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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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Fear Them Damn Gun Owners and Tea Baggers

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

But President Obama and Holder fear homegrown terrorists like the Tea Party and gun owners….

  • TWO SOURCES tell Fox News that Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Somali-American man from Minneapolis, died fighting with ISIS in Syria in the same battle that killed fellow American Douglas McAuthur McCain. [Source Fox News]

I’m sure we’ll be seeing another war on women ad blitz that was crafted on the 10th hole of some golf course soon before we start to take the growing threat of a true global terror war catching on in the American voter’s consciousness.

13% Decide Fate of 27,000 – Home Care Workers Forced To Join Union

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Mark Dayton and the DFL have made good on one of their (secret) campaign promises. They have successfully unionized home health care workers”. The name of the companies that the these new union members have organized against remains to be seen. But Dayton’s election machine called SEIU now has almost 27,000 new dues paying members.

But let’s analyze the results because the media loves to talk about low turnout in Republican Primaries.

Photo from twitter was source. Actual handwritten results.


Eligible 26977
Cast 5872
Spoiled 7
Blank 16
Yes 3543
No 2306

Of the 5872 votes cast, 60% did vote to unionize. But of the eligible voters only 13% wanted to unionize. Only 21.7% bothered to vote. Yep, that’s right, no threshold was required to decide the fate of 27,000 people.

Yes, forced unionization is determined by those who show up, but this just highlights how political this entire payback to a DFL special interest group was.

SEIU gets 27,000 new dues paying members. That’s a huge addition to the DFL election machine’s war chest and a sad state of how our Republic is run.

Google Kills Birds in CA, But Promotes How Evil Vikes Stadium ??

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Big BrotherFor those that know me well, they know I really don’t like Google. Their bogus (pay to stay) search results and all seeing eye of an information gatekeeping empire should scare the living begeebus out of every American. They get special treatment from the US Government because they cooperate with them like a good fascist company would do. Oh and they lean left too.

But I was not aware that not only do they have the pay to stay web search billion dollar business model that also selectively editorializes web traffic, but Google also owns a solar energy  farm that is killing birds.

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. –  A new form of solar energy is having an unwanted side effect: It makes some birds ignite in midair.

California’s energy commission is studying the issue of bird deaths at a new kind of solar plant that works with concentrated sun rays. The technology has proved unexpectedly deadly to birds at a new solar plant in the Mojave Desert. It’s owned by Google and two California energy companies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is urging the state to hold off on permitting another plant of the same kind. It wants more study of what it says is the significant number of birds igniting and falling as they fly above the plant.

Anyone wanna bet that since Google is reaping profits from COUGH subsidized COUGH solar energy that this would potentially color their search engine rankings on energy production as a whole? Dare I say they maybe even venture into activism by spiking stories on traditional fossil fuel energy sources from search results?

After all, any for profit company would do everything within its power to hurt the competition – with in the bounds of the law of course. Did I meant I think they get special treatment from the US Government?

As to the Vikings’ reference…. Google: bird deaths minnesota and you’ll be directed to a list of stories about how the new Vikings’ stadium “may” be dangerous for birds. Meanwhile, Google’s solar plant in CA is frying birds in mid air. Do as the liberals say, not as they do….

Time to take the tin foil hat off and get to work so I can pay my taxes so we can subsidize Google’s bird killing solar power farm.

Can a private company violate your 4th amendment rights? Or only Government?

Let’s Talk About Turnout And Local Election Cowardice

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Yesterday Minneapolis’ new Mayor Betsy Hodges released her first budget plan that includes a 2.4% increase. How can she be newly elected if the 2014 elections haven’t taken place? Because Minneapolis, like a host of other cities and school taxing districts hold their elections in the odd numbered years when turnout is dismal. They rely on this low turn out to pass tax increases and avoid higher Republican turn out in normal election years to elect liberal Democrats who tax and spend.

