Bernadette Egger, from St. Mary's Family Center,  runs the food pantry.  She says all of  DMARC's food pantry's need extra help now.    Senator Bertrand Brimley gets serious.   And Iowan's evaluate "the right to healthcare",  from FDR, Harkin, and now Obama.  Spirited.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-10-02.mp3
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 Ellery Schempp is one of the atheists responsible for getting prayer and Bible reading removed from government schools.  Iowa atheists brought him to Des Moines to celebrate the anniversary of the court ruling.   A.J. Spiker and David Fischer, Chair and Co-Chair of the Iowa Republican Party, talk about political issues and party management issues.   Steve Flood describes the train wreck which is Obamacare.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-10-01.mp3
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Adil Khan executive director of  Liberty Iowa...talks about the future of the Iowa Republican Party. Then,  Iowans think about the potential shut-down of the Federal Government.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33am CST

A review of the sounds of the week...Cruz, Durbin, Harkin, and the Broken Window Fallacy.And a bunch of Iowans agree with Harkin on the mood of Americans.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-27.mp3
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 Joel Feldman is the founder of End Distracted Driving.  Touring the country to raise awareness of the danger.  Bruce Friedrich is senior director of advocacy of Farm Sanctuary...says Congressman Steve King is violating state's rights with his amendment to the Farm Bill.  

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm CST

 Newt Gingrich, new co-host of CNN's Crossfire talks about Obamacare.  So does  Betsy do Iowans.  Iowans wonder about the Senator Ted Cruz filibuster.  Vigorous

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm CST

After my dad passed, I found his old Iowa Liquor Permit in his effects.  After Prohibition was voted out of existence by a public sick of the war on booze, Iowa couldn’t bring itself to completely release its nanny grip on alcohol.  Iowa said, “While we can’t make alcohol illegal--we tried--we failed.  We can still make some rules.  Drinking isn’t a right; it’s a privilege we can regulate.”   So Iowa began its long experiment with State Liquor Stores selling booze only to those holding a valid “permit”—a booklet recording every purchase. On the back page of the booklet was a list of rules:

      “No liquor may be consumed where purchased, nor during transportation, nor upon any street or highway, nor in any public place.  This permit may be revoked if you are guilty of:

1.        Drunkenness.

2.        Pretending to be intoxicated.

3.        Failure to support family or dependents.

4.        Desertion of family or dependents.

5.        Commission of any crime in which liquor contributes.

6         Allowing any person other than yourself to use this permit, for it is personal to you and not transferable.

                   Be Temperate and Obey the Law.

 As an aside, there were no liquor purchases in my dad’s permit book.  Instead he used it as a diary while he was in Burma during the war. 1944-1945

 In 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933, but it took until 1987 for Iowa to release its grip, closing the State Stores and opening liquor sales to the private sector.  (It still controls supply at the wholesale level.)

 A couple of these rules are intriguing though.  Iowans were so bent on preventing the destructive power of alcohol that even if you “pretended” to be drunk, you’d lose your permit, and if you failed to support your family or deserted your dependents, then no booze for you.

My inner nanny loves those notions.  But my inner free American citizen (not subject) is revolted by them.  That generation grudgingly learned its lesson:  If the power of government is strong enough to extract virtue, it is strong enough to compel anything, including the removal your freedom.  While Iowa nannies (Methodists) did give up on liquor prohibition, Iowa didn’t give up on the revenue derived from liquor sales.  And she tightened her grip on a long list of other controlled substances…lesson pending.  The nanny gene isn’t recessive.  It’s dominant.  It may skip a generation or two, but it often comes roaring back.

I love Alaska.  I’ll watch almost anything on TV about it.  Alaska State Troopers may be one of the best things out there.  It could be a college level course on human nature--Squalor and Beauty 101.   Watch the episode, “Armed and Bootlegging”.  From the National Geographic webpage, “As of 2011, 34 counties in Alaska have voted to ban the possession, sale, importation and manufacturing of alcohol.  In some rural Alaskan communities, the high rate of alcohol abuse has led voters to ban, not just homebrew and alcohol, but the possession of homebrew supplies.  It is a misdemeanor offense in some Alaskan villages to possess yeast and sugar in pound quantities with the intent to make alcohol.”

How is it working?  Just watch Alaska State Troopers.  The highway patrol has been drafted into the liquor enforcement business.  The native “subsistence fisherman” have been converted into bootleggers.  Formerly the jails filled up with alcohol abusers.   Now they are building more jail cells for bootleggers.   As the troopers haul dads and moms away to jail the officers tell the crying children at the door, “We are just trying to help your daddy and mommy...we are helping them.”     BTW, if the highest aspiration of a village or people is “subsistence” then alcoholism is the least of their problems.  

The nanny grip upon native Alaskans shows no signs of loosening as prohibition shows no sign of working any better in Alaska than it did in Iowa, Chicago or Russia.  Plus, Alaska confirms an even older principle:  “We get more of what we subsidize.”    Take it from someone who lives in Iowa.


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Rhonda Philips invites folks to the Iowa Right to Life Final Book Sale...Jordan Park Camp building--2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines...afternoon at 4.  Shane Vander Hart says a big thistle to the Register's worries about homeschoolers.   Congressman Steve King responds to a Gross attack.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm CST

Senator Chuck Grassley says he will run for re-election.  70% of responders say its a good idea.  Republican insider Doug Gross says Congressman Steve King doesn't represent the Iowa Republican Party.  Samuel Gregg is a  Tea Party Catholic.   Whazzat?

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm CST

Hypnosis to help with hot flashes?  Dr. Alan Koslow is convinced it works.  Ray Thompson is a hypnotherapist.   They say science now says hypnosis is effective in dealing with hotflashes.    Then, a follow-up on a caller who was busted for speeding and his gun was confiscated.  The rest of the story.  Then,  the Whizbang chicken-plucker.

Direct download: mickelson-2013-09-20.mp3
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