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  • American dentist accused of killing beloved Zimbabwe lion Cecil

    07/28/2015 11:35:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    thestar.com ^ | Tue Jul 28 2015 | Jillian Kestler-D’Amours
    An American dentist has been accused of killing a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this month, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (WCTF) confirmed. The Zimbabwe tourism authority named the man accused of killing Cecil as Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist and avid big-game hunter. “#WalterJamesPalmer was the man who killed #CecilTheLion. This was an #illegalhunt,” the authority posted on Twitter. The Associated Press reported that Zimbabwean conservationists had accused an American of paying $50,000 to kill the lion. The American “shot the lion with a bow and arrow." ... Rodrigues told the Star that the...
  • Safari tourist suspected in killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

    07/28/2015 11:31:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 july 15 | Don Melvin, Khushbu Shah and Elaine Ly
    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege.
  • American Hunter Killed Cecil, Beloved Lion That Was Lured Out of Its Sanctuary

    07/29/2015 1:09:51 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 170 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | By KATIE ROGERS
    Cecil, a 13-year-old lion, wandered out of his sanctuary in a national park in Zimbabwe this month, following the scent of a potential snack. At the other end of Cecil’s search was a lure, placed there by hunters who, conservationists say, wanted their prey to cross into unprotected territory so they could kill him. Cecil, well known to those who visited the Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe for his jet black mane, was beheaded, according to conservation officials. His corpse was left to rot in the sun. Zimbabwean officials said that Dr. Walter J. Palmer, an American hunter known...
  • I’d love to go hunting one day with Dr Walter Palmer.. so I can stuff & mount him for MY office wall

    07/29/2015 4:02:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2015 | Piers Morgan
    Dr Walter Palmer is a dentist in the human happiness business. His website, at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Minnesota, says he ‘strives to create dazzling smiles’. For 27 years this self-anointed kindly man has showered his patients with extraordinary care and comfort, ensuring they leave his surgery immeasurably more self-confident than when they entered. His official photograph on the website exudes almost Saintly virtue; Palmer’s own gleaming dentures shining beatifically beneath his warm, bespectacled, twinkling eyes. But there’s another side to Dr Palmer. A side he alludes to right at the very end of a Q&A on the...
  • Cecil The Lion’s Wikipedia Page Not Created Until After His Death

    07/30/2015 7:06:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/30/15 | Michael Bastasch
    The Internet has been set ablaze by news that a U.S. dentist on safari shot and killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion, apparently a beloved figure in that African country.Already more than 800,000 people have signed an online petition demanding “justice” for Cecil, but how well-known was Cecil before his death? The Daily Caller News Foundation found that Cecil’s Wikipedia page had only been created July 29, 2015 — after news of Cecil’s death had been reported in the news.According to Wikipedia’s edit history, an editor “created [the] article with material from Hwange National Park.” Hwange is the national park where...
  • What’s worse: to hunt a lion in Africa or not to care about Africa except when someone hunts a lion?

    07/30/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    ideas.aeon.co ^ | 29 July, 2015 | Brigid Hains
    The meaning of an individual animal Among the reasons not to feel outraged about the killing of Cecil the lion are these two: he had a human name and he was a well-known tourist attraction. I say ‘tourist attraction’ instead of 'beloved lion’ because that hackneyed phrase seems to me a concept empty of meaning. How can a lion be wild and be 'beloved’ by people who saw him once from a safari jeep? You don’t earn the right to 'love’ a lion that way. Cecil was a wild lion who was habituated to humans, collared for a biology study,...
  • Zimbabwe Reveals Shocking Truth About “Cecil the Lion”...

    07/30/2015 5:04:19 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    ...Animal Rights Groups Are Desperate to Cover Up Both social media and the progressive mainstream media have been in an uproar over the past few days about the death of “Cecil,” a 13-year-old lion in Zimbabwe. Cecil was killed in an organized licensed hunt by a big game hunter, Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer, who has now gone into hiding after receiving numerous death threats from outraged animal rights activists. However, it would appear that the outrage surrounding the death of Cecil is what is commonly known as a “First World Problem,” as residents of Zimbabwe were mostly unaware of,...
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service Investigating Killing Of Cecil The Lion

