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The Democrats used to nominate for President guys like Mondale and Humphrey in part because Minnesota was likely the best-run state in the Union.

Times have changed…

 
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  1. Anonymous[595] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, you got it Minnesota. Now enjoy it.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @anonymous
  2. Current governor Tim Walz is a former social studies teacher. He lives up to the stereotype.

    • LOL: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Desiderius
  3. AndrewR says:

    Good night, sweet prince.

    It’s good he checked out before the Cat 5 chimpout that is coming this week. Ooh boy…

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @El Dato
  4. BB753 says:

    He won’t be missed.

    • Troll: guest007
  5. Grumpy says:

    Walter Mondale is the most eminent political figure in Minnesota. Under normal circumstances, his passing would dominate the news. At the moment, however, the Mondale headline story is only the third most-read in the Star Tribune. The top two are:

    1) “Jury in Chauvin trial enters second day of deliberations”

    2) “Hockey coach dies after dispute over social distancing at St. Paul bar”

    Also on the front page: “Members of the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a traditional Mexica-Aztec group, blessed the Hennepin County Government Center plaza before a protest march Monday in Minneapolis.”

  6. guest007 says:

    Of course Walter Mondale destroyed all of his credibility by naming Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate for the 1984 presidential election. Many essay are being written about how Walter Mondale was the first consequential VP but then quickly decided to make the VP inconsequential with a desperate choice for VP.

    Also, until the nomination of Biden in 2020, Mondale was the last Democratic presidential nominee who was not an Ivy Leaguer.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  7. Jack D says:

    Minnesota ain’t what it used to be BECAUSE of bleeding hearts like Mondale and Humphrey. I’d rather take a corrupt pol like Daley any day. At least Daley was under no illusions regarding human nature. It’s not a coincidence I think that Mondale was a minister’s kid. Mondale became a minister too, a minister of the New Church.

    BTW, Mondale was not above cashing in big when he retired from politics.

  8. Barnard says:

    I don’t know that Minnesota was the best run state, but it had one of the highest levels of social trust. It helped that during Mondale era, many of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro residents had grown up in the rural parts of the state and still had close ties to those communities. It wasn’t anything the state government was doing and certainly couldn’t have been replicated on the national level. Though it is not surprising the Democrats would have missed that point.

  9. songbird says:

    I wonder if the move of a lot of Hollywood production to Canada was another example of Moynihan’s Law of the Canadian Border.

  10. Anonymous[183] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Minnesota ain’t what it used to be BECAUSE of bleeding hearts like Mondale and Humphrey.

    They need tough immigrant Democrats like Frank Rizzo.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  11. @Jack D

    This seems to assume that Humphrey and Mondale were not corrupt.

    I don’t know about Mondale, but I heard from an extremely reliable source that HHH was as corrupt a politician as one will find anywhere. He didn’t approve anything unless he had a big slice of the pie, usually a 50% cut.

  12. tyrone says:

    Maybe they can turn his funeral into a giant BLM/democrat rally.

  13. The Democrats used to nominate for President guys like Mondale and Humphrey in part because Minnesota was likely the best-run state in the Union.

    Times have changed…

    But what we’ve seen is these old Democrats are empty suits. None of them speak out against wokeism. They happily assent that the views they held 30 or 40–heck just ten!–years ago are “racist”, “sexist”, something-or-another phobic. They stand for nothing but the party.

    This is what the current insanity have revealed:

    Being a Democrat entails no particular–much less principled–view of human nature or society other than “state power good”. It’s 100% will to power, and–especially–virtue signaling complete compliance with the minoritarian narrative.

  14. If it wasn’t for Gillibrand, perhaps Al Franken would be president now.

    As for Fritz, he is the only person to lose a state-wide election in all 50 states.

  15. Times have changed…

    Maybe a society of German and Scandi farmer tends to be more pleasant than one “seasoned” with Somalis.

  16. @ScarletNumber

    As for Fritz, he is the only person to lose a state-wide election in all 50 states.

    Clever. (And deserved.)

    • Thanks: ScarletNumber
    • Replies: @Jack D
  17. p38ace says:
    @Jack D

    Really? What part of Daley did you like? Was it the way he imported black protestants from the south to drive out law bidding Roman Catholics? Outside of the Irish, Roman Catholics hated corruption. Black protestants wanted to take part in the corruption. There are so many examples of this in Chicago and other places. Daley is not the saint the media would claim that he was.

  18. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    Maybe clever but it’s false. Mondale won his home state and also DC, giving him 13 electoral votes. It’s hard to believe that within (my) living memory, states that are rock solid blue today (NY, CA, MA) once vote Republican.

    And you can’t say that this is just due to immigration – TX and FL have had plenty of immigration but have remained Republican.

  19. @AnotherDad

    “Seasoned” would be fine. Maybe “plagued” is the word you’re looking for.

    • Replies: @Sgt. Joe Friday
  20. El Dato says:
    @AndrewR

    Does this make it a “just in time” expiration?

  21. @Jack D

    Jack D reflexively defending open borders for gentiles and not getting the joke. It tastes horrible but at least we get large portions. Mondale lost his senate race against Norm Coleman a Villanova Jew par excellence as Allan Bloom used to say albeit a VJ minted at Hofstra.

    Geeze guys I think Benny is such a good politician that Israel should let in 2 million Africans. Likud will still win I promise.

  22. @Paleo Liberal

    hmm my recollection from Theodore White’s, The Making of the Prez 1968, is that White presents HHH as pure as driven snow….. was White merely spinning the truth?
    HHH at least had RMN attend his funeral.

  23. If you elect me, I promise that I will raise your taxes.

    This guy constantly badmouthed the oil industry. His biggest client, at his large, politically connected, MN lawyer-firm, was Standard Oil.

    After he was trounced in the election, the papers showed a picture of him lounging on the beach, at his estate, in the Bahamas.

    Biden liked him. The reporters puffed him up as the obvious, Reagan beater. How could Americans not vote for that distinguished gentleman?

    Gennifer Flowers released an audiotape of a phone conversation between herself and (her alleged lover) Bill Clinton. In it, she expressed the opinion that Mario Cuomo was a mafia guy. Clinton just chuckled. Mario didn’t make a fuss about it. Clinton showed his appreciation by appointing Cuomo’s idiot son to a cabinet post. Why did he appoint this guy to be ambassador to Japan?

    Big government. Huge.

