We lost the messaging war. Thom Hartmann nails part/most of it: “The rightwing media won the elections”.

Thom Hartmann, of course, is talking about the messaging war. And we lost a big battle in that messaging war – BIG TIME – here in Minnesota; a battle we actually could have competed in.

Which battle is that, you ask? Check out the picture below, taken at the State GOP Convention last spring:

“Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before?”

(cross posted from Mn Progressive Project; comments welcome there)

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I saw the flier in the local paper delivered yesterday, “Election Integrity Forum” hosted by the SouthWestMetro GOP “TeaParty” – so I went. And anybody that doesn’t think the TeaBagger “movement” (at least here locally, and there’s strong indications from last night the whole dam state) hasn’t been co-opted into a pet project of the GOP is an idiot or a liar. Or both.

I checked out their website, and there’s an icon:

Click Here to Get Your Sample Ballot!
FOLLOW THE LINK, THEN ENTER YOUR ADDRESS to get a Sample Ballot for your precinct
with our recommended candidates filled-in!
Take with you on Election Day!

So I clicked. And – surprise! – all the “recommended candidates” are GOPers.

So I went up to watch; at the start time, there were a little over 30 in the room; late arrivers probably doubled the attendance.

Anyway, my tweets from the TeaBagFest follow; enjoy! And then go do som GOTV stuff; the election’s next Tuesday!!!

OK, go to the bottom and scroll up. I’d put it in earliest to latest, but I got GOTV stuff to do, and so do you. So when you’re done with this, go book some GOTV activities and Get Out The VOTE!!!

“We’re trying to get our TeaBagger memebership up; did you hear our ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show?#YouCantMakeThisStuffUp about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Minnesota Voters Alliance now speaking; now trashing League Of Women Voters; says they filed IRS complaint. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Wersal trashing current Mn Supreme Court Justices; TeaBaggers here apparently don’t know which party appointed ‘em. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

‘Scuse me, supposed to be “Wersal” – (cheney)in’ spelczecher… #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






For a non-partisan non-political “party” the TeaBaggers sure seem mighty partisan. MnSC Candidate Weasel speaking now. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Severson pumping crowd to vote for Wersal; now pushing Photo ID. TeaBaggers love it! Next GOPer up? about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® delete

Dan Severson: “Lori Swanson is a crook; Mark Ritchie is a crook!” Now trashing RINO’s. But hey – I’m in a room of Patriots! #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

End of Barden Campaign flick asks “why won’t Swanson investigate ACORN?” Hmmm…. tough one; crowd can’t answer. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Barden calls for boycott of Strib; calls to shut Strib down and calls Strib crooked. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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WOW! If Swanson is half as crooked as Barden claims, she’d have to be a GOPer!!! #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Barden: “Very serious corruption in current Attorney General’s Office” – now trashing media for not covering. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Chris Barden; “Attorney General controls elections!” Of course, requisite ACORN bashing… #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

I wonder where Chris Barden was during the Bush years? TeaBaggers seem to love him, especially his Tentherism. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

“Normie wuz ROBBED!” seems to be universal belief. Dan McGrath tells vigilantes to follow busses from polls. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Dan McGrath tells the vigilantes to not confront/talk to anyone suspected of fraud; hope Gertitol Set has hearing aids turned up #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Dan McGrath – Minnesota Majority – speaking about lawsuit they filed and voter fraud. “We’re like neighborhood watch” #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Attendance less than 40 at TeaBagger “Election Integrity Forum” – mostly retirees. If there were snacks, they’d be prunes. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






@prairielive TeaBaggers hate gov’t so much, they’re meeting at the taxpayer-financed EP Community Center #YouCantMakeThisUp about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® in reply to prairielive

Here were some campaign signs to take home at this “non-partisan” TeaBagger rally:

I got the Media Advisory from the DFL: DFL Chair to Discuss Irregularities in GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Emmer’s Finances. I figured it had to do with Emmer’s campaign finances, so I figured I’d attend. After all, GOPers are notorious for their finances; for instance, take a look at The Tostenson Memo pointing out highly irregular and exceedingly questionable “reporting” – and after all, the now-GOP State Chair was then- GOP State Treasurer: FEC Tony.

So I figured this was just gonna be another case of a GOPer campaign demonstrating, once again, that old adage: “Numbers Don’t Lie (but Republicans use numbers)”.

Especially with Emmer’s… well, how shall I say this? OK, I’ll say this: with Emmer’s documented aversion to telling the truth on the campaign trail.

