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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010


Sent by email from Stan G.

Thanks Stan.

Here's to all of us who live in Minnesota , some born and raised here. Some got here as fast as they could and others who would like to be from Minnesota . This is the best version of this that I have seen.

1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road." I drive a Pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

3. You say our lakes smell to you. They smell like money to us. Get over it.

4. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 combines that are driven only 3 times a year.

5. So every person in every pickup waves. Its called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of ducks are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

7. Yeah, we eat walleye & northern pike and love it. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.

8. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

9. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.

10. No, there's no "vegetarian special" on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the pound of ham & turkey.

11. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: Onion, Pepper, and Garlic!

12. College and High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a hell of a lot more fun to watch.

13. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards --it spooks the fish.

14. Colleges? Try St. Olaf, Concordia, or St John's . They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come home for the holidays.

15. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, than any other state, so "Don't screw with Minnesota .." If you do, you will get whipped by the best.

Minnesota is the greatest state ever!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Emmer for Governor, Republican Party of Minnesota Petition Minnesota Supreme Court to Ensure Number of Total Votes Matches Total Voters

Concerns have been raised over more votes than voters

St. Paul– Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb today announced that Emmer for Governor and the state Party have filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court asking the court to ensure that reconciliation has occurred in each of Minnesota’s 4,136 precincts as required by Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. § 204C.20). The petition includes affidavits from election judges throughout Minnesota who prepared or observed preparation of summary statements for their precinct and did not witness election judges count the names of individuals signing the polling roster or the names of individuals who registered to vote on Election Day.

“The most basic right of our election system is one person, one vote. We cannot have a system that allows more votes to be counted than legal voters. After the 2008 election, estimates varied that there were between 17,000 and 30,000 or more ballots than total voters. In 2009, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie pledged to match voter registration with canvassing board results to within a thousand. Ritchie has had two years to address this issue and yet we’re receiving reports today from election judges stating they did not reconcile the ballots cast with the number of signatures on the polling roster on Election Night 2010. These reports raise concerns about the instructions and written guides given to election judges by the Secretary of State’s office as to the statutorily required reconciliation procedures for Election Day but more importantly, raise serious questions about the integrity of the result of the election.

“Phantom votes have no place in the final vote count. There is a clear statutory remedy that must be followed, namely, that excess phantom ballots are removed from the certified vote count. Until reconciliation has been completed in each precinct, the legislatively mandated recount cannot begin. Today's petition is of course within the legal framework of the canvassing process and the recount. We are seeking the court’s assurance that only legally cast ballots are counted. The next governor should be seated on January 3 with an outcome that has followed the letter of the law,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton.

“It is incumbent upon our election system to count each and every legally cast ballot and not include phantom ballots in the vote count. Our petition today is simply asking the Supreme Court to confirm that the number of votes matches the total number of voters on Election Day, as required by state law and that election officials follow the clear statutory remedy for the removal of phantom votes before the results are certified,” added Republican Party of Minnesota Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb.

Click here to read Minn. Stat. § 204C.20

Click here to read the filing

In 2008: Estimates Varied that there were Between 17,000 and 30,000 More Ballots Than Total Voters

Estimated 17,000 more ballots than total voters. "Kiffmeyer is 'absolutely sure' that Ritchie's efforts to eliminate voting regulations ensured Franken's victory. 'The first thing he did when he got into office was to dismantle the ballot reconciliation program we started. Under that program districts are required to check that the number of ballots issued by matching them with the number of ballots cast,' she said, ‘that way we know immediately that the vote count is accurate.' But that isn't what happened, she said. 'We now have 17,000 more ballots cast than there are voters who voted and no way to determine what went wrong. Why anyone would eliminate that basic check, I don't know,’ she said." (Ed Barnes, “States' Secretaries of State Are Tipping Balance of Power,” FOX News, February 1, 2010)

Estimated 30,000 more ballots than total voters. "He said the goal was to match voter registration and the certified canvassing board totals within 1,000 names. ‘You'll never get a perfect correlation between the two,' he said. 'We were at 40,000 in April. We're at about 30,000 now.'" (Patricia Lopez, “Ritchie is sued over voter-registration records,” Star Tribune, May 28, 2009)

In 2009: Ritchie Pledged to Match Voter Registration with Canvassing Board Results to within a Thousand

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie pledges to match voter registration and canvassing board result to within a thousand. "He said the goal was to match voter registration and the certified canvassing board totals within 1,000 names. 'You'll never get a perfect correlation between the two,' he said. 'We were at 40,000 in April. We're at about 30,000 now.'" (Patricia Lopez, “Ritchie is sued over voter-registration records,” Star Tribune, May 28, 2009)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hitler on the Election

How Our Tax System Works - Explained in Beer

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7..