  24. AndrewR says:
    @AnotherDad

    Bingo. Even Bernie just rolled over at the first sign of wokeism. All he had to say was “racism and sexism are real but capitalists hyperfocus on them to the exclusion of all else in order to divide the working class and consolidate upper class wealth and power, which is why I won’t allow myself to be distracted by the social justice cause du jour.”

    But that was too much for him. He’s a weak old hunchback. Call him Quasimodo.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  25. @Jack D

    It isn’t false. In 2002 US Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. Fritz took his place on the ballot and he lost to Norm Coleman. As you alluded to, he lost the other 49 states to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    QED

  26. Jack D says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    50% does not seem believable in America. Maybe 50% of the spoils, not 50% of the entire budget. Say your district wants a new bridge or something and you want to be the contractor. The bridge might cost $100 million but there’s no way you could hide $50 million of payoffs in the budget. However, out of your profit of say $10 or 20 million, you might spend $1 or 2 million to hire a consultant or lobbyist to ensure that the bridge gets put into the budget and that you get picked as the contractor. MAYBE, if the politician was exceptionally corrupt or greedy, he might get half of that $2 million, but not half of the entire budget. Maybe 10% of the total in a worst case scenario – say it’s a sale of arms to some corrupt dictatorship where you can just markup the price to include the payoff. Maybe in places like Russia, Putin and his pals can get to 50% or even more, but in the US that’s hard to hide. An American politician can only dream of a 50% cut in the modern era.

  27. J says:
    @Jack D

    Minnesota started the trend of importing Third World peoples. Twenty years ago, schools with Darfur kids brought to the USA by Churches, had language courses (NOT of English) and Culture Days (celebrating Darfur culture, of cause). Blind good intentions and soft hearts lead to … whatever.

  28. The never nominated for president a Minnesotan that wasn’t the preceding Democrat VP so I kind of doubt this. In fact I’ll go further this is steve whipping out his butter knife again to have something glib to tweet.

  29. @Jack D

    Never would have thought Humphrey was a converso name but it must be for Jack D to be foot stomping this much.

  30. I don’t know if it was the best run State, but it was probably one of the most easy-to-run States. Here’s a graphical explanation. Look at 1968 (Hubert Humphrey) and 1984 (Walter Mondale). I’m doing my best to use that thick blue line way down there in the single-digits, but I’d say the State of Minnesota was 1 to 1 1/2% and 3 to 3 1/2 % non-White, respectively.

    Even with that 17%, it’s not just that it’s a lot of radical votes, but the problem is that the pushover nice Minnesota snowflakes go for every stupid idea out of the radicals in their State.

    BTW, thank you, Ron Unz for making it easy to fit images in and my apologies at the same time for such large ones (I don’t have good editing software on this device).

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
  31. Jake says:
    @Anonymous

    Back when Mondale was running in 1984, I had a chat with a MN native who had a rather deep contempt for more than a few whites who were not what we might call ‘Minnesota white.’ He was very quick to blame blacks being black in other areas on whites and racism. I told him that he had it backwards: that the presence of more than a small number of blacks always led to whites becoming more poorly behaved. He said that I was proof of his view because talk like that caused blacks to feel very bad about themselves, and then they might do something bad.

    I told him that if he really believed as he did, and he cared for blacks, that he would spend the rest of his life raising money to pay for blacks to move from racist areas like the South to places like MN.

    He told me that everything I said was racist.

    That is how the MN of today came about.

    • Replies: @bomag
  32. @Jack D

    Minnesota ain’t what it used to be BECAUSE of bleeding hearts like Mondale and Humphrey. I’d rather take a corrupt pol like Daley any day. At least Daley was under no illusions regarding human nature. It’s not a coincidence I think that Mondale was a minister’s kid. Mondale became a minister too, a minister of the New Church.

    BTW, Mondale was not above cashing in big when he retired from politics.

    Nihil obstat.

    Kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind. There is no world in which elevating the interests of criminals like Floyd and Wright by scholastic, angels-on-a-pinhead debates about every police action in every dynamic situation of negros resisting arrest in a nation containing roughly 40,000,000 of them will not end in the street predators having a free reign.

    The message now being sent is that if you’re a cop in any dynamic, confusing, stressful and ambiguous situation in which your own life and safety can be quickly put in jeopardy and you make a mistake or miscalculation, you will become the Emmanuel Goldstein of the day. Those who don’t quit outright will become a supine and punch a clock until the pension vests and they can move on to more productive endeavors.

    Since Unz and Steve’s blog is one of the very few places where a first draft of history can be written, we may want to collect contemporaneous accounts of what will almost certainly become the second great urban crime wave for posterity.

  33. @Jack D

    Yes, it is startling to think that that Republicans could win CA, VA etc But in 1984, perhaps 55% of the electorate was born pre – 1940 versus say 5% today (guess).

    Consider also the case of Vermont. In 1974 , at age 34, Leahy was the youngest U.S. senator in Vermont history and the first non-Republican senator from Vermont since 1856. … In 1980, Leahy defeated Republican Stewart Ledbetter by only 2,700 votes amid Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory in the presidential election.

  34. This site, from the Minnesota government, has a slide show basically, of lots of good info like this. They seem almost proud of it, when they should be quite a bit vexed by it, if you ask me.

    L9ok at the graph below from this same .pdf Only 7% foreign born in the State. “Oh, no problem”, to paraphrase the slide. “7% pales in comparison to 1920! You betcha!” Yeah, what pales in comparison is the the faces of those 1920 immigrants vs, the 2020 immigrants! They actually do have slides with this info, but it’s in the form of pictures, which, again, the MN government is very, very proud of.

    How about the ages? Look down in that file. Children under 5 y/o who are children of immigrants are 1 in 5 Minnesotans For under 20 y/o, it’s 1 in 6. Where’s the next Walter Mondale going to come from? Who would support him?

    One more thing: Are we gonna have to lower our flags to 1/2 mast? I mean, how would we know they aren’t down for the Kung Flu victims, George Floyd, or still George Bush? How about we just get shorter flag poles to begin with?

  35. @Paleo Liberal

    Long way from Harry Truman remarking “show me a man who got rich in politics and I’ll show you a crook.”

