Party of Personal Responsiblity Wants a Cram-down

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Apr 252012
Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol Building

It seems the Minnesota Republican Party is broke…or at least decided they no longer have to pay bills. So what is their solution? The don’t pay the rent on their office space a few blocks from the Minnesota Capital Building for eight months, get an eviction notice, and then try to negotiate a “cram-down” of their rent. You know, something like what they wouldn’t ever support giving to the rest of under-class people. CNN has the story:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s debt-plagued Republican Party has been served with an eviction notice for its party headquarters after failing to pay its rent payments since August.

The party’s landlord filed the notice last week in Ramsey County court and it is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday.

Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge told party members in a memo Thursday that officials are trying to renegotiate the lease to get one that better fits space and cost needs.

The story goes on to report the Minnesota GOP owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to vendors. Ouch!

Letter to Congresswoman Michele Bachman

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Mar 272009

Hon. Michele Bachman
United States House of Representatives
107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congresswoman Bachman:

You recently made the following comments, on air, on the Sean Hannity Radio Show:

“At this point the American people – it’s like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point, Sean, of revolution. And by that, what I mean, an orderly revolution — where the people of this country wake up get up and make a decision that this is not going to happen on their watch. It won’t be our children and grandchildren that are in debt. It is we who are in debt, we who will be bankrupting this country, inside of ten years, if we don’t get a grip. And we can’t let the Democrats achieve their ends any longer.”

I would remind you that words, especially from a public official have consequences, and further, point out that 18 U.S.C. § 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government, states in pertinent part:

“Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.”

I believe your actions constitute advocating the duty, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the United States government. The use of the word “orderly” does not provide a legal shield, as the “orderly” changing of government happens during elections, of which there has recently been one.

Unless you can offer a reasonable explanation for this call to overthrow the current government, it is my intention, as a proud citizen of this country, to formally request that the local State Attorney here, and the United States Attorney immediately launch investigations into your treasonous rhetoric.

I look forward to hearing your explanation for your advocacy.

Sep 012008

Leading up to the Rethuglican National Convention in St. Paul, the federal government is leading local law enforcement in a disturbing number of high profile raids on homes and protesters. Most disturbing is the show of force involved in these raids, and the lack of evidence of any intent to commit any violence (other than protesting the state the Rethuglican have put the country in). Of course, trying to squelch these protests would be a violation of the Constitution. China has no Constitutional Protections, yet all the main stream media here in the U.S. was hand wringing over China’s efforts to quell protests during the Olympics…yet nary a peep from them about what’s going on in St. Paul.

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent article about all this on Sadly, he makes the very valid point that we are basically getting what we deserve here, and that the great tradition on which this country was founded seems lost on us today. Notes Greenwald:

So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do. And as extraordinary as that conduct is, more extraordinary is the fact that they have received virtually no attention from the national media and little outcry from anyone. And it’s not difficult to see why. As the recent “overhaul” of the 30-year-old FISA law illustrated — preceded by the endless expansion of surveillance state powers, justified first by the War on Drugs and then the War on Terror — we’ve essentially decided that we want our Government to spy on us without limits. There is literally no police power that the state can exercise that will cause much protest from the political and media class and, therefore, from the citizenry.

Beyond that, there is a widespread sense that the targets of these raids deserve what they get, even if nothing they’ve done is remotely illegal. We love to proclaim how much we cherish our “freedoms” in the abstract, but we despise those who actually exercise them. The Constitution, right in the very First Amendment, protects free speech and free assembly precisely because those liberties are central to a healthy republic — but we’ve decided that anyone who would actually express truly dissident views or do anything other than sit meekly and quietly in their homes are dirty trouble-makers up to no good, and it’s therefore probably for the best if our Government keeps them in check, spies on them, even gets a little rough with them.

Greenwald links to a number of articles, many with videos, of these displays of force. If you care about America, I suggest you read the article, and contact your Congressional representatives and demand better. If you live in Ramsey County, MN, demand the removal from office of Judge Joanne M. Smith, if, as It appears from the video below, that she may be the person signing at least some of the illegal search warrants. This is what disturbs me the most…that the FBI is able to get these search warrants. Judges are supposed to hold a high standard, but look to be falling right in line, and not  requiring any real probable cause.


So, they can hold these people for 36 hours…starting after today’s holiday, and then manage to keep a little longer as they are processed for release, and by then the Rethuglican Convention is over. Then, the local prosecutors will drop all the charges, maybe issue some mild apology about inconveniencing people, and then say they’ll investigate what happened, and that will be the last you hear of it. The Administration knows this is how it will work, and are using the process to prevent protest.

Aug 102007

This guy just never stops. According to the Twin City Daily Planet, “Rev.” Fred Phelps and his flock will be going to Minnesota to protest at the funerals of the victims of the bridge collapse. Phelps has decided that God made the bridge collapse he hates America and he especially hates Minnesota because of it’s tolerance for gay people.

Shirley Phelps Roper, who is both the daughter of the pastor and one of the attorneys for the church, said that America, and Minnesota especially, have alienated God by its tolerance for homosexuality, and that the bridge collapse was an act of God’s vengeance. She said:

“The bridge stood in place by the word of God and it fell by the word of God…Each of these little events is just a harbinger of the coming destruction of this American experiment. We are delivering the final call of the doomed nation.”

What a sad bunch of small people. My question all along has been, where do these people get the money for this. Someone out there has to be a big benefactor.

Lutheran Church Denies Services To Transgendered Person

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Apr 122006

Hat tip to Pam’s House Blend for this story. It appeared in Agape Press.

Officials in one Minnesota county are punishing a church for taking a stand against sexual deviance. A report from Associated Press says Anoka County officials are refusing to send any more clients to a church that denied day care to a trans-sexual client. The county’s social services department has been sending disabled senior citizens and other vulnerable adults who need care during the day to Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis.

Photo of John Maxfield, Assoc. PastorBut the conservative Missouri Synod church turned away a client who had undergone surgery to be changed from a man into a woman. Associate pastor John Maxfield says the man’s decision is “contrary to God’s revealed will” — and now his church is paying the price for its stand. “The county has basically said that if we would like to continue the contract with new clients,” the pastor explains, “we would have to sign a non-discrimination policy that included sexual orientation — and that would violate our theological beliefs.” Maxfield notes that although the church is losing a lot of money by taking this stand, obedience to God’s Word is more important. He also believes other churches involved with government-funded programs will face similar challenges.

(Maybe it’s just me, but in the photo of the Assoc. Pastor, it sure looks like he has something shoved up his butt.)

I’m also trying to figure out this whole thing of how the church is “losing a lot of money by taking this stand.” I assume that means the Church was making money before on this program. To me, “making money” means profit. So what kind of scam has this church been running? Are they enjoying tax exempt status, even though they may be operating as a profit making business. Hummm…maybe there’s a call to the IRS in all this. A little scrutiny never hurt anyone.

I wrote Mr. Maxfield the following email. If he happens to respond, I’ll post his response.

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