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Monday, December 31, 2007

Why Did the MOB Parrot Pull the Shootie Awards?

A tipster sent me a link and an excerpt to a post by the MOB Parrot Mitch Berg that attacked Karl Bremer. The post was pulled when I went to it - and is not available through the google cache.

By Mitch

The Minnesota Monitor “Do As We Say, Not As We Do” Award For Grating Hypocrisy - Karl Bremer - dyspeptic anti-Michele Bachmann obsessive from Stillwater - made huge waves when, mirabile dictu, nearly every left-leaning regional simultaneously tripped onto a month-old, native-American-bashing post at “Anti-Strib”. ...


Actually I stumbled on this post a few days after it was posted and called attention to it here. The post was then discussed at Democratic Underground, Norwegianity, the Cucking Stool and possibly elsewhere on left leaning blogs.

After the Daily Mole published Karl Bremer's response to the post, Michael Brodkorb from Minnesota Democrats Exposed, an A-list conservative blogger, yanked his link to Anti-Strib from his Daily Reads and posted that "Anti-Strib Post Titled 'Dirt Worshiping Heathens' is Racist." Mitch Berg responded by defending the post by saying people didn't understand the context - that Tracy was responding to an annoying commenter, Doug. He later backed down. Now it appears he's gone back to his original views.

And while Anti-Strib got ripped pretty soundly by the local Sorosphere (and, let’s not forget,

Tracy Eberly’s piece last week last month, which the local Sorosphere has been tossing about like a bunch of poo-flinging monkeys, had some
background - an ...


I talked to another blogger who had read the entire post - and said that Berg had clearly put time into it, so it was odd that he would remove it. Were others in the MOB or in the Northern Alliance Radio Network telling him this was embarrassing?

UPDATE: The post is back up again but edited a bit.

And while Anti-Strib got ripped pretty soundly by the local Sorosphere (and, let’s not forget, a fair chunk of the regional dextrosphere), there was deafening silence about a comment Bremer himself left on a post at “Dump Bachmann“:

I thought I saw the name Drew Emmer among those arrested with Larry Craig for cruising MSP airport bathrooms for anonymous sex. I could be wrong, but Emmer’s behavior and comments seem oddly similar in both form and content to Craig’s.

There was never a comment from anyone involved in The [decreasingly relevant] Dump, or any other leftyblog outlet, about Bremer’s slander.

Being the darling of the local Sorosphere means not needing basic ethics.


This comment by Karl Bremer was in response to Drew Emmer leaving this comment on the DB blog.

I asked the question last week during a polite exchange with Bill Prendergast, a regular poster at dumpbachmann.com, and a former writer for the Stillwater Gazette. The question was "Do you know the identity of the "Stillwater Infidel aka NSA"?

The reason I asked is because a number of posts on dumpbachmann.com sounded oddly similar in both form and content to the type of material posted by Stillwater Infidel aka NSA.


At the time this comment was left, I responded point by point. You can see that response here.

However for the purpose of this post, Karl Bremer's comment was a snarky response to Drew's "when did you stop beating your wife" questions on Dump Bachmann. The comment was clearly satirical (as many of Karl's comments are).

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Excellent Parody Videos of the Presidential Campaign

Check them out. He's got some coverage on ÇNN.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Feral Cats on Rat Patrol

LA Times:


They are the homeless of the domestic animal world -- colonies of feral cats that roam residential neighborhoods and lurk around office buildings and commercial garages, scavenging for food.

Unlike other strays that might rub up against a leg hoping for a crumb or a head rub, these felines are so unaccustomed to human contact that they dart away when people approach. Feral cats cannot be turned into house pets. When they end up in municipal shelters, they have little hope of coming out alive.


On the job
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But one animal welfare group has figured out a way to save their lives and put them to work in Los Angeles. The Working Cats program of Voice for the Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal advocacy and rescue group, has placed feral cats in a handful of police stations with rodent problems, just as the group placed cats in the rat-plagued downtown flower district several years ago -- to great effect.

Six feral cats were recently installed as ratters in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division, and another group will be housed at the Central Division early in the new year.

Their reputation as furtive and successful exterminators grew after feral cats were introduced to the parking lot of the Wilshire Division nearly six years ago. Rats had been burrowing into the equipment bags that bicycle officers stored in outside cages; inside the facility, mice were sometimes scurrying across people's desks.

"Once we got the cats, problem solved," said Cmdr. Kirk Albanese, a captain at the Wilshire station at the time. "I was almost an immediate believer."

After Albanese moved to the Foothill Division in the northern San Fernando Valley, he introduced feral cats to the building's mice-infested basement in 2004.

"I think it's a very humane way to deal with a very stubborn problem," said Albanese, now assistant to the director in the office of operations at Parker Center, which has its own rat problem.


This sounds like a win-win situation.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Neva Walker Out: Candidates Step In

Neva Walker (DFL, 61B) is retiring from the legislature.

Eric Pusey at the Big E reports on the race:

Current and possible candidates: Matthea Little Smith, Jeff Hayden (also mentioned in an article in this week's Insight News), Russ Adams and Farheen Hakeem running as a Green Party candidate.

Eric points out this would be the best shot for Greens to win a legislative seat.

Doug Grow on Rich Stanek

Minn Post:

Both men have similar backgrounds. Stanek is a former state legislator and former Minneapolis cop. Fletcher is a former St. Paul City Council member and St. Paul cop. Both are said to have dark sides. Neither is saddled with any troublesome humility.

Both men have built-in strengths for the race. Stanek, who has designed a dress uniform fit for a Latin dictator, heads an office nearly twice as large as Fletcher, 800 employees to 400. But Fletcher has the home-field advantage, given that the convention — Minneapolis views to the contrary — is a St. Paul event.

Drop the name Fletcher around St. Paul police officials, or drop the name Stanek around Minneapolis police officials, and eyes roll -- and sometimes neck veins pop.

....

Stanek has shown his look-at-me! personality with the release of a so-called training video, "Twenty Days in August,'' which is supposed to be about how the sheriff's office responded to the collapse of the I-35W bridge." The Star Tribune's Mike Kaszuba noted that the $30,000 video does not bother to mention the work of Minneapolis police or firefighters, though those two groups had primary responsibilities for heading law enforcement operations at the bridge.

Stanek versus Fletcher. It promises to be the most entertaining event of the summer. But a warning to all Minnesotans: Under no circumstances get between either of these men and a television camera.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Carol Molnau's Calendar Curiously Blank

This is rather strange for someone at her level to have such an empty calendar. Lower level employees have less meetings, but a Commissioner would have regular meetings that should show up in a calendaring system.

Strib:


Applause filled the air recently as state Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau spoke at the opening of a new segment of Hwy. 212 in Chanhassen.

"This means a lot to me," she said, nodding toward the just-finished highway.

Then Molnau and other dignitaries waved small green flags. A state snowplow crashed through a banner stretched across the roadway.

The moment was typical of the ribbon cuttings, construction announcements and small-town speaking engagements that Molnau has regularly shown up for since the Aug. 1 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge.

A Star Tribune review of Molnau's daily work calendar for the three months after the disaster shows that she was more likely to be found at events such as the road-dedication ceremony than at congressional hearings and legislative meetings on the collapse.


Molnau won't talk to the Strib. She will however, talk with Jason Lewis.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Jason DeRusha's Wrapup of Stanek-Gate

On his blog here. He's got links to emails from Minneapolis City Officials discussing the Stanek video and a very interesting interview with Don Shelby that gives Shelby's perspective on all of this.

Don Shelby did not write the script - the Sheriff's Office wrote the script. Don Shelby saw the script 5 minutes before he ran with the script.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Jim Ramstad Probably Deciding to Retire from Retirement

UPDATE: Strib gets Erik Paulsen on record:

A protégé's embrace

A decision to renege on his retirement could have serious implications for next year's Third District election. State Rep. Erik Paulsen, the main Republican contender, has been raising money and campaigning, assuming the seat would be open.

Said Paulsen: "I would not even be running for Congress if it weren't for the fact that my friend and mentor and former boss had announced his retirement. I'm assuming he's going to retire. He's told me to move ahead and move ahead strong."

But if Ramstad does run again, Paulsen said, he would bow out.

"If he does run again, I will be the first person to wholly support and embrace him, in a nanosecond."


Original post:

I've heard that should he do so, Eric Paulsen will step out of the race. Sean at MN Publius has egg on his face for suggesting that should Ramstad get back in the race, Bonoff and Hovland would drop out.