  36. @Achmed E. Newman

    John Derbyshire once remarked about diversity that it’s like seasoning a stew. A pinch or two makes the dish more interesting, but dumping in the whole box ruins the meal.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  37. jsinton says:
    @ScarletNumber

    Actually, Mondale won Minnesota against Reagan. Reagan won 49 states that year.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  38. anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Well, you got it Minnesota. Now enjoy it.

    Yep. They might do well to genuflect to their new primitive black overlords:

    • Replies: @El Dato
  39. Alden says:
    @Jack D

    Right you are. I believe Humphrey was one of the first members, founders of the Minnesota branch of the NAACP in the 1940s. When Minnesota had very few blacks but a large KKK worried about catholic schools and if Becker was a German or Jewish name in a real estate deed.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  40. Art Deco says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    Humphrey left office as Mayor of Minneapolis in 1949. Your ‘extremely reliable source’ must be one ancient dude.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  41. @Jack D

    And you can’t say that this is just due to immigration – TX and FL have had plenty of immigration but have remained Republican.

    Immigration is the major driver the overall move leftward in U.S. politics

    CA’s shift is solely due to immigration. It was solidly conservative and Republican through Bush the Elder in 1988 when it flipped solely due to immigration.

    FL has become a swing state due to immigration and TX is fast becoming a swing state for the same reason.

    MA and NY have been solidly leftist and Democrat since 1960, but immigration has deepened that advantage. They only voted Republican since 1960 due to Reagan (and of course the silliness of Carter and Dukakis).

    • Agree: ziggurat
  42. @Jack D

    50% usually referred to a half interest in the project, or half the spoils.

  43. @Art Deco

    My extremely reliable source died over a decade ago in his 90s. This guy’s father was a close friend of Harley and Davidson, especially the latter.

  44. @AnotherDad

    Which means they are typical politicians.

    The Republicans are, if anything, worse. How many hard core Never Trump Bush supporters suddenly became MAGA types. Many of them wanted to vote for impeachment or conviction but were scared to.

    I know most of you were against impeachment and conviction, and I believe a certain number of Republicans agreed. But supposedly there were Republican Senators who honestly believed Trump should have been convicted and banned from further office but who voted to acquit out of cowardice. If that is true, those are some of the worst political cowards in our nation’s history.

    And do you think you can count on any of them when the wind blows away from Trump? Suddenly every single one of them will be full on globalist Bush babies.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Reg Cæsar
    , @anon
  45. @Achmed E. Newman

    Whites are now 69% of births in Minnesota. Blacks are 13%, Hispanics 8% and other (mostly Asian) are 10%. I’d assume that for the Twin Cities area, white births are close to being less than 50%.

    The white percentage seems to be dropping by about a percentage point every two years or so. Therefore, Minnesota will be a lot crappier in another generation.

  46. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Huh

    He went to work for Dorsey and Whitney the blue chip firm in MSP and stayed there the rest of his career ?

    https://www.dorsey.com/newsresources/news/press-releases/2021/04/remembering-walter-mondale

    Thats a long way from pimping the presidency for kickbacks in the clinton obama biden manner who owe virtually all their post office wealth to the same group of affluent jews who, not coincidentally, now make the staffing choices at the white house.

    Carter returned to his town farm and church, built small houses for the working poor and monitored international elections.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Art Deco
  47. RAZ says:
    @Jack D

    MA has had Republican Governors. Though they are Republican Lite. Hard to see MA voting for a Republican President.

    FL was once heavily Republican. Now it usually votes Republican, but not by that much. And Obama beat Romney in 2012.

    And hard not seeing TX eventually flip based on demographics. Even though Trump just did better there than expected with Hispanics.

  48. @ScarletNumber

    As for Fritz, he is the only person to lose a state-wide election in all 50 states.

    Not the only, not even the first. Tied with Geraldine for sixteenth, at best.


    [MORE]


    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    , @Desiderius
  49. @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t know if it was the best run State, but it was probably one of the most easy-to-run States.

    Bingo!

    Back with Minnesota was white, the key to its success wasn’t that it had exceptional whites. It was that it had exceptional low-end whites. The bottom third of whites in MN is far better than the bottom third of whites in most states.

    Basically, when MN was white, it didn’t have anyone dragging down the average. MN’s top whites score an “A,” the middle whites score a “B+” and the lower-end whites score a “C+.” Not hard to run a highly-functioning society with those grades.

    Of course, all that has changed. Minnesotans were always a needy bunch, desperately wanting the approval of the rest of the country. They always wanted to be noticed as being “good” and were pretty competitive about it.

    Therefore, when anti-racism came along, with its moral preening and never-ending awards and good press coverage, you could bet that Minnesotans would go full retard on the new cult.

  50. @Jack D

    I’d rather take a corrupt pol like Daley any day.

    It’s the Progressives who call machine politicians likeDaley corrupt. You a Progressive?

    It strikes me that NYC was well governed under the Gilded era machines, both Tammany and theRepublicans. To win they had to provide real benefits to the people who voted for them, or there would be no turnout. Service to them what votes for you might be transactional, but it did work to both share the wealth created by urban growth and also get the people whose interests were crushed to allow “progress” to not try to oppose, as compared with all the lawsuits today.

    Contrast with Biden. No more than an infinitesimal percentage of the people who voted for him were demanding that transgenders be allowed on women’s sports teams. Instead of delivering benefits to his voters, he has instead focused on delivering benefits to his backers and punishment to Trump’s voters.

    No Daley or Honey Fitz Democrats would do that.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  51. @Reg Cæsar

    OK, you got me, Fritz was the only person to lose a state-wide election in all 50 states running as a member of a major political party 🙄

    As for Geraldine, she never lost in Minnesota.

    • Agree: Servant of Gla'aki
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  52. @Paleo Liberal

    This seems to assume that Humphrey and Mondale were not corrupt.

    Mondale, like George McGovern before him, was about as decent a person as Democrats ever get. Perhaps Eugene McCarthy and Frank Church. Something to do with the Canadian border, it appears. HHH would have been the exception.

    Mondale’s reaction at Reagan’s death was to praise the man for never having fought dirty. At least in elections.

    Squeaky-clean Democrats tend to get wiped out in presidential elections. Mondale, McGovern, Al Smith, John W Davis. They generally faced anodyne Republicans, though.

    But they labor under some disadvantages, e.g., having to deal with dirtier members of their party (my mother grew up near Geraldine Ferraro, and her reaction to that nomination was, “Her husband’s a slumlord!”) as well as the pure-as-driven-snow young ideologues. Either one can drag you down.