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thomas Jefferson said...

When we get piled
upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe .

Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist
when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every
generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save
one-half the wars of the world.

Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for
Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the
pretense of taking care of them.

Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me
that most bad government results from too much

Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred
the use of arms.

Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the
people to retain the right to keep and bear arms
is, as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be
refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with
his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in
'I believe that
banking institutions are more dangerous to
our liberties
than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow
private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation,
then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will
grow up around the banks will deprive the people
of all property -
until their children
wake up homeless on the continent their fathers

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eric Magnuson Named Lead Litigator for Emmer for Governor, Republican Party of Minnesota

St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton today announced that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Canvassing Board member Eric Magnuson has been named chief litigator for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Former Chief Justice Magnuson joins a legal team headed by Michael Toner.

“I’m very pleased to announce that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will serve as lead litigator for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Eric is an enormously talented litigator who is independent minded, thoughtful and substantive. As a former member of the State Canvassing Board, Eric understands the issues at stake during this process. Eric is a tremendous addition to our legal team, and I know he will do his part to make certain that every legally cast vote is counted,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Tony Sutton.

Eric Magnuson’s biography can be viewed here.

An agenda in the mainstream

Here is a great article taken from the Pioneer Press.

By Frank Luntz

The United States has just witnessed its third straight rubber band election.

Once again, Americans had their patience stretched, fired a Washington run amok and now want their new leaders to snap back to attention. The government Americans seek is simpler, more efficient and more accountable; one that takes on less but does better; one that executes the essential and eschews the excessive.

For two election cycles, the winners overpromised and underdelivered. So, will a newly divided Washington finally learn how to govern effectively in dire times?

First, a warning to both sides.
Republicans, for their part, must realize that the voters have given them a reprieve, not an endorsement. In my polling last week, GOP voters agreed with this statement by more than 2-to-1: “I am willing to give the Republicans another chance, but if they mess up again, I’ll vote them out again, too.” That’s hardly a cause for GOP celebration.

Similarly, Democrats must grasp that their defeats were not about deficient personalities or insufficient communication, but about their philosophy and substance. Roughly two out of three voters agreed with the statements that President Obama “has failed to deliver hope and change” and that in the midst of an economic crisis, Democrats “had their priorities wrong.”

Over the past two years,
I’ve polled tens of thousands of Americans. Their top complaint about politicians is that they fail to “say what they mean and mean what they say.” Their top complaint about government is that it lacks “accountability.” Their top complaint about Washington is that “government has grown too big, too inefficient, and too out of control to do even the bare minimum things it is supposed to do.”

These concerns explain why Hurricane Katrina ended President George W. Bush’s presidency three years before his term expired. They explain why the gulf oil spill disaster crystallized voters’ concerns that Obama is in over his head. And they explain why the stimulus — after all those billions in debt, unemployment is still near 10 percent — has been deemed a failure.

Americans’ agenda is simple.
In broad terms, they want the government to spur job growth, but not by subsidizing more government jobs with taxpayer dollars. They want Washington to balance the budget and reverse the growing influence of government on daily life. They want the government to encourage success, allow failure, punish those who break the law — and then get out of the way. And above all, they want politicians to follow through on their promises, even if that means tempering those promises in the first place. They also show clear support for the following five ideas:

Balance the budget as quickly as possible through spending reductions, a hard spending cap and a constitutional amendment so that it never gets unbalanced again.

Eliminate all earmarks until the budget is balanced, then require a two-thirds vote by Congress for future earmark legislation.

Keep taxes down by requiring supermajorities for increases, and eventually enact tax reform with a simple, low, fair rate that drastically reduces the length of the IRS code.

