Palin was right. Our foreign policy “elite” was, as is pretty much always the case, wrong.
Missouri nullifies federal gun control, passing a law that bars the state from enforcing all federal gun control statutes, “past, present or future”:
The legislation specifically bans all state employees from enforcing or attempting to enforce any acts running counter to the proposed law. Such a tactic is an extremely effective way to stop a federal government busting at the seams. Even the National Governors Association admitted the same recently when they sent out a press release noting that “States are partners with the federal government in implementing most federal programs.”
That means states can create impediments to enforcing and implementing “most federal programs.” On federal gun control measures, Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested that a single state standing down would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce” within that state.
We have another session of complete minority; we’ll be doing well to stand off more of Michael Paymar and Heather Martens’ bills.
This is one of the things that you get when the adults take over.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Fernandez explains why Obama making speeches about red lines in Syria or Ukraine is a bad thing:
“During the height of the Cold War it was believed that having to emphasize the obvious represented a failure of policy. Deterrence had to be self-evident; a daily thing. You didn’t go on the air to issue bloodcurdling warnings. You didn’t have to because stability was there, part of the normal like the air or the earth. The Russian president only had to look at the his daily briefing to know that the USAF was flying and hence that the day could begin as peacefully as the previous one. . . . When an American president has to issue veiled warnings to Vladimir Putin — say something that Putin should know as second nature — then something terrible has happened. Some upset has occurred. A thing that was previously there to keep the floor level has gone missing. Why else should President Obama have to make a pointless observation on TV to communicate something that Putin should know from the moment he puts on his socks in the morning?”
Obviously, the thing that has gone missing is backbone. Putin knows Americans lack the will to fight a war for Ukraine and that Obama’s threats are meaningless bluster. That’s a destabilizing change in the geo-political world, it invites behaviors previously kept locked down. China gets wind of this and realizes the implications, Obama’s Pivot To The Far East might be in jeopardy.
One of the most important things Reagan did to face off the Soviets (via their Polish communist puppets) in 1981 was not to warn anyone about anything; it was to invite an asylum-seeking ambassador to the White House. It showed resolve – Reagan poked a finger in the commies’ eye, both nuanced and very, very in the eye.
That was a shot across the bow.
Dario Anselmo is running for the House in District 49A, in Edina. Here’s how you can learn more.
Today was the NARN’s tenth anniversary. Thanks to all of you for ten of the most amazing years I’ve ever had.
Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!
- I’m in the studio today from 1-3. We’ll be talking with Edina GOP Legislative candidate Dario Anselmo. And maybe, with a little luck, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
- Don’t forget – Bill Glahn is filling in on the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
- Tomorrow, Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!
(All times Central)
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This is the photo that “Alliance for a Better Minnesota” posted on Twitter just now, in the wake of the announcement that Minnesota has a billion dollar budget surplus:
That’s right, Governor Dayton. Thanks for putting $1.2 Billion in the state coffers. Those must have been some righteous Renoirs you sold.
Oh, wait. What’s that? The surplus is revenue above and beyond the $2 Billion in tax hikes that is forecast to be taken in by the state in the coming year.
From us. The taxpayer.
And yep, the DFL is already trying to think of ways to spend it – to give a little of it back to you, the people who paid it in in the first place, and spend the rest on, largely, graft for the DFL’s
Oh, yeah – notwithstanding the fact that the surplus exists solely because of the GOP’s restraint in spending and holding back the budget (imperfect as they were at that) over the past four years, the DFL is claiming credit…
…along with every dime they can from this surplus.
So yes. Thanks, Governor Dayton, for taking more of my money – about $250 for every man, woman and child in Minnesota – out of the economy than even the DFL’s spendthrift budget could.
Thank you so very much.
The DFL is trying to push through a new Senate office building, to house 44 Sentors and their staffs, for a price of around $90 Million.
That amounts to $2,045,454.55 per Senator.
Two million and change, to house a part-time employee.
For $2,045,454.55 per part-time employee, the state could afford:
- A Winnebago Voyage ($150,000) for touring their district in style, and avoiding those pesky DUIs while in the Cities.