If the Rammer comes back he’s gonna win. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if Jim Ramstad rejoins the race Jim Hovland and Terri Bonoff will probably drop out of the race on the Democrat side.

I’m curious what his un-retirement would mean for all of the right wing nut jobs who cheered when he announced his retirement?

[update:] I was speculating wildly up there when I said I figured JHova and and Sen. Bonoff would probably drop out of th race if Jim Ramstad reentered the race. (Hey, at least I admit it.) I just received an email from the Hovland’s campaign:

“Jim is still in the race whether or not Ramstad reenters the race. In fact, he’s energized by the prospect of taking Ramstad on and highlighting the differences between a Democratic and Republican approach to governance.”

I met with Jim last week and there will be a write up of our talk coming soon– but I can’t stress enough how impressed I was with Hovland’s thoughtful approach to the issues facing our country. If Jim Ramstad reentered the race any Democrat would have a very difficult uphill climb, but who knows? Hovland’s got an amazing amount of leadership and wisdom he ccould offer to the people of the 3rd.

[update 2:] From the ‘noff.

“Regardless of what Jim Ramstad decides about his political future, I remain certain about mine: my campaign to bring a new voice to the Congress for Minnesota’s families will continue. I look forward to a vigorous campaign to determine who will best represent Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District without regard to whom my opponent is.”

Terri Bonoff already has the best organization of any Democrat to run in the 3rd in any recent memory, she’ll be an imposing opponent for Ramstad, but I think that it will still be a very difficult uphill climb for a Democrat to beat him if he gets back in the race.


You'd think Sean would have picked up the phone and called these campaigns before shooting off about something like this.

UPDATE: Good comments on this topic at the Strib blog, McMemo.

Media Gossip: Black Moves from Minn Mon to Minn Post

Monitor statement:

I am bidding a fond and grateful farewell to the Minnesota Monitor team. After taking the rest of the year off from reporting and writing, ericblackink will become part of MinnPost.com. I would like to thank my Monitor colleagues and the Monitor's parent organization, the Center for Independent Media, for their help and support over the past six months and also the MinnMon readers for whatever time and attention you donated to my scribbling. Thanks be unto you all, and please accept my personal wishes for a great 2008.


Post statement:

Asked to comment, Black replied: "What are you talking about? I don't give quotes. I get quotes. But I am excited to become part of MinnPost's thoughtful approach to news. Happy New Year everyone. See you in 2008."


Here at Lloydletta's Nooz, we wish Eric Black the best in his new endeavors.

Welcome St Cloud Times Readers

Larry Schumacher covers the soap opera about Mary Kiffmeyer, Minnesota Majority and racial purity.

This story was also covered on Air America on Mark Heaney's show on Tuesday if I remember correctly. The podcast is currently not available.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Al Franken's Fundraiser

Michael Brodkorb follows up:

Saying that U.S. Senator Norm Coleman has "no balls" isn't the only shocking thing that Hollywood liberal Larry David said at a fundraiser for Al Franken at the ritzy home of liberal millionaires Sam and Sylvia Kaplan. The GLBT community might not be too happy with some of the comments made at the event.

Please check back to Minnesota Democrats Exposed later tonight (it may be after midnight) for more information.


Franken has made statements that he should explain on the record. I have talked to him about his "joke" he made about the murder of a gay man 30 years ago. Unfortunately that discussion was not video taped. I hope at some time in the future to get Al Franken to address that question on video tape.

I'd like to see the tape of this event.

The Drama Queen Is Getting the Vapors Over Nothing

The Drama Queen is hyperventilating over Larry David saying that Norm Coleman has "no balls" at an Al Franken fundraiser. Really, this is too silly for words. People say someone has “no balls” meaning someone has “no spine.” Actually neither “no balls” or “no spine” literally mean they lack body parts.

There’s legitimate stupid stuff that Franken has said, but having a cow over this sort of stuff makes the Republican party - and Norm Coleman’s campaign - look totally pathetic.

Have a Racially Pure Merry Christmas

Cheesy ominous music on this video produced by Minnesota Majority:

Rich Stanek Bears False Witness

Stanek talked to KARE and said:

"I am spoken to the commissioners that commented over the weekend in the local paper. They did not have the benefit of seeing the slide show that went with it," said Stanek.

I called Commissioner Penny Steele's office to request comment. She stands by her statements from last weekend. She was ok with the slides, but still believes the video was an inappropriate use of public funds.

You can listen to KARE's interview with Stanek here.

Possible Fallout from the Minnesota Majority "Racial Purity" Comments?

Hal Kimball points out on MN Publius comments:

Hal Dec 19th, 2007 at 9:57 am

Hmmm, why did MDE pull Drew Emmer’s blog (Wright County Republican) from it’s Minnesota Daily Reads section?


That's true. I've got screen shots

mde_no_wright_county

mde_Wright_County_Date

Wright County Republican still there as of 12/13/07 in google cache.

Here's a screen shot of Brodkorb's blog with Wright County Republican as Daily Read taken from 12/13 google cache:

Screen Shot of Brodkorb's blog with Wright County Republican as Daily Read taken from 12/13 google cache

Why did Michael Brodkorb remove the link to Drew Emmer's blog? The link was removed sometime after December 13, and before December 19 at 10 AM. The Pioneer Press story on the matter was last updated at the website on 12/14/07. Brodkorb claimed he was unaware of the Minnesota Majority Health Care paper until I commented on his blog on Sunday December 16.

Minneapolis Issues Thread on Rich Stanek Infomercial

Here.

So far one person has defended Stanek. The rest have condemned him.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mark Stenglein Is An Idiot, Good for Penny Steele

Listen to him defend Rich Stanek and the video on channel 9. Penny Steele goes on camera to say how inappropriate this is.

Rich Stanek Talks to KARE - Says Video Not Available to the General Public

KARE. They've got footage from "20 Days in August".

This is definitely a campaign infomercial.

Saturday, in the Star Tribune and on KARE11, some county commissioners questioned the video's purpose.

"You know, I disagree," Stanek said Monday, in response to the concerns. "I've spoken to the commissioners that commented over the weekend in the local paper. They did not have the benefit of seeing the presentation that goes with the video. They saw snippets of it."

Stanek told KARE11 the video Is meant to set up slideshow presentations, which appear later on the DVD.

The DVD's first 26 minutes are full of praise for Stanek from his deputies, and from WCCO TV anchor Don Shelby, the narrator, who credits " the unfaltering dedication of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, commanded by sheriff Rich Stanek."

Shelby has said he wasn't paid for his performance in the video, which cost 30-thousand dollars to produce.

Stanek said it's one of his duties as sheriff to share his experiences and "to train other police officers and fire fighters in incident management, emergency management, and response to incidents like this."

Stanek said the video has been used "dozens" of times to train "thousands" of people in Minnesota and across the nation.

Hamline University law professor David Schultz, who teaches a government ethics class and was trained as an emergency responder in New York, said it appears the video had been written for a "broader consumption," and not just as a training video.

"(It is) marginally a training video," he said. "More, it's great P.R. for the sheriff's office."

Schultz said the video could be more of a concern if it is shown during an election campaign. Stanek still has three years left in his first term as sheriff.

"If this happens to be used during the next election time, when the sheriff is up for election, then it starts to cross the lines, in terms of asking, was this $30,000 spent for trying to enhance the image or the public relations of the sheriff's office?" Schultz said.

The $30,000 came from forfeiture and seizure funds - money that, Stanek said, is dedicated for training purposes and is not part of his office's operational budget.

He said the interviews for the DVD were shot the day after the last body was recovered from the collapse site.

Stanek said he was encouraged by federal officials, namely Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker to make the video.

He said 300 copies of the DVD were produced, and they are not available to the general public.


Tom Lyden on Fox 9 News reported that principals in the company that produced this video contributed to Rich Stanek's campaign. I'm still looking for a link to Lyden's story.

Update: I've found the link to Lyden's story. It's an excellent story.

MN Publius Picks Up on the Minnesota Majority Web Site Scrubbing and Mary Kiffmeyer's defense of the Racial Purity Reference

“Racially Pure” No More - “Issue Advocacy Group” Changes Its Tone After Pi Press Article" was the title of Zack's post on the matter at MN Publius.

