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Man of the Bible

I sent this video of Sarah Cooper lip syncing the President to my French pen pal S. It is, of course, complete gibberish so I typed up the transcript.

NOTE: if the image doesn’t play go here.

Q. I am wondering what 1 or 2 of your most favorite Bible uh versus are and w…?

A. Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me thats very personal. You know when I talk about the Bible its very personal so I don’t want to get into it. I

Q. You don’t want to get into…

A. No, I, I…

Q. continued….means a lot to you that you think about or cite….

A. The the Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics.

Q. Even to cite a verse that you like…?

A. No! I don’t want to do that….

Q. Are you an Old Testament guy or a New Testament Guy?

A. Probably equal. I think its just an incredible, The whole Bible is an incredible – I joke very much – so they always hold up the Art of the Deal – I say my second favorite book of all time. But a, I just think the Bible is just something very special.

I also mentioned that the President tear gassed peaceful protesters away from the church across the street to make room for his photo op.

A “perennial” “provocateur” has second thoughts on his DNT depiction

I’ve had a night to sleep on Brady Slater’s story about my candidacy. Its a good story. Its even a fair story. I already said I like the picture the DNT used of me. But on thinking about it I’m a little disappointed. Brady has taken the editorial department’s evaluation with me and run with it. I think he’s done it without giving one particular adjective much thought by calling me a “provocateur”.

The word is used like “saboteur” meaning someone who purposely destroys something like putting dynamite on train tracks carrying German troops to Vichy France or setting explosives under a bridge. A provocateur however, incites passions or maybe simply calls attention to something. Were America’s founding father’s provocateurs? You’re damned right they were. Was that bad? Is a President calling the nation’s governors “jerks” for not brutally suppressing peaceful marchers a provocateur? You’re damned right he is. What might the DNT editors say about him? Has the Tribune ever called this spade a spade? Before he was ever elected he flew around the nation in his billionaire’s jet lying through his teeth in front of adoring racist crowds claiming that President Obama was a foreigner. Why did the News Tribune, or its owners, fail to warn their vast Eighth District readership that under no circumstances should they vote for that kind of a provocateur?

Half the reason the Editors like to call me a provocateur is because, like Trump, I have no fear of calling them out for being slipshod……ONLY I NEVER CALL THEM OR THE NEWS BUSINESS “FAKE NEWS.” I think I hurt their feelings. But Donald Trump does all the time quite incorrectly. He points fingers at reporters at his rallies and calls them tools of misinformation. Unlike me Trump is evidently the Trib editors kind of guy.

If the damned editors of the Duluth News Tribune had a dangerous provocateur in Duluth they should do a better job exposing him, ME, for my provocations. Hell, I’ve put fifteen or twenty million opinionated words into my blog that everyone in the city with Internet access could have called me on for the past fourteen years. My excesses are so few that only rarely have my critics quoted me. For instance, when the Red Plan was adopted and paid for by firing teachers I said that the “gangrene” in Duluth’s western schools would spread to the eastern schools. What I said was provocative but looking at Duluth and its unequal education who can honestly say I was wrong to warn people even if the word “gangrene” was visceral? I meant to be provocative. Until the gangrene made the front pages the Trib turned a blind eye then they killed the provocative messenger.

I remember when I learned what the word “provoke” meant. I was in grade school and my school teacher grandmother would say, when something went wrong like cookies coming out of the oven burned, “I’m so provoked.” Provocation in this sense is being angry. Well, the world just saw four Minneapolis police officers murder a black man over nine excruciating minutes while their hands were casually tucked in their pockets as people in the neighborhood videoed their victim’s last cries of anguish before dying. Then they proceeded to keep a knee on their victim’s neck for another couple of minutes while telling an ambulance that there was no need to rush to the scene. That arrogant, immoral, incompetent, and murderous act has provoked people not just in the U.S. but all over the world to march in frustration with world’s former beacon of hope and progress. No Thanks to the Duluth News Tribune who’s editors failed to warn us of a real provocateur. Last night the man tear gassed peaceful protesters and chased them away from a church with armed troops so that he could grandly walk across Pennsylvania Avenue to wave a Bible in front of news cameras.

