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The Other September 11th We Must Never Forget

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Obama administration has blood on its hands over the Benghazzi attacks. Don’t forget that the same people demanding we bomb Syria today, did nothing when American lives were at risk. What’s worse is that they tried to blame the deaths on an American who made a stupid video on the internet rather than accept responsibility and admit the truth.

They did nothing when Americans were under attack in that Embassy. Ever since September 11, 2012, they have done what ever they could to cover up the facts that show how inept and derelict they are.

While I normally repost my Never Forget on this day, I chose to post this little video of the lady who was responsible for the security of the American lives lost. They were under her watch and supervision and died on the job. She’s a power hungry career politician who will do and say whatever she has to to achieve power for her egomaniacal quest to change America into a socialist utopia.

Democrats used to be upset at Republicans for remembering what happened in New York, Pennsylvania, and to the Pentagon in 2001. They would accuse us of politicizing it, and replaying the video of the Towers falling to drum up the public support for wars that they opposed. But now they are the ones waving flags trying to ramp up the Patriotism to support a war with no calculable benefit for America.

You see, I’m tired of people who used to slam Bush and Republicans for being war mongers waging those same wars, starting new ones, spying on Americans, and fucking up the world and America in their little quest to play Sim City with America. Like Foreign Policy is a burden when they really just want to control us little ants in the farm.

The Obama administration has spent more time and resources trying to undermine the American people, to divide and conquer us, in his (and don’t forget Hillary’s) quest to have a chicken in every pot. They are waging a political war on American soil trying to fundamentally transform the once greatest nation in the world, into a centrally planned bureaucratic nightmare where freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility are illegal. They didn’t start it, its been going on for decades, but they are the ones finally pulling the trigger on policies designed to undo America’s exceptionalism.

Where is Dennis Kucinich when you need him to introduce an impeachment bill on Obama?

He’s waging wars and getting people killed around the globe all to distract us from the progressive domestic agenda to destroy this country.

I’m sick of seeing Obama’s face everywhere. I’m sick of him politicizing everything to suit his unAmerican agenda. I’m sure by the weekend he will be speaking to a crowd of political drones with that with the usual rhythmic cadence that sways emotions instead of logic and reason, not to mention that goll darn pesky obstacle known as the Constitution. He’ll be blaming Republicans for something, making them the bad guy for his policies failing, or beating them up over some issue to mislead the American public in to supporting policies that are bad for them. And if the polls are really against him, he’ll probably go back to having someone faint in the front of the crowd at each and every rally.

An example would be “immigration reform”. Good reform to Obama is to just allow citizens from other countries to magically become American citizens with all of our rights and benefits (aka: Government handouts to make them dependent on Democrat policies). Its a goll darn election tactic folks. These are people that have likely been breaking laws for decades in some instances that we are now being morally challenged to show compassion to because their home country sucks so bad they have no choice but to sneak into America and steal our jobs, entitlements, and educations. Rather than use the power of his Presidency to help Mexico become a place people can find a good job, be safe, education, and such, we’re going to change or ignore our own laws because its compassionate? No it would be compassionate and the right thing to do to help change Mexico for the better. 

Yes, I said Obama has an unAmerican agenda.

May God bless the families of all those who have senselessly lost their lives under Obama and Clinton’s watch, and may God bless the American people that we take elections seriously from now on and never make such a colossal series of mistakes in the voting booths that puts people that really hate the things that made America so great for over 200 years into office.

I’m tired of people being taken seriously who want to legalize theft and criminalize success.

Redistribution of wealth is theft. You don’t have a right to be lazy but still get everything handed to you. Eventually you will run out of other people to tax in order to get your free stuff.

America has no moral authority to pick sides in a civil war where one side is a murderous dictator and the other side is who tried to kill 150,000 Americans 12 years ago. Al Qaeda is the rebels in Syria folks.

Frankly Obama and the Democrats have done more damage to America in the last 5 years than the terrorists did in the last 12. That is something that I will never forget and I hope my fellow Americans wake the fuck up.

We are being manipulated. We are being used to install Marxism in America. These people lie on a daily basis and manipulate the news to suit their deceitful and dangerous agenda.

