Monthly Archives: August 2009

Prairie Populists on YouTube

Hello there.

This is my first post to iggydonnelly.wordpress.com, although I also happen to be the teenage daughter of Iggy himself.

So hi. =)

I’ve decided to help out my Dear Old Dad by helping him branch out to other networking sites, such as YouTube. For all of you tech-savvy folks out there who already happen to have YT accounts, please feel free to add the group and post away, and for those of you who are less savvy and more along the lines of challenged, please create a YouTube account (youtube can be found here: http://www.youtube.com, information on youtube can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube) and join in on all the fun.

The Channel name is: http://www.youtube.com/group/forwardthinkers
The Group name is: Prairie Populists and Progressives on YouTube

Thank you and goodnight.
LoverNotAFighter

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Missing Richard Nixon . . .

paul-krugman[2]Paul Krugman seldom misses a non-breaking curve ball, but he really slams the 08-30-09 editoral by the same name as this post into the upper decks.  Nixon a saint?  Well not exactly, but he did govern at a time when seeking biparisan support was not a capital offense.

As Krugman points out Nixon proposed “health care reform that looks a lot like Democratic proposals today.”  Nixon recommended tighter regulation of insurers.  As Krugman states “no illusions there about the magic of the marketplace solves all problems.”

Krugman misses the day when insane right wing factions had less control over the GOP and national debate.  Ultimately Krugman believes the massive control corporate interests now exert on Washington makes reasonable change in policy nearly impossible.  Surprise, surpise — it’s all about the money.

As a parting note, Krugman says “turning this country around is going to take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.”

Is it as bad as he says?  Read more here.

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Monday, 08/31/09, Public Square

Monday BluesHope your Monday doesn’t bring challenges you can’t handle!  Sometimes getting beyond the rough patches is harder than others but leaves good lessons.

Is this about the loveliest weather you could ever hope for!?  Maybe this weather will take us to winter, winter will be late in coming and short in duration, taking us into spring.  A girl can dream!

fnord

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Conservatives — personal attack & reflexive stonewalling

img-book-cover---the-death-of-conservatism_174024765987I read a review for a new book written by Sam Tanenhaus (editor of The New York Times Book Review and that paper’s Week in Review) titled, “The Death of Conservatism.”

The reviewer stated the author writes about Conservatives who identify government itself as being with the ‘forces of evil.’  Then the book delves into the obvious question of  what their strategy will be since political power can only operate through government.

Good question!

He concludes that rigid absolutism, personal attacks and reflexive stonewalling will be the death of the Party.

fnord

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Sunday, 08/30/09, Public Square

early birdDoes the early bird still get the worm?  Seems our world has changed so much, I just need to be reassured some things can still be counted on!

What’s on for your day?

fnord

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Our Stats are Looking Good…

It is true, they are.  Wednesday was over 700,;  Thursday was over 600;  Today, who knows.

Thanks for all your work, each and every one of you…

iggy donnelly

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Baggin’ it.

400SackLunchYou all remember school lunches? The ones you brought to school, and how they entwined themselves into our daily routines?  First, the brown paper sack. Remember the sound it made when opened at the table with all the other kids? Opening the sandwiches neatly wrapped in wax paper; looking around at what the other kids had. Jimmy’s got strawberry jam; you got grape. He hates strawberry, you love it, so you trade. When you’re done, you carefully fold the sack up and put it in your back pocket, because mom wants to use it again. Even has your name on it.

Then came the rectangular lunch boxes, bright, shiny and new. Mine had Hoppalong Cassidy on it, because Cassidy land was three blocks from where I lived, so he was my hero. Remember the smell wafting out as you opened it up? I think that smell has long gone from this world, and I miss it.

Then you graduated to the big lunch boxes, with the thermos in it. Most of the time it had milk, but once and awhile you snuck in some orange juice instead. Or maybe tried a soda, which turned flat, so you didn’t do that again. Mine was basic black, but had Flash Gorden on it, because he was the intergalactic hero with the beautiful girl at his side, and I was starting to notice such things. Then, suddenly, it was gone, and the cafeteria, mystery meat and all, became the center of the school universe, and your youth slowly faded into the past

What are your memories of lunch at school? Did you bring your own? Make it yourself, or did mom make it for you? Buy it at school? Do you even want to go there? Hungry minds want to know.

jammer5

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