GOP Chair Sends Letter to MN AFL-CIO President Regarding Assaults at the State Fair

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GOP Chair Sends Letter to MN AFL-CIO President Regarding Assaults at the State Fair

August 26, 2004
Ray Waldron, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO

Dear Mr. Waldron

Even during the most heated political battles, Minnesotans have always prided themselves on a nonviolent and civil political discourse.

That is why I was shocked to learn that during John Kerry's visit to the State Fair today union members wearing "Laborers for Kerry" t-shirts physically assaulted two College Republicans.

These two college students were peacefully assembled to express their points of view, which is every American's right. What is even more troubling is the fact that this is not the first time that we have seen these tactics from union officials, and DFL and Kerry campaign supporters.

I think that you can agree that there is no place for this type of violence in Minnesota politics. That is why I am calling on you to immediately and publicly condemn these senseless acts of violence. I am also calling on you to immediately call on your members to cease engaging in violent attacks on Republican grassroots activists and commit to help identify, and bring to justice those individuals who perpetrated these acts. I have attached a photo of one of the union members elbowing one of the College Republicans in the head. I hope you will help us to identify this perpetrator. I look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,

Ronald Eibensteir

CC: Mike Erlandson, DFL Party Chair, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, Sam Kaplan, Kerry Campaign Minnesota Chair



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Questions in Kerry's military records

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Reporting by the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs points out that although the Kerry campaign insists that it has released Kerry's full military records, the Post was only able to get six pages of records under its Freedom of Information Act request out of the "at least a hundred pages" a Naval Personnel Office spokesman called the "full file."

What could that more than 100 pages contain? Questions have been raised about President Bush's drill attendance in the reserves, but Bush received his honorable discharge on schedule. Kerry, who should have been discharged from the Navy about the same time -- July 1, 1972 -- wasn't given the discharge he has on his campaign Web site until July 13, 1978. What delayed the discharge for six years? This raises serious questions about Kerry's performance while in the reserves that are far more potentially damaging than those raised against Bush.


Read the whole thing.

Plot thickens after checking records

RealClearPolitics Poll Average: Bush +1.5

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The RealClearPolitics.com average of 3 of the latest polls shows that George Bush is up by 1.5 percent. Obviously its not much, but the polls are showing an upward trend for Bush. Things are looking up!

RCP Average 8/21 - 8/25 Bush: 46.3% Kerry: 44.8% Nader: 3.3%

Read about it here

CNN: Bush holds slight lead in Electoral College

NEW YORK (CNN) -- President Bush heads into the Republican National Convention next week with a small lead over Democratic challenger John Kerry in the all-important Electoral College, according to a new CNN analysis of state polling, advertising buys and interviews with campaign strategists and neutral analysts.

Bush would receive 274 electoral votes to Kerry's 264 if the election were held today, less than 10 weeks before November 2 and three days before the opening of the GOP convention in Madison Square Garden. If Kerry were to pick up a state as small as Nevada, the electoral vote would be tied, throwing the election into the House of Representatives.


Poll: Bush has slim lead over Kerry

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From USA Today:

In a head-to-head matchup, Bush led Kerry 50%-47% among likely voters, while Kerry led Bush 48%-47% among registered voters. When independent Ralph Nader is included, Bush leads Kerry, 48%-46%, among likely voters. Nader gets 4%.

Poll: Bush has slim lead over Kerry

Kerry's Ties to Anti-Bush Groups

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From Newsmax:

Even as Sen. John Kerry and his cheerleaders in Big Media try to associate President Bush with the modestly funded Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, they remain silent about the links Kerry and the Democrat party have to multimillion-dollar Bush-hating groups. But they cannot keep concealing these ties, because NewsMax has uncovered multiple examples.


Read the whole thing

Kerry and 527's

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Speaking of Kerry's whining about the Swift Vets for Truth Ad, the Washington Post states:

If Mr. Kerry is really looking for a smoking gun, he ought to examine the Media Fund (total receipts: $27.2 million), which is run by former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, and America Coming Together (total receipts: $26.9 million). The chief spokesman for both of these Democratic 527s is Jim Jordan, who happens to be Mr. Kerry's former campaign manager. Not surprising, a separate article appearing in Friday's New York Times regarding Federal Elections regulation of 527s mentioned Mr. Jordan in his capacity as spokesman for the Media Fund and ACT, but neglected to mention his Kerry connection.

Forget the speck in your neighbor's eye, how about the log in your own eye Senator Kerry?

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Mountain Biking

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I went mountain biking today down by the Minnesota River with my friend Mike. We ended up gettting very dirty after crossing a creek on a raft. I looked like i'd been rolling around in the mud - which I almost had..

Chris Matthews - Democrat Blowhard

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Chris Matthews seems to have become more and more of a Democratic apologist/operative lately. The newest story that Matthews has taken on is the Swift Vet story. He has made numerous attempts to cover it up, and to demonize anyone who talks about it, even if they are just looking for answers to some of the tough questions the Vets are asking.