So, I was a little surprised when I got there and the topic o’ the presser wasn’t Emmer’s “campaign” finances, but his “personal” finances – specifically, according to the media handout, “Tom Emmer’s Mortgage History” (image below the fold).

And I got a background in real estate; as does a family member. And when I saw that handout, I immediately thought:

LIAR LOANS!!!

If you don’t know what “Liar Loans” are, google it (or, just click on the previous link).

Now, I’m not sayin’ Emmer did “Liar Loans” personally; what I’m saying is that those 7 mortgages in 8 years (on just one property) listed by the “Prepared by the Minnesota DFL Party. Printed in house. Labor donated.” handout sure raises the ol’ red flag up the flagpole!

And DFL Chair Melendez didn’t “say” Emmer was doin’ the ol’ Liar Loan Shuffle; Melendez was simply saying Emmer needs to come clean about his mortgage financing record.

IMNSHO, I agree. An appraiser pal did some quick research into some easy-to-understand background on Liar Loans for me – and for you, the Gentle Reader! Let’s look!!!

From Slate.com, good description of liar loans in the marketplace:

Inside the Liar’s Loan
How the mortgage industry nurtured deceit.
By Mark Gimein
Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008
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The term is mortgage-industry slang for what’s more formally called a “stated income” mortgage—a mortgage that a lender gives without checking tax returns, employment history, or pretty much anything else. Many of the loans that are in trouble now, or will be in trouble soon, fall into this category. But the term gives only the barest hint of the pervasive failure involved.

The original idea of the stated income mortgage was that it would benefit salespeople who work on commission, people who own their own businesses, and others for whom predicting next year’s income isn’t just a matter of looking at last year’s.

At the height of the mortgage boom, however, especially in pricey markets, the liar’s loan became a routine way of doing business; for some lenders—both smaller ones like IndyMac and WMC as well as big ones like Countrywide and Washington Mutual—it was the main way. In 2006 in some parts of the country, these loans made up as much as half of new mortgages, for both subprime borrowers and for homebuyers with high credit scores.

From 2005, RealtyTimes.com, before the fraudfest became widely known:

New Report: Housing Boom Stimulating Mortgage Application Fraud Boom
by Kenneth R. Harney

The national housing boom is producing a companion boom — one that you don’t read about as much: Dishonesty and outright fraud by home buyers and mortgage and realty industry professionals on loan applications has exploded in the past two years.

A newly-released national study by a research group says fraud-related cases on mortgage applications reported to the FBI more than doubled between 2003 and 2004.

The Mortgage Asset Research Institute (MARI), which pools fraud information supplied by hundreds of mortgage lenders, says loan fraud is worst in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Utah and North Carolina. Individual cities with high fraud rates — based on “serious early delinquencies” on home loans closed during 2004 — include Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Charlotte, Memphis and Scranton.

From PBS.org – and this one should just make you plain sick because it is completely dead-on:

April 3, 2009

The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how did they get away with it? With the nation wondering how to hold the bankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with William K. Black, the former senior regulator who cracked down on banks during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Black offers his analysis of what went wrong and his critique of the bailout.

Now, this type of fraud – “Liar Loans” – isn’t new; Appraisers have been trying – TRYING – to raise Holy (Heck) about it for a long, Long, LONG time. For instance, here’s a petition started by Appraisers back in December, Y2K:

“The ASC’s mission is to ensure that real estate appraisers, who perform appraisals in real estate transactions that could expose the United States government to financial loss, are sufficiently trained and tested to assure competency and independent judgment according to uniform high professional standards and ethics.” From the ASC website.

The concern of this petition has to do with our “independent judgment” in performing real estate appraisals. We, the undersigned, represent a large number of licensed and certified real estate appraisers in the United States, who seek your assistance in solving a problem facing us on a daily basis. Lenders (meaning any and all of the following: banks, savings and loans, mortgage brokers, credit unions and loan officers in general; not to mention real estate agents) have individuals within their ranks, who, as a normal course of business, apply pressure on appraisers to hit or exceed a predetermined value

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Now, again – I’m NOT sayin’ Tom Emmer was involved in Liar Loans; I am – AM – saying Melendez is correct: it’s time Emmer opened up his finances; the same way the State GOP demanded an accounting from Horner:

“In the face of mounting public pressure, Tom Horner has dug in his heels by repeatedly refusing to release his client list,” read a MN GOP statement. “Horner likes to talk about having ‘honest conversations’ with Minnesotans, but he won’t be honest with them about how he’s lined his pockets over the years with special interest money. It’s past time for Horner to come clean and release his client list.” (MinnesotaIndependent.com)

Take the above and take a look at the following list (prepared by the DFL) and it’s clear:

Tom Emmer, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Especially considering FEC Tony’s recent quote in story in MinnPost:

“This gets to a core issue. You can’t hold yourself to a different standard than you hold everyone else.” — MN GOP Chair Tony Sutton

(cross posted from MnProgresiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I’ve said many times: “The more things change, the more GOPers don’t.” Here’s three examples of just that.

