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Republican Steve King: Only Christians Don’t Like Killing Dogs

Yesterday, Truman identified a particularly yummy bit of babble by Representative Steve King of Iowa in which he asserts that America is a Christian nation because we speak English and derive our cherished values from the ancient Greeks. Roll that thought around your brain a little bit. It’s just so savory.

As with all yummy, [...]

Immigrant Rights in Nebraska and Iowa Fall Away

Years ago, when we started the Nebraska Progressive Directory, we were happy to list the Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa and Nebraska. Now, we’re sorry to say that the network appears to have fallen away – just when immigrants in these midwestern states are especially in need of help.

Nebraska Appleseed is picking up some [...]

Tracking 2012: GOP Contenders for President in CafePress and Technorati Searches, March-April 2009

As Barack Obama settles in to the rhythm of accolade and complaint accompanying tenure in the White House, the shuffle and the hustle of the next Presidential race has already begun, at least on the Republican side. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee are taking pains [...]

God Punishes Sodomites of Iowa With Warm Air and Sunshine

“God Cannot Be Mocked,” we were reminded yesterday after posting an April Fools Day conversion. Mock God and there will be consequences! What kind of consequences? Well, prominent John McCain endorser John Hagee proclaims weather to be an instrument of God’s judgment against gay people, except when the hurricanes miss the gay people and kill [...]

The Most Lame Argument Against Equality

For a legislator to ignore those rights because of the demands of a religious organization, when those demands don’t even fit the personal moral vision of the legislator, is not just unconstitutional. It’s incompetent. [...]

Agricultural Reform Vilsacked by Obama

Barack Obama’s choice of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture is a disappointing signal that the Obama Administration will not be a source of agricultural reform, and may actually be a source of roadblocks to reform. [...]

Newton, Amana and the Hidden History of American Socialism

Someone listening to the NPR Weekend Edition story about Newton and Amana in Iowa wouldn’t know about this important difference between the communities, and wouldn’t understand an essential part of economic conditions resulting from the communities’ very different histories. [...]

Obama Pressman Attacked Dean In 2004 On Military Service

Barack Obama doesn’t have military experience, but conveniently, Robert Gibbs has not seen fit to criticize that. [...]

Pastor at McCain Event Declares Holy Christian War Against Other Religions, Warns God Not to Fuck Up the Election

OK, so he didn’t call God a “slut.” But the Reverend Arnold Conrad came that close in a Saturday rally in Davenport Iowa for John McCain. Delivering the official Christian invocation at the presidential campaign event, Conrad declared:

I would also add, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now [...]

McCain and Palin Protested Across the USA

In Nevada, Iowa and Michigan this week, people are standing up to protest the more-of-the-same politics of fear from John McCain and Sarah Palin. [...]

If Weather is the Instrument of God, God Hates Straights

It’s not just a one-time thing. It’s a pattern. If the fundamentalists are right about God, then God’s will is pretty clear: God loves same-sex marriage. God hates straights.

If we are to believe the likes of fundamentalist Christian leaders John Hagee and Pat Robertson and Stephen Bennett, God sends weather in judgment of peoples [...]