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Government Bureaucrat Keeps Soldiers from Coming Home

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According to an unnamed source: “Currently the deployed members of the 132nd are stuck in Germany. Weather delay? Not now. We are being held here because of one person. The customs agent in Des Moines doesn’t want to come into work until 8 am. So, were here for over 24 hours because one man doesn’t want to be inconvienenced.
Only with pressure from the media might this change, so I’m asking all of you to make a phone call to your local station to have them ask the question WHY can’t a federal employee help troops returning from war? Why must nearly 300 families wait an addtional 12 or so hours because ONE man won’t come in early? Thank you for your time.” Anonymous

Is this ridiculous? Is this just a normal symptom of what government is, or is it a harbinger of things to come? The soldier in question shall remain anonymous, at least from my standpoint, but I will say this is reprehensible.

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Written by James Lagnese

December 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

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

The Fight For State Sovereignty: Nebraska is next

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Nebraskan Legislators want to pass a resolution that asserts Nebraska’s state sovereignty. The State Sovereignty Movement is an effort by the states to push back on an over reaching, overbearing and moreover a socialist government that is continually trying to control more and more of people’s lives and direct what states can and cannot do. We have not seen such vigor since the first Civil War. I wish Iowa legislators would do such, but Governor Granstahl and his lackeys are too busy licking the hand from Washington that feeds them. It’s 1857 boys, and the day is coming should the Mountebank in Chief continue on his socialist way.
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Written by James Lagnese

July 27, 2009 at 8:09 am

Can The Talking Points Be Wrong?

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There must be hope for Iowa with Harlan Muth show here with a Palin 2012 sign in his car. Contrary to the talking points being bandied about on blogs such as the Libertarian Republican, some people think Palin is still in the mix. While I found Palin’s press conference a little confusing and not forthwith, I can’t see the Sears Mannequin as the right substitute in 2012.
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Written by James Lagnese

July 5, 2009 at 9:46 am

There are the courts, and then there is the law

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I have been avoiding this issue on purpose. On one side, we have the religious zealots wanting to go back 2000 years, and on the other side we have gay rights zealots that want to circumvent the process and use an oligarchy to make law. What everyone seems to be ignoring in this struggle for cultural supremacy is that courts aren’t supposed to make law. The Iowa Supreme court was in its right to declare an existing law unconstitutional that would define a marriage as between a man and a woman, but making that law unconstitutional does not create a new law that says gay marriage is constitutional. The legislature creates laws. That’s where this argument should have gone back to. Instead, we have 7 people making law, 7 unelected people. This is a dangerous precedent that will effect everyone negatively eventually.
What should have happened was that while the law was overturned, the people should ask the legislature to pass a new law either banning gay marriage or affirming it. That way the people have recourse if an elected politician does something that his or her constituency does not agree with. To add insult to injury, the state attorney general ordered county clerks to obey the ruling. The AG does not have the authority to do that, it is the authority of the county attorneys, and honestly, the court can’t make law for anyone to follow.
I am purposely not taking sides here. I believe that making law is a political process that should be left to elected officials where the people as a whole have a greater voice. It would be no different than if the governor enacted law based on executive order. On one hand he is elected, but on the other, the legislature is supposed to make law, and do you want your rights riding on the conscience of one person? We did away with that 233 years ago. The power should come from the people, not one elected person or seven appointed people.
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Written by James Lagnese

April 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Iowa Has New GOP Chairman

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Another clueless snake oil salesman that will cater to the different republican constituencies, telling each one how he is on their side, he will take their money and when candidates do get elected, they’ll continue to NOT to do what the party stands for or what its constituents stand for. That is why they have been losing in Iowa and elsewhere. The republicans can’t win if what they believe, what they say and what they do are different things and going high tech isn’t going to solve that problem. It sounds to me like a continuing dilution of the message and morals in the party in order to grab more people for their $upport. Good luck. 

Samuel Adams said “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
The problem with modern politics is that to use Steve Deace’s comparison, they are all gangsters and there’s not a crusader among them. Steve, there are times I love your ass and as most of the time, you are right. They want the power (and money) and screw everyone else. I don’t see things changing here for quite awhile, and the republicans will have nothing to do with that change. I’ve seen it happen in New York: The predominant party will become so entrenched and comfortable with their own power, that they will become so corrupted as to eventually be caught in broad daylight by their brazenness and laxity. Ask Tom Gulotta and company how it worked out. Look at Isaiah McGee’s cheesy smile. He’s one of my councilmen, and yes, a groupie. 
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Written by James Lagnese

January 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Did you vote?

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I did. If it’s any indication, for the relatively small town I live in, the turnout was very high. Of course I was the first in line, and I arrived 50 minutes before the polls opened. Intuition, if that is possible for me, says this is bad for McCain, but I could be wrong. My synopsis is that McCain made the mistake of being republican. If he loses, it is a refutation of Bush, and he would have been better off if the republicans didn’t have a candidate and McCain ran under a different party. BTW, I voted for Palin.

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Written by James Lagnese

November 4, 2008 at 7:17 am