- A Beechcraft Bonanza ($690,000) capable of getting them to and from their district, anywhere in Minnesota, quickly and in modest style.
- Office space in downtown Saint Paul – whose vacancy rate is around 20% even with massive numbers of state offices - for bargain-basement prices. For the portion of the $2million left after buying the Winnebago and the airplane, each senator could rent 500 square feet of Saint Paul office space for 48 years (in the First Bank building, the one with the big red “1″ on the roof), 114 years (in the Degree of Honor building, a nice building not far from the Capitol), or 212 years (in the Empire building, a classic turn of the century building way downtown). Or, alternately, rent 500 square feet of space for the year, and the Winnebago mobile office, and the Beechcraft, and leave a little over a million dollars left over that the state can…um, not spend.
Or, y’know, just rent some cheap space and give the rest of the money back to the taxpayer.
A service to my fellow conservatives as we head into another election season.
DFLer Question: “Do you think we should care about the poor, and raise the minimum wage?”
Conservative’s Answer: “It’ll just make more poor people. Now, let’s talk about MNSure”.
DFLer Question: “Are you supporting tax breaks for millionaires to bring the Super Bowl to Minnesota?”
Conservative’s Answer: “No. Let’s talk about MNSure”.
DFLer Question: “Have you noticed that the DFL is leading the way to lower taxes?”
Conservative’s Answer: “You’re “lowering”sometaxes back to where the GOP left them in 2012. Now, let’s talk about MNSure”.
DFLer Question: “Do you support the DFL’s setting up a small business investment fund?”
Conservative’s Answer: “The DFL raised taxes by $2 Billion, but is letting businesses borrow some of the money back? That’s almost as stupid as MNSure. Speaking of which, let’s talk about MNSure”.
DFLer Question: “What do you think about bullying?”
Conservative’s Answer: “Does MNSure make it harder and more expensive to treat the victims?”
DFLer Question: “How about gay marriage?”
Conservative’s Answer: “Are those gay couples having a hard time finding healthcare via MNSure, too?”
UPDATE: A few new ones, from the comments:
DFLer Question: “You’re a racist and hate women”.
Conservative’s Answer: “Nope, and there is none. Let’s talk MNSure”.
DFLer Question: Koch brothers!
Conservative’s Answer: “MNSure!”
DFLer Question: “Faux News! Faux News! Faux News!”
Conservative’s Answer: “MNSure MNSure MNSure!”.
…that my blog doesn’t have nearly enough arctic fox or eighties hair-metal references.
I live to serve.
The Strib’s headline says “Minnesota legislators try to clear confusion over e-cigarettes“.
Let’s be clear, here.
The only “confusion” about e-cigarettes is in the legislature; “do we tax them, do we ban them, or both?”
And around those questions, it’s the legislature – not the state – milling around like stunned cattle.
Glad we could clear that up.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The President spoke at Union Depot in St. Paul the other day. Here is a transcript of his remarks:
My fellow Americans:
Our country is in a mess. I believe I’m the man to fix it. That’s why I’m announcing my candidacy for President in 2016. Yes, I know the Presidency used to be limited to two terms, but our problems are too serious to wait for Congress to act; therefore, I’ve revoked that limitation by Executive Order.
The biggest problem with the world today is that things are not equal. Inequality makes life unfair. It’s inequality and unfairness that are destroying the world and America with it. And Americans are the cause of that inequality and unfairness. It’s time for America to change. I hope Americans can change. No . . . I Know Americans can change. Ordinary Americans can change their lifestyles, and with them, the world.
Americans consume more natural resources, more energy, more food and more medical care than the rest of the world combined. Ordinary Americans need to cut back on everything so you live more like people in other countries.
Americans must eat less and let children go to bed hungry more often. Ordinary Americans must drive less and walk more, carry your groceries in reusable bags and haul purchases on your backs. Ordinary Americans must dress warmer and turn the heat down in Winter, open a window and turn off the air conditioner in Summer.
