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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

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

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.

GOP lawmaker: Gay marriage verdict was ‘the worst day of my life’

By Jason Hancock | 10.07.10 | 11:00 am

State Rep. Kevin Koester, R-Ankeny, calls the day the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional “the worst day of my life, in service to this state.”

Koester, who is running unopposed for a second term in the Iowa House, said his “knees buckled” when he heard about the court’s unanimous ruling.

“In terms of moral issues, what could be more important than the protection of the family?” he said on a video posted by Iowa for Freedom, a group campaigning to oust three Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote this fall. “The actions of the Supreme Court were certainly within the bounds of what the balance of power would expect, but way out of bounds with ordering 99 county recorders to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on a given date in April of that same year. I can imagine no way that that is not an extreme abuse of the bench. And therefore, I’ll be voting ‘no’ on all three judges.”

In its April 2009 decision, the court ruled that DOMA violated the equal protection clause of the constitution. In a statement to The Des Moines Register Tuesday, Koester said he believes in balance between the three separate branches of state government, but that “God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution.”

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  • Joey Kaibelf Yokubaitis

    Yet another guy who doesn't get that God isn't an elected official, and that this is the USA, not a theocracy.

    • Stanley J

      A thocracy – which is what Saudi Arabia is. The nation that gave us 9-11, where judges decide what god wants – eg whipping women who are raped, for it had to be their fault. etc

      And that is the oldest trick in the book, blaming the victim. Another of the great lies of the bigots.

      As someone saied long ago – Tell a lie often enough and outrageous enough and it will be seen as the truth. His name was Paul Josephe Goebbels, though better known as Joseph Goebbels”. The man who got hitler elected.

      The crazyness of these anything but christian christians is so similar. The only difference is they don't have the organizing ability and brillaint demogoguery that hitler had.

      Because if they did, America would be just another nazi germany mixed with mad Saudi Arabia.

  • ConstitutionFan

    “In terms of moral issues, what could be more important than the protection of the family?”

    That statement seems perfectly reasonable– except that Koester uses a bigoted, discriminatory definition of 'family'. I think the Varnum decision was a big step forward in protecting the family.

  • John Bartlet

    It is obvious that Rep. Koester has a lot of personal issues with homosexuality and American Freedoms. His speech clearly shows he is un-American and against our American system of justice. In the late 1930s people like Koester had come to power in Germany and forced the removal of judges who did not support their degenerate party line. It is time the people of Iowa voted out those like Koester who so obviously hate us and have the same intention of the destruction of our system as the terrorist on 9/11. Once justices can be removed for up holding the constitution because of unpopular decisions then we have sunk to the level of the Third Reich.

  • WillaWest

    It breaks my heart that there are still so many bigoted politicians. If there is a God- I pray that this man one day has a gay or lesbian child or grand child. However many times these extreme bigots do not have the “gay gene” in their family, which sadly causes them to lack empathy. It makes me even sadder that this clown is running unopposed.

    However- the worst part is that this guy dare call himself a Christian. Hate, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry are NOT Christian values. He would be damned long before any compassionate gay or lesbian person.

    • Stanley J

      YOu are right but b e careful here 25% of all gay kids, when their parents find out they are gay – get that great act of christian “love: – thrown out on the street with nothing but a backpack of clothes, and drugs to hide from their horrible parents, and their bodies to sell for food money.

      These anything but christians are so far gone that they hate their own kids. In the name of God no less. While they rant about abortion.

      The word hypocrite comes to mind. But for those people , there is no word that comes to mind that describes them in English. Hypocrite is like calling Hitler a bigot. Which he was, but what do you call a man who murdered 55 million people with his words.? I'm stuck.

      And btw, there is a book in one of the worlds greatest libraries – which has most of hitlers speeches. Where he talked about “christian values”. And everyone of his soldiers belt buckles said “Gott Mit Uns. Dump the 'n' fi you have any problems, and youll easily see what he was saying in the predecessor language of english.

  • WillaWest

    Oh- and God didn't write the bible! Man did.

