No Runny Eggs

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January 23, 2009

Al Franken, Come On Down

Al Franken was in Washington today attempting to convince Harry Reid to seat him in the Senate.   Harry appears to be leaning towards attempting to grant Al’s wish.

What’s ironic is that just a couple of weeks ago Harry Reid refused to seat Roland Burris in part, because he did not have a signed certification from the Secretary of State.   I’m not sure what set of rules Harry has now, but Al doesn’t have a certificate and won’t until Coleman’s suit is either dismissed (Al’s hoping, hoping, hoping) or gets resolved.   The former could happen in the next day or two.   The latter sounds like it could go on for several months.

No matter, in Harry’s mind, the “election is over!”


If Harry’s word is his bond, Al, pack your bags.   Although, you might not want to be renting any space in Washington yet.   You see, Harry has a history of declaring ends to things:

…that turn out just the opposite of how Harry sees them.

Hang in there Al. If you tire of the process, it’s not too late to move back to NY. I hear they’re still looking for a Senator!

(Update 7:34 AM – Guess you’re going to have to wait for that certificate Al)
(Update 7:58 AM – Oops, too late for that NY seat! Guess you’ll just have to enjoy the Midwest a bit longer!)

January 14, 2009

Coming Soon To a Congress Near You?

by @ 5:15. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

The Independent of the UK is reporting on a new social engineering program being considered by the British government.

The government has determined that:

Young people from poor backgrounds have less chance of landing a highly paid job than their parents did because some measures of social mobility have gone backwards.

According to the British government this is unfair and needs to be fixed.   Instead of leaving this to personal motivation or telling people to “work hard,” “apply themselves,”   the British have decided that a law would be the best way to solve the problem.

Ministers will consider imposing a new legal duty on the Government and the rest of the public sector to close the gap between people from different backgrounds in every policy decision they make.

Wow!   A law that requires the government to make sure that all of their decisions are focused on providing, not equal opportunity but, equal outcomes for all.

First, I’m not sure how you would contemplate equal outcomes in all government business.   Can you imagine the discussion of what the implications of say building a new bridge might be, under this bill?   Things like: What are the workers paid and what are their socioeconomic situations, who will use the bridge will there be as many poor people as wealthy people?   You can take this to its logical stupid conclusion.

More importantly, with a law like this, how does the government not become paralyzed?   It would seem like every decision that is made would be ripe for a lawsuit from someone claiming that they didn’t receive their economic equality out of the decision.

At least there’s one person in Britain that understands that you can legislate this kind of stuff:

Theresa May, the shadow Equality minister, said: “The Government thinks social inequality can be solved by passing a law. You don’t make people’s lives better by telling them they have a legal right to a better life.

You’re right Theresa, you can’t.   However, you can fill them full of hopeychange and promise that you’ll do this exact thing for them if   only they elect the messiah!

January 7, 2009

Those who don’t remember history…

(H/T – Lemur King)

I don’t know how everybody in my overstuffed feed reader missed this one when Politico’s The Scorecard reported this gem of a quote from Senate Majority Leader “Dingy” Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday:

"Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate," Reid told Politico’s Manu Raju. "He lost the election. He can stall things, but he’ll never serve in the Senate."

News flash to Reid – your boy Stuart Small…er, Al Franken does not have his Certificate of Election yet, and it looks like nobody will get it until Franken’s carefully-engineered 1,000-vote gain from election night gets examined in the light of a courtroom. If the challenges are addressed in Coleman’s favor, Franken won’t even have a cancelled provisional certificate to wave in front of the Senate like John Durkin (D-NH) successfully did.

I wonder if the Dingy One really wants to go down that road, especially considering he’s up for re-election in 2010.

December 3, 2008

Oh Good Lord!

by @ 16:47. Filed under Elections, Politics - Minnesota, Vote Fraud.

Another Twin City precinct found another problem with their count of Senate ballots on election day.   According to this article, Minneaplis has come up 133 ballots short in their recount, of the ballots that they recorded on election night.   The Election Director came up with another lame excuse for how that “could” have happened and said she would verify the new numbers with Secretary of State. The reduction of the 133 ballots provided Coleman with a net pick up of 44 votes (apparently Franken had a 44 vote advantage in the 133 nonexistent ballots).

Minnesota has consistently been in the top 5 states of highschool graduation rates.   It is similarly rated for college graduates.   Apparently none of the folks in these “oops precincts” have  accplished either of those mile stones.

December 2, 2008

Senate updates

I bring good news and more good news on the Senate front, where the dreams of Harry Reid of a filibuster-proof majority got smashed against the rocks of reality:

Item #1 – Saxby Chambliss has won his runoff rather handily. At the point AP finally called the race at approximately 7:58 pm (my time, of course), the Georgia Secretary of State site had Chambliss up 882,385-570,598 (60.7%-39.3%) with 71% of the precincts reporting.

Item #2 – The semi-official Norm Coleman lead in Minnesota, taking the official pre-recount margin of Coleman +215 and the net Coleman +88 in the recounted precincts (taking the difference of Al Franken’s pre-recount 2,623-vote lead and Franken’s post-recount 2,535-vote lead among the recounted ballots), is 303. The Minnesota Secretary of State site states that as of 8 pm, 95.30% of the precincts and 92.69% of the ballots have been recounted. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which has Coleman up by the same 303, there are 8% of the precincts in Hennepin County (with 7% of the ballots cast in the county) that have yet to finish recounting, with the counties of Rock, Scott, Winona and Wright beginning their recounts tomorrow.

Before we start popping the corks off the champagne for Coleman, however, those totals do not include 3,093 ballots challenged by the Coleman campaign or 2,910 ballots challenged by the Franken campaign. Those will not be judged by the State Canvassing Board until December 16.

Franken leading? Not so fast.