What were my provocations? I complained loudly and often that a half-billion dollar building program for the Duluth Schools should have been given to voters to decide in a referendum just like every other City in Minnesota. For five or six years I kept pointing out flaws in the design and the ignorance and arrogance of the School Board and a fortune 500 company that hid public information from the public about what was going on. Then I sided with a colleague, an admittedly quarrelsome colleague, who was almost railroaded off of the School Board for false accusations of racism, abuse of power and self dealing when his real offense was asking questions and making a stink when he was ignored.

And now I guess I’m being a “provocateur” by pointing out that a conspiracy of political operatives sucking in vast sums of untraceable money from a gaggle of billionaire proto-fascists has driven moderates like me out a political party my family has been affiliated with for four generations. That makes me a “RINO” in the eyes of these former Dixiecrats who put their stamp on the party that Ronald Reagan called on to be a “Big Tent.” Yes! I am being provocative. In the Bible it was called telling the truth or, as it says in John 8:31-31-32, “the Truth shall set you free.” That’s a line from the Bible that our Fake-News-decrying-President has never read.

Brady, I just hope your editors peek into the good book and notice this Presidential ignorance. There is another line all Trump News provocateurs ought to keep in mind before they go completely digital: “pride goeth before the fall.” That’s paraphrased from Proverbs. And by the way, I still get the print version of the DNT delivered to my door. I’ll miss its daily delivery.

And since I’m now officially in a race for Congress let me ask the incumbent the following related question:
Pete Stauber. What do you think of Minneapolis Police Union President and Trump confidante Lt. Bob Kroll?

Probably the best photo the Trib ever took of me

And the story to go with it:

I decided to avoid the tomorrow’s last day to file rush. I wrote up the previous post, contributed $50.00 to George Conway’s Lincoln Project. It was the least I could do after the group’s confederate flag ad and then I took my first drive out of town for the last two months.

The State Capital has been cleaned up and it was beautiful under the blue and white sky. It was guarded at all entrances by the National Guard.

I arrived a little after noon and found a short line of candidates ahead of me. One fellow who had just signed the short candidate filing papers was without a mask. He looked at me behind the cotton mask Claudia gave me and told me that it was only good for making me feel good about myself. I was more amused than irritated. I asked him if he was a Republican. He said he was with the Veterans Party because it was time to abandon the big two. He explained all about his ten years in emergency management or something like that. It was the reason he knew only realy N-95 masks were useful…….He didn’t explain why he wasn’t wearing one but he told me that Governor Walz was violating the Constitution by making people wear them. One thing I’ve learned in life is that new third parties attract Know-it-alls just like the regular parties.

And then I handed in my filing paper. I’m on the ballot again. A little after I got home I found a text from the DNT’s Brady Slater. He wanted to give me a call for a story. The story is fine, despite the tired but accurate description of me as a perennial candidate. We had a cordial conversation and I discovered he spoke French. I recommended the French television series Le Petite Murtres P Agata Christie. I told him its very funny. I’ve been encouraging my French Pen pal S to watch it. Despite the subtitles I think most English speaking people would find it amusing. I particularly recommend the second ensemble of actors with the red head on the motorcycle and the Secretary that’s a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. The latter’s name in Elodie Frenk and she is a stictch.

Positive signs, a little snow, and filing for Congress

While President Trump plays Dick Cheney and hides in the Presidential bunkers some of the men in blue around the country who are dealing with the fallout from his braggadocio are pulling Colin Kaepernick’s and taking a knee instead of pressing it on justice.

The President was as quick as me to lay the blame for the anonymous fire bombing. He laid the blame on Antifa (antifascista) a loosely organized group intended to fight fascist groups that cheer the President on and bring their own mayhem around the country. I blamed people who wanted to start a race war. Call them the Helter Skelter crowd. We are both surely being overly simplistic. A mob has its own synergy and many if not most peaceful protests bring out people who are simply gratified by chaos.

