Political Correct

Political Correct

Political Terms to Know 

Every industry, whether it’s fitness or legal, has its own lingo.  A jargon / lingo is a vocabulary of a specific subject or a group of people in a particular industry.  Each specific group or industry has its own language.  For instance, in the restaurant industry, the compound word, “hockey puck” refers to a well done hamburger, and in the legal field, the term “perjury” means to deliberately lie under oath.  Politicians also have their own lingo, and the press and news broadcasters use these political terms while they’re on political assignment.

More than likely, almost everyone has heard of the word “red tape” or “lame duck.”  However, not everyone is familiar with these basic political words.  The following is a list of words that will help clarify and breakdown these political terms:

Anarchy

A state of chaos due to lack or absence of government.

Big Government

A derogatory term that the conservatives typically use in order to oppose and criticize social programs, which are funded by the government.

Bipartisan

An agreement or cooperation of two opposing political parties (Democratic and Republican Parties).

Budget Deficit

When an entity has more money going out than coming in.  In political terms, it refers to federal government spending.  It is also known as national debt.

Bureaucracy

An administration of a government that is characterized by excessive red tape, rules, and procedures.

Campaign

A series of an organized operation in order to win an election.

Caucus

A political meeting of the members of a legislative party that is to choose candidates or to resolve a policy.

Checks and Balances

A government system that allows each branch of government to amend (modify changes) or veto an another branch of government in order to prevent any one branch from having too much power.

Conservative

In terms of politics or religion, a person who favors traditional values and viewpoints, along with opposing change or innovation.

Convention

A large national meeting of a political party in order to select political candidates for office.

Delegate

A politically elected or appointed person who represents his or her constituents (voters).  A delegate is also a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Democracy

A government system that practices social equality, as well as representing the whole population.

Dictatorship

A government system that is governed by a dictator (a ruler) with absolute power.

Free Trade

An international trade system that allows traders to buy and sell goods internationally without boundaries, tariffs, or other restrictions.

GOP

An abbreviation for Grand Old Party, which is a nickname for the Republican Party.

Grass Roots

Political activities or organizations that start at a local level, instead of originating at the heart of a major political event.

Ideology

A system of ideas and ideals that reflects the beliefs of a nation, economy, and political system, etc.

Lame Duck

An elected official, such as the president, coming to the end of his or her term after a new successor has been elected.

Lobby

A group of people or enterprises trying to influence elected politicians or public officials on a specific issue.

Left-wing (Leftist)

A liberal or radical political party system.  A leftist (a liberal) is person who favors political reform or change.

Libertarianism

A person who supports and promotes freedom and liberty.

Monopoly

A company having the sole or exclusive right over a business enterprise.

Neocon (neoconservative)

A conservative who believes in neoconservatism, which includes national interest in international affairs by enforcing U.S. military control.  On foreign policy, neoconservatives are convinced that democracy should be instated worldwide, even in the Middle East.

Patriotism

Fierce loyalty and devotion to one’s country.  However, during post Bush administrative era, the term patriotism has been used to criticize those who wear a flag on their garments.

Political Correctness

Insulting or excluding groups of people who are discriminated against.

Political Party

A political organization that pursues to gain political power.

Poll

A survey / vote system that gages the opinions of a public or focus groups.

Pork Barrel

The use of wasteful government funds for projects in order to win constituents’ votes.

Primary Election

An initial election that is designed for voters to nominate their party candidates for a political office.

Propaganda

The term propaganda is intended to be derogatory.  Typically, it’s biased or misleading information that is used to promote a specific political point of view.

Red Tape

An obstructive official procedure that is tedious, labor-intensive, and bureaucratic.

Republic

A government system in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, instead of by a monarchy or dictatorship.

Silent Majority

An unspecified majority of citizens who are either too passive or do not wish to express their opinions and viewpoints publicly.

Swing Vote

A critical vote that will determine the final outcome of an election.

Swing Voters

A voter who is undecided, along with having no loyalty to any political party.

Third World Country

A group of growing nations, ranging from Africa to Asia, that do not have alliance or affiliation with the policies of United States or the the former Soviet Union.

Witch Hunt

A malicious campaign that is directed against a person or group who holds unconventional beliefs and views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non Profit

Healthcare Charity Faces Indictment

In New York, Soundview Health Center (a chain of health clinics) is a nonprofit health care facility that was founded by former Democratic Senator, Pedro Espada Jr., in the 1970s. Currently, this nonprofit institution treats over 20,000 patients, who are underprivileged and resides in one of the most poorest county in the U.S. The health institution also employs over 200 medical staff workers.

Espada is a former New York senator

However, Espada is a former New York senator who has been indicted last December for allegedly using his network of nonprofit healthcare clinics to embezzle funds from the Medicaid program, as well as other government funds. This fall, the former senator will face a federal trial on charges that he stole millions from Medicaid. Last year, Cuomo, who was then-Attorney General, filed a civil lawsuit against Espada for using his nonprofit health clinics for exorbitant items and services, such as luxury cars and $20,000 of sushi.