(H/T – Nice Deb via Ace)

If one takes a look at the DFL (that’s big-D Democratic for those of us outside the land of 10,000 lakes) Minnesota Secretary of State incomplete unofficial numbers for the Senate recount between Republican Norm Coleman and DFL’er Al Franken, one would assume that Franken took a 4,108-vote lead. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, showing a few more votes recounted, has Coleman with a 340-vote lead.

Allow me to throw the bullshit flag at the DFL SecState before Harry Reid takes a gander at that and decides to seat his soulmate. The DFL SecState thoughtfully included the by-precinct recounts, which allows me to throw the bullshit flag. There are several counties missing mostly because they have yet to begin their recount process, and a few others are not yet 100% complete. How do I know this? The Strib included those missing returns in their tabulation. 3 of the 4 counties that have yet to begin their recounts, as well as a county that is inexplicably missing from the DFL SecState totals, were carried by Coleman rather heavily, and those are not part of the DFL SecState totals.

So, why did the DFL SecState issue this bullshit number? Simple; they’re setting up for a repeat of 1975, when the Democrats successfully stole a seat from the voters of New Hampshire. If that happens (and honestly, even if that doesn’t), I double-dog-dare the Republicans to filibuster every last item that can be filibustered in the Senate in the coming term.

Revisions/extensions (4:08 pm 12/2/2008) – A couple of items I forgot to mention initially. First, the SecState numbers show a net gain of 129 votes for Coleman. That, combined with the total pre-recount lead of 215 for Coleman, gave Coleman a semi-official 344-vote lead as of 8 pm last night. As noted above, it is mostly Coleman strongholds that have yet to count.

I’ll repeat what I said below – “A process that allows some counties to not even begin a recount process before most of the state finishes said process is not exactly conducive to fairness. I suppose the next question is how that happened.”

Second, the links to both the SecState and the Strib are dynamic. Indeed, the Strib has already updated, and Coleman’s lead according to the Strib is down to 305 as of 2:48 pm.

November 27, 2008

Senate Dems prepared to use one part of the Constitution to invalidate another

(H/T – Dad29)

Scott at Power Line reports that the Al Franken campaign, with the blessing of Senate Democratic (and Majority) leader Harry Reid, is contemplating taking their case to count absentee ballots rejected on Election Day thwart a legal election victory by Norm Coleman to the Senate. Their “justification” is that Article I Section 5 of the Constitution gives the power to judge the elections and returns of Senate candidates exclusively to the Senate:

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members,….

Never mind that the decision by the Minnesota Canvassing Board to reject those ballots in accordance with Minnesota law is wholly consistent with the 17th Amendment:

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years…. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

This wouldn’t be the first time the ‘Rats have denied the winner of a Senatorial election his seat in order to expand a majority. John Fund recalls that, in 1975, despite already having 60 seats plus another member who caucused with them, they refused to seat New Hampshire Republican Louis Wyman, who beat Democrat John Durkin by 2 votes. The seat sat vacant until August, with 6 failed attempts to break a filibuster to vote in the Democrat. The two candidates agreed on a special election, former Senator Norris Colton returned in a caretaker role while the campaign went on, and Durkin won the rematch.

November 15, 2008

Well, This Is One Way to Fix It!

by @ 15:33. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Heard today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network:

You may have heard about the little issue of a recount for the MN Senate race?   You may also have heard that our Secretary of State, who ran on a platform of “The Secretary of State should be non partisan” but has been THE most partisan Secretary of State and arguably executive leader in Minnesota ever, has been highly partisan in his actions thus far.   You may also have hear that our Secretary of State has a history with groups like ACORN…


The House Republican leader, Marty Seifert announced that the Republican House minority has agreed with Governor Tim Pawlenty that the Governor will line item veto the budget for the Secretary of State’s office and the Republican House members will sustain the veto, until the Democrats agree to require a photo ID for voting!

Seifert has done a great job leading a minority group.   If it hadn’t been for 6 RINOs last year (Oh and they are all gone now) he would have held the Dems last year  to a modest budget increase with no increased taxes and left us positioned to face the current downturn.   It’s unfortunate that Seifert has not had a majority to work with…he’s my kind of Republican.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.   I’m sure the Dems will get snippy and threaten retaliation.   The real question will be if the 47 Republican House members can stay united.   I suspect they can.

A photo ID requirement would at the least put to rest, concerns of voter fraud.   If it doesn’t exist, no harm.   If it does exist, there’s no other way to ferret it out.

Good luck Marty!   This will be one blogger who will watch and support your efforts!

November 11, 2008

So You Didn’t Like Palin?

For the two of you who didn’t like Palin and thought that one of the McCain look-a-likes would have been a better choice, take a look at one of your other options:

From the “Agency who can not be named,” Pawlenty jobs plan has green tint

Yup, that’s right, one of McCain’s short listers, one of the guys who the MSM were pining for wants to move forward promoting a green jobs agenda!

Minnesota will likely face a $2 – $3 Billion dollar budget shortfall this year and Pawlenty is proposing flushing several million down the drain in an attempt to create “green energy” jobs in one of the highest taxed states in the nation! Has he learned nothing from shoving a bunch of state money into the ethanol industry only to find that the industry has no means to self sustain?

Minnesota is looking less and less like the Midwest and more and more like an End of the Great Lakes version of Michigan!

October 30, 2008

Another Democrat Lie

by @ 5:01. Filed under Politics - Minnesota, Taxes.

Ok, I know….So what’s new?

Last spring on the heels of the 35W bridge collapse and as the Minnesota Legislature wrestled with their budget, the Democrats decided to politicize the bridge to get the largest single tax increase in the state passed.   The Dems claimed that the 35W bridge proved that we weren’t spending enough on our infrastructure.   The claimed we needed more money to fund roads, bridges and, oh yes, transit.

