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Center for Public Integrity gives Minnesota Government an F
Center for Public Integrity

This is part 3 of a 3 part series involving recent government actions which appear to represent a move by our government towards more transparency and accountability of our government. In part one we discussed the intent of our Founders for government be transparent and accountable in anticipation of the nature of mankind.

In part 1 we also discussed the decision by Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau to outsource major internal investigations to the Minnesota BCA in an attempt to restore public trust in the MPD. You can read part 1 by clicking here

In Part 2 we discussed the recent ruling by Federal Judge Richard Leon that NSA phone snooping was unconstittutional. You can read Part 2 by clicking here

In Part 3 this writer will share his thoughts on:


For your convenience, here again is a link to the Major Media's version of what transpired:

Minnesota Judges face new financial disclosure requirements

Of these 3 recent government actions, this writer is least confident of the sincerity of intent by the Minnesota Legislature and Minnesota State Judges implied here.

A summary of the major media's reporting on this matter would have you believe that judges don't get much in the way income outside of their judge salaries. The only real exception is Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, but Mr. Page was formerly a Vikings Football player who the story seems to indicate shouldn't penalized for having a prior life. After Mr. Page's nearly $50,000.00 (fifty thousand dollars), comes Judge David Stas at $14,000.00 and Judge G. Barry Anderson $3250.00. And several others received less than than that. A Minnesota Supreme Court justice’s annual salary is $151,820; a Court of Appeals judge earns $143,054.

Buried 8 well-spun paragraphs down in the article is some news that is more real. A group called the Center for Public Integrity based out of Washington DC, gave Minnesota and 43 others states failing grades. The Center for Public Integrity appears to have been founded in 1989.


This article is the first time that this writer has ever heard of the Center for Public Integrity. As this writer's regular readers already know, for 20+ years this writer has tried unsuccessfully to obtain redress for witness tampering that escalated to an unrescinded, government sanctioned death threat. This writer alleges that former Minnesota US Attorney David Lillehaug, a now deceased Senator and the Senator's now former Chief of Staff Jeff Blodgett killed the investigation and covered it up. Other Federal and State officials this writer contacted at the time basically said, "Sorry to hear that" or "that's to bad". There was no rush to right this wrong. Corruption was well entrenched in Minnesota already back then. The internet did not exist 20 years ago. And there was no cost or time effective way to find others similarly aggrieved.

With the advent of the proliferation of the internet in the early 2000's, this writer was able to find other persons who had suffered injustices at the hands of the Minnesota Judiciary. From 2005 until the present, a loose coalition of hundreds of Minnesotans asked the Minnesota State House and Senate Judiciary Committees for a hearing to give evidence and testimony of systemic corruption in the Minnesota Judiciary. For the first few years, the Republicans kept saying that the Democrats were the majority and the majority selects the Committee Chairs. And the Committee Chairs have absolute control over the Committee Agenda. But when the Republicans got control of both the House and Senate in 2010, the Republican Chairs of both the House and Senate Committees also denied the hearing.

9 years and 8 Legislative Sessions and no hearings. Does this sound like the Democrat Process as you understand it or does this sound more like something that would occur in a third world dictatorship?

In 2009, this loose coalition of Judicial Reform groups held an Ad Hoc Judicial Corruption Hearing. As was written earlier in this article, your government retaliates against the voices of political dissent. People were being scared off or drifting away. One person tried to videotape elected officials being asked why citizens were being refused this hearing. They were issued a written document by security saying they were not allowed back at the capital without making prior arrangements. We were concerned more people would drift away, move away, give up or die. To avoid this we created this video tape of this Ad Hoc hearing in 2009. As it is several hours long, this writer making arrangements to have it sent and links to it will be posted upon here receipt.

Here are some of the past articles this writer has written on the topic:

True to Character, Minnesota Senate Judiciary Chair MeeMoua (D-67) reneges on commitment to meet

Minnesota end of legislative session summary 2009 (HR 132 - Judicial Reform and Accountability)

Proposed Caucus Resolutions for Judicial Reform

Proposed Election 2012 caucus resolutions for judicial reform(updated) Part 1of2

Proposed Election 2012 caucus resolutions for judicial reform(updated) Part 2of2

This writer's first observation is that 8 years of lobbying for what are straight-forward common sense reforms should result in more than one paltry financial disclosure concession, shouldn't they?

Next, if this writer were not The Cynical Patriot, it would baffle him as to how the Minnesota Major Media missed mentioning 8 Legislative Sessions of lobbying by hundreds of Minnesotans as being part of the impetus of the Minnesota Legislature to finally address one of dozens of reforms Minnesotans demanded. How did Minnesota Major Media miss reporting over 8 Legislative Sessions that hundreds of Minnesotans were calling the Minnesota Judiciary "systemically corrupt".

Further, Minnesota Major Media glossed over the Rules the Minnesota Judiciary had written for themselves (Cannon of Ethics) which permitted them to take as many contributions (gifts) under $49 per day as they wanted without having to report them. As always, the devil is in the details with politicians, judges and legislation. In the course of these efforts, everything this writer has seen indicates our elected officials do not intend to represent the best interests of WE THE PEOPLE. Now someone is actually going to have to read the fine print (like Obamacare) to know whats in there. Have Minnesota Legislators and Judges colluded to once again? Perhaps, lets say so they can accept one hundred $49 "gifts" and not report them? (By the way, do you think the judges might have had plenty of time in 8 years to reduce the payment of bribes to them and/or find new, plausibly deniable ways to accept bribes?)

