Thursday, January 28, 2010

Minnesota Judicial Tyrants play their ugly Apparatchik hand

This is an article I wrote comparing what is happening to a Minnesota Group seeking Judicial Reform and Accountability to KGB style tactics they are encountering.

A few years ago I bristled at a statement by then Russian President Putin regarding Democracy. Essentially he indicated "Russia has democracy. It is as good as American Democracy. It just upsets you that it is different than American Democracy". He went on to point out specific ironies of American Democracy. [ Bush and Putin Exhibit Tension Over Democracy 2005 ]

President Putin was responding to then US President Bush 43's criticism of a perception of Putin's back sliding on democracy.

"Critics accuse the Kremlin of backtracking on democracy by stifling the independent press, re-nationalizing the Russian oil giant Yukos, taking control of Parliament, and abolishing elections for regional governors. Human-rights groups also accuse Russian forces of carrying out widespread abuses in Chechnya" [ Bush Confronts Putin, Face to Face, Over Democracy 2005 ]

"(Putin) who has canceled elections, jailed opponents, driven pro-Western democratic parties out of parliament,taken over national television and effectively renationalized Russia's largest oil company" [ Bush Gently Prods Putin on Democracy 2005 ]

"Mr. Putin told CBS: "Four years ago, your presidential election was decided by the court." and, paraphrasing, " haven't American Journalist been fired for criticizing the Bush Administration" [ Bush and Putin in democracy row 2005 ]

As a American born and raised in the USA and having lived through the propaganda of the Cold War I was incensed by Russian President Putin's attitude of being on equal footing as the USA in discussing Democracy. How could this fledgling Democracy, born of out a loss to Democracy by a former communist country dare compare the fullness of their fledgling Democracy (> 15 years) to the Great USA Democracy (@ 230 years.)? Did Putin not realize the Russians lost? How dare Putin point out the shortcomings and hypocricies of American Democracy? They simply just can't be true. ( For those of you not old enough to remember the cold war, please seek out someone older who can share with you their feelings. If for no other reasons than to pay heed to the following adage; "They who know not their history are destined to repeat it. [Cold War Museum] )

For four years now, a coalition of your fellow Minnesota Citizens have sought to have legislation on Minnesota Judicial Reform and Accountability heard in the Minnesota Legislature with no success. In Minnesota, the Chairpersons of the Respective Senate and House Judiciary committees control what legislation is heard and which is not. Senator Mee Moua (D)and Representative Joe Mullery (D) refuse to hear our proposed legislation or any of our testimony.

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Don Mashak

The Cynical Patriot

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TEA PARTY - What MA Scott Brown means? A different perspective.

This is an except for an article that I wrote on

I will try to get straight to the point.  If you don't agree with my premise, stop reading:

My fellow TEA Party Conservatives, I premise my thoughts on the following: The two major political parties deliberately polarize WE THE PEOPLE to divert attention from them.  We vent our hostility on the political opposition because that is how politicians frame our elections.  Instead of us pouring our ire out on the politicians, we vent on each other.  Our politicians are like the kids from the school ground of your youth who spread rumors and goaded others into fights while they stood by and laughed at what they had created.

My fellow TEA Party Conservative friends (no I am not forgetting my liberal TEA Party friends) I ask you to contain your enthusiasm.  I know we have had to just take it for a year and we are frustrated.  I know we want to lash out. But let us not lose this opportunity to permanently change American Politics. Let us be gracious, benevolent winners. Let us reach out to our fellow Americans and engage them in thoughtful dialogue.  Invite them to TEA Parties in spite of their political leanings. Let them get to know us by our acts and deeds.  Share with them your pride in you self-sufficiency.  Instill them with your fervor for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.  Let them come to see what their leaders told them about us was simply propaganda.

Do not let the politicians from the two main political parties continue to frame our elections and tell us how to feel about the issues.  Do not let the politicians pit us against each other

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

TEA Party: It is Not Republican v Democrat nor Educated v Uneducated nor White v Color

nor white v color nor Conservative v Liberal; the true battle is WE THE PEOPLE vs the corrupt politicians!