Create a blue-ribbon task force that engages in a complete, line-by-line forensic audit of federal agencies and programs to end waste and reduce red tape and bureaucracy.

And require Congress to provide specific constitutional authorization for every bill it passes so that the government stays within the boundaries imagined by the founders.

I’ve found that each
of these policies has at least 60 percent public support, so if you agree with most of them, it means you’re in the American mainstream. It also means that — wait for it — you agree with the tea party.

These points come directly from the teaparty- backed “Contract From America,” a document compiled from and voted on by the various tea party organizations and promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group. This governing agenda is supported not only by conservatives, but also by largely nonideological, anti-political voters in the middle.

The tea party is not some fringe coalition hopelessly removed from the mainstream. The movement supplied the ideas that made independent voters flip from favoring Democrats by an 18-point margin in 2006 to supporting Republicans by 15 points Tuesday — and it will keep pressuring the government to change until the government truly changes.

As much as Democrats
rightfully fret over the tea party, establishment Republicans should fear it just as much. The movement has already put Republicans on notice: Deliver or get dumped. Nearly six in 10 registered voters I surveyed the weekend before the elections agreed with the following statement: “If Republicans do win a majority in the House and Senate and fail to deliver on their promises, I would consider supporting the creation of a new third party dedicated to reducing the size and scope of Washington.” (Only 17 percent disagreed.) And when asked “which best represents your views?,” about a third of registered voters, 36 percent, chose Democrats, while 25 percent chose the GOP and 22 percent opted for the tea party. Together, Republicans and the tea party movement represent 47 percent of America to the Democrats’ 36 percent. That’s a recipe for massive electoral success in 2012 if they stay united, but unprecedented failure if they pull apart.

This is the whole story of American politics today. When conservatives are divided or dispirited, Democrats win. But united, conservatives control the political landscape.

The last time Republicans
gained control of the House, in 1994, they achieved more in the first 100 days than some Congresses have in two years. From welfare reform to tax cuts to a balanced budget amendment, they passed every one of their 10 “Contract With America” items. Some of this agenda stalled in the Senate, and much of it was vetoed by President Bill Clinton, but they held on to their majority for a dozen years because of those first 100 days. They worked with the president when they could, opposed him when they couldn’t — and the American people were satisfied with the results.

Once again, Republicans cannot be timid. American voters overwhelmingly support spending cuts to balance the budget; six in 10 of them support a 21 percent across-theboard cut in nonmilitary discretionary spending, even if it means reductions in education and health programs. With their “Pledge to America” in September, House Republicans campaigned on this 21 percent cut.

The question: Do they have the courage and the determination to deliver what they promised? If so, they can look forward to a governing majority nationally and locally for a decade, perhaps even a generation.

Frank I. Luntz, a pollster and communications adviser and frequent Fox News commentator, is the author of “ What Americans Really Want . . . Really.” He wrote this column for the Washington Post.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New members elected to the House

Republicans will take over the majority of the Minnesota House of Representatives when the 87th Legislature convenes Jan. 4, 2011.

The DFL held an 87-47 majority heading into Election Day, but Republicans now hold a 72-62 edge.

All totaled the House will see 36 new members — 33 Republicans and three DFLers.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, three races may be subject to recount. They are in District 15B where Republican King Banaian leads DFLer Carol Lewis by 10 votes; District 25B where Republican Kelby Woodard leads incumbent David Bly (DFL-Northfield) by 31 votes; and District 27A where incumbent Robin Brown (DFL-Moscow Township) trails Republican Rich Murray by 58 votes.

Two previous members of the House, Sondra Erickson and Linda Runbeck, both Republicans, will be returning.

The State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m., Nov. 23, in State Office Building room 10 to certify the election results.

For a guide to the members-elect of the House of Representatives, based on unofficial results compiled by the Office of the Secretary of State, go to www.house.mn and click on “2010 Election Directory.”

