SAB’s Top Posts For The Last Week, Open Thread

Top five.

These were the top posts, by page views, on SayAnythingBlog.com for the week that was:

Democrat Legislator Jessica Haak Calls Republican Majority Leader A “Nazi” – Rep. Jessica Haak – (D-Jamestown) got caught posting nasty things, untrue things about Republicans on Twitter. When House Majority Leader Al Carlson confronted her about it, she called him a “Nazi” in another Twitter posting. She later apologized in a statement on the floor of the House.

House Republicans Approve $1.67 Million To Buy Ski Resort – After contentious debates over the expansion of Medicaid, and a school choice bill, the Parks and Recreation budget wasn’t getting a lot of attention. But people should have been watching, because revealed during floor debate was a line item authorizing a $1.67 million appropriation to purchase the Frostfire Ski Resort. The proponent of the purchase, Rep. Dave Monson, told the House that it was necessary to provide office space for Parks & Rec and Game & Fish officials in the area. But if they use the ski slope’s chateau for offices, how is the ski slope going to operate?

Three ND Legislators Convicted Of Alcohol-Related Traffic Offenses – The Fargo Forum ran a piece on state legislators involved in traffic fines, but didn’t report that three legislators had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, including Forum media darling Rep. Josh Boschee. Another legislator, state Senator Tyler Axness, was revealed to have been arrested for underage drinking in Minnesota. All this as the legislature considers tougher laws for underage drinking and drunk driving.

North Dakota House Votes To Stop State Enforcement Of New Federal Gun Control Laws – After lengthy debate – during which Rep. Eliot Glassheim (D-Grand Forks) called the bill the beginning of a new “civil war” and vowed not to say the Pledge of Allegiance any more if it passed (video at the link) – the North Dakota House passed a bill prohibiting the use of state resources to enforce any new federal gun control laws.

North Dakota Supreme Court Gives Locked Out Crystal Workers Unemployment Benefits – The state Supreme Court overturned the decision of North Dakota Job Service, a lower court ruling and common sense and granted locked out American Crystal Sugar union workers some $4 million in unemployment benefits. This despite state law prohibiting unemployment benefits in “any work stoppage dispute.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    Reruns !!!
    When the temperature goes above freezing
    it’s summer in ND.

    • The Fighting Czech

      I think you meant when Temperatures get above Zero its summer in ND!!!!!

    • Thresherman

      When Hell freezes over, North Dakota Public Schools will run 2 hours late.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Well, if summer is based on YIP’s IQ exceeding room temperature… we’re in for a long, COLD winter.

  • devilschild

    Oh…since we have a moment to talk freely…I know you have to make money but your pop-up ads are annoying. Just sayin’…

    • Matthew Hawkins

      Have you donated?

      • Matthew Hawkins

        People vote me down even when I defend Rob. I have a feeling that most people vote based on the poster and not the comment.

        • Thresherman

          Naw, we just don’t like whiners.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well, to be fair, you’re a troll.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, sorry, running this site isn’t free.

    • whowon

      I don’t get any, I do use a pop up blocker.

      • devilschild

        Thank you for the tip.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Just so you guys know, blocking my ads takes money out of my pocket and makes it harder to provide this blog.

          • PK

            Looking at your advertising rates, it looks like you do alright from all the other adds. Considering this blog could be done as a part-time hobby, i wouldn’t bitch too much to the people giving you all the hits. Seems a little petty. I don’t mind the pop-ups, i only get them once in a while, so you’re welcome and thank you for what you do.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Ha, well, I don’t think many people could produce the content I produce doing it part time. But the beautiful thing about the internet is, you’re free to start your own blog and prove me wrong.

            My only point is that advertising is what makes internet content like SAB alive. Maybe looking at a pop-up now and then, or clicking the ads, are worth it to keep good content around.

            I’m thankful for every reader, but people should be aware of how this business model works.

          • thetruth

            Are you including all your readers from India Port? Why would so many people from India be interested in North Dakota politics…hmmm…I wonder?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Visitors from India?

