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Starting over in Dinkytown

I’ve lived in Minnesota for nearly a quarter century now and I continue to be amazed at how poorly the revenue producing sports and the University of Minnesota have done. And now the U is starting over, yet again : Mark Coyle’s first words Wednesday as the leader of […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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When to abide by an endorsement

When to abide by an endorsement

"Can you go to jail if you break your word on honoring an endorsement? Of course not. But you will lose your honor." For those who live in Minnesota, and are familiar with our grass roots politics, please be patient for a minute. This is for those who live […] Click here to view original post veryangrybird.blogspot.com

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Once again, it is Tom's race

Once again, it is Tom’s race

"Tom is also not afraid of the tough issues." I will admit it. And I am not ashamed of it. I like Tom Emmer. Have since the first day I met him. I have said this behind his back and I have said this to his face. I love […] Click here to view original post veryangrybird.blogspot.com

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Traffic woes

Traffic woes

"News flash – we need more lanes in our major arteries in the metro area." Back in the day when I worked at Control Data (by the airport in Bloomington), I made a request to my boss. Because of where I lived, I requested to "flex" my hours from […] Click here to view original post veryangrybird.blogspot.com

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More on wealth migration

More on wealth migration

"If Minnesota does not fix their tax issue, they will end up being the California of the north." Yesterday I was having my monthly treatment for my neuropathy. During the visit, the doctor comes in to check my progress. As we were chatting about his new location (they had […] Click here to view original post veryangrybird.blogspot.com

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Abide With Me

No, I’m not talking about the old Hymn.  I’m talking about the current silly season of GOP endorsing conventions.  Everywhere you turn you see  Party activists asking, or even demanding, that candidates “abide by the endorsement” (rather than run in a primary), as if issue positions and electability were not important.  And you see candidates either promising it and criticizing those who promise not, waffling on the subject, or honestly saying they are going to the primary.  That last seems to really matter most to the delegates, and they often push to forcing such a pledge on every candidate.  Really, that is backwards. What it amounts to is an attempt to make the endorsement have value, by fiat, when what we should be doing is making the endorsement have REAL value!  That is, the endorsement should carry with it financial support, volunteer hours, publicity and media exposure, and vigorous support.  […]

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Anarchy in the Streets: ACLU Leader Claims There’s No Such Thing as Illegal Protest

{youtube}6qcu1fR1yN4{/youtube} The Black Lives Matter movement harbors no shame about breaking the law. In fact, illegality has proven key to their strategy. Days in advance of a planned action, they have announced their intention to trespass on private property or disrupt public infrastructure. They have declared their purpose to “shut down” targeted venues. Consider the audacity of that. They have announced that they are going to violate people’s rights and commit crimes. When law enforcement agencies have responded to restore peace, Black Lives Matter has defied lawful orders, invited arrest, and taken pride in the harm they have inflicted. They brag  about having “shut down” businesses, freeways, airports, and other venues, disrupting commerce, impeding travel, and incurring great expense for municipalities. One Republican legislator in Minnesota has said enough is enough. State Representative Nick Zerwas has authored a bill that would enable government entities to bring civil action against individuals […]

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