"He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left."
Matthew 25:33

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The UAW's Money-Squandering Corruptocracy

This arouses my curiosity. I may have to dig into the local union reports and see what they have been up to!

By Michelle Malkin
December 31, 2008

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The UAW golfed. While carmakers soak up $17 billion in taxpayer bailout funds and demand more for their ailing industry, United Auto Workers bosses have wasted tens of millions of their workers' dues on gold-plated resorts and rotten investments. The labor organization's money-losing golf compound is just the tip of the iceberg.

Last week on my blog (michellemalkin.com/2008/12/16/money-pit-the-uaws-gold-plated-golf-course/), I noted that the UAW owns and operates Black Lake Golf Course -- a "championship caliber" course opened in 2000 that's part of a larger "family education center" and retreat nestled in 1,000 acres of property in Onaway, Mich. Spearheaded by former UAW president Steve Yokich, the resort also includes "a beautiful gym with two full-sized basketball courts, an Olympic-size indoor pool, exercise and weight room, table-tennis and pool tables, a sauna, beaches, walking and bike trails, softball and soccer fields and a boat launch ramp." Like everything else we're subsidizing these days, the UAW's playground is a money pit. The Detroit Free Press reported earlier this year that the golf course (valued at $6 million) and education center (valued at $27 million) have together lost $23 million over the past five years. While membership in the union has plummeted, the UAW retains assets worth $1.2 billion.

Curious about how the UAW will be spending my money and yours, I sifted through the union's most recent annual report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor which you can find at (http//www.unionreports.gov). Who knew hitting the links was so central to the business of making cars?

You can read a lot more here,http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/mmalkin/2008/mm_12311.shtml

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What Has government Done to Our Money

The paragraph below is from the book "What Has government Done to Our Money" written by Murray N. Rothbard. This is exactly what our government is doing. On top of taxing us, they are printing more money to do things such as send us stimulus checks and bail out financial institutions and the auto industry. Lets not forget the fact that our elected officials give themselves raises with the money that's created from thin air. See post below. I urge everyone to read this book. It is short, simple, yet very effective in pointing out the folly of our present monetary system.

Taxation, however, is often unpopular, and, in less temperate
days, frequently precipitated revolutions. The emergence
of money, while a boon to the human race, also
opened a more subtle route for governmental expropriation
of resources. On the free market, money can be acquired by
producing and selling goods and services that people want,
or by mining (a business no more profitable, in the long
run, than any other). But if government can find ways to
engage in counterfeiting—the creation of new money out of
thin air—it can quickly produce its own money without
taking the trouble to sell services or mine gold. It can then
appropriate resources slyly and almost unnoticed, without
rousing the hostility touched off by taxation. In fact, counterfeiting
can create in its very victims the blissful illusion of
unparalleled prosperity.

Betty Gets A Pay Raise


I am sitting at home today because there is no work and Betty McCollum and Congress are getting a $4700 pay raise.

It sure is good to know that there is one, yes, just one congressman we know will refuse such a raise in this miserable economic time. His name, Ron Paul.

Thank You Ron Paul. It's good to know that someone in Washington has some integrity.

Here is a link to my post about their $4100 pay raise last year.

http://jungbauer2010.blogspot.com/2008/01/betty-mccollum-gets-pay-raise.html

Monday, December 29, 2008

Firearms prohibitionists take their meddling to people’s living rooms

This is from the Duluth News Tribune by Russ Stewart


A week before Minnesota’s firearm deer season I visited my 86-year-old father. He regaled me with an entertaining stream of tales from his 70 years as a deer hunter in the north woods. He lamented his failing eyesight and then rose from his ancient recliner and went to the closet where he keeps his guns. He took out a battered old case and handed it me. “I want you to have this.”

I knew what was inside. A Savage model 219 single-shot 30-30 rifle. My father bought it in 1944 for $12. It’s well worn after more than 60 years of hard use. It was an honor to be given such an heirloom. Over the past few years my father has passed on most of his modest collection of firearms to his children and grandchildren. It is his way of passing on our family’s heritage.

However, if some people had their way, my father would be a felon the next time he passed on a firearm to a family member. These people complain about a so-called “gun show loophole,” which, if you were to accept the rhetoric of firearm prohibitionists, is responsible for an endless stream of death and carnage.

In truth, attempts to close the “loophole” are really attacks on cherished freedoms that have been quietly enjoyed by millions of Americans since the founding of our nation. With the exception of those unfortunate residents of a few nanny-states, citizens of the U.S. always have been able to gift, buy, sell and trade firearms without the interference of government.

But if people like Duluth’s Joan Peterson, a member of the national board of trustees of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (and the author of the Dec. 9 Local View commentary, “ ‘Gun show loophole,’ still open in Minnesota, must be closed”) are able to enact their legislative agenda, this liberty will be extinguished. The sad part is that if they are successful, crime rates would be unaffected. It is well established that only a tiny fraction of guns used to commit crimes come from gun shows. But that doesn’t stop the prohibitionists from scaring people with exaggerated stories.

Peterson wrote that we need to pass a law to “require unlicensed sellers to perform background checks on buyers at gun shows and other venues.” What she didn’t write was that these “other venues” include my father’s living room. The proposed legislation requires a background check for every private firearm bought, sold or gifted. So when Peterson claimed the proposed law “wouldn’t change anything for law-abiding citizens,” she was simply wrong.

Another thing firearm prohibitionists won’t tell you is that in order for a universal background check system to be effective, every gun would need to be registered with the government.

There are those who would take offense at my use of the term “prohibitionist” to describe members of groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Northland Million Moms, but actions speak louder than words. While speaking of “reasonable gun laws,” they advocate a program of incremental prohibition of private firearm ownership.

Our nation already has more than 20,000 laws relating to firearms, and 99 percent of them are an affront to liberty. As new laws are introduced in response to Brady Campaign scare tactics, I am reminded of the words of Ben Franklin: “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.”

I’ve got news for the prohibitionists of the world. My father won’t give up his freedom to pass on his legacy without government interference — and neither will I, nor will my family, nor my friends. Nor will millions of other freedom-loving citizens. The passage of a new set of gun-control laws would simply create a new class of felons out of formerly law-abiding citizens.

And that may have a set of unintended consequences all its own.

RUSS STEWART of Duluth served two terms on the City Council and is a professor at Lake Superior College.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Response to a Letter from the President of General Motors

I had to check this out when I received it in an email from a friend. So I went to snopes.com and lo and behold it checks out 100%. Gregory Knox speaks his mind and tells it like it is. Below is a letter from Troy Clarke, President, General Motors North America followed by the response of Gregory Knox, President, Knox Machinery, Inc.

Next week, Congress and the current Administration will determine whether to provide immediate support to the domestic auto industry to help it through one of the most difficult economic times in our nation's history. Your elected officials must hear from all of us now on why this support is critical to our continuing the progress we began prior to the global financial crisis. As an employee, you have a lot at stake and continue to be one of our most effective and passionate voices. I know GM can count on you to have your voice heard.

Thank you for your urgent action and ongoing support.



Troy Clarke

President

General Motors North America


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From Gregory Knox,

In response to your request to call legislators and ask for a bailout for the United States automakers please consider the following, and please also pass this onto Troy Clarke, the president of General Motors North America for me.

