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I ain't got time to bleed : reworking the body politic from the bottom up
Ventura, Jesse.
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New York : Villard, [1999]

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208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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James George Janos describes his experiences in the Navy SEALs, the professional wrestling career that made him Jessie the Body Ventura, and his plans as governor of Minnesota.

Author Notes

Jesse Ventura, a Minnesota native born George Janos, served six years as a Navy Seal before embarking on careers as a champion professional wrestler, mayor of Brooklyn Park, and radio talk-show host. Currently the governor of Minnesota, he lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

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James George Janos was born on July 15, 1951 also known by his stage name Jesse Ventura. Ventura served in the United States Navy from December 1, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era. Ventura attended North Hennepin Community College Minnesota in the mid-1970s. At the same time, he began weightlifting and wrestling. He was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones for a time, before he entered professional wrestling and changed his name to Jesse Ventura. As a wrestler, Ventura performed as a villain and often used the motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!" Ventura continued to wrestle until September 1984, when blood clots in his lungs ended his in-ring career.

He then began to do color commentary on television for All-Star Wrestling and later Superstars of Wrestling. In February 1992 at SuperBrawl II, Ventura joined World Championship Wrestling as a commentator. Ventura ran for Governor of Minnesota in 1998 as the nominee for the Reform Party of Minnesota (he later joined the Independence Party of Minnesota). His slogan was "Don't vote for politics as usual". He won the election in November 1998, narrowly (and unexpectedly) defeating the major-party candidates. Lacking a party base in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, Ventura's policy ambitions had little chance of being introduced as bills. He vetoed 45 bills in his first year, only three of which were overridden.

During his time as governor, Ventura wrote a number of politically themed books. He continued to write several other books after leaving office. In April 2008, his book Don't Start the Revolution Without Me, was released. In it, Ventura describes a hypothetical campaign in which he is a candidate for President of the United States in 2008, running as an independent. He later stated that that the scenario is only imaginary and not indicative of a "secret plan to run". American Conspiracies is a book Ventura wrote with Dick Russell. Ventura also wrote DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government. The book expresses Ventura's opposition to the two-party system and calls for political parties to be abolished. In 2013 his book They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK was released and quickly made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura describes his politics and his life with a simplicity that his supporters will cheer as fist-shaking bolts of truth and that his detractors will pan as loud, flippant and glib. The text first outlines Ventura's political platform ("less government is more" just about sums it up), then tracks his life through roles as blue-collar bad boy, Navy Seal, pro wrestler, wrestling commentator, film star, mayor, talk-radio host and, finally, campaigner and governor. Ventura likes to play the angry man in the bar complaining about the bums in office. Like most Reform Party candidates, he doesn't believe government can do much anyway. Eighty percent of the book is autobiography, a series of American success stories about the man who doesn't believe in the word can't. His ego appears to play such a large role in his persona that even his claim that he doesn't want to be called upon to be president exudes a scent of sham modesty. Ventura fan or not, any reader can appreciate the story of this man's desire to unseat "the old boy network" and engage the people. But the chapters on his entertainment years, and Ventura's incessant name-dropping, ultimately undermine his premiseÄthat he isn't a politician, just a private-sector Joe. At times, Ventura is so entertaining that readers might forget, temporarily, that he's a celebrity politician employing the advantage of his fame. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The packaging for this audio describes it as half "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Mr. Smith wanted to channel federal dollars to fund a visionary national boys camp; Ventura wants to take funds away from government programs to give tax cuts to individuals. This three-hour whining session contains not one other shred of real policy--just complaints about unfair government practices. It's the sad story of a frat house-style rebellion on Minnesota campuses that reeled horribly out of control and for which now the people of that state must suffer through the inane antics and ignorant thought processes of Ventura for the next few years. The hardest part is the governor's gloating about how the election was the result of his "plan," and how (who knows?) the next stop may be the presidency of the United States. Definitely not recommended.--Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Our final big push came seventy-two hours before the election. We rented some RVs, set up a live Internet feed, and headed out on a thirty-four-stop trip around the state, straight through, no sleep. But I knew from my background that I could do it-it was less than half of Hell Week! As those all-important last hours ticked down, we stole all the thunder from the other two campaigns. The press jumped on board with us, because we were having all the fun. We invited people, "Come along! Jump in your cars and come with us for as long as you want to go!" We had times when we were going down the highway with twenty-five cars tooting their horns, waving banners and flags. We came into cities in a whirlwind of noise. Later, people rushed home and jumped on the Internet to see if they could see pictures of themselves. There was running commentary, "Jesse's now left for Hutchinson. . . ." We literally stole all the publicity and all the momentum that weekend. That's when I started to believe we had a shot at winning. I always knew we had an outside chance, but that's the first time the possibility really began to seem real to me. Even Terry started to feel it. She went on the seventy-two-hour blitz with us. It was her first real involvement in the campaign. I had told her from the start that I didn't expect her to be part of it unless she wanted to be. She could be as little or as much involved as she liked. It was during that blitz that my confrontation with Hillary Clinton took place. It was on Saturday-I think we were in Rochester that morning-that Hillary had come into town to stump for Humphrey. One of the press guys came up to me and said, "Did you hear what Hillary Clinton said about you? She said it's time to end the carnival sideshow act that's going on here and get down to the business of electing Skip Humphrey. How do you feel about Hillary Clinton calling you a carnival sideshow act?" I said, "It seems to me, rather than being concerned about Minnesota politics, Hillary should be more concerned about leaving Bill home alone. He seems to get into a lot of mischief whenever she leaves him." You wanna start the fight, the Klingon's gonna draw the line in the sand. Strike us, and you make us stronger. Excerpted from I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up by Jesse Ventura All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. VII
Chapter 1 The American Dreamp. 3
Chapter 2 Sound Body, Sound Mindp. 12
Chapter 3 How it all Startedp. 39
Chapter 4 Navy Sealsp. 56
Chapter 5 "The Body"p. 84
Chapter 6 "The Mouth"p. 112
Chapter 7 "The Mind"p. 137
Chapter 8 Accepting the Shacklesp. 178
Chapter 9 Self-Reliancep. 193
Chapter 10 Looking Nationalp. 203