Monday, January 31, 2011

Results of Minnesota North Star TEA Party Patriots Coalition January 29, 2011 Nominal Group Process

"On Saturday, January 29, 2011 more than 50 members of TEA Party Groups from across the State met at the Brooklyn Park MN Library to participate in a Nominal Group Process Meeting.  Through this 5.5 hour process, the group set its goals for the immediate future in Minnesota.

With Regard to the Top Issues that Minnesota North Star TEA Party Patriots will help Local groups are:

1) Judicial Reform and Accountability
2) Voter ID
3) Reducing Government Size.

Other Issues in the top 10 included......"

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Results of North Star TEA Party Patriots Coalition Nominal Group Process - Minneapolis Independent | Examiner.com

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Don Mashak
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Friday, January 28, 2011

TEA PARTY - Planning the 2nd Enlightenment (Part 2b of 3)

In part 2a of this series, we addressed the first three parallels of the conditions in present day America to the conditions of conditions during the first enlightenment.  We continue in part 2b with the remaining 5 parallel conditions.

4) Paradigm Shifts - Changes in Individuals perception of Reality and other Paradigm Shifts;

Prior to the original Enlightenment, Governments relied on persuasion, superstition and Religion to control the General Public. Under the Devine Right of Kings gruesome punishment (warning graphic) was often employed to force people to comply with the laws and rules of society. Fear of eternal damnation also caused many people to simply comply with the rules and beliefs of the time period, regardless of how unfair or nonsensical they seemed, to avoid eternal damnation of their souls. These modalities comprised the dogma of the Sacred Circle (King,Clergy, Religious Text) that circumvented rational thinking before the enlightenment.


 With the Enlightenment came a Perception of the World Based on Reason and Experience. Logical, quantifiable assessment of the World around the individual replaced a belief system imposed on the population by indoctrination by a superstition or religion. The Divine Right of Kings was exposed for the fallacy it was. Subjects became freeman and citizens because their perception of reality became based on their own interpretation of the world around them. And with the shackles of the old status quo tossed aside, these freeman came to see themselves as "Natural Law equals to the ruling class".  And with that came the right to own property. And while some enlightened rulers adjusted their Governing to accommodate this new reality, many others were deposed by violent revolution.

And so, Governance with observance of Natural Law became the accepted standard for much of the Western World. Tyranny Iron Fist

But the Tyrants of the World sought to restore their previous control on power and so they adapted to the new perception of reality that individuals of the world had created for themselves..

During the late 1800's a group of people arose who believed nations could be better managed by the educated elites than by the uneducated masses.

These educated elitists opposed laissez-faire economics, thus representing a new willingness to allow government and private groups to intervene, regulate and even coerce business firms and private individuals for the good of society


These folks were so impressed by how they changed Public Opinion from being against the USA entering World War I to being in favor of entering World War I that they openly engaged in attempting to manage public opinion during Peace time.


Representative of these educated elites' attitudes toward the uneducated masses, Edward Bernays wrote the book, "Propaganda" and said:
"It was of course the astounding success of propaganda (during WWI) that opened the eyes of the intelligent few in all departments of life to the possibilities of regimenting the public mind "

"It was only natural that after the war ended that intelligent persons should ask themselves whether it was not possible to apply a similar technique to the problems of peace"
"If we understand the mechanisms of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it."
Perception is Reality - I submit that our government has decided that rather than represent us, they have the right to manage and manipulate us like cattle; and finally, if necessary,  they have the moral authority coerce us to comply with what they believe in general public's best interests.

They do this by tainting the data and information by which we create our individual Perspectives of Reality. Through control and manipulation of the major media they have been able to taint the information and ideas we receive. By tainting the information and ideas we use to form each of our own perceptions of reality they have altered our perceptions of reality to suit their goals.  And, in so doing, they have limited our free will by altering our perception of reality from actual reality.

Government Exploits the emotions and predisposition of the "herd" to get the herd to go in the Direction the educated elites desire.  (And when certain "lead cows" impede the movement of the herd in the direction the Governmental elites desire, the Government attempts to marginalize the "lead cows" by demonizing, discrediting or silencing them.)

In this way they have been able to get us to consent to, or ignore, their trespasses on our Natural Rights.

