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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Values Voters Video Promotion of "The Call"

Fact is stranger than fiction.

Values Voters Summit Only Attracts B or C List Politicians or Ex Politicians

Schedule here. Michele Bachmann and Cathy McMorris Rodgers were the only incumbent politicians speaking at the event. Both presidential campaigns avoided the event like the plague.

Last year, there was a panel with leftist Jim Wallis of Sojourners. This time, it was the usual suspects from the fringe.

Unpleasantness Over at Minnesota Democrats Exposed

Michael Brodkorb is shilling for the Coleman campaign, this time promoting their "Angry Al" ad. It's amusing to watch the vitriol in the comments from Norm Coleman supporters.

Chestnut Says:
September 13th, 2008 at 8:03 am
Fabricate as much bullshit as you want, Roy. Obama is running an ad making fun of his disability.

Obama is an asshole. You’re just a dishonest jerk.

On the otherhand:

That is the true beauty of Barak Obama. No matter how bad he screws up, as long as he surrounds himself with race-baiters and bigots and mentions that he’s part black, no one will ever be able to honestly and openly question him without being called racist.

Fuck you Roy.

What a way to put it!

Republican Platform

Check it out here. I will do some disecting later. I wonder what Norm Coleman thinks about the plank making English the Official language.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm reminded of a great line from 'Arthur'

When Arthur's butler, gloriously played by John Gielgud, first meets Linda the Waitress (Liza Minnelli), he squints, smiles a tight smile, and purrs a greeting...

'It was thrilling to meet you, Gloria. One must usually go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature'.

Sarah Palin Holds Forth on Bush Doctrine, Pakistan
Sarah Palin first interview, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, September 11, 2008

Actually, that might be an insult to league bowlers in small towns... most of them can probably do a better job of discussing this topic.

John McCain: Warmonger

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin vs the Town Library

The books her church wasn't happy with included Go Ask Alice.

Army Corps Earmark in San Diego: “The Sand Bridge to Nowhere” to Benefit McCain Beachfront Condos

by Serge Dedina

The Army Corps of Engineers has planned a $70 million dollar beach dredge and fill project for Imperial Beach, California, located south of the beachfront condos owned by John McCain in Coronado. The project is a classic bipartisan pork barrel earmark opposed by local residents.

The irony is that the sand that will come from a sewage outfall pipe next to the Mexican border (the water from the pipe does not meet federal clean water standards) will eventually end up protecting the two beachfront condos owned by Senator McCain in Coronado, one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. So while he rails against pork, his property will be protected by a lot of toxic bacon. Sand deposited in Imperial Beach drifts north to Coronado as a result of litoral drift. McCAin will benefit from monies that won’t be going to shore up levies in New Orleans or help clean up toxic water pollution on our beaches—the most polluted in North America.

More info here and here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Krueger Defeats Olson

Ken Avidor and Michael Brodkorb will be happy. He can retire the Dump Mark Olson blog. There's some disagreement about whether Krueger was "actively campaigning" or not. I've contacted Chris Kumpula to verify that the lit piece was mailed to people before the primary.

Tony Perkins Says McCain Better Not Downplay Palin's Religion - Or Else

Video here.

God's Plan for Alaska - by Sarah Palin's Church

Monday, September 08, 2008

More Mark Olson Drama

Gary Gross and Chris Kumpula lock horns.

Krueger broke her promise, and is now actively campaigning for the seat.

If Olson wins, then what will happen to the other candidates in the district? Will Mary Kiffmeyer and Sondra Erickson do joint lit drops with Olson?

Norm Coleman got involved in this race to make sure he could use the issue of Al Franken's writings against him.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Mark Olson v Alison Krueger Race Heats Up, Sherburne County Coleman for Senate Chair Resigns In Protest of Coleman's Non-support of Olson

Avidor from Dump Mark Olson is following some of the debate in the Sherburne Tribune. Phil Herwig from Milaca wrote a LTE supporting Krueger. According to Olson supporter, Chris Kumpula, Herwig was also the person who came to a SD 16 meeting to urge SD 16 board members to overturn the convention endorsement:

The BPOU Executive Committee of SD16 had just finished preparations for their August 19th meeting and had just begun when they were visited by someone who was to many a complete stranger. Phil Herwig, a conservative Republican with a well-regarded reputation for organizing and winning grassroots campaigns, joined the meeting. After a clear explanation of who he was and what he did, his remarks surprised the committee. Herwig conveyed that he thought the SD16 Endorsing Convention was a shameful embarrassment and fatal mistake for the MNGOP. His tone was respectful and sincere, but was loud enough to eventually get the BPOU committee removed from their meeting place on account of the disruption.