            In the last 30 days, .34% of SAB’s traffic has been from India.

            I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

          • thetruth

            Yikes…www.alexa.com!

          • banjo kid

            Nothing is free unless it happens to be a cell phone but that is not free someone has to pay and usually the one having the site pays the bills so If it would help you I will stand the pop ups no big deal I might even click on some ads I would ask the others to do that as well because we have a good posting area with this site it is not so tied up .

          • whowon

            Sorry, I have my computer set up that way for ALL sites, I never click on ads anywhere.

          • thetruth

            Don’t sweat it…maybe the visitors from India will click on these pop-ups…what do you think Port?

          • thrtruth

            Port, you there? Crickets.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I’m right here. Didn’t really feel like stuff you made up needed to be responded to.

          • thrtruth

            So to be clear, you are saying that 15.9% of your readers do not originate in India?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Yes, I’m saying exactly that.

            If Alexa is your source, you should know that their traffic measurements are based on those with the Alexa toolbar installed. I guess a lot of people in India have that installed.

            What’s funny is, you clearly don’t know enough about this stuff to know what a fool you’re making of yourself.

          • thetruth

            oops…

            “Alexa computes traffic rankings by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users and data obtained from other, diverse traffic data sources.”

            http://www.alexa.com/help/traffic-learn-more

            But why let facts get in the way?

          • PK

            Please explain why alexa.com gives those results if that’s not the case. I don’t think the toolbar explanation measures up considering that’s not what their site says. That’s just one factor in their calculation.

            http://urlpulse.co/www.sayanythingblog.com

            This site gives similar results. 1/4 of the visitors are in China and India.

          • thetruth

            Port won’t reply…whenever you pin him down with facts he just moves on.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Alexa gives those results because they use external metrics. They can claim they get data from a variety of places, but it is pretty much the toolbar. Which, apparently, disproportionately represents people from Asia.

            My data is based in Google Analytics, which is actually installed in the code for the site.

            Apparently you guys would rather troll, displaying your ignorance of internet metrics, than spend a little time on Google educating yourselves, but let me see if I can help.

            Start here reading about Alexa’s problems (their primary source of data is considered malware by many antvirus services, real reliable fellas):

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Internet#section_2

          • thetruth

            So you say .34% according to google and claim people from India have a disproportionately higher number of Alexa toolbars? Sounds like you’re the toolbar here.

          • PK

            Ok, i’m sorry for my ignorance i guess. I found it odd that multiple sites gave similar results that were way different than what you said, so i thought i would ask. I didn’t realize they were all that inaccurate.

            “In the last 30 days, .34% of SAB’s traffic has been from India”

            What is it for the last year or two?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            That’s your decision.

            Just be aware that a lot of the content you’re reading depends on those ads. If you like the site, you shouldn’t block the ads.

          • whowon

            More important are the over 200 people I have brought to your site. Perhaps some of them click on ads, I don’t.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    My favorite was “North Dakota Supreme Court Gives Locked Out Crystal Workers Unemployment Benefits ” because you misquote the law to make your central point.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      No, the law says what it says, you just pretend like it doesn’t.

      The intent of the law, per the people who actually wrote it and passed it, was clear. Except to members of the state Supreme Court who wanted to legislate from the bench.

      • Matthew Hawkins

        Do I need to quote the law again?

        You said “any work stoppage.” The law said “claimant’s work stoppage.”

        It is clear that a lock out is not a “claimant’s” work stoppage.

        Making decisions based on the “intent” of the legislation instead of what is actually written is called judicial activism. They didn’t legislate from the bench, they interpreted the law as written.

        • Thresherman

          They had no contract to work on August 1, 2011becasue they refused to sign one. No contract, no job, the stoppage was the result of the union vote. No one else in the state is entitled to unemployment benefits because they do not like the amount of a raise they are offered but you seem to think that unions have that right.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            The ND Supreme Court was not determining if it was a lock out or not. That was determined earlier and nobody appealed it. The facts of the case is that it was a lock out. The only question is that whether people who have been locked out are entitled to unemployment benefits. The law is clear that they are.

