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UPDATE — This morning I noticed Lieutenant General Robert Gard, whom Sheila trashed on her blog, was published in Defense One; The Good General’s article is entitled “The One Thing The U.S. Can’t Train The Iraqi Army To Do”. It’s a good read – much better than the divisive tripe Sheila wrote, and it’s an excellent example of why reasonable people don’t need unreasonable people like Sheila Kihne in government. — TPT

Sheila Kihne, Republican Candidate for State Representative (HD48B), had a blog. Two of them, actually. One is still up, it’s called “The Activist Next Door”. The other, picking up where the first left off, is not. Which makes sense; Sheila is mounting a primary challenge on August 12th on the basis of her incumbent’s “record” – and it’s always convenient for a challenger when the incumbent has a record but the challenger does not. A record, like, say, that cute little picture, to the right that adorned Sheila’s blog – “No Liberals Allowed” – which pretty much sums up Sheila.

Except, Sheila DOES have a record – it’s her record of her thoughts that she put into words on her blogs. And through the wonderful technology of The WayBack Machine, all those posts never really went away.

Some of Kihne’s writings are simply bizarre; such as the one where she seems to advocate a voting Poll Tax on poor people, or her “welfare to work” treatise, “My Redistribution Plan”. My personal favorite, from Sheila’s “plan”? Number 5:

5. you will not own any of the following items (if you do, you’ll immediately sell them) an iPod, a flat screen television, video games, a computer or any designer clothing


After all, everyone knows it’s super easy to prepare resumes and find a new and/or better job without a computer, yes?

As bizarre as those ones are, this blogpost jumped out:

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Military is Saving Lives by Going Green

by Grace Kelly on February 18, 2014 · 1 comment

A report for the army found that in 5 years, over 3000 service members had been killed or wounded in convoys. The numbers of convoys are reduced by using solar power instead of gas generators. One test setup showed that gas usage by generators was reduced by 80%. Energy is conserved by using IED lights instead of incandescent lights. The need for trucked-in water is reduced by filtering water. The military is saving lives by going green.


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Michele Bachmann greets vets at the World War Two Memorial on the second day of the government shutdown in WashingtonLast week I wrote about the effects SNAP cuts would have Minnesota families. But veteran and active duty military are affected, too.
Republicans never miss an opportunity for a photo standing next to a vet, but they always fail when it comes to helping active duty and vets.
Anyone remember Rumsfeld sending troops into Afghanistan and Iraq without adequate helmet protection? With Humvees that weren’t able to withstand IED explosions? Remember how the Bush Administration narrowed the definition of PTSD and gutted the VA?
Now this:

About 900,000 veterans and 5,000 active duty troops face cuts in their food stamp benefits beginning Thursday as $5 billion is automatically trimmed from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program for low-income families.
“The coming benefit cut will reduce SNAP benefits, which are already modest, for all households by 7 percent on average, or about $10 per person per month,” according to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

First of all, it’s a ****ing disgrace that families of active duty soldiers are on SNAP. Secondly, 900,000 people who sacrificed for our country, and many of whom are broken from it, are getting their meager benefits cut?
Here’s what burns me up even more:

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Five Things We Need to Know About the “Fiscal Cliff”

by Professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on December 11, 2012 · 1 comment

Military Spending, Strategic Deficits, and Other Crimes:  Five Things We Need to Know About the “Fiscal Cliff”

“The key fact in the new development of plutocracy [government controlled by wealth] is that it will use its own blunder as an excuse for further crimes.”  
G.K. Chesterton

The first thing we need to know is that the fiscal cliff is an aspect of a larger false narrative that focuses on deficits and debt without addressing actual causes, including both militarism and the role and intent of deficit politics.  

The fiscal cliff has little to do with deficits and everything to do with politics, particularly a thirty year strategy by Republicans from Reagan on to intentionally run-up debts and deficits (they call them “strategic deficits”) in order to gut social programs.  Economist Paul Krugman writes that “the deficit-scold movement was never really about the deficit.  Instead, it was about using deficit fears to shred the social safety net.”    
And economist Joseph Stiglitz writes that “the deficit reduction agenda, at least in the United States,…is an attempt to weaken social protections, reduce the progressivity in the tax system, and shrink the role and size of government-all while leaving established interests, like the military-industrial complex, as little-affected as possible.”
Second, we hear constantly that there will be dire consequences if our leaders don’t act promptly to avoid the fiscal cliff and sequestration but an even greater threat is that enough Democrats, including President Obama, will act based on faulty narratives.  

