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Minnesota Republicans Fragging Each Other Over Viking Stadium

Total nellyIt has been over a month since a crazed member of the Tea Party has Swift Boated a double-amputee Iraq veteran. Luckily, Minnesota state Rep. Mary Kriffmeyer has reset the GOP’s workplace-accident clock, with a fragging of fellow Republican John Kriesel! She mad! Why? Because he pushed through this ridiculous (and broadly unpopular) Vikings stadium deal that apparently has turned “Minnesota Nice” into “Mary Kriffmeyer.”

Mary Kriffmeyer, who is running for state Senate, did not take kindly to a sweetheart stadium deal being rammed down Minnesota’s throats like so much cock, and said so! This caused veteran Kriesel, who lost both legs in The Iraq, to snipe:

Force it through? C’mon Mary. You can disagree with the bill but don’t lie about it.

Whereupon Kiffmeyer responded:

Not only no clue but no courage to run again and be accountable and see what your district thinks.

(Kriesel, who gave a passionate speech against a Traditional Marriage Amendment, is not running again after serving only one term, probably because he’s a giant RINO, or maybe so he can go lobby for the stadium he delivered, who knows? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!)

And now they are at #WAR. Kriesel is now pondering a second mortgage on his house to donate to Kiffmeyer opponents, and Kiffmeyer is doing whatever it is teabaggers do these days in between shitting on veterans: mostly increasing regulations for voter ID, and decreasing regulations for homeschooling, because Priorities, why don’t you GET SOME. [MinnPost]

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    We are turning into a sports based economy or something.

    • SmutBoffin

      Nothing says "civilization in collapse" like moar circuses!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I bet you $10,000 we are not! What point spread are you offering?

    • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Rants

      Will there be any lions vs. slaves fights in this new stadium?

  • Callyson

    Priorities, why don’t you GET SOME

    If they were getting any, they wouldn't be teabaggers in the first place…

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    "…C’mon Mary. You can disagree with the bill but don’t lie about it.".

    Oh, silly mister Kriesel. Lying *is* the new "disagree"!

  • mavenmaven

    Watching republicans fight is like watching a cock fight. I don't mean that as a metaphor.

  • hagajim

    Nice of Kriffmeyer to step to the plate and take her swings for freedumb.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      In fairness, she can't "Lucy van Pelt" the extra point because Kriesel can't give a kick.

  • Doktor StrangeZoom

    Ultimately, the real victim here is Sarah Palin, and I think it's only fair to call on President Obama to resign.

    • mwittier

      Impeach! Resignation is for HEROES.

  • Barb

    As an athletic supporter, I am all for more football stadiums. I would like to tear down the Los Angeles Raider's stadium and leave it torn down. Bah, ha, ha!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      In fairness, they don't play much football there.

      • horsedreamer_1

        TROY LIBEL!!!

    • Tundra Grifter

      Barb:

      LA built a stadium for the Raiders? I thought they came back here instead of staying where they obviously belonged – bringing a gang fan mentality up north with them – because they didn't get a stadium.

      Or did I just miss the joke?

      • Barb

        I didn't say anything about building anything for the Raiders. I said that I would like to see their stadium torn down and left that way. You missed the joke.

        • Tundra Grifter

          Not for the first time, I assure you!

          • Barb

            I just had a shrimpcident and I took a massive amount of Benedryl to counter it. I picked up Chinese for lunch and my chicken and string beans must have been made in a wok that just had shrimp in it. I took one bite and had an allergic reaction.

            I'm not making sense right now. I'm about to go seepie byes until Wednesday.

          • bagofmice

            If they had only listened to Leviticus.

    • ttommyunger

      "Athletic supporter" heh, heh.

  • http://www.wonkette.com Chill-A-Sketch

    There is no stadium in the world that could make Minnesota "nice" or the Vikings a better team (see Dallas Cowboys, also).

    • Tundra Grifter

      While the Vikings did lose 4 Super Bowls without winning one, at least they didn't drop 4 in a row like the Buffalo Bills.

  • Fox n Fiends

    That's So Tarkenton!

  • SorosBot

    But team owners extorting their cities for luxurious taxpayer-funded new stadiums is one of America's proudest traditions!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      It's like beer and Mom's apple pie!

    • Tundra Grifter

      And that certainly worked out so well for Oakland and Alameda County. i think the annual tab still runs $20,000,000+.