I’ve been doing some writing about the Vietnam peace protests in Mankato when I was attending the college there. I stayed far away from the takeover of Highway 169 in the Spring of 1972 which led to bottle throwing at the police and some use of tear gas. In France the mobs lopped off heads much to the discomfort of retired American revolutionaries. Angry crowds have a hard time policing themselves so the police must do it. When the Mankato peace marchers headed to the Highway I vividly remember seeing an old nemisis of mine who didn’t go to college heading in that direction in a state of some intoxication. I mentioned him in an old column of mine twenty years ago. He was the rat taking great pleasure in aiming his kicks at my gonads while I was locked in combat with Wayne…….Wayne turns out to be the hero of this story.

I have been impressed with the Duluth police and I’m not surprised. Anyone knowing the history of Duluth and the origins of our City’s greatest shame will understand the lengths to which Chief Tusken is inclined to go toward decency. That inclination is doubled in what has become Denfeld High School which has the highest minority student population. It’s new principal is the Chief’s brother.

I’ve just called the Secretary of State’s office in St. Paul to make sure I have everything I need to file for Congress today. Claudia didn’t realize I’d be required to go there and is suffering a little anxiety because of all the news about the late night riots. It will be my fourth trip down to file for Congress and my second time to file as a Republican. For any elective office covering over two Minnesota counties this is the only place to file. I asked the fellow who answered the phone about the Covid-19 protocols. It will be just like going to Mt. Royal Supermarket. I’ll take the mask that Claudia hand sewed with me. I also asked about riots. He assured me that everything is calm. Then I joked with him about whether President Trump might get his way and cancel the elections all together after all the crisis he’s helped foment and heap fuel on. The staff member seemed a little puzzled at any serious thought of a postponement of our elections. I hope he’s not underestimating the work of our troll under the White House.

By the way. This post will serve as my Press Release. I should add, if I haven’t been clear, that this election is about the fitness in office of President Trump and any of our representatives who are too timid to challenge the mayhem our President has caused the United States. I’m filing as a Republican in a last ditch effort to prevent the forces of darkness from snuffing out the last vestiges of the Republican Party’s founder Abraham Lincoln. I hope its not too late. For my part, I was far ahead of George Conway and the Lincoln Project (but they have better commercials).

My efforts to alert America to the danger of Donald Trump began in 2016. five years ago at the prospect of having an uninformed egoist and demagogue sweep away the passel of nothing-burger presidential wannabes of today’s Republican Party. Here’s my first contribution to that message in snow which I later turned into a “trading card”:

The Charlie Manson wing of the Trumplican Party

The ghost of Charlie Manson, “Helter Skelter,” has come to haunt Minnesota courtesy of Donald Trump. These are some of the “good people” from Charlotsburg who chanted that they would not be replaced by Jews and who ran over a woman protesting their Storm Trooper like tiki torch bearing. They have a close affinity with Dylann Roof who massacred 9 members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

Helter Skelter, the wild Beatles’ song was the name Charlie Manson called his project to start a race war in America by slaughtering an actress and her unborn child. Manson’s torch is carried by the Trump sanctioned provocateurs who are torching Minneapolis and St. Paul to cast blame on the furious innocents who have been protesting the murder of George Floyd. I heard the press conference with Minnesota Governor Walz and here’s a pretty reputable news source to tell about it.

Every Person Arrested In Saint Paul Last Night Was From Out Of State, Mayor Says – Forbes

Donald Trump the triple threat……just today

The White House is going dark on the economy.

The White House reportedly will not release updated economic projections this summer, an unprecedented move that comes amid a crippling downturn caused by the coronavirus and the measures enacted to … View the article.


The President uses $29 million tax payer bucks to advertise his campaign for reelection.

A postcard mailer that went out to nearly all adult American citizens simply to highlight impeached President Donald Trump’s role in the stimulus check program cost the government $28 million. Trump’s … View the article.

Meanwhile to prevent mail in ballots and a lower risk of corona virus infection Trump is strangling the postal service that his senior voters depend upon.

I vent for my French penpal over today’s headlines and Donald Trump

This morning as I woke to headlines coming from Minneapolis. My innocent French penpal asked how my book writing was going and then asked about about Donald Trump. This is the question/litany S. sent me:

S writes:

So I read in the French news what is written about the Scarborough affair. Yes Trump accused him not directly to be at the origin of his secretary death.

