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The UofM, my Alma Mater, and that of my kids, today embarrassed me and our state by suppressing the public broadcast of a film about the effect of large scale farming on our rivers and ground water.

The  premier was scheduled for October 5 on public television.  It had already been published and promoted.  Suddenly, a Vice President of the University, whose husband is a lobbyist representing corporate agriculture in Minnesota, decided to take it on herself to cancel the broadcast.  The newspaper quotes a representative as saying the documentary was not "Fair and Balanced".  

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Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:14 AM PDT

Target Thinks I'm Stupid

by bobtmn

I sent a long email to target, expressing my displeasure at their donation to MN Forward.

I did not keep a copy, and the web site did not forward mine to me.

The tone of my letter was one of shock and dismay.  I expressed my 25 year loyalty to Target, and listed many of the things I had bought from target, from groceries, to bicycles to cameras.  

My letter concluded, not with a threat to boycott, but just with the fact that I no longer feel welcome in their stores, and I can't imagine how I could stand to shop there again, especially if they succeed in getting Tom Emmer elected governor of Minnesota.

Their reply below...


How much have you spent in the past at Target

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Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 01:17 PM PDT

Grassy Rootsy Palin Rally in Mpls

by bobtmn

Sorry for the short diary, but I want to share these photos.  
Apologies in advance to the DP.

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I was going through old emails from 2005 and remembering that Republicans were seriously trying to undo Social Security and Medicare

See minute 1:40 on the Bush video  on 12/9/2004

"But for the sake of our younger workers, for the sake of younger Americans, we must be willing to address this problem. And I think it's vital to consider allowing younger workers, on a voluntary basis, set aside some of their own payroll tax in personal accounts "

Bush defends $2 Trillion dollar cost of "Personal accounts"

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Wed Aug 05, 2009 at 09:13 AM PDT

 No Thug Rule ( signs )

by bobtmn

We need a way to show our presence at health care townhalls without trying to
shout down the shouters.   I thought some clear simple signs could help.

no-thug-rule       no-mob-rule

Can someone help me put a big red raging elephant behind the circle?

Can someone suggest some public space where I can upload the pdf files?  

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As I wandered the webs yesterday I came across a "Story In Pictures"
at Forbes magazine that seeks to tell the reader how the health care surcharge might affect people like you.

Be glad you're not This Guy, facing a potential tax hike: $452,000

More Ordinary People suffering from the extra tax bite below the fold.


Which of these people are most like you?

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Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM PDT

My Gift to the DSCC

by bobtmn

I've received several URGENT EMERGENCY appeals from the DSCC for donations in the past two weeks.   I called the DSCC today to give them the most valuable information that they can use to keep the progressive money flowing in.

In their letter, they say they know why I might hesitate to give, offering these examples:

 "You think it's too early."

 "You think we can't lose. "

 "Change is hard. "

I'm sorry, but none of those reasons are remotely close.  

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Thu May 28, 2009 at 11:42 AM PDT

Picking Crabs ( no, not that kind )

by bobtmn

Last night on NBC news Tim Brokaw had a moving story about a family business in Cambridge Maryland who just can't find enough Americans, even in this economy, to do the job of Crab Picking.  The whole theme of the story is that Americans are just too lazy to do this kind of work.

I thought it strange that Brokaw went as far as talking to Md's senator about the problem, but never mentioned how much the job pays.

"The rest of the story"  over the fold ...

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Thu May 07, 2009 at 01:30 PM PDT

Awful ad from MoveOn

by bobtmn

I contributed $150 to an earlier ad by move on, but their latest attempt has me horrified.   It is in some respects WORSE than the Betrayus ad.

The ad portrays two people in a funeral parlor complaining that a Public Plan Option would result in "more healthy people living longer" and thus be a bad for the funeral industry!


Will this ad help us get health care?

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Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 03:00 PM PDT

MN Capital Teabaggers (3 pictures)

by bobtmn

This is a short diary, just two pictures at 4PM ..



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This is how the insurance companies spend the money they save by denying patients the care they need.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D. sales leaders rewarded with trip to Grand Caymen Islands resort

FARGO – Thirty-three employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota are at a resort in the Grand Caymen Islands as a reward for being the firm’s top sales producers.

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 04:41 PM PST

Say No to Mark Dayton, please

by bobtmn

In 2000 Mark Dayton ran in the primary, spending his own money to defeat the DFL endorsed candidate for senate.   He weaseled his way through six years as a Senator and decided not to run for re-election.    Now he has decided he needs to be our governor.  Excuse me while I stop laughing!

Mark Dayton sent me an appeal to help him become governor of Minnesota.
It had as a return address "" , but email to that address bounces back.   Congratulations on getting your IT up and running Mark!

Since I couldn't tell him what I though by email, I'll tell him on KOS.


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