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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Stupidity Virus Hits Erik Lipman, Pawlenty's Lawyer in Chief

From Strib letters on July 7:

Pawlenty and truckers

It amazes me how some people involved with this shutdown have no clue what they are talking about. A July 6 Star Tribune story reported that truckers want the barricades removed from the rest areas.

It was met with this statement from Eric Lipman, an attorney in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office: "It's like the old phrase, 'Your poor planning doesn't make for my emergency.' "

The rest areas on Interstate Hwy. 94 are very important rest stops for trucks. These stops are mandated by law and have nothing to do with "poor planning." You can't always pick where to stop. It varies depending on traffic conditions, road construction and whether you get delayed at a shipper or not.

Unless Pawlenty's representative wants truckers driving illegally without required sleep stops, they need to open the truck parking areas.

Mark Steiger, Maple Grove.

According to Wednesday's paper, the Minnesota Trucking Association asked that rest areas be reopened to accommodate truckers trying to comply with state and federal laws. (The laws require that truckers rest for 10 hours after driving for 14 hours.)

In response, Eric Lipman, an attorney representing Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office, suggested that truckers adjust their schedules and make do. He followed that advice with the comment, "It's like the old phrase, 'Your poor planning doesn't make for my emergency.' "

Apparently the truckers should have planned for Minnesota's government to shut down as of this month. They then could have avoided making deliveries to our state until the governor and legislators were able to find the time to pass a budget.

Thank goodness we have caring and empathetic professionals such as Lipman advising the governor. Just imagine the mess our state could be in without them!

Karen M. Loheit, Minnetonka.

There's finally agreement now. Tim Pawlenty is the big loser in this mess. Lipman's idiotic statement is the icing on the cake.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Going on Vacation

I'm off to London for a week, then to the country (Devon). Stop by again when I get back in two weeks.

The resiliance of the Londoners in the face of the hideous terrorist attacks has been amazing.

There are some blogsitters taking care of Dump Bachmann, but Lloydletta's tough, and is ok being left alone now and then.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Next SCOTUS Judge: Flaming Bigot like Scalia, or Mainstream Conservative like OConnor?

From the Independent Gay Forum:

Whether her replacement is a fair-minded, small government conservative like O'Connor, or a flaming bigot like Scalia, will make a huge difference in our lives for many years to come. Bush's assertion that abortion and gay marriage won't be "litmus test" issues offers at least some room for hope.

I still hear lots of "Gonzalez is Spanish for Souter."

You go Krinkie

That's the problem with the negotiations. Sviggum has no way to guarentee his caucus will deliver the votes in favor of the package he negotiates.

From the strib:

Frustrated at the glacial pace of negotiations and GOP leaders' insistence on tax increases that he did not support, Rep. Phil Krinkie on Thursday resigned as co-chairman of the tax working group. Budget talks among Capitol leaders continued Thursday evening.

After several hours of talks, negotiators emerged to report that the sides were very close but that sticking points remained. They were optimistic that a deal could be reached but weren't willing to make a definite prediction.

"The governor feels like this is not done yet, but the negotiators are getting closer,'' said Brian McClung, spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, shortly before 10 p.m. "The gap is narrowing and the discussions seem to be headed in the right direction.''

Krinkie, who this year served as chairman of the House Taxes Committee, said in a letter to House Speaker Steve Sviggum that "both you and the governor have demonstrated your support for the expansion of gambling and increased cigarette taxes ... to satisfy the spending desires of the Legislature. ... Since I strongly disagree with both of those revenue sources. ... I believe I can no longer be effective as the chair of the House Working Group on Taxes."

Krinkie, a 15-year veteran of the House who is a candidate for the Sixth Congressional District, said he did not know whether his resignation would also result in the loss of his taxes committee chairmanship.

"That's up to the speaker," Krinkie said.

Sviggum, R-Kenyon, was in negotiation talks for much of the afternoon and could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was unclear Thursday night what impact, if any, Krinkie's move would have on budget talks.

For six weeks, Krinkie, R-Lino Lakes, has participated in a mostly genial face-off with Senate Taxes Chairman Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis. Known to his colleagues as "Dr. No" for his steadfast resistance to tax increases and government growth, Krinkie has found his philosophical polar opposite in Pogemiller, a resolute liberal willing to go to the mat for increases in school and health care spending.

After six weeks of meeting in the special session, the tax working group has made little headway on a solution to the budget impasse, even after Pawlenty turned the matter over specifically to the group.

Krinkie said he simply could not any longer advocate for the cigarette fee increase and the racino that Pawlenty had proposed as ways to close the budget gap.

"The only progress we've made in six weeks is that the spenders keep winning and the taxpayers keep losing," Krinkie said. "I include the governor now, obviously, among the spenders."

