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I was listening to the Des Moines NPR station--running the local news segment--this morning on my way to an appointment.

Listening in that unfocused, "I like listening to NPR newscasts, but I'm not really interested in this particular piece" way.

It was a report about how farmers here in Iowa are being affected by the sequester (I think), how difficult it is for them to file taxes given the complexity of the agricultural tax codes, and so on.

You know, really fascinating stuff to this city boy from California.

Then, I heard it--or my unconscious mind heard it, because it took me about five seconds to process what I had just heard and make sense of it.

My brain knew something important had just been said--something that was made even more important by the nonchalant manner in which it was phrased, the lack of any particular emphasis on the words.

It went something like this:

"Farmer Roy Jones says that he will be able to wait until April 15 of this year to file his taxes, an extension granted this year by the IRS due to the effects of the sequester.

Farmer Jones and his husband James Jones...."

My brain took a few seconds of saying to itself "What did I just hear?" before it resolved into the sequential thoughts "That's right--we have gay marriage here in Iowa!" and "They mentioned it in a news report just as easy and natural as if they were talking about 'Roy Jones and his wife Jenny Jones'".


How damn cool is that!

There are a few things I like about this state.  And that just rose to the top of my list.

Take that, California!

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  •  That Is Pretty Amazing (5+ / 0-)

    I am in the state over (IL) from you and we just passed a gay marriage bill. Way later than you, but we did it.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:07:18 AM PDT

    •  Just One Other Little Thing (2+ / 0-)
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      In my small rural town in IL we have 14 churches in a town of 5,500 people. We voted for McCain and Mitt over Obama in the last two elections.

      The Methodist church I went to as a kid (I am an atheist now) a few years started to update their sign out front that included a few messages that were like "dog whistles" for a liberal like myself.

      Kind of "code" words that said gay folks were very welcome. Again not sure a conservative would notice it, but I did.

      It made me very happy!

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:18:18 AM PDT

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  •  Granted an extension until April 15??? (6+ / 0-)

    Since when is filing by April 15th considered an extension? I know, I know, it used to be March 15th to file but April 15th is not an extension. Anyway, good on the GLBT marriage thing.

    the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror... FDR first inaugural address

    by blogokvetsch on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:13:26 AM PDT

    •  I gathered it had something to do with (1+ / 0-)
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      ...quarterly tax filings or estimated taxes or something that is normally due by 12/31.

      "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

      by rfall on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:40:07 AM PDT

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  •  Good deal. (3+ / 0-)
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    To clarify, the IL Senate has passed a marriage equality bill. It has not yet been passed in the house, so no, IL has not passed marriage equality yet.

  •  You have Templeton Rye too. (4+ / 0-)
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    One of my current obsessions.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:18:11 AM PDT

  •  go iowa go! (2+ / 0-)
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    I-O-W-A!  (finger salute)  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:39:56 AM PDT

  •  Born and raised on the Mississippi (2+ / 0-)
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    Iowa may not be the most exciting place on Earth, but the people are friendly and trustworthy generally. Despite its purple-ish tinge of late, I think it has more of a progressive identity at its core. As it should, considering its blue collar history. ... But didn't the Justices that ruled in favor of M= get recalled? Or at least a strong effort in that direction?

    Power to the Peaceful!

    by misterwade on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:40:19 AM PDT

    •  I Honestly Don't Know The End Results (0+ / 0-)

      but yes, there was a huge effort to "target" them. Heck a few US Reps might have lost their seats over this issue.

      Oh being "born and raised" on the Mississipi. In A Confederacy of Dunces, well Walker Percy explains there is a kinship of folks that live on/around it that is hard to explain.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:46:39 AM PDT

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    •  Three of them were successfully recalled. (4+ / 0-)
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      The rest who voted for it are up for recall now.

      The bigots just won't stop, even after the horse has left the barn.

      "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

      by rfall on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:48:04 AM PDT

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      •  I Just Don't Get It. I Live In A Purple (1+ / 0-)
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        if not red district. The Tea Party put up this bizarre dude against the Democrat in my Congressional district, and he got pounded into the ground. Well it was closer than it should have been, but he still lost 53 to 47.

        I kid you not he called the Democrat weak on defense. Almost a traitor. The guy he said this of, well he was a two star General and ran the Illinois Nation Guard.

        Oh the single largest employer in my district and voting block is a military base.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:58:56 AM PDT

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    •  re (4+ / 0-)
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      Ok, only 3 of 7 were recalled

      Three judges were recalled in 2010 after the National Organization for Marriage and other groups waged a campaign against them. The final three judges who joined the ruling will face a retention vote in 2016.
      The Chief Justice won a retention vote in November.

      The really cool thing, that I had forgotten, is that the decision was unanimous

      Bob Vander Plaats, the leader of the Iowans For Freedom committee, had vowed to remove Wiggins because he joined six other justices in the unanimous ruling for same-sex marriage in 2009

      Power to the Peaceful!

      by misterwade on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:48:14 AM PDT

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  •  OP, you should realize that NPR is for the birds (0+ / 0-)

    There was  a time when NPR was a radio station worth touting, but those days are long gone.

    It's been over ten years that NPR went dark, wake up.

  •  Iowa is gorgeous (3+ / 0-)
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    Even the weeds look well-tended.

    I'm an apartment dweller who never understood others' desire to own land until I began to visit my daughter in Des Moines. She tells me that many farmers have very liberal tendencies, especially when it comes to climate change and sustainability. That's not something we see in our Missouri farmers much...but then our farms and our land, nice as it is, doesn't "glow" like the land of Iowa. It's a very special place that seems to breed a very special kind of person. (P.S. Do not wear Cardinal shirts in Des Moines.)

  •  When Iowa got gay marriage, four years ago today (2+ / 0-)
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    Nate Silver built a statistical model to predict when other states would tip. It shows Mississippi as the last of all, in 2024. Given the accelerating pace of acceptance of marriage equality, I think it will be a bit sooner than that.

    It turns out that you can build a very effective model by including just three variables:

    1. The year in which the amendment was voted upon;
    2. The percentage of adults in 2008 Gallup tracking surveys who said that religion was an important part of their daily lives;
    3. The percentage of white evangelicals in the state.

    In 2009, support for gay marriage bans was falling at nearly 2% annually. Since we reached majority approval, support for marriage equality is increasing at more than 2% annually. This is even faster than the decline in evangelical religion that is visible in Gallup and Pew polls.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:51:55 AM PDT

  •  Good on us! (0+ / 0-)

    I've thought of moving elsewhere, but no matter where I look, Iowa has it beat.  I'm only a short drive from Chicago, the Twin Cities, Madison, Des Moines and Iowa City.  I can enjoy all kinds of big city things while maintaining a smaller town/area lifestyle.

    I'm glad you decided to transplant yourself here.  Steve King notwithstanding, we're good folks.  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:07:58 AM PDT

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