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  • Syrian Refugee With 4 Wives & 23 Kids Claims £320K In Annual Benefits (GER)

    10/26/2016 4:45:48 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    iowamark to Sam Gamgee

    He is doing something that Germans don’t do. He is having children.

  • Jack Chick has passed away

    10/25/2016 6:58:20 AM PDT · 207 of 232
    iowamark to Borges
    Meet Jack Chick by Jimmy Akin

    “Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

    Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

    As far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him.

    Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue of This Rock (now Catholic Answers Magazine).

    For decades the cartoon tracts of Jack T. Chick have fascinated and horrified. Their pages contain the most extreme, paranoid conspiracy theories imaginable. Among other things, Chick publications will tell you that:

    the Catholic Church keeps “the name of every Protestant church member in the world” in a “big computer” in the Vatican for use in future persecutions (see his tract My Name . . . In the Vatican? );
    through the Jesuits, the Vatican runs an extensive conspiracy that includes the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, international bankers, the Mafia, the Club of Rome, the Masons, and the New Age movement, among others (Four Horsemen);
    the Catholic conspiracy also includes creating venomously anti-Catholic movements such as Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Islam (The Big Betrayal, The Godfathers: Alberto Part Three, The Force: Alberto Part Four, The Prophet: Alberto Part Six).

    Chick’s material is weirdly compelling. It is amateurish, lurid, ham-fisted, and viciously hateful at times. But it is intense, and something about that intensity makes people want to read it. His tracts generate a kind of bizarre fascination. Since he first began publishing them, Chick has distributed over half a billion, making him the most published comic book author in the world.

    Yet little is known of him. The seventy-nine-year-old Chick is a recluse. His office does not give tours, he never allows his photo to be taken, and he never, ever gives interviews. Little is known about him beyond what is revealed in the biography on his web site,

    Recently Chick has ventured out of the world of comic book publishing to produce a feature-length movie entitled The Light of the World. I received an unexpected invitation to the premier of the movie. Writing movie reviews is a hobby of mine, and the camp value alone of a Chick film would make it worth reviewing, so I made the trek to the premier—and got more than I imagined I would.

    The Light of the World premiered in Ontario, California, where Chick Publications is based. The site was an old auditorium that would have been dazzling in the 1940s and that still boasted an impressive main theater. As I approached it an hour before the screening was scheduled to begin, a small group of people, including a number of elderly men, was out front.

    Could one of these men be Jack Chick? I wondered, then answered my own question: probably not. No doubt he’d seen the completed film, and with his reclusive tendencies he wasn’t likely to show up.

    Still, I kept an eye out, particularly for an elderly man with a young Asian woman. (After the death of his wife a few years ago, Chick married an Asian woman much younger than himself.)

    In the foyer of the auditorium, representatives of Chick Publications had tables set up where copies of the film were on sale on VHS and DVD. One table was cash only, one check only, and one credit card only. Having a copy of the film would let me get exact quotes for a critique of the film, but I didn’t really want to give my credit card or checking account number to a bunch of conspiracy theorists. I approached the cash only table.

    Once I had the copy in hand, I began to contemplate the fact that I had just driven two hours to get to the theater, the screening wouldn’t even begin for another hour, and it would be almost midnight before I got back home to San Diego. The thought of driving back and watching the DVD in the comfort of my own living room was attractive, and I was on the verge of heading home when I decided to take one more look around to see if I could spot Chick.

    I was sitting in the back row, so I had a good view of the theater. Nobody looked like an obvious candidate to be Chick. The folks in the front row were too young. I couldn’t see an elderly man with Asian wife. There was an elderly guy sitting alone on the far side of my row, talking with a few people in the aisle. I heard one of them say, “It’s a pleasure to meet you, sir.”

    I took a closer look at him. He had white hair, glasses, and was wearing a white dress shirt and dark slacks. He had a fancy gold wristwatch (a Rolex?)—the kind that you could afford if you’d sold half a billion tracts.

    If it were Chick, what would I say to him? The apologist in me would have loved to debate him theologically. Part of me would want to ask him futile questions like “You don’t really believe all that stuff you publish, do you?” But I decided that, if it was Chick, the most charitable thing I could do was simply be nice to him and chat.