Michelle Malkin was just on the program and was assaulted by Matthews and his other guest for her wanting to investigate the claims made by the Swift Vets. They kept putting words in her mouth, and making it seem like she had said things that she hadn't said. It made me so mad! Read the whole story

here.

Hat tip to Captain's Quarters.

More on Bush Cheney 2004 Rally @ Excel

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My wife and her parents went to the Bush 2004 rally at the Excel Energy Center yesterday afternoon. We got in line around 3pm, and we moved slowly towards the entrance. There were a small number of protestors across the street, maybe 20-30 or so, and they were holding the predictable "BUSH LIED, PEOPLE DIED" type banners. Most looked like they had just jumped off of the Granola train and were in sore need of a bath. We finally got to the entrance at around 3:45. They were checking IDs at the door, as well as doing the airport type screening - sending people through metal detectors, checking bags and so on.

Once we got in the arena we took our seats straight back from the podium and surveyed the scene as shown in the picture below. There were tons of people there, by all accounts close to 15,000 or so.



The group was quite diverse, from young professionals, to grandmas, to young families



Several speakers came to the podium including the highlights of St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly and Senator Norm Coleman. The excitement kept building until President Bush's bus rolled into the arena and the crowd erupted. Bush received a standing ovation that lasted for what seemed like 10 minutes. He then took the podium to speak.



He received multiple standing ovations for his speech which touched on themes of the war on terrorism, an ownership society, and an over-reaching theme of his administration "getting the job done".



I read the Star Tribune account of the rally this morning, and of course they highlighted the fact that there were "hundreds" of protestors at the event, showing their disapproval of the administration. I never saw "hundreds", but I did see about 75-100 protestors when we were waiting in line, and upon leaving. Definitely not hundreds, however. Here is a picture of a few of those "hundreds".



UPDATE: More on the Bush Rally HERE and HERE

Bush Cheney 2004 Rally

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We'll be heading out to the Bush Cheney 2004 Rally at the Excel Energy Center to see the President in a few minutes. We'll be posting photos later on if we're able to get close enough to get some good ones.. Stay tuned!



Update: Its getting late, so i won't do a whole long post on the rally tonight. Instead, here is one of the photos we took tonight of the president with Mayor Randy Kelly.

Unwrapping Kerry's story of Christmas in Cambodia

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In today's star tribune:

Given the attention lavished on President Bush's service in the Air National Guard earlier this year, we thought that newspapers such as the Washington Post and the New York Times would want to devote comparable attention to John Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story. We also thought they would want to consider what the falsity of Kerry's story might have to tell us about the uses to which Kerry is putting his Vietnam service in the current presidential campaign.

To date, however, we have been wrong. Neither the influential mainstream newspapers nor the broadcast television networks have reported the meltdown of Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story. Only readers of Internet blogs such as ours have kept current on the exposure of Kerry's tall tale. Or on the Kerry campaign's lame efforts to resurrect a version of the story that contradicts what Kerry has said for the past 25 years, but allows Kerry to continue using his Vietnam experiences, real and imagined, for his own political purposes.



http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/4933509.html

Kerry's lies uveiled

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More and more has been coming out about John Kerry and his lying about his record to make him look like a war hero.. read it here:

Kerry's Lies Unveiled

Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia

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It looks like the major media is going to continue ignoring Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia story, although blogs and talk radio are covering the issue in some depth. This story is one that deserves to see the light of day. Why on earth would John Kerry lie about having been to Cambodia, when he knew there were people out there who would be able to shoot down his story?

On March 27, 1986, Kerry told his fellow senators: "I remember Christmas of 1968, sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and the President of the United States telling the American people that I was not there, the troops were not in Cambodia.
"I have that memory, which is seared - seared - in me."

Here's the problem: Kerry's commanding officers and some of his crew members reportedly deny that he was in Cambodia on Christmas 1968. They say he was stationed near the town of Sa Dec, 55 miles from the Cambodian border.

Kerry's people are trying hard to discredit his discreditors. They call "Unfit for Command" co-author O'Neill a Republican hack with a decades-long grudge against Kerry. They say Texas moneymen close to Karl Rove are behind the TV spots and are warning TV stations, in writing, not to air them. They maintain that the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth are motivated by jealousy of Kerry or anger at his post-Vietnam anti-war activities. They want to dismiss all questions about Kerry's war record as sleazy slander.

Sorry, but that's not going to wash. The issue is not whether the charges against Kerry are politically motivated (they obviously are) or who is paying for them. There's just one relevant question: Are the allegations true? Specifically, is it true he lied about being in Cambodia.


Kerry's Cambodia question

Luis Palau - Twin Cities Festival

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Yesterday afternoon my wife and I went to the Luis Palau - Twin Cities Festival at the state capital grounds. Luis Palau is a Christian evangelist who has been traveling the United States with his Christian evangelism festival. The concept is based on the idea of something like the Warped Tour, bringing together popular bands and extreme sports in one venue. The only difference here is that there are also Evagelistic messages urging people to aceept Christ in their life, and all the performers are Christian.

