The architect of Russia's market reforms is being treated in a Moscow hospital with a mystery illness.
Yegor Gaidar fell unconscious with unexplained symptoms on November 24 - a day after the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died from radiation poisoning.
Gaidar, 50, introduced controversial economic reforms after the fall of the Soviet Union. He currently heads a department called the Institute for the Economy in Transition.
He fell ill in Ireland while promoting his new book, Death of the Empire. "They really cannot understand what happened, they cannot explain with some normal diseases that can happen to a person," said daughter Maria Gaidar. "He had...everything is OK with the heart, everything was OK with the blood pressure. It seems just like intoxication, something that shows there was strong intoxication."
Gaidar was an acting Prime Minister under President Boris Yeltsin. He has made restrained criticism of President Putin's economic policies.
While it is too soon to know if it is related to the death of others dissidents, it should raise a couple of orange flags to some people. That Russia is sliding more back towards their Bolshevik past.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I will admit it I do believe global warming has taken place. Global warming occurred every time an ice age ended. I remember being taught about the numerous ice ages that this world has had in school.
Most of the ice ages took place thousands of years ago.
I recently read an article from 1975 that said we were going to have global cooling. So ten years later when we don't have an ice age scientists start saying we are going to have global warming if we don't stop it. So which one is it? Since I will admit we have had ice ages and subsequent global warming, but if they occurred before the dreaded industrialization how could man be responsible?
I get what scientist try to claim with greenhouse gases, but these same greenhouse gasses contributed to the last mini ice age in the early 19th century from a volcano.
Something that scientists don't seam to mention is the effect of the sun on the earth with solar storms or solar flares ect.
Then just think about how wrong a weatherman can be, so why do we believe meteorologists that say in twenty years we are going to have global warming--wait we are in that twenty year period and we are getting all sorts of reports about how much cooler of a year we have had (as I have documented previously).
So this leads me to rule one when evaluating anything that I was taught in criminal investigations, "When interviewing someone ask your 'Why's this person lying to me?'" Since those that really espouse the idea of global warming universally blame industrialization (or the US, in spite of the environmental practices in China and the third world should scare the living daylights out of treehuggers but doesn't) make me wonder if it has more to do with a hatred for this country, or marxist world view.
Humans can't destroy the world. We don't have the Deathstar technology from Starwars. Life has a way of surviving. Natural disasters have always occurred and always will. And if we do have another ice age we probably have another period of thawing out, which means global warming. But it doesn't mean it's our fault.
Something cool that Xerox is doingIf you go to this web site, www.letssaythanks.com , you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!This is a great site.Please send a card.It is FREE and it only takes a second
There is some cleric in Turkey that says Islamphobia hurts all muslims.
I have an idea if they don't want Islamphobia quit wanting to destroy Israel, quit blowing yourself up to kill innocent women and children. Shoot, actually start condemning those that do on large scale to such a scale that the alleged moderate muslims track down the radicals and take back the "religion of peace" then I will quit worring about whether or not I may have to put a couple of pig's bload-soaked slugs into some terrorist praying in Arabic, with his hand on a detonator someday.
I don't really fear muslims, but I don't trust them because the supposed moderates don't seam to number more than ten in the world. I do respect those that do speak against those that would rather kill themselves to kill a whole herd of people and those that that have spoken against the treatment of women, there aren't enough for me to trust islam. I will admit it I don't respect islam as a religion, because I haven't seen anything worthy of respect from the hordes of angry muslims.
From what evidence I have seen from the Kom Kippor war to now, the muslim idea of peace is we have to agree with them. If they don't want people to have Islamnaphobia then don't act like thugs. My prayers are with the Pope, eventhough I'm not Catholic he's doing something that no one else may have been able to attempt.
Calgery Sun Reports:
The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold is expected to ease in the coming days.
With a forecast low of -31C today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896.
But factoring in the wind chill, it will feel even colder to people who have to brave the elements, said Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald.
"I wouldn't break out the shorts and go sunbathing right now," he joked.
The recent frigid weather is a far cry from the city's average late-November temperatures.
Macdonald said the normal daytime high at this time of year is 0C, with a low of -11C.
"The last time it was really this cold in November was about 10 years ago," he said.
"We've hit rock bottom."
It's even been too frosty to ski, with Canada Olympic Park shutting the hill yesterday in the name of safety.
Spokesman Chris Dornan said, to his knowledge, it's the first year the weather has forced a November closure.