And finally, how did Minnesota Major Media miss reporting that while the "Quie Commission" for the past 9+ years has been reporting that there is little to no corruption in the Minnesota Judiciary, here is the Center for Public Integrity giving Minnesota's Judiciary a failing grade. Why isn't Minnesota's Major Media in former Progressive, Republican Governor Al Quie's face asking for an explanation. The man perpetrated a fraud on WE THE PEOPLE for years.

As this writer's readers will recall, this writer has opposed Minnesota Government's attempt to take away your right to vote in full, fair and free elections as required by the Minnesota Constitution. First the Minnesota Judges and Legislature created this bogus Quie Commission to declare the Minnesota Courts "not corrupt". Then, using the pretext of a US Supreme Court ruling that Judges can accept campaign contributions, your Minnesota Legislature and and Judges argued that to keep the Courts from becoming corrupt, WE THE PEOPLE should no longer be allowed to vote for them in full, fair and free elections. Instead, the perpetrators of this fraud upon WE THE PEOPLE, proposed another group of Educated Elites would compile a list of proposed candidates and the Governor would select from that list. And, finally, after said appointed judge served 6 or 8 years, citizens could vote thumbs up or thumbs down. The proposed new method of selecting judges is called Merit Selection Retention Elections (MSRE pronounced "misery"). JUST SAY NO!

With the fraudulent representations that were made to pass Obamacare, the fraudulent representations your Minnesota government made in an attempt to take away your right to vote for your Minnesota Judges should harden in your mind the true nature of your elected officials and your government. They do not respect you. They do not represent you. Instead, this writer alleges that your elected officials manage and manipulate you like livestock for your own personal gain. Thank heaven the Center for Public Integrity came along. Passage of MSRE seemed impossible to stop.

This is the true nature of your government. It is not benevolent, it is malevolent.

It is important to repeat what was previously mentioned. People left this state to escape the retaliation for standing up for the best interests of WE THE PEOPLE. At least one person left the country. Others left the state, vowing to keep a low profile to avoid further retaliation. People lost jobs. People had unrelated Court Cases "fixed" against them. Some were denied child custody and child visitation. This writer has had Court cases, all of in which he was the Plaintiff, fixed against him in retaliation for trying to expose the corruption. Living 20 years with an unrescinded, government sanctioned death threat takes its toll. And yet, even now, no hope of justice appears in sight. This sounds more like the former USSR than the USA, doesn't it?

Which brings this writer to his recurring theme:

There are not 2 major political parties. There is one and only ruling class pretending to be 2 major political parties. They use issues to divide, conquer, confuse and distract WE THE PEOPLE. The division the Establishment of both parties intentionally create distracts WE THE PEOPLE from their plundering and prevents WE THE PEOPLE from uniting against them. The true battle is not Republican vs Democrat, Conservative vs Liberal, White vs Color nor Christian vs non-Christian; THE TRUE BATTLE IS WE THE PEOPLE VS THE CORRUPT INCUMBENT RULING CLASS ELITE.

To this writer's mind, he did not hear a loud enough nor vigorous enough cry against the fraudulent representations (lies) used to garner the passage of Obamacare. To this writer's mind, the lack of zealous opposition to this practice establishes the true nature of every elected official, regardless of political party affiliation.

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
― John Locke

This writer has now demonstrated the irrefutable evidence of just how far Minnesota elected officials were willing to go to reduce their accountability to WE THE PEOPLE. They denied the extent of corruption in the Minnesota Judiciary. They denied hundreds of Minnesotans their Natural Law Right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances without fear of punishment or reprisal as guaranteed and reduce to writing in the First Amendment. And then they actively punished the voices of political dissent that persisted in demanding a hearing for coming on 9 years now.

This writer will be sadly disappointed in any Minnesotan that votes for a Minnesota Legislator or State Judge during the next 10 years. Each of them either were evil, followed evil or were to selfish, cowardly or ineffective to confront and contain evil. None of them deserve re-election. To vote otherwise is to play the role of a fool, and eventually sentence all of us to enslavement.

And finally, "Hey, Minnesota Legislature!" How about passing some of those Judicial TAR resolutions contained in the list of previous articles by this author?


One of this writer's goals was to point out the spin major media puts into almost all of its reporting. This writer hopes you found the major media spin disconcerting and act to avoid allowing major media to paint a false "perception of reality" for you. (The Next time you hear a Major Media add touting their trustworthiness, remember what you read hear today.) Natural Law, upon which our country is founded, provides for the individual to use their observations and reasoning to determine truth for themselves. And this writer trusts you to do so. Nevertheless, this is a friendly reminder to exercise "Critical Thinking" []

Next, now that you know that the Champions of WE THE PEOPLE face both carrots and sticks in adhering to the best interests of WE THE PEOPLE, it is important that you support them. Again, this writer urges you to write to both Minneapolis Police Chief and Federal Judge Richard Leon and express your appreciation for their stands. (And jot of a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and let him know how you feel about his opposition to greater transparency and accountability of Minnesota Government. Any time you catch your elected official or government doing something right, please take the time to thank and support them.

Finally, many of you have been expressing concern that no progress was being made towards stemming the tide of corruption, and the erosion of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. And those who follow this writer @DMashak on Twitter are aware of my admonitions that we must exhaust all peaceful remedies before any other alternatives are considered and/or warranted(using the Declaration of independence as a road map to restore the Constitution). The actions by Federal Judge Richard Leon and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau evidence that our peaceful remedies have not been exhausted. Therefore, any activities other than assertive, but peaceful political dissent, preperation and readiness and regular electioneering, are not warranted at this time.

Keep demanding TAR (Transparency, Accountability and Reform)

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.

And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.

Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense”

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty, Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
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Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking ( in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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