This would allow previous blunders (disastrous wars, inflated military spending, tax breaks for the wealthy, and other policies intended to drive up debt and deficits) to serve as pretexts for additional crimes (cutting Social Security, food stamps, and Medicare).

At present, Social Security contributes nothing to the deficit and runs a surplus that will allow it to pay all promised benefits through 2038.  Even if we do nothing at all Social Security will be able to pay 81 percent of promised benefits after 2038 into the indefinite future.  Full benefits could be paid indefinitely if we simply raise the amount of income subjected to the social security tax above its present threshold of $106,800.

The budget implications of Medicare are more serious but the solution isn’t to keep seniors out of the system by raising the eligibility age requirement and pushing them into more expensive private care.  The solution is to allow Medicare to bargain over drug prices, and to establish a Medicare for all system that would dramatically reduce health care costs, improve health outcomes, and solve many of the “budget problems” that are in fact projections based on continuation of our dysfunctional for profit health care system..  

Third, in order to avoid “solutions” and “compromises” that amount to future crimes it is necessary that we address the actual causes of present and longer term budget problems.  
Some of the main causal factors that have led to the fiscal cliff include:  Republican use of strategic deficits; war costs; inflated pentagon spending, unfair tax policies, corporate subsidies, a broken health-care system, inequality, and a deep recession caused by Wall Street speculators.    

Fourth, although debt and deficit issues are challenging, with better priorities and better policies it would be relatively easy to resolve the nation’s short and long term fiscal issues in ways that improve quality of life.  

There are many scenarios that make it clear that our task is a lot easier than you might think given the doomsday rhetoric surrounding the fiscal cliff and sequestration.    

• “America Is Not Broke,” a policy paper from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), examines a combination of budget cuts and revenue increases totaling $824 billion a year.  Addressing what it calls the “misplaced obsession with our national debt and austerity” the IPS report identifies savings and revenues of $197 from taxing pollution and cutting environmentally damaging subsidies, $252 billion in military spending cuts, and $375 billion in revenues from taxing Wall Street, corporations, and the wealthy.  

• “The People’s Budget” from the Congressional Progressive Caucus eliminates the deficit in ten years by ending wars, reducing military spending, enacting meaningful health-care reforms, and implementing fair taxation (

• Eliminating tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans would increase revenue by more than $80 billion a year ($800 billion over ten years).

• Congressman Keith Ellison’s bill, HR 6411, (the Inclusive Prosperity Act) would place a small tax on financial transactions and would raise $350 billion a year, with the added benefit of discouraging damaging speculation.  

Finally, we can move from deficits and managing austerity to real policy solutions that build a high quality of life on a fiscally sound foundation if we dramatically reduce wasteful spending for militarism and war.  

There are three good reasons to do so.  First, significant cuts would enhance national security.  Second, Jessie James said he robbed banks because that’s where the money was.  In a similar way, there are hundreds of billions of dollars squandered each year on reckless, wasteful military spending.  A third reason to cut the military portion of the budget is because military spending is bad for the economy.  Military spending creates relatively few jobs per billion dollars spent and military budget cuts have fewer negative economic social impacts than equal cuts in non-defense programs.  Economists at the University of Massachusetts concluded that $1 billion devoted to military production creates about 11,000 jobs whereas $1 billion spent on education creates 29,000 jobs.  

Economist Jeffrey Sachs offers a brief summary of the benefits and possibilities of significant cuts to the military budget:
“We are squandering trillions of dollars in useless wars, breaking the budget and the national morale in the process.  By ending these futile wars and redirecting our energies to the core reasons for conflict-widespread insecurity, extreme poverty, a scramble for resources, and rising environmental stresses-we will enhance our security at a tiny fraction of today’s military outlays.  By 2015, we should be able to slash the military budget by at least half, from 5 percent of GDP to between 2 and 3 percent of GDP, and redirect a part of those savings to better investments in global stability.”

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday December 7, 2012 passed the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project Resolution ( to shift spending priorities from war and militarization to meeting essential needs.  Join our efforts by bringing the resolution to your city council or other group.  

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Military spending remains insane

by Dan Burns on December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

There’s a budget crisis?