"It's normally in January or February," he said.
Meanwhile, blowing snow likely contributed to a crash near Sylvan Lake yesterday that claimed the life of a 42-year-old motorist.
And the icy snap has the Calgary Humane Society scrambling to respond to an avalanche of calls from residents concerned about distressed animals, said spokeswoman Cheryl Wallach.
"The Calgary Humane Society is calling on all Calgary pet owners to use common sense and not leave animals outside without adequate shelter," she said.
The frigid weather is expected to improve by Thursday, with a predicted high of -7C.
I guess I'm going to have to start praying harder for global warming because it sure isn't working the way that "scientists" say it is supposed to
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I stole this from the Patriot's Post so as for something original on thanksgiving I give you (with permission from the editor) the First Thanksgiving.
What is the nature of gratitude, of true thankfulness? Acknowledgment of receiving a gift that is undeserved, then joy appropriately suffusing that knowledge, overflowing into recognition of indebtedness to the giver. In truth, we are not really giving thanks—we give nothing—we are only responding with properly grateful hearts that are due the Gift Giver.
That is the spirit in which Thanksgiving was first celebrated on our shores—and then persisted as a joining thread of our nation’s character. The Pilgrims set us on the path to become a country humbly acknowledging the thanks we owe to Almighty God as Creator of life and Author of liberty.
At Thanksgiving nowadays, we’re often invited to “count our blessings.” Similarly, The Patriot’s holiday tradition is to recount the origins of our blessings of liberty. Indeed, Thanksgiving is an indispensable part of the foundation of our nation.
The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, on 6 September 1620, sailing for a new world that promised opportunities of religious and civil liberty. For almost three months, 102 seafarers braved harsh elements, arriving off the current-day Massachusetts coast, in November 1620. On 11 December, prior to disembarking at Plymouth Rock, the voyagers signed the Mayflower Compact, America’s original document of civil government predicated on principles of self-rule. Governor William Bradford described the Mayflower Compact as “a combination... that when they came a shore they would use their owne libertie; for none had power to command them...”
Starvation and sickness during the ensuing New England winter killed almost half their population, but through prayer and hard work, with the assistance of their Indian friends, the Pilgrims reaped a rich harvest in the summer of 1621.
The bounty, however, was short-lived. Under pressure from investors funding their colony, the Pilgrims had acceded to a violation of Christian prescriptions for honoring the laborer as “worthy of his hire,” and for certifying property ownership rights for individuals and families—acquiescing to a ruinous financial arrangement holding all fruit of their labors in common, so as to send back a quickly accounted half to their overseas backers.
Making matters worse, by the spring of 1623, Plymouth was in danger of foundering under famine, blight and drought. Governor Bradford wrote that the drought “continued from the third week in May, till about the middle of July, without any rain and with great heat for the most part, insomuch as the corn began to wither away... [The Pilgrims] set apart a solemn day of humiliation, to seek the Lord by humble and fervent prayer, in this great distress. And He was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer, both to their own and the Indians’ admiration that lived amongst them... For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving.”
Colonist Edward Winslow noted the Pilgrims worshiped thus: “[W]e returned glory, honor, and praise, with all thankfulness, to our good God, which dealt so graciously with us...” So, the original American Thanksgiving Day centered not on harvest feasting (as in 1621) but on gathering together for public thanksgiving for God’s favor and provision.
Bradford recorded in his history of the colony that moment in which Plymouth’s leaders gave up their failed communal economy in favor of the free market: “At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number.”
By the mid-17th century, the custom of autumnal Thanksgivings was established throughout New England. Observance of Thanksgiving Festivals spread to other colonies during the American Revolution, and the Continental Congresses, cognizant of the need for a warring country’s continuing grateful entreaties to God, proclaimed yearly Thanksgiving Days during the Revolutionary War, from 1777 to 1783. In 1789, among the first official acts of Congress was approving a motion for proclamation of a national day of thanksgiving—again acknowledging the importance of a day for citizens to gather together and give thanks to God for our nation’s blessings.
On 3 October 1789, by way of proclamation, George Washington wrote: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour... I do recommend and assign [this day of public Thanksgiving], to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.”
It was 155 years later, at the onset of another war to preserve our liberty, that Congress permanently set November’s fourth Thursday as our official national Day of Thanksgiving.
Like the Pilgrims, and many generations since, we should hold sure that whatever travails and straits we navigate, if we remain steadfast in faith and obedience, God will see us through under His care.
