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Mark Dayton at DNC rips Ryan for his marathon claim

I’d say Paul Ryan has acquired a reputation for himself. Tom Scheck at MPR reports from Charlotte: “Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is criticizing Republican Paul Ryan for getting his facts wrong and for misleading the nation’s voters during last week’s speech at the Republican National Convention. … Dayton spoke before a group of Democrats in Charlotte this morning and called Ryan the ‘two-hour marathon man’ for saying he ran a two hour and 50 minute marathon at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth in 1990 when he actually ran it in four hours. ‘What bothered me is that not only did he totally misrepresent what he’s done in this marathon but when he finally acknowledged it, it was just disingenuous as it was the first time,’ Dayton said. ‘He said ‘Well, I rounded up to three when I should have rounded up to four.’ Well even from Wisconsin you should know the difference between three and four.’ “

Elsewhere, did you see Norm Coleman getting in the fray? Catalina Carnia at USA Today reports: “The chairman of the California Democratic Party apologized today for remarks comparing GOP campaign tactics to “the big lie,” a propaganda technique used by the Nazis. ‘If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie — I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,’ John Burton said in a statement. As thousands of Democrats gather to nominate President Obama to a second term, Burton this morning sparked a tempest when he reportedly called GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan a liar. … Former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman, an adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and co-chairman of the Romney Jewish Coalition, called on ‘all people of good will’ to repudiate Burton’s ‘disgraceful words.’ ‘President Obama promised to lift up American politics,’ Coleman said in a statement. ‘Unfortunately, some of his supporters, by employing rhetoric that has no place in our political system, are bringing it down to the gutter. The comments by California Democratic Chair John Burton likening the Republican Party to Nazis and Joseph Goebbels are just such an instance.’ “

It’s been a good year for pheasants, apparently. At the Duluth News Tribune, John Myers is saying: “The annual August roadside count of Minnesota’s pheasant population showed a 68 percent increase this year over a dismal 2011, the Department of Natural Resources reported today. The DNR credits a mild winter and a warm, dry spring in the state’s pheasant range with the big increase over last year. Based on the survey results, pheasant hunters are expected to harvest about 290,000 roosters this fall. That’s up from last year’s estimated harvest of 204,000 but still only about half of the average for 2005-2008, when pheasant production and hunting were unusually good.”

The GleanThe vendors and gear-pullers of the coming health insurance exchange are getting restless. Elizabeth Stawicki of MPR writes: “Officials representing health insurance agents and brokers in Minnesota will have their first meeting on Tuesday with state Commerce Commissioner Michael Rothman to discuss concerns they have raised. The brokers and agents are worried that state officials are implementing the federal health care law in ways that will hurt their business. They and other Minnesota business groups also say they are frustrated by what they call a lack of transparency as Rothman’s department develops one of the foundations of the law: a health insurance exchange. About a million Minnesotans will receive health insurance through the state’s exchange starting in 2014. But deadlines are already looming. Minnesota and other states have less than 90 days to submit a detailed plan to the federal government about how their exchanges will work; the deadline is Nov. 16.”

In case you’ve ever wondered. A gun-waving road rage incident can get you … 15 days … in the actual slammer. David Chanen of the Strib says: “Rebecca Treptow, 33, was accused of pointing a gun at another driver in the February incident and was convicted of second-degree assault and two other charges. She has already served 15 days and will serve the remaining 85 days on a work release basis followed by home monitoring. According to state guidelines, Treptow had faced a mandatory three years in prison for the assault conviction. But the presentencing investigation recommended probation. … Treptow, who denied pointing a gun in the incident, showed little emotion when Gibbs read the sentence. Prosecutor Kurt Deile said he respects the judge’s decision, but hoped Treptow had learned her lesson and the public will be safe. Nicole Hedblum, the driver of the other vehicle on Hwy. 10 in February, didn’t attend the hearing.” I’d keep my distance, too.

Mug shot of the year nominee. The AP story says: “An 82-year-old man likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars for fatally shooting a teacher at a Kandiyohi County farm. Delbert Huber was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 4, to 30 years and seven months for fatally shooting Timothy Larson, 43, of Albertville. The shooting happened last October after Larson ordered Huber and his son, Timothy Huber, 45, to remove their farm equipment from his father’s farm in rural Belgrade.”

Can you be convicted of dissemination when you never had any intention to disseminate? MPR’s Bob Collins looks at Court of Appeals case and says: “A case from the Minnesota Court of Appeals today shows how technology is challenging the definitions of particular crimes. The case involves a Plymouth man, who used a file sharing program — LimeWire — to download hundreds of pornographic movies, some of which involved minors. A Minneapolis police investigator traced the IP address to Timothy McCauley, who was later convicted of possession and dissemination of child pornography. The latter is a much more serious charge. In the LimeWire program, anything downloaded to a private computer is automatically available to other users of the same file-sharing program. McCauley insisted he deleted any of his movies with children in it, but he was convicted of dissemination of the porn by virtue of the fact it was available on his computer for others to download. He was given an eight-year sentence. Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the dissemination conviction despite McCauley’s claim that he didn’t intend to distribute his downloaded material.”