New members-elect are:

Diane Anderson (R-Eagan)

King Banaian (R- St. Cloud)*

Bob Barrett (R-Shafer)

Mike Benson (R-Rochester)

Kurt Bills (R-Rosemount)

Roger Crawford (R-Mora)

Kurt Daudt (R-Crown)

Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton)

Dan Fabian (R-Roseau)

Mary Franson (R-Alexandria)

Kerry Gauthier (DFL-Duluth)

Marion Greene (DFL-Minneapolis)

Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe)

David Hancock (R-Bemidji)

Andrea Kieffer (R-Woodbury)

Deb Kiel (R-Crookston)

John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove)

Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer)

Mike LeMieur (R-Little Falls)

Kathy Lohmer (R-Lake Elmo)

Pat Mazorol (R-Bloomington)

Joe McDonald (R-Delano)

Carolyn McElfatrick (R-Deer River)

Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul)

Rich Murray (R-Albert Lea) *

Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville)

Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell)

Branden Petersen (R-Andover)

Duane Quam (R-Byron)

Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines)

Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne)

Kirk Stensrud (R-Eden Prairie)

Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent)

Bruce Vogel (R-Willmar)

Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan)

Kelby Woodard (R-Belle Plaine)*

*Subject to recount based on unofficial Secretary of State numbers.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Drunken Democrats, Vote Emmer!

As a parent of two wonderful children, I hope to never feel the pain of losing one of them. In that respect, my heart goes out to Margaret Everson, the woman in the ads run by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. I must ask, how can we expect a “Better Minnesota” from a liberal organization attacking one of our candidates for governor with such a misleading hit piece?

What hypocrites the liberals can be considering that Senator Metzen weaved down the highway in 2007 and was defended by his Democratic peers and even retained his post as Senate President. And how can anyone forget Ted Kennedy who crashed his car into the Chappaquiddick River and killed a young lady while driving drunk, then went on to serve a lifetime as a Democratic U.S. Senator.

While Emmer's troubles were decades ago, Mark Dayton admits to a drug and depression problem today. Tom Emmer gets my vote for governor.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

From the Minnesota Freedom Council

Minnesota Freedom Council

Are AFSCME Union Members involved in Voter fraud?
Complaint to be filed with CW Co. Attorney
AFSCME has been making a big push to get Dayton elected, because Dayton's tax hike put's money in AFSCME pockets. Could this be a reason some have gone too far?
More coming in on Minnesota Freedom Council's exclusive! Developing!

Interview with Deb Erickson Crow Wing Co. Auditor

Deb Erickson explains more on this

An Afscme member interviewed about incident


Friday, October 29, 2010

Get up and vote!


T'was the night before elections

And all through the town

Tempers were flaring

Emotions all up and down

I, in my bathrobe

With a cat in my lap

Had cut off the TV

tired of political clap-trap

When all of a sudden

There arose such a noise

I peered out my window

Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet

They wanted my pay

To give to the others

Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money

And quick as a wink

Jumped back on his bandwagon

As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen

Who were pulling his cart

I could tell they were out

To tear my country apart!

'On Fannie, on Freddie,

On Biden and Ayers!

On Acorn, On Pelosi'

He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause

And as they flew out of sight

I heard him laugh at the nation

Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think

On this one final note—



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lori Swanson gets Desperate!!

Lori Swanson is worried about Chris Barden. One of the nicest men I have ever met! Below is one of her recent emails begging for money. It just drips of desperation. LOL! Poor Lori.

Contribute to Chris Barden here,




Dear Fellow Minnesotan:

I need your help because I am under attack from a Tea Party opponent with a history of vicious name-calling. I ask that you make an online contribution now so that I can continue to stand up for ordinary citizens as the People’s Lawyer.

I am proud that our campaign has received endorsements from newspapers around the state—from Albert Lea to Duluth, from St. Paul to Minneapolis (and even Fargo, North Dakota)!

The Albert Lea newspaper said of our work in the Attorney General’s Office:

She is working for the ordinary citizens of this state. She pursues cases to protect consumers and senior citizens, rather than making her office a political distraction. Swanson takes on cases that affect people’s everyday lives, opposing large power-rate hikes, fighting debt-negotiation companies that make promises and fail to deliver, and taking on living-trust mills that seek to fool elderly citizens.”

The Duluth News Tribune said that: Minnesota’s little guys…have a fighter in their corner in Swanson.”

Unfortunately, my opponent has announced that he will not abide by campaign finance limits—which means that I must raise even more money. His attacks are talking points coming out of the Tea Party spout--that I should sue the President to stop health care reform, that I rigged the Franken/Coleman Senate election, that I am responsible for illegal immigration, etc. He attacks me for being“anti-business” because I enforce the law and stand up for average consumers.