I submit that the rise of the Internet and its resultant vast increase in the velocity of information and ideas is the single biggest paradigm shift since the 1st Enlightenment. As books and the printing press allowed mankind to compare notes and agree upon the state of injustice they were each enduring, the Internet has had an even profound effect upon the speed at which ideas can be exchanged and validated. And just as rapidly as the Internet has became a means of WE THE PEOPLE to escape the propaganda and censorship of the Government and Corporation Dominated Major Media, the Government is working to restrain, control and if necessary, shut down the internet. (Search the Internet for the term - "Net Neutrality )



Other Paradigm Shifts

Decline of political empires gives way to Rise of Nations.

Decline of Nations gives rise to corporate / Economic / Ideological empires.


Change of Specie backed money to Fiat Money.

Adoption of the Federal Income Tax as the main source of Federal Revenues as opposed to Tariffs as defined in the Constitution.

Development of Nuclear Weapons changes the dynamics of War.

Adam Smith and Modern Theory of Economics (Society guided by invisible hand as individuals make personal choices) to present Oligopoly cram down.

Rise of the Welfare state changes dynamics of  Population genetics - Change in manner allocation of Resources increases birth rates of less productive members of society.

Sexual Revolution, Improved access to food, Welfare and Child Support leads to women no longer being strictly reliant on men to raise children.

Loss of intellectual honesty - Rise of the adoption and implementation of the principle of Plausible Deniablity as opposed to standard of absolute truth. Quid Pro Quo Compromise of the men of letters (Academic Elites) - Rise of the intellectual elite with a Superiority complex (They know better than the common man)


Judges circumscribe Rational Thought in much the same manner as the churches of the 1st Enlightenment. Reduced oversight and Discipline of the Judiciary along with Reduced Transparency of the Judiciary removes the checks and balances on the Judiciary that the Founding Fathers and Constitution intended.

Willing Suspension of Disbelief by the Voters - Voters through intellectual laziness or because of information overload accept the reality painted by the major media even when confronted with improbability or conflicting empirical information.

Disinformation by Major Media - analogous to major religion on flat world and center universe
Rise of Radio and Television allows Government and Corporations to give entire country homogeneous message all at once.

Decline of Elected Representative Officials - Rise of Bureaucrats (Quangocrats)

Rise of concept of Sustainable Development

Rise of Consideration of a One World Government

5) Renewed interest, understanding and adherence of and to the Principals of Natural Law;
1 if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Government

Let us begin with a review of what Natural Rights are.

Natural and legal rights are two types of rights theoretically distinct according to philosophers and political scientists. Natural rights, also called inalienable rights, are considered to be self-evident and universal. They are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government. Legal rights, also called statutory rights, are bestowed by a particular government to the governed people and are relative to specific cultures and governments. They are enumerated or codified into legal statutes by a legislative body.
Rather than go into the 19 points (chapter XIV of Leviathan)of Natural Rights Set out by Thomas Hobbes, I preferred the simplified view of John Locke (1632–1704). He was another prominent Western philosopher who conceptualized rights as natural and inalienable. Like Hobbes, Locke was a major social contract thinker. He said that man's natural rights are life, liberty, and property.

Similar to the original Enlightenment, grassroots groups of people have been forming to discuss and debate their the sources of their frustration with the Status Quo.   The "dull ache" and the feeling that "something is wrong but they don't know exactly what" is affirmed by their peers.

I imagine this "dull ache" and sense that "something is wrong, but what?" were the harbingers of the great change that was on the horizon just before and during the original Enlightenment. And now many grassroots movements are again revisiting natural law and natural rights. And they are injecting their perspectives into the politics of the nation.

The status quo government has reacted with its usual strategies to deal with political dissent.  In the beginning they have attempted to marginalize, demonize and discredit these various grassroots groups.

But the internet Juggernaut could not be stopped.

The Internet caused a rise in the communication of  violations of Natural Law.  It allow individual citizens to compare notes and affirm the suspicions of each other. It allowed the General Public to overcome the propaganda and censorship of the major media and expose and create awareness of corruption and duplicity in elected officials and judges.

Natural Law and Natural Rights have been rediscovered by the American masses.

And only now are some of the Status Quo Politicians coming to realize that this grassroots revival of Natural Law and Natural Rights, cannot be repressed.

WE THE PEOPLE demand a restoration of the principles of Natural Law and Natural Rights and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which were written to protect our Natural Rights.