You are both infected with the same entitlement mentality that has bred like cancerous germs in UAW halls for the last countless decades, and whose plague is now sweeping the nation, awaiting our new "messiah" to wave his magical wand and make all our problems go away, while at the same time allowing our once great nation to keep "living the dream"…

The dream is over!

The dream that we can ignore the consumer for years while management myopically focuses on its personal rewards packages at the same time that our factories have been filled with the worlds most overpaid, arrogant, ignorant and laziest entitlement minded "laborers" without paying the price for these atrocities…and that still the masses will line up to buy our products.

Don't tell me I'm wrong. Don't accuse me of not knowing of what I speak. I have called on Ford, GM , Chrysler, TRW, Delphi, Kelsey Hayes, American Axle and countless other automotive OEM's and Tier ones for 3 decades now throughout the Midwest and what I've seen over the years in these union shops can only be described as disgusting.

Mr. Clarke, the president of General Motors, states:

There is widespread sentiment in this country, our government and especially in the media that the current crisis is completely the result of bad management. It is not…

You're right – it's not JUST management…how about the electricians who walk around the plants like lords in feudal times, making people wait on them for countless hours while they drag ass…so they can come in on the weekend and make double and triple time…for a job they easily could have done within their normal 40 hour week.

How about the line workers who threaten newbies with all kinds of scare tactics…for putting out too many parts on a shift…and for being too productive (mustn't expose the lazy bums who have been getting overpaid for decades for their horrific underproduction, must we?!?) Do you really not know about this stuff?!?

How about this great sentiment abridged from Mr. Clarke's sad plea:

"over the last few years …we have closed the quality and efficiency gaps with our competitors."

What the hell has Detroit been doing for the last 40 years?!?

Did we really JUST wake up to the gaps in quality and efficiency between us and them?

The K car vs. the Accord?

The Pinto vs. the Civic?!?

Do I need to go on ?

We are living through the inevitable outcome of the actions of the United States auto industry for decades.

Time to pay for your sins, Detroit.

I attended an economic summit last week where a brilliant economist, Alan Beaulieu surprised the crowd when he said he would not have given the banks a penny of "bailout money." Yes, he said, this would cause short term problems, but despite what people like George Bush and Troy Clarke would have us believe, the sun would in fact rise the next day and something else would happen where there had been greedy and sloppy banks new efficient ones would pop up. That is how a free market system works. It does work if we would let it work.

But for some reason we are now deciding that the rest of the world is right and that capitalism doesn't work that we need the government to step in and "save us." Save us, hell! We're nationalizing and unfortunately too many of this once fine nation’s citizens don't even have a clue that this is what's really happening but they sure can tell you the stats on their favorite sports teams yeah – THAT'S important!

Does it occur to ANYONE that the "competition" has been producing vehicles, EXTREMELY PROFITABLY, for decades now in this country?

How can that be???

Let's see:

Fuel efficient…

Listening to customers…

Investing in the proper tooling and automation for the long haul…

Not being too complacent or arrogant to listen to Dr W Edwards Deming 4 decades ago...

Ever increased productivity through quality, lean and six sigma plans…

Treating vendors like strategic partners, rather than like "the enemy"…

Efficient front and back offices…

Non union environment!

Again, I could go on and on, but I really wouldn't be telling anyone anything they really don't already know in their hearts.

I have six children, so I am not unfamiliar with the concept of wanting someone to bail you out of a mess that you have gotten yourself into, my children do this on a weekly, if not daily basis, as I did at their age. I do for them what my parents did for me (one of their greatest gifts, by the way), I make them stand on their own two feet and accept the consequences of their actions and work them through.

Radical concept, huh…

Am I there for them in the wings? Of course – but only until such time as they need to be fully on their own as adults.

I don't want to oversimplify a complex situation, but there certainly are unmistakable parallels here between the proper role of parenting and government.

Detroit and the United States need to pay for their sins.

Bad news people – it's coming whether we like it or not.

The newly elected Messiah really doesn't have a magic wand big enough to "make it all go away" I laughed as I heard Obama "reeling it back in" almost immediately after the vote count was tallied…"we might not do it in a year…or in four…" where was that kind of talk when he was RUNNING for the office?

Stop trying to put off the inevitable.

That house in Florida really isn't worth $750,000.

People who jump across a border really don't deserve free health care benefits.

That job driving that forklift for the big 3 really isn't worth $85,000 a year.

We really shouldn't allow Wal-Mart to stock their shelves with products acquired from a country that unfairly manipulates their currency and has the most atrocious human rights infractions on the face of the globe.

That couple whose combined income is less than $50,000 really shouldn't be living in that $485,000 home!

Let the market correct itself people. It will. Yes it will be painful, but it's gonna be painful either way, and the bright side of my proposal is that on the other side of it is a nation that appreciates what is has and doesn't live beyond its means. Gets back to basics, and redevelops the work ethic that made it the greatest nation in the history of the world and probably turns back to God.

Sorry don't cut my head off, I'm just the messenger sharing with you the "bad news."



Gregory J Knox

President

Knox Machinery, Inc.
Franklin, Ohio 45005

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ted Nugent: Gun-free zone a crime unto itself

Law-abiding citizens shouldn't end up defenseless victims

By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman

Sunday, December 14, 2008


There is no bigger advocate for criminal control than me, so long as we do not go about manufacturing criminals out of otherwise law-abiding people.

Enter New York Giants player Plaxico Burress. He accidentally blew a hole in his leg with his Glock handgun while in a New York City nightclub. His list of crimes against responsible gun handling is too long to share with you here. He's a Numbnut of the Year award winner.

Ah, but this is even more idiotic: New York City is going to throw the Sullivan Gun Law book at Burress for merely having a handgun.

Only a select few people are given permits to carry a gun in the Big Apple. For this, Burress could get quite a few years at the Cross Bars Hotel.

Criminal thugs, of course, are not deterred from carrying guns by New York City's draconian gun laws. Mayor Blowhard Bloomberg and other Big Apple elected buffoons who forbid NYC citizens from defending themselves are complicit in turning innocent, law-abiding citizens into defenseless victims.

By review: Gun-free zones, are a murderer's dream zone.

With the recent Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, Burress' legal sharks should argue that New York City's restrictions violate the Second Amendment.

While the media spotlight has been on Burress, a little-reported story is more telling.

St. Louis Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe stated that people should indeed get guns and carry them in order to protect themselves, as cops clearly can't be everywhere. His point is undeniable.

Our Founding Fathers wrote extensively about a person's right and obligation to carry a gun for self-defense. To be unarmed and helpless is irresponsible. In the eyes of everyone I know, it is unforgivable.

The world watched in horror as terrorists in Mumbai, India, killed almost 200 people and wounded more than 300 others. The unarmed victims were slaughtered like defenseless sheep. It took Indian SWAT teams hours to even begin to respond and more than three days to finally wipe out the killers. I like bad guys wiped out before the carnage.

Attack coming soon

Terrorism and security experts all expect America to be hit again soon. While I salute President Bush, our intelligence agencies and lawmen who have prevented these monsters from attacking us for eight years, we all know such an event is not a matter of "if" but "when." Therefore, it is incumbent for our laws to allow us the means to protect ourselves from these terror monsters.

Imagine terrorists simultaneously attacking a number of hotels in Manhattan, or an event at Madison Square Garden or Central Park. As good as they are, it would take hours or days for the New York City's finest to kill or capture all of the terrorists.

Now try to imagine the same scenario if New York City residents were allowed to carry guns to protect themselves. At least they would have a fighting chance. Not today.