The taxpayers don't lose if they are willing to pay taxes to support a certain quality of service. Gambling is the wrong way to fund government, because it reduces government accountability. In my view, you don't want government to have unaccountable streams of revenue, because that makes government less accountable to the taxpayers. Krinkie is correct to hold to this principle.

So my view on all this is a pox to both sides.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Does Blogger Berg Understand the Difference Between Myth and History

Mitch repeats an Urban Legend in his Independence Day entry on Whine in the Dark.


Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

A commenter calls him on it, providing a source source.

Mitch Berg, rather than admit error, and correct himself, instead digs himself in deeper.


I'm also told King Arthur is also fictional, and yet Britons still treasure the story - because it represents as allegory stories from their past. Ditto the legend of Roland, the stories of Nevskii, the legends of Romulus and Remus, and on and on. They are not strictly history, but they encapsulate parts of their cultures' histories anyway. To translate into Democrat terms, they're "Fake but accurate".

Even IF the stories I posted depart from strict history, they represent the sacrifices that so many other Americans made to establish this nation. Truth? Myth? They serve the same purpose to the culture at large.


King Arthur? Romulus and Remus?

Another commenter writes:
Are you trying to convince me that Romulus really wasn't suckled by a wolf? What a letdown. Next you will probably try to convince me that John Wayne really wasn't at the Battle of the Alamo.

Seriously, The myths held so closely by various groups and civilizations do serve a purpose, but they developed during a vasly different time - an uneducated populace, oral renditions undoubtedly embellished in the retelling, and heroic deeds that may have been worthy of the embellishment. But they were, and still are, recognized as myths.

Today, however, we are faced with the same sort of embellishment of reality in a world that enables the spread of myth far more quickly and with less noble motives. Your Democratic "fake but accurate" slam is in no way appropriate in this particular discussion since it is both fake and inaccurate that the founder's fate was as has been far too widely circulated.

One other point - our founders were extremely progressive and liberal. It does them a great disservice to cast them as conservative since had they been so, we would still be shouting "Long live the King".
Posted by: Bruce Brooks at July 5, 2005 11:20 AM

I stopped by to ask Mitch what the difference was between myth and history.

Are you suggesting teaching King Arthur in history classes, Mitch? Do you understand the distinction between myth and history?

Will you be parroting David Barton's fabricated founding father quotes about a "Christian nation" next?
Posted by: Eva Young at July 5, 2005 11:18 PM

This seems to have struck a nerve.


Bite me. Do you understand the difference between hyperbole and an academic treatise? (For that matter - the arthurian legends are an integral part of British cultural history; they are perfectly legitimate subject. I know - what would I, a mere English major, know about that?)

Sure, but does that mean one learns about the Arthurian legends in History classes. Funny, I don't recall learning about King Arthur in World history in high school. I certainly do remember learning about the Magna Carta, the Wars of the Roses, the Renaisance - but no King Arthur - and no Romulus and Remus.

Mitch continues:

But while we're on the subject of myths - will you be continuing to tell people that your silly photo "proves" Bachmann was "spying" on your little rally?

Silly me. Of course you will. So don't even dare get holier-than-thou about "mythology".

Posted by mitch at July 6, 2005 10:57 AM

Bachmann in the Bushes

Mitch continues to give me credit for the Photos of Bachmann in the Bushes. The Dump Bachmann blog did NOT break the Bachmann in the Bushes story. Another blog, ParadiseiswhereIam (now defunct) and Eleventh Avenue South share the credit for that one. Dump Bachmann broke the Bathroomgate story. Other media got the story before we did, but we were the first to print it.

That photo shows Bachmann was facing the crowd at the rally. I'm not sure whether she was "spying" or whether she was squatting to take a pee.

Thanks to English Teach from Left in the Heartland for the tip.

Lloydletta Deserves an Award

From Minneapolis Confidential:

Eva Young: Queen of Blogs
Eva Young is amazing. She deserves an award for Lloydletta and Dump Bachmann. Eva's blogs are always interesting and provocative. She knows her stuff and she backs up everything with solid research and links. Before I read the morning paper, I read Eva Young.

posted by Ned Luddington at 8:11 AM

Speaking of Michele Bachmann, the Dump Michele Bachmann blog has obtained the Sheriff's Report on the notorious Scandia "Bathroomgate" incident.

Embarrassing List Faux Paux by 10th Ward Candidate Scott Persons

10th Ward race gets nasty. The Minneapolis Observer Ballot Box posts this from 10th Ward Candidate Ralph Remington:

Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The 10th Ward City Council race is heating up. Here's a letter we received this afternoon from Ralph Remington:

Since Scott Persons chose to use your column to respond to an interview that I had with The Wedge newspaper, I thought that I would do the same. Scott Persons granted an interview with The Wedge in the current issue. While I didn't have any problem with the interview, I had huge problems with his letter to the editor in that same issue that were consistent with his complaints to The Ballot Box.