6) Ruling Class adaptation to "Consent of the Governed", "Uncircumscribed Reasoned Thought" resulting in subversion of the principles of Natural Law; 

Propaganda and Censorship - Controlling and Altering Citizen Perceptions of Reality

As we have already touched on, the tyrants of the world want their previous scope and level of power and control restored.  They lost the their original instruments of control when mankind chose reason and experience as the best means of determining their individual perspective of reality. The tyrants tools of tradition, persuasion, superstition and religion were lost to them because mankind chose to think for themselves.

But the tyrants of the world, did not give up. They assessed the new reality.  And the tyrants of the world determined that if they could no longer force the desired perception of reality upon the citizens of the World, they would alter it without the vast majority of individual citizens even realizing their perception of reality was being altered to suit the purposes of the tyrants. They experimented with how to do this.  And they did not get it right until World War I, when they successfully changed the Public Opinion of the USA from being against being involved in WWI to being in favor of involvement in just a few short months. (see previous mentions of Edward Bernays in this article series)

They achieved this by tainting the information and ideas the General Public received through the major media.  Through Propaganda, Censorship and duplicity hidden behind kind, smiling faces they tainted the supply of information and ideas that American relied on to form their own perspectives of reality.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our Elected Officials have replaced the tapestry of control woven with Superstition and Religion with that of Secular Political Correctness. Political Correctness has been used to fill the huge vacuum circumscribed thought created by the displacement of religion by reason.  Now people self-censor the public expression of their thoughts to avoid the criticism and ostracism that politically incorrect public statements might inflict on them.

MODERN FEUDALISM

Medieval Feudalism

In most of medieval Europe, society was dependent on the "feudal" system, which was based on allocation of land in return for service. The king would give out grants of land to his most important noblemen (barons and bishops), and each noble would have to promise to loyally follow him and supply him with soldiers in time of war. They did this at a special - kneeling before the king, he swore an oath with the words "Sire, I become your man." The nobles then divided their land among lower lords, or knights who also had to become their vassals(servants). In the lowest spot in society sat the peasants who worked on the land itself. They had almost no rights, tiny pieces of property - and no vassals.

In the days of Feudalism before the original enlightenment, you could not own property.  The King or the State owned all the property.  Anyone who was given the privilege of having property, knew it was on  the condition that a certain amount or percentage of what was produced would be given to which ever member of the ruling class the privilege was obtained from.

The ruling class could tell you how to use the land and whether you and your family could continue to stay.  The ruling class could be as merciful or merciless as they desired.

And when the King or Lord or whomsoever of ruling class rank you received your privilege from was displeased they simply sent the Sheriff out to force you off the property you had been privileged to live upon. This happened often and without recourse, especially when there were crop failures beyond any humans control.

Rise of Modern Feudalism

Property Rights - A parallel system of Feudalism has arisen in American.  Each County (and some cities) in America has/have become a Fiefdoms. The Wages of the Government Employees have become much greater than their counter parts in the private sector.  Simple logic dictates that if the average wages / compensation package of Government greatly exceeds the income of private citizens, certain private citizens will no longer be able to pay the tax tribute to the ruling class at the County Governments Demand.  The private citizens of the Modern Fiefdoms are struggling under the weight of the burden of tribute while the ruling class turns a blind eye to the suffering of the Property owners and renters.  And eventually the County Lords send the Sheriff to remove those who cannot pay the tribute from the land. (Don't believe me, stop paying your property taxes.)

In short, property ownership has become a privilege based on payment of tribute. And if you can't pay the tribute to the Cities and Counties so they can have their excessive salaries, "boot to your head and out you go". Effectively the Government has reduced us all to Peasants, Serfs, Oafs and Jesters. We no longer have rights, we are given the privilege of staying on the property until we can not pay the demanded tribute in the form of property taxes.  Does that sound like Natural Law or Natural Rights? No, that sounds like feudalism and the erosion of our Natural Rights to me.

But you want to argue I have it all wrong? It is reasonable for everyone to pay taxes?  You say I am looking at this all wrong? You want me to go down and complain about where the money is going or I am part of the problem?  It is unfair for me to criticize my government if I don't participate in the process?

Wright County MN Massive Financial Cover up Continues 2

The finances of every municipality are all suppose to be public record but more than a year later I still don't have some of the financial information I requested. And what I have is not in a usable format despite it all supposedly being Public Domain.  I suggested they should post it all on the internet in a format the lay person could understand but that has not happened either.  (Wouldn't that be greener than using paper?)

