“Iowa View: 1 man, 1 woman isn't the Bible's only marriage view”  By HECTOR AVALOS, ROBERT R. CARGILL AND KENNETH ATKINSON.

ROBERT R. CARGILL is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa. KENNETH ATKINSON is an associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa. HECTOR AVALOS is a professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. Contact: HectorAvalos@aol.com.

(Mickelson answers the points line by line in italics)

The debate about marriage equality often centers, however discretely, on an appeal to the Bible. Unfortunately, such appeals often reflect a lack of biblical literacy on the part of those who use that complex collection of texts as an authority to enact modern social policy.

“The debate about marriage equality…”   This is known as begging the question.  “Marriage” doesn’t need a modifier.  Marriage isn’t the institution in the balance.  The debate is over who is qualified for it, not whether or not the institution can be stretched to include the claims upon it by the homo-sexual lobby.   “Appeals to the Bible” as a source of sexual ethics and definitions are interesting diversions (Which I’m willing to entertain) from biology which precludes same gender (anything) from mating.   Plus,  the so called “complex collection of texts” isn’t all that complex.  It wasn’t until this generation that “complexity” was introduced where previously none existed. 

As academic biblical scholars, we wish to clarify that the biblical texts do not support the frequent claim that marriage between one man and one woman is the only type of marriage deemed acceptable by the Bible’s authors.

The fact that marriage is not defined as only that between one man and one woman is reflected in the entry on “marriage” in the authoritative Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): “Marriage is one expression of kinship family patterns in which typically a man and at least one woman cohabitate publicly and permanently as a basic social unit” (p. 861).

To the people of His generation in Jerusalem, Jesus was speaking to those expert “academic scholars”, the Pharisees,  “…have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female…” (there were no other genders on the list)  “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”  Jesus was authenticating the people qualified for the institution, “male and female”, authenticating the number of men and women qualified for marriage, “the two shall become one”… and authenticating the Genesis account as He quoted Genesis 2:24 “…therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

The phrase “at least one woman”recognizes that polygamy was not only allowed, but some polygamous biblical figures (e.g., Abraham, Jacob) were highly blessed.

Uh, Abraham and Jacob were indeed highly blessed--polygamy was not.  In fact in the Middle East we are still living with the legacy of Abraham’s lack of faith for taking a concubine to produce an heir.  More than that,  God’s people were explicitly warned not to “multiply wives.”  Deut. 17:17      My apologies to Eerdmans “Dictionary”.                   

In 2 Samuel 12:8, the author says that it was God who gave David multiple wives: “I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom. ... And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more” (Revised Standard Version).

Reading you “scholars” is like watching somebody scanning a novel, who is only looking for the racy parts--cheesy, dishonest scholarship--again.  Israel was warned against asking for a king in 2 Sam. 8.  “…solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them…”  wars, big government, big taxes, … and the  ultimate irony in King David’s case is of  him having so much,(of other people’s stuff,  including wives)  that he wanted even more.   “…multiple wives…”  His appetites drove him to adultery and murder--Samuel’s prophecy was complete.    God’s people had been living free, self-rule, under rule of law,  and they traded it all away by demanding a king like their pagan neighbors’.  All they got for it was a huge bill, war, death,  and a scandalous King.   (It’s ironic that at least one of the authors of this editorial favorably reviewed a documentary which doubted the historical existence of King David, yet  there they are quoting a passage as being permissive of polygamy regarding a king which they don’t think even existed…that’s complexity for ya.)

In fact, there were a variety of unions and family configurations that were permissible in the cultures that produced the Bible, and these ranged from monogamy (Titus 1:6)

Monogamy was not merely “permissible”, but it was required for Church leadership. (Titus 1:6)

to those where rape victims were forced to marry their rapist (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)

Malarkey… This conclusion is the result of the poor translation of verse 28  (NIV) to read “rape”.   A detailed explanation would take pages but the literal translation of the Hebrew leads to an understanding of verse 28 as referring to a seduction, not forcible rape.  Rape is tantamount to murder in the text.  It was a capital offense—always.  To think that a father could or would accept a money settlement for the abuse of his daughter is an insult.   Anti-Semitic?  

and to those Levirate marriage commands obligating a man to marry his brother’s widow regardless of the living brother’s marital status (Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Genesis 38; Ruth 2-4).

Before there was Social Security, SSI, EBT cards, food stamps, insurance and welfare,  there was just one thing.  Family.  Intact,  functioning families with children and assets were considered blessings.   A barren family, without kids, meant a bleak, impoverished ugly, short,  future.  Family and protecting property and blood lines were hugely important before welfare state individualism.    The willful failure of the surviving brother to provide the widow a chance for another generation was attended by a huge social stigma.   The action was covenantal and economic; plus, necessary.   It’s odd that “scholars” who are arguing for the extension of “marriage” to same gender couples which  are incapable of passing on any seed whatsoever should seem squeamish about the family survival issues of ancient Israel.    Anti-Semitic much?

Others insisted that celibacy was the preferred option (1 Corinthians 7:8; 28).

The question is why?   Keep reading.  Verses 29,31   “…brothers and sisters,  the time is short…for this world is passing away…”    Paul was warning of the upcoming persecution of Christians.  He was letting Christians know how to handle marital issues in a time of great stress.  

Although some may view Jesus’ interpretation of Genesis 2:24 in Matthew 19:3-10 as an endorsement of monogamy, Jesus and other Jewish interpreters conceded that there were also non-monogamous understandings of this passage in ancient Judaism, including those allowing divorce and remarriage.

Jesus’ “interpretation?”    Really?  Condescending much?   “…Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts (he was talking to the Pharisees) permitted you to divorce, but from the beginning it was not so….whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality and marries, commits adultery.”

In fact, during a discussion of marriage in Matthew 19:12, Jesus even encourages those who can to castrate themselves “for the kingdom” and live a life of celibacy.

And you guys criticize fundamentalists for literalism… you may have a step or two on them. 

12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

There isn’t anything here about castrating “themselves for the kingdom”… but you guys knew that already.

Ezra 10:2-11 forbids interracial marriage and orders those people of God who already had foreign wives to divorce them immediately.

