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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Up, Up and Away



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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Found in SD - Weapon of Crass Obstruction

POLL SHOWS THUNE LEADING DASCHLE 50-47

SIOUX FALLS – The John Thune for U.S. Senate campaign today released polling numbers showing Thune leading Tom Daschle 50-47 in one the nation’s most closely watched Senate races.

 

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), surveyed 600 likely voters September 21-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. These numbers follow another POS poll released in late August, which showed Thune with a 50-48 lead over Daschle.

 

“Thune’s message of independence, fighting for and being rooted in South Dakota are hitting home with voters,” said Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for Thune. “It’s time for a change, time for South Dakota to have a Senator who says what he means and means what he says, in both South Dakota and Washington D.C.,” added Wadhams.

 

With less than six weeks to go before the November 2nd election, having spent millions of dollars and having run television ads since July 2003, the reigning Democrat Senate Minority leader is trailing his opponent. “These numbers have to be extremely disheartening for the Daschle camp,” said Wadhams.  

 

Help this man out!  We need to get Daschle - the original weapon of crass obstruction - out of office.

Donate, make phone calls, blog him to death,  whatever your strength - focus your blog beams on Daschle!

 

https://www.rapiddonor.com/JohnThune/

Ralph's looks to stay put


The owners of Ralph's Corner do not plan to move, a Moorhead city official and a developer consulting with the family that owns the bar said Tuesday.
City redevelopment plans have forced the owners of the downtown Moorhead bar to decide whether to sell to the city, renovate or partner with the developer who will eventually build on the block where Ralph's now sits.
If the owners of Ralph's do nothing, the city has threatened to condemn the property as a last resort.
Peter Doll, the city's manager of developmental services, said the Wood family wants to remain at the Fourth Street South and Main Avenue location where Ralph's has been for 47 years.
"They have determined they would like to retain ownership," Doll said.



"I think everything they're doing is focused on staying," said Bartram, co-owner of Sterling Co., the Fargo-based firm whose $17 million development project surrounds the bar.
Bartram said Sterling Co. wants to develop the west side of Fourth Street South, especially if Ralph's remains.
"I don't think it's any real secret we're interested in developing that site," he said.
He said the built-in customer base of Ralph's would make it an ideal anchor for future development of the block.
The city has spent about $470,000 buying the block's four other buildings and relocating businesses. It has not selected a developer for the area or decided how it will choose a firm.
Mike Wood said the family has not ruled anything out, though moving would be "pretty tough."
"That's kind of our signature spot down there. If we were to move, we'd probably be alienating our core group," he said.
Wood said the family is also consulting with Michael J. Burns Architects on possible renovation plans.
Moving into a new facility at the current location would cost about $1 million, which Wood said is probably more than the family can afford.
"You have to look at the bottom line," he said.
Wood believes the bar can be renovated for less money and still "blend in to the folks around us."
Wood and city officials have not set a meeting to discuss options the family is considering.
If an agreement is not reached in October, the city may begin the process of condemning the property, City Manager Bruce Messelt said.
The deadline for a state grant the city is seeking to help pay for the redevelopment project is Nov. 1.
Messelt said the city is checking with the state to see if it needs to begin condemning the property before applying for the grant if no other option is reached by then.
Even if the city begins the process of invoking eminent domain, it could be stopped at any time if another suitable agreement is reached, Messelt said.
"That may just force a settlement," he said.
The city would like to avoid seizing the property through eminent domain, he said.
Messelt said a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday to consider a challenge to a Connecticut law allowing property to be condemned for economic development would not affect Ralph's because studies have found the bar qualifies as blighted.
Cities have the right to condemn blighted property for redevelopment, he said.
Doll said Moorhead condemned two nonblighted properties for economic development reasons while assembling properties for the Holiday Mall project four years ago.
The city's policy is to only use eminent domain to seize nonblighted properties as part of a larger assembly of land that includes blighted buildings, Doll said.

Read that last line very carefully.
Almost any commercial area in the city of Moorhead could be labeled blighted with the exception of the Brookdale area. EasTen is vibrant, but ugly.
Look at the other areas of the city where they have claimed eminent domain to redevelop property. How's their track record?
When the city tears down a building, more often than not, the business that occupied that building moves to Fargo.

If you own a small business in Moorhead, look at your neighborhood. When's the city coming to "improve" your area?


I like to look at the big picture, but I don't see any long range plan to create a vibrant community. Buildings alone do not create a business district, just look at the Holiday Mall and Center Mall areas.
Some of the finest retail space available in the Fargo/Moorhead area and it has been empty for 2 or more years. No, I don't have a better plan - but, I'm thinking about it.
Give these businesses a reason to locate in Moorhead. What's the main difference between West Fargo and Moorhead?