As Ronald Reagan noted in his 1982 Thanksgiving Proclamation, “Today we have more to be thankful for than our Pilgrim mothers and fathers who huddled on the edge of the New World that first Thanksgiving Day could ever dream of. We should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for the courage and strength of our ancestors, which enable us to enjoy the lives we do today. Let us affirm through prayers and actions our thankfulness for America’s bounty and heritage.”
Indeed, we should: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
This Thanksgiving, please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families—especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have died in defense of American liberty.
On behalf of your Patriot staff and National Advisory Committee, we wish God’s peace and blessings upon you and yours this Thanksgiving.
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis!
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving. Becareful shopping on Friday, if people are willing to shoot over a video game machine you know that there are crazy people.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 04:02
Since Syria, Iran, and other muslims are targeting civilians in Iraq that and we have a national security reason to be in the middle east. Our enemies come from countries that can afford to wage a terroristic campaign from
BUT we are told that we have to go stop the killing in Darfar and have no national security reasons to go and will be as big a mess as Somalia because we would make no effort to win but to keep the "peace." Peacekeeping mission are ineffective because there is no exist strategy, in Iraq the exist strategy is VICTORY.
While there is a vacum in most African countries, trying to keep the bad guys from killing the good guys without hunting down the bad guys will not do any good. We cut and ran from Somalia because we had no guts to do what was necessary to win, while there was no reason for us to be there if we are going to use our troops use them to fight, not as traffic cops.
Is the genocide horrible? Yes, but let the vikings take care of it, oh wait kofi is still whining that we cut off his bootleg oil funds from Iraq. The un troops are even more ineffective than a frenchman with a firearm. Those countries that wouldn't back what we were doing in Iraq in the first place can go take care of the problem. May be charlie rangle can get some rich kids to hand out food, but if we aren't going to help set up a government in Darfar let's not get into a quagmire where we aren't going to try to win, when we have people that want to destroy us as a people.
WFTV.com has reported that there were snow flurries in Florida.
If Global Warming starts hitting Florida this way, we are doomed to have snow year round.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I don't care what he said, don't care if he has comedy career. He hasn't committed a crime. Let the market decide if he's going to keep his non-existent career and quit whining about what he said. Shoot, with all the profanity that streams out of all comedians. Heck, I've heard Carlos Mencia say worse about ALL races. If you don't like what someone says you can leave, turn off the TV. Take responsibility for yourself. The only time I would intervene is if a group of muslims started praying in public. Everyone else I just don't care or worry about.
But what I do care about it is how the media is complaining about it. So what ignore it there are more important things in this world.
I've stated before, as far as I'm concerned the courts found him not guilty so that's good enough for me I don't care. While justice was more than likely subverted I don't get why anyone is paying any attention to him other than family and potentially law enforcement if you ignore him he will have to go away.
PEOPLE GET A LIFE AND QUIT Worrying what some stupid celebrity may or may not do.
or we can't have a cross or nativity scene on public ground then six amans (or how ever you spell it) that stand up to pray on a plane, have even less 1st Amendment rights because whether or not the US is at war with islam, islam is a war with the US and the rest of the world.
It is pretty standard before a suicide attack muslims start praying. So when six amans stand up on a plane to pray, knowing that Christians would be prevented also, the airline has every responsibility to take those amans off the plane. Is it profiling? ABSOLUTELY. IF islam was truly a religion of peace then more than ten muslims through out the world would condemn the radical jihadis.
Personally, I don't care if the amans are offended we are at war. And again, if we aren't allowed to practice our faith in schools, but islam is propagated in California the one place they should have no right to pray is in public.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
After getting some really disturbing comments I've determined it's time to repost my Policy:
If your going to post and have it accepted by me if it is a bizarre theory two things need to be known, some sort of id I don't care if it is an alias
ALSO where your from.
I WILL NEVER accept anything disparaging the police, Israel, or the military.
I go by the court of law truth, not what someone has heard from someone that may or may not have been there.
There is no place for profanity on this blog. If anything stronger than Hell or dang it isn't going to be posted
If I believe use of a controlled substance has occurred in your attempt to be intelligent, it isn't acceptable.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 06:33
It would be interesting to see if Arthur C. Brooks gets an invitation to the View. I wonder how many of those women's heads will explode when he reveals evil conservatives donate more money to charity than liberals.