It was not the Pioneer Press article that got Minnesota Majority to take the “racially pure” statement down. It was after I quoted the statement in a comment to Brodkorb’s blog. Brodkorb has a history of speaking out about racist statements both from the left and the right. Most recently, he publicly repudiated Tracy Eberly's infamous "Dirt Worshiping Heathens" post on Anti-Strib. He took a fair amount of heat for this from the usual suspects in the MOBosphere. He has also regularly criticized Al Franken for racist statements.

I do have a screen shot of the page prior to it being edited.

After Stassen-Berger’s column, Jeff Davis put up a defiant post whining about “media bias.”

“There is no tinge of racism in the issue paper nor does it imply any negative judgment about single-parent households. It simply states a statistical fact that helps explain some of the medical differences in between countries.”


This was posted on December 15, before the website was scrubbed to remove the “racial purity” statement. My first post on the Minnesota Majority matter, linked to the Stassen-Berger article, and the Health Care paper was at 1:06 PM on December 16. My post noting the scrubbing was at 8:06 PM. My comment to Michael Brodkorb's blog was posted at 6:24 PM.

Here’s are some more Minnesota Majority posts on Lloydletta’s Nooz.

And the Soap Opera continues..... Developing...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Minnesota Majority Does More Editing of the Racial Purity Statement

It now reads:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse population of any country in the world. Our statistics are affected by that diversity. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. Consistent genetic lineage also contributes to Sweden having a lower infant mortality rate and Japan having a longer life expectancy. These factors must be taken into account when comparing statistics around the world with U.S. statistics. (as of 10:20 PM, 12/17/07)

Last night, later in the evening:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse population of any country in the world. This fact affects statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. This fact contributes to Sweden having a lower infant mortality rate and Japan having a longer life expectancy.


Original statement:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse racial and ethnic population of any country in the world. This fact adversely affects every statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure: we are not.
[emphasis mine].


Scrub a Dub, Dub! I have a screen shot of the original. Also, the original statement is what Rachel Stasen-berger reported, and Mary Kiffmeyer defended. Developing...

Stanek Has Stenglein Defend the Video

On Channel 11, Stenglein defends the video as a good use of Taxpayer dollars. The reporter on this story got the party affiliations wrong for Stenglein (she said he was a republican, Stenglein claims he is "independent"). Opat was quoted being critical of the expenditure, but wasn't put on camera.

During the bridge collapse both Rich Stanek and Mark Stenglein were constantly in front of the cameras.

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan Isn't Happy With Rich Stanek's Self Promotional Video

Brian Lambert from Lambert to the Slaughter obtained a copy of the following:

Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 8:20 AM
To: Rybak, R.T.; Johnson, Barbara A.; Bosacker, Steven
Subject: Stanek Video

I read Kaszuba's article today. He did not dig to get the realities of Stanek's involvement at the 35W Bridge Collapse. His theft of the credit is not going to sit well with my staff and our hard working partners. Mayor and Barb, you were at the meeting with the president - I asked for the Navy divers. I also met privately with the Gov to reinforce that issue and asked him to convince Rich to accept that offer. Forte was also involved in these discussions. Rich asked for Army Corp Engineers. I also had to caution Rich on his over estimates of missing. I would also doubt he closed the nearby bridges. Allen would know the facts there. It is sad, but the truth needs to be told.

Steven, I did not talk about the President meeting in the video. Maybe we should add that discussion.

Suggestions?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A plate of meatballs to go, please

A week from now, I'll be at my parents house for the Christmas holiday, enjoying the Swedish-themed seasonal decorations and food.

Before I turn out the lights and traipse around the house wearing a crown of candles like St. Lucia, I need to sort out what we're supposed to think about my peeps in Europe. The geniuses behind the font of knowledge known as the 'Minnesota Majority' website have me confused.

In their world, healthy babies are tied to something called 'racial purity'. They cite Sweden as an example.

Well, I certainly would acknowledge I'm a product of sturdy peasant stock, and the ancestors I know about are whiter than snow. That said, not everybody came from the same Lutheran sub-division, and we've got Danish, German, and Norwegian blood in the mix. Does that still qualify for 'racial purity'?

Sweden is known for its cradle-to-grave-nanny-state-socialist economy, including lots and lots of publicly funded health care.

Would that social program possibly have anything to do with healthy babies?

Speaking of babies.... theocrats often like to cite Sweden as an example of how to go hell in a handbasket, with all of those out of wedlock births, and homos marrying each other right and left, which somehow discourages traditional families from doing it by the book.

What are we supposed to think?

It would be nice to get some clarification on this in the next week..... do I smile and tolerate the meatballs, the rice, the red horses, the candles, etc, or do I come out as an anti-Swede activist, and purge my parents' home of reminders of the mess known as Sweden.

It's a big topic... maybe I'll go watch Garbo in 'Queen Christina' and think about it some more.

I can't Imagine Why The Strib Wouldn't Publish These

The Minnesota Majority posted some "well-written" and "original" sample letters that got submitted through their website attacking Nick Coleman's column about the Archbishop Nienstedt.

We now appear to have evidence of what most people have suspected for years. As of December 3, the Star Tribune newspaper had published just six letters in response to Nick Coleman’s attack piece on Archbishop Nienstedt (besides the Archbishop's formal response). And four of the six letters were in support of Coleman. But here's the most revealing fact exposing the newspaper's apparent bias -- NOT ONE of the over 60 letters critical of Coleman's column submitted through our website were published by the newspaper.


Editor Scott Gillespie wrote a column about these LTE campaigns.

We also received many letters on the Coleman column -- including one from the archbishop himself -- that appeared original and not part of an e-mail campaign. We published several of those, pro and con. And that's the point of this column.

If you'd like your letter published in the Star Tribune or on our website, you should know that we value original material. We receive hundreds of well-written, thoughtful letters each week, and for that we're extremely grateful. Those writers who actually read the paper or our website and take the time to compose a letter deserve more consideration than a guy in Oregon who doesn't know the difference between the Star Tribune and the Daily Planet.


Go read the Minnesota Majority letters for yourself - and put yourself in the editor's shoes. Would you publish these? Are they worth the ink?

Minnesota Majority Scrubs the "Racial Purity" Statement

The statement has been edited to read:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse population of any country in the world. This fact affects statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. This fact contributes to Sweden having a lower infant mortality rate and Japan having a longer life expectancy.


Here's what it used to say:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse racial and ethnic population of any country in the world. This fact adversely affects every statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure: we are not.


Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is on record defending the racial purity remark:

Kiffmeyer said the page dealing with health care and its mention of racial purity must be understood in context. That phrase, she said, is simply descriptive.

"That's a genetic term," said Kiffmeyer, who is a nurse by training. "It does matter when you are doing medical studies." (St Paul Pioneer Press)


The Minnesota Majority needs to do more than scrub the statement about racial purity. They need to publicly apologize for the statement. It's not going to help House Republicans, if their Health Care proposal gets associated with Minnesota Majority.

Minnesota Majority Suggests: Lack of "Racial Purity" Causes High Infant Mortality Rates

From Minnesota Majority's position paper on Health Care:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse racial and ethnic population of any country in the world. This fact adversely affects every statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure: we are not.

FACT: There is a direct correlation between two parent, marriage-based families and lower infant mortality rates. We need to do everything we can do to maintain traditional marriage.


Davis claimed that Stassen-Burger misprepresented the organizations position:

There is no tinge of racism in the issue paper nor does it imply any negative judgment about single-parent households. It simply states a statistical fact that helps explain some of the medical differences in between countries.


The actual words from the paper rebut Davis's defensive post.

From Stassen-Burger's article:

Kiffmeyer said the page dealing with health care and its mention of racial purity must be understood in context. That phrase, she said, is simply descriptive.

"That's a genetic term," said Kiffmeyer, who is a nurse by training. "It does matter when you are doing medical studies."

Drew Emmer, the communications director for the organization, said Kiffmeyer is the organization's executive director and Jeff Davis, who has been active in pushing for a Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment, is the president.


Davis has a blog post howling about the article taking the "racial purity" comment out of context, and for pointing out his history pushing for an "anti-gay marriage amendment."

Davis huffs: "Jeff Davis has never used the terminology 'anti-gay marriage amendment'. It is a term made-up by Left-wing media types to try to put the proposed legislation in a negative light."