Thanks to its well-body-guarded mayor and other anti-freedom bureaucrats, New York City residents would be as helpless as the victims in Mumbai.

Prosecuting Burress and others for carrying a gun sends a message to terrorists: "Come to the Big Apple. We're defenseless."

Ted Nugent is a Waco-based musician and televison show host. Contact him directly at tednugent.com.

More Nugent articles here,

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/opinion/nugent.html

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shop at Sears!

Subject: Sears - Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice.Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? Bylaw, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

Pass it on.

Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is,the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback.

Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care
webcenter@sears.com
1-800-349-4358

Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!

It's verified ! By Snopes.com at: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pioneer Press on 39A House Race

By Nick Ferraro
Pioneer Press
10/31/2008 11:18:54 PM CDT

DFLer Rick Hansen is seeking a third term in Minnesota House District 39A, which covers West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Lilydale, Mendota and parts of South St. Paul and Eagan.

He faces Bill Jungbauer, a West St. Paul carpenter who is best known politically for his unsuccessful run at a state Senate seat in 2006. More recently, he served as a GOP national delegate in St. Paul.

Hansen, 45, is pushing his experience and track record of "responsive, community-based leadership," while Jungbauer, 51, is hoping voters can relate to his "blue-collar background" and make him the first Republican to serve the district since 1988.

Hansen, who took over the seat in 2004, points to how he helped provide property tax relief for West St. Paul and South St. Paul by pushing for an increase in local government aid.

As the only Dakota County member of the bonding committee, Hansen said, he was able to secure $1.4 million from the 2008 bonding bill for the North Urban Trail connection in South St. Paul, as well as money for projects at Inver Hills Community and Dakota County Technical colleges.

Hansen also said he has worked on several transportation issues, including getting the Robert Street Corridor study on track to connect with the Central Corridor light-rail line and meeting with residents to discuss sound barriers along U.S. 52 and the possibility of a pedestrian bridge over Minnesota 110 in Mendota Heights.

"These are all current issues that are not covered in the transportation bill but are the types of things a legislator does by working with the agencies to help to solve problems," he said.

Hansen is chair of the Legislative Audit Commission. A small-business owner, he is a member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Jungbauer was a political unknown before challenging Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, for the District 39 Senate seat. He entered that 2004 race, he said, "because no one else would, and I felt it would be unpatriotic for a man to run unopposed."

Having been a carpenter for the past 30 years, he said, he can relate to voters.

"I feel the pain of filling my gas tank and heating my home and feeding the family and paying the tax man," he said. "I don't believe it takes courage to raise taxes, but it takes brains to balance a checkbook and cut spending where it's needed, which is something they don't know at the Capitol."

Jungbauer writes on his blog that he's "influenced by Teddy Roosevelt and Ted Nugent." Like Hansen, he belongs to several hunting-related organizations.

He said a top concern is "removing roadblocks to affordable energy."

"Environmentalists have filed lawsuits to stop the construction of transmission lines from the Twin Cities to wind farms in southern Minnesota, as well as the Big Stone II project in South Dakota," he said. "The courts must be urged by the Legislature to deal with this issue in an expeditious manner so that the people of Minnesota may enjoy affordable energy in a timely manner."

Jungbauer serves on West St. Paul's Park and Recreation Board and the city's Environmental Committee.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Great Halloween Cartoon


Friday, October 24, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Do You Believe That Your DNA Belongs To You?

Wether you are aware of it or not, there are groups within the state of MN who want to be able to take our DNA (personal genetic makeup) to use for research. They want to be able to get some of our DNA from any source: blood donations, cholesterol tests, infant blood draws, etc. And, they want to do this without our consent. Twila Brase is one of the few people standing between us and government forced genetic testing. I distribute this concern and ask you and anyone to whom you forward this too, to please take this 6 question survey.

http://www.cchconline.org/cchc_dna_survey/?

They want to show that we average people out here do not want the government to have control over our DNA.

On the other side, there are those in the research and public health side of the issue who believe that by any of us refusing to allow use of our DNA, we are jeopardizing public safety. (IMHO, I prefer to keep my DNA to myself.)

If you value your privacy and that of your children, please take this survey.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Live Within Our Means

Our state government has failed to live within our means. Minnesota is facing a major budget deficit and lawmakers will now be forced to either cut spending or raise taxes.

In the last election, many candidates assured us that tax increases weren't on the table, only then to raise our taxes once in office. Let's not be fooled again this year by empty campaign promises.

We have helped create a new website at www.LiveWithinOurMeans.com where candidates can prove their commitment to putting spending cuts ahead of raising our taxes. During these difficult economic times when most of us must tighten our belts and live within our means, why can't we expect the same from our state government?

TAKE ACTION

Visit www.LiveWithinOurMeans.com to see if candidates in your district have signed the commitment. If they have not, send them a message asking them to sign the "Live Within Our Means" commitment form. Then be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 4th for the candidate that best represents your values.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the "Family" and "Conscience" of Fannie Mae

This great video exposes who is behind the current economic crisis.



Now watch Betty McCollum bash President Bush. Betty McCollum calls for Bush to appear before Congress blaming him for not doing enough. Yet it was President Bush who addressed the people on this issue last week. Does she forget that the democrats control Congress? Is she earnestly waiting for the President to come hold her hand? It was Betty McCollum who voted for an enormous bail out package yesterday. The very package she is bashing in this video. This is lame Republican bashing at it's worst. This is a prime example of why Ms. McCollum will not debate anyone. She does not have it in her. She has not debated an opponent in at least four years. She refused debating Obi Sium. She refuses to debate Ed Matthews. She recently refused an invite by the League of Women Voters! How easy does she want it!



This video is on http://www.youtube.com/ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duX49VHMyec
You will notice that the ability to leave a comment has been disabled. Why, or what, is she being protected from? Why would anyone think that any kind of protection is needed? As an elected official, you would think that comments from voters would be welcome. Not here people.
Contact the person responsible fro posting this video here, http://www.youtube.com/user/BMcCollum04
Feel free to send him/her an email and express your desire to comment on the exploits of Betty.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Minnesota Groups Oppose Bailout

Minnesota Groups Oppose Bailout
Campaign for Liberty Minnesota, Republican Liberty Caucus Minnesota,
Minnesotans for Limited Government, and Sons of Liberty issue joint statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2008


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Leaders from four Minnesota organizations issued a joint statement today opposing the imminent Bailout, aka the ominous-sounding "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act," which they deem a nationalization of a failing banking industry caused by poor business decisions, encouraged by a runaway Federal Reserve, at the expense of taxpayers.

"The proposed bailout of Wall Street is not a ‘rescue plan,’" said Sue Jeffers, KTLK 100.3 FM talk show host and former candidate for governor. "It is massive purchase of bad debt using taxpayer’s dollars. This is not a free market failure or a failure of capitalism; this is a market failure caused by government interference. The ultimate responsibility for this failure rests on government policy which allows the greed and recklessness of their political party, their friends, lobbyists and others to flourish instead of allowing the free market to work."

"The current ‘emergency’ is a result of the Federal Reserve’s attempt to stopper the bust of the earlier tech bubble," said Marianne Stebbins, Campaign for Liberty Minnesota Coordinator. "If we had let the market work then instead of allowing the Fed to tinker, we wouldn’t have launched ourselves right into the housing bubble. Now our collective debt problem is much deeper. If we don’t allow the market to reset the credit levels and prices itself, causing some short term pain, we’re going to right back here, in even worse shape in a couple years – or a couple of months or weeks – by trying to paper over our malinvestment with dollars again. We’re in too deep a hole now for throwing dollars at it to work. We must allow the market to exert its ‘invisible hand.’"