    Will Rogers had it right.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  53. Mike Tre says:

    They elected pro-wrestler and tall tale teller Jesse “The Body” Ventura as their governor. I think it was downhill from there.

  54. @eddy wobegon

    That’s grossly unfair to Social Studies teachers.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  55. @Reg Cæsar

    We were Anderson voters. I think the hair reminded us of Sparky. Ken was a mensch too.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  56. @ScarletNumber

    OK, you got me, Fritz was the only person to lose a state-wide election in all 50 states running as a member of a major political party 🙄

    OK, he has sole possession of 16th place. However, only on the technicality of being a last-minute replacement– he wasn’t nominated.

    Somewhere I have a rare Mondale 2002 placard, which I pulled off a telephone pole a day or so after the election. It was put there by some labor union, the only entity that could get such things up on a week’s notice. It may have been recycled from a previous race.

    • Troll: ScarletNumber
  57. Art Deco says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    Thanks for more issue of your imagination. Always an education.

  58. @Jack D

    I’d rather take a corrupt pol like Daley any day. At least Daley was under no illusions regarding human nature.

    Or, in my city, Frank Rizzo.

  59. My grandfather named his cat after Geraldine Ferraro. It sucks to be nostalgic about democrats in my family who were actually decent people.

  60. George says:
    @Jack D

    “Minnesota ain’t what it used to be BECAUSE of bleeding hearts like Mondale ”

    Ilhan Omar and her kin folk are in Minnesota mostly because the US of A bombed the B’Jesus out of them.

    • Disagree: Muggles
    • Replies: @anon
  61. @Desiderius

    Current governor Tim Walz is a former social studies teacher. He lives up to the stereotype.

    That’s grossly unfair to Social Studies teachers.

    But is it? There are disciplines, then there are “studies”. Social was probably the first.

  62. LOL. Here’s some dry vintage.

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
  63. El Dato says:

    OT but can anyone explain the reason why Dot-Asians get upset if The Sunday Times talks about the Other Asians? Is it their ingrained need to hustle and get ahead?

    RINA SAWAYAMA
    #SlittyEyesSundayTimes

    I’m shocked at @thesundaytimes
    for printing something so racist at a time when Anti-Asian hate crimes have sky rocketed. we shouldn’t need a petition to get an official retraction and apology from @christinalamb but here we are:


    Change.org professional offense takers take offense about something that doesn’t concern them and try to collect signatures on the Internet, a honest effort in the existentialist quest for meaning in a hostile & uncaring universe:

    The Sunday Times & Christina Lamb to publish a retraction + apology for anti-asian racism

    Featuring this line in a piece destined for the front page makes it clear that Ms. Lamb believes her personal enjoyment of “gaffes” making fun of the physical features of an ethnic group is representative of public opinion.

    And consequently we get this:

    Sunday Times apologises for saying Brits ‘secretly enjoyed’ Prince Philip’s ‘slitty eyes’ comment about Asians

    Jesus Christ in Absence!

    I’m praying for the Mongols to go and kick some ass in the subcontinent a third time. Until the Other Asians see the Whites in the Slitty Eyes there will be no peace.

    • Replies: @epebble
  64. mc23 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If 7% to 20% of Somalia was Scandinavian or German the place would be much better off.

    European People and their descendants are the most valuable natural resource.

  65. @Desiderius

    We were Anderson voters. I think the hair reminded us of Sparky. Ken was a mensch too.

    Do you know how John Anderson managed to get his 50th ballot? He qualified in 49 states and DC, but New York refused to admit him on an independent line. It was the state’s centrist Liberal Party–Rudy’s party-in-law– who came to the rescue. They were fed up with the incompetent Carter, whom they endorsed in 1976. New York is the worst state for independents, but the best for third parties.

    Bill Kauffman was slated to be a New York Anderson elector had he run as an independent. His Angelena wife Lucine once worked for John Hospers, another Electoral College footnote. He writes about both here:

    I was expelled from the Electoral College before I was even admitted

  66. @Paleo Liberal

    But supposedly there were Republican Senators who honestly believed Trump should have been convicted and banned from further office…

    There is a wide gap between “should have been convicted and banned from further office” and “had actually been guilty of something”. This Epiphany-as-our-Kristallnacht trope would be funny, had it not come after people’s lives and livelihoods were destroyed in city after city.

    …but who voted to acquit out of cowardice.

    Voting for conviction would have been equally cowardly, but in the other direction. At least these Senators were afraid of the reaction of their voters, a.k.a. the American people, rather than that of their corrupt colleagues.

    Trump, with all his flaws, is one of the few Presidents of the last 90 years who didn’t deserve to die in prison for his actions in office.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  67. Dryheavz says:

    Tim Walz is a classic educator. Good at spending everyone’s money.
    Keith Ellison winning proves lack of voter ID as a winning strategy. I believe many groups could get behind someone like Walz. A large step for many to vote for a Black Muslim

  68. anon[399] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    And do you think you can count on any of them when the wind blows away from Trump? Suddenly every single one of them will be full on globalist Bush babies.

    Say, it looks as if you are speaking for someone else. Is that the way of the Cherokee?

  69. El Dato says:

    Did Biden eally just go out and publicly say what the jury should conclude?

    Did Frey really just go out and publicly say what the outcome should be?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Jack D
    , @Desiderius
  70. @Paleo Liberal

    …I heard from an extremely reliable source that HHH was as corrupt a politician as one will find anywhere.

    He was LBJ’s Veep, so I’d say this story checks out.

  71. @AnotherDad

    Maybe a society of German and Scandi farmer tends to be more pleasant than one “seasoned” with Somalis.

    Indubitably.

    But for “seasoning” the Cities, Chicago’s blacks stand in relation to Mogadishu’s blacks in the same way as the 1961 Yankees stood to the 1961 Senators*.

    It’s mediocrity and grift vs. total incompetence and violent retribution. Also, cardamom is healthier than fentanyl, and goat has a better taste than hip-hop and ghetto murals.

