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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Radio host takes tour of Obama conspiracy theories

By Jason Hancock | 03.12.09 | 4:24 pm

Conspiracy theories were the order of the day for conservative radio host Jan Mickelson Wednesday, as he dedicated his show on Iowa’s largest radio station to the discussion of urban legends with a writer from World Net Daily.

Jerome Corsi, who penned a book about the alleged plot to create a confederation of the United States, Canada and Mexico, regaled listeners with tales of a conspiracy within the administration of President Barack Obama to give up U.S. sovereignty.

“The new tactic of North American integrationists is to change the name but keep the agenda going,” Corsi said. He told listener’s that officials within the Obama Administration are prominent supporters of the “integrationist” movement.

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch pointed out last year, fears of a North American Union began with a few grains of truth and leapt to an unsubstantiated conclusion, with the Internet and publications like World Net Daily spreading the urban legend around at breakneck speed. Even Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, bought in.

Of course, North American Union claims have been widely discredited.

Next, Corsi and Mickelson turned their attention to Barack Obama’s birth certificate “controversy.”

“President Obama refuses to release his original birth certificate,” Corsi said, adding: “Hawaii claims to have a birth certificate that says Obama was born in Hawaii. I was in Hawaii, I hired a private investigator who went to all the hospitals… who were operating when Obama was born. None of them claim to have any record of Obama’s birth.”

This is an urban legend that Mickelson has returned to several times. However, multiple groups, FactCheck.org and Snopes.com among them, investigated the claims that Obama could not be president because he was born in Kenya and had citizenship in other countries, determining that he did in fact have a valid birth certificate from Hawaii. FactCheck even found a birth announcement for baby Barack Obama in a 1961 Honolulu newspaper.

Corsi is also known for co-authoring “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” a book filled with error-laden attacks on the military service record of 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry; and “Obama Nation,”a book written to oppose Obama’s candidacy for president and described by FactCheck.org as “a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods.”

The end of the afternoon program was a one man tour de force of Mickelson proclaiming the 14th Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified, and thus, children of foreign born parents are not citizens of this country even if they are born here.

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  • AristotleTheHun

    Beware the Obama thugs!

    The “progressive movement” has shown itself to be a cesspool of intolerant, elitist thugs and bullies. Those who disagree with them are demonized, terrorized, swarmed over and threatened… and the many who don't engage in this hateful conduct condone it by their silence.

    This is not new, transformational politics. This is the rise of a New American Fascism. Do you accept that?

    http://nobama.tv/page9/page9.html

    I'll bet that you are an Obama Thug.

    I say you are liberal/progressive because of the trademark personal insult, name calling, ridicule, and ad hominem attacks that so characterize the debate style of Obama’s people these days. You also use phrases that adults don't use. Most liberals don't think or analyze they just use low level debate tactics that would disqualify them for the grade school debate team. That tactic has worked quite well on the ignorant and those who value feeling more than reason. Uninformed voted Obama – Informed voted McCain – Poll… http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2008/12/uninf…
    However, I will expose it for the low level tactic that it is and put you on notice that it is not an effective tool when dealing with me.

    If you can point out something inaccurate I would appreciate your contribution to accuracy. If all you can do is “label” the source with a derogatory comment your opinions are not welcome.

    You might also consult an article on this blog entitled. Spot false arguments and make strong ones. http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2008/11/spot-…

    A free hint on how to improve your posts. You will note that ad hominem arguments are at the lower end of the scale on the pyramid chart at the above link; only one step above name calling which is the other part of your content. Do you honestly expect to get somewhere with a post like that when many of the readers on this blog have triple digit IQs?

    In case you need a little help with your Latin: An ad hominem argument, consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim. The process of proving or disproving the claim is thereby subverted, and the argumentum ad hominem works to change the subject.

    Have you had a logic class yet?

    You might take a look at this site:

    http://www.austhink.org/critical/pages/fallacie…

    Critical Thinking on the Web.