This of course is baloney too.   This was about covenantal living in community. This wasn’t about race; it was about ethical conformity to the covenantal requirements of their community.   And this wasn’t a change of policy sprung upon a surprised people, but the enforcement of existing code.  It isn’t a co-incidence that the Jewish people are the longest surviving people on the planet while their pagan tribal contemporaries went extinct centuries ago.    

So, while it is not accurate to state that biblical texts would allow marriages between people of the same sex, it is equally incorrect to declare that a “one-man-and-one-woman” marriage is the only allowable type of marriage deemed legitimate in biblical texts.

It is true that the only definition of marriage explicitly listed by Jesus Himself as He re-enforced the ancient code is “one man, one woman becoming one flesh”.   Everything else was warned against and marginalized.  

This is not only our modern, academic opinion.

Uh, exactly why do we care what atheists, agonistics and gay rights activists have to say about a Bible you reject and its institutions which you are actively trying to overturn?  And why would anybody accept your “academic opinion” as honest or neutral…or after the briefest examination, even consider “academic”?

 This view of the multiple definitions of “biblical” marriage has been acknowledged by some of the most prominent names in Christianity. For example, the famed Reformationist Martin Luther wrote a letter in 1524 in which he commented on polygamy as follows: “I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not oppose the Holy Scriptures.”

Uh, Jesus wasn’t a Lutheran.  Especially the ELCA.

Accordingly, we must guard against attempting to use ancient texts to regulate modern ethics and morals, especially those ancient texts whose endorsements of other social institutions, such as slavery, would be universally condemned today, even by the most adherent of Christians.

Yes,  “Thou Shalt Not Murder”,  “Thou Shalt Not Steal”, “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness” (except in Register editorials)  are antiquated standards,  but most folks would like to hang on to them.   Upon what standards do atheists, agnostics, homo-sexual rights activist like yourselves build a case against or for anything?   And where in history do we find the great atheist anti-slavery movements?   Nowhere.   The anti-slavery movements were all faith based. More than that, they were against non-biblical forms of slavery precisely because they properly applied “those ancient texts”.

I responded to this editorial line by line, not with the anticipation that its authors would have an “Ah Hah!” moment, hitting themselves in the forehead while saying, “Dang,  I didn’t know that!  I’ll change my views.”

I wrote this for the benefit of the taxpaying parents who are thinking about sending your kids to these schools.   Are you or your kids ready to deal with professors who have these biases?   You are about to spend thousands of dollars to fund a college education which includes these kinds of assaults on you, your worldviews, your faith and that of your kids.   And as you can see, they are not even remotely either scholarly, or honest.   I’m just a hick talk show host and I can take this stuff apart.  Can you or your kids?   If not, why not?  And until you and your kids can, why would you send them to be worked over by people like this? 

 

 

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Michael Connelly says vets are being targeted by the VA...declared "incompetent" and losing 2nd Amendment rights.  Mark David Henderson with "The Soul of Atlas"...Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground.  David Young wants to a an Iowa Senator...Harkin's spot.

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So, how did the State of Iowa become the fine collector for local parking tickets?   And what happened to the "staff of life?"  Dr. Jeffrey Dach knows.

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Senator Bertrand Brimley launches a campaign against sizism--time to return to average.    James Bovard says Obama didn't invent IRS abuses.  Then, Friday stuff.

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Miyoko Hikiji  with All I Could Be...talks about women and the military. And a researcher describes how the WW2 generation dealt with rape.  Powerful discussion.  

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It begins with Shelby Steele’s insights in The Content of Our Character…   “Whites lack the authority to say what they see…facts have to be denied if the facts can be accused of “insensitivity” to blacks…the vacuum in white authority is cancerous…the public schools are all but devastated, universities are stunted by ideology, corporations are more unctuous than churches, the media are more unctuous yet and American politicians of left and right speak in barren clichés.”

John McWhorter in Losing the Race makes similar observations.   He lists three mainstream notions which are keeping American blacks apart-- I will make the point later that blacks aren’t the only ones.

  1. “The Cult of Victimology under which it has become a keystone of cultural blackness to treat victimhood not as a problem to be solved but as an identity to be nurtured.”
  2. “Separatism, a natural outgrowth of Victimology, which encourages black Americans to conceive of black people as an unofficial sovereign entity, within which the rules other Americans are expected to follow are suspended out of a belief that our victimhood renders us morally exempt from them.”
  3. “A strong tendency toward Anti-intellectualism at all levels of the black community.”

So, when a person or group thinks of himself as a victim, he removes himself from the usual moral constraints of mainstream culture.  “…if I’m abused, I’m entitled to live by my own rules” – usually at the cost of those doing the “abusing” – even if no personal infraction has happened.

Got a list of people or groups who have aspired to and achieved victim status?  Sure you do.  Blacks, homosexuals, Jews, Christians, workers, welfare recipients, females, Hispanics, illegals, legals, unionists, government employees,  and postal workers. Now take this list and substitute that name or group for “black” in McWhorter’s list. An almost perfect fit can be found for nearly every aspirational group claim.

Therefore, for “them”, at some level, they will seek exemption from equality before the law. They are victims therefore they are virtuous; therefore they are “entitled”— to something (usually) at the expense of the rest of us. And if you resist their claims of a victim-based entitlement you are a bigot.

It is interesting that employers know this about under-performing employees they are about to fire for cause.  If the relationship is coming to a bumpy end, the former employee is told to vacate the building ASAP – often under security escort.  Why?  Same logic.  If the employee feels aggrieved by the relationship or severance, he feels exempt from the usual ethics of the business culture and he can rationalize doing much damage to the “old boss” on the way out the door.

In the late 80’s Marshall Kirk wrote a book called After the Ball: How America will Conquer its fear a & hatred of Gays in the 90’s.  It’s the tactical textbook for the homosexual lobby describing the recommended techniques built to work over the rest of us.

How?  "Portray gays as victims of circumstance and oppression, not as aggressive challengers. In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will not be inclined to refuse to adopt the role of protector…we must forego the temptation to strut our gay pride publicly to such an extent that we will undermine our victim image."