Let us now review Natural Rights! Natural Rights are Rights that cannot be taken from you.  .

The Right to Own Property and use your property as you see fit is a Natural Right.

We previously in our history made allowances for the taking of private property for the public good for such reasons as Roads and the like.  But somehow our courts have side step the Rule of Law to take private property from a private business because it was determined that the Property would be generate more tax revenue and be better for the community if it were condemned, sold to another buyer and used for a different purpose. See Best Buy, inc v. Walser Car Sales in Richfield Minnesota USA

Eminent Domain Revisited: A Minnesota Case 

Also see Kelo v City of New London Connecticut 


And at this point, I will just mention Zoning Ordinances as just another way our Property Rights are being reduced to Privileges solely controlled by the ruling class.

Isn't all of this a reversal of the Natural Right to OWN property? Does any of this sound vaguely familiar to the use of Property being a privilege granted by the ruling class rather than a right?  Does the ruling class telling you how your property should be used to maximize return to ruling class sound like property ownership is a right or a privilege.

Property ownership is a fundamental Natural Right and it is being taken away from us.


FIAT MONEY

A Central Bank owned by private parties are now in control of Government Monetary Policy.  While the Constitution of the USA calls for all money to be coined or backed by specie, the Federal Reserve has persuaded the Government to start printing worthless money no longer redeemable for gold or silver.  The Central Bank manipulates the currency and because of its knowledge of the timing, those aware of the timing are able to profit from it while the uninformed American General suffers and in some instances has its savings wiped out by hyper-inflation. All of this represents an infringement on our Natural Rights to Property, regardless of whether a physical transfer occurred.  Wealth was transferred from one individual to another individual without informed consent.


GOVERNMENT UNACCOUNTABILITY

Career Politicians
We no longer have Citizen Politicians as preferred by the Founding Fathers. Instead, We have Career Politicians. As Career politicians give answers and act to retain their power, not in best interests of general citizenry. Politicians sell proposals and positions as being ways to improve the lot of their constituents but really they are just more firmly securing the ruling class's grip on power."

Campaign Finance Inequities
One of the consequences of career politicians is the bastardization of the Campaign Contribution Process.  How clear can it me that if you can't vote for an elected position, you should not be able to contribute money to the campaign of someone running for that position.  Elected officials end up being more beholding to the people that contributed money to their campaigns than they are to the Voters who actually elected them.

Bureaucrats


Next, an unelected intermediate layer of bureaucracy, such as super counties have arisen, to act a a buffer between electorate and elected ruling class. The rise of Bureaucrats (Quangocrats) have permitted elected officials to put distance between themselves and their actions that tend to infringe on the Liberty and other Natural Rights of USA Citizens.

Major Media Abandons its role as the 4th Estate
Major Media and Newspapers have been co-opted and no longer hold the government accountable.  Instead they appear to act to distract citizens attention away from the important issues. Government, Political Correctness, Propaganda and Censorship confuse the issues and cause people to believe things they know are inherently untrue and in violation of natural law.

Divide and Conquer

Politicians use issues to divide and conquer electorate. Social issues like abortion and gay marriage are used to polarized the Citizenry.  This also simultaneously distract the General Public from what the Elected Officials are doing behind the scenes.

Decline of Rule of Law and Rise of a Moral Standard of Plausible Deniability


While the Public Schools, religion and other public institutions teach an absolute moral standard, the reality is that the Government practices a conditional moral standard.  This moral standard is best described as plausible deniability. In essence, if a negative controversy is assigned to a person, they first assess whether their is any "proof" or "evidence" that they cannot deny.  And this thought process becomes logically applied in planning and Policy. That is why it is so hard to get Politicians and Bureaucrats to put things in writing. And that is why usually some scape-goat underling ends up taking the fall for a elected officials transgressions.

Laws and Bills not Named Appropriately

The Freedom of information Act (FOIA) requires us to pay homage to elected officials and bureaucrats

to get information that is suppose to be public record. Fees and bureaucratic delays allowed by this act make FOIA almost useless.

HIPAA act is not a privacy act but rather states who the Government will distribute our information to.