    *Like the Somalis, an expansion team. In 1961, the 1960 Senators were down the street in Bloomington, where you can see their home plate embedded in the floor of the Mall of America:

  72. J.Ross says:

    >Mondale lost because of Ferraro (or rather, her husband?!), or because he was too nice
    Mondale lost because people could still remember Carter and hear Reagan.
    >supposedly there were sen’ders who SAW THE RUSSIANS but at the same time they neither voted to convict nor produced, y’know, evidence, because the RUSSIANS they saw were threatening to put them in a springtime burning man
    No. Romney for example just hates Trump. At no time did anybody produce anything, which is why McConnell sensibly and correctly led like he did.
    Well after today, Paleo, I hope you never speak unkindly of Johnny123 ever again.

  73. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I think you’re jealous and paranoid than Democrat northern states are 17% foreign born, with enough illegal aliens to take it up to +25% foreign born. You also don’t seem to have your head screwed on straight and seem like the kind of person who would shoot himself in the foot, more than once in life.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  74. His daughter Eleanor gained some fame in Chicago when she married a Bear,Jay Hilgenberg.
    You’d think the Scandi/German combo would be a good one,producing stolid,hard working children,but the marriage foundered.
    Hilgy was a bit like Sam Kinison,who joked that after his marriage ended, he needed
    two years of therapy just to be able to say her name.

    I once called Eleanor when she was hosting a radio show,with several women guests. I said you’re having a hen party. That pissed her off. Sadly,she died quite young.

    I had sex fantasies about McGoverns wife,but NOT Mondales. One day two college kids came to our house to ask us to vote McGovern. When I told them I was too young to vote,they still were nice enough to talk about politics with me. One male,one female. The girl had red hair and glassess. I began to fall in love immediately.
    I shudder to think what she is doing today. Probably raising a couple of George Floyds kids.

    Whenever I think of HHH,I think of two things: Carlins comedy headline,”Johnson Sends Humphrey Abroad,” and a quote supposedly by LBJ about how ” I own Hubert’s balls.”

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    , @Reg Cæsar
  75. J.Ross says:
    @El Dato

    … are you surprised? The surprise comes later, when the entire establishment insists that he didn’t (cf “I want a surge”).

  76. El Dato says:
    @anonymous

    The Black Space Programme: Not accepting guests at this time!

  77. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    Evidently not.


    Scandinavians have been a source of constant thuggery for 2000 years. East Africans? Literally none as long as you’re not an Italian invader.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  78. Jack D says:
    @El Dato

    The jury heard. The verdict is going to be read soon. Such a quick verdict does not bode well for Chauvin. His lawyer sucked. The fix was in. I predict that he will get 10 years.

  79. Whiskey says: • Website

    Mondale’s politics are a failure. Whites are a discriminated minority in their own country. In the words of one Disney Exec, ‘White Christian Trash” are not wanted by them. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

    The nation is run by first blacks, then Muslims, then trannies, etc. Whites need to get to the back of the bus and not be uppity. Lest they be arrested.

    Therefore, the only path forward for Whites is tribal politics. Agitate, cause trouble, disrupt, like water. Erode everything. And demand their piece of the pie. Be tribal. A minimum of Whites in every institution, every sport, every political office. Demand a White male only policy for certain offices. And always, always be fighting.

    ALWAYS fight. Always. Fight for White. As White Christian Trash.

    It is far, far better to be feared than loved.

  80. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:

    I was a little taken aback to see that Biden — in his embarrassing, bumbling, incoherent way — went right up to the line of lobbying for a guilty verdict. But didn’t Obama do this, like, weekly?

  81. @Anonymous

    BTW, Mondale was not above cashing in big when he retired from politics.

    Carter returned to his town farm and church, built small houses for the working poor and monitored international elections.

    Millard Fillmore, whose wife Abigail founded the White House library, went back to Buffalo where he was a benefactor and model citizen. One of the best ex-presidents.

    Buffalo’s other president, Grover Cleveland, refused to return because of his poisoned relations with the local press. Some of which he deserved. “‘Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?!’”

    Mondale’s good manners were genuine, unlike many politicians’. A library clerk at Dorsey and Whitney told me he was very pleasant to deliver books to. He was the same to me on the two occasions I dealt with him, and I was a nobody. (Even laughed at my joke.) When he was Ambassador to Japan, the airline reserved the sweetest of Southern ladies as his escort agent upon arrival. (I think he flew business class.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @ScarletNumber
  82. @Sgt. Joe Friday

    Yep, I remembered that, Sgt. Friday.

  83. bomag says:
    @Jake

    He was very quick to blame blacks being black in other areas on whites and racism.

    That’s an argument for separation.

    But Blacks now trigger the rescue reflex in Minnesota-nice people, so we are playing along until either we are destroyed or come to our senses.

  84. @Mike Tre

    They elected pro-wrestler and tall tale teller Jesse “The Body” Ventura as their governor. I think it was downhill from there.

    Hey, they turned down Hubert Humphrey III in that election. He finished III.

    Ventura couldn’t possibly have been worse. And he was followed by Tim Pawlenty and shall-issue concealed carry.

  85. Dark days for Minnesota, indeed.

  86. Art Deco says:
    @p38ace

    Was it the way he imported black protestants from the south to drive out law bidding Roman Catholics?

    He never did that except in your imagination.

  87. I don’t usually leave unrelated articles for Steve to review, but the headline of this seemed too juicy:

    https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/fortlee/news/palpark-pd-searches-days-for-man-wanted-for-assaulting-woman-judge-frees-him-in-minutes/807324/

    Bail reform strikes again: A judge in Hackensack released a Paterson man hours after Palisades Park police who’d been looking for him for a week and a half charged him with assaulting and robbing a female companion.

  88. Art Deco says:
    @Alden

    I believe Humphrey was one of the first members, founders of the Minnesota branch of the NAACP in the 1940s.

    The NAACP was founded in 1909. I’m going to wager that there was a chapter in Minneapolis before HHH moved there from South Dakota ca. 1939.

  89. Art Deco says:
    @Anonymous

    My wager would be he was in charge of their lobbying operation. Before cadging a public office, he practiced law for only about 4 years (1956-60) and did so in a common-and-garden small practice, so it’s doubtful they were after his legal acumen.

