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Who the Hell are these people anyway?

Going through “Da Roll”

Most bloggers have fairly extensive blogrolls, but how often does this lead to you reading the blogs on the rolls of the bloggers you read? I will rarely read a new blog from someone else’s blogroll. However, there are bloggers on my blogroll which I want people to know about and read. The reason I put these people on my roll is because they are talented people who deserve recognition. So I’m going to tell the stories of my roll over the next week, 3 people at a time.

Newt Gingrich

Another Speaker, this one a former speaker, Newt has been in and out of the internet for a few years now, first as an Amazon.com reviewer, now as a self promoter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Newt normally has some interesting stuff on his website (and the website has a blog) and he’s a major talking head now. Check in every once in a while and see what the scariest man in politics is up to.

Lars Larson

Lar Larson is the best radio talk show host you can’t hear in the Twin Cities. His website is regularly updated with interesting topics. Lars also has one of the best radio voices ever. Listen in, if you can.

Jeff Faria

Jeff is an east coast blogger with a bit of a right of center libertarian almost Republican but not really political but not really bent to him. East Coast is just different I guess. But he’s more a promoter and innovater for blogs and blogging than a political pundit. His ideas on shaping the blogosphere are great and I think a lot could be learned by us humble midwestern folk by reading him. He’s working on a book right now and he’s a true believer that blogging will one day be a profession. When he was updating daily he was a daily read, hopefully he’ll be back soon.

Random Link o’ the Day:

http://www.criticalmassblog.com/

Open Thread

Show Prep is now available here. Ev Tinklinberg is going to join us for the first hour and we’ll also be discussing the “Michelle Bachmann” ordeal.

Show Prep

Immigration
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/14235268.htm
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aniRSWJeYQ48&refer=us
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/washington/31cnd-immig.html?hp&ex=1143867600&en=534018a35d6f7e2f&ei=5094&partner=homepage
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-immi31.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/washington/31cnd-immig.html?hp&ex=1143867600&en=534018a35d6f7e2f&ei=5094&partner=homepage
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002901083_immig31.html

Steroids in Baseball
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12098768/
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12095281/
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/sports/story.html?id=1d3a15b6-7612-45ae-8730-6f87dfc6524d&k=62293
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/oconnor/2006-03-31-oconnor-bonds-mcgwire_x.htm
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/404660p-342653c.html

Microsoft Anti-trust case:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1472985.cms

Marty’s Almanac:
Drinking, good for you or bad?
http://today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-03-31T204602Z_01_N3183573_RTRUKOC_0_US-DRINKING.xml
Prayers don’t help?
http://smh.com.au/news/world/secret-to-a-speedy-recovery-no-prayers-please/2006/03/31/1143441331996.html
Vitamins, good or bad?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4859984.stm
US Adolescents sleep deprived
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/&articleid=267950
Good or bad then?
http://health.ucsd.edu/news/2002/02_08_Kripke.html
Loneliness equals higher blood pressure
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/5920.html
Nuetrinos have mass…congrats, no what about booze and health?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/31/neutrino_mass_experiment/
US Bans Private Body Armour
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&pubid=968163964505&cid=1143806479302&col=968705899037&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News

Phil at Market Power has an awesome graph showing rates of immigration throughout the world. I think it’s fairly clear that immigration is correlated with economic development, but that’s just a guess.

The Good and the Bad

Generally I favor immigration. I prefer legal immigration, but I don’t find much of the illegal immigration going on in the southwestern United States all that objectionable. I do find the drain on our social services by illegals as objectionable. I find the risk to national security as objectionable.

I also find some of those responsible for recent protests in support of illegal immigrants as downright frightening. Take MEChA for example. The Wikipedia article is fairly PC. But try going through some of their links and you start to get the feeling they’re a bit more radical.

Scariest though is the MEChA logo:

Compare to this picture I took off a Nazi website:

MEChA denies that they are racist or that they encourage violence. They’re just good old fashioned socialists. They’re just Mexican Nationalists too. National Socialists…Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei?

