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  • Alleged Twin Cities ISIL recruits argue for 'combatant immunity'

    02/04/2016 5:16:18 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/4/16 | Stephen Montemayor
    Five Twin Cities men accused of plotting to go to fight alongside ISIL in Syria are asking a federal judge to drop murder conspiracy charges on grounds that they have "combatant immunity" under both common and international law. They say combatants are immune from criminal prosecutions for acts of war, including murder, against military targets. The five -- Hamza Ahmed, brothers Adnan and Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar -- are scheduled to appear in federal court in Minneapolis next week for a hearing on that and other motions in the case, which is set to go to trial...
  • Man Arrested for Throwing Tomatoes at Sarah Palin, Police Say

    12/07/2009 4:51:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 58 replies · 2,659+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | FOXNews.com
    A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a police officer in the face, the station reported. The unidentified man may face charges for assaulting a police officer, according to the station. Die-hard supporters treated the event like another Black Friday, lining up outside in freezing weather before the mall doors opened at 5 a.m. Emily Calhoon, a high school junior from...
  • Minnesota groups seek money to keep youths from extremism

    01/30/2016 11:26:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:56 PM EST | Amy Forliti
    A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among the people lining up for a crack at federal and private funds aimed at stopping terror recruiting. Friday was the deadline for applicants to request roughly $400,000 in money being administered by a nonprofit entity as part of Minnesota's efforts to stamp out violent extremism. The program is part of a three-city pilot project, which includes Boston and Los Angeles, launched more than a year ago by the Obama administration. Minneapolis' program, called Building Community...
  • Judge: Do not demote embattled St. Paul VA official

    01/29/2016 4:33:18 PM PST · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 01/29/2016 | Allison Sherry
    An Inspector General report last year found Grave abused her position of power by orchestrating a move from the East Coast to Minnesota and wrongly racked up $130,000 in taxpayer-paid moving expenses. The VA attempted in November to discipline Graves by cutting her pay and demoting her to an Arizona veterans’ facility. Graves appealed the decision with the Merit Systems Protection Board, a panel that protects federal merit systems and employees against abuses by agency management. This week, a judge found in a 41-page decision that the VA was inconsistent in doling out discipline to Graves and reversed her demotion....
  • St. Paul school kisses Valentine's Day, other 'dominant holidays,' goodbye

    01/28/2016 10:37:15 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1/28/2016
    Valentine's Day is the first that will pass without notice at Bruce Vento Elementary. Celebrations of Valentine’s Day and the other “dominant holidays” are ending at one St. Paul elementary school, according to a letter from the principal addressed to families. Principal Scott Masini of Bruce Vento Elementary School, whose student body is overwhelmingly nonwhite, explained in the letter that “my personal feeling is we need to find a way to honor and engage in holidays that are inclusive of our student population.” With Valentine’s Day a little more than two weeks away, Masini noted, “I have come to the...
  • Muslim Man In Minneapolis Grabs 10 Yr Old Girl In Elevator, Rapes Her [Locust Invasion]

    01/26/2016 10:43:24 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 60 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 1/25/2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    A Muslim in Minneapolis named Ahmed Hersi grabbed a ten year old in an elevator, took her to a hallway and then raped her. Here is the photo of this repulsive heretic: (see site) According to a report: A Minneapolis man has been charged after police say he raped a 10-year-old girl in the hallway of an apartment complex in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. The assault happened Sunday, Oct. 4, on the 1600 block of South Fourth Street in Minneapolis, which is Riverside Plaza. The child said a man followed her onto the elevator and that they got off on the...
  • Judge orders company to pay $115,000 to transgender in U.S. sex discrimination case

    01/25/2016 3:02:30 PM PST · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    ChristianToday ^ | 01/25/2016 | Jonah Hicap
    A Minnesota judge has ordered a check-print and financial services company to pay $115,000 in damages and attorney fees and write a letter of apology to a transgender woman for refusing to allow her to use the women's bathroom.
  • Former Sen. Coleman throws support to Jeb Bush

    01/25/2016 12:09:54 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 18 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 01/25/2016 | Brian Bakst
    Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman took a new side Monday in the GOP presidential race, endorsing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the first nominating votes near. Coleman, who had been supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., before he dropped out, said he trusts Bush to call the shots on foreign affairs at a time of global instability.
  • 'SNL': Tina Fey Returns to Mock Sarah Palin for Donald Trump Endorsement