Special incentives and favors to devlopers get buildings built, but how do you get vibrant, long term businesses that provide tax revenue and jobs in those buildings?

West Fargo is almost full, maybe it's finally Moorhead's turn.

More for the new Kerry CD

From Blogs for Bush/Blogs of War

“Iiii am noooot an ooooompa loooompa“
Oompa Loompa Democrats
Oompa Loompa Democrats doo
I’ve got another doozy for you
Oompa Loompa doompadah dee
If you are clueless you’ll vote for me
What do you get from a glut of TV?
Swift Boat Vets always shooting at me
Why don’t you try simply reading a book?
But at my weak record you better not look!
You’ll get no You’ll get no You’ll get no You’ll get no
You’ll get no achievements
Oompa Loompa Doompadee Dah
At your expense I will go far
Taxing and spending, flip-flopping too
Like the Oompa
Oompa Loompa Democrats do

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Big John. Practicing for the Kerry Presidency Foreign Policy "Don't shoot! We surrender!" Posted by Hello

Big John

From the web, somewhere...
If it's yours you deserve credit for it!
To the tune of Big John
 
 
 

Every mornin' on the Hill you could see him arrive.
 
Standing six-foot-four, weighing one-twenty-five
 
Kinda' scrawny at the shoulders and lacking a spine
 
And when he spoke at all, it was mainly to whine
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John
 
 
 
Nobody seems to know what's in John's soul
 
His 'beliefs' are based on the latest poll
 
'Though he'll say what it takes to get your votes
 
It's the leftist agenda that he really promotes - Big John.
 
 
 
Some one said he came from Boston town
 
Where he joined the Navy and gained renown
 
'Earning' three purple hearts and one bronze star
 
The home folks said, "This boy will go far"
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)
 
 
 
Then came a day back in '71
 
When he renounced all the medalsthat he had won
 
Then turned against his country and his Navy friends
 
 And sold them out for his own selfish ends (Big John)
 
 
 
He appeared before Congress and on left-wing talk shows
 
 Giving aid and comfort to America's foes
 
It was clear to see whose side he was on
 
Some say he helped cause the fall of Saigon - Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)
 
 
 
He claims to be for the working poor
 
Yet he owns 5 mansions from shore to shore
 
He never had to work a day in his life
 
'cause he learned it helps to have a wealthy wife ! - Big John
 
 
 
Now he wants to be our next President
 
and Commander-in-chief of those he resents:
 
The American soldiers who fight and die
 
To give him the freedom to tell us his lies
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)
 
 
 
Thousands have sacrificed their young lives
 
 To help ensure that our nation survives
 
A vote for Kerry is a slap in the face
 
 To all the brave soldiers that he's disgraced
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Moorhead Committee on Hostile Business Environments

Ralph's Corner is still in Moorhead, for now.  The Moorhead Committee on Hostile Business Environments has been meeting within the Moorhead City Council on ways to get Ralph's to move to Fargo, along with many more Moorhead businesses.  Soon Moorhead should consist solely of Churches, City owned businesses and Eid Co Homes.  Well, at least we have new schools.
 
The Chinese Government would be proud of the Moorhead City Councils accomplishments over the last 10 years.
More of the city is now owned by the city than ever before.  Hurrah for making small business ownership as difficult as possible!
 
Follow along with Ralph's fight to stay at their blog:

Monday, September 27, 2004


FairTax is the answer! Posted by Hello

Admirable Architecture in Fargo


Yet more admirable architecture in Fargo.
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Seems like a good system of government...

From Blog Iran;
A nice of rundown of the achievements of the mullahs in Iran since 1977.
"THE" model for Islamic Republics worldwide.
 
