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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Does Peanut Butter Prove Evolution is a Fraud?

Pam Spaulding has the scoop.



He's got the theory of evolution mixed up with the theory of the origin of life.

There's a related video about the Atheist's Nightmare, the banana.

Tutorial on Blogger Beta Template Design

Here. It's very well explained. There's also an example blogger beta 3 column design.

Blogger beta has significantly improved options over blogger. The one thing I'd like is an intermediate level between admin and guest poster. It would be nice to give other posters the ability to edit the widgets from the blog. Currently you have to be admin to do that.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Can Adults Get Jobs at the Department of Justice?

Did anybody see or listen to Kyle Sampson testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee a few weeks ago?

Maybe he has sterling academic credentials, but did he appear to have the life experience and maturity to function as chief of staff to a cabinet officer? Would you want him managing your staff in a high visibility office?

And then we have our own Rachel Paulose..... 34 years old, and it isn't going well for her.

Supervising a large staff is always a challenge, and when the staff is mostly attorneys, that cannot be easy at any age. Successful attorneys/litigators are going to have strong personalities, a passion for the job, a sharp intellect, and great communication skills.

Loyalty to an ideology might make the Department of Justice feel good, but how about hiring some adults?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Marty Seifert Compares President Bush to Gonorrhea

MN Publius has the scoop.

On Thursday of last week Representative Seifert spoke to a large crowd at the League of Minnesota Cities Breakfast. At some point the conversation turned to why the Democrats had been so successful in the last election cycle. Rep. Seifert expounded on a number of reasons and at some point in this list said that it didn’t help that “the President’s approval ratings are right there with gonorrhea.”

This quote has been repeated to me by a number of people who were present at the event and a Forum Communications reporter said that the quote “more or less sounds accurate.” I have been trying all morning to get a hold of the Minority Leader and was supposed to speak with him shortly after one o’clock. But as it is now more than an hour and many more phone-calls later, I am proceeding with the information I have. The only response from the Minority Leader that has been relayed to me is that “something similar was said but the quote as is, is not completely accurate.” I eagerly await Mr. Seifert’s correction but operate under what has been confirmed to me thus far in the mean time.

Now, I have to say that I find this quip somewhat amusing but I have to wonder what the White House thinks of a Republican legislative leader comparing them to a sexually transmitted disease. Although perhaps the Representative was aware that STD’s are rising in popularity in Minnesota and, as such, meant it as a compliment to the President. Yeah, probably not…


This story got them lots of traffic.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Doug Benson's Marriage Equality Vigil at the Capital

Andy Birkey from Minnesota Monitor has the story.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

FRC Bears False Witness

HRC accused the FRC of bearing false witness with their ad criticizing including gays in Hate crimes laws. Current law addresses hate crimes on the basis of race and religion. The legislation proposed would add gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to hate crimes laws. The FRC has this web ad in opposition.

FRC is obviously lying as HRC described in the ad. I happen to oppose hate crimes laws on principle. The law isn't about thought crimes - so it's not saying that preaching leviticus would be illegal. It does give enhanced penalties if the violent crime was motivated by bias.

Perkins isn't consistant on this point. He just doesn't want gays included in the laundry list.

What Would HRC Have Done if Bush Had Criticized Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

HRC:

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2007

Human Rights Campaign Statement on Bush’s Comments Supporting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

President Bush Defends Discriminatory Policy as a “Good” Policy

WASHINGTON – Today, during a press conference with reporters at the White House Rose Garden, President Bush was asked a question regarding the recent comments by General Pace calling homosexuality “immoral”. President Bush dodged the initial question saying, “I will not be rendering judgment about individual orientation.”


How was this any worse than what Hillary Clinton said?

However, he did go on to defend the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy commenting that he believed it is, “a good policy”.

“President Bush defending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ as a ‘good’ policy completely ignores the negative reality this policy is having on our national security,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “The President’s comments today are a slap in the face to the thousands of patriotic gay and lesbian service members who are currently on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. If this White House is so concerned about the morale of our troops, then why would they publicly support discriminating against thousands of them currently serving on the front lines?”

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Harming Our Nation’s Security”

* Nearly 800 specialists with critical skills have been fired from the U.S. Military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” including 323 linguists, 55 of whom specialized in Arabic. (GAO report).
* At least 65,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans are already protecting our homeland. (Urban Institute report). More than 10,000 have been discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” since the policy was implemented in 1993.

· American taxpayers have paid between $250 million and $1.2 billion to investigate, eliminate, and replace qualified, patriotic service members who want to serve their country but can’t because expressing their sexual orientation violates “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. (GAO report). That money could be better spent on at least a dozen Blackhawk helicopters, armored plates for tanks and Humvees, or Kevlar body armor for troops.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

-30-


Somehow Solmonese forgot to mention this was a Bill Clinton policy.

