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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rep. Mark Olson''s Meltdown at the Capitol Last Night

Videos at Dump Mark Olson.

Late last night, Rep. Mark Olson continued his badgering of Rep. Mindy Greilling. He accused her of having a conflict of interest which provoked a bi-partisan rebuke. The Speaker gently warned Olson not to impugn the motives of another representative.

Rep. Mindy Greiling then mentioned that Scientologists opposed her legislation.

After that, Olson lost it... he launched into a paranoid rant about DFL staff taping his bizarre rant on Wednesday. He then claimed KSTP "distorted" the video.

He also talks about his "personal life and the trials I'm going through (which I assume means his arrest for domestic assault).

He says "but, we are going to get the truth out in every facet of my life and we are going to keep working to do that".

Oh, really? Is that why Rep. Mark Olson has had 4 hearings, each time requesting through his lawyer that the trial be postponed?

Rep. Mark Olson has a history of violence toward women. Olson's obsessive badgering of Rep. Greilling was just short of abusive.

Some sort of intervention is called for.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kiffmeyer Really Went Over the Edge on This One

Blue Man in a Red District:

While meeting with a senior member of the Minnesota Legislature, this gentlemen pulled out his "blue book" and was looking at some of the legislative borders around SD 18 and offering an opinion on redistricting and other future campaign possibilities.

For those who don't know what the "blue book" is, this book lists all the information for the 201 elected officials in Minnesota as well as our Federal leaders, the heads of state agencies, election information, and other great facts about Minnesota and the legislature.

It's a very good book for a lobbyist to have. My "blue book" was pretty worn out after 3 years.

This senior member pointed out the bio's in the older (Pre-Kiffmeyer) blue book. It listed his education, occupation, home address, hobbies, and legislative priorities. It also listed their family info.

Newer editions (Kiffmeyer era) took out the majority of biographical information, which did not please this legislator.

He asked Kiffmeyer why this info was deleted.

Kiffmeyer told him it was "so I don't have to list Karen Clark's domestic partner".

At this time, 1 of the 201 elected officials in Minnesota was openly gay. Kiffmeyer, in her homophobic rage, decided to change one of the largest publications promoting state officials and offices because of one possible reference to a same sex domestic partner?


Wow....

UPDATE: Commenter "Tim" points out the blue book is online in pdf format.

Rush Limbaugh: Secularists Were the Problem at Virginia Tech

Goose the Antithesis:

Maybe there needs to be more religion and prayer at our universities, folks. Maybe there needs to be a sense on college campuses that there's something bigger than the individual. Maybe there's something larger than the professor. Maybe they're not too young to learn that there are many things in life larger than self, and maybe being able to take comfort in a relationship with that which is larger than self ( i.e., God) would have a calming effect on some of these people who go absolutely nuts and lose their sanity. But that's even arguable. But can you imagine the leftists hearing me say this now: More prayer, more religion at our university? "Separation of church and state!" would be the template there. "What are you trying to do? You're trying to force a religion on people!" No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no! You don't understand. You can't possibly because you're irreligious.

Now, the larger context of this quote is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek criticism of those who have been citing Virginia's lack of gun control as a fundamental cause of the Virginia Tech massacre (a criticism which I can appreciate), but there is an earnestness to his example. An earnestness which, it would seem, lacks a comprehension of the correlation between religiosity and violence, particularly in this country.


I've never been a fan of Rush Limbaugh.

Kudos to Michael Brodkorb

He has posted video of DFL Senate Candidate Mike Ciresi. I encourage readers to go and listen to the press conference and make your own decisions.



He's got more video here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ghoulish Fundraising from Sam Brownback

His campaign sent out this message on Wednesday:

April 18, 2007

Dear Friend,

This is a bittersweet week for our nation.

Monday will go down as one of the most tragic days in modern American history, as 32 innocent people were savagely killed at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and our prayers need to be with the families of the deceased and the entire Virginia Tech community in the days and weeks ahead.

However, this monstrosity is contrasted by today's decision by the United States Supreme Court which--for the first time--upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. My friend, this is a cause for rejoicing and a milestone in our efforts to end abortion-on-demand in America. This is a great day for the cause of life, but we need to finish the job!

