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"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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Benghazi: Why Is Obama Not Facing Impeachment?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The countless and endless lies of the Obama Administration are criminal, but the fact that they lied about the deaths of Americans in harm’s way, are immoral. I can’t believe that he and his legion of admin lackies are still occupying the White hOuse let alone not behind bars.

I’m going to miss Congresswoman Bachmann.

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

No this is not an April Fools joke.

A pair of House proposals is being released to spend a combined $975 million on public works construction projects.

Rather than putting everything into one bill, House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she’ll introduce two on Tuesday. She says one will contain $850 million worth of proposed borrowing and the other will have $125 million in projects that would be paid in cash.

It’s an unusual tact, but one spurred on in part by the state’s surplus. Lawmakers plan to pay cash for some things to save on interest costs.

There’s also political intrigue. Borrowing bills require three-fifths majorities to pass. A cash bill would require only a simple majority.

By Capital Investment, DFLers mean, making sure their special interests get all the kick backs so they will work for Democrats to maintain control of the Capital.

Democrats Easily Tap Into “Seven Figure Checkbooks”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Another email from the left wing Agenda Project.

 

Hi Andy,

Nancy Pelosi and a few big thinking donors could save the Senate, pick up seats in the House, generate hundreds of millions of dollars of earned media for a progressive economic agenda, and fundamentally re-shape the national political narrative. But only if they move fast enough to seize the best investment opportunity in the political marketplace before it’s too late.

To learn how, read more HERE.

Jump to the story in Huffington Post describing just how easy it is for Democrats to call in the uber rich donors.

Pelosi — and maybe only Pelosi — can close the funding for this critical investment. In addition to being the highest-ranking female political leader in U.S. history; Pelosi is also one of the best fund raisers in the country. Better yet, her San Francisco district puts her smack in the middle of a Silicon Valley culture that understands thinking big and moving fast. The kind of money needed for the ballot initiative can’t be raised in $50-100K checks. There isn’t enough time. Instead a few savvy political investors — ones who are smart enough to recognize the unique leverage of this specific initiative and gutsy enough to be decisive — need to pull out their seven figure checkbooks.

The media narrative that the Republicans are the party of the rich is hogwash. Its time to remind Minnesota voters that a vote for any DFLer running for Congress is a vote for the radical Nancy Pelosi and her friends who like to buy elections and power with their “seven figure checkbooks”.

Central Planning Alert: XCEL’s Adding Generation, But State To Decide Source

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Why can’t XCEL and its customers decide where they get more power from?

Regulators to Decide Solar Power vs. Natural Gas

Created: 03/26/2014 5:35 AM KSTP.com 
By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota utility regulators are deciding between solar power and natural gas for providing additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state.

At issue is whether Xcel Energy’s customers would be best served by $250 million in solar power arrays proposed by Geronimo Energy of Edina or by adding generating units at power plants in Burnsville, Cannon Falls or Mankato.

They fail to mention how much adding natural gas generators would cost.

An administrative law judge concluded three months ago that Xcel Energy’s power needs aren’t growing so fast. He recommended Geronimo Energy’s plan to build about 20 solar arrays next to Xcel substations as the best deal.

I wonder if there is a conflict of interest with the law judge. Like he is either a biased environutter or has friends who stand to benefit from the state’s PUC picking the solar panel option.

It wouldn’t be the first time a bunko green energy company was given huge contracts. Remember Solyndra? 

A state commission picking winners and losers is not what freedom looks like.

Minnesota Democrats Aim To Infringe On Your Civil Rights

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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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McFadden for US Senate

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I have been looking at the field of candidates for US Senate and decided to throw my support to Mike McFadden. I believe he gives us the best chance to defeat Al Franken.

US Senate races are not the same as Governor and Republican activists need to learn from past mistakes. You need someone who can reach out to a broad array of people and earn their trust and support. You have to not only attract the hard working activists, but you also have to be able to reach outside of Minnesota for the all important fundraising needed to run an expensive statewide campaign. McFadden’s impressive fundraising totals prove he can do that.

I’ve heard a few people I respect in Republican circles are eliminating McFadden from their list of who they will endorse because he won’t pledge to abide, and while I think that is important, they are eliminating the only person who can actually beat Franken.

Two or three other candidates in the US Senate race have pledged to abide and it does play oh so well with Delegates, but of those 3, only one, Chris Dahlberg, has released his fundraising numbers for 2013 ($103,00) and its barely enough to make it to the convention let alone beyond.