For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets – as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors. The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion. This is $17 billion more than the Pentagon asked for. It passed 98-0. It now goes to a conference with the bill passed by the GOP-led House, which costs $3 billion MORE. The White House threatened to veto the bill over the budget overages…

$1.1B of that, or more, would sure come in handy for Minnesota.  And I’d argue that we deserve it, after all the years of sending more to the feds than we take in, in order to keep the red states from complete collapse as a result of their failed conservative policies.


A Quick Thought On Veterans Day, 2012

by TwoPuttTommy on November 11, 2012 · 0 comments

Once a month, Members of the Military Order of the Cootie from the George R. Wolff VFW Post #425 visit the Minneapolis Veterans Home to play bingo with the Ladies and Gentlemen that reside there. I was asked to fill in one time, and on the
way out I noticed this picture on the wall, of the USS Grenadier. My father-in-law, Robert I. Merson, served 5 war patrols on this submarine – and survived a depth charge attack on one of those patrols. He finished his career pushing boots at Great Lakes. It is today, on Veterans Day, that we remember those who served, and give special thanks to those that served and gave all in service of this great Country, the United States of America.


Yesterday, the City of Minneapolis released a report on the effects of the Republican’s Voter ID constitutional amendment. Unlike Ramsey County’s analysis, they weren’t willing to make any guesses about how much it would cost to implement. The reason is there are just too many unknowns.

Any analysis of Minnesota’s proposed amendment is speculative at this point due to the vague ballot language and the need for more precise implementation, funding, and operational regulations. As a result, this report is not intended to be comprehensive but rather it seeks to outline the potential impacts to the City of Minneapolis and its voters, should the amendment be adopted.

They estimate Voter ID would affect 215,000 voters statewide. They also state that these 215K people would have to cover the expenses related obtaining the necessary documents to get a government issued ID. So Minneapolis election officials do not agree with Republicans that obtaining a “free” Government ID would actually be free.

In the report they assess the impact of the following:

  1. implementing provisional balloting. This would replace our current system of same-day registration and absentee balloting.
  2. Eliminating same-day registration.
  3. Eliminating absentee voting.
  4. Eliminating absentee voting for military personnel stationed outside of MN.
  5. Implementing Voter ID for the 2013 election.
  6. Educating Minneapolis residents about the new Voter ID law for the 2013 election.

1. Provisional balloting

A provisional ballot is filled out but is not counted on Election Day. When voters cast provisional ballots they must be allowed to return to the polling location or the election headquarters to verify their identity. The length of time allowed for voters to return and verify their identity varies from state to state but generally it appears that the verification can happen between four and twenty days. As a result, additional staff time must be allotted during that time to certify the provisional ballots of those provisional voters.

According to a 2009 survey, 30 percent of provisional ballots nationwide are never counted.11 Minnesota does not currently have provisional balloting. Consequently, state and local government agencies would need to absorb startup costs as well as ongoing operational costs.

But their conclusions that many to most people who cast provisional ballots never return and turn their provisional ballot into an actual vote is shocking!

Oftentimes, news organizations declare an unofficial winner on the night of the election. It is conceivable that provisional voters may choose not to complete the steps required to verify their identity following an election-which would be required to have their vote counted-especially if they believe the outcome has already been decided. Ultimately, this could lead to a lower number of votes being counted. At the extreme, it could lead to further voter apathy and disengagement.

2. Elimination of same-day registration

The document how state’s that have same-day registration always lead the nation in voter turnout. I have made the assertion that the sole reason for pushing this Voter ID constitutional amendment is to eliminate same-day registration. With lower voter turnout, Republicans always do better.

Studies have demonstrated that Same Day Registration supports increased voter turnout. In fact, in those states that allowed Same Day Registration prior to 2006 (which included North Dakota, which has no voter registration requirements), voter turnout is 10 to 17 percent higher than the national average. In Minnesota, it is estimated that Election Day registrations account for between 5 and 10 percent of the total voter turnout and participation statistics.

Furthermore, they report that states with same-day registration do not have to purge data. In other words, corrupt Republicans like Florida Governor Rick Scott cannot shamelessly attempt to eliminate Democratic-leaning demographic groups from the states voter database to help Republicans chances in the upcoming election.