My opponent wants to dismantle the good work we are doing in the Attorney General’s Office and wants to turn the office into a political tool to advance his Tea Party agenda. I need to raise money to respond to his attacks so this does not happen. To do that, I must turn to you for help. I ask that you please help me out by making an online contribution today.

I am determined to win this election, and we will win with your help.


Lori Swanson

Prepared and paid for by Swanson for Attorney General, PO Box 65490, Saint Paul, MN 55165


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Monday, October 25, 2010

The House the Otto's Built, The Shawn and Rebecca I Know

I first met Shawn and Becky Otto about 20 years ago. A friend worked for a company known as Fresh Paint, a non union shop owned by Shawn and Becky Otto. The purpose of this introduction was to go over the details of the construction of a two story addition to the farm house owned by Shawn and Becky Otto in Lake Elmo located on Manning Trail. My friend at the time, Steve Dreher, was laid off and unemployed and was to assist me in the construction of the work on the Otto residence. As I recall, Steve was receiving unemployment compensation, after being laid off from Fresh Paint, and was being paid in cash, for the work done by the two of us.

Since then I had worked on a rental property in downtown Stillwater owned by the Otto's in which the order of the day was to get things done as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

From http://homepower.com/files/webextras/HP47_pg6_Otto.pdf

Shawn Otto is a poet, writer and entrepreneur. He and

his wife Becky own and operate Fresh Paint Inc, a

commercial painting contractor, which they established

10 years ago. They also own several historic

commercial properties which they have restored.

In my opinion, none of the work I have ever seen on an Otto property was ever performed by a union contractor or employee, nor was it intended to contribute to the community but only to benefit the Otto's. “Commercial properties” meaning property they rent or lease for profit.

Five or so years later, I bumped into Shawn in the parking lot of a hardware store. Shawn had said that the farm house had been sold and he asked if I would finish up the work needed in the main floor bathroom. I told him it would be no problem and would be glad to help. I took a look at the work needed, called Shawn and gave him a price and he gave me the go ahead. Upon completion of the work, along with some extras that the new owner had requested, I gave Shawn a call to let him know the work was completed as he asked along with the extras. Shawn said to me, “It's going to take about thirty days to pay you as the money is in escrow.” My response was something like, “Damn Shawn, it would have been nice if you would have told me this up front.” This is when I witnessed a side of Shawn I had never seen before. He had the gall to say, “Watch how you f**king talk to me if you ever want to see a damn dime. You talk to me with respect if you ever want to get paid.” I did the work expected of me and this is how I get treated. Never in my life have I been treated in such a manner after completing a job for someone.

This experience makes me question how their new “green home” was built. Was it built by unemployed people paid by cash under the table or was it built by union contractors? Is it of the quality expected of a union contractor? My knowledge of Shawn leads me to believe that he went with the lowest bids possible. I also question whether he tried to screw any of the people under his employ during construction as he threatened to do with me.

This also makes me question the leadership of these unions,

AFSCME Council 5

AFSCME Council 65

Duluth FirePAC

Education MN

IBEW Local 292

IBEW State Council Local 49

Operating Engineers

MAPE Minnesota

AFL-CIO Minnesota

International Association of Fire Fighters Local 21

Minnesota Nurses Association

Minnesota State Building & Construction Trade

Minnesota State Council of Unite Here Unions

SEIU Mn State Council Pol Fund

Sheet Metal Workers PAC #10

State Council of Machinists


UAW MN State CAP Council

Are the leadership of these unions truly aware of who they have endorsed? Is the union leadership that have endorsed and contributed to the Otto campaign aware that Rebecca was the founder and president of a non union painting company named Fresh Paint that employed as many as fifty people? If so, is it only because Rebecca is a Democrat? Do they ignore the fact like hypocrites that she gives lip service to the unions but allows her husband to hire unemployed construction workers to do work on their home at well below prevailing wage? Does anyone of these union leaders believe that Rebecca turns a blind eye to the people employed to work on their home?

According to this site, http://homepower.com/files/webextras/HP47_pg6_Otto.pdf, the Otto's had a “volunteer crew” assemble and erect their wind tower on their property in Marine on St Croix. Who was there to insure that the work done met industry standards or that the work met OSHA safety standards?