    01/24/2016 9:41:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 109 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ryan Parker
    Tina Fey gave her fans what they were hoping for all week.Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to once again play former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the heels of the political commentator's endorsement of Donald Trump.Fey appeared as Palin in the cold open alongside the GOP presidential candidate, played by fellowSNLveteranDarrell Hammond.
  • Senate Confirms Obama Court Nominee Who Called Reagan a Bigot

    01/20/2016 11:45:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Minnesota jurist Wilhelmina Marie Wright's written accusation that President Reagan tolerated racism did not hinder her ascent to the federal bench. The Senate voted 58-36 on Tuesday evening to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee to U.S. District Court in Minnesota. While a student at Harvard Law School in 1989, Wright wrote an article published in the prestigious UCLA Law Review that accused Reagan and his administration of "bigotry" and implied that property rights undergird American racism.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Wright, an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, renounced the style but not the substance of...
  • Donald Trump Leads Marco Rubio by 17 Points in Minnesota – 37-20%

    01/20/2016 9:52:05 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 16 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | 1/20/16 | Fred
    Donald Trump is the runaway favorite right now in Minnesota, as he’s up by 17 points over Marco Rubio. 37-20% Trump’s support seems to come from across all demographics, save for Hispanic voters, which gives him the rare opportunity to get close to the 40% mark in a state poll. This early in the primary season, with so many other contenders, receiving well over 1/3rd of the votes puts him in an enviable position. Marco Rubio also pulls in a significant number of voters at 20%, which puts him in line to get a fair share of the available delegates....
  • Officer investigated for Facebook post about harming Black Lives Matter protesters

    01/20/2016 8:09:17 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | January 19, 2016 - 10:12am | By Ed Payne and Christine Sever
    Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, have put an officer on leave while investigators try to figure out if he's responsible for a Facebook post urging drivers to run over Black Lives Matter protesters on Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and how to get away with it. "Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don't slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the streets," said the post attributed to RM Roth. "Since they are trying to block the street and/or cross where there is no crossing you should not be charged with anything." Andrew Henderson saw...
  • Donald Trump Leads Marco Rubio by 17 Points in Minnesota – 37-20%

    01/20/2016 7:36:26 AM PST · by UpForTrump · 13 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | January 20th, 2016 | Fred
    Donald Trump is the runaway favorite right now in Minnesota, as he’s up by 17 points over Marco Rubio. 37-20% Trump’s support seems to come from across all demographics, save for Hispanic voters, which gives him the rare opportunity to get close to the 40% mark in a state poll. This early in the primary season, with so many other contenders, receiving well over 1/3rd of the votes puts him in an enviable position.
  • Wright Confirmed By U.S. Senate As Federal Judge For Minnesota

    01/19/2016 5:06:28 PM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    CBSMinnesota ^ | 01/19/2016 | AP
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Wilhelmina Wright as Minnesota’s newest federal judge. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced Wright’s confirmation Tuesday. President Barack Obama nominated Wright for a U.S. District Court opening in Minnesota last April. Klobuchar and Franken formed a bipartisan advisory committee to help them recommend a candidate. The Minnesota Democrats note that the Senate confirmed only 10 federal district court judges in 2015.
  • Kindergartner Provokes Debate Over Transgender Policy at Minnesota School

    01/19/2016 12:56:58 PM PST · by detective · 38 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 January 2016 | Raven Clabough
    Parents of a five-year old "transgender" child are asking the school's kindergarten class to take up the task of educating students on gender dysphoria, the condition of identifying as a sex that is opposite of one's biological makeup. The request has prompted opposition from a number of parents, while several others have voiced their support. According to the Daily Caller, it began when the parents of a gender-confused boy, who remains unidentified, sent their child to Nova Classical Academy, a charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota, wearing a girl's jumper and pink shoes. The parents, Hannah and Dave Edwards, indicated...
  • Six Controversial Paintings Gov. Mark Dayton Doesn’t Want You to See [ Minnesota]

