New Look For RF & What’s Next For Me?

New theme here at RF. Probably going to be making a few more changes not to mention get back into writing. I’ve really missed writing.

I’m also doing some deep soul searching into my own political involvement. Looking back at the last couple years, what I did, what I was unable to do, and what is next for me.

As I start the next chapter of my life as a husband, its time to evaluate whether or not its wise to commit to a unpaid volunteer role that is a full time commitment.

Maybe its time for me to run for something – higher party spot or maybe its time to put my name on a lawn sign of my own.

I don’t know. All I know is that I am tired of the status quo, cronies failing upward, and carrying so much damn water for the cause while others around me don’t lift a finger.

As 2014 winds up and 2015 begins, a new chapter of the MNGOP will begin. The question is, will it have me to kick around and take advantage of anymore?

Minnesota Democrats Aim To Infringe On Your Civil Rights

The notion of the Democrats being the party of tolerance and civil rights for all is one of the biggest running scams going in Minnesota politics. Their war against law abiding firearms owners is well documented, but they are taking a page out of the Obama administration’s IRS scandal and trying to force organizations that they disagree with politically to release the names of all donors while they secretly buy election after election with their Progressive organizations funded by a handful of billionaires and the labor unions.

Minnesota: Legislature Considering Ominous Bill Designed to Suppress Political Speech, Anti-Gun Legislation to Receive Committee Consideration

Your immediate action needed to stop suppression of political speech in Minnesota

House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, dangerous, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, are moving quickly through the Minnesota legislature.  These fatally flawed bills pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota and impose excessive regulatory burdens on political and commercial interests.  Additionally, this legislation would inhibit the NRA’s ability to provide candidate information at critical times before an election.  Your action is needed immediately – please contact your state Senator and Representative TODAY and demand their opposition to any legislation that inhibits your First Amendment freedom needed to protect your Second Amendment rights.  Contact information for state Senators can be found here.  Contact information for state Representatives can be found here.  Click here to find out who represents you.

HF 1944 and SF 1915 would require organizations like the NRA, who engage in political speech, to immediately disclose the names of many of their donors, including those who pay membership dues.  These bills are intended to suppress political speech by organizations such as the NRA and others who communicate with their members.  These bills are overly broad, vague and would chill election-related speech.

HF 1944 is eligible for House consideration AT ANY TIME.

SF 1915 is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Friday, March 21, at 12:00 noon.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this misguided legislation.  Committee members’ contact information can be found here.

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The state legislature is also considering several measures, House File 3067 and Senate File 2690, to impose additional regulations, serious penalties and red tape on permit holders who choose to carry their firearms while visiting the State Capitol Complex.  At this time, a law-abiding permit holder can carry in the State Capitol Complex as long as the permit holder has notified the Commissioner of Public Safety of their intent to do so in advance.

The additional superfluous proposed regulations would do nothing to improve the notification requirement or process, but instead would create traps for law-abiding permit holders.  This proposed legislation would go so far as to mandate an arbitrary “renewal” period for those permit holders who previously sought permission to carry on Capitol grounds, requiring that “within 30 days of the renewal date of a person’s permit to carry, the person shall renotify the commissioner of the person’s intent to carry,” or the permit holder could face a felony.

Anti-gun legislators have been attempting to ban the carrying of firearms in the state Capitol, and since they have continuously failed at instituting a ban, are setting traps for law-abiding permit holders who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights while petitioning their elected officials.  The carrying of firearms for self-defense by law-abiding permit holders is not a threat to security at the state Capitol.  It is an affront to law-abiding Minnesotans to insinuate that permit holders are dangerous criminals who should be feared while on Capitol grounds.  Minnesota gun owners should not have to choose between their own security and participation in the legislative process.

HF 3067 is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW, March 20, by the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this ill-conceived legislation.  Contact information for committee members can be found here.

SF 2690 is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW, March 20, by the Senate Judiciary Committee at 12:00 p.m.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this dangerous legislation. Contact information for committee members can be found here.

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I Was Getting Here As Fast As I Could

One of them days that makes me think I have reached the top of the climb. The last year of my life has served me plenty of lemons and I think I may have just finally figured out how to turn them into lemonade.

Woke up late and tired as heck from a late night of campaign finance reporting. Got to work and installed some new memory in a work computer so I could upgrade the operating system. Managed to squeeze in a few surprise appointments and last minute tasks before the big meeting tonight. Not to mention some parts to repair a front end loader arrived a week early. As tired as I was, the work portion day felt like it was productive. Go home, kick back, and relax?

Nope.

There was a vacancy in the CD6 State Executive Committee position to the MNGOP. It was a position I had run for and lost a couple times and been talked out of seeking a couple other times. Our Full Committee met tonight and I was appointed to the unopposed tonight. I’m now the Treasurer and Finance Director along with Stave Vice Chair.

Some have said don’t complain. I know a lot of times I tend to whine. Its not so much as complaining as it is me speaking to me. I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the years about posting so much personal stuff online. I do a lot of it because it is more me speaking to me than it is me whining.

The appointment happened at the beginning of the meeting, and I found myself sort of distracted during the 3 candidate portions. I was thinking back to all I have been through in politics and life the last 10 years. So much has changed, but some things have remained.

I was having trouble reconciling the State Campaign Finance report for CD6. The software is dreadful. Add to the mix having to run a Windows app on a Mac and you triple the angst and effort required. I’ve spent a dozen plus hours in the last few days scouring spreadsheets trying to find the discrepancy. Deadline is Friday for the 2013 year end report so I was under a deadline.

I got home at 10PM after the meeting and opened up the laptop and took another stab at the report. After an hour of having 8 spreadsheets open and comparing this with that…. I got it! Honestly I was really upset I couldn’t report that I had already submitted all of the CD6 reports at our meeting. I worry. I was determined to get it and I did.

