The picture to the right is Rep Tony Cornish, R=NRA, taken by Jim Ragsdale, a Capitol Reporter for the StarTribune. Yes, Cornish in addition to his usual lapel cuffs, Cornish now is a sporting new NRA tie and new bling, too: an assault weapon a loop-hole legal machine gun. That picture was taken at a Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee hearing yesterday, where the topic was (gasp!) legislation to improve public safety.

The pictures that follow are screenshots from yesterday on twitter. The first, by State Senator Roger Chamberlain, R=NRA, gives a “hint” of what this “debate” is really all about:

And if it’s *not* about “hunting” what could it possibly be?

The Gasbag Of The Midway, Mitch Berg, responds to my tweet, and makes it VERY clear what it’s all about:

Yep – Mitch says loudly and clearly that he and his ilk need their highpowered and loop-hole legal machine guns to shoot soldiers and cops *they* consider “tyrranical.”

Never one to fail to fall in line with current Right Wing Nut Job non-sense, Dave Thul jumps in:

Say, Dave? I wasn’t the one that said you need your loop-hole legal machine guns to shoot soldiers and cops your ilk tells you (remember, Dave always falls in line); YOU said that – in your own words.

Yes, Dear Gentle Readers, far too many of today’s “No New Gun Laws – PERIOD” deep thinkers (like Berg and Thul, et al; presumably, Cornish and Chamberlain, et al) are “Water The Tree Of Liberty” types, that think they need these loop-hole legal machine guns for the upcoming fight against “tyranny.”

As Thul and Berg clearly demonstrate, what they are saying is that when the day comes, they are willing and want to be ready and able to open fire with assault weapons loop-hole legal machine guns.

Think about it, for a minute – just who do these deep thinkers think will be their “tyrranical enemy” that they’re going to shoot – village dog catchers? City trash collectors? No, Gentle Readers – in their own words, they are willing and want to be able to open fire on soldiers and cops.

And if that doesn’t scare you enough….

… these “water the tree” types of GunNuts will tell you that there’s no reason – none, whatsoever – to ban the “semi-automatic” AR15 (and it’s variations).

Judge for yourself if the AR15 (and it’s variations) is really “semi-automatic”…

It’s scary enough that the crazies that shot up Columbine, Tucson, Oak Creek, Newtown, etc etc etc are out there and are getting acdess to guns.

Now we have to be worried about “water the tree” types, too. Armed, they insist, with loop-hole legal machine guns.

Not to mention, of course, meth-heads & meth dealers & meth cooks, etc etc etc figuring out that loop-hole, too.

The Thompson machine gun was banned decades ago. It’s time to ban these loop-hole legal machine guns too.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

On March 27th, Bluestem Prairie reported FEC Tony’s Republican Party of Minnesota still – STILL – owed Olmsted County money from bills they incurred from the pathetic Emmer Recount:

Mar 27, 2011

Recount: MNGOP promises to pay Olmsted County $3,050 and Mower County $2,424 soon

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports in Recount costs to be paid soon, Republicans say:

Unpaid bills owed to Olmsted and Mower counties from last year’s governor’s race recount are set to be paid soon, state Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton said.

“The checks … are going out before the end of next week,” Sutton said. “By the end of the month, they’ll have their payment.”

I just got off the phone with Pam Fuller of Olmsted County, and – no surprise here – they have NOT gotten a check for the money the GOPers owe (email to Mower County hasn’t been returned).

I guess it could be worse – they could have received a check written in the style of Bounced Checks Berg

(crossposted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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OK, I saw two things – first, an excellent YouTube over at the Cucking Stool, “And yet, they call it slander”; the second, a Tweet from Mitch Berg:

Both of ‘em have one thing in common: Mitch Berg, whom I wrote about (well, more than once) back in Sept. o’ ’09 in a post entitled “Mitch Berg – The Poster Boy Of Why Reasonable People Cannot Reasonably Believe republiCons”.

In that post, I awarded a “Slimed by the MOB” (see right) to MnPP Contibutor BearBud, for – and I quote:

Since there are laws concerning public nudity, it’s safe to assume MNBearBud doesn’t run around “bare butt” – that Bootlicker Berg, once again, is simply making (stuff) up. What is fact is there is plenty more that clearly demonstrates Mitch Berg is completely unreasonable; has a history making stuff up; has and will continue to keep taking the cheap shots. IOW, that Berg is a complete (@rse)hole; he can’t help it – it’s simply who and what he is. And for his latest rant directed at MNBearBud, MNBearBud is hereby awared a badge of honor: “Slimed By The M.O.B.