 “Our effect is achieved,” wrote Kirk, “without reference to facts, logic or proof…"  

 Get that part? “…without reference to facts, logic, or proof…”

 It worked.  Just ask the Boy Scouts. 

 If Victimology doesn’t work, if moral persuasion doesn’t work, if facts reason and logic doesn’t work, then just take over the organization from the inside and then lie your arse off.

 Just ask the NAACP. 

 Homosexuals didn’t like the fact that the old NAACP resisted redefining marriage. The NAACP didn’t appreciate the homosexual lobby using the politics of victimology to achieve it. However, the homosexual lobby simply joined the NAACP, took over the reins and changed the organization to make it pro-homosexual. Problem solved.

 Here’s what happened to the Boy Scouts.

 This is a direct quote from the Arizona Jewish Post:  “Jewish Scouting leaders are taking a vocal role in efforts to pass a historic resolution that would partially lift a ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.  In a meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting in February, members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution lifting the BSA’s longstanding ban on gay members.  Now the Jewish Scouting group is working to shore up support for a resolution to be voted on at the Boys Scouts of American’s annual convention in Dallas later this month (it was held and the resolution was affirmed to permit gay membership) that would prevent the Scouts from denying membership to anyone younger than 18 on the basis of sexual orientation.”

“…NJCOS Chairman A.J Kreimer says the proposed compromise is a deeply flawed one.  The notion that a gay Scout would be expelled upon turning 18, or that a gay rabbi might be barred from hosting a Scouting unit at his synagogue, is ‘untenable’.”  

“Still, as one of the oldest BSA charters and the sole representative of a major religion, the NJCO, which was founded in 1926, has been forced to rebuff opponents of gay inclusion who try to sway the Jewish Scouts by quoting biblical passages.”

“I respond by saying until you tell me you keep kosher, don’t try to tell me you read the Bible in its entirety and do everything it says,” said John Lenrow, BSA’s Northeast Region Ex. VP for NJCOS. (National Jewish Committee on Scouting)

Well, that’s a false standard, especially by Jewish standards.  “Keeping kosher” cannot be compared to the biblical prohibitions again sodomy.  “Keeping Kosher” refers to maintaining dietary laws of the Old Covenant while laws against sodomy were part of the ancient civil code.  These are clichés which are served up by liberals to re-write the social script of society at large, and now are being successfully used to bully the Boy Scouts. 

How did they do it?

They joined an organization which was built upon western tradition and Christian ethics, then re-wrote the rules to conform to their liberalism. And, as you can see, by lying their arses off.  

For the record, try selling the notion of “gay rabbi” to the orthodox Jews in Israel.   You might want to invest in a stone proof helmet and Kevlar vest.

The Jewish leader claimed that homosexuals can’t be excluded on the basis of the Bible any more than we should exclude somebody for eating the wrong thing or mixing their fabric choices. This is rubbish. Jewish dietary and ceremonial laws had no civil penalty. If you violated a dietary law, the worst thing that could happen to you was that you could be sent away from the table, or you would not be invited to eat with observant Jews.  If you violated the purity laws, you could be sent away from the community until you got your act together. Violate the sodomy laws and you would be invited to leave the planet, one rock at a time. 

The liberal Jews know all this stuff--and that they are borrowing these techniques from Saul Alinsky and the rhetoric from that West Wing rant which is still making the rounds on YouTube.

The irony here is that here you have biblically illiterate Jews misstating the laws of Moses and making their own spiritual heritage an object of ridicule.  Minimizing their own history, they ridicule Christians for adopting their abandoned ethics.  

Liberal Jews are indistinguishable from any other kind of liberal—actually rejecting the concept of God-given laws as a source for ethics or civil law.  They find even the concept of God-given law or laws derived from it to be repugnant.  The other irony is that the Boy Scouts once was something of a Christian group associated with the YMCA organization. God and Country wasn’t an-all-of-the- above, one-size-fits-all deity.  It once was a Protestant organization, so much so that Catholics refused to join it until they could run their own Catholic versions. 

So, gradually, non-Christians, Mormons, Jews, homosexuals all found their way into the new “inclusive” BSA.  And what was once a character-building organization is now a multi-cultural cesspool.  The original Boy Scout charter and goals have been re-scripted by the new bosses. 

The cultural vacuum left by weak-chested Christians has been filled with whatever movements which have more passion and zeal to evangelize for their causes—culture liberals, liberal Jews and the homosexual lobby. And as we just demonstrated, (sometimes) they are the same people. 

From a recent AP news story, “Vice President Biden thanked Jewish leaders for helping change American attitudes about gay marriage and other issues. Biden says culture and arts change people’s attitudes.  He cites social media and the old NBC TV series ‘Will and Grace’ as examples what helped change attitudes on gay marriage.

Biden says, quote, “Think—behind all that, I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry.” 

Biden says the influence is immense and that those changes have been for the good.

Biden was speaking …at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception hosted by the Democratic Nation committee.  He says Jewish values are “an essential part of who Americans are.”

Many Americans, especially Christians, have a romantic view of modern Jews, thinking of them as God’s chosen people.  They are exempted from the normal societal critiques because of their victim status.

Tied to end-times eschatology, Christians see modern Jews and Israel as a special people and special place, worthy of support, subject to nearly automatic affection and affirmation.  These attitudes are routinely exploited, big time.

We must acknowledge that it is indeed easy to demonstrate victim’s status for Jews. The Holocaust was real. The ghettos were real. The pogroms were real.  The massacres were real. The dhimmitude was and is real.

For blacks, victim status is easy to achieve. Slavery as an institution was all too real. The institution died violently, but its legacy endures.

For homosexuals, victim status is part of their identity politics aspirations.  The behavior by which they wish to be defined has been stigmatized and until recently was illegal. By asserting victimhood, homosexuals have achieved class protection nearly everywhere, leveraging victimhood toward universal marriage status for same gender couples.

But, if one points out the toxic nature of liberal secular Jews politics upon our social fabric, the observer is opened to charges of anti-Semitism.

Or, if one points out or criticizes the self-destructive social pathologies of many American blacks, the observer will be open to the Al Sharpton treatment—race baiting.

If one expresses open skepticism for the aspirational claims of the gay lobby, the observer is open to charges of homo-phobia and bigotry.

