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Waconia pastor goes viral with inaccurate HIV/AIDS testimony at Legislature [UPDATED]

Mike Frey, the pastor at Northern Lights Baptist Church in Waconia, emerged as the viral celebrity of yesterday’s hearings on the marriage equality bills at the State Legislature thanks to his colorfully inaccurate testimony in the House Civil Law Committee.  Here are some key excerpts, where Frey attempted to argue public health concerns:

When there is ejaculation into a vagina, there is a barrier there, as in your packet it states there, of a cellular tissue that doesn’t allow the sperm — that has an enzyme at the head of it, to penetrate the blood flow. It is designed to go to the egg — that enzyme is designed to burn the outside membrane of the egg cell — go inside the egg, and then deposit the DNA. We call that conception.

When ejaculation occurs inside of a colon it is a highly absorbent material, the cells do not have a barrier for the sperm and those enzymes to enter into the bloodflow. When the enzymes enter into the bloodflow and a continued, prolonged, um, environment to that happens these enzymes into bloodflow it causes what we know as AIDS — acquired immune deficiency syndrome. …

There is an example in Los Angeles County, California, where among the gay community a rash almost like boils, and a very raw skin broke out on the hands, feet, butt, mouth of these gay communities and they couldn’t find a cure for it for a long time.

Frey’s medical information here isn’t exactly correct.  Let’s set the record straight.

First off, the vagina doesn’t have a barrier that prevents HIV/AIDS transmission.  In fact, because there is more surface area in the vagina and the fact that sperm can stay in the vagina for hours or days, women are about twice as likely to be infected from unprotected heterosexual sex than men are.

Frey’s California anecdote appears to be referring to an outbreak of community-acquired MRSA in 2005-2006.  There’s nothing gay-specific about MRSA, as it most typically occurs in hospital settings, while other breakouts have occurred in places where folks live in close quarters (prisons and military barracks), and among folks who frequently get small scrapes and cuts (football players, for instance, are 17 times more likely to get MRSA than a person in the general population).

[UPDATE]:  Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie follows the money behind Frey and Northern Lights Baptist Church.

[Image is a screengrab from MN House video feed]


Write-in fever breaking out across Carver County

Tomorrow is Election Day, and Carver County voters are seeing some unusual late-in-the cycle activity promoting the possibility of write-in candidates for State House District 47A and Waconia Mayor.

Some residents in the Waconia area have reported getting the flyer shown below at their door over the weekend.  In it, the author (who claims to be a local Republican), urges Republicans to drop their support of State Rep. Ernie Leidiger and to instead vote for DFLer Keith Pickering or, alternatively, to write-in Waconia Mayor Jim Nash.  The flyers do not carry a disclosure of who paid for them.  If more than $100 was spent on this effort, it would be a violation of state campaign finance rules.

When contacted about the flyers, Nash’s response was “I heard about it on Sunday, but have nothing to do with this at all.”


Meanwhile, Nash — who is running for re-election — is facing a write-in challenge of his own.  A group of Waconia residents have started an effort to encourage write-in votes for former Waconia fire chief (and current assistant fire chief) Randy Sorensen.  Sorensen, too (via a third party), asserts that he is not behind the effort.

Waconia to host 2012 governors fishing opener

Congratulations to Waconia, which will be hosting the 2012 Governors Fishing Opener.  Should be a great chance for Waconia and the rest of Carver County to shine!

The real consequences of elections

Waconia Mayor Jim Nash has a post up on the Carver County GOP website entitled “Elections Have Consequences”.  In it, Nash blasts the Democratic legislators in Wisconsin who have fled the state in order to prevent the Republican majority and Governor Scott Walker from shredding decades of labor law under the guise of repairing the budget deficit.

It’s an interesting argument.  Certainly, everyone would agree that the Wisconsin Democrats have taken an extreme measure in response to the proposed legislation, and reasonable people can argue whether or not it’s an appropriate one.  But Nash goes further:

While no party enjoys being in the minority, we all must realize that it is the job of elected officials to go about the work of the people.  You may not always like the outcome, you may not agree with the way things are going, but your job is to not hold up the will of the people by obstructing the work of the people, your job is to go about serving those whom you represent.

Of course, this wasn’t the story when Republicans were in the minority in the U.S. Senate.  Obstruction is exactly what they engaged in, at levels unprecedented in Senate history.  Over the last two completed Senate terms (2007-2010), Republicans filibustered 203 times.  That’s the same number of filibusters as the entire period from 1919-1982.  That’s double the number of filibusters that the Senate Democrats attempted during George W. Bush’s first term.

And, it’s not as if Congressional Republicans didn’t pull out every parliamentary trick in the book to try to derail health care reform in 2009-2010.  No one should be fooled by Nash’s rhetorical game here.  Yes, elections have consequences.  But no one has ever accepted the fact that the minority’s job following an election is to roll over and play dead.  As shown above, Republicans certainly didn’t. 

So we can sit here and play tit for tat all day long.  At some point, it devolves into an elementary school playground argument.  It’s noisy and doesn’t accomplish anything.  Instead, we need to understand the real argument here — the real consequences of our recent elections.

No single political party has held the Governor’s office and both houses of the State Legislature in this state since the Perpich Administration.  The message Minnesotans have sent is clear:  they want Democrats, Republicans, and IPers to work together to find the best solutions to the issues we face.  The voters want compromise.   They want the parties to take their best ideas and put them together.

What we can’t continue to do is play the games of political chicken that we have seen over the last decade.  We need leaders who understand that politics isn’t a zero-sum game.  The decisions made in St. Paul have real-life impacts on real people.  We can’t continue on the same path.

The contours of a compromise on our state’s $5 billion budget deficit are there — if Republicans are willing to accept some source of new revenue and Democrats are willing to accept some painful spending cuts.  Who is going to be the one to reach their hand across the aisle? 

My message to Jim Nash is this:  let’s ditch the slogans.  Let’s toss away the pandering to narrow special interests.  We can solve budget crises here, in Wisconsin, and in Washington D.C. without obstruction.  It requires a willingness to actually do the work of the people, not mouthing empty platitudes while putting partisan politics first.  Is Jim Nash willing to do that?  It seems not:

We must hold fast to our conservative principals [sic], and not allow them to be watered down. 

No one is going to get everything they want out of this budget battle.  What we don’t need, though, are people who aren’t willing to accept any compromise.

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