With the help of 6 RINOs, the Dems overrode a veto by Governor Pawlenty and passed the gas tax increase.   Included in that bill was the ability for metro counties to increase their sales tax by 1/4% so that they could take care of their deteriorating infrastructure.

Today’s Star and Tribune reports that the first projects to be paid from the new taxes are now receiving their funding.   The Strib reports that the following projects have received funding:

Tens of millions of dollars from the new transit tax will bring a commuter-rail stop to Fridley, build a park-and-ride station in Apple Valley and help stretch light-rail transit from Minneapolis to St. Paul.

and if that wasn’t bad enough:

The biggest chunk of money — nearly $31 million — goes to the Metropolitan Council so it can address Metro Transit’s operating deficit.

Can you help me find the bridge replacements in there?   Can you help me find road repair?   How about new road lanes, did you see any of those paid for from those funds?

Just like Paulson’s bailout, the Dems were caterwauling about our crumbling infrastructure and how maintenance had become so bad and they didn’t want another 35W bridge incident.   THEY NEEDED MONEY FOR THE CHILDREN!  

Yeah.   All we got was more places to put money so we could set ourselves up for even higher taxes to support the ongoing subsidies that each of these efforts will further need.

Oh, and did I tell you that the whole “bridge crashed because it wasn’t maintained” theory was busted?

October 20, 2008

My Feet Are Cold. Could It Mean?????

by @ 5:28. Filed under Politics - Minnesota, Taxes.

The Vikings won’t be winning a Superbowl this year,

The Cubs aren’t winning the World Series,

Thing 1 and Thing 2 haven’t cleaned their rooms without being asked

Dang, I can’t figure out why my feet are cold!  

Wait, maybe this is it; both the Star and Tribune and the Pioneer Presshave taken positions against increasing Minnesota’s state sales tax via a Constitutional amendment.   They even have solid logic for their opposition!

As the Democrat dominated House and Senate worked to develop a budget last year, they groped to find ways to not only spend a $2 Billion dollar surplus but to add additional taxes to support their never ending greed.   In one of the most notable events of last session, they increased the gas tax by $.05 (and more to come) and created the largest single bill tax increase in Minnesota history.   They were abetted in this act by several RINOs in the House, all of which have either decided to “retire”, have been unendorsed or look like they will be beaten.  

One item that the Dems weren’t able to get through last year was an increase in the sales tax.   Unlike Pelosi, they were able to count heads and, knowing that Governor Pawlenty would veto an increase, knew they couldn’t get the override done in the House.   So, they took the back door.   In Minnesota, the Legislature can bring Constitutional issues directly to the voters without going through the Governor.   The Dems gathered darn near every constituentcy they could find, hunter, clean water, arts, parks, wetlands, fisherpersons and park enthusiasts, lumped them in a pot and said “let’s get an increase in the sales tax in the Constitution that you all can fight over how to spend.”

So here comes the two daily newspapers.   Editorial sections that haven’t met a tax that they didn’t like.   In fact, I can’t remember one that they have opined against, they like big government.   But on this issue they say nyet.   The reason both of them give is that while they support the desire to improve and fund all of the items included, they don’t believe doing it in the Constitution and tying leglislator’s hands, is the right way to do it.   They believe that Legislators should be accountable for the State’s budget.

While I can’t agree with their support of the various issues (Don’t the “Arts” have patrons anymore?), I do agree with their conclusion and the reason for it!   Congrats to the Star and Tribune and Pioneer Press for getting one right!

Excuse me while I  go and find my insolated socks!

September 23, 2008

Roman History and the Paulson Bailout Plan

After initial euphoria, the stock exchanges took back all of Friday’s gains as more details were released and Congressional wrangling began, regarding the Paulson bailout plan.

Paulson is proposing a $700B plan to take all of the “bad loans” off of banks books and manage the disposition of those loans over a 2 to 4 year period.  

Several articles have described the Paulson’s plan as “letting those responsible for this debacle, off the hook.”   In a sense that may be true, to the extent that companies holding these bad loans survive and avoid bankruptcy.   In another sense, it’s hard to say that companies who have written off up to 80% of assets that surely have greater value than that, have been “let off the hook.” (Don’t get me started on the mark to market requirements!)  

It’s hard to tell if Paulson’s plan, in any form, will make it through Congress.   While there was a large sigh of relief last week when the plan was rumored and initially announced, several factions have inserted themselves in the process or the lobbying and may ultimately kill any chance for a bill.

The Dems are trying to ensure that they get a piece of flesh by adding a provision that any institution who sells these loans to Paulson (I’ll use that term as generic for his plan because I don’t know what else to call it)  or buys them, has to provide stock warrants to Paulson that would allow Paulson to cash them in and benefit from any gain that the companies may later have.   As an aside, this ain’t going to fly.   Can you imagine anyone willing to buy distressed assets if they have to also give stock warrants?   They also want to control salaries and bonuses of senior executives of the impacted companies…Oh yeah, that will get a lot of folks lining up at Paulson’s door!   While Dems may possibly cause derailing from the inside of the process, some Republicans, especially those who would brand themselves “hard core conservatives” are trying to derail the bill from outside.  has an article outlining opposition to Paulson’s plan by Rep. Mike Spence and William Kristol. Over at a conservative blog site, some readers are lining up their opposition to the bill.

I honestly don’t know whether the Paulson plan is the right one or not. You could say it’s above my pay grade. While I’m not big on bailouts, I do believe the Bear Stearns move was the right one. AIG, I’m just not familiar enough with the issues. Here’s what I do know. In the current discussion, the Dems are playing politics and some of the Conservatives, blasting this plan with as little information as the rest of us have, are ideologues.

