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Oct 18th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 18, 2010

Tom Horner Townhall in St. Joseph

Aubrey Immelman welcomes Tom Horner to St. Cloud for his press conference at Stop Light Bait, May 12, 2010.
Aubrey Immelman welcomes Tom Horner to St. Cloud for a press conference at Stop Light Bait on May 12, 2010, in advance of Minnesota’s fishing opener.

One year ago today, I announced an informal meet-and-greet around the issue of higher education on behalf of Independent candidate for Minnesota governor, Tom Horner, at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.


Two Years Ago — October 18, 2009

Bachmann’s ‘Anti-American’ Rant

Two years ago today, on October 18, 2009, I noted the first anniversary of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s despicable Oct. 17, 2008 “anti-American” remarks on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, which first propelled her into the national spotlight but dishonored her office and brought shame to the State of Minnesota by calling for a media investigation reminiscent of McCarthy-era witch hunts to “find out [which members of Congress] are pro-America or anti-America.”


Three Years Ago — October 18, 2008  (#1)

War on Terror Converges with Economic Meltdown

Pakistani women protest inflation
Pakistani women rally in Lahore on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 protesting an inflation rate that had reached 25 percent. (Photo credit: K. M. Chaudary / AP)

Three years ago today, on the morning of October 18, 2008, I reported that Pakistan was scrambling for foreign aid to ward off a possible economic meltdown while trying to contain sharply escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists. I also highlighted looming economic problems, citing a Washington Post report that the U.S. federal deficit was soaring toward the $1 trillion mark by the end of 2008, “creating the deepest well of red ink since the end of World War II.”


Three Years Ago — October 18, 2008 (#2)

Write-In Candidacy Announcement

Three years ago today, on the afternoon of October 18, 2008, in response to Michele Bachmann’s shameful commentary of Oct. 17, 2008 on MSNBC “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, I announced my write-in candidacy in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District election for U.S. Representative.

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