Firstly, Scott claims that I made a number of unsubstantiated claims that he felt compelled to respond to. He claims that he didn't meet with me in February to block Allan Bernard's endorsement and that the meeting was at his urging, in a seemingly benevolent gesture for good will and fair play during the election season. He did ask for the meeting and while at the meeting he did speak in detail about the need to block Allan Bernard's endorsement. I didn't know that this was the purpose for the meeting and it may not have been but make no mistake Scott Persons had a plan and a purpose for blocking Bernard's conjectured endorsement. He thought that if Bernard were blocked he would drop out and it would be a race between Scott and I in the fall.

Secondly, Scott disputes what some of my delegates told me about Scott Persons meeting with Allan Bernard's team three days before the convention to block MY endorsement because it had become apparent that my campaign had resonated with most of the delegates. I never said that this was true, however I said that if this were true it was funny, meaning ironic that now Persons was trying to block me. Whatever he says did or didn't happen before the convention, his campaign definitely approached Allan Bernard's campaign during the convention to engineer a block of my endorsement. They originally tried to get Lisa Goodman to intercede on their behalf with the Bernard campaign. Goodman refused. This isn't very hard to believe since Persons crowed about the block that was engineered during Dan Niziolek's campaign, claiming that a block is a win.



Scott says that there have been personal attacks and misinformation directed at him and his campaign. Believe me, whenever I say that something is substantiated, it is substantiated. I have a long history in the public eye and maybe this is something that Persons is getting himself accustomed to. I know that the truth counts and I respect that. What I don't respect is the fact that Persons continually parses language, nipping and tucking here and there so as to morph truth with reality. He seems incapable of making a straight statement. Scott Persons and his campaign have used intimidation tactics, browbeating people after they have endorsed me and whining and complaining to organizations that have done so. They scan my endorsement page and then call various endorsers up so that they will defend themselves. Scott Persons opened the campaign season with copying down the names and contact info of delegates who attended the 10th Ward caucus (on the night of the caucus) after everyone was told that they couldn't. Scott unbelievably was the only one who said that he made "a prior arrangement" with Brian Melendez. Brian said that this was not true. The result, Scott had names and contact info from delegates at the caucus a whole three weeks before anyone else. At best he is aggressively overeager, at worst he is slimy and manipulative. In either case, it isn't healthy for a campaign.

None of this is to malign the good people in the Bernard campaign or the good people who support Persons. It is however, a strike against this Karl Rovian campaign and tone that Scott Persons is seemingly conducting. This will not stand.

I should say that Allan Bernard has conducted his campaign as a gentleman and we have no problems with them at all. In fact it has been a pleasure dealing with Allan and his folks.

My campaign has worked long and hard to get every endorsement and speak with every voter in the ward. We want a fair, open and transparent campaign. However we will not be intimidated and disparaged by vile and petty misrepresentations.


Ralph Remington

Who is Scott Persons?

From Scott Person's site:


As your city council member, I will be your tireless advocate for improving Minneapolis roads and transit while ensuring that our neighborhoods' residents have a voice in all projects.

For too long, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities metropolitan area have failed to adequately plan and fund transportation projects and initiatives. By relieving traffic congestion on our city streets and highways, we ensure our neighborhoods are safer, cleaner and more livable.

The success of the Hiawatha LRT has relieved congestion on one of the city’s vital corridors. It has brought new economic growth to the area, with new businesses and housing springing up every day.

But the Hiawatha line has also brought challenges. Neighborhoods surrounded by LRT stations have been inconvenienced by Minneapolis and Metro Transit's poor planning for adequate parking at these stations. As a supporter of expanding LRT to Uptown, the University of Minnesota and St. Paul, I will work to ensure that all future Minneapolis stations have adequate parking and that neighborhood concerns are met.

I will also fight for sound corridor growth strategy. As we build Bus Rapid Transit lanes on 35W and rebuild Lake Street, we need to develop a common-sense strategy for improving economic development and making our neighborhoods more livable.

The Midtown Greenway streetcar is a perfect compliment to a revitalized Lake Street. As a council member I will work with our partners at Hennepin County, our state legislative delegation and regional allies to advocate for greater transit investments that improve the livability of our city and region.

Rather interesting that this doesn't mention Scott's advocacy on behalf of the 35W Excess Project and his role in SMART - the group started to oppose STRIDE...

"Be SMART" -- the battle cry for those supporting the I-35W Access Project -- will be the latest entry in the panoply of Minneapolis lawn signs.

A group calling itself SMART -- South Minneapolis Access for Residents and Transit -- formed in late March. Organizers said they were frustrated by public attention given to STRIDE, a group that formed last fall to oppose the access project.

