Minnesota blogger featured on Colbert Report

politics_mn.jpgKudos to my fellow greater Minnesota blogger Sally Jo Sorensen for her shout-out on last night’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central. She was the one who found the weird TV ad Tom Emmer did in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, where he endorsed a construction company as a candidate for Congress. This is blatantly illegal, and also hilarious.

Sally writes Bluestem Prairie, which is kind of like the MinnesotaBrown of southern Minnesota, though arguably with better investigative writing.


  1. Sally Jo Sorensen says

    Thanks, Aaron!

  2. What’s annoying about the clip is not the Emmer ad, which is funny and weird, but the way Colbert follows it up by doing an on-show ad for Sunny D orange drink in the guise of pretending to spoof the idea of on-show ads. The idiotic, sheeplike audience ha-ha-has obligingly, of course. The Sunny D marketing department must have been quite pleased.

  3. Funny it is. But it doesn’t hold a candle to politicians illegal acts:

    Short list BO’s firsts:
    • First President to Violate the War Powers Act (Unilaterally Executing American Military Operations in Libya Without Informing Congress In the Required Time Period – Source: Huffington Post)
    • First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico (Source: Politico)
    • First President to Openly Defy a Congressional Order Not To Share Sensitive Nuclear Defense Secrets With the Russian Government (Sources: ABC News, Rep. Michael Turner)
    • First President to Leak Highly Classified Military and Intelligence Secrets to Hollywood In Order to Promote a Movie That Could Help His Reelection Campaign (Source: Judicial Watch)
    • First President to Leak Confidential IRS Tax Records to Groups Aligned Politically With Him for Partisan Advantage (Source: The Hill Newspaper)
    • First President to Attempt to Block Legally-Required 60-Day Layoff Notices by Government Contractors Due to His Own Cuts to Defense Spending — Because The Notices Would Occur Before the Election. (Source: National Journal)
    • First President to Issue Unlawful “Recess-Appointments” Over a Long Weekend — While the U.S. Senate Remained in Session (against the advice of his own Justice Department – Source: United States Court of Appeals)
    • First President to Have His Attorney General Held in Criminal Contempt of Congress For His Efforts to Cover Up Operation Fast and Furious, That Killed Over 300 Individuals (Source: Politico)
    • First President to Unlawfully Seize Telephone Records of More than 100 Reporters to Intimidate and/or Bully Them (Source: Associated Press)
    • First President to Witness a Single Cabinet Secretary Commit Multiple Hatch Act Violations Without Acting, Speaking Out, Disciplining or Firing That Person (Source: New York Times)
    • First President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador’s Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case: the Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)

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