UPDATE: Pam Spaulding has a more balanced reaction to Bush's statement, than the criticize Bush no matter what he says.

Did HRC doing Hillary Clinton's dirty work putting out this press release?

Triple A's Blog Throws Gasoline on the GOP Party Chair Race

I posted yesterday about the GOP Party Chair Race getting nasty. Check out the comments:

# Psycmeistr Says:
April 2nd, 2007 at 11:54 pm

It doesn’t matter what the politicians support or don’t support.

It will come down to the delegates; and it’s about time the delegates take the grass roots’ party back.
# dan Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 4:48 am

Hear hear!
# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 9:23 am

Psycmeistr/Gary:

For the past 35 years, Ron Carey have been a proud movement conservative. He is a grassroots chair for the Republican Party. Carey has a great relationship with the delegates.
# J. Ewing Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 9:36 am

To which I would ask, “Why did you give it up in the first place?” If the delegates will not take action in their own BPOUs and CDs that will find and elect “better” candidates– those who will advance conservative principles, not just warm a seat– then why should they bother taking action on leadership? That’s just enough to make some, not even all, delegates feel as if they’re doing something, when they ought to be doing a lot more. “Taking the Party back” is worthless unless you know what to do with it after you get it.
# Andy Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 10:05 am

Can anyone close to Carey answer the questions I asked above?

Did Ron Carey confirm these people’s support before he sent their names out publicly once Repya had announced?
# coreconservative Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 11:33 am

MDE: You need to get out of the Metro more. Out here where we actually elect Republicans, Carey is seen as a complete and utter failure. If you think he has a great relationship with the delegates, you must be listening to Ron, and Ron only. There is an impending disaster coming for the Carey camp and Ron knows it. I would imagine you’ll see him withdraw prior to June so as to exit gracefully and not be embarrased by the overwhelming rural CD vote for Repya.
# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Coreconservative:

For the past 35 years, Ron Carey have been a proud movement conservative. He is a grassroots chair for the Republican Party. Carey has a great relationship with the delegates across the state. Over the past few days, I’ve spoken with numerous delegates in greater Minnesota who are proudly supporting Ron Carey.
# coreconservative Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 12:45 pm

MDE:

Movement conservative? I think not. Certainly not a libertarian conservative in the mold of Goldwater or Reagan. Certainly a Christian conservative.

Grassroots? He might schmooz the grassroots, but how much did he spend in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th? On state legislative, judicial and congressional races? NOT ONE DIME!

Supporters? Go ahead, keep your head in the sand. I’m out here actually counting votes. Carey is toast.
# mrtruth Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 12:52 pm

There is a great deal of support for Carey some of which might leave if a better option comes along. I’m still waiting for the phone call from anyone who thinks they can do better!
# J. Ewing Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Is this really the debate we want to be having, arguing about who should be chair? Shouldn’t we be concerned about what every BPOU and CD AND the State Party ought to be doing to get our act together? I am just simply not seeing how electing one person as chair, by a 51-49 vote or even a 70-30 vote, is going to solve our fundamental problems of low fundraising, disillusioned activists, a shortage of good candidates, and an inability to “sell” our conservative message. Is a disunifying fight really that helpful?
# coreconservative Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Yes it is a necessary fight. In many ways it is a microcosm that mirrors the Rockefeller/Goldwater ‘64 and Reangan/Ford ‘76 national debate over who is best suited to reunite us under core conservative principles that the majority of voters can flock to.

It is also about the integrity of who will lead us as Chair. Our current Chair knowingly put out a statewide letter over the last few days listing his ’steering committee’ knowing full well that some of those listed no longer supported him. What we’re not getting from the Carey camp is the truth. What we are getting is smoke and mirrors. Worse yet, now even Brodkorb is ’schilling’ for him. It is hard to imagine that he would jeopardize the long term credibility of MDE over this.

If our current Chair really believes he can change and eliminate the fractious situation within the Party then he needs to first come clean about the defections ‘en masse’ from his supporters and even some on his steering committee. Do I think he will do this? NO.

If we are to get back to being a cohesive Party, we certainly can’t do it under the mantle of someone who will be tainted by this mini-scandal that is brewing. We don’t need a leader who won’t come clean and would rather wati until he and the Party are publicly embarrased by this. I am not the only one familiar with who the defectors are and eventually someone other than me will begin to name names.

