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Are you smarter than a 5th grader?


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

During the Bush administration, Dana Perino was taking questions from reporters. The subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis came up. It turned out Dana had never heard about the installation of nuclear missiles by the Soviet Union on Cuba; the thirteen days in October 1962 in which the world came to the brink of a nuclear war.

How did she get through school without hearing about it and become a spokesperson for the Republican Administration?

During the 2008 election, Sarah Palin was interviewed by Charlie Gibbs. He asked her what she thought of Bush’s Doctrine of Preemption. Sarah was stunned. She froze like a “deer caught in the headlights.” I couldn’t believe it. She was running for Vice President of the United States and didn’t know that it was Bush’s “Doctrine of preemption that took us into war with Iraq!

The 2008 election rolled out a litany of characters.

Sharon Angle, running for Harry Reid’s seat in Nevada, sugested if her party didn’t win by the number of votes, a “Second Amendment” solution might be necessary. She appeared to be advocating revolution in the streets.

Asked her opinion about a thirteen-year-old girl who was pregnant, raped, by her father, she answered, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” The girl should “make lemonade out of lemons.” She shares the view expressed in the Republican platform where no allowance is made for rape incest or health of the mother.

At the debates we were introduced to the candidates for President.

Rick Santorum believes that the authority of the Bible takes precendent over the Constitution. He sees science as being in conflict with religion and higher education as undermining religious faith.

Herman Cain was ready to solve our tax problems with his 9-9-9 plan. He seemed a bit fuzzy on foreign policy - he became a bit flustered (“ubecky-becky-stan”).

Michele Bachman commented with great feeling how our founding fathers “worked tirelessly to rid this country of slavery.”

I don’t know where she went to school. Didn’t anyone tell her that Washington and Jefferson both owned slaves?

Rick Perry didn’t know how many judges are on the Supreme Court. You would think anyone running for President would know there are nine judges on the Supreme Court.

He also apparently opposed three agencies which he pr .....
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Is there a God?

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Pastor Mike Hopper “Is there a God?” In the January 14, 2013 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, Publisher Jason Sethre asked a good question. As a teen, I too asked that question, and since that time have come to the solid conclusion: “ ..... 
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Lost in Spades

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

It’s probably been long enough that most of you have managed to betray the promises made at the year’s beginning: exercise equipment has started collecting dust, you’ve sheepishly hit the drive-thru again, maybe that pack of smokes was just to ..... 
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One Moment Please... Is there a God?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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When I am driving here and there, I often have my radio tuned into Minnesota Public Radio (91.7) or XM Radio. During my travels last week, I happened to catch a debate between scholars, scientists and clergy discussing whether God exists. Of c ..... 
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What is next?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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By Brett Kues When I was 15, I wanted a car. I dreamed of a Toyota pickup with great big tires. I was not sure of the price, and didn’t care because I was certain my parents would foot the bill. One day on a rare trip into Omaha, as we were driv ..... 
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A road not yet taken

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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Children, when trying to get their way, have been known to declare, “I’m going to hold my breath until...” Members of Congress seem to be making similar childish declarations. This is no way to run a government. Washington is failing to govern ..... 
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One Moment, Please... In the name of progress

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com During the month of January, our team at the Journal will be focused on starting the year out with a bang. What’s ..... 
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Gun free zones?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson Natural rights are basic rights that government cannot rightly take away from us. One of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens is the freedom to protect ourselves from being physically harmed by someone else. It is a na ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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In the December 24, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, on page 2 in the Fillmore County District Court report, we authored an error in the following statement: “The charges stem from reports from the two children of Benson’s ex-girlfrie ..... 
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