Let's take a look at Shawn and Rebecca's political history. You may recall that Rebecca first started out as a state representative in 2003. Shortly afterward, she and her husband were indicted by a grand jury for false campaign practices – essentially lying in an eleventh hour hit piece about her opponent Matt Dean.

“A Washington County grand jury has indicted state Rep. Rebecca Otto, DFL-Marine on St. Croix, and her husband and campaign manager, Shawn Otto, for distributing false campaign material for her special election in February. The offenses are gross misdemeanors. The indictment, made public on Monday by Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson, charged the Otto's with falsely alleging in a piece of campaign literature that Rep. Otto’s Republican opponent, Matt Dean of Dellwood, ‘put his own children in private school.’ In fact, one of Dean’s children was attending a public school and a second child was enrolled to start kindergarten this fall.” (Bill Salisbury, “Grand Jury indicts lawmaker”, Pioneer Press, August 12, 2003)

“Rep. Rebecca Otto, DFL-Marine on St. Croix, and her husband, Shawn, have been indicted on a rare charge of issuing false political campaign material before her special election victory in February. A complaint from House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, spurred a Washington County grand jury investigation that led to the gross misdemeanor charges filed Thursday against the Otto's. They allegedly published campaign literature falsely claiming that Republican candidate Matt Dean had ‘put his own children in private school.’” (Conrad deFiebre, “2nd legislator charged with false claims”, Star Tribune, August 12, 2003)

Also during the 2003 campaign Shawn made what appears to be an attempt at buying an election when he contributed $10,000 to the DFL House Caucus. On the exact same day the DFL House Caucus of his contribution, they began independent expenditures on behalf of his wife Rebecca. Read the DFL House Caucus Campaign Finance Report here..

According to the Campaign Finance Board, Shawn Otto had no prior history of contributing to the DFL House Caucus.

Shawn Otto's contribution to the DFL House Caucus coincided exactly with the start of independent expenditures on behalf of his wife's campaign raises serious ethical questions.

It is illegal in the state of Minnesota to “earmark” contribution money. No one can contribute to a committee and at the same time have any say in how the money is spent.

The beauty of all of this is that the voters saw the Otto's for what they really are, Matt Dean soundly defeated Rebecca easily in 2004.

Having spent some time digging a little deeper into Shawn and Rebecca, this question has been popping up,

How in the hell can Rebecca Otto claim she can "serve as a watchdog for the citizens of Minnesota"

Issues such as these come up,

  • According to the campaign finance board, Pat Forciea contributed $250.00 on January 19, 2003 to Rebecca Otto's campaign.

  • Pat Forciea, a convicted felon, signed on as a "supporter" to a letter defending Otto from the "politics of intimidation."

Shawn Otto is no longer Rebecca's campaign manager, but is active as her campaign treasurer during this campaign cycle in which she is running for reelection for state auditor.

During the 2010 Minnesota State Fair, I did what I always do and stopped by the DFL headquarters where Rebecca was campaigning. The two of us have bumped into each other on occasion the past couple of years. We had a little small talk and it was interesting to note that Rebecca and I have both read Atlas Shrugged. This surprised me and I asked her why she was a Democrat after reading such a great book. I never did get a reply, but, my instincts tell me that her and Shawn decided long ago, if you are to run for office in Minnesota, it's much easier as a Democrat. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.” It reminds me of some irate father watching his son playing little league baseball. The father is living the game through his son. Is it possible that Shawn is living politics through his wife Rebecca? Unlike a child, who has no choice in the situation, Rebecca, as an adult accepts Shawn's behavior in a mutual, corrupt grasp for power, attention, and recognition.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Haircut

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, "I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week." The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, "I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week." The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, "I can not accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mark Dayton: One of the Worst Senators in America

You may remember that 6 years ago on October 12th, 2004, then Senator Mark Dayton made an erratic and unprecedented decision to shut down his U.S. Senate office over an unsubstantiated terrorist attack. Even though the other 534 members of Congress kept their offices open, Dayton, citing a ‘phantom’ threat, closed his down. During these difficult times, Minnesota needs a Governor with calm, steady and reassuring leadership qualities. These are qualities that Mark Dayton clearly lacks. Even members of Dayton’s own Democrat party criticized his bizarre and irrational decision. Minnesota needs a tough leader and liberal Mark Dayton is not it.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Goodbye Liberals!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Tracking' the candidates

Over the last several months, I have met trackers of our gubernatorial candidates from both the GOP and DFL and have found them to be fine young citizens ("Dayton, Republicans quarrel over 'trackers,' " Aug. 17).

