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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

Liz Mathis
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.

Press Release

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.


Randall Terry makes Iowa ad buy

Refers to "Barack Hussein Obama" as "a madman"
By Lynda Waddington | 06.08.11 | 10:55 am

A man best known for his anti-abortion activism, who has registered as a Democratic candidate for President, will begin airing television ads in Iowa and has plans to visit the state this week.

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, has been arrested numerous times in connection with his anti-abortion stances. One of his most recent arrests was at the University of Notre Dame, for violation of a no-trespass order by the institution. Terry was protesting a commencement address by President Barack Obama, who is also the key focus of the campaign ad offering.

He twice attempted Congressional runs as a Republican — in New York and Florida — but was defeated during primary contests.

In January, Terry announced that he would be a Democratic candidate for President in 2012.

In the 60-second ad buy, Terry encourages Iowa Democrats to “put principle ahead of party,” and uses nearly the entire segment to attack Obama on cultural issues. Watch it:

According to the Terry campaign, the ad will begin airing on Des Moines and Sioux City ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates on Thursday.

“I use the words and imagery that most tea party and pro-life activists use everyday,” Terry said in a prepared statement. “History will show that Mr. Obama is the worst President in U.S. history; he is at war with life and liberty, and is enslaving our children to unfathomable debt. This commercial makes that case with precision, and without apology.”

In the release, Terry also takes swipes at U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, noting that his ad “simply” says what Boehner and Romney “should say daily; apparently they do not possess the courage or clarity of thought.”

Terry plans to be in Des Moines June 10 and 11 in order to attend a homeschool convention.

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  • Anonymous

    Randall Terry is a terrorist and should be in a prison cell with the murderer of Dr. Tiller.

  • Anonymous

    To Rocky,
    A terrorist, is one who kills, like your Mr. Tiller, the murderer of thousands of babies. Mr Terry, is a man who believes, that the killing of babies is murder.  They rip the baby apart, limb from limb.  At 4 weeks old in the mothers womb, they have hands and feet, a beating heart, nerves that feels pain.  You tell me who should be in prison, you or Mr. Terry.

    • Anonymous

      Is there a prison for logicides? How about murderers of correct punctuation?

      You’ve essentially said Dr. Tiller killed a murderer of a thousand babies, and therefore RM should be in prison. With a sprinkling of random commas.

  • Anonymous

    You are so right about my mistakes in punctuation.  It just goes to show how even someone with little education can still know killing babies in the womb is murder. Some babies are murdered out of the womb, except for its head, then stabbed in the back of the skull with sissors so the baby’s head deflates. This procedure is called Partial Birth abortion, but I’m sure you knew that. Kind of horrifying to me. What about you?

    • Anonymous

      *sigh*  Whatever horror fiction you’ve been reading, stop.  There are not roving gangs of abortionists stabbing babies in the back of the head with scissors.  There ARE procedures that involves suctioning out a fetus’ head while in utero for removal through the cervix.  There are also procedures involving the partial removal of a living fetus with termination outside the body, which fall under the partial-birth abortion ban.  Start here: and also

      Abortion is a very complex issue, and I agree, it is horrifying.  It’s horrifying how prevalent it is, and how it’s done, and what the ramifications are.  But it is most horrifying for the woman who undergoes it, not you or me or the zealots waving pictures of fetus bits around abortion clinics.  It’s a grim choice that causes considerable stress, no matter which way the mother opts to go.  Is the solution to ban all abortions, or all abortions after 20 weeks (which may prevent a mother from being able to abort after discovering there are serious complications or abnormalities that will prevent her baby from being viable, or seriously impair any quality of life for the child and the family)?  Who then is responsible for the baby?  Is the mother?  What about the father?  What if the baby needs extensive medical support to limp through a painful, needle-filled, brain-dead “life” for two years before even all the excessive interventions fail?  Would that money have been better used to provide care for living children in need of medical intervention?

      The best solution we seem to have so far is early education, easy and cheap accessibility to birth control, and social acceptance of the need for birth control.  Prevention is the only way to completely avoid the issues that arise with unwanted pregnancies.  Abortion isn’t an easy out; it’s the grim last choice for women in desperate straits when society has failed to provide the education and environment to deal with sexuality in a way that doesn’t result in accidental pregnancy.  