And I read also:
“This is not the first time that the billionaire has engaged in such outrage: in 2016, during the Republican primaries, he accused the father of his opponent Ted Cruz of being involved in … the death of Kennedy in 1963. He also accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of having played a role in the death of Vince Foster, a White House adviser who committed suicide in 1993. He also expressed doubts about Barack Obama after the death in an accident plane crash of a Hawaii state official in 2013, or the Orlando shooting claimed by ISIS in 2016.

My reply:

About Trump’s mendacity.

I began paying attention to Trump when he used his father’s wealth to carve out more property in New York. He violated open housing laws to keep black residents out of his apartments. He used his wealth to fight the Government in court till he got his hands slapped ( meaning he was barely punished)

Not long after this he began suggesting that our presidents were so stupid that he ought to be President. No one took him seriously back then.

When in the 1990’s a white woman runner (jogger) was attacked and raped in New York’s Central Park it was thought she might have been attacked by a bunch of young black men who had been acting up in the park.

Always eager to be in the news Trump spent $100,000 dollars on ads in NY Papers saying that the 5 young black me arrested afterwards should be hung even though capital punishment had been outlawed in the state. His pressure helped convict them all and they spent a decade behind bars until the real culprit was found. Like every other bit of mischief he’s been behind he never apologized.

He spent months saying that Obama was born in Africa. No apologies for that. He’s spent months making patriotic white America furious over black athletes who took a prayerful pose kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during football games instead of standing up hand over their hearts.

What they were protesting was centuries of black abuse at the hands of police forces that took special care to keep black slaves, later to be citizens, in line.

Today in my state of Minnesota dozens of blocks of our biggest city Minneapolis lie burning after the fifth unarmed black suspect died at the hands of police in the two years. Three policemen stood by while a fourth strangled a black man by putting his knee in his neck to handcuff and arrest him for being uncooperative.

This was watched by dozens of neighbors who begged the police not to continue. The man’s offense. He was suspected of passing a counterfeit 20 dollar bill in a store. Today there have been tens of millions of dollars in property damage because our police all too often act like the mafia when one of them acts viciously. But in the era of cell phones the whole nation can see the excesses on the nightly news so that it’s no longer possible for the police to cover up for each other.

Trump’s reaction is to claim that in addition to his presidential immunity from prosecution from criminal offenses he has a right to lie on Twitter. He is astonished that social media now tells people when he lies. They have no right to do that! It violates his 1st amendment rights which as President are godlike. He is, of course, investigating Twitter to stop them from letting people know when he prevaricates.

All this is true and factual and just the smallest sample of Donald Trump’s mendacity.

Not all Americans agree with me that he is vile. Many have adopted the opinion that while he is an SOB at least he is their SOB. That makes it OK. (SOB= son of a bitch)

I started writing in my book early today. I don’t know how long it will take but it’s time I put it all down on paper…..or in the internet.

Questions for Pete Stauber #1

Do you support a President who repeatedly tells his forty million followers on Twitter that Talk Show host Joe Scarborough is a murderer?

Follow up:

Does the Presidency give President Trump more 1st Amendment rights to lie than the rest of the people in America?

Next person who gets a robo call inviting you to one of Pete’s ubiquitous town hall forum phone calls feel free to pose either question to Congressman Stauber. Push the button right away to ask a question because it takes a while for you to pose them to Pete. I waited over an hour and I couldn’t ask my question.

Crowdsourced proof reading?

As I prepare to lock horns with Pete Stauber and the Evil Empire of President Trump, I could use some help with this:

I have ten days of writing and preparation ahead of me to get the text written and organized for this book. Eleven days from now, June 2nd. (or before), I must travel to the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State in St. Paul and file for Congress.

The last five days I have been doing the work of months roughing out two chapters a day. I have another ten days to rough out another six or seven chapters. I’ve been putting the book together like a jigsaw puzzle telling voters what I think they need to know about me and scraping off at least some of what is distracting. I want to publish a book which is at least a little more finely tuned than a Presidential tweet.

So, I hope to crowd-source my proof reading. Anyone interested in either a sneak preview or helping me mount my steed for my Quixote-like charge to topple giants will have their name pushed to the front of a very special line – the people I interview for my Congressional Office staff.