"Meddling with the free market inevitably creates unintended consequences which will
undoubtedly be unforeseen by a group of hasty lawmakers," said Grant Cermak of the Sons of Liberty, a Minneapolis-based political action committee. "Since the Federal Government does not have the necessary capital to purchase the toxic ‘assets’ of the banks seeking a bailout, it will inevitably fall upon the Federal Reserve to create more dollars to supply the effort. This new money will ultimately lead to massive inflation and reduced buying power for all Americans. Minnesotans can expect nothing short of a free fall of their purchasing power and a greatly reduced standard of living in the months and years to come."

"Members of Minnesotans for Limited Government stand united to oppose the bailout and the future bailouts that are sure to be announced in the next months to come," said Rick Karschnia, Chair of Minnesotans for Limited Government, a Saint Paul-based political action committee. "If we look at all the failed attempts to stabilize the market over the last several months such as Bush’s Economic Stimulus package, the Bear Sterns bailout, the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailouts, and the AIG Bailout we see a clear track record of failure and incompetence from both the Bush Administration and Congress. This bailout will only hurt Minnesotans by putting families on the hook for government’s failures."

"The RLC applauds the stamina and fortitude of multiple Republican Senators and
Congressmen who have opposed any corporate bailout, expansions of government fiscal power, new burdens on taxpayers, or any further assaults on the value of the dollar through inflation," said Norann Dillon of the Republican Liberty Caucus Minnesota. "The Republican Party purports to believe in free markets. Now is the time for Republican incumbents to stand on these principles if they are to earn our votes."

Bill Jungbauer, a Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed candidate for MN House added, "When I am witness to the number of foreclosed homes in my district, I feel that it would be unconscionable to spend taxpayer money on a bail out for wall street executives."

The leaders of these groups asserted that they will be opposing the re-election of any Congressman who votes in favor of this unprecedented power grab, saying that this bailout violates the proper authority and all principles of a legitimate, Constitutional government.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rick Hansen and His Fellow Democrats Believe Government is Better at Spending Money Than Citizens

Rick Hansen has gotten himself into trouble with Minnesota's sportsman's groups. He voted yes for the Legacy Act designed to fund initiatives for Minnesota's outdoors and the arts. I have recently spoke with members of several outdoor groups such as Sportsmen for Change and Pheasants Forever. What I have found out in these discussions is that Rick Hansen went to various banquets and events claiming to be a proponent of a citizen council of outdoors people. This group would recommend to the legislature how and where to spend funds on clean water, public hunting lands, and the arts. Where Rick Hansen has made enemies is that he went and played demagogue on the House floor and spoke against the citizen panel by saying that "citizens do not know how to spend money." He even went ahead and voted "no" to the formation of the citizens council.

Watch this video of Senator Larry Pogemiller. He is quoted as saying, "I think it's simplistic and naive to say people can spend money better than the government." Is this what democrats like Rick Hansen think of us? When they are elected to office are they instantly smarter than us? I think not.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rick Hansen Voting Record

Rick Hansen's voting record tracked by the Minnesota Majority. Forty three votes that affect the quality and morality of our lives here in Minnesota.

http://capwiz.com/mnmajority/officials/congress/?lvl=L&only_votes=1&azip=55118-2418&x=10&y=8

This is the lowdown on how he has voted for the 2008 session. He voted to raise taxes on just about everything. Even on compressed natural gas! There goes our heating bills again.

He voted against an amendment to HF3201 that would have prevented increases in the assessed taxable value of homesteaded property owned by persons aged 65 or older.

He voted against an amendment to HF3149 that would eliminate state income tax of Social Security income. House Journal page 11320.

And many, many other questionable votes! Look and see for yourself!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Palin’s husband was member of third party

This is encouraging. We can have hope that she will have a libertarian influence on the presidency.

http://kstp.com/article/stories/S564355.shtml

(AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states’ rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state. Sarah Palin herself was never a member of the party, according to state officials.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Iraq signs $3B oil deal with China

China gets a huge oil contract with Iraq and what do we get? I recall that when this war was about to begin it was reported that Iraqi oil was going to fund the war. We liberate the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein, spend trillions of dollars on it, and after the deaths of thousands of our young soldiers, China gets a big contract. What a kick in the teeth! The only thing I can think of hoping for is that somehow our debt to China will be reduced by this. But I doubt it.

Read the whole article here,

http://www.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/08/30/iraq.china.oil.deal/index.html?iref=topnews

Thursday, August 28, 2008

An Example of How Environmentalists Affect Our Lives

I just bumped into this article written one year ago. It stirs up some thoughts in my head. What relationship does the democrats and environmentalists share here in Minnesota? Rick Hansen, Jim Metzen and John Zanmiller all have been catering to the Sierra Club. For instance, the Sierra Club has a seat on the Robert Street Transit Corridor Study. Why? Could it be that any transit decision must be approved by them or they will file suit in court and litigate it to death from now until eternity like the Stillwater Bridge?

Affordable energy is another subject that is hampered by environmentalists. We have two electrical power plants in the twin cities that no longer burn coal. Natural gas is now the fuel of choice. We may soon have a third. Electricity is costing us more everyday with no end in sight. Road blocks created by environmentalists are preventing access to the Big Stone II power plant in South Dakota which will have the latest emissions devices. Because of environmental roadblocks the Big Stone II plant may have to burn natural gas.

Every fall for as long as I can remember, there has been an article in the newspaper that states that we will be paying more to heat our homes because of natural gas shortages. Just last month there was an article that stated that this winter we can expect to pay as much as fifty percent more. Yet now environmentalists are basking in the glory of clean energy by burning up all the natural gas!

The amount of oil in Alaska, the continental shelf, and the Bakken formation which stretches across North Dakota, Montana and southeastern Saskatchewan is estimated to have enough oil (as well as plenty of natural gas) to supply the United States alone for 125 years. Environmentalists are planning to file suit to stop exploration by claiming that the Sage Grouse is an endangered species.

I am posting this article to point out how much power environmentalists have in this country. Our countries Constitution states the "We the People" are in charge of the government. Now it appears that its the environmentalists that rule the land. Time to shake things up and put the people back in control.


We all want a clean environment, be it air, water, or the land, to be stewards of the resources that God gave us. However, discussion on these issues, is not tolerated by the Sierra Club or their allies. Facts have become irrelevant, and any type of descent is subject to punishment, by whatever means possible.One has to ask, if this really represents freedom and liberty, that we say we cherish.

Bill Jungbauer


By Eric Christen
September 2, 2007

On Labor Day, we take time to reflect on and celebrate accomplishments and new beginnings regarding union labor in the United States. Considering the recent local controversy over the Gaylord-Chula Vista bayfront project, debate over the future relevancy of the organized labor movement now seems more prescient than at any time in our regional history. But to understand that future, we must turn our attention to the past.

The father of the modern union movement was Samuel Gompers, the legendary founder of the American Federation of Labor. Gompers made sure that labor remained inoculated against the burgeoning threat of socialism and the bitter rancor of partisan politics, focusing instead on organizing and winning concessions from targeted industries through collective bargaining. In the first half of the century, the AFL even refused to support minimum wage legislation. Labor under Gompers was dedicated to the principles of free enterprise under a market economy and opted for what he and his colleagues referred to as “trade unionism,” a collective bargaining strategy on which workers from across the political spectrum could agree.

