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March 31st, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Vacillating Vilsacks, Register Ridiculosity and Sorry Dems

Greetings, Happy Easter and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Carpetbagger Christie Vilsack is on the move again. She finally landed a job in D.C. Christie’s also buying a house with the Poohsack in Dallas County, which is definitely not in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District …You know, that area she wanted to represent in Congress … What a shock …

As I’ve said before many times, the Vilsacks are creatures of Washington and Christie’s only commitment to northwest Iowa was a pathetic attempt to tear down Steve King … Now that Mrs. Vilsack is gainfully employed somewhere other than the abortion industry, this puts a damper on Iowa Dems’ (and the Des Moines Register’s) hopes that Tom Vilsack would challenge Terry Branstad for the heavyweight title in the biggest gubernatorial matchup in the country …

Vilsack Winnie Pooh

Without Poohsack on the ballot, the Dems don’t stand a chance … The Branstad camp isn’t exactly quaking in their shoes at the thought of Bob Krause’s candidacy … Ditto for Jack Hatch, Pam Jochum and RobBossHogg

It sounds like Congressman King is inching closer to making a decision on whether or not to run for the U.S. Senate. And he’s still leaning towards it …

At least one of the 16 Republican legislators threatening to pull taxpayer funding from DMACC because of their sponsorship of the LGBTQ conference is now having second thoughts. The legislator tells me he found out after signing onto the petition that DMACC uses only tuition money, not tax dollars, for “diversity” events like this and feels like he was “bamboozled” into signing on to it …

However, during a 12-minute discussion after a press conference on Monday, DMACC Diversity Chair Marlana Schnell never denied taxpayer money was used, even when told directly by student Jake Dagel that he would continue to protest as long as they were using taxpayer dollars to sponsor the conference.

Just when you thought Randi Shannon’s story could not possibly get any weirder, it goes deeper into cuckoo land than anyone thought possible … You’ll recall, Shannon dropped out of the race for the Iowa Senate, only to proclaim herself U.S. Senator for the Republic of the United States of America, or something … Well, being a fictional elected official is not the only thing Randi’s been up to. Jeff Patch has the full story tomorrow here on TIR. You won’t want to miss it …

Ridiculous Rumor of the Week: I literally LOL’d at this one: “Carl Rove” is the reason for the liberty folks failing repeatedly in recent GOP central committee elections. Yep, that evilCarl” guy is the reason. Couldn’t possibly be anything else …

Joel Kurtinitis was one of the few members of the liberty wing of the State Central Committee who made a concerted effort to build bridges with disaffected Republicans. And he was doing a pretty good job at it … However, it’s going to be hard for Joel to keep claiming he is neutral as long as he’s working for the Iowa Liberty PAC, which endorsed congressional candidate Rod Blum a full 15 months before the 2014 primary …

Register Security Guards Schools

Kudos to WHO Radio’s Simon Conway for bringing attention the Des Moines Register’s mind-bogglingly stupid idea to place an interactive map on their website showing which schools have security guards, and which ones don’t. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, this is one of the most ignorant things any media outlet has done. And that’s quite an accomplishment …

Democrats in Iowa did a lot of apologizing for their douchebaggery last week. State Senator Hermie Quirmbach apologized for trying to belittle Republican Senator Amy Sinclair on the senate floor during debate on the education bill … Quirmbach got smacked down by Republican Senator Mark Chelgren. Hermie’s apology came only after his nonsense made statewide news.

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Meanwhile, Ultra-liberal Congressman and U.S. Senate hopeful Bruce Braley was forced to apologize for comparing an NCAA Tournament loss to the “Trail of Tears” … Braley was quickly vilified in Twitter responses. He deleted the post and later apologized … The Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced relocation of Native Americans from the southeast U.S. Tens of thousands of them died along the route from exposure, starvation and disease …

Braley, the former president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, still has not apologized for his offensive 1970s hairstyle …

Braley and Obama fros

Liberal blogger John Deeth has not apologized for twisting a newspaper photo of Governor Branstad extending his arm into a mock Hitler salute. Deeth thought it was humorous. Some of his liberal friends might have too. People thinking rationally did not … John, I enjoy your work, but there is no comedic value in an insinuating, even jokingly, that the governor of Iowa is saluting Hitler … I would hope we could all find bipartisan agreement that using the evil of the Nazis to belittle our opponents has no place in political discourse.

Speaking of evil, a Planned Parenthood official argued in front of the Florida legislature for the right to kill a baby that survives an abortion … Yes, really … Absolutely stunning, but right in line with Barack Obama and liberals everywhere …

One of the many great things Iowa Right to Life does is organizing prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood clinics. The power of prayer does amazing things.

One of the items pushed by the Branstad campaign’s public safety coalition in 2010 was an Iowa version of Katie’s Law, which would expand the DNA database collection. Last week, the Iowa House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would require DNA collection for anyone convicted of an aggravated misdemeanor …

This will be a valuable tool for law enforcement, and considering some high-profile murders in Iowa remain unsolved, I would say that’s important. The database could also help exonerate wrongly accused innocents … With funnel week upon us, it’s time for the Iowa Senate to step up and get this passed.

New Mexico v Harvard

So, the program with the most NCAA Tournament titles in history (UCLA) hires the worst NCAA Tournament coach in history (Steve Alford). In true Alford fashion, he deserts New Mexico just days after signing a 10-year contract extension … The Bruins hired him after two other coaches turned down the gig …

Other than greatly enhancing the sell of hair gel, I can’t think of one positive thing Alford did for the University of Iowa or the state as a whole. I hope he’ll have the same impact at UCLA.

HBO’s magnificent “Game of Thrones” series opens its third season tonight, while the History Channel’s excellent “The Bible” series concludes, fittingly with Jesus’ resurrection … My advice? DVR one and watch the other. You’ll want to see both.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. May you and your family have a glorious Easter. It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls.


About the Author

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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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