Banned from receiving Medicaid funds

At the moment, Espada is now banned from receiving Medicaid funds, but he and his son, Pedro Espada, are still managing the health clinics even though they are officially excluded from Medicaid. Also, his nonprofit healthcare charity still receives approximately $10 million from the federal health care program. However, after a month-long investigation, the Medicaid inspector general have uncovered recurring violations of federal law.

Soundview’s medical patients

At the present time, Soundview Health Center facility is scheduled to lose its Medicaid permit, and according to sources, actions to shut down the nonprofit healthcare clinics will start as soon as this week. As for the underprivileged patients, the Department of Health and Human Services would provide other alternatives or healthcare clinics for Soundview’s medical patients.

MediCare

MediCare

Nursing Homes and Medicare Cuts

Nursing homes struggle and face an uncertain future due to Medicare cuts. The federal government reported that Medicare spent an estimated $12 billions between 2005 to 2009. Generally, the purpose of nursing homes is to support and comfort elderly patients, not to heal them. Under the current Medicare program, it will cover the costs of hospice care if the patient is terminally ill, along with having six months or less to live.

Medicare will cut it’s budget by $4 billion

Due to staggering costs for hospice and nursing care, Medicare will drastically cut the budget by $4 billion, making it financially difficult for nursing homes across the U.S. to provide adequate health care for their patients. The Medicare cuts have an impact on “post-acute care,” which is reimbursement fees for seniors who reside at trained nursing facilities.

Layoff medical staff due to Medicare cuts

As a result, elderly or incapacitated patients could see the quality of their nursing care deteriorate since most nursing homes would have to layoff their medical staff due to Medicare cuts. Worse, some facilities may reject patients who have complicated medical needs since it wouldn’t be cost-effective to treat a labor intensive patient.

Medicare will not cover the costs?

Medical services are critical for seniors who have been hospitalized and need rehabilitative services before they go back to their homes; nevertheless, Medicare will not cover the costs of long-term nursing visits. During the month of July, CMS, which is the Centers for Medicare, completed the nursing home action, and this program will be in effect on October 1, 2011. Consequently, a handful of publicly traded nursing home businesses plunged instantly. Also, business insiders displayed strong protest against the Medicare cuts since they would have to struggle and make financial cuts.

International

International

Russia Shows-off its First Stealth Fighter

For many years, the Russia’s economic system has been based on energy, which accounts for half of its country income. However, the Russian government wants to diversify and is planning on developing and branching out their technological division by expanding their aerospace and auto sectors.

Moscow’s International Aviation and Space Show

This year, the Russians showed-off their first state-of-the-art stealth jet fighter during Moscow’s International Aviation and Space Show. Russia finally launched their Sukhoi T-50 by performing a six-minute aerobatic, flight demonstration in front of an international audience, as well as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Similar to the American F-22, the T-50 is constructed of composite materials, and it is designed to absorb radar, instead of reflecting it. Also, T-50 is barely detectable through most high-tech sensors.

 T-50 stealth fighter vs The American F-22

What’s more, T-50 stealth fighter is more cost-effective at a mere $50 million, which is only one-third of the budget of American F-22. By contrast, the cost of a single F-22 is about $137 million. During the event, Vladimir Putin promised that their government will invest more money in aerospace. The prime minister announced that aerospace is a strategic priority for Russia, and that their country has and will continue to support Russia’s aerospace industry.

Collaboration with India

The Sukhoi T-50 was a joint group collaboration with India, and the purpose for developing T-50 was to compete directly with the newest U.S. aerospace design. As a result, India has signed contracts to purchase two hundred T-50s, and the Russian Air Force is also hoping to acquire hundreds of stealth jet fighters, as well. However, full manufacturing production is not scheduled until 2015. During Moscow’s aviation show, Boeing, Airbus, and international aircraft manufacturers also launched their newest aviation products.

 

Immigration

Immigration

Thousands Protest Obama’s Immigration Enforcement

Latino activists publicly protest

Recently, thousands of Latino activists publicly protest President Obama’s immigration policy. Latino activists have stated that “Obama is worse than George W. Bush.” Also, Latino protestors are threatening to withdraw their support for President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, cautioning that their crucial political support is deteriorating rapidly.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Latino organizers and activists are vehemently protesting against “Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” which was announced on August 4th. Under this new immigration policy, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has set up a partnership with local law enforcement bureaus. In addition, the FBI has the authority to deport undocumented immigrants, who have criminal records.

Deporting law-abiding immigrants

However, according to immigration officials, for the past two years, U.S. authorities deported 392,862 people; by contrast, only 195,772 people who have been deported have a criminal record. Some Latino activists argue that the current immigration enforcement strategy is not working since they are deporting law-abiding immigrants, instead of deporting immigrants with criminal records.

 

Secure Communities is an American deportation program that integrates federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and according to Secure Communities, all fingerprints of suspects that are detained by the state and local law enforcement will automatically be sent to the F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security for criminal records.