They lie and people die. But why? So you will surrender another freedom, another choice, and allow them to impose their will on you, your neighbors, and the people who employ you because they don’t think its fair that some people are more successful than others (unless of course they write a big enough check to the campaign.

Fucking commies.

Yes, I am really angry. You should be too. These people are doing everything they accused Bush of doing, but they are doubling down and actually making the world a more dangerous place. Bush destabilized the Middle East, but Obama has set in on fire. Who the hell are the good guys? Everyone kills everyone just because….

I’ve come to realize that our attempts at defeating terror was a mistake. Maybe we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe we could have done things differently, taken a different approach or not at all. Fought the wars differently, or not at all. But what I don’t understand is why we are still fighting Bush’s war when the people who opposed it from the beginning are now in charge of giving the go codes to those drone strikes?

It makes no sense. What the American government is doing under Obama’s administration on our soil to our own people, not abroad, makes no damn sense. Why would they be doing exactly what they opposed for a foreign policy so vehemently after September 11, 2001? What are we or the world to gain by lobbing a few missiles and bombs into Syria? Dare I say, to blow up an Aspirin factory or something? A distraction? Another Cold war to make the American people galvanize around the party in power? Maybe we can get a 3rd term for Obama….

Sure, it could be this is the last chance to establish the perception of us being a serious world power before Russia rebuilds its a Soviet era world alliance. But that ship has sailed folks. We’d better wake the fuck up quick here at home and repeal these progressive laws and environmental bullshit because we have a cruel world coming where countries will be forced to choose between dealing with little old America desperate for fuel, food, and resources or the mighty Putin Axis of evil. We are going to need to be self dependent on resources, food, and fuel or we’re going to be begging from China and Russia. That’s their play in the Middle East. Control of the resources.

Rambling rant as usual, but I’m angry. I’m angry and you should be too. We’re being lied to and manipulated. There’s no logic as to why Obama is doing anything he is. Why Obamacare? Why the domestic spying? Why blame that movie for the murders in Benghazzi? Why bomb Assad? Why is his Treasury reporting $0 added to the national debt when we are running deficits over a hundred billion dollars? Why are federal agents being killed by guns that Obama bought illegally, smuggled to Mexico, and gave to drug cartels? Meanwhile they are trying to take them away from law abiding Americans?

What the fuck is this administration really up to? If you compare their past statements and intentions *if* they get elected, to what they are actually doing, there seems to be a design, a plan. Its not going to happen overnight. It will take quite a while, years, decades, but they will eventually succeed. It took them 50 years to get to the doorstep of socialized medicine. Obamacare isn’t the end goal, its the trojan horse that will destroy the current health care market we have, requiring a total Government take over.

“What difference does it make?” she screams when her incompetence is exposed and people are murdered.  You saw how angry Clinton was when being questioned about Benghazzi. I get that angry every damn time I hear about what Obama is going to do *to* the country I love so much. Not *for* it, but *to* America. His acceptance speak in Chicago on Election night in 2008 still gives me chills (bad ones). Fundamentally transform America….

I believe it is all by design. America is dying the death of a thousand cuts at the hands of its own President with the aid of the Democrat party. The ideas they hold dear for how to run a country are not founded in our Constitution, they are founded in the polices of Marxism. They don’t want to just run the country better than Republicans, they want to rule over the country and its people.

We must remove any politician who supports the policies of progressives from office electorally. Peacefully. We must take our country back from those who clearly hate it. We must educate the public into understanding that free markets, freedom, liberty, and Capitalism is why we have what we have. Marxism first requires the creation of wealth. Why? Because socialism doesn’t allow growth, it levels the playing field equally. Equal misery if you will. Not everyone is going to get to live in a penthouse if we just eliminate the 1%. Nope, the end result of the goal of the Democrats is a crappy life for everyone, but hey, everyone has the saem crappy life so there won’t be any envy. They don’t hate the Red, White, and Blue, but they hate the way we got here and they want to make sure they decide what’s best for you from now on.

So why are we waging wars around the world again when we were lead to believe they were wars of choice by Senators Obama, Clinton, and Kerry?  Wag the dog my friends. Wag the dog.

“If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Spock

Further Proof Of MN Media Bias

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In 2011/12: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media instantly declares she’s abandoning her District.

In 2013/14: Senator Amy Klobuchar goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media gushes over it.