Sen. Ortman and Rep. Abeler have refused to release their fundraising totals publicly so Republican Precinct attendees can’t see how well or poorly they did. I am guessing Sen. Ortman’s decision to announce she will abide last week was an attempt to distract people away from how she is hiding what is likely – her dismal fundraising. The FEC reports will not be publicly available until February 15th, after the Precinct Caucus straw poll.

Mike McFadden has raised $1.7 million so far in his campaign. Our previous candidate didn’t come close to that in his entire campaign.

Friends and fellow Republicans, running effective US Senate races are 3 or 4 times more expensive then races for Governor. The media in Minnesota doesn’t report on what our left leaning and Progressive voting US Senators and Congressmen really do in Washington. They color the coverage to paint a rosy picture of the socialism that is plaguing this nation to aid the Democrats. We need a candidate with a campaign that can literally spread the word across the state through the airwaves and mailers. Its also going to take a huge staff and all these things require a lot of money.

Anyone who actually thinks that the eventual candidate will be able to raise $10,000,000 after the endorsement or Primary is bound to repeat the same mistakes we’ve done in election cycles before.

The McFadden campaign isn’t ignoring the endorsement like some of the Governor candidates are. He is trying to win the endorsement unlike them. But for Republicans to pose a serious threat to Al Franken, they have to be looking past May 31st.

I would not be supporting McFadden if he didn’t take the endorsement seriously.

I know some will be pointing out how I am supporting a Governor candidate who is pledging to abide (Dave Thompson), and that I am also pushing the importance of avoiding a bloody primary in the CD6 race. All I can tell you is that my decade plus involvement has shown me the complexities and importance of US Senate races. So much at stake, so much national influence, and so few chances to get it right. And when Minnesota gets it wrong, bad things happen. We can’t screw this up again.

Folks, I want Mike McFadden to win the endorsement. He is the best candidate on paper and by fundraising reports. He has the least baggage or voting record history that could alienate one portion of our base or the general voting public. He’s built a great campaign team and he is being honest.

McFadden is a great conservative candidate. He has a great life story, business experience, and the oh so critical fundraising prowess. I am not supporting McFadden simply because he can raise money, I am supporting him because he will do a great job representing me as a conservative Republican, and he has proven that he has what it takes to run a race that will defeat Al Franken.

Please join me in supporting Mike McFadden at your Precinct Caucus in the Republican Straw Poll.

Top Democrat Likens GOP Worthy Of Johnstown Charge

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When they run into something protecting Americans from their anti-American agenda – in this case the Constitution – they slander, libel, and lie about those who are protecting Americans’ rights. Obama’s new senior advisor proves Rules for Radicals is required reading for administration officials. 

In a profile published late Tuesday by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana.

“They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” said Podesta of what Obama’s White House team faces. Jonestown was the informal name of the settlement founded by Jones and his American followers.

Call Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and urge him to demand Podesta’s immediate firing.

Franken
Saint Paul Office      

60 East Plato Blvd
Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 221-1016

 

Klobuchar
WASHINGTON, DC

302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: 202-224-3244

If Democrats really want to know why the country seems so divided, they need look no further than a mirror. This is just another example of top Democrats slandering and smearing people for simply having an opposing point of view.

Franken & Klobuchar Choose Illegal Immigrants Over Veterans

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The latest “Budget Deal” being debated is yet another example of kicking the can down the road. Fearful of coming to terms with the fact that eventually we will run out of other people’s money to promise to people so they will vote for them, members of Congress have compiled an accounting miracle to project their careers. Gimmicks and shifts with no real substantive reforms to deal once and for all with the bloating and rioting entitlement society Congress and bureaucrats have created for their own survival.

As is American politics is today, if you stand up and fight the honest and noble fight, as Ted Cruz did in trying to delay the predictably failed Obamacare rolled out, everyone and their mother will demonize you and call you a terrorist. Republicans have learned their lesson, as is, don’t try to do what’s right because we will blame you for our failures. The media sprints to the presses and TV camera with their latest White House talking points and the President finds the closest person who is about to faint to hold a rally in front of, and whammo! You’re the bad guy for being right.

So Republicans in Congress are “working” with Democrats in finding a “fix” for the “budget stalemate”. The argument is not over whether or not we are spending more and more money on wasteful and duplicative efforts. Its about protecting all the little kickbacks and special programs designed to draw blocks of voters based on demographic and culture to vote for Democrats. Its also to force Republicans to choose more Marxo-Progressive tax increases or cutting benefits to groups such as veterans.

