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Thursday Roundup, 2/11

I dutifully apologize for my lack of insight and commentary on these important state and national stories.  Too many pressing demands on my time.  :0(

Polls:

Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question

Poll: Obama, Economy Doubts Boost GOP

Global Perceptions of U.S. Leadership Improve in 2009 

MN Politics:

Gov. Pawlenty delivers his final State of the State address

Economics:

Larry Summers: Almost All Economists Believe More Taxes Fuels Job Growth

Education:

After Getting Nearly 40% Budget Increase, North Dakota Higher Education Still Raising Tuition Prices

Zero Tolerance for Charter Schools report

Minnesota’s deficit is forcing school cuts

Legal:

The Government Can Monitor Your Location All Day Every Day Without Implicating Your Fourth Amendment Rights

Opinions:

Noemie Emery: Democrats inflicting themselves with wedge issues

Slobs and the American Civilization

Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

The Bubble and Rahm

Have it good,

-Mike

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Economics, Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans, Surveillance | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s Roundup, 2/10/10

Wednesday Roundup for 2/10/10

Polls:

Republican Voters Often Have Ignorant and Irrational Views — And so do Democrats – Okay, so I might have to retract my previous post headline of “more knowledgble.”  Sometimes people are just weird.

MN Politics:

MN credit rating could slip which would cost taxpayers

Minnesota Senate approves bonding bill; next stop House

Pawlenty defends unallotment power in court filing

Republicans:

The Tea Party Primer – Good post on reaction to neoconservatives taking over the Tea Party

Billboard mystery partly revealed – I originally read this story and thought it was in Wyoming.  Who the hell names a city after a state.  Seriously.  This story ties in with the next link below.

Things I don’t miss about George W. Bush – Looking at the trainwreck that is President Obama’s first year I do feel some pangs of nostalgia every so often for Bush, but thank the gods for Michelle Malkin.

Uncovering the Youth Vote – What keeps young people out of the GOP?  Maybe I’ll post later on what kept me out personally, and why I got sucked in.  Oh, the suspense builds…

Jane Hamsher on HuffPo: Ron Paul vs. Sarah Palin for the Soul of the Tea Parties – Guess who I want to win?  No really, guess, it’ll be fun.

Energy:

Ethanol: The Real Growing Problem – I’ve never liked this ethanol garbage.  All it’s going to do is raise the cost of my beer by having farmers plant corn instead of wheat and barley (for the corn money) and make me buy gas more often because I’m 99% sure I get worse mileage off ethanol blends I buy in North Dakota than I do in MN, which for the most part does not add ethanol.  Yeah, three-cheers for ethanol.  pffh.

North Dakota Production Surprises – I guess they’re going to be able to squeeze more oil out of ND than originally thought.  Good news for ND’s budget (like they needed it with a surplus like that) and energy prices.
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And in closing, I just glanced up at MSNBC and saw an interview with conservative talk show host Jerry Doyle talking about the filibuster rule in the Senate.  But he’ll always be Michael Garibaldi to me.  :0)
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Well that’s it the roundup for now, have a good Wednesday!

-Mike

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Energy, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans are More Knowledgable

Check out this neat little study from the Pew Research Center regarding Republican voter knowledge of issues:

Republicans, on average, answered one more question correctly than Democrats (5.9 vs. 4.9 correct). These differences are partly a reflection of the demographics of the two groups; Republicans tend to be older, well educated and male, which are characteristics associated with political and economic knowledge. Still, even when these factors are held constant, Republicans do somewhat better than Democrats on the knowledge quiz.

Republicans Smarter than Democrats? , and the study itself at Pew Research.

So come on, keep calling us ignorant hicks when it comes to issues, I dare you.  hahaha.  pwned.

Have it good,

-Mike

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , | 3 Comments

What are tea parties, anyway? (WARNING:rant)

I honestly can’t fully express my confusion and anger at this story.  What the hell are these Tea Parties anway?  When I was supporting Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2007-2008, we invented the concept of a “moneybomb” and one was on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, thus beginning the “tea party” imagery.  How it went beyond that and became some neoconservative pawn is well beyond me. 