Drudge is reporting that an Indiana family is suing Starbucks because the hot chocolate that the mother ordered at drive-through for her little girl in a car seat, burned the little girl.
I have been opposed to licencing parents before they have children, but I may have to change my position on it. How this mother wasn't charged with child endangerment is beyond me. They SHOULD NOT collect a dime, and in fact should have to pay all legal costs for filing a frivolous lawsuit against Starbucks.
Friday, November 17, 2006
This is London is reporting that the Prince of Wales has demanded that his staff ride bikes, so he can be a "green prince"
IF I remember right a couple of weeks ago he was under investigation for tax evasion. If that's the case, the last thing he should be involved with is anything that would cause anyone to think of money.
Drudge reported that Sen. john edwards admitted that a campaign volunteer tried to purchase a PlayStation 3 from Wal-mart without the families knowledge. The good Senator claims that the volunteer feels awful and he was instructed that no one should use his name.
Translation for us evil Conservative: while you guys can't be the slightest dirty, since I'm a part of the elite and the body politic is to serve us intellectuals. I'm sorry I got busted, but I want a cheap PlayStation any way and shut-up you have no right to judge me.
Since the election is over I have had time to ponder how we as a family handled the case against mr. lemm. Mom thought that God wanted her to be lenient/merciful to mr. lemm and in spite of her son telling her that we shouldn't and finally relenting because he was in no shape to explain it to her or my beloved sister.
As I said in earlier posts we were told that he was going to have a felony follow him his life, so we figured the "Christian thing to do was be merciful." But this had short-cut God's justice.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob being a God of Justice as can be seen all through out Leviticus, and it's pretty telling of how serious God took murder when the first commandment off Noah's Ark was obstensively saying someone who murders, his life is demanded of him (Gen 9:5).
By extending mercy to mr. lemm, he received no real punishment. The thing that is the hardest for me to swallow is the thought by doing the "Christian thing" instead of demanding justice, like St. Paul did when he appealed to Caesar or when he asked if it was right to scourge a Roman Citizen without a trial. Then there's the Parable that Christ told about the woman that was persistent in her pursuit of Justice. Paul even wrote that if we confess our sins God is faithful and JUST to forgive our sins. Let us not forget that Christ Himself went for justice against the corrupt money changers in the Temple. In the Old Testament God routinely said things like a crooked scale was a stench in God's nostrils.
So, by us writing a letter asking the court to be merciful to mr. lemm, it gave the opportunity for part of God's nature to be subverted. The reason I post this...because I need to get this straight in my mind, alleviate the guilt for failing to get justice for my Dad, hoping and praying that we as family can put this in our past once and for all.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Burger King in the United Kingdom has decided that they won't advertise during children's shows. The theory is commercials are actually doing what they are supposed to do and get people to eat at Burger King, but this means that the parents must be so disengaged that their children won't take no for an answer.
No works. There were times as a kid where either my beloved sister or I asked to go to a fast food joint and our parents response was no. We took it as their answer and walked away. Granted the time or two we tried to get our way, our parents acted like parents and forcibly proved their point, they didn't capitulate in fear of loosing a quagmire in the middle of K-mart they got the job done.
Parents have to act like parents, not like best friends. What we get when this happens are people that demand everything to be handed to them, and are absolute wusses.
San Mateo County Hompage is reporting that the Belmont City Council has voted to the most stringent smoking ban in the country. One quote even goes as far as saying they feel like the revolution is taking place.
It is one thing for no smoking being demanded in government buildings, but to force private businesses to not have the right to choose how their business is run is unAmerican at the very least.
And to take up the polices time with people taking part of what they do with their own bodies is not only immoral, but violates Roe v. Wade.
The AP is reporting that a deer broke through a window in a nursing home in Minot, ND. No one was hurt, and the deer left on it's own.
Reason number twenty why being tactically aware and prepared of your surroundings.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
WBIR reported on an attempted armed robbery at a car dealership. The bad guy pulled a .25 ACP on a car salesman that was wearing an NRA cap. the bad guy fled the scene when the salesman pulled his .380.
I love it when criminals make it easy for us good guys
CNN reported this morning that twenty american nazi's were protesting in Austin, TX on Veterans Day. While these people have the right to their beliefs I don't get why it was a national news story. The media never covered the pro-troop rallies that numbered in the thousands.