The world is over-crowded. We must reduce the surplus population. It’s essential that Ordinary Americans cut back on prenatal and infant care so more babies die prematurely. We must eliminate end-of-life care so old people pass more quickly. We need to double, even triple the number of abortions performed every day, to make room for new generations of illegal immigrants to take the place of natural-born Americans. All of you must live more simply, closer to nature, and for a shorter lifetime, the way the rest of the world does.
As President, I will oversee the transformation of every American’s lifestyle to one that I deem more appropriate for that person. I will use every power at my command to make Ordinary American lives hungrier, poorer, sicker and shorter. I know it’s a giant task but I do not shrink from it, and I will not be alone in my efforts: I will ask my most important friends and donors to assist me in redistributing the country’s wealth and reordering American society. And when Ordinary Americans finally achieve equality with the rest of the poverty-stricken world, when there is no First World, no Second World, no Third World, but only One World, I will voluntarily resign as President to accept the position of King of the World, to ensure that these good works continue with full vigor, that no Ordinary American will ever raise his head above another person, that equality of misery will be world-wide, universal and forever.
Thank you for your support.
Well, those may not have been his exact words, but I think that’s the gist of it.
“Fake but accurate”.
Fitz is gone. Long live Fitzsimmons.
Now, it’s time for libertarian-conservatives caucusing with the GOP to move on to the next crisis.
Republicans are still hashing over the Fitzsimmons/Lucero bout in Wright County last weekend. It’s in the blogs, and on the talk shows – mine included.
But that’s a die that’s been cast, and can’t be called back (short of a primary challenge that I don’t suspect FItzsimmons will launch) for two more years.
Barring that primary challenge, Eric Lucero’s the guy. Not only does he need to win this fall to keep the House GOP caucus at its current level – but we need to flip four seats to turn the House red.
And ideally these four flips (and hopefully many more) should be good, solid, Tea Party conservatives. But I have no say in that; that’s up to the candidates at the BPOU level, and the activists who support them.
And along the way – like, as soon as we get done with the various BPOU endorsement battles – the various factions of the GOP need to bury whatever hatches we’ve accreted over this past few months, and start pulling in the same direction. I’ve called for this – arapprochementbetween the “five families” of the MNGOP (the Tea Party, the Socialcons, the Moderates, the Chamber of Commerce estalbishment and the “Liberty” crew, or whatever’s left of them) to agree to disagree on the details until February of 2016, and quit the pointless fratricide and grudge-mongering that’ve made being a Republican such a trying thing this past five or six years, and work toward a much greater good.
A Liberty activist should accept that a Social Conservative is going to be a more sympathetic ear in office for liberty than any DFLer will be; a Chamber of Commerce “Good Government” fixer shouldn’t worry that a Tea Partier is going to make their life suck worse than a DFLer will; they won’t.
Don’t get me wrong; now is the time of the political season for the different flavors of Republican to go to the mat for their beliefs, to leave it all out on the mat in pursuit of exactly what you want in office.
But the time is almost here to put up for the greater good, or shut up. There will be chits to be paid in 2016. But unless the GOP is back in power, it’s all a pointless sideshow.
Conservatism needs to be back on this state’s policy center stage. After that, everything will be much easier to work through.
Nothing succeeds like being successful. We need to re-learn that.
Bradley Smith notes…:
In 1170, King Henry II is said to have cried out, on hearing of the latest actions of the Archbishop of Canterbury, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” Four knights then murdered the archbishop. Many in the U.S. media still willfully refuse to see anything connecting the murder of the archbishop to any actions or abuse of power by the king.
What does this have to do with the Obama Administration’s use of the IRS to repress conservative advocacy groups?
The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there’s been no “smoking gun” tying President Obama to the scandal. This betrays a remarkable, if not willful, failure to understand abuse of power. The political pressure on the IRS to delay or deny tax-exempt status for conservative groups has been obvious to anyone who cares to open his eyes. It did not come from a direct order from the White House, but it didn’t have to.
Read the whole thing for the entire, four-year account of President Obama’s not-remotely-vague plea to be rid of that turbulent Tea Party, and the seven knights – Al Franken included – who rode forth to try to slay a nation of Becketts.
