About State Politics and News Events

It’s The Rights, Stupid!

One of the mixed blessings of being involved with an issue – the human right to self-defense – as long as I have is that every couple of years, I’m treated to the spectacle of a whole new generation of gun-grabbers excitedly making arguments that they just know are going to send the Real Americans scurrying for mama… …not realizing that they are probably the fourth or fifth generation of gun grabbers I’ve heard use the argument since I started. “Put a 1000% tax on bullets?  You mean like Patrick Moynihan proposed in the seventies the National Coalition to Ban Handguns talked about in the eighties, and Chris Rock in the nineties?  No, ma’am, that one’s new to me.   Does that also mean that the First Amendment protects speech, but that the government can regulate newsprint, or that it protects freedom to worship, but the government can censor the Bible, the […]

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Gun Homicide: Comparing Apples And Apples, Part II

  Last Friday, we noted that to the US’s murder rate of 3.8 per 100,000 ranks 121st in the world overall. Which, to “Gun Safety” advocates, is just wrong; they insist on constraining the comparison to only “western, industrialized” countries – as if the life of a human being in Honduras or South Africa is somehow worth less, or their murder is of less weight than someone from Highland Park.   And I noted that the reasons for the comparison are to make the US look as bad as possible, against small, socially-homogenous countries like Denmark and Norway and Japan.

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Do Vikings fans hate children?

A public school in Burnsville is making a bit of news because there’s an effort to bring in a playground that will be designed to be accessible to children who use wheelchairs and walkers. Not the playground of your childhood, certainly, but here’s what I found more interesting, which is this: the cost of the playground is inflated by an act of bipartisan folly the Minnesota Legislature engaged in a few years ago. According to the school principal, a major cost of the project is the concrete that will lie underneath the rubber pathways. He added, “There’s a concrete shortage because of the new Vikings stadium, so the price has risen on that.” The cost of the new playground will be paid for through fundraisers, so the politically driven gift to the NFL won’t be reaching any deeper into taxpayers’ pockets — at least not this time.

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Retooling the “U”

Like many schools today, is it the job of the University to instruct or indoctrinate? Sometimes I don’t know if they know the difference anymore…”   Like many of us, my wife and I are card carrying alumni of the University of Minnesota. We are also taxpayers in this state. I guess that makes us stakeholders. In other words, we have the right to make suggestions. To praise and to complain. And at times, just to bitch.

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The promise of body cameras?

There is a history of a dual standard of law enforcement using abrasive/abusive police practices in our country and communities.  There has been report after report detailing the long history of police prejudice and bad behavior.  Social research in the field has substantiated this behavior for decades.  So what are law makers doing about it? read the rest at Open Secrets Blog.

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Theft by different methods

Here in St. Cloud, the ISD742 School Board is attempting to lift money from taxpayers’ wallets by writing a bonding proposal so that the taxpayers either accept a massive tax increase or they reject school renovations. I thought that the ISD742 School Board was corrupt. (I still do, actually.) That was until I heard about the outright theft and vandalism campaign being conducted by the Vote Yes people in the north metro. Mitch Berg’s post highlights the DFL’s depravity, including this link to the Washington County Watchdog’s Facebook page. You’ll want to check out the screen grab of a Vote Yes activist (thief?)admitting (actually, bragging is more accurate) that she stole Vote No lawn signs. Mitch further quoted that the “Watchdog confirmed that one of the women is affiliated with/employed by the “Vote Yes” campaign.” Actually, that person was uninhibited enough to say that she “might make a day” of stealing the Vote No signs.

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