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Ragan: Iowa guard serving at home and abroad

This news story was published on February 11, 2013.
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iowa national guardFrom Sen. Amanda Ragan –

Major General Timothy Orr, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, recently updated the Legislature on why the Iowa Guard is recognized as one of the strongest Guard programs in the United States.

This year, overseas deployments have been scaled back, bringing many of our service members home to Iowa. That’s provided the Guard a chance to plan for potential disaster response support in a number of different scenarios.

That training was invaluable during December’s blizzard, when Guard members conducted Highway Assistance Team missions in partnership with the Iowa Departments of Transportation and Public Safety. The teams rescued nearly a dozen travelers and responded to a fatal 25-car pileup on Interstate 35.

The Guard continues to be ready to answer the call to duty, whether it is overseas or here at home. Thank you to all who serve and sacrifice to protect our state and country.

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13 Responses to Ragan: Iowa guard serving at home and abroad

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

    @maybe-Wow-I wonder what the gun control people will have to say about this. probably won’t hear a word out of them as this is pretty clear and final.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Probably won’t hear about this from any of the mainstream news. I sent it to a certian member of the local news plus the national guard home page.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        @maybe-what else would you expect him to say. It can only be true if it is on a liberal site.

      • happyguy Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        LVS I, unlike you, took the time to check maybe’s post for truthfullness. I’m not sure how you can call “A friend recieved this in an email” a reliable source. The Militia Act of 1903 pertains to the National Guard and Army Reserves and how the President can use them. I find nothing that states otherwise. Here is a video of someone else saying the same thing Or this on wikipdia All that has to be done is a google of it.

        Maybe with all the resources of the NRA don’t you think in all truthfullness that they would know of this if it was true? Be honest now.

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        @happy; this friend of mine is an old classmate that was in the marines, just so you know. I did some more research and found the act to be unrepealable but at the same time I found something else, The National Defense Act of 1916 that basically says the opposite of it. I know that there are so many acts or bills or laws that they are hard to keep track of but having these 2 that counterdict each other I am not sure which is right. I am not saying that the militia act of 1903 is 100% true and that all the presidents since then have been breaking the law, all I am saying is that there is something out there that needs to be checked out.

      • happyguy Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        maybe you have your right to your opinion. You know I don’t agree with most of those. This is one of them. I do believe people much smarter than you or I have looked into this and found nothing. That is what I believe to be true. When you can find a source other than an old friend that was a marine let me know. I will certainly look at it.

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        Ok happy, let me try to explain this to you one more time. Someone found this and passed it to someone else who passed it to someone else. Eventually it made it’s way to my friends email so he sent it to me. Now if you are questioning it’s authenticity using that video you posted you will have to try harder. That video was a guy saying that in HIS opinion he didn’t think it was real because he couldn’t find the real text. I haven’t seen a true conspiriocy theorist but this guy seems to be a real one. Now I must admit that the part of gun control I can’t find that in it either but someone did so I am still searching for that. I am not saying that this is true, what I am saying again is that this might need looking into because IF it is real then we might have a problem.

    • happyguy Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      LVS and maybe you will hear from me. I did some research and this interpretation of the Militia Act of 1903 (Dick Act) is wrong. Is a link to what the law is really about. Plus think about this…if what maybe copied and pasted were true don’t you think the NRA and other gun lobbies would be all over this?

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        @happy, with you constantly pushing me for facts I have found out that isn’t the most reliable place to look. With all the other bills out there it could be concievable that nobody knew about it and somebody found it by accident. I don’t know, all I do know is IF it is real then there will be a lot of questions being asked.

  2. John Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Very well stated!

  3. maybe Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Dick Act of 1902 (Not a joke) This is worth sharing w/ your nets. Someone did their homework.


    This is as I received it… In trying to authenticate I learned:

    – if you “google” HR 11654 there’s many entries… – this is, indeed, factual from 1902…

    I am curious as to why no one has even mentioned this previously,


    [Note that although the Library of Congress holds the information regarding the Dick Act, it is not available on the Internet and can only be viewed in person at the Library of Congress.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    DICK ACT of 1902 – U.S. Senator Charles W. F. Dick, a Major General in the Ohio National Guard and the chair of the Committee on the Militia,[1] sponsored the 1903 Act towards the end of the 57th U.S. Congress. Under this legislation, passed January 21, 1903

    … CAN’T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) – Protection Against Tyrannical Government

    CAN NOT BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) The Trump Card Enacted by the Congress Further Asserting the Second Amendment as Untouchable. The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654 , of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities. The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia , henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia , the unorganized militia and the regular army . The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45 . All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy . The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights . The President of the United States has zero authority without violating the Constitution to call the National Guard to serve outside of their State borders . The National Guard Militia can only be required by the National Government for limited purposes specified in the Constitution ( to uphold the laws of the Union; to suppress insurrection and repel invasion ). These are the only purposes for which the General Government can call upon the National Guard. Attorney General Wickersham advised President Taft , the Organized Militia (the National Guard) can not be employed for offensive warfare outside the limits of the United States.

