IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 29, 2013

HEADLINES

MICHELE BACHMANN WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION IN 2014
End of an era. But are there bigger things on the horizon?
Source: duluthnewstribune.com

CHINA: PREGNANT MOTHER OF SIX MONTHS DIES AFTER FORCED ABORTION
See editorial for comments.
Source: lifenews.com

IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: IRS OFFICIALS SIGNED LETTERS OF INQUIRY ABOUT CONSERVATIVE GROUPS
Not just a grunt operation apparently…
Source: weeklystandard.com

SEN JOHN MCCAIN MEETS WITH SYRIAN REBELS
Americans are tired of endless overt war in countries that don’t even like us. Is this really a good move?
Source: thehill.com

IS LOW MEMBERSHIP DRIVING MN UNIONS TO DESPERATE MEASURES?
When your back is against a wall…
Source: startribune.com

MN WAREHOUSING FIRMS ANGRY OVER NEW TAXES
But taxes always help the economy…right?
Source: startribune.com

COMMENTARY

DAVID OLSON: MINNESOTA: SO MUCH TAXING, SO LITTLE REFORM. WHY?
It could probably be summed up in three little letters…
Source: twincities.com

ERICK ERICKSON: GO BIG OR GO HOME
Populism, not technocracy is key to GOP future.
Souce: redstate.com

EDITORIAL

It has become increasingly clear to this news site that America cannot continue to trade with China and retain the moral high ground of freedom that we espouse. China is the poster child for Orwellian government with its forced abortions/one child policy, religious suppression, citizens being payed to spy on other citizens, crony capitalism of the highest (or, perhaps, lowest) order, currency manipulation, not to mention frequent flirtations with America’s enemies. It is therefore the opinion of Iron Range Digest’s editorial board (me) that the U.S. must cease its current relations with China and adopt a tougher, more critical stance as we have with other governments who suppress freedom. This is an issue of both principle and economic well being for the future of our nation.

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IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 28, 2012

HEADLINES

UNIONS TURNING AGAINST OBAMACARE
An Iron Range GOPer’s dream issue?
Source: ijreview.com

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE 2013 MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION
In a nutshell: More taxes, bureaucracy, and spending…also gay marriage…hurray?
Source: capitolchat.areavoices.com

SCHOOLS STRUGGLING WITH CHILDREN AND GENDER IDENTITY
At what point do we step in and say enough?
Source: twincities.com

DNR WANTS TO LIMIT YOUR LAKESHORE PROPERTY RIGHTS FURTHER
Source: twincities.com

MN GAS PRICES START TO FALL AFTER ALL TIME HIGH
Is it that much of an improvement? Could we be doing more?
Source: duluthnewstribune.com

IL SEN DICK DURBIN NOT SURE IF BLOGGERS PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT
Do we need to spell it out for you?
Source: ijreview.com

COMMENTARY

FMR SENATE CANDIDATE PETE HEGSETH: SECURING ISRAEL TODAY
Source: nationalreview.com

BURT ADAMS: KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS RIP
“Tomorrow we’re dead.”
Source: mygovcost.org

QUOTE DRAKE: AWESOME MEANDERINGS AND DEEP THOUGHTS FROM GEORGIA’S DRAKE DUNAWAY

If indeed gay marriage is on the way, the West will shift closer to a valueless society. For centuries since a Rabbi from the Galilee sent his message across the world, ethical monotheists have always assumed a world in which we are collectivists spiritually and individualists practically–a two-tiered bargain. The truth and merit of that has always been self-evident, but to a budding generation it is not evident at all, as they don’t even recognize the “higher plane” and disregard history.

For the monotheists of yore, they were not in a moral majority as in traditional America. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lot, and so on. In the bigger picture, monotheism is returning to the primal world it once inhabited as a minority and a rarity. It is incumbent on us all to raise children with solid values and standards, and to love and reach out to those across the divide.

Such a hellenist society will not survive for very long, as such societies become socially flimsy, produce few children, and begin to decline. Islam will consume it and destroy it in the way they are in Europe. Four kings attacked Sodom, and a rare monotheist named Abraham saved the day. Therefore it is your duty to love those on the other side of the fence all the same.

We’re returning to the world that was.

Retrospectively, there are gaping fissures in current marriage. What a theater it has become within heterosexuality! Kim Kardashian profanes the name of G-d when she marries and divorces a week after. Commercialism has turned it from a covenant to a splurging event. DeBeers invents the 20th century phenomenon of the wedding ring, raising a false expectation of dumping a down payment on a house for a vain rock with no resale value. We furthered the “no fault divorce,” we became a consumer society that threw objects and toys away, and then finally people. If one cheats on one’s wife or womanizes, one is just as queer before the throne. If one divorces without cause, one is just as queer before the throne. I don’t think the Worldmaker cares if your failing was “macho” or not.

But what I see of the gay believers is this; they cannot do 613 commandments (technically, none of us can as we cannot be Levi, women, men, and farmers at the same time), BUT, I do think they can still aim for the other 612. There cannot always be agreement, but there can be respect and collaboration to the extent theology and mercy allows. G-d searches for us, we will search for others. I cannot attend a gay wedding, but I can still discuss ethical principles and work with them to repair the world and further the eternal truths we do agree on. G-d saves humanity without undermining his theodicy; we can reach humanity without sacrificing our righteousness.