    • Guppy

      We can't expect our job-creating team owners to pay for their own stadiums!

    • Negropolis

      It's funny (and sad) 'cause it's true. :(

      It's funny, in Detroit, the only pro-stadium built entirely with private money is the Palace of Auburn Hills…and it's way the hell up at the edge of Detroit's sprawl.

      Comerica Park and Ford Field are owned by a joint city/county authority, and Joe Louis Arena is actually owned by the city of Detroit, itself.

  • tihond

    This is the most someone in Minnesota has had to choke down since the sex boat scandal.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      You mean when Amy Koch had to go down?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Smoot point.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    What is it with Teabaggers and hatin' on veterans? I mean, really, they accused us liberals of spitting on Vietnam vets but these folks are making that look like civil (if totally phonied up) behavior!

    • sullivanst

      The real hatin' on veterans is pointing out their hatin' on veterans.

      Besides, because everybody knows the Teabaggers are the true patriots, it must be the veterans that are traitors. Freedom!

  • MissTaken

    "Not only no clue but no courage"

    Oh yeah, this Kriesel guy sounds like a real pussy.

    • sullivanst

      Does make you wonder why she's campaigning against someone who isn't running. Perhaps not the sharpest tool in the box?

  • kissawookiee

    I'm somewhat disappointed that she didn't follow up "no courage to run again" with "doesn't have a leg to stand on."

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      She probably says that on the stump when she thinks no one is recording her.

      • Generation[redacted]

        At least she didn't accuse him of putting his foot in his mouth.

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          Just wait. I'm sure she's going to dip a toe in that water soon.

          • IncenseDebate

            This story might not have enough legs.

          • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

            I really don't think it kneeds those.

          • bagofmice

            Heel! Good sir!

          • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Rants

            I think the candidate is using this issue as a crutch.

    • RonderSkol

      John got a job with Anoka county as the Veterns Service Officer. Rebecca and Mary both have their head up their asses….

  • edgydrifter

    Two weeks in a food dehydrator are all that separates Mary Kiffmeyer from Jan Brewer.

    • http://guyclinch.blogspot.com GuyClinch

      Editrix, I hereby nominate Mr. E Drifter for Wonkette Comment of the Day.

      • Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢

        I had to get another keyboard, thanks to spewed Dr. Pepper, to say "Seconded".

    • elviouslyqueer
    • mwittier

      Pointy finger, pointy finger, pointy finger.

  • emmelemm

    Wait, Republican on Republican violence? With the understanding that the one dude is a veteran with no legs, and no one deserves that, I still say: Who cares?

  • Tundra Grifter

    Being against pro football in Minnesota makes just as much sense as opposing cheese in Wisconsin.

    • Negropolis

      I don't know. I'm sure they like their football, but you mess with their hockey, and they'll fuck you up.

  • meatlofer

    It worked for Rome!

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chill-A-Sketch

      But not for Romo.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Let's get down to basics here, this is really all just about how bad the Vikings suck.

  • SayItWithWookies

    One lost his legs in Iraq but voted for a corporate subsidy — the other is a virulent teabagger. I'm gonna take the Solomonic option and dislike them both.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Minnesota: Canadian for "you'll need to flush twice and watch for angry beavers."

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    I swear. Sometimes you need to tell Tea Baggers and Republicans to just go get a room…

  • CapnFatback

    Force it through? C’mon Mary. You can disagree with the bill but don’t lie about it.

    Mary's right, course. Minnesota is no place to force a football stadium through. If it were a stadium for the Rams or the Packers, on the other hand . . .

  • Texan_Bulldog

    The way the Vikings play, they could make do with a pee wee football/soccer field.

  • Baconzgood

    I think my snark is broken today. And it gives me sadz.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Two words: Tequila.

    • MissTaken

      If it makes your snark any happier Dr Ron Paul is stopping his campaign, but still wants people to vote for him so he can continue to rack up delegates. Not only is he a shitter, he's also a quitter!

      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        You misspelled RON PAUL

        • sullivanst

          I prefer the TPM official spelling: R*n P**l

  • SorosBot

    I do love some wingnut-on-wingnut violence.

  • Mahousu

    You'll notice no one ever bothers fighting about the Twins.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I've had plenty of fights over the twins.

  • dadanarchist

    Vikings have horns.

    RINOs have horns.

