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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Stadium Wars: The Hennepin County Taxpayer Strikes Back

CCARL visited Stadium Tax Supporting Commissioner Randy Johnson today. Michele McGaughey photographed the proceedings.

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Photo by Michele McGaughey

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Photo by Michele McGaughey
Commissioner Johnson was cordial. He asked us if we wanted our letters put into the public record.

Really?

Rahelio laps the milk.

Are Sarah Janacek and Micheal Brodkorb having a cyber-affair?

I only heard Sarah Janacek's radio show once. She gushed about FatassExposed.com scribbler M. Brodkorb. Yuck. She legitimized him in a way that lowered her own credibility - and made me wonder about their association. Was there some Mrs. Robinson action happening here? I wondered.

Of course, the pudgy blogger loves the attention and always earns the title of "Drama Queen" given to him by Eva Young. There is something solidly queer about Broddies lime-light addiction, and his desperate need to be accepted and quoted and credited and caressed by the dirty gloves of Rovian masters.


Meeeeeeow!

Read the 'Affidavit' section....

This link has the application form from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy to get CPA certificates updated.

If Representative Kennedy hasn't maintained his CPA licensure, he would have had to fill out this form to get a new 'inactive' certificate. There are a lot of us working in the accounting field who were affected by the rule change.

http://www.boa.state.mn.us/Forms/ApplicationPacket.pdf

If Rep. Kennedy completed and signed this form, his campaign ads violate the rules.

Mark Kennedy Sands Off the Truth About Being a CPA

Kennedy's status as CPA draws debate


The Republican's new ad says he'd be the only one in the Senate. DFLers pointed out that his license is inactive.

It has been a recurrent theme of Republican Mark Kennedy's bid for the U.S. Senate and is the chief selling point of a TV ad that his campaign launched Friday: Kennedy is a CPA -- certified public accountant -- who can apply his professional skills to the federal budget.


But DFLers pointed out Friday that Kennedy hasn't practiced as a CPA for decades and is on inactive status with the state Board of Accountancy.

In his latest application for an inactive certificate from the board, filed in December, Kennedy promised not to "lead a person to believe that I hold an active certificate in Minnesota" and to "place the word 'inactive' adjacent to my CPA title."

In the new TV ad, Kennedy says he would be "the only CPA in the Senate ... and I think you need to just take one look at the budget to know we need at least one CPA in the Senate."

In a news release, DFLers called the ad "Kennedy's latest run-in with reality."

Earlier this month, Kennedy criticized his DFL-endorsed opponent, Amy Klobuchar, for claiming that she is a criminal prosecutor. As Hennepin County attorney, Klobuchar supervises dozens of prosecutors but has not personally handled a felony case in court in 7½ years in office. Before that, while working at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm on a contract with the city of Minneapolis, she won a half-dozen misdemeanor cases.

"To say you're a prosecutor, yet we can't find one case you've prosecuted, that does not seem to me to be the straight shooter Minnesotans expect," Kennedy said in a Star Tribune article Aug. 7. He added that for anyone claiming to be a prosecutor "the No. 1 attribute is that they would have prosecuted at least one case."

Kennedy said on Friday that he passed the CPA exam in 1979 and worked at a CPA firm for two years and eight months. After that, and before his election to the U.S. House in 2000, he said, he "worked in the finance side of business."

He also said he didn't know how long his CPA license has been inactive. "I still am a licensed CPA," he added at a State Capitol news conference. "I cannot audit books ... but I have added up a few numbers. I believe I am fully and squarely within the law."



I don't even agree with the headline on this story.... that Rep. Kennedy's status as a CPA merits a debate. I passed the Minnesota CPA exam in 1983, and recently went through the paperwork to update my status.

The State Board of Accountancy should not let this stand.

Rowley and Kline to Debate at the State Fair

They will be on Jason Lewis's show.

8/24
Sen. Mark Dayton
8/25
Debate between (R) John Kline and (D) Coleen Rowley
8/28
Sen. Norm Coleman
8/30
Michele Bachman
8/31
Sue Jeffers
9/1
Gov. Tim Pawlenty
9/1
Peter Hutchinson
9/4
Best of Interviews at the Fair


The Rowley-Kline debate should be interesting. Jason spelled Michele Bachmann's wrong. 1 L, 2 Ns.

Conspiracy Theories by Swiftee

Swiftee blames the strange appearance of Tony Garcia's blog on unnamed lefties.

Stadium Wars: The Taxpayers Strike Back!

Bumped.

There is a website for Citizens Campaigning Against Renegade Legislators.

They are protesting at Commissioners Houses:

SATURDAY Afternoon, August 19 2:00 PM --- Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson
3700 West 104th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

Click here for: Map to Commissioner Johnson's house
Very easy to find. In Bloomington, right off of France Avenue South. Just north of Old Shakopee Road and not too far from Normandale Community College.

104th is on the east side of France Avenue South. The house will be on the left-hand side as you go down the hill and around the curve.

There is NO house number on the home or on the mailbox. It is a maroon/rust-colored home with light yellow/cream trim and a red door.

SUNDAY Afternoon, August 20 2:00 PM --- Mark Stenglein


Mark Stenglein
2322 Taylor Street NorthEast (note: TAYLOR, not Tyler)
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Click here for: Map to Commissioner Stenglein's house
Very easy to find. In NorthEast Minneapolis. This is exactly 2 blocks east of Central and 2 blocks south of Lowry.

It is a light color house with red trim, on the west side of the street with a flag out front, and plenty of on-street parking.

In the meantime, what else you can do (complete information available from the links on our home page):

1. If you cannot join us on a scheduled visit, we encourage you to go and visit the commissioners on your own, -- at YOUR convenience. Write a letter and stop by and drop it off. We have visited all of them, twice so far, and we plan to go back.

2. Call them and email them at their offices -- keep up the pressure, and keep the phone lines busy and the email boxes full.

3. Contact your city council and ask that they support the law and the taxpayers and pass a resolution in favor of a county-wide referendum.

4. Contact the media. Phone the TV stations or write a letter to the newspapers.

5. Tell your friends and family about CCARL.com and what they can do to fight back with us.

Do whatever you can think of to keep this issue alive and talked about.

No Excuses for Iran

Gay Teenagers Hanged in Iran

Gay Teenagers Executed in Iran

Richard Rosendall has an excellent column about this.

On July 19, protests were held around the world marking the first anniversary of the hanging of two gay teens, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, in Mashhad, Iran. The teens were hanged on charges that they raped a 13-year-old boy, charges widely believed to have been trumped up to silence critics. Simon Forbes and Peter Tatchell of the British gay rights group OutRage issued a joint call with the Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) for worldwide protests with the message, "Iran: Stop Killing Gays! Stop Killing Kids!"

In Washington, Rob Anderson led a protest at Dupont Circle. In San Francisco, Michael Petrelis assembled speakers at Harvey Milk Plaza. In Provincetown, Andrew Sullivan led a quiet vigil outside Town Hall. In Toronto, Arsham Parsi, Human Rights Secretary of the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization (PGLO), spoke at a commemorative gathering. In Iran, PGLO members lit candles privately.

During the planning of the protests, OutRage proposed five demands, which were endorsed by PGLO and IDAHO. They included ending all executions in Iran; stopping the arrest and torture of LGBT Iranians; halting the deportation to Iran of LGBT and other asylum seekers; supporting Iranians struggling for democracy; and opposing foreign military intervention in Iran.

Some organizers in an email exchange questioned the need for a list of demands. Andrew Sullivan wrote, "The images tell you everything. We just need to stop and remember. The rest we can debate later." I emailed to say that the list of demands omitted 'opposition to Holocaust denial' and 'opposition to nuclear saber rattling'." But the European organizers kept their demands, while stressing that organizers in other cities were free to adopt them or not.