Fill in your own blanks about feminism, open borders advocates, etc.  Same result.

What’s the ultimate point?

Return for a moment to the issue of Jews, the Boy Scouts and same gender marriage—the forms of propaganda employed can only be effective upon a very dumbed down and willfully ignorant public.  This generation of Americans, including American Christians, is no exception.  If you are a Christian who finds yourself softening your critique of liberals who advocate toxic ethics, business or sexual, because they are Jews, then you are a mark.

If you are a taxpayer who finds himself backing off stating “what you see” as Shelby Steele observed, you are a mark. 

If you are a parent who thinks the Boys Scouts really should be open to sexually confused kids or that marriage should be offered to people of the same gender because a secular Jew trashes his own holy book, then you are a mark.

If a Jew is a scumbag, he isn’t less of a scumbag because he is a Jew.  If you pull your punches and don’t say what you see, because some hustler might falsely label you anti-Semitic, then you are a mark.

If a black is a scumbag…

If a white is a scumbag…

If a Christian is a scumbag…

If a Republican is a scumbag…

If an immigrant is a scumbag…

The list goes on and on.   By the way, if you say to yourself, “Well he may indeed be a scumbag, but he is OUR scumbag.”  You aren’t a mark, you are an enabler. And YOU are a scumbag.

The same point applies to any identity politics movement, racial, gender, or religious movement.   The same point applies to all the issues as well-- to banking, foreign policy, the definition of marriage, international relations, pornography, Hollywood or aberrant Supreme Court rulings, etc.   It’s ok to say so.  It is not ok to not “say what you see”.

 

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Orrin Woodward thinks it's time for a LeaderShift.  Smart guy.   Then follow the money, honey...looking for the good stuff.  Then, explain mariachi will ya...plus why did Des Moines lose the Dana Mecum auction? Ridiculous.

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The families of Klunder's victims  wonder why Klunder was EVER allowed out of prison.  So do most of the rest of us.   Then, Barry Snell writes a great 2nd Amendment think-piece.  Then one of Klunder's victims tells the rest of the story.  Riveting.

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Dr . Sherri Tenpenny is a vaccine skeptic.  Remembering  "Z"... and busted for "swill"... updated.

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Do cops leave prints on purpose?  Do really electricians wear rubber gloves.  Homeschoolers have clout!  They win big!  Music trivia.  And the BSA has a historic moment.

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Dane Wigington worries about geo-engineering.  He wants it to stop.   Noreen Gosch is upset over another child abduction and the fact it was done by a repeat offender.   Steve Camorata says the Senate Judiciary Committee has just passed an atrocity amnesty bill of committee.

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What could have prevented the loss of life in Oklahoma City tornado devastation?  Tornado proof  schools and houses.  They exist.  Monolithic Domes.  David South has the rest of the story.  Many Iowa fans.  And what a heart-warming story in the middle of disaster...lady finds her lost dog...

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Iowans wanna talk about the weather, the day after some nasty stuff.  Then,  the saddest paragraph in recent history.   

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Peter LaFontaine from the National Wildlife Federation wants Braley and Loebsack to vote against the Keystone Pipeline. Roger McEowen and Greg Hartsill are happy about passing the farm liability restoration legislation.   President Obama gets a Marine umbrella.  Outrage ensues.  Plus,  a last gasp effort to pass a gas tax.  

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Senator Bertrand Brimley fixes Iowa's  rabbit problem.  Diana Waring at NICHEDexter Van Zile from CAMERA...speaking tonight at Temple B'nai Jeshurun at 7pm.  Jeff Burkett from Iowa Firearms Coalition says the Permit Confidentiality bill is being blocked by the Iowa Senate.  Give 'em a nudge he says.

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Brian Gongol tries to explain what happened to bitcoins... and ICE bustin Dwolla.   Iowa snotty stuff.   And how to snap back... David Kupelian's "American's 'snapping' by the Millions."   Insightful.

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Methodist and Lutheran music from the archives... The meaning of Gosnell...and Bike Wars.  

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An Iowa Live spokesman analyzes the new Iowa Department of Education numbers.  Not good.   Democrats want to keep their hold on Iowa homeschoolers.   And who is really responsible for the on-going ammo shortage?

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Hey...my new used project car has tinted windows...is my wife a criminal?  Can I get a note from my eye doctor?   Congressman Steve King...issues.  Windmills...good deal?  

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Judy Hintz with a panel of education survivors...inspirational.  Then, some folks think "gluten-free" is just another food fad.  Iowans disagree.

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 Rick Rogers is the Defense Tracker.  He has insight on current military issues including institutional distress.  Noreen Gosch reacts to the Amanda Berry escape from pervert captors.   She reports about a disgusting California piece of legislation.   And a 2nd grader takes daddy's gun to school.  

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"White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence of America and how the media ignore it."  Colin Flaherty says it's worse that most imagine.  And Des Moines is an example.  Betsy McCaughey says immigration reform has a bunch of built in time bombs.  Dave Funk supports the new casino in Warren County.  Peter Komendowski is President of Partnership @ Drug Free Iowa.  And Iowans have some last thinking on the Warren County casino vote.

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Agenda 21..."Unsustainable"...Judd Saul and Dave Bergman...putting together a documentary.   "What Would Jesus Drink?"  Joel McDurmon with a theological insight.  Then Steve Lawyer wants to give the trial lawyer side of the farm liability issue.

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A casino for Warren County?  May 7th is the vote.  Tom Coates and George Meinecke say,  "Not so Fast"... conversation ensues.   Then...whoops...almost hustled by an internet parody...then, is Iowa becoming hostile to cyclists?  

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Greg Lukianoff says our culture is "Unlearning Liberty"...way too PC to sustain our freedom.   A May Iowa blizzard is pushing us around.  And Al Lewis says health screening and wellness programs are an expensive and unnecessary waste of money...plus,  dangerous to your health.  Huh?   Then,  Steve Colbert blows the whistle on an Iowa Hospital which deported an expensive illegal alien patient.  Boom!

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Jeff Mackey is from i9...trying to bring about sports safety and sportsmanship for kids competition.  How to avoid "snapping"...  and finally an activist who tells the truth....and what happens when you search your data-base for "beer". 

