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  • Bachmann: Obama Wants ‘Illiterate’ Immigrants as New Dem Voters

    11/20/2014 1:42:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Outgoing Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told reporters Wednesday that President Barack Obama was seeking to grant legal protection to millions of “illiterate” immigrants who would then become Democratic voters by 2016. “The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language,” Bachmann said. “The president has a very single-minded vision. He’s looking at new voters for 2016.” Bachmann told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa that “illiterate” wasn’t her word: “I’ve been down to the border. The reason why I would say that...
  • Big Stone Co. GOP chair: Muslims are terrorists, we should 'frag 'em'

    11/20/2014 1:27:48 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Jennifer Brooks
    A Minnesota Republican Party official issued a “call to arms” against Muslims Thursday, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggesting that someone should “frag ‘em.” Jack Whitley, chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, has no apology for a series of inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page -- remarks state GOP officials have condemned as "outrageous." “Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country,” Whitley told the Star Tribune Thursday.
  • Keith Ellison: No mandate for GOP; electorate ‘has a lot of complicated things that it thinks’

    11/20/2014 12:58:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said Tuesday that Republicans don’t have a mandate after a midterm election cycle in which they took back control of the Senate and picked up about a dozen seats in the House — pointing to low voter turnout and successful ballot initiatives on raising the minimum wage as evidence of a nuanced electorate. Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Mr. Ellison was responding to comments from Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, that the American people have spoken and President Obama can listen to them on issues like immigration. “Well, you know, we had a 72-year low...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Reports: More than 90,000 illegal immigrants in MN

    11/19/2014 8:46:19 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 11-19-14 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Estimates from two Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations say there are more than 90,000 illegal immigrants living in Minnesota. The Pew Research Center's study says illegal immigrants make up 1.8 percent of Minnesota's population and 2.5 percent of its workforce. While Pew estimates the illegal immigrant count at 95,000, the Migration Policy Institute puts the number at 91,000.
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken

    11/18/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/14 03:30 PM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) are squaring off over whether new net neutrality rules would hinder or help the growth of the Internet.After Cruz last week called net neutrality “ObamaCare for the Internet,” Franken over the weekend said that the Texas Republican had the issue “completely wrong.” ADVERTISEMENT The Texas senator “just doesn't understand what this issue is,” Franken said.On Monday, Cruz’s office fired back with YouTube videos and Vine clips that it said explains how tough Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would “calcify” the Internet and prevent people from using it as a platform for innovation.Cruz...
  • Controversial economist Jonathan Gruber had role in setting up MNsure

    11/19/2014 4:11:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Doug Belden
    Minnesota was one of the states where Jonathan Gruber, an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was involved in the creation of the federal Affordable Care Act, helped to set up a local health insurance exchange. Gruber has come under fire for comments he made a year ago about how the federal law was passed. Video that surfaced this month showed him saying that a "lack of transparency" and "the stupidity of the American voter" were key to getting the federal law passed. He was paid $330,000 for his work in Minnesota. What did he produce? Gruber, who...
  • Republican Congressman replacing Michele Bachmann names gay ‘marriage’ supporter his chief-of-staff

    11/15/2014 6:42:14 AM PST · by massmike · 21 replies
    www.lifesitenews.com ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ben Johnson
    A newly-elected Republican Congressman is facing criticism after hiring a same-sex "marriage" supporter as his first Chief of Staff. Congressman-elect Tom Emmer is set to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Just days after winning the race, however, Emmer picked one of his campaign consultants, outgoing state Rep. David FitzSimmons, as his highest-ranking staffer. FitzSimmons is one of four Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives to vote for same-sex "marriage" last year. "The state has gone through a lot of controversy over this issue recently, and state Rep. FitzSimmons was a major player...
  • Jonathan Gruber Made Over $4 Million Pimping Obamacare & Lying to “Stupid” Americans

