Entries Tagged as 'December 2010'

Filth: The Writings of Archibald Crouton, Part III

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

In parts one and two of our unexpected sally into the mystery of the unknown poet Archibald Crouton, we had questions and searched for answers. Often those searches led us kicking empty cans down the back allies he seemed to love so much. But every time we could return to the poems themselves, seemingly the [...]

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Boots: The Box

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Specialist Christopher Robinson is a member of the Iowa Army National Guard deployed to Afghanistan during 2010 and 2011. This is part three of his series of dispatches on the war. It was our first week in The Box when the orders came in. We were to defend a mountain. We knew nothing about it, [...]

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For Medical Marijuana, a New Foe

December 23rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

In his ongoing battle to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa, Des Moines activist Carl Olsen has encountered a new foe: the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). For the new legislative session next month, the office plans to propose that the Statehouse remove a dormant section of the Iowa Code granting marijuana conditional medical [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · Under the Radar

For Pot Decriminalization, an Unlikely New Ally?

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Finally, an explanation for Pat Robertson’s paranoia about gays, feminists, and Satan: he’s just been really, really stoned. Or maybe not. Although the televangelist said on the 700 Club recently, “I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot … is costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Gavin Aronsen · Under the Radar

Hackerspace Culture Comes to Ames

December 23rd, 2010 · 10 Comments

A new non-profit organization that was established earlier this year in downtown Ames, below Downtown Deli on the southwest side of Main Street, is working to make our community a little more handmade. Called the Ames MakerSpace, the organization is an instance of a “hackerspace.” A hackerspace is a place for people to work on [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · DIY · Nate Logsdon · Of Local Importance

Nest

December 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Ted Kooser was born in Ames in 1939 and graduated from Iowa State University. He served as US Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and currently edits the weekly newspaper series “American Life in Poetry.” He has published many books over the past four decades and has been awarded numerous literary honors. In 2005 he [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Poetry

Fall

December 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

In the fall they open their textbooks, and they skip hundreds of pages to spend all their time with a few choice lines. What did the writer mean by “beyond many lots of diamonds”? Why this wording over a more convenient one? Notice how he inverts the usual standards and expectations associated with this, an [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Fiction

dead

December 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

in the darkness you shone, cold street lights like some frozen moon illuminating many perfect beveled edges, little slivers jet black carved so soft, so still, so dead yet gleaming dull lustre from the ground, the heat of an animal dissipating, you tell me something of what it’s like to be dead talons curled to [...]

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Nuclear Rodeo’s Revenge

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

It’s been a little over a year since Nuclear Rodeo released their last record, Something Bad’s Happening (reviewed in the November/December 2009 issue of the Progressive), and now they’ve returned with the follow-up, Revenge.  There aren’t a lot of surprises to be had here, but that’s not meant in a negative way. Nuclear Rodeo are a [...]

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