Let’s take a look at the Minneapolis numbers since 1968. (Available here pdf)

Presidential Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1968 258,030 N/A 194,694 75%
1972 269,086 N/A 198,045 74%
1976 255,493 38,760 201,135 68%
1980 249,437 45,092 201,189 68%
1984 254,198 36,318 200,238 69%
1988 235,212 36,967 185,329 68%
1992 232,250 39,156 186,438 69%
1996 209,079 30,784 163,110 68%
2000 212,604 46,627 175,191 68%
2004 238,848 48,611 201,672 70%
2008 240,022 50,505 208,973 72%
2012 214,003 50,668 215,804 81%
Average 70.83%
Federal, State County Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1970 227,745 N/A 153,299 67%
1974 243,583 12,400 127,206 50%
1978 237,026 19,057 153,975 60%
1982 244,076 26,003 168,025 62%
1986 231,980 10,934 112,632 46%
1990 225,048 22,074 150,476 61%
1994 219,550 14,863 127,165 54%
1998 227,894 26,103 141,540 62%
2002 219,834 32,869 155,464 62%
2006 226,585 28,907 149,318 66%
2010 227,024 24,985 140,363 56%
Average 58.73%
Off Year City Elections
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1979 240,743 7,955 114,079 46%
1981 235,544 8,533 108,329 44%
1983 241,624 2,789 61,312 25%
1985 241,727 2,178 54,541 22%
1987* 212,282 1,206 33,836 16%
1989 219,276 2,281 58,651 26%
1991* 224,792 513 12,670 6%
1993 222,101 8,501 104,626 45%
1995* 203,223 10,138 26,106 12%
1997 200,311 7,839 96,722 46%
1999* 204,363 706 23,323 11%
2001 217,802 5,976 89,927 40%
2005 229,593 5,579 70,987 30%
2009** 231,078 2,950 45,968 20%
2013** 233,351 6,634 80,099 33%
Average 28.13%
* School Board only election in years 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999
 **Ranked Choice Voting, no Primary

The election for one of the largest and most powerful cities in Minnesota is held in the ultra low turnout off year election. Democrats don’t care about how the decision about who runs Minneapolis or other cities across Minnesota are hidden in off year elections. They also love how a lot of school districts put their tax levies in these off years when they know there will be low turnout.

There is a 30 to 40% drop in turnout from general elections to off year elections. Just over a quarter of registered voters decide the fate of Minneapolis.

If people think low turnout is supposed to be a statement of voter enthusiasm, why is there not outrage over the decision to hide municipal elections in off years when turnout is repeatedly so dismal?

The population of Minneapolis is about 400,000 but only 40,000 voted for the Mayor.  (give or take its really impossible to know now with Ranked Choice Voting, just look at these MN SOS website results and try to figure out how many votes Hodges actually got). 2013 Minneapolis turnout was just 33% with a total of 80,000 of the city’s voters bothering to show up and vote. In theory, Hodges received 50% of that 80,000.

Is a Mayor who receives just 10% of the population’s vote really worthy of dictating tax increases and setting spending priorities?

When Democrats care about low turnout in their own back yard, maybe I’ll take them seriously. Same for the media, when they highlight the dismal lack of support the mayor of Minneapolis really has, I’ll take them seriously when they crunch the numbers on Republican turnout out in a Primary.

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn – Post Primary Caviling

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

cavil |?kav?l| verb [ no obj.] make petty or unnecessary objections:

I’m fairly confident some people were rooting for Jeff Johnson to lose last night. Not because they supported another candidate in the Republican Governor Primary, but because they wanted to see the Republican Party and its grassroots activist driven endorsing process to fail.

Jeff Johnson won, and some people are trying to paint “low turnout” on the GOP side as proof the endorsing system is still a failure. The media is also glomming on to this as a way to help undermine Johnson’s chances against DFL Governor Mark ‘Give Me A Minute So I Can Change My Mind’ Dayton in November.

All the focus on failure is on Republican turnout.