    01/18/2016 5:48:19 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 09, 2015 | Brian Sikma
    Controversy over symbols and relics leftover from the American Civil War is hardly new. Earlier this year editorial and journalistic outrage was directed at supporters of the Confederate battle flag; but now in Minnesota a new angle on Civil War controversy is brewing. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, wants up to six paintings of Civil War events currently displayed in the state Capitol potentially removed to less visible locations. None of the paintings present Confederate forces in a positive light, and none of them feature a Confederate battle flag. In fact, each painting depicts Minnesota soldiers bravely charging into battle...
  • GOP to Confirm ‘Property Rights are White and Racist’ Judge

    01/14/2016 3:58:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/14/16 | Daniel Horowitz
    After confirming a liberal judge to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week as their first act of 2016, Senate Republicans are prepared to confirm yet another liberal judge next week. And once again, they are sneaking it in as the first vote on Tuesday so that opponents can't mobilize. Welcome to Orwell's "1984" where the opposition party is not really the opposition party. On Tuesday afternoon, Republicans will vote to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright, a sitting member of the Minnesota state Supreme Court, to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Just who is...
  • Beyond Iowa, Cruz Betting Heavily on the South

    01/11/2016 7:52:23 AM PST · by Isara · 87 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz arrived Jan. 4 at the first stop on a six-day tour of Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate was set to visit 28 counties by bus. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) WASHINGTON — In the more than 200 events he's held since launching his campaign for the White House 10 months ago, Ted Cruz has tested out an unorthodox strategy, one that could rewrite the rules of Republican presidential politics.Since the Texas senator declared his candidacy in March, 40 percent of his public events have taken place in Iowa, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of his travel schedule as of Saturday. But...
  • Minn. Somali Restaurant Owner Invited to D.C. for State of Union Address

    01/08/2016 7:18:19 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/8/16 | Brandi Powell
    It's not every day you get a call inviting you to the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., but that's exactly what happened to a local restaurant owner. On Tuesday, a Minnesota entrepreneur will be in the House Chamber when President Obama makes his final State of the Union Address. SNIP Funding to start the Minneapolis Afro Deli and Grill came in part from Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, a program of the United States Treasury Department, as well as the Office of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) with the City of Minneapolis, and also the...
  • Ted Cruz easily wins straw poll of Minnesota Republican activists

    01/08/2016 9:28:28 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 32 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 5, 2015 | Patrick Condon
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz overwhelmingly won a straw poll of Minnesota Republican activists on Saturday, an early sign of strength as GOP presidential candidates begin to eye the state's upcoming presidential caucus. Cruz, of Texas, finished first among 14 Republican candidates in the poll of 283 influential party activists gathered for the Minnesota GOP's State Central Committee, claiming 90 votes. That was almost twice the votes claimed by the second-place finisher, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who had 46 votes. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came in third with 33 votes. -snip- Celebrity businessman Donald Trump finished fourth in Saturday's...
  • MINNESOTA COURT OF APPEALS CONFIRMS BB GUNS AS FIREARMS

    01/02/2016 12:17:07 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 54 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | 12-30-2015 | Max Slowik
    The Minnesota Court of Appeals held up a statute that defines BB guns as firearms when it comes to prohibited persons. The decision comes as bad news for defendant David Lee Haywood, 37, who was found guilty of possessing a firearm and now faces a five-year sentence. Police searched Haywoods car after discovering that he was in violation of a no-contact order with a passenger during a 2013 traffic stop. A compact air pistol was found in his glove compartment. Haywood was previously convicted of felony drug possession and was therefore not allowed to own any firearms or airguns in...
  • Homeland Security rejects Minn. request for Real ID extension (drivers' licenses 9 states impacted)

    12/28/2015 12:55:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 22, 2015 | Patrick Condon
    The federal government has denied a request from the state's political leaders for more time to get compliant with the new Real ID requirement,but it won't immediately imperil the ability of Minnesotans to board commercial flights after Jan. 1.In a letter sent Monday,two assistant secretaries at the Department of Homeland Security wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton that "Minnesota has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the Real ID standards that would warrant granting your request for extension,"the letter stated.That means Minnesota driver's licenses are officially not sufficient identification for the general public to be allowed on U.S. military...
  • Minneapolis councilwoman publishes personal info of people criticizing BLM protests