    “Tis true his buckraking was not at the Brobdingnagian level of the Clintons and Obamas.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  90. It’s because of a law Mondale sponsored that the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s happened & all those (completely innocent, mostly working-class white) child care providers got locked up & they (& the kids the social workers tricked into implicating them) had their lives ruined. Read the book SATAN’S SILENCE for details. Also, when Carter spoke to a group of NC tobacco farmers & told them, “With your help, we can make smoking even safer than it is today”, Mondale told Joe Califano, “We’ve got this positioned perfectly, the President is for cancer & you’re for health.” (Actually, that’s kind of funny…)

  91. @p38ace

    There may have been a few Italian Catholics who didn’t exactly hate corruption. Just guessing.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  92. Off topic

    Steve

    If you haven’t been reading criminal defense attorney Andrew Branca day by day commentary of the Derek Chauvin murder trial…well you should have been…I would start with Andrew Branca’s commentary which was posted a few minutes ago. The jury had reached a verdict. It is probably coming out tonight.

    Chauvin’s defense attorney basically gave a heroic effort….unfortunately he didn’t demolish a crucial aspect of the lying prosecutions’ case against Chauvin.

  93. anon[400] • Disclaimer says:
    @George

    Ilhan Omar and her kin folk are in Minnesota mostly because the US of A bombed the B’Jesus out of them.

    No.

    • Agree: El Dato
  94. Daniel H says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Thanks for the Will Rogers reference. Not too long ago one could encounter, once a month say, some half-wit media pundit citing Will Rogers. The young ‘uns nowadays have absolutely no idea of Will Rogers and how influential he once was. Time passes.

    • Replies: @anon
  95. anon[400] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Did you notice how many lawyers the prosecution lined up vs. Chauvin’s single attorney? That’s how much pressure was brought to bear on the DA’s office. Any one of them could have an off day but Nelson had to be on the spot every day.

    The fix was in. I predict that he will get 10 years.

    If so, guaranteed to appeal. Maybe Nelson can call Rep. Maxine as a witness?

  96. @Anonymous

    I’m sure that’s what it is. Thank you for the analysis. My foot has healed up pretty well – ‘preciate your concern…

  97. prosa123 says:

    Chauvin guilty

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
  98. Another traitor white Yankee cuck dead.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  99. Alfa158 says:
    @Jack D

    The jurors know the reality. If he was acquitted they would have been hunted down like animals.
    Innocent or guilty, and I think his behavior was wrong, Chauvin had the same chance of acquittal as Nikolai Bukharin.
    The only question now is whether there will be celebratory rioting.

    • Agree: Aeronerauk
  100. It all came down to the last three minutes of the 9 minutes…Defense Attorney Eric Nelson fucked up….Or the jurors were intimated by the Fatwah given by the old farting Negro Maxine Waters…..

    The Civil War just wasn’t worth it….

  101. @prosa123

    …but on appeal?

    • Replies: @Getaclue
  102. @Jack D

    One of his charges could get him 40 years. He’ll be lucky if he gets 10.

  103. @Jack D

    PS Just checked. You’ll doubtless see this in the next few minutes: convicted in all charges. He’ll get more than 10 years.

  104. @Father O'Hara

    Wiki says it was Keith Van Horne, not Hilgenberg.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  105. J.Ross says:

    Chauvin guilty guilty guilty as requested by lawless Waters and the unelected president. The one sure outcome is emboldening of defiance of police, weakening of police, and more preventably dead blacks. And something has been clarified.

  106. anon[227] • Disclaimer says:

    Chauvin found guilty on all three counts.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/chauvin-reactions-twitter-lights-up-as-jury-finds-chauvin-guilty-on-all-three-counts/

    Judge Cahill has already pointed out some lines of appeal.

    The only question now is whether there will be celebratory rioting.

    Probably, there are already Twatterers saying “Not enough! Not enough!”.

    If rioting occurs, and a majority of cops phoned in “sick”, that would be a teaching moment.

  107. @Alfa158

    They were almost certainly going to convict because anyone who was actually open to the possibility that Chauvin was innocent would likely have tried to avoid jury duty in this case. I know I, for one, would have tried to get out of it. As a consequence, the jury was almost certainly composed of at least a segment if not a unity of people who were there just because they wanted to convict, regardkess of the trial.

  108. anon[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel H

    That Will Rogers quip was retarded when he said it. Even more so now.

    A party has to be organized to rig elections. Duh.

  109. tyrone says:
    @Alfa158

    OOPS! ……I think you meant to say “hunted down BY animals”.

  110. According to Legal Insurrection,

    Sentencing in 8 weeks, state moving for aggravated sentencing above and beyond guidelines

    Do not, under any circumstances, go into LE, not even as the sheriff of a 99% white town.

  111. Jack D says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I would have preferred that he was a mean son of a bitch but espoused less destructive policies.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  112. I was surprised. They really threw the book Chauvin. I guess he failed to charm the jury.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  113. captflee says:
    @Alfa158

    I was just telling my son that Mikhail Nikolayevich is tonight smiling mordantly in the overcrowded, reeking of beets and tobacco, Soviet Socialist Republic of Hell.

  114. Grumpy says:
    @Barnard

    That is a really good point.

    The kids from farm families who moved to the Twin Cities ended up raising their own families in the Cities, but they would send their kids to the farm every summer to help out Grandpa and Grandma. The city people had lots of country people in the family.

  115. J.Ross says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    One day, maybe soon, you’ll want a cop or wish your daughter could get one, and there won’t be any.

  116. Not Raul says:
    @guest007

    George HW Bush named Quayle as his VP, and it didn’t prevent him from getting elected.

    Reagan was lucky that the election happened when it did. A year earlier, he might have lost due to the economy. A few years later, Iran Contra, crime, or AIDS could have cost him the election.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  117. Anon55uu says:

    Rep. Omar’s primary opponent had been named Dairy Princess and state president of 4-H. If things are happening this quickly, what on earth will her successor be like?

    https://www.lrl.mn.gov/legdb/fulldetail?id=10311

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  118. @Jack D

    I would have preferred that he was a mean son of a bitch but espoused less destructive policies.

    I would have preferred that he simply run a B&B, like McGovern did in retirement. Fritz was an angler, too.

  119. Not Raul says:
    @Sollipsist

    There may have been a few Italian Catholics who didn’t exactly hate corruption. Just guessing.

    When an Italian Catholic makes $10 million, it’s “corruption”. When a WASP makes $100 million, it’s because of their “work ethic”. When a Jew makes $1 billion, it’s because of “Jewish genius”.

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
  120. Hibernian says:
    @p38ace

    Outside of the Irish, Roman Catholics hated corruption.

    I can’t agree with that, and not only because you excluded us Hibernians. My model for the Catholic laity is Nicholas Fejervary, the rebel Hungarian landowner who fled for his life after the ’48 revolution and settled in my hometown, Davenport IA. If all or even most of us were like him you’d be right. As for me, I try.

