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United Tribes International Pow Wow
Written by Chet   

In Denver last week, North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy was busy snapping photos from the floor of the Democratic convention.  Last night Congressman Pomeroy spoke here in Bismarck at the United Tribes International Pow Wow and presented United Tribes Technical College President David Gipp with one of the photos he had taken last week.  Here are some photos...


                                                                       Photos by JL

While walking around the outside of the Lone Star Arena checking out the exhibits, I heard someone speaking over the public address system, but didn't recognize the voice.  It was a man's voice and he was talking about how every year the Republicans have been defunding United Tribes Technical College and every year our congressional delegation has to go in and claw and scratch to get this important college the funding it needs to continue it's critical educational programs.  

I didn't know who it was that was talking as I checked out the display booths and signed the health care petition, but I think I know who it was now.

For the record, United Tribes Technical College is not a "pet project" and is not an "earmark."

John McSame's Day Off
Written by Chet   

4 More YearsI'm going to come right out and say it:  John McCain used the GOP convention audience as a crutch tonight.  He lost the crowd about 3 minutes into his speech.  You have to give the crowd some credit though.  Even though McSame's talk was incredibly lame and un-inispirational, many in the crowd -- besides the yawning people -- really worked hard to make it sound like they were fired up.  That's acting.

And how about the guy with the signs?!?  How did that guy get in the building?  

And the two -- yes two -- Code Pinkers.  I love how the Republicans have figured out that the way to drown out peaceful demonstrators is to chant "U.S.A.  U.S.A.  U.S.A."  Does anybody else see the irony in Republicans using the name of our country to suppress what our country stands for?  

Prediction:  underwhelming bump in the polls through next week.  After that, game on.

Update: X1 --Adam

Joe Biden decided to go shooting his mouth off at the Republicans... 

And that, my friends, is why Barack picked Joe Biden to be his running mate.  To go out there and take a sledgehammer to the "Republic" attack machine

Palin's Church
Written by Chet   

PalinDromeThis just in from the Wall Street Journal:

At the Pentecostal church where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin worshipped for more than two decades, congregants speak in tongues and are part of a faith that believes humanity is in its "end times" -- the days preceding a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus.

The Rev. Ed Kalnins, pastor of the Pentecostal church, Wasilla Assembly of God, says he has told church members that God put President George W. Bush in office and that America is locked in a "holy war" with terrorists.

Mr. Kalnins's views and the teachings of his church provide a glimpse of the religious upbringing of Gov. Palin, 44 years old, whose Christian credentials and antiabortion views have been lauded by social conservatives. Gov. Palin hasn't discussed her personal and spiritual beliefs since she was named to Sen. John McCain's ticket on Friday, and the campaign hasn't been eager to discuss them.

"I am not going to get into that. I think talking about where she worships today and how she characterizes herself speaks for itself about where she is today on this issue," says Maria Comella, a campaign spokeswoman.

Wall Street Journal

There's lots of stuff out there already on Palin's religious beliefs.  (Click here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here, for example.)  Part of me thinks this whole "what's his/her religion?" thing has gotten blown way out of proportion during this election.  The other part of me thinks that the American people should know whether Sarah Palin is an "end timer."  But Republicans made a big deal out of the pastor at Barack Obama's old church, and we've had to hear about some of the crazy things McCain's religious advisors believe.  Being a Christian myself, I've got no problem with electing Christians as President and Vice President, but we've had these end-timers in power now for the past 8 years and look where it's gotten us.  Bad economic policy.  Bad environmental policy.  Bad foreign policy.  Bad domestic policy.  I suppose to them it's not a bad thing to have a nation that isn't earning the respect of the rest of the world.  "The world is going to be gone next week anyway, right?"

I think we deserve to know more.

Liveblogging the RNC
Written by Adam   

Watching Mitt Romney, Man, I wish he could have been the nominee!  Biden would have slaughtered him!

Terrorists should never be afforded constitutional rights!

Work requirements were taken out of welfare by none other than Bill Clinton.

8:17--How many times do I have to explainthat Offshore oil drilling will do nothing--3% of the reserves, 25% of the demand.  Drop. In. The. Bucket.

8:20--So was Palin proud of her country when she attended a secessionist convention at least twice? I don't question Michelle Obama's patriotism or Palin's patriotism, shut up about a butchered comment already...

Huckabee next

8:28--That Elite Liberal Media again...

8:29--It is about you--you want something to change. 