I saw this article today in US News and World Report. In it, the author makes a swag at the possible implication if the Paulson plan is derailed. His numbers are staggering! According to his swag, the impact on the US economy could be north of $30 trillion. Remember, the US economy is about $12 Trillion. Can you imagine an impact that is 2.5X today’s economy.   Is he right?   Again, I don’t know.   But, even if you cut his numbers in half, the potential is beyond significant.   At the very least, those who are working hard to flush this plan without serious discussion, ought to spend some time considering the articles arguments.

What’s the tie to Roman History?

In 280 B.C. and again in 279 B.C. King Pyrrhus of Epirus took on the Roman army. The good news is that Pyrrhus won both battles against the larger Roman army and the Roman losses were more significant than those of Pyrrhus. The bad news is that Pyrrhus lost so many men relative to his army, that he was unable to maintain an army after the large number of casualties in the two battles, and he ultimately lost the war to the Romans who had a much larger reserve of men to back fill their losses. A victory accomplished at a huge loss has been known ever since as a Pyrrhic Victory.

As I said, I’m not sure what the right answer is but the same can be said for the Dems who are politicizing and some of the Conservatives who are ideologues. I do know that this issue needs to be given much more serious consideration and analysis than I’ve seen given it thus far. Should the Dems or the ideologues win, I trust that their success will not be remembered as a 21st century Pyrrhic victory.

September 17, 2008

Talking to Four Year Olds – Oversight Edition

As I’ve related before, our boys, Thing 1 and Thing 2 are twins. The great part about twins is that they always have a playmate. The tough part of raising twins is dealing with discipline.

Because our boys are nearly always together, when something “happens” we tend to hear “not me” from both of them. That leaves Mrs. Shoe and I to do our best impression of Sherlock Holmes to figure out what happened and who, if anyone, gets disciplined. Because they spend much of their time together, we tend to find that it is rarely ever just one that was involved in the “happening.” Typically we find that both of them were involved, with perhaps one acting as the ringleader but, the other also involved. In those situations we always council the one that tagged along, “Listen, you may not have had the idea but you were just as involved and had a chance to change your behavior but didn’t. For that, you get disciplined as well.”

Pelosi: Dems bear no responsibility for economic crisis

That was the headline posted on

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked Tuesday whether Democrats bear some of the responsibility regarding the current crisis on Wall Street, had a one-word answer: "No."

Really? None? Nada? Zilch? Zero?


According to the Committee on Rules of the US House of Representatives, the US Congress is responsible for oversight. The House’s own document defines in detail, what “oversight” is:

Congressional oversight is one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Congress. Congressional oversight refers to the review, monitoring, and supervision of federal agencies, programs and policy implementation, and it provides the legislative branch with an opportunity to inspect, examine, review and check the executive branch and its agencies. The authority of Congress to do oversight is derived from its implied powers in the U.S. Constitution, various laws, and House rules.

Futher on, it provides a list of reasons why “oversight” is required:

Why Does Congress Need to Do Oversight?

Ensure executive compliance with legislative intent.
Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of governmental operations.
Evaluate program performance.
Prevent executive encroachment on legislative prerogatives and powers.
Investigate alleged instances of poor administration, arbitrary and capricious behavior, abuse, waste, dishonesty, and fraud.
Assess an agency or official’s ability to manage and carry out program objectives.
Review and determine federal financial priorities.
Ensure that executive policies reflect the public interest.
Protect individual rights and liberties.
Review agency rule-making processes.
Acquire information useful in future policymaking.

OK, just to recap: Congress (read that SanFranNan’s House) is responsible for oversight.   According to it’s own document it is “one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Congress.”   And, while SanFranNan claims that Buuuuuuuuush hasn’t protected the America public, it’s ironic that one of the reasons for oversight is to “Investigate alleged instances of poor administration, arbitrary and capricious behavior, abuse, waste, dishonesty, and fraud.”

The brilliance of the Founding Fathers is that they gave us a constitution which had 3 separate but co-equal branchs of government.   The co-equal part only works if you have people in charge of them that are smart enough to read and understand the constitution and not just make up what they want about it.

Yes, something has “happened” in the financial system and markets.   Contrary to SanFranNan’s protests, the co-equal part of the Constitution means that it wasn’t just the Executive branch that was there, the Legislative Branch (read that SanFranNan’s House) was there (or not there as  is probably more the case) too.   SanFranNan may want to be careful about calling too much attention to the fact that something “happened.”   Just  as when something “happens” with Thing 1 and Thing 2, SanFranNan may find herself included in the discipline doled out by the American people.

August 24, 2008

Joe Biden Selects McCain’s VP

Over the past two weeks, speculation has been growing that Mitt Romney will be McCain’s VP.      In fact, several sources have flat out stated, that Mitt Romney will be McCain’s VP.   Even Intrade has shown a near doubling of the price for “Mitt for VP” as an indication that the market is quickly coalescing on this pick:

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But will Romney be McCain’s VP?   Let’s look at the events of this weekend to get a hint:

Other than what was spun by the Obama campaign, there were two story lines that followed the Biden announcement:

  • Biden was picked to shore up Obama’s inexperience in foreign affairs
  • Biden’s pick again showed  Obama’s  lack of core by picking a Washington insider after campaigning on Hope and Change

Neither of the main story lines were helpful to the Obama campaign.   Additionally, within a few hours of the announcement, the McCain campaign had ads running using Biden’s own words to reinforce the image of Obama being inexperienced and not ready to be “The One!”

The first rule of picking a VP is “Do no harm.”   It could be argued that Biden will help Obama get more of the Democrats to vote for him (latest polls show 20+% not currently doing so) but his dissonance with Obama’s message and his own harsh words about Obama’s readiness will make it difficult for Independents to see the Obama/Biden ticket as anything other than what George Will called a “Kangaroo ticket” where the hind legs are much stronger than the front.   People don’t vote for VP candidates who are presidential they only vote for Presidential candidates who are presidential!