The relationship between the Democrats and the media
occasionally usually seems intimate to the point of unseemly.
But it rarely seems like the media are directly employed by the Democrat party (Keri Miller and Lori Sturdevant notwithstanding).
But that’s changed.
Perhaps you recall; a few years ago, I was part of a small group – along with left-leaning reporter David Brauer and several Senate staffers – that rewrote the Senate’s media credentialing rules. The changes opened up the Senate to all manner of alternative media, including bloggers.
That was a good thing.
But one of the rules read like this: “Organizations owned or controlled by registered lobbyists, political parties or other party organizations (defined as organizations registered with the Campaign Finance Board or the Federal Election Commission) shall not be granted credentials.”
Bill Glahn noticed something:
It turns out that in 2012 and 2013, the senate Democrats paid a total of $30,250 for “research” to a company listed as “Enlighten Enterprise” of 254 Wheeler Street in St. Paul.
Records on file at the Minnesota State Secretary of State’s Office show that a company called “Enlightened Enterprises” was registered at that address on July 25, 2012 by a Shawn Towle. The first payment from senate Democrats to Enlighten Enterprise occurred on July 26, 2012.
As pure coincidence would have it, a Shawn Towle is listed in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of Capitol News Coverage Directory as an accredited member of the senate press corps, representing Checks & Balances. That Shawn Towle is also listed in the current 2014 edition.
Sources in the Senate tell me Towle is at press conferences, pressing Republicans and back-slapping Democrats…
…which is fine, and not much different than the rest of the Capitol press corps.
But none of them are paid by the Senate DFL Caucus.
Is the Senate DFL paying for “media” presence, and violating its own rules in the process?
Someone should ask Tom Bakk…
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
New thinking for the military.
We’re keeping the fantastically expensive and kludgy F-35 plus all 11 Carrier Battle Groups but we’re going to cut the A-10 Warthog, since we’ll never again need a tank-buster. And the U-2 is obsolete in the satellite era. Oh, and we don’t need 100,000 people.
I get that we don’t want to be preparing to fight the last war. But what war are we preparing to fight?
Back in 1987, the great historian Edward Luttwak wrote The Pentagon and the Art of War, a comprehensive critique of US military strategy at a time when we’d just endured five straight military failures (Vietnam, the Mayaguez incident, Desert One and Lebanon) and one unnecessarily costly victory (Grenada).
The conclusion? The US didn’t really have a strategy; our military was designed to fight the Cold War as a rematch of World War 2, and our military was not really suited for the threats we faced or the society we had.
The book tied in with a wave of thinking in political and military circles that led to the epic reforms of the late eighties, based on the world as it was at the time.
I’m not convinced that the cuts Obama is proposing have anything to do with the world we live in.
SCENE: Mitch BERG, accompanied by Joe TUCCI, Attorney at Law, and paralegal Lance PFLAU, steps out of a black Chevy Suburban and walks up to the Highland Park home of Avery LIBRELLE. BERG knocks on the door. Eventually, LIBRELLE answers.
BERG: Hey, Avery. Let’s go.
LIBRELLE: Huh? Where?
BERG: To the pistol range. We’re going to get you started shooting, and get you started on your carry permit.
BERG: It’s time you did the right thing.
LIBRELLE: How is forcing me to pick up an instrument of violence “the right thing?”
BERG: Because it’s a right. We have the right to keep and bear arms. It’s very important to many of us, and until everyone is intellectually and socially assimilated into that right, the right is not safe.
LIBRELLE: But…but, you can’t force me to exercise a right I disagree with, especially on moral grounds, like the gun thing! You can’t!
BERG: Of course I can! Just like the gay couples who are sueing the bakers and photographers and florists who tried to opt out of rendering their services at same-sex weddings. Rather than just let the Christians have their way and go find a gay-friendly baker or photographer or florist, they hauled them into court, at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars to both sides, not so much because they wanted to use their products, but to send a message to all of society; dissent from our orthodoxy will not be tolerated! Just as they will be doing, shortly, somewhere or other, to some church somewhere or another in this country.