    11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-14-14 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made $4 million pimping Obamacare. ** $400,000 from Health and Human Services ** $1.6 MM from other states, and that’s just four of them. ** Another $2 milion from HHS for other work. It was a nice gig. The dude made millions because of his central role in lying to get health care passed. Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration lied to “stupid” Americans in order to get Obamacare passed. Jonathan Gruber made $400,000 from HHS. He also made an additional $3.6 million for consulting with states. Glenn Kessler at The...
  • Lax system let ineligible people get public health care aid

    11/13/2014 4:40:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    MPR ^ | 11-12-14 | MPR News Staff
    Minnesota human services officials didn't verify that low income people enrolling in health plans through MNsure were eligible for benefits they got, the state legislative auditor said Wednesday. The state Department of Human Services did not check key eligibility criteria, such as Social Security numbers, citizenship, income, and household sizes for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program), MinnesotaCare, and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients. That screening breakdown "resulted in ineligible persons receiving public health care benefits," the auditor said in its report. "They're not getting it right," Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said. "We design these systems to make complex eligibility determinations....
  • Audit found ineligible people on state's public-health rolls

    11/13/2014 4:37:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    MinnPost ^ | Brian Lambert
    The AP story says, “Minnesota's legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state's health insurance exchange MNsure. In a report released Wednesday, the Office of the Legislative Auditor says it found many instances where department paid for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare benefits for people who weren't eligible because their incomes were too high or didn't qualify for other reasons. It says the department also charged incorrect MinnesotaCare premium rates.” It’s hard to put into words how shocked I am. The...
  • Goodbye, snow days: Students study from home (St. Cloud MN, private HS)

    11/11/2014 5:04:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2014 5:34 PM EST | Kyle Potter
    She’s no Grinch about it, but Lynn Grewing is the principal who stole snow days. The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest this week gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota, having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared Tuesday that students’ cherished snow days are a thing of the past—at least at Cathedral. […] Private schools like Cathedral—and, increasingly, some public school districts—across the nation are starting to use the flexibility technology provides to...
  • Minnesota hunter steals deer shot by someone else, is quickly caught

    11/10/2014 6:26:19 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | November 10, 2014 | PAUL WALSH
    Frustrated by his own failures as a deer hunter this newly begun season, a 34-year-old central Minnesota man was caught after stealing a buck dangling from a tree at the home of a more successful marksman, authorities said Monday. The theft occurred midday Sunday from a home in Millwood Township and was reported to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office by a group of hunters that had several deer carcasses hanging in a tree, said Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold.
  • Minneapolis schools to make suspending children of color more difficult

    11/10/2014 3:10:49 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/9/2014
    <p>Minneapolis public school officials are making dramatic changes to their discipline practices by requiring the superintendent’s office to review all suspensions of students of color.</p> <p>The change comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the way Minneapolis public schools treat minority students and in the wake of new data showing black students are 10 times more likely to be sent home than white students.</p>
  • What if They Made it Illegal to Rent Your House?

    11/09/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Twotone · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 | Tom Steward
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota cities have circled the wagons in a controversial property rights case that pits municipal authorities against homeowners who are challenging the constitutionality of Winona’s rental ban before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • Mpls. Mayor Flashes Gang Sign with Convicted Felon; Law Enforcement Outraged

    11/07/2014 6:37:07 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | 11/07/2014 | Jay Kolls
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges posing with a convicted felon while flashing a known gang sign. The man in the photo is a twice-convicted felon for drug selling and possession and illegal possession of a firearm. He is currently sentenced to five years at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with the prison term stayed for three years while he is under supervised probation until 2016. If he violates terms of his probation during that time, he will serve the five years behind bars. ... Retired Minneapolis police officer Michael Quinn, who also managed the department's Internal Affairs Unit, says the photo...
  • WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH MINNESOTA?

    11/06/2014 11:13:03 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 50 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election:
  • WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH MINNESOTA?

