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Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Trouble With Mary - The Saga Continues

The Drama Queen wasn't happy with Tim OBrien and the Blog House. The black helicopters are circling over at his blog.

Mary Kiffmeyer could learn alot from Judy Johnson - who ran in a hotly contested legislative race and barely lost. Judy conceded gracefully, and mentioned her opponent Terri Bonoff positively, during her retirement party recognising her service as Mayor of Plymouth.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Another Idiotic Statement by Don Samuels

Doug Grow reports on the city council meeting discussing the Bonnie Bleskachek situation.

At Friday's council meeting, Council Member Don Samuels suggested that the city might need to devise new rules of behavior surrounding gay and lesbian people.

Other council members quickly responded to Samuels' suggestion.

"Lesbianism has nothing to do with the egregious behavior in this case," said Council Member Ralph Remington.

Remington's right. Abuse is abuse, regardless of sexual orientation.

The behavior of the now-former chief might have even caused future mayors to pause before promoting someone within the ranks to a post such as fire or police chief.

Had Bleskachek been hired from outside the Minneapolis Fire Department, she would have been easier to get rid of. But when she was promoted, she took her civil service protections with her. Those protections mean she might ultimately have won the right to return to her old job.

Certainly, Bleskachek isn't the first person who has been dumped in a cubicle and sentenced to shuffling paper.


KARE 11 has video on this story here.

Bloghouse on Mary Kiffmeyer's Lack of Professionalism

Here
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The first transition meeting was held Thursday. In attendance were Kiffmeyer; Ritchie; Beth Fraser, a Ritchie senior staffer and soon-to-be director of intergovernmental affairs, and, of course, rabidly partisan blogger Michael Brodkorb of Minnesota Democrats Exposed (1).

No, Kiffmeyer's not political at all.

For something important like a transition meeting, you'd think Kiffmeyer would invite an aide to attend, as Ritchie did.

"Mark brought one of his campaign people with him -- a very adversarial, political operative campaign person [Fraser]," Kiffmeyer said in an interview. "I kind of thought that might happen. And I wanted someone. I didn't want to involve my official staff or any of my campaign people ... [I wanted] someone who would be able to be an advocate for me."

No one better than Brodkorb for that role. When you're looking for Republican water to be carried, look no further than MDE.

And he came through. The brief meeting was in the early morning; Brodkorb had an anti-Ritchie post up by noon.

**********snip*************

Kiffmeyer said she was "shocked" that Brodkorb was posting about the meeting: "If I had known that, I would have told him not to." But she wouldn't commit to asking him to relent from future posts.


What a sore loser.

Sore Loser Mary Kiffmeyer

What a sore loser the recently unelected Secretary of State is. She recently invited the Drama Queen to observe a meeting between her, and her successor, Mark Ritchie. The question is did he write his posts about this before or after he observed this.

Holocaust Museum Board Rebukes Board Member Dennis Prager for "Intolerant" Comment


New York Times
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In its resolution, the council’s executive committee criticized Mr. Prager's remarks as "antithetical to the mission of the museum as an institution promoting tolerance and respect for all peoples regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity."

Mr. Prager, one of 68 members of the board, known as the Holocaust Memorial Council, was appointed to the unpaid post by President Bush, and is serving a five-year term, which expires in 2011, said Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the council.

Mr. Hollinger said Mr. Bush had the sole power to remove Mr. Prager.


Prager really spins:

Mr. Prager said Muslim American groups and others had pressured the museum board. "Everybody knows there's no bigotry in what I said, but they felt they had to do it," he said in an interview.

"I completely respect Congressman-Elect Ellison's right to take an oath on the Koran, and regret any language that suggested otherwise," Mr. Prager added in a statement, emphasizing that he began reaching out to the Muslims 20 years ago. "My entire effort in the Keith Ellison matter has been to draw attention to the need to acknowledge the Bible as the basis of America's moral values. Judeo-Christian values are the greatest single protection against another Holocaust."


It's not just the muslim groups that are appalled by Dennis Prager's assanine comments. The New York Times also asks for comment from the White House:

In response to questions about Mr. Bush's reaction to Mr. Prager's remarks, Nicole M. Guillemard, a spokeswoman for the White House, said by e-mail that President Bush "respects religious freedom and the right to free speech."

Ms. Guillemard did not respond to questions about whether Mr. Bush believed that Mr. Prager should resign or be removed.


