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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Elwyn Tinklenberg Interview - Part 4

Will ET use Bachmann's state senate record in his campaign? Closing Comments.

Elwyn Tinklenberg Interview - Part 3

Transportation and Foreclosure Issues in the 6th District - and Michele Bachmann's lack of action on both.

Elwyn Tinklenberg Part 2

Gay Issues and the Role of the Courts.

El Tinklenberg Interview - Part 1

El Tinklenberg is one of two candidates running against Michele Bachmann.

Introduction and Campaign Strategy.  What did El learn from 2008 campaign, and what would he do differently in 2010?

More information about this race can be found at:

Friday, May 22, 2009

DOD Reverses Course a Bit on DADT


Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, who earlier in the week said that DOD wasn't doing anything at all with regards to the President's promise to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), yesterday reversed course:

"President Obama has been clear in his direction to Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen that he is committed to repeal the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy. He has also been clear that he is committed to do it in a way that is least disruptive to our troops, especially given that they have been simultaneously waging two wars for six years now. Although this will require changes to the law, the Secretary and Chairman are working to address the challenges associated with implementation of the President's commitment."

It's been a bad month for the administration on the DADT issue, including White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, oddly, talking about "reforming" the DADT policy today, as if there's some middle ground between bigotry and equality (perhaps we split the difference at 4/5ths a man?). But this statement out of the Pentagon is a good sign. It's a sign that the Pentagon understands that it doesn't run the commander in chief, and it's a sign that the White House is beginning to understand the depth of the angst, doubt, and anger many are feeling over the uncertain future of President Obama's many promises to gay Americans.

This doesn't mean we've won. It means we're finally taking a step in the right direction.

I wonder if the Peter's unhinged gloating had something to do with this.

Minnesota Family Council Urges Governor Veto of Anti-Bullying Bill

Notably, they give the wrong number. They give the cell number of a poor girl named Emily. Call the Governor at: 651-296-3391. If the DFLers in the legislature had passed this bill earlier in the session, they could have gone to the override stage should the governor have vetoed the bill. It will be interesting to see what the governor did. Where is the Minnesota Family Council going to go? To the Democrats?

Emergency – Tell Gov. Pawlenty to veto SF 971!

Minnesota Family Council Action Alert

Emergency – Tell Gov. Pawlenty to veto SF 971!

Add your voice to thousands already calling Gov. Pawlenty

May 22, 2009

On Thursday, a so-called anti-bullying (SF 971) bill was sent to Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his approval. Like you, the Minnesota Family Council is opposed to all kinds of bullying. However, the anti-bullying bill is designed to force Minnesota public schools to indoctrinate your children and grandchildren to affirm homosexual marriage and unhealthy behavior.

(See list of reasons to oppose SF 971 below.)

CLICK HERE to send an email to Gov. Tim Pawlenty and urge him to veto SF 971.

MFC has studied Welcoming Schools, an anti-bullying curriculum slated for Minneapolis public schools and found that it teaches “how parents can have the same gender,” and that “most families no longer consist of a mother, father…” It also instructs children to “create some families with adults of the same gender” and that there are “no ‘right’ answers”.

Children also learn about families with two moms and two dads through videos like Both of My Moms’ Names are Judy, discussions, books and activities that endorse and reinforce acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex parenting.

Please, contact Gov. Tim Pawlenty and tell him to veto the anti-bullying bill (SF 971).

There is absolutely no time to waste, so please contact Gov. Pawlenty at 612-296-3391 [sic - actually 651-296-3391] or send an email to and urge him to protect our children from indoctrination and veto the anti-bullying bill.

Thank you.

We strongly oppose this bill for the following reasons:

* Unnecessary. Current state anti-bullying law requires all school boards to adopt policies addressing bullying in all its forms (Chapter 121A.0695).

* The bill will involve indoctrination and intimidation of students and school officials who object to homosexuality, homosexual marriage and unhealthy sexual behavior. Already, teachers in a suburban district were forced to sit through a session encouraging teachers to re-evaluate their views on homosexual marriage led by a representative of Rainbow Families, one of the organizations which helped craft this bill.

* SF 971 will force school districts to teach anti-bullying programs that promote homosexuality - not just eliminate bullying or harassment. One example is the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools an anti-bullying curriculum that promotes acceptance and normalization of homosexual marriage, alternative gender roles and unhealthy sexual behaviors.

* Welcoming Schools seeks to address family diversity, including LGBT families, and it addresses anti-gay bias within discussions of bullying. It seeks to “expand student’s notions of gender appropriate behavior” through such books as King and King. And it seeks to evaluate and assess kids’ beliefs by having them regularly answer the question, “I used to think….but now I know…” This involves indoctrination, not elimination of bullying or harassment activities. This is a direct assault on parental values and authority.

* Will increase conflict between parents and public schools. Frustration among parents, students and teachers will increase as they see indoctrination of homosexuality under the pretext of anti-bullying curriculum. We’ve already seen attacks on parents who object to the school’s undermining their parental values and beliefs by their children's school administrators .

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Upcoming Republican Party of Minnesota Chair/Deputy Chair Candidate Forum

Thursday evening, May 28th, SD45 Republicans will host the debate between the Minnesota Republican leadership candidates for both Chair and Deputy Chair positions. It’s a first time event, and will give anyone who comes a chance to get an in-depth look at how these candidates would steer the State Republican party in these challenging times.

At the State Convention in off-election years like 2009, we elect new leaders. And at that event there are campaign speeches by the candidates. They are inspiring, rapid, and energetic, but they do not offer the chance for rebuttal or questions. This will be a true debate with a moderator, and an opportunity for your questions to be heard.

Moderators: Ed Morrissey from Hot Air and AM1280 and Annette Meeks.

Cast of Characters:

Tony Sutton - Party Chair Candidate
Carrie Ruud - Former State Senator, Party Chair Candidate
Dave Thompson - Party Chair Candidate

Dorothy Fleming - Deputy Chair Candidate
Michael Brodkorb - Deputy Chair Candidate

Flyer here.

Location: Armstrong High School in Plymouth.

The sponsor of this event: SD 45 also has a facebook page.