The Fair missed by 1,986 people beating the all-time attendance record. At MPR, Tim Nelson says, “This year’s Minnesota State Fair was the second biggest of all time, according to attendance numbers released by the fair Monday. Fair officials said that 1,788,512 people went through the gates at the State Fair this year, second only to 2009 for total attendance.”

At City Pages, Andy Mannix serves up some polling numbers from the State Fair: “Is it finally time for Minnesota to overturn its Sunday liquor store ban? Yes, according to the majority of State Fair goers who participated in the 2012 Minnesota House of Representatives opinion survey. The survey is unscientific, and polls Minnesotans on issues likely to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session. Of the more than 9,000 who participated this year, 63 percent say they believe liquor stores should be able to be open on Sundays, about 30 percent oppose the reform, and 7 percent are undecided. The poll also asked if we should adopt a “Stand-Your-Ground” type law, meaning Minnesotans could defend themselves against an attacker — including with the use of lethal force — and no longer have the duty to retreat. About 48 percent voted against it, 40 percent for it, and 12 percent are undecided.” And 69% were in favor motorcyclists wearing helmets.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 09/04/2012 - 03:21 pm.

    Marathon gate

    It always amazes me how much simple little fibs become huge deals because politicians cannot admit an error. I finished Grandma’s in front of Mr. Ryan by a second in 1990, it was 4:01 and that was a good time. At least I thought so. He was as close to 2:50 as I was, which was a long,long way off. I always used to say the day after that I had done something only a.couple of thousand people had done that day in the US, which was pretty cool no matter what the time was. He devalues the effort and accomplishment with such shallow lies, it says a lot about his character and integrity, or lack thereof. No more qualified to be POTUS than Sarah Palin, another mendacious politician.

  2. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 09/04/2012 - 03:24 pm.


    Norm, lies are lies. GM Plants closing dates, marathon times, government take over of health care. Lies coming right out of the GOP candidates’ mouths. Everyone expects it from oIt is also a historical trend of the GOP – Obama’s citizenry, the swift boating of John Kerry. Get your team to stop leading with lies and you may be surprised to find that people stop calling you liars.

  3. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 09/04/2012 - 03:28 pm.

    Lyin’ Ryan

    No runner could honestly mistake a four hour marathon for a three. I have now run several at a much slower pace and would never mistake a five for a four. The people that read Runner’s World would care and they were the ones who spotted it. Funny that such a fit guy at 20 only ran less than 2minutes a mile faster than me at 60. Grandma’s is a nice flat course too. People expect politicians to lie about their platforms but this kind of personal lying really galls. I’m also a Vietnam vet and I once met a guy who claimed to be a Vietnam vet and was later exposed as a liar. People like that have some icky stuff going on inside them.

  4. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 09/04/2012 - 04:01 pm.


    I thought he claimed to be a converted Catholic, which was his excuse for his prolife switch. Now he heads up the Romney Jewish outreach. Which is it Norm, another lie?

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 09/04/2012 - 06:37 pm.


      You will rarely find me defending Norm Coleman but, I have followed him closely since he first ran for mayor of St. Paul, the first of several times I have voted against him. I don’t ever recall him claiming to be a convert to anything and as far as I know while never speaking much about his Jewish faith/background he has always claimed to be Jewish.

      He has said that his anti-abortion position stems from the death of a child early in his marriage. Whether still born or dieing soon after birth I cannot recall. I don’t believe he has spoken about it at length publicly.

  5. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/04/2012 - 04:57 pm.

    Which is it Norm?

    …umm, which way is the wind blowing? Look, it’s prefect for Norm to be a Romney guy. Neither has ever met a principle they couldn’t backpedal from.

  6. Submitted by Mark Stromseth on 09/04/2012 - 05:09 pm.

    Unintended Dissemination

    “A case from the Minnesota Court of Appeals today shows how technology is challenging the definitions of particular crimes. […] The case involves a Plymouth man, who used a file sharing program — LimeWire — to download hundreds of pornographic movies, some of which involved minors. A Minneapolis police investigator traced the IP address to Timothy McCauley, who was later convicted of possession and dissemination of child pornography. The latter is a much more serious charge. In the LimeWire program, anything downloaded to a private computer is automatically available to other users of the same file-sharing program.”

    That’s not true. Once you’ve downloaded something with LimeWire (a program that’s no longer available due to court order), if you delete it or deactivate LimeWire, it is not available to anyone. There’s no technology known to man that can make things available from files that aren’t there, or via programs that aren’t active.

    McCauley claims he deleted the child pornography and therefore couldn’t have disseminated it. Just possessing child pornography is a felony, and as we already know, you can’t disseminate something that isn’t there, so his claim can only be viewed as a lie. This isn’t a matter of challenging the definition of a crime, it’s about making the distinction between one knowing and willful crime, and another willful crime.

    The moral of the story is that if you’re going to download something that is illegal or might be illegal, you need to take steps to cover your tracks so you can’t be traced. If you don’t know how to do that, then you shouldn’t be downloading it to begin with.

  7. Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 09/04/2012 - 07:29 pm.

    Big Lie

    I’m sensitive to the cheapening of the lessons from Nazi Germany. I don’t even like the term “soup Nazi” as it diminishes their horrific acts.

    I think Burton’s comments were over the top and he should apologize. But I find Coleman’s comments excessive in reaction as well. Frankly, I think he’s playing political games with the “Nazi card” and, given his background, I find that disgusting.

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