I digress. In the latter tweet, Bootlicker Berg talks about a screenshot; we’ll talk about them.. In the first thing I saw, Spot’s Excellent Video shows TeaBaggers wearing, well, “tea bags.” And Bootlicker Berg has found referring to people that wear Tea Bags as “Tea Baggers” offensive. Like, say, Mitch does in the following tweet:

Say, Mitch? If ya didn’t wear Tea Bags, you wouldn’t be called “Tea Baggers.” Mitch, bein’ a bootlickin’ republiCon, doesn’t think his type should be held personally responsible for the things they personally did.

Which brings us back to the latter. Up there in Mitch’s Tweet, he talks about holding some guy responsible, via a “screenshot.” Well, Mitch can be held “responsible” via a “screenshot” too – let’s look!

Got that? “…balance checkbook…”?

Here’s another one, from Berg:

Got that? “…and I’ve raised income every year since 1993.”

See, Mitch is one o’ those ” gov’t can’t spend more money than it’s got!” kinda republiCons…. you know, like a “family does” (or, doesn’t)….

…and the proof is down at the ol’ Court House.

You see, on March 15th, 2004, Mitch was supposed to appear at the Court House, to answer a Summons And Complaint that he bounced a few checks (5, this time, to be exact) to a local small business around the corner from where he lives. Here’s the exact Plaintiff’s Statement Of Claim:

“The Defendant (Mitch Berg) owes me $216.48, plus filing fees and costs because he wrote out 5 checks to our small business. We allowed Mr. Berg to write checks to our establishment, even though he had bounced checks previously becuase he had made good on his debts. But to no avail has he responded to these last 5 checks. We called him and hand delivered letters of request for payment.”

Berg, of course, never showed up. The Small Business that Berg stiffed, in early 2004, received a Decision Of Judgement for Berg’s bounced checks.

So, when did Berg finally pay off his just debts (i.e., bounced checks, circa 2004), even though (in his words) Berg has had “raised income every year since 1993″?

The document states: “Satisfaction Filed – 25 Feb 2008.”

About FOUR YEARS later.

Not “bad” for a guy that, in his words, has had “raised income every year since 1993″?

So if and when Mitch Berg gets up on a TeaBagger stage this weekend and starts pontificating about how “Gov’t has to live within its means, like a family does!” – you’ll know what a complete fraud Mitch Berg is – as well as those “Get Your Gov’t Hands Off My Medicare!” Tea Baggers are, that allowed Bounced Checks Berg to get in front of their microphone.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

There are a lot of differences between Mitch “Bootlicker” Berg and myself; for instance, Bootlicker Berg is a ChickenHawk while I’m an honorably discharged veteran. I take great pains to be factually correct; Bootlicker Berg simply makes (stuff) up. The biggest difference is that Bootlicker Berg is an (@rse)hole that on occasion, can be a nice guy; I’m a nice guy that on occasion, can be a real (@rse)hole. Today is one of those occasions.

Why would today be one of those occasions? Because as big of an (@rse)hole Bootlicker Berg is (and, he is) lately he’s been going too far. It’s bad enough that he simply makes (stuff) up, as has been documented here and here. There’s more; such as the time Bootlicker Berg claimed on his radio show that Erik “I’m A Moderate In The Mold Of Frenzel and Ramstad” Paulsen “ran as a conservative”; when I called Bootlicker Berg on this delusion of his, Bootlicker Berg simply moved the goal posts by claiming Paulsen ran farther to the right than conventional wisdom dictated.

And Berg twice has attributed things to me that I’ve never said; the first time prompting the following correction on his blog:

UPDATE: In a phone conversation on Monday, Mr. Tommy denied having ever said that Bush was “Selected, Not Elected”. While I was writing more broadly – many of Mr. Tommy’s fellow-travellers and blog-mades certainly did, and do – my sentence as written implies that he has personally made that claim. Since I have no objective evidence that he did, I regret the ambiguity.

