What If the Indiana Boycott Was Illegal?

On today's Fightin Words podcast, hosted on the Twin Cities News Talk Podcast Network:

What if it was illegal to express your chosen values by engaging in a boycott? After all, a boycott is a form of discrimination. Shouldn’t people be forced to enter into relationships against their will in contradiction to their values? After all, that’s the argument of those opposed to Indiana’s religious freedom law.

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Our Sherco Mess

"So if we close this plant in 2020, what are we supposed to do for electricity? Put a windmill on our roof?

Most of us who vacation in Park Rapids, Alexandria, Brainerd or Detroit Lakes have driven by either the Sherco power plant in Becker or the nuclear plant in Monticello. They are so close to each other, (less than 10 miles), they are like twins. Between the two of them, this state gets almost half its electricity. They should be looked upon as a real blessing right? Wrong. Not in the eyes of the greenies and the statists.


Before I go any further, how is your electric bill doing? Mine is obscene. It is large and getting larger all the time. Experts now tell us due to the Administration's "War on Coal", we could see a 40% jump in the next five years. That means if you are paying $250/month now, your bill could be $400/month in the next few years. And it goes up from there.

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By Its Own Criteria, the Obama Administration Is An Economic Failure

Lately there has been a fair amount of happy talk from liberal pundits about our supposedly robust economy. Such optimistic evaluations have been guarded, since everyone knows that the jobs picture is still bleak, largely because of runaway legal and illegal immigration. But there is an even more fundamental measure by which the Obama administration is an economic failure.

The 2014 numbers are now in on America’s gross domestic product, the total amount of wealth generated over the course of a year, as best it can be measured. They are grim, as the Wall Street Journal reports:

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Do we all hold “these truths” of natural law to be self-evident lately?

Almost 240 years ago, the founders of our nation had a common philosophy, both of the nature of humanity and the limitations of government. Risking their lives to challenge the established order of divinely-ordained monarchies, the Continental Congress wrote in the Declaration of Independence that government exists to secure the rights that originate from natural law on the basis of creation, and that legitimate government exists to recognize and protect those rights, not to overpower them:

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Point of order

We've been informed that Indiana is now the Worst Place in the World because it now has a Religious Freedom law that apparently compels every damned bakery in the entire state to deny gay couples wedding cakes or something.

So how many states have similar laws? Well, check out the map:

Somewhere, Orville Faubus is scratching his head

Maybe someone can explain to me why Indiana is such a horrible place now, while Rhode Island is not?

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Meanwhile, in Chicago

From his perch at the Chicago Tribune, John Kass asks the question:

The oligarchs who run Chicago don't want to consider the unthinkable — at least not publicly.Yet as the campaign for mayor of Chicago between Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel enters its final week, some oligarchs are worried.They're probably wondering: What if Rahm really loses this thing?

At this point, winning may not be that pleasant, either. Chicago is in a hell of a lot of trouble right now as the pensions and the corruption start to come home to roost, to paraphrase a famous Chicagoan that we're supposed to forget. More, a lot more, at the link.

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Move MN’s predictability

Harlan Madsen’s op-ed for Move MN in Monday morning’s St. Cloud Times fits Move MN’s habits perfectly. I first wrote about Move MN’s deceptions in this post. This is content from Move MN’s website:


We are calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation funding solution in 2015 that requires additional transparency and efficiency for current resources.

  1. Be comprehensive to address, roads, bridges, transit, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
  2. Equitably balance the transportation needs of Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area.
  3. Be a long-term, sustainable funding solution that is gimmick-free and dedicated only to fixing transportation.

It’s pretty straightforward. Move MN’s website is filled with talk about bike paths, transit projects and “pedestrian infrastructure.” Their op-eds, though, are all about fixing roads and bridges:

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We’re All Criminals Now

On today's Fightin Words podcast, hosted on the Twin Cities News Talk Podcast Network:

Expressing his insights in a recent op-ed for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek lays out a comprehensive critique of our “one-size-fits-all criminal justice system” that treats people with mental illness and chemical dependency as if they were violent criminals. Elsewhere, in a piece for USA Today, author Glenn Harlan Reynolds points out that we now have so many laws on the books that “you are probably breaking the law right now.”

We need comprehensive criminal justice reform at every level of government rooted in the principle of individual rights – tough on criminals who leave victims in their wake, and not saddled with larger societal problems that require treatment instead of punishment.

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Joe, Do You Have Any Questions?

Ya know, after years of doing this I thought I’d seen it all, but even I was miffed after listening to the March 19 city of Crystal work session.

The work session was to appoint members to serve on the Blue Line Extension groups (of course I hope the Blue Line never comes). One of the people applying was our old friend former council member John Budziezewski.

After answering a few questions from the council where Johnny B gave his standards answers of how much he loves the light rail and the great “need” we have for public transportation (laugh, laugh), he then turns to another former councilman Joe Selton who was in the audience and said to him “Joe, do you have any questions for me?”

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Our Stadium Saga Continues....

"Some say this taxpayer behemoth is a Taj Mahal. I disagree - the Taj Mahal would have been cheaper..."

In the paper today, were two very interesting articles. The first being the differences between the three proposed budgets - the Governor's, the House, and the Senate. The House of course is the Republican budget. When I look at all three next to each other, there is barely a hair's difference between them. The Governor's is $42.9B, the Senate's is $42.7B and the Republican lead House is $42.6B. To that I say "Big Whoop!"

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