    Moving a few seats closer to him, I heard him tell the people, “We got started about forty years ago . . .” Doing some quick math in my head, I realized that was when Chick Publications began.

    I moved to the seat next to him (well, technically, next to his jacket, which was draped on th seat next to him), and, when the well-wishers moved on, I said, “Excuse me, sir. Are you Jack Chick?”

    “I am,” he replied, smiling warmly. “What’s your name?”

    “Jimmy Akin,” I replied. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, sir.”

    We shook hands, and he asked me, “What do you do?”

    “I’m an evangelist.”

    His face brightened. “Praise God!” But then his eyes studied me a moment. Wearing a Stetson, cowboy boots, faded blue jeans, and a Texas belt buckle, I didn’t look like the typical suit-and-tie evangelist from Chick’s Fundamentalist world.

    “I’ve read a lot of your comic tracts,” I said as he settled back into his seat.

    “We have plans for a lot more,” he replied.

    “You’re going to be doing a lot after the film?”

    “Yes,” he smiled. “That’s in their hands now,” he said, referring to the Light of the World Project, which has hopes to translate the film into a thousand languages. “There were times when I thought we would never be finished with it.”

    “I understand you’ve been working on it for ten years.”

    “Fifteen,” he corrected. “I think it will help a lot of pastors. It should get a lot of people sold—uh, saved.”

    Was that a Freudian slip? Given Chick’s tendency to devote publication after publication to the sensationalist claims of men who were later exposed as religious con men, there has been some question of whether he really believes his own publications. Some have suggested he is simply in it for the money.

    Another group of well-wishers came by to greet him, and while they did I fished out a pen and a tract promoting the film that I had been given at the door. When he turned back to me, I asked for his autograph.

    He laughed heartily, as if he wasn’t used to giving autographs. I handed him the tract and pen, and he looked around for a hard surface to sign it.

    “Here, use this,” I said, handing him my Light of the World DVD.

    He signed and handed the articles back to me. His signature matched the version I had seen printed in his publications.

    Originally, Chick did all the art for his tracts, but in 1972 he began working with a then unknown artist. Fans noticed the difference immediately. Since the artist never signed his name, and since his style was much more realistic than Chick’s, fans speculated for years who “the good artist” was. In 1980, Chick revealed that the other artist was an African-American named Fred Carter, whom Chick claimed was shy and did not wish to have his name on his work.

    “The artist who does the comic books . . .” I began, blanking on the gentleman’s name.

    “Fred Carter,” Chick said. “He’s a pastor. I’m really hoping he’s going to be here tonight.”

    Cool, I thought. Maybe I could meet him, too.

    “I really like his work,” I said. “He has a wonderful technique.”

    “Yes, he does.”

    “I practiced for a long time to be a comic book artist. I really like the way he uses Zip-A-Tone,” I said, referring to a technique comic book artists uses to create detailed textures in their work.

    Chick agreed.

    “Have you ever used any other artists, or has it just been the two of you?”

    “No, just the two of us,” he said.

    Score! I thought. One more rumor about Chick disconfirmed.

    “Are you affiliated with any church?” Chick asked me.

    “Catholic,” I replied. Chick’s eyes widened.

    “Oh? You have a Catholic background?”

    “Yes, sir.”

    “I love Catholics,” he assured me.

    “Uh-huh,” I said, already familiar with the I-love-Catholics-that’s-why-I-attack-their-faith routine used by countless Fundamentalists.

    “Well. A Catholic evangelist!” Chick mused. “Are you a Jesuit?”

    It was my turn to laugh. If Jack didn’t believe his comics’ paranoid conspiracy theories about Jesuits, he was acting as though he did.

    “No, I’m just a layman. I’m not even a priest. I’m not an anything,” I said, hoping to reassure him that I wasn’t a sinister Vatican agent. Perhaps a brief profession of faith might help. “We have our differences,” I told him, “but we both worship God—and his Son, Jesus.”

    Chick made what was probably best read as a pleasant but non-committal acknowledgement.

    “I’m sure the Pope will have seen this movie by next week,” he said.


    “Oh, yes. I’m sure it’ll be going out on a plane. They have all my stuff at the Vatican.”

    “I see.”