In 1994, Newt “Is My Wife Well Enough To Divorce Yet?” Gingrich came up with some slogans he packaged and sold as “The Contract On With America.” In September 2010, GOPer Minority Leader (thank God!) John Boehner cut and pasted from it and repackaged that same old (stuff) as the “Pledge To America.” Let’s look!

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Postcards From the Pledge
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

(link to The Daily Show” here)

In California, The “new” GOPer candidate for Governor is saying the exact same (stuff) the old GOPer candidate did. Let’s look!

(Link to YouTube here)

WOW!!! They titled that YouTube “Echoes” for a reason, yes?

And then locally, as described in full detail here, disgraced GOPer Mayor Phil Young’s 2006 campaign website was blatantly cut and pasted to GOPer Endorsed candidate Donna Azarian’s 2010 campaign website.

This is from Phil Young’s 2006 “Values” webpage:

Efficient Government: Eden Prairie is a very-well run city. I want to make it even better….

This is on the GOPer-Endorsed Azarian, 2010 “Issues” webpage:

Fiscal Responsibility — Eden Prairie is a very-well run city. I want to make it even better….

More? But of course!!!

Young, circa 2006:

…While every community should take steps to capture its past, our residents have told us that spending tax dollars on historical preservation is not a priority. The City Council should honor the community opinions which it has solicited.

GOPer Azarian, today:

…While every community should take steps to capture its past, our residents have told us that spending tax dollars on historical preservation is not a priority. The City Council should honor the community opinions which it has solicited.

And there’s more, of course, as described in full detail here – with screenshots, too! Maybe I should make another YouTube….

It’s really rather pathetic. The more things change, the more the CAP (Cut And Paste) GOP doesn’t.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

Earlier today, the “macro” was looked at, pointing out the pathetic GOPer machine and the tragic campaign of the extreme rightwingnut the GOPers endorsed for Governor, Tom “I cannot tell the truth” Emmer. I didn’t get into Tenther Tom’s radical and illogical picking and choosing which parts of the Constitution he’d ignore; that bizarre legal “reasoning” has been analyzed at lenght by the experts over at The Cucking Stool. I did cover Emmer calling Democrats un-American, and the Facebook pictures Tom Emmer wishes you hadn’t seen.

Oh – and GOP State Party Chair Tony Sutton’s “quislings” comment, too.

Now it’s time to look at the why there isn’t an incumbent for the Mayor’s Office in Eden Prairie. The Mayor’s seat is empty due to the decision not to run by the should have been nearly indicted for felony – yes, FELONY – prosecution, incumbent (and GOPer-endorsed) Mayor Phil Young. The sordid saga became public last spring, and as it played out, local GOPers – including GOP SD 42 Vice Chair Kevin Schultz (Schultz claimed he was speaking only for himself; yeah, “right”) – defending the indefensible: GOPer Phil Young falsifying reimbursement forms by filling out for meetings he never attended. Under penalty of perjury. Well, mileage reimbursements, too. For meetings he never attended.

But, has anyone heard anyone from GOPer “leadership” speak out about Young’s behavior, behavior that almost landed lawyer Young on the wrong side of a felony prosecution?

Of course not.

After all, what’s a little perjury among GOPer pals?

A point that’s been raised, but never addressed or even acknowledged by the local GOPer “leadership” is that similar behavior by a City of Eden Prairie employee would have resulted in immediate dismissal. Do not pass go; do not collect Golden Parachute – clean your desk/locker out and get out. NOW.

But, GOPers always seem to tolerate behavior among themselves that is NOT tolerated by the working stiffs, the middle class, the lunch-bucket crowd. All too often, GOPers believe rules simply doesn’t apply to them.

So, the taxpayers of Eden Prairie are stuck with GOPer Young until the end of December, when the next mayor will be sworn in. For the closest look at GOPer Young’s objectionable activities, link here.