The narrative for the next 2 years to avoid covering Senator Franken and his leftwing agenda will be how great Amy Klobuchar’s hot dish recipe’s are received at Iowa backyard BBQs.

Meanwhile, in Congress, serious problems facing the country are being debated, but the constituents back here in Minnesota are being left out in the dark about what is really happening and the consequences of the Obama administration’s reckless domestic and foreign policies.

Me Think Thou DOESN’T Protest Enough

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Over the last 2 years, Twin Cities media was bombarded with anti Chip Cravaack stories and ads. Cravaack was the political new comer who stunned the nation in 2012 by knocking off 36 year incumbent and powerful Democrat Jim Oberstar. We had stories about Cravaack’s wife, kids, and just about every non-germain factor in his life regardless of the fact that CD8 finally had an actual listening and responsive representative in Congress who was working on issues that actually affected (for the positive) his constituents.

Cravaack was a Republican serving a traditionally Democrat District in a non-partisan and effective way, but that didn’t sit well with some of the inteligencia, so a Congressional Democrat retread was propelled into the forefront and despite his previous disdain for being in Congress, he rode the Obama machine to defeating Cravaack.

Fast forward to the 2013/2014 election cycle and we see a homegrown, passionate, genuine, and successful opponent to Nolan and you see nothing in the press.

Stewart Mills, yes, of the Mills’ Fleet Farm stores family, is off and running against Democrat Congressman Nolan and the silence on his candidacy from the media probably speaks volumes for the bias that helped Nolan defeat Cravaack.

Now of course the liberal machine will be quick to throw out the ‘just another rich Republican who was born lucky and didn’t earn it’ meme. Yes, thanks to the hard work of his family, Mills had a great opportunity to get a job, but he didn’t take it for granted. He went to school and got a good education. But he wasn’t the Tommy Boy son who came back from college and screwed around. He started at the bottom of the ranks, worked his way up, and eventually took all his experience and education, and helped innovate and improve Fleet Farms to make it serve the customers (aka: the Minnesota economy) and its employees better.

Stewart Mills is a 41 year old married father of 5 that lives with his family in the Brainerd Lakes area. Since the age of 14 he has worked in his family’s businesses in a variety of positions. Upon graduation in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University Stewart entered Fleet Farm’s store management program, working at a number of different Fleet Farm stores.

Stewart served as the Director of Personnel for Fleet Farm from 2000-2010 overseeing the administration and management of a workforce of more than 6,000, as well as health insurance, 401k, Profit Sharing and other benefit plans. Currently, Stewart is Vice President of Mills Fleet Farm, headquartered out of Brainerd, MN. Stewart is also the originator of FleetFarm.com, innovative health care plans, Mills Indoor Shooting and Archery, brands of Firearms and accessories, the “We Love It! Outdoors” Television series and numerous other forward thinking projects aimed at increasing the retail reach of Mills Fleet Farm, now and in the future.

That’s exactly the kind of can do attitude we need in Congress.

If you live in CD8, or another District and want to find a great candidate to help bring common sense and Minnesota values back to Washington, check out Stewart Mills for Congress.

Honour Running For Governor, Dayton Launches Glass House Attacks Already

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Scott Honour announced yesterday that he will be running for Governor as a Republican.

His website is HonourforGovernor.com

You will probably be seeing a lot about him as he has already assembled a top notch staff including many formidable Republican operatives. I will be interviewing him some time soon for the blog when my schedule permits.

And true to his mudslinging form, Mark Dayton is using the propaganda arm of his campaign to launch the first, albeit oh so hypocritical and glass house-esque, attacks.

Source MPR:

Gov. Dayton has said he intends to run for re-election.

Honour’s announcement drew a quick response from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, an outside group that works to elect Democrats. The group criticized Honour’s background.

“Surprise, surprise the first GOP candidate for MN Governor is a corporate CEO with mega-millions,” ABM wrote on its Facebook page. “He lives in a mansion on Lake Minnetonka. Not surprising: He’s wrong for Minnesota.”