Yes, I hate it when liberals label conservatives as Nazis. I also generally choose to not do the same. However, there is a movement being pushed by Mexican radicals to retake the southwest. (Reconquista.) The best part is your tax dollars went to a class encouraging the reconquista that I took in college at the U of M:

CHIC 3446 – Chicana/o History II: WWII, El Movimiento, and the New Millenium (HP, CD)
(3.0 cr; spring, even years)
Experiences of people of Mexican descent in the U.S. Notions of citizenship from WWII. Chicano civil rights movement. Impact of immigration patterns/legislation. Cultural wars, changing demographics. Social, economic, and political changes that influenced day-to-day life of Mexican Americans. Meaning of racialized “Mexican” identity. How different groups of Mexicans have understood their relationships to other Americans and other Latino groups.

When a class description uses the word “racialized” you know you’re headed downhill. I had to regurgitate the “white racism led to Mexican economic failure and the oppression of Mexicans” line for my tests and papers. The class is also where I was first introduced to the MEChA “happy eagle” shown above.

Sleep well.

Got this from Michael Brodkorb today:

MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS EXPOSED LEGAL UPDATE: MOTION TO DISMISS SLAPP LAWSUIT

It has been 90 days since Blois Olson decided to a file a lawsuit against me over material posted on Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

As I have said before, the lawsuit filed against me by Blois Olson was never about defamation, but about the right to blog anonymously.

Because Blois Olson has done nothing to resolve the lawsuit in over 90 days, I believe Blois Olson filed this lawsuit to intimidate and silence me.

This is called a SLAPP lawsuit.

SLAPP is an acronym for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” SLAPPs are lawsuits aimed at silencing a plaintiff’s opponents. The purpose of the SLAPP is not to win, but to intimidate the SLAPP defendant and to chill petition and/or free speech rights.

One court has explained the characteristics of SLAPP suits as follows: SLAPP suits are brought to obtain an economic advantage over the defendant, not to vindicate a legally cognizable right of the plaintiff. Indeed, one of the common characteristics of a SLAPP suit is its lack of merit. But lack of merit is not of concern to the plaintiff because the plaintiff does not expect to succeed in the lawsuit; only to tie up the defendants’ resources for a sufficient length of time to accomplish plaintiff’s underlying objective.

I believe Blois Olson’s lawsuit is intended to stifle or inhibit the exercise of my right of free speech and participation in government and, accordingly, is prohibited by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 554 (1994).

I have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against me.

Copies of all of the court documents are available for download on the right side of my blog.
__________________________________
Michael B. Brodkorb
Minnesota Democrats Exposed
Phone: (612) 618-1168

How is Michael this scary?

Random Link o’ the Day:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page

Who the Hell are these people anyway?

Going through “Da Roll”

Most bloggers have fairly extensive blogrolls, but how often does this lead to you reading the blogs on the rolls of the bloggers you read? I will rarely read a new blog from someone else’s blogroll. However, there are bloggers on my blogroll which I want people to know about and read. The reason I put these people on my roll is because they are talented people who deserve recognition. So I’m going to tell the stories of my roll over the next week, 3 people at a time.

Scott Adams

Dilbert. Dogbert. The Pointy Haired Manager. Catbert the Evil Human Resources Director. Wally. Scott Adams created them all. He is still producing his acclaimed cartoon every day. His books, The Dilbert Principle and the Dilbert Future are must reads. His new blog (Pop up ad warning) is very funny and well done. Scott still brings a mixture of humility and intelligence mixed with funny. Read daily.

Ed Morrissey

If you don’t know Captain Ed, then you don’t know the blogosphere. He’s one of the best bloggers out there. Read and try to keep up.

Denny Hastert

Not a good blog, not updated a lot, but he’s like the third in line to be president. I like how our country’s leaders are looking towards blogs to help spread their ideas. It’s a positive change in politics that should be rewarded.

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