On July 7, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) announced that it would join the July 19 worldwide action with a vigil against the death penalty, outside the Iranian mission to the United Nations. On July 13, however, IGLHRC pulled out of the protest and announced it was moving its July 19 event and changing its focus to one of introspection for Westerners. (The Iranian mission protest was held by others, organized by Andy Humm.) Joining IGLHRC at New York's LGBT Community Center were Human Rights Watch (HRW), National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and others. IGLHRC said that the worldwide call for protests raised questions like "How do we avoid reinforcing stereotypes and playing into hostilities prompted by our own government?"


The Blame America First crowd.....

The reference to "our own government" was illuminated by a July 18 email from Scott Long of HRW to Peter Tatchell, writing, "Months of US pressure on Iran have only inflated the popularity of the Ahmedinejad government" – thus changing the subject to Ugly Americans. Long accused the protest organizers of rank speculation, and claimed that the concentration on the Mashhad hangings "pins refugees' fates and lives on a single undetermined case, rather than on an analysis of the overall situation in Iran" – despite the fact that OutRage three months ago published a report of a nine-month investigation by Simon Forbes into numerous cases based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.

While acknowledging that Iran tortures and kills people for homosexual conduct, Long stated, "There is no basis whatever for imputing a Westernized 'gay' identity to these youths" – thereby employing a Western social-constructionist trope belied by the involvement of self-identified gay Iranians in the July 19 organizing. Long contradicted his professed respect for Tatchell's work by injecting lines like "I do not play games with the dead" (as if Tatchell does), "Look at the world, not just London and New York," and "Do you have a plan for change, or just for catharsis?"

Tatchell, whose brave international activism has gone far beyond mere catharsis, had written in a July 14 open letter to Long and IGLHRC’s Paula Ettelbrick that Iranian sources claim that Asgari and Marhoni were gay and were hanged for being lovers. Tatchell wrote, "I am not prepared to give the benefit of doubt to the murderous regime in Tehran...." He also noted that the July 19 protest message was worded more broadly, without reference to the Mashhad case.


Go read the whole thing. This was an excellent column by Richard Rosendall.

Well They Slapped Michele Bachmann on the Wrist

Now they are slapping Outfront Minnesota on the wrist.

AP in St Paul Pioneer Press:

Campaign Finance Board: No fines for gay rights groups
Associated Press

ST. PAUL - The state's campaign finance board on Wednesday said it would not fine four gay rights groups after complaints from a group opposed to same-sex unions.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board found unintentional violations of public disclosure law by OutFront Minnesota, Northfield PFLAG and Equality Minnesota, and no violations by Faith, Family, Fairness Alliance.

The probe was prompted by Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage, an anti-gay marriage group that filed the complaint after questions were raised about its own disclosure practices.

In findings posted on its Web site, the board required Equality Minnesota and Northfield PFLAG to file papers as political funds and report financial details for Jan 1 through Aug. 21, 2006.

OutFront Minnesota earlier this month complied with the board's requirements to register as a political fund and file financial reports.

Faith, Family, Fairness Alliance didn't spend enough to trigger registration requirements, the board found. It dismissed complaints that OutFront failed to report spending on the constitutional amendment and that Equality Minnesota and Northfield PFLAG should have filed lobbying reports.


Hat Tip: Eleventh Avenue South.

I think the Campaign Finance Board was quite generous with OutFront Minnesota. They should know better.

Someone should file a complaint about Edwatch.

Dan Dobson on Steve Kelley's Fast One on the Stadium Boondoggle

No Stadium Tax Coalition
STADIUM UPDATE
Volume 2 - Number 16

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Why Steve Kelley is not qualified to be Attorney General

Dear

In the next few days, you as a member of the DFL State Central Committee, will have to choose between 3 candidates seeking to be the DFL nominee for Attorney General. I urge you not to select Steve Kelley as our party's nominee.

As Executive Director of the No Stadium Tax Coalition I closely observed Steve Kelley's performance at the Capital this past session, pushing for the new Twins and Vikings Stadiums. Regrettably, I must say that his behavior at best can be called disingenuous.I believe his actions disqualify him from being our nominee as Attorney General.

Let me briefly recap what occurred. After the Twins Stadium Bill bogged down in the Tax Committee, where Senators led by Larry Pogemiller, were asking serious questions about the proposal, Senator Majority Leader Dean Johnson made a Motion to pull the Twins Bill from the Tax Committee and bring it up to the Rules Committee. This motion passed and when the stadium bill came before the Rules Committee, Senator Kelley, the chief author of the Twins Stadium bill, pulled an amazing sleight of hand.

Senator Kelley proposed amending his "Twins Only - Hennepin County only 15% Sales Tax Increase - No Roof Stadium Bill" into a 7 County Metro Wide 1/2 Cent Sales Tax for new 2 new Twins and Vikings stadiums with roofs, while supposedly increasing funding for mass transit. His amendment also required all seven counties in the metro area hold referendums on the proposed 1/2 sales tax increase.

Then without a single public comment being allowed, even thou the prior bill had been in discussion for over a year, the full Senate, with all Republicans and only Democratic Senators John Marty and Becky Lourey in dissent, passed Kelley's new metro 1/2 cent sales tax / mass transit / Twins - Vikings stadiums with roofs proposal.

Senators were promised that Kelley's new proposal would generate over 12 billion dollars for Mass Transit over the next 30 years and would "only cost" one billion for the Twins and Vikings Stadiums. Several DFL Senators said they supported Kelley's proposal, which passed by one vote, only because it would generate billions of dollars for Mass Transit. It was said Kelley's proposal would fund light rail down University Avenue and commuter rail lines to Hastings and several other destinations.

Kelley's bill then went to a House / Senate Conference Committee, where Kelley's seven county metro 1/2 Cent Sales Tax / Mass Transit / Stadiums with Roofs Bill had to be reconciled with the House's Hennepin County only / .15% Sales Tax / Twins only roofless Stadium Bill. Senator Kelley was appointed the chief negotiator for the Senate.

Then one by one, the items Senator Kelley had promised his fellow DFL Senators to get their votes, disappeared.

First, the Seven County Metro wide tax was cut from 1/2 cent, to 1/4 cent, so the amount for mass transit was cut in half.

Then the roofs for both stadiums disappeared.

Then the referendum requirement for the Sales Tax increase in all 7 counties disappeared.

Then all mass transit funding disappeared.

Finally, after three days of negotiations the Vikings Stadium disappeared as well, until all that was left, was the original House proposal, as negotiated by the 4 male members of the Hennepin County Board and the Twins giving the Twins a new stadium, by imposing a Hennepin County Sales tax increase, without a referendum, as required by state tax.

Senator Kelley showed that he would do say or do anything to get the Twins their new stadium, including making promises to his fellow DFL Senators, which he did not keep.

I hope that you, as a member of the DFL Central Committee, will consider Senator Kelley's actions when you select a candidate for Attorney General on Saturday.

Dann Dobson
No Stadium Tax Coalition
Saint Paul, Minnesota
651-227-4376
NoStadiumTax@Yahoo.com
Dann.Dobson@Yahoo.com


Linda Higgins worked very hard to make this a Stadium only, stick it to Hennepin County tax increase. I disagree with Dan's statement that this makes Kelley unqualified to be Attorney General. This is a black eye for Steve Kelley though. He should have insisted that the tax burden was spread more widely.

Governor Pawlenty wanted Hennepin County only because he wanted to stick it to Minneapolis, because most Minneapolis voters vote against him. Pawlenty didn't want a Vikings bill because that was in Anoka county - a swing district.

