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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Anti-Gay Activist Peter LaBarbera Gets His Undies in a Bunch Over Ann Coulter

Welcome Gay Patriot readers.

Gay Patriot has the story about anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera calling on Ann Coulter to donate her speaking fees from GOP Proud to anti-gay groups.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Image of National Organization for Marriage/Minnesota Family Council Mailer Going After Paul Koering

Paul Gazelka, who won the primary distanced himself from the mailing publicly. NOM refused to comment when contacted by local media.

Shadow Group Forms in Anoka Hennepin School District To Oppose "Gay Agenda" In the Schools

It's the Parents Action League. They have put alot of effort into hiding who they are.

The group's concerns include:

  • The pro-gay activist teachers who fail to abide by district policies and use their classroom to promote their personal agenda(s)

  • An increase in pro-gay curriculum materials and resources used in our schools
    The health risks to students who are affirmed and labeled as "gay" and who may participate in homosexual acts

  • Lack of resources and assistance for those students seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle

  • The first middle school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Anoka Middle School for the Arts

There are no names associated with the group, though, Barb Anderson, MFC employee has been active with promoting anti-gay hysteria within the Anoka Hennepin School District. Some of Anderson's letters to the editor are quoted on the PAL website.

Anderson also recently was a guest on hate-monger Bradlee Dean's radio show. On the show, she gloats about how as one person, she has become very powerful within the Anoka Hennepin School District.

Governor candidate Tom Emmer has been harshly criticised for his connections to Bradlee Dean. In response, he gave a statement to the Minnesota Independent distancing himself from Dean:

“You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International is a ministry based in Annandale, a few miles north of Tom’s home town Delano. As a representative of the Wright County area, Tom has met with many, perhaps most of the residents of the area, and has doorknocked across the county.

Tom did meet Bradlee Dean while campaigning, and may have doorknocked his house.

Tom has also appeared on AM1280 and KKMS, including on Bradlee Dean’s radio show. Tom has appeared on many other radio stations and shows as well.

Tom is not a donor to the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry, and has never appeared as a spokesman at one of their fundraising events. He did attend a meet-and-greet before a fundraising event held by the ministry to mingle with the hundreds of attendees.

Tom’s position on social issues has been very clear and consistent. He is a supporter of traditional marriage, and he strongly opposes any kind of violence or unfair discrimination against any group.

Some of Bradlee Dean's greatest hits include:

Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.

On his website, Dean states he was taken out of context. However you can listen to the full context of his remarks in the above video.

Dean went on to state:

The bottom line is this… they [homosexuals] play the victim when they are, in fact, the predator. On average, they molest 117 people before they’re found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults have been destroyed because of crimes against nature?

Barb Anderson is an employee of the Minnesota Family Council. The MFC frequently claims they are not a hate group. Why do they send their employees on a radio show that regularly spews hatred for gays?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tom Emmer Bravely Runs Away from Greater Minnesota Cities Debate

Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities:

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is excited to be joined by gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton and Tom Horner for a forum on rural issues at our annual summer conference, Thursday, August 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Winona. We look forward to hearing how their visions for improving the economic viability of our communities fit into their overall solutions for bridging the state’s $6 billion budget gap.

There is no better opportunity to explain why you will be a champion for rural Minnesota than by debating the other candidates for governor in front of the mayors, city council members, and city staff that make up the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. That is why we are disheartened that Rep. Emmer has declined this opportunity. We hope Rep. Emmer reconsiders his invitation and joins Mark Dayton and Tom Horner in an open and honest conversation on the issues that will affect the 2.4 million Minnesotans living in greater Minnesota. We also hope Rep. Emmer reevaluates the message that his absence at this critical forum sends to greater Minnesota communities.

Emmer probably didn't want to answer questions about Local Government Aid.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Log Cabin Republicans on Tom Emmer and Bradlee Dean

According to Mark Knief President of Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota, Tom Emmer did offer to speak to Log Cabin Republicans last winter prior to the endorsement. "We haven't worked out the arrangements yet."

"We haven't decided whether to endorse Tom Emmer for Governor - or to make any endorsements with the slate of constitutional offices."

I asked for his comment about the Republican Party and Tom Emmer's relationship with Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, and he said: "Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide are Extremists, and the Party should distance themselves from them."

"There is no doubt in my mind that the general tide is turning within the Republican Party. I think this is the theocratic right's last stand."

I also asked about legislative candidate endorsements, and Mark said they endorsed a number of candidates, and that "The pro-equality candidates are typically city candidates and candidates all over the state are more willing to be educated."

Jim Abler on Tom Emmer: "He Has UnResolved Anger Issues Towards Me"

This raises the issue: Why Would the Chamber of Commerce support Tom Emmer? Repost of Lloydletta's Nooz, March 12, 2008.

Emmer Shows Up at Abler's Convention
Dear Colleagues,

You may be wondering why I am behaving as I have been since my convention voted 58-42 to ratify my votes and actions over my 10 years.

Shockingly to me, Rep Emmer showed up at the convention on Saturday around 9:45, declaring himself as representing the caucus. “Marty went south, and I went north.”

Following a nice commendation of Rep Hackbarth for providing good representation of his district (no mention of me), Tom went onto bash the “Democrat transportation tax bill.” The entire speech lasted 7 or 8 minutes, during which time the crowd got actively engaged, since as a group they were about 3:1 opposed to the bill and many were angry at me anyway. When comments came about “those 6 republicans” Tom gestured in an encouraging way, and crowd whipped into a frenz y against those 6 (including me) resembling an Obama rally. There was no doubt as to the local object of this aggression, me. As he closed, he received tumultuous applause and left.

When David Olson of the Mn Chamber arrived, he was treated harshly by the crowd and booed due to the firey mood of the crowd after Emmer’s speech.

When I approached Marty prior to the convention for a letter stating that I had been a good caucus member except for this singular vote with which he vehemently disagreed, he declined stating that didn’t I remember that the caucus was not going to do any help in my election. Which I accepted.

What shocked me is that the caucus would send Tom Emmer who has obvious and unresolved anger issues toward me and expect his appearance in already tense situation to go well. I think in human resource circles they call this the Worst Possible Decision.

I have been a member of the caucus for 10 years, but cannot recall even any stories about the caucus attacking a sitting member during an endorsing process, especially when the opponent is “no endorsement” and particularly when that member is supported by business and the MCCL.

The caucus punishment story about us 6 had died down with the advent of the budget forecast and the governor’s response. The Emmer rant at my convention has given all of this retribution talk new life, and we are now becoming known as the party of the robot.

I think we had better look inside each of ourselves and see where we are going to wind up politically and as a coalition.

I am sending this to members and staff both, because we are all in this together. There has been too much silence already, and this matter has escalated way too far. All our loyal crew deserves to know what is going on and what transpired.

Now you know what happened.

If you don’t happen to see me at caucus, you shouldn’t be surprised. It is hard to leave your backside open to a “family” who has tried to blatantly defeat you.

State Rep. Jim Abeler
Former Minority Lead
Health and Human Services Finance
Room 203 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155