As I promised you yesterday in the article:

Obama's educated aristocrats attitude toward the TEA Party - "Let them eat Cake"

here is a more detailed explanation about what the TEA Party is about and what it is not about.

That last article was inspired by reading two articles by what I would describe as allegedly educated Liberals falling all over themselves to explain why the TEA Party Movement is more popular than either the Republican or Democratic Parties.  One explained his theory as the TEA Party being a popular revolt by uneducated commoners against the educated elite.  And the other just said the TEA Party was just a bunch of folks who want to say "“shove it you commie, liberal scum.” For the overwhelming majority of TEA Partyers, neither perception is correct.

Today I am here to share my perspective as one who has went to anti-Obamacare rallies, anti-Federal Reserve Rallies, anti-Corporate Major Media Propaganda and Censorship Rallies and the 912 Rally in Washington DC.  The one in DC is where from 2.2 million or 70,000 of us TEA Partyers (London Times and CNN respectively, you choose who to believe) showed up in Washington DC to tell our Government .about our concerns. Your government has tried to repress this information.

My Fellow Citizens - This TEA Party Movement is about....

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Don Mashak

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Obama's educated aristocrats attitude toward TEA Party 'Let them eat cake'

I read the two articles mentioned below and wrote and article about my opinion on  I hope that what you read hear will entice you to read the rest there.

I was motivated to write this article after reading the following two articles:

Is The Tea Party Simply A Symbol Of Public Anger Or Is It The Future of the GOP? (Sodahead)

which was inspired by

The Tea Party Teens (New York Times)   

Both of these articles seem to be attempts by liberal would be Political Pundits to explain, what seems to them to be, the unfathomable present status of the TEA Party Movement:. To quote NYT's David Brooks:

"But it is now more popular than either major party. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 41 percent of Americans have a positive view of the tea party movement. Only 35 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Democrats and only 28 percent have a positive view of the Republican Party."

Sodahead's Lon (no last name - maybe in hiding?) put it this way:

"The Republican Party holds a 28% net-negative favorable/unfavorable rating, the Democratic Party holds a net-negative fav/unfav 35-45%. The shocker is that the Tea Party movement holds a 41-23% net-positive score."

NYT's Brooks posited the explanation for the rise of the TEA Party as being backlash by the uneducated commoners against the educated class.

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Don Mashak

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

MN Judicial Reform and Acccountability - Response to Senator Moua's Aid's 12/21/2009 letter

Sometimes you live a story that is self documenting.  For those of you that think your government is generally honest, transparent and accountable.... get ready for a glimpse of reality.  The letters will speak for themselves.... on to the story uploaded by CynicalPatriot

January 7, 2010

Via fax 651-225-7587

Senator Mee Moua
Chair, Judiciary Committee
Senate District 67
120 State Capitol Building
75 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

Phone 651-296-5285
Fax 651-225-7587

Don Mashak
POB 231
Albertville, MN 55301-0231

RE:  Letter on your behalf from your Legislative assistant, James Chang

Hello Senator Moua:

I previously left a voice mail on this matter with your office.

To summarize that phone call: At this point, I am going to let your Legislative Assistant’s mischaracterizations of what was said go as a simple misunderstanding.  And in addressing those mischaracterizations, I am not going to make any judgment as to your offices moral/ethical character. However, this is my last extension of said courtesy.  In the future, any deliberate gross mischaracterization of my actions or questions will be addressed as personal moral and/or character flaws of you and/or your staff.

In light of your staff’s inability to understand simple thoughts and common courtesy, I request that you directly respond to this and future correspondence and not pass it off to staff.  This will greatly reduce future misunderstandings.