    Since he’d signed a tract for me on the back of my Light of the World DVD, he might think that my copy was the very one that would be sent to the Pope.

    “I’m one of the few who stands up against Rome,” Jack continued. “That all started years ago when I met Alberto. Do you know about Alberto?”

    “Yes,” I said.

    Alberto Rivera’s conspiracy theories are the subjects of many of Chick’s comics and tracts. Rivera claimed to be an ex-Jesuit sent to infiltrate and destroy Protestant churches for the Vatican. He was later exposed as a fraud by Protestant publications and groups such as Christianity Today, Cornerstone magazine, and the Christian Research Institute. He also was wanted by the law for writing bad checks and credit card theft, among other financial improprieties. Chick’s persistence in publishing Rivera led to his leaving the Christian Booksellers Association. Rivera died in 1997 of colon cancer.

    “Alberto was murdered, you know,” Jack informed me.

    “Well, I understand that he had cancer, but beyond that I’m not aware of anything,” I replied.

    “Oh, yes, he was murdered.” Jack said an ex-member of the Irish Republican Army had told him of two poisons, one of which causes cancer. “And that was what they gave him.”

    “I see.”

    More well-wishers said hello to Jack. While they chatted I tried to think how I might be able to get a tour of Chick Publications itself. These are seldom granted, and I knew my chances were next to nil, but I had to ask. When Chick turned back to me I said, “I’m sorry, but I have to ask: Do y’all ever give tours of your place? I’d love to see where you work.”

    “No, I’m afraid not,” he said.

    I paused for a minute trying to think if there was a good way to ask for an exception.

    “Sorry,” he smiled, knowing what I was thinking. “We have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t let my picture be taken. I’m on too many hit lists.”


    “Yes, we get death threats every week . . . from the Muslims.”

    “Yeah, we get them, too,” I said, thinking of the periodic threats we get at Catholic Answers from various groups, though not Muslims in particular.

    “Really?” he said. “I wouldn’t have thought you would.” This would be a natural assumption for Chick if he believes his own propaganda about the Catholic Church starting and then later manipulating Islam. “Do you still draw a lot?”

    “No, not anymore. These days I’m mostly just a writer.”

    This seemed to tickle Chick’s fancy.

    “Really?” he chuckled at an unstated irony, perhaps thinking of his own evolution from being a writer and illustrator to being principally a writer. “Where do you work?” he asked.

    “In San Diego.” I realized immediately this probably wasn’t what he was asking. “At Catholic Answers,” I said.

    Jack laughed uproariously.

    “You know of us?” I asked.

    ” O-o-o-h, yes,” he said mirthfully.

    Over the years Catholic Answers has conducted a number of campaigns to educate people about the paranoid anti-Catholicism in Chick’s tracts. We have sent out hundreds of thousands of pieces of educational material. No doubt some made their way to Chick’s desk. I thought of telling him that I am the author of the latest special report critiquing his work, but decided it might spoil the moment.

    More well-wishers came by, and Chick informed me that his wife would soon arrive and that she would be sitting in the chair between us, where his jacket rested. I was very interested to see what she looked like. By this point, I was considering staying for the movie. Being able to say that I watched the world premier of Jack Chick’s movie sitting next to him and his wife would make it worth staying.

    “I figured I’d be approached tonight,” Chick confided.

    “Really? I didn’t know you were going to be here,” I said, unable to think of a way of convincing him that I wasn’t a secret agent sent to “approach” him for some evil purpose.

    It was occurring to me that, despite his friendliness, Chick might well be uncomfortable with my presence—especially if he really were the paranoid conspiracy nut he appears to be. He probably was not looking forward to watching the film with a presumed Jesuit agent sitting by his side. Things were quite amicable between us, but it came as little surprise when a final group of people showed up in the aisle and Chick asked politely if I could move so that they could take the seats next to him. One in the group was his wife. Not as young as I had supposed from press accounts, but quite pretty.

    “Of course,” I said as graciously as I could, and we stood up to part.

    “We’re in the war,” Chick said. “I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you in the future.”

    “I’m sure,” I said, nodding and smiling warmly. “It’s been a pleasure to meet you, sir,” I said, extending my hand again. Jack shook it and smiled, and that was the end of our encounter.