I believe that Mike Opat and Mark Stenglein are the most vulnerable to defeat. You can contribute to Greg Gray's campaign online.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Mitch Berg Trying to Become Relevant

I never read Whine in the Dark any more unless someone links to it. The MOB Parrot in Chief has now got a post up about the blogs he reads regularly. Of the NARNian blogs, the only one I read regularly is King Banaian's SCSU Scholars. One of Mitch's commenters impersonated me. I never comment at Shot in the Dark any more. I will not comment on a blog that allows for commenters to impersonate other commenters. I don't expect those comments to be deleted, but I do expect the blog owner to say, "I think this comment isn't really Eva Young".

Bogus Gold is lapping the milk.

Pimpslapping Berg
Fun thing about being back with some fucking freedom to write like I really want. I don't have to play nice anymore either.

So it's time to set some things straight. We'll start with Mitch Berg's latest attempt to make the right-bloggy world all screwey by his "influence." Let's walk down the list of blogs he reads every day and kick the crap out it so you don't fall into some Berg-shaped rut of your own....


Meow.... I love the edgier and improved Bogus Gold.

John Kline's Effort to Micromanage Colleen Rowley's campaign Backfires

Drama Queen
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WASHINGTON — DFL congressional candidate Coleen Rowley said Friday her campaign would keep on staff an unpaid worker who had called for decriminalizing drugs on his personal Web site.

'David Bailey has made valuable contributions to the campaign, and he will continue to do so,' Rowley said in a statement, referring to the worker. 'I welcome input and advice from people with a variety of views. This necessarily means I will disagree with both my supporters and staff on certain issues at certain times.

'But at the end of the day, Coleen Rowley decides what Coleen Rowley stands for, period. And as a 24-year FBI agent who fought organized crime, I emphatically and unequivocally oppose legalization of all drugs, especially methamphetamine, heroin, and crack cocaine.'


From the Drama Queen's comment thread:

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I’m not with the Republicans on this one. These tactics almost make me decide Kline should not be elected. Legalization of drugs is a perfetly legitimate opinion, even if I don’t agree with it, and it is disturbing for Kline to suggest that anyone who holds that opinion is so inherently dark that he should of course be fired.

Further, Bailey's statement was found on a three-year-old discussion string, evidently. It's remindful of the moment that brought down Mccarthy, frankly, when McCarthy tried to make hay out of some old stuff in the life of one of Joseph Welch's aides.

Comment by Paul from Mpls — August 18, 2006 @ 10:36 am
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I have to go with Paul on this one. I still strongly support Congressman Kline, but pehaps he needs a new campaign manager if this is what he has going in August. Kline’s the incumbant, he should run on his record.

Comment by Dave of the VRWC — August 18, 2006 @ 11:01 am


By going negative on Colleen Rowley, John Kline has given her more publicity. That's a dumb act for an incumbent with a huge financial advantage. Rowley's unconventional campaign is motivating volunteers in a way that Teresa Daly's scripted campaign did not.

Joe Lieberman and Louis Farrakhan

Phoenix Woman has the story.

Lieberman Loves Farrakhan


Remember the big stink the Powerline boys made over Minnesota state senator Keith Ellison's having as a college student -- along with many other naive black men who soon learned their lesson -- had the most tenuous and temporary of connections to Louis Farrakhan?

Remember, also, just how much the Powerline boys love Joe Lieberman, their favorite (former) Democrat?

Well, guess what:

Back in 2000 -- long after Keith Ellison and every key black leader and national figure had rejected Farrakhan's bigotry and anti-semitism, guess who was cuddling up to the guy?

C'mon, guess.

OK, I'll tell you: Joe Lieberman.


Read the whole thing.

I remember hearing when Joe Lieberman first ran against Lowell Weicker (who was one of the 3 Senators who voted against an anti-gay "Helms amendment" on AIDS), that Joe Lieberman had worn rubber gloves to go to a homeless shelter because he thought he'd get AIDS.

Joe Lieberman lost the primary. He should not get a do-over in the general election. I wonder how Arlen Specter would have felt about Pat Toomey getting a do-over in the general after running in the Republican primary.

Tony Garcia Gets Hacked

There is someone with motive for this one. Hat Tip: Powerliberal.

This makes me nervous. How does someone hack into an active blog (as opposed to an abandoned blog.)

More UnHatching

Check it out over at the Drama Queen's digs.

Pathetic Piece from John Kline Attacking Colleen Rowley

The Drama Queen is flogging this story. De-Klined at Dump John Kline has a counterpoint.

I commented on both blogs:

Decriminalizing drugs, but regulating and taxing them is a good idea. The War on Drugs has been a miserable failure.

I will have less respect for Colleen Rowley if she kowtows to this nonsense from Kline’s campaign discontinues her relationship with Bailey.

It's Colleen Rowley’s positions that are important - not the opinions of her volunteers.

The fact that Kline is attacking Colleen Rowley, suggests he is threatened by her candidacy. I find that rather pathetic - since he's got such a huge financial advantage. Does that mean the Dump John Kline blog is having it's effect?

This sounds like an interesting book

PZ Myers pans Francis Collins new book which talks about Science and Faith. I'd disagree that "religion rots your brain." I consider myself agnostic. Sometimes I believe in God - and that belief is comforting to me - and I pray for various things. At other times, I don't. I have no way of determining whether God exists or not - and Science does not answer those questions.

Reading Psalms in the bible helps me when I struggle with mania, which is part of manic depression. There are messages in the bible which are helpful to me in confronting issues in my life. There are also messages in other classic sources - Plato, Shakespeare, Sappho, etc.

I find televangelism (Robertson, Foulwell, Dobson, etc.) to be a bunch of charlatans - who get people away from connecting to a local church. I think that's counter productive. Pat Robertson is just a scam artist.

I also think whether or not one is a believer or not, it's worth while reading the bible. The bible does have things in it for skeptics, which is what I consider myself to be.

My 8 year old niece is an atheist - and is very clear about that. She was asking us why coins had "In God We Trust" on them. She said "I don't trust God - why does this exclude me?" I thought that was a sharp insight from an 8 year old.

Why Could Becky Lourey Beat Mike Hatch in the Primary?

Becky Lourey is actually running for Governor - and marketing herself to voters. Hatch is just asking for money.

Farmfest Flap Reprise

From the comments to this:

what a moronic conspiracy theory. They invited the endorsed candidates. Does that suck? Yes. But then to go on and on about how they are all women and they may have something to do with it…

Get over it. Be pissed they are skipping the primary.

To say it is because they are all women is grasping at straws and shows desperation in their campaign. Pathetic


I think Lourey's campaign missed the point here. The question is why Farmfest doesn't want their members to be exposed to all governor candidates so they can intelligently participate in the primary.

Personally, I think that supporters of the challengers should go to Hatch/Pawlenty/Hutchinson events - and wear chicken suits to symbolize how the endorsed candidates are cutting and running from defending their positions in a debate.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

HRC Has Accomplished Something Big

I will go to their dinner for the first time ever. I'm not big on the speakers they are bringing (I'd rather a big name political speaker).

I like to give money to organizations when they accomplish something besides begging for money.

If you want to reward good behavior, you can go to HRC and donate.

Fait Accompli

Kudos to President Bush for signing this bill.

Dear Friend,

It is a great and historic day for our community. Today, federal legislation called the Pension Protection Act was signed into law and it includes two provisions that extend important financial protections to more Americans - including same-sex couples. This is an incredibly exciting victory that will be helpful to millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families.

This Act is important because it has two hard-fought HRC-backed provisions that we lobbied for intensely and secured its inclusion. These provisions will help same-sex couples nationwide. Basically what this means is that these two provisions ensure that the U.S. tax code, in times of emergencies, is fairer to more Americans, including our community, and puts us on a more equal footing with other couples. Here's how these provisions can impact the lives of GLBT Americans:

The first provision, called "Non-Spousal Rollover"

* Allows the transfer of an individual's retirement plan benefits, like a 401(k), to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for a non-spouse beneficiary like a domestic partner, sibling, parent, cousin or anyone else when the individual dies.