Economics

Adam Smith and Modern Theory of Economics (Society guided by invisible hand as individuals make personal choices) to present Oligopoly cram down. Reduced number of buyers bidding for goods and Services of  Producers, Suppliers and Wholesalers. Enormous Corporations are able to "Cram Down" Vendor and Subcontractor wholesale prices because the reduced number of Resale buyers and corresponding smaller market share of the competing retailers/corporations creates a Resale buyers oligopoly.




7) Retaliation and punishment of those who identify and publicize the loss of liberty caused by the Government's subversion of Natural Law; 

Back in the days of the original Enlightenment, the ruling class responded to the Leaders of change in various, but generally much harsher way, than usually occurs in present day America.

Not only did the leaders of enlightenment have to craft the Principles of Natural Law but they had word them carefully or publish them anonymously to avoid the often painful or deadly consequences.  ( See Spanish Inquisition)

Remember they operated under Rule by Law not Rule of Law.  All permissions came from the ruling class. Since America has been acting under the principle of "Rule of Law" until recently, the present day ruling class has had to use less severe consequences and strategies in dealing with these new grassroots groups debating "How things are?" as opposed to "the way things should be under Natural Law?".

These strategies and consequences include marginalization, demonization, discrediting, harassment, political shunning, blacklisting, Economic Isolation and other attempts to "taint the information and idea the General Public receives".  Also used are the tactics of selective law enforcement and denying full, fair and equitable adjudication of court cases to Leaders of Political Dissent. Again the intent these tactics is to alter the General Public's Perception of Reality to obtain the ruling classes goal of maintaining the status quo and thus, there power.

And as the ruling class becomes more helpless in resisting the tidal wave of discontent and change, they become more desperate in their strategies to resist the change so they can maintain there power. They look to veil their future desperate acts as being reasonable Rule of Law responses by classifying these grassroots groups as extremists and terrorists - Homeland Security Report Warns Of Rising Right-Wing Extremism Whereas the old Monarchs put prices on people's heads, our Government cultivates a American Public perception of reality to acclimate them to the possible imprisonment of members of the General Public that insist on the application of Natural Law and/or otherwise refuse to "go along to get along" and any "accidental deaths" that might occur.



8) Decay of the standard of  "Consent of the Governed" and Replacment of it by Government and Corporate Ruling Class's Rule By Law and/or Devine Right of Kings



Liberty is a Zero Sum Game - What ever power and money we yield to our Government results in a loss of Liberty for WE THE PEOPLE.

VIOLATION OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

Per Locke with regard to violation of the Social Contract



"the state exists to preserve the natural rights of its citizens. When governments fail in that task, citizens have the right—and sometimes the duty—to withdraw their support and even to rebel"

Any ruling class persons who willfully and maliciously with malice of forethought uses their Governmental Power and the threat of physical enforcement to unjustly trespass any citizens Natural Rights and/or otherwise violate natural law is simply doing evil.


Speaking Truth to Power

Our Elected Officials are suppose to Represent us; Instead they manage and manipulate them for their own ends.
Our Elected Officials aren't leaders, Leaders lead to the benefit of the citizens, not to enrich themselves.
Our Elected Officials do not lead is to great prosperity and reward; but use our basar instincts against us.
Our Elected officials have become tyrants. The difference between them and the British Tyrants of 1776,
the British openly disclosed their tyranny, Our Elected officials used Propaganda, Censorship and Duplicity to deny their tyranny.

Should we not identify these Governmental Evil doers who ignore our Constitution, trample Natural Law and our Natural Rights?  Once they are identified, Should they not be removed from office as a matter of Natural Law?  Should they not save us the trouble and simply resign in recognition of their violation of Natural Law?

Isn't all of what is transpiring in America a Reversal of Self Determination - Aren't WE THE PEOPLE transforming from Freeman of Free Will back to Peasants, Serfs, Oafs and Jesters who have to beg privileges and favors from the ruling class?


Declaration of Independence and Natural Law
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.

I believe there is enough prima facia evidence to determine WE THE PEOPLE have met our burden of proof under Natural Law and the standard of the Rule of Law.

It is time for each of WE THE PEOPLE to stop acting as though everything is normal. It is time to start acting in a manner that reflects the reality that a crisis is upon us, the eminent collapse of our country.

In the past few months, the nature of our country's entire poltical discourse has sank to new lows. And neither of the two major political parties are blameless. Both major political parties seem to be acting with wreckless disregard for the interests of WE THE PEOPLE albeit in two different ways.