LIBRELLE: Pshaw! That’ll never happen. The First Amendment protects freedom of religion!
BERG: Right. Just like the Tenth Amendment trumps the Commerce Clause, the Fifth protects American citizens who end up on terror watch lists, the Fourth protects us from no-knock raids and property forfeiture, the Third keeps the police from throwing you out of your house to set up a stakeout, the Second is protecting the people of Connecticut from gun confiscations, and the First protects, well, those bakers and photographers and florists. Rights are only truly safe when everyone has been forced to comply with them.
LIBRELLE: I refuse!
BERG: I thought you might. Mr. Tucci?
(TUCCI turns to PFLAU, who takes a document out of his briefcase)
TUCCI: You’ve been served.
LIBRELLE: What the… (Reads papers) A lawsuit?
TUCCI: Yep. To compel you to come shooting, get a carry permit, and support the Second Amendment as incorporated upon the states by the Supreme Court in McDonald Vs. Chicago.
LIBRELLE: That’s BS! That’ll never fly in court!
BERG: Perhaps. But it’ll cost you thousands and thousands of dollars to retain an attorney to litigate the case, even if it’s dismissed on summary judgment. Heck, even if you go pro se, you’re going to eat up a lot of time.
LIBRELLE: Look, you’re arguing a false equivalence. Business are subject to public accomodations laws! They have to serve the reasonable demands of their customers!
BERG: Ah. So when I walk into a halal market and demand pork chops, they can’t refuse?
BERG: Pork is trayf under halal. They won’t even touch the stuff.
LIBRELLE: Well, you can’t. You’re not a memeber of a protected class.
BERG: What now?
LIBRELLE: Under public accomodations law, merchants can not refuse service on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation! You’re a straight white male, so you have no race, gender or orientation!
BERG: Ah. So the rights of gay people trump the rights of religious people to act according their consciences.
LIBRELLE: Right! Gays were born that way! You can’t refuse to serve people based on conditions they were born with. Religion is chosen!
BERG: So the rights of people who were born some way trump the rights of people who choose something.
BERG: Well, our rights are endowed to us by our creators, so I was born with the right to keep and bear arms. And so were you.
LIBRELLE: That’s really stretchy, Merg!
TUCCI: We can sort that out in court, Mis… (looks to BERG and PFLAU, both of whom shrug) …um, Avery.
BERG: So some peoples’ rights are more important than other peoples’s rights?
LIBRELLE: Absolutely. Why should I be forced to associate with people that I morally disagree with?
BERG: Wait – so you embrace the ideal of “free association”…
BERG: …unless the law says you have to associate with them?
LIBRELLE: Yes! We can’t have discrimination!
BERG: Hm. OK. Mr. Tucci?
TUCCI: Mr. Pflau?
PFLAU: I am gay. I demand you come to the range.
LIBRELLE: You’re gay?
PFLAU: Well, I’m a little curious. And addicted to Glee.
(LIBRELLE stands, holding papers, slowly deflating)
TUCCI: May I remind you; No h8.
(An air of resignation visitly wafts over LIBRELLE)
LIBRELLE: OK. Got me there.
(The four walk down to the street and bundle LIBRELLE into the Suburban. In the back seat sit Professor William G. KRIEPPI and blogger Edmund DUCHEY, morosely wearing “NRA” hats and maroon GOCRA shirts)
LIBRELLE (to KRIEPPI and DUCHEY): They got you too?
(The other two sullenly nod as the Suburban departs for Burnsville Pistol Range, Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money” playing loudly on the car stereo).
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Trains start running on the University Avenue Blight Rail this week. Watch out when crossing University.
I thought I’d noticed the signal lights along the track working that last few times I drove along the street.
By the way – I can’t imagine anything much more miserable than standing on one of those station platforms in this weather. If there’s anything that’d be more miserable than a bus stop, that’d be it.