 Islamic Republic Achievements:
1. Execution, flogging, stoning and amputation of limbs in public.
2. Mass killings of political prisoners.
3. Assassination of political dissidents outside of Iran.
4. Political serial killings in Iran.
5. Construction of many new prisons holding thousands of political prisoners.
6. Political oppression.
7. Promotion of international and domestic terrorism.
8. Violation of human rights in every category.
9. Lack of civil liberties.
10. Improvement and growth of Iran's Cemeteries.
11. Killing and imprisonment of journalists.
12. Violation of women's rights.
13. Censorship and closure of publications.
14. Forcing Iranians to flee the country resorting in five million refugees throughout the world and "brain drain".
15. Oppression of religious minorities.
16. Filtering the internet.
17. Jamming out of country satellite TV and radio stations.
18. Stealing Iran's wealth by the Mullahs and transfer of funds to abroad.
19. Destruction of Iran's Economy.
20. Widespread poverty throughout Iran.
21. Severe Inflation.
22. Devaluation of Iranian Rial.
23. Increase in unemployment.
24. Increase in the crime rate.
25. Promotion of corruption, prostitution and addiction.
26. Housing crisis in Iran.
27. Malnutrition, retarded growth and increased rate of depression among Iranian youth.
28. Public health crisis in Iran.
29. Making Iran an international "embarrassment".
30. 1979 Occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran and holding hostages for 444 days.
31. Conflict with neighboring countries.
32. Iran-Iraq War resulting in millions dead, wounded, handicapped and homeless.
33. Destruction of Iran's Airline Industry.
34. Causing economic sanctions against Iran.
35. Producing weapon's of mass destruction.
36. Inability to get Iran's fair share of natural resources from Caspian Sea.
37. Promoting regional conflicts in the Middle East.
38. Destruction of Iran's industries.
39. Lack of technological advancements.
40. Air and environmental pollution crisis in Iran.
41. Destruction of Iran's agriculture.
42. Destructions of fine arts, theater, cinema and music in Iran.
43. Promoting Islamic Fundamentalism.
44. Closure of Iranian Universities under cultural revolution for three years.
45. Attacking University campuses to kill and crack down on students.
46. Violating the constitution of the "Islamic Republic".
47. Hiring hooligans to beat and crack down on Iranian citizens.
48. Improving and selling contraband by regimes elements for additional income.
49. Selling Iranian women as sex slaves in the United Arab Emarets.


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Some fine examples of modern style in Fargo Posted by Hello

Friday, September 24, 2004

Take a peek at Fargo

Here's the local weather cam links. 
 
 
flat, flat, flat.


From Matt Ashby over at Stark Truth
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Like minded flatlander

He's from the Fargo side of the river, but I like the way he thinks.
 


More Dragonfly pictures. Macromia annulata, this one. Posted by Hello

Wish I had that job


Honorable Senator Mark Dayton decided yesterday that he didn't want to listen to the Iraqi people thank the US for liberating them from a tyrannical leader. Taking a lesson from leftist-in-chief John Francois Kerry, Sen Dayton skipped out on the event.

I wish I had a job like that. If you don't agree with your boss, skip the meetings. Don't show for work.
If any of us decided to ditch work because we didn't like what the boss was saying, how long do you think we'd remain employed?

I want my representative to represent me and my state, not his own personal agenda. Even if Minnesotas interests are contrary to the event, fill the chair! That's what we pay you for.

At least we had Sen. Coleman there to accept the thank you from the Iraqi people, on behalf of all of our fellow Minnesotans who have bravely given their lives and limbs for the freedom of the Iraqi people and the security of the American people.

I'm going to start an award for Minnesota politicians who fail to earn thier taxpayer funded paychecks.
In the juvenile tradition of disapproval -

A big flaming brown paper sack of dog poop for you Sen. Dayton!

Another term for you Sen. Coleman.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Citizen of a Savage Nation

Michael Savage, with all his beastial ferocity, manages to hit the nail on the head most of the time. A lot of people tell me they can't stand his anger and venom, but I hear passion and frustration. Passion about what he believes and frustration with the ignorance of so many Americans who have their PC or party blinders on.

The brutally honest usually aren't the most popular kids at the party, unless you want to know the truth about something.

Savage manages to say verbally what, very often, I am saying in my head, but don't have the hookas to say out loud.

I don't agree with him 100%, but that'd be really creepy if I did. His passion and honesty keep me listening.

If you're in the Fargo/Moorhead area it's that AM station only some of you get - 1660 AM. I have two radios in the house that get it - and one is in the car so technically...

Yes, Virginia, the war on terror IS a HOLY WAR. They want to kill anyone who isn't islamofacist enough for them. That includes other "weak" muslims as well as murderous crusader Christians and the dirty Zionist Jews. Even Hollywood actors, Athiests and liberal members of government. duh.

The first lesson of winning a war: FIGURE OUT WHO IS TRYING TO KILL YOU.
Wake up America!

When I grow up I wanna be...

The Northern Alliance
The Mentors of Minnesota blogging. Someday, when I grow up, I wanna be like them.
Until then I'll keep a cold, lonely lookout over the fragile peace that exists in the frozen no-mans-land between MN and ND.

The Dakotan Invasion could begin any day now. I'll keep 'em west of the Buffalo River until the reinforcements show from the south.