    07/30/2015 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 30, 2015
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the agency is investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying it will “go where facts lead.” The agency made the announcement via Twitter Thursday. Also Thursday, the Eden Prairie Police Department said that, while they will be stepping up neighborhood monitoring, they will not be providing personal protection for the dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe. “Because of the increased traffic in the neighborhood of Walter Palmer’s residence, the Eden Prairie Police Department is monitoring the neighborhood to ensure the safety and security of the residents and their property,”...
  • US wildlife agencies reportedly will assist investigation into Cecil the lion's death

    07/30/2015 12:11:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    U.S. wildlife agencies will assist Zimbabwean authorities in their investigation into the killing of the iconic African lion, Cecil, according to a published report. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports dentist Walter Palmer has not been charged in Zimbabwe, though his guide and outfitter have. Palmer, who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie and practices in nearby Bloomington, said late Tuesday he regretted the animal’s death, but thought he was acting legally.
  • Human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe allege state...abducted [Mugabe Critic] [No Tears from Kimmel]

    07/30/2015 6:47:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    FOX ^ | 3/10/15
    Human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe have filed a court application seeking the release of an activist they suspect was abducted by state agents. The lawyers said Tuesday that Itai Dzamara, leader of a movement called Occupy Africa Unity Square, has been missing since Monday morning and that his family and associates have no idea of the activist's whereabouts.
  • Zimbabweans express surprise over foreign concern for slain lion amid economic woes

    07/31/2015 1:56:27 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | July 30, 2015 | By FARAI MUTSAKA
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States — much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal — most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern. The discovery that Cecil, the star of Zimbabwe national park had been lured out and killed by American bow hunter Walter James Palmer has resulted in online anger and protests at his dental clinic. Outside Zimbabwe's environmental and activist circles, however, the reaction been muted. "It's so cruel, but I don't understand the whole fuss,...
  • (Dem Congressman Betsy) McCollum calls for federal investigation of lion-killing Minnesota dentist

    07/29/2015 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Minn Post ^ | July 29, 2015 | Sam Brodey
    The Internet exploded in outrage this week after it was revealed that a Minnesota tourist killed a beloved lion while on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. That indignation reached Capitol Hill yesterday, as 4th District Rep. Betty McCollum was quick to call for justice for the protected African lion, fondly referred to as Cecil the Lion. [Snip] “To bait and kill a threatened animal, like this African lion, for sport cannot be called hunting, but rather a disgraceful display of callous cruelty,” McCollum said. Palmer says he was not aware that the lion was a protected animal, and regrets what...
  • Donald Trump is still rocketing up polls in dominating fashion

    07/27/2015 11:08:25 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Maxwell Tani
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit. Donald Trump is still the clear front-runner of the 2016 GOP presidential field. A new Economist/YouGov poll released on Friday actually showed Trump gaining support in the last week, despite a controversy over his comments questioning Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) status as a "war hero." According to the poll, the number of registered Republican primary voters who responded that Trump is their first choice jumped from 15% at the beginning of July to 28% last week. Another 10% of voters pick him as their second choice. That puts the real-estate...
  • Trump Names NH Vets Who Support Him - At Least Two Say They Have No Idea Why They’re On The List

    07/27/2015 5:13:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 25, 2015 | Angelo Young
    A day after Donald Trump announced the formation of “Veterans For Trump,” a small New Hampshire-based coalition that supports the bellicose business mogul’s bid for the White House, at least two of the veterans named as supporters distanced themselves from team Trump. The announcement of the veterans group came five days after Trump said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is only considered a war hero because he was captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War. “I don’t know anything about it,” said Ernie Fusi, a World War II veteran whose name was still listed among the 51 veteran supporters on...
  • Trump Beat Back the Outrage Machine

    07/23/2015 2:52:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Today is Thursday. Last weekend was four days ago. Depending on which day of the weekend you go back to, it could be five days ago. And if you have wishful thinking about weekends it could be six days ago, all the way back to last Friday. What happened last weekend? Donald Trump supposedly took himself out of the presidential race with one sentence about John McCain. I mean, that's what the conventional wisdom told us. From the moment it was reported that Trump said he wasn't impressed with McCain because he's not impressed with people that get captured,...
  • Minnesota lawmakers urge Governor Dayton to investigate Planned Parenthood after undercover videos..