From it:

(Plymouth Police Detective) Hultgren filed his final report July 12.

That report shows that for 20 consecutive months, the mayor of Eden Prairie filed claims for reimbursement, $35 each time, for attending meetings of the Regional Conference of Mayors, including three meetings that hadn’t occurred at all. He attended, by his own admission according to the transcripts, “two or three.”

At the end of the report, Hultgren notes that he had heard further allegations that the mayor may not have attended meetings of the Eden Prairie Foundation for which he was reimbursed. “Due to the reasons given by both the County and City attorney for declining to prosecute, these allegations were not investigated. Finding a few more meetings not attended by the Mayor would not change the basic facts of the case thus it would not result in a different finding by the County and City attorney.”

The mayor’s seat is vacant because disgraced GOPer endorsed Mayor Phil Young isn’t running for re-election.

And the local GOP “leadership” has been awfully quiet about it.

And they’ve also been mighty quiet about the cut ‘n pastes from disgraced GOPer Phil Young’s 2006 campaign website to the GOPer-endorsed for City Council Donna Azarian website .

Over the next few days, I’ll take a look at the races for Mayor and City Council.

The point for now, is that the last candidate for mayor the GOPers gave the citizens of Eden Prairie hasn’t worked out so well.

And the local GOPer “leadership” hasn’t said squat about it.

In February 2009, Republican National Party Chair Michael Steele said “You have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or actions at this point.”

It was true then; it’s true today, and tomorrow won’t be any different until good and decent Republicans toss today’s GOP “leadership” out.

And two weeks from today, on November 2nd at the ballot box, is a good place to start.

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

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Two weeks from tonight is shaping up as a disaster for Minnesota Republicans; I’m going to recap a few reasons why. Sure, odds are that they’ll hold Kline’s, Paulsen’s, and Bachmann’s seats in Congress, but that’s about it. For Governor, place your bets on Dayton. And look for a clean sweep for the DFL in all of the rest of the Constitutional Offices, too. So, why is the tragc and deeply-flawed extreme rightwing ideologue GOPer Tom Emmer trailing? One reason is Emmer’s pathetic and pathological inability to tell the truth. Another reason, according to the Minnesota Conservatives blog, is:

After receiving the endorsement at the state convention, the Emmer campaign was very badly run indeed. MC didn’t stay on the sidelines because the stakes of losing were too high. We thought the month of July would never end: 100K earning servers, tip-credit, a town hall forum/seppuku replete with a shower of pennies played endlessly on tv and the internet. Some of this was called a teaching moment. We called it political malpractice if not suicide. MC can’t bring itself to recount the various DUIs that cropped up.

“…the Emmer campaign was very badly run indeed.”

Yep!

For instance, they’ve never gotten in front of Emmer calling Democrats un-American, and they’ve never gotten in front of the Facebook pictures Tom Emmer wishes you hadn’t seen.

That Minnesota Conservatives post, “MN-Gov Race: Prepositioning the Scapegoats” is a good read. One thing they missed in their discussion of the GOP Party, was Tony Sutton’s Hatch-like moment – calling the the thirteen former GOP state legislatiors that endored IP Candidate Tom Horner “quislings”.

Sutton said “There’s a special place in hell for these quislings.” Sutton later backed off by saying he only meant to call those 13, including WWII Veteran George Pillsbury and Korean War Veteran Bill Belanger “traitors”.

If the race tightens up, and Dayton wins in a squeaker, Dayton’ll have Tony Sutton to thank.

This afternoon, I’ll write a recap of the local races in Eden Prairie,
where the radicals controlling the local GOP has done their cynical worst “best” to mimic their bizarre bosses at the state and national level. How bizarre? So bizarre that it can only be mocked, ridiculed and scorned. Which, of course, Jon Stewart excells at! Stewart points out GOP “leadership” really is shameless. Let’s look!

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Postcards From the Pledge
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

This video is just another example of why I say: “reasonable people can no longer reasonably assume Republican “leadership” is telling the truth.”

(link to “The Daily Show” here)

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

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On October 16th, I asked several fellow veterans about a comment the Republican Candidate for Governor in Minnesota – Tom Emmer – said to the Marshall Independent newspaper on 9/26/09. That quote by Emmer – “I don’t believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat” was not widely reported in the allegedly “liberal” mainstream media.