* In the past, unless you were the legally recognized spouse of the deceased, you were forced to withdraw the amount as a lump sum and you faced immediate tax penalties which would eat away at the savings amount intended for retirement.


The second provision, known as "Hardship Distribution":

* Allows individuals who list their same-sex partner or other non-spouse beneficiary under a 401(k) plan the ability to tap into their retirement funds in the case of certain medical or financial emergencies of the beneficiary.

* In the past, the federal law only permitted such withdrawals for employees' legally recognized spouses or dependents.


For more details on how the two provisions can help you and your family, please visit our website at: www.hrc.org/estateplanning. Also, be sure to keep a close eye on your inbox later this month because we will be sending you information about an online chat with a financial expert that we will be hosting. The Q&A with this expert will be all about the Pension Protection Act and how it pertains to GLBT families.

I hope that you are as proud as I am of the HRC team and all their work to make this happen. As a member of the Human Rights Campaign, your support provided the resources and the critical momentum necessary to achieve this historic victory for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. I can't thank you enough for your lasting commitment to this work.

We should also thank our allies in Congress - Democrats, Republicans and Independents like former Representative Rob Portman (R-OH), Representative Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Representative Bill Thomas (R-CA), Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Max Baucus (R-MT) and Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) - who partnered with us and did so with a cooperative spirit that is truly special in the current divisive political climate.

I hope you'll take a few moments to reflect on this enormous victory, join us in celebrating our big win, and know that you are making a difference.

Warmly,

Joe Solmonese signature

Joe Solmonese
President, Human Rights Campaign

This should be a Great Roast

Wayland Noland's 80th Birthday Celebration at the University of Minnesota Chemistry Department.

I remember Dr Noland fondly.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Black Helicopters are Circling

Edwatch is the non-profit arm to Michele Bachmann's congressional campaign. A while back they broke election and tax law by sending out a Michele Bachmann fundraising letter using Edwatch's name to endorse a candidate, and sending this out to Edwatch's mailing list. Dump Bachmann has instructions for making a formal complaint to the FEC and IRS. Scans of the letter are available at Dump Bachmann.

Well here is Edwatch's latest email.

From: EdWatch
To: "EdWatch"
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 14:31:03 -0500
Subject: Using Minorities for Mental Health Research
"Issues and Action in Education"
August 14, 2006

"Issues and Action in Education" is an e-letter produced by EdWatch, a nonprofit organization.

Using Minorities for Mental Health Research
Excerpts:
"What we experienced in Minnesota last month happened to blacks in Mississippi and Alabama. Parents and residents were denied their God-given right to participate in matters that affect them, their children and families."

"The latest report is that, while residents are voting today, speakers are promoting the University's one-sided agenda and all voters are receiving a promotional handout before they ballot. No opposing speakers are being allowed to the microphone. "

The University of Minnesota is determined to build a $60-plus million Mental Health Research Center in the middle of Minneapolis' North Side at Plymouth and Penn. Area residents are just as determined to stop it. The neighborhood is hungry for local business enterprise. They want economic development on that prime spot. Jobs are scarce and gang violence is a growing menace. The university finds that situation perfect for their Mental Health Research Center.

The University Northside Partnership (Initiative)
To North Side residents, the U refers to their plan as a "Family Center," but to their own University personnel, the Initiative is a "Research Center." In fact, the U sees the partnership between university planners, mental health researchers and the inner city as a model for the nation. The Minneapolis Star Tribune joined in to editorialize in support of the Center (Jun 29, 2006), dismissing objections, calling for the University to move forward with their plans, and then refusing to print opposition letters from local North Side residents.

At a public meeting in May, 2006, university representatives explained to skeptical parents and residents that they are talking with "many people and organizations to better understand what the community needs are and to develop joint plans to respond to those needs." The fact is, however, that the university has had a plan in place at least since June, 2005, when they hired Dante Cicchetti to head the program, more than a year before residents had heard a whisper of it. A University handout at the May meeting admitted they are "committed to creating a community-based program for Dante Cicchetti" from New York.

Dante Cicchetti holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and child development with minors in behavior genetics, neuroscience and psychophysiology. Behavioral genetics is based on the belief that genetics is the major factor in determining behavior.

Behavioral genetics is extremely controversial. Is there, for example, a genetic marker associated with increased criminal activity? Why would Cicchetti, a behavior geneticist, situate his Mental Health Research Center in a high density minority and high crime area? Residents fear the same intentions as the highly controversial and thoroughly discredited federal Violence Initiative of the 1980's. Black children were compared with "monkeys in the jungle" and targeted for spinal taps and "preventive" psychotropic drug treatment, as chronicled in Dr. Peter Breggin's book The War Against Children of Color.

The University's Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) is also tied into the Northside Initiative. CEED has been a prime mover at the Minnesota legislature to set up an early childhood government system for all and to authorize schools and government to oversee the mental health of our children from birth. " Bridging Education and Mental Health" and the " Minnesota Infant Mental Health Project" are examples of their focus, and CEED is developing an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program. This program would train people in screening and intervening in the mental health of babies, despite admissions by experts of difficulties in diagnosing and despite the lack of scientific evidence for both drug and non-drug treatments.

Cicchetti's plan for studying the problems of Northside children and families "from the molecular level", starting in infancy, has hit a storm of resistance and outrage from parents who have seen their children increasingly labelled and treated with prescription drugs for mental health issues in the schools. While parents, many of them single moms, battle to keep their kids off street drugs, the schools are forcing them onto prescription drugs that are the chemical equivalent of cocaine. Studying their children's genetic make-up and the supposed yet unproven link to mental illness and crime rightly strikes them as racist.

Every Saturday since February, 2006, when the mental health research plan came to light, a protest has formed on the corner of Penn and Plymouth Avenues in North Minneapolis. Carol White, Director of African Americans Acting Together (AACT) has done her research. As a parent, former Minneapolis school board member and community leader, White represents the determination of parents and community members to resist treating their issues of broken families, crime, drugs, and poor school performance as a psychopathology of their infants, toddlers, adolescents and adults.

"We don't want invasive probing, therapy and another government handout," White states. "We want to put our families back in order, get our kids free of drugs, have quality education, and develop businesses so we have jobs in our neighborhoods."

State Mental Health Plans
White has cause for concern. The University's handout linked the Northside Initiative with the Mental Health Action Group. The Action Group has a "Road Map" for change, endorsed by the Pawlenty administration, which is clear about its destination. Some of the purposes stated on page 162 are:
Include mental health in all childhood screening;
Conduct mental health screening in all health care settings;
Incorporate mental health screening in all child care settings;
Create a model for "intervention" for children. [This almost always means drugs.]
In other words, the Road Map is for universal mental health screening for all Minnesota children, a plan that would establish the state as overseer and definer of the mental health of the children of Minnesota. This is unscientific, ineffective, unethical and simply not the role of government in our families.

Data clearly demonstrates that mental health screening is highly unreliable. Mental health screening in children is very subjective and often falsely labels young children for life. It is also very dangerous to the health of our children, because treatment almost always results in prescriptions for powerful, expensive drugs with dangerous, even fatal, potential side effects, including suicide. FDA hearings revealed that 10% of boys in K-12 are currently on medication.

Election Shams
AAACT and a Northside group called Parents Speak Out have given the University notice that a Mental Health Research Center is unwanted in their community. To re-establish credibility, the University partnered with a local organization, the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC), and with the League of Women Voters to have a neighborhood vote on their plan. Senator Linda Higgins was also involved.

The "vote," however, was a sham. "Emails and flyers announcing the election," stated Carol White, "were sent or given to people selected by board members and staff. If you didn't have email or were not a friend or supporter of the Initiative, you would not have known."