DFL Governor Mark Dayton is worth hundreds of millions so that his campaign would launch this attack is rather bizarre. Also bizarre is that the DFL is firmly behind another multi-million DFLer in the 6th District in Jim Graves who is running against Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Let’s also not forget that ABM, the Dayton family slush fund, is an astroturf organization funded largely by a handful of millionaires and left leaning special interests. They with the help of other Democrat candidates have spent upwards of $40 or $50 million in the last 2 election cycles to elect Dayton, the DFL majorities in the Legislature, as well as defeat 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack.

Its also quite juicy that they released such an attack on the day the DFL House & Senate passed their onslaught of billions in new taxes and fees that hit every single Minnesotans, regardless of income bracket.

The Grassroots Case for Phoenix – Update – Update2

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Update: Please don’t get distracted thinking that I’m a huge supporter of Phoenix or anything, this post is about control and who has it. The grassroots controlled party OR people who look at us as an obstacle.

I was at the CD4 GOP convention Saturday. Well, I visited CD3, 5, and 4. But ended the day at CD4. Near the end, Pat Anderson announced that the MNGOP has already decided to hand over its database operations and ownership to outside group(s), that everyone running for state leadership agreed and that it was going to happen. She said this is exactly what the DFL does and its time for the MNGOP to do so as well. - I’d heard the rumors about this, and have even supported the idea in the past.

The idea is supposed to be along the line of “The Colorado Model” where business, owners, big donors, or other interest groups or associations, etc  (like the Chamber & MN Biz Partnership) and/or “Super PACs” take over  and run the database. They build a system (or buy one), clean up the data, and allow people to use it. Its a good model if you have a singular goal, or agreed upon terms. It works very well for the DFL because their base knows that a Democrat winning is the most important thing. We as Republicans, have more principled values, and winning isn’t always all that matters. Many believe some if not most Republicans in public office are no different than Democrats.

When it comes time for the DFL GOTV machine to kick into gear, they push straight ticket no ‘ifs, and’s or but’s about it. They don’t moan and kvetch over this guy or that gal that voted this way once or didn’t pay their BPOU the respect it thought it deserved. Nope, for the DFL, the only thing that matters is that (D) after the name on the ballot and their activists, volunteers, and GOTV goon squad will fight tooth and nail for each and every voter to cast their vote for the Democrat, no questions.

MNGOP activists don’t work that way. While we need to learn from many of the DFL’s tactics in operations, our activists are not lemmings or slaves. If you take a good honest look, the DFL is an anti-grassroots party. Their conventions have checks and balances built in to prevent “getting it wrong” and if they do, their endorsed candidate usually loses in the Primary anyways to who ever the Unions want. Heck, they have quotas to get elected Delegate, walking sub caucuses designed to derail proceedings from the floor of taking control of the business before the body.

But enough of why I am glad I am not a slave in the DFL party.

The 3rd party database model for the MNGOP is probably going to have a buy in process. So if a candidate wants to have the data, there will be a fee or commitment made. I’m not sure if that would be financial, or pledge, or what. But just because BPOU Chair from SD99 says so and so is good so send them the password (like we currently have), isn’t going to fly when someone else owns that data now.

There is apparently a growing desire to go with a 3rd party database  in the MNGOP. Meanwhile, there’s also chest thumping about fighting June Primary because it would allow the Chamber and rich people to undermine the “grassroots” endorsement process. 

Do you spot the huge problem that I do?

On the one hand we want to hand over control and ownership of our biggest resource (data) but on the other we don’t want to trust these very same people in candidate selection.

Why is this a problem? In the DFL, if a local BPOU or CD isn’t doing what it is told to and the DFL needs that District for their plan, they send in the unions or send the work through an outside group. One of their local volunteer leaders isn’t cutting it or doesn’t like the candidate, in comes the paid professional staffer to run local operations.

While I see the merits of that strategy when it comes to winning at all costs, I know that MNGOP activists would scream ‘top down’ and say that you are supposed to walk on the green side of sod not the roots. (attempt to be funny and clever. FAIL)

On a statewide basis this could work, I do believe we GOP activists have to approach endorsements with a much more, just let the primary sort it out” approach. Sorry, but 2 duds in a row and well, fool me once….. I do fully support the endorsement process for Congressional & Legislative races. Its just that a contest of “last man standing” (how I explain the Caucus/endorsement/Delegate selection process) to have 2000 people decide who is best to appeal to 2 million Minnesotans is proving its own faults. The only people to have had any electroal success statewide in Minnesota have run in spite of the objections of the grassroots, that can’t be ignored.