8:30--You know, I disagree with him, but Huckabee is a good speaker.  Had he been nominated, it would have been a different ball game, and a lot more exciting.

8:35--talking about experience, Palin got more votes for mayor than Biden got for President--because votes = experience...

8:41 Olbermann Fact Check-- Biden got votes in Florida and California that on their own would have given him more votes than Palin would have recieved in both elections in Wasilla.  Also, Lincoln did not found the Republican Party, he managed to get their nomination on the third ballot of their second ballot. Apparently speechwriters did not know how to use the Google.

8:56--May I say that Pat Buchannan has a terrible combover?

Saint Rudy of 9/11

9:03--There's that Left Wing Media again!

9:05--wait, wait, wait, I thought the applicants name was crossed off?  

9:09--a few years later...try 8.

9:14--Drill, Baby, Drill!!!

9:16--AAAAHHH!!! My head is starting to hurt with all the stupidity!!!


9:20--so Rudy's idea of a strong, informed position is "Today, we are all Georgians?" but nuance, and understanding of a complex situation that does appear to have been fueled by both sides is waffling...interesting...

9:26--I think I just say Rudy Giuliani manufacture an attack on Palin to attack the manufactured attackers for attacking Palin... What Democrat has asked about Palin being able to take care of her family?

Sarah Palin

9:29--I expect a rousing speech...I will actually be disappointed with a weak one.  She should be able to get quite a few applause lines.

9:33--there was no hope for that candidate...until the lobbyists revived it with money from K street...

9:37--A very nice looking family!  

9:43--Who the heck is the lady that they were taking out of the arena???

9:44--Washington elite liberal media...

9:47--since Bush left the country better than HE found it...

9:50--so if she said "Thanks, but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere, why is it there?

9:54--Checking over at Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis , the credentialed DNC blog from Alaska--"'Our state budget is under control...we have a surplus.' OMG...she's taking credit for oil prices?????"

9:55--No major legislation...except that ethics package...

9:57--Obama is definitely against strengthening America...and what the hell does the Gateway Arch have to do with Palin?

9:59--I hate to tell you something, but that debt has to be paid off somehow...

10:01--if lobbyists don't want to have a McCain presidency, then why did they run his campaign when it was in the gutter that year ago...

10:03--She is an attack dog, I will say that...

10:08--As much as I thought a lot of it was a load of crap, it was a very good speech on its merits.  a lot of tough jabs to the jaw of Obama. A lot of them were unfair, but they were harsh attacks.  That was exactly what I expected.

10:10--Holy Crap, its John McSame!  Nobody saw that coming!

10:22--Wait, Alaska's delegation is in the back of the hall...at the DNC, the Illinois delegation and the Deleware delegation were in the front...

North Dakota Republicans For Obama
Written by Chet   

ObimoThat didn't take long.  The Obama campaign has announced a preliminary list of some of the Republicans who have recognized that the best thing for America and for North Dakota would be for the entire country to unite behind the Obama/Biden campaign.  Here's the press release:

Obama Campaign Announces
“North Dakota Republicans for Obama”  
FARGO, ND – Obama for America today announced “North Dakota Republicans for Obama,” an organization of committed North Dakota Republicans who are supporting Senator Obama. The organization will spearhead efforts to mobilize support for Barack Obama among Republicans in North Dakota. Senator Obama has developed a broad coalition of support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents in North Dakota who have responded to his message of bringing America together to deliver the change we need.
"I've been a Republican my entire life, but I strongly believe that Senator Obama is a leader who will get our country back on the right track," said Ellen Dehn, a retired small business owner from Hatton, ND. "With the challenges that our middle class families are facing here in North Dakota, this election presents a clear choice: more of the same failed economic policies of the Bush administration or the change we need."