Via Sheila O’Malley, to whom I often outsource my show-biz obits:
Of all of the films that have come out during my lifetime, all the huge important Oscar-winning serious films, all the weighty masterpieces, all the films about important topics, all of the “instant classics”, the beloved movies, the camp classics, the game-changers, the films draped in awards … of all of them, if I had to choose one film to be the #1 contender for “Film That Will Be Watched Regularly 150 Years From Now”, it would be Groundhog Day.
Not sure I could disagree.
…and keeping in mind that I’m speaking in general, not necessarily about the “gay marriage” thing (and further keeping in mind that I barely believe in straight marriage as it’s currently done, much less the gay variety), let’s try a little thought experiment.
The next time someone offends you, carry out an honor killing (whatever your ethnic background, it’s probably been part of your culture at some point in the near or distant past).
See how very much we do legislate morality. And pretty damn successfully.
Honor killing is an integral part of many cultures’ version of “morality” even today (and most cultures, if you go back far enough). Ours, recently (as in “within the past 100 years” in some parts of the country) decided it’s not any more. And they legislated it.
Ditto owning slaves, or having multiple spouses – although there’s no logical reason we won’t have the latter back within a generation.
That slogan “you can’t legislature morality” has always bugged me.
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the “War on Poverty” – the only “war” at which the United States has ever been comprehensively defeated unto humiliation – John C. Goodman analyzes the results.
On the one hand, avoiding poverty – or rising out of it, with time and hard work – is at least conceptually fairly simple (although obviously requires work, patience and perseverence):
We now know a lot about how behavior affects poverty. In fact, if you do these four things, it’s almost impossible to remain poor:
1. Finish high school,
2. Get a job,
3. Get married, and
4. Don’t have children until you get married.
Simple – right?
But throughout the “War on Poverty”, we’ve been disincenting those exact behaviors:
So how does welfare affect behavior? In the late 1960s the federal government sought to find that out in what Charles Murray calls “the most ambitious social science experiment in history.”
The experiments were all conducted by social scientists who believed in the welfare state and had no doubt about its capacity to be successful…Randomly selected people were assigned to a “control group” and an “experimental group.” The latter received a guaranteed income, and the program even used Milton Friedman’s term for it: a negative income tax. The largest, longest and best-evaluated of these experiments was SIME/DIME (Seattle Income Maintenance Experiment/Denver Income Maintenance Experiment) in Seattle and Denver. And the results were not pretty. To the dismay of the researchers, they largely confirmed what conventional wisdom had thought all along. As I reported in “Privatizing the Welfare State”:
- The number of hours worked dropped 9% for husbands and 20% for wives, relative to the control group. For young male adults it dropped 43% more.
- The length of unemployment increased 27% among husbands and 42% for wives, relative to the control group. For single female heads of households it increased 60% more.
- Divorce increased 36% more among whites and 42% more among blacks. (In a New Jersey experiment, the divorce rate was 84% higher among Hispanics.)
BTW, these results have been studied and studied over and over again and there is a large literature on them ? almost all of it written by researchers who detested the outcomes. Good summaries are provided by Charles Murray and Martin Anderson.
It’s like going to war – the real kind – and giving your soldiers Nerf guns.
Poverty is stuck at 1966 levels, and has been for almost fifty years.
Spending has soared in absolute dollars and in share of GDP.
And it’s entirely unsustainable – and things that can’t be sustained, won’t.
While much of conservative Minnesota is having a hard time with “messaging”, the Real Americans of Minnesota’s Second Amendment human rights movement have a clear, resounding one.
This from the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA), in their session-eve email blast; it’s as crystal-clear a statement of principles and positions to the Legislature as you could ask for:
- Minnesota’s law-abiding gun owners will not take the blame for the actions of criminals
We refuse to be treated like those criminals
- You don’t work for Michael Bloomberg and his billions: you work for your Minnesota constituents!
- We know what [Bloomberg's] “universal background check” proposal really is: universal registration. And we will not sit still for it.
- You have a perfectly good criminal control bill, HF1325, co-authored by 99 senators and representatives, waiting for your action
As always, the gun rights movement – GOCRA, MN-GOPAC, the TC Gun Owners and Carry Forum, the NRA and the like – will be working hard to hold back the Metrocrat orcs’ assault on Real Americans’ freedom.
