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The Des Moines Register Doesn’t Get It Again:Gun Rights are a natural right, not a states right

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While they were on a roll, The Des Moines Register decided to take another swipe at the Right with an article “New Push by NRA in Iowa creates Firefight”.   The author quotes some alleged gun rights people as being against the measures proposed by the NRA, which are to allow people that are legally entitled to carry a concealed weapon to be allowed to have guns stored in their cars at work or in a locker at work. The author continues and says that this violates a sheriffs discretion. First off, Iowa is not a shall issue state and in spite of the second amendment being a federal constitutional amendment, we have counties here where the sheriffs deny anyone a pistol license. As far as I am concerned, all states should be shall issue, which means that as long as a person is not a convicted felon or had spent time in a mental institution, they should be allowed to get a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Saying this violates property rights is a little bit of a red herring. Governments have no problem violating property rights with eminent domain, often arbitrarily and with disproportionate compensation. I have yet to see The Des Moines Register or any other rag come out against Eminent Domain, even in the cases where the property wasn’t for development by the government, but by private companies. With the continuation of laws that are passed to restrict gun ownership and exercising that right, there is going to be push back. In my state, even people that are lawfully allowed to carry a concealed weapon cannot do so within 1000′ of a school or government property. How does this make anyone safer? Someone intent on using a firearm illegally will disregard the law and those who follow it will be their mercy and be a victim. It is my assertion that the anti-gun crowd wish to create more victims as a way to crete fervor against gun ownership.


The Des Moines Register is just another left wing rag that is pro-socialist, pro-big government, and pro-abortion. While the article tries to pepper itself with quotes against the bill from gun rights people, I would bet most gun rights people want both Iowa to be a Shall Issue state and that we should be allowed to carry our firearms anywhere we are welcome. Let me ask you this: Should free speech be interpreted to be only in suitable places? What about the practice of religion? What about the right to be secure in our persons? All these rights the Left champions even to the extent with religion to give religious status to beliefs that are not religion, but when it comes to a constitutional right as to keep and bear arms, they are silent. Where do you stand?

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Written by James Lagnese

December 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

What David Mastio and The Des Moines Register Do Not Understand

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In an article Cash for Quitters in the Des Moines Register, David Mastio equates supporting Palin in any way (this includes buying her book), as counter productive to the GOP cause. As I said in yesterday’s piece They are doing it again: I told you so, the GOP is afraid of the Tea Party movement, 912ers and Sarah Palin. They are afraid of change, just as the Whigs were afraid of abolition. I would ask David, why keep supporting the same old RINO do what they want party elite republicans? We elect these right wing mountebanks or vote for them, even when they are less than in 70% agreement, sometimes less than 50%. Why? Because they are under the GOP flag? Can we say Scozzafava? Einstein said doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results is insanity. Voting and supporting the same old GOP is insane.

While I am not a big Palin supporter, as you could see in in my post What Worries me part 2, I find it self-serving of GOP waterboys to shovel the drivel David Mastio did, particularly without a battle plan. Right now, I don’t see anyone on the GOP side that is worthy to be president. A big mistake was made in supporting McCain, as it was the same old it’s my turn BS. The GOP has moved left in response to the dems moving further left. This is a mistake. There are plenty people on the right left out in the cold by this and that is why the Tea Party and 912ers formed. We are both sick of the socialistic expansion of government by both parties and sick of what would be our party, the GOP, further alienate us with picks like Scozzafava, and support of platforms not in line with what we believe. There is a price to pay for that, and ignoring the Tea Party Right is a big mistake and it will come home to roost if the GOP leadership continue to ignore them.

i can’t speak for Mastio’s motivations other than he is a waterboy of the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh. As far as the Des Moines Register is concerned, they are like the old Pravda and would like nothing more than to support watered down RINO candidates (Can we say McCain and Branstad?) that would either lose to their more strongly supported Democrat candidates or if they won, they wouldn’t be a threat to what the editorial staff at the DM register believe and promulgate in their rag.

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Written by James Lagnese

December 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

Iowa Newspaper Decries Money Spent On Protecting Our Children From pedophiles

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The Des Moines Register decries money spent on monitoring pedophiles. The cost is projected at $168 million over 20 years. I doubt it is this much, but then again, this paper is the mid-west version of Pravda, in which they support every cockamamie progressivist socialist agenda to come down the pipe. To characterize this paper as pro-pedophile, anti-life, pro-gay agenda, pro-socialist is not a stretch. I would also add willing member of the fourth branch of government. Can you say pro-democrat or Pro-Obama? I have never seen a local paper so disparate from the views of it’s supporting population, but then again it’s losing money and subscribers faster than Michael Jackson lost hair filming a pepsi commercial.
The adjoining photo is of Carolyn Washburn, Editor of the rag in question.
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Veterans Rights Are Being Violated

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Mark Meyer, above, was fired three days after telling his boss he was going to Iraq. Read the article here, where it was found that over 200 Iowans have been found to be discriminated against because of their service to their country. This is despicable. 
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Written by James Lagnese

January 18, 2009 at 10:43 am