"What we experienced in MInnesota last month," White continued, "happened to blacks in Mississippi and Alabama. Parents and residents were denied their God-given right to participate in matters that affect them, their children and families." The "vote" was closed more than an hour before the announced closing time. In an overwhelmingly black neighborhood, seventy-five percent of those allowed to vote were white. Even the University of Minnesota white staff were allowed to vote.

A grievance was filed against the groups overseeing the vote. The grievance denounced the election tactics as oppressive, disrespectful, racist and discriminatory on the part of the University and public officials. It called on the University to cease and desist its Mental Health Research Center process.

A new vote is scheduled for today, August 14th. Once again, balloting is marked by voting irregularities. Election announcements have been spotty. The balloting is limited this time to residents who didn't vote last month, but results from the July election, which was open to anybody, will be merged with today's vote. The latest live report from the single balloting location is that, while residents are voting today, speakers on microphones are promoting the University's one-sided agenda and all voters are given a promotional handout prior to casting their ballot. No opposing speakers or handouts are being allowed. The outrageous sham continues.

In a similar reflection of rising public resistance to universal mental health screening, hundreds of people rallied in Indiana last month to stop a state plan that would subject every Indiana child to mental health testing. According to opponents of the plan it would "steamroll parental rights on mental health issues." One speaker stated, We do not believe government should mandate mental health."

Julie Quist
EdWatch

Jason Lewis, Jason Lewis, Jason Lewis.....

I'm so glad he's back. Jason was talking about the Hennepin County Stadium Boondoggle - and Hennepin County Taxpayers need Jason's help. Jason was unloading on Governor Pawlenty about this nonsense.

I hope Jason continues to flog this issue. Thanks to the Taxpayer's League for Letting Us Know Hearing Dates and Times.

2. You've had a couple of months to stew. Now get ready to vent.
Here's your last chance to tell the Hennepin County Commissioners what you think of their plot to steal $1.1 billion from you and give it to Carl Pohlad (while his sons' profit from the stadium and then ask you to pay more taxes).

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7 PM
Hennepin County Government Center, Board Room, 24th Floor
300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8 PM
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

Thursday, Aug. 24, 8 PM
Maple Grove Government Center, Council Chambers
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove

If you're interested in testifying at the hearings, you should call the County Board Clerk's Office at (612) 348-3081, or contact Carolyn Marinan, Public Affairs (612) 348-5969.


I think Dump Mark Stenglein, Dump Mike Opat and Governor Pawlenty of Tax Increases stickers are in order.

Gavin Sullivan on Bill Luther

This is the the correct quote from Gavin's speech. I copied and pasted the wrong thing. I'm sorry for the error.

You may recall that two cycles ago, a four-term DFL congressman was struggling for his political life in the Second District. A rascal from our own Third District left the DFL and paid to be listed on the ballot in the Second Congressional District on the phony baloney No New Taxes Party. The only reason for this was to bamboozle Second District voters and thwart democracy. That Congressman's failure to condemn the scheme may well have cost the politician his career. I will never condone such ethical lapses—nor will my name ever be associated with assaults upon our noblest principles of democracy.
Source: speech to the May 6, 2006 CD3 DFL Congressional District Convention


Gavin Sullivan is running against Wendy Wilde in the primary.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Why Did Farm Fest Keep Non-Endorsed Female Candidates Out of the Candidate Forum?

From the Becky Lourey Campaign:

August 14, 2006

News Release

Lourey Objects to Short-Circuiting of Democracy
Hatch, party leaders ignore Sept. 12 primary, avoid issues debate

Candidate for Governor Becky Lourey strongly objects to the efforts of Mike Hatch and DFL Party leaders to short-circuit the democratic process by ignoring the Sept. 12 primary to nominate the DFL candidate. Last week, Lourey's request for a debate on the issues was refused by her Sept. 12 primary opponent Mike Hatch.

"Endorsement should never close off the democratic process of selecting candidates at the ballot box," Lourey said. "This effort by party leaders and Mike Hatch to ignore the Sept. 12 primary nomination process is unprecedented and unwise. The DFL Party cannot appear elitist and further alienate Minnesota voters."

Lourey learned that Hatch had refused her request to debate through a radio newscast. In the Hatch campaign response, a spokesperson indicated the debate only should be between Democrats and Republicans. Earlier, Lourey was excluded from the Farmfest debate based solely on the party convention endorsement.

"Democrats can win when we are talking about the issues," Lourey stated in her letter to Hatch. "By defeating Governor Pawlenty and his radical right-wing Republican agenda we Democrats can point our state in a new direction -- away from the politics of division and rancor – and toward improving the lives of Minnesotans.

"Unfortunately, we've mostly seen a battle of personalities among party leaders and media skirmishes," Lourey said. "If only we would start talking about education, health care, personal liberties and energy self-sufficiency, Democrats can show we're on the winning side of those issues.

"My positions on the issues provide a sharp contrast to Tim Pawlenty," Lourey said. "A series of debates would give Attorney General Hatch the same opportunity to finally talk issues."

Senator Becky Lourey, a nationally recognized health care public policy expert, resides in Kerrick in east-central Minnesota. She has 16 years of legislative experience and currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Senate Health and Family Security Committee. Her website is www.BeckyLourey.org.

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For further information, please contact press secretary Jim Robins at 612/597-0214 or by email at james@beckylourey.org.

August 10, 2006

Attorney General Mike Hatch

P.O. Box 75971
Saint Paul, MN 55175

Dear Mike:

I am writing to request that we work together to energize the Governor's race by conducting three DFL primary debates in the coming weeks. Defeating Tim Pawlenty in November is extremely important to the future of our state. By defeating Governor Pawlenty and his radical right-wing Republican agenda we Democrats can point our state in a new direction -- away from the politics of division and rancor – and toward improving the lives of Minnesotans.

I am sure you will agree that choosing the candidate to represent the DFL in the November election is an extremely important decision for primary voters. As such, all primary voters must have an opportunity to hear from both candidates on the issues that matter most in their lives. While I suggest that our campaigns work out the details, I would recommend that we debate in three different locations in the state.

Democrats can win when we are talking about the issues. I look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can begin to settle on the dates and locations for these debates.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Becky Lourey


I contacted the Lourey campaign for more background. Elizabeth Dickenson gave me the scoop.

FarmFest left our campaign a voicemail and said they were only allowing endorsed candidates at their gubernatorial forum "to keep numbers down". They made the decision late last week. Kent Thiesse is the point person.... [contact info deleted]

This is the letter I sent to the Strib, which they published in netlets.

I will be calling Kent tomorrow to get his response.

Dear Star Tribune,

FarmFest decided only to ask endorsed party candidates to participate in the gubernatorial debate this week. Ironically, this meant my candidate was excluded--state Senator Becky Lourey, the only gubernatorial candidate who has actually farmed.

However, it also meant that none of the primary challengers were included in the debate, either. Ironically, all of the gubernatorial primary challengers from the major parties are women. Coincidence?

I would like to remind any debate sponsors that voters have more choices in the September 12th primary than the four men FarmFest chose to invite. Most voters would like to hear the views of ALL the candidates, regardless of gender or party, for as long as they're in the race. That's what democracy is supposed to be about.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Dickinson
St Paul


I will be contacting Farmfest tomorrow for comment. I've contacted the Jeffers campaign, and have not heard back from them.

What is it that makes these candidates afraid to debate their less funded and non-endorsed opponents.

You can contact Farmfest at these email addresses to ask them.

