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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The year: 2010

And yet Ken Avidor returns to the past again, re-posting in PRT Moondoggie his most favoritest Minnesota Public Radio story ever -- the one from 2004 that contains the magic words PRT, Bachmann and Zimmermann:


Por que? Es claro: because Ken has set about the task of politicizing the issue of PRT in Winona. Look at what he's already posted this week:

Jan. 4: City Council Vote Soon on Winona Pods
Jan. 4: Candidate Jeremy Miller's Position on the Winona Pod Project
Jan. 5: SD 31 Candidate Paul Ibisch's Position on Winona Pod Plan

Ibsich and Miller are Republicans (and Miller is a son of Winona mayor Jerry Miller -- didya know that, Ken? You're welcome). Democratic Farmer Labor incumbent Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes hasn't responded to Ken's single issue question yet, he says.

He doesn't need her response.
Because even though Ibsich and Miller The Younger's support for the PRT plan is clearly conditional, for Ken Avidor the only correct position is total opposition to PRT. This of course is the Risser Rule, after the one-time Green candidate whom Avidor relentlessly attacked and linked to Bachmann, Zimmermann and Mark Olson -- until Risser abandoned her noncommittal position:

The upshot is that Ken now has more than enough info to brand Ibsich and Miller The Younger as 'PRTistas' who are 'just like Bachmann and Zimmermann.' Ken will use this to continue his talking point that only right wingers want PRT.It's a talking point because it's propaganda. A lie. Avidor knows full well that PRT has support from both ends of the political spectrum -- he knows because I've explained it to him, at places like his own Daily Kos diary (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

And Michele Bachmann's support for PRT in 2004? There were actually several PRT-related bills other than hers, and the majority of authors/co-authors were Democrats (read them for yourself). Other non-Republicans who support PRT include Marcy Winograd (running in California against blue dog Jane Harman), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Gus Ayer, Peak Oil expert Debbie Cook, TheocracyWatch founder Joan Bokaer, and New Urbanist Peter Calthorpe.

Update (2/25/2012):

Now Ken's going after Minneapolis community leader/environmentalist Sarah Sponheim (daughter of old Avidor target A. Sheffer Lang)


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