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Is Gov. Tim Walz needlessly killing another industry? The answer is yes, according to House GOP Leader Kurt Daudt. Daudt “criticized Gov. Tim Walz for ‘causing harm to industries without data to back it up’ during a Tuesday press conference.”

Daudt continued, saying “The folks involved with the movie theaters are telling us that there hasn’t been a single documented case of COVID transmission in a movie theater in Minnesota or in the entire country, yet Gov. Walz has closed movie theaters in the state of Minnesota.” How many lives does Gov. Walz have to flatten before Minnesotan punish him for his incompetence? This isn’t about ‘following the science’. It’s about doing what Tim Walz thinks is right:

In fact, as of Nov. 23, not a single case of COVID-19 had been traced back to movie theaters globally, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nonetheless, Walz’s Nov. 19 executive order explicitly calls for the closure of “theaters” and “cinemas.”

One movie theater in Hopkins, Minnesota, closed its doors permanently shortly after Walz announced his new restrictions.

Gov. Walz has the worst history of killing jobs in recent Minnesota history. The DFL will argue that it’s because of COVID-19, which is partly true but misleading. It’s misleading because the DFL showed little mercy when President Trump was fighting through the COVID-19 pandemic. The DFL insisted that President Trump was an evil monster from hell who shouldn’t be re-elected. Now that it’s the DFL governor, though, the DFL hasn’t passed the shoe-on-the-other-foot test. The DFL is asking for mercy now that their guy is dealing with the pandemic. Kurt Daudt wasn’t interested in Gov. Walz’s faux science:

“A movie theater is a place where you sit quietly in one seat, you don’t move, you don’t exercise, you don’t breathe heavily. You can wear a mask, you can sit with your loved ones from your own household and they can structure that so you sit 20 feet apart from other people,” said Daudt, who called on Walz to open up fitness centers as well.

“We think that health clubs are an essential thing that help Minnesotans stay safe and we want to make sure people have the opportunity to get into a health club and exercise,” he continued.

As of Nov. 24, just .003% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota had been traced back to a gym or health club.

“I think we should find ways to open these businesses safely. That’s the key,” said Daudt, who claimed that the governor has “really missed an opportunity to work with the Legislature and to include us in the process.”

Gov. Walz insists that he’s following the science when he’s making these decisions. It doesn’t sound like he followed the science with this decision. Based on this House GOP leadership availability, I’m betting that Republicans are going on offense this session:

This morning, Tom Hauser let his partisanship show. During the Political Analysis segment, he led with a video of CAE President John Hinderaker awarding the Golden Turkey Award to Gov. Tim Walz for spending $6,900,000 to buy a refrigerated building to use as an overflow morgue to hold bodies that he expected from COVID. This refrigerated building is currently being used to store supplies. It’s never been used to hold a single body, much less a person who died of COVID.

During the Political Analysis segment, Hauser mentioned how Gov. Walz had to make all these decisions without a roadmap to guide him. Not once did he say that President Trump, who didn’t have a state to run but an entire nation to make decisions for. Gov. Walz’s decisions, starting with his shelter-in-place order to his model predicting “only 50,000 people dying” if Minnesotans shut their economy down entirely, were terrible. President Trump’s decisions, starting with shutting down travel with China, then Europe, to getting Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson working immediately on producing a vaccine, were indisputably right.

Despite those facts, Biden was considered the best to fix COVID, not President Trump. That’s a joke. But I digress. Back to Hauser. Hauser didn’t say anything about how Minnesota’s economy has tanked thanks to Gov. Walz’s decisions. Hauser didn’t blame Gov. Walz for the huge deficit that’s certain to be announced this Tuesday. The deficit happened directly as a result of Gov. Walz’s terrible decisions. Spending $6,900,000 on a temporary morgue is just a symptom of a bigger problem.

That problem is that Gov. Walz is in over his head. Walz has used 3 different models to predict how many people would die from COVID. Each has been off by tens of thousands of people. A fair-minded journalist would’ve mentioned that. Hauser didn’t ask that question during the MDH hearings. Why didn’t he? I think the answer is obvious.

If reporters won’t ask that type of question, then they aren’t doing their primary job. Informing the people is what they’re hired to do. If they fail that, they’re failing us.

Why didn’t Hauser or other reporters question why Gov. Walz bought this facility instead of renting it? With tons of offices empty, couldn’t Gov. Walz have gotten a better deal? A lifelong bureaucrat, which is what Gov. Walz is, apparently isn’t smart enough to make that type of decision. A businessman would’ve negotiated for a better price.