Here’s an example of why the 3rd party model has serious flaws.

DFL Senator Terry Bonnoff is supported by right leaning groups that are likely to have control of the new 3rd party owned database Pat Anderson mentioned on Saturday. The MN Chamber endorsed DFLer Bonoff in 2010 over Republican Liberty Caucus Chair Norann Dillion and again in 2012 over GOP grassroots endorsed David Gaither.

If you are naive enough to think that the people “allegedly” ready to spend their 3rd party war chests to fix our data problem, are going to give a crap if the Executive Committee from SD99 hates the chosen candidate…. Heck, GOP State Rep. Ernie Leidiger endorsed the DFL opponent for GOP Sen. Ortmann. That kind of crap doesn’t work in the business world, and chances are, the business community and professionals are not going to have much patience for the usual grassroots infighting. They will see it as unproductive and quickly solve the problem, and that won’t be finding a new candidate. That will be cutting the problem out of the loop.

Going forward, if the MN Chamber or 3rd party entity,  controls access to the database, what happens to the GOP endorsed candidate or primary winner is different then theirs? Who gets the data? On whose authority? And what if the BPOU doesn’t agree? Do they pull support or access if our guy beats their gal because they know our guy just can’t and/or shouldn’t win?

Think about this folks. You wanna hand over “the data” to the very people you don’t trust to pick the candidates. What happens when grassroots activists pick a candidate other than the Chamber does? Who gets the data? Look at it from their point of view, they have a vested interest in winning elections, not our principles or platform.

Phoenix is far from perfect. I get that. But the party owns it. The party controls it. And the party is responsible and held accountable by the grassroots.

Now let’s get in to the case for why we should stay with Phoenix.

We own it, for better or worse, but *WE* own it. The Party owns it and everything in it. No one can tell us what we can and cannot do with it, and more importantly, no one can tell us what we can do “to” it.

Short of someone finding about $1.5 million dollars laying around give to the party to buy a brand new system, to replace all our VOIP phones, servers, websites, and other things, (This is above and beyond the current debt) the only other options are the 3rd party “Chamber” model” or the RNC system. I’ve gone over some of the bad points above on the 3rd party model so let’s look at the RNC system.

I believe the RNC system is no longer called Voter Vault, its something like Data Center or what not. But here’s the big rub, scrapping Phoenix and going tot he RNC system doesn’t remove the Phoenix budget line item from the party’s budget. From what I understand, we don’t just plug in to some server in DC. Its a DC based system but run locally. Basically they wrote the software, and we have to run it here locally.  We would still have to run and maintain that data here. (Just like we are right now.) It is shared back and forth, but we would still need staff, servers, resources, and money to run the RNC system for just Minnesota.

The fact of the matter is, in some states or select Congressional Districts, yes the RNC helps and pitches in, but given the condition of the Republican Party of Minnesota compared to the footing of the DFL’s and the recent electoral calamities that we have put forth for statewide officer, the RNC wisely won’t waste resources here on a losing proposition. Nor should they in my opinion. They shouldn’t subsidize  poorly run and performing state parties. Its time for the grassroots to share some blame in our state party’s last 4 years. Everyone is great at pointing fingers until they get in front of a mirror.  I’ll save that for a later time, but the point is, we elected Carey, Sutton, and Brodkorb as well as endorsed Emmer & Bills. The results speak for themselves. So does that ash heap over there known as the party.

Frankly I am getting sick and tired of fighting over who to blame for what went right and what went wrong.

Unless Joe Mauer retires from Baseball to run against Mark Dayton, the RNC & Governor’s association are not going to even take a phone call from Minnesota. And if we still haven’t had anyone begin to start talking to the general public and not focussed entirely on GOP Delegates, until next May or June after the endorsement, they will block our phone number because that’s too late.

And even if Matt Birk does run against Al Franken and we have the name ID battle on the same page, the NRSC & RNC are not going to even consider spending a dime in Minnesota. Their logic firmly grounded in the 2012 US Senate results where the grassroots candidate had the worst election performance in modern history for a statewide candidate from a major party, and there have still not been one single set of reforms or at least mea culpa’s over the condition of the party or quality of the candidate. (And yes, I am looking at you grassroots)

In my opinion, the notion of “I hate Phoenix because it doesn’t do what I want so anything has to be better”, it is a lateral move at best, but one we would regret forever. 

