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  • Mogadishu, Minnesota

    05/22/2018 3:59:42 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    city journal ^ | May 21, 2018 | Scott W. Johnson
    When it was noted that the carry-on bags of multiple airline passengers traveling from Minneapolis to Somalia contained millions of dollars in cash, on a regular basis, law enforcement was naturally curious to know where the money came from and where it was going. It soon emerged that millions of taxpayer dollars, and possibly much more, had been stolen through a massive scam of Minnesota’s social-services sector, specifically through fraudulent daycare claims. To make matters worse, the money appears to have wound up in areas of Somalia controlled by al-Shabab, the Islamic jihadist group responsible for numerous terrorist outrages. Starting...
  • Keith Ellison: Republicans Doing Bible Studies In Jails Are Making It Harder For Dems To Win (Video)

    05/21/2018 4:59:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 52 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | May 21, 2018 | Justin Caruso
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said at a Democratic event Monday that Republicans doing “Bible studies” in prisons is hurting Democrats’ chances at winning voters. “You know, back when I was in Minnesota State Legislature, I got the impression that maybe Democrats could possibly have an advantage with folks in this area who might vote for us,” Ellison said. “Not true. We will have to fight for their vote like we do with every other vote because I learned that a lot of Republicans will go to jails and do Bible studies and other things.”
  • 19 states sue Trump admin to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    05/21/2018 12:09:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/21/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    LOS ANGELES, California, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- California’s Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of 20 attorneys general, representing 19 states plus Washington, D.C., opposing a Trump administration rule change that prioritizes abstinence education over contraception distribution in family planning funds. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that abstinence messages and natural family planning methods would be given priority in distributing $260 million worth of family planning grants. The announcement did not mention artificial birth control. In response, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as the American...
  • Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English

    08/24/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 137 replies
    Slate ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rob Mifsud
    On July 4, 1960, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard rang in Independence Day with a dire Associated Press report by one Norma Gauhn headlined “American Dialects Disappearing.” The problem, according to “speech experts,” was the homogenizing effect of “mass communications, compulsory education, [and] the mobility of restless Americans.” These conformist pressures have only intensified in the half-century since the AP warned “that within four generations virtually all regional U.S. speech differences will be gone.” And so as we enter the predicted twilight of regional American English, it’s no surprise that publications as venerable as the Economist now confirm what our collective...
  • Minnesota child day care fraud cash going to terrorists? Let’s unpack this.

    05/16/2018 9:08:20 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | PUBLISHED: May 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm | UPDATED: May 16, 2018 at 9:55 am | Dave Orrick
    CHILD CARE FRAUD This is real. There are 10 open investigations and a number of closed cases, including convictions. The state has closed 13 centers since it formed a fraud investigation unit in 2014, officials have said. Patterns are similar: Someone opens up a child care center and accepts children of poor parents who qualify for state taxpayer day care subsidies. The center bills the state and gets the money. But here’s the catch: The day care center doesn’t really provide day care. Parents sign the kids in and sign them out, providing the center with needed paperwork to bill...
  • Millions of dollars in suitcases fly out of MSP, but why?

    05/15/2018 9:02:20 AM PDT · by DFG · 18 replies
    Fox 9 (Minneapolis) ^ | 05/13/2018 | Jeff Baillon
    For five months, Fox 9 has been investigating what appears to be rampant fraud in a massive state program. This fraud is suspected of costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $100 million a year. The Fox 9 Investigators reporting is based on public records and nearly a dozen government sources who have direct knowledge of what is happening.
  • The racism at the rink

    05/10/2018 12:05:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | May 10, 2018 | by Bob Collins
    Hockey is a sport played mostly by white people, and that’s just the way too many hockey fans want to keep it. As more African Americans move into professional hockey, they provide a barometer of just how rooted in racism the sport still is. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Ontario Hockey League’s boss was so concerned about threats against a black player during a playoff series that he requested a police escort to help get Givani Smith of the Kitchener Rangers to a playoff game, the New York Times reports. Smith, a draftee of the Detroit Red Wings, had scored...
  • Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Evidence from Search Warrants in Hassan Case (St Kates)

    05/08/2018 6:59:02 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/8/18 | Frank Rajkowski
    A motion filed by lawyers representing the woman accused of starting fires on the campus of St. Catherine University seeking to suppress evidence obtained as a result of search warrants has been denied by a federal court judge. In early February, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced a three-count indictment of Tnuza Jamal Hassan, charging her with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, making a false statement to the FBI and arson. The charges came in connection to fires that were set at St. Kate's on Jan. 17, including inside a building that housed a day...
  • Minneapolis piñata maker apologizes after misperception of racism

    05/08/2018 7:53:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    TwinCities - Pioneer Press ^ | May 7, 2018 | by AP
    <p>A Minneapolis man is apologizing for black piñata figures that he hung by cords from the porch roof of his home.</p> <p>Victor Chavarria says the figures were piñatas created for a multiracial wedding. Chavarria told Minnesota Public Radio News he left the freshly created piñatas to hang from his home for their paint to dry, not realizing they could be viewed as racial violence.</p>
  • Keith Ellison sports 'I don't believe in borders' T-shirt