    12/26/2015 3:14:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    KMSP-TV ^ | December 24, 2015 | Ted Haller
    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A Minneapolis city council member is under fire for posting phone numbers and home addresses of those criticizing the Black Lives Matter protests on Wednesday. Alondra Cano has since taken her controversial tweets down, but they're still all over social media. Many in the community think Cano went too far. The comments, sent through the city's website, criticize Cano's participation in the protests at Mall of America and MSP airport. Laurie Grady said she wanted her voice on the protests heard by only Cano. Instead, the councilwoman tweeted Grady’s message along with her email address to nearly...
  • Constituents Objected to a Councilwoman’s Black Lives Matter Protest, so She Posted Their Personal

    12/25/2015 12:40:43 AM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | December 24, 2015 | allum bokhari
    When constituents complain about their elected representatives' behaviour, you would think they'd be obliged, as public servants, to listen. Not so for Alondra Cano, City Councillor for Minneapolis' 9th ward. When her constituents wrote to complain about her participation in a disruptive Black Lives Matter protest in the city, her response was to reveal their personal details on the Internet. Cano, along with other Black Lives Matter supporters, took part in an unauthorised protest at Minnesota's Mall of America on Christmas Eve - one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Police ordered the protesters to disperse and made...
  • Minneapolis City Councilwoman DOXES Constituents Who Criticized Her Black Lives Matter Protesting

    12/24/2015 5:41:59 AM PST · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 12-23-2015 | Chuck Ross
    A Minneapolis city councilwoman published the addresses, phone numbers and other personal contact information of people who took her to task for taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Mall of America on Wednesday. Not only that, but Alondra Cano had the audacity to complain on social media that she was the one being targeted for abuse. Cano, who was elected to office in 2013 on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party ticket, published screenshots of the critical messages she received through the city's website. The shots included the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of...
  • Protester: BLM Needs To Keep Touching ‘Economic Pressure Points’

    12/23/2015 6:56:09 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/23/15 | Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
    Activists with the group Black Lives Matter called Wednesday's protest that started at the Mall of America and ended at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport a success. In the moments leading up to the planned demonstration, which the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis announced a week in advance, the nation's largest shopping mall closed the area surrounding its main rotunda. Businesses like Build-A-Bear turned away customers and shut their doors as officers wearing masks herded protesters and shoppers out of the eastern section of the mall. "I never feel safe when there's a mass of officers in military gear," said Black...
  • Black Lives Matter Protesters Move to Minneapolis Airport After Being Blocked at Mall of America

    12/23/2015 2:12:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 65 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 23, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Black Lives Matter protesters moved their demonstration to the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport this afternoon after they were forced out of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, by a wall of officers. The protesters caused "significant traffic backups," the airport said on its Twitter account. It also temporarily closed Terminal 2 checkpoints to "prevent protesters from gaining access to secure area."
  • Live: Black Lives Matter protests at Mall of America Live

    12/23/2015 11:53:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    startribune.com ^ | Dec. 23, 2015
    A 1:30 p.m. protest seeking justice for Jamar Clark, who was killed Nov. 15 by Minneapolis police in a scuffle, is planned for the mall’s east rotunda.
  • FBI Agent: Terror Suspect Once Worked At MSP Airport

    12/22/2015 6:57:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/22/15 | Esme Murphy
    A Twin Cities terror suspect who once worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport told another suspect he had the ability to build rockets that could take down planes at 2,000 feet. That testimony came from an FBI agent during a hearing on Tuesday for Abdirizak Warsame. It's to determine whether he should remain in jail pending the outcome of his case. Warsame was arrested earlier this month and is the 10th young Minnesotan to be charged in the last year with trying to join ISIS. FBI Agent Daniel Higgins testified that in April of 2015, Abdirizak Warsame boasted to...
  • Judge Bars BLM Leaders From Mall Of America Protest

    12/22/2015 5:16:42 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 43 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/22/15 | AP
    A judge ruled Tuesday that several local Black Lives Matter organizers cannot demonstrate at the Mall of America on the busy shopping day before Christmas Eve, but she said she couldn't stop others from attending the protest. Lawyers for the nation's largest mall had requested a temporary restraining order to prevent the Black Lives Matter protest planned for Wednesday, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the massive demonstration that disrupted business and closed stores in the mall last December. Hennepin County District Court Judge Karen Janisch barred three protest organizers named as defendants in the mall's lawsuit from attending...
  • Mall of America seeks to stop Black Lives Matter protest