2010 GOP
Candidate Totals
OLE’ SAVIOR AND TODD “ELVIS” ANDERSON 4396
LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8598
BOB CARNEY JR AND WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY 9856
TOM EMMER AND ANNETTE T. MEEKS 107558
Total 130408
2014 GOP 
 Candidate  Totals
  MARTY SEIFERT AND PAM MYHRA 38798
  KURT ZELLERS AND DEAN SIMPSON 43991
  MERRILL ANDERSON AND MARK ANDERSON 7008
  JEFF JOHNSON AND BILL KUISLE 55813
  SCOTT HONOUR AND KARIN HOUSLEY 38331
Total 183941

Wait, the GOP turned out 53,000 more voters than in 2010.

I think why you see some people trying to paint the narrative of GOP voter apathy is because DFL apathy has reached toxic levels.

2010 DFL
Candidate Totals
MARGARET ANDERSON KELLIHER AND JOHN GUNYOU 175767
PETER IDUSOGIE AND LADY JAYNE FONTAINE 3123
MATT ENTENZA AND ROBYNE ROBINSON 80509
MARK DAYTON AND YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON 182738
Total 442137
2014 DFL  Totals
  BILL DAHN AND JAMES VIGLIOTTI 4896
  LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8529
  MARK DAYTON AND TINA SMITH 177737
Total 191162

The DFL saw a 251,000 drop off in voter turnout and barely drew more voters than the GOP in 2014.

If voter and most importantly DFL activists and supporters were proud of the work that Dayton and DFL leaders have accomplished in the last 4 years, there would not have been such a huge drop in turnout. We are talking over 50% drop off in turnout. Don’t forget, Dayton won with only 43% in the 2010 General election. An election that as also plagued with low turnout of only 55% overall. AKA: Dayton actually only had 25% of eligible voters want him to be Governor.

RF Flashback: Mr. 25% Governor Dayton- La La La La La La La

The bottom line: Republican turnout was higher than 2010, DFL turnout was down over 50% from 2010.

While Republican turnout was lower then I’d like, the overall numbers reveal to me that the DFL has a huge enthusiasm problem and I sure like Johnson’s chances.

Obama’s Latest Marxist Usurpation

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…..

No one is willing to look at the reasons why a business is leaving the US. Instead Obama is trying to claim ownership of private property. AKA: Confiscate it. That’s what a Marxist would do. Via Minnpost

“Retroactive,” no less.Jim Spencer in the Strib reports, “The Obama administration wants to stop corporate deals like a proposed Medtronic acquisition that could enable the company to save millions in U.S. taxes by shifting its headquarters to Ireland. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew this week urged the finance committees of both chambers of Congress to push legislation that restricts the ability of U.S. corporations to move their headquarters abroad to lower their tax bills. Lew wants the law made retroactive to May, a move that could scuttle Medtronic’s proposed $42.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Covidien.” It’ll be fascinating to see who opposes that one.

I’m pretty sure its unConstitutional to pass a law aimed specifically at a person or designated persons, but the Constitution is treated like a sneeze guard, not barrier to out of control Government in the United States of America.

The only people that can do wrong in Obama’s America are businesses and corporations.

This Republic is in serious trouble if these long train of abuses and usurpations continue.

Vote Early Minnesota!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Now that we have “no excuse absentee voting” anyone can vote in the Primary or General election with out the nuisance of going to your poll and actually interacting with the world around you…..

I just requested my absentee ballots and you should too. Please go here and find out how and share with your friends, family, and co-workers.

We can win back this state if we can get people to go back to voting. Its up to each and every one of us!

No seriously, don’t wait, don’t do it later. Request your absentee ballot and fill it out and send it back the day it arrives. No more excuses!
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Every vote counts and is needed to defeat Dayton, Franken, and retake the Minnesota house! 

(PS: Don’t be an idiot and waste your vote on some 3rd party protest thing. Remember Al Franken won by just 312 votes and Mark Dayton won by only 8000.)

Voting like a teenage prankster has consequences and we are all paying for it. 