We went to the festival yesterday in time to see several popular Christian bands including Casting Crowns, Toby Mac and the award winning Third Day.

The festival was a huge success - by park service estimates there were over 120,000 people at the event throughout the day. Judging by the size of the crowds when we were there, I believe it was true. I also heard that several thousand people accepted Christ for the first time.




Media reaction to the event was varied. The Star Tribune offered quite a bit of coverage of the event, and at most points the editorial coverage was pretty fair. Looking at the opinion page, however, showed that a lot of people had problems with the festival. What was their gripe? That the festival was a "Christian event" and by having it on state land, it essentially amounted to government endorsement of religion. Others said that people at the festival were "intolerant" and "filled with hate". That comment couldn't have been further from the truth.

Listening to the local KQRS morning show the day after the event, the personalities on the show were basically saying, "How dare those Christians tell people that they're going to hell if they don't believe in Christianity". They basically took the position that a person's faith should be personal, and never shared or preached to anyone else. "Don't you dare push your religion on me!". They also lied and said that the park service estimates for attendance were wildly exaggerated, even though they hadn't attended the event.

Just seeing all this hatred and bigotry aimed towards Christians makes me realize that whenever something good like this happens, Satan hates it. He'll try to oppose it in any way he can.. But God is more powerful and will overcome! The thousands of new Christians in the Twin Cities can testify to that..

Christian Ashram 2004

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Over the weekend our family (including Maria's parents, and Tom's girlfriend Beckie) went to the 20th annual Minnesota Christian Ashram at St John's University in Collegeville, MN (near St Cloud). We had a wonderful spirit filled time over the days that we were there. And of course we overate at their wonderful buffet. I think I gained 20 pounds!

On Saturday afternoon all of us (except Stevie) walked out to the Stella Maris Chapel that sits on the shore of the lake on campus. I proposed to Maria on that spot 3 years ago, and now we showed everyone where the big proposal had happened. We also took a group photo on the steps of the chapel. Here it is:


Kerry knocks Bush for 9-11 inaction - where was he?

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From Redstate.org:

Before a gathering of journalists in Washington, DC today, John Kerry criticized President Bush for his actions on 9-11-01 following the attack on the World Trade Center. Kerry blasted Bush for not acting swiftly, and instead choosing to sit with children in a Florida classroom.

So where was Kerry on that fateful day? Read on:

In an interview with Larry King on CNN, July 8, 2004, Sen. Kerry was asked where he was the morning of September 11th. Here is part of his response:
Kerry: "...And as I came in [to a meeting in Sen. Daschle's office], Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon..." (emphasis added).
It should be noted that the second plane hit the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m., and the plane hit the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m. By Kerry's own words, he and his fellow senators sat there for forty minutes, realizing "nobody could think."
In other words: Sen. Kerry, who criticized President Bush for not rushing out of the Florida classroom for seven minutes, sat paralyzed with his colleagues for a full forty minutes. He is hardly in a position to criticize President Bush for "inaction."

Average of the Polls shows a dead heat

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An average of all the major polls on realclearpolitics.com shows that the race is still a dead heat, even after the DNC convention.. Wasn't there supposed to be a 15 point bounce for Kerry?

RCP Average 7/30-8/2
Bush/Cheney,46.6% -
Kerry/Edwards, 47.6% -
Nader/Camejo,2.0% -
Spread, Kerry +1.0



Kerry Hires Edwards to Sue DNC Over 'Bounce'

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From Scrappleface:

(2004-08-03) -- Democrat presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry today announced that he has retained attorney, and running mate, John Edwards to file suit against the Democrat National Committee (DNC) over injuries related to an alleged "post-convention bounce."

"We had received certain assurances from top DNC officials that this celebration of my client's nomination would result in a 10-15 point bounce in the presidential preference polls," said Mr. Edwards during a news conference on the steps of a Boston courthouse. "Bounce implies vigorous upward movement. But my client's current polling numbers look more like a 'bump' or even a 'dip'."

Mr. Edwards, who like his client is also a U.S. Senator, brought many of the gathered journalists to tears with his dramatic description of the plight of Mr. Kerry's popularity.

"I can hear John Kerry's popularity calling out to you from somewhere in the darkness," said Mr. Edwards. "A couple of weeks ago his popularity said, 'I'm fine." Just before the convention it said, 'I'm having a little bit of trouble but I'm doing okay.' During the convention speech, it said 'I'm having problems.' And after the convention John's popularity said, 'I need help.' But help was not on the way."

Mayor Randy Kelly, a Democrat, Endorses Bush

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St Paul Mayor Randy Kelly today announced that he is endorsing George Bush for a second term as President. Here is one democrat that realizes the danger that our country is in, and the cluelessness of the democratic party on those important issues of the war on terrorism.
Mayor Randy Kelly, Democrat, Endorses Bush