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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.

Jan Mickelson (photo by Dave Davidson, www.TEApublican.com)
Jan Mickelson (photo by Dave Davidson, www.TEApublican.com)

Soldiers should resign from military following DADT repeal, radio host says

Mickelson says president is 'morally corrupt,' chain of command is morally compromised
By Jason Hancock | 12.21.10 | 8:58 am

Parents should discourage their children from seeking military service, and those already serving should give notice and leave at the first opportunity, according to WHO-AM radio host Jan Mickelson. The reason, he said, is because the decision to allow homosexuals to serve openly has shown military leadership is “morally compromised” and therefore can’t be trusted “to make life and death decisions on the field of battle, in the war room or in the policy meetings of Congress.”

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” lifting the 17-year-old ban against gays serving openly in the military. The repeal was supported by President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The repeal passed on a bipartisan 65-31 vote.

“This should tell you parents to discourage your children from seeking military service,” he said. “Those of you in the service ought to give notice at your first opportunity you’re gone. Why? Mickelson, do you hate gays so much that you would make those recommendations? No, this is not about the sexual aspirations of the befuddled here. This is about vision and mission.”

Mickelson said he has worked around people who “identified themselves as gays my entire adult life,” and it’s no big deal.

I’ve also worked around adulterers, gamblers, liars, drunks, gossips, druggies and Methodists. In other words, you and I are surrounded by broken people who are flawed just like I am,” he said. “So what’s the point? Well, this is the first time the military has ever allowed itself to be cowed into buying into the homosexual myth of sexual equivalency. We’ve all been worked over. They’ve been worked over, and what’s left of their moral immune system is gone.”

President Barack Obama is “morally corrupt” and the chain of command is morally compromised, and therefore can’t be trusted, he said.

“I wouldn’t trust these people to run a parking lot let alone something so precious as the lives of our children,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson also claimed that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will affect females much more than it will affect males, so “you’re not going to have a bunch of limp-wristed twits signing up for the Marines. That’s not going to happen. The overwhelming majority of the people who are going to be affected by this are going to be females. And that is the branch of service where there will be the most population of self-designated gays. Most of the images you have in your head of a bunch of flamers joining the Marines, that’s not reality.”

Mickelson is no stranger to controversy. In August, the host declared that AIDS discriminates against people who engage in “stupid behavior,” and since homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that violates natural law, it “isn’t rocket science” to conclude AIDS discriminates against homosexuals. Following outrage from the gay rights community, Mickelson’s employer — Clear Channel Communications — apologized for the comments on air. And state Sen. Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines), who is openly gay, called for a boycott of Mickelson’s sponsors.

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/mmartin51 Mike Martin

    What a bigot. Mickelson is the major reason I will no longer listen to WHO radio. I consider myself to be very right-wing, but I am also a combat veteran and I figure that anyone who wants to defend my country should be able to do so. Would like to have had Mickelson around in 1948 when Truman desegregated the military. I bet his comments would have been the same word for word except where he now says gay, insert black. A bigot is a bigot is a bigot. People like Mickelson give conservativism a bad name.

    • Anonymous

      I think perhaps bigots suffer from a deep inherent terror of ‘other’. Or possibly a terror of thinking. Maybe both.

  • Anonymous

    With the national unemployment rate over 9 percent, I doubt many enlisted soldiers will find it appealing to leave the job security and good benefits that come with military service.

  • Anonymous

    Mickelson: “This is the first time the military has ever allowed itself to be cowed into buying into the homosexual myth of sexual equivalency.

    The military, Jan, isn’t in the business of sex. Its mission is combat, war, victory over terrorism.

    “I wouldn’t trust these people to run a parking lot let alone something so precious as the lives of our children.”

    Children don’t serve in the military, Jan, adults do. Few, if any, we would want to be “precious.”

    However, some children in civilian life do host radio talk shows, after failing to successfully run a parking lot. Don’t scratch my paint.

  • Anonymous

    This Mickelson character has ISSUES…serious Issues he should be seeking HELP for…….a typical hetero (cough,cough) who thinks all gay people want him…….in his dreams. LOL Talk about blatant Ignorance….WOW.

  • Anonymous

    Jan, put on the boots and go serve in Afghanistan….or just shut the fuck up.

  • Anonymous

    MICKELSON: “This should tell you parents to discourage your children from seeking military service. Those of you in the service ought to give notice at your first opportunity you’re gone.”

    *******
    If someone from the left had suggested that soldiers should resign from the military during “time of war” over a stateside “culture wars” issue, and that recruits should not enlist, wouldn’t Mickelson be screaming that the person who made that suggestion was committing treason?

  • Anonymous

    MICKELSON: “This should tell you parents to discourage your children from seeking military service. Those of you in the service ought to give notice at your first opportunity you’re gone.”

    *******
    If someone from the left had suggested that soldiers should resign from the military during “time of war” over a stateside “culture wars” issue, and that recruits should not enlist, wouldn’t Mickelson be screaming that the person who made that suggestion was committing treason?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Peterson/1608524690 Gregory Peterson

    He sure put Methodists in THEIR place…I do agree that Mr. Mickelson is a piece of work.

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