As I write this my inclination is to give no more than two chapters to any individual proof reader. Once they’ve gotten their two chapters I want my proofers to get them back to me in two days. I hope enough volunteers step forward so that each chapter has at least a couple more eyes to pass over other than mine.

I still have plenty of other book publishing related tasks ahead of me. I have to format the book, insert graphics, find a printer, get an ISBN number so that the book can be ordered from Amazon and other outlets and figure out how to set it up for Kindle and Nook downloads.

If you would like to distract yourself from corona virus isolation with this flight of fancy send me an email at:

“Who would like to help me bake the bread?” Asked the the Little Red Hen.

I have my book’s front cover planned

I’ll let the professionals clean it up.

I’m taking pre-sales now. It will be money better spent than on tuition for Trump University.

Remember when you buy it the pay pal button says its for Harry Welty’s School Board campaign. That’s no longer accurate. Its explained in the previous post but this will be money paid to Harry Welty who will use as much of it as he needs to campaign for Congress and Minnesota’s August primary. The book is on offer for twenty dollars but don’t feel that that’s all you can give Harry to pay for his own campaign so as to avoid messing around with all sorts of federal campaign spending reports.

BTW – I haven’t consulted with any campaign attorneys for advice about this operation of mine but I figure if Republican U.S. Senators can get inside Corona virus information and make millions off the looming deaths of the constituents they represent I ought to be able to handle any investigation by the Authorities before President Trump fires them all.

PS. I don’t know what page the answer to the question will be put on. I’m still organizing the book.

Congress – Fish or Cut Bait

Well I’m going to fish of course. For three hundred dollars? That’s what it costs to file for Congress in Minnesota. That’s nuthin for a thousanaire like me.

My most recent plan was to finish my book for Congressional campaigning in May. We are past the ides. So last night after binging on three PBS Finale’s I texted S. my French pen pal to say I will be hard to reach for the next two weeks. I decided my first task, after limiting myself to a single hour of NPR’s Morning Edition was to research getting an ISBN number for my book. Before I found this page I ran into all sorts of self publishing business websites. Sheesh.

This will be my second ISBN number. I got my first ISBN – 0-9632953-0-6 in 1992 for another book I used to campaign for Congress. I wrote that book to force myself to learn to write. After I managed that I decided that instead of begging for contributions to a campaign against both Republicans and Democrats for Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional seat I could sell the book to fund a campaign for Congress.

This year’s book is intended to do the same. Fund a campaign for Congress but not by pushing a kid’s adventure story. Rather, I want to give voters, readers and all Americans some hope that we can escape the black hole of paranoia overtaking Earth. Tall order? You bet it is. Unless you are a crazy optimist. It helps that I like the people that are wrecking everything. Oh, I’m impatient with them and horrified by what they are willing to do as their paranoia and self righteousness runs rampant. But I still like them. I suspect Jesus liked the moneylenders whose tables he overturned at the Temple. Yes, I like them even if they kill my grandchildren, as they are blindly attempting to do. I understand that that is not their goal.

My book is already substantially written. A few select and self-chosen people in Duluth have already read parts of it because I am a promiscuous author. My task now is to take twenty years of labor sift through it and organize some small part of it into a coherent explanation of everything. Tall order? You bet it is.

I can’t finish the book in two weeks but if I give the project ten hours a day for the next fourteen days I’ll come close. I am determined to fulfill the first 65 sales I made of the book last year. Wish me luck and stay tuned. My goal is nothing less than lifting the world back onto its feet.

The tentative Title for this book: Who the Hell is Harry Welty and why can a loser like him help knock some sense into us?

Actually, so far its only Who the Hell is Harry Welty and. Every ten minutes some new conclusion to that title occurs to me. My front page is already planned. If you read “One more paragraph” I’ll tell you how I plan to use this book to raise money to campaign. (followed by one more paragraph for you to make a book purchase in advance of publishing)

