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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Andy Applikowski's Lit Piece for 6th District Associate Chair

Read it and chuckle.

Prichard, Limmer Appear to be Chickening Out

Meanwhile, Mitch Berg is serving as the "resident conservative."

Mitch Berg won't argue with domestic partnership law - but argues that having the state law be inclusive of gay marriages stops houses of worship from determine their definitions of marriage.

Radio Debate on Gay Marriage

Listen here.

The Nation Speaks - Highly Rated Ground Breaking Round Table
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Gay Marriage - Supporters and Opponents will be discussing this issue with our Panel. Joining the opposition to Gay Marriage will be Thomas Prichard from the Minnesota Family Council and Sen. Warren Limmer (R) and on the other side, in support of the issue will be Monica Meyer from Out Front Minnesota and Representative Phyllis Kahn (DFL). A Conservative, a Moderate, a Liberal and A Black Man debate and discuss politics and issues of the day. Join us for the only show of its kind. Real discussion, real debate, real differences. Raw and uncensored political talk radio


Radio Free Nation site here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Eric Cantor is a Moron



Wow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Freak Show at the State Capitol



Marty Owings from Radio Free Nation got the footage.

Andy Birkey reports there are 3 Bachmann amendment type bills introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer is co-authoring two of them.

Natasha Richardson in Cabaret: Maybe this time

Outfront Minnesota Media Alert

March 19th, 2008

(Minneapolis) Testimony on the Safe Schools for All Bill was heard by the Senate Education Committee yesterday, March 18th but the committee ran out of time before being able to debate and vote on the bill.

The committee is expected to debate and vote on the bill:

Date: Tuesday, March 24th

Location: Room 112 of the State Capitol

Time: The committee convenes at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rest in Peace, Natasha Richardson



This week's news makes me sad. I think she had a lot more to offer the world.

Fact is Stranger than Fiction

Minneapolis Rumors:

A New Olson Highway

I am adding a new position to my campaign for mayor. If elected, I seek to change the name of Hiawatha Avenue to the Sara Jane Olson Memorial Highway. Since Highway 55 on the north side of Minneapolis (including Golden Valley) is named the Floyd B. Olson Memorial Highway (but signed as just Olson Memorial Highway), I feel it is appropriate to name Highway 55 on the south side after Sara Jane Olson. The signs would just read Olson Memorial Highway as they do on the north side, so those right-wing creeps who will take offence won't have to think about it. This would provide a consistent "brand name" for Highway 55 throughout Minneapolis as well as giving the former Kathleen Soliah the honour she deserves for fighting the good fight against capitalism. As a bonus, Highway 55 is the best route from downtown Minneapolis to Sara Jane Olson's adopted Highland Park neighbourhood in Saint Paul. Any comments (positive or negative) would be appreciated.


John Wilson
Whittier, Minneapolis
Info about John Wilson: http://forums.e-democracy.org/p/johnwilson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dang

I'll be out of town for this. I would really enjoy hearing Ken Miller speak.

Where are the Coen Brothers When you Need Them?


Okay, Eva egged me on to post about a lurid crime involving a guy I know from high school. Here's a story from last week's Fargo Forum, and a photo of the resort that is referenced in the story.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, the cabin that burned is in the middle of the photo... let your eye follow the snow-packed road as far as it can go.