    On the way out I saw a smartly dressed African-American man walking up the far aisle, and I suspected that he might be Fred Carter. As I approached to find out, a thin, poorly groomed man threw his arms around him and cried, “Fred! I’m so happy to see you!”

    When the thin man released him, I walked up and said, “Excuse me, sir. Are you Fred Carter?”

    He acknowledged that he was, and I shook his hand, saying “I’m pleased to meet you. I really like your artwork. You have an excellent technique.”

    He expressed his appreciation, but I wasn’t able to strike up a conversation because the thin man suddenly became interested in me, introduced himself, and started asking about a book on St. Paul that I was carrying. Carter departed for the foyer.

    As I drove home, I reflected on my meeting with the king of Fundamentalist kitsch. Chick came across as a kind, gentle old man. He was nothing but polite. He smiled. He laughed. Unlike the characters in his comic books, he didn’t say “Haw! Haw!” when he laughed. From meeting him one would never suspect him to be the most infamous broadcaster of hate and paranoia in the Christian comic book world.

    Chick noted that “we’re in the war.” The only experiences I could compare meeting him to are strange wartime incidents I’ve read about where soldiers of opposing sides are able to put down their weapons and share a moment of humanity. Like when Yankees and Confederates stopped shooting at each other long enough to trade coffee and tobacco. Or when German and British soldiers climbed out of their World War I foxholes to exchange Christmas greetings.

    I wondered what Chick thought of our meeting. Maybe nothing, but maybe his conspiracy-prone mind would cause it to assume larger-than-life proportions. He had read me as a potential Vatican agent making some kind of hostile “approach” to him. Maybe he would think that there was a cancer-causing poison on my palm when we shook hands.

    Given Chick’s tendency to sometimes include real people in his comics—even as minor, unnamed characters—he might even record the incident. If you’re ever reading a Chick comic and see a young, bearded Jesuit agent dressed like a cowboy, it’ll probably be me.

    I only hope Fred Carter does the art.”

  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 10/23 7-11pm est

    10/23/2016 2:45:25 PM PDT · 5 of 32
    iowamark to Vision
    “Alfred Hitchcock directed its audition show (for the CBS summer series Forecast). This was an adaptation of The Lodger[1] a story Hitchcock had filmed in 1926 with Ivor Novello. Martin Grams, Jr., author of Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills, described the Forecast origin of Suspense:

    On the second presentation of July 22, 1940, Forecast offered a mystery/horror show titled Suspense. With the co-operation of his producer, Walter Wanger, Alfred Hitchcock received the honor of directing his first radio show for the American public. The condition agreed upon for Hitchcock’s appearance was that CBS make a pitch to the listening audience about his and Wanger’s latest film, Foreign Correspondent. To add flavor to the deal, Wanger threw in Edmund Gwenn and Herbert Marshall as part of the package. All three men (including Hitch) would be seen in the upcoming film, which was due for a theatrical release the next month. Both Marshall and Hitchcock decided on the same story to bring to the airwaves, which happened to be a favorite of both of them: Marie Belloc Lowndes’ “The Lodger.” Alfred Hitchcock had filmed this story for Gainsborough in 1926, and since then it had remained as one of his favorites.

    Herbert Marshall portrayed the mysterious lodger, and co-starring with him were Edmund Gwenn and character actress Lurene Tuttle as the rooming-house keepers who start to suspect that their new boarder might be the notorious Jack-the-Ripper. [Gwenn was actually repeating the role taken in the 1926 film by his brother, Arthur Chesney. And Tuttle would work again with Hitchcock nearly 20 years later, playing Mrs. Al Chambers, the sheriff’s wife, in Psycho.] Character actor Joseph Kearns also had a small part in the drama, and Wilbur Hatch, head musician for CBS Radio at the time, composed and conducted the music specially for the program. Adapting the script to radio was not a great technical challenge for Hitchcock, and he cleverly decided to hold back the ending of the story from the listening audience in order to keep them in suspense themselves. This way, if the audience’s curiosity got the better of them, they would write in to the network to find out whether the mysterious lodger was in fact Jack the Ripper. For the next few weeks, hundreds of letters came in from faithful listeners asking how the story ended. Actually a few wrote threats claiming that it was “indecent” and “immoral” to present such a production without giving the solution. “

  • VIDEO: Hillary Clinton - Why Her Parkinson's Matters

    10/22/2016 7:46:40 AM PDT · 24 of 29
    iowamark to justiceseeker93

    Hitler is widely supposed to have had Parkinson’s or a similar disease. Even today, PD is diagnosed by the symptoms, there is no test. Of course, Hitler’s doctor was more of a drug pusher than a medical expert.