 President Obama acts careless toward Latinos

Most Latino citizens complain that President Obama’s immigration enforcement program should be terminated since the program gives too much power to police and local law enforcement, and this gives them the authorization to act as an immigration agent. A short time ago, the protestors presented a petition that was signed by over 24,000 people, and they demanded that the Democratic present abolish the immigration enforcement program.

Gary M. Miller

Gary

Gary M. Miller

Occupation: sales

Location: Minneapolis, MN

About Me: Thirty-something father of 3 boys; Husband of the world’s greatest Twin Cities realtor; Pre-marriage counselor; Salesman

Interests: Jean Elizabeth Miller; The Westminster Confession of Faith; Boddington’s Ale

Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings; The Sopranos; Glengarry Glen Ross; The Office (BBC Version).

Favorite Music: Miles Davis; John Coltrane; Billie Holiday; Ralph Stanley; Metallica

Favorite Books: The Way the World Works by Jude Wanniski; The Aubrey/Maturinseries by Patrick O’Brien; The Pleasures of God by John Piper

First Ringer

First Ringer

First Ringer

Traveling commentator, bloggerist, and Hugh Hewitt pincushion.

When not hanging around KVM taking up space, First Ringer can be found at his usual hideaway, The First Ring offering political, national and international event commentary with a distinctly Minneapolis suburban perspective (which is like most perspectives only containing a lot more passive aggressive sentences and some sort of hotdish).

Because the Truth is Not in Them

Happy Independence Day From KvM

I wrote this last year for the 4th. I think it is worth repeating.

Keep this in mind this weekend while you’re cruising the water, or relaxing on the porch. Freedom isn’t free. Many many have died before us in order for us to even have the chance at life, let alone the freedoms we take for granted. No other People have ever had such outstanding forefathers that could give such a gift to them. On July 4th, 1776, 56 men committed treason against England. Treason that began freedom’s long and bloody march.

A piece of paper that they signed was not the ticket to the freedom. It was hard work and planning. Don’t ever forget that freedom was fought for. Freedom had lives lost in order for it to survive. Many wars have been fought over the very principle of freedom. True believers fight in the honor and in defense of it, others fight against it. Freedom is quite possibly the most misunderstood thing Americans have. Freedom doesn’t give us the right to everything. It gives us the ability to work for everything.

Freedom isn’t free. It must not be taken for granted.

The actual Declaration of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

When you have a moment on the Holiday weekend think of the brave men and women overseas staring evil in the eye and not blinking. Think of the sailor thousands of feet beneath the water’s surface guarding against our annihilation. Think of the operatives in unspeakable places who will never get credit for their work. Think of the diplomats sitting down with other leaders and negotiating on behalf of freedom. Think of the men and women serving as public safety officers or working in hospitals. All those people are giving you freedom. They are all around us. You yourself ensure freedom for some one.

I’ll ask you to do me a favor this 4th. When you’re looking up at the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air, take a gander past the fireworks and pick out a star. Pretend it is a mirror and that a soldier across the globe is looking back at you. Tell them thank you for the freedom.

Happy Independence Day from KvM.

Have fun

Filed under: Miscellany — By: Andy Aplikowski — July 1st, 2006

Priceless Day In Coon Rapids

Amy Klobuchar was at the Coon Rapids parade today. So were Governor Pawlenty and I. I was supposed to be at my cabin, but this photo made it all worth while. (Click each for full-size)

Yep, Amy Klobuchar and the DFL brought a Donkey with them. And I don’t think they picked up what it left behind in the staging area.

Ah, why the long face Amy?

This was how Klobuchar spent her time following the parade. Doesn’t seem like she wanted to get out there and introduce herself all the people that were there in attendance at the carnival that followed the parade. Then again, they may have seen all that they needed to, during the parade.

Filed under: Klobuchar, Pawlenty — By: Andy Aplikowski — July 1st, 2006
#31

It was bound to happen. The 31st murder in Amy Klobuchar’s *** Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis police are investigating a homicide on the city’s north side.

Officers were called to a stabbing late last night. They found a man dead from a knife wound.

That tops last year’s total of 30 murders, with still 5 full months to go.

Update:

I stand corrected.

A couple of Liberal bloggers pointed out my error. 2005 was even worse than I thought. There were in fact 47 murders in Amy Klobuchar’s *** Minneapolis. I am so sorry, I will do everything I can never to pad Klobuchar’s record in the positive again.
***Mission: To protect the rights and safety of people in Hennepin County

Amy Klobuchar, 1998: “I am running for County Attorney because I believe that the kids on my street have the right to walk to the neighborhood park without fear. We must put dangerous criminals far away from our homes, our streets and our playgrounds.”

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — July 1st, 2006
June 30, 2006

Hugh’s In Town

I stopped by to see Hugh Hewitt doing his show today. He’s here in Minnesota at the White Bear Lake Superstore. I got a chance to go up and say hello during one of the breaks. He’s a genuinely nice guy, and we had a nice chance to talk about the big week here on KvM.

He was gracious enough to mention us on air too.

Filed under: Miscellany — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

Yeah, Why?

Mitch asks a great question.