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Roger McEowen has the bad news.  Trial lawyers 1,  Iowa farmers 0.   I lost the bet.    Vic Switzer drives us to drink and smoke...steel guitar festival..May 5th Knights of Columbus Hall,  Marshalltown.  Then,  University of Iowa has a new app... vaccine refusers...  Huh?

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Senator Bertrand Brimley, with SF 232, with the Cinnamon Control Act...to make cinnamon a controlled substance because of the "Cinnamon Challenge"...   Then the Boy Scouts of America are getting bullied by the gay lobby. Peter Sprigg from the Family Research Council and John Stemberger from On My Honor...

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David Keane and Kane Robinson from the NRA explain recent 2nd Amendment issues.  And its Derelict Building Season in Iowa.   And I don't have a thing to wear.

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More nonsense from the gun grabbers refuted...a pickup profaned...Frosty Woolrich agrees that the melting pot is busted.  Chuck Morse tells who busted it.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-25.mp3
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A kitchen utensil chain pulls pressure cookers from the shelves... Iowans let off steam.   Then,  US News gives Iowa High School Ratings.  No Child Left Behind disagrees.   Iowa Live sorts it out.   Then,  another pit bull kills another kid.  Disgust.

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Dr. Kevin Leman with the "Way of the Wise"... he thinks you can put wisdom in a book...he's right.  Then,  the political class says a prisoner can't pay off his victim early.  The political class wants problem gamblers to be able to contribute to government again.  And should ATV's be allowed on Iowa's county roads?  Iowan's have opinions about it all.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-23.mp3
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Congressman Steve King...issues and answers.  Chris Lamb with great insight into the career and meaning of Jackie Robinson..."Blackout"... inside the "42" movie.  Then, Mike Adams "Letters to a Young Progressive"... how to avoid wasting your life protesting things you don't understand.   Delicious.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-22.mp3
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Iowans are riveted by the drama in Boston...and where is the media with apologies to Congressman Steve King?   Laryngitis?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-19.mp3
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Dan Becker is coming to Iowa from Personhood USA...wants to rebuild the ethic of life in Iowa.   Award winning documentary "Stuck" is coming to Fleur Cinema Monday April 22 at 7pm...dealing with international adoption issues. Craig Juntunen is the producer.    And things that go BOOM at Buena Vista.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-18_.mp3
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Walid Shoebat  makes "The Case for Isalamophobia"...and deals with the terror connections of the "person of interest".   Robert Spencer "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades"...necessary historical perspective.  Then,  what the heck is a stick shift?

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Iowans respond to the Boston Marathon bombing...the Iowa connections.  Trying to make sense of true evil.  Vigorous.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-16.mp3
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Amity Shlaes talk about "Coolidge".  Great history.  Then, having some fun at the Statehouse.  A legislator wants a "minority impact statement"  on a new law... huh?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm CDT

Shane Vander Hart is the Caffeinated Thoughts guy...and he is lobbying against the Common Core stuff.   Six Reasons why conservatives should object.  Misinformation on Common Core.  Ways to Fight.  Iowa Core vs Common Core.  Common Core Math Problems Climate change Core connections. And Rep Greg Hartsill says legislation to return liability protection for recreation use of Iowa farmland is being blocked by trial lawyers.  It's Farmers vs Trial Lawyers.  Put cher money on the farmers. 

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-12.mp3
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Deal Day for background check legislation.  Iowans evaluate.  Not impressed with the deal yet.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm CDT

Jerome Corsi talks about "Bad Samaritans: The ACLU's Relentless Campaign to Erase Faith from the Public Square".  Grab it...another smart book for the shelves.  Then, trying to explain Iowa stuff.  Plus,  Kim Lehman and Dr. Alan Moy from the John Paul II Medical Research Institute with the Give Cures campaigning for stem cell research... Sen. Rick Santorum coming to Iowa for a fundraiser.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-10.mp3
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PETA has drones.  Cool.  Target Practice.   William Norman Grigg talks about Nationalizing Children.  And the gay lobby trumps the governor, again.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm CDT

Father and Families founder Dr. Ned Holstein thinks our divorce courts and child support system is destructive, expensive, and desperately needs to be fixed.  Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood executive wants to call people out of the business.   And a case of animal abuse gets our attention...big time.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-08.mp3
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Senator Bertrand Brimley with a notable piece of legislation...could be a huge economic boon to Iowa.  A concert fundraiser for Iowa's oldest African-American church. Rev. Angela Lewis with some tasty music.  (April 19th at Grace United Methodist Church @ 7pm 244-5883)  Then some Iowa ag experts worry about Iowa soil, GMOs and health issues.   Jerry Carlson, Mike McNeil, Bob Streit and Howard Vlieger.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-05.mp3
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Discovering the City of Sodom...Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne Scott.  Turns out it is exactly where the Bible says it was.   Betsy McCaughey says Obamacare costs are exploding.  Filmaker Dennis Michael Lynch says Forget the Americans.  He says seriously bad people are stealing into the country.   Plus,  the non-Governor's Conference serves up unintentional humor.  Plus,  shooting a thief can getcha tossed into the slammer.

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Responding to Reka...and who wrote the first bully bill anyhow?   And why are chickens so mean to each other?   Mercy.

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A welcome to a new sponsor...Clean Sweep...Brian Brennick.   Then,  an ADHD epidemic.   Why?   Then,  why is the 3rd biggest company on the planet cost-shifting its labor costs to the taxpayers?   Food stamps and Medicaid.