      Trotting out the horror stories does nothing to help this issue; it only adds to the trauma of an already devastating decision.  If you want to fight abortion without making life significantly worse for women and for their offspring, both in utero and existing, fight for better education and better availability of birth control.

      • Gary O

        The poem I wrote below is real! Conception and life are experienced 
        and realized at all times.  This needs to be well stated.  It is an untruth
        to say otherwise.  As one of many, who have experienced and known this,
        it is time, ‘we’, note to the law makers, the pain and agony suffered!   Thank you and good luck.    David;  Akron   Ohio 

        I’m right here!   Please Love me!

        If I could but see.  Yet I can hear and feel.
        Neither warm nor cold, surrounded by Love.
        Comforted my soul is, cradled my Being.

        Their are so many around me.  I can feel they
        to are neither warm nor cold; surrounded by Love.
        We all go to the same place.  We all know we are 
        going, and it is wonderful.

        I have arrived!  Surrounded by emotion, more than one.
        Warm and stimulating; I feel I’m growing of myself.  I 
        haven’t yet fully arrived I guess, as I feel I’m moving 
        along.  If only I could but see!

        We have arrived!  This is strange, there is someone 
        next to me.  Speak, say something, let me hear you.
        I can feel you near, your love and kindness.  You seem 
        like me, loved and beginning a new.  Please travel with
        me; let us journey together.  We are both warm and we 
        have arrived.  It’s time to sleep; we are both tired.

        Mikol, yes, and I’m David I’m so very glad we have  
        arrived together.  To be going to the same place is, 
        well, comforting.    Thank you, you feel the same way,
        we are  blessed it seems.  

        I know, the food was warm and comforting.  Do you 
        feel a little chilled?  I feel warmth, but a chill coming
        from somewhere else.  You feel it too.  It seems  as if 
        a difficult situation is at hand.  Yes I heard them  

        We are together if you don’t mind, I’m sure it’s just
        our surroundings that have changed.  If only we could 
        see!  I’m tired, mind if I take a nap; thank you.  
        I wonder where we are at.  Like a train ride, there is
        movement with us. 

        Voices and humming, and another; sharp, loud.  It sounds of fun.  Are you awake?  There is a chill, I feel it but it feels as if it around me, next to me. Do you feel it?

        There is the noise, of speaking I guess. There is fear, I feel fear.  And we haven’ eaten it seems. I’m hungry and feel cold.  I see light, but I can’t see so well, can you.   Something poked me, me too. 

        Wait there is a rush of water about me leaving!  I’m very scarred, me too.  We are being pushed, pushed and that terrible moaning.  Where is the Love, I feel it but I also feel cold evil.  

        Something has me something is pulling me, ooch! that hurts!  Mikol, whats wrong, your screaming, I’m scared.  
        It hurts, no love anymore. cold darkness.  Oooch, why do I scream, the horrible pain, no love, only darkness.  

        Mikol, I see you, but you look broken, a piece here a piece there.  Your next to me, oh Mikol, the horror upon you.  I’m alone!  I no longer feel you, Mikol where are you.  

        Wait, there is crying, something is being said, I hear voices.  Who grabbed me, what is that pressure in the back of my head, scream!  There is hate here, and pain and NO LOVE!  

        David!   You are here now with me.  Mikol!  Yes; where are we; it’s so dark; cold!  Is that them?  Yes.  They are laughing, David! they tossed you into the trash; your so broken and horrible; but your here next to me?

        Yes Mikol, and there you go also, broken, they tossed you into the trash.  Is that Mom?  Yes!  She is upset and crying; I can feel her pain.  Yes I can too!  Where are we David? 

        We are no more Mikol!  But we just were warm, and Loved, now cold and empty.  I still feel the pain, the hate.  Yes so do I.  But I feel warmth coming from somewhere.  As I do, I think they are there, outside on the sidewalk.  

        Is that the Love?  That is part of the Love, they make me feel better; as I do too David.  Are we no more David.  Yes we are no more.  Mom is not happy is she; no Mikol.  

        There are so many of us around, do you feel them?  Yes!  Are those people; do they know us?  No but they know of Love, and they wish that upon us; I feel warmer.  

        David, yes Mikol; we are no more?  Yes!  Why!  Why the  cold, there by Mom, cleaning those tools?  Is that the thing, sharp.  Is that what took us?  Yes Mikol. 