In the course of the heated yet civil exchange, it became clear that something once suspected is indeed a reality. It is now clear beyond any doubt that there is an underground machine operating to work against the MNGOP endorsed candidate, Mark Olson. Herwig mentioned in the exchange that this machine had “big donors” and “literature ready to go.” He believed that the result of the SD16 Endorsing Convention would mean a political “gorilla war” on the grassroots level in a fight amongst Republicans for the SD16 primary.

Herwig’s crowning moment was when he demanded that the BPOU leadership of SD16 overrule the decision of delegates and throw out the endorsement of Olson. This is a surprising and outrageous demand coming from a man of his experience, since he would, no doubt, know that there really are not any provisions under which the BPOU leadership could challenge the decision of delegates. The delegates have spoken, and the BPOU is unable to do anything about it.

A letter writer to the West Sherburne Tribune also chronicled this incident.

At the recent House District 16 A/B board meeting an obnoxious, boisterous man (who identified himself as Phil Herwig) threatened the members of the BPOUs in Senate District 16. He demanded that the executive committees undo the endorsement of Mark Olson as senate candidate or he and his group would begin releasing literature designed to defeat Olson in the primary.

Although he was not an invited guest or a recognized party activist, he was given time to speak. (The BPOU board encourages participation from all delegates and alternates who wish to be involved at the grass roots level.) It is unknown if he was supported by party hierarchy, senate caucus leaders, or unnamed big money

contributors. However, Mr. Herwig became so loud and obnoxious that the business owner asked us to leave the building.

In any case, the BPOU Executive Committee does not have the power to "undo" the endorsement. At a recent Senate District 16 Special Convention Mark Olson was duly endorsed as the Republican Candidate by duly elected delegates from SD16 by a 2-1 majority. Furthermore, Alison Krueger signed a pledge promising that she would respect the choice of the delegates and she would not run against the endorsed candidate.

Another LTE in support of Olson is critical of Senator Norm Coleman:

Since that election by the delegates, I am concerned that Sen. Norm Coleman, the Victory Committee (P.A.C.) Political Active Committee) and the Senate Caucus thinks they can control a local election?

As a delegate for District 16 and the chair for Sherburne County for Norm Coleman I have recently decided to resign from the chair.

We need to be careful and not allow any party or organization to manipulate a election. It violates our privilege and our freedom.

Since when have we allowed the government or the caucus to dictate the people?

A vote is a voice and we the people need to preserve the right to vote and expect our vote to be respected and highly esteemed.

This is the beauty of America and our great democracy.

In all there are two unique LTEs in support of Krueger (one was posted twice). There were also six LTEs that were published in support of Mark Olson.

Anti-Immigrant activist, Michele Bachmann and Mark Olson fan, Dare2sayit, reports on a recent BBQ for Mark Olson held at his farm.

Does anyone know whether the Republican sample ballot in SD 16 has Michele Bachmann, Norm Coleman and Mark Olson all listed?

Gary Gross, a Republican activist who does not live in the district has a series of critical posts about Mark Olson.

Gary points out that Olson's opponent, Alison Krueger has established a website. The only information she has on the site is Mark Olson's conviction record.

And the soap opera continues.....

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the Republican Convention

Republican Platform Plank on Don't Ask Don't Tell

From the Service Members Defense League:

Have you seen the Republican Party's platform position on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

It contains this plank:

"To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timeliness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service."

That's right -- this week at its national convention, the Republican Party once again made discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members an official part of its vision for the United States.

Join us in sending a clear message to the Republican leadership that this position is unacceptable. Sign our petition right away:

Both Republicans and Democrats alike will tell you that our armed forces are overseas fighting for freedom. Then why is one of our major political parties ready to deny the very freedom we're fighting for to lesbian, gay and bisexual service members?

Homosexuality is "incompatible" with our military? Tell that to the 65,000 LGB service members who are serving right now -- today -- in the armed forces of the United States.

How about the 12,500 service members who risked their lives to defend our nation, only to be fired for their sexual orientation? And how about the nearly 60 gay Arabic linguists kicked out of the military, when we desperately need people with these critical skills to protect our country?

We should be calling for a systematic non-discrimination policy in our armed forces to reflect the American ideals of freedom and equality, rather than kicking out service members who are ready and willing to serve.

According to a July Washington Post/ABC News Poll, even a majority of Republicans nationwide agree. 64 percent of Republicans -- including Rep. Chris Shays (CT), Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (MD), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) -- support allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Take a stand against discrimination -- sign our petition against the Republican Platform position on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

Platform Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin McCarthy wrote in his preamble:
"We offer [the platform] to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government's interference in people's lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty."

With the nation's attention focused on the Republican National Convention in Minnesota this week, we hope the Republicans will hold true to those ideals and reconsider its position on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Thank you for helping us keep the pressure up.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a Bill Clinton policy. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar refuses to co-sponsor legislation to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That being said, this plank is a political liability for the Republicans. I urge people to write urging they change this plank.