    In Hillary’s case, her medical issues and treatments are a mystery, just like her husband’s. Bill Clinton never released his medical records. In his case, it was widely supposed that this was because of his history of sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Emerson College Polls: Utah breaking for third-­party candidate McMullin. [tr]

    10/20/2016 3:59:25 AM PDT · 2 of 35
    iowamark to C19fan

    Evan McRomney.

  • Louisiana Medicaid Fraud: Pakistani born doctor changes Primary Care Provider

    10/18/2016 4:57:23 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    iowamark to topher

    Your friend should contact the Louisiana Department of Health, which administers Medicaid in Louisiana.

  • Man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

    10/17/2016 7:29:27 AM PDT · 12 of 71
    iowamark to tuffydoodle
    He said the church elders told him to break up with his boyfriend.

    "I couldn't see in my heart that what I was doing by breaking up with him was right," he said.

  • DUI Suspect's Truck Flies Off Coronado Bay Bridge, Kills 4

    10/15/2016 10:02:13 PM PDT · 9 of 25
    iowamark to BenLurkin
    According to CHP, Sepolio is an active duty service member with the Navy stationed in Coronado.

    Not any more.

  • Donald Trump Speech at Hindu Indian American Event in New Jersey (10-15-16)

    10/15/2016 7:35:50 PM PDT · 3 of 54
    iowamark to euram

    Isn’t “Hindu Indian” redundant?

  • The King of Bahrain donates land for the construction of a new Coptic church

    10/14/2016 4:37:08 AM PDT · 19 of 27
    iowamark to Robert DeLong

    Pretty much all of the Muslim countries except Saudi Arabia have some Christian churches. The trend in the Muslim world for the last few decades, however, has been to drive the Christians out.

  • The King of Bahrain donates land for the construction of a new Coptic church

    10/14/2016 2:21:27 AM PDT · 1 of 27
    There is some good news out of the Arabian peninsula.
  • How Jimmy Stewart's agony in It's a Wonderful Life came from extreme PTSD (tr)

    10/07/2016 5:59:30 AM PDT · 30 of 67
    iowamark to DFG
    After getting a leave of absence Stewart spent weeks staying with his friend Peter Fonda in Los Angeles doing nothing but decompress.

    Peter Fonda was an infant at the time.

  • Amtrak Service Resumes After Train Derailment in NYC

    10/05/2016 2:06:39 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    iowamark to milford421

    A freight train derailment in the Bronx disrupts passenger service between Penn Station and New Haven?

  • (LEAD) S. Korea buys more Taurus missiles amid N.K. nuke threats

    10/05/2016 4:30:41 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    iowamark to sukhoi-30mki
    “Taurus KEPD 350[a] is a German/Swedish air-launched cruise missile, manufactured by Taurus Systems and used by Germany and Spain. Taurus Systems GmbH is a partnership between MBDA Deutschland GmbH (formerly LFK) and Saab Bofors Dynamics.[4]”

  • ‘We have your daughter’: A virtual kidnapping and a mother’s five hours of hell

    10/04/2016 3:43:00 PM PDT · 1 of 23
    It is hard to believe that this scam still works. I am sure that the Mexican government will arrest and prosecute the offenders. Right?
  • What just happened on Fox and Friends?

    10/01/2016 5:03:01 AM PDT · 3 of 42
    iowamark to Ouchthatonehurt


    Bill Weld? Ed Mezvinsky?

  • Runaway lesbian mother and her ‘sperm donor lover she wants to wed’

    10/01/2016 5:01:29 AM PDT · 15 of 34
    iowamark to ARGLOCKGUY
    ‘There started to be this weirdness,’ said Miss Brown.