Scott Persons, chair of SMART, said there seems to be a perception that many oppose the I-35W Access Project.

"We want to show folks there is another side," said Persons, a Lyndale resident and member of the I-35W Project Advisory Committee. SMART's work plan "is outreach to people we know who support the project and say, 'Hey, we really need your voice to get behind this.'"

Persons also claimed credit for discovering the webmaster for Raucus Caucus. (Raucus Caucus no longer exists unfortunately).....

Yup, this Scott Persons.

[Mpls] Would Mayor Rybak "Call Out the Guard" if people
Scott Persons scott.persons at
Wed Jan 21 16:21:55 CST 2004

Great Post Greg,

I don't know what Lisa is whining about considering how she married money!



And here's his "Mea Culpa"

I sent an off list response to Greg Abbott's post that went to the whole list that was a technical error I didn't catch. I view the list via the archives and there is a blue icon next to an individual poster's name that you can click on to respond to them directly. I've done this dozens of times and clicked Gregg's blue icon, only it generated an email response with the list address and not Greg's and to my utter embarrassment I did not catch it.

I can't begin to say how sorry I am for this, it was an off-list quip that got out to 900 of you and I am truly sorry. I also want to apologize to Lisa McDonald for this and hope she can find it in her heart to forgive me, I truly had no malicious intent.


Scott Persons
Lyndale Neighborhood

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Leviticus Crowd Opposition to Gonzalez for Supreme Court Embarrassing the Bush Administration

The White House and Senate Republicans are having conference calls with Leviticus Crowd leaders to try to discourage them from making their appeals for theocratic judges so public.

From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON, July 5 - The White House and the Senate Republican leadership are pushing back against pressure from some of their conservative allies about the coming Supreme Court nomination, urging them to stop attacking Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales as a potential nominee and to tone down their talk of a culture war.

In a series of conference calls on Tuesday and over the last several days, Republican Senate aides encouraged conservative groups to avoid emphasizing the searing cultural issues that social conservatives see at the heart of the court fight, subjects like abortion, public support for religion and same-sex marriage, participants said.

Instead, these participants, who insisted on anonymity to avoid exclusion from future calls, said the aides - including Barbara Ledeen of the Senate Republican Conference and Eric Ueland, chief of staff to Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader - emphasized themes that had been tested in polls, including a need for a fair and dignified confirmation process.

Mr. Ueland acknowledged that he and others had been working almost since the vacancy occurred last Friday with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation to persuade conservative activists to steer clear of divisive language.

"Every contact we have with these folks is 'stay on message, stay on purpose,' " Mr. Ueland said. "The extremism of language, if there is to be any, should be demonstrably on the other side. The hysteria and the foaming at the mouth ought to come from the left."

In other calls, emissaries from the office of Harriet Miers, the White House counsel, are urging conservatives to stop discussing individual nominees, especially Mr. Gonzales, whose views on abortion and affirmative action are viewed with wariness by some conservatives. Steve Schmidt, a White House spokesman working on the confirmation, joined some calls, participants said.

In an interview Tuesday in USA Today, President Bush said, "Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine. I'm the kind of person, when a friend gets attacked, I don't like it."

The disagreement underscored the balancing act confronting Republican leaders seeking to rally passionate social conservatives behind a nominee while casting the candidate as moderate and middle of the road.

There's really no point in kowtowing to this crowd. No matter what Bush does for them, it's never enough.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Blogs on Kiffmeyer's Pride Booth that Never Was

Lloydletta's Nooz posted Kiffmeyer's office response to why they were listed on the Pride Map, but didn't show.

The City pages blotter picked this story up here.

In fact, says Pride spokesman Bill Nienaber, the SOS's office did pay for and operate a booth last year. (He could not say, however, whether Kiffmeyer herself appeared at the festival).

Different story this year. According to Nienaber, Kiffmeyer's office plunked down a $125 deposit for a booth at Pride '05 only to call a week before the festival to cancel.

Kent Kaiser, Kiffmeyer's spokesman, says the cancellation was the result of a "resource" shortage. Last year, he explains, the SOS hired student workers to man the booth using money from the Help America Vote Act. Those HAVA funds were not available this year, Kaiser adds, so Kiffmeyer is restricting voter registration efforts to mega-events such as the State Fair and Taste of Minnesota.
# -- Posted by Mike Mosedale: 7/1/05; 10:33:14 AM

There was a fair amount of discussion here about this last year on the Minneapolis issues list. Kaiser contacted me around noon on 7/1 - shortly after this item on the blotter was posted.

It's good that CP contacted both the SOS office and the Pride committee to follow up on this one.

Andy from Eleventh Avenue South comments on this story.