The Senate Republicans were not going to take this one lying down so they tried to get a vote on an amendment to the budget deal that would have protected veterans pensions. In order to find some “spending cuts” to avoid the “sequester reductions, budget negotiators decided veterans benefits were at the top of the list for reductions. Meanwhile illegal immigrants are cashing in $4.2 billion of welfare benefits. To Democrats that’s an important voting constituency.

Senate Republicans tried to prevent such reckless and inhumane treatment of our nation’s heroes. ToDemocrats like Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, the men and women who risked their lives for this country are expendable so that taxpayers can provide welfare benefits for people who have no respect for our laws and are taking entitlements away from Americans. Why? Because they know those people will vote the right way. Sure they won’t say that, they will give you some tear jerking story of some poor innocent family of illegal immigrants who can’t put enough food on the table who’s kids can’t even get in state tuition to college, or who have to work 2 jobs under the table……

To Democrats, putting food on the table of illegal immigrants is more important than keeping a promise to our veterans.  

Senate Democrats blocked a vote (aka filibustered?) the Republican amendment to require a social security number to receive welfare. This would have protected veterans benefits, but Franken and Klobuchar sided with Harry Reid in protecting non-citizens.

They are playing party politics and putting the DNC ahead of veterans on their priority scale. Shameful and disgusting.

When your stomach turns as you watch the status quo sausage being made in Washington, be careful to avoid instinctively casting a pox on both parties. While far from perfect, Republicans are in no way as deceitful and disingenuous as Democrats. Democrats will shut down the government to protect government and their own party from the cold hard fact that we are heading straight for a fiscal cliff. They will masterfully shift all blame on Republicans, and its all so they can maintain their death grip on the power and corruption that is destroying this once great nation.

The population bomb heading for Social Security and other entitlements will bankrupt this country. The Marxist drive to socialize and nationalize huge sectors of our economy is suicide because the only way to avoid serious reforms to the entitlements is an American economy breaking the sound barrier in growth and job creation. Instead Democrats are mandate by mandate crippling our economy. They are strangling growth industries with red tape, and taxing investors out of the markets. They are killing the only thing that could possibly save their socialist dream.

Everytime a person votes Democrat so they can receive more subsidies, a Democrat gets its wings. Never mind the forecasts and projections of continual spending increases and growing of entitlement programs is factually unsustainable, Democrats have their foot on the floor of the American bus as it is racing straight for a cliff of insolvency.

Random Thoughts 12/3/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few quick links and some random thoughts.

  • This one is very disappointing.

    6th District candidate Krinkie avoids debates that aren’t free, public

    Disparaging the hard work of party activists and conservative groups is never a good idea or sign of strength. Despite claims to the contrary, I am not helping any one in this race. I want to see a fair endorsement where the best candidate wins. After that, its war and I feel if our battlefield is focused on a primary fight instead of voter outreach, ID, and aiming our rhetorical guns at the DFL its harming the cause. Do I have a preference  sure, maybe its colored by how the other candidates have treated me and fellow hard working volunteers over the years. You have to remember that running a bus over someone tends to leave a lasting impression. Is it influencing my duties at CD6? Nope, I’m trying to raise money and build up the organization to be a fully functioning Death Star. All I have said is that I hope rather than tear apart our own side for a race the DFL won’t even compete in this year, we should focus efforts in competitive areas or districts we have completely ignored for decades. The 6th District is the most successful CD in the state, outpacing every other district when it comes to sending Republicans to St. Paul, turnout for statewide races, and making calls into other CDs who either are not willing to or able to mount a ground game or grassroots movement to elect their own candidates. Yes I am biased due to being part of CD6 leadership, BUT I have worked side by side with people from every coalition who understand that work needs to be done while everyone else is pointing fingers. If not for the work of hundreds of CD6 activists and volunteers in 2012, Dayton and the DFL would have had larger Majorities in St. Paul. We won 31 of the 33 Legislative races touching CD6 and made GOTV calls into dozens of Legislative Districts across the state. CD6 is not the District others should be pointing fingers at, they should be emulating our success. But frankly, that means putting down the keyboard and showing up to work rather than sitting back and bitching. The 6th District is the key to winning statewide. If people from the 7 other CDs spend all their time pouring gasoline on this race to divide and conquer our army of volunteers, its going to harm the statewide candidates.