The Humphrey Institute is a public institution. Why is Klobuchar able to impose private, campaign-imposed restrictions on free speech in a public place? To turn an ostensibly public (not campaign) event into her private recording session?

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

NewsBusters: Kennedy Campaigns Against Strib

Greg Sheffield of Newsbusters, one of the foremost websites exposing liberal media bias, notes that Mark Kennedy is engaged in a struggle not only against Amy Klobuchar, but also that fortress of liberal antiquity known as the Star Tribune.

That, Mr. Sheffield, is why we call it Kennedy vs. The Machine.

Filed under: Kennedy, The Machine — By: Gary M. Miller — June 30th, 2006

Klobuchar’s Fun With Numbers On Final Day of Quarter

I’ve been watching Amy Klobuchar’s donation bleg on her website today.

As of 11:12 AM CST Amy Klobuchar was only half way to her goal of $50,000.

$25,993

12:12 PM I just received an email begging for money from Amy Klobuchar.

$39,444

Wow, that’s a big impressive single hour for her. But… I checked her website to see if they had really got $14,000 in that one hour. But the website still had a the $25,000 total. So which is it?
Fun with numbers, or are the bogus numbers altogether?

Update: 2:45 PM Her website is still displaying $25,993.

Update: Final for the month according to her website- $54,920.

Are the funds drying up for Team Klobuchar? Only $54K just 4 months before the election? With another $10 million still to raise?

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

Ford Does Five with KvM

I would like to thank Ford Bell for the privilege of being able to ask him questions that many candidates for office would never dream of answering – and to Mark Gisleson for making it happen. It should be noted that First Ringer helped me assemble the questions.

Click here to read Bell offer his thoughts on war and peace, death and taxes, and the books that defined a worldview.

A sampler:

Gary, before I get started, let me thank you for taking the time to participate in Ford Takes Five. I remember a post on your blog a few months ago where you said that you would “consider it a treat to have a cocktail” with me. Consider it an open invitation.

I will win the September primary because I have a winning message — getting our troops out of Iraq, single-payer universal health care to cover all Americans, the need to act now to prevent further global warming, a national effort to achieve energy independence, and a detailed plan to help Minnesota agriculture and rural communities.

These are mainstream, Main Street issues that are important to all Minnesotans. I proudly accept the liberal and progressive label in the great tradition of Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone. That said, I fully expect to get crossover votes in the primary and Republican votes in November from those who are tired of stale partisanship and candidates programmed from Washington.

I look forward to that cocktail, Mr. Bell.

Filed under: Miscellany, Bell — By: Gary M. Miller — June 30th, 2006

Klobuchar’s Ethics Campaign Stop at U of M – 2

Here are my rough notes and commetary from yesterday’s Amy Klobuchar Campaign speech and open public forum at the Humbert H Humphrey Center. Click below the fold to see them.

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Filed under: Miscellany — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

Power Line Notes Scrub-Gate

Power Line happened to picked up on the recent attempt by the Star Tribune to do the DFL’s dirty work on Scrub gate.

What’s odd about the Strib’s story is that the reporter’s investigation disclosed that the Publius story wasn’t true–but the paper reported it anyway. The Strib continues:

As usual, they do a fantastic job.

THAT’S THE STORY LINE, DAMMIT!

One of the media themes this year is that beleaguered Republican candidates will be running as far away from President Bush–and his supposedly “record low poll numbers”–as they can get. And it looks like the media will push that theme no matter what actually happens in Congressional campaigns. We’ve just had a case in point here in Minnesota.

It started when a little-known local blog called “MN Publius” did a post claiming that Republican Senate candidate Mark Kennedy had removed two photos of President Bush from his web site, and replaced them with photos of Mark and some children. The Daily Kos picked up the “story,” as did National Journal in an article titled “Journeys From George”:

Republicans are wrapping up their best month in months, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to embrace an unpopular president. Eighteen weeks before an election that still stirs anxiety within GOP ranks, the question’s not whether they’ll distance themselves from Pres. Bush. It’s how far.

– In MN SEN, Rep. Mark Kennedy has removed several pro-Bush references from his cong. website. MN Publius says he replaced two pics of Bush and him with shots of him and kids (Bush pics do appear on Kennedy’s SEN website). But where he once “supported the president’s plan to create jobs and boost the economy,” he now “successfully worked to repeal the Bush administration’s steel tariffs.

Next, on Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran with the story:

Blogospheric political pressure spiked Tuesday over online allegations that U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, the Republican-endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, had “scrubbed” his congressional website of references to President Bush. For example, a smiling joint portrait of Kennedy and the president that formerly graced the congressman’s web biography page has been replaced by a photo of Kennedy and some schoolchildren.

And legislation that once was “signed into law by President Bush” now merely “became law” on Kennedy’s website, markkennedy.house.gov, according to the liberal political weblog MN Publius.

What’s odd about the Strib’s story is that the reporter’s investigation disclosed that the Publius story wasn’t true–but the paper reported it anyway. The Strib continues:

But the claims by MN Publius, picked up by national blogs Hotlineblog, Politicalwire and Dailykos, that Kennedy’s site had been “scrubbed” practically clean of the president appear to be exaggerated.