For the most part, labor took neutral or centrist political positions – particularly on social issues. For example, in 1968, when the United Auto Workers threatened to leave the AFL-CIO because of AFL-CIO founder George Meany's opposition to an alliance with radical left-wing activists, Meany bid the UAW good riddance. With this type of focus and centrist leadership the organized labor movement in America flourished throughout much of the 20th century.

Nonetheless, over the last three decades, union membership has witnessed a rapid decline – from 35 percent of workers in 1960, to 12 percent today – while the mission of organized labor radically shifted course into one of political hyperactivity and intensive partisanship. The 1995 election of John Sweeney, a card-carrying member of the American Socialist Party, as head of the AFL-CIO was a watershed moment in the evolution of modern-day union radicalism.

It is Sweeney who immediately determined that the only way for unionism to survive under a modern, technology-driven global economy is to bastardize the collective bargaining process and employ any and all means necessary to force nonunion workers to join unions – while making them pay for the pleasure. This serves as much a practical as ideological purpose – it inflates union coffers to finance union political activities while increasing regional-level union influence throughout the nation. In the meantime, Sweeney and his ilk have taken out huge positions in the Democrat Party by bankrolling candidates who claim nearly 100 percent of all of organized labor's election-cycle donations – never mind the fact that 40 percent of individual union workers consistently vote Republican.

The Gaylord issue is a perfect example of this radicalized plan in local action. Throughout a turbulent year of negotiations with local labor leaders concerning a union project labor agreement, or PLA, for the company's $1 billion hotel and convention center plan along the Chula Vista bayfront, Gaylord displayed an incredible level of good faith by agreeing to almost every single union demand – except one. Labor leaders insisted that the project be built union-only.

Where do union leaders draw leverage for this type of negotiation? Simple. They tap their left-wing allies within the environmental movement, particularly on those regulatory commissions that approve projects such as Gaylord's. If a company such as Gaylord acquiesces to union demands, it can expect to zip through the regulatory process with little or no cost. If not, it is sure to incur the extra multimillion-dollar expense of regulatory delay and even frivolous environmental litigation.

The tactic – known as “greenmail” – is nothing more than a modern-day form of extortion, but has proven wickedly effective in the past, including on San Diego's beloved Petco Park, where all threats of environmental bureaucratic hullabaloo vanished as soon as the owner succumbed to union pressure over a union-only PLA. Of course, union-only PLAs have absolutely nothing to do with preserving local ecosystems, just ensuring union work force monopolies and ergo political primacy, which is exactly why the National Labor Relations Board recently voided a union-only PLA signed under similarly dubious circumstances in New York.

However, Gaylord is standing firm against union intransigence, and now that union officials have unilaterally withdrawn from negotiations, intends to pursue its project without their input. So, in this case, what have local union leaders achieved for their members by pursuing a politically rather than practically driven agenda? Absolutely nothing. In fact, they almost chased Gaylord out of San Diego and are still trying to kill the project.

Whom does that protect? How can you promote better wages and benefits if you're too busy killing jobs? If that is the union-present, union members should be very concerned about the union future – particularly those hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women who simply want to earn a living and would rather their representatives not spend their dues lobbying such issues as more gun control. Or more access to abortion. Or the repeal of the death penalty. Or greenmail.

Unions are supposed to defend workers' rights, not stampede over them on the way to the political trough. If there is one lesson to be taken from this Labor Day, it is that union members deserve sound, solid, capable representation. The Gaylord debacle proves that union leadership across the board has been corrupted to the point of illegitimacy.

If the movement is ever to regain its original prestige and influence in the name of workers' rights, it must turn away from the radical job-killing political agenda of the John Sweeneys, Jerry Butkiewiczs and Tom Lemmons of the world and shift back to the practical collective bargaining path laid down by Samuel Gompers and nurtured by George Meany. Otherwise, the American labor movement is not likely to survive the next decade, let alone the new century – and rightly so.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Action Alert From the Minnesota Majority!

Tell Congress to Act Now to Solve America's Energy Crisis

On August 1st, a majority of Minnesota's Congressional delegation voted to skip-town rather than address our nation's energy crisis (click here to see how your Representative voted). Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so concerned that she and her anti-energy allies were loosing the energy debate that she unexpectedly adjourned session for five weeks rather than allowing a vote on the American Energy Act. This bill offers a comprehensive approach for addressing America's energy crisis, including domestic drilling, funding for scientific research and common-sense conservation efforts.

Despite Pelosi's abrupt adjournment, a number of pro-energy House members decided to proceed with making statements on the House floor in favor of the bill. Pelosi promptly responded by shutting-off the lights, microphones and cameras in the House chamber. This has not deterred pro-energy Representatives fighting for lower energy costs for American families. They have continued to stage a protest in the House chambers without lights, microphones or cameras. They are calling upon Pelosi to reconvene session and allow an up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act.

For decades, liberal politicians have been advocating higher prices for energy. They want to "save the environment" by punishing Americans for energy consumption. They have passed policies preventing domestic drilling for oil, the use of coal and the development of nuclear power. The end result has been a growing dependence upon foreign oil, much of which comes from our enemies in the Middle East.

Most people are unaware of what is happening, thanks to the mainstream media which has largely ignored this story. Minnesotans should be outraged. At a time when most families are struggling to deal with record gas and energy prices, a majority of our Minnesota Congressional delegation decided to duck the energy issue and not allow domestic drilling for our own oil!

TAKE ACTION

1. Sign our petition calling on President Bush to reconvene Congress for a special session and for Congress to pass the American Energy Act by visiting www.ActNowOnEnergy.com.

2. Forward this message to friends and family members asking them to also take action on this important issue.

Thanks in advance for taking action to protect America's energy independence.

Sincerely,

Jeff Davis
President, Minnesota Majority

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ron Paul Delegates Hope for a Voice

Mon. Jul 28, 2008
by Gregg Sangillo
From National Journal Convention Daily
http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/nj_20080728_5538.php

National Journal looks ahead at what to expect at the conventions.

When an expected 88 delegates for libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, descend on Minneapolis-St. Paul for the Republican convention, they won't be crashing the party. From their perspective, they have a simple goal: defending the U.S. Constitution.

Officially, Paul's presidential campaign has shut down. But it's still operating a group, called Campaign for Liberty, that is planning a rally during the convention at the University of Minnesota on September 2. Paul's delegates initially pushed to secure him a convention speaking slot and are frustrated that he'll probably be denied the right to address the crowd. So, they say, they'll try to make their voices heard in other ways.

"The main issue is constitutional government," says Thomas Kiene, a Paul delegate from Oklahoma. "There's hardly any part of the Constitution that the federal government hasn't trampled on.... Paul understands that and stands up for it."

Steve Rogers, a Paul delegate from Minnesota, adds: "I'm just trying to spread the message--conservatism, liberty, honesty. We're just trying to have an influence as a voice against the crowd."

Another Minnesota delegate for Paul, Kris Broberg, even harbors a glimmer of hope for a convention revolt against John McCain. But Broberg concedes, "I realize that is a lonely hope."