Farm Shows Group Director
Todd Benz
800.827.8007, extension 3337
E-mail: tbenz@farmshows.com

Show Manager
Darren Winfield
800.827.8007, extension 3305
E-mail: dwinfield@farmshows.com

Marketing Staff
Janelle Rydberg
800.827.8007, extension 3328
E-mail: jrydberg@farmshows.com

MAILING ADDRESS
Farmfest
801 East Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN 55337
800.827.8007
952.894.8252
Operations Staff
Wayne Koenig
800.827.8009, extension 4421
E-mail: wkoenig@farmshows.com

Marshall Brown
800.827.8007, extension 3303
E-mail: mbrown@farmshows.com

Sales Staff
Bob Olsen
800.827.8007, extension 3308
E-mail: bolsen@farmshows.com

Wayne Fahrenkamp
800.827.8007, extension 3335
E-mail: wfahrenkamp@farmshows.com


Developing. . .

Over at His Most Footly of Learnedness

I have no problem with linking to Swiftee's Litterbox. I no longer tolerate Swiftee pooping in my comments section. When that happens, it's time to scoop out the litter. He's obviously trolling for attention. His stats are down.

The story of the Swiftee vs Gisleson catfight comes up again. Gislesen conceeds.

The most footly of learnedness writes a snarky post about this (going after Gislesen), and Gislesen and Swiftee go at it in the comments - along with the MOB parrot Mitch Berg.

Don't ya love it when one of these drooling morons bites off more than they can chew? Ah hahaha...It's always just a matter of time before the tear drops fall.

He hehehehahahahahaha!

Do you think there is a special "victims of Swiftee" table at their Thursday night babble-fests?

New comer: "Hi, I'm "da wedge"...and, and (quivering lip)..sniff...I'm a victim of Swiftee"

All: "Hi Alan"

Wedge: "He's...so...mean!" (bitter sobbing)

All: "Group hug...group hug"

Hahaha!
Swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 10:34 am | #

Note to Wege and his readers: Even *I* try not to tick Swiftee off. Doy.
MBerg | 08.14.06 - 2:40 pm | #

Yeah, but I haven't been feeling the love Mitch...where's the LOVE man??

Where's the NIGP top 11 things to love about Swiftee?

Where's the SITD "It was five years ago I met Swiftee XVII"?

Where's Swiftee's guest blogging gig at SCSU Scholars?

Where's Margaret's indepth interview with Swiftee regarding his favorite summer perennials?

Where, for the love of GOD, is "Swiftee can teach Iron Maiden a lot about crushing leftys"?
Swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 3:46 pm | #

Learned Foot, or may I call you Harry?

I was in that alley, and if you're relying on Swiftee for your account of what happened you really don't have much of a clue what happened.

Sick on my ass with the flu I drug myself out of bed down to Swiftee's bar (he refused to come to me) to discuss the way he was trashtalking everyone at New Patriot's comment threads, vilely insulting the host and his wife for having a "gay marriage." [The host is about 5'7", I think his wife is a little taller, and the bullying had been going on for a while before I baited Swiftee into a series of emails trying to get him to focus his anger issues on someone who cared. For a while the New Patriot comment threads all but shut down because no one wanted to deal with him.]

I showed up at the bar to talk first but Swiftee jumped up and made so much noise that he attracted the attention of an off-duty cop at the bar, which is why our "fight" never got past the two middle aged guys circling in an alley stage of ridiculousness.

Had Swiftee tried to land a punch, he would have kicked my ass and I acknowledged as much in a contemporaneous post. But I was willing to take an ass whooping and crawl back to my sick bed with a few lumps rather than keep reading his sick attacks on people who had not sought out a conversation with him.

If Swiftee's telling a different story, he's lying. I've kept my mouth shut about that fight since my one post (now eaten by database failure), but I'd really like to know what the cops said to Swiftee after they sized up the situation and sent me home while keeping him for some more conversation. Pair O'Dice had nothing to say for about two months and then suddenly there was an eruption of vile and obscene ranting about my weight and other alleged attributes.

And Mitch, if Swiftee ever shat in your comments the way he does in ours, you'd think differently about your Swiftee management policy. He wasn't banned for insulting me, he was banned for calling others names, and then only after he was specifically informed of that policy and the consequences of violating it. His gasbagging now is like me spitting at the cops on a picket line then, after they tell me I'm going to get my head busted if I don't stop, I kept it up then whined about it in a post later. Swiftee begged to be banned and he was.

Yeah, I went into an alley with Swiftee, but apparently only one of us left with his honor intact. Bitchslapped? Well, once Swiftee circled and got the streetlight in my eyes, yeah, he knocked my hat off and I never saw it coming. But then the cops pulled up behind us and while I waited for him to throw another punch, we got rousted by two guys young enough to be my nephews.

I stood up for what I believe in and I was willing to take a beating for it. I don't care who wins the fight, I just believe that when the time comes, you fight. And, at the time, Swiftee grudgingly acknowledged some respect for my being there, although I don't think he realized I was barely standing under my own power.

It always amazes me how the let's-go-to-war right projects all these cowardice memes onto the left. Well the left also includes farmers and factory workers (me on two counts), miners, high steel workers and a raft of other folks with balls the size of grapefruits.

So Harry, wallow in your relationship with Swiftee. It's a bed I wouldn't want to climb into. There's no field of honor where you can prove yourself with Swiftee if you disagree with him, so be sure you don't deviate from his patriotic correctness or you too may find yourself behind the Eagle Bar.
Mark Gisleson | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 3:58 pm | #

I don't think I have ever linked to Swiftee. Well if I did, it was an accident.
triple_a | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 4:34 pm | #

“ I drug myself out of bed down to Swiftee's bar (he refused to come to me)”

I don’t do house calls.

“I baited Swiftee into a series of emails trying to get him to focus his anger issues on someone who cared.”

“I showed up at the bar to talk first but Swiftee jumped up and made so much noise that he attracted the attention of an off-duty cop at the bar”

So you say you spent a week e-mailing threats and promises of an ass beating…and you showed up for a nice chat?

Hahaha..sure pal, pull up a chair!..Hahaha

“but I'd really like to know what the cops said to Swiftee after they sized up the situation and sent me home while keeping him for some more conversation.”

The bartender came out and explained that I had been sitting there; minding my own business and a drunk came in and started throwing paper and shouting. He thanked me for hustling your ass out of there and offered to buy me a beer.

"I've kept my mouth shut about that fight since my one post (now eaten by database failure), Pair O'Dice had nothing to say for about two months and then suddenly there was an eruption of vile and obscene ranting about my weight and other alleged attributes."

This “fight” was nothing I’m particularly proud of, as I’ll explain in a minute. My “vile, obscene rant” had to do with some loony crap you were writing..as usual.

"And Mitch, if Swiftee ever shat in your comments the way he does in ours, you'd think differently about your Swiftee management policy."

Mitch doesn’t manage a public toilet.

“Yeah, I went into an alley with Swiftee, but apparently only one of us left with his honor intact. Bitchslapped? Well, once Swiftee circled and got the streetlight in my eyes, yeah, he knocked my hat off and I never saw it coming.”

You sure it wasn’t the wind? LOL!

Listen Mark, can I call you Mark?

First of all, I don’t lie; and I don’t threaten anyone…ever. But I also won’t tolerate a threat from anyone, and I do mean anyone.

I don’t wish to have serious discussions with socialists, communists, progressives or any other member of the “reality based community.

I write POD to put a spotlight on what utter lunacy passes for informed opinion in those quarters, and if given the opportunity, I’ll have a good laugh in lefty comments..so ban away.

Continued...
swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 6:20 pm | #

Gravatar As a result, I’ve received more anonymous threats than I can count; I actually had one moron call my house and threaten my wife…a mistake he won’t ever repeat I assure you.

But for all the talk of what a bastard I am, you of all people should know that I am compassionate.

Drunk, sick, old, whatever...it was immediately clear that you were no threat to anyone; the slap was a compassionate warning for you to go home.