Well, like I said, above: occasionally, Bootlicker Berg can buck his natural predisposition to be a complete (arse)hole and do the proper thing. His latest delusional attribution? Bootlicker Berg indicated he stands by it. Bootlicker Berg’s natural predisposition is simply to slime people, which is why I had a special badge prepared to honor those slimed by Berg and his ilk.

And I want to be clear; I am NOT calling Bootlicker Berg a “liar” – calling someone a liar connotates that they know they aren’t telling the truth. It’s a bizarre and pathetic path Berg travels to reach his conclusions, but it appears he actually believes the (stuff) he makes up is true. Therefore, he isn’t a “liar” – he’s a (cheney)in’ whackjob that in the end, simply makes (stuff) up.

Now, some may wonder why Bootlicker Berg hates government so much; I would suggest that it’s because (based on property records) the City in which he resides insists that Bootlicker Berg live like a civilized human being rather than the sloth in a sty Bootlicker Berg would prefer. That’s another difference between Bootlicker Berg and the ol’ TwoPutter; I take pride in my home while Berg treats his like a hovel – but, that’s a tangent.

Bootlicker Berg went on a rant earlier today; not content to trashing this blog, he called the author of a blogpost here on MnPP, MNBearBud, and I quote: “MNBareButt” and “Ms. BareButt” and “BareButt” and “MNBareButt”. I’d provide the link but that would only drive traffic to Berg’s drivel.

Since there are laws concerning public nudity, it’s safe to assume MNBearBud doesn’t run around “bare but” – that Bootlicker Berg, once again’ is simply making (stuff) up. What is fact is there is plenty more that clearly demonstrates Mitch Berg is completely unreasonable; has a history making stuff up; has and will continue to keep taking the cheap shots. IOW, that Berg is a complete (@rse)hole; he can’t help it – it’s simply who and what he is. And for his latest rant directed at MNBearBud, MNBearBud is hereby awared a badge of honor: “Slimed By The M.O.B.”
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Notch one up for MNBearBud; notch another one down for Bootlicker Berg.

(cross-posted from MnProgressiveProject)

When the GOP elected FEC Tony and MudSlingerMike to their State Chair and Deputy Chair positions last June, it was a clear signal that the already mean-spirited GOP attack machine was gonna get even nastier. So, rather than respond, rebut, debunk, and/or fisk every nasty attack from The Small Tent Party, I thought it’d be easier to simply announce who got slimed by whom, and award ‘em a badge of honor.

Today, I’m awarding the very first of said badges to Nick Coleman for his opinion piece in last Sunday’s Star Tribune, entitled “Gov peddles as the state budget burns.” Nick was slimed by the notorious M.O.B.ster Mitch Berg; I’d provide the link but that would only drive traffic to Berg’s drivel.

As I wrote here, over a year ago:

Only in the rightwingnut world, is answering the question as asked (“which Supreme Court JUSTICE”) considered “inexperience or (messianic) temperament”, and worse.

Mitch Berg is simply demonstrating, to reasonable people, why reasonable people cannot trust republiCons to tell the truth — and is also demonstrating why GOP now stands for GreedOverPrinciples.

Reasonable people understand that when stuff has to be make up to make a point, the point isn’t worth making. Obama was asked a question; Obama answered the question as asked; but rightwingnuts make stuff up for some gratuitous cheap-shots that allegedly make a point.

There was plenty more in that year clearly demonstrating Mitch Berg is still unreasonable; still making stuff up; still taking the cheap shots. For his latest rant at Nick Coleman, Nick Coleman is hereby awared a badge of honor: “Slimed By The M.O.B.”

Congratulations, Nick – you know you’re doing good work, when your good work gets slimed.

Notch one up for Nick; notch one down for Berg.

(originally published at MnProgressiveProject.com)

Mitch Berg is on a roll, today. Not a good one, but a roll, and typical to boot. First, Mitch rips Obama for Obama answering a question exactly the way he was asked to (see Another Example Of Why You Cannot Trust republiCons). As demonstrated, Mitch clearly had his facts wrong. So, how does Mitch follow up his factually incorrect smear of Obama?

By bein’ factually incorrect again. From Mitch’s latest miss it missive:

Third: About Brodkorb – what did Lewis say?

Ken [Weiner] recorded audio of Jason Lewis on KTLK talking with Chris and the MN CD6 GOP Chair Mark Swanson who are quite displeased with the “clear campaign to expel” Olson.