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Survivalists are all map readers...Green Beret training...Iowans know how to do it.   Then how to rescue Congressman Braley from PCness...if we are inclined.  And 'nuther guy says we can amend the Bill of Rights with a treaty.   Iowan's say it's bull-hockey.   And a terrorist victim is denied a Purple Heart cuz it might mess up his shooter's trial...  Iowans wanna puke.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-04-01.mp3
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Bradlee Dean, inspirational speaker, wins another lesson against bullies...first in Iowa,  now in Florida.   Jake Dagel is resisting anti-Christian bullies using tax dollars for a gay propaganda seminar.  And Obama still puts out the 40 percent myth.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-29.mp3
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Mike Whalen sits in and has a humdinger...a doctor, Dr. Keith Smith,  who is sticking it to the 3rth party health care finance scam.  Delicious.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-28.mp3
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Ben Wiker explains How Liberalism Became Our State Religion: Worshiping the State.  Kevin McLoughlin wants Iowa to have an optional flat tax.  Congressman Steve King....issues.  Professor John Eidsmoe files a friend of the court brief on the SCOTUS same gender marriage issue.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-27.mp3
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Steve Forbes warns Americans about the Cyprus effect.  Tamara Scott warns Iowans about the gay lobby's governor's conference. John Horvat from the steps of SCOTUS...same gender marriage debate.  John Stewart is an expert on Proposition 8 the California public's will to define marriage.  Iowans opine.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-26.mp3
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Professor Roger McEowen evaluates the Iowa Supreme Court decision on "frolicking in the hay" and what the legislature can do.  Delicious word of the day?  "Abrogate".    Bob Vander Plaats is going to Washington to resist SCOTUS on same gender marriage.  Ken Hoagland was to abrogate Obamacare.   Jake Dagel is a DMACC student who doesn't want to pay for a gay lobby propaganda.   Then, Iowan's try to support the Post Office...how?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-25.mp3
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Senator Kent Sorenson delivers a speech which has had some viral tendencies.   'Nuther aggressive fund-raiser from Windsor Heights.  Ragbrai is getting organized...TJ Juskiewcz is the director.    Alex Warren put together Losing the West..  a documentary about the demise of the cowboy rancher.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-22.mp3
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Senator Mark Chelgren isn't convinced about the efficacy of wind energy.   Rob Hach is a true believer.  Conversation ensues.  James Bovard has a snot attack over the Vilsack/USDA looking for victims PSA.   Then, Frank Miniter with the Ultimate Man's Survival Guide...how to survive a cougar attack... (the four legged kind)

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Iowans think about Harry Reid, liberal remorse,  Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, the gay lobby mugging the governor, Harkin on the minimum wage, and  Obama's limo getting  the wrong fuel in Israel.  All interesting stuff.

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A.J. Spiker talks about the GOP...Growth & Opportunity Project. Senator Rand Paul to headline Lincoln Dinner.  Steve Deace, fresh from C-PAC...analysis.   Rand Paul says he was misquoted.    And Governor Branstad gets hustled by the gay lobby. He apparently thinks the Iowa Safe Schools project has something to do with safe schools.   Perhaps he should read the agenda of his own Conference.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-19.mp3
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Dr. Andy Bannister highlights and upcoming prayer breakfast with Ravi Zacharias...way pithy.  Cameron Caswell with Repair.com.    Then the legislature "abrogates" a court decision.  Weeeeelllllll,  now...  who would have thunk it?    

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-18.mp3
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John Zimirak,  The Bad Catholics Guides talks about the new Pope.  Then, politicians change the subject.  Nannies now regulate parade candy.  And  Kurt Loving sings real purdy.  The Pleaser.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-15.mp3
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Joel McDurmon gives advice on "Restoring America: One County at a Time."   Powerful.   Dr. Ben Carson describes "America the Beautiful".  Inspirational.   Then "Why does anybody "need" an AR-15 anyway?  Is that a conversation ending cliché?  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-14.mp3
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Senator Rand Paul...issues.   Brazen, Bungling, Burglars.  And Copper Clappers.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-13.mp3
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"Beautiful Nate"...Dennis Mansfield.  A touching of loss, love and restitution.   Then, an E-15 critic, David Holt...says the AAA has non-recommended it for good reason.  Plus,  Des Moines is adding dash board cameras to city vehicles...good idea?  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-12.mp3
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Tryin' to make sense of stuff on post DST Monday.  Then, Mike Hammond from GOA thinks Senator Grassley needs a push on another 2nd Amendment issue.

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Mychal Massie talks about racial politics.   Capital Justice killed off during funnel week.  Noreen Gosch  and Senator Kent Sorenson promise to keep pushing for justice for murdered and abused children.  Jeff Burkett describes what has been accomplished for 2nd Amendment rights in this session.  National Firearms Museum's senior curator Phil Schreier tells about the real reason Lewis and Clark survived their expedition.  And a plague of locusts brought to a halt in Israel.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-08.mp3
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Dr. David Robbins with Des Moines Plastic Surgery talks about  Coolsculpting...using the power of cold to reduce body fat.  Then and some Iowa 6th graders make a video asking the president to re-open the White House for their class trip tour.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-07.mp3
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The Dems move their agenda at the Statehouse....will the Republicans give theirs a try soon?   Johnston HS Principal Brian Carico talks about suicide prevention issues.  Powerful personal story.  Then,  Danny Carroll and Chuck Hurley give the Republican leadership a push on the marriage issue.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-06.mp3
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So a homeschool dad tries to fit his kids into the mold of the  modern Boy Scouts.  Didn't work.   More pot talk.  Then,  Wes Ehrecke want Iowa to consider internet poker.

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Michael Voris is  The Church Militant.  He says the church is infested with Cardinals, Biships and clerics who are not true Catholics.  The Gay Mafia.  Senator Mark Chelgren with a legislative update.  He says with oughta save the surplus.  We are going to need it.   Ted Kerasote with Pukka's Promise...the quest for longer-lived dogs.  Then,  an ISU student group, NORMAL, wants to legalized medical marijuana...then recreational use.  Vigorous.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-04.mp3
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Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.  Really great analysis by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman.  Friday Leftovers.  Then,  The Blue Highway.  Really great bluegrass. Musician Rob Ikes.  And Laurie King is Executive Director of the Iowa Bluegrass Music Association.  You'll like it.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-03-01.mp3
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Garland Scott takes us back to First Things First...expert in gang activity and fixin' what ails us all. Douglas Hurley has a gadget which can help teach newbies to shoot accurately.   Tom Coates updates us on inroads the gambling lobby is planning.  Then, should farming be considered a vice?  And be regulated by the Gaming Commision?  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-28.mp3
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Senator Randy Feenstra tells why that big new fertilizer plant is a good idea and worth Iowa's tax credit awards.  Senator Mark Chelgren worries about SF233 and its effect upon 2nd Amendment issues.  Jeanie Eller is a phonics expert. Action Reading.  Jeff Burkett from the Iowa Firearms Coalition says SF233 has even more issues.  And another session deals with Raw Milk legislation.  Plus some basketball sports talk.  Lotsa stuff.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-27.mp3
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Today... snow day...  mostly dedicated to Iowans giving each other traffic reports.   