If that wasn’t true, not only wouldn’t you not “have seen it coming”, you’d have no idea what hit you until someone explained it to you much later, ‘cause as I say, I don’t play when it comes to threats.

Showing up to bother me in person doesn’t make you honorable, neither does e-mailing written threats to kick my ass..it makes you stupid.

You are I probably two of the most vitriolic bloggers out here. But the difference is that I can take it as well as dish it out...of course it’s a bit easier when you’ve got a rational point behind the vitriol.

Take a moment to think about what I’ve said here and you may come away with a different perspective.
swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 6:24 pm | #

AAA, I'm sure your mom is proud of you
swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 6:29 pm | #

If that version lets you sleep at night so be it. I've certainly done my share of trolling, and it's a bad habit I'm trying to leave behind. I hope nothing I've ever written has ever left anyone feeling intimidated or like they need to fumigate their comments.

If you didn't like my emails or comments at New Patriot, it's probably because I was speaking to you the way you were speaking to them: rudely.

Mocking someone's marriage because they did a civil commitment (it was a guy and a woman in case anyone is wondering) crossed the line and that's when I started in.

But I guess I should give YOU credit. No one else from the right wing blogs ever leaves comments now that I finally got them working last winter, so I guess they don't take me any more seriously than most lefty blogs take you. Except that some lefty bloggers do take you seriously, and some — much younger, smaller bloggers — are literally afraid of you. And that's why everytime you try to push others around in liberal comment threads, I'm going to stand up to you.

So far as I know I'm the only Democratic blogger you've gone after who's actually bigger than you. So yeah, regardless of how old I'm getting, I'll go back to that alley even if it means ending up in an ICU. I don't back down anymore than you do, and beating me to a bloody pulp won't change my attitude anymore than it's ever changed yours. You can bury me, but you can't change my mind about politics anymore than I can change yours.

Swiftee, you're not going to talk your way out of the fact that you're a troll and that you go into other people's blogs with the intention of picking fights. Trash talk me or others all you like, but it still amounts to the same thing: you're trying to bully people, not educate them or even argue with them.

You've got — according to your posts — a loving wife, a good job and income, and life seems to be going well for you. So what's up with this inability to tolerate liberals? Do you have to insult others in a piece of cyberspace they, not you, are paying for? Say whatever you like at Pair O'Dice and, if you agree not to attack anyone below the rank of state legislator and keep the vitriol directed at me and not my readers (or MNO), I'll unban you.

Oh, and Andy, whether you link to Swiftee's posts or not, you've still got him in your blogroll so I'm not sure what your point was, but kudos for having some balls and commenting.
Mark Gisleson | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 7:52 pm | #

Sweet Jesus.

Mark, Mark, Mark..

You people have taken all meaning from the concepts of "bullying" and "hatred" and "fear" by applying them willy-nilly as your needs dictate...no one even knows what the hell you're talking about anymore.

I don't want to send you or anyone else to the ICU, I don't wish to lay a hand on anyone. I've never popped up to harass anyone personally..I don't send people threatening e-mail.

I'm sincerely dissapointed that you did not mark compassion, and yes, a wee tad of respect, during our alley meeting, 'cause it was present.

I don't want lefty's to fear me personally...who the hell cares about me personally?

I want lefty's to fear the consequences of the chaos they've wrought on society.

You're right..I don't want to educate you, I'm thouroughly convinced that most of you people are beyond reaching. And I don't beat around the bush when it comes to the crap that the left is trying so mightily to strap on America.

Tell ya what.

If you want a perfect example of why I don't tolerate liberals I invite you to read POD tomorrow.

Or else...Ahhahahahahaa!
swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 10:55 pm | #

Gravatar Oh yeah...AAA; better check with mom first..Haha!
swiftee | Homepage | 08.14.06 - 10:56 pm | #

""And Mitch, if Swiftee ever shat in your comments the way he does in ours, you'd think differently about your Swiftee management policy.""

"Mitch doesn’t manage a public toilet."

And, oddly, not only has Swiftee never shat in my comments section - neither have very many people at all. A couple of Evateers, some "Jesus General" droogs, that's about it.

Wonder why that is?

Swiftee and Wege are equally welcome, because I've never had a problem with either.

Foot, on the other hand...
mitch | 08.15.06 - 5:50 am | #

"Yeah, but I haven't been feeling the love Mitch...where's the LOVE man??"

You're posting again!
mitch | 08.15.06 - 5:53 am | #


Developing...

Kudos to the Democrats

I rarely say this. This is the latest AFA bleating:



August 14, 2006

Democrats help block marriage protection amendment

The Washington Briefing - 2006 Values Voter Summit - September 22-24, 2006 Party goes on record in support of homosexual marriage

Dear Eva,

Activists pushing for legalizing homosexual marriage say they will not stop with just homosexual marriage. They demand more. They want government and societal acceptance, approval and financial support for many kinds of relationships, including polygamy.

Activists say that marriage is "not the only worthy form of family or relationship," and it "should not be legally or economically privileged above others." The statement was signed by 270 homosexual rights activists and heterosexual allies.

Other kinds of relationships that they say deserve marriage-like benefits include "committed, loving households in which there is more than one conjugal partner (polygamy)" and "queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households." The goal of the activists is the destruction of traditional marriage.

The Democratic National Committee has developed plans to help the homosexual activists achieve their goal. DNC spokesman Danien LaVera says the DNC has developed a five-point plan to help homosexuals block any legislation which prohibits homosexual marriage, and to push homosexual marriage.

The first successful effort by the Democrats occurred in Illinois where the Democrats donated $10,000 to help the activists keep the marriage protection law off the ballot in that state.

LaVera said the DNC strongly opposes efforts to ban homosexual marriage by amending the federal or state constitutions and that the Democratic party plans to step up efforts to promote pro-homosexual marriage bills in several states.

Democratic parties in eight states have already adopted platforms endorsing homosexual marriage bills. They include New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Here is the 5-point plan LaVera said the Democratic National Committee has developed to fight for homosexual marriage:

* Labeling efforts to ban homosexual marriage as "divisive" ploys by the Republicans and others to deflect voter attention from other important issues, including "the Bush's administration's failed policies."

* Begin a "party-building" operation which includes specific training for state Democratic operatives in all 50 states on how to campaign against ballot measures banning homosexual marriage.

* Working closely with the gay group National Stonewall Democrats to "develop strategy and talking points' to combat state measures defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

* Working cooperatively with homosexual organizations fighting ballot measures in each state where they surface, providing campaign advice, expertise, and logistical and financial support.

* Empowering and organizing homosexual communities around the country with the help of the DNC's new homosexual outreach organizer Brian Bond.



Take Action

1. Sign the NO HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE pledge. Officials of both parties will be notified of the number who sign the pledge. We will not provide either party with your name or email address.

2. Please forward this email to friends and family alerting them about the plans of the Democratic party to help legalize homosexual marriage and abolish the traditional family.
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It's best to ignore the AFA.

Perhaps some of this is because some of Gay ATM donors to the DNC are telling the dems they want more return on investment. I can't imagine Rick Stafford did anything to get this going. This is probably due to the work of National Stonewall Democrats. I've been impressed by John Marble in that group.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Mary Kiffmeyer Is a Very Unprofessional politician

From the Mark Ritchie campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 14, 2006
Contact: James Haggar 612-229-1962
info@markritchie06.net
Minneapolis, MN – Mark Ritchie, the DFL endorsed candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State, released the following statement today: Minnesota voters may be denied the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice because Mary Kiffmeyer personally accepted Independence Party State House candidate Brian Smith's paperwork at the Secretary of State’s Office rather than referring him to Hennepin County Election’s Office as required by state statute. Mr. Smith is now appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court in order to secure his right to be on the primary election ballot on September 12th.