Hey, MDE (you’re on the steering committee, so) get ahold of Carey and tell him to come clean before it’s too late. Then we’ll know if he really is more concerned with what’s best for the Party or just what’s best for himself.
# onvacation Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 4:22 pm

I have been out of the state for a few months, but I find it hard to believe that Carey would have any support right now. He can’t excite activists, he can’t fundraise and the press thinks he’s a joke. Its time for the adults to take over again.
# the Lady Logician Says:
April 3rd, 2007 at 4:22 pm

CoreConservative said ” He might schmooz the grassroots, but how much did he spend in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th? On state legislative, judicial and congressional races? NOT ONE DIME!”

I don’t know about the rest of it, but the few measley pennies that my corner of the 2nd District got didn’t amount to much and we had to beg, plead, cajole and THREATEN before we got anything. We were entirely on our own the final 15 days of the election - THEY EVEN TOOK OUR FIELD STAFFER AWAY FROM US!!!! That is not the kind of support I expected out of Chairman Carey. Shoot we got more support out of the Bush campaign in 2004 than we got out of the MNGOP in 2006!!!!!

MDE said “He is a grassroots chair for the Republican Party.”

If he WERE the “grassroots chair” Michael, he would be listening to the grassroots - especially those who are unhappy with the “leadership” we are getting out of St. Paul and DC and he would be telling us what he can or can not do to change things, instead of making excuses and blaming the grassroots for the party’s failures! He would also be listening to us when we PLEAD for some direction (aka leadership) out of him.

The grassroots is looking for the positive Reaganesque message. What we are getting out of Chairman Carey is press release after press release about what crooks the DFL are. While that gives you an endless supply of blogging fodder, it doesn’t do the grassroots volunteers any good. Our neighbors what to know WHY they should vote Republican, not that the DFL are abject scum.

JE is right though…“Taking the Party back” IS worthless if we don’t know what to do with it. The question we should be asking ourselves (as delegates) is what are we going to do to move the party forward if we take it back. Complaining about the status quo does nothing. There must be constructive, forward looking ideas too. Do we have any? Do the candidates have any? We don’t have a lot of time to find out. The state Convention is a scant 60 days away.

LL


What a meltdown. I wonder if they have filled that Controller position yet.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Minnesota Party Chair Race Gets Nasty

Andy Aplikowski from Residual Forces suggests that people who signed on endorsing Ron Carey's campaign for state chair, did so without knowing there was an opponent.

The list of names on Ron Carey’s letter sent out last week and received by select Republican State Central Delegates and Alternates this weekend may actually be inaccurate. This list (referred to as a ‘Steering Committee’ by Carey in the letter) may have been gathered over the last 2 months, well before Col. Joe Repya’s entrance into the race just last week. The listed people may have offered Carey their support back when he was seemingly going to be unopposed for party Republican Party Chairman, because “who else were they going to support?”

Given the emerging news on Repya of last week, and the rapid deployment of this letter, a couple questions come to my mind.

  1. Did Ron Carey verify all of the names listed on his “Steering Committee” before he sent this letter?

  2. Did Carey give these people a chance to consider being publicly involved in this now competitive race before he sent the letter out, following the Repya announcement?


Developing...


The Drama Queen is commenting on this thread. Aplikowski has banned me from commenting on his site. I had tried to leave a comment on an earlier post of Andy's after he had called into the Final Word questioning Carey's claim that Michele Bachmann had endorsed him. Andy deleted the question.

Matt Abe from North Star Liberty is skeptical about Ron Carey and responds to Drew Emmer's post supporting Carey.

Emmer says, "We all could have done a better job last fall. Ultimately the wins and losses belong to the candidates." OK, so you're saying that state Republican candidates had a mass case of malaise in 2006? Au contraire, I saw lots of Republican candidates campaigning hard on the ground — but where was the close air support from the state party? Does all of the blame belong to the candidates?

"My primary concern for the chairman position," continues Emmer, "is the ability to raise significant money to win back the majorities in 2008. I know Ron can raise the dough." Well, my sources are saying that the DFL out-fundraised us in 2006 big time under chairman Carey. Will Carey find that the Norm Coleman campaign, presidential campaign, and the Republican National Convention are enough to float our boats to majorities back in Saint Paul? Or would a new fundraising commander-in-chief, such as Let Freedom Ring's favorite, Joe Repya be more effective?


Michael Brodkorb has thrown his support wholeheartedly behind Ron Carey. He stated as much on his radio show last week. He also stated that Joe Repya was a great American Patriot.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Deputy GOP Chair Candidates

Dorothy Fleming and Bill Pulkrabek. Pulkrabek ran for chair 2 years ago against Ron Eibensteiner. Pulkrabek was the campaign manager for Michele Bachmann's run for Stillwater school board.

Dorothy Fleming was on Michele Bachmann's staff.

Norm Coleman's Anti-Gay Flyer

The following flyer from Coleman's 1998 Campaign was reprinted and distributed at Gay Pride 2002 by Stonewall DFL. To call the Coleman Campaign and ask them about this flyer, call 651-645-0766.