Prager's appointment to the board does reflect on President Bush.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ambulance Chasers Suing Over "Anti-Christian Discrimination" Again

This time this is because two employees preyed over the desk of a co-worker, and anointed the area with olive oil. The employer, the University of Texas - Arlington - is what is known as a "deep pocket".

If someone did that to my cube at work, I'd feel a little creeped out.

The spelling of "prey" was intentional.

Mac Hammond's Cult Following Unhappy with City Pages

They've written letters to the editor.

No Silk Purses from This Sow(#)

The truly pathetic thing about Pastor Mac Hammond is that he and his ilk (e.g., Pat Robertson and his alleged "law" of reciprocity) base this crock on their perversion of the "Parable of the Sower." In the parable, Christ is not talking about the sowing of cash, but rather, the word of God.

Mark Tarnowski
Minneapolis

Vengeful, and Maybe Yellow(#)

One definition of yellow journalism is "unethical or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or individual journalists." I would use this definition to describe CP writer Beth Hawkins, except that I don't know if she is a journalist.

Ms. Hawkins's recent story on Mac Hammond and Living Word church seems more like a revenge piece, because of the election of Michele Bachmann, than anything else. It's clear that she's never even met Mac Hammond when she describes him as "tall, broad-shouldered, and perpetually tan." Ms. Hawkins made no mention of the positive impact Mac Hammond and Living Word have had on the Twin Cities. Club 3 Degrees is a light in the midst of the strip clubs and bars in downtown Minneapolis. Compassion Center feeds, clothes, and provides a place of worship for the poor in the inner city.

Strangely enough, there is a quote by some obscure writer/critic insinuating that members of Living Word types of churches help themselves and not others. Nothing could be further from the truth. All studies and surveys demonstrate that evangelicals give more per capita to help the needy than any other segment of the population. Please ask Ms. Hawkins to do a follow-up story for which she does some honest in-depth research and actually interviews Mac Hammond.

Mark Johnson
Minneapolis


There are two more letters posted on CP's website. I hope other media outlets follow up with coverage of the scam otherwise known as Living Word Christian Center.

Comments on Westover's Column at Gay Blog Eleventh Avenue South and Minnesota Monitor

Craig Westover must have struck a nerve
And you didn't answer his points.

The 1993 human rights act was signed by Republican governor Arne Carlson - and was supported by Rep. Tim Pawlenty, and Sen Dean Johnson (who was a republican at the time).

The 93 human rights act was over 10 years old. Minnesota still has a sodomy law in the statutes (it's overturned in the courts) - but why can't the legislature repeal that nonsense. In my opinion, it's embarrassing that we still have that statute on our books.

The DFL treats gays like a cheap date - and as long as gays continue to act like a cheap date, we'll get treated like that - when it comes to getting legislation passed.

Posted by: Eva Young at December 20, 2006 10:57 PM

I'm definitely not giving the DFL a free pass. I'm pointing out that it's disingenious for Westover to be aligned with the GOP, a party that makes no qualms about it's anti-gay policies, to take the DFL to task for going to slow on progress. I'm sure the DFL would pick up the issues much faster if the GOP didn't pounce on every pro-gay statement made by a DFLer. The DFL should have more backbone, but the GOP and it's friends at the Family Council are the monkeywrench in the works.

If Westover feels strongly enough to pen a piece on the same-sex marriage issue, why doesn't he focus on the party that holds gays back: the GOP?

Posted by: Andy at December 20, 2006 11:23 PM

Pawlenty has since stated that he regrets having supported the '93 HR Act.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 21, 2006 07:54 AM

At least Westover has the balls to speak out within his party. Where are the DFLers who "support" us? They don't have the balls to criticize anyone in thier own party. I suppose, though, that they are legitimately scared with the way DFLers witchhunt people out of their party who disagree with or criticize the party leaders.

Posted by: DavidD at December 21, 2006 08:04 AM

It's disingenuous for the DFL to claim to be friends of the gay community, when in reality they deliver nothing - and Craig asks a reasonable question.

I'll agree that he should also be holding republicans accountable on this one - he did not call Michele Bachmann out for her rabid anti-gay bigotry on this one.

Posted by: Eva Young at December 21, 2006 08:24 PM

I just think that...
If Westover feels strongly enough to pen a piece on the same-sex marriage issue, why doesn't he focus on the party that holds gays back: the GOP?