Now, to keep us all honest, I am going to post our correspondence on my various websites but primarily

Now, to address the mis-characterizations:

1) I find it hard to believe that your staff would not understand that I expected a phone call when I sought to have legislation regarding Minnesota Judicial Reform and Accountability heard before your Judiciary committee.  Your staff mentions

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Don Mashak

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Sunday, January 3, 2010


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Please find in this article some suggestions for your own personal New Year's Resolutions and some for the political and economic situation in our country.  I am writing this prologue as the article I am quoting, I also wrote.  I am told if I include too much of it here, both locations will rank lower in the search engines. On to the story...


Before I present my list of suggested New Year's resolutions, I feel it necessary to address some myths and misunderstandings about the TEA Party Movement.

1) Where is the Headquarters and who is the Leadership of the TEA Party Movement?

The TEA Party movement is not one group though that is the way the 2 major political parties and major media would portray us.  It is a group of 10-15 major tea party and grassroots groups and many more smaller, more localized groups. Some are large enough to have National, Regional, State and County sub-groups. And some TEA Party groups cater to segments of the TEA Party Movement such as "Asamom" and "Smartgirl" or "GOOOH", "WagtheDog2010" and "the Precinct Strategy". the 912 Coalition, ICaucus, TEA Party Patriots and ReTEAParty are among my favorites. As for Leadership, Most of the Leaders are more facilitators and Coordinators than they are Leaders.  After all, most of the groups are true grassroots movements and not Republican Trojan Horses. Again, For the most part this is a true grass roots movement and leaders are just now emerging.  And in some groups where people have declared themselves the Leadership, the grassroots bottom has reminded would be leaders that direction comes from the bottom up and not the top down in true grassroots movements.  I imagine that it is similar to the Leadership situation the Founding Father's found themselves in the initial stages of the our American Revolution before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

2) Is the TEA Party Movement just a Republican Trojan Horse?....

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Don Mashak
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Dear GOP, Since you aren't really using the Republican Party name

This is a portion of my article written at My intent in writing this article is to either convince the Republican Party to meet with the Conservative faction of the TEA Party Movement and reform itself or make it clear to TEA Party Republican Loyalists that the Republican Party has no intent to reform because the Republican Leaderships equates that with loss of power.

[The Cynical Patriot - Less Prancing, No Dancing - More Direct, No Prisoners]

& with regard to this Constitution that we have fought & died forAnd with regard to this Constitution that we have fought & died for
Prologue - I realize that some people have the perception that the TEA Party Movement is a Republican Trojan horse.   To be sure, there is a strong conservative leaning in the TEA Party Movement.  And, there is a faction of the TEA Party Movement that are what I would call "Republican Party Loyalist".  But there is also a small faction of Liberals who have concerns with the Democratic Party similar to the concerns we conservatives have with the Republican Party. Most of the TEA Party folks define themselves as anti-corruption and pro-Constitution. The fact of the matter is the TEA Party Movement's most unifying concerns are about both major political parties 1) lack of adherence to the Constitution, 2)the erosion of our Bill of Rights, 3) overwhelming Political, Judicial and Bureaucratic corruption, 4) excess special interest influence and 5) the de facto Plutocracy (Government and Justice to the highest bidder) which causes legislation and judicial decisions contrary to the best interests of the general citizenry and the country as a whole. Citizen to Citizen, I would ask the Republican Loyalists and concerned Liberals who place loyalty to country over loyalty to party to be as critical of the failings of their own respective political party as I am about to be with regard to the Republican Party.
Dear GOP Leadership:

Since you are not really living up to the principals of the Republican Party name, how about giving it to the conservative faction of the TEA Party Movement.   Perhaps you would then be able to name your party with a name that more accurately represents its position, like "Democrat Light" or "Special Interest Lackeys"....

...In light of the recent poll showing that the TEA Party Movement is more popular among the American Public than either the Democrats or Republicans ( ) isn't it a bit presumptive for the Republicans to command the TEA Party to sacrifice their votes to save the Country from Obama and the Democrats.....

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Don Mashak

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