Initial members of “North Dakota Republicans for Obama” include:

Juliane Wilkinson, Lakota, Registered Nurse

Aaron Weston, Langdon, Former Truck Driver

Becky Braathen, Tolna, Insurance Agent

Carolyn Berdal, Petersburg, Tech Coordinator

Joann Larocque, Saint John          

Ellen Dehn, Hatton, Small Business Owner

Laurel Johnson, Hatton, Registered Nurse

Lavonne Beach, Carrington, Homemaker

Barbara Loe, McHenry, Retired

Linda Babinski, Minot, Retired Social Worker

Kathy Holter, Grand Forks      

Richard Ziniel, Grand Forks, Retired Postal Worker

Ron Anseth, Grand Forks      

Alberta Voegele, McClusky, Daycare Operator

Derek Thompson, Fargo    

Michael Hardy, Fargo, Retired Investment Manager

Elaine Neubauer, West Fargo, Dental Technician

Crystal Miller, Oakes, Waitress

Nancy Johnson, Nome, Teacher

Cathrine Hruby, Bismarck, Retired Secretary

Mary Appert, Bismarck             

Mark Joy, Jamestown, Professor, Student Advisor

Verdella Nelson, Williston, Retired Telephone Operator

Eloise Lunder, Minot, Retired Nurse

Judy Olson, Minot, County Employee

Donavon Dehn, Hatton, Retired Electrical Worker

Cheree Vaughn, Minot, Operations Manager

Larry Adams, Fargo, Regional Manager

Ruth Belgarde, Dunseith             

Adeline Denault, Edinburg, Retired

Mary Feldner, Starkweather, Retired

Residents interested in joining “North Dakota Republicans for Obama” may sign up at:



September 3, 2008
Contact: Jan Messerschmidt, jmesserschmidt@barackobama.com

It was just a matter of time. 

I've had other North Dakota Republicans tell me they're supporting Obama for President.  I've also had a number of them tell me they're supporting Jasper Schneider for N.D. Insurance Commissioner.  They'd never put their names on a list like this for fear of being retaliated against by the retaliators who lead North Dakota's GOP, but there are apparently a bunch of you guys out there. 

I suppose I need to take back some of the bad things I've said about Republicans now.







Question for our many Republican readers:  Why isn't your name on that list?

When pundits say what they actually think and more on Palin...
Written by Adam   




In the words of Urkel "Did I do that?"

Well there you have it from the horse's mouth:  Mike Murphy(McSame's campaign advisor in 2000) and Peggy Noonan(Speechwriter for Reagan)both saying what we all know.  McCain is screwed!

By the way, more coming out in the past few days that really makes you scratch your head and wonder how much vetting they did on Palin:


As it appears, Palin has some ties to the Alaskan Independence Party.  They believe in exactly that: Alaskan Independence.  They want to have a vote on Alaskan Secession.  Also, in 2000, they passed a resolution stating:


...if any federal order attempts to make it unlawful for individual Americans to own firearms or to confiscate firearms...

Here is a quote from the party's founder:

 "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government...and I won't be buried under their damn flag." - Joe Vogler, Founder of the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP)

Here's another one from the same article:

In the course of denouncing Federal regulation over land, he said:

"And then you get mad. And you say, the hell with them. And you renounce allegiance, and you pledge your efforts, your effects, your honor, your life to Alaska."

Her husband was a registered member of the party up until 2002.  A release of Palin's voter registration records shows that she was never a member of the party, but the McSame campaign confirmed that Palin attended the party's convention in 2000, when the above resolution was passed.  It was apparently a "courtesy visit" as a mayor. She also addressed the party's convention this year with this message:


No mincing of words there, you can tell...

I have to ask, What if Barack Obama had given such a speech, or if he were connected to a party that in any way advocated a state seceeding from the Union?  Again, Palin is a republican, and is of course immune to such insinuations.  What am I thinking?


This is Dan Quayle and Thomas Eagleton all rolled into one!

[UPDATE #1:  Here's a similar -- though slightly different -- video which seems to make pretty clear that Palin hates America.

Why would someone who claims to love the United States of America want her state to secede from the union?  Can one of you smart righties explain that to me?]

Quote of The Day: Luke Russert
Written by Chet   

"The convention might be in St. Paul, but the revolution is in Ron Paul."

(this morning on MSNBC)

Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman
Written by Chet   

DroopyI resent Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman.  They gave speeches tonight in St. Paul that made it hard to stay awake for the Daily Show.

And I throw up just a little bit every time Lieberman says he's a Democrat.   He's not a Democrat.  He's not a Republican.  He's an opportunist.

Live Streaming Elephants
Written by Chet   

For your viewing pleasure, here's the stream for the RNC's convention in St. Paul. 

When it's live, the stream will be live.  The rest of the time,  I think ustream will run reruns of stuff from the previous night.

You can always count on NorthDecoder.com to be fair and balanced.

Last time I talked to Curly Haugland of Bismarck, he told me he's running for the position of chairman of the RNC this week.  Have you seen anything about that in any North Dakota newspapers?

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