          • Thresherman

            How can you lock out someone who is no longer an employee?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            The law is clear that benefits are not allowed. That was the intent of the legislature. That is the clear meaning of the law. Unless you engage in linguistic gymnastics to make the words mean something else.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          What is actually written is clear.

          The words mean no benefits during labor disputes.

          • Anon

            Wow, what a surprise that the best legal argument Rob can muster is the law what he says because he says it does. The text of the statute exludes benefits as a result of a “strike, sympathy strike, or a claimant’s work stoppage dispute of any kind.” In the case of a lockout, it is the employer, not the claimant, who causes the unemployment. Rob’s retarded reading the staute strikes out the “claimant’s” part of the statute. Stop pretending you’re a lawyer, hack.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            The union workers rejected four different contracts. ACS locked them out so they could bring in workers who would, you know, work.

            That sure sounds like a “claimant’s work stoppage” to me.

          • Anon

            Since Rob has yet again proven he knows nothing about law, the North Dakota Supreme Court can NOT consider factual arguments determinations like that on appeal; that it was a lockout is conclusive for their consideration. If Job Services wanted to make that argument, it should have. Otherwise, it’s not something the North Dakota Supreme Court can consider on appeal. Again, please stop pretending you’re a lawyer, hack.

          • Anon

            And before you think you’re smart for thinking of that argument, it’s a stupid one because a) the text of the statute looks to the source of the stoppage and not subsequent events; since the work was initially a lockout, the statute applies and b) your stupid reading of the statute is incredibly problematic because it would allow an employer to deny locked out employees benefits by offering an extremely miserly counter offer so as to place the stoppage on their feet, thus another reason why the statute looks only to how the stoppage initially started. Again, please stop pretending you’re a lawyer, hack.

          • Thresherman

            The Union had a contract that expired at midnight July 31, 2012. The Union refused to accept the terms of the new contract prior to that. At 12:01 August 1, 2012 the members of the union were no longer employees of ACS. ACS has the right to restrict access to it property and limits it to contractors, vendor and employees. Refusal to allow former employees on site is not a lockout any more than refusing a contractor who no longer had a contract to do work with ACS permission on the property. When the Union contract expired, ACS was under no obligation continue to provide employment to the Union workers. To agree with the ruling, you have believe the fallacy that ACS was required to continue employing the Union workers without a contract. While this is sometimes done as an article of faith in negotiations, under no circumstances is ACS required to do so.

            There was no lockout because they were no longer employees. That is the salient fact of the matter.

          • Guest

            Another conservatard thinks he knows the law. Thanks for you stupid post where you wholly admit it was ACS who kicked the employees out and therefore the appellant’s unemployment was NOT due “claimaint’s worked stoppage,” strike, or otherwise, thus entitling them to unemployment benefits. You’re so stupid you can’t even argue for the own side.

            Thanks for the laugh, sh*thead!

          • Onslaught1066

            Thanks for the opinion piece, Gusty, now toddle on home to mommy.

          • Guest

            Thank for chiming in with your stupid “opinion piece” bit at every chance, Nothought1066! If my post was as factually certain as the location of a Senator’s office, which you also call an “opinion piece,” it certainly speaks greatly of it’s perfectly sound, factual support.

            Oh Nothought1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

          • two_amber_lamps

            Speaking of opinion pieces… Hiya Gusty! So tell us why you do opinion pieces in MN area hockey blogs under the guise of a 5 year old girl? That certainly seems like strange behavior for a grown “man” but then given the moral decay endemic to modern liberal democrats these sorts of things are to be expected.