$2.1 Billion a month – Where Does the Obamacare Bribe Money Come From?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The same people who refuse to repair that crumbling bridge your kid’s school bus crosses everyday because they say they just don’t have enough revenue coming in yet, wants to run your health care. Many of us pointed out the flawed funding formulas and unsustainability of unicorn farts and happy thoughts fueling the drive before and after the law was rushed through Congress without anyone even reading the bill, but we were scoffed at and told we were just mean bad people.

Well, it looks like the mean bad people were the ones lying to implement the hoax that is now Obamacare.

The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.

90% of the signups had to be bribed into doing so. Where does that bribe money come from people?

Premiums that normally would have cost $346 a month on average instead cost consumers just $82, with the federal government picking up the balance of the bill.

8 million Obamacare enrollees X $264 subsidized monthly premium (aka bribe) = $2,112,000,000  A MONTH

Oh the math gets far worse….

That total does not count the additional cost of providing coverage to millions of additional consumers who bought coverage in states that ran their own marketplaces, including California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York. About a third of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage this year used a state-run marketplace.

The fact is no one really knows.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the annual cost of subsidies will rise to $23 billion next year and $95 billion in 2024, although the budget office continued to project that all the law’s costs will be offset by additional revenue it raises and by cuts in other federal healthcare spending.

But hey, don’t worry, we’ll make up for it in other areas….

Which gets me back to that crumbling bridge they say they don’t have the money to fix.

Folks, someday, you will be that bridge that they can’t afford to fix if you allow Government to take over your health care system.

Emmer Hits Ground Running With Key New Endorsements

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Tom Emmer earns more key Legislative endorsements in his campaign to replace Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

The Emmer for Congress campaign released several more legislative endorsements today. Senator Roger Chamberlain, Representative Tim Sanders, Representative Matt Dean, Representative Tim O’Driscoll and Minority Leader Kurt Daudt all gave their full support and endorsement to Tom Emmer’s campaign in the Sixth District. In total, 22 legislators who represent Sixth District constituents have endorsed Emmer.

Emmer said, “I’m so grateful for the support from Senator Chamberlain, and Representatives Sanders, Dean, O’Driscoll and Daudt. Our campaign only continues to grow in support from local leaders like these, and I’m honored to call them part of my team.”

A full list of state legislators follows:

Senator Dave Brown (15)
Representative Tama Theis (14A)
Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (30)
Senator Michelle Benson (31)
Representative Ernie Leidiger (47A)
Representative Bob Dettmer (39A)
Representative Tom Hackbarth (31B)
Representative David FitzSimmons (30B)
Representative Nick Zerwas (30A)
Representative Marion O’Neill (29B)
Representative Joe McDonald (29A)
Representative Jim Newberger (15B)
Representative Jeff Howe (13A)
Senator Karin Housley (39)
Senator Scott Newman (18)
Senator Branden Petersen (35)
Senator Bruce Anderson (29)
Senator Roger Chamberlain (38)
Representative Tim Sanders (37B)
Representative Matt Dean (38B)
Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (31A)
Representative Tim O’Driscoll (13B)

Major new endorsements if you look into their past and geographical base. I’m so proud to see Emmer bringing Republicans together to win. A strong unified force in the 6th District plays a key role to supporting Republicans in the General election and to defeating Democrats on the ballot, which should be any Republican’s primary objective. 

Despicable Marty

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Despicable-Me-2Its no secret that I can’t stand Marty Seifert and his antics. I haven’t tried to hide it because I think he displays everything that is wrong with politicians and is not worthy of holding let alone seeking public office. Before the convention in Rochester, I thought he was one of the most selfish candidates around who was willing to do and say anything to help himself no matter the effects on the Republican Party. After Rochester, I feel 150% proven right that Marty Seifert is a Despicable Republican.

After his 2010 endorsement loss, Seifert disappeared for the next 3 years. He only popped up again when his 2014 campaign needed to get started. His dishonest entry into the 2013 State Central Committee straw poll was just the beginning. He organized a write in campaign but claimed he had nothing to do with it. The hints of the same old Marty were clear to people like me.