If McCain picks Romney, the story lines following the announcement of  his choice will be:

  • Romney was picked to shore up McCain’s inexperience in Economic matters
  • Romney was the pick because McCain had to satisfy his conservative base

Within hours of the pick, the Obama campaign will have ads out using Romney’s own words whacking McCain and they’ll point out how his “conservative credentials” are recently acquired and can’t be trusted.

With what McCain saw in the last 24 hours, why would he set himself up for a replay of this weekend only  with different faces pasted on the animated bodies?

He won’t.

The selection of Joe Biden to be the Democrat VP and the experience of the past 48 hours following have determined who McCain will select for his VP.   John McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty as his VP.

As an experienced and arguably successful Governor from a blue state, Pawlenty passes the “do no harm” test.   While there will certainly be discussion about Pawlenty’s policy positions, there will not be any tape of him bad mouthing McCain nor will he be perceived to be upstaging McCain or filling a gap in McCain’s experience.   On the plus side, while Pawlenty is every bit as affable as Biden is reported to be, he is not enamoured with the sound of his own voice.  

The McCain campaign has had a good month.   With the Democrat convention this week, the momentum should naturally move Obama’s direction.   The timing of McCain’s VP announcement followed by the Republican convention should minimize both the height and duration of any Obama convention bounce.   Picking Romney would allow Obama a chance to expand his convention bounce and that’s not a mistake that the McCain team will make.

August 15, 2008

Never Fear, Tim is Here!

by @ 5:07. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Tim Walz is one of Minnesota’s Congresscritters.   Walz, a Democrat represents Minnesota’s first congressional district which is the  South end  of the state abutting Iowa.   Included in the district are  the cities of Rochester, Mankato, Austin (Home of Spam!) and the home of my collegiate Alma Mater, St. Peter.

St. Peter, like many other cities across the country, is having a tough time making ends meet this year.   The biggest  culprit is the dramatic increase in energy costs that have made things like operating fire trucks, much more expensive than a year ago.

Enter Tim Walz.

Congressman Walz knows just how to fix the problem with the increased fuel costs: give the cities more money from the Federal budget!   Walz doesn’t want the cities to have to make difficult choices:

“What we don’t want is, we don’t want our fire fighters making that choice training or fuel. We don’t want to see them out fundraising again just to put fuel in their vehicles.”

Um, Tim? May I call you Timmy?

You’re solution to keep cities from making budget decisions is to just give them more money? Gosh, why didn’t I think of that? Oh Yeah, it’s because that’s a horrible answer!

Timmy, how do you think my family is dealing with the increase in energy costs? Hint: I don’t get paid more just because I have to spend more. Com’ on, I know you can figure this out, you’re a Congressman after all. That’s right, we have to change our budget! We don’t get to spend as much on other things as we used to because we need to spend more on our fuel costs.

I know, you’re going to say that you support increased drilling (I heard you got permission to say that from Nana Pelosi.) You’ll probably even tell me that you have signed on to a “Bipartisan” bill that would do just that. Thanks for playing Timmy, I took that bill apart a couple of days ago here. The only thing that bill would expand would be the noses on the faces of Democrats who try to sell it as a bill that would increase drilling.

Timmy, rather than just printing more money to put a band aid on a problem, how about doing something that would actually bring down fuel costs for everyone? Can you guess what I might be referring to? Yup, sign on to that discharge petition and get a straight up and down vote on expanded drilling!

August 13, 2008

Barack, You Missed a Spot!

by @ 5:40. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

To hear it from the MSM, the entire world was enraptured by Barack Obama as he moved about his recent “Tour of Planet Earth.” Even the normally stoic Germans were reported to have 200,000 devotees clamoring to get near enough to touch his robe (messianic reference there.) After this successful tour I remain surprised that the presumptuous Presidential candidate would settle for being mere President of the US of A. I have been fully expecting the presumptuous candidate to announce that based on the world’s need for change, he would bypass being President of the US and move right to being elected President of the World.

However, with all the spit and polish that was used to produce his tour, it appears Obama missed at least one spot.

Andrew Bolt, a conservative columnist for the Australian newspaper Herald Sun had some observations about the way that the Republican’s presumed nominee and the Democrat’s presumptuous nominee responded to Russia’s invasion of Georgia:

Don’t Barack for Georgia
WE have just had a lesson in how the next president of the US would react to a real menace to the world’s peace.
…Here’s McCain: “Tensions and hostilities between Georgians and Ossetians are in no way justification for Russian troops crossing an internationally recognised border.”

Russia had “to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces”. NATO should swiftly accept Georgia as a member, which would oblige Europe and the US to come to its aid.

Now here’s Obama’s camp: “It’s both sides’ fault — both have been somewhat provocative with each other.” The United Nations should step in and send a peacekeeping force under “an appropriate UN mandate”.

Not a very flattering take on the presumptuous nominee’s approach to this international crisis.

Apparently unfazed by his messianic aura, Bolt goes on to point out Obama’s gaffe in responding to a “3 AM call” moment

Knock, knock. Excuse me, Mr Obama, sir. But Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and would veto any UN move in Georgia it didn’t like.

Mr. Bolt goes on to sum up what a growing number of people are realizing:

One of these two men will next year take charge of the US – the greatest guarantor of freedom in a world increasingly threatened by freedom’s enemies. Pray the right man wins.

Apparently the whole world hasn’t become enraptured by the Obamessiah. While he may have won over countries that already have the characteristics of what Obama wants America to look like i.e. more socialism, more government, less individual responsibility, he hasn’t pulled the wool over the eyes of countries who still understand that capitalism and individual accountability are still key to a country’s success.