Critics of same-day registration point to the potential of vote fraud. They cannot cite examples as there aren’t any, but it’s their justification as to why we need to eliminate same day registration. The report debunks their claims:

Critics claim that Same Day Registration practices present opportunities for voter fraud. However, election officials from those states which authorize Same Day Registration (and North Dakota) have pointed out that safeguards are in place to prevent any increase in fraudulent activity in comparison to other states. Some of these safeguards include:
  • Requiring some additional level of identification, such as a utility bill, to verify the person’s address;
  • Segregating SDR ballots and refraining from counting those ballots until verification certificates have been sent out and undeliverable ones are returned;
  • Restricting the overall number of sites at which voters can register on Election Day;
  • Implementing minimum residency requirements; and
  • Stating and enforcing a deterrent penalty for fraud.
  • 3. Elimination of absentee voting

    Their assessment says it all. They have no idea because the 2013 legislature will have to specify how to deal with this.

    According to the proposed amendment, “all voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.” This substantially equivalent standard could be extremely challenging to satisfy for voters opting to participate under the absentee voting process currently allowed in Minnesota. Because the proposed constitutional amendment lacks specificity on standards for substantially equivalent, it is impossible to predict how the Legislature may choose to address the legitimate voting needs of those who are unable to participate on Election Day at the designated polling place.
    [my emphasis]

    4. Eliminating absentee voting for military personnel stationed outside of MN

    Republicans talk a big game when it comes to our veterans but have a long history of reducing benefits, cutting funding to the VA, restricting the definiition of PTSD so that few can receive help and sending our troops into combat with inferior body armor and substandard armor in their vehicles.

    This Voter ID constitutional amendment is no different. It fails to address how military personnel outside of Minnesota would be guaranteed their right to vote.  The report states that the elimination of absentee voting would have a huge impact.

    This is especially a crucial point for the number of military voters deployed to locations away from their homes-whether elsewhere in the nation or outside the United States. Without clear definitions and standards to prescribe how absentee voters would be served under the proposed constitutional amendment, it is possible that the entire practice of absentee voting could be called into question.

    5. Implementing Voter ID for the 2013 election

    Minneapolis holds its election for City Council, Park Board and other minor city offices in 2013. Election officials might not know how to implement the new provisions of VoterID until May of 2013. They might have as little as 5 months to implement. This is not a reasonable amount of time.

    Assuming the amendment is adopted, the State Legislature would need to adopt standards and provide specific direction on the implementation of the new identification requirements as well as other aspects impacted, such as absentee voting. New rules would need to be drafted, debated, and adopted in final form by both houses of the Legislative during its 2013 Session. When the Legislature is able to reach agreement on the scope of these new rules and regulations, the Governor must then sign them into law. It is likely that the interpretation and implementation of these new rules and regulations would be subject to the administrative oversight of the Secretary of State (Minnesota’s chief elections official), which could necessitate additional time to develop, test, and deploy to all counties. Thereafter, training on the new identification requirements needs to take place at the local level to assure that municipal clerks and election judges conform to the new requirements.

    Then there’s this little factoid about how complex voting reform actually is:

    The last major election reform in Minnesota, which focused on absentee balloting, involved a two-year implementation period. The fact that this proposed amendment would provide a fraction of that time to absorb, adjust, and accommodate to major election process reform is cause for extreme concern among local election officials.

    6. Educating Minneapolis residents about the new Voter ID law for the 2013 election

    Minneapolis would likely have a mere 5 months to educate all its citizens about the new Voter ID law. To avoid an expensive lawsuit, they would need to spend significant amounts of money to do it right.

    Before implementing a new photo ID regime, Minnesota will need to conduct an aggressive outreach and education campaign to assure that voters understand the new identification requirements-particularly those voters who may not have the government-issued ID and may need additional time before an election to take the steps necessary to obtain that mandated form of identification.13 Given the breadth of changes potentially required under this amendment, it is reasonable to conclude that the scope of such an educational campaign would be far-reaching and would entail significant expenditures of state (and quite possibly local) revenue.

    They claim that any education effort must include:

    … a minimum educational campaign in Minnesota could be expected to include: mailings to all citizens informing them of new ID requirements and how to obtain a voter ID; production of radio and television public service announcements; purchase of airtime to broadcast these public service announcements using media outlets and during hours deemed to reach large portions of the population; purchase of advertising space in various newspapers with high circulation numbers to advertise new voter ID requirements; and the creation of website(s) to publicize new voter ID requirements. While these efforts-and the associated costs-to educate voters may start with the State of Minnesota, it is reasonable to conclude that local governments would likely bear a portion (even a substantial portion) of these costs and the responsibility for planning, organizing, and conducting various outreach and educational aspects of a statewide coordinated campaign.