  121. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    The celebratory looting and arson of Minneapolis can be Mondale’s funeral pyre when the BLM rioters set it alight.

  122. @jsinton

    The responses may not have been posted when you typed this, but I mentioned to others that Fritz lost to Norm Coleman in the 2002 US Senate race in Minnesota after Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash.

  123. @Reg Cæsar

    Buffalo’s other president, Grover Cleveland, refused to return because of his poisoned relations with the local press.

    He retired to New Jersey, where he was born. He was actually on the Board of Trustees at Princeton while Woodrow Wilson was president there.

  124. @Not Raul

    Look, I’m a Democrat. I voted for Mondale. My mother was a staunch feminist who loved Ferraro, but the rest of us knew she was a lightweight. She even admitted as much when she put down McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin. Ferraro said in effect that Palin was McCain’s Ferraro. And she was probably right.

    Quayle was portrayed as a lightweight by the media, and he wasn’t very agile when the cameras were rolling. He looked and acted like a lightweight. But he wasn’t. He was actually quite a bright guy. Some people, including Ford, Mondale and Quayle, just weren’t great in front of the camera.

  125. @Jack D

    Maybe clever but it’s false. Mondale won his home state and also DC, giving him 13 electoral votes. It’s hard to believe that within (my) living memory, states that are rock solid blue today (NY, CA, MA) once vote Republican.

    And you can’t say that this is just due to immigration – TX and FL have had plenty of immigration but have remained Republican.

    It’s amazing how many of these extreme far-left policies are concentrated in districts with white super-majorities – Portland and Minneapolis are cases in point. After the ructions of the post-Floyd riots in 2020, Hennepin County, which counts Minneapolis as one of its component cities, went on to vote for Biden over Trump by a 70.3% to 27.3% ratio:

    https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/minnesota/

    This was a county with a non-Hispanic white population of 68% as of 2010.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennepin_County,_Minnesota#2010

    Assuming these demographics continued to hold for 2020, the vast majority of non-Hispanic whites in the county voted for Biden, despite knowing that he supported arson and looting if carried out by Democratic paramilitary groups like BLM and Antifa.

  126. Art Deco says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    She wasn’t a ‘lightweight’. Joe Biden is a lightweight. Ferraro had a working cerebrum.

    Mondale selected her to please Tip O’Neill, who was lobbying for her. Problem: she was slated to be an understudy for an executive position, and she had no background as an executive. Also, she was very much in the O’Neill mold, oriented toward constituent service and not a policy wonk.

    The other thing (which caused much distraction in the campaign) is that the Ferraro and Zaccaro families had a multi-generational history with the Mafia. Nothing precisely unlawful during the period running from 1960 to 1984, but all kinds of data indicating the two of them were cordial with characters an ordinary person would not want to get near. John Zaccaro had taken over the family real estate business in 1960 and managed to stabilize it. It had been in danger of closing consequent to criminal charges brought against the firm in 1959 for extorting kickbacks from subcontractors (the firm had landed a mess of contracts to maintain city properties). The initial indictment secured by the New York County DA contained 103 counts. A few years earlier, John Zaccaro’s uncle had been murdered in what looked like a mob hit.

    As for Geraldine, her father was (for perhaps 16 years) an employee of the Mafia if not a member. He and his wife operated a nightclub which was a front for illegal gambling. Papa Ferraro had bought it in 1933 for a princely sum, so presumably was a straw owner. The actual owners compensated the Ferraros well for their labors, and the household was well-to-do during her first 10 years. In 1944, the club was shut down by the authorities and the Ferraros placed under indictment. Dominick Ferraro died shortly thereafter and charges against his wife were dropped. I think she found employment as a seamstress. The period running from 1944 to 1961 was lean for mother and daughter.

    In 1984 and 1992, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice sniffed out all manner of small deals John Zaccaro and his wife had with gangsters. They rented from him, he acted as a broker on their properties, they sat on her debt retirement committee, they helped her son find a job after he was convicted of dealing coke. One Voice reporter wrote in 1992 that in decades of covering NYC politics, he had never encountered a politician who had more skeezy characters around her than did Geraldine Ferraro.

    Ferraro’s sales pitch in 1984 had all manner of fiction in it. When reporters finally pried financial disclosure forms out of John Zaccaro, we discovered the Zaccaros had a net worth 80% higher than the Bushes. She managed to put herself through teachers’ college and law school, but there wasn’t much indication of inter-generational upward mobility from entrepreneurial or professional acumen. She married well within a certain circle. She tells us a job offer to work in a public prosecutor’s office was withdrawn when they discovered she was soon to be married; she doesn’t tell us that that same office had prosecuted her soon-to-be father-in-law’s firm the year before. She manages to find work in the legal profession, though, when her cousin is elected Queens County DA. She runs for office in 1978 under the name Ferraro, a name with some familiarity courtesy her cousin. She tells people in 1984 that she kept her maiden name in 1960 to honor her mother (something quite rare then). Then the New York Times discovers that she’s registered to vote under the name “Geraldine Zaccaro and one of her daughter’s chums pens a profile in The New Republic which reveals she was always known as ‘Mrs. Zaccaro’ to her daughter’s friends.

    All the exposure caused someone in a gatekeeper position to take note of one of Mr. Zaccaro’s failed attempts at a real estate deal. It was during the negotiations that he made disclosures which over stated his net worth. By $17 million. He got off with a $1,000 fine.

    For all that, I’ll wager that in meatspace John Zaccaro is a much kinder and more pleasant person than was Mario Cuomo. But he wasn’t too conscientious about certain things.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  127. Getaclue says:
    @Jack D

    I read he was willing to take 10 Years Fed Time but Barr shot it down — he gets at least 17 plus. Floyd died of a drug overdose — any Cop who doesn’t get what this means is very stupid — be ready to protect yourself because “Law and Order” is quite over in the USA….

  128. Art Deco says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    She even admitted as much when she put down McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin. Ferraro said in effect that Palin was McCain’s Ferraro. And she was probably right.