  • Not gonna lie, this one has me seriously considering my options.
    House candidate Fenton leaving state GOP postBut after you read this post, you and I will both agree, that I will never be able to stop the blog and be happy, let alone simply be the second fiddle who only plays during the chorus. But a boy can dream, can’t he? The facts I strongly believe the party needs a nuts and bolts operations person very badly. there are lots of well intentioned and capable people at HQ, but they lack experience and knowledge. The whole BPOU / CD convention window debacle is all the proof you need that stupid mistakes easily happen when no one understands why its a stupid idea. Money and fineness are better now, but the party  side of things is …. Maybe I’m wrong but we need a worker not a thinker or person looking to climb the ladder on their way to running for something else. Party first minded people. Not me first minded people are who should be considered to replace Kelly.
  • I am still shocked at the cover up of the Obamacare disaster among the laundry list of other scandals Obama has perpetrated. If this were a private company every socialist in the administration and Congress would be demanding public tarring and feathering of the people who were behind it. Nixon spied on the DNC and destroyed the tapes. For that he was demonized. Obama’s administration is spying on the American public, using the IRS to penalize right leaning groups, and he’s trampling on the Constitution like its a bag fun of spiders. How there is not serious impeachment demands being brought forth is beyond me. He is breaking his oath of office and lies on a daily basis, yet the media just …..
  • Paul Walker’s death in a fiery car crash should be used as a lesson on Hollywood and our society in general. No one thinks about their actions anymore. Walker’s main claim to fame, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has glorified the very same behavior that caused his own death. Illegal street racing and reckless driving. Every day on the roads, I see people texting & driving, pretending they are on a nascar track weaving in and out of traffic like they will win  a cash prize if they make it home first, or just plain not paying attention on the roads. People die daily due to careless driving. Everyone is so damn selfish that they don’t really care that having a text conversation while driving could end up killing some poor family or ruin someone’s life. Nope, that conversation matters. Nope, so what if they cut you off or swerve into your lane clipping your fender, its your problem to get your car fixed. There is no sense of common decency amongst us anymore. Nope, 2 rich people who could afford to go rent out a real race track and see how fast their car can really go, end up doing it on a real street and luckily only taking their own lives. Do I enjoy watching the F&F movies, most of them. But I understand the difference between the silver screen and the real world and have to drive along side people I think believed they really could drag around a giant vault with 2 cars……
  • And lastly, ah, the Vikings Stadium ground breaking is today. The deal is done and the iron is in place to begin the work, but we still don’t really know who is paying for it or how. The public contribution to the Wilf’s new palace is a mystery and riddle wrapped in a carefully botched series of statements from Mark Dayton. I get misguided crap for “being pro-stadium”. Look, I wish billionaires would build their own damn stadiums, but they don’t and this thing was going to happen. I supported having the stadium in Arden Hills, Heck, I thought as long as the voters got to vote on the sales tax increase, I supported the Anoka County plan way back when. I saw the stadium as a way of breaking the Minneapolis mafia’s monopoly. We are a metro area with several distinct destinations and attractions, not a monolithic hub urban utopia. We are funneling billions of dollars into a failed city experimenting with neo-socialist theology while people are being gunned down in gang wars and kids are failing out of schools at the worst rate in the nation. Yet Minnesota keeps rewarding these sham politicians with billions in new trains, stadiums, municipal welfare cloaked as LGA, and bailing them out on failed policy and promise one after the other. I supported building the Stadium in Arden Hills to hurt Minneapolis and force MNDOT and other leaders to understand their is life and growing populations north of Hwy 36. The key to killing off the LRT mass transit car hating tree hugging hippie utopian unicorn dream centrally planned society is to allow growth to expand outward, not force it inward where they rip up perfectly good parking lots to build subsidized restaurants and hotels that no one wants to go to because you can’t park or will get mugged trying to get there. The stadium was going to happen. There was no way to stop it. There wasn’t. Allowing it to happen in the absolute possible place politically with the absolute worst funding was foolish and certain politicians running for statewide office will soon realize having a few high profile lobbyists on speed dial amounts to about 1% approval ratings in GOP straw polls and such. People’s careers deserve to be destroyed for forcing this thing through so hastily and with out long term vision and seizing the opportunity to use this as a way of getting left leaning urbanites to support suburban growth and expansions.

Fraknen On Obamacare 2012: Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Fraknen Hearts Obamacare March 2012 via his official webpage.

I bet this quickly disappears. Fact check this media.

 

I tried to download before it does, but encountered an error. Someone may want to do so before Franken’s record runs into the fact is was all a lie.

Al Franken was the only reason Democrats forced this flawed law through.

“Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?”

Oh Al, some of us have been talking about the facts and truth of this law all along.