    07/23/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    kttc.com ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Ali Killam, Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Minnesota lawmakers urge Governor Dayton to investigate Planned Parenthood after undercover videos released ROCHESTER / ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Planned Parenthood is feeling the heat this week after a couple of undercover videos revealed some troubling conversations with some of the organization's executives. It has lawmakers across the country calling for investigations, including many here in Minnesota. Planned Parenthood has strongly defended itself against the accusations sparking from these videos, yet legislators are not so convinced. A list of 65 Minnesota lawmakers are calling on Governor Mark Dayton to launch an investigation in the wake of national...
  • Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president

    07/16/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says he’s backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for president. In a blog post on his independent media site, Ventura praised Sanders for challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. “I think what Bernie Sanders is doing is extremely healthy,” Ventura wrote. “I love the idea of somebody throwing a fly in the ointment.” This isn’t the first time Ventura backed a presidential candidate looking to shake up the system. In 2008 and 2012, Ventura backed Republican Ron Paul for president. In 2004, Ventura backed Democrat John Kerry against Republican President George W. Bush....
  • Donald Trump Heaps Insults on Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Other Foes

    07/21/2015 12:26:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 150 replies
    Time ^ | 7/21/15 | Michael Scherer
    A triumphant and unrepentant Donald Trump launched a barrage of personal attacks and name-calling on his campaign rivals Tuesday, most notably calling South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham an “idiot” handing out Graham’s cell phone number to the whole world He dismissed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as “weak on immigration,” and mocked Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s glasses and Hillary Clinton’s hand wave. “What a stiff, what a stiff, Lindsey Graham. By the way he has registered zero in the polls,” Trump said, at an appearance in Bluffton, S.C. “A total lightweight. In the private sector, he couldn’t get a job.”...
  • Chris Rock got laughs in 2008 – “John McCain’s a war hero that got captured...

    07/21/2015 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    News Ninja ^ | 07/19/15 | Wayne Dupree
    Back in 2008 during a HBO comedy special, Comedian Chris Rock, who had never served in the military but supported then Senator Barack Obama made disrespectful comments about Senator John McCain and the GOP establishment never attacked Chris Rock or called on Obama to denounce Rock for his comments about John McCain but they definitely went after Donald Trump. Liberal voters laughed out their seats! Liberal news websites didn’t even report the comedy as news or call out Rock for his act…it just “went away,” until now: “He a war hero. He a war hero,” Rock said of then-GOP presidential...
  • John McCain responds to Donald Trump: 'I'm not a hero'

    07/20/2015 8:12:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/20/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said Monday that real-estate developer Donald Trump should apologize for comments he made over the weekend — but not to him. "I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country," McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." McCain was responding to Trump, a GOP presidential candidate who panned his war record over the weekend. Trump ignited a media firestorm by saying McCain was a war hero only because he was captured during the Vietnam War. "He's not...
  • Donald Trump Stole Chris Rock’s McCain Line [VIDEO]

    07/19/2015 8:12:21 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/2015 | Patrick Howley
    <p>The line originated in Obama-supporting comedian Chris Rock’s HBO special during the 2008 election.</p> <p>“He a war hero. He a war hero,” Rock said of McCain. “He a war hero that got CAPTURED. There’s a lot of guys in jail that got captured. I don’t want to vote for nobody that got captured. I want to vote for the motherfucker that got away.”</p>
  • Al Franken 2000 on McCain: I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured

    07/19/2015 9:59:18 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 85 replies
    So the media, liberal hacks and so called Republicans have been bashing Donald Trump all day for speaking the truth about songbird John McCain, the often referred to ‘war-hero.’ Funny, Al Franken, a far left liberal Democrat said something very similar about McCain when he first ran for president in 2000. I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war. That’s actually worse...
  • Donald Trump Uses Old Al Franken POW Joke About John McCain

    07/19/2015 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 18, 2015 2:18 pm | Jesse Walker
    Franken 15 years ago: "I don't buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured."
  • Mpls. Police, Officials Battle Summertime Spike in Shootings

