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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:22 PM
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Rep. Buesgens stopped in possible violation of probation (DUI)
Source: Minnesota Independent

Buesgens said in November when he was sentenced in the DWI case that he would he seeking help for his drinking, as Bluestem Prairie notes.

Wright County Assistant Attorney Shane Simonds said, Mr. Buesgens has been very proactive since he obtained his charge and has taken steps to address his problems with alcohol.

Read more: http://minnesotaindependent.com/79143/rep-buesgens-stop...



Um....he got caught drinking while on probation for a DUI... and they say "he has taken steps to address his problem with alcohol"...um...steps to where? The liquor store?
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:31 PM
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1. VOP is pretty serious...Jail time?...n/t
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Night Crawler Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:54 PM
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2. Is there some particular significance to this bit of "breaking news"?
I've never heard of the guy, is he your rep or something? I must be overlooking something here.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:33 PM
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3. Only significant when added to the long list of other elected officials who run on family values
but don't show any.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:45 PM
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4. Is he a social conservative Dem or Rep?
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Frisbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:52 PM
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5. Must be a rep...
If he was a Democrat, that would have been every 4th or 5th word in the article. (Actually, after clicking on the link, he is in fact a rep)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:58 PM
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6. I guess I should have read the article ;)
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Night Crawler Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:07 PM
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7. So you see alcholism as a moral failure?
I had understood that the proper designation was that of a disease. I've known many people with alcohol problems across all political, economic and social strata and have never really considered the moral implications. I guess it's just a lifestyle choice.

That's quite a quaint viewpoint you have.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:11 PM
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8. It can be considered a moral failure
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 03:15 PM by Tempest
It's a disease, but one that is curable.

It can be considered a moral failure if you refuse to acknowledge the disease and do nothing to prevent it. Especially if it leads to multiple arrests for illegal behavior as in this case.

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:20 PM
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9. No, breaking the law is a moral failure; and a legal one, too
Mr. Buesgens can drink his ass off for all I care. It's just that when he gets behind the wheel of his motor vehicle while he's blasted, he is in violation of the terms of his parole. At that point, it becomes a legal issue. Perhaps you don't understand the difference between a legal issue and a moral one?

Anyways, the "family values" Republicans love to extol include following the law to the letter . . . at least for people they don't like very much. When they're caught on the wrong side of the long arm of the law, we are almost always treated to a virtual litany of reasons why their own failings are excusable, or understandable, or hey, can't we talk about this, what's with the handcuffs?
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:25 PM
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10. I'm sure the liquor store would be happy to help him with his drinking.
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