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Eating Disorders?  Iowans?  Michelle Roling talks about an upcoming "I am Enough" conference to help.  Senator Mark Chelgren...interesting legislative issues.  Then, Iowa kids form shooting clubs for skeet competition.  Representatives from Pella Christian School... Todd McQueen, Principal Darryl De Ruiter..Richard Vander Vort... Nathan Vander Vort...Shena Van Wyke...coaches and shooters.  Then NICHE Capitol Day...Vicki Crawford, Jamie Johnson, Brian Bopp, and John Desaulniers are home school activist and will participating at the conference.  Busy morning.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-25.mp3
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Can you pass the citizenship test?  Analyzing some of the answers.  John Lott say we are At the Brink...economic black hole.  And dropping dead mice on Guam.   

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-2013.mp3
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School-based plans for defending children from violent attackers.  Indianola Superintendent Michael Teigland with practical insight.  Dr. Peter Breggin really, REALLY doesn't respect widespread use of drugs to deal with mental issues...and he is a psychiatrist.  Mike Chapman thinks wrestling will be re-included in the next Olympics.  The rest of the story.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-21.mp3
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David Drew wants to STEM the Tide.  How to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Iowa schools.  Kevin Welner want to get rid of the Electoral College system entirely.   Then,  a Colorado Democrat really does think the "pen is mightier than the sword".  At least the ball point ones are.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-20.mp3
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Crosstalk...area churches celebrate the  Easter season by encouraging the public display of crosses.  Pastor Phil Winfield.    James Bovard  is the Public Policy Hooligan...reports that if you don't hire convicts you could go to jail.   AJ Spiker talking about an upcoming pro-life celebration including Fox commentator, Mike Huckabee.  Economist Alice Rivilin  with the Fix the Debt campaign.  Jim Hawkins with Professional Educators of Iowa with survey results.  (Dr. Ben Carson scheduled for this morning,  missed his slot...sorry....will try again)

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-19.mp3
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A review of the legislative week.  Then,  an immodest proposal. Why can't  the same logic of the bully bill legislation be applied to a bunch of other social issues?  Salt of the earth Iowans are afraid to spank their own kids?  Justified?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-18.mp3
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Steven Kennedy and Aaron Powell are with the Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society.   Purdy stuff. Upcoming concert.  (February 17th, Valentine Serenade, 2pm Capitol Hill Lutheran Church)  Then, can you get busted for drunk driving by just sitting in a parked car?  Apparently, yup.   Charles Bowden interviews a Mexican assassin "El Sicario".     Chilling

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-15.mp3
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Dr. J...Jennifer Morse...is coming to Iowa..."It Takes a Family to Raise a Village".   Then,  stealing your own car back?  Rev Carlos Jayne...Iowans for Gun Safety...says its time for some more gun regulations.  Great conversation ensued.   :)    Oh,   and here's the link to the Katrina video.    Please pass it around to everybody.   Or monitor my Facebook.

 

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-14.mp3
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Obama Bytes from SOTU.  Harkin Bytes pre-SOTU.   And a guy on Iowa's sex offender registry ends up as a Centerville, Iowa city administrator.  Iowan's are appalled...then pensive.   Steve Deace wonders about Senator Rand Paul's immigration position.  Lively.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-13.mp3
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 Capitol Day for NICHE coming up...Vickie with an update.  Pope quits.  John Zmirak,  Bad Catholic's Guide to Catechism explains what it all means.  Then,  Jonathan Last's What to Expect When No One's Expecting...calling us unto fertility.    Rep Tom Shaw and David Fisher want to liberate Iowa education for homeschoolers and Christian Schoolers.    A call to action.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-12.mp3
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Congressman Steve King deals with Karl Rove's attack on him.  Political directions.   Senator Mark Chelgren with Iowa Senate observations.  Then,  more from the front in the culture war.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-11.mp3
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Jeff Burkett ,  Iowa Firearms Coalition, talks about a Mt. Pleasant city councilman who says the 2nd Amendment has expired.   Then Vickie Crawford from NICHE talks about Capitol Day on February 26th.  (I've been invited to speak  around 2pm..."...Stuff What Ain't True".... Jeff Patch with 'nuther episode of the Harkin saga.  And why won't Abate support a helmet law for kids on mopeds?   

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-08.mp3
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Professor Eugene Kontorovich, expert in international law and Israeli rights.  Vigorous. Then Roy Beck explains how the immigration amnesty plan offered by the "Gang of Eight" will hose taxpayers.   And a great 2nd Amendment speech...by a former Secret Service officer.  

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"All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq"  Miyoko HiKiji is an Iowan who ended up in harms way in Iraq.   Opinions about women in combat and sex abuse amongst the ranks, "The Invisible War."   A powerful conversation.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-06.mp3
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Scott Taylor talks health care common sense about inflammation and inflation....barnyard politics and health sense.   Then did Ron Paul make a mistake when he said,  "...live by the sword, die by the sword..."  regarding the death of Chris Kyle?  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-05.mp3
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A new fuel standard for Iowa?  Then,  "The Marketing of Evil"...David Kupelian says the Boy Scouts of America need to stand up to the homo-sexual lobby.  They need a Braveheart moment.  He describes the perils of propaganda...everywhere.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-02-04.mp3
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Paul Williams,   Crescent Moon Rising: The Islamic Transformation of America...sobering.  Then,  send in the drones...what does it mean for Iowa?  

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Leah Durant, Ex. Dir. of Progressives for Immigration Reform...doesn't want an amnesty either.   Then, Obama and the Gang of Eight are negotiating on US immigration policy.   What would Iowans accept?  We get an earful.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-31.mp3
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A snow day in Iowa...and Iowan's sort out a bunch of stuff.   Everything from car-eating rabbits,  to what should Iowans do if the wheels come off.   Purdy good stuff.