    07/14/2015 7:49:57 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/14/15 | Stephen Tellier
    Minneapolis is in the midst of a summertime spike in shootings. There were 26 shootings in the two-week period ending on July 13, the highest total since at least 2011. The majority the shootings have taken place in north Minneapolis, but there have also been two in south Minneapolis, and five in downtown. Barb Johnson, the city council president, called the spike in shootings "disgusting," while Mayor Betsy Hodges is calling the trend "unacceptable." KSTP’s Stephen Tellier talked to city leaders and shares what they are doing to stop gun violence, at 10 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. It is...
  • Man sues Boy Scouts, St. Paul-based council in sexual abuse case

    07/14/2015 6:13:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/14/15 | KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
    <p>A man alleges the Boy Scouts failed to protect him from sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s by the same scout leader said to have molested Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough.</p> <p>The man, identified only as John Doe 151, charged the Scouts with several counts of negligence and fraud and is seeking damages of more than $50,000, according to a civil suit filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.</p>
  • Somalis in Minneapolis: their numbers are growing and they’re bringing autistic children to US

    07/10/2015 10:10:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/10/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Originally posted on Coach is Right in April of 2010, the information contained in this piece is at least as chilling today. The St. Patrick’s Day festivities meant something much different for the couple in their 80s from Minneapolis than for the other revelers at the local American Legion Post on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Within days the couple would be returning home to a Minnesota suburb now changed forever by the huge influx of Somali immigrants whose behavior had forced them to move from their familiar neighborhood. “They are taught how to flush,” Marie (not her real name) said. She...
  • Terror Suspect Caught Boasting He Won’t Be De-Radicalized

    07/07/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/7/15 | Esme Murphy
    A Minnesota terror suspect is recorded boasting he and his friends will never be de-radicalized. The quotes come from a court document released ahead of a hearing Wednesday in which three suspects will ask a judge to free them before trial. One of the suspects asking to be released is 19-year-old Zacharia Abdurahman. The government says it recorded the teenager telling an ISIS fighter he and his Minnesota friends would be in Syria soon. The quotes are from secret recordings made by an FBI informant just weeks before the April arrests of the Minnesota suspects. Zacharia Abdurahman, 19, is quoted...
  • It Begins… Liberals Want Minnesota Flag Taken Down Because It Shows White Man Working

    07/05/2015 1:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    It begins… Leftists want the Minnesota flag taken down because it shows white men working on a farm and an Indian with a spear. Seriously? The Star Tribune reported: “The Minnesota state flag depicts a white man as a hardworking, rugged individualist, and an Indian riding a horse and holding a spear. The current interest in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public displays and store shelves provides an excellent opportunity to examine what the Minnesota state flag represents. The images on the flag are interpreted by state documents as innocuous symbols of the state’s history. A critical...
  • As Long as We're Discussing Flags, What About Minnesota's? (It's Racist)

    07/04/2015 10:56:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | JULY 2, 2015 | Judith Harrington
    It, too, may fail to reflect current sensibilities. The current interest in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public displays and store shelves provides an excellent opportunity to examine what the Minnesota state flag represents. The images on the flag are interpreted by state documents as innocuous symbols of the state’s history. A critical examination of what the flag is saying, however, should make Minnesotans reconsider what their state flag projects about their state. The state flag of Minnesota is often something that is taken for granted. Thousands of people see the flag flying without giving it a...
  • Conservatives say outside group is an arm of House Speaker Boehner (link only)

    07/03/2015 6:12:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Conservatives say outside group is an arm of House Speaker Boehner http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/01/conservatives-say-outside-group-is-arm-of-house-speaker/29572077/
  • Former Twin Cities man and ISIL recruiter linked to thwarted terrorist plots in U.S.

    07/02/2015 8:06:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/15 | Libor Jany
    Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, the former Minneapolis high school student turned jihadi recruiter accused of influencing a gunman at a controversial cartoon contest in Texas earlier this year, has been linked to at least two other high-profile homegrown terrorist plots targeting sites in the U.S. Hassan, who goes by Mujahid Miski online, traded tweets with a Rhode Island man facing federal terrorism charges for his role in an alleged plot to kill police officers, according to security analysts. He is also thought to have been in contact with a New York City college student who federal investigators say was intent on...
  • 8 Illinois Men Arrested after Louis Vuitton Robbery, High-Speed Chase