Because the chance of a Republican winning statewide in 2014 appear to be, logically, somewhere between slim and fat chance. Its funny, because that’s about the same odds as us getting a bunch of big names in for fundraisers or for RNC staffers and national money to be airdropped in. So if we think that the RNC system we agreed to use, should be changed to do something that works for a BPOU or even if we at the State level want it to be able to perform some new specific function, the RNC isn’t going to change it just for us. Its a one size fits all solution and that’s a problem. Minnesota is a unique state.

Admittedly, I never seen or ever used the RNC system so maybe it is perfect. But what if it isn’t? What if it can’t do everything that Phoenix (whether it does it well or not) currently does for us? What if they don’t allow every single endorsed candidate to use it? During GOTV, I may or may not have seen  local volunteers deciding to add local candidates to GOTV calls. Some may have even  written the names of their County Commissioners into the script, or strayed from it in ways that would be, let’s just say, hard to explain to certain people. Some locals like to do things their own way, and more power to them, but when you buy in to someone else’s system, you work for them now. Its everything on the RNC’s terms. Go ask Bill Paulsen to tell you about the RNC… in case you missed his stump speech.

No matter whether we go 3rd party or RNC on a new database, we’d lose grassroots control and make the Republican Party at all levels virtually useless.

No more meaningful endorsements, no more database. Well what good is a state party with a 3rd party owned database who also controls the candidate selection? Do you think they will care if you endorsed someone else for Mayor, County Commissioner, or State House than they did? Do you think they would have left your phones on, if they knew you were going off script? No, they’d shut you down from DC. Your phones would go dead on GOTV weekend. There’s no incentive for big donors to give anymore. The State Party and all its affiliates would shrivel and die because, unfortunately, a platform is not enough to stand on let alone run a statewide organization on.

Plus, do you really think that they will actually give the grassroots access to the system? I’m guessing it would be read only and you won’t even be able to make changes if you find out someone is really a Democrat, but is marked as a Republican. Either way, they will have delays in updating as chances are it will be verified first. If you think Phoenix is slow, just wait until Minnesota is the lowest priority on that RNC data guy’s list and he  has a stack from every other purple or swing state ahead of Blue State Minnesota’s.

Just think about the logistics for a while folks because this will have lasting effects on the party. While we may enjoy conventions and monthly meetings, they will serve no real purpose. The people with the power and control will no longer be at those meetings.

So, on to the case for Phoenix. 

Since we own Phoenix, we can control not only who has access (as in candidates & BPOUs) but also how it works and what it can do. If there’s a problem or glitch, we can fix it. If it doesn’t do something we need it to, we can fix that. That’s something that will not be possible with the outsourcing options. Yes, it takes money to run our own database, and no it hasn’t been done that well. But just like we hastily and for suspect reasons went to Phoenix, change for change’s sake is not a good enough reason.

Phoenix isn’t perfect, it may not even be good, but its the best option we have to keeping grassroots control of our party. Its going to take work. Its going to take money and effort to get it better and the data better. But, that’s going to have to happen anyways. Someone will have to fix the data, the system, the question is, after its done, who has control of it?

The grassroots, or the people we are supped to be afraid of taking away our endorsement process?

Update 2: I’ve talked to a number of people today.  Contrary to what Ms. Anderson said, this is NOT a done deal and  most people are wondering who she was talking. Maybe this will make them realize that they shouldn’t trust her, but hey, that’s just me.

But there is something happening. And it has to. The question is about who controls controls access and how. Its become clear today that there are different tiers involved, and not everyone understand they aren’t at the head table.

I thought I had the full picture, but did not. Still don’t, but the more I learn the less worried I am. That being said, its a major change and people should be aware of what is happening.

Chose your party leaders wisely,.
I trust Keith Downey, Kelly Fenton, & Chris Fields to make the right call at the State Executive Committee level.
 