One more paragraph: First, this is a corona campaign. Social media is the campaign. Advertising on Facebook is a little different from buying billboards but this year voters sequestered at home won’t drive past billboards. Second, I have put up with the financial reporting rules of running for Congress three times before. I don’t have the patience for that. If I don’t get more than $5,000 in contributions I don’t have to report anything. That means I can spend my own money. So, I’ll sell my book and take the profits to buy online advertising. I’ll have to pay income taxes on the “profits” but I won’t be breaking any laws. Also, while the books will sell for around $20 I will be happy to accept higher payments to speed up the race for Internet advertising funds. The funds will be mine however. In effect purchases over the $20 will be gifts which I will have to report as income to the IRS. If I sell a lot of books I’ll have to pay a lot of taxes. Hooray! In our stand-still Corona economy I’ll be able to send a little something to Uncle Sam to help us get out of the economic funk. Third, My book will explain my unconventional approach to putting America back on its feet again. Its not by holding my tongue. My tongue is too slippery for even me to manage. I have strong opinions and will not sit on them. Instead, I will keep liking the people who are wrecking everything. Maybe they will even get to like me. That’s my aim. That’s our cure. Telling everyone who the Hell Harry Welty is, is the beginning of my campaign to fix everything.

Want a book? Want to buy it? Well, I haven’t yet fixed my pay pal account to list this as a book purchase. The pay pal button calls it a “Donation” for my old School Board campaign. I still have the same bank account but now its for Harry Welty not my school board campaign. And your “donation” is not a donation. It is a book purchase/gift to Harry Welty of Duluth, Minnesota. I will use this income to give my campaign for Congress a leg up. Below this paragraph is the misnamed “donation” button. As Donald Trump once asked before we had a chance to learn the answer to his question, “What have you got to lose?”

Fox News makes stupid people stupider

It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t killing off thousands of people!

I posted this short segment of CBS New’s 60 minutes yesterday. It shows how Fox News helped put the brakes on vital Corona virus research based on Trump’s ignoramus cheer leader Congressman Matt Gaetz’s false claims to Tucker Carlson, a shill on Fox News, who competes with Fox’s other shills to catch Donald Trump’s late night Fake news reporting. Fox, Gaetz and Trump. Its a triumvirate of the ignorant and their incestuous self-pollination with the Fox audience. Its bullshit in an ice cream cone.

Thank God (if there is one hidden behind the President’s prayer group) the New York Times publishes real news. Today I just learned where all the Fox Hyped news about the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine came from. It came from mis-reported information from an arrogant French researcher, Didier Raoult, who like Donald Trump imagines himself to be so brilliant that all the other medical researchers in France are stuck in dim-witted methodology. He explains that all of these authorities are full of “hubris.” Their hubris is the result of their faith in tired and slowpoke methods of getting ahead of pathogens. He is the hare to the tortoise. Maybe it takes a bit of hubris to accuse everyone else of having it. I guess his long hair and Harley riding prove that he’s an iconoclast. Maybe, but nothing in the unfolding story in the Times suggests that Dr. Raoult doesn’t consider himself Nietzsche’s superman.

The very long story does explain the genuine brilliance of this arrogant man but by the last third of the article the reporter explains Dr. Raoult’s short cuts, intuiting of solutions instead of validating them, shows his Institute’s shoddy research and all the credit he claims for the work of a great many others for all the research at his institute including his Hydroxychloroquine trial. When Fox News infected Trump with its cheer leading for the drug they didn’t manage to note that Dr. Raoult’s remedy also required an antibiotic. Neither did Fox or the President mention any of the dubious claims about the efficacy of the treatment. The NY Times did.

Dr. Raualt is a little like a snake oil salesman who understands that some drugs help with a variety of maladies and takes that knowledge to sell them as cure-alls. He’s the wholesaler. Fox News is the retailer. And Donald Trump. He rides in the wagon hawing his cures in stadiums of people breathing in the corona poluted air. I understand. The lives of Americans can’t be allowed to get in the way of his desperate effort to be reelected to the Presidency. You see the Presidency, with the help of The Trump Supreme Court has become every school child’s version of the perfect “safety” in a game of Kick-the-ucket. As long as he’s standing in the Oval Office everyone else loses.

By the way, I had one occasion to learn about hydroxychloriquine when a guest from the Congo stayed with us some years ago. He was suffering from headaches and lethargy due to malaria while at our home having forgotten his medicine back in the Congo. Malaria was not the first thing that popped into the head of the doctor I took Reverend Kazadi to see. Fortunately, he was prescribed some before we left the hospital.