    She bears very little resemblance to Palin. Gov. Palin had 11 years under her belt as a public executive as Mayor, state bureau chief, and Governor. Ferraro had none. The Palins were not wealthy, did not have ties to the mafia, and had no known history of having leveraged connections to land government jobs. Her capsule biography did not incorporate any deceptions; she and her husband were who they appeared to be. Neither was alienated in any notable way with their ancestral culture. Ferraro pushed abortion on demand.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  129. @Anon55uu

    Rep. Omar’s primary opponent had been named Dairy Princess and state president of 4-H. If things are happening this quickly, what on earth will her successor be like?

    What? A real farmer in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party? I thought they were extinct!

    Can she sculpt a butter cow, Billy boy, Billy boy?
    Can she sculpt a butter cow, charming Billy?

    She can sculpt a butter cow
    and make speeches in the House.
    She’s a young thing, and cannot leave her udder.

    Her third cousin is married to Rep. Marty Seifert’s first cousin.

    Nepotism is rife in Gopherland.

  130. Getaclue says:
    @Ron Mexico

    LOL — Judge Roberts going to reverse it?

  131. @Father O'Hara

    His daughter Eleanor gained some fame…

    The high point of her career might have been Madonna Exposed, a docu-hit piece with Robin Leach. They finessed music permission issues by staging a party, then covering it as a news event.

    Eleanor narrated a documentary about her father; third husband Chan Poling wrote the score:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz:_The_Walter_Mondale_Story

    Steve hasn’t done a Christmas-song post for a few years. Well, here is Chan and his New Standards doing what should be a new standard:

  132. @Not Raul

    When an Irish Catholic makes $1 Million, it’s the Sweepstakes.

  133. epebble says:
    @El Dato

    Rina Sawayama (リナ・サワヤマ, born 16 August 1990) is a Japanese-British singer-songwriter and model based in London.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rina_Sawayama

  134. AceDeuce says:
    @Art Deco

    Remember Ferraro’s coke dealing son- the “Snowman? AKA “Throwback Hunter Biden”.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  135. anon[676] • Disclaimer says:

    Import Somalians … you get Somalia.

    Import a bro’ from the Houston ghetto … you get ghettoed …

    Let politicians own “voting machine” companies … well, you know how that turns out…

    Live in a gated community, be part of a legal defense network, have a stout safe room in your home and radios to contact your neighborhood watch network.

    Won’t be no police no more.

    We are on our own.

  136. @Barnard

    This is an excellent insight, Barnard.

    I can think of several of my small-town IA schoolmates and relatives who moved to MSP to live the upper-Midwestern version of the high life. They’re typically hard-working ‘good citizens’ these days, but also blind followers of Wokist dogma. They cannot understand why their good intentions and generous feelings for people of all creeds, cultures, and criminalities cannot somehow be extended — via ‘education’, welfare, and maybe some hugs — to warm and transform every human heart.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  137. AceDeuce says:
    @Barnard

    True. I said basically the same thing on another thread the other day.

    Ned Flanders does fine with a bunch of other Ned Flanders’ types, but when Homer Simpson moves next door, to say nothing of Snake the Jailbird, it’s a di-diddly-aster

  138. @Paleo Liberal

    Ferraro said in effect that Palin was McCain’s Ferraro. And she was probably right.

    Ferraro was a mob-tied moll and an obscure House rep from Queens who returned to obscurity after her run. Palin was the governor of a small state, but a front line state, with authority over the Alaska National Guard, which was at the tip of the spear if the Russians came over the Bering Strait (again).

  139. @El Dato

    Of course.

    Who’s stopping them?

  140. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Young Adult was set in MSP for a reason. The dénouement was about the coldest thing I’ve ever seen on film and the subsequent years have proven it prescient.

    Someone is blind here and I’d like to invite you to consider the possibility that it isn’t them.

  141. @AnotherDad

    It wasn’t “state power good” when Trump ostensibly had it.

    With their opposition so tangled up in abstractions they can’t even stay out of their own way the road for the Ds couldn’t be clearer.

    Come back down to Earth.

  142. Art Deco says:
    @AceDeuce

    IIRC, he was known at Middlebury as ‘the pharmacist’. Don’t think he was consuming his own supply though. The effect of the conviction was that he could never get past the character-and-fitness committee of the New York bar. So, his father sets him up in a retail business. One of the controversies in the 1992 campaign was assistance given Zaccaro Jr. by one of his father’s mob associates.

  143. @Art Deco

    Mondale’s big break came in 1960, when he was appointed Minnesota Attorney General by Governor Orville Freeman.

    Attorney General Miles Lord had resigned in a huff after Freeman refused to appoint him to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Freeman was gearing up to run for a fourth term. (In November, he was defeated. Freeman became U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under JFK.)

    Mondale’s appointment probably damaged Freeman’s reelection chances, because Mondale had been Freeman’s campaign manager in the 1958 gubernatorial campaign.

    (This is from “Mondale” by Finlay Lewis.)

  144. Muggles says:
    @Anonymous

    Scandinavians have been a source of constant thuggery for 2000 years. East Africans? Literally none as long as you’re not an Italian invader.

    Is this supposed to be ironic? A joke?

    Vikings quit raiding about 1,000 years ago.

    Meanwhile, how many East African nations are on your Bucket List?

    With no exceptions I can think of (well, Tanzania maybe) every nation there has been in political turmoil, genocide, terrorism, violence of one kind or another for decades.

    Or do you visit your Somalian relatives each year?

  145. @Mike Tre

    They elected pro-wrestler and tall tale teller Jesse “The Body” Ventura as their governor. I think it was downhill from there.

    Pro-wrestler, tall tale teller, “conspiracy theorist,” frequent indulger in hyperbole and excessive drama…. Like this:

    Jesse Ventura: “About a month after I was elected governor, I was requested into the basement of the Capitol, to be interviewed by 23 members of the CIA… it was all about how I got elected*

    That sounds pretty crazy. and the accompanying music certainly doesn’t help. Let’s see what a reputable, mainstream neoliberal “news” media outlet had to say about that one. From Minnesota Public Radio:

    CIA Spokesman George Little confirmed the event today in a written statement, but he offered few details.
    Little said that “on occasion CIA officers meet with senior state government officials, as they did in this case, to discuss issues of mutual interest.”

    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/jessecia

    Huh. Must have been those Canadian spies infiltrating Minneapolis again. Ya gotta watch out for those sneaky leafs.

    *On a totally unrelated note — Ventura was a third party candidate (Reform Party) who spent less than $300K on his campaign.

  146. @Ron Mexico

    Mind…going…all..getting dark…

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