These people are actually Tea Partiers running AGAINST Ron Paul.  What the hell?  The Tea Parties STARTED as an outgrowth of grassroots Ron Paul supporters!  Trust me, I know, I was there.  I was against government before it was cool among conservatives, i.e. during the Bush years.  And guess what?  We started a grassroots organization before these come-lately “Tea Partiers,” it’s called CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY.  WE HELD A CONVENTION IN MINNEAPOLIS AT THE SAME TIME AS THE FAILED REPUBLICAN CONVENTION.  TRUST ME, I KNOW, I WAS THERE.  Why was I there and not the Republican National Convention?

Because I’m a conservative.

Paul, the Gulf Coast congressman whose 2008 presidential run excited libertarians nationwide, even though he didn’t get much traction overall, is considered by many to be the “father of the Tea Parties.” But he has three opponents in the March Republican primary – more than he has faced in his past six primary campaigns combined

Newest target of tea partiers: Er, Ron Paul

According to this Rasmussen poll, 75% are angry at the current government’s policies.  So what does that mean?  Misdirected stupidity?  Congratulations to the reactionary knee-jerk morons who spew ignorant venom at those who were so excited and driven by Ron Paul’s message of conservative idealism.  These are the groups you can’t afford to lose for the future.  Young people.  The ones who can hold their own against an onslaught of college Democrats.

You think we’re all idiotic, hypocritical 9/11 truthers for supporting Congressman Paul?  Well congrats, we think you’re a crop of idiotic, hypocritical birthers for actually caring about that birth certificate garbage.

As much as I realize that party unity and conciliation is essential to future Republican victories this year, I just had to get this rant off my chest before I exploded.  The bizarrity of the universe has just been made manifest…

Have it good,

-Mike

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Today’s GOP News, 2/8/10

Here’s a few interesting stories of interest to Republicans in the news today:

South Carolina Republicans unite with tea party

NRCC expands Young Guns program

GOP Lacks Female Candidates

In this story from the MN Legislature (Amendments stall vote on eminent domain bill), my first reaction is this bill is an excellent idea designed to support private property rights, but without knowing more I’m hesitant to fully agree.  But if there is such a statute that makes it easier for companies to seize private property, getting rid of it would be a step forward for liberty.  Time for some research.

Have it good,

-Mike

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Economics, Minnesota, Republicans | , , , , | Leave a comment

MN GOP Caucus attendance up from 2002

When I attended my precinct caucus on Tuesday I could definitely tell there were more people than last year, but nowhere near the numbers of 2008.  But apparently it was up over 20% from 2002 numbers, a year where MN saw a similar political situation as in 2010:

Eight years ago, just 15,862 Minnesotans cast their vote in the Republican gubernatorial straw poll. On Tuesday night, over 19,150 Gopher State residents voted in a precinct caucus GOP straw poll – an increase of 20.8 percent with 4,118 of 4,129 caucuses reporting as of late Wednesday evening.

Minnesota GOP Caucus Gubernatorial Straw Poll Voter Turnout Up Over 20 Percent from 2002

That’s definitely a good sign, but why the increase?  Even with the earlier caucus date and colder temperatures Republicans still turned up, so what drove us there?

My Answer: The remnants of the Ron Paul Revolution.

Why do I say that?  Because I’m one of them, and so were many of the faces I saw in the crowd on Tuesday night.  Yes, the firey passion has subsided and it’s not a presidential year, but the result of a massive bottom-up campaign focused on activism and word-of-mouth has left an innumerable crowd of conservatives looking for a means to continue their fight against the radical liberal excesses of the Obama Democrats.  So here we are Minnesota GOP, treat us well and we’ll do the same right back.

We got fired up and interested, and for many of us that interest hasn’t evaporated in us like it has in a majority of Obama supporters.  State Republican parties across the country are better off because of our increased involvement, for a great deal of the Ron Paul grassroots campaign was composed of younger people and college students that the GOP desperately needs to make inroads with. 

