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Posted on Bike Across Iowa 2011, 30-Jul '11, 8:04PM

The smiles were everywhere by mid-afternoon as cyclists cruised into Davenport after a riding 65.6 miles from Coralville for the conclusion of RAGBRAI. But there is life after RAGBRAI. So what do riders do now that the time and training that goes into RAGBRAI is over?"I'm going to find a couch and crash for 72 hours," said John Keley, of Davenport. "Have a beer, take a shower and have another beer," said Mark Szumski. He was riding with his wife Brenda. They're from White Fish Bay, Wisconsin.Aaron Schmitz, of Minneapolis, rode with his brother Luke. Aaron goes back to work Monday, where ...

Posted on The Family Farce, 9-May '11, 9:16AM

We’re all working angles on some level, so it should come as common knowledge that this next piece of jargon really means: Good Deal\ˈgu̇d\ˈdēl\ adjective: an affirmation that you, sucker have played into the hands of the puppet master. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I say this all the time in my house, so a [...]

Posted on QcLiberals, 6-Jan '11, 10:25AM

Here are 28 pieces of the “ObamaCare” healthbill. Which of these do the Republicans want to cut first? IMPROVING QUALITY AND LOWERING COSTS 1. Offering Prescription Drug Discounts. Seniors who reach the coverage gap will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs. Over the next ten years, seniors [...]

Posted on Faithful Service , 16-Nov '10, 1:25PM

Friends,I am bringing this update on behalf of Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, Iowa.  This congregation and these pastors are walking through deep water with their synod.  Their first vote to leave was rejected by the elca on a technicality.  Their second first vote won easily at 80+%.  Their first second vote, lost by 2--they needed 319 and got 317--the people figured it was a done deal, but the bishop of that synod has actively marshaled the opposition.  They are now facing their second, second vote--there is nothing in the constitution that says that if the ...

Posted on Messy Cucina, 26-Feb '10, 5:49PM

if this picture is any indication, we're gonna have a good timePlease check out my new blog, Higher Healing!You've found my old blog, Messy Cucina. I started Messy Cucina in the fall of 2005 as a newlywed who had just moved to Iowa from the Pacific Northwest.Fast forward 5 years and he's in Spain and I'm in Albuquerque and we're no longer married (we are, however, friends).In a moment of anguish over the fall of my marriage I took down Messy Cucina-- a pretty popular food blog at the time. The blog consisted of stories and memories from a relationship that no longer existed and I was ...

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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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