Davis's "traditional marriage" focus has been on keeping gays from participating in the institution of marriage. His rhetoric on this issue has been much more harsh than the more moderate Minnesota Family Council. His radio ads going after rural area state senators were over the top. Here's his website where he promotes the Bachmann amendment. It's all about the homos. It's also all about the homos on Minnesota Majority. They have an issues statement on "homosexual marriage."

Des Moines Register Endorses McCain, Clinton

Here's the editorial re: the Republican choice.


Republican endorsement editorial: Why McCain

THE REGISTER'S EDITORIAL BOARD

The leading candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president present an intriguing mix of priorities, personalities and life stories.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani inspired the city and nation with his confident leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister from Arkansas, charms with homespun humor. Mitt Romney, the multimillionaire investment adviser from Massachusetts, exudes
executive discipline. As governors, both worked across the party divide to improve education and health care in their states.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee brings an actor’s ease to his no-nonsense calls for a return to fiscal discipline.

Yet, for all their accomplishments on smaller stages, none can offer the tested leadership, in matters foreign and domestic, of Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain is most ready to lead America in a complex and dangerous world and to rebuild trust at home and abroad by inspiring confidence in his leadership.

In an era of instant celebrity, we sometimes forget the real heroes in our midst. The defining chapter of McCain’s life came 40 years ago as a naval aviator, when he was shot down over Vietnam. The crash broke both arms and a leg. When first seeing him, a fellow prisoner recalls thinking he wouldn’t live the night. He was beaten and kept in solitary confinement, held 5 years. He could have talked. He did not. Son of a prominent Navy admiral, he could have gained early release. He refused.

The one-time playboy emerged from prison a changed, more serious man. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and the Senate in 1986, he has built an unconventional political career by taking stands based on principle, not party dogma, and frequently pursuing bipartisanship.

His first term was touched by scandal when the Senate rebuked him for meeting with savings-and-loan regulators on behalf of campaign donor Charles Keating Jr., who was later imprisoned. That ordeal steered him into championing government transparency and battling alongside Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for the campaign-finance-reform bill that bears their names.

Time after time, McCain has stuck to his beliefs in the face of opposition from other elected leaders and the public. He has criticized crop and ethanol subsidies during two presidential campaigns in Iowa. He bucked his party and president by opposing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. A year ago, in the face of growing criticism, he staunchly supported President Bush’s decision to increase troop strength in Iraq.

In this campaign, he continues to support comprehensive immigration reform — while watching his poll standings plunge. Some other Republican candidates refuse to acknowledge that climate change is a serious threat caused by human activity. McCain has worked on the issue for seven years and sponsored bills to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

McCain would enter the White House with deep knowledge of national-security and foreign-policy issues. He knows war, something we believe would make him reluctant to start one. He’s also a fierce defender of civil liberties. As a survivor of torture, he has stood resolutely against it. He pledges to start rebuilding America’s image abroad by closing the Guantanamo prison and beginning judicial proceedings for detainees.

McCain has his flaws, too, of course. He can be hot-tempered, a trait that’s not helpful in conducting diplomacy. At 71, his age is a concern. The editorial board disagrees with him on a host of issues, especially his opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage. McCain foresees a “long, hard and difficult” deployment of troops in Iraq. The Register’s board has called for withdrawal as soon as it’s safely possible.

But with McCain, Americans would know what they’re getting. He doesn’t parse words. And on tough calls, he usually lands on the side of goodness — of compassion for illegal immigrants, of concern for the environment for future generations.

The force of John McCain’s moral authority could go a long way toward restoring Americans’ trust in government and inspiring new generations to believe in the goodness and greatness of America.

You can read it for yourself here.

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=Opinion

It will be interesting to see the actual results, as the most recent poll numbers don't favor either of these candidates in the Iowa caucuses.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Original Version of Science Fiction, Double Feature

I think I like this one better than the Lips they finally used. I like all the footage of the movies referenced.

Rich Stanek's $30k Vanity Project

Great story in this morning's Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/12523221.html

Here's an excerpt:

Stanek, who gained national attention with his news conferences about the rescue and body recovery efforts, has found a new way to broadcast his role in the bridge collapse response: a 26-minute DVD, titled "Twenty Days in August," paid for with $30,000 in sheriff's forfeiture funds.

Stanek describes it as a "training" video, and has shown it to groups to illustrate how his office responded to the Aug. 1 tragedy.

One of those groups was the men's club at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, where Stanek made a presentation last month. "The guys who were there were just really enthralled," said associate pastor Eric Youngdahl.

But others have questions about whether politics are a factor in Stanek's attention to Aug. 1. Stanek, who was elected in 2006 and does not face re-election for three more years, last month had a political fundraiser in which Gov. Tim Pawlenty served as an honorary co-host.

"Why would Stanek need a fundraiser?" asked Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein. He was a guest speaker in September when Stanek helped host a dinner to thank law enforcement officials and rescuers who responded to the tragedy.

Stanek declined to be interviewed for this article.

Kathryn Janicek, his chief spokesperson, said Stanek had been "strongly encouraged" to produce the video by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is overseeing the formal investigation into the collapse.

Janicek added that the fundraiser was a private event, and "the sheriff's office does not comment on private events."

"I'm sort of struggling to find the purpose of the video," Hennepin County Commissioner Penny Steele said after watching it.



Of course, it could be worse.....

I'd rather see a recap of the Sheriff's response to the 35W bridge disaster than Sonia Pitt's. Hers would be more like a sleazy, government funded episode of 'Desparate Housewives'.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Indiana Wants Me

Des Moines Register Republican Debate

Watch it here (Courtesy of CSPAN).

Tom Tancredo Press Release Condemns Theocrats

Here. It shows the real agenda of the Theocrats.

Tancredo Condemns “Bigoted” Group in Iowa
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Alan Moore
December 10, 2007
Alan.Moore@TeamTancredo.org
F. 703-255-9875
O.703.255.9898
C.303-332-8279


Tancredo Condemns “Bigoted” Group in Iowa


(Des Moines, IA) – Presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today released a statement in response to the remarks released by a group calling themselves “GodVoter.org”.

“The attached "questionnaire" purports to be intended to help voters in Iowa determine the Christian qualifications of those seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States,” Tancredo said. “I believe it is anything but Christian in its tone and intent and I call on every candidate to repudiate it.”

Among the numerous prejudiced responses, Godvoter.org refers to “Mormonism as a Christ-dishonoring cult” while bashing Governor Mitt Romney and calling for him to renounce his religion.

Tancredo concluded, “God and God alone will judge the hearts of us all.”

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Transcript of email released by GodVoter.org:

Dear Presidential Candidates, Churches and the Media,

Firstly, we would like to thank and congratulate the Presidential candidates who replied to our 30 questions, both in full and in part. None of you had all 30 answers with which we agreed completely, but everyone had at least some answers with which we agreed. We were actually quite impressed with some of the answers as they demonstrated courage and/or serious introspection amidst what must be an extremely demanding campaign schedule.

Also of intrigue were the varying styles of communication. The responses from some campaigns were quick and streamlined, while those from others indicated bottlenecks and/or dissent within the campaign.

There were also a few campaigns that never replied to our invitation. Notable among those leading in the polls was Governor Mitt Romney, who instead announced a major speech about his faith to be given on Thursday, and told WBZ-AM, "I can tell you I'm not going to be talking so much about my faith as I am talking about the religious heritage of our country and the role in which it played in the founding of the nation and the role which I think religion should generally play today in our society."

Given that (1) Governor Romney has missed our response deadline despite reminders; (2) Governor Romney is setting up what could be the defining moment of his candidacy as a history lesson; (3) the media appears ready to let him get away with it instead of making him address the core problem with his Mormonism; (4) our objective is to help America elect a President who is right with God; and (5) we still wish to hear Governor Romney's words on Thursday before conclusively rating his candidacy, we will wait until his speech on Thursday to post online the candidates' responses to our questions and our recommendations.

What really is the problem with Governor Romney's Mormonism?

At the core of Mormonism is the belief that Jesus and Satan used to be human blood brothers in a distant planet - Jesus behaved well according to Mormonism and became a deity in our planet system, while Satan behaved badly and became the devil. Moreover, Mormonism teaches that good conduct as Mormons in this life will enable Mormons to become God in a different planet system someday, just like Jesus a generation ago.

A religion which teaches that Jesus - our perfectly pure and holy God and Lord - is the blood brother of Satan - the perfectly evil and sinful creature - is an abomination, and the idea that a creature can become the Creator is precisely what turned Lucifer, the angel of light, into Satan, and is therefore Satanic by nature.