The even more amazing thing is that CNN called the nazi's national socialists. With liberals for years trying to claim nazi's are 'right-wingers' by admitting that nazi's are marxists at heart is a big step, but then again it makes me wonder what they think about the real right wing of this nation.
Monday, November 13, 2006
"It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted.Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. "-- George Washington
(as quoted by Gouverneur Morris in Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, 25 March 1787)
Friday, November 10, 2006
Jeff Foxworthy's comments on North Dakota
If "vacation" to you means going shopping for the week end in Grand Forks,Fargo, Minot or Bismarck (while the kids swim at the Comfort Inn), You might live in North Dakota. If parking your car for the night involves an extension cord, You might live in North Dakota. If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 8 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, You might live in North Dakota. If you're proud that your state makes the national news primarily because it houses the coldest spot in the nation, You might live in North Dakota. If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy", You might live in North Dakota If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, You might live in North Dakota. If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, You might live in North Dakota. If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, You might live in North Dakota. If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, You might live in North Dakota. If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, You might live in North Dakota. If you know how to correctly pronounce Medina, Cando, Beulah' and Hebron, You might live in North Dakota. If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy, You might live in North Dakota. If you measure distance in hours,You might live in North Dakota. If your family vehicle is a crew cab pickup, You might live in North Dakota. If you know several people who have hit deer more than once, You might live in North Dakota. If you often switch from "heat" to "A/C"in the same day and back again, You might live in North Dakota. If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching, You might live in North Dakota. If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events, You might live in North Dakota. If you've installed security lights on your house and garage and then leave both unlocked, You might live in North Dakota. If the largest traffic jam in your town centers around a high school basketball game, You might live in North Dakota. If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them, You might live in North Dakota. If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Wal-Mart at any given time, You might live in North Dakota. If there are more people at work on Christmas Eve Day than on the opening day of deer hunting season, You might live in North Dakota. If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, You might live in North Dakota. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, You might live in North Dakota. If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, You might live in North Dakota. If you can identify a southern or eastern accent, You might live in North Dakota. If you consider Fargo exotic, You might live in North Dakota. If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your cottonwood, You might live in North Dakota. If the sunbelt to you means Bismarck, You might live in North Dakota. If a brat is something you eat, You might live in North Dakota. If finding your misplaced car keys involves looking in the ignition, You might live in North Dakota. If you go out to a fish fry every Friday, You might live in North Dakota. If you find 0 degrees a little chilly, You might live in North Dakota. If you actually understand these observations, and you forward them to all your North Dakota friends and relatives, and to some who have moved away. Then we know you must live in North Dakota
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The vikings again voted on a resolution to get the US to drop an embargo we have had since the Bay of Pigs.
First off, I'm for raising the embargo because I have a buddy that owes me a Cuban cigar.
Second, embargoes or sanctions do not work. They sure haven't worked in this situation.
But the sheer fact the vikings want us to do it is a clear sign we shouldn't. ANY group that rapes and pillages people that they are supposed to protect and to don't enforce it and ANY group that profits off of bootleg oil and can't fulfill what it is supposed to do. Has no right to tell us what to do.
If they want the embargo lifted, the question why do they want it lifted when other nations in this world don't have an embargo against this country? I have to wonder how much castro is paying kofi. If Cuba is the shining hill of socialism that the marxists claim they shouldn't need our money.
If they do need our money, my previous assertion that sanctions don't work must be wrong. So we have to keep the embargo.
While I'm disappointed that the Republicans lost the house and senate, they lacked the ability to stick to Conservative ideals that a good chunk of us espouse. And I will be honest there was only one race that I honestly kept my eyes on. And to be honest the only way I was going to be depressed was if the Republican in District 3A had won his seat in the Minnesota State house, but that's another story.
While I am preparing for the worst, buying pig's blood, finishing up my bug out bag, getting hi-capacity magazines for a couple of tools I may or may not have, and trying to figure out how to get the semi-auto version of an AK-47 just for the heck of it. I kinda wonder how many marxists are going to pick up a rifle when the monsters start fighting in our streets, I hope we don't find out but I'm afraid we will.
For those worried about gridlock: our system of government was set up for gridlock. Being a Federal Republic with divided and difused powers the various branch having x powers and y responsibilities then factor in human nature desiring more power the branches and various jurisdictions by design are set up against each other so as not to take away the freedom of the populace. In all honesty, the more gridlock the more freedom we keep.
