Open Letter To Target Corp

June 9, 2014 To: Target CorporationFrom: Mitch Berg, Law-abiding CustomerRe:  Billionaire Trouble Dear Target, I’ve been a customer of yours for decades, like most Minnesotans.  I estimate I likely spend well north of $2,000 a year at your stores, counting groceries and clothing. And like about 180,000 Minnesotans, I have a permit to carry a firearm.  Minnesotans with carry permits are nearly three orders of magnitude less likely to commit a firearm crime than the general public; we are literally better safety risks, per capita, than your employees are.  Now, a group called “Moms Demand Action”, which is an astroturf pressure group owned and operated by billionaire ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg, is putting a lot of media pressure on Target to bar all firearm carry at your stores, nationwide, after the intemperate actions of a few “open carry” activists in Texas.    While your stores are indeed your property, please be advised that […]

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This Is Your Obama “Recovery”

Real economic growth…didn’t exist in the first quarter: Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the first quarter according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP was estimated to have increased 0.1 percent. With this second estimate for the first quarter, the decline in private inventory investment was larger than previously estimated. Some lefty pundits are blaming the “tough winter”. I remember some tough winters in ’83-85.  The economy kept on recovering, somehow.  Perhaps shovel and snowblower factories and shoveling crews were hiring? The real […]

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A Libertarian Is A Conservative Who’s Been Audited

Minnesota’s property forfeiture laws – which allowed law enforcement to confiscate property they believed was involved in crimes even before anyone was convicted – started out under the Carlson Administration – during America’s last major round of drug hysteria, in the early-mid ’90s, when the national murder rate spiked over the crack trade and Minnesota was reeling from the early-decade carnage in Minneapolis where, driven by gangs, the murder rate briefly spiked to some fairly astronomical levels. If the police grab your property – car, house, whatever – you have to file suit to get it back, proving that your property didn’t in fact commit a crime or some such other legalistic buncombe. And for all of Jesse Ventura’s libertarian palaver, his administration never addressed the issue.  And if anyone pulled Jesse Ventura’s strings, it was Dean Barkley, moderate-DFLer turned “Independence Party” guru and Jesse Ventura’s main advisor and for […]

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So let me get this straight…

A deeply mentally ill child of immense privilege… …from a family that is very, very likely left of center (given where the father lives and the industry he works in), not that that necessarily should matter… …who stabbed three victims, shot three (of whom four were men and two were women) and critically injured two more with his car… …in a gun-free zone… …in a state that has some of the “toughest” gun controls in the country, and spent the last year ratcheting up restrictions on law-abiding gun buyers… …is the fault of the NRA and the gun-rights movement?

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Memorial Day

As I discussed on the show on Saturday, there are really two sides to Memorial Day, to me. The first part is the obvious part; remembering those who’ve died to keep this country free. There are many of them; well over a million men and women have died in the service of this country, in wars big – the Civil War, World War 2 – and small (the Philippine Insurrection, Desert Storm). And their memory – and the ones that lived, and are with us – deserve a world of thanks. ———- A friend of this blog – a Navy veteran, as it happens – posted this on Facebook late last week: Good morning all! It’s Memorial day weekend again.

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Of Convenience, Part II

First things first.  I’ve got nothing against Hannah Nicollet.  If you go by what little she’s said in public about her political beliefs – she supported Ron Paul in 2012 – I probably agree with her 90-odd percent of the time.  Indeed, now that she’s been endorsed to run for Governor, my biggest dream is that she selects a Lieutenant Governor candidate named Lyndale, Hennepin, Franklin or Lake.  So no – nothing against Hannah Nicollet. But I do have something against the Independence Party.

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Thanks DFL!

DPMS Arms is leaving St. Cloud and taking a slew of jobs with it.  The jobs are moving to Alabama to join a big gun conglom that is soaking up companies and jobs from gun-hostile states.  Good work, Michael Paymar.  It was only Saint Cloud, right?

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