Progress 10 years ago is progress. And Pawlenty has since regretted his vote. "Tim Pawlenty led the fight against domestic partnership benefits in 2002 when he was House Majority Leader. In 1993 he voted to include sexual orientation in the Minnesota Human Rights Act, but as a candidate for governor he said this vote was his biggest regret."
by: Andy Birkey @ Dec 20, 2006 -- 11:37 PM CST
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*[new] Westover Has Penned Multiple Columns on Gay Marriage
He has challenged many conservatives to rethink the issue. In this column, he asked reasonable questions.

Under the IP's Jesse Ventura, state workers got domestic partner benefits. After Pawlenty won, the Dems willingly sold old gays (as did the labor unions) - and the negotiated contracts were ratified, with the negotiated language about domestic partner benefits removed.

Other states have had much more progress on gay issues.

Outfront raises money on the idea that they've got to be there to "keep the 93 human rights act intact". In fact, when Arlon Lindner introduced that bill to repeal the act, house republicans had no intention of bringing that one up for a hearing.
by: lloydletta @ Dec 21, 2006 -- 8:50 PM CST


More recently, they raised money to help keep from writing discrimination into the constitution. They chose a largely invisible strategy of helping DFL candidates - but doing under the radar field work, so candidates didn't have to deal with having to explain support from the gay community.

Is Dean Zimmermann Writing His Autobiography?

Funny thing I noticed... a former Green Party Minneapolis councilman is convicted in Federal Court on 3 counts of bribery... he admits to being a habitual marijuana smoker and what do the right-wing bloggers have to say about it? Nothing that I can see on Technorati or Google.

You have to go to the Minneapolis Issues for a variety of public opinion on the sentencing of Gary Dean Zimmermann.

Park Board Commissioner and Green Party member Annie Young writes:

And Dean has said he wants to write. And one of his best friends (Leah Rogne, a professor) wants to write his autobiography so therefore they already talked about how to get these past 64 years down on paper. He said"
Give him the questions, and he will write the answer". Quite a story it will turn out being. After all, what else will he have to do over the next 30 months??? :-)


Annie Young gives us this little bit of biographical information about Zimmermann from the early 1970's:

For those of us who are close to Dean honestly believe he will be just fine when all is said and done. After all, when he left Minneapolis the last time for an extended period was after the Co-op Wars when he was exiled to
Louisiana and North Dakota. He was very lonely and certainly missed everybody here but he survived, made the best of the situation and life went on. Just as it does for all of us. I am sure those 3+ years will be included in his book.


I would be very interested in reading that as well. Apart from Craig Cox's "Storefront Revolution", there is very little historical information about Zimmermann's activities when he was with the Coop Organization in the 1970's(CO later the "O") which was been described as a "political cult" in another book.

However, if all the information in this autobiography comes from Zimmermann, I doubt that the book will be an honest account. Zimmermann's trial revealed that he has a serious difficulty telling the truth... perhaps as a result of smoking marijuana every day for 30 years.

So, in the interest of balance, I've decided to write an unauthorized biography of the former Councilman. I invite readers to send me historical information. I am particularly interested in the following:

  • Zimmerman's activities during the 1970's. In particular his involvement in the "O" and his subsequent "exile" and his return.

  • A rumored incident that took place while Zimmermann was on the Park Board.

  • Zimmermann's collaboration with right-wing Republicans like Rep. Mark Olson and State Senator (now Congresswoman) Michele Bachmann.

  • Zimmermann's anti-LRT activites and his promotion of "Personal Rapid Transit".

    ..and anything else that belongs in Gary Dean Zimmermann's biography... send all tips and info to Ken Avidor at ken.avidor@gmail.com.

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  • Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Wednesday Tiger Blogging

    Great Youtube video of Tigers.

    Wingnuttery

    Congresscritter Virgil Goode on Keith Ellison and the Quran. Read Goode's complete unhinged rant here.

    James Dobson and Michael Medved are concerned that the movie Happy Feet promotes homosexuality.

    Then an article in Worldnet Daily claims that soy makes kids gay.

    Will the DFL Provide Return on Investment to Gay Supporters?

    Craig Westover writes about it in this week's column.

    Given its druthers, the DFL-controlled Legislature would prefer to bury the debate along with the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage, which the DFL buried in Senate committee last session. I oppose the amendment. But for the DFL to kill the debate without questioning the wisdom of the current Minnesota law banning same-sex marriage may be, for same-sex couples, "the unkindest cut of all."

    It was the DFL that decried an ambitious Republican for divisive rhetoric portending the downfall of Western civilization if Adam married Steve or Anna married Eve. The DFL criticized a "national-ambition-denyin' " governor for a rant that included criticism of "gay-marriage-supportin' " liberals. It criticized the ambition of a Republican Party that would exploit same-sex marriage as a get-out-the-vote wedge issue.

