Well, after taking digs from T-Paw for most of the last couple weeks, Our Favorite Congresswoman has dropped all pretense of observing the Republican 11th Commandment and blasted away. L.A. Holmes of FoxNews reports: “In a campaign email to supporters Sunday afternoon, Bachmann defended her ‘real world’ successes and excoriated Pawlenty for ‘leaving a multi-billion-dollar budget mess’ in Minnesota, which led to a government shutdown in the state early July. ‘Real world actions speak louder than the words of career politicians,’ the statement concludes. … In the middle of it she also says, “I bring a record of success in the real world in business, the law, and in fighting for our principles. I am self-made. I worked my way through school. I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary. I worked in the US Federal Tax Court as a federal tax litigation attorney. I am a job creator. My husband and I built a successful private company from scratch. In Minnesota, I led an unprecedented effort to reform education —repealing intrusive regulations that hampered the ability of parents and educators to provide a quality education for their children.” As woozy as I always get when she starts talking about “the real world,” I have to wonder, given Pawlenty’s poll numbers, why she’s even mentioning him in public?
For his part, T-Paw, reports the AP, fired back: “Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said, “The difference is that when Governor Pawlenty was scoring conservative victories … Congresswoman Bachmann was giving speeches and offering failed amendments, all while struggling mightily to hold onto the most Republican house seat in the state.”
T-Paw’s real high point of the weekend, though, was going on CNN and, according to the AP, saying: “If you’re the leader of the free world, would you please come to microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals, and come on up and address the American people? Is he chicken?” Why am I thinking of Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News”?
A note on the other downside of selling bonds backed by tobacco revenue to resolve the budget stand-off. The AP’s Scott Karnowski writes: “The budget deal that ended Minnesota’s government shutdown relies heavily on $640 million borrowed against money from the 1998 tobacco settlement. The strategy allows Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to avoid the same amount in spending cuts or tax increases. But it could cost as much as $640 million in interest — plus a substantial annual revenue loss for years to come.” Hey, better to blow $640 million than cripple a “job provider.”
Way over in Poughkeepsie, Chuck Raasch at the Poughkeepsie Journal writes about driving through Minnesota during The Shutdown. Eventually he says: “In a vigorous democracy people argue about the amount of taxes they are willing to pay to build and maintain roads that get them to the lakes. But in the protracted, nasty budget and deficit fights here and nationwide, some have shorthanded ‘the government’ into the enemy of the people. Some always seem to wish for shutdowns to show government is unneeded. Real reasons exist to think government at all levels has gotten too big. But equally destructive is this idea of government inherently as enemy. It makes the people the foes of their own commonwealth. Such positions make it that much tougher to decide what is essential, and how to do it the best. It lets politicians dig in on campaign pledges [that] are not practical to solving issues in a diverse country. While we try to bury debts and deficits, maybe such absolutes can be buried with them.” Hmmm, “equally destructive”?
A Ramsey City Council member is on the hook for $650,000 in unpaid sales taxes … and there’s the other council guy. The Strib’s Paul Levy writes: “One Ramsey City Council member allegedly owes a state-high $649,000 in unpaid sales taxes and is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and U.S. Department of Labor. Another was recently sentenced to jail for punching a woman in the head three times. ‘I was on top of the top, not only as a craftsman, but as an internationally recognized designer,’ said David Elvig, 51, the longest-tenured council member in the small northern suburb, who is disputing the state’s financial claims against him stemming from his now-closed business. … Jeff Wise, 47, is another member of the council, and a liquor store owner in Ramsey. He was convicted of two counts of fifth-degree assault in May and sentenced on June 27 to 90 days in jail with 65 stayed. … The incident involving Wise occurred last Nov. 13. According to court documents, he had been served six to eight drinks at a bar and restaurant near Princeton, Minn., before getting into a car with three other people. A woman Wise didn’t know, seated beside him in the back, lit a cigarette, saying the driver had given her permission to do so. Wise began yelling at her for smoking, according to the police report. He knocked the cigarette out of her hand and into the front seat, then elbowed the woman, knocking the wind out of her.”
The Fighting Sioux continue to fight for the pride of North Dakota, but the pressure to ‘re-brand” is getting stronger with an Aug. 15 deadline looming. David Kolpack of the AP writes: “North Dakota political leaders are asking the NCAA to back off and let the state’s flagship university keep its Fighting Sioux name and logo, even at the risk of potential blacklisting and scorn by other universities and its own conference. Lawmaker involvement is a strategy even some University of North Dakota boosters question, and is unique among schools forced to decide whether to drop American Indian nicknames deemed hostile and abusive or accept penalties for keeping them. North Dakota’s debate appeared to be resolved when the state Board of Higher Education agreed in 2009 to drop the Fighting Sioux logo and nickname and UND agreed to phase them out by this Aug. 15. But state lawmakers intervened earlier this year, passing a law that requires the university to retain the moniker and logo. If the school keeps them past the Aug. 15 deadline, it will not be allowed to use them in postseason tournaments nor host any such events.”
From the Strib’s editorial page: Things are great in Minneapolis. “Recently, the city released its sixth annual progress report on 26 quality-of-life indicators. For the most part, residents should feel encouraged. The 2011 Living Well study found that more people are riding bikes and using transit, that violent crime is down and that the amount of affordable housing is up. … While many of the indicators showed progress, there are areas that need work. The report documents the continuing health inequality and disparities between whites and people of color, a decline in recycling and composting rates, and a downturn in the number of jobs due to the economy.”
The boys at Power Line are very upset about The Washington Post’s designated conservative reporter/blogger, Jennifer Rubin. Well, not about what she wrote in the early moments of the terrorism in Norway where she decided it was all the work of Muslim jihadists. but rather about the cruel things said about her … and John Hinderaker, who took essentially the same thoroughly reported, deeply reasoned approach. Says Hinderaker: “The relief — not to say glee — with which many liberals greeted the news that the Oslo mass murderer was a “tall, blond Norwegian” was palpable. Liberals pilloried those who ostensibly leaped to the conclusion, in the first minutes after the massacre began, that it was probably the work of Islamic jihadists. Scott noted earlier such attacks on Jennifer Rubin. As far as I know, liberals haven’t attacked me for the post I did while the attacks were in progress. But what I wrote was, I think, typical:
The perpetrators of these attacks have not yet been identified, but they likely were Muslim terrorists.
Was that wrong? Not at all. Any time mass murder attacks take place, it is not just likely but highly probable that they are the work of Muslim jihadists. Over the last several decades, jihadists have launched hundreds if not thousands of terrorist attacks. They dwarf, in numbers, similar outrages perpetrated by anyone else.” So if I say, “Two plus two equals 72 jihadi virgins,, is that wrong? Not at all!