Video: Can politicians be bullied?

No one likes a bully, but are speech laws the solution?  Reason TV takes up the argument in its Nanny of the Month video, thanks to a law proposed by a New Mexico legislator that would make a crime out of verbal bullying … of a child, or a politician, or anyone experiencing “substantial emotional distress” from criticism.  Sounds like a perfect way for incumbents to silence the opposition, no?

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A Minnesota Nice version of union thuggery

The Pioneer Press Sunday, June 23 editorial, “Minnesota: An undue setback for Teach For America” describes, in a nutshell, what is wrong with education in Minnesota and why we have an achievement gap. The best read lies between the lines. The content of the editorial is a blow-by-blow description of how the Minnesota Board of Teaching, several members of which hold teacher union leadership positions, voted to deny waivers to members of the Teach for America corps that would streamline licensing procedures and help ease their way into classrooms.

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Patriot or traitor?

Libertarians are hailing Edward Snowden as a hero for bravely telling his story and blowing open a government abuse of power.  The Obama administration is opening a criminal investigation into Snowden for leaking details of a top secret intelligence program, on the grounds that national security has been damaged.  Who’s right? Seems to me that it’s too soon to say for sure, and we need more details to make a judgement, but there are some serious red flags.  On the one hand, Snowden let the public know about the NSA PRISM program that, while maybe legal, certainly isn’t Constitutional.  On the other hand, he didn’t come forward to members of Congress or even the American media; he went overseas to the British paper The Guardian to tell his tale.  It’s hard for me to see him as a patriot when he told his tale in a foreign country.  While you […]

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Mark Heuring

Mark Heuring is the very model of a modern suburban father typeHe’s paid his taxes every year and suffered through the school board hypeHe’s married to a lovely gal named Jill and has two children whoAre bright and sweet and full of fun and cause him endless whoop-de-dooHe earns his dough from writing words for businesses and catalogsHe’s lost his share of golf balls in hazards, traps and other slogsHe coaches baseball, basketball and sometimes helps out with the ScoutsAnd sometimes writes on politics, discussing lies and all the loutsA cheesehead? Yes, but fully understanding Minnesota witsAnd Catholic to his very core despite no time with JesuitsThere’s more to say, but if more facts are what you wantYou can always see his work by visiting Mr. Dilettante.

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Ed Morrissey

Ed Morrissey began blogging at Captain’s Quarters in 2003. During the past five years, his work has been published in the Washington Post, New York Post, New York Times, Weekly Standard, and other national publications. In 2007, Ed made the leap to full-time employment in New Media when he became political director for Blog Talk Radio. You can see all of his past work in the archives at Captain’s Quarters. He can be reached at [email protected] where he blogs currently.   Ed has lived in Minnesota for more than ten years after leaving his native California. He and his wife have a son and daughter-in-law finishing their college education and a beautiful five-year-old granddaughter. He has a weekly radio show on Minnesota’s AM 1280 The Patriot every Saturday afternoon.

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Brad Carlson

Brad was born and raised in Saint Paul. He graduated with an Accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1992. It was upon graduation from college when Brad started to foster his conservative ideals. Hearing Rush Limbaugh for the first time helped him realize what was really in his heart. Since 2001, Brad has been very active politically. In 2004 he was named leader of the Minnesota chapter of Protest Warrior, a counter-protest organization whose sole purpose is to point out the absurdity of the political left by parodying their empty slogans. He also volunteered in the 2004 re-election campaign of President Bush as well as the 2006 Senate run of Mark Kennedy. From 2006-08, Brad was Chair of Coon Rapids precinct 5-3 in House District 49B. Now part of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, Brad can be heard every Sunday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 PM Central […]

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Dave Thul

Dave is a resident of Owatonna, MN where he lives with his wife and two children. A member of the MN National Guard since 1992, he started blogging at Foreign and Domestic in 2007 when his unit was extended in Iraq as part of the surge.  Since he retired from the Guard in 2014, his opinions on military matters are much less likely to get him in trouble with the Army. A proud independent conservative for years, Dave finally got off the fence and joined the Republican Party on Jan 20th, 2009 in response to the news of the day. He was elected co-chair of the Steele County BPOU four months later, and in April 2011 was elected chair of the CD1 Republican Party.  Dave currently serves as CD1 delegate to the MNGOP state executive committee, vice chair of the Minnesota Oraganization of Republican Veterans,and  temporary chair of the MNGOP […]

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