We have survived a democratic congress before. And in reality if the marxists really had a winning hand the states that were voting on same-sex marriage would have accepted it.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Craig and Steve,
I just today had a chance to check my e-mail and I'm not really sure what to say right now. I've read the things you wrote and I'm devastated right now. To be honest, I sat and cried for almost an hour before I was even able to start typing this e-mail. I am so, so sorry for this. I had no intentions whatsoever to hurt you. I understand that you may be skeptical about anything that I have to say, but all I can do is let you know that I am sincere. Please let me explain a few things.
First, I've always been up front and honest about the crash. While I didn't put it on the internet, I did say on my written literature that I was responsible for a fatal car accident, and that it has contributed to my desire to accomplish good things with my life. I have never shied away from that fact and that I was responsible for it. I told the head person (and others) in the Republican Party for the House about it when I first thought about running. I've told everyone from the beginning because I wanted to be upfront and I felt I owed that to your father. Its not easy, but I even bring it up when I talk to people now and tell them it is part of my motivation for doing this. It has truly given me a sincere desire to do good things with my life.
I want you to know that I do not drink and drive, and that I still talk with many people about it and try to do what I can to prevent it from happening to others. In fact, there is someone who I know who has 5 DWIs, and I was just recently able to convince him to stop drinking and driving. I am still trying to help him with his drinking problem, but that will take more time. Most people around here know about our car crash, and I have tried to get something positive from it by helping others.
Steve, I also talked with Bonnie and she explained that you are upset that I listed activities for community service as things I've been involved in. First, I want you to know that I did not in any way mean to step on David's memory or intend to use them for personal gain. Also, while I did list some (not all) of those things because they were part of who I am as a person, I also continued with those activities long after I had completed my community service because I thought they were good things and were things I could do to help contribute.
Much of the time spent doing community service was not included in my years listed for those activities. For example, I did some of my community service helping at the school, coaching football and helping with the kids, but I didn't include that in the time I listed on my website - I continued to do that after I was done with my community service. I also spent hundreds of hours completing a two year study on Lake Sturgeon for the Department of Natural Resources that would have looked very, very good if I had listed it, but I didn't because it was all used for community service. So while I did list some of those activities, it was only the ones I continued to be involved with long after my community service was done. And then it was only after my doctor told me I needed to slow down for my health that I cut back on all the things I was involved in.
As for the decision to run for office, I thought a lot about it over the past couple years. At first I didn't think it was anything I could ever do. But lately I've thought more and more about what I should be doing with my life. I have wished so many times that I could change the past, but I can't. The only thing I can do is try to live my life to the best of my abilty and try to accomplish good things with my life. Again, I am so sorry. I never meant to hurt you in any way by doing this. I really felt that this was a way I could accomplish the most good with my life and contribute to society. I had many people encouraging me to do this, and their encouragement made me think I really could take this step.
While watching my father battle cancer over the past few years (until he passed away this spring), I realized that some day it will be me nearing the end of my life and looking back on what I have accomplished. I guess I feel like I have even more pressure on me to use my life to accomplish things because I have something to make up for. To be honest, sometimes I feel that no matter what I try to accomplish, it will never be enough to make up for what's happened. Again, I can't change the past but I can honor your father by trying to accomplish good things. I really want to do something positive with my life, help prevent other accidents such as this from happening, be a positive influence on others who have made mistakes in their lives, and just try to make my part of this world a better place. Representing the people and area I care so much about was the best way I could think of to do this. I also want to honor my father's memory and name - I know he had hoped that I would be able to move on with my life, and I want him to be proud of me.
I had sent your mother a letter telling her about my decision to run for office and why I decided to do it. It took me several months to write it. If you haven't seen it, will you please ask her to see it? It will explain a lot more about how I came to this decision and I would really like you to know everything I was thinking. I have never tried to hide anything from anyone, and this truly was a long, difficult decision that took a lot of thought.
Before I even decided to do this, I had told your mom that I was interested in going together with her to talk with young people and those who have made bad decisions or need direction in their lives. I still want to do that, and I look forward to doing those things with your mom and Brenda. But I want to do more than that with my life. You mentioned that you agreed with me on most of the issues, and I believe very strongly in them. I hope it is evident that the reasons I ran for office are not selfish ones. In fact, I have often wondered if I was doing the right thing. Many days it has bothered me so much that I have been sick to my stomach for days at at time. Right now is one of those times. I know it doesn't compare with what you've had to deal with, but I just hope you know how hard it has been for me as well, and that it has and still does very much weigh on my heart and mind. I have thought about it most of the days of the last 10 years, and since I decided to run for office I have thought about it every day.