I transcribed the flyer and posted it to a number of political lists. From my post to a Log Cabin Republicans list:

I called the campaign and after many attempts to fax the flyer over, I got confirmation from Albert at the Coleman campaign that this did come from
the Coleman Campaign when he ran for Governor in 1998.


Here's the text of the flyer:


Norm Coleman Opposes Special Rights

*Mayor Coleman has refused to sign a proclamation making it Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender month every year since he has been in office.

*Mayor Coleman supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)


There's some irony here. From City Pages:

On Friday, November 1, gossip columnist Cheryl Johnson wrote a short piece detailing an angry phone call that Norm Coleman and his wife Laurie made to Pat Kessler after he ran a profile about the couple on WCCO. During a segment of video showing the Coleman family hanging out in the kitchen, Kessler reported, This Saturday morning Laurie is visiting from California where she is working on a television series. Neither the candidate nor his wife took kindly to the term "visiting," and berated the reporter for what they thought was a blatant attempt to embarrass them. "[Laurie] was just very upset because she thought it was, and she said this, a devious political shot...A way to paint their marriage as something that it wasn't," Kessler told C.J.

The piece ran on the Strib's website that Friday. On Sunday, when the print edition of her column hit the streets, however, the Coleman tirade, unbeknownst to the author, was missing. "Senior editors did not know the item had been submitted for publication online," managing editor Scott Gillespie says. "That was a mistake. We should not have published it online; a gossip item on the Senate race just a few days before the race wasn't appropriate."

When the item did finally run in the paper, two days after the election, it read essentially the same, minus a few quotes from Kessler. Initially, staffers in the newsroom didn't think much about the deletion, in part because it was a gossip item, in part because it seemed to be, in the words of political columnist Doug Grow, a "very close call."


Back to the flyer:


*Mayor Coleman opposes Domestic Partner Benefits

*Mayor Coleman opposes homosexual adoption

*Mayor Coleman has repeatedly been protested by liberal gay-rights activists [see back]

Prepared and Paid for by Minnesotans for Coleman. PO BOX 65456, St Paul,
MN 55165

==============================================
back of this flyer:

Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman is the most electable conservative Republican for Governor

Norm Coleman on Taxes

Minnesotans are overtaxed. The current $2 billion state surplus is your money - and it's time to give it back. I'm committed to a permanent tax cut for Minnesotans in the first year of a Coleman Administration. Republicans know that a dollar spent by taxpayers produces far more wealth than a dollar spent by government. It's time that government gave us our money back!

Norm Coleman on Crime

Minnesotans demand safe streets and neighborhoods for their children and families. As a former prosecutor, I know how to get criminals off the streets. I also know that strong measures are needed to keep our children from becoming involved in crime, drugs and violence. The Republican Party has led the charge for tougher penalties for criminals - as Governor, I will continue this leadership of keeping public safety the number one priority of government.

Norm Coleman on Human Life

I'm pro-life. It's a core belief of mine that human life, at every stage, should be treated with the sanctity that God meant it to be. Republicans must continue our historic commitment to protecting life at every stage:

the most vulnerable - the unborn - the young and our seniors depend upon government to respect their lives and dignity. It remains one of our most sacred vows as a political party, and one that I will continue to support and promote.

Norm Coleman on Homosexual Rights

As Mayor, I twice refused to sign a "gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender pride" proclamation. I adamantly oppose homosexual marriage and adoption, and as governor I will sign legislation to repeal the 1993 sexual orientation law.

Norm Coleman on Education

Parental involvement yields better results for all of our children. More parental involvement always gets better results than more bureaucracy. As Governor, I will ensure that we have greater local control, more parental involvement and more parental choice in education.

Norm Coleman on 2nd Amendment Rights

As Mayor of Saint Paul, I've fought against proposals that would restrict the rights of citizens under the 2nd Amendment. As Governor, I will stand just as strongly behind the Constitution to protect the rights of all Minnesotans under the 2nd Amendment.

**********************************************************


The question is where is Norm Coleman now on these issues? I asked him about this flyer when Log Cabin Republicans had an opportunity to meet with him, and he said this was from his 98 governor's race, and he had to do this. Norm Coleman should take personal responsibility.

Ancient GOP Artifacts Found Underneath Excel Center

From the Journal of the Twin Cities Archaeological Society:

As workmen prepared the Excel Center for the 2008 Republican Convention, they broke through a basement wall to an ancient grotto. After careful excavation of the site, archeologists confirmed that the grotto contained several GOP artifacts including a bas relief from the Norm Conquest.


Here's the bas relief as it was discovered:

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This is the bas relief restored:

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A crucifix was found hidden behind the cherub... weird:

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