Ilhan Omar thinks we’re the “Klan”:
Omar’s not stupid. She knows that’s not true.
She just knows that CD5 Democrats pretty much believe anything they’re told.
Ilhan Omar thinks we’re the “Klan”:
Omar’s not stupid. She knows that’s not true.
She just knows that CD5 Democrats pretty much believe anything they’re told.
After a session of being neutered and stripped of their leadership positions by the increasingly metro-dominated DFL, there’ve been rumors bouncing around CD8 circles that Senators Bakk and Tomassoni were going to bolt the DFL.
And according to Tom Hauser, that may be in the near offing…:
…although not quite to the point of joining the GOP.
Rumors are bouncing about as to which party the “Independent Caucus” will work most closely with – but either way, Bakk and Tomassoni are going to be the most popular guys on Capitol Hill when the session starts.
It doesn’t seem a stretch that on issues of mining and gun rights – and, likely, a few more – the Senate has gone from 34-33 GOP to 34-31-2, and the DFL agenda just got even farther out of reach.
What’ll it mean for Governor Klink’s emergency powers?
My guess – and it’s only a guess – is that the House DFL will dig in harder and get more extreme.
That’s the sound of DFLers realizing they’re going to have to jam ten days worth of fraud into one evening.
And they’re not happy about it.
The 8th Circuit returned a decision in Carson v. Simon yesterday. The presser from the Minnesota Voters Alliance explains:
The 8th Circuit reversed a lower court decision which authorized the Minnesota Secretary of State to accept ballots seven days after the election, and required an injunction against Simon for extending the statutory deadline for election day for receipt of absentee ballots.
In our view, this was a scheme concocted by Secretary Simon in the first place, where he identified and encouraged his allies to file a lawsuit against him, knowing all along that he would enter into a consent decree with them just to circumvent the legislature and the will of the people. We can not prove that of course, but in our view, that is exactly what happened.
To sum it up:
Presto change-o. Law changed by executive fiat (under cover of a convenient bit of “litigation”), without any pesky “checks and balances” or “legislatures” getting in the way.
It’s an end-run around state law, and due process.
And it’s a foreword to what we can expect – well, expect much more of – if the Democrats win on Tuesday, or whenever the actual decision is announced.
The DFL PR nomenklatura are doing their best to obscure the facts:
Could Murphy have gotten anything about the story less right?
Who’s got two thumbs, and is the only person in the world who can’t call Donald Trump’s Twitter feed “an ill-advised mass of ready/fire/aim malaprops?”
Why, that’d be Representative Ryan Winkler, if he were pointing two thumbs at himself:
50-90% of Covid patients are asymptomatic. For many others – myself included – it felt like the chest cold I get nearly every spring; if it weren’t for a strange rash on my hand, I wouldn’t have even gotten an antibody test, much less a serology test.
So – now Ryan Winkler is Covid-shaming. Seems he knows as much about epidemiology as he does black history.
This is today’s DFL.
Once upon a time, I got some great life advice.
“Find what you’re good at, and run with it”.
John Thompson, would-be DFL rep from District 67A, the East Side, apparently got and practices the same advice.
He does seem to like burning down suburbs. Or at least talking about it.
Sure, that’ll solve police overreach against blacks. Run with it.
Hey, DFLers – this is the mainstream of your party.
I’m pretty sure the Minnesota GOP would have to invent Ryan Winkler.
This was him over the weekend on social media:
So in other words, our House Majority Leader stands for the abolition of Federalism – one of the things our country got completely right.
Oh, he’s not done yet:
He went to Harvard, you know – but apparently never read the Federalist Papers.
The Constitution is precisely about denying unlimited power to the majority!
Not sure if Winkler, and the people he’s aping, want a civil war
But if they do, it’s hard for me to figure what they’d do differently.
John Thompson – the DFL endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House, who threatened to burn down Hugo, Minnesota – is clearly not a fan of the police.
And it’s causing the DFL problems – while by all indications Ken Martin is keeping Thompson locked up in a closet and not letting him anywhere near the public, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, normally a reliable endorser of DFL candidates, has switched its endorsements in two swing House districts, and possibly more. The kerfuffle – which the media hasn’t been able to bury, despite their best efforts – caused the DFL to bag a fundraiser with Thompson and other DFL officials last week, which is a big deal, two months before an election.