July 28, 2008

Mayor R.T. Rybak plays Carnac

by @ 5:55. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Days after the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Mayor R.T. Rybak announced that he needed to delay release of his budget proposal because the impacts of the collapse were unknown and expected to strain the city:

"At a time when investing in public safety and transportation infrastructure are as important as ever, we need to know more about all the pressures on our fiscal outlook," Mayor Rybak added. "The I-35W Bridge collapse has affected our City in ways we are just beginning to understand."

Four months later as his budget was approved by the council, Mayor Rybak lamented that the $1.4B budget didn’t have room in it to keep up with deteriorating infrastructure:

"We are nowhere near where we need to be in terms of investment in basic city infrastructure," Rybak said. "Our city, our state and our nation have not invested as we must in roads, bridges and transit – and our lack of investment has serious consequences."

Mayor Rybak recommended City Bridge Repair and Rehabilitation be more than doubled in 2008 and increased over five years from $950,000 to $1,450,000.

A few months later, Rybak congratulated the Minnesota Legislature for overriding Gov. Pawlenty’s veto of the largest tax increase in Minnesota history:

Choosing leadership over partisanship, today the Legislature stood strong for a transportation solution that will help strengthen our economy and grow needed jobs in our state.

Facing economic uncertainty and 1 million more people expected to move to our region over the next two decades, the Legislature put years of political divide aside and instead chose to stand up for a fair and balanced solution to our transportation neglect.

Poor Mayor Rybak, can’t find $500,000 in a $1.4B budget to do needed road and bridge repairs. he couldn’t find $500K for that but he could find it for this:

Designs for a series of 10 drinking fountains to be installed in Minneapolis to honor the city’s connection to water were unveiled Tuesday.

Yup, 10 designer drinking fountains at $50K each! But wait! Before you heckle Mayor Rybak over his spending prioities you need to understand that these aren’t any old fountains, they are “Art!”

Arts advocates say the project — half from property taxes, half from water charges — is a continuation of the city’s ongoing public arts program, which has brought the city projects ranging from an oversized bunny sculpture at E. Minnehaha Parkway and Portland Av. S. to artist-designed manhole covers.

Yeah, that’s what I want, an oversized bunny sculpture and artist designed manhole covers! That will certainly move Minneapolis right to the top of the “Greatest Cities in the World” list!

Mayor Rybak, in his wisdom, understands the importance of these fountains:

The good news is people are talking about water in Minneapolis again,” Rybak said before the unveiling, a reference to the criticism he’s taken for the cost of the fountains.

I’m sure for Minneapolis tax payers, “Talking about water” is every bit as important as talking about $4 gas, 8% increases in city tax levies and 28% increase in gas taxes.

It’s good to know that Mayor Rybak understands the prioriities of Minneapolis tax payers!

Do Democrats have a debilitating genetic disease?

by @ 5:28. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Ever since the original inkling that the St. Paul Ford plant might be closed, various elected officials have been meeting with Ford in an attempt to change their mind.   Financial incentives (read that: tax reductions) had been discussed with Ford in an attempt to change their mind about closing the plant but none had appeared to provide enough incentive to keep the plant open.

On Thursday of last week, the city of St. Paul and the State of Minnesota received some very welcome news.   The St. Paul Ford plant which had originally been scheduled to close in 2008 got a reprieve until 2011.   The St. Paul Ford plant makes the Ranger truck for Ford and while sales had been down, the increased price of gas had created a resurgence in demand for the vehicle.

In the article that covered the closing reprieve, even one of the most notorious Minnesota tax and spenders (read that DFL/Democrat) is wanting to be on the “financial incentive” band wagon:

“This decision gives us a little breathing room to address the long-term viability of the plant,” said Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, chairman of the Minnesota House Transportation and Transit Policy Subcommittee.

“We must act decisively on a package of incentives that enables Ford to produce the kind of fuel-efficient vehicles in St. Paul that will keep the plant thriving now and in the future,” Hornstein said. “We have been in conversations with Ford and we are confident that we can work together toward both short- and long-term solutions to keep jobs in St. Paul.”

So far, Ford has only indicated an interest in short-term incentives, Hornstein said. “They would like to see something similar to what exists in Kentucky and Michigan, which is kind of a payroll tax deferral,” he explained.

So here’s my question:
Rep. Hornstein has concluded that lowering taxes for Ford might cause them to keep jobs in Minnesota. What part of that and being the Coauthor of the bill that provided for the largest tax increase in the State of Minnesota’s history make sense?

Wait, there’s more….From his website  under “Priorities” Rep. Hornstein gives us these:


2008 Budget Debate

  • Promote more progressive income tax policies and roll-back tax breaks for the most wealthy.
  • Close corporate tax loopholes.

Rep. Hornstein is a Democrat so we all know that by definition he wouldn’t do anything to take jobs away, right?

Rep. Hornstein coauthored and was committee chair for the largest tax hike in Minnesota history.
Rep. Hornstein believes income taxes should be higher, dramatically so for higher incomes.
Rep. Hornstein believes “corporate tax loopholes” should be closed.

Obviously Rep. Hornstein doesn’t think any of the above negatively impacts jobs but yet….
Rep. Hornstein believes Ford Motor Company should receive tax incentives (lower their taxes) as a way to keep those jobs here.

Rep. Hornstein’s positions leave me with one of two conclusions. Either

Rep. Hornstein is logically unsound to the point that he is unable to see the severe inconsistencies in very simple positions.


Because the Ford Plant is in Rep. Hornstein’s district he is willing to bypass his principles to pander to his constituents.

Neither of the above options should make constituents of Rep. Hornstein supportive of his reelection.