This video documents a few Veterans responses to Emmer saying, essentially, that Democrats, even military veterans, can’t be real patriots.

I’d like to remind everyone that on 07 April 1775, Samuel Johnson said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

On 26 September 2009, Republican Candidate for Governor Tom Emmer demonstrated that he indeed is a scoundrel.

I paid for this with my dime. It’s not not approved by any candidate nor is any candidate responsible for it. It’s my deal and my deal only. Let’s look!

(YouTube direct link here)

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com, please post comments there)

“Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!!!”

Jon Stewart explains the “then” and “now” – let’s look!

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Postcards From the Pledge
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

I guess another title for this post coulda been:

“The more things change, the more GOPers don’t” Oh, well…

(link to The Daily Show” here)

(H/T and link to Christian Science Monitor here)

Oh, and here’s GOPer Michael Steele in last July’s installment of: You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.

I swear, GOPers hope and pray people don’t pay attention. I do, and if you’re reading this, you do, too.

So, get involved, and GET OUT THE VOTE!

(crossposted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Reading Buesgens’ Police Report

On September 22, 2010, in Candidates, Emmer, GOP Hypocrisy, by tommy

Knowing that there’s usually more to the story than what’s being reported, I hit the road yesterday for the Wright County Sheriff’s Office – pictured, to the right – for a copy of Mark Buesgen’s arrest report. Later today, we’ll have the full report available here in .pdf format. For now, we’ll do excerpts pretty much do all the narrative.

And the Wright County Sheriff’s Office isn’t the only place I visited yesterday; we’ll have more on Team Emmer’s Drinking Team later today.

Here’s the Arresting Officer’s Synopsis:

On 09/18/10 while traveling S/B on CR 8 at CR 106, I observed MN (plate #, deleted) traveling N/B in the east ditch on CR8, The driver of the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder and I made contact with the driver.

The driver was identified as Buesgens who was alone in the vehicle. I could detect the faint odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with very slurred speach. I administered Field Sobriety Testing and a Preliminary Breath Test sample with a result of .19. An open bottle of Vodka was located inside of the vehicle.

Buesgens was transported to the Wright County Jail, read implied consent, and provided a breath sample with the result of .16

His vehicle remained parked out of the way of traffic.

Now, this story is important for several reasons; one of which being that reasonable people no longer have any reason to believe Republicans are telling the truth. After this story broke, Minnesota Public Radio reported:

UPDATE 1
A spokesman for Emmer says Buesgens’ last day employed by the campaign was September 12, when moved over to the state party.

Anyone paying attention now knows that not to be true. So what else was in the report? Let’s look!

OFFICER OBSERVATIONS / ACTIONS

On September 18, 2010 at 2237 hours (that’s 10:37 pm, folks) I was traveling southbound on CR 8 at approximately a quarter mile from the intersection of CR 106.

At that location I observed Minnesota license plate (deleted) driving in the east side ditch traveing northbound on CR 8.

I then turned my squad car around and got behind it to see if the driver needed any assistance.

The vehicle was approximately 30 feet inside the ditch almost into the corn field.

It appeared the driver was rying to figure out a way to get out of the ditch.

When it did pull up onto a field approach I moved my squad behind it and initiated a raffic stop to see if the driver needed any assistace.

Initiated a traffic stop at that spot.

As I approached the vehicle I identified the driver as ark William Buesgens from Jordan, Minnesota.

I asked Buesgens if he was okay and he told me that he had fallen asleep after just leaving Waverly on his way home to Jordan.

While I was talking to Buesgens I could detect a faint smell of alcohol he made from his breath.

He aso had very slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Buesgens stated he had a couple of beers while he was at a political fund raiser in Waverly.

I then asked him to step out of the vehicle and perform some tests to make sure he was okay to drive.

He agreed and he moved to the front of my squad car.
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(Officer describes field sobriety tests)
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He then quit the test early, saying he wasn’t able to complete it.

At that time Sgt. Deringer arrived on scene and I used his preliminary breath test. Buesgen’s PBT results indicated a .19

Buesgens was told that he was under arrest and placed hand cuffs that were double-locked.

I placed him into my car.

Buesgens asked if I would be able to get his cell phone and keys out of the vehicle, which I told him I would be able to.

When I walked up to the vehicle on the river’s side, I opened the driver’s side door and there I found a three-quarters full bottle of vodka. The vodka bottle was open with no top on it sitting on the floorboard of the driver’s seat.

I then took the bottle and placed it on the hood of y squad car and eventually poured it out on the shoulder of the road.