Christians are not interested in a history lesson from Governor Romney on Thursday. Neither are we interested in a sound bite commercial on Mormonism. What we want to hear and what will put our votes into play in his favor is a sincere, unequivocal and genuine repudiation of Mormonism. Governor Romney needs to identify Mormonism as a Christ-dishonoring cult, publicly sever all ties to it, and ask God and Christians for help. The chance of that happening, of course, is extremely small, but the media still needs to confront him with the following three questions on national television during the Q&A session after his speech on Thursday:

1. "Do you believe that Jesus and Satan once were human brothers as Mormonism teaches?"
2. "Do you hope to become God someday as Mormonism teaches that you can become?"
3. "If not, will you at this time renounce Mormonism and sever all ties to it?"

The extension to Thursday also gives the candidates who have answered some but not all of our 30 questions a chance to complete their answers, which will be accepted until Governor Romney's speech on Thursday. Please be advised that your answers will be ordered from top to bottom online and in the emails in the order the last of the 30 questions was answered. If you really wish to skip any of the remaining questions, please indicate as such, and that indication will count as your response. Also, if you agree with some but not all elements of any of the remaining questions, please discuss it in the body of your reply. Please do not change the question and then agree with the modified question. While that may be a common tactic during the debates, it is glaringly obvious in written format.

Church leaders, thank you for your patience. As promised, we look forward to emailing you the candidates' answers first after Governor Romney's speech on Thursday.

Sincerely,

GodVoter(s).org

1. Are you a Christian?

2. When and how did you become a Christian?

3. How has becoming Christian changed you?

4. How would you define and describe your relationship with Jesus today?

5. In the past 12 months, how many hours have you read the bible per week?

6. Which gift has the Holy Spirit given you, and what fruits has it borne?

7. What has been your greatest failure as a Christian?

8. What is the greatest challenge you face today as a Christian?

9. If you had to choose between God and country, which would you choose?

10. Whom do you think Jesus wants as our next President, and why?

11. Do you believe Jesus to be God or the Son of God?

12. Do you believe Jesus was born to a virgin, died and rose from the dead?

13. Do you believe Jesus ascended to the Father and will return riding on clouds?

14. Do you believe the bread & wine turn into Jesus' flesh & blood when blessed?

15. Do you believe that Jesus and Satan were once brothers?

16. Do you believe heaven and hell are places that really exist?

17. Do you believe only those who obey Jesus as their master will go to heaven?

18. Which books do you believe to have been inspired by God and without error?

19. Which passage from those books troubles you, and how do you deal with it?

20. The beliefs of which Christian leader alive today resembles your beliefs?

21. What is your position on a Constitutional ban on same sex marriage, and why?

22. What is your position on a Constitutional ban on abortion, and why?

23. What is your position on embryonic stem cell research, and why?

24. What is your position on prayers and bible studies in schools, and why?

25. What is your position on capital punishment, and why?

26. If elected, the ban on what type of guns, if any, would you support, and why?

27. If elected, what will you do about (Internet) pornography, and how?

28. If elected, what will you do about the health care system, and how?

29. If elected, what will you seek to achieve in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how?

30. If elected, what will you seek to achieve in Iran and North Korea, and how?

####

Good Account of the 3rd District Debate Over at MN Blue

Check it out here.

Commenters were highly critical of Terri Bonoff. Most appeared to favor Madia. Some of this may be because Madia draws younger supporters who are more likely to be net savy.

On paper and considered separately, they all look pretty equal and pretty good. They each have their strenghths and weaknesses. So I really wanted to see them in a debate. I got my chance on Tuesday night at the Hennepin County Library just south of Ridgedale Mall. You can read Joe Bodell's coverage and analysis, he was on the other side of the room from me.

Ashwin Madia won the debate hands down. Bonoff and Hovland stumbled throughout though Hovland did get stronger as the debate went on. Madia articulated clear points that showed his comprehensive understanding of every issue he talked about. He gave precise answers on all the topics. It's not that Bonoff and Hovland gave poor answers except for a couple of occasions, but they sounded vague in comparison.


This article also includes a table that compares the candidates on a number of issues. All three candidates said they support gay marriage and want to scrap Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Joe Bodell also assess the forum over at Minnesota Monitor.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mitt Romney Parody Ad



Well worth watching.

Huckabee Signs On to 1998 Ad Saying Wives Should Submit to Husbands

Baptist Press:

A full-page ad in USA Today Aug. 26 voiced the affirmation of 131 evangelicals to the Southern Baptist Convention that "you are right!" in holding forth the Bible's teachings on marriage.
"At a time when divorce is destroying the fabric of our society, you have taken a bold stand for the biblical principles of marriage and family life. We thank you for your courage," the ad stated. The ad also appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of WORLD, an evangelical magazine based in Asheville, N.C.
The ad was initiated by Dennis Rainey, executive director and co-founder of the FamilyLife ministry division of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Among those signing the USA Today affirmation are Franklin Graham, of Samaritan's Purse ministry, and Anne Graham Lotz, of AnGeL Ministries, two of evangelist Billy Graham's children; Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet; Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson and his wife, Patty; Campus Crusade founders Bill and Vonette Bright; Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney and his wife, Lyndi; Dallas-area African American pastors and popular speakers Tony Evans and T.D. Jakes, along with Evans' wife, Lois; and Joseph Stowell, president of Moody Bible Institute, and his wife, Marti.
The ad notes an expanded list of names of evangelicals supportive of the SBC family stance is posted at the Internet site, www.youareright.org.
SBC President Paige Patterson said he is "profoundly grateful" to Rainey and the other signatories, who described themselves in the USA Today ad as "pastors and lay leaders, civic and business leaders, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers representing a variety of denominations."
Said Patterson, "It does exhibit, in the light of a good deal of contrary criticism, the extent to which the evangelical community does still understand clearly what the Bible says about the family." Patterson is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

***snip****

The SBC article describes marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime." It also notes, "The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. … A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. … A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."


Hat Tip: Minnesota Monitor.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

LaBarbera Supports Huckabee's Comments Calling for the Quarentine of AIDS Patients

Republicans for Family Values:

Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org), said GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is right not to back down on past statements that homosexuality is sinful and that AIDS research gets disproportionate taxpayer funding compared to other deadly diseases.

LaBarbera said the thrust of what Huckabee told the Associated Press in 1992 is true: homosexual behavior is aberrant and wrong, it poses a ‘dangerous public health risk,’ government AIDS spending is disproportionately high compared to maladies like heart disease, and HIV/AIDS prevention is not a civil rights issue.

“Mike Huckabee is right to reject the liberal media’s talking points on homosexuality. We need more — not less — debate on why HIV/AIDS has been singled out as a politically protected disease, and why it gets such a huge percentage of taxpayer funding vis-à-vis other diseases, as documented by the Fair Foundation (www.fairfoundation.org).”

Huckabee told AP in 1992, “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”

LaBarbera contrasted Huckabee’s remarks with those by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who defied the Bible and thousands of years of human history by proclaiming that homosexuality is not “immoral.”

Said LaBarbera: “Of course homosexual behavior is a dangerous public health risk, as evidenced by the fact that men who have sex with men (MSM) – or women who have had sex with such men – are banned from giving blood. The CDC reports: ‘MSM accounted for 71% of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 … even though only about 5% to 7% of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.’” (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/resources/factsheets/msm.htm)

“Despite the obvious link between male homosexual behavior and AIDS, gay bathhouses where men go for anonymous sodomitic encounters with other men are flourishing in cities like Cleveland and Chicago. If homosexual and AIDS activists – and public officials — would work to close these disease-spreading centers down, it would protect the lives of homosexual men and also women who unknowingly get infected by male spouses who secretly engage in homosexual perversions.”


Peter LaBarbera's major obsession is the Homos. He's got a whole website dedicated to this.

If you fear that the Minnesota Family Council has lost its sparkle....

Today I received an unsolicited e-mail from former non-partisan Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who is now the Executive Director of something called the Minnesota Majority.

Oh my.

The e-mail was flogging for signatures on a petition re: free market health care, I guess because it worked out so well for William McGuire.

The website makes for fascinating reading.

http://www.minnesotamajority.org/

Wasn't the Minnesota Family Council enough?