Some Paul delegates have grumbled that pro-McCain forces have used heavy-handed tactics to prevent them from attending the national convention. Broberg recalls that at the Minnesota state GOP convention, a Paul delegate was replaced late in the game on a technicality. "The party always told us, if we adjourn this convention, whatever the results are, that's the way it stands," Broberg said. "And then they went and had their contest committee turn around and remove him as a delegate."

Patrick Eisenhart, a Paul delegate from Maine, is planning to put concrete amendments before the platform committee. "I would like to have the Republican platform demand that Iraq begin using its cash surpluses to pay for its own security forces," Eisenhart says.

Paul's staunch opposition to the Iraq war is a component of his delegate support, but it's certainly not the defining issue. "I was completely against [the United States] going in the way they did. I agree with the way Paul voted on that," says Paul Clayton, a Paul delegate from Oklahoma who fought as a marine in Iraq. "But given the situation currently, I don't think we can just up and leave right now."

Instead, the Paul supporters share the broad goal of a smaller federal government. They say that the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., championed that principle, and they believe that McCain, Goldwater's successor in the Senate, has betrayed it.

The Paul delegates are a diverse group: Rogers from Minnesota is a firearms instructor who learned about Paul through membership in gun-rights organizations such as Gun Owners of America. Jeff Waksman, a Paul delegate from Wisconsin, is working on his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Paul delegates argue that they're not black-helicopter-chasing lunatics but rather normal, conservative Americans. "I think the media has gone a long way to try to discredit us as a bunch of '9/11 truthers' and conspiracy theorists, when that's not what most of us are," Waksman says.

Eisenhart concurs: "I'm 31 years in the military. I'm not some peacenik or some wacko."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Minnesotan's for Limited Government Picnic at Kaposia Park


I invite you all to enjoy a picnic with Minnesotan's for Limited Government at Kaposia Park in South Saint Paul on Wednesday July 30th.


We will be hearing from great speakers such as,

Sue Jeffers, Former Candidate for Minnesota Governor

Phil Krinke, President, the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.

Dr. Karen Effrem, Board of Directors, EdWatch

Bill Jungbauer, Candidate for 39A State Representative

Gilbert Higuera, Candidate for 66A State Representative
This will be good times with good people. Hope to see you there!




Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

From the Downsizer Dispatch

I just received an email with this information in regards to the federal Real ID Act. You can check out the source of the following information at a site called DownsizeDC.org http://www.downsizedc.org/

Our Governor, Tim Pawlenty, is a big proponent of the Real ID. He tells us that it will help keep illegal immigrants from taking jobs from law abiding citizens. He also has said that we would not be able to board airplanes without one. Or partake in commerce.

Among the possibilities of a national ID: biometric information such as retinal scans, fingerprints, DNA data and RFID tracking technology.

I spend many days in the Fall sitting in a tree deer hunting. I am a fan of spending my time reading the bible while I wait for some succulent venison-on the-hoof to enter the circle of death. One of my favorites is Revelation. In these pages it speaks of the mark of the devil. Anyone who does not have the mark will not be able to take part in commerce. No buying or selling. No job. Don't they sound eerily similar?

As a candidate for state representative, I feel it is my goal to fight such legislation. The great state of Minnesota must join in with the 21 states that have opposed this federal act so far. This is one of my goals when elected.

Quote of the Day:
"This Bill fundamentally adjusts the relationship between the citizen and the state. How could it be otherwise when it will put the state in possession of an unprecedented, consolidated file of information about every individual which it did not have before?"
-- Lord Holme of Cheltenham

Subject: 21st state rejects the REAL ID Act. The number of states that have rejected the REAL ID Act now stands at 21. The latest to do so is Louisiana. On July 8th Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law HB 715.

It's strong legislation. It directs the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections to NOT implement the REAL ID Act.

It's been a while since we've asked Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act.

We've been focused on other things. Now is the time to hit them again. Let Congress know that you won't forget about this issue. Tell them you're aware that Louisiana just became the 21st state to rebel against the REAL ID Act. Tell Congress it's long past time to bow to the will of the people, who do not want a centralized national identification system. You can send your message here.

We have many new members. If you don't know what the REAL ID Act is all about, we have introductory information on our Real ID campaign page where you can also send your message to Congress.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rally For The Republic

August 31st thru September 2nd Ron Paul's alternative national convention will take place. You can check it out here,

http://rally.campaignforliberty.com/

Guests will include many great people such as,
Ron Paul
Tucker Carlson
Gary Johnson
Barry Goldwater Jr.
Bruce Fein
Grover Norquist
Doug Wead
Adam Curry
Aimee Allen
Marc Scibilia
Rick Ellis

Wish I could be there to join in the festivities. I will be doing my civic duty as national delegate at the Republican National Convention. I hope you all have a blast!

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Must See Video

Just viewed this video and thought I should pass it along.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Join Me in the Kaposia Days Parade‏

Hello to all of my fantastic supporters!

Friday, June 27th is the Kaposia Days Parade in S. St. Paul. This is a big parade and there will be several liberals in this parade so I need your participation. We will be 85th in the lineup. The parade starts at 6:30 so we need to start showing up about 5:30 to 6:00.

Here is a link to the map of the parade and line up spots.

http://www.kaposiadays.org/documents/KDParadeMap_000.pdf

Units 81 - End: South side of 4th St. N between 12th Ave. N & 9th Ave. N

Here is the Mapquest link,

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=S+Saint+Paul&state=MN&address=4th+St+N+%26+12th+Ave++N&zipcode=55075&country=US&latitude=44.8961&longitude=-93.0488&geocode=INTERSECTION#a/maps/m::11:44.896097:-93.0488:0::/e

My cell number is 651-308-6442 so please feel free to call me if you need to.

If you are comeing from the north, just take highway 52, (Lafayette Bridge) south and get off on Thompson and take a left.

I will have a cooler full of refreshments and I will be glad to buy a round for everyone when it's over.

I look forward to seeing you all! Let's have a blast!

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Joe, American" Challenges the Presidential Candidates

Here is a man with a plan! I suggest we get on board and support Joe American. I for one, am sick and tired of candidates that run on sound bites and slogans. I want a candidate that address's the important issues Joe American speaks of, affordable energy, the war, health care, education and transportation. United we stand and we can make a difference by demanding action from our elected officials. Take the time to listen to Joe's video. I like this guy.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Minnesotan's for Limited Government Picnic!

Come to the picnic! I hope to meet many new faces there!




Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Charley Reese: Constitution guarantees gun rights for people, not militia

From News-Press.com
Fort Meyers, Florida

Niccolo Machiavelli, who was a sort of Karl Rove of his day, though with more integrity, said of the Swiss that they were "the most free and most armed people" of Europe. Get it? The connection between arms and freedom?
That statement is still true of the Swiss. Many people know that they practice neutrality, but not many know that they practice armed neutrality. If the gun controllers' claim that the mere presence of arms leads to mayhem were true, the Swiss would have wiped themselves out years ago. There are guns and gun ranges all over the place. You would be hard-pressed to find a Swiss home without a firearm and ammunition. Yet, the Swiss have a very low crime rate.

If you were a robber or a rapist, who would you rather have as a victim? Someone who is armed, or someone who is defenseless? Even a stupid criminal knows the answer to that question.

If the police can protect us - which is another claim the gun-control people make - then why are so many people murdered, raped and robbed? Even the television fictional stories tell you the answer to that. The cops get there after the crime has been committed. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a crime scene. Nearly all the cop shows open with the police looking at a dead, unarmed body.