“The fact is, Mark Kennedy’s website includes 72 mentions of the word ‘Bush,’ ” state Republican chairman Ron Carey said in a news release blaming the MN Publius posting on Kennedy’s DFL-endorsed election rival, Amy Klobuchar. “It’s clear the Klobuchar attack machine has once again fallen for the blogosphere’s misinformation, hook, line and sinker.”

Kennedy spokeswoman Anne Mason said that the Bush-Kennedy picture was replaced last February, and that other changes noted by MN Publius occurred more than a year before that. “We update the site as often as possible to be more current,” Mason said.

In other words: no story.

But that didn’t stop Chris Matthews, who repeated the mythical “scrubbing” story on Hardball last night, after it had already been reported to be false:

In Minnesota, the Senate race between Republican Mark Kennedy and Democrat Amy Klobuchar is a tough race. Seven months ago, the president went to Minneapolis to raise money for Kennedy’s campaign. …

Now Kennedy seems to believe President Bush is a vulnerability, because this week Kennedy removed pictures of the unpopular president from his campaign web site.

Moral of that story: don’t believe anything you hear Matthews say on Hardball.

Here are the actual facts, from Mark’s Press Secretary, Heidi Frederickson:

Here are the facts. This whole issue is surrounding the official, not Senate campaign website. In fact, if you visit our Senate website www.MarkKennedy06.com and click on “photos from the road,” the first picture you’ll see in “June” is… Laura Bush. If you scroll down to December you’ll see… The President. The Senate campaign removed 0 photos/references to President Bush this week – or ever.

The changes on the official site also did not happen recently. For example, the picture of Bush was changed in February after “I love to read month”. Upgrades and changes are made daily. By running this story is the MSM saying that websites should not be changed?

Does no one in the mainstream media do a “fact check” or do they just hear a story and run with it? The left is so eager to run against President Bush, and this week the MSM helped them.

From Mark’s Senate campaign site:

Serving in Congress, I feel my number one duty is to protect the American people by making sure we win the War on Terror. President Bush continues to be an unwavering Commander-in-Chief, and I fully support his efforts to win the War on Terror.

Also this:

Thank goodness we have a President who gets up every day more concerned with protecting America than with daily public opinion polls. It’s not about polls; it’s about doing what’s right.

This is what the mainstream media call “distancing themselves from President Bush.” You’ll be hearing that story line from now until November, whether there is any truth to it or not.

UPDATE: Sid Blumenthal perpetuates, and elaborates on, the initial false report:

While the Senate was consumed debating the flag-burning amendment, Rep. Mark Kennedy, the Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota, was removing every mention and likeness of Bush from his campaign literature and advertising.

That’s never been reported by anyone. Blumenthal just made it up. And Blumenthal isn’t just mendacious; he’s lazy, too. Perhaps he thought it would be too much work to get his hands on Mark’s campaign literature, but it would have taken him around ten seconds to go to Kennedy’s Senate campaign site and see that it is full of references to President Bush, words of support for President Bush, and photos of President Bush, including a number of pictures of Kennedy with the President. Like this one:

Caption: “Kennedy was pleased to have Bush in Minnesota on behalf of his Senate campaign.”

So it would have been easy for Sid to figure out that what he wrote was completely wrong. But I guess we can’t expect highly-paid smear artists like Blumenthal to engage in an activity as mundane as fact checking.

Thanks to reader Jason Register for pointing out the Sid Vicious piece.

Filed under: The Machine — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

Black “Fake but Accurate”

The Star Tribune just can’t help themselves, can they? Now Eric Black, Strib reporter and blogger, has taken on the daunting task of reinforcing the lie and use it all against Mark Kennedy.

(Quick background: It was Black who gave Amy Klobuchar a do-over on her campaign rhetoric by letting her back out of fully supporting her DFL Party’s goal of Single Payer Universal Health Care and turned it back at Kennedy for simply trying to get her to explain what she really stands for. KvM Flashback: Black, Unplugged)

Well yesterday in his Strib Blog, The Big Question, he took on the Scrub-Gate issue in his usual ‘how can I make Kennedy look bad’ way. Kennedy’s Bushiness problem: He won’t stop shucking, Dems won’t stop jiving

Especially in the hyperventilating, everything-my-opponent-says-is-a-lie-or-an-impeachable-offense world of blogosphere-activism, you get a lot of points for anything that splashes a little mud on the other guy.

It can be fun, I suppose. And occasionally, serious offenses against truth, justice and the American Way are brought to light.

Get the initial jist of this one? We’re the bad guys.

The bigger story here is his Star Tribune’s running with a known lie, and being caught ‘blue-handed’ pimping DFL talking points. But Black, an ‘esteemed’ member of team Strib, can’t see that because, his paper can do no wrong, and anyone who says they can is a partisan poopy head.

After some hasty accounts of what really happened before the Strib fibbed, he gets to why this post of his is gold as far as I am concerned.