I'm curious about the rest of the staff, and who might be on the board. I couldn't find that information on the website.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Triple A Rips Pawlenty Again

On Residual Forces:

We all know that Governor Tim Pawlenty is unreliable at best when it comes to defending conservative issues across the board. He is good on some, terrible on others. The great global warming and energy swindle underway is one issue where the Governor gets a big old FAIL from those of us with principles.


I'm sure Jason Lewis ripped on the Governor for the same thing.

A rich Motherload of Material

Michele Bachmann has appointed Julie Quist to replace Sean Nienow as District Director. This will provide a rich motherload of material for Dump Bachmann.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Theocrats Not Convinced by Romney's Speech

Star Parker:

The purported purpose of the address was for the Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor to dispel festering doubts about himself because of his Mormon faith.

Unfortunately, I believe it was a failed performance.

I think Romney and his team overestimated the extent to which his Mormonism has been what is troubling his candidacy and underestimated the extent to which his credibility has been the real problem.

Despite outspending all the other candidates, the Romney candidacy hasn't ignited.

By contrast, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has maintained his lead in national polls, despite a background of three marriages, estranged children, pictures of himself in drag, open support for gays, open support for abortion, having endorsed a Democratic candidate for governor of New York and support for gun control.

But Giuliani has not been running as a traditional conservative candidate. Romney has.

What dogs Romney is a sense that he is not being honest about who he is.


Greg Laden talks about Romney's Big Tent being open only to Christians.

Personally I think Giuliani has been getting a pass on these issues, because he is certainly changing his position (most recently on the Federal Marriage Amendment) to pander to the Leviticus Crowd. That being said, Romney has a bit of a John Kerry problem - he is often clearly pretending to be something he is not, and doesn't come across as genuine. Huckabee does quite well in debates because he comes across as genuine.

Maureen Dowd Channels Mark H

Maureen Dowd has a similar take to Mark H's post here with her column today.

Now in addition to asking candidates about boxers or briefs, we have reporters asking Mitt Romney if he wears The Garment, the sacred one-piece, knee-length underwear with Mormon markings and strict disposal rules.

“I’ll just say those sorts of things I’ll keep private,” he told The Atlantic.

***snip***

I called Mr. Krakauer — who also wrote the best sellers “Into Thin Air” and “Into the Wild” — to get his opinion of Mitt’s religion speech.

Mormons see themselves as the one true religion, and don’t buy all of the New Testament, he said, “which makes it curious why Mitt thinks evangelical Christians are his allies.”

Asked Thursday by Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” if he thought Mormons were Christians, Richard Land, an official of the Southern Baptist Convention, replied, “No, I do not.”

Mr. Krakauer can envision a Mormon making an “excellent president.”

“The Mormon approach to family life is amazing, and there are a lot of good things about the faith,” he said. But he worries that “the Mormon Church, while more welcoming, is still not a place that grants women and blacks equal status, and it’s a terrible place to be gay. The leadership is authoritarian, male, white and absolutely intolerant of dissent.”

The problem with Mitt is not his religion; it is his overeager policy shape-shifting. He did not give a brave speech, but a pandering one. Disguised as a courageous, Kennedyesque statement of principle, the talk was really just an attempt to compete with the evolution-disdaining, religion-baiting Huckabee and get Baptists to concede that Mormons are Christians.

“J.F.K.’s speech was to reassure Americans that he wasn’t a religious fanatic,” Mr. Krakauer agreed. “Mitt’s was to tell evangelical Christians, ‘I’m a religious fanatic just like you.’”

The backdrop, he said, is “the wickedly fierce competition between Mormons and Southern evangelicals to convert people.”

The world is globalizing, nuclear weapons are proliferating, the Middle East is seething, but Republicans are still arguing the Scopes trial.

Mitt was right when he said that “Americans do not respect believers of convenience.” Now if he would only admit he’s describing himself.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Chris Truscott Comments on Mark Ritchie

He's got a new blog.

The GOP made absolutely no effort to hide the fact the new secretary of state’s every move would be scrutinized, and transgressions, real and imagined, would be used for political fodder.

The writing was on the wall before he even took the oath of office.

But in his first year on the job, Ritchie has handed the GOP a golden opportunity to scream bloody hypocrisy from the rooftop of the State Office Building. Sadly, it appears they’re justified in their outrage.

In short, two Republicans who attended an official Secretary of State Office function wound up receiving e-mail from the Ritchie campaign. Then, after preaching transparency as a candidate, officeholder Ritchie was less than forthcoming in his explanation of events. Now he’s gone into hiding from the Capitol press corps.

What in the world are Minnesotans supposed to think?

It doesn’t look good. In fact, coming from the elected official who voters expect to be the least partisan, it’s downright atrocious.

Ritchie’s move was either sinister or naïve – and it was absolutely beyond stupid. It’s political idiocy of the highest order.

It doesn’t matter what Kiffmeyer did while she was in office. Voters fired her. She isn’t accountable to the public unless she wins another election.

Ritchie, however, should be taken to task.


Chris also contributed this item to MN Campaign Report. The item was not promoted.

Minnesota Family Council Exploits Tom Prichard's Cancer Diagnosis to Raise Money

From the Minnesota Family Council:

Special Prayer Request
from MFC
December 6, 2007


Dear Friend of Minnesota Family Council,

I'm writing to you as a supporter of MFC to request prayer for Tom Prichard and his family. As you know, Tom has been with the Minnesota Family Council for many years, and has been a valiant warrior in defense of the family, working diligently to advance biblical principles in the public arena, all that time.

Tom was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), an aggressive cancer of the lymph system. NHL is usually very responsive to chemotherapy, which is the normal treatment for this type of cancer. He will be starting six months of chemotherapy treatments soon.

We would very much appreciate your prayers for Tom and his family. Please pray for them through the six-month treatment process ahead. Specifically, for strength to endure the treatments, the ability to continue to be effective during the upcoming legislative session, and for Tom's healing and full recovery.

Tom shares the following:

"The discovery of cancer recently was a definite surprise given I've been in good health. I'm at peace with my circumstances, because I'm convinced the Lord is definitely in control. I plan to keep working though I know chemo treatments will force some time off here and there. I would certainly appreciate your ongoing prayers for healing and a speedy recovery."

On behalf of Tom and his family, and all of us at Minnesota Family Council, thank you for your prayers and continued support during this time. We thank God for your partnership with us for the sake of His Kingdom.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances!

Blessings this Christmas and always,

John Helmberger, CEO
Minnesota Family Council

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Click Here to make a donation to the Minnesota Family Council / Minnesota Family Institute.


This is one of the crassest things I've read. It would be different if this was a fundraising appeal to help with the Prichard family's special circumstances during the treatment.

Archbishop to Katherine Kersten - 'Don't Try to Help Us'

Hilarious LTE in Saturday's Star Tribune - Archbishop Harry Flynn calls out Kersten:


Letter of the day: Archbishop responds to Kersten column
Last update: December 7, 2007 - 6:35 PM


Katherine Kersten's column of Dec. 4 ("Battle for soul of St. Thomas takes a turn for the worse") was an inaccurate and slanted portrayal of the current and future Catholicity of the University of St. Thomas.


I simply wish to make two points about the statement she quoted as being from our "Archdiocesan spokesman":


First, the statement we e-mailed and faxed to her was headlined as being a "Statement of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis." It came from me, not from our "spokesman."


Second, and more important, Kersten used only the first sentence of my statement in her column. The other two sentences were ignored. They read as follows: "The Saint Thomas board will always include bishops or priests. Any rumors or speculation about the 'de-Catholicization of the University of Saint Thomas are ill founded, inaccurate and ludicrous.'"


The editing of my statement leaves open to question her motivation in writing this one-sided and inaccurate column.


THE REV. HARRY J. FLYNN, ST. PAUL;
ARCHBISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS



Katherine - what was your motivation?

Eva adds: Kersten should issue a correction of that column. The Strib should insist that she do so.

Here is the problem paragraph:

St. Thomas "always has been and always will be a Catholic university," said archdiocesan spokesman Dennis McGrath in a statement.


As Flynn stated, the statement was from Flynn and not from McGrath the spokesman.

Ill founded, inaccurate and ludicrous are good descriptors of Katherine Kersten's drivel - most of which she doesn't write herself.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Did Mitt Do Himself In?

I'm intrigued by the follow up chatter re: Mormon Mitt's last ditch appeal to Christian conservatives in Iowa.

NOW I'm hearing that the minute theological details of a person's faith don't matter in politics, and we shouldn't worry about it.

Well....