Alternate #6 Weighs In On @AlFranken & #MNGOP

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The Strib did a piece on Senator Franken and the MNGOP’s “whoas” today. They talked to Vin Webber, Pat Shortridge, Ben Golnik, and the Queen B of the Ron Paul campaign in Minnesota. She was recently deposed of a seat at the State Central Committee table by being relegated to Alternate #6 by her BPOU. Of course the Strib still found her opinion worth the ink.

The reason I am bringing this up is that her “control” in the party is diminished and a growing number of the “liberty” Republicans are helping make that happen.

You can read the story here.

More Proof That Google Should Be Feared – The Friends of Schmidt

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The Obama Brownshirts “Organizing Against America” is pushing propaganda to restrict your Constitutional Rights. Here’s a snippet from their email this morning.

Something big happened in the Senate this week:

The Judiciary Committee voted to move forward on a bill that would make universal background checks the law for all gun sales. That’s hugely important for one simple reason:

If Congress goes on to pass this bill, fewer dangerous people will be able to obtain guns. Period.

It should be a no-brainer. This is something that 92 percent of Americans — and a whopping 74 percent of NRA members — support.

So let’s get this done. We’re going to need to keep the pressure on our elected officials by raising our voices together and saying “It’s time.”

I wanted to test the notion that Google controls searches to influence your information gathering to benefit their ‘friends of Schmidt’.

I searched “NRA member poll” and was proven right of why I fear Google far more than any other company.

Let me know if you spot the scary detail considering most people use Google to make themselves more educated.

Google’s “results”

Search Results

  1. Does the NRA agree with Wayne LaPierre?

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/nra-leadership-members-divide-on-uni…

    Jan 31, 2013 – Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported requiring a background check system for all gun sales, according to a poll

  2. NRA Members strongly oppose new gun restrictions, poll finds

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/nra-members-strongly-oppose-new-gun…

    Jan 25, 2013 – The poll finds more than eight in 10 NRA members oppose bans on high- capacity ammunition clips and semi-automatic assault weapons, with 

  3. Strong Majority of Americans, NRA Members Back Gun Control – US 

    www.usnews.com › News

    Jan 28, 2013 – I do not know a single NRA member or TSRA member that supports the new proposals. If this poll was extended to Texas the must have only 

  4. Even NRA members favor sensible gun control

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media…/baltsun_121509.sht…

    A recent poll shows National Rifle Association members overwhelming favor closing Or that the same poll shows NRA members do support many pro- Second 

  5. News for nra member poll


    MSNBC
    1. Conn. Senator Murphy urges NASCAR to reconsider NRA race sponsorship [w/poll]

      Autoblog (blog) ?- 3 days ago
       to reconsider calling one of the sport’s upcoming events, the NRA 500.members” over the “proper response” to the tragic school shooting.
  6. PollNRA members strongly oppose new gun-control measures 

    thehill.com/…/279259-poll-nra-members-strongly-oppose-new-gun-…

    Jan 25, 2013 – Members of the National Rifle Association overwhelmingly oppose the gun control measures proposed last week by President Obama, 

  7. Poll finds gun owners, even NRA members, back some restrictions 

    www.reuters.com/…/us-usa-shooting-denver-guns- …

    Jul 24, 2012 – NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most gun owners – even current and formermembers of the National Rifle Association - support some firearms 

  8. PolitiFact | Rep. Jackie Speier says poll shows NRA members 

    www.politifact.com/…/rep-jackie-speier-says-poll-shows-nra-member

    Jan 23, 2013 – On the president’s list of gun-control priorities: require background checks for all gun sales. That step has widespread support, even among gun 

  9. NRA member survey: gun rights organization touts its own 98 

    www.slate.com/…/nra_member_survey_gun_rights_organiz…
    Abby Ohlheiser
    by Abby Ohlheiser - in 95 Google+ circles - More by Abby Ohlheiser

    Jan 25, 2013 – Mother Jones flagged the poll, noting that, if it’s even accurate, it corners NRA members as more extreme in their opinions than gun owners at

  10. PollNRA households support background checks – Kevin Cirilli 

    www.politico.com/…/ny-poll-big-backing-for-assault-ban-8…
    Kevin Cirilli
    by Kevin Cirilli - in 59 Google+ circles - More by Kevin Cirilli

    Jan 17, 2013 – Among those living in a household with an NRA member In New York, a separate poll found overwhelming support in New York for an 