    It was the DFL that proclaimed it fought the good fight to keep the Minnesota Constitution free from what it alternately described as discrimination and homophobia. A ban on same-sex marriage, said the DFL, is embedded in Minnesota law, which protects us from same-sex couples. The DFL told us that, and as a Marc Antony might point out, the DFL is an honorable party.


    Read the whole thing.

    UPDATE: Craig Westover must have hit a nerve. Andy Birkey is very defensive over at Minnesota Monitor and Eleventh Avenue South.

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    Bleating from the FRC

    Help Us Fight for the Family in the New Congress

    Fight for the Family in the New Congress!
    December 19, 2006 |
    Dear Friend:

    Members of Congress have gone home for the Christmas break, but it's just "the calm before the storm." When the new Congress convenes here in just two weeks, we expect a growing assault on pro-family and pro-life values. We need your help -- and your financial support -- to meet this assault head-on.

    Over the past year, you've helped us have a tremendous impact on the national policy debates. Through your action - responding to alerts, contacting friends, voting on Election Day, offering prayers - and your generosity to FRC, you've kept our political leaders aware of the convictions of pro-family Americans.

    The people spoke on Election Day and put a liberal majority in power. We don't believe for a minute, however, that our fellow Americans were sending a message that they want things like higher taxes on families, publicly funded embryo-killing, the end of abstinence programs, national health care, and the weakening of man-woman marriage. Unfortunately, the new leaders in Congress and their radical allies may see it differently.

    Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank and their friends are likely to use stealth tactics to advance every radical liberal cause imaginable. They'll be backed by well-funded groups, from Planned Parenthood to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

    FRC must be ready to fight back, to counter anti-family policies and activist judges, and to keep working to strengthen marriage and protect unborn children. That's why it's so important that FRC finish 2006 financially strong. Year-in and year-out, friends like you have helped us meet our budget and develop policy ideas like the Defense of Marriage Act, child online protection laws, and the $1,000-per-child tax credit.

    Now, new ideas and new strategies are needed. We ask your help in creating a war chest that will allow us to win the battles we must wage to protect the family and its rights in areas like medical care, sex education, and schooling. We have no illusion that our funds will match those of our opponents - but our intensity and our endurance can and will exceed theirs.

    Knowing you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us is a source of hope and encouragement as we prepare for 2007. Your support will ensure that FRC is equipped for every key battle. Your special year-end gift will be a true boost to our efforts. If it's not a financial hardship for you now, please consider including us among the nonprofits you support.

    If you've already sent a tax-deductible year-end gift, please accept my sincere thanks. But if you haven't yet had a chance, or if you can even give again, please consider doing so today. You can make a secure gift online right now by clicking here.

    Together, God willing, our hard work and determination will amaze the pundits, surprise our opponents, encourage our friends, and make 2007 a year of renewed progress for faith, family and freedom.

    Thank you for partnering with us, and may God bless you and your family this Christmas and in the New Year.


    The FRC lost big. There's no sugar coating that one.

    Patrick Sammon Named Log Cabin Republican President

    Malcontent comments:

    The Log Cabin Republicans national board today officially named its interim president, Patrick Sammon, to the permanent job, replacing the "other" Patrick, surname Guerriero. (Sammon's appointment comes just days after the rumor mill buzzed with speculation that Robert Traynham, aide to outgoing Sen. Rick Santorum, would land the gig.)

    I've known Sammon for a few years now. He's affable and steady, and his media background will make him especially effective, like his predecessor, as a communicator for Log Cabin's mission.

    Less well-known is his leadership style and where he intends to take the organization.

    Sammon comes to the helm just as several opposing forces are buffeting LCR. The group is reeling from revelations that its former chairman is a massive tax cheat, which can't exactly be good for fundraising calls.

    But the real tug-of-war is political. On the one hand, a sizeable number of gay conservatives and Republicans (personified by people like Bruce Carroll) still have a hefty chip on their shoulder over LCR's $1 million ad buy in 2004 against the Bush administration's efforts to add a ban on gay marriage to the Constitution. They argue that, as a nominally Republican group, LCR has not been conservative enough.

    On the other hand, there are those — myself included — who are so disgusted at Republicans' abdication of their foundational principles (freedom for all, states' rights, smaller government) that we blanch at membership in a group with the "R" word in its name.


    There's always been internal disagreement within Log Cabin Republican on this point. I anticipate this will continue.

