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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: ‘Two guys pretending to be sexual mates are making a mistake’

By Jason Hancock | 02.25.10 | 1:00 pm

Christians can’t “tolerate” same-sex marriage because to do so would be to give up beliefs and accept the homosexual lifestyle as “healthy and normal,” radio host Jan Mickelson said while introducing GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at a public event Wednesday.

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Mickelson was addressing a fundraiser for the Iowa Family Policy Center. The influential social conservative organization has formally endorsed Vander Plaats’ campaign and vowed to sit out the November election if he’s not the candidate.

“Personally, I think two guys pretending to be sexual mates are making a mistake,” he said. “More than that, they are violating the design of their bodies. More than that, they are sinning against their maker. More than that, they are likely to shorten their lives in this world and impair their destinies in the next.”

In opposing gay rights, many conservatives point to studies conducted by the Family Research Institute that contend that homosexual men have a life expectancy that is 20 years shorter than heterosexual men. The studies, however, have been overwhelmingly rejected, and as critics have repeatedly pointed out, the methods used were extremely flawed. They relied on obituaries published in gay newspapers over a 12 month period and compared them to obituaries from general circulation newspapers.

Many of the group’s studies were originally published in the journal Psychological Reports, which unlike many scientific journals, charges a fee to authors for publication and does not reject an article on the basis of a negative peer review.

Dr. Gregory Herek, a professor at the University of California-Davis, said the study was “a textbook example of the perils of using data from a convenience sample to generalize to an entire population,” concluding the research was “absolutely worthless for estimating the life expectancy of gay men and lesbians.

John Karon of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was asked about it and pointed out the obvious: “You’re only getting the ages of those who die.” Gay men of the generation targeted by the youth-oriented gay press who do grow old would not be included in the study’s sample.

Conservatives also point to a study published in 1997 by the International Journal of Epidemiology as evidence of homosexuality shortening a person’s life span. In light of all the attention their study was receiving from anti-gay groups, the study’s authors felt compelled to speak out in order to keep “homophobic groups” from misinterpreting their research simply to restrict “the human rights of gay and bisexuals rather than promoting their health and well being.”

Mickelson quickly turned his attention to the current situation in Iowa, saying that because a “a liberal court, a liberal legislature and a liberal governor” are standing up for same-sex marriage, groups like the Iowa Family Policy Center, and candidates like Vander Plaats, must resist.

“I’m really up for it,” Mickelson said. “I’m really up for this ruckus.”

Vander Plaats has promised that, if elected governor, he will issue an executive order to overturn the Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Constitutional scholars, and even many of his fellow Republicans, have dismissed the idea as unconstitutional. Even Vander Plaats has admitted it would likely lead to his impeachment.

Conservative blogger Craig Robinson posted video of Mickelson’s speech.

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Comments

  • MetalNick

    Iowans cannot allow religious fundies to take control of government any longer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    Are they really this blind? Do they really just keep ignoring poll after poll that shows Iowans just dont care about gay sex as much as these few obsessed republicans do? I mean seriously, it's time to quiet down and stop being obsessed with what others do. After that, come back to reality where Iowans have actual issues that need to be addressed. Issues that go behind what the tyrannical extremist christianists want to impose on everyone else.

  • stdgirl

    Gay marriage

    My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.
    According to the report from the largest STD dating site == Positivefish.com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers
    increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

  • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

    Considering Mickelson didn't bring up any particular study I think you are missing the forest through the trees. His point was about the tolerance argument that many supporters of same-sex marriage use and how ridiculous it is.

    And Jason why don't you interview some local physicians and ask them how safe they think homosexual sex is?

    • Flower03

      The tolerance argument is not ridiculous. You don't have to think that gay marriage is moral but your religious views should'nt have anything to do with the rights of others. Also there is no such thing as homosexual sex everyone pretty much does the same thing. If it is true that gay men are more likely to get STD marriage could help.

  • stdgirl

    Gay marriage

    My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.
    According to the report from the largest STD dating site == Positivefish.com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers
    increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

  • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

    Considering Mickelson didn't bring up any particular study I think you are missing the forest through the trees. His point was about the tolerance argument that many supporters of same-sex marriage use and how ridiculous it is.

    And Jason why don't you interview some local physicians and ask them how safe they think homosexual sex is?

  • Flower03

    The tolerance argument is not ridiculous. You don't have to think that gay marriage is moral but your religious views should'nt have anything to do with the rights of others. Also there is no such thing as homosexual sex everyone pretty much does the same thing. If it is true that gay men are more likely to get STD marriage could help.

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