Now, I’ve had a policy since the beginning of this blog: I leave peoples’ families out of it. Some of my various stalkers haven’t been quite as discriminating – and yes, that does make me a better person than them.
And I’m not going to change that now.
But while it seems that candidate Thompson’s son has had some brushes with the law, it also seems that the son also owes his life to one of the Saint Paul cops who, Thompson the Elder reminds us, “ain’t s**t”:
In early August 2018, a St. Paul officer was credited with saving his life after he was shot outside a funeral home on the 700 block of Portland Avenue.
Thompson was found in an alley with gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen after a confrontation with a fellow citizen became violent. The St. Paul Police Department said that officer Mathew Jones aided Thompson and stemmed his bleeding until EMS arrived to transport him to the hospital. It is unlikely that Thompson would have survived without the medical care Jones administered, authorities said.
Reports from Fox 9 and the Pioneer Press identified the man who was shot on Aug. 6, 2018 as Thompson’s son Damarco. The St. Paul Police Department confirmed with Alpha News that Damarco’s life was saved by Jones, who received the Life Saving Award for his actions that day.
“While the saving of a life is generally attributed to the hospital and responding EMS crews, the officers who take those initial actions, such as Officer Jones, should receive the lion’s share of the credit,” St. Paul Fire’s EMS coordinator, Captain Kenneth Adams, said of the incident. “For if it were not for them and their actions, the EMS crews and hospital staff would not have a patient to work with.”
I leave families out of things – but it doesn’t seem remotely unfair to point this out.
Ryan Winkler, the House Majority Leader, isn’t thrilled with President Trump stealing Joe Biden’s thunder:
Then the Majority Leader has had a pretty sheltered life.
Know what’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard?
Other than the Holocaust, the Great Leap Forward, the Gulag, the Holodomor, the Rape of Nanking, the subjugation of Tibet, the history of Haitian slavery, or pretty much an garden-variety genocide?
Well, not this…
But it was pretty bad anyway. And if Bogdan Vechirko – who owned no “white supremacist” paraphernalia at all, and heroically avoided hitting anyone (who wasn’t trying to get hit) wants to sue for slander, I’ll host a fundraiser.
Have you people call my people.
Ryan Winkler, Minnesota’s House Majority Leader – let that thought rattle around in your head a bit – replies to Senate Majority Leader Gazelka yesterday:
“Trump’s America is deadly!”
But the Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan’s Minnesota is the part that is rioting, burning, looting, shedding businesses and jobs, boarding up, moving to the burbs or Wisconsin or the Greater or Lesser Dakota, buggering off, hitting the dusty trail for freer and safer horizons.
Alondra Cano’s Minnesota is the part that can’t run itself even in good times without massive transfers of wealth from the parts of the state that work (for now), the Republican parts.
Lisa Bender’s Minnesota is the part that considers “law and order” a form of unsustainable “privilege” for all you plebs, but pays a lot of your money so that it has that privilege for itself.
Ryan Winkler’s Minnesota is the part where a Harvard graduate and machine politician from a lilywhite “progressive” suburb full of NIMBYs can call one of the most distinguished jurists of our time an “Uncle Tom”, and then turn around and yap about “white supremacy” when his opponent compliments the men and women who are taking time off from their real lives to clean up yet another DFL mess.
If Ryan Winkler didn’t exist, the GOP would have to invent him.
To: Rep. Ryan WInkler, House Majority Leader
From: Mitch Berg, Irascible Peasant
Yesterday you tweeted in re the shooting in Kenosha:
Rep Winkler, I say the following with all due respect.
I’m just spitballing, here, but maybe a white, suburban Harvard grad who called one of the leading jurists in the nation an “Uncle Thomas” because he departed the Democrat Party’s plantation, might want to sit out the whole “white supremacy” thing.
That is all.
There are an interesting array of opinions, con, pro and (in the case of most elected state pols) silent as a rat in a roomful of terriers. Not many want to “say his name”, apparently.
Although the GOP candidate for Thompson’s seat sure did:
Alexander Deputie, a Republican running against [an Eastside DFLer representing the Senate in Thompson’s district] for the Senate and an immigrant from Liberia, said: “I was a child when my family was forced out of our home and country by an armed mob, and I feel for those children in Hugo who were present during the event when it took place on Saturday.”
