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July 7th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Speeding Governor, Dorkapotamus Dems and the Greatness of America

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I hope you all had an enjoyable Independence Day and long weekend celebrating the birthday of this great country. Great, but filled with a lot of douchebaggery …

85% of Americans are “extremely proud” or “very proud” to be U.S. citizens, according to a new Gallup poll … 1% are “not proud at all”. Clearly, they polled Michelle Obama … Although most of us our proud of our country, 71% of Americans believe our Founding Fathers would be disappointed with the state of the nation … Sounds about right. Where do you stand?

The hysteria from the liberals and the media (same thing) over Governor Branstad’s speeding driver, a state trooper, is ridiculous. Here’s a crazy idea: If the driver was speeding, you write him a speeding ticket. Not the guy in the back seat. The driver. Case over.

Are there two bigger dorkapotamuses (or dorkapotami) in all of Iowa than Democrat gubernatorial wannabes Jack Hatch and Tyler Olson? Judging from this picture, I think not

Hatch and Olson dorkapotamus

JackN-wordHatch is trying to raise money off of Governor Branstad’s successes.

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Hatch, who doesn’t give a f*** about the debt, wants donors to “honor” him for the 2013 Iowa Legislature’s accomplishments … Fact is, the legislature got a lot done despite Jack Hatch, not because of him.

It looks like we’re on the verge of our first Republican primary in the 2014 race for the Iowa legislature. My clandestine, ubiquitous sources tell me Emily Lofgren plans to run for the Iowa House seat (HD 91) currently held by her father, Mark Lofgren, who is running for Congress. Muscatine city councilman Mark LeRette already announced his intentions to run for HD 91

In fact, LeRette was planning a congressional run, but deferred to Mark Lofgren when he found out the state rep was interested in taking out Dave Loebsack. LeRette also heaped praise on Lofgren at his congressional kickoff in CoralvilleEmily Lofgren is a former State Central Committee member. She is a recent graduate of Drake and spent the past year teaching in China. Lofgren declined to comment about her potential candidacy.


The family of Kathlynn Shepard, the 15-year old Dayton, IA girl who was murdered by a registered sex offender, is seeking tougher punishment against scumbags who target children. They want a “one strike” rule, which will enable judges to sentence sex offenders who commit crimes against children to life in prison … I wholeheartedly support this effort. These people are sick and evil, and anyone who hurts children like this does not deserve to see the light of day. Ever. They cannot be rehabilitated, IMO.

The UN Treaty on Disabilities, which is opposed by many conservatives, particularly homeschoolers, is about to come up again in the U.S. Senate … The effort to pass this legislation was thwarted in December 2012 due to massive resistance from the homeschooling community. They won that battle, but the war is not over …

As is the case with a lot of liberal legislation, the name of the bill sounds like a good thing, but when you look inside it, you see it would give UN social workers power to make decisions for children with disabilities that should be left up to their parents … Democrats in the U.S. Senate reportedly plan to revive the bill soon.

Iowa Policy Project

Iowa Policy Project

The DM Register claimed on Monday, in the first sentence of an article, that the ultra-liberal Iowa Policy Project is actually a “non-partisan” organization … Sure they are … Reporter Jason Noble then noted that IPP founder David Osterberg is a “former state lawmaker”, but failed to point out his party affiliation (Dem). Noble then allowed Osterberg and IPP’s Mike Owen to repeat the “non-partisan” lie two more times in the article… Owen ran for office as a Democrat …

Way down, in the last sentence of the next-to-last paragraph, Noble finally pointed out that IPP is “seen as liberal leaning and generally support the policy objectives pursued by Democrats”, but claims they’re not allied with any particular party … More crap … IPP is an arm of the Iowa Democrat Party

With another former Democrat state rep and two former AFL-CIO leaders on their board of directors, plus a look at where their funding comes from, including $335,000 in earmarks from Tom Harkin in 2008, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out IPP works for IDP, not IOWA.

ron paul weird

I saw an internet ad last week for the Ron Paul channel, supposedly “coming this summer”. I can’t wait  …  Word is, the first program will be titled, “How to lose a fortune by investing everything in gold”.

In last week’s column, I misinterpreted the petitions before the Iowa Board of Medicine about banning web cam abortions. The petition was filed by 14 medical professionals. I mistakenly combined that petition with the one compiled by Iowa Right to Life, which includes the signatures of 20,000 Iowans. That petition was delivered two days ago

The Board of Medicine took the first step toward enacting the ban. They will allow public comment on the issue next month. Hopefully, it won’t turn into a circus like we saw in Texas last week, with the bought and paid for, pro-abortion activists yelling “Hail Satan”, trying to drown out the pro-lifers singing “Amazing Grace” …

How ridiculous are the pro-aborts? Even the Church of Satan condemns them.

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That’s like being told by the Westboro Baptist Church nuts that your rhetoric is a little too over the top.

I’m shocked, shocked to find out John Kerry’s state department lied to Americans. Again … Despite reports and eyewitness accounts that the U.S. secretary of state was relaxing on his yacht in Nantucket while Egypt was in turmoil Wednesday afternoon, a state department spokesperson claimed those reports were completely false and Kerry was busy working all day in Washington, D.C. …

After CBS News sent photos to the state department of Kerry on his yacht, they still stood by the lie until Friday, when that same spokesperson admitted that Kerry was “briefly” on his yacht, but was still working all day … Sure he was … Scratch a lie, find a thief.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder’s gunrunning operation into Mexico has claimed another victim. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, a Mexican police chief, was shot to death with a gun allowed across the border with the Fast and Furious program …

For those of you who have lost track, that’s 212 people who were killed or injured using guns from the Fast and Furious operation, including U.S. border agent Brian Terry … And Obama/Holder lost track of almost every gun, which was supposed to be used to crack down on Mexican drug cartels. Instead, a bunch of innocent people got killed.

Finally, a huge upset in sports happened late Saturday night, when longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson “Spider” Silva was knocked out by Chris Weidman in the second round. Silva was taunting Weidman, and he paid the price for it. Stunning, especially the way it happened. Silva had never lost in the UFC cage before.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.-Bertrand Russell

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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