Category Archives: Civil Liberties

“So That A Positive Conservative Message”

“can rise to the top of the field.” This is a line that Scott Walker used in his speech retiring his presidential bid for this round. BTW, look out Wisconsin – Walker will be wanting to burnish his right wing … Continue reading

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Ernst Embarrasses Iowa Again

Wednesday evening Iowa’s own Joni Ernst proved once more that she neither understands issues nor has any idea what Iowans think when she introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. In a video on HuffPost the commentator says that the … Continue reading

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The American Civil Liberties Union: Protecting the Rights of All

by Ralph Scharnau Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) strives to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The modern civil liberties movement owes much to … Continue reading

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A Sign Of Hope At West Des Moines Dowling

The proverbial uprising in Indiana and Arkansas against legalizing discrimination based on a class of citizens last week was somewhat heartwarming. It has been amazing what Americans have let pass from our representatives both at a state and national level … Continue reading

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Cable Merger And The Commons

A couple of weeks ago a federal court said that the FCC had dropped the ball on net neutrality, thus those who own the gateway to the internet could do what they wish to do in controlling access. Immediately the … Continue reading

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Walmart Protest In Iowa City.

Protesters gathered at the turn off to Walmart from Hwy. 1 in south Iowa City yesterday. They held signs to passing motorists and got many approving thumbs up and honks. One young man told one protester to go back to … Continue reading

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Secrets, News Leaks, and the Surveillance State

It was a frightening few weeks in May for journalists concerned with  protecting their sources and for Americans concerned with protecting  their privacy.  Thanks to intelligence whistleblowers like Edward  Snowden, journalists made the public aware of massive secret surveillance  by … Continue reading

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Our Liberties We Prize And Our Rights We Will Maintain

Today marks both the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court Varnum v. Brien decision. These are the words of Dr. King one day before he was killed by an … Continue reading

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Just Stop It

Newt Gingrich laid out the case for Republicans at an event in Muscatine last night and I am tired of the narrative. It is reflected in his statement, quoted in the Muscatine Journal, “virtually everybody in this room believes that … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day 2011 From Iowa Senator Bob Dvorsky Iowa is currently experiencing its largest deployment since World War II, with about 2,800 Iowa soldiers in Afghanistan alone. It’s a powerful reminder this Memorial Day that freedom comes at a cost. … Continue reading

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