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  • Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

    12/14/2017 12:23:42 PM PST · 96 of 100
    Dan C to raiderboy

    As a city administrator I’m on a variety of government email distribution lists and Franken’s head staffer for the region just sent out an email indicating that her job is ending and provided personal contact info for those wanting to keep in touch with her. I’d say that’s the most definitive evidence that Franken might actually resign. I won’t fully believe it until I see it myself. The Lt. Governor is every bit as kooky lefty as Franken - but NOBODY I know knows her name or much about her so going into the next election cycle a solid conservative will not have to compete directly with name recognition / celebrity.

  • Cancer Doctor Found Dead Following ‘Breakthrough’ Discovery

    11/29/2017 2:20:42 PM PST · 90 of 100
    Dan C to jonascord

    I too am originally from Chicago (to be fair, a first-ring suburb.) My grandfather was one of the only white businessmen left in his part of the South Side and I got to witness ‘reverse discrimination’ up close. As a small child I heard about crooked judges, cops, officials, etc. I know it exists in that area because it is part of the culture. I also intuitively picked up that the reason that corruption exists is because good people allow it to remain because they didn’t want to get involved, didn’t know how they could help, or simply didn’t have it impact them directly so didn’t much care. And as such, a great injustice is allowed to exist there and has for generations, unfortunately.

    As to your comments, if you truly hold that anyone running for office should be “hunted down and shot as a threat to civilization” then there is no reasoning with you. Such a line of thinking will certainly increase your odds of getting a license plate manufacturing job with 3 squares and a cot as fringe benefits.

    I offer that such sentiments from the anarchist edges of thought directly contribute to the decay of our representative democracy at every level. Back in the day we were taught by our elders that at some point in our lives we need to give something back to our communities. The best and brightest in our towns - doctors, business owners, pharmacists, etc. - traditionally answered that call and all agreed to serve on boards and committees in their churches, schools and communities because that was how they “gave back.” Then cynical types like you with blanket statements that anyone who serves publicly is a crook and untrustworthy came along and the best and the brightest decide it isn’t worth the grief and stop serving. We were then left with hoping that the best of the second tier folks in town serve in positions but they too get run off. What is left is single-issue, small minded folks in positions of power who, ironically, are more likely to get involved in crooked deals and graft.

    Why is congress so crooked? Because good people with a heart for service have been run off by the likes of you and now we are left with less overall quality in our representation. Congress draws people from state, county and large city positions. State & county positions get filled by school board, city council and town board folks; and those positions get filled from volunteer boards and committees. Congress is screwed up because our society has run off a good portion of the best and brightest at the local level who aren’t interested in being threatened with blanket labels & violence from folks like you. With no good players on the bench, we end up fielding bad players because one way or the other the game will get played.

    You, who don’t know me from Adam, have some audacity to unilaterally declare all who serve as crooked thieves, malcontents and sell-outs. In the past 5 years have personally got rid of an inept and meddlesome police chief, a shady liquor store manager, and a 19.5 year veteran cop just months from being vested in their retirement because they were filing false time sheets. In a different organization I also got rid of a dirty police chief at great risk to my health, safety and career given how that person had charmed many in the public. Good government requires people willing to stand for what is right even when it is hard or unpopular. In the words of Jeremiah, as for me and my house we will choose to serve God and, by extension, my fellow man.

    Every organization - be it public, private, non-profit, religious - has bad apples. But in fairness, they also have good apples as well. The only thing that evil needs to succeed is for the just to do nothing. I will fight the good fight to maintain the integrity of my organization regardless of your dark, jaded, anarchy-leaning take on things. I do not have influence among the nations or in Washington DC or our state capital or even the county courthouse down the street. I do, however, have great influence over the integrity of this municipal organization that I’ve been entrusted by the public to head up; and I will not shrink from that responsibility even if trolls start sporting for a fight.

  • Cancer Doctor Found Dead Following ‘Breakthrough’ Discovery

    11/29/2017 10:24:52 AM PST · 62 of 100
    Dan C to jonascord

    While I share your understandable cynicism about those in high offices that seem to magically go from penniless to millionaires, as a former mayor and current city administrator I do take exception to the blanket statement that all people in government are in it to “prosper.” Granted, every job I had (most of which in the private sector) I set out to “prosper” in as much as I wanted to earn enough to provide for my family.

    That said, my reason for being in government is that if conservatives just sit off to the side and cluck their tongues at how liberal government is but are unwilling to take on the challenge of applying conservative principles inside public entities, then we have indeed lost. If I’m not here pushing for greater transparency, lean budgets devoid of peace fountains or crazy social engineering experiments then some some run of the mill liberal would be in this chair doing exactly the opposite. A conservative city administrator is just beneath the level of leprechaun status in this universe - but there are a few of us trying to apply & demonstrate conservative principles & common sense on a day to day basis; and to seek to mentor other staff (and the public) in such lines of thinking.