So listen and tell me – where does anyone mention Brodkorb? (Shot In The Dark)

Say, Mitch? At the 6:09 mark. CLEARLY at the 6:09 mark.

Now, prior to Mitch clearly “not paying attention (at best)”, Mitch states, this:

Landry is, by all accounts, Al Franken’s full-time flak on the MNPublius staff.

What does Mitch go on, to say, later?

So we have three statements, each of which requires a leap of logic:

First: “Seemingly coordinated?” Really, Aaron? Do tell. Do you know something we don’t? You have emails? Photos of people meeting at Keegans? Anything at all? Correlation does not equal causation. You either show the coordination – or at least why it should “seem” coordinated to us – or rewrite accordingly.

ROFLMAO!!!!

Mitch makes an accusation about Aaron, and then rips Aaron for the same thing!!! “Pot, meet kettle” is what some might call it; I call it another example of typical republiCon hypocrisy.

Let’s re-write what Mitch just wrote, shall we?

“Landry is, by all accounts, Al Franken’s full-time flak on the MNPublius staff.” Really, Mitch? Do tell. Do you know something we don’t? You have emails? Photos of people meeting over Brie And Chablis? Anything at all? Correlation does not equal causation. You either show the coordination – or at least why it should “seem” coordinated to us – or rewrite accordingly.

The title of Mitch’s rant is: “Being A Kept Blogger Means Never Having To Get Your Facts Straight”

Say, Mitch? It sure looks like you’re sure doin’ a heckofa job provin’ just that.

(originally published at MnBlue.com)

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For some reason, Mitch Berg’s blog won’t let me sign in. And I can’t e-mail him, because he proudly boasts he’ll publicly post not only the e-mail address, but IP address, too – of anyone he sees fit any e-mail he considers “abusive”.

So, I’ll take up this example of republiCons makin’ stuff up here, on MnBlue.

Here’s the question, Rick Warren asked:

Q. The courts. Let me ask it this way. Which Supreme Court Justice (emphasis added) would you not have nominated? (Rick Warren News)

Now, that should be clear to reasonable and objective observers: Rick Warren asked “which ONE.” (CNN has it “singular”, too – but rightwingnuts don’t “trust” CNN, so I sourced it to Rick Warren first)

But even though Obama was clearly asked “which one”, reasonable people need to remember that rightwingnuts never let facts get in the way of an opportunity for a chance to jump into the gutter and go for a gratuitous smear. Here’s what Mitch Berg just posted, a little ago:

Bring On The Debates!
By Mitch Berg

Paul Mirengoff from Powerline’s takeaway from Mac and Barry’s go-round at Saddleback – in this case, on the candidates’ answers about their Supreme Court choices:

In any case, what’s most telling here is Obama’s unwillingness or inability to do what McCain did — identify the four (or five) Justices he obviously wouldn’t have nominated, and articulate the simple and obvious reason. Instead, Obama gave an incomplete answer coupled with an irrelevant reference to Thomas’ level of experience, a plug for his status as a “professor,” and (after prompting) a cheap shot at Roberts.(Powerline)

Read the whole thing for the context, obviously.

But this highlights how, via inexperience or (messianic) temperament, Obama’s just not ready for prime time in the “think on your feet” department. (Shot In The Dark)

Only in the rightwingnut world, is answering the question as asked (“which Supreme Court JUSTICE”) considered “inexperience or (messianic) temperament”, and worse.

Mitch Berg is simply demonstrating, to reasonable people, why reasonable people cannot trust republiCons to tell the truth — and is also demonstrating why GOP now stands for GreedOverPrinciples.

Reasonable people understand that when stuff has to be make up to make a point, the point isn’t worth making. Obama was asked a question; Obama answered the question as asked; but rightwingnuts make stuff up for some gratuitous cheap-shots that allegedly make a point.

Fortunately, the electorate has begun to realize that rightwingnuts make stuff up all the time, which is why the “Republican” brand has been completely trashed.

Some day, good and decent Republicans are going to reclaim their party’s leadership from the republiCons that have hijacked the once-Grand Old Party. Until then, reasonable people need to remain vigilant – as this tripe from Mitch Berg and Powerline so clearly demonstrates.

(originally published at MnBlue.com)