        How long do we wait, in the dark David?  Until the Love,  returns.  when will that be David?  When the coldness of those who took us, are gone.  They have taken all of these others?  Yes. 

        We are hear Mikol.  We will be hear; until Love returns, and the coldness and hate are no more.  I liked the warmth and Love David.  As I Mikol.

        We, they, all lost, is that MOM.  Yes!  There are so many of us.  We must wait now Mikol; we must meet the others.  Will it ever stop David?   Maybe, when the Love returns, and drowns out the cold and hate. 

        Our brothers and sisters know of us?  Yes!  How?  They know of Love, and they know of us as we they!  I miss them David, as I Mikol. 

        How long do we wait here?  This is a horrible place, so many of us, there thrown into the trash!  They all go through the pain; the silent screams are horrible!  Yes I too hate it.  How much longer, please I wish to go, so many Mom’s no more, so many of us.  

        We must wait; until our Father comes.  Our Father?  Yes.  How will we know.  Mikol, we know him already.  He is the warmth and Love that we had before the evil.   As we are known by our Father, and we began that moment of life with our mother. the moment we knew of Love.  But how long were we there?

        I don’t know. But our Father?  He will return, and stop this place, it’s cold and hate.  How will we know.  He will come with the water.  Like the water we were in, so warm and full of life, before it was taken from us. 

        He will be with others, those we feel with Love.  He will sprinkle us with water, and it will be warm and with Love.  He will make a Cross in the air, and it will touch all of us, here.  Then we can go. We can go then?  Yes. 

        The evil and cold will be gone, and we too will be in Being with the Love of our Father.  You see Mikol, from the water of life, were we created to be with our Mother here in form.  Our Father knew us all, as we are all of him.  

        He gave his only Son, who like us, knew of our life and death.  But the Son died much later than us, he met his mother; then the same people who are cold and full of hate, sent him away.  

        But our Father came back.  He had died on a Cross, and was cut with a spear; from which water flowed.  The water of life, that we must all be baptized in, to be with our Father.  Then this water, our Father brought, he turned into wine, and gave to us all to drink in remembrance of him. 

        Was that the warmth we felt from Mom when she drank?  Yes Mikol, it was the Love of our Father with us; as he knew us. Our mother drank of the water thats wine, of our Father, to remember him, and to nurture us with the food of life and Love.  

        Is that the same water that he will sprinkle upon us here, when he makes the Cross?  Yes. It will be sweet and give us Life again and the warmth of Love. 

        David, yes Mikol; how do we tell them of our life and the pain?  We have already.  But they don’t believe us.   Yes I know Mikol.  But why do they do it?  There are of
        the earth and below.  They worship the ground and the Earth.  But it’s so cold!  Yes I know Mikol.  They are fallen.  

        When our Father comes, yes Mikol, Lets ask him to go to all these places and bring the water of life, with the cross of life and bring us all home.  Yes Mikol I agree.  

        When will he come David?  When those people we saw outside on the sidewalk, are so many, they are everywhere; and they all ask for our Father to come to us, and to those who are cold and filled with hate, to come to the light of truth and Love. 

        When David?  Maybe when, another gives of his life, for another, then maybe we may all see the life is always, there and they will believe, that we are, at that moment, the breath of life among them. 

        This story is a documentary, of real events, that have happened and happen as we speak. These children are alive, before during and after deliverance into this Earthly World, prepared for us by God.  

        There are countless many of us who are fully aware of the life, and the horrible pain, and hate, those among us will take.   I am life, before, then and after, and not of a moment in time. 

        Please stop abortion; it is not pain free.  It is horrible at contemplation, and at the moment.  The thought of the cold and darkness, is terrifying.  

        I am testifying of this as life, and as experienced, having known others who met their end.  Protect Gods’   children from this horror.  Allow the Love of the Father to be present, bless those places of horror and death, and let the children go.  Let them return to the Father, and make no more the horror of the Mother, at the loss of her children. 

        This I testify too, and submit to our Courts and too the world Courts; to stop the holocaust of children of man and women, conceived in life,  in the image of God. 

        Your Children. 

        David Wygle
        Akron,  Ohio 

  • Barbara Haney

    I like this guy’s message better than Romney, Perry, or Obama. Why is he a Dem?

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