    12/21/2015 9:34:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2015 12:14 PM EST | Kyle Potter
    Black Lives Matter protesters vowed Monday to press on with their plan to demonstrate at the Mall of America on the busy shopping day before Christmas Eve, despite the mall's efforts to stop them. The mall requested a temporary restraining order barring the group from staging its protest Wednesday over the police killing of a black man last month. It is hoping to prevent the type of disruption that thousands of protesters caused last year, when stores had to temporarily close and dozens of people were arrested. [...] Those behind this year's planned protest at the Mall of America want...
  • Minnesota Students Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Public School Concert

    12/18/2015 5:12:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 40 replies
    Controversy erupted over one of the songs students performed during a Minnesota public high school’s Thursday night holiday concert, “Eid un Sa’Eid – Zain Bhikha.” This Ramadan-inspired song included the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great,” Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO 4 reported. Christian and Jewish songs were reportedly performed by the Blaine High School chorale as was the Arabic song commemorating Ramadan, the Muslim holiday, which took place in June. It was slated to be sung during the audience participation portion of the concert, according to the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Blaine, Minnesota.
  • Cruz for President Announces Minnesota Leadership Team

    12/18/2015 5:29:27 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/17/15
    State Representatives Steve Drazkowski and Cindy Pugh to Co-Chair Cruz EffortHOUSTON, Texas - Today, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued building his strong national organization by announcing his Minnesota Leadership Team, which will be co-chaired by Rep. Steve Drazkowski (District 21B) and Rep. Cindy Pugh (District 33B). On December 5th, Cruz won the Minnesota Republican Central Committee convention's straw poll by a 2-to-1 margin. Minnesota's Republican Caucuses will be held on Super Tuesday - March 1, 2016. Cruz will continue his “Take Off With Ted” fly around tour to Super Tuesday states tonight in St. Paul...."I am thrilled to have two...
  • Ted Cruz’s New Data Strategy: Here Comes Santa Claus

    12/18/2015 9:03:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    ST. PAUL — The Cruz campaign is making a list. As attendees packed a reception hall in Minnesota on the first night of Senator Ted Cruz’s seven-day, 12-city tour, they were greeted by an uncommon supporter: a costumed Santa Claus, posing with children and more than a few adults beside a fireplace.
  • ISIS Tried to Hijack #BlackLivesMatter

    12/18/2015 9:02:54 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 17, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    George Washington University's Program on Extremism published a recent study entitled, "From Retweets to Raqqa," to highlight the growing social media presence and radicalization efforts of the Islamic State (known by some as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh). The study found that the motivations and backgrounds of U.S.-based ISIS sympathizers vary by race, age, social class and the like. However, they did find at least 300 American ISIS sympathizers online on platforms like Twitter, either based in the U.S. or abroad. Adding to their online presence, some of these ISIS recruiters also meet face-to-face with potential recruits before helping them...
  • Cruz swings through St. Paul, woos conservatives

    12/17/2015 8:00:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/17/15 | Patrick Condon
    "God bless the great state of Minnesota," Cruz shouted, opening his remarks to a packed room of cheering fans in the Harriet Island Pavilion, across the river from downtown St. Paul. He promised the crowd of at least 500 a break from eight years of President Obama, whom he criticized heavily. "People are waking up. There is a revival," said Cruz, whose 23-minute speech was largely a checklist of things he'd do in the first day of his presidency -rescind Obama's executive orders, instruct the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood, and end what he called the persecution of...
  • Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert

    12/17/2015 1:38:34 PM PST · by Mariner · 122 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | December 17th, 2015 | By John Lauritsen
    BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert. At Thursday night’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.” Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention. It started with a post on Facebook. A parent of a ninth-grade Blaine choir student posted the lyrics to the song the choir...
  • St. Paul City Council votes to condemn Trump's message, but not to ban him

    12/16/2015 6:30:15 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/16/15 | James Walsh
    Donald Trump wasn't banned from the city of St. Paul. City Council Member Dai Thao and his colleagues acknowledged Wednesday that they cannot do that, even if they don't like what he has to say about immigrants, refugees and Muslims. But, by a 6-1 vote, the council told the outspoken presidential candidate who leads the Republican field that they "condemn" his "anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant speech." Council Member Dan Bostrom was the lone member to vote against the resolution, saying that while he may not like what Trump says, he would not try to limit his right to say it....
  • Hillary Clinton sees