    11/06/2014 11:07:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 49 replies
    Powerline Blog | November 6, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots of people live. But what this map does reveal is that the Democrats are no longer competitive in rural and small-town America. It is now rare for a district dominated...
  • ABC News Declares Franken the Winner in U.S. Senate Race

    11/04/2014 6:44:48 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-4-14 | Megan Stewart
    ABC News has declared Democratic Sen. Al Franken beat out Republican Mike McFadden for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Franken's big advantages in money and name recognition made him the favorite against McFadden. The former "Saturday Night Live" star was seen as a big target for Republicans after he won in 2008 by recount, but this cycle's race never appeared close and Republican-aligned groups invested their millions elsewhere.
  • 7 Most Expensive States to Live in the U.S.

    11/02/2014 4:49:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Business Cheatsheet ^ | October 28, 2014 | Erika Rawes
    As most of us already know, an equal salary can stretch much further in one place than in another. If you earn at least $75,000 per year, you earn a comfortable salary. At this income level, you are said to have reached the point where you really don’t need any more money to thrive. In each state, however, this $75,000 has to be adjusted to account for costs of living differences. A few states, however, like Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, and Wisconsin are right around the benchmark. That is, even when adjusting for cost of living, these states will...
  • Felons and Guns in Minnesota

    11/02/2014 5:10:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent report on how judges sentence felons who are convicted of gun crimes in Minnesota reveals some information that is not obvious.    KSTP spent weeks analysing more than 1,800 cases involving crimes with guns and felons in possession of guns in Minnesota.   They found that in many of the situations, no jail time was added because of the gun offense.   One case is presented, which one might assume, would be one of the most egregious.   The suspect, August Fleming, was charged with second degree assault and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.    It is clear...
  • Brookings study reveals Minnesota’s individual insurance market is not faring well under ACA

    10/30/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-30-14 | Peter Nelson
    Printer-friendly version A new study published by the Brookings Institution reveals the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is imposing far more volatility and harm on people in Minnesota’s individual market than elsewhere. The study, by Yale economist Amanda Kowalski, takes “an early look at the impact of the ACA on the individual health insurance market.” It compares state-by-state coverage levels, insurance premiums and insurance costs in the first two quarters of 2014 to estimates of what they would have been if the ACA had not been implemented this year. These estimates are created by extending pre-ACA trends going...
  • Nosy Neighbor Puts Up Sign to “Out” Concealed Carrier

    10/26/2014 9:37:36 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Greg Campbell
    Nosy Neighbor Puts Up Sign to “Out” Concealed Carrier October 19, 2014 By Greg Campbell Someone has too much time on their hands… A nosy neighbor recently spotted a man walking his daughters to school who accidentally flashed his concealed carry piece. So, in response, she did what any of us would do: she went about minding her own business and remembered that it was his right to carry a weapon. Just kidding; she went ballistic and has mounted a campaign to “out” the concealed carrier and try to shame him by putting up signs alerting neighbors that the man...
  • Muslim Woman Attacks Muslims For Demanding Halal Food At Minnesota Food Banks

    10/24/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    ... “I’m about to put a smack down on my brothers and sisters,” Dedic wrote in her Facebook post on Oct 20. “Why on earth [do] they think it is okay to look into the eyes of the already generous US taxpayer and say your charity is not good enough for me. I demand special treatment.” ...
  • Small Businesses Get Sobering Dose Of Reality as Health Insurers Reveal Their Rates For 2015

    10/19/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 19, 2014 | michael hausam
    Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal health care premiums for 2015, some private insurers have. One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” Alycia Riedl, with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters, commented on the news:
  • Not a Bad Guess to say Adrian Peterson is Finished

    10/19/2014 7:16:46 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 49 replies
    Sun Times ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rick Telander
    Almost forgotten in the uproar over the brutal ‘‘whuppin’ ’’ that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson laid on his 4-year-old son is just how great a runner Peterson was. I say ‘‘was’’ because it’s not certain Peterson, 29, will play in the NFL again. He is out indefinitely, with pay, as he awaits trial on charges of reckless or negligent injury toward his son. The trial tentatively is set for Dec. 1, too late for him to return and play this season. If he is found guilty, he could receive a prison sentence of two years and a $10,000 fine....
  • New Cure for Racial Violence in Minneapolis: Crack down on the victims.

