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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.

Steve King’s homosexuality-incest comparison

By admin | 04.07.09 | 6:14 pm

Though it has fallen out of favor with most social conservatives these days, one tactic for fighting ‘the gay agenda’ that used to be very effective involved comparing homosexuality to bestiality and incest.  There was a time when, in many people’s minds, those things were all morally equivalent.  They were all seen as sexually deviant behaviors deserving of equal scorn, and that was about it.

Public opinion and awareness have since shifted, and most opponents of GLBT rights have given up on drawing direct connections between homosexuality and incest and bestiality.  Those comparisons are now seen as politically incorrect, and polygamy is the new boogey man en vogue.

But old habits die hard, and occasionally old prejudices can make their way into offhand remarks.  Such was the case for U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) last night, when a little comparison to incest came out in the middle of his speech to an anti-abortion group:

“We have no residency requirement in Iowa law, which means that people can come from all over this country — a man and a man, a woman and a woman — it could be, I suppose, a father and a son or a mother and a daughter,” King said.  “They can come to this state and get married and then go back to the state where they reside.”

Incest is a Class D felony under Iowa law, so the point is mostly moot.  But, even if it wasn’t, King’s fears are probably misplaced.  After all, under Iowa’s old definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, there was no great epidemic of mothers marrying sons or fathers marrying daughters.

Rest assured, though, we will be watching for mother-daughter marriages just like we were watching to see if terrorists would be “dancing in the streets” when President Barack Obama was inaugurated.  (King claimed that was going to happen both before the election and after the election.)

Comments

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    Alas… Steve King was born too late. He would have made a great aide to Joe Mc Carthy! :-)

  • Fishstick

    There is no reason that incest marriage should be banned in this age.

    There are no good arguments against it. The biggest one I see brought is “OMG genetic defects in teh chldren!!1″

    What if the couple doesn't want to have children, or are the same sex? Women over 40 have a raised chance of producing children with defects…does that mean women over 40 cannot be married? People unrelated also often create children with defects – does that mean that people with bad genetics should not be allowed to marry? If genetic defects are seen as an acceptable reason to stop two people who love each other from being married, then shouldn't there be mandatory genetic screening before two people get married?

    How does a mom/son, or a son/sister, father/son, etc. getting married personally effect you? It doesn't. Hopefully someday people will stop being such close-minded intolerant bigots and keep their noses out of other people's bedrooms and stop interfering with true love.

  • Fishstick

    There is no reason that incest marriage should be banned in this age.

    There are no good arguments against it. The biggest one I see brought is “OMG genetic defects in teh chldren!!1″

    What if the couple doesn't want to have children, or are the same sex? Women over 40 have a raised chance of producing children with defects…does that mean women over 40 cannot be married? People unrelated also often create children with defects – does that mean that people with bad genetics should not be allowed to marry? If genetic defects are seen as an acceptable reason to stop two people who love each other from being married, then shouldn't there be mandatory genetic screening before two people get married?

    How does a mom/son, or a son/sister, father/son, etc. getting married personally effect you? It doesn't. Hopefully someday people will stop being such close-minded intolerant bigots and keep their noses out of other people's bedrooms and stop interfering with true love.

  • Fishstick

    There is no reason that incest marriage should be banned in this age.

    There are no good arguments against it. The biggest one I see brought is “OMG genetic defects in teh chldren!!1″

    What if the couple doesn't want to have children, or are the same sex? Women over 40 have a raised chance of producing children with defects…does that mean women over 40 cannot be married? People unrelated also often create children with defects – does that mean that people with bad genetics should not be allowed to marry? If genetic defects are seen as an acceptable reason to stop two people who love each other from being married, then shouldn't there be mandatory genetic screening before two people get married?

    How does a mom/son, or a son/sister, father/son, etc. getting married personally effect you? It doesn't. Hopefully someday people will stop being such close-minded intolerant bigots and keep their noses out of other people's bedrooms and stop interfering with true love.

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