In regards to Thompson, Deputie said, “I can tell you that he does not represent all Black people. He does not represent me. John Thompson has made it clear that he is concerned for one group of people, and to be a state representative, you need to represent all your constituents.”
Quick note – I’ll be interviewing Deputie on tomorrow’s NARN broadcast. Pass the word.
My MN House rep, Rena Moran, on Twitter yesterday:
The part Rep. Moran is missing, of course, is that Florida has over four times as many people as Minnesota has.
And that when you look in terms of fatalties per million people, it boils down (as of today) to:
Now – does Rep. Moran truly not know the different between raw numbers and per capita numbers?
Maybe. Maybe not.
But the typical DFL voter, be they in the Midway or Wayzata, certainly does not.
…that Kim Norton, mayor of Rochester, is simultaneously both the most authoritarian person in Minnesota politics and the most groaningly, er, ill-informed, incurious and tone-deaf.
But I will say…
..that if you think I’m inferring that message between the lines, I’m not going to argue with you all that hard.
To: President Trump
From: Mitch Berg, Irasicble Peasant and Scott Walker supporter
Re: Disaster Request
This past week, Governor-For-Life Walz asked you to declare Minneapolis and Saint Paul “disaster areas”.
Make no mistake – they are.
But they are a disaster entirely due to generations of DFL policy, decades of mismanagement, and a week of seemingly assessing the situation during the various riots and seemingly selecting the stupidest, most self-destructive response.
So – just as insurance companies won’t cover damage to your house if you take a sledgehammer to your walls and countertops, there is no way the taxpayers of the United States – or Greater Minnesota – should be on the hook for the Minnesota DFL’s stupidity.
As they point out whenever they win an election, they “…own these towns”. Paying federal tax money to ameliorate the stupidity of Walz, Frey, and generations of DFL politicians before them is throwing good money after bad.
But I’m nothing if not a uniter. So I have a suggestion.
Tell Minneapolis to start rebuilding with whatever’s left of the $500,000 Mayor Frey charged your campaign for the nonexistent “security” at your rally at the Target Center last year. You know – the one where mobs of leftist droogs (including at least one City Council member) attacked your supporters out in the streets (usually five or six of thugs, and their soi-boifriends, ganging up on an old guy, or a woman, usually from behind), all but cheered on by the Mayor. There is no way any of that “security” money got spent. Tell the DFL to use that.
Please don’t let Real America down on this. Please, please tell the Governor-for-life and Mayor Frey to go f*** themselves. Preferably in as many words, preferably on national TV. Until there are consequences for their, and their party’s, crimes against their positions and the people they govern, nothing will ever improve.
That is all.
The Senate GOP – the only real bit of power the opposition has in Minnesota – is finally going to ask the question that it seems nearly nobody in our media will.
Why didi the DFL politiclal “chain of command”, from Mayors Carter and McDreamy up through Governor Klink, allow two of the Twin Cities poor, blighted but slowly recovering neighborhoods to get torched, looted and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition?
Republicans specifically want to know the details of what led Minneapolis police to abandon the Third Precinct police station. Additionally, they want to know why the National Guard was not a visible presence on the ground in Minneapolis until the weekend, four days after the violence started.
At the press conference, Gazelka did not directly answer a question about whether there will be subpoenas issued for the hearings, but a top aide clarified that the Senate Judiciary Committee does have subpoena power, and they will be involved in these hearings.
Democratic senators will be part of these hearings as well. It sets up for what is likely to be a spectacle at the Capitol, with Republican Senators, most of whom are from greater Minnesota, grilling top state and even city officials over the basic question of what happened.
The DFL’s evasion controls are set to “emergency”:
Susan Kent, the DFL Senate leader, responded to Republican plan to hold hearings, saying that Republicans should be just as focused on criminal justice reform as they are on the destruction of property. She noted that these hearing come after a recent special session, where no police reform proposals were agreed upon, during which the Senate held a single, informational hearing for criminal justice reform.
“It is deeply discouraging and troubling to see Senate Republicans prioritize hearings that completely fail to address racial disparities within our criminal justice system,” she said, adding: Minnesotans statewide are asking us to do our jobs and take meaningful action. The one informational hearing they held on weak proposals doesn’t cut it. It is now abundantly clear they were never really interested in passing critical legislation.”
And I’ll agree with the suburban doyenne Sen. Kent, at least halfway; we should examine the “racial disparity”.