Rep. Hornstein is not the only Democrat with this problem. Every one of them run to providing “incentives” the minute they hear that jobs are leaving. I’m beginning to think that Democrats have some kind of a debilitating genetic mutation that allows them to choose government greed over an expanding job base.   If only they would recognize that the high taxes that they are all in favor of, are removing jobs from Minnesota each and every day.

July 14, 2008

God Didn’t Tell Him to Run

by @ 20:29. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Dang, Jesse Ventura told Larry King he isn’t going to run for US Senate.

In explaining his decision, Jesse rambled about all kinds of issues. The one that seemed to clinch it for him was that he didn’t want to subject his family to the Minnesota press.

As with all of his complaints about Minnesota media, Jesse’s shot tonight should have been pointed back at himself. The media aggressively and rightly followed up on stories about Jesse’s son’s escapades. Shortly before he needed to attempt a reelection campaign Jesse’s son, Tyrel was accused of using the Governor’s mansion as a party house in a tell all book by the mansion director. By the time this book came out it was already apparent that any positive that Jesse may have had, had ebbed from the memories of most Minnesotans.

Jesse told Larry that unlike President Bush, God had not spoken to him in his 57 years. But, and this is the way Jesse handles nearly everything, he left the door open that if God talks to him before 5 PM CST tomorrow, he could yet get into the race.

I’m going to be praying from now until 5 PM tomorrow. I’ve got enough stuff to talk to God about that it should keep Him too busy to get to Jesse.

You can thank me later.

Larry and the Loons

by @ 18:03. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

For all of you who thought CNN viewers were in the tank for the Dems…guess again!

Larry King, Almost Alive, has Jesse Ventura on tonight.   Jesse has promised to tell the world, on national TV, whether he’ll run for Senate in Minnesota.

To honor Ventura’s latest publicity grab and ego pat, larry’s folks have a poll out letting you vote on who should be elected as Senator.   Remember that recent polls show Ventura at about 25% support in the state. Here were the poll results as of about 5:30 PM.

I’m sure glad they told us this wasn’t a scientific poll! I would have hated to see the A/P and Reuters stories retracted!


July 2, 2008

Minnesota Senate – Will Jesse Run?

by @ 13:00. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

On July 1st and for the next 2 weeks, the window to file is open, should one want to be on the November ballots.   The MN media is now atwitter as it tries to read the tea leaves to determine if Jesse Ventura will file to run for the US Senate seat against incumbent Norm Coleman and Dem endorsed Al Franken.

In this interview  by the Rochester, MN ABC affiliate, Ventura’s former campaign manager, Dean Barkley pontificates on whether Ventura will run, the issues he will face and his prospects for the race.

On whether Ventura will run, Barkley says:  

I know his arguments pro and con of what’s going through his mind. If I had to guess I think it’s more likely he’ll run than not. He knows the opportunity is there. He’s not stupid. He knows this is probably a historic opportunity for an independent to win this senate seat.

I’d agree that with Coleman, a well documented RINO who would get Conservative votes not just with a nose held but with full Hazmat suits on, and Al Franken, a candidate who makes Alec Baldwin appear logical and even tempered, running there is room for the incredibly  enigmatic voters of Minnesota to go for an independent. The problem is that Ventura isn’t independent. While he could claim “independence” when he ran for Governor, this time he has a record. A quick review of his record as Governor will show that while he talked as an independent, he governed mostly aligned with the Left.

When queried as to how Ventura would be able to compete in a campaign that has become the most expensive in Minnesota history, Barkley says:

He’ll just have to go out and be Jesse. Just tell them the truth; tell people what he’s thinking, what he thinks is wrong

And there’s the rub. Most onions would have skins determined to be impenetrable in comparison to Jesse’s. Barack Obama would have a better chance of being considered “just one of the guys” in an Evangelical, NRA meeting in Pennsylvania than Jesse would of the vast cross section of Minnesotans. Jesse as Jesse is what took him from Minnesota’s man of “Hope and Change” to a historical political oddity.

Some may fantasize that Ventura will be able to do to the Senate race what he did to the Governor race. They believe that Jesse will be able to invigorate a section of the electorate to vote where they had normally not done so.    That, along with a dissatisfaction with the two party system, would put Jesse over the top. The problem with this thinking is that the invigoration has already been done by Barack Obama. The young folks who Jesse brought to vote are already in. The other problem is that unlike the first time around, Minnesotans now  know Jesse.

In the end, other than some good theatre, it probably doesn’t matter much whether Jesse runs or not. A recent poll by KSTP-TV  shows that Coleman is polling ahead by 12 points if only he and Franken run. Coleman has a 10 point lead over Franken and Ventura finishes a distant third if he enters the race.

If Jesse decides to run, he will likely find Minnesotans following the famous Chinese proverb: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!”

June 25, 2008

WI GOP – Feingold’s PAC rewards Al Franken rape humor with $5,000

From the Republican Party of Wisconsin –

MADISON – Republican Party of Wisconsin Spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski issued the following statement regarding the donation from Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressive Patriots Fund to Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken. Franken’s campaign won Feingold’s "Pick A Progressive Patriot" contest and will receive a $5,000 contribution.

"As someone who has sponsored a Senate Resolution raising awareness of sexual assaults on college campuses, we are shocked and outraged to learn that Feingold’s PAC would donate $5,000 to Al Franken, who is under fire in Minnesota for joking about drugging and raping news personality Leslie Stahl. Feingold says his PAC is "˜dedicated to promoting a progressive reform agenda,’ so we want to know where joking about drugging and raping women fit in the "˜progressive reform agenda.’ Feingold should ask that the contribution be returned to him as Al Franken’s sick and twisted humor is clearly out of line with Wisconsin values."