Today's decision underscores the importance of selecting the right individuals who will serve on our nation's courts. I was proud to be a leading advocate for judges who will respect the law, and not legislate from the bench. For this reason, I was a lead advocate in the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, both of whom voted to uphold the ban on this gruesome practice.

Let us finish the job which we are called to, by winning the White House in 2008 and overturning the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision. I need your help in order to do so!

There are two ways you can help:

1. Make a contribution to my campaign.

2. Join Team Brownback for exclusive news and updates from the campaign trail.

Together, we can restore respect for life in America and make the tragedy of abortion a distant memory. Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback


The Supreme Court decision won't necessarily reduce abortion, but it does prohibit the use of one method.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

John Kline at Tax Rally

Andy Aplikowski has the video. He says the best things to happen in Minnesota in the last year is Michele Bachmann getting elected, and Jason Lewis returning to radio.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tax Cut Rally Redux

Andy from Residual Forces posts the rest of his video from the tax cut rally.

From Residual Forces Comments:

# LLLawson Says:
April 15th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Andy, is this your way to criticize our GOP Senator Norm Coleman?

Did the lefty blogs, MN Blue and Lloydletta, get permission to post this video?

You are once again proving that you have a political tin ear. Wake up.


I didn't post the video. I posted a link to Andy's post with the video.


# bmetzler Says:
April 15th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Conservatives who attack “RINO”s are playing into the DFL’s hands. Do you ever think they’ll realize who they are really hurting in the end?

# Andy Says:
April 15th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

LLL:

You’re once again proving you have no clue. Did you even read my post, or just follow orders to attack me?

(AAA’s Note: I had nothing to do with the crowd reaction. I swear! In fact I was a bit turned off by it. I like Sen. Coleman. He’s not perfect, but no one can represent you exactly how you want 100% of the time, but yourself.)

I am trying to help Coleman, and the party. It is the people at that event that hold the key to broad sweeping victories. It is the message they so desperately want to see championed by officials and candidates that hold the key to reversing the course.

Are you saying that the era of small government is over, and that conservatism is dead? Is that the tin ear you speak of? I know there are some in this party who despise limited government conservatism, but they fail to see there is already a party trying to win on the opposite at the ballot box, we can’t afford two parties waging a bidding war for votes.

And finally, since I’m pretty sure you’re just a Carey apologist, is his strategy for 2008 to run around shutting up people like me so Norm can win, even though it is people that sound like me that hold the key to taking back the MN House? I’m just curious, because that has been my suspicion all along, and the way you’re attacking me lends credibility to my argument.

maybe you need to put down the kool aid, stop taking the attack line talking points, and think for your self. We have enough head nodders and yes men in this party, They’ve held power with in it for far too long.

Yesterday you saw ideas draw thousands of people to show up, imagine what would happen if the vast resources of the MNGOP could spread that across to all corners of the state. Imagine the army of motivated volunteers to help Coleman, Bachmann, kline, (even) Ramstad, but more importantly all 134 MN House races.

And the people like you and Brent here, only want to shut us up. How is that uniting? How is that energizing the grassroots? It sure feels to me that I know what the Carey plan is for the grassroots, if you are in fact his messenger. “Show up, shut up, and do what you’re told”

Am I wrong? Is is this not the grassroots Carey speaks of all the time.

Brent:
RINOs that attack conservatives are not just playing into the DFL’s hands, they are playing the DFL’s hand. If it makes you feel any better, I was not joining in the chants or boos.


Does Andy Aplikowski have a following or does he just speak for himself?

Rep. Keith Ellison Faces Critics

Today at Powderhorn Park, Rep. Keith Ellison faced his critics. I thought he did very well.... see for yourself:

Norm Coleman Booed at Tax Rally

Check out the video Residual Forces.

Norm Coleman didn't address the rally directly. Instead, he had Ron Carey, the party chair, read a letter.

There were lots of chants of No More RINOS also. I assume they were referring to Norm Coleman as a RINO.

Governor Pawlenty of Tax Increases avoided this rally like the plague.

UPDATE: A Republican activist contacted me to say that KTLK never invited Pawlenty to speak at this rally.