Thursday, September 19, 2013

Teaparty carpetbagger Al Ringgenberg, who wants to outlaw gay marriage in Iowa, now running for Council Bluffs City Council

Spelling-challenged "Col. Al" Ringgenberg, who moved into the area in 2011 to challenge Mike Gronstal, a bid rejected by Iowa voters, now wants a seat on Council Bluff's City Council, a town whose name we assume he can now spell correctly, which was a problem in his last campaign (see below).
     Col. Al has a lot of military legal experience that we're sure can be put to good use in Council Bluffs.
Following Operation Allied Force, Al was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He was once again separated by duty from his family, assigned in early 2001 as the senior legal advisor to the Headquarters of the NATO Stabilization Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia. There, Colonel Ringgenberg helped to track down and arrest war criminals from the civil war and genocide in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and throughout the former Yugoslavia. During his tenure, the list of war criminals turned over for justice included the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. 
     Wow! The above description doesn't exactly claim that Col. Al dragged murderous Serbian thug Slobodan Milosevic to justice by the neck with a knife between his teeth — that would be bragging. But it doesn't rule it out, either.
     Fortunately for CBers, Col. Al's experience is not limited to the military and AKSARBENT will let him explain that in his own special way: "I traveled abroad lend a hand to young missionaries"
Blog Under the Golden Dome  noticed last Bastille Day that Ringgenberg spelled "Council Bluffs"wrong on his website. It was corrected the next morning, but when UTGD noted the correction,
it noticed that "Gronstal" was misspelled too. By 4:07  that afternoon Gronstal's name was

also corrected. Ringgenberg evidently outsources unpaid proofreading to the little people.

Ringgenberg is no friend to gay Iowans. Here's what AKSARBENT wrote about him last year:

"Colonel Al" on marriage equality:
As an attorney, I strongly oppose the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court that redefined marriage under the Iowa constitution. Judges are supposed to interpret law under the constitution. Judges must not rewrite the constitution to meet a political agenda. The voters of Iowa reacted last November not because we’re bigots, but because the constitution belongs to us. I support an amendment to the Iowa constitution that restores marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Senator Gronstal, as the majority leader, blocked that constitutional amendment referendum before the voters. Voters have a right to decide how their constitution will protect marriage and the family.
Former Air Force lawyer
Al Ringgenberg, who pro-
secuted 100 courts-martial,
presumably while not
wearing a flight suit.
(Campaign website photo)
AKSARBENT thinks that "as an attorney," Ringgenberg shouldn't accuse the Iowa Supreme Court of "rewriting" the Iowa constitution to meet a "political agenda" when what actually happened is that a statute was struck because it failed the equal protection test of Iowa's constitution. Every judge on the bench agreed — so much for a supposed "political agenda." Nothing in the constitution was "rewritten." Ringgenberg said judges are supposed to interpret law under the constitution. That is exactly what the Iowa Supreme Court did with the remaining marriage statutes and directed other judges to do as well. And Ringgenberg, who is supposed to be a lawyer, has a problem with this?

If "Colonel Al" is too busy pandering to fundamentalists to have bothered to read the Iowa Supreme Court decision in its entirety, would it be too much to expect him to at least take 15 minutes from his efforts to misrepresent the decision and at least skim the Cliff's Notes 6-page "executive summary" that the court provided to explain why it did what it did — assuming he's as interested in light as he seems to be in heat.

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