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IA Rep Steve King is sole objector to slave labor memorial at US Capitol

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Steve, Steve, Steve.

Iowa has a cherished history of getting it right early on civil rights issues. Why must you so disgrace us?

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Congressman Steve King showed us again on Tuesday why Esquire magazine named him one of the 10 Worst members of Congress last year.
On Tuesday King distinguished himself as the only member of the U.S. House to vote against placing “a marker acknowledging the role that slave labor played in constructing the Capitol” in a “prominent location in the visitor center’s Emancipation Hall.” This was not a partisan resolution; 399 members of Congress voted yes, including certifiable wingnuts such as Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann.
King objects:

Our Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation and should not be held hostage to yet another effort to place guilt on future Americans for the sins of some of their ancestors.

Reading King’s statement reminded me of Esquire’s observation:

King believes himself to be clever, and his list of idiot declarations is probably the longest in Washington.

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July 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

GOP Rep despairs over public option savings

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Will the GOP and conservadems protect rich health insurance companies from competition?  Or consumers from high prices?
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Minnesota Representative John Kline recently went on Minnesota Public Radio to despair over the way the public option would save his constituents money:

“There are some things in this legislation that I find particularly troublesome,” … “[O]ur fear is that if you actually get in there looking at the legislation that it’s set up in a way that employers would increasingly opt to letting their employees move over to the… public option. And because it is cheaper, it’s designed to save money, which the government-run program has some very clear advantages. […]

Brian Beutler at TPM adds:

I assume that public opinion polling must show overwhelmingly that Americans want to pay more for health care so that insurance companies don’t have to contend with a superior, cheaper competitor. Otherwise it’s hard to understand Kline’s statements anything other than a call to subsidize insurance companies […]

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Colten chats me up over breakfast

Colten chats me up over breakfast

July takes me away from home more than usual, and posts can be few and far between.  Lori and I spent a week vacationing in the beautiful (and a bit cooler) lake country of Minnesota. Our grandson Colten was along – Lori shot this photo of us through the screen one morning.

Thanks for your patience during the lean month of July.

The world hasn’t stood still, and there are some intriguing new things to write about. See you soon!

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August 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm

He won’t be working for cluster bomb maker

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So your company’s bought by another. And this other makes things that maim children – things that the U.N. has cluster bombsasked world governments never to use. Is it your problem?

[Update, 2-19-08: Today’s Common Dreams reports “Children Are Forty Percent of Cluster Bomb Casualties“]

[Update 2, 3-6-08:  See new post American clusters bombs still explode Laotian children]

Paul Cottle is not a pacificist. But when he found himself working for Alliant Techsystems (ATK), which makes cluster bombs, depleted uranium shells and landmines—all war products that remain lethal after the troops go home—here’s how he called it:

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0213 03A man from Beckley has made headlines in Canada for quitting his job. For three years, Paul Cottle worked as an engineer at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, an information solutions company in British Columbia. […]In January, the CEO gathered all employees and told them half the company would be sold to Alliant Techsystems, a Minnesota-based arms manufacturer known as ATK. […]“I knew [ATK] was nothing I wanted to be involved with,” the 31-year-old said. “Leaving my job … was an absolute certainty that I knew right away.” … So he quit right then. […]

ATK describes itself as “an advanced weapon and space systems company.” It is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors and the largest U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. … It also makes cluster bombs, depleted uranium shells and landmines. […]

“What I am against is working for a company that makes weapons that have been shown to be as to harmful to civilians as to soldiers.”

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Seems heroic to me. How ’bout you?

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February 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Confessing to each other [Readings for Sunday, October 1, 2006]

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Forest path Few Bible ideas have had as profound an effect on the community of which I am a pastor than James’ encouragement to “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can lice together whole and healed.” Seems like those who dare to get together with other followers of Christ and get honest about their failures become the strongest among us. Certainly they are the fastest growing.

And, paradoxically, they become the most trusted.

Perhaps it was fifteen years ago, on vacation, walking through the pine and birch forest on a Minnesota sand road, that it seemed like God was emphasizing this practice to me. “Yup,” I agreed, “it would be wonderful to be a part of a church where it was safe enough to do that. Mmm – mmm, I’d like for my church to be that way.”

And it seemed like God said, “Well, son, who do you think should lead the way?”

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September 25, 2006 at 9:25 pm