If there was any doubt that DFL Gov. Tim Walz was a dictator at heart, that glimmer disappeared with his order for a month-long shutdown “that bans all social gatherings of people who do not live in the same household, even if participants wear face masks and practice proper social distancing.” That’s the definition of dictatorial. Actually, the definition of dictator is “a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession.”

According to the order, “Walz’s severe new coronavirus restrictions, which went into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place until Dec.18, will shut down bars, restaurants, and breweries, except for takeout, delivery, or walk-up service, according to the MinnPost. The order will also close gyms, indoor sports facilities, theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, go-kart tracks, and other entertainment businesses for an entire month.”

From the MDH:

Social gatherings are groups of people who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose, even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes planned and spontaneous gatherings as well as public and private gatherings. Most commercial activities are not considered social gatherings, so this change will not impact most industries.

We’re constantly told that the DFL is the party of science. That’s obviously dishonest. Where’s the science in banning events where people wear masks and social distance? Here’s what changes the DFL governor into a dictator:

The harsh restrictions come with punitive penalties, including fines of up to $1,000 or 90 days in prison. “Any business owner, manager, or supervisor who requires or encourages any of their employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or interns to violate this Executive Order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $3,000 or by imprisonment for not more than a year,” Walz’s order states. “In addition to those criminal penalties, the Attorney General, as well as city and county attorneys, may investigate and seek any civil relief” of up to $25,000 per occurrence.

That isn’t part of a statute. It says thatanyone violating Gov. Walz’s “Executive Order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $3,000 or by imprisonment for not more than a year.” That’s what totalitarians do.

Further, it’s worth noting that the GOP didn’t have anything to do with this EO. Gov. Walz’s EO essentially kills small businesses. Gov. Walz owns this deficit through his multiple shutdowns.

Companies going out of business should remember this in 2022. Gov. Walz is the reason why your family lost its life savings. It’s time to punish Gov. Walz and the DFL for these restrictions. The DFL House voted to maintain Gov. Walz’s Peacetime Emergency Powers. Without that authority, he couldn’t make these declarations.

Minnesota’s two-headed DFL monster, aka Tim Walz and Keith Ellison, stopped President Trump’s mega-MAGA Rochester rally. At least, they tried to limit it. Despite trying to limit the crowd to 250 people, an estimated 25,000 people showed up.

President Trump took aim at Walz and Ellison right from the start of his speech, saying “We’ve been given a very hard time by your so-called leaders. But they’re not very good leaders, as you found out during the riots.” President Trump continued his riff, saying “Keith Ellison and Joe Biden want to imprison you in your homes while letting anarchists, agitators and vandals roam free as they try to destroy your cities and states.”

This message hits home because DFL ‘leaders’ like Tim Walz and Jacob Frey didn’t respond quickly to the riots. The DFL is getting dragged into this prolonged shutdown by Tim Walz, too. It’s time to open Minnesota up. Minnesota’s business owners shouldn’t get treated like children. They’ve earned the right to be treated like adults.

President Trump did the right thing in visiting the people who showed up that weren’t allowed to attend the rally:

Trump supporters vented their frustration. Jamie Scherdin, a psychology student at Winona State who was wearing a “Women for Trump” hat, said protests throughout the summer had larger crowds, adding, “It’s just to try to silence the Republicans.”

Connie Anderson of Rochester did not make the 250-person cutoff but showed up along with hundreds of others who gathered outside the airport to show their support. She said the state needs to remove virus restrictions and believes businesses will follow health guidelines without mandates.

There’s no doubt in my mind that President Trump will win Minnesota. People stood in the chilling wind to get a glimpse of Air Force One. If they’re willing to do that, they’ll turn out to vote.

Tim Walz, Keith Ellison and the DFL tried stopping President Trump. That failed miserably. They failed because it’s impossible to stop a force of nature.

This article shouldn’t surprise people. Since DFL politicians like Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey let Minneapolis get torched, it was inevitable that citizens would start taking matters into their own hands. This article simply confirms that:

Gun dealers in Minnesota attribute a surge in firearms sales to anxiety over the coronavirus, civil unrest and the uncertainties involving the presidential race. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota in August of 2019. This year, there were nearly 35,000 in the same month.