Let’s get a few obvious things said:

Mark Kennedy is a Bush Republican. He voted with the administration more than 90 percent of the time since he’s been in Congress. He has the highest Bush agreement rate among the Minnesota delegation.

He isn’t emphasizing his Bushiness this year. Duh. He has moved from running in a district that Bush carried by 57-42 in 2004 to a state that Bush lost by 51-48. And, since 2004, Bush’s approval ratings have plummeted into the 30s nationwide and there’s no reason to suspect Minnesota is an exception.

So, in an astonishing act of common sense, Kennedy is claiming to be an independent thinker and emphasizing, moreso than in the past, the few areas in which he differs from Bush. Wouldn’t you?

For all the same reasons, the Democrats are keen to portray Kennedy as a Bush lap-dog. Duh. Wouldn’t you?

I think I see the beginning of the next ‘Big Question’. I bet Black will be spending the 4th of July weekend digging up as much dirt proof that he can find on Liberal blogs and the DFL/DSCC websites to prove that the lie his paper ran this week with was “Fake but Accurate.”

A mature voter can probably rest assured that, over the next two years at least while Bush serves out the remainder of his sentence, Kennedy will be more likely to support Bush’s positions than Amy Klobuchar or Ford Bell or Robert Fitzgerald.

OK this we agree on.

This is not Kennedy’s favorite theme, which probably explains some of the website changes and the congressman’s failure to mention Bush from the podium at the Republican convention. Does that make him a liar or a traitor to his president? I think not.

Has he called the campaign or Kennedy himself to confirm these ‘changes’? Also don’t forget that the other news outlets that picked up the story, Hotline, and CQ Politics, either printed an apology, or pulled the story down altogether. It is just the Strib who is on a mission to make this story, “Fake but Accurate”

Keep in mind it was the Strib who started the whole running away from Bush meme at the State GOP Convention with their pre-canned (written before the speech was given) stories on Kennedy’s speech. They want Kennedy to be running from Bush, because it would take away Kennedy’s strong 6 year record of being a great member of Congress on behalf of Minnesota. (Ah, what is Klobuchar’s 6 year record? Yeah, a huge spike in crime in Minneapolis. Claims of cronyism under her management.) If the Strib can effectively force Kennedy to run from his record and Bush, they can shield Klobuchar from her dismal record at the same time.

Black just unzipped the collective fly of the Star Tribune, and exposed their mission to do what ever they can to smear Kennedy in defense of their friend Amy Klobuchar.

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 30th, 2006

The Trouble with Ellison

Scott Johnson posits that the DFL ticket is going to find their association with Keith Ellison to be an albatross this fall.

When the press gets around to asking the DFL candidates for governor (Mike Hatch) and Senate (Amy Klobuchar) whether they support Ellison, I anticipate that Melendez will describe the questions as a sign of Swift-boating bigotry.

Filed under: Klobuchar, Hatch — By: Gary M. Miller — June 30th, 2006

Bell Stands with Kennedy for Transparency

In light of the verbal accosting of Kennedy interns seeking to record Amy Klobuchar’s speech on ethics reform at the Humphrey Institue Thursday afternoon by senior Klobuchar staffers, and seizure of their DVR equipment, the Ford Bell for Senate Campaign sent me the following media advisory in which Mr. Bell joins Mark Kennedy in standing for transparency at public events.

Media/Public Advisory Regarding Recording at Ford Bell Public Events

In response to reports about controversy over recording at Amy Klobuchar’s appearance at the Humphrey Institute on Thursday, the Ford Bell for Senate campaign issued the following advisory:

“The Ford Bell for Senate campaign strongly believes in transparency and the public’s right to know.

“Video and/or audio recording of our public events by members of the press, public, or other campaigns is not only permitted, but encouraged. No registration or identification by those with video or audio recording equipment is required.

“Staff are reminded of this policy, and that interference with citizens exercising their free right to information in any way are subject to immediate termination.”

UPDATE: Bob Collins of MPR didn’t find the incident quite as exciting as fishgate, but is to be commended for taking the incident seriously enough to conduct a brief interview with well-spoken Kennedy intern Michel Weilbodt.

Andy Respectfully Adds in Disagreement:
‘Commended’ for ignoring the entire thing and going on about how much he likes talking to people? Did he even bother to call anyone at the Klobuchar campaign to find out why they were running an open public event like it was a secure campaign event? No. Sorry, but Collins is not to be commended in my honest opinion. He’s just another member of the local media, entrusted with the power to get the information no one else can for the public, but instead uses that power to focus his energies against the Republicans exclusively, when it was the Democrats in this case who should be answering the questions.

Gary Responds: Oh for crissakes, Andy.

Filed under: Kennedy, Klobuchar, Bell — By: Gary M. Miller — June 30th, 2006
June 29, 2006

‘Public Event’ Controlled By Klobuchar Campaign

I emailed the HHH Institute about the event today, expressing my unhappiness that I could not document the event on video. I asked if that was a standard procedure of the Center, or a demand of the Klobuchar campaign. This is the response I got.