WE THE PEOPLE are to blame.  We have failed to perform our civic duty.  We have too many times chose to "go along to get a long" when we have been witness or party to trespasses of Natural Law.

We owe a debt, not primarily to the American's remembered in the history books, but more dearly to those unknown Americans who died in the struggle for freedom... unremembered by history. Those Americans who could have struck out into the wilderness and waited for war to pass. Those Americans who could have survived to know wife, children, family and old age but felt moved to fight for the new principles of self-determination, property rights, Public Opinion and Consent of the Governed born of The Enlightenment. Despite the the risks, they answerred the call to advance the condition of mankind through Natural Law...
I believe that debt must be repaid by assuring another 234 years of freedom and liberty to future generations of Americans.

I note that the end of Slavery and Women's Suffrage did not occur until after the first Enlightenment. I would ask those who were so restrained, to please come forward and participate fully in this proposed Planning of the Second Enlightenment.

In Part 3 of 3, we will address how we might proceed in planning the Second Enlightenment.

For those in Minnesota, Tomorrow from 10am to 3pm, the Minnesota TEA Party Coalition
will engage in goal setting through Group Nominal Process.  You are invited to attend at the
Brooklyn Park MN Library at the Corner of 85th Av and Zane in Brooklyn Park MN.
8600 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN(Map) (952) 847-5325

For the rest of you, I should have Part 3 up sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Court grants Final Approval of the Metro Gang Strike Force Settlement

On December 16, 2010, the Court granted Final Approval of the Twin Cities MN Metro Gang Strike Force Settlement.  The time period for appeals have now passed.  Pursuant to the Master Settlement Agreement, the final day for class members to submit a claim form to Liaison Counsel is February 2, 2011.  No claims postmarked later than February 2, 2011 will be accepted into the settlement.
If you have questions about your eligibility please feel free to contact Class Counsel at
1-866-211-0079 or by email at
MGSFSettlement@zimmreed.com.

Settlement Notice: 

For further information about this settlement and your possible eligibility please click here.

If you have already contacted Class Counsel about participating in this settlement you should be receiving a notice through first class mail after October 14, 2010. You may also download a copy of that Settlement Notice and the Claim Form from this site.
Plaintiffs named the following individuals as Defendants in their Complaint and Amended Complaint:
● Metro Gang Strike Force,
● Ron Ryan, former Metro Gang Strike Force Commander,
● Doe Officers 1-34, individually and in their official capacities,
● Other Unknown Doe Officers,
● City of West St. Paul, a municipal corporation,
● Hennepin County, a direct political subdivision of the State,
● Dakota County, a direct political subdivision of the State,
● Ramsey County, a direct political subdivision of the State,
● City of St. Paul, a municipal corporation,
● City of Minneapolis, a municipal corporation,
● Washington County, a direct political subdivision of the State,
● City of Maplewood, a municipal corporation,
● City of Lino Lakes, a municipal corporation,
● City of Brooklyn Park, a municipal corporation,
● City of Richfield, a municipal corporation,
● Metropolitan Council,
● Metro Gang Strike Force Advisory Board,
● Manila (“Bud”) Shaver, Chief of the West St. Paul Police Department,
● Ken Schilling, Inspector at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office,
● Dave Bellows, Chief Deputy of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office,
● Bob Fletcher, Sheriff of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office,
● John Harrington, Chief of the St. Paul Police Department,
● Rob Allen, Deputy Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department,
● Bill Hutton, Sheriff of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office,
● Dave Thomalla, Chief of the Maplewood Police Department,
● Dave Pecchia, Chief of the Lino Lakes Police Department,
● Dave Indrehus, Chief of the Metro Transit Police Department,
● Michael Davis, Chief of the Brooklyn Park Police Department, and
● Barry Fritz, Captain of the Richfield Police Department.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer, Personal Privacy and Government Transparency

Below is an excerpt from an article i wrote on examiner.com:

"In keeping with the current sentiments of raising the level of public discourse, lets proceed by recognizing a politician when we catch them doing something right.

This week this author had the opportunity to meet with Minnesota State Senator Warren Limmer of Maple Grove Minnesota.

During the course of our meeting, Senator Limmer made approximately the following statement which strikes me as deserving praise and recognition:....."

Continue reading for free on Examiner.com: Home | Examiner.com


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Family Members of US Congressional Staffers do not have to repay student loans

Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?

35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."

You are one of my 20.


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