    Why I’m Endorsing Brian Barnes for Congress

    by TwoPuttTommy on March 8, 2012 · 0 comments

    While I focus on covering the corruption and dirty politics of the Republican Party, I do keep an eye on what’s happening in the Democratic Party.  I just usually don’t write about it.  Today, I will.

    The redistricting maps have been approved, the lines are drawn and set in stone.  I’m not hearing of anyone deciding that based on the new lines, they’re in.  If anyone was sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what the new CD3 political landscape looked like, the time to jump into the race has come and gone.

    So we’re down to two candidates, and I’ve made my decision who to back – it’s Brian Barnes.  

    But quite frankly, it doesn’t matter that no one else jumped in; the right candidate – Brian Barnes – was already in!

    Brian is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and has served in the Navy Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Been there, done that: Brian has been a part of the greatest military in the world.  

    And Brian understands – as all with a military background do – that we, as a country, should only go to war because we HAVE to; unlike Republicans, who think we should go to war because they WANT to.

    Brian has a real business background, working for a Minnesota based Fortune 200 company.  Been there, done that: Brian knows what it takes to be successful in business.

    But it’s more than just a successful background; it’s how Brian has conducted his campaign so far:  he’s attracted top-notch talent to his campaign team, he’s attracted young and energetic volunteers, and he’s worked hard to polish his public speaking ability.

    Since last summer, Brian’s stump speeches have gotten better and Better and BETTER!  In all facets of this campaign, Brian keeps getting better and Better and BETTER!  While I’m excited at where this campaign is now, I’m absolutely ecstatic at where it will be as it continues to gain momentum and heads towards the general election!

    When I look at what Brian has – and will! – accomplish, it’s easy to understand why:  Brian achieved, in his youth, something that sticks and is always with him:  Brian is an Eagle Scout.

    From the Boy Scout Handbook:

    Be Prepared.

    That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts.

    “Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,

    “Why, for any old thing.” said Baden-Powell.

    The training you receive in your troop will help you  live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a nonswimmer who has fallen into deep water.

    But Baden-Powell wasn’t thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead.

    Be prepared for life – to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That’s what the Scout motto means.

    Page updated on: August 05, 2007

    Quite frankly, Brian Barnes has the background, the training, the resume, and the temperament to take on Erik Paulsen and win.

    Career politician Erik Paulsen first door knocked me in 1994; I didn’t like his politics then and I damned sure don’t like them now.

    It’s time to send career politician Paulsen to the private sector – full time – for employment – which, of course, would be a first for him.

    And Brian Barnes is the candidate to do just that.

    Join me, and help send Brian Barnes, a man you can trust, to represent us – ALL of us – as Minnesota’s next Representative in the United States Congress!


    Vets Speak Out Against Photo ID Amendment at Capitol

    by TakeActionMN on February 29, 2012 · 1 comment

    Recently returned veterans, retired career members of the U.S. military and homeless veterans joined forces Wednesday morning at the Capitol to voice their opposition to a photo ID amendment moving forward in the Minnesota state legislature. Those speaking questioned why such a restrictive law is necessary and asked why Minnesota legislators pushing voter photo ID are trying to make it harder to vote for those serving their country at home and abroad.

    In particular, speakers focused on why voter photo ID legislation passed last session and vetoed by Governor Dayton wouldn’t allow a military ID as proof of identity.  

    “I have always considered my military ID as my primary form of identification,”

    said Colonel Mark Mayer, a U.S. Air Force commander who retired with thirty years of service in June 2002.  

    “The provisions of this legislation that would deny Minnesotans the vote and invalidate the military ID card, which is almost universally accepted as a primary ID credential, are bad for Minnesota’s military members, Minnesota’s military family members, and the Minnesota that values, respects, and supports military service.”

    More vets speaking out below the fold …
    Minneapolis resident Alex Erickson, an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who served in Baghdad and Iraq during all of 2008 and parts of 2007 and 2009, told reporters he would never forget the bravery and courage of Iraqis coming to the polls, many for the first time, during the provisional elections held on January 31, 2009 in the post-Saddam Hussein era. What concerns Erickson the most about Minnesota’s photo ID amendment

    “is the lack of answers on how it would impact overseas voting and absentee-balloting.”