They've all been slain

Just saw a Nutri-grain commercial where "Larry" is sitting in his car and he's a little hungry. Soon all of the restaruant signs, which are all shaped like iconic characters, come to life and begin talking to Larry. Pigs, Doughnuts, a classic fry pan/chef mutant and a hash slingin' chuckwagon cowboy all try to convince Larry to endulge in thier carbohydrate loaded gindin'. Needless to say our hero Larry wields the power of his Nutri-grain bar to ward off their fatty advances. Dreck product and odd story line aside, you'd be hard pressed to find that many unique signs in one location, let alone one city! The backlit plexiglass block now rules the sign posts of most cities. Black vinyl Helvetica lettering screams the unique features of each store in the strip malls today. At least we have inflatable snowmen and dancing palm trees to spice things up here and there.

But he had long hair...

WWJD? He never was very politically correct.

Quote of the night

"Better make it six, I can't eat eight."

Dan Osinski, pitcher
When a waitress asked if he wanted his pizza cut in 6 or 8 slices.

It's never quite enough, is it?

"I saw a poll that said the right track/wrong track in Iraq was better than here in America," Bush said in a Rose Garden appearance with Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

"It was pretty darn strong. I mean, the people see a better future," he said. He was responding to a question about polls showing that a majority of Iraqis view the Americans as occupiers, not liberators in their violence-torn country.


I guess this means if your glass was completely empty before, it looks half full to you when you finally get some water in it.


So what does this mean?
Bush's remark was derided by Sen. John Edwards. "I'm telling you George W. Bush needs to come back to planet Earth and get out of fantasy land."

The little terrorists that lurk among us...

This from Gloria Reed:

He’s 10 years old. Stands just over 4 feet tall. Dark brown hair and matching dark brown eyes. His name is Austin. According to his school he’s a criminal in the making. According to me he is now armed with the knowledge that a plastic pencil sharpener is a weapon.
Austin was using his ordinary pencil sharpener to do just what pencil sharpeners are supposed to do: sharpen his pencil while sitting at his desk. Unfortunately for Austin the pencil sharpener broke. Being astute and penny conscious Austin put the parts of the broken pencil sharpener inside his pencil/art box. A tattletale happened to see him place all the parts into the art box and told the teacher Austin had a weapon lurking inside the box. I have nothing against tattletales for they are useful at times.
The dutiful teacher examined the art box and lo and behold sure enough a weapon stared her in the face. She reacted. She went nuts. This was intolerable. Right before her eyes was a tiny, not even a half inch, blade made of steel waiting to be used to hold the entire school hostage.
The teacher immediately confiscated the tiny “weapon” and taped it to a behavior report. Yup! She wrote Austin up for daring to conceal a weapon inside his art box.
After taping the blade to the behavior report she immediately filled out the report. “This blade is from Austin’s pencil sharpener. He had taken it apart and had it in his pencil box.”
Poor Austin. He was now branded as a suspicious character carrying a concealed weapon intent upon doing harm to his fellow students and teachers.
Off to the principal’s office Austin went with the behavior report, INCLUDING THE TAPED BLADE, in hand. The principal called him into the inner sanctum of his office. This behavior could not be tolerated. Austin could cause physical harm to anyone in the building.
Austin stood before the principal in total shock. He didn’t comprehend how a tiny pencil sharpener part could cause so much trouble. Not to fear. Austin would not be in the dark for long.
The principal took it upon himself to explain to Austin just how he could use that tiny little blade to inflict harm upon the other students in the school. He told Austin with that little pencil sharpener blade he could take it and slash somebody’s wrist or arm and cause them injury. He told him it was a weapon and with it he could hurt other people and end up in jail for committing a crime. He said the school could not tolerate him having this weapon in his possession.
After lecturing Austin about the dangers and possibilities available to cause harm with a pencil sharpener blade, the principal sent him back to class, minus the blade.
Austin didn’t know what to make of all this. All he wanted to do was take his broken pencil sharpener home so he could fix it and use it again AS A PENCIL SHARPENER.
The next day the letter came from the school. Austin’s mom always get a little queasy when a letter comes from the school because invariably it is about some ridiculous thing Austin has done. The kid stood there gulping, eyes bulging wondering what would happen when it was discovered at home that he had a weapon at school.
Rip!! The envelope was opened. His mom stood there with her mouth hanging open as she read the behavior report. Austin fidgeted. Then she burst out laughing and handed me the report. I stared at it in disbelief. This was ridiculous. This was the sign the world has gone mad.
We both looked at Austin and asked him about this terrible weapon he had managed to have in his art box.
He told us everything. I asked him if before he had talked with the principal did he know he could do harm with it. He said, “No, I just wanted to fix it. But now I know it can be used as a weapon.”
Austin got a lesson loud and clear at the school that day. He learned he was a criminal. He learned he could use a pencil sharpener as a weapon and he learned just how to use it and what it would do to someone if he had the desire to hurt someone.
I think zero tolerance is OK and somewhat necessary, but it should not border on PARANOIA. And children should not be made to feel like criminals or taught how to use a pencil sharpener for a weapon.
My advice to Austin is this. The next time your pencil sharpener breaks or your scissors break immediately raise your hand and tell the teacher to come and get this weapon off your desk before you touch it and get accused of being a criminal.
Oh for the days when being a kid was fun and carefree and not so knowledgeable of worldly grownup things.