The Book of Mormon, attributed to Joseph Smith, was supposedly transcribed from gold plates that were buried for 1400 years near Palmyra, NY, until the angel Moroni appeared to a 17 year old Joseph Smith in 1823 to let him know about the tablets. The angel further instructed Joseph to return to the spot on the same day every year, until *finally* in 1826, the angel told him that if Joseph 'would Do right according to the will of God he might obtain (the plates) the 22nd day of September next and if not he never would have them'. Joseph also learned that in order to be given the plates, God required that he marry a girl named Emma Hale and bring her along on his next visit to the hill, in September 1827.

Joseph obeyed, and recovered the 5 gold plates a year later. The plates gave an account of former inhabitants of the continent (e.g. Adam, Eve, and Jesus), and were written in dead language known as 'reformed Egyptian'. Moroni was nice enough to provide Joseph with 'interpreters', i.e. divinely endowed eyeglasses that would allow him to read the plates and translate it into English.

Among its many revelations was that Jesus traveled to North America after his resurrection to spread the good news among the ancient, warring tribes.

Joseph Smith was later given a revelation that the Garden of Eden was actually in America. How about that?

* This historical information comes from the Jon Krakauer book, 'Under the Banner of Heaven'*

The Osmond family, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the Mormons hold up the Book of Mormon on an equal basis with the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible. For those Christians who believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and without error, this Book of Mormon is problematic, to say the least.

What do the theocrats want? If the Mormon Mitt were to get the GOP nomination, his speech would be parsed out and replayed with disastrous results during the general election season. For one thing, an agnostic or atheist has no place in Mitt-World.

If we're now being told that the theological details don't matter, than I have a proposal for the social conservatives. Put your Bible down, and just tell the rest of us:

No abortions, but the death penalty might be okay
We need to be afraid, very afraid, of immigrants, scientists, homosexuals, Muslims, etc.
The war in Iraq is necessary and good.
Government intervention in personal matters re: end of life decisions is necessary and good.

and on and on....

Tell us you support these positions because they're what you believe deep in your heart... it is who you are. It's okay to hold those positions - I would always support that freedom of expression. But stop claiming that God is on your side, as there seems to be considerable differences of opinion re: what God has been saying.


UPDATE: the latest Newsweek poll shows Rev. Huckabee with a 2-1 lead in Iowa over Mormon Mitt.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Comments from Brodkorb's Site on the Ray Cox Endorsement

# Dan Says:
December 5th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

Sue Jeffers is a leading conservative activist, and Vice President of the Twin Cities Republican Association (TCRA), not as Bernie asserts, the “Libertarian’s Leading Lady.”

Ray Cox is no conservative. His opponent, Glenn Gruenhagen is. Ray’s Taxpayer’s League score was somewhere in the twenties (out of 100 possible) when he was in the House. Worse track record on fiscal conservatism than many Democrats. It’s a shame. Makes me wonder where the Republican Party is going, and if I still want to be a part of it.

# Burnsville Bernie Says:
December 5th, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Sue Jeffers has questionable conservative credentials and NO Republican credentials.

The committee at the State Convention found Harold Shudlick worthy of running as a Republican but the Libertarian’s Leading Lady, Sue Jeffers, did not make the cut.

Why? Because she was/is not a Republican. The Twin Cities Republican Association is not recognized by the Republican Party (not by the local, state, or national GOP).

As far as Cox: he represented his area very well. The Tax Payers League is an irrelevant entity — they cherry pick votes to try to make themselves seem important. No one listens to them.

I heard you guy, Gruenhagen, as a sore loser and took shots at Cox after the votes were announced. And some kook from La Sueur County pretty much had to be restrained because he was yelling like a blathering idiot.

“real conservatives” — riiiiiight.

Unbelievable

Sonia Pitt thinks she deserves her job back.

I hear part of the reason she's doing this is to get her story out there, and try to discourage efforts to collect the money she stole and discourage any efforts to press criminal charges.

Money quote:

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles, whose office issued the report on Pitt, said Wednesday that she had been invited to present her story before his office issued its findings, provided she did so under oath. "She refused to do that," he said.

Logical One Silent on Question, but Savage Republican Tries to Explain

From the comments to our previous episode on Cindy Whitehair, the Logical One and True North "nucleus".

Savage Republican said...

I let LL answer what her meaning was herself.

But this is a common false claim against Christians.

No one is calling for the Death Penalty for sin.
The Bible says the penalty for sin is death.
As a Christian we know that the penalty has been paid for all who believe by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Thus John's statement not that unbelief is the only sin, but that without belief there is no guarantee of forgiveness.

So no one is calling for death penalty for anyone.
But also is not suggesting that just because our sins have been forgiven that we continue to sin.
Though as a believer we know that we all sin and all continue to ask for forgiveness.

This is not that hard to understand.
The bible is pretty easy to read, suggest you do it sometime.

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Savage Republican said...

Also Markh there are other sins mentioned in John.
Adultery for one (John 8)
Jesus forgives her sin but also commands her to leave her life of sin.
John 8:11
"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin.

John has many mentions of the law of Moses and how Jesus paid the price of the law.

9:38 PM
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Avidor said...

What do you think Jews should do about Leviticus 20:13?

7:51 AM
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Savage Republican said...

avidor, that is a good and difficult question for a Christian to answer.

My understanding is that they are still bound by the Law.

As a believer in Christ, my obligations to ritual laws have been fulfilled with Christ's coming and my debt to moral laws have been paid with his death (though I am still required to obey them, with the help of God). I also am not required to do those things to identify myself as part of God's chosen people (The, I will be your God, you will be my People part) - again, because my belief in Christ and his resurrection has full filed those promises in the covenant.

Our Jewish brothers are bound by the covenant God made with them and the duties and rituals proscribed.
I would ask your Rabbi what is needed for those who have not kept the covenant.

That is the great strength I have from my knowledge that my debt has been paid. I do not have to worry if I will be forgiven, for I know it is has already been granted. (But remembering the command to "leave your life of sin')

For those who do not believe, I pray for them, knowing that without belief, I have no guarantee of anything.

Hope that answered your question.

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Avidor said...

Sorry, I'm still confused...

If Leviticus is irrelevant for Christians, why mention it?

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Savage Republican said...

Leviticus is not irrelevant, it is fact very relevant.
It there was no law, then what do we need forgiveness from?

We are still bound by law (part of which is put forth in Leviticus) and the penalty still apply.
Just they have been paid for by the blood of Jesus who paid the price for our sins.

Thus for a Christian to ignore the moral laws is to both diminish the sacrifice that was made for us and to dishonor that sacrifice.

We both forgiven for our sins (because the penalty has been paid) and asked to leave our life of sin.
Through the sacraments we acknowledge our need for forgiveness and remember the sacrifice that granted us forgiveness.

But just because we are forgiven does not remove the law.

As a poor analogy:
If a bank forgives my debt or someone else pays it for me,
It does not mean I did not have a debt and that I was not required to pay it. But because someone else paid it, I am not required to pay it myself.

(To keep from repeating myself, please reread my third paragraph that starts "As a believer in Christ" and talks about forgiveness and but also the need to follow the law)

1:57 PM


Savage Republican - are you speaking for the Logical One here, or are you speaking for yourself?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ray Cox Gets First Ballot Endorsement

Michael Brodkorb has the story. Cox's opponent ran to the right of Cox. According to a commenter on Brodkorb's blog, and to a republican source, Sue Jeffers was at this convention.

The Logical One Responds, Doesn't Answer the Question

In our last episode we wrote about SD 35 Republican BPOU Chair, True North "nucleus" and MOB Blogger, Cindy Whitehair, aka the Lady Logician's post that responded to a Nick Coleman column column going after Archbishop John Nienstedt for his anti-gay animus. In her post, the Logical One suggested that Leviticus 20:13 supported the Archbishop's position.

The Lady Logician said...

I didn't quote Leviticus 20:13 - I quoted Leviticus 18:22...Is that the best you can do?


Actually, she quoted 20:13:

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.


The Logical One continues:

I also find it interesting that this is how you respond to a civil conversation. It speaks volumes about you.

Regarding Lev 20:13 you totally skip over the part where it says that the blood guilt (for the sin) is ON THE HEAD OF THE SINNERS!

Nice of you to put words in other peoples mouths....

LL


I quoted you directly LL. Please answer the question? Does your quoting of Leviticus 20:13 mean you agree with its call for the Death Penalty for gays? A simple yes or no will do.