    For what it is worth, I’ve found it true that conservatives are the only ones that shoot their own wounded. I get criticism for “not being conservative enough” from fellow conservatives while at the same time because I refuse to advocate for dumping tax dollars on every silly liberal idea I’m a “nazi” in the eyes of liberals because I say no to such stuff. Liberal city administrators have a built in cheering squad with unions and democrats and rarely have to fight battles on two fronts. Getting lumped in with blanket statements about all in government being corrupt gets wearisome after a while.

  • Al Franken: Streaming Presser (ended earlier today)

    11/28/2017 8:44:38 AM PST · 65 of 82
    Dan C to bigbob

    Agreed. The buzz here was that if Franken resigned that Keith Ellison would get appointed to the unfinished term - raising the prospects of an even crazier lefty to hold that seat. While not ideal by any means, a wounded Franken is the least of the bad options available.

  • A Definitive Collection Of Creepy Al Franken Photos Groping Women

    11/22/2017 2:30:24 PM PST · 49 of 53
    Dan C to griswold3

    It was disturbing how many liberals here in MN gushed over him back then. Unfortunately the part of the hinky stuff related to that election was that if Senator Norm Coleman had not been the deciding vote to NOT drill for oil in the Anwar area of Alaska, I contend he would have garnered enough additional votes to have pushed back from the election games that were played.

  • Public school in Minnesota requires English course aimed at eradicating white privilege

    11/02/2017 5:54:38 PM PDT · 4 of 20
    Dan C to markomalley

    The Center for the American Experiment is a fantastic conservative think tank in our crazy, liberal-leaning state. They published an extensive article on this issue which can be read at their website:

  • The Detroit Lions' owner offered players incentive not to kneel for the anthem

    10/04/2017 8:48:27 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    Dan C to markomalley

    Cash for Punkers?

  • Trump's gut knows that America agrees with him on NFL controversy

    09/26/2017 5:37:53 PM PDT · 38 of 48
    Dan C to TigerClaws

    There appear to be a few different books with that title. What’s the author of the one you are recommending?

  • Trump's gut knows that America agrees with him on NFL controversy

    09/26/2017 5:01:42 PM PDT · 33 of 48
    Dan C to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m a city administrator in rural Minnesota. While I’ll admit that we are in a more conservative area than some parts of the state and those here are a fair bit more “right” than most public sector folks; I was stunned to hear some of the more left of center folks here expressing loud and clear outrage over the NFL protests.

    I’m only one of two right-of-center (right of Attila the Hun in my case) city administrators I know so I’ve come to expect to hear comments that are far more liberal than I’d like at the proverbial water cooler - but the open, negative reaction to the NFL stuff by my staff is a shock to me.

    It is anecdotal evidence to be sure but based on what my own eyes are seeing here on the ground the NFL absolutely nuked their reputation.

  • Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva has highest-selling gear in past 24 hours

    09/25/2017 11:25:17 AM PDT · 21 of 29
    Dan C to Old Teufel Hunden

    I’ll first state that I was touched by the photos of Villanueva standing for the anthem. I found myself pondering how our world has drifted so far so that coming out and standing for the anthem is somehow a profile in courage.

    Perhaps I’m just projecting a bit of jaded cynicism here but I am expecting the throngs of “show yourself to be an independent thinker by joining the approved herd” types to put unbelievable pressure on this fellow to say something against Trump or otherwise provide a ‘clarification’ to things that will water down what was done. I hope this isn’t the case but I fear that Villanueva will have a microphone shoved in his face over every comment and action taken by Trump or conservatives until someone gets him on record saying something negative.

  • [Argentinian] Spanish nun sparks outrage with suggestion that Virgin Mary may have had sex

    02/02/2017 5:41:08 PM PST · 6 of 366
    Dan C to markomalley

    Matthew 1:25 says “But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” (NIV translation). She WAS a virgin at the time of Jesus’ conception but the plain reading of the verse strongly implies that Mary didn’t stay in that state her whole life. If the nun’s comments were along these lines, I’d agree with her interpretation.

  • My dear Freepers I never thought I would have to post this

    12/12/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · 79 of 256
    Dan C to thesligoduffyflynns

    Prayers up from MN.

  • Why Trump is courting Romney for the State Department

    11/29/2016 7:55:15 AM PST · 64 of 99
    Dan C to wiseprince

    I appreciate your astute and timely reminder that Trump, who now has his days dominated with really big decisions, is not talking directly to us as much as he did during multiple campaign stops per day. I will confess even as a day-one Trump supporter who faced criticism from friends & family alike for my support of him that I’ve so quickly fallen prey to media-induced nervousness about Romney and the like. Your comment is a good reminder that the same guy who survived cage match after cage match with candidates, party leaders, Soros, and the media has the gumption to stay the course.