In this world, we are all cohabiters.
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IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 20, 2012

HEADLINES

CINCINNATI IRS OFFICIAL: EVERYTHING COMES FROM THE TOP.
Denial among other things…
Source: washingtonexaminer.com

MN HOUSE VOTES FOR 2.1 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES
And it isn’t just the rich who get soaked.
Source: twincities.com

MN GOP STOPS ANTI-BULLYING BILL: CITES COST AND INTRUSIVENESS
Stopping the anti-bullying bullies?
Source: twincities.com

MN LEGISLATURE ROUTES MONEY FROM CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND VIKING STADIUM
…..pull tabs?
Source: wdio.com

DEADLINE LOOMING AND STILL NO BUDGET FOR MN
Source: minnesota.publicradio.com

OBAMACARE SUPPORT ERODES
Source: townhall.com

IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 17, 2012

HEADLINES

MINNEAPOLIS GAS PRICES BECOME HIGHEST IN THE NATION
Time to drill baby drill?
Source: bringmethenews.com

TREASURY DEPARTMENT KNEW ABOUT IRS TARGETING CONSERVATIVES IN 2012
Now, did Obama?
Source: nytimes.com

IRS OFFICIAL INVOLVED IN TAX EXEMPTION STATUS NOW HEADS PART OF HEALTHCARE ENFORCEMENT
Makes you feel good, huh?
Source: abcnews.go.com

MN GOV. MARK DAYTON: USE CIGARETTE AND CORPORATE TAXES TO FUND STADIUM
…what happened to the pull tabs?
Source: wdio.com

TAXES GOING UP UNDER DFL
Anyone surprised?
Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com

MN HOUSE OKAYS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LEGISLATIVE PAY RAISE COUNCIL
This might seem more noble if Jason Metsa (DFL, Virginia) hadn’t voted for a pay increase in the first place….think he’s just trying to avoid voting on it again?
Source: twincities.com

IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 16, 2013

HEADLINES

GUY BENSON: MORE CONSERVATIVE GROUPS TARGETED BY IRS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.
Source: townhall.com

FEDERAL DEFICIT SHRINKS FASTER THAN SOME THOUGHT.
Mostly because government did nothing…what does that tell you?
Source: seattletimes.com

POPE FRANCIS BLASTS “CULT OF MONEY“.
Something to wrestle with.
Source: catholicnews.com

MINNESOTA RETAILERS DO GREAT JOB KEEPING TOBACCO FROM MINORS.
Good examples.
Source: duluthnewstribune.com

OPINION

SCOTT GILL: MINNESOTA’S TAX-AND-SPEND POLICY: EVERYONE PAYS.
Voting DFL is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Source: startribune.com

IRON RANGE DIGEST: MAY 15, 2013

HEADLINES

MINNESOTA BECOMES 12th STATE TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/207479871.html                                   ” ‘Fight on, my men!’ says Sir Andrew Barton,
  ‘I am hurt, but I am not slain;
I’le lay me downe and bleed a-while,        
  And then I’le rise and fight again.”                                                                                -The Ballad of Sir Andrew Barton-

GOV. DAYTON, DFL CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE HAVE DEAL, NO BILL IN BUDGET TALKS                                         http://www.twincities.com/ci_23244507/minnesota-dflers-have-budget-deal-so-where-are                                                                                                                       So much for “Budget before marriage”.

DFL PUSHES MORE SOLAR POWER IN PUBLIC UTILITES  http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/267227/group/Business/  Because it’s so cost effective; right?

 

TRIPLE HEADLINE!: LEGISLATORS DEBATE CHILD-CARE UNIONS, DFL REP. TRIES TO LIGHTEN LOAD FOR SEX OFFENDERS, AND REP. JASON METSA PROPOSES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON LEGISLATOR’S SALARIES. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/267196/group/homepage/              NO, NO, and more than a little hypocritical since he already voted himself a pay raise, don’t you think? (Subtitle: Just another day in DFL controlled Minnesota).

NATIONAL NEWS: BILLY GRAHAM MINISTRY TARGETED BY IRS SOON AFTER AIRING POLITICAL ADS AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.                                            http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/billy-graham-ministry-targeted-by-irs.html                                                                                                               Political freedom?

 

EDITORIAL

We here at Iron Range Digest would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and actions from those who support keeping government out of the business of redefining traditional marriage. We ask for continued prayers and supplications to Jesus our Savior as we try to decide where to go from here. There will be a lot of battles coming up and now, more than ever we need people educating themselves and getting involved in their churches and communities. It is the opinion of this site that we will not see real change in our society until society’s heart is melted toward Christ once more. To that end, go out in love and truth. Be firm in your beliefs and educated in how to talk about them. Lastly, continue to pray for our state and country. The Founders had the right idea when they set up our Republic. Even so, it is up to us to preserve what is left, renew what we have lost, and press on to a more free and faithful future.

Jacob Giese                                                                                                                  Editor-in-Chief

 

 

 

Iron Range Digest: May 6, 2013

HEADLINES

MN HOUSE T HOLD HEARING ON GAY MARRIAGE BILL TODAY!
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES! THIS S ZERO HOUR FOLKS!
Source: StarTribune.com

Gay marriage: At least 7 swing-district House DFLers could support
SERIOUSLY! THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU VIA EMAIL OR PHONE!

RANGE LEGISLATORS PUSH SOLAR POWER PLANT
Because…it has a good record of not needing gov assistance, right?
Source: MesabiDailyNews.com

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson announces he will seek GOP nomination for governor
The one?
Source: StarTribune.com

OPINION

BYRON YORK: WINNNG THE HISPANIC VOTE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH FOR GOP
A must read!
Source: WashingtonExaminer.com