    10/17/2014 12:00:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2014 | Colin Flaherty
    Police in Minneapolis have discovered a new way to fight the wave of black violence and mayhem that is now an every day fact of life in their city: Blame the white victims for drinking too much. Why not: Nothing else has worked. First, Minneapolis police tried ignoring the problem. But dozens of victims, videos, witnesses, police reports and 911 calls made that impossible. Then they tried denying it: A spokesman for Minneapolis police department told me that race has nothing to do with anything involving crime and anyone who thinks differently is a bad person. That lasted about as...
  • CIDRAP Director: Airborne Ebola 'Single Greatest Concern' of My Career

    10/16/2014 9:38:02 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Wynton Hall
    The director of the University of Minnesota's prestigious Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) tells CNN that the possibility of airborne Ebola is the sum of all fears. In a piece by CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen titled, "Ebola in the Air? A Nightmare that Could Happen," CIDRAP Director Dr. Michael Osterholm said nothing compares to the threat of airborne Ebola. "It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," Dr. Osterholm told CNN. "I can't imagine anything in my career--and this includes HIV--that would be more devastating to the world than...
  • In Ebola outbreak, liberty and public health may be at odds, experts say

    10/15/2014 10:05:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | October 15, 2014 | Tim Nelson
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There's no sign yet that Ebola has reached Minnesota. But experiences in Dallas highlight what government authorities can do, firmly and quickly, to try to stop more people from getting infected — at a time when the public is increasingly wary of government intrusion and authority. The state can lock you up for weeks. It could order your kids home from school and in some cases, kick you out of your job, at least temporarily. Health officials can inspect your house, open up your health records and maybe even seize your remains if you get sick and die. The government...
  • Citing 'devastating consequences,' Minnesota lobbies for Ebola screening at MSP

    10/13/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | October 13, 2014 | PAUL WALSH
    In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday asked U.S. officials to reconsider their decision not to conduct Ebola virus screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday requested that the Twin Cities’ airport be added to the short federal list of airports in the United States that are required to conduct screenings for the deadly Ebola virus. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that asks...
  • Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

    10/10/2014 1:53:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 9, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum—from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.They don’t specify exactly what they want Obama to do—they say “demonstrable, meaningful steps”—but note that a 1992 law “authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong.”Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is president pro tempore and Judiciary chairman, leads the letter with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Rubio.“The people of Hong Kong have sent a strong...
  • SurveyUSA poll shows Minnesota slipping away from GOP … again: Al Franken and Mark Dayton ahead

    10/11/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In almost every electoral cycle, Republicans feel they have a winning hand in Minnesota to turn the state red. And in almost every electoral cycle, their hopes get dashed. The GOP has not won a statewide electoral contest in Minnesota since Tim Pawlenty’s narrow re-election victory in 2006, and according to Survey USA’s latest poll, 2014 won’t break the pattern: In Minnesota, one month to Election Day, incumbent Democrats Mark Dayton and Al Franken appear well positioned for re-election, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St Paul. The victories do not reflect any larger love for...
  • Minnesota job vacancies hit 13-year high in second quarter

    10/10/2014 5:30:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-9-14 | Tom Webb
    Minnesota job vacancies hit a 13-year high in the second quarter, with employers reporting nearly 84,700 job openings, state officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said about 56 percent of those job openings were in the seven-county Twin Cities area, with 44 percent in Greater Minnesota. Over the past year, outstate areas posted the strongest job growth. DEED said the most common job vacancies were in the fields of health care and social assistance (19 percent of the total), retail (15 percent), accommodation and food service (12 percent), manufacturing (8 percent) and educational services...
  • Federal Funding for Honor Guards at Minnesota Veterans' Funerals Cut