Do you really believe that the men who had just fought a long and bloody war against the British and were writing what we call the Bill of Rights had this conversation:

"Well, let's see. We've guaranteed freedom of assembly, of religion, of speech and of the press. Oh, my gosh, we've forgotten the duck hunters. They'll raise heck if we leave them out, so we'd better write an amendment for them."

The Second Amendment has nothing whatsoever to do with hunting. It states: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
The men who wrote these amendments were pretty darn fluent in English. If they had intended the right to keep and bear arms to apply only to the militia, they would have said so. They would have written "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the states to arm their respective militias shall not be infringed."

They didn't say that. The main sentence says "right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." "People" means everybody, not just the members of the militia. The subordinate clause, "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state," just gives one, but not the only, reason why all the people have a right to keep and bear arms. The militia, after all, was drawn from the people. It was not the Army. The first meaning of "bear," by the way, is to carry, bring or take. Americans have the right to keep arms and to carry them.

The word "regulate" in those days meant trained, and do you notice again the connection between arms and freedom? The subordinate clause refers to a "free state." Obviously, an unfree state would not allow the people to be armed.

The Founding Fathers were not urban neurotics like so many of today's politicians. They were almost all outdoor people. Guns were to them just tools, like their axes or plows. You couldn't survive in the wilderness without firearms, and at the time of our Revolution, there were only about 3 million people from Maine to Georgia.
Nor were there any police forces. There was no Secret Service, FBI or any of the other alphabet law-enforcement agencies. If you decided to travel, you traveled at your own risk, and you can bet people traveled armed. When I was last at Williamsburg, Va., they had a room in one of the historical houses arranged as if a traveler had just arrived and unpacked. There on top of a dresser was a pistol.

- Write to Charley Reese at P.O. Box 2446, Orlando, FL 32802.

Monday, June 9, 2008

On the Second Amendment, Don’t Believe Obama!

The presidential primary season is finally over, and it is now time for gun owners to take a careful look at just where apparent nominee Barack Obama stands on issues related to the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for “sportsmen” or unfounded claims of general support for the right to keep and bear arms.

But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, shows that Barack Obama is a serious threat to Second Amendment liberties. Don’t listen to his campaign rhetoric! Look instead to what he has said and done during his entire political career.

FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry. 1
FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban. 2
FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting. 3
FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership. 2
FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities. 4
FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense. 5
FACT: Barack Obama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration. 6
FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court Brief in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.
FACT: Barack Obama opposes Right to Carry laws. 7
FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and “research.” 8
FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America. 9
FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them.10
FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military. 11
FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines. 12
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping. 13
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods. 2
FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers. 14
FACT: Barack Obama supports one-gun-a-month sales restrictions. 9
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns. 9
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for replacement equipment. 9
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training requirements for all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership for persons under the age of 21. 9

1. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 219, July 2, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00219)

2. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 20087. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9269.html)

3. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 217, Kennedy amendment July 2, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00217)

4. David Wright, Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08. (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/02/obama-common-se.html)

5. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2004 SB 2165, vote 20.
6. “Fact Check: No News In Obama's Consistent Record.” Obama ’08, December 11, 2007. (http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/12/11/fact_check_no_news_in_obamas_c.php)

7. “Candidates' gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, and "Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns," Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04. (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_560181.html)

8. 1998 Joyce Foundation Annual Report, p. 7.
9. “Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)

10. Illinois Senate, May 5, 2002, SB 1936 Con., vote 26.
11. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18.
12. “Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control,” Radio Iowa, Sunday, April 22, 2007. (http://learfield.typepad.com/radioiowa/2007/04/clinton_edwards.html)

13. Chicago Tribune blogs, “Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for action,” February 15, 2008, (http://blogs.trb.com/news/politics/blog/2008/02/barack_obama_comments_on_shoot.html)

14. Barack Obama campaign website: “As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment . . .” (http://www.barackobama.com/issues/urbanpolicy/#crime-and-law-enforcement.)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Campaigning on my Birthday

Yesterday, June 7th was my 51st birthday. It was a great day, warm and sunny. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Mendakota Park in Mendota Heights. It was the Mendota Heights Parks Celebration Kick Off. Everyone was friendly. It was a great time shaking hands, putting stickers on kids and even some adults. Some folks new me from my campaign for state senate two years ago and urged me to make sure I get to their house with lawn signs. Many people are concerned for their freedom and constitutional liberties. Taxes, education, transportation, warehousing of our children's DNA, the patriot act, national ID's, pro-life and pro second amendment were all subjects of concern.

From there I went to Bugg's Bar on Concord in South Saint Paul. Here I met many great Vietnam Veterans that were having a benefit to fund a war memorial in Wisconsin. Because it was my birthday I believe it was prudent to have a couple of cocktails with the troops. Spent some money on raffle tickets and ate some great food. The cake, (what was left of it), was red, white and blue and was delicious.

Marianne Stebbins was on 100.3 KTLK radio with Sue Jeffers at 5:00. Called in during the discussion on the MNGOP Convention. Andy Aplikowski was on the phone from his cabin in Wisconsin. My friend Lorri called in and it was an informative discussion. I look forward to next weeks show.

Finished the day at the Taco House with my wife of twenty five years and our new friend Joe T. The red chili burritos are an awesome culinary delight.

Liberty Patriots in the UK

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

I found this link in a meet up group email. Seems there are people just like us in merry old England that want their liberty and freedom from an oppressive and intrusive government. They too oppose a national ID and spy cameras on their city streets and DNA warehousing.

http://www.15thjunemagnacarta.org/

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Barack Obama is a 'Post Turtle'


While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, a doctor struck up a conversation with the old man
Eventually the topic got around to Barack Obama and his bid to be our President.
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'post turtle.'"
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a "post turtle" was.
"When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top," The old rancher said, "that's a 'post turtle.'"
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.
"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there and you just wonder what kind of idiot put him up there to begin with."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What Other Bloggers Have to Say About the Minnesota State GOP Convention

Here is a list of blog posts that address the atmosphere at the MNGOP state convention that was recently held in Rochester Minnesota. There is a lot to read here but it will give you an idea of the climate within the party and the desperate need for a change in leadership. What could have been a great chance to unite, was destroyed by party leadership. I received an email today from a person within my BPOU who writes "I will never again be involved in the party. I will support single candidates that share my principles." She has been a hard worker for my campaign and I am very thankful that she believes in me. If only party leadership would have practiced what they preached, unity, many people like her would be more than willing to bust there rears to get good people elected during this campaign season.