As the 2014 endorsing campaign dragged out, the same old Seifert was back. Sure he claimed he was a new man and his old tactics were behind him. He blamed his 2010 negative campaign tactics on consultants and his absence from Party politics was due to his job. But he was still spreading lies and misleading Delegates about his opponents and his absence was clearly more about not bothering to help since his name wasn’t on the ballot in 2010 or 2012. His selfishness consumes him.

After witnessing Seifert’s 2014 campaign up to this convention, all of my reservations towards Seifert were confirmed and I still couldn’t stand him or imagine him as the endorsed Republican candidate for Governor. But somehow Seifert managed to make me hate him even more with what he did at the end of the convention.

I went into the convention a supporter of Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson. We fought a long and hard race over the last year. After the 3rd ballot it was clear that it could be a long day and we could have dragged it out so that there wouldn’t be an endorsement. But Team Thompson knew that was not going to be good for the party. We needed an endorsement and Jeff Johnson was worthy of it.

If you heard Sen. Osmek describe the back room happenings while waiting for the 3rd ballot results on Up and At ‘Em this morning, there was a roar in the Thompson War Room, and then Dave emerged with tears in his eyes. I was in that room. We cheered and thanked Dave, Michelle, and their families for fighting a good fight, but for also doing what was right for the party.

I immediately went up to a friend of mine on the Johnson campaign and said, “OK, get me a red shirt.” His eyes nearly popped out of his head and he barged into their war room and dug through boxes to find one for me. I threw it on and went out onto the floor as Dave Thompson took the stage. My headset off, tears in my eyes, it was now time for us to unite behind Johnson. It was time to do what was right for the party.

Dave Thompson gave a concession speech that made me realize that I had been helping the right guy to this point because in the end of the day it was never about Dave or Michelle, it was about us as a party. Thompson withdrew and endorsed Jeff Johnson.

But then Marty Seifert did something despicable.

 

From MPR’s Catherine Richert:

On the third ballot, Seifert had about 27 percent of the vote. Instead of withdrawing as Thompson did, Seifert told the crowd he would be competing in the primary.

He also said his delegates were free to go home.

“Instead of dragging things out, taking your time, keeping you here, I am going to decide that my delegates can be released to go home and go get your sleep,” Seifert said.

Critics said the tactic was meant to shut down the convention without an endorsement.

“Out of respect for you, the delegates, I’m here to say, ‘that was uncalled for,’” said party chair Keith Downey minutes after Seifert made his speech.

Seifert did try to block the endorsement by telling his people to leave. I has Seifert staffers pass by me telling their supporters not to vote and to leave. You see, if the total number of ballots cast fell short of a certain number, even if Johnson did get 60% on the vote, it may have meant the endorsement wouldn’t stand.

Marty Seifert showed his true colors this weekend. Unlike the selfishness of Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour who didn’t even try to run an endorsement campaign and participate in the convention, Seifert did. For reasons I can’t imagine, some Delegates and local party leaders like him and remain loyal to him. Seifert’s ego and self absorption were at war with the Republican Party of Minnesota. Marty Seifert embodies everything that is wrong with politicians.

The selfish act of telling his supporters to leave and dragging out his speech to give them time to depart in an attempt to block the endorsement of Johnson was one of the most selfish and destructive things I’ve seen in my decade of party activity.

Well, Marty Seifert you lost and proved all of your critics right. Jeff Johnson is endorsed. All resources of the Party are now at his disposal, and in my opinion that includes local officers and events.  Seifert’s selfish act raises serious concerns and problems that could result in divisions that could cost us Legislative and CD elections. Will he continue his selfish drive to make it all about himself risking the CD7 Race, picking up State House seats, and electing Mike McFadden over Franken by telling his supporters not to help the party? I’ve already heard he made a threat before the convention that if he didn’t win, he was going to prevent his volunteers from helping the party locally.

I shot this video of Sefiert at a BPOU meeting in April. Seifert tells local Party leaders what to do should he not receive the endorsement. Was he being honest or saying what they wanted to hear?