    Erickson said that during the two Senate committee hearings he’s watched this session,

    “legislators have refused to articulate how Minnesota service-members would cast their ballots under this new system.  It seems we can only expect more difficulties for our veterans and our troops.”

    Throughout the past decade, balloting reforms in Minnesota and at the federal level have made voting for overseas military members easier. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office estimates that over eleven-thousand eligible Minnesota voters, military as well as civilian, currently reside overseas.  Of those, over three thousand one hundred military members stationed abroad requested absentee ballots in 2010.  And of those, just under two thousand were returned by Election Day, a return ballot rate of 63.6%, a huge increase over the 24.8% return ballot rate from 2006 – just four years earlier.  Had the proposed photo ID constitutional amendment been in effect then, those votes would have been disenfranchised.

    Former Sgt. Erika Hiller, a Gulf War veteran from St. Paul, was awarded the Army Reserve Components Achievements Medal for service during and after Desert Storm.  Hiller spoke against the photo ID amendment, saying

    “I served with people just like me who lost their homes during active duty.”

    Hiller believes the proposed photo ID legislation that requires a current address on one of only three forms of government-issued IDs

    “is an insult to anyone who has served in the armed forces and is currently displaced, living in temporary housing or homeless.”

    Hiller also remarked that

    “as a daughter of an aging veteran, a veteran myself and a mother of a soon-to-be college student, I am outraged that our state would narrow the right to vote for young adults, active duty personnel serving our county abroad, and aging or displaced veterans.”

    Col. Mayer, Erickson, and Sgt. Hiller were joined by State Representative John Lesch of St. Paul who also opposes the photo ID amendment and spoke about his own experiences in trying to vote while being stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Lesch said that

    “the only time I wasn’t able to vote was when I was on active duty – and it wasn’t for lack of trying.”  

    Lesch believes the conservative legislators who support photo ID are ignoring voting statistics of those serving their country and promoting legislation which will take away the right to vote from active duty service personnel serving abroad or who are training away from home.

    “They’re making it harder to vote and that’s wrong.”

    Non-legislators speaking at Wednesday’s press conference are all members of TakeAction Minnesota, including Air Force Colonel Mark Mayer, Sgt. Erika Hiller, and Army veteran Alex Erickson.

    For more information on voter photo ID legislation or the photo ID amendment in Minnesota, please visit or

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    Gingrich: World Opinion Does Not Matter

    by TwoPuttTommy on November 21, 2011 · 0 comments

    Last Saturday in Iowa, a “conservative Christian” group held a “Thanksgiving Family Forum” in which 6 GOPers  running for president attended.  I’m guessing Mitt Romney ducked out declined to attend ’cause he figured – as a Mormon – he might not be welcomed with, shall we say, open arms? I saw the following YouTube on Crooks and Liars in a post titled “Gingrich Claims the U.S. Is ‘More Ruthless’ and ‘Tougher’ When Going to War Because We Send Our Family Members” and predicatbly, Newt got applause – let’s look!

    “I think what makes us different and what makes us in some ways when we have good leadership, much more ruthless and much tougher than any other country in the world, is we don’t send soldiers and sailors and Marines and airmen to war.

    We send our children. We send our fathers. We send our brothers and sisters. We send our mothers, and therefore there’s a preciousness to this decision, unlike any other country I know of. I think our position has been historic.”

    So Newt “Is My Wife Well Enough To Divorce Yet?” Ginghrich – a former college history professor – thinks it’s only Americans on the battlefield that have children, fathers, brothers, sisters & mothers??!?

    It should be noted that Gingrich himself, was never on a battlefield, let alone in uniform.

    But this one, this one, is so typical of today’s GOPer:  they just don’t care what others think:

    “…and we frankly couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks.”

    Why does serial adulterer and Chicken Hawk Newt get away with spewing that cr@p, before an alledgedly “conservative Christian” group, at an event titled “Thanksgiving Family Forum” – and get applause?

    Because, as I always say:  “Those that forget the lessons of history tend to vote GOP.”

    Of course, another explanation is what Ronald Reagan told the adoring masses at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Facts are stupid things.”  Reagan said it, today’s GOP lives it.

    And this sordid story is just anther example of You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.