Avidor said...

What is "blood guilt"?

9:18 AM
Savage Republican said...

Actually, she's a Christian so you have to read both parts of the bible.
All the penalties for sin have been paid in full by Jesus.
So yes there is a call for death penalty (for this and all the other sins), but the penalty was already paid.
But the important part is also the go forth and sin no more.

And she is not part of the "Leviticus crowd.
It is Genesis that sets out the plan. Leviticus is just because people were too dense to see it clearly.

And again, condemn the sin, love the sinner.

As for 'blood guilt', the guilt for the loss of their life. In other words the sinner is to blame for his sin.

11:58 AM


MarkH, a contributor here, also left a comment over on the Logical One's post:


Lady Logician - which half of the Bible are you cheering for? The Old Testament or the New?

I only wish that the Archbishop focused on teaching the Gospel.

If you read the Gospel of John very carefully, you'll find out that the only sin cited is that of unbelief.

I have no personal need to be welcomed by the Catholic Church. I'm a lifelong Protestant, and do not anticipate changing my mind about the role of a Pope any time in the foreseeable future.

There's no Pope in the Bible...

The Archbishop's assertion that a homosexual orientation is caused by some childhood trauma is mind-boggling and insulting. Unless of course he's referring to children being abused by Catholic clergy?

By Markh, at 12:14 AM


And the soap opera continues.

Rather Surprising that the Drama Queen Didn't Pick This Up

Daily Mole:

Molecast audio: David Schultz on the non-starting Franken campaign
By Steve Perry
December 4, 2007
09:25 am

David SchultzIt’s the negatives, stupid: Today in our weekly Campaign ‘08 conversation with David Schultz, the Hamline University management prof and political analyst plumbs the troubling numbers that continue to plague Democratic US Senate frontrunner Al Franken. “When I’ve gone out and talked to community groups in the suburbs,” says Schultz, “it’s clear by talking to Democrats as well as swing or independent voters, especially women, that they’re very, very uneasy with him. They don’t trust him.”

Schultz also notes Norm Coleman’s improving job ratings, and suggests that Democratic Senate challenger Mike Ciresi consider taking a page from the Arne Carlson playbook: Refuse to honor the party’s nomination and run against Franken in next September’s primary.


Usually the Drama Queen breathlessly reports on such press coverage of Franken.

The interview is well worth listening to.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

True North and MOB Blogger Lady Logician Quotes Leviticus on Death Penalty for Homosexuals

True North "nucleus" and Republican Party BPOU Chair of Senate District 35 Cindy Whitehair, aka Lady Logician doesn't like Nick Coleman's column going after Archbishop John Nienstedt for his anti-gay animus. Later in a post on True North, she linked to this post.

Now I can not speak to the Catholic Catechism as I am not a Catholic. However, I have enough Catholics in my life that I have been exposed to enough to know that Nickolae is wrong again! Nick obviously has not read his Old Testament or if he has he conveniently skipped over this passage.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

That is Leviticus chapter 20 verse 13 and the emphasis is mine. Merriam Websters Dictionary defines abomination as "worthy of or causing disgust or hatred". A sin "worthy of or causing disgust or hatred" is considered to be a grave evil which the Archbishop says homosexuality is IS. Doctrinally, there is nothing out of line in what the Archbishop said!


Death Penalty for Homosexuals Sign carried at 2004 Anti-Gay Rally at Minnesota State Capitol

Death Penalty for Homosexuals Sign carried at 2004 Anti-Gay Rally at Minnesota State Capitol
Photo by: Bert Schlauch. Used with permission.

Thanks for making this so clear Lady Logician. The Lady Logician definitely seems to be part of the Leviticus Crowd.

The Lady Logician also contributes to the Senate District 35 Blog "The official blog of the Senate District 35 (MN) Republican Party BPOU" and AntiStrib of "Dirt Worshiping Heathens" fame.

From the True North Biographies:

The Lady Logician
Nucleus

Cindy Whitehair (aka the Lady Logician) is a self-described "soccer mom" complete with the mini-van. She shares the Logical Household with her husband, son and two dogs Lucky the worlds best border collie and Captain Jack (Sparrow).

A native of the Chicago area (motto - vote early and often) she escaped to "God's Country" 13 years ago. She still carries a couple of Chicago habits (a love of the Cubs and the Bears) but in almost all other aspects has become "Minnesotan" including the accent!

She began blogging in 2005 when she was invited to join "The Savage Republican". After blogging there for a year, she struck out on her own and has been typing away ever since. Besides blogging, she is active in the Minnesota GOP as a volunteer and BPOU Chair and as a 4H adult leader.


I wonder what Senator Claire Robling, will think of her BPOU Chair's post.

IDiot Denied Tenure

Des Moines Register on Guillermo Gonzalez's failure to obtain tenure.

Money quote:

Rosenberg, who did not vote in the tenure decision but issued a separate recommendation as chairman of the department, said the tenure discussions included comments on whether Gonzalez thought intelligent design was science, which Rosenberg said he thought he did.

"Would you have somebody in a French department who said Spanish was French?" Rosenberg asked.


Exactly.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Pat Robertson: 35W is Holy Highway Foretold in Bible



From Right Wing Watch via the Daily Mole.

Towleroad comments:

So, evangelical Christians have set aside 35 days to use the cities around I-35 to rid America of sin, meaning "abortion clinics, gay bars, strip joints, and porn shops." God is using "purity sieges" to set America free.

And they're apparently working - homosexuals, like James Stabile, a drunk gay who stumbled across a purity siege, was cured when a pastor touched him and yelled "Fire!"

Stabile: "I didn't feel the desires to be with men like I felt before." Shazam!


Fact is stranger than fiction.

Call to Jason Lewis's Show to Promote Coleman's New Franken v Franken Ad Backfires

A caller, "Andrew" to Jason Lewis promotes Coleman's webad, which the Drama Queen has been breathlessly promoting. The caller gets asked by Lewis if he is connected to the Coleman campaign and the caller acknowledges that he is. Lewis then gives the caller an earful over Coleman's support for bill to recognise ethnic Hawaiians as a tribe.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

IDiocy in Texas

USA Today:

The state's director of science curriculum said she resigned this month under pressure from officials who felt she gave the appearance of criticizing the instruction of intelligent design.

The Texas Education Agency put Chris Comer on 30 days paid administrative leave in late October, resulting in what she described as a forced resignation.

The move came shortly after Comer forwarded an e-mail announcing a presentation being given by the author of Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse. In the book, author Barbara Forrest says creationist politics are behind the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools. Comer sent the e-mail to several individuals and a few online communities.

Comer, who held her position for nine years, said she believes evolution politics were behind her ousting.

"None of the other reasons they gave are, in and of themselves, firing offenses," she said.

Minnesota Women's Political Caucus Annual Luncheon

This should be interesting.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2007

CONTACT:
Keesha Gaskins, Executive Director
kgaskins@mnwpc.org
651.228.0995

Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus Welcomes Rep. Maxine Waters as Keynote Speaker for 29th Annual MWPC Luncheon

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) is proud to welcome Rep. Maxine Waters as keynote speaker for the 29th-annual MWPC Luncheon. The event will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N. , Minneapolis .

Rep. Waters represents California ’s 35th Congressional District. Throughout 29 years of public service, she has been known for tackling difficult issues. Waters is a champion for issues of concern to people of color, women, children and the poor, including economic development, expanded access to health care and equal justice under the law. She is lauded by African-American and women entrepreneurs for her work to expand contracting and procurement opportunities and to strengthen businesses. Long active in the women’s movement, Waters has given encouragement and financial support to women seeking public office.

She has long been an advocate for international peace, justice and human rights. Before her election to Congress, Waters was a leader in the movement to end apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa .

“Rep. Waters’ inspiring road to Congress and her commitment to equality for all have earned her respect and support from diverse communities across the nation,” said Kristin Tupa, MWPC Board President. “Having in the Twin Cities on MWPC’s behalf is a great honor.”

Other speakers at the event will include Lulu Flores, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Betty McCollum. Funds raised at the MWPC Annual Luncheon will support MWPC programs.

MWPC is a grassroots, multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office by identifying, recruiting, training and supporting pro-choice women candidates. Its goal is equality and equal representation of women at all levels of government. MWPC supports women's issues by lobbying at state and municipal levels of government, holding community meetings, facilitating educational events and working with community partners. www.mnwpc.org

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