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Saturday, June 23, 2007

King Banian gets Mad at Hal Kimball on the Radio

The podcast isn't up yet at the NARN's archives, but here's a segment where King Banian loses his cool:

Friday, June 22, 2007

More About Luke Hellier

The I Don’t Hate America! blog has an excellent post on the MnSCU student trustee story... a lot of new stuff about the Bachmannite candidate, Luke Hellier.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007


You Tube has transformed politics. Here's a few interesting examples:

No Boundaries

Did this guy also offer feedback on weight management and financial planning?

Prior Lake-Savage School Board fires campus supervisor
A Prior Lake High School campus supervisor was fired Monday for talking to students on campus about abstinence and their sexual orientation.

By Emily Johns, Star Tribune

Last update: June 19, 2007 – 11:13 AM

The Prior Lake-Savage School Board voted Monday night to fire a campus supervisor the district says was talking to students on campus about their sexual orientation.
Chris Lind, who has worked at the high school for five years, has become a de facto advice-giver, friend and religious mentor to some students. A dedicated Christian, he says that he often meets off-campus with students to talk with them about issues in their lives.

The school board says Lind was fired for "job performance and employee insubordination," but Lind's supporters -- who showed up dozens-strong at Monday's meeting-- say it's an issue of free speech and religious discrimination.

And Lind is promising to sue.

Legally, the school district had to remain mum about the reasons for firing Lind before the action was taken. But board members could discuss the matter afterwards, and board chairman Mike Murray read a statement after the board voted 4-2 to fire him.

"This is not about constitutional rights relating to freedom of speech or religion," Murray said, "nor is it an attempt to unfairly restrict employee behavior outside of the workplace."

Murray's statement detailed a progressive set of disciplinary actions against Lind while the district received complaints about him talking to students on campus about their sexual orientation. The district also warned him about maintaining appropriate boundaries with students and the need to separate the role of a supervisor for students and the role of a friend.

He was given a written reprimand in August, then a three-day suspension in January.

In May, Lind was placed on unpaid administrative leave after a student complained to a teacher that the student heard Lind tell another student at the high school that today was "National Pick-On Lesbians Day."

An investigation was conducted, and based on the previous actions against him, the district decided to fire him.

Lind insists the district's allegations paint an inaccurate picture of him and that it's "easy to choose words that are sexual in nature to try to pin me as someone I'm not." Until his lawsuit is filed, he said, he wouldn't say more about the issue, except that "when the truth comes out, it will be a different story."

Earlier, Lind has said that he would meet with students at places such as Caribou Coffee to talk. Sometimes, he said, parents with a troubled child would ask him to help, and some of these relationships would go on for years.

When students asked him about their sexual orientation, or told him they were gay, he said he would tell them that the Bible says "that behavior is inappropriate," but that it's not a worse sin than any other.

More than 600 people, including many who identify themselves as school district residents, have signed an online petition in support of Lind.

The board's admonition that this was not about "freedom of speech or religion" seemed unlikely to quell the critics on Monday, who walked out of the meeting after Lind was fired. In a meeting in the district parking lot, they talked about setting up a legal defense fund for Lind and prayed together.

"This is a battle Satan has started," said KarenRae Mord, a vocal supporter of Lind. "As Christians, we're not going to be quiet anymore."

Mr. Lind's free speech privileges didn't extend to his work as a public school employee. He had no 'right' or obligation to quote the Bible to public school students.

Bait and Switch on the Twins Stadium Design?

I thought the new Twins Stadium was going to look like this:

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... the classic, old-fashioned ballpark design, no skyboxes.

But, apparently it's going to look like this:

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...bland, boring suburban-style-office building design... and two big layers of ugly skyboxes and suites:

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What happened?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Rich Treasure Trove of Material

Lloydletta contributor Mark H mentioned Sam Brownback's fundraising email that quoted attacks on Sam Brownback by the Mitt Romney campaign over on the My Man Mitt blog. The post was titled "Sam Brownback, Bottom Feeding Candidate," and was charmingly illustrated with this photo of an electric catfish.

Sam Brownback as Bottom Feeding Elecric Catfish Illustration from Mitt Romney Blog

From the post:

I feel for Sam. He is a lousy candidate who is about as exciting as a trip to the proctologist. ...

He is a bottom feeder hoping to pick up some of the votes of dying candidates such as McCain. His tactics of racking on Romney will win him no favors in the GOP and really has set him up in a position to be left out of a future Romney administration. Frankly I support that. Brownback is a Bozo and doesn't deserve the time of day of the conscientious voter.

Some commenters took Romney's campaign to task in the comments:

Jason, is it correct that you have been appointed as a leader the "Faith and Values" part of the campaign? Your insulting and immature language hardly seems appropriate for someone who has been tasked to represent the Judeo-Christian ethic. The term "bottom-feeder" would apply more accurately to YOUR post.
By Anonymous, at June 15, 2007 4:16 PM

Jason, the Romney campaign operative was clearly threatened because both the McCain and Brownback were scoring points on the Romney campaign with this video:

Memo to Mitt Romney: "Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said."
June 14, 2007
This morning, the Brownback Campaign launched a heavy-hitting piece on Romney on abortion, slamming his alleged pro-life conversion story.

The best part of the press release was the advice that Martin Gillespie, the political director, gave Romney, courtesy of Mark Twain:

"Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said."

The release refers to a new YouTube video in which Romney reiterates his support for Massachusetts' pro-abortion laws, months after his so-called pro-life conversion happened.

Mitt Romney and his campaign are saying this video is misleading because it doesn't also include the context that he is vetoing a stem cell law in Massachusettes. The Romney campaign has a point, but the statements Romney made in the video are very clear: he didn't want to change current laws regarding abortion in Massachusettes.

My question is since Romney finds stem cell research so problematic, then does he also think In Vitro Fertilization should be illegal? The same issues apply.

Progress on the New Twins Stadium?

I was downtown Saturday, so I thought I'd take a look at the new Twins Stadium construction site.

Not much to see, except this square patch of dirt:

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Couldn't find any info about the square patch of dirt at the Ballpark Authority website.

For some clues to what the square patch of dirt is, go to the Ballpark 2010 blog.

The blog also has a "site status" page... that doesn't show much more progress than my photo of the square patch of dirt.

Here's something else the Ballpark 2010 blog reports;"...there won't be any Northstar passenger trains after games..."

Also, take a look at the 3 diagrams of the stadium on that page and let me know if you can find the Cedar Lake Bike Trail.

Where is the FCC When You Need Them

The Drama Queen was promoting his show on NARN this week. A commenter pointed out:

Jack Bauer Says:
June 16th, 2007 at 4:03 pm
Eric Black (formerly of the Strib) was on with Captain Ed and Mitch just before your shift.
Did you happen to catch them? Was Black sitting on their laps and were Ed and Mitch nibbling on this ear? Did you happen to see Black, Ed and Mitch smoking cigarettes after their show?
I ask that because I never heard such a love-in in all my life. Three guys having sex on the radio! Call the FCC!
That’s why I suspect (and I’m asking) about whether they were smoking cigarettes “after the loving.”
Seriously, given all the examples of Strib media bias, particularly by Black, over the years, they might have broached that subject.

I didn't happen to catch that one. When Michele Bachmann is on Jason Lewis's show, it sounds like they should just get a room.