    The Honorable William Gordon, in a speech to the House on Thursday, October 4, 1917 , proved that the action of President Wilson in that he felt Wilson ought to have been impeached . During the war with England an attempt was made by Congress to pass a bill authorizing the president to draft 100,000 men between the ages of 18 and 45 to invade enemy territory, Canada . The bill was defeated in the House by Daniel Webster on the precise point that Congress had no such power over the militia as to authorize it to empower the President to draft them into the regular army and send them out of the country .

    The fact is that the President has no constitutional right, under any circumstances , to draft men from the militia to fight outside the borders of the USA, and not even beyond the borders of their respective states . Today, we have a constitutional LAW which still stands in waiting for the legislators to obey the Constitution which they swore an oath to uphold. Charles Hughes of the American Bar Association (ABA) made a speech which is contained in the Appendix to Congressional Record, House, September 10, 1917, pages 6836-6840 which states: The militia, within the meaning of these provisions of the Constitution is distinct from the Army of the United States.

    In these pages we also find a statement made by Daniel Webster , that the great principle of the Constitution on that subject is that the militia is the militia of the States and of the General Government; and thus being the militia of the States, there is no part of the Constitution worded with greater care and with more scrupulous jealousy than that which grants and limits the power of Congress over it.

    This limitation upon the power to raise and support armies clearly establishes the intent and purpose of the framers of the Constitution to limit the power to raise and maintain a standing army to voluntary enlistment, because if the unlimited power to draft and conscript was intended to be conferred, it would have been a useless and puerile thing to limit the use of money for that purpose. Conscripted armies can be paid, but they are not required to be, and if it had been intended to confer the extraordinary power to draft the bodies of citizens and send them out of the country in direct conflict with the limitation upon the use of the militia imposed by the same section and article, certainly some restriction or limitation would have been imposed to restrain the unlimited use of such power.

    The Honorable William Gordon More Info With over 300 Million guns in the United States, the federal CORPORATE government (federal gov’t defined as corporation under 28 U.S.C. Section 3002 (15) and the states are subdivisions of the corporation, 28 U.S.C. Section 3002 (10), cannot ban arms or stop people from defending themselves against a tyrannical government. I read somewhere that just the State of North Carolina can call up 20-30 divisions of unorganized militia (would be about 200,000-300,000 armed North Carolinians) on a moment’s notice. Imagine the State of Texas or Oklahoma if that’s the case? Amazingly, even if the US tries to ban all arms through backdoor measures like domestic violence laws ( Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g) ) or through an unconstitutional U.N. declaration adopted by our current Marxist unconstitutional Congress, no treaty can supersede the Constitution:”This [ Supreme ] Court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty .” – Reid v. Covert, October 1956, 354 U.S. 1, at pg 17 . This case involved the question: Does the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (treaty) supersede the U.S. Constitution ?

    Keep reading. The Reid Court ( U.S. Supreme Court ) held in their Opinion that, “… No agreement with a foreign nation can confer power on the Congress, or any other branch of government, which is free from the restraints of the Constitution. Article VI , the Supremacy clause of the Constitution declares, “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all the Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land…” There is nothing in this language which intimates that treaties and laws enacted pursuant to them do not have to comply with the provisions of the Constitution nor is there anything in the debates which accompanied the drafting and ratification which even suggest such a result…”It would be manifestly contrary to the objectives of those who created the Constitution, as well as those who were responsible for the Bill of Rights let alone alien to our entire constitutional history and tradition to construe Article VI as permitting the United States to exercise power UNDER an international agreement, without observing constitutional prohibitions. (See: Elliots Debates 1836 ed. pgs 500-519 ).”In effect, such construction would permit amendment of that document in a manner not sanctioned by Article V .

    The prohibitions of the Constitution were designed to apply to all branches of the National Government and they cannot be nullified by the Executive or by the Executive and Senate combined. Did you understand what the Supreme Court said here? No Executive Order, Presidential Directive, Executive Agreement, no NAFTA, GATT/WTO agreement/treaty, passed by ANYONE, can supersede the Constitution. FACT . No question !

    At this point the Court paused to quote from another of their Opinions; 7 Geofroy v. Riggs, 133 U.S. 258 at pg. 26 7 where the Court held at that time that, “The treaty power as expressed in the Constitution, is in terms unlimited except by those restraints which are found in that instrument against the action of the government or of its departments and those arising from the nature of the government itself and of that of the States. It would not be contended that it extends so far as to authorize what the Constitution forbids, or a change in the character of the government, or a change in the character of the States, or a cession of any portion of the territory of the latter without its consent.”

    Assessing the GATT/WTO parasitic organism in light of this part of the Opinion, we see that it cannot attach itself to its host (our Republic or States) in the fashion the traitors in our government wish, without our acquiescing to it.The Reid Court continues with its Opinion:”This Court has also repeatedly taken the position that an Act of Congress, which MUST comply with the Constitution, is on full parity with a treaty, the statute to the extent of conflict, renders the treaty null. It would be completely anomalous to say that a treaty need not comply with the Constitution when such an agreement can be overridden by a statute that must conform to that instrument.”

    The U.S. Supreme court could not have made it more clear : TREATIES DO NOT OVERRIDE THE CONSTITUTION, AND CANNOT, IN ANY FASHION, AMEND IT!!! CASE CLO SED

    • Jan Mickelson Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Were you able to find a complete copy of the Act?

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

        A friend recieved this in an email. The entire Act was so hard to understand that I just posted this because it makes the language easier to understand.