    She thinks that heterosexuality is weirdness. LOL

  • A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, film on Saul Alinsky

    10/01/2016 2:14:56 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    iowamark to jonrick46

    Most people stream or download now rather than buy physical DVDs.

  • A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, film on Saul Alinsky

    09/30/2016 10:55:44 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    iowamark to free_life

    Only 14.99 to purchase. I am strongly considering it.

  • A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, film on Saul Alinsky

    09/30/2016 10:54:24 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    iowamark to free_life
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Quebec cardinal won’t refuse funerals for those choosing assisted suicide

    09/30/2016 10:51:21 PM PDT · 6 of 20
    iowamark to ebb tide

    The Catholic Church recognizes that suicides are often severely depressed individuals whom God may take mercy on.

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    2276 Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.

    2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.

    Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.

    2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.

    2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.


    2280 Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.

    2281 Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self. It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations. Suicide is contrary to love for the living God.

    2282 If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal. Voluntary co-operation in suicide is contrary to the moral law.

    Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.

    2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.””

  • Trump's Ottumwa visit cancelled

    09/27/2016 3:45:33 PM PDT · 12 of 34
    iowamark to iowamark

    Just across the river from Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Trump's Ottumwa visit cancelled

    09/27/2016 3:43:23 PM PDT · 9 of 34
    iowamark to iowamark
    “Donald Trump plans Wednesday event in Council Bluffs”
    “Mid America Center Convention Center
    1 America Way
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM (CST)”

  • Trump's Ottumwa visit cancelled

    09/27/2016 3:39:03 PM PDT · 5 of 34
    iowamark to Navin Johnson

    I don’t believe in changing headlines. The old FR rule was correct.

  • Trump's Ottumwa visit cancelled

    09/27/2016 3:35:26 PM PDT · 1 of 34
    Going to Council Bluffs instead. 2:30pm Wednesday.
  • Snap Polls Show Widening Disconnect Between the Drive-Bys and Rest of Us

    09/27/2016 1:48:06 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    iowamark to Kaslin

    The source is not

  • The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

  • The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

    09/27/2016 12:11:40 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    Please post links to other full transcripts.
  • Houston lawyer wearing Nazi uniform opens fire at mall; nine injured, suspect shot dead by police

    09/26/2016 4:43:06 PM PDT · 47 of 71
    iowamark to Sarah Barracuda

    He has a Hindu name. Where are you getting the idea that he is Muslim?

  • Iraqi Catholic Church in U.S. Torn by Immigration Efforts

    09/23/2016 7:44:27 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    iowamark to marshmallow

    It is a serious debate. Should Arab Christians all flee to the West, or should they stay and try to maintain a Christian presence in Arab countries?

  • Iraqi Catholic Church in U.S. Torn by Immigration Efforts

    09/23/2016 7:36:08 PM PDT · 4 of 8
    iowamark to marshmallow

    A small point, but Eastern Catholics do not use the Latin term Mass for their liturgy.

  • Dr. Joseph M. Seng [Iowa State Senator]

    09/20/2016 4:31:55 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Dr. Joe Seng was the only prolife Democrat in the Iowa Senate. He challenged incumbent Democrat Congressman David Loebsack in the 2012 primary over the abortion and religious freedom issues.

    He was a veterinarian, locally famous for caring for the pet animals of people who could not afford to pay.

  • Judge Fines Bill O'Reilly's Ex-Wife Over Violating Custody Agreement

    09/19/2016 6:39:12 PM PDT · 7 of 114
    iowamark to Behind Liberal Lines

    It is very unfortunate that such family disputes have to play out in public.

  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/18 7-11pm est

    09/18/2016 5:06:25 PM PDT · 12 of 30
    iowamark to Vision

    Sonny sounds like James Best. “Roscoe P. Coltrane”

  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/18 7-11pm est

    09/18/2016 3:47:25 PM PDT · 9 of 30
    iowamark to Vision
    The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program. March 13, 1940. George Burns and Gracie Allen

    Gracie has just returned from Washington, D. C., where she addressed annual dinner of The Women's National Press Club. She describes her adventures in the nation's capitol. Gracie's Suprise Party convention will be held in Omaha. Gracie sings her campaign song, "Vote For Gracie." George has just got back from the opening of a meat market! Gracie, in her own warm and witty way proceeds to retell the tale of her dinner in Washington.