"The Progressive Patriots Fund is dedicated to promoting a progressive reform agenda and supporting candidates across the country. – Senator Russ Feingold" (Progressive Patriots Fund website,, accessed June 25, 2008)

Feingold Sponsors Resolution Raising Awareness Of Sexual Assaults On College Campuses. "[Security On Campus, Inc.]’s efforts to improve campus safety got an important boost this week when the U.S. Senate took action to recognize September as the first ever National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Senate Resolution 221 "˜supporting the goals and ideals of "˜National Campus Safety Awareness Month” was passed unanimously Wednesday evening. "˜Raising awareness of the need for safety on college campuses should be a priority for all of us, particularly as freshman across the country are starting their college careers,’ said U.S. Senator Russ Feingold the sponsor of the campus safety month resolution." (Security On Campus, Inc. press release,

Al Franken Wins "Pick A Progressive Patriot" Contest, Wins $5,000. "A big thank you to everyone who voted for Al in the "˜Pick A Progressive Patriot’ contest. Because of you, that’s another $5000 in the bank as we wrap up this financial quarter! Our finance staff would be writing this themselves, but they’re pretty busy right now raising money (help them out and vote before June 25th for Al to receive the support of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s PAC for a Change!)" (Al Franken for Senate blog,, accessed June 25, 2008)

Franken Under Fire For Skit Idea That Included Rape Of "60 Minutes" Anchor Leslie Stahl. "In the 1995 New York magazine profile of "˜Saturday Night Live,’ [Al] Franken is described among a group of show writers sounding out a possible parody of Andy Rooney centered on a sedative pill bottle found in the "˜60 Minutes’ essayist’s desk. Franken and fellow writers Norm MacDonald and Jim Downey kick around fictional Rooney responses to the discovery of the bottle. The article quotes Franken putting an edgy twist on the discussion, saying in a Rooney voice: "˜And ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’" (Brian Bakst, "GOP blasts Franken over quotes in ’95 article," Associated Press, June 5, 2008)

Feminist Leader Steps Down Over Franken Endorsement. "Mari Urness Pokornowski of Cokato, president of the DFL Feminist Caucus, resigned Saturday when she learned that her group had endorsed Franken. As a mother and former teacher, she said, she didn’t see how Franken’s writings represented rural Minnesota values. The endorsement, she said, "˜was a choice made by the caucus, and once that decision is made, you have to make a choice where you stand, For me, my decision was to step down.’" (Patricia Lopez and Kevin Duchschere, "Franken sweeps to endorsement," Star Tribune, June 8, 2008)


Brilliance, Russ. Sheer, unadulterated brilliance!

June 11, 2008

That’s it, I’m Done

by @ 5:00. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

Yesterday the Senate had the “wind fall taxes” on oil companies bill before them.   In a 51-43 vote, the Republicans were able to kill this ignorant, patronizing and pandering bill.

Unfortunately,    6 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, they were:

  • Grassley, IA
  • Collins, ME
  • Snowe, ME
  • Smith, OR
  • Warner, VA
  • Coleman, MN

And it’s that last vote that makes me say I’m done.  

Coleman is a RINO in every bad connotation of that word.   He was a Democrat for years and became a Republican only because it was expedient for him to do so to further his political career.

Coleman believes in global warming, he believes in cap and trade, he won’t drill in ANWR, he has a lifetime Conservative voting record of 68.

I don’t like his position on many issues but I could give him some cover under the “we’ll agree to disagree” argument.   However, when a simple issue like artificially taxing a business because you don’t like them, comes up and he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions to vote NO, than I will show him how it’s done.

I will not vote for Coleman in November.   Neither will I vote for Franken.

I wonder if the Libertarians have a candidate for Senate?  

June 10, 2008

I’m Not The Al Franken I’ve Known For 57 Years

by @ 5:56. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

From AL Franken’s “apology” over “satire” aritcles that were anti woman and pornographic, given at the Minnesota Democrat convention on Saturday:

It kills me that things I said and wrote sent a message … that they can’t count on me to be a champion for women, for all Minnesotans. I’m sorry for that. Because that’s not who I am,” Franken told delegates.

Does anyone else notice a similarity here?

Barack Obama at an April 29th press conference:

The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.

Now it’s bad enough when you’re surprised by the behavior of someone you’ve intimately known for 20 years but how bad must it be when you don’t recognize yourself after 57 years?

Is there some kind of a “How to make an excuse” handbook being handed out this year by the DNC?


June 9, 2008

Anyone Notice A Trend?

by @ 4:35. Filed under Politics - Minnesota.

On Saturday, Minnesota Democrats endorsed Al “It’s just satire” Franken to be their candidate for US Senate.   The MSM had the usual glowing reports making it sound like  Al is the perfect candidate and that the Dems are over flowing with love for their candidate:

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP)– Al Franken won a resounding endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday from Minnesota Democrats, quickly dispatching with concerns about jokes that offended some and promising a tough challenge to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

However, not unlike Barack Obama’s coronation last Tuesday, not all is as the MSM would like you to believe. From the Star and Sickle:

Mari Urness Pokornowski of Cokato, president of the DFL Feminist Caucus, resigned Saturday when she learned that her group had endorsed Franken. As a mother and former teacher, she said, she didn’t see how Franken’s writings represented rural Minnesota values.

The endorsement, she said, “was a choice made by the caucus, and once that decision is made, you have to make a choice where you stand, For me, my decision was to step down.”

And further from Politics in Minnesota:

There’s no doubt that Pokornowski has had a tough week as head of the caucus.

After U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president after a bruising battle with U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, Koryne Horbal, 71, who founded the DFL Feminist Caucus, said she would not support Obama and wanted to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton.

Pokornowski was forced to issue a press release distancing her group from its founder’s actions. "It was as much of a surprise to us as it was to you," the press release said in part.

How many candidates can the Democrats run that lose the vote from Minnesota Women? So far, it’s 2 and counting


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