Kidnapping suspect facing sex charges
Amy Dalrymple - 03/10/2009

When David Randy Sabby was arrested this weekend on suspicion of kidnapping a girl in Fergus Falls, Minn., he was out on bond for 14 sexual abuse charges he faces in a neighboring county. The 46-year-old Elbow Lake, Minn., man is accused in Grant County District Court of sexually assaulting a girl several times between October 2007 and November 2008, court records say. Sabby posted bond – half of the $50,000 amount requested by prosecutors – in the case. Fergus Falls Police Chief Tim Brennan said Monday the victim in that case is Sabby’s 17-year-old stepdaughter, the same girl he’s accused of abducting from the city’s mall on Saturday. The Forum is not naming the girl because she has reported being a victim of a sex crime. Sabby also is charged in Grant County with violating an order for protection his stepdaughter had taken out against him. In Fergus Falls, Sabby is expected to be charged today in connection with the abduction. Sabby’s stepson, Derek Allen Gilpin, 26, is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail on suspicion of helping Sabby, with police saying Gilpin gave Sabby information to help him locate and abduct the girl. Charges have not yet been filed against Gilpin. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office also is investigating a fire at the cabin Sabby took the girl to after abducting her. Sabby’s attorney, Kent Marshall of Barrett, Minn., said he had not yet talked to Sabby nor did he have details about the charges. “There’s always two sides to all of these stories,” Marshall said. “What you hear initially isn’t always 100 percent the case, and certainly we don’t know what’s there and what isn’t.” Sabby’s past cases On Jan. 14, the Grant County sheriff’s office received a report that the girl was a victim of sexual abuse. Six days later, the girl’s mother filed a petition in Grant County for an order for protection against Sabby on the girl’s behalf. The details of the petition are redacted because the girl is a minor. The order was granted Jan. 29. On Jan. 26, prosecutors charged Sabby with 14 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Grant County. Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud is handling the case because the Grant County attorney has a conflict of interest, not uncommon for the county of less than 7,000 people. Sabby posted $25,000 bond Jan. 27 and was released from jail without conditions. Glasrud requested $50,000 unconditional bond or $25,000 conditional bond. He said he based his request on amounts ordered in similar cases. Judge Gerald Seibel ordered $25,000 unconditional bond or $5,000 conditional bond. Marshall, his attorney, said Sabby posted the larger amount because he’s a pilot with AirTran and needs to leave the state, which he could not do under conditional release. Sabby has not entered a plea in the case. He is scheduled to appear in court April 27. On Feb. 12, Sabby was cited for violating the order for protection. Sabby went to the Grant County courthouse that day when his wife had a hearing for a civil matter that involved the girl, Marshall said. Sabby was not involved in the case and should not have been there, said Glasrud, who requested the maximum $6,000 bond for the misdemeanor charge. Judge Seibel ordered Sabby released on conditions, including having no contact with the girl, but ordered no bail. Sabby pleaded not guilty to that charge. New details Police say Gilpin gave information to Sabby about the girl’s whereabouts, knowing she had a protection order against him. Gilpin told police Sabby wanted to talk to the girl about the allegations in the Grant County case, Brennan said. Authorities don’t believe Gilpin knew Sabby intended to kidnap the girl. Gilpin and the girl have the same mother but neither are related to Sabby, Brennan said. After Sabby confronted Gilpin and the girl at gunpoint while they were in a car, Sabby ordered Gilpin to the back of the car, police said. Sabby told Gilpin not to move and bound his hands and feet with duct tape. Gilpin later broke free and called police. The state fire marshal is assisting with an investigation of a fire at a vacant cabin on the east side of Swan Lake where Sabby is accused of taking the girl. Police say Sabby detained the girl for several hours at the cabin before giving her the keys to his pickup and letting her drive away. After she left, the cabin started on fire, but investigators don’t know what happened. Marshall said the fire appears accidental, possibly caused when his client was trying to warm up the cabin with a heater. Sabby went to a nearby home, where a resident called police. Ambulance personnel treated Sabby for a cut to his neck. Brennan said Sabby told personnel there was an explosion and he was cut by flying glass. Police have not found the gun Sabby used. Investigators are searching for it in the rubble of the burned cabin, Brennan said. Messages left at the jail for Sabby and Gilpin were not returned Monday. The girl’s mother did not return a call seeking comment.


I visited family in Fergus Falls this weekend, and learned that the stepdaughter has been living in foster care for a while.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sequel to Fargo

Elbo Lake.

Obama Rolls Out Welcome Mat Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America

Right Wing Watch quoting Brody file:

Wendy Wright of CWA: “The Obama administration says they want to be inclusive and represent all Americans. The White House faith-based office is now tasked with reducing the number of abortions – something that pro-life groups have very good experience in accomplishing. Pregnancy resource centers and regulations on abortion have a terrific track record in helping women choose alternatives to abortion. Funding abortion or abortion providers is one of the worst things that could be done. What the government funds, we get more of. We hope to begin a dialogue that results in policies which actually work, not just financially benefit certain interest groups like abortion providers.”


It appears they are out for Faith Based Pork. Will the Obama Administration be pushing to fund Sidewalk Counseling next?

Why is the Faith-based office tasked with reducing the number of abortions? Shouldn't this be a health issue?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Let A.I.G. Fail. Please.

Note to Washington DC - it is puzzling and inconsistent to be anxious to over-ride private contracts for home mortgages, and yet cower in fear over contracts for outrageous bonuses that defy any shred of common sense.

Does anybody really think that retaining key employees or executives from the CF known as A.I.G. is a great idea? Who else would hire these incompetents, over-paid frauds? Let them!

Are the bonus payouts to reward performance? If that were true, no federal bailout would be needed.

I guess that status quo means that the taxpayers lose again, even in the face of jaw-dropping circumstances.