Hi Andy – thank you for your feedback. The Klobuchar campaign asked there be no unauthorized video or audio recording of the event and we requested their wishes. If you’re interested in filming future appearances you should probably contact their campaign in advance. In inviting these political candidates, we work to provide a non-partisan or bi-partisan atmosphere that allows them to put their guard down as much as possible. As you can imagine, within these situations there may be some who choose to record appearances for negative reasons and I’m sure that’s why they made that decision.

What are they afraid of? More important, what gives them the right to turn a public event, into a campaign event?
Klobuchar Manager Goldfarb Confronted Over Intimidating Behavior Toward Kennedy Interns at Public Event.

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 29th, 2006

Klobuchar Manager Goldfarb Confronted Over Intimidating Behavior Toward Kennedy Interns at Public Event

Klobuchar campaign manager Ben Goldfarb received the following letter from Kennedy campaign manager Pat Shortridge regarding aggressive behavior exhibited toward Kennedy staffers following today’s “public” speech by Amy Klobuchar at the Humphrey Institute.

lettertogoldfarb.pdf

Now we know why this was a closed event.

They had a big media event planned out of it. Did they knowingly mislead the public on this event? Did they bully out the opposition from a public event so that they would have a Goldfarb approved account if her speech today?

Klobuchar’s Ethics Seminar at U of M, Lessons Learned – 1

The Kennedy campaign released this accompanying press release:

Following a public speech given by Amy Klobuchar today at the Humphrey Institute on ethics, a staff member from Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign forcibly detained interns from Mark Kennedy’s campaign who were there to tape the event demanding that they turn over the recording.

“This clearly is a sign of a campaign that is trying to hide something,” said Heidi Frederickson, press secretary for Mark Kennedy 06. “The Klobuchar campaign should immediately apologize and return the DVD.”

The DFL has hired Nick Kimball to follow Mark Kennedy around at several campaign events including trying to get into a fundraiser for Kennedy in International Falls. At each stop, which is public, Nick has been welcomed to tape Kennedy. Never once has anyone on Kennedy’s staff attempted to prohibit Mr. Kimball from recording a public event or tried to seize the recording after the event.

Kennedy’s campaign manager, Pat Shortridge, sent a letter to Klobuchar’s campaign manager, Ben Goldfarb, calling for an apology. In the letter, Shortridge said, “This kind of intimidation is completely unacceptable and has no place in Minnesota politics. I just can’t fathom this overraction. Obviously, candidates’ remarks are toutinely taped, given the frequency of public speeches like today’s event. I know first hand that Mark’s speeches are taped by DFL activists and staffers most any time he makes public remarks.”

“The hypocrisy of Amy Klobuchar and her campaign knows no bounds,” added Frederickson. “First, we learn that after a year of railing against lobbyist and special interests, Klobuchar was a registered lobbyist for over a decade, Now, following a public speech on ethics, her campaign staff does something ethically suspect. What is Amy Klobuchar’s campaign trying to hide about Amy Klobuchar?”

Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 29th, 2006

Hotline Notes KvM on Strib’s Own Scrubbing

Our post yesterday on the Strib’s own scrubbing of the Kennedy- Bush scrub-gate non-story was picked up by National Journal’s Hotline Blogometer.

MN SEN: Down The Memory Hole And Back Up Again
The scale-down of refrerences to Pres. Bush on Rep. Mark Kennedy’s (R-06) was inititally exaggerated, but it remained fodder for lefties who gleefully used it as evidence of Bush’s unpopularity. But righty Kenendy v. The Machine is using the story to knock the Minneapolis Star Tribune and its page designer: “Old teaser line: ‘Bush withdrawn from Mark Kennedy’s website — but not completely.’ New repolished one that you put up after being caught: ‘Bush still appears on Mark Kennedy’s website.’ Different headline, but same old hatchet job story. Changing the header doesn’t change the fact that you got caught running (again) with Democratic talking points. Do the right thing and issue a retraction.”

Filed under: Miscellany — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 29th, 2006

Klobuchar’s Ethics Seminar at U of M, Lessons Learned – 1

I wandered down to the U of M’s Humphrey Institute today to document the wisdom Amy Klobuchar had on “A Minnesota Vision for Ethics Reform in Washington”. The Former Vice President Walter Mondale was in attendance. I was not allowed to video tape, record, or take a single still picture at the event.

OK I snuck one picture in with my phone.

I went up and asked the person at the sign in table if I could get my devices authorized, and the Klobuchar staffer who was there said no.

What was funny was how the Dean of the Institute said that this was a “non-campaign environment”, but there were so many campaign staffers there, that one Institute employee referred to them as the “Klobuchar entourage”. (Actually he came up and asked me if I was part of the Klobuchar entourage. I said no. Man, I really need to have a conservative woman take me clothes shopping one of these days if I look that much like a liberal.)

Larry Jacobs gave a rather short, but excited introduction of Klobuchar. He said that the purpose of these forums was to “encourage more substantive discussion”. He said, “No stump speeches, No talking points, just stick to the issues.” Obviously, the Klobuchar campaign learned that with the rest of us, after the event had started. (I decided to keep a tally of Klobuchar’s use of talking points, and I counted about 51 different uses of her one liners or references to her typical campaign messages through out the speech portion.)