Why is it always the black neighborhoods that the hordes of white “anarchists” and “anti”-fa and other members of the DFL’s direct action force flock to to burn and loot?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Campaign contributions for exemption. Nice.
There is speculation that the revelation that the “World’s Largest Candy Store”‘s getting rated as “essential” because their owner is friends with and a donor to Waltz created optics that were starting to hurt Walz, and between that and the fact that Minnesotans are actually acting less sociallyi-distant than Georgians (who opened up to great calumny a few weeks back, and aren’t dying off in droves) led to yesterday’s modest, token relaxation of the shutdown.
We certainly see what it takes to get the governor’s attention.
Last week, it was Governor Walz’s snitch line, urging MInnesotans to rat out people violating the nebulous and ill-defined shutdown restrictions.
This week? The “insta-hatecrime line!”:
When this epidemic is over, we’re going to have to have a serious discussion about civil liberty.
The GOP-controlled Senate passed an Insulin bill yesterday…
…but apparently they didn’t give House Majority Leader Ryan “Uncle Tom” Winkler the adulation he so craves:
My son has Type 1 diabetes. It was poor form to express myself as I did, and for that I am sorry. But after months in which Senate Republicans blocked the emergency insulin bill, it was also poor form of them to claim credit alone after we are all on the edge of a deal.— Ryan Winkler (@_RyanWinkler) April 7, 2020
And what is he, er, “apologizing” for?
This little outburst:
He’s flipping off Senator, and Doctor, Scott Jenson – on of the most moderate Republicans there is, BTW.
This is what half your neighbors voted for.
We’re told as of yesterday that Senator Klobuchar’s husband is in the hospital with National Healthcare VIrus.
In the statement, Klobuchar said [husband John] Bessler had a fever and was coughing up blood. He was checked into a hospital in Virginia and is receiving oxygen but is not on a ventilator.
“I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” Klobuchar said in a statement.
“While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and emailing,” she went on to state. “We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.”
All these years pf campaign appearances and debates and fairground ops and every other kind of contact with her constituents, and I do not recall seeing any mention of John Bessier. Am I dense, or is the media softplaying his existence?
Or, for that matter their status (she’s in DC, he’s teaching law somewhere in Maryland)?
Speaking of Softpedaling: Ih this piece about John Bessier, the Channel 5 report helpfully finishes with this bit:
Klobuchar said she is working in the Senate to ensure Americans receive the help they need.
Sounds like reporter Rebecca Omastiak is bucking for campaign communications gig.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
On Friday, when Minnesota had 14 cases of the virus, Governor Walz announced schools would remain open because health care workers needed daycare so they could go to work and fight the virus.
On Sunday, when Minnesota had 35 cases of the virus, Governor Walz closed the schools except for children of health care workers who need daycare so they can go to work to fight the virus. Everybody else’s kids, stay home. But not to halt the spread of the virus – no, it’s to give administrators time to figure out how to teach kids who aren’t in school.
Basically, this is another “in service” week, when teachers and administrators try to recreate the wheel that Phoenix University already invented, what every home-schooled parent already uses: distance learning.
Now. In the middle of the pandemic. Now, you start thinking about the possibility of doing something different. Now, after all those years of criticizing and belittling home-schoolers as ignorant and fearful racists, afraid their kids will catch cooties from The Other; now, you’re adopting their methods without admitting they were right all along.
And the Twin Cities media praised keeping the schools open as bold leadership on Friday; and praised the decision to close the schools as bold leadership on Sunday; without ever mentioning the two decisions made two days apart are completely contradictory.
Here’s an alternate possibility. St. Paul teachers were on strike last week. If the governor had closed the schools, they wouldn’t have been paid. So they quick settled the strike and now they’re back to work at full pay when the schools close. Lucky for them, they settled. Almost as if they were tipped off.
The DFL and the Teachers Union…connected?
Say it isn’t so!
That’d be like saying “progressive” journalists had a sub rosa agenda or something.
And that’s just crazy talk.
And it started as such a big day for A-Klo, who shocked the world by winning the endorsement of the Star Tribune’s editorial board, a group composed of people who used to get blackout drunk with her father. There are no words to describe our amazement that the Strib – a paper that’s served not only as Klobuchar’s PR firm, but the controller of all information about her, thoughout her career, would make such a bold, brave…
…Oh, I can’t keep a straight face any more.