But all that isn’t what inspired this post. I looked up from my laptop after submitting the report to an old episode of a TV show that did. After I got the report settled, a 2 minute summary of an episode captured my attention. An old joke my brother used to tell about a speeding ticket and snarky comments to the officer about ‘getting here as fast as I can’ sucked me in and drew my awareness.

Everything happens for a reason. Omnia Causa Fiunt.

My life hasn’t worked out to plan up until now. I’ve done many great things, survived many traumatic events, struggled, flourished, and yet here I am 38 years old and starting all over, but not knowing “why?”.

I know what I want, but sometimes it doesn’t happen on my terms. But tonight I was reminded that all good things come with time. Am I saying that my appointment tonight fixes everything? Nope. I am saying that sometimes you have to try and fail repeatedly. Pick yourself up, sludge on, and keep trying. Keep fighting, and keep doing what you know is right. You’ll fail sometimes, but eventually…… good things will happen.

Bob Saget for pete’s sake.

This post is not about politics. Its about life. When there is something you want, sometimes you have to wait for the right imd and not let other desires distract you affect your other duties. Always strive to be better. Do better, take better care of yourself and those around you. Whether family, friends, or acquaintances.

Everyday a new challenge presents itself. Things don’t go as planned. But every one of those road blocks or detours is an opportunity. Never give up. All good things come with time. Through a series of events today, unrelated, I was reminded of that.

Hang in there folks, the silver lining could be visible tomorrow. God Bless.

Weekend Plans

I’ve been running myself ragged with work and the new house stuff and its got my on end. I’m taking off for the cabin for a little RnR, which with a cabin means work, but a change of scenery and the opportunity for a boat ride or few.

I did have my meeting with Republican Governor candidate Scott Honour yesterday. I will be crafting a post to run Monday on the meeting.

 

MN Legislature Aims To Disarm Constituents

The aristocracy in Minnesota will never rest. They are still trying to take away your rights even out of session.

Minnesota: Ban on Permit-Holder Carry in the State Capitol under Consideration

The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security will hold two meetings to consider changing current law to ban concealed carrying of firearms by permit-holders in the state Capitol.   The first meeting will be held this Wednesday, August 14, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Room 107.  This meeting will focus on discussion of current law and policy, and there will be no public testimony heard at this meeting regarding firearms on the Capitol Complex.  To view the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

On Tuesday, August 20, this committee will meet again from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Room 107 to discuss policy changes to current standards regulating firearms on the Capitol Complex.   Please attend this meeting and OPPOSE these changes to current law that would ban concealed carry in the state Capitol.  Public testimony will be heard (though time may be limited).  If you wish to testify, please submit your name in writing to angela.geraghty@state.mn.us.  To view the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

Please plan to arrive at least an hour before each meeting.  Remember, with a permit, concealed carry is lawful in the Minnesota State Capitol and other state buildings in the area if you have notified the Commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to do soin advance.

There were how many murders overnight in the Twin Cities? We have rampant gang warfare being carried out on the streets, but the highbrow lawmakers and bureaucrats are more focused on taking guns out of the hands of peaceful law abiding citizens. They are far less dangerous than violent criminals.

July 24th Is Always A Rough Day – Miss Ya Dad

Today would have been my Dad’s birthday. He’d have been 92 today. This is a post I wrote 3 years ago. Given recent events in my life, its even harder today. I learned so much from my Mom and Dad and I can only hope …. well, that maybe someday I can have the kind of impact on others as they have on me.

RF Flashback: Forever In Me

I’m hanging out at local establishment having a Brandy Manhattan, which was one of my Dad’s drinks. Its something I tried to do every year on his funeral and birthday. It kinda fell by the wayside the last few years, but recent events have led me to believe maybe I need to stay more grounded and focused.

Of course I’m working while I’m here. There is not enough time in the day to get the day job done while also having inherited the can do attitude…..

For newer RF readers, here a link to another post about my Dad that also includes my portion of the eulogy.

RF Flashback: It Was 9 Years Ago This Monday – We Are Our Fathers’ Sons

 

Happy Independence Day

I wrote this in 2005 for the 4th. I think it is worth repeating.

Keep this in mind this weekend while you’re cruising the water, or relaxing on the porch. Freedom isn’t free. Many many have died before us in order for us to even have the chance at life, let alone the freedoms we take for granted. No other People have ever had such outstanding forefathers that could give such a gift to them. On July 4th, 1776, 56 men committed treason against England. Treason that began freedom’s long and bloody march.

A piece of paper that they signed was not the ticket to the freedom. It was hard work and planning. Don’t ever forget that freedom was fought for. Freedom had lives lost in order for it to survive. Many wars have been fought over the very principle of freedom. True believers fight in the honor and in defense of it, others fight against it. Freedom is quite possibly the most misunderstood thing Americans have. Freedom doesn’t give us the right to everything. It gives us the ability to work for everything.

Freedom isn’t free. It must not be taken for granted.

The actual Declaration of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

When you have a moment on the Holiday weekend think of the brave men and women overseas staring evil in the eye and not blinking. Think of the sailor thousands of feet beneath the water’s surface guarding against our annihilation. Think of the operatives in unspeakable places who will never get credit for their work. Think of the diplomats sitting down with other leaders and negotiating on behalf of freedom. Think of the men and women serving as public safety officers or working in hospitals. All those people are giving you freedom. They are all around us. You yourself ensure freedom for some one.

I’ll ask you to do me a favor this 4th. When you’re looking up at the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air, take a gander past the fireworks and pick out a star. Pretend it is a mirror and that a soldier across the globe is looking back at you. Tell them thank you for the freedom.

Happy Independence Day from RF.

Have fun :D

MINE!

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