And they need you.
Look – whatever group you prefer, there’s one to fit your style, temperament and philosophy.
- Dying to bite off a bite-sized piece of activism? Sign up for GOCRA, and be alerted when action – phone calls, emails, hearings at the Capitol – is needed (send ‘em a few bucks; they will put ‘em to good use).
- Wanna put your money to direct political use, endorsing and influencing elections? Send MNGOPAC a buck or two, or a few hundred.
- Wanna fight the fight on main street – and University Avenue, for that matter? Shelley and the crew at TC Gun Owners and Carry Forum have been spreading the gospel in the wilderness.
Hell, help out all three. It’s not like the Orcs are going away any time soon.
As much rhetoric as the Democrats have expended in the past eighty years about class warfare, this is the true class war in America; our would-be “elites” want Real America disarmed; the plebeians, the underdogs, the people are the Real Americans.
Never let the Legislature forget it.
The 2014 Legislative Session kicks off today.
The DFL controls both chambers of the Legislature, and the Governor’s office. It’s a little tiny bit less monolithic than all that sounds – Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Paul Thissen hate each other with a throbbing passion, and Mark Dayton is madly triangulating between both in preparation for his re-election bid (appeasing Bakk on some issues, like gun control, while throwing bones to Thissen, like his Lieutenant Governor selectee, Frau Blücher).
But here’s really all you need to know; the DFL’s priorities for this election:
- Pay Off Their Sharks: This being an even-numbered year, the session will deal with bonding, not the budget. Look for an avalanche of “infrastructure” “investment” that may or may not be actual investments in infrastructure, but will send lots of fiscal love to the DFL’s most important constituencies – the state employee unions. It will be a fiscal orgy.
- MNSquirrel!: Look for anything – anything – to distract the low-information “independents” from the complete debacle that is MNSure. Minimum Wage hikes? Vikings Stadium hearings? Medical Marijuana? Puppy Mill legislation, complete with tear-jerker footage on KARE11 delivered just in the nick of time? Hell, all that and more. The sky’s the limit. Look for Tom Bakk to dance naked on the Capitol steps to divert attention from MNSure, if necessary. The media will do its level best to ensure it’s not necessary, of course.
The MNGOP’s mission? Same as last session; focus on fighting a rear-guard action while trying to gin up a message that resonates with the higher-information voters that actually pay attention, all the while focusing the tensions in the GOP in a creative rather than destructive direction, leaving the good guys with the electoral ammo they need to retake the House, and God willing the Governor’s mansion, this fall.
I’ve watched both seasons of Netflix’s drama “House of Cards”.
PROS: Well-written, generally-tautly-paced, intricately-plotted, it rewards the viewer with an attention span. It’s superbly-acted by a stellar cast of excellent actors and Robin Wright.
CONS: It asks the viewer for one absolutely implausible suspension of dispbelief; the idea that a DC newspaper would energetically investigate a Democrat for corruption. (Bonus suspension – that the Chinese would sneak money to Republicans, and that the Dems would buck the teachers’ union and demand entitlement reform).
RATING: Four “Shots In The Dark”.
More guns in the hands of the law-abiding citizen?
Go ahead, argue. I don’t need to defeat you (although I will). The facts do it for me.
Julie Boonstra, in the middle of being treated for Leukemia, had to go chasing after alternative health insurance.
Because of Obamacare.
The WaPo’s “fact check” column, “Politifact”, leaped into action and did what it’s paid to do; uphold the Democrat narrative:
Media organizations investigating the ad’s claims note that Boonstra was able to find comparable new insurance under the law.
Which I’m sure was big comfort, what with being in the middle of being treated for Leukemia and all.
But that whole “finding alternate care” bit? Ummm…
Even if I didn’t love my doctor, I’d suspect that right in the middle of freaking Leukemia treatment would be a time when having the Presidentnot lie to memight be a good thing.
But today’s Democrat party? They know what matters.
The messengers; they must be lined up and shot:
And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses.
The reason our country is so polarized is that half of the population supports rank evil.