The merger between MN Campaign Report and mnblue is
almost complete. There will be few if any updates here at mnblue. At some point tonight or early tomorrow, w When you surf to mnblue it will roll over to www.mnprogressiveproject.com. Joe Bodell and I have been talking about this and working on this for a while now. Grace Kelly, TwoPuttTommy and our newest regular writer Holly Cairns are excited about the change as are the contributors from MN Campaign Report. We've even added a few new regular contributors. Also, Aaron Brown from Minnesota Brown will continue to contribute.
Our coverage of Minnesota politics should be better because of the number and quality of the writers. Plus, we've got loads of new features.
Since we're in the roll-out phase throughout the month of December, be sure to post comments or email me about things you'd like to see us do at MNPP. Both Joe and I built community blogs ... and we want MNPP to be yours, too. We want you to rant, rave, analyze and question. We want you to post about what's on your mind.
It's a bigger, better community. I hope you'll help. The future starts now.
We are in the blues times of the year, so activities should be picked that bring cheer. That is why putting up a tree now with lights could really help. One of the best ways to stop the blues is dig in dirt, by planting a garden. Yes I mean right now with snow on the ground! I noticed that pots were on super sale in hardware stores. If you can give up the window sill or counter space for a while, you could make holiday gifts of basil, cilantro, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Imagine being able to make a Christmas meal with really fresh ingredients. It would be a less expensive gift with big impact, and very unlikely that anyone else will do it. Plus very helpful directions abound. This picture also comes with directions at all-about-container-gardening.
"This is an urban environment. Right over here is Juarez. And people are able to easily come into the border - into Texas, in this part of - in part of the border."
"We're also increasing the number of agents that will be working in the internal part of the country to find those who've broken the law and bring them to justice." -- George orWell Bush, El Paso, Texas, November 29th, 2005
"...into the border..."??!? "...internal part of the country..."??!?
What a maroon. In 51 days Boy Blunder will exit, stage "right." January 20th, 2009 will be The End Of An Error.
The Republicans would not spend 30 million over 5 years to help provide health care to the nation's poor children, however the the Republicans gladly added US debt of a trillion dollars to pay for 2 wars, an almost trillion that was supposed to buy up toxic mortgages but was instead used to buy stock. Now we have the greatest end run of government responsibility of all, the Federal Reserve is financing $7.8 trillion in debt that is basically in helping pay for the credit swap debit that estimated to be larger than the assets of the world.
(New York Times)
And how is the federal reserve paying for this? - by printing money meaning inflation! Everyone one's dollar will be worth less. Through inflation we will all be taxed. We didn't have the money for health care, helping people pay mortgages, or converting to green energy. However the Republicans had the money to save the "credit swap" bets of the very rich. Truly Republicans are the government of the rich. by the rich and for the rich. This time will live in Republican "spend, spend, spend" infamy and the most enormous redistribution of more wealth to the wealthy. Furthermore, with all the money in the hands of a few, we truly might have King Midas end to this story. We would have been way better off declaring all credit swaps null and void! We could created a US bank that borrowed only for legitimate business and never for credit swaps, letting "credit swap" banks go through bankruptcy. And especially notice how little media attention is being devoted to the $7.8 trillion, it is invisible news!. What news is out there was published on Thanksgiving day. In fact, I would wonder if the super rich did not arrange for news to hit during the Mumbai distraction. $7.8 trillion should have 2 million times the fuss that was made about spending 30 million over 5 years to help provide health care to the nation's poor children.
"Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."
"Every new citizen of the United States has an obligation to learn our customs and values, including liberty and civic responsibility, equality under God and tolerance for others, and the English language." --George orWell Bush, Tucson, Arizona, November 28th, 2005
January 20th, 2009 will be The End Of An Error.
"The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production." -- George orWell Bush, The White House, November 27th, 2002
You can't spell "worst" without "Dubya" - but you can be thankful that in 53 days January 20th will be The End Of An Error.
The Minnesota Senate race recount gets stupid today. First, the challenges are simply out of control. At the current rate, we'll break 7,500 and possibly approach 8,000, but each day the rate increases so do I hear 10K? Secondly, the Recount Canvassing Board punted the decision on the rejected absentee ballots to the courts.
Norm's lead range: 84 to 238.
6,400 rejected absentee ballots yet to be resolved.
|MN-SEN race recount|
|Updated every evening at 8pm|
|Challenged Franken ballots||2448||0.10%|
|Challenged Coleman ballots||2292||0.09%|
This is 86.04% of votes counted out of 2,885,502 votes cast on November 4th. The recount is on holiday until Monday.
Republicans tend to break election rules and laws. Now, is the time to be checking those financial reports! Like Republican Mark Mohr, running for the West St. Paul City Council 2nd Ward seems to have conveniently forgotten the $300 individual contribution limit for city offices.