    Also Known as: Appeal to Mockery, The Horse Laugh.
    Description of Appeal to Ridicule
    The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an ” argument.” This line of ” reasoning” has the following form:
    1. X, which is some form of ridicule, is presented (typically directed at the claim).
    2. Therefore claim C is false.
    This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: “1+1=2! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!”
    It should be noted that showing that a claim is ridiculous through the use of legitimate methods ( such as a non fallacious argument) can make it reasonable to reject the claim. One form of this line of reasoning is known as a “reductio ad absurdum” (“reducing to absurdity”). In this sort of argument, the idea is to show that a contradiction (a statement that must be false) or an absurd result follows from a claim. For example: “Bill claims that a member of a minority group cannot be a racist. However, this is absurd. Think about this: white males are a minority in the world. Given Bill's claim, it would follow that no white males could be racists. Hence, the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacist are not racist organizations.”
    Since the claim that the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacist are not racist organizations is clearly absurd, it can be concluded that the claim that a member of a minority cannot be a racist is false.
    Examples of Appeal to Ridicule
    1. “Sure my worthy opponent claims that we should lower tuition, but that is just laughable.”
    2. “Support the ERA? Sure, when the women start paying for the drinks! Hah! Hah!”
    3. “Those wacky conservatives! They think a strong military is the key to peace!”
    http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/

    • slincoln

      How interesting. In ranting about Ad Hominem attacks, you stereotypically made one against any person that dare consider themselves liberal or progressive. Nice job.

      • AristotleTheHun

        You must be brighter than your average brown bear. :-)

        Let me guess; you have a degree in English Literature.

    • RegularJoe

      Your entire diatribe consist of pure, unadulterated ad hominem, ignoratio elenchi, petitio principii, non sequitur, appeal to ridicule, argumentum ad nauseam, etc. How ashamed your parents must be for having raised such a douche bag.

      Oh, one more thing…Palin was proof of McCain's incompetence…much as you are your parents'.

      • AristotleTheHun

        Well now, that takes the lesson to the level of an art form.

    • AristotleTheHun
  • slincoln

    This is pretty much why I dont waste my listening time on WHO radio anymore…

  • PeterMerkin

    So, let me get this straight. I had to show a birth certificate to get a: Passport and Drivers License. But you don't have to produce a birth certificate to become president of the United States? If it is a non-issue, just produce the damn birth certificate! All of the fancy footwork dancing around the issue will not prove he is a citizen. Just produce the document.

    • RegularJoe

      So I check my file folder where I keep my “Birth Certificate”, DD214, etc. Sure enough, the copy of my birth certificate isn't the original, it's a copy. In fact, it isn't even a photocopy of the original, it's one that my city clerk printed and certified when I needed to have one. I should mention that this 'copy' was good enough for Uncle Sam when I was enlisting (and reenlisting several subsequent times) in the Army.
      So, am I a citizen (therefore eligible to hold office) despite not having my original birth certificate, or are you and AristotleTheHun (see below) perhaps siblings?

  • PeterMerkin

    Of course, with the long delay, we would have to question the authenticity of any document produced at this late hour.

  • B_W

    So they say that Barack's mother was too young to automatically impart citizenship to him when he was born. That since she was under the age of 18 that he could not be a natural born citizen if she gave birth to him abroad. I find that to be silly. I don't care what age a woman is when she gives birth, if she is a citizen of the U.S. then her child is a citizen as well. So to me, I don't care if Barack was born in Kenya and then Hawaii issued a birth certificate days or weeks later, I still believe that he is a natural born citizen because of his mother's citizenship.

  • trishnelson

    Jason,

    Thanks for covering this. It is ridiculous what WHO-Radio gets away with. Lies, lies and more lies on the publicly owned airwaves. It is not enough to stop listening. We need to do something about it.

  • RegularJoe

    So I check my file folder where I keep my “Birth Certificate”, DD214, etc. Sure enough, the copy of my birth certificate isn't the original, it's a copy. In fact, it isn't even a photocopy of the original, it's one that my city clerk printed and certified when I needed to have one. I should mention that this 'copy' was good enough for Uncle Sam when I was enlisting (and reenlisting several subsequent times) in the Army.
    So, am I a citizen (therefore eligible to hold office) despite not having my original birth certificate, or are you and AristotleTheHun (see below) perhaps siblings?

  • trishnelson

    Jason,

    Thanks for covering this. It is ridiculous what WHO-Radio gets away with. Lies, lies and more lies on the publicly owned airwaves. It is not enough to stop listening. We need to do something about it.

  • RegularJoe

    So I check my file folder where I keep my “Birth Certificate”, DD214, etc. Sure enough, the copy of my birth certificate isn't the original, it's a copy. In fact, it isn't even a photocopy of the original, it's one that my city clerk printed and certified when I needed to have one. I should mention that this 'copy' was good enough for Uncle Sam when I was enlisting (and reenlisting several subsequent times) in the Army.
    So, am I a citizen (therefore eligible to hold office) despite not having my original birth certificate, or are you and AristotleTheHun (see below) perhaps siblings?

  • trishnelson

    Jason,

    Thanks for covering this. It is ridiculous what WHO-Radio gets away with. Lies, lies and more lies on the publicly owned airwaves. It is not enough to stop listening. We need to do something about it.

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