Anyway – the day didn’t end nearly as well, as protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter, irate over the Myon Burrell case, derailed one of her love-fests in Saint Louis Park last night, bum-rushing the stage and occupying it until the campaign cried uncle:
“The campaign offered a meeting with the senator if they would leave the stage after being onstage for more than an hour,” the spokesperson said. “After the group initially agreed, they backed out of the agreement and we are canceling the event.”
Questions over Klobuchar’s prosecutorial record, namely her handling of the Burrell case when she was the top attorney in Hennepin County, Minn., have dogged the senator since she announced her presidential bid last year. Klobuchar has also faced criticism for declining to prosecute cases involving police accused of using excessive force against black suspects, The Washington Post’s Elise Viebeck and Michelle Ye Hee Lee reported.
How bad was it?
This bad (Twitter link here, in case the tweet below doesn’t display properly)
Bad enough that even the Twin CIties media didn’t try to cover it up.
I wouldn’t want to be any of those protesters when A-Klo catches them alone, though.
And now for some real gun rights news.
The DFL’s two big gun grab bills – HF8 (Universal Gun Registration) and HF9 (Red Flag Confiscation Orders) are back for their second round in the biennium.
And they’re already out on the House floor.
The MN Gun Owners’ Caucus is asking people to turn out tomorrow afternoon:
We expect the session to gavel in at 3:30 PM, but this may change.
IF YOU CAN MAKE IT, WE NEED YOU THERE.
WHERE: State Capitol – House Chamber (look for House Gallery entrance, 3rd floor)
WHEN: Arrive by 2:45PM to obtain a good seat. There is seating for around 80 people. There is a lot of standing room only space.
The bills will die in the Senate, of course. But it’s good that the House knows who’s really going to turn out this fall. There are a lot of mid-term DFLers from Trump districts who especially need to get the message.
The similarities in demographics in population between Virginia and Minnesota are inescapable. Both states are large, solid red expanses of land and people, surrounding small, densely populated democrat dominated Metropolitan areas.
And of course, both states have Democratic parties prone to going wild on orgies of spending and power grabbing whenever they get unfettered power. As the Democrats did in Virginia over the past year, driving a wave of “progressive” legislation pretty much across-the-board, but especially focusing on gun control.
And watching Virginia’s Democrats, it’s not hard to think that they might actually be a little bit calm and restrained compared to the ones we have in Minnesota, the party of Ryan Winkler and Alondra Cano and Melissa Melissa and Ilhan Omar.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
It’s hard to imagine what that crew would stop at if they got unrestrained power Dash say, by flipping the Senate this fall, giving them raw, unfettered access to all the money and all the power.
This isn’t problem just for Second Amendment advocates, of course.
But Second amendment￼ advocates are among the best organized￼￼ to do something about it; I’ve been telling conservative groups for a decade that they need to learn something from the Second Amendment movement nationwide.
Four Minnesota counties – Clearwater, Marshall, Roseau and Wadena – have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for the Second amendment (some choose the term “dedicated” to avoid confusion with immigration issue – the effect is entirely the same). ￼It’s not just a symbolic statement; the resolutions include language about litigation against intrusive legislation, as well as well as demurrals from enforcing unconstitutional laws.￼. Resolutions have been introduced in three more counties – and probably a few dozen more have some degree of activity on the subject.
Yours could be one of them, if you live in Minnesota; in fact, you could be the one to get things going in your county. The Gun Owners Caucus￼ has a list of resources right here, as well as a list of sanctuary/dedicated county groups around the state.
Because what better way to show the DFL; This Is What Power-Drunk Overreach gets you.
A group of Minnesota House Democrats introduced a bill this week that would require restaurants to serve certain drinks as the “default beverage” for children’s meals.
The bill was introduced Tuesday by Reps. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter), Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), and Rob Ecklund (DFL-International Falls).
Under the bill, all Minnesota restaurants would be required to make the “default beverage” included with children’s meals either water or sparkling water, unflavored milk, or a nondairy milk alternative that contains “no more than 130 calories” per serving.
Look – as I’ve noted, I’m all for cutting. It’s cut my obesity rate pretty sharply.
But it’s not like Minnesota DFLersl aren’t making it hard enough to run a business of any kind, much less a restaurant.
The real question: when do we find out about the kickbacks from Big Water and Big MilK?