Therefore, it was a surprise to hear Mark Dayton complain about the tracker from the GOP who has been tailing him. All along, throughout the campaigns of the candidates leading up to the primary, they all have been assigned a tracker from the opposing party.

Now that the primary is over, we begin to see the real contrasts between our candidates. Mark Dayton and the other DFLcandidates were doing their all to attack Tom Emmer leading up to the primary. It was good to see Tom stand tall, refusing to stoop to that level. Now that Dayton stands alone, he wants the attack ads to stop. He can dish it out but he can't take it. Also, while Dayton complains about a young GOP tracker, Tom Emmer recognizes and welcomes his DFL tracker at every GOP event I've attended.

Running for governor is not for the weak of heart. Dayton wanted to run with the big dogs but is proving to be thin-skinned. It's obvious Tom Emmer is the leader of the pack.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jim Metzen Got Off So Easy!!!

Anyone whoever got a DWI knows the penalties for their actions behind the wheel. Jim got a lousy 20 hours of community service. What a slap on the wrist!

Read it here,


Read carefully and you will see that he was using more than one lane. He was weaving down the road.

Here's more. Jim got a speeding ticket a year ago on 07/23/09. 84 in a 70 with no proof of insurance.


Two years after he said how much he has learned his lesson.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Protest a Betty McCollum fund raiser tonight!!

Make a sign and peaceably assemble outside 466 Mississippi Blvd this evening and let Betty and her fellow socialists know how you feel. Signs that say things like "One Nation UNDER GOD, Betty!" or "Why are you afraid to debate?" Use your imagination. There is much to say when it comes to Betty the invisible commy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.

Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

Although there is little to no record of this operation in Ike's official papers, one piece of historic evidence indicates how he felt. In 1951, Ike wrote a letter to Sen. William Fulbright (D) of Arkansas. The senator had just proposed that a special commission be created by Congress to examine unethical conduct by government officials who accepted gifts and favors in exchange for special treatment of private individuals.

General Eisenhower, who was gearing up for his run for the presidency, said "Amen" to Senator Fulbright's proposal. He then quoted a report in The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."

Read the rest of the story here...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Betty McCollum, are you out there? If so, you should watch this video.

Who is Betty McCollum?

Here is a great website! www.trueknowledge.com/q/who_is_betty_mccollum
It allows you to enter answers to questions such as "Who is Betty McCollum?"
I urge all good patriots to go to www.trueknowledge.com/q/who_is_betty_mccollum and enter your very own description of Betty!

Below is my short description of Betty. Short and not too nasty. But I do believe it is truthful. Let's see how long it stays up!

She is the five term U.S. representative from Minnesota's 4th Congressional District. Politically Betty runs as a Democrat but her votes and philosophy are communist/socialist in nature. She has authored only forty bills while in office ten years and only one has ever made it out of committee and passed. That bill authorized a name change for a post office. She is on the budget committee which failed to pass a budget in 2010 while government spending and our national deficit has sky rocketed. Communication with her constituents is totally lacking. Contact her office via phone, letter or email and you will receive a form letter which has no relevance to the issue of your concern. During campaigns, Betty hides out and does not do any visible campaigning, leaving that to volunteers. It is a rare occasion when she agrees to a debate with an opponent from the GOP as well as any DFL challenger.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Teresa Collett and Betty McCollum agree to a debate!!

Teresa Collett and Betty McCollum (pictured on the left) shook hands and had a friendly chat at the Rice Street Parade and agreed to a debate. Teresa Collett and Betty are running against each other in Minnesota's 4th Congressional District. Betty, the incumbent, has been virtually invisible on the campaign trail. Over the last ten years she has rarely if ever consented to a debate so voters have no clue as to her stand on issues beyond her completely socialist voting record.