I was asked at least 5 times on caucus night why I came and why I was interested, because I was so much younger than the majority of others at the caucus.  A party in which it’s a surprise to be under 40 isn’t going to survive.  But that has started to change, thank gods, and needs to keep changing in the future if we’re going to remain a voice for growth and prosperity in Minnesota. 

Children are our future!  teehee.

Have it good,

-Mike

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Democrat announces run for ND Senate Seat

Today ND State Senator Tracy Potter (D) entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan.  Running against the popular Republican Governor John Hoeven will be interesting even if no other candidates for the Democrats decide to enter the race. 

I’ve always thought North Dakota is a peculiar state for a while now because of the ND State Legislature’s conservative leanings compared to the solidly Democratic delegation they’re sent to Congress for the last decade or two.  Which makes it that much more fun to speculate on who North Dakotans will eventually send to the Senate.  But I don’t think the guy they send to the Senate should be running just for the hell of it, which is the impression I get from this article.

Dems declaring against Hoeven

 

Have it good,

-Mike

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday roundup – 2/5

Here’s a few good stories in the news today, and several relate to the new Minnesota legislative session that began this week. 

Local/Minnesota Politics:

Both of my State Legislators are in the news today, check it out:

Lanning under pressure in bonding bill debate – State Representative Morrie Lanning (R-9A) is apparently being courted by the DFL as potential vote to support the massive bonding bill introduced at the beginning of this legislative session.

Job creation is top priority as Senate unveils capital investment package  – This is State Senator Keith Langseth’s (DFL-09) press release promoting the specifics of the “capital investment package.”  $999.9 million, really?  Just throw in the extra penny and make it a billion, haha.

 

Education News:

Beings that I have been a student for such a large period of my life, education reform has slowly elbowed through the other important issues that I try to keep up to speed on regularly.  As a soon-to-be college graduate entering a recession-sickened job market with a heavy debtload, I’m more than a bit irritated at the current workings of the “education-industrial complex.” 

It’s these concerns that have led me to bone up on and devote a number of posts on a regular basis to K-12, undergraduate and graduate school issues.  Here’s the first few links:

Donations to colleges down 11.9% in 2009 – Well at least Minnesota made the list. 

Outlook bleak for state-funded college financial aid – Maybe the above story will help out us college students given this bleak outlook.  Here’s hoping, heh.

Rulings Leave Online Student Speech Rights Unresolved – Do students have free speech?  Where?  Courts aren’t too sure.

Woodbury’s going back to school – in August – Deals with shifting the duration of the school year, and not necessarily lengthening it.

 

Opinions:

Of big tents and tugs of war – Excellent piece on the direction of the Republican party in 2010

 

And finally, here’s your humor for the day – “How not to design a campaign website

Have it good,

-Mike

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Law, Minnesota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

state of the union and responses

Since I took the day off after class to go see “Where the Wild Things Are” with Kayla and her daughter, I don’t have a brilliant and insightful response to President Obama yet, but imma cookin’ somethin’ up.  Until then, here’s a concise and amusing response from Jim Geraghty.

But probably my favorite part was Justice Samuel Alito mouthing “that’s not true” in regards to Obama’s criticism of Citizens United v. FEC.  According to a pundit on Fox News, Justice Alito is this year’s winner of the “Joe Wilson Award.”  Well good for him!

A good, swift kick in the balls every so often lets you remember how much getting kicked in the balls really hurts.

Have it good,

-Mike

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Obama | , , , , , | Leave a comment

too little, too late

So after weeks of shutting the Republicans out, negotiating in closed sessions to hammer out a disaster of a healthcare bill, lying about transparency and giving the cold shoulder to anyone disagreeing with the heavy-handed steamroller that is the Democratic party, this is what we get? 

Obama To Meet With House Republicans In Spirit Of Bipartisanship

Sorry champ, too little too late. 

Have it good,

-Mike

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Healthcare, Obama, Politics | , , , , , , | 2 Comments