    07/01/2015 3:57:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/1/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    Eight men from Illinois were arrested after police say a robbery at a Louis Vuitton store in Edina turned into a chase across the Twin Cities metro. The robbery was reported at 10:09 a.m. Wednesday by an employee of the Louis Vuitton at the Galleria. The employee said several men took items from the store and left in a black minivan. No weapons were involved, police say. Police say the suspects traveled on France Avenue to Interstate 494 to Highway 52 to Interstate 94, ending up in Woodbury. The suspect vehicle also hit another vehicle during the chase, but no...
  • Vikings' Josh Robinson Compares Gay Marriage to Incest and Pedophilia

    06/28/2015 9:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Eonline ^ | 06/28/2015 | Brett Malec
    Cue the backlash!Following this morning's history-making Supreme Court Decision on marriage equality, Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson took to Twitter to condemn gay marriage in a series of homophobic tweets. He event compared marriage equality to incest and pedophilia."Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It's different? Yea okay!" the 24-year-old football star wrote Friday. "The day one person makes that stand, some may support, but many will say that's sick! That day I will say ‘hypocrites.'""When did we start defining a word...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/27/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Minnesota Sees Teen Abortions Drop 87% After Parental Notification Law Passed

    06/24/2015 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Bill Poehler
    Teen abortions in Minnesota have declined dramatically since the state enacted a law requiring parental notification before minors undergo abortions. Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Minnesota’s parental notification requirement. The law (MN Statute 144.343), strongly supported by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), was passed by the Legislature with large bipartisan majorities in 1981. It requires that both parents be notified at least 48 hours before an abortion is performed on a minor girl. The measure includes a judicial bypass procedure, which is required by the courts, and exceptions for rare cases. Minnesota’s...
  • Dakota County(MN) to start collecting DNA from some charged with crime

    06/24/2015 8:00:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Fox 9 ^ | 6-24-15 | Ted Haller
    Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie will soon have his deputies obtaining DNA from people arrested and charged for certain violent crimes. This DNA collection will take place before they are convicted – a departure from current Minnesota law. In 2006, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the practice of gathering DNA, without a warrant, from people charged but not convicted, was illegal. Two years ago, in 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled the practice was okay – at least in Maryland. In light of that ruling, Dakota County is betting that if their new procedure is challenged in court,...
  • After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping[Asian Carp]

    06/22/2015 1:04:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 June 2015 | Matt Sepic
    It's late on a Tuesday morning and — as it's done every day for decades — the Patrick Gannaway towboat pushes its two barges up the Mississippi River right through downtown Minneapolis. To get its 2,400 tons of sand, gravel, and limestone past the river's only waterfall, the barges take a five-story vertical ride inside the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock. Deckhands squeeze everything into the narrow chamber and use a winch to take up the slack in the boat's steel cables. In a control room above, a lock operator closes the chamber's enormous gates before opening a valve and...
  • Clinton to Fundraise at L.A. House of Tax Evading Clinton Foundation Donor

    06/20/2015 6:17:30 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2015 | Brent Scher
    Hillary Clinton will attend a $2,700-a-plate luncheon on Friday at the Beverly Hills home of a man who was investigated by the Senate for hiding $68 million in assets in an offshore tax haven. Peter Lowy, who was born in Australia but is a U.S. citizen, is chief executive officer of the Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest owners of shopping malls. The company was founded by his father, Frank Lowy, and is controlled by the Lowy family. The family came under fire in 2008 when a report from then-Sens. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) and Norm Coleman (R., Minn.)...
  • Minnesota Teenager Stomps, Kicks 2-Year-Old Girl to Death: Police

    06/16/2015 9:07:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    A Minneapolis teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. The 17-year-old suspect is currently charged as a juvenile. He made his first court appearance Monday at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center, where it was announced there would be a certification trial to determine if he should be tried as an adult. A juvenile petition states that authorities were dispatched to a home in Minneapolis around 12:35 p.m. on June 10 on a report of a child not breathing. The child, 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill, was taken to Hennepin County Medical...
  • Former employee killed in shooting at Mi Rancho restaurant (MN)

