had texted and e-mailed all of their friends about Obama, who reminded everyone they knew to vote on Election Day, were ecstatic. The first black president (or the first [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · July 2009 · Letters to the Editor

Gay Rights in Texas on Stonewall’s 40th Anniversary

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

June 29, 2009, marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York. The riots were a spontaneous refusal of patrons at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn to be cowed by police, who had raided the establishment as part of an ongoing series of humiliating arrests of gay men. The [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · July 2009 · Nate Logsdon · Under the Radar

A Tribute to the King of Pop, 1958-2009

July 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

I, like many of my peers, have spent the better part of the last three weeks listening to a steady stream of news and music of, about, and by Michael Jackson. For this reason, I, like many of my peers, am just now appreciating what a marvel and meteoric phenomenon he was, and just how [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Commentary · July 2009 · Ricky Fields

Butter Michael Jackson: The Final Transformation

July 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Michael Jackson’s sudden death set off such an overwhelming overflow of national emotion and pride that the planners of the Iowa State Fair were moved to commission a butter sculpture of the pop icon. The planners cited Jackson’s contributions to music and dance, as well as his mid-seventies performance at the state fair, as the [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Commentary · July 2009 · Nate Logsdon

Archimedes

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Archimedes I I woke up, looked at the clock to the side of my bed. It was flashing. The only information it gave was that the power had blinked off more than two hours ago. I looked at the letter beside the clock. No blinking on that front. It was pretty stationary. I laughed at [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Fiction · July 2009