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I love these little guys, they eat a ton of mosquitos and they are beautiful in a simple, uncluttered way. Posted by Hello

Row House Mansions

This from my Design Within Reach newsletter:

"The homes in this neighborhood are lucky to have been designated historical landmarks. They are protected to a large degree by the local government. Many modern structures are not so fortunate. It is probably unrealistic to expect local or national governing bodies to create legislation to protect private residences and many public structures—aesthetics and value are so subjective. However, the private sector can have a significant impact in our communities, and there are many active and passionate organizations around the country that work to preserve our architectural heritage."

for the images of the homes

Always ready with the wrecking ball, we Americans. These homes are considered a blight because many of the modern style homes were under 1800 square feet. By todays standards that is a garden shed. McMansions are replacing these gems of unique thought and living. Rows upon rows of garage doors that make the neighborhood feel more like a storage facility rather than the dwelling place of individuals and human beings. Fargo has its enclaves of these little Modern beauties. Built in the late 50's and early 60's, they survive here, not because of their popularity, but because the focus of the McMansion juggernaut has set it's huge burning eye to the south and west of the city. Some of these homes will be "modernized" as the original building materials need replacing - I've seen it already. Modernism is tolerated in Fargo, but garage doors, steel siding and high pitched roofs rule the landscape here. Rediculously large homes with outlandish price tags are the norm. I'd love to build an "old fashioned" neigborhood in the Usonian style of Frank Lloyd Wright, where every home is unique and built FOR the family that lives inside. The home should conform to the family, not vice-versa. Sensible square footage, hidden garages and big backyards. The American dream.

Quote of the day

Quote of the day from lileks www.lileks.com
 
"I don’t think the debates will matter much, frankly. They might if we lived in a world where we met Al-Qaeda executives at the UN to thrash around the matter. Resolved: The fanatical death-loving Islamacist cult should just knock it off, already, okay? If anything, they will reinforce the idea among the middle ground that they do not want to hear John Kerry talk at them for the next four years, because his speeches are like Vulcan neck pinches. A dry clap on the shoulder, then your eyes roll up and you slide to the floor. Good work Mr. Spock."

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

FW: Just a test

Testing of the post from e-mail feature.
Sounds too good to be true.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Just like starting over

As many of you who know me know, I very seldom complete projects I start. Blogging is no different.
After starting and failing to keep my last blog up to date, I am starting again. New name, new face, just as lame and probably will last an entire two months again.

Those of you who know me also know I have my opinions, and I do not hesitate to share them with any who dare listen.

I am a recovering political Independent who has recently accepted the fact that I am, and always will be a conservative - not an independent. Actually, I make many of the conservatives I know nervous with my conservativeness.

The 2000 election cycle showed me that my "neutral" stance on many issues was a fallacy. September 11 drew out the Christian and removed many of the "scales" from my eyes. The world became black and white. The shades of grey all faded. The contrasts became clear. It's not about the US, Al-Quida, the EU or the UN. It's about where you place your faith. There are only two camps... which one are you in.

This election cycle I have watched as I have no other. Through my new eyes - black and white.

I don't know if the world was always this polarized, but I see something different now in the world, something... damn, can't put my finger on it. But it's there.

Bush is not the greatest President in the world, but as I see it, he is working for the side I want to be on. The side of faith, honor, decency, work and freedom. Kerry and his ilk are unknowingly doing the work for the other side. They are useful idots. They have been led to believe they are doing great things for man and liberty, but they, much like the useful idiots of the communist /socialist movement, don't quite understand what is at stake. As they whine, cheat and lie, they are driving the bus over the edge of the cliff. I don't think these are necessarily bad people, they are just driven by power, ego and greed into forgetting the things that are really important.

Well, I'm shot. Writing again after not doing it is like running after you've taken a year off to smoke and drink.

More later. I have tons of great thoughts throughout the day. Let's see if I can publish them coherently.