    Dan Blatt over at Gay Patriot predictably, pans the choice.

    Zimmermann Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years

    The Strib:

    U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery, in handing down the sentence, said that Zimmermann, 64, can have his sentence reduced by seven months if he completes a drug treatment program. Montgomery said Zimmermann admitted to being a regular user of marijuana and drinking beer.

    She said Zimmermann must report for prison on Jan. 28 and that she will recommend that he serve his time at the federal facility in Yankton, S.D.


    Flashback to 2005:

    He requested to serve his time at the minimum-security facility in Yankton, South Dakota, and that he be allowed to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.


    Who said that?

    Zimmermann's old pal Basim Sabri.

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    Senator Sam Brownback - Crazy as a bedbug, and proud of it...

    From the NY Times


    December 19, 2006
    Senator Removes His Block on Federal Court Nominee
    By NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 — Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who blocked the confirmation of a woman to the federal bench because she attended a same-sex commitment ceremony for the daughter of her long-time neighbors, says he will now allow a vote on the nomination.

    Mr. Brownback, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said in a recent interview that when the Senate returned in January, he would allow a vote on Janet Neff, a 61-year-old Michigan state judge, who was nominated to a Federal District Court seat.

    Mr. Brownback, who has been criticized for blocking the nomination, said he would also no longer press a proposed solution he offered on Dec. 8 that garnered even more criticism: that he would remove his block if Judge Neff agreed to recuse herself from all cases involving same-sex unions.

    In an interview last week, Mr. Brownback said that he still believed Judge Neff’s behavior raised serious questions about her impartiality and that he was likely to vote against her. But he said he did not realize his proposal — asking a nominee to agree in advance to remove herself from deciding a whole category of cases — was so unusual as to be possibly unprecedented. Legal scholars said it raised constitutional questions of separation of powers for a senator to demand that a judge commit to behavior on the bench in exchange for a vote.

    Mr. Brownback said that he believed Judge Neff’s attendance at the 2002 ceremony merited further investigation, but that he had not meant to set any precedent with his proposal. “It was the last day of the session and I was just trying to provide some accommodation to see if we could make this thing go forward,” he said.

    He said that “this is a big hot-button issue” and that Judge Neff had not made it clear that her presence at the ceremony did not mean she could not rule without bias in deciding cases involving same-sex unions. “I’d like to know more factually about what took place,” he said.

    On Oct. 12, Judge Neff answered a long list of written questions from Mr. Brownback. In her letter, she said she would decide any cases that came before her according to the law and the Constitution and would not be guided by her personal views. That is the same pledge that several conservative Republican judicial nominees made when asked whether their blunt personal statements opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriages would affect their performance on the bench.

    Mr. Brownback, a member of the Judiciary Committee who supported those other nominees, has tried to put himself forward as the Republican presidential contender who best represents the interests of the nation’s conservative religious community.

    In her letter, Judge Neff said she had attended the ceremony in Massachusetts as a guest, not as a presiding jurist. As the ceremony occurred before Massachusetts’s highest court approved same-sex unions, it did not have any legal validity.

    One of the women in the ceremony, Judge Neff wrote, was the daughter of a family who had lived next door for 26 years. She said the families were so close that the woman was, in effect, a part of her family and was like a big sister to her own daughters. She said that she had delivered a homily at the ceremony and that “it was no different than being asked by my own daughters to be part of an important event in their lives.”

    Charles Fried, a Harvard Law School professor and leading conservative scholar, said Mr. Brownback’s actions were improper. “First of all, people go to parties for all sorts of reasons,” Professor Fried said, and how one would rule on a case should not be inferred from that private activity.

    Further, he said, “It would be inappropriate for the judge to recuse herself from any such case because it is a judge’s duty to sit on cases” unless there is a clear conflict of interest. There would be a genuine conflict of interest, he said, if the judge had a financial interest in a case’s result or had been associated with one of the parties in the case.

    “For her to agree to any such restriction in this case would be wrong,” said Professor Fried, who has been both a judge and the solicitor general of the United States.

    Judge Neff’s nomination was included in a package of more than a dozen nominees whose confirmation had been agreed upon by both Democrats and Republicans. Mr. Brownback’s objections held up the whole roster of nominees.

    Mr. Brownback said that when Judge Neff was renominated in January, he would insist only that the nomination not be approved in a voice vote, but one in which each senator is obliged to record a personal vote.



    Would the Senator's logic also apply if a judicial nominee went to a religious gathering, and another Senator demanded that the nominee recuse themselves from any cases re: the establishment clause?

