At 5:00 pm Central Time TONIGHT!!!!

Miss Minneapolis 2014 (and contributor to the Northern Alliance Radio Network) Julia Schliesing will be featured in an online documentary THIS EVENING at 5:00 pm Central Time. 


The organization Call Me Mental, a collaboration between artists and clinicians looking to change the attitude towards mental illness, followed Julia around for multiple days as she lived life. The documentary will feature how Julia successfully maintains a hectic schedule in spite being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. In fact, her main goal as Miss Minneapolis (and hopefully Miss Minnesota and beyond) is to reduce the seduce rate through educating others about the stigma surrounding mental illness. 


So click here promptly at 5:00 pm CENTRAL TIME to see Julia's featured episode. 


You can also contribute to her cause here.






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The NARN Closer - 4/20/2014

Happy Easter everyone! I know it's a special day to spend with family, especially when commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. While a live broadcast of my radio show can hardly compete with such endeavors, you are welcome nonetheless to tune in this afternoon at 1:00 Central Time for the latest edition of The Closer. 

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune has on its website a fawning profile of Edina-based wind and solar power company Geronimo Energy.  The company is set to make a fortune from developing a large solar power project for electric utility giant Xcel Energy.

The Star Tribune would have you believe that Geronimo's success is attributable to the company's clever business plan and savvy marketing.  In fact, renewable power in Minnesota would be nowhere without round after round of mandates imposed by the state government on electric utilities.

What the Star Tribune also doesn't mention is that Geronimo's director of solar power, Nathan Franzen, is married to Edina Democrat state senator Melisa Franzen.  In 2013, Sen. Franzen voted for the latest round of solar power mandates that benefit her husband's industry.

Beyond state mandates, renewable energy is also dependent on Federal tax breaks and favorable regulatory treatment.  You and I pay the difference, in higher taxes and/or higher electricity prices, that makes wind and solar power appear viable.

I'm having a hard time seeing the public purpose served by increasing the personal wealth of Sen. Franzen and her spouse.  It sure looks like classic crony capitalism, of the variety more often seen in places like Chicago and Louisiana.

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The Consent of the Governed

Yesterday, I posted on this site an essay by my friend and neighbor John Snyder, ruminating on the topic ofThe Consent of the Governed.  It turns out to be a rather timely topic.

The words come from The Declaration of Independence, contained within the phrase,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
The public opinion firm Rasmussen Reports conducts polls on the question every few months.  This monthRasmussen found that only 19 percent of American voters believe that the Federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.

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Imagine No Taxes

chains_broken11On Tax Day, I dared to wonder what happiness I might pursue with the money I earn but never see. I asked readers to join me in the exercise and imagine what they might do with the money they lost to taxes last year. Reader Mike Mahoney added this insightful comment:


I would probably wind up spending it on protection, roads, litigation services. If one looks at tax receipts and the portion of the budget that is enumerated as a power to do things in the constitution you’ll note a similarity. The rest is all done on borrowed money. So, if I didn’t pay taxes I would still pay.

Mike lands a fair point. Government certainly provides a value. In the absence of particular government services, we would need to pursue alternatives, thus incurring expense.

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MVA Files Final Legal Briefs in Lino Lakes Case

Charging that City actions which “skewed factual information” and “suppressed opposition” were an “abuse,” on April 3 and April 10 attorneys for the Minnesota Voters Alliance filed post hearing and reply memorandums against the City of Lino Lakes for violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. The memorandums are the final legal steps in the matter, and now it’s up to the Office of Administrative Hearings to make its decision on this matter.

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Inequality in America

Many of my "progressive" friends bewail the rigid almost "caste-like" system in the U.S. today. They strongly believe that if you were born into poverty, there you shall stay for virtually all your life. Likewise, if you parents were well-to-do or rich; you shall be, also.

Nevertheless, statistically America is still a land where you can prosper - or fail, depending upon the combination of effort, thought and your ration of luck (good or bad) in life.

It turns out that 12 percent of the population will find themselves in the top 1 percent of the income distribution for at least one year. What’s more, 39 percent of Americans will spend a year in the top 5 percent of the income distribution, 56 percent will find themselves in the top 10 percent, and a whopping 73 percent will spend a year in the top 20 percent of the income distribution.

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Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

ST. PAUL, Minn. — To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials atOpen Secrets MN.

  • “Do you believe that a broad pattern of governmental surveillance activity — such as monitoring a person’s location information on an ongoing basis — invades a reasonable expectation of privacy, and constitutes a search?”
  • “Do such things as license plate reader scans (LPR) and the Kingfish (cell tracking system) infringe on the protections of the First, Fourth, and Fifth  amendments in your view?”
  • “Would your department support the use of small, low-flying drones to serve as platforms for ongoing video surveillance of public areas?”

“Technology is moving at warp speed, and the Legislature is being run over by snails at the rate they move in setting policies,” said state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville.

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Priceless: Sebelius ….

The NYT reported that Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, who served as a Kansas governor before becoming Obaman's HHS chief, is considering a run for US Senate in the November 2014 election in Kansas.

The response from the Kansas GOP Chair, Kelly Arnold is this: "If Kathleen Sebelius wants to come back to Kansas to run for office, we will pay her bus fare."

Love it. For the record, under HER governorship, the state data systems were a mess, a horrible mess. It took Republican Governor Brownback to clean them up.



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Two paragraphs, so much consternation

At the state convention, the nominations committee has to report on the qualifications of the candidates seeking endorsement.  From the MNGOP state party constitution;

Nominations Committee.

To be eligible to be considered for endorsement or election, candidates for statewide
nonjudicial endorsement and candidates for National Delegate or Alternate must meet all legal
requirements and submit nominating petitions to the Nominating Committee containing the
printed names and signatures of a minimum of 2% of the State Convention Delegates.

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The S Word, Part II: Our Fathers’ House

Years ago, a bunch of people I’ll call The Original Bloggers wrote:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Or at least impel them to think about it.  I mean, we’re just thinking, here…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–

Let’s talk about Liberty.  The NSA is snooping on your phone calls.  The IRS is selectively sandbagging the First Amendment.   The federal and state governments are attacking the First Amendment (FEC regulations, sueing businesses that don’t recognize gay marriage on First Amendment freedom of religion grounds, placing gag orders on politicized investigations). You don’t even have the freedom to pick a healthcare plan that works for you anymore.  Your Fourth Amendment rights are out the window if someone tells the cops you might have traffic-sized lots of pot in your house; your property can be forfeited even if you’re never convicted.  The Tenth Amendment is effectively a dead issue; the Feds can claim absolutely anything is their jurisdiction ever since FDR turned the Commerce Clause into the dominant statement in the Constitution.

They’ve even started walking over the Third Amendment, for crying out loud.

So then what?

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