    06/13/2015 10:35:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    BemidjiPioneer.com ^ | 6/23/15 | Pioneeer Staff Report
    BEMIDJI -- A former employee of Mi Rancho was killed in a shooting at the restaurant Saturday morning. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call of a shooting at about 10 a.m. at the popular Bemidji eatery at 677 Anne St. NW, before the restaurant opened for the day, according to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. Witnesses told officers that several employees were preparing for the restaurant to open when a “former employee forced his way into the back door of the business and started an altercation with several employees. This altercation ended with...
  • Millions of Flies Invade Dozens of Isanti (MN) County Homes for Weeks

    06/04/2015 8:34:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Brett Hoffland
    Millions of flies are invading one Minnesota neighborhood, and nothing his being done. Officials say one farmer is responsible for the infestation. "We've been getting these flies like this. They're all over the car, they're all over the house, they're in our full barn, they're in our patio by the billions," Tom Hanson said. Hanson says it started thanks to their neighbor across the street who owns the property, but doesn't normally live there. "The gentleman across the road has been dumping this stuff since last winter and he has no intention of cleaning it up. He doesn't care what...
  • Parents Livid Over ‘Democratic’ School’s Shock Field Trip — but the Director Says It Was ‘Beautiful’

    06/03/2015 11:21:17 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 77 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Roughly one dozen students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, some as young as 11 years old, were taken on a private school-sponsored field trip to an adult novelty store last week, leaving some parents furious. The director of the private Gaia Democratic School in Minneapolis, Starri Hedges, took the middle- and high school-aged kids to “Smitten Kitten” as part of a sex education lesson. Parent Lynn Floyd called the field trip a “major breach of trust,” adding that parents were not even notified ahead of the trip. Both of her daughters, aged 11 and 13, attended the off-campus trip. “You just can’t...
  • Minnesota Teachers Revolt Against 5 Years of ‘White Privilege’ Training

    06/03/2015 9:14:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    EAG News reports that the public school district of St. Paul has spent $3 million over the past 5 years to work with “Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students.” PEG’s educational philosophy: That standard curricula are inherently biased against black students due to “white privilege”. Curriculum changes, however, were not at the top of their list. Instead, St. Paul schools were required to revise discipline policies in order to cease suspending black students, instead punishing them via “time outs” from the classroom, along with...
  • Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

    06/02/2015 8:38:35 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 31 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | June 2, 2015 | STEVE GUNN
    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students? Apparently so. In 2010, the St. Paul school district began a contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students. PEG packages and sells the concept of victimization, for a very high price. It claims that the American education system is built around white culture, tradition and social norms – aka “white privilege” –...
  • 15-Year-Old Dies Playing Game He Loves

    05/25/2015 10:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KAAL ^ | 05/25/2015
    Police say a 15-year-old baseball player has died after being struck by a ball in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji. snip Police say Zacharie was pitching and was struck by a ball that a batter hit. He died later at a hospital.
  • Democrats: America Needs More Muslims!

    05/30/2015 4:12:06 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 5/23/2015 | Staff
    What do we need in this country right now? If you’re a Senate Democrat, you might think the answer is more Muslims. On Thursday, a group of Senators made the case for increased refugee resettlement, posing it as a moral obligation. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” said 14 lawmakers headed by Dick Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. The UN has been trying to get the United States to take in more refugees from...
  • [MN] Black teacher: Administrators trying to fire me for criticizing race-based discipline rules

    05/28/2015 3:46:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    EAG News ^ | 5/28/15 | Steve Gunn
    ST. PAUL, Minn. – It’s not unusual for authorities to try to silence those who speak the painful truth.Aaron Benner, a veteran elementary teacher in the St. Paul school district, is a perfect example.For more than three years, Benner has been calling out the district for what he believes are dangerously lax disciplinary policies, particularly involving black students.He believes those policies are largely the result of the district’s contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a radical San Francisco-based consulting firm.PEG pushes the idea that black students are victims of “white privilege” school policies that make it difficult or impossible...
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Feds claim accused ISIL recruit from Minneapolis threatened to kill FBI agents

    05/21/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Paul McEnroe
    One of the Twin Cities men charged with supporting terrorism planned to kill FBI agents who were investigating their activities over the last 10-months, according to federal authorities who’ve reviewed a confidential informant’s secret recordings of conversations in early April that detailed the threats. “If there’s no way out, I’m saying. If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me,” said Mohamed Farah, one of seven men from the Twin Cities who is charged with supporting terrorists in the Middle East. “You know the one. Everybody has that one Fed that you know....
  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...