His quick bio for Klobuchar was this: “She’s the Chief Prosecutor for Hennepin County.” (This is where he got ‘excited’) “He’s gotta say that she is a star“. When she was 21 years old, she wrote a thesis about the building of the Metrodome that he just loved. And people really need to read it.

Granted the crowd was all Klobuchar fans except me and one other person who was also denied the ability to record the event to document her statements, but the intro was a little too lovey-dovey to be taken as an impartial introduction. (Get a room)

Next up was Klobuchar, and she started off telling the crowd that she had her wedding reception in the lobby area just outside the auditorium. I’ve noticed she likes to start off every speech with a story about herself. Must be something about running for the US Senate in Minnesota that requires that.

More to come on the actual speech as time allows.Filed under: Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — June 29th, 2006

Senator Kennedy

Andy decided to wander down to the Humphrey Institute in the hopes of gleaning some policy insights from ex-lobbyist Amy Klobuchar who was delivering a major address on “A Minnesota Vision for Ethics Reform in Washington”.

Alas, he was not allowed to bring any recording devices into the auditorium so that he could share Klobuchar’s words of wisdom with our readers. It’s unclear at this time if the prohibition on cameras was the decision of the Humphrey Institute or the Klobuchar campaign.

On a happier note, the program did reference the fact that Senator Mark Kennedy would be addressing the same forum later this summer:

Today’s presentation by Amy Klobuchar is the first in a series of policy talks hosted by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance featuring candidates for elective office. U.S. Senate candidates Ford Bell (DFL) and Senator Mark Kennedy (Republican endorsed candidate) will speak at the Humphrey Institute later this summer. The events in this series are free and open to the public.

Checks & Balances on ‘Scrubgate’

Sean Towle, writing at Checks & Balances, offers some friendly advice to MN Publius.

Checks & Balances has been on the Minnesota political scene for more than a decade. We have watched many trends come and go and are turning every greater attention to the blog-o-sphere. One common standard that exists in all parts of politics is one’s credibility. It is the gold standard that those in the political arena pride over all other attributes and determines one’s relevance.

Because blogs are largely not economic enterprises, they are still adapting and trying to be accepted as relevant sources of information. We acknowledge there always will be miss steps. Currently, blogs are more personal statements of conviction and not profession undertaking. Bloggers are not paid to post. As blogs try to compete with the Mainstream Media (MSM) they need to understand they are doing so in competition with MSM. In a quest to be quoted, or reprinted in a newspaper article, in a newsletter or interviewed in radio or television, blogs are seeking appreciation and adulation from people who do this for a living and are not interested in sharing the stage very often.

(…)

The blog MN Publius may be the latest example of the tenuous nature of credibility. MN Publius published a story with the hadline of the post: “Makeover Mark’s Website Scrubs President Bush”. The story contended Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) “scrubbing” his congressional website clean of references to President George W. Bush (R).

Kennedy’s staff didn’t “scrub” references to Bush, a search of Kennedy’s website produces numerous references. It seems the bloggers behind MN Publisu didn’t take into account the dynamic nature of websites, especially political ones.

MN Publius’ claims flew through the blog-o-sphere and nobody – aside from Republican operatives – fact checked their claims. Hours after firestorm began, national publications like “The Hotline” were publishing corrections and apologizing to Representative Kennedy and his staff. The Star Tribune even took the unusual step in today’s newspaper of being critical of the claims made by MN Publius calling them “exaggerated”.

If blogs want to attack Kennedy they would be well served to be wary since Michael Brodkorb, the force behind Minnesota Democrats Exposed, one of their own, is now a consultant for Kennedy in the U.S. Senate race.

Economy

Economy

Politicians Create Our Economic Woes

Initially, we all assume that it was economy that was the cause of our economic woes. However, based on the ongoing bickering that is continuing in congress, it’s very clear that our legislators and lawmakers lack the competency and the skills to run our nation effectively. As a result, the culprit to our financial crisis is not the economy, but our politicians. Unfortunately, the U.S. economy has taken a nose-dive, and there are signs and factor that suggest that things will only get even worse.

Americans blame both the Democrats and the Republicans

According to recent polls, most Americans blame both the Democrats and the Republicans for our economic woes, along with holding Obama accountable for the downturn. However, President Obama fared better than GOP (Republican Party) by raking in roughly 52% disapproval rating while the the Republicans received 65% disapproval rating. In addition, only a quarter of the nation’s voters approve of the way Barak Obama is handling his job as a president.

Dramatic economic news headlines

Lately, due to dramatic economic news headlines, number of American are depressed about the direction of our nation and the severe decline of our economy. At the beginning, most American assumed that the U.S. economy would bounce back after a recession; however, many people are losing hope due to a double-dip recession, along with losing patience with their lawmakers. Right now, people are desperate and over the edge since they don’t see signs of early economic recovery. Consequently, many Americans blame congress for our economic woes since our legislators seem ill-equipped to solve our fiscal problems.

Doug Williams

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