    I hope this guy makes a huge, well-funded run for President. It will provide lots of comedy material.

    Monday, December 18, 2006

    Mac Hammond to Living Word Employees: Tithe 10% Or Else!

    Minnesota Monitor has the story. City Pages reports on the scam otherwise known as Living Word Christian Center.

    Former Mpls Councilman Gary Dean Zimmermann to be Sentenced Tuesday

    From Zimmermann's message to his supporters in David Shove's Progressive Calendar,;

    A sentencing date has been set for 1:30 pm, Tuesday, December 19th. This will take place on the 13th Floor of the Mpls Federal Court House, the same building where the trial was held. I expect that I will have to report to a prison sometime around January 16th. Any appeals will be filed at time of sentencing. Right now we have not made any decisions about what appeals may be made or on what grounds.


    The e-mail goes on about a "Last Supper" to be held in his honor by his supporters.

    The same post in the Progressive Calendar has a message from 2005 Minneapolis City Council candidate Dave Bicking:

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, we find out what Dean's sentence will be on the three charges he was convicted of last August. Please join us at the sentencing:

    Tuesday, December 18, 1:30pm Sentencing of Dean Zimmermann in the courtroom of Judge Ann Montgomery, 13th floor of the Federal Building, 300 S. 4th St, in downtown Mpls.

    Dean and Jenny have appealed for supporters to come if they are able. They are heartened by the over 130 letters written to the judge supporting Dean and asking for leniency. Let's show our support publicly tomorrow!

    Here is Dean and Jenny's take on what to expect: "While there is no question that the many - over 100! - letters sent to Judge Montgomery will have a positive impact, there is no reason for us to believe that she will deviate a great deal from the Federal sentencing guidelines. These guidelines are 30-37 months imprisonment. The Federal Prosecutor's office is asking the judge to sentence Dean to 36-48 months. .... The likelihood that the Judge will sentence Dean solely to community service for a period of time is not high."

    [For comparison, Brian Herron received a one year sentence in 2002, lowered from a federal guideline of 2-1/2 years due to his cooperation in collecting evidence against the briber Basim Sabri - who received a 33 month sentence. Joe Biernat received a one year and nine month sentence in 2003 from the same judge who will be sentencing Dean. Biernat, however, was found not guilty on the bribery charge, and was sentenced for five lesser charges.]

    If he is sentenced to prison, Dean will be starting his sentence sometime in the second half of January, 2007.

    Though a sentence of probation or community service would be a huge relief, we should remember that any sentence at all is excessive and unwarranted, because Dean is clearly innocent of any criminal act. Bribery involves the intent to solicit or accept money in exchange for favors done. Those of us who know Dean well can safely say that Dean would never have that intent.

    In reality, this case has nothing to do with bribes, corruption, or even ethics or campaign financing. This is about Dean being set-up by the FBI due to his long history of political activism. The FBI has been watching and keeping files on Dean for at least 40 years. Dean is headed for federal prison because of what he has done RIGHT all his lifetime, not for anything he has done wrong.

    If Dean goes to prison, he will be a political prisoner by any definition I have ever heard. We should support him tomorrow, and we should continue to support him, as such.

    I hope to see as many of you as possible tomorrow, --Dave Bicking

    PS. Mark your calendars now: Saturday, January 6, 5pm Quaker meeting for worship, 6pm potluck dinner at the Friends Meeting House, 1725 Grand Ave., St. Paul. A going-away party, or as they are calling it, a "Last Supper" for Dean.


    Zimmermann... a...political prisoner!?! ... yeah, right. Political prisoners aren't treated as nicely as Zimmermann has... they let him spend the holidays with his family before sending him to jail. When Zimmmermann is shipped off to jail in January, he will likely be doing time at a minimum security prison with other white collar criminals.

    I was in the courtroom when the FBI videos were played and they were damning. For notes on those videos and everything else that happened during the 8 days of the Zimmermann trial go to the Minneapolis Confidential Blog.

    Not all the Greens are drinking the Kool-Aid::

    Dean is not going to prison for building a damned retaining wall.
    Not sure all the other accusations are accurate either,

    Get your facts straight, please.
    Annie Young


    It's too bad that there are still people who think that Zimmermann is innocent.... they're in for a shock when those videos are released.

    Zimmermann Wikipedia page HERE.

    Zimmermann at the 2006 Mayday Parade:

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    Dave Bicking was there too:

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    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    We Don't Want No Choo Choo Trains

    Over on Residual Forces.