Craig, I realize that running for office is something that you very much would like to do at some point as well. I truly hope you will not give up on that. One of the things that I have really tried to do is tell people that, no matter what has happened in their lives, they can always turn their lives around and accomplish good things. Back in 1996, I felt there were two ways I could go with my life. I could become angry and bitter and let it ruin my life, or I could take responsibility, do my best to learn from it and become a better person, and try to do my best to contribute to society. I really am trying to do that. No matter what happens with me, I would be honored to help you in any way that I can if you ever consider elected office, and I really want to encourage you to do that if its what you want to do.
I know this was very difficult for you, and I again am very, very sorry. I truly did not mean to hurt you and would not have made this decision if I thought it would have hurt you this much. To be honest, I had hoped this would be a way of helping you as well, because I am trying to do everything I can in a positive way to help other people. I truly didn't know it would cause you grief. Honestly, I'm pretty lost emotionally right now. I just want to be able to move on with my life in the best way that I can, and I am struggling with how to do that. I truly thought I was doing the right thing, but now I guess I'm really not sure what I should be doing with my life.
As for the election, I don't think I have a very good chance of winning anyways, but right now I am just looking forward to it being over. I know this may be difficult for you, but the only thing I ask that you give me a chance before judging me or my intentions. What you think of me really does matter to me. No matter what happens, I am more than willing to talk with you or meet with you in person. While I know that may be difficult, I think it may be good for both of us.
There's much more I'd like to tell you, but this is long enough for now. Thank you for reading it. Please know that I am being sincere in everything I have written and I am truly sorry this hurt you. I wish more than anything that I could bring back your dad, but I can't and I have to live with that, and it hurts very much. If I can't move on with my life, then I don't know what I'm supposed to do and I don't know what is appropriate for me and what isn't. I'm going to spend the rest of the night alone doing some thinking because I honestly don't know what to do right now. I have prayed and asked for God's forgiveness, I only hope that some day you will be able to forgive me as well.
I just found out a couple of minutes ago that Leslie Lemm, the guy that killed my dad, doesn't have a felony. Something we were assured he would have follow him his entire life. There was something called a writ of Imposition That released him from his inelgibility to follow his dreams. Dreams that are vary similar to my own, but the law enforcement job I will never be able to have because of the nightmares Leslie Lemm's crime. He hit us drunk, we know he tried to sleep it off, which points to affore thought, one of the factors to determine murder. The fact he knew he was drunk point to depraved indifference. With all the PSA and the fact he had law enforcement dreams he knew what drunk driving could do to people.If he would have still had the felony for killing my dad he couldn't run for the Minnesota State Legislature, as he is doing now. Serving in public office is my other dream I have I just don't have the resources to do yet.While evidently I would agree with his positions, and I have forgiving him and I'm glad he is moving on with his life. I AM ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS THAT HE CAN LIVE OUT HIS DREAMS like this and we have to live without my dad.It seams that we will always pay for this guys crime and he gets to move on. While if I were looking at this without emotion I would probably vote for this alcky, in my book he is still a MURDERER.
Labels: criminal activity, dad, death, drunks
I have no idea if I'm going to contact the Minnesota media at this point, but I have every right to because of what you put this family through. While I have forgiven you. I'm kicking myself that I didn't push harder to see that you got prison time now. I couldn't explain at the time,thanks to the concussion I had at the time.
Just because you and I both have the same beliefs, roughly
I just thought I would give you heads up in case cooler heads don't prevail
Craig , son of a murdered father
Monday, November 06, 2006
As the continuing saga of the campaign of my dad's killer continues I still have yet to hear from Les Lemm. I spent the afternoon e-mailing all the major news outlets in the state and the local ones that were are in Minnesota District 3A.
I made a call to the Minnesota GOP and asked them if they run background checks on their candidates and how they run the party over there. To which the gal who answered the phone yelled at me. This whole thing has caused my uncle to swear that he will never vote for another Republican even though he knows what would mean to our country with the dems in power.
On the other hand I left a message with the Democratic Farmers League (I think that's what the initials stand for) and they told me they were aware of the situation.
I know I violated one of President Reagan's rules about eating one of your own and it feels weird to be pulling and praying for the success of a democrat, but if the Republican party wants to be known as the party that looks out for the populace they can't have a murderer in office.