I then went to look for any other damage on Buesgen’s Vehicle.

It appeared that the passenger side all had fresh damage
going from the rear bumper all the way to the front bumper and actually ore off the mirror and the door handle fell off the vehicle.

It was determined that Buesgens left the roadway and went in th ditch approximately 200 years from CR 106. Once in the ditch, his vehicle struck a ‘no passing sign’.

The vehicle was not towed to the road due to the vehicle being out of the way of traffic.

Buesgens told me that he was not aware that he hit anything, and that the damage to the vehicle was caused when his daughter backed out of the garage at home.

I then transported Buesgens to the Wright County Jail, and at 2232 (sic) hours Implied consent Advisory was read to him.

Buesgens stated that he understood everything I explained and he wished to consult with an attorney.

At that time I gave him phone books and the phone to contact an attorney.

I also let him use his cell phone because he told me he had some numbers on theere.

During the time I allowed him to contact an attorney, he contacted his brother and asked him to tell his wife what had happened.

I then again let Buesgens know that the phone and phone books were available for him to contact an attorney at 2340 hours and he did not contact an attorney at that time.

At 2245 (sic) hours he informed me that he wasn’t going to be able to get hold of an attorney and he would be willing to take a breath test.

At 0000 hours Buesgens submitted to an Intoxilyzer test with the result of .16 BAC

As the test concluded I went back into the interview room, and at 0001 hours Mirana warning was read to Buesgens and he understood what I explained to him.

He was willing to go through some interview questions with me at that time.

After I completed the interview I continued to process the paperwork; had him sign his Notice and Order of Revocation for his driver’s license and booked him for fourth degree DUI and open bottle.

STATEMENTS

RECORDED – MARK BUESGENS

This interview was recroded in Room J1231 of the Wright County Jail

Buesgens stated that he was driving from Waverly to Jordan.

He was approximately 1 mile west of the Waverly Liquor Store at a fundraiser.

Buesgens stated that he was going to Jordan to go home.

Buesgens stated the vehicle he was operating does not have any mechanical defects.

Buesgens stated he is also the owner of the vehicle.

Buesgens stated he was not taking any medication.

Buesgens stated he would not use marijuana or any other street drug.

Buesgens stated he is not diabetic or epileptic.

He stated he was not having speech difficulties

Buesgens stated he had been drinking, and that he was drinking vodka and beer; approximately three beers and a shot of vodka.

Buesgens stated the drinks were 12 ounce beers and a one ounce shot of vodka, and his first drink was at 1630 hours and his last drink was around 2000 hours.

Buesgens stated that he did not have anything to drink since he was driving.

Buesgens stated the last time he had eaten was the day before in the evening where he had had rice and beans with some beef.

Buesgens stated that he did feel the effects of the alcohol he had to drink.

Buesgens stated he did not feel what he drank affected his ability to drive.

Buesgens stated he does not have a prior DWI either.

Buesgens stated the bottle of vodka in the vehicle as his and he was unsure where the cap was.

Buesgens stated he was very sorry for everything he had done and he knew he had screwed up.

DISPOSITION

Cleared by arrest.

ROUTING

To County Attorney’s Office

(the Wright County Law Enforcement Center)

(the ditch Buesgens drove into; tire tracks visible)

(the “no passing” sign, showing new damage)

(tire tracks in the ditch)

(all photographs by TwoPuttTommy)

(cross posted from MnProgressiveReport; comments welcome there)

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Baghdad Bob Meets Delano Tom

On September 10, 2010, in Emmer, rightwingnuts, Videos, by tommy

Last Tuesdsay (Sept 7th), the Grand Forks Herald published an editorial criticizing Tom Emmer, R=Denial.

Here’s the headline:

OUR OPINION: Budget silence badly hurts Emmer
If GOP candidate Tom Emmer loses the race for governor in Minnesota, it will be for one key reason: His utter — and utterly baffling — refusal to specify where he’d make his spending cuts in order to balance the state budget.
By: Tom Dennis for the Herald, Grand Forks Herald

And in that opinion, was this:

Because when Emmer speaks on the budget, he sounds deeper in denial than Saddam Hussein’s famous spokesman, the one who kept insisting on Saddam’s genius and triumph even as coalition tanks rolled up outside his ministry’s door.

Which caused creative minds to spring to action! The results of said action are now presented in the form o’ a YouTube; let’s look!!!

(link to YouTube here)

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