    05/08/2018 7:24:55 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7, 2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    A video posted online Monday shows a Democratic Party leader wearing a T-shirt calling for an end to U.S. borders while participating in a local May Day parade in Minnesota last Friday. Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison, D-Minn., wore a black shirt that read, "Yo no creo en fronteras." In English, that sentence translates to, "I don't believe in borders." Ellison, a progressive Democrat, said in March he supports a new type of welfare proposal that would have the government pay people a basic salary if technological advancements put them out of work. "I personally do think that...
  • Ex-officer who killed Australian woman to appear in court (MN)

    05/08/2018 5:49:52 AM PDT · by texas booster · 36 replies
    Minnesota StarTribune ^ | May 8 2018 | None Listed
    A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last summer after she called 911 to report a possible assault is scheduled to appear in court. Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15 killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. An omnibus hearing will be held Tuesday in Hennepin County .... Prosecutors say Noor was in a squad car's passenger seat when he shot Damond through the open driver's side window after she approached the vehicle. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said there is no evidence that Noor encountered a threat...
  • St. Kate's terror case highlights lack of framework for early intervention

    05/07/2018 8:06:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/7/18 | Stephen Montemayor
    The college student, then just 18, left little doubt of her intentions when federal agents in Minnesota approached her last fall following a thwarted attempt to go to Afghanistan. Tnuza Hassan offered a surprisingly forthcoming account of her itinerary and the reasons behind it in the September encounter: The St. Catherine University student said she wanted to join al-Qaida and, when pressed by an FBI agent, conceded that she would be willing to kill if ordered. Agents later found an image of the twin towers in flames on a cellphone she ditched before flying overseas. But four months passed before...
  • Trump tax cut leaves blue states bluer, but they do have a way out (SALT sends NY, CA scrambling)

    05/04/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 05/04/2018 | HUNT LAWRENCE AND DANIEL J. FLYNN
    High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000, passed in December. Previously, the feds forced no monetary limit on filers. California taxes individuals earning $1 million or more at a rate of 13.3 percent. New York levies an 8.8 percent rate upon individuals making a similar amount of money annually....
  • Al Franken blasts Facebook, election meddling in first speech since resignation

    05/02/2018 12:53:38 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2 May 18 | Emily Tillett
    In his first major public speech since resigning from the U.S. Senate, Al Franken returned to the spotlight to deliver a blistering rebuke of tech companies, specifically Facebook, over abuse of users privacy data while speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer ditches GOP, to seek U.S. Senate in Minn. as Democrat

    04/30/2018 11:29:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 30, 2018 | By Paul Walsh
    Richard Painter, a longtime Republican who was chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush’s White House, intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota this year as a Democrat, according to a filing he made recently with federal elections officials. Painter, a persistent and frequent critic of President Donald Trump on national cable TV news appearances and on Twitter, is expected to announce his candidacy at a Monday news conference. He’s running for Democrat Al Franken’s former seat. Franken resigned Jan. 2 in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations.
  • How Democrats Suppressed the #MeToo Movement in the Party - Greenfield

    04/29/2018 6:54:09 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 18 replies
    FrontPage ^ | April 27, 2018 | Greenfield
    How Democrats Suppressed the #MeToo Movement in the Party Threats, blacklisting and sex scandals in the feminist party. April 27, 2018 Daniel Greenfield aniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. A funny thing happened to the #MeToo movement in the Democrat Party. While #MeToo burned a fiery trail through the media, leaving behind the wrecked careers of top talent, after suffering some initial losses, the Democrats built a firewall by ruthlessly targeting activists. Their approach was eerily similar to that of Harvey Weinstein....
  • More Cities Are Banishing Highways Underground — And Building Parks on Top

    04/28/2018 1:04:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Pew Charitable Trusts ^ | April 2, 2018 | Martha T. Moore
    The most popular place to put a city park is, increasingly, on a highway. Cities looking to boost their downtowns, or to improve downtrodden neighborhoods, are creating “highway cap parks” on decks constructed over freeways that cut through the urban center. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Denver and Dallas have deck parks underway. Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis and Santa Monica, California, are among the cities considering similar projects. In crowded cities, highway deck parks are a way to create new acreage and provide green space that can spur downtown development. Capping a highway to create a park also can reconnect urban neighborhoods sliced apart...
  • Iowa Legislature moves Toward Right to Arms Constitutional Amendment

    04/19/2018 2:12:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Only six states do not have some sort of right to keep and bear arms amendment or clause in their state Constitution. They are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and  New York. California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York show the lack of a state constitutional protection with their highly restrictive firearms laws.Two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. State constitutional protections of the right to bear arms provide protection when the federal Constitution fails to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to protect Second Amendment rights for a decade. Getting to the U.S....
  • Minnesota FBI agent who leaked secret documents pleads guilty

    04/17/2018 3:17:28 PM PDT · by GeaugaRepublican · 43 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 04/17/2018 | Stephen Montemayor
    A former Minneapolis FBI agent caught leaking classified documents to The Intercept pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul Tuesday afternoon.
  • Incredible Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in MN HF 3022 could make California seem "gun-friendly"

    04/18/2018 3:06:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 62 replies
    Incredible Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in MN HF 3022 could make California seem "gun-friendly." Posted March 1, 2018 in Legal Issues by Russ Chastain with No Comments If you live in Minnesota, be afraid. Be very afraid. Then get busy.A nasty piece of gun control legislation called HF 3022 has been introduced, and it is hell on gun rights. Not only does it restrict just about everything related to firearms, it also makes gun owners’ information public, as in how many guns you own and of what type, and your home address.A Facebook post by AccuTac Arms, which calls itself “the largest...