One final thought, without the felony obstinately Les Lemm has not been punished. A year in the county pokey with work release isn't hard time. For anyone in Minnesota as I have said many many times in my blog a criminal is a criminal. DO NOT allow him to serve your state
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I just found out a couple of minutes ago that Leslie Lemm, the guy that killed my dad, doesn't have a felony. Something we were assured he would have follow him his entire life. There was something called a writ of Imposition That released him from his inelgibility to follow his dreams. Dreams that are vary similar to my own, but the law enforcement job I will never be able to have because of the nightmares Leslie Lemm's crime. He hit us drunk, we know he tried to sleep it off, which points to affore thought, one of the factors to determine murder. The fact he knew he was drunk point to depraved indifference. With all the PSA and the fact he had law enforcement dreams he knew what drunk driving could do to people.
If he would have still had the felony for killing my dad he couldn't run for the Minnesota State Legislature, as he is doing now. Serving in public office is my other dream I have I just don't have the resources to do yet.
While evidently I would agree with his positions, and I have forgiving him and I'm glad he is moving on with his life. I AM ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS THAT HE CAN LIVE OUT HIS DREAMS like this and we have to live without my dad.It seams that we will always pay for this guys crime and he gets to move on. While if I were looking at this without emotion I would probably vote for this alcky, in my book he is still a MURDERER.
Friday, November 03, 2006
I don't know how I missed this but:
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Happy birthday, North Dakota. It's Statehood Day.
North Dakota turns 117 years old today. It was November Second, 1889 that North Dakota joined the Union as the 39th state.
South Dakota, Montana and Washington were admitted to the Union on the same day.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says North Dakota's birthday should be a bigger occasion. He says it's just like someone's birthday, and it shouldn't be allowed to pass with little notice.
In February of 1889 -- Congress approved the Enabling Act -- which allowed North Dakota to become a state. North Dakotans voted to join the Union in October. Then, on November Second, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison made it official.
Governor Hoeven says the pioneering spirit and work ethic of our ancestors continue to inspire new generations of North Dakotans today
Thursday, November 02, 2006
While I believe in personal accounts and would be willing to donate everything I've already paid in up to this moment if I had the rest of my money to do with what I see fit. I have come up with a new proposal.
IF YOU WERE DRAFTED DURING THE VIET NAM ERA AND RAN FOR CANADA, YOU DON'T GET YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY. I should not be forced to pay for some baby boomer that abandoned this country when they were called upon. I would even extend this to anyone who participated in anti-American protests at anytime. If a person is not willing to support this country they should have no claims a benefits.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
KFYR-Bismarck police cited three boys who had two BB guns in their vehicle for disorderly conduct. A witness who saw the guns thought they were real and called police. Police say the two 17 year olds and one 16 year old waved the guns around near Wachter Middle School. Police say the guns were very real looking. And even though they were just BB guns, they are illegal to conceal. They say toy guns that look just like real ones put officers in a bad position."An alert citizen did the right thing by contacting police, we located them, ended up pulling the people out of the car at gunpoint because it is a dangerous situation. All we [knew] is there was a car with some people in it displaying handguns," says Lt. Dan Donlin of the Bismarck Police.On October 12th, a teenager was shot and killed by police near Detroit after he pointed a toy gun at police. Bismarck police say they can`t ever assume that a gun is a toy and have to react as if it were real.
The North Dakota Century Code considers BB-guns firearms also. It is pretty poor reporting on the behalf of the media. While I have no problem with BB-guns per Se since I still have a couple. It is again clear that parents aren't being responsible enough to teach proper gun etiquette or even raising their children to be proper citizens.
It is one of those things that gives me pause due to some of the things I do, but at the same time there have been enough assaults in this town lately that ANYONE carries would have to assume the threat posed would be a lethal one.
The problem is with BB-guns they aren't really toys and they really are guns. The color coating that was legislated for toys doesn't (nor should it) apply because they are dangerous. I've seen a buddy trying to get a bull fight to break up by shooting one of the bulls and drawing blood. By color coating it is giving a false perception of no danger.
Since I have a concealed permit I could carry and wouldn't be in violation of the law, but a sixteen yr old is ineligible for a permit. And the earlier someone is taught about the danger and the responsibility of a firearm is a good thing, and since I received my BB gun at 10 I see no reason teens shouldn't have one, but that's where parents need to come in and police their children better.