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Good Monday morning to you!

Are you a Republican? A Democrat? Or don’t you fully identify with either party? As Americans, we have a 25/31/41 split with one-fourth of U.S residents identifying themselves as Republicans, nearly one-third as Democrats and the largest portion as Independents, according to Gallup. But can you tell what party Americans belong to based on the food they eat, the vehicles they drive, or the music they listen to? Well, there are no absolutes, but multiple studies show that Republicans and Democrats do have definable differences in their lifestyle choices.

See someone who is seemingly always wearing a mask during this pandemic, and you will most likely find a Democrat. Find one who refuses to wear one, and you probably discovered a Republican. But the differences between Democrats and Republicans don’t stop there. I searched a dozen or so polls on the subject, and I found that the results, although maybe not surprising, are quite interesting and varied. See if you agree.

According to one study, if you drink lattes, drive hybrid electric cars or listen to indie rock, you are more likely to be Democrat. Another says if you own a cat or prefer vanilla ice cream over chocolate, you are likely to be a Democrat. And, from yet another poll, you are more likely to have sex, drink Corona beer and drive a hatchback if you have a “D” by your name. As far as jobs, you likely work for a company that employs 500 or more people if you are a Democrat.

As a Democrat, you are more likely to, among other things, view divorce, stem cell research, sex between an unmarried man and woman, having a baby outside of marriage, abortion, homosexual relations, and doctor-assisted suicide as morally acceptable. And you eat bagels.

On the opposite spectrum, Republicans, although having less sex than Democrats, reportedly have better sex. They are also likely to sleep better, drink Budweiser, own dogs and eat hamburgers. In terms of vehicles, if you are a Republican, you are more likely to drive a truck or a minivan. And small business owners tend to be Republican.

According to one of the aforementioned polls, a majority of Republicans say the death penalty, buying and wearing fur clothing, medical testing on animals, divorce and gambling are all morally acceptable. And they tend to eat donuts.

If all this holds true for Democrats and Republicans, then Independents must prefer Neapolitan ice cream, have fish as pets and use their mattresses for sleeping. As for Independents wearing masks, your guess is as good as mine.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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Hospitals limit visitors

New visitor restriction guidelines have been issued for all Polk County hospitals. Check with the hospital for guidelines before you go!

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Milder temperatures have moved in since the beginning of the weekend, and they will continue through Thursday. Rain chances will kick back in later today and last into Tuesday morning. More chances Friday and Saturday as we head into the holiday weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Monday, Aug. 30
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At: Did you know Iowa boasts more than 2,000-plus miles of bike trails? You can select the best one for you by viewing a full Iowa bike map online at www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/bikemap/home.aspx. Summer is running out. Don’t delay!

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Traffic lanes on E Court Avenue from E 1st Street to E 3rd Street will be reduced beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, through 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021. Local traffic will be maintained.

Ashworth Road will close between Sunflower Drive and Ute Avenue beginning Monday, Aug. 30. The closure will allow for construction on the Ute Avenue and Ashworth Road Intersection Improvements Project. This portion of Ashworth Road is expected to be closed through the fall construction season.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Authorities confirm fire at Indianola bank

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Law enforcement agencies confirmed to KCCI that a fire broke out at a bank in Indianola. It happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the TruBank. Two women were at the Taco Bell across the street and were about to leave when they heard the explosion. A witness stated there was smoke, fire and an explosion inside the teller area.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Security guard fired shot in air after fight broke out at Des Moines bar, police say

DES MOINES, Iowa — Closing time in the Court Avenue Entertainment Zone ended with a gunshot early Sunday morning, but police say it did not come from any bargoers. Des Moines Police say an armed security guard inside of The Firm, a bar inside of the Court Center, fired a warning shot into the air just before 2 a.m.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: New Johnston Town Center opens with a day of celebration

JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Johnston community came together to celebrate the opening of the new Town Center Saturday. The grand opening included the splash pad, food trucks, kids activities tours of city hall and even a concert by American Idol winner and Iowa native Maddie Poppe..... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Omaha Storm Chasers (57-44) scored in each of the final three innings of the game to send it into extras, where they beat the Iowa Cubs (42-60) 4-3, Sunday at Principal Park. . ...READ MORE
MLB: Pirates 4 Cardinals 3, White Sox 13 Cubs 1, Brewers 6 Twins 2, Mariners 4  Royals 3 ...READ MORE
The Iowa Barnstormers (6-7) fell short in the first round playoff game against Duke City (8-7), 33-34.on Saturday, Aug. 28
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Computer Repair Shop
1. Little Dog Tech
2. Dymin Systems
3. 600 Monkeys


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Bleekers have a backyard oasis: Passionate gardener creates color

By Jackie Wilson

When Lynn Bleeker and her family moved into their West Des Moines home 20 years ago, the backyard resembled a “jungle” of shrubs.
Over the years, Lynn’s love of gardening transformed it into an oasis of peace, calm and rotating seasonal colors.

Her garden plants are thoughtfully spread out. Unlike an English garden, she prefers breathing room for plants, instead of having them crowded together. A variety of flowers bloom color for all three growing seasons, and she apologizes for the lack of color as her lilies just stopped blooming.


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State Fair Pigs this year. Pork Chops on a Stick next year.  — Photo by Sharon Vickery
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Happy Birthday Gail McGaughy!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Cameron Diaz, Warren Buffet, Peggy Lipton, Andy Roddick, Trevor Jackson, Michael Chiklis, John Phillips, Raffey Cassidy, Johanna Braddy, Lewis Black, Fred MacMurray, Ryan Ross, Lisa Ling, Geoffrey Beene

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Poll of the Week

Would you wear a seat belt in your vehicle if the law didn’t require it?



Results of last week's poll:

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
1-5 - 60%
6-10 - 18%
11-15 - 9%
16 or more - 4%
None of the above - 9%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
A STICK! - Shane Goodman, Lu Anne Gafford, Judy Anderson, Rex Post
A BOOMERWRONG! - Ron Sorenson and Rex Post
LOST! - William Snyder
And missed this: Chuck Golliher had the BOO Meringue riddle right.
Want to listen to a funny Lost Boomerang video? William Snyder recommends: https://youtu.be/_prtbj4MtDU
How does the moon cut its hair?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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