  • Somali Woman to Wear Hijab in Miss Minnesota USA Contest

    11/25/2016 4:31:24 PM PST · 30 of 73
    Dan C to cloudmountain

    Trump was less than 2% from pulling things off here and outstate (non-metro) voted nearly 2:1 for Trump. We did succeed in holding the state house and seizing control of the state senate for only the second time since the early 1970’s. Progress is being made to allow common sense to rule here again.

  • 2016 Election LIVE Thread

    11/08/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · 4,161 of 10,545
    Dan C to MplsSteve

    I just ran the election tape as one of the head election judges in our small town in SW Minnesota. Romney won our area with 51% in 2012. Trump just won it with 66%. He is outperforming in our small enclave by 15%!

  • 10:00am Election Day Ground Reports – What’s Going On….

    11/08/2016 11:08:49 AM PST · 278 of 337
    Dan C to Mechanicos

    I voted this morning here in southwestern Minnesota and I had to stand in line for the first time ever in our tiny little precinct. I was asked if I was ok with using a countertop in the back of the room as an alternate voting “booth” instead of waiting any longer (I was ok with it). I’m a city administrator in another city and initial reports from our own polling location say that there’s a higher than average turnout with 29 same-day registrations just in the first 3 hours the polls have been open. The last time there was a spike in same-day registrations Jesse Ventura won the race for governor. My observation over the years is that spikes in such registrations typically are caused by people who are excited about a candidate and there is ZERO enthusiasm for Hillary here even though it is an area that trends lightly Dem.

  • Donald Trump to make first public Minnesota visit Sunday

    11/05/2016 1:14:02 PM PDT · 125 of 149
    Dan C to stevem

    I was the chair of the largest single BPOU in the state (northern metro) and I’ve run into a few noble, old world democrats even in the midst of partisan contests. I was mayor of a first ring suburb for a term - even endorsed by the IRs. I quit the party after 30 years of time, money and service due to “establishment” mentality pervading things these days so I’m equally cynical in some ways. I bring up Oberstar only as an example that the seemingly impossible can be pulled off. I called that race 2 months before the election and was soundly mocked for my assertions. I saw the campaign signs out early for his opponent and in areas I was surprised about. It hinted at something going on. I’ve seen the exact same thing for Trump here in the western half of the state the past 2 months and in areas that aren’t particularly conservative. There’s a chance... a real one.

  • Donald Trump to make first public Minnesota visit Sunday

    11/05/2016 12:27:18 PM PDT · 116 of 149
    Dan C to stevem

    I have served as a head election judge several times (including this year) and I’ll grant you the vouching system for same day registrations is very flawed but our paper ballot and double check system with the ballot readers are the best setup in the nation. Because our state has been so reliably liberal there is no need to have a weak balloting setup. So if Trump is surging here he will not be denied a win by the kind of games played in PA or FL. Remember Rep. Oberstar was defeated in the liberal of liberal areas in the iron range just a few years ago - the tide is shifting.

  • Donald Trump to make first public Minnesota visit Sunday

    11/05/2016 11:53:47 AM PDT · 105 of 149
    Dan C to JediJones

    I’m a recovering elected official who has lived in MN for 30+ years now and I can assure you that MN may actually be in play. The outstate areas are overwhelmingly trump and the statewide mock high school election he won (and kids tend to vote in those things similar to the leanings of their parents.) There are a number of people I know who are traditional “FDR” democrats who reliably vote all democrat are voting 3rd party because they can’t stand / trust Hillary. If Trump can win 44% of the vote here he beats Hillary by a hair because Johnson will probably garner his highest support in the nation right here in MN and that eats into Hillary’s base. The year Ventura won as governor the Dem (Herbert Humphrey’s own grandson) came in 3rd place due to a split vote. I’m not saying it’ll happen but the vibe I have is that Trump isn’t desperate or wasting his time as others here have said.

  • Wikileaks: "Significant if partisan find" Clinton ties to child trafficing

    11/03/2016 3:23:55 PM PDT · 64 of 105
    Dan C to JerseyDvl

    A good friend of mine worked for 30+ years as a NYPD detective who specialized in sex crime & organized crime matters. He has maintained contacts with folks in the New York and DC areas. My friend just told me 2 days ago that what we are hearing about pedophilia & sex trade stuff is not only true but it is far more pervasive and insidious than most would ever want to believe. His final admonition to me (which he often reminds me of) was that such stuff can exist more or less hidden out in the open because ordinary, decent people cannot bring themselves to believe this isn’t some sort of paranoid conspiracy theory - therefore people’s own bent towards “not going there” creates a bubble around the problem.