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On second thought...


Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

That was Minnesota’s own Senator Norm Coleman watching the Administration’s back in Senate hearings two weeks ago when he went after former FEMA head Michael Brown of “you’re doing a heck of a job Brownie” fame.

Brown testified that the administration (Department of Homeland Security) knew that the levees had been breached in New Orleans a full two days ahead of when they said they knew. Brown also said that a fatal flaw in the government’s planning for disaster response was putting FEMA inside Homeland Security.

This didn’t sit well with Coleman who went after Brown:

NC: “As I listen to your testimony, you’re not prepared to put a mirror in front of your face and recognize your own inadequacies and say... I didn’t get things done... Perhaps you may get a more sympathetic hearing if you had a willingness to confess your own sins in this.”

MB: “Senator, with all due respect, what do you want me to say? I have admitted to mistakes publicly... What more, Senator Coleman, do you want from me.”

NC: “I’m saying that no leadership makes a difference. You didn’t provide the leadership. Even with structural infirmities, strong leadership can overcome that...”

MB: “Senator, that’s very easy for you to say sitting behind that desk and not being there in the middle of that disaster watching that human suffering... And I absolutely resent you saying that I lacked the leadership to do that, because I was down there...I’ve admitted to those mistakes. And if you want something else from me, put it on the table and you tell me what you want me to admit to.”

NC: “A little more candor would suffice.”

So, who scolded who. Coleman going in for the kill on the beleaguered Brown got more than he bargained for. One is reminded of what former British Prime Minister James Callaghan said to a political opponent after he had scolded Callaghan for a misdeed:

“Now I know what it is like to be salvaged by a dead sheep.”

“The media only reports the bad news”

How about those Bush ads airing in Minnesota with three former soldiers touting the Administration’s line on Iraq. Now we finally learn that the reason we invaded Iraq was so that we could fight Al Quaida in Iraq rather than over here.

The CIA has already said that there .....
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Desperately seeking new leaders

Fri, Feb 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Soft spoken, sometimes shy Sagittarius, a compassionate Midwestern middle-aged white male with brown hair and blue eyes, reasonably tall 6’ 1”, 180 pounds (okay 190) country boy with city sophistication, a professional family man who likes travel and ..... 
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Eminent domain reform attracts wide range of legislative support

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Eminent domain has risen to the top of hot political issues being discussed since the Kelo vs. New London decision in 2005. There is much confusion surrounding this issue, and I would like to try to clear the air.

The Kelo vs. N ..... 
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Wandering alone in the communication desert

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I have a personal beef with my telephone company, one I presume others in Preston Township might share.

For the past couple of years I have been asking CenturyTel when they will be providing high speed internet services to my r ..... 
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The Wrath of God

Fri, Jan 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

“I don’t care what people are saying uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day,” New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech on Tuesday. “This city will be a majority African-American c ..... 
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The oldest profession

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If we were in Washington, D.C. right now, we could probably hear the swoosh sounds of emails being deleted and the brrrr of faxes and other correspondence being shredded.

Those fat cats we elected are running for cover with the ..... 
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A call for help

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th Jacob and Sarah Byler looked out their window and saw flames consuming the roof of their farm machinery and furniture making shop. Immediately two of the oldest boys ran barefoot a quarter a mile to the neighbor ..... 
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More analysis from less data: an oxymoron?

Fri, Dec 30th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Federal EPA proposes to change the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) programs reporting requirements to reduce the “burden” on industry and business despite being unable to demonstrate significant complaints from business and industry. They propose t ..... 
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Life must be lived as we go along

Fri, Dec 30th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The end of the year is as good a time as any for reflection. One year comes to an end, another begins. Perhaps, we are worn out on the one hand - 365 days of good and bad all piled up into an exhaustive collection of events. And, yet, on the other ha ..... 
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