This says it all:

Dave Amon, an agent at Gunstop of Minnetonka, said the demand shows no signs of slowing especially as the changing role of law enforcement is in the spotlight, the Star Tribune reported. “I’ve seen a lot more single moms that are scared and need something to protect them,” he said. “They’re scared when people talk about defunding the police.”

This is an indictment against DFL mayors and DFL Gov. Tim Walz. They let Minneapolis burn the first 2 nights of the George Floyd Riots. Frey gave orders to sacrifice Minneapolis’s Third Precinct Police Station. When it went up in flames, so did the surrounding neighborhood:

Here’s drone video of the riots’ damage:

That’s what happens when there’s a leadership vacuum. When politicians won’t act, the citizenry will. This isn’t unusual. It’s quite predictable, in fact.

This article reports about the dispute between embattled Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. According to the article, “Ahead of a private meeting between the two on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz’s office issued a stern letter admonishing the Senate Majority Leader for not taking a greater role in the state’s COVID-19 response, after repeated criticism from Republicans over the governor’s continued use of emergency powers.”

Tim Walz and the DFL own the damage done by his shutdown policies. The House DFL majority has kept Gov. Walz’s Peacetime Emergency Powers intact. They’ve voted against shutting those powers off each time a special session is called. The House DFL majority isn’t interested in declaring the emergency over. I don’t understand why they don’t.

According to KSTP 5 At Issue, the monthly reports are definitely improving. According to their reporting 12 people died as a result of COVID in March, 331 died as a result of COVID in April, with 696 dying in May (the peak), followed by 401 in June, 159 in July, followed by 217 in August. I can’t wait to hear Gov. Walz and the House DFL explain how 2 months of COVID deaths (July, August) is smaller than a single month (June). Further, I’d love hearing Gov. Walz explain how the peak was reached in May but we’re still in a crisis. BTW, my trusty calculator says that the total amount of deaths in July and August is just 54% of the deaths in May.

The first thing Republicans will do if they hold the Senate and retake the majority in the House is end Gov. Walz’s autocratic rule of the state. Further, they should vote to open indoor restaurants and change the rules on indoor seating. About 4 minutes into this video, Sen. Gazelka puts a heavy burden on Gov. Walz:

Sen. Gazelka said “I think it’s serious. I think we should take it serious but at the same time, we have to measure all these businesses closing, kids not in school. What are we gonna do about those issues as well?”

The DFL is in trouble this year. They’re running ads saying that their candidates will vote to keep your health care. What they aren’t talking about is whether they’ll vote to send kids back to school. In the suburbs, sending kids back to school is infinitely more important to voters. Further, the DFL won’t get away with saying that they’re for sending kids back to school if it can be done safely. Everyone knows it can be done safely. That line is just thrown in to protect EdMinn teachers. Private and Christian schools are open in other states. Those schools haven’t had anything resembling an outbreak so it can be done safely. Period. Full Stop.

If Gov. Walz and the DFL want to face a hord of angry voters this fall and in 2022, they should just keep doing what they’re doing. Thanks to Gov. Walz’s and the DFL’s mishandling of the COVID crisis while taking us from a surplus to a major deficit while needlessly driving family-run businesses into bankrupty, Gov. Walz and the DFL will get to face that angry mob soon.

Last night, Democrats trotted out old fogies like John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer to remind AOC that the old farts still control the Democrat Party. While AOC got 60 seconds to second the nomination of Bernie Sanders, John Kerry got 3+ minutes to lie about President Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments. While Kerry is the less charismatic, older version of AOC, they’re both relatively stupid and unfit to hold high office.

The divide within the Democrat Party isn’t as much about moderate vs. wild-eyed rebel as it is about young socialists and fascists vs. old far left leftists. It isn’t like John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi are moderates. It’s that they aren’t sufficiently leftist enough for younger Antifa/BLM activists.

John Thompson is sufficiently leftist enough for AOC:

What a total hater. That didn’t stop DFL Gov. Tim Walz from endorsing Thompson:

“I’ve known John for years. His fierce advocacy and commitment to his community is exactly what’s needed in the state legislature right now. I look forward to working with him as the next State Representative for 67A.”

Ripping into the nastiest anti-police union diatribe isn’t a commitment to his community. That’s what an unhinged DFL leftist sounds like. You can’t bring a community together while criticizing the police who protect neighborhoods from out–of-control lunatics like Mr. Thompson.

Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX), put it perfectly in this interview with Laura Ingraham:

During the interview, Sen. Cruz emphatically stated an indisputable truth. He said that Democrats don’t have a message for Teamsters and other blue collar voters. The dirty little secret that Democrats haven’t mentioned during their convention is that they aren’t interested in blue collar voters. Thus far, Democrats haven’t lifted a finger to win back what used to be the heart of the Democrats’ coalition.

That’s why they’ll lose this election, including the House of Representatives. This week’s convention has been a doom-and-gloom-fest. It hasn’t been uplifting or visionary whatsoever. The main message has been ‘Democrats hate Trump, aka the root of all evil.’ Simply put, this won’t inspire people.

It’s safe to say that Jacob Frey isn’t planning on being Tim Walz’s whipping boy when it comes to the George Floyd riots. The article written by Jennifer Bjorhus and Liz Navratil opens by saying “Jacob Frey has been cast as the mayor who lost control of his city, enduring criticism from the state’s governor that the Minneapolis response to rioting in May over the police killing of George Floyd was an ‘abject failure.’ Now Frey is speaking out, saying Gov. Tim Walz failed to take his requests for help seriously until it was too late.”

Monday, the gloves came off. “Frey said that Walz hesitated to send in the National Guard to quell the growing violence and then blamed him for allowing the city to burn.” Then Frey said “Through an extremely difficult situation, I told the truth. I relayed information as best I could to state partners. And we did what was demanded for the sake of our city.” The article then details what happened:

Texts and e-mails obtained from Minneapolis by the Star Tribune through public records requests show the city was trying to give Walz and the state Department of Public Safety what they said they needed to move forward. State officials, meanwhile, said the city did not provide the detailed information they needed to deploy the Guard until the next day. By then, dozens of buildings had been looted and torched.

An investigation is underway into who’s at fault for not responding quickly. Based on this reporting, it’s perhaps both men’s fault, with Frey not giving Walz enough details to respond but Walz hesitating in using force against BLM political allies. Further, the gloves come off in this video:

From Teddy Tschann: “The Governor is a 24-year member of the state’s National Guard and ‘knows how much planning goes into a successful mission.'” From Frey’s side: “The Governor’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News for comment.”

With Major General Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard next to him, Walz called the city’s response an “abject failure.” Walz had not warned him this public rebuke was coming, although they had a meeting shortly beforehand, he said.

“It was a sharp departure from every conversation we had had at that point,” Frey said. He described the governor’s assessment as “definitely a hit in the gut.” “Not just for me, but for so many in our city that were doing everything they could. … Everyone was pouring themselves into stemming the violence,” he said.

The article definitely paints a picture of Jacob Frey being easily intimidated and not terribly organized whereas Tim Walz is perfectly willing to throw anyone under the bus to protect his image. At this point, I wouldn’t blame voters if they said ‘a pox on both their houses.’

It’s difficult reading the DFL talking points from this LTE. The second paragraph, it says “Across the country during this pandemic the lack of strong leadership has added to the chaos, health and economic challenges and death. In states like New York, with a strong governor who relies on science, data and communicating a clear message, harm has been mitigated. To date, that has been also true in Minnesota. But our COVID-19 cases are growing again.”

That’s just stunning. NY doesn’t have a strong governor. They’ve got a jackass who’s gotten undeserved fantastic press. Ask Janice Dean what she thinks of Gov. Cuomo. Here’s what she wrote about Gov. Cuomo:

A week before his dad died, someone called to let us know Mickey was being switched to another floor so they could let more patients in. From what I know now, I believe the new patients were ones recovering from COVID — thanks to a statewide mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

On March 28th, Sean got a call and was told that his dad wasn’t well. He had a fever and his lungs were filling up. A few hours later he was dead. We assumed he had the coronavirus. We only got confirmation when we saw it on his death certificate.

When pressed about why he put COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes, Gov. Cuomo said that this was a CDC requirement. He lied about this. The CDC guidance said that COVID-recovering patients could convalesce in a nursing home if certain precautions were put in place. “Strong” Gov. Cuomo didn’t put those precautions in place.

Here in Minnesota, strongman DFL Gov. Tim Walz insists on running the state by executive order. The DFL House protects Gov. Walz’s dictatorial authorities without thinking whether there’s an emergency. HINT: There isn’t. According to this graphic, COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths have been cut in half from May to July:

Then there’s this:

We know the cycle. Without continued intervention in the weeks ahead, hospital beds and ICUs could be filling up and deaths will increase. We are also learning that after-effects for younger people in their 30s, 40s and 50s can be severe and the long-term impact of that on health and employment is unknown. So this continues to be an emergency.