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Jan,

 

I wanted to say I was incredibly disappointed in your broadcast today.  You were obviously far to uneducated on the subject to make any valid points regarding the dairy industry and migrant/seasonal labor in Iowa.  It quickly became evident that your agenda was to knock congressman Braley, when in reality you were the one that has not educated yourself enough on the topic to adequately contradict anything he stated.  The fact is, and one of the final callers pointed this out, that often times the AMERICAN Farm Bureau organization has very different political objectives than the Iowa chapter of Farm Bureau.  The fact you didn't know there was a difference was quite disappointing. On a national level, migrant/seasonal labor is a much larger issue than right here in Iowa. Congressman Braley was just trying to illustrate how the national organizations goals may apply here in Iowa. The Market to Market show last Sunday on IPTV ran a good story showcasing just how big of an issue it is.  They interviewed several farmers in California who depend on nearly 100% migrant labor to grow and harvest their crop.  Also, by constantly referring to them as "cheap" labor is another instance proving your lack of knowledge on the topic.  It is absolutely fact that a high percentage of migrant workers earn well above the federal minimum wage.
 
Also, the fact that you couldn't understand why the dairy industry can't produce their product and provide the same level of service as it did decades ago (home delivery) showed me just how out of touch with the agricultural industry you really are (which is quite concerning since you make a living offering opinions on such things in an ag dominated state).  One caller did a pretty good job of pointing out that the rise in retail cost of their product has significantly lagged behind the rise in cost of production.  The sad reality is that, much like yourself, the American people have no idea what it costs to produce a gallon of milk, and have decided they are not willing pay over $3 or $4 per gallon (such is the case with many, many American made products, not just milk).
 
I certainly don't always agree with your opinions, but you typically prove to have educated yourself enough on the subject to have developed a valid opinion.  Today you showed me that you let partisan politics significantly influence your show, instead of the facts.  Please go back to doing your homework and make this a 1 time fluke of a show.  Just because it’s a Democrat politician making a statement, does not immediately make it false.

 Sir:

 It usually does…   especially Braley…   he’s the guy who knowing violates the Constitution by using blackmail to accomplish an issue for which there is no federal jurisdiction…  he’s now pushing school based radon testing…..another non-issue at the federal level…Kadyn’s Law.      Braley has a pattern of expanding federal authority and spending on issues which should be done at the state level.   Now he wants an amnesty for people who have busted the border.    You just demonstrated that the whole agri-business political mix is so convoluted and rife with cost shifting the public is clueless about how many ways they are being shafted.     Conversations like these are very useful in demonstrating the corruption of the system.    Importing people whose productivity doesn’t off-set the costs of their presence is stupid….worse is destructive to our culture.     If the US can’t produce milk at a profit to the farmers without vast subsidies and imported labor,  then milk may be a commodity which shouldn’t be on the shelves.  If demand has fallen to the point where profit isn’t possible,  or supply exceeds demand,  then politics isn’t the solution.    I’d use the same principle for any commodity.     By the way,   I’m still waiting for the Iowa Farm Bureau to issue a press release  repudiating the American Farm Bureau position.    When it does,  you may have a valid point.    And California is a real piece of work.   Several years ago,  California taxpayers ponied up millions of dollars to buy out California dairy farmers in order to reduce supply and cut subsidies.      California dairy farmers used the money to buy more real estate, build fancy houses in the middle of feed lots,  and wait out the moratorium.   Then they went right back in business with bigger units and a better house….right back on the public teat.   

 Yah,  this is a big issue with many  inter-related issues.   But it isn’t that mysterious.     As long as everyone is willing to live at the expense of others we’ll have a problem.    BTW…  it is cheap labor….  Iowa is a cheap labor state.    As I’ve often reported,   my dad and I both worked in the processing industry in the late 60’s…..  we made twice what these workers are getting now.    Now the industry passes on the real production costs to the tax payers.     Our welfare state mentality has almost destroyed us….whether we’re talking about making babies or growing milk.     Government has distorted the market for both.

 

Jan

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Where is ObaMerica?   Who lives there?   How did they vote.   What's the murder rate in ObaMerica?    Daniel Greenfield has an excellent think piece.    Then,  Tim Case wonders about "Lawless or Armed Citizens."   Useful.  Then,  why do dysfunctional politicians treat the rest of us as if WE are dysfunctional too?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-29.mp3
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Heather MacDonald thinks women in unit level combat is worrisome.  Senator Mark  Chelgren makes some Iowa political predictions about the Harkin retirement announcement.  Congressman Bruce Braley calls for gun legislation and immigration reform.  Iowans respond.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-28.mp3
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Ann Korin says US is messing up its energy future...a Petropoly.   Flex-fuel cars will fix it.   Senator Kent Sorenson introduces a capital justice bill effecting the perpetrators of  murdering, kidnapping and sexual abuse of minors.  Families of victims demand justice.  Heather and Drew Collin, Adonis Hill, Tome and Jan Nichols, Noreen Gosch...powerful stories.  Then Senator Brad Zaun intros legislation to require the revenue raised by Gotcha Cams can only be used to fund an uninsured motorist fund.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-25.mp3
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Terry Jeffrey evaluates Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony.   Then,  Iowans respond to Obama's expansion of women in  military combat roles. Vigorous.

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The kids from Joshua Christian Academy ... the kids are great .  Rev Keith Ratliff.   Then,  a great story about a dolphin which asked a human for help...really.  Plus,  Senator Rand Paul with an issues stop in Iowa.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-23.mp3
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Mark Doland is running for Mahaska County Supervisor...he and several local farmers don't want a regional airport, nor the use of imminent domain takings of local farmland which it would require.   Then,  Piers Morgan asks if the 2nd Amendment allows for private ownership of tanks.  The historical answer.  Spirited.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm CDT

Juda Meyer has a remarkable story affirming life.  She is the result of rape.  On an abridged, pre-inaugural day, she is worthy of a listen.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

An education horror story....with a positive ending.  Judy Hintz has a message for parents of school kids in distress...with a dad who finally got help for his son.   Then,   looking at the propaganda mill in action.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-01-17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT



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