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    Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    This article was written by a former U of I professor who apparently has visited all 99 counties of Iowa.
    Observations from 20 Years of Iowa Life - Stephen G. Bloom - Politics - The Atlantic



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Have a summary? That thing is a short novel.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    I'm really socially liberal, and not at all religious in a traditional sense, but that's nothing more than stereotypes and garbage.

    That guy has lived here for 20 years, and he hasn't a learned a damn thing. He still sees Iowa the same way the coasts do and clearly demonstrates his inability to understand this state or its people.


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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Have a summary? That thing is a short novel.
    It's just a bunch of redneck, stereotypes applied as a generalization of all Iowans. His main point is that a bunch of hicks like us should not hold the nation's first caucus because we aren't qualified or sophisticated enough to handle it.

    Basically he's a butthurt, liberal, d-bag from San Fran who also happens to teach at Iowa.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Have a summary? That thing is a short novel.
    Basically this professor at the U of I is perpetuating every known stereotype about Iowa. He doesn't pull any punches and greatly criticizes how Iowa can be the center of our political process every four years. We are not deserving of this according to him because we are not representative of the country as a whole because of our backwards ways.

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I'm really socially liberal, and not at all religious in a traditional sense, but that's nothing more than stereotypes and garbage.

    That guy has lived here for 20 years, and he hasn't a learned a god damn thing. He still sees Iowa the same way the coasts do and clearly demonstrates his inability to understand this state or its people.
    I'm as socially liberal as they come and not religious either but I agree this is garbage. It is obvious he is either trying to increase page views by being controversial or he feels the state hasn't been fair to him as an outsider.
    Personally, I've seen a lot of the things he mentions as negatives about Iowa but they aren't nearly as widespread as he makes them out to be.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    That guy has lived here for 20 years, and he hasn't a learned a damn thing. He still sees Iowa the same way the coasts do and clearly demonstrates his inability to understand this state or its people.
    Quote Originally Posted by FTA
    In the large towns (population more than 2,500), towering grain elevators are what you first see from a distance. In mid-sized towns, it's church steeples, their bell towers once a call to farmers toiling in the fields.
    From this quote, he's apparently never driven outside of Iowa City.


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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    From this quote, he's apparently never driven outside of Iowa City.
    He's probably been outside of Iowa City but as with the rest of the article he is fine with perpetuating stereotypes.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    He's probably been outside of Iowa City but as with the rest of the article he is fine with perpetuating stereotypes.
    Here's another good one:

    rifle-toting hunters stalking turkeys in the fall (better not go for a walk in the countryside in October or November)


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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    I cant hate the UofI for this idiot. Im sure a ton of them werent thrilled with it either. Higher education is great for many reasons, but it also lets these "brains" type folks prosper.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    I cant hate the UofI for this idiot. Im sure a ton of them werent thrilled with it either. Higher education is great for many reasons, but it also lets these "brains" type folks prosper.
    I thought about how the U of I felt about this as well. I can't remember if it said what the prof teaches but it doesn't sound like he is a favorite of students as it is.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Typical Liberal i am suprised he doesnt write for the DMR




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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJoe View Post
    Typical Liberal i am suprised he doesnt write for the DMR
    That is not a typical liberal at all.
    I just saw this article has already been posted in the cave so we can merge if needed.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Basically this professor at the U of I is perpetuating every known stereotype about Iowa. He doesn't pull any punches and greatly criticizes how Iowa can be the center of our political process every four years. We are not deserving of this according to him because we are not representative of the country as a whole because of our backwards ways.


    I'm as socially liberal as they come and not religious either but I agree this is garbage. It is obvious he is either trying to increase page views by being controversial or he feels the state hasn't been fair to him as an outsider.
    Personally, I've seen a lot of the things he mentions as negatives about Iowa but they aren't nearly as widespread as he makes them out to be.
    Exactly.


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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    Friday fish fries at the American Legion hall; grocery and clothing shopping at Wal-Mart; Christmas crèches with live donkeys, sheep and a neighborhood infant playing Baby Jesus; rifle-toting hunters stalking turkeys in the fall (better not go for a walk in the countryside in October or November). Not many cars in these parts of America. They're vehicles, pronounced ve-HICK-uls -- 4X4's, pick-ups, snowmobiles). Rural houses are modest, some might say drab. Everyone strives to be middle-class; and if you have some money, by God you'd never want to make anyone feel bad by showing it off. If you go to Florida for a cruise, you keep it to yourself. The biggest secret often is -- if you still own farmland -- exactly how many acres. Ostentatious is driving around town in a new Ford F-150 pickup.
    The reason everyone seems related in small-town Iowa is because, if you go back far enough, many are, either by marriage or birth. In Iowa, names like Yoder, Snitker, Schroeder, and Slabach are as common as Garcia, Lee, Romero, Johnson, and Chen are in big cities.
    Rules peculiar to rural Iowa that I've learned are hard and fast, seldom broken: Backdoors are how you always go into someone's house. Bar fights might not be weekly occurrences, but neither are they infrequent activities. Collecting is big --whether it's postcards, lamps, figurines, tractors, or engines. NASCAR is a spectator sport that folks can't get enough of. Old-timers answer their phones not with "hello," but with last names, a throwback to party-lines. Everyone's phone number in town starts with the same three-digit prefix.
    Hats are essential. Men over 50 don't leave home without a penknife in their pocket. Old Spice is the aftershave of choice. Everyone knows someone who has had an unfortunate and costly accident with a deer (always fatal for the deer, sometimes for the human). Farming is a dangerous occupation; if farmers don't die from a mishap (getting a hand in an auger, clearing a stuck combine), they live with missing digits or limbs.
    Comfort food reigns supreme. Meatloaf and pork chops are king. Casseroles (canned tuna or Tatertots) and Jell-O molds (cottage cheese with canned pears or pineapple) are what to bring to wedding receptions and funerals. Everyone loves Red Waldorf cake. Deer (killed with a rifle is good, with bow-and-arrow better) and handpicked morels are delicacies families cherish.
    A few generalities...but pretty spot on for the most part.



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    Re: Another reason to dislike the University of Iowa

    The Iowa GOP has changed in a major way over the past 10 years and it has an effect on national politics because of the caucus being the nation's first. I've read many well written articles on this obvious truth, but that is not one of them.



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