    10/09/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Megan Matthews
    Federal funding for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota has been cut. KSTP sister station WDIO-TV reports instead of supporting 5,000 military funerals each year, only 3,000 funerals will be supported. Funerals held at Camp Ripley, Fort Snelling and a new veterans cemetery in Preston will get priority. John Marshall, captain of the Duluth Honor Guard, says that means some veterans in the Duluth area will likely miss out on having the two active duty military personnel at their funeral. “The federal government reneged on its promise to supplement two active military soldiers at all military funerals,” Marshall told...
  • Minnesota Muslim leaders spread the word that ISIL is not Islam

    10/04/2014 7:56:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 66 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/4/14 | JEAN HOPFENSPERGER
    Muslims across Minnesota gathered this weekend for one of Islam’s major religious holidays, one rooted in prayer, charity, sacrifice to community — and nothing to do with beheadings or violence. “This is Islam,” said Makram El-Amin, the imam at Masjid An-Nur mosque in north Minneapolis, where families gathered Saturday for a morning of prayer and socializing. “All Muslims across the world are observing this at the same time. It’s the opposite of a minute group in Syria and Iraq perpetrating crimes in the name of Islam.” Horrified that Islam is being linked to fanatics, Muslims in Minnesota and across the...
  • Minnesota Senate: Franken (D) 49%, McFadden (R) 41%

    10/04/2014 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 70 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 2, 2014
    Live from Minnesota, it’s Democratic Senator Al Franken’s bid for reelection, and he’s got an eight-point lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
  • Minneapolis community fights recruiters for jihad

    10/01/2014 9:49:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    My 9 NJ / AP ^ | 10-1-2014 | AMY FORLITI
    Every evening after work, Abdirizak Bihi strolls through neighborhood parks where young Somalis shoot hoops and play soccer. He tells jokes, urges them to clean up their trash and even grabs the basketball to take a few shots. It may seem like fun, but Bihi's eyes are scanning the playgrounds and ball courts of Minneapolis for something sinister - anyone who might try to recruit these kids to join a jihad overseas. If Bihi doesn't show up for his personal patrol for five, six or seven days, "somehow the word gets out, and they're back," he said. Community members and...
  • Man Assaulted and Robbed in Northeast Rochester (Mn) (When Several Cars Pulled Up)

    10/01/2014 3:09:47 PM PDT · by Son House · 19 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | KTTC TV
    Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin said a man was walking on the 600 block of Silver Lake Drive Northeast about 4 a.m. Sunday when several cars pulled up and a group of men jumped out. The man told police the men kicked, punched and scratched him, eventually taking car keys, a cell phone and some cash. Sherwin said the man's earrings were also ripped out before the group drove off. The man wasn't seriously hurt. He wasn't able to offer a description of the cars involved.
  • Church Asks Music Director to Resign After He Married Same-Sex Partner; Congregation Laments

    10/01/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    Members of Minnesota Catholic Church are lamenting over the resignation of their music director of 17 years who was asked to leave his position after marrying his same-sex partner. Jamie Moore served at St. Victoria Catholic Church for a little less than two decades and was beloved by much of the congregation. Several of the church's choir members recently voiced their disappointment over the matter to KARE11 News. "I think it's unfortunate," said member Judy Janish. "I think people should be able to marry who they love and who they belong with." June Henning, who served alongside Moore for 17...
  • Maple Lake Couple Recovering after their Convertible Collides with Moose (MN)

    09/30/2014 7:34:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 9/30/14 | Jessica Miles
    A Maple Lake couple walked away from a major accident. Their convertible crashed into a moose. The accident happened on Highway 55 near a boat landing in Maple Lake Monday night Don and Terry O’Connor say the moose popped up right out of the cattails and slammed into the small convertible. “I’m just thankful to be alive,” Don said. “I just remember a great, big, brown something, some sort of animal, coming toward the windshield,” Terry remembered. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says moose of common up north, but it is very rare to see a moose in Maple...
  • Red-seat Dems fight for survival