Peter Dreier: Wayne LaPierre Does Not Speak for Most Gun Owners 

www.huffingtonpost.com/…/wayne-lapierre-nra-background-checks…

Jan 31, 2013 – Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported requiring background checks for all gun sales, according to a poll released 

And Yahoo’s

  1. NRA members strongly oppose new gun restrictions, poll finds. Posted on January 28, 2013

    www.nraila.org/news-issues/…/nra-members…poll-finds.aspx - Cached

  2. NRA Pollmembers oppose confiscatory gun policies as well as bans on high-capacity magazines and ‘assault’ weapons.

    www.guns.com/2013/01/28/nra-poll…of-10-members-oppose-a… - Cached

  3. A new poll by Republican pollster Frank Luntz reveals that NRA members and other Americans who own guns strongly support a sensible approach to gun laws that balances …

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/…/nra_member_poll.shtml - Cached

  4. Strong majorities of National Rifle Association members reject newly proposed gun restrictions, according to a survey released Thursday by the gun …

    www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/…/25/nra-members…poll-finds - Cached
    More results from washingtonpost.com »

  5. To rebut bogus surveys by pollsters on the payroll of antigun groups, NRA-ILA conducted a national scientific poll of NRA members and found near unanimity among NRA …

    www.nraila.org/…/1/survey-finds-nra-members-united.aspx - Cached

  6. After the Newtown shooting, Senator and National Rifle Association member Joe Manchin … 2011 Gallup poll but more in line with data from …

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/12/…nra-what-the-polling-shows - Cached

  7. new poll of nra members by frank luntz shows strong support for common-sense gun laws, exposing significant divide between rank-and-file members and nra leadership

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/pr006… - Cached

  8. Members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) overwhelmingly oppose the gun-control measures proposed last week by President Obama, according to a survey released …

    thehill.com/…/279259-poll-nra-members-strongly-oppose… - Cached

  9. New Poll Of NRA Members By Frank Luntz Shows Strong Support For Common-Sense Gun Laws, Exposing Significant Divide Between Rank-And-File Members And NRALeadership …

    gunshowtrader.com/news/new-poll-of-nra-members-by-frank… - Cached

  10. “Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check.” Jackie Speier on Tuesday, January …

    www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jan/23/… - Cached

BING

 

Notice anything? Notice what is missing from Google’s results? 

The Biggest Threat To My Freedom Is My Government

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Stand and Fight

 

Minnesota’s Democrats Fail Prosperity Testing

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Americans for Prosperity released their scorecard for Congress. Minnesota’s Democrats received a failing grade. LINK

NAME STATE DISTRICT PARTY CURRENT GRADE LIFETIME GRADE
Sen. Al Franken MN D 6% 2%
Sen. Amy Klobuchar MN D 3% 2%
Rep. Michele Bachmann MN 6 R 89% 96%
Rep. Chip Cravaack MN 8 R 73% 73%
Rep. Keith Ellison MN 5 D 19% 6%
Rep. John Kline MN 2 R 68% 77%
Rep. Betty McCollum MN 4 D 11% 4%
Rep. Collin Peterson MN 7 D 32% 33%
Rep. Erik Paulsen MN 3 R 68% 68%
Rep. Tim Walz MN 1 D 9% 4%

Here’s a list of the issues they used to create the scorecard.

Emperor Obama’s Gun Grabbing Thugs Coming To A Town Near Me

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

If President Obama spent half the time fixing the economy as he did campaigning….

Via the Emperor’s email:

So this Friday, February 22nd, Organizing for Action volunteers all around the country are participating in a Day of Action focused on one simple goal: get Congress to pass legislation to require universal background checks and remove loopholes.

There’s an event near you in Minneapolis – will you be there?

Here are the details:

What: Day of Action event in Minneapolis

Where: 300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

When: Friday, February 22nd
2:00 pm

The President has already taken key steps, but Congress needs to act, and we need to demand it.

Requiring background checks for all gun sales is a common-sense solution that 92 percent of Americans, 89 percent of Republicans, and 74 percent of NRA members support. We’ve got to keep firearms from getting into the wrong hands — and this is a crucial first step.

Maybe some law abiding citizens should show up and infiltrate the movement to fundamentally transform America.