(Minnesota Secretary of State)
Just so you know the $300 limit applies since the population of West St Paul was 19,405 at the 2000 census, which is well under the 100,000 needed for the $500 limit.
So add up these contributions from the 39A GOP for "Mohr for Change", the personal campaign account of Mark Mohr? Do you get $500, greater than the $300 limit?
And there is more on Mohr ...
AP obviously sat on the story about melanine until after the election. The fact that melanine was in our US food supply has been reported by me, at this very site since April 11, 2007. So basically all the Republican owned corporate news sources are now going to be reporting all the bad news that they should have been constantly reporting, now that it can't hurt Republican election chances.
Melamine is the chemical found in Chinese infant formula — in far larger concentrations — that has been blamed for killing at least three babies and making at least 50,000 others ill....
The three firms — Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson — manufacture more than 90 percent of all infant formula produced in the United States.
Basically China gets a free pass because we need China to keep buying our US debt bonds. Ever notice how we now never talk of cancer prevention, just on about working on cancer cures. Melanine is "singing canary" of a much larger problem. Note that we have many description deaths of unknown causes like "Sudden Infant Death" in babies. The coverup could be much more widespread than we currently know.
"We must continue the work of education reform, to bring high standards and accountability not just to our elementary and secondary schools, but to our high schools, as well." -- George orWell Bush, The White House, November 4th, 2004
January 20th, 2009 will be The End Of An Error.
(Updated: see below)
Anyone wonder about the Avista Partner's Star Tribune bizarre recount math? It has been clear that they were backing Norm Coleman from way, way before they actually got around to endorsing him. They always slant their coverage conservatively. Aaron Landry has the goods on that. They first post the AP's lede, then alter it to a more conservative title. Avista Partners are basically oil men and they hire conservatives to run their papers.
Their poor coverage due to too few political reporters left after budget cuts (another classic Avista move) kept any good news for Al Franken during the DFL endorsement race out of the paper. They had one reporter covering the Senate race, the Governor and the Legislature until this June. This isn't coverage, it's neglect. Not to mention their inaccurate coverage when they tossed a story to someone who knew little about the race.
They front-paged any bad news about Al or good news for Norm. Furthermore, they minimized Norm's controversies as much as they could while front-paging his defense against the various charges. For example, they never wrote about Norm's ties to the Myanmar dictatorship.
Now they have this exclusive math which they don't explain. It certainly can't be from journalists doing hard work. There are just too few political reporters left at the paper. Are they just pulling it out of
their *** the air?
While Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race (MN-SEN) has been reduced to 84 votes according to the Franken campaign or has increased to 231 (according to the mystery math at the Strib), that's a statistically meaningless number. The Franken campaign identified 6,400 rejected absentee ballots that the Canvassing Board will adjudicate. What are the chances that they'll find lots of uncounted Franken votes among them? With the Coleman campaign challenging absolutely any ballot they possibly can, how many will be deemed frivolous and counted? MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie wants a process established so that the frivolous challenges will be resolved before the Canvassing Board meets on December 16th. Good luck with that.
With the increase in challenges, we could now even hit 6,000 challenges. I'll show the math after the break.
|MN-SEN race recount|
|Updated every evening at 8pm|
|Challenged Franken ballots||1836||0.08%|
|Challenged Coleman ballots||1758||0.07%|
This is 80.62% of votes counted out of 2,885,502 votes cast on November 4th.
Since every magazine tends to have a personality type test and story, the real question is there a personality type model that really works, that helps political persuasion and that helps put volunteers into good matching roles. I believe that I have found just such a model, a diamond level personality model.
I first tested the model by typing myself and others, which you see the diagram of my type. Friends have also tried the model. It has predicted problems and personality matches quite well. It does a good job of explaining how stress affects each personality type. Here is my personality type:
The perceptive, cerebral type. Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.
You read my articles, do you think that fits? Test here for your type!
"You'll hear, we're going to spend -- the government is going to spend the government money here, and the government is going to spend the government here." -- George orWell Bush, Trenton, New Jersey, September 23rd, 2002
And now we know where Boy Blunder is "spending the government" - AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Citicorp, TCF, etc etc etc.
Which led to this quote, from Socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:
(editor's note: quote, and YouTube, after the fold)
Our national health insurance discussion correctly focuses on documenting the industry's failures with sick people. Yet even the lucky people with good health have great difficulty with purchasing private health insurance. Our family is the classic case of health insurance not working. We have had a perfectly healthy family, and yet we still can only afford to take high deductible insurance, basically only catastophic insurance. We pay $7434 this year in premiums. We could end up paying $16434, before we see even one 80% payment from the insurance company.
So what would happen if we actually needed the insurance? How much would we pay then, and would our insurance company just drop us? The McCain $5000-for-health-care-insurance plan was totally out of touch with what really is available privately.