    Ipso facto, Vikings are RINOs.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Well, they do belong to a union.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    You know who else built a big giant stadium in order to showcase his countrymen's sports prowess?

    • IncenseDebate

      Pierre Trudeau?

    • MissTaken
    • SorosBot

      The Emperor Vespasian?

    • b[redact]opple

      Kostas Simitis?

    • RedneckMuslin

      Caligula?

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Wellington Mara?

    • V572 Is this him?

      Mitt Romney?

    • Wile E. Quixote

      George W. Bush. I guess it didn't work out though since he was building a stadium for the Rangers.

    • not that Radio

      The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority?

    • HistoriCat

      Hu Jintao?

      • horsedreamer_1

        Touché.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Brezhnev?

    • http://my.execpc.com/~artkm/rabbit_hole.html MilwaukeeKent

      Idi Amin?

  • OneYieldRegular

    Oh fer nice.

  • Rosie_Scenario

    George Steinbrenner?

  • PuckStopsHere

    As "W" said, rich people will always find a way to get out of paying for their teams stadium.

  • V572 Is this him?

    The proposed stadium site is the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in the prosperous Minneapolis suburb of Arden Hills. It's a superfund site, natch, with hundreds of monitoring wells for the notoriously carcinogenic cleaning solvent TCE the Army drizzled into the ground for 50 years. It was so bad that the government built new water supply systems for all the towns adjoining it.

    One guy, who ran a sports bar nearby, refused to get hooked up because socialism etc. So the joke is, the food at his bar isn't so great but the dishes are really clean.

    From the Wiki: "The soil, sediments, groundwater, and surface water surrounding the plant were contaminated with base neutral acids, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, cyanide, and explosives."

    • horsedreamer_1

      So, if Brett Favre came back to play, his dick might grow?

    • betweenstations

      Plan changed. Between the site being a SuperFund horror and the highway issues around it and the question of what to do with the Metrodumb (aka: Nazi Baggie, wait that was the old rood), the plan is now to tear down the Metrodome and use the same site.

      Also, then they could get the chumps in Minneapolis, who can't afford to fill potholes or use real metal on the convention center roof (see: http://www.minnpost.com/braublog/2012/02/will-scr… to pay for it. The citizens of Ramsey County, where the Ammo Plant is, pretty much said "screw you, bastards."

    • Negropolis

      Why don't they just keep them in Minneapolis, or is that just too much like right? Either that, or I assume the team owners must have extorted the city for more than they were willing to give, in which case I say good on the city.

  • Wile E. Quixote

    (Kriesel, who gave a passionate speech against a Traditional Marriage Amendment, is not running again after serving only one term, probably because he’s a giant RINO, or maybe so he can go lobby for the stadium he delivered, who knows? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!)

    I can't understand why he's not running again, he's obviously pretty good at being on the stump.

    • sullivanst

      Obviously, because he didn't have a leg to stand on.

      • Wile E. Quixote

        You'd think that the whole disabled veteran thing would give him a huge leg up over the competition though.

        • sullivanst

          Seems more like an Achilles heel in this case.

          • Wile E. Quixote

            But strangely enough when it comes to being a corrupt fuck-up and an asshole it's Mary Kiffmeyer who's busier than one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest.

  • Wile E. Quixote

    That bitch Kriffmeyer had better watch out, if she keeps mouthing off Kriesel's going to break his foot off in her ass.

  • betweenstations

    This is Mary Kiffmeyer we're talking about. She's an ex-Secretary of State for Minnesota who thinks church and state separation is overrated, attempted to disenfranchise Native Americans in the state with a bogus voter-ID thing directed only at them, and she consistently overbilled the state for travel expense while in the office.

    …but she did beat Buck Humphrey in 2002. Buck.

  • fartknocker

    Can these two join the Bachmanns and become Swiss citizens?

  • owhatever

    Mary has expressed a sincere apology if her double-amputee opponent took her comments about how we was a coward the wrong way.

  • Slim_Pickins

    Kiffmeyer appears to be a Packer fan.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    So this is what it's like when assholes cry.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Businessman's welfare is fine by the GOP, I thought.

  • ttommyunger

    Trying to give a fuck, trying, trying….Nope, I got nuthin'.

  • CivicHoliday

    Minnesota is not so much the "star of the north" as "the fertile breeding ground of mosquitos and teabaggers"