            BTW…. as a 3M employee and an obvious subject matter expert given the quality of your material, which adhesive/chemical/product is your preference for your “pre-SAB-posting prep?”

            http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bNKJvTTC3cU/Sh2CsuLpv8I/AAAAAAAAA5c/Lxg_Cw2KPfQ/s400/4zch639.jpg

          • Guest

            For the same reason a stupid b*tch like you is known for her insightful, informative posts: there’s nothing to support that but your pathetic conspiracy theories! So keep posting that response you stupid cow, because I laugh at how pathetic your life must be that your life consists of posting insults on a blog all day and every weekend in between stops at burger king on your scooter!

            http://www.ramendays.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/bk-drive-thru-scooter2.jpg

          • Onslaught1066

            Poor lil feller, can’t quite grasp the difference between fact and opinion.

            Tell you what, gusty, when you do post a fact, I’ll acknowledge the fact.

            Til then you’re still just an opinionated, over-rated, second grader with delusions of adequacy.

          • Guest

            Nothought1066, you give yourself to little fault. If you think the location of a Senator’s office is an “opinion piece,” the problem of distinguishing between facts and opinions is clearly your problem. Unfortunately I’m not licensed to educate those with severe mental retardation, but good luck nonetheless on your struggles to overcome your many, many deficiencies.

          • Onslaught1066

            Poor lil feller, can’t quite grasp the difference between fact and opinion.

            Tell you what, gusty, when you do post a fact, I’ll acknowledge the fact.

            Til then you’re still just an opinionated, over-rated, second grader with delusions of adequacy.

          • Guest

            Sorry again Nothought1066, I’m not licensed to teach those with severe mental retardation, such as you, who thinks the location of a Senator’s office is an “opinion piece.”

          • Onslaught1066

            Poor lil feller, can’t quite grasp the difference between fact and opinion.

            Tell you what, gusty, when you do post a fact, I’ll acknowledge the fact.

            Til then you’re still just an opinionated, over-rated, second grader with delusions of adequacy.

          • Guest

            Sorry again Nothought1066, I’m not licensed to teach those with severe mental retardation, such as you, who thinks the location of a Senator’s office is an “opinion piece.”

          • Onslaught1066

            Poor lil feller, can’t quite grasp the difference between fact and opinion.

            Tell you what, gusty, when you do post a fact, I’ll acknowledge the fact.

            Til then you’re still just an opinionated, over-rated, second grader with delusions of adequacy.

          • devilschild

            In your opinion…but I don’t agree with you and neither do many other people. I live in Michigan. My neighbor at the lake told me just the other day that ACSC is buying sugar from the company he works for…Michigan Sugar…to fill their obligations. How long is this feasbile for ACSC?

          • devilschild

            Oh yes…one more thing. If things are going so well at ACSC why are they advertising for employees on television? That is an act of desperation. It’s expensive. You don’t buy air time unless you are sorely in need of employees. My guess is you want to cut Strom Engineering out of the picture. I bet that has been a mighty big bill to pay.

  • spud

    I still can not understand why we are buying Frost Fire. It makes no sense at all.

  • Captjohn

    The following is logic as seen from a legislative view.
    An employer pays employment taxes mandated by law and calculated per a formula set in law. When the employers account with Job Service goes into a negative balance their tax rate is increased. Thus a group of succesful claimants can cause a negative balance costing the employer additional payroll tax.
    The employee group chose to join a union. As part of the union they as a group reject the employers offer of a contract. The employer replaces the union workers with people who accept the wages offered. We have either a walk out or a lock out.
    The union employees become claimants as soon as they make application for unemployment benefits. If they chose not to make a claim and went back to work in our right to work state they would not be considered a claimant. Thus we have a work stoppage because the claimant refuses to go to work.
    It would seem totally unfair to require an employer to pay the workers for not working.
    In effect the court has ruled the employer must pay the idled workers indirectly through the taxes paid to Job Service. If the courts can call that justice I am confounded.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      Somebody at some point determined this was aa lock out and not a walk out. If ACS wants to oppose unemployment benefits than that should have been the issue on appeal.

      It is clear from ND law that locked out employees are eligible for benefits. It is the plain language of the law. You helped write the law. Was it not your intent to cover locked out workers?

      I realize you don’t like the facts of the case,but Supreme Courts rarely address facts of the case. They rule on law. Lower courts establish the facts.

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