    09/28/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    For years, three House Democrats — West Virginia’s Nick Rahall, Georgia’s John Barrow and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson — have been survivors, defying political calculus to win term after term in solidly red Republican districts. They paddled through the 2010 GOP wave. They even overcame the flood of Mitt Romney’s double-digit margins of victory in each district in 2012. But 2014 could be their ultimate survival test. In an era of increasing polarization, Rahall, Peterson and Barrow are the three Democrats running for reelection who represent the most Republican districts in Congress. They’ve managed to hang on to their seats, even...
  • Report: Man who left Minneapolis killed in airstrike on ISIS targets in Syria

    09/25/2014 7:19:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 43 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Fox 9 staff
    A 20-year-old man who spent time with family in both Canada and Minneapolis was killed in an airstrike on ISIS targets in Syria, a lawyer representing the family of Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud told the CBC. Hamilton, Ontario attorney Hussein Hamdani identified the first-year college student in a photo that was being circulated on pro al-Shabaab websites of a Canadian-Somali man who had been killed in Syria.
  • Judge orders Sheriff Stanek to reinstate Iraq war vet's gun permit (MN)

    09/26/2014 8:36:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/26/14 | MARK BRUNSWICK
    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek overstepped his authority in revoking the gun permit of an Iraq war veteran who police say represented a possible danger to himself or others, a judge ruled Friday. The judge ordered Stanek to reinstate the vet’s permit to carry a gun. The case could have broad implications about how veterans in crisis are treated by law enforcement and about how much authority a sheriff may have in revoking permits to carry weapons. At one point, Bloomington police became so concerned about the man, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005,...
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Surprisingly Critical of Al Franken

    09/24/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 24, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune had a reputation for being so far left that they used to be referred to as the Red Star Trubune. Therefore it was somewhat surprising that the Star Tribune yesterday published an article that was not only somewhat critical of Franken but sounded some upbeat notes for his campaign opponent, Mike McFadden. This is in stark contrast to an article early this month in the University of Minnesota student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, which lavished praise upon Franken despite the fact he backed out of a campus debate and barely a word about McFadden who agreed...
  • Minneapolis: VA to investigate alleged cover-up involving patient's death

    09/24/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-23-14 | ap
    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Cathy Gromek, spokeswoman for the VA's inspector general's office in Washington, told the Associated Press she wasn't sure when the investigation would be finished. "We're working it and when we can report out, we'll report out," Gromek said. The announcement followed calls from Minnesota's congressional delegation for an investigation, one day after KARE-TV reported that VA records showed that a...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • MN Muslims Demand Pork-Free Food Products From Welfare Food Bank

    09/22/2014 3:25:08 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 96 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Minnesota Somali-Americans protested last week demanding pork-free food products from their welfare food bank. “It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Imam Hassan Mohamud. “Some food shelves are trying to meet the need, but some of them already got canned beans that have already been mixed with pork — and there is a literacy issue here,” said community activist Fartun Weli. With signs in hand, they marched to the Hennepin County commissioners’ office to ask Peter McLaughlin for help. Most live in his district and feel he can help...
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • Candidate in court after sawing garage in half

    09/21/2014 12:41:04 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 34 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Sep 21, 2014 | John Myers
    The Republican candidate for Minnesota House District 6A on the Iron Range faces a civil trial in Itasca County this week after sawing his neighbor’s garage in half. Roger Weber of rural Nashwauk is being sued by Mark Besemann of Iron after Weber used a power saw to bisect the building. Weber then removed half of the garage he insists was built, decades ago, on property that he now owns. Besemann is suing Weber for $20,000 in damage to the garage and $20,000 in punitive damages. Besemann also is seeking a small portion of Weber’s land adjacent to the garage...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...