This is not the first time a candidate has been thrown off the ballot due to Kiffmeyer's actions. In 2002, Green Party candidate Jason Samuels was removed from the ballot in Minneapolis, because he used incorrect information posted on the Secretary of State's website to determine his residency. In a concurring opinion in this case, Melendez v O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice Gilbert placed the blame squarely on Secretary Kiffmeyer's shoulders. He wrote: "The Secretary of State committed nonfeasance in not having accurate and timely redistricting information for candidates to rely on before the filing closed… The Secretary of State, as the chief election official of the state, held herself out to be an expert yet produced material misinformation… [T]his mishap occurred in large part because of the Secretary of State's actions and inactions."

These instances are just two examples that demonstrate how Mary Kiffmeyer has put partisanship above professionalism in the administration of elections. Instead of staffing the Elections Division with experienced civil servants, she has filled it with political appointees who don't have the skills or background necessary to do the job. The result is that Minnesota voters are not as well served as they should be or as they have been under previous Secretaries of State, both Democrats and Republicans.

It is time to stop playing politics with our elections. As Secretary of State, I will ensure that nonpartisanship is returned to the office. Minnesota's voters and political candidates will always be able to trust that decisions are based upon the law with an eye toward the best interest of Minnesota voters and that the information given to them is accurate.

Mark Ritchie, the founder of the national voter registration program NOVEMBER 2, is the DFL endorsed candidate for Secretary of State. Go to http://www.markritchie06.net for more information.

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This type of unprofessional behavior is a pattern for Mary Kiffmeyer.

This article really shows more unprofessional conduct by Kent Kaiser, her spokesman.

In the first message, Kaiser's assistant Shaun Denham writes to Strom, "David, Kent asked me to send you the citations on providing things of value for voter registration. 42 USC1973 Let me know if you have any other questions."

Five minutes later, Strom writes back: "I don't see any reference to providing things of value being prohibited. Could you show me? DS."

Denham replies: "It is under subchapter c," which he goes on to quote.

Besides conflicting with the claims of both Strom and Kaiser about how the matter first came to the attention of the secretary of state's office, the e-mail exchange may leave some other questions as well.

Could it possibly matter, for instance, from a legal or political standpoint whether it was Strom or Kaiser who raised the subject first? Yes. The same section of the federal code that Strom accused City Pages of "probably" violating has this to say as well: "No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall...intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for urging or aiding any person to vote or attempt to vote." More plainly put, it is illegal to try to bully people into ceasing their lawful efforts to register people to vote. Statutes such as this seem rarely to be enforced, but the law remains the law.

Contacted about the seeming discrepancy in their memories, Strom and Kaiser both said they had forgotten speaking to each other about the matter before the press release was issued--even though their talk had occurred less than a week earlier, and had provided Strom with the statutory language that he subsequently quoted in his media alert.

In a cover note attached to the e-mail exchange, Kaiser wrote to reporter Paul Demko, "I had forgotten about a phone call that David Strom originally had made to inquire about the law--I passed along that inquiry to my assistant, Shaun Denham, and you can see the e-mail correspondence relevant to answering that inquiry."

Strom likewise told City Pages that he initiated the contact with the SoS's office, though his memory seemed less certain than Kaiser's: "I have to tell you this was a one-off thing for me. I think I called over there [the secretary of state's office] to confirm the law, because obviously I'm not a lawyer. I read the thing and it looked to me like there was a problem there. I called over, and said what's the law? I forget whether it was he [Kaiser] or someone else there that sent me something....

"I called him to get his advice on it, because after all he works for the secretary of state. At the end of the day, I don't know all the ins and outs of this stuff. He was a pretty natural guy to go to." But when reporter Mike Mosedale reminded Strom that he initially claimed the secretary of state's office must have learned of his complaint from the press release, he answered this way: "I might have called him up. He sure heard about it. I don't remember the specifics of it, to be perfectly blunt. This has not been the most significant moment in my life."


When you meet Kiffmeyer, she comes across as a pleasant person. Her actions in office have been appalling.

City Pages has reported on many of her greatest hits.

Gotta Hand it to the Drama Queen

This post made my day.



Brodkorb's caption:

Failed congressional candidate Janet Robert and former congressman Bill Luther partying at the captiol [sic]


Flash, a Bill Luther supporter commented:

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Once again, there is no there there! Can somone explain to me why this is even an issue other then to publish more slime in order to assist the GOP's innexperienced unprepared sacrifical lamb empty suit in his long shot AG bid.

And for the record, Bill has never been a lobbyist. The Fox 9 video and MDE's post is inappropriate and irresponsible journalism. But what else is new from MDE and Faux News.

Flash

Comment by Flash — August 14, 2006 @ 5:24 pm


I've heard Jeff Johnson speak a number of times. There are a number of issues where he and I disagree, but I've always thought him to be a serious and thoughtful legislator. He's not a let's grandstand in the press Mike Hatch type. I very much appreciate his vote against the stadium boondoggle. I wish he could have convinced others in his party to do the same.

I went up to the hearing on the Bachmann amendment that he led in Grand Rapids. I disagree with him on the Bachmann amendment (that goes without saying), but I thought he conducted the hearing in a respectful way.

Will the Public Hearings on the Stadium Boondoggle Get Televised?

A Hennepin County Source told me that the County Board will be discussing and voting on whether to televise the public hearings on the stadium tomorrow. Give your county commissioner a call and insist that these hearings get televised - and shown on all the public access stations in Hennepin County.

Meanwhile, it's going to be important for people who know how to use video equipment to go to the hearings and tape them.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Walk for Justice for Minnesota Women's Political Caucus Bleg

Here.

On September 17, I will be joining 2,000 people to raise money and celebrate work for justice and peace. Please support my Walk for Justice!
As you may know, I'm on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus. This September our organization is participating in the Walk for Justice so we can raise funds to support our work.

The Walk for Justice is organized and financed by Headwaters Foundation. This means that most of the leg-work is done for participating groups so we can focus on raising support for our organization. This event allows nonprofits and small grassroots groups, like MWPC, to raise awareness, solidarity, visibility and financial support for the work we do to impact social change. Unlike other such walks, the Walk for Justice is about raising funds for MWPC, NOT for Headwaters or for just one cause.

The Walk for Justice is an excellent way for us to raise much-needed funds. Our organizational goal is to raise $8000. My personal goal is to raise $500. While you probably know about my involvement in MWPC, you can learn more about us by visiting www.mnwpc.org.

The funds we are raising through this event will help us to support our Campaign Assistance Program during a vital election year in Minnesota. The Campaign Assistance Projects gives practical assistance to MNWPC endorsed candidates to get elected. The more we can raise, the more we can help our 2006 endorsed candidates.

Your support of me and the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus through sponsorship, no matter how large or small, would be much appreciated. Could you support me with a donation to MWPC?

Thank you so much for considering the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus in your month's giving priorities!

The Pearl Clutching Drama Queen

Tild nails it. Tild does excellent photoshop work. This is an example.

Chance to Let the Hennepin County Board know what you think

From the Taxpayers League E Update:

2. You've had a couple of months to stew. Now get ready to vent.
Here's your last chance to tell the Hennepin County Commissioners what you think of their plot to steal $1.1 billion from you and give it to Carl Pohlad (while his sons' profit from the stadium and then ask you to pay more taxes).

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7 PM
Hennepin County Government Center, Board Room, 24th Floor
300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8 PM
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

Thursday, Aug. 24, 8 PM
Maple Grove Government Center, Council Chambers
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove

If you're interested in testifying at the hearings, you should call the County Board Clerk's Office at (612) 348-3081, or contact Carolyn Marinan, Public Affairs (612) 348-5969.