    • Stanley J

      yeh – when the earth was flat, and the early church, with their absolute truths burrned you at the stake for disagreeing

      The only differences now is htey have a new form of hatred. And rather then just burning you at the stake, they get other people to drive good but different people to suicide.

      BTW, Hitler apparently only killed two people by his own hand – a niece who wouldn't have sex with him. And himself, because he didn't have the guts to face a trial fro his crimes.

      But his words got others to murder 55 million people. I ask all good people – Is america fighting the wrong brand name in the war on terrorism and ignorance and hate.

  • MarcoLuxe

    Is anyone frightened by an elected legislator saying: “God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution”?

    Exactly on which edition of what book does he plan on basing his legislative agenda…the Koran, Septuagint,Pentateuch, Masoretic Text [hebrew, aramaic, enlish or latin or greek], King James Bible's 39 books, Ethiopian Bibile's 51 books?

    What a simpleton!

  • Ryan Valverde Ward

    So, evidently “For Freedom” means “against *my* freedom”, huh?

  • Jaydog

    “God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution”.

    Of course Rep. Koester is right. It's high time all God-fearing Iowans stand up and force the state to return to Bible-based law. Replace the state constitution with Mosaic law instead. And none of this picking and choosing, either. The entire Bible is the word of God and MUST be followed!

    1. Make divorce illegal in the state.
    2. Make adultery punishable by death.
    3. Misbehaving children must be put to death.
    4. Make the owning of slaves legal again.
    5. Make polygamy legal throughout the state.
    6. Outlaw the sale of any clothing that is not made of pure cotton, wool or animal skin.
    7. Ban the sale or consumption of any type of shellfish.
    8. Make it illegal for women to work outside the home or to speak at any public gathering where men are present.

    You're on the right track, Rep. Koester! God bless you!

    • Stanley J

      Anbd lets start with the death of everyone who violates the old testament – Leviticus etc.

      Give them the same choice the commies gave their victims – which side of the head do you want your bullet.

      Love your Sattire, JayDog. As far as these anything but christians deserve, it is to be on a leash, while rover takes them for their daily walk naked, so they can defecate on the steps of their houses of hate.

  • shadow_man

    If that was the “worst day of his life”, not much of a life eh?

  • shadow_man

    For those of you claiming homosexuality is a “lifestyle”, that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ,2933,155990,00.html

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    • Jaydog

      I applaud your attempt to convince these people with science, but they don't believe in science. They'd rather adhere to a book written by a bunch of guys 6,000 years ago… you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the earth was flat, and the sun revolved around the earth. Nice try, though!

      • Stanley J

        I havwe tro believe now in evolution. If there was a god, people like that would have dead ended back a million years ago. Before time existed. In other words they would have been nothing but dreams in the life of their god named SATAN

  • WesternIowan

    Kevin Koester said “God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution.” Well, Exodus 35:2 says anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death. According to Exodus 35:2 you would have to put government officials to death for working on the Sabbath – police officers, firefighters, emergency paramedics, elected officials. That is appalling and wrong for any official to put such biblical teachings above the law. Why is this state representative placing that above the state constitution? Isn't that treason?!

    • Stanley J

      And God wrote the Koran as well. Which didn't say anything about airplanes. These so called christian people followers of hate and ignorance.

      who forgot about the bibleical prohbitions of bearning false witnesss. The only question is whether they deserve the same horrible end as their leaders, or do we excuse them as we excuse miliatary people for following their leaders to commit mass murder.

  • Stanley J

    Of course it was the worst day of his life.

    He is being exposed as an evil, anything but christian bigot. Who always needs someone to hate to find his god.

    More and more, gay people are being accepted as good people, part of God's creation, entitled to love and acceptance like every other minority group.

    But for some, things never change. They will go to their grave wondering and never understanding how they were turned to the greatest evil of them all – hatred in the name of God.

    And as a real Christian I fear for them in the next life. What will Jesus say to them after he reminds them they were told to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”

    We'll let God decide their fate But mostt good people probably can guess that it will be ugly at worst, and a hell of a tongue thrashing at best.

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