I'm off to the Wild game to see Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitols. Maybe the Wild can find a way to score. It might be as exciting as the recount. Ahem.
I'll post the numbers once I get home, but Jeck Fecke's analysis at Blog of the Moderate Left cuts to the quick of where this race is headed -- The courts.
Norm leads by 172. We're on pace for ... sweet Jebus ... possibly 5,000 challenges? We're nearly at 100 challenges per percentage point.
|MN-SEN race recount|
|Updated every evening at 8pm|
|Challenged Franken ballots||1400||0.06%|
|Challenged Coleman ballots||1401||0.06%|
This is 74.18% of votes counted out of 2,885,502 votes cast on November 4th. The gonkulations follow...
I grew up knowing that at any given second the world could explode in a nuclear holocaust. So I am accustomed to looking at death of civilization as we know it. So after this election, I promised to look again at the whole world view. Among my friends, I have known for uncanny long range predictions, so here are my latest long range predictions:
1) Global Warming: For the next years, this will manifest as strange weather - more hurricanes, more drought, more hail and more tornadoes. Due to lack of the freeze, our state will start having pest problems that we never had before. Due to the huge number of catastrophes, everyone can expect less government help and less humanitarian help. Count only on family, friends and neighbors. If you live on a flood plain, then move!
2)Energy Shift to Wind and Solar: Simply put either our economy totally shifts to wind and solar or we go back to the stone age. Any place going nuclear will fail, because nuclear takes a long time to get going and uranium supplies will soon also reach the peak possible supply, becoming super expensive. Coal will become more and more toxic to mine and to use.
Sometimes it takes a lowly blogger far from Washington to point out the only obvious credit fix:
Invalidate All Credit Swaps
When credit swaps are greater than the whole nation's assets, then there is no possible bailout that will work in any way. Duh! So think of this as a government mandated bankruptcy for the whole financial system. In bankruptcy, what debtors are paid what portion is determined, so there is a precedent.
Yet there are still people thinking that the taxpayers can bailout the financial system and pay all of those credit swaps. Really they are thinking that doubling the debt of the US will fix it.
By Mark Pittman and Bob Ivry
Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government is prepared to provide more than $7.76 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers after guaranteeing $306 billion of Citigroup Inc. debt yesterday. The pledges, amounting to half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, are intended to rescue the financial system after the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.
The current financial Republican thinkers are either incredibly stupid or incredibly cowardly!
Basically most people know less about the principles of government than their favorite sport, like this civics test shows. I thought that I would do my own true or false civics test on knowledge from the recount for your entertainment. Actually these are very tough questions, so knowing any of them means you are really paying attention!
- True or False: Every valid ballot cast by a Minnesota voter has two sides with writing.
True or False: Next election if you want your vote for the lizard people to count proudly, sign your name on the ballot.
True or False: On election day, when you vote, accidentally filling in the wrong circle is bad because there is nothing that can be done.
True or False: One needs an ID to register for voting.
True or False: All write-in votes are photographed by the counting machine and electronically sent in.
True or False: No people dead on this election day were allowed to vote in the last election.
True or False: All Minnesota votes were counted on election day.
True or False: Every Minnesota precinct uses the same type and brand of counting machine.
True or False: You must be able to read the ballot to vote.
True or False: People in college, must use their permanent legal address, not their college address, as the basis for a place to vote.
"My only point to you is, is that we're in constant contact with people on the ground to help make sure that we save lives. Now that the water is beginning to recede, the question is, how do we help with the recovery? And Secretary Chertoff briefed me on plans, particularly when it comes to housing. A lot of people are going to be wondering, is there short-term help for housing? And there is, and we'll provide that help.
Secondly, what's going to happen in the long term to the homes? And so Michael is going to set up a housing task force similar to the kind we set up in California for the wildfires, to work with state and local authorities to have an orderly strategy to help people get back in their homes.
I fully understand people are upset when they lose their home. A person's home is their most valued possession. And we want to work with state and local folks to have a clear strategy to help people find -- get back into a place that -- where they can live.
Secondly, we're worried about farmers and ranchers. The country that's being affected by these floods has got a lot of farm country, a lot of people raising livestock. And the Secretary of Agriculture has briefed me on the conditions -- and we're still assessing how widespread the damage is on the farmlands -- and assures me that his team is in place to help farmers and ranchers with the federal aid available.
And finally, Director Nussle is here from the Budget Office. We've got what we called a Disaster Relief Fund. There's enough money in that fund to take care of this disaster. But what we're concerned about is future disasters this year. And therefore, we're going to work with the Congress. Jim Nussle is going to go up to work with Congress to get enough money in the upcoming supplemental to make sure that fund is -- has got enough money to deal with a potential disaster, another disaster this year."(emphasis added) -- George orWell Bush, The White House, June 17th, 2008
My only point is in 56 days, January 20th 2009 will be The End Of An Error.