"We the People" have been scammed! The GOP slate put together by the party leadership was fixed days in advance. This was obvious because of the need to print up mailings, literature and those huge banners. This blog address's this very issue.

http://www.ronpaul.com/2008-06-02/report-from-the-minnesota-state-convention/

Here is one that makes me curious. Someone told me at the convention that the address for the "Minnesota Conservative Delegate Team" belongs to a GOP officer of sorts. It was also mentioned that the state constitution bylaws forbid a party officer from endorsing a candidate. This may be just for public office rather than a party position. If anyone knows who this address belongs to, please let me know. I was told at the convention but I did not make note of it. Further investigation is waranted in this manner.

http://www.ronpaul.com/2008-05-28/minnesota-gop-vote-for-mccain-and-shut-up/

http://www.thefreesavage.com/2008/06/03/republican-party-convention-2008-no-integrity/

This one from Joe Repya is a must read! This man pulls no punches!

http://joerepya.typepad.com/eaglesnest/2008/06/the-minnesota-g.html

More from GI Joe Repya.

http://joerepya.typepad.com/eaglesnest/2008/06/republican-disa.html

http://joerepya.typepad.com/eaglesnest/2008/05/rochester---the.html

http://joerepya.typepad.com/eaglesnest/2008/05/minnesota-gop-.html

http://joerepya.typepad.com/eaglesnest/2008/05/ron-pauls-peopl.html

From the Wright County Republicans

http://wrightrepublican.blogspot.com/2008/04/apology-to-ron-paul-folks.html

Residual Forces has a good story about the division created at the convention. The party leadership had a great opportunity to bring people together. People willing to work hard to fight the liberals. Yet leadership shunned them and many are feeling very disenfranchised.

http://www.residualforces.com/2008/06/02/08-state-convention-advice-for-leadership/

http://www.residualforces.com/2008/06/02/a-real-point-of-clarification/

http://www.residualforces.com/2008/06/01/08-state-convention-logistics/

Thoughts on State Central.

http://www.residualforces.com/2008/05/31/2008-summer-state-central-meeting-my-thoughts/

http://www.residualforces.com/2008/05/30/ahhhh-the-smell-of-sausage-in-the-afternoon/

Convention wrap-up from True North.

http://www.looktruenorth.com/component/content/article/349-republican-party-business-a-conventions/3297-mn-gop-state-convention-wrap-up.html

http://www.looktruenorth.com/component/content/article/116-General/3304-review-republican-state-convention-.html

Joe Repya unloads on Ron Carey's Handling of Convention from Lloyd Letta Nooze Blog.

http://lloydletta.blogspot.com/2008/05/joe-repya-unloads-on-ron-careys.html

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

From Tony Perkin's Family Update

When Congress adjourned for Memorial Day recess, marriage was in disarray, gas prices were soaring, circuit courts sat empty, and our troops were still waiting for funding to replenish supplies. Now, fresh off a holiday weekend in which most families paid $4 a gallon to drive to neighborhood barbecues, American patience has worn thin. Imagine the frustration this week, as Congress returned to work--not on judges, marriage, or the war supplemental bill--but on changing the weather. By a 74-14 vote, the Senate agreed to devote days to the Lieberman-Warner legislation on global warming. Desperate to prove their environmental mettle, liberals are fighting for a policy that would bankrupt the economy and burden American taxpayers. The leadership says its goal is to slash CO2 emissions by almost 20 percent in 12 years, but conservatives argue the cost to American businesses and taxpayers far outweighs the negligible climate benefit. The bill's 500 pages are a complicated mess of distorted science, pork projects, and a tax-and-trade solution that will send U.S. jobs overseas and result in the most massive expansion of the federal government since the New Deal. In just 10 years, the tax burden to American families would skyrocket by $1 trillion. The average American would face higher heating and cooling bills, more pain at the pump, and expensive consumer products. From the less fortunate, the bill saps even more. As Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) points out in the Wall Street Journal, the poorest Americans already spend almost a fifth of their monthly budget on energy. By 2030, gas prices could climb anywhere from 45 cents to $1, and the U.S. economy would be on the hook for an extra $4.8 trillion. And for what? Even environmental advocates admit that in the end these concessions may do nothing to affect the earth's climate. After 40 years of Lieberman-Warner, the most that the Environmental Protection Agency is willing to promise is a one percent reduction in CO2 emissions. To hardworking Americans who are struggling to provide for their children, this entire debate is baffling. Sen. Inhofe, who has fought this global warming hysteria since 2003, challenged his colleagues to get back to business. "Will you dare stand on the Senate floor in these uncertain economic times and vote in favor of significantly increasing the price of gas at the pump, losing millions of American jobs, creating a huge new bureaucracy and raising taxes by record amounts?" Perhaps the most infuriating aspect of this bill is that the evidence is still very inconclusive about the climate threat. If anything is heating up, it's marriage. This Congress is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the real crises facing this nation as they refuse to intervene.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Quick Take on the State Convention

I was just on the Pioneer Press website looking at comments about the state convention. There was one in particular that I had to respond to. Her comments are similar to others that I have been hearing from other party loyalists. I have been hearing disturbing tales of some immature pictures that were drawn on ballots that were cast. I wrote "abstain" on the alternate ballot and a member of my BPOU wrote "corrupt." He has been a member of the party for over twenty years and I quote him in my response below.

GOP GAL 50 years Well, I'm STILL here at the Chateau. All I can say are the RP folks were entirely rude, disrespectful and did NOT follow parliamentary procedure.
BTW, did you RP folks pay GOP dues this year? Help to support the convention you tried to take over.
Geez, either work to build up the Libertarian Party or join the GOP, come to regular meetings, volunteer to committees, work to get on the platform committee...etc... It takes time, but is the CORRECT manner to effect change.
I'm not a McCain fan at all (Huckabee gal here)...but old RP has as much chance as Hillary at this time.
P.S. The language I was subjected to by the RP folks was horrible too. Sorry, but I find the repeated use of the F-word on the front steps of the hotel disrespectful as well.
I'm sure not all RP folks are rude and foul-mouthed. I just happened upon a lot of them today.


There are many great Ron Paul people who are quite aware that good manners and diplomacy is key to making changes within the party. This is what I look forward to being a part of in the coming years. I must point out that I am upset with what I call a "radical faction" at the convention. These radical few make us look bad in the eyes of many and I hope that these few can mature in the future.

I am disgusted about all the lip service to Ronald Reagan and our conservative values that went on and then we are asked to compromise on these principles by supporting RINO candidates. One prominent Republican I know well said to me that the way that the convention was held reminded him of Eastern Europe before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

I am just about finished with a book titled "When Hell Was In Session" by Senator Jeremiah Denton. He was in the Hanoi Hilton for over seven years. In it he writes of North Vietnam's soldiers loyalty to "The Party." Many of the speeches that we heard this weekend did nothing but push for loyalty to "The Party" and how important unity is. I found the similarities to be disturbing to me.

I have only been involved in the Republican Party for two years but I have been very active at every level I can in that time. I am currently an endorsed candidate for the second time. I will be around in the future with many of the more mature Ron Paul people actively seeking change within the party to restore it to the values we hold dear to us as conservatives. The way in which the convention was held, it is my responsibility to continue to "Show Up" and be a part of the fight to a better party and a better country.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thank You to all the People Who Helped Out at the W. St. Paul Days Parade


The turn out for the parade was greater than I ever expected. Thirty one people showed up to help out with my campaign. I want to thank Ray and Nick J., Adam J. and his friends Oscar, Luis, Sara and Dawit, Kyle S. who drove the Mustang convertible. Mark S. who drove the 75 Ford XL convertible. Ann and Vanessa J. Tony S. Joe T. Collin who played his drum and dressed up like the patriot that he is. Joey who just appeared on the street out of nowhere. Pat B. and her two boys, Leon and Dimitri J. Lonny L. Jeff W. Greg O. Alexa and her friend Derrik. Dave and Kimberly. Jake and Lorrie, Paul I. and his baby boy John Paul, Gilbert, and Mary H. These pictures were taken before everyone showed up, so I apologize if you are not shown. I also apologize if I forgot to mention anyone. If I did, let me know and I will include you. More pics to come in the future.