Notice that the DFL said could, not shall, can, not will. The DFL needs a new dictionary. The definition of emergency is “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event:” An occurrence is something that’s happened, not something that might happen.

This LTE was written to protect DFL-endorsed candidates who’ve likely gotten bombarded with questions while door-knocking. People don’t like autocratic rule, especially now that the crisis has passed.

Minnesota is a leader in medicine and public health. We are identified nationally by such eminent scientists as Dr. Michael Osterholm, who has minced no words in saying how serious the coronavirus crisis is and that it’s getting more serious by the day. Jan Malcolm, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, is widely recognized as an expert in both the big picture and granular detail of pandemic response.

Jan Malcolm isn’t an expert. She’s a blithering idiot. She should be fired. Dr. Osterholm might be an expert but he’s wrong about this so-called crisis. The graphic from the Minnesota Department of Health verifies that.

The numbers verify that the worst is behind us. Facts are stubborn things.

Trying to figure out Tim Walz’s plan for reopening schools might take weeks. Figuring out whether Gov. Walz is a slave to EdMinn takes much less time. Tim Walz and the DFL essentially are indentured servants to EdMinn. They don’t dare do what’s right for the students. That’s how Gov. Walz and the DFL finished with the plan they’re currently pitching.

David Perry had been waiting for months to learn whether his two middle-­school children will be heading back to their Shoreview school in the fall.

He was still left hanging Thursday after Gov. Tim Walz announced a localized, model-driven approach to opening schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Decisions on whether to return to class, continue distance learning, or use some hybrid of both, will depend on the number of COVID-19 cases in a given area and a school’s ability to meet health and safety standards. School districts are expected to announce in the coming weeks one of three learning models they will use based on the formula laid out by the administration.

“I don’t feel like I know any more today about what is going to happen in September than I did yesterday, and we’ve been building up to this big announcement,” said Perry, whose son has Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. The family needs more time to plan for his education. “I don’t feel I’m any closer to understanding what’s going to happen with my kids or my work schedule,” Perry said.

Tim Walz is the anti-science governor. The DFL is his enabler. For months, child care centers have been operating safely. Despite facing the same hurdles, Tim Walz and the DFL can’t figure out how to safely return students to schools. (Perhaps we should put child care operators in charge of reopening schools. I’m only partially kidding.)

DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman said she was pleased that Walz also announced plans to pump an additional $250 million of coronavirus relief funding into classrooms as they prepare for new social distancing measures. Among them will be a requirement for those who return to the classroom to wear masks. “Our districts need additional resources to provide the high-quality education we expect while keeping Minnesotans safe,” Hortman said.

Why isn’t the DFL pushing Gov. Walz to make classrooms safe so students can return to school? Why hasn’t the DFL admitted that students aren’t at risk, that the only people who might be at risk are older teachers? Instead, Gov. Walz and the DFL put together a plan that Einstein would have difficulty deciphering.

At the start of this clip, Gov. Walz tells a whopper:

This is a localized, data-driven approach to make sure that school districts where it is physically possible to teach our students, we will do that.

The matrix put together by the Walz administration has tons of caveats in it. That’s foolish. Students, especially grade school students, don’t transmit the virus. This isn’t opinion. It’s the finding of Dr. Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institution:

On Good Morning San Diego, Dr. Atlas said we are one of the only countries that is not planning to reopen our schools. “The data is clear. Whether it’s from Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, the United States, Asia, all over the world, children do not have any serious disease. Children almost never transmit the disease. In fact, Switzerland is contemplating stopping even testing children because it’s irrelevant.”

Continuing, “there is not serious risk of even getting the illness. But that’s not even the point here, I want to go even further. By now, we know who is at risk. K-12 teachers in the United States, half of them are under 41 years of age, they’re not at risk. 82% are under 55-years-old, if there is a handful, which there are, teachers in the high-risk category, don’t they know how to protect themselves with their so called 6-feet spacing and mask rules? And if they’re still afraid, even if they don’t want to do that, then they can teach from home. I don’t understand why they have to lock up schools.”

The statistics point in one direction. The statistics show that students, especially younger students, aren’t transmitters of COVID. The point isn’t to wait until the virus is gone. The policy should be to mitigate as much of the risk as possible. That points to making things like plexiglass walls in classrooms standard to eliminate what little risk there is for teachers.