  • Chaos Breaks out at Mall of America During Islamic Celebration

    09/18/2016 1:20:49 PM PDT · 31 of 94
    iowamark to Salman

    Thank Minnesota Democrats for creating this.

  • Iowa Senate: Where do Chuck Grassley and Patty Judge Stand on Abortion?

  • Norman Podhoretz, neoconservative thinker, endorses Donald Trump

    09/17/2016 11:45:29 PM PDT · 6 of 16
    iowamark to 2ndDivisionVet
    “He thinks that Trump is worse, and I think that Hillary is worse,” he said. “He keeps trying to persuade me. He sends me things, articles, showing how bad Trump is.

    Not even the Left admires Hillary Clinton.

  • First Texas Now Virginia– UN Troops Seen Mobilizing acoss America… It's Happening!![Scary: TRUTH???]

    09/17/2016 3:17:44 PM PDT · 36 of 63
    iowamark to

    Keep recycling the same old pictures and claim that they were just taken yesterday. That is the way to develop credibility!

  • W.P. Kinsella ends his own life under assisted-dying legislation (Field of Dreams ends in suicide.)

    09/16/2016 7:00:18 PM PDT · 9 of 36
    iowamark to jerod

    There is no need for us to make moral judgements. Leave that to God. He had a history of head injury and probably clinical depression, like most suicides.

  • HuffPost Deleted That Shameful “Ladies Of The SEC” Piece, But We Saved It So You Can Read It

    09/15/2016 3:21:50 AM PDT · 12 of 32
    iowamark to 1rudeboy

    I have noticed that the girls at Iowa football games are often somewhat under dressed.

  • HuffPost Deleted That Shameful “Ladies Of The SEC” Piece, But We Saved It So You Can Read It

    09/15/2016 1:30:26 AM PDT · 2 of 32
    iowamark to iowamark

    screenshot here:

  • HuffPost Deleted That Shameful “Ladies Of The SEC” Piece, But We Saved It So You Can Read It

    09/15/2016 1:27:58 AM PDT · 1 of 32
    The original post has been deleted by the Huffington Post after much criticism.
  • A sailor complained of stomach pain aboard the USS Eisenhower. She then gave birth to a 7-pound girl

    09/13/2016 3:35:32 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    iowamark to rfreedom4u
    When I was in the Army every female Soldier had to take a pregnancy test prior to deployment.

    A wise policy.

  • A sailor complained of stomach pain aboard the USS Eisenhower. She then gave birth to a 7-pound girl

    09/13/2016 3:32:41 PM PDT · 36 of 38
    iowamark to NorthMountain

    You are surprised that they have a physician aboard an aircraft carrier?

  • Bill would make site where Civil War began a national park

    09/13/2016 2:05:56 PM PDT · 46 of 49
    iowamark to DiogenesLamp

    You are assuming that exports directly finance imports. It is not that simple.

  • Bill would make site where Civil War began a national park

    09/13/2016 12:55:48 PM PDT · 44 of 49
    iowamark to DiogenesLamp
    It was Southern produced goods that PAID for all of those imports from which New York skimmed 40%, and from which the US Government was funded by the tariffs.

    It is correct that cotton was the major US export, by a large margin. It is, however, incorrect to assume that US imports were therefore funded by cotton wealth. The free states were far more prosperous than the slave states, and had much more purchasing power.

  • Bill would make site where Civil War began a national park

    09/12/2016 9:22:00 PM PDT · 40 of 49
    iowamark to DiogenesLamp
    See the money [tariff revenue] piled up on New York and Boston? The bulk of that money (75%) was produced by slaves.

    How do you figure that Boston/NY tariff revenue was "produced by slaves?"

  • U.S. rail traffic continues to decline despite grain gains

    09/12/2016 3:03:36 PM PDT · 10 of 20
    iowamark to ameribbean expat

    A sign of the bad economy, although the Dem press will not say that.

  • Star Trek premiered 50 years ago today

    09/08/2016 1:59:31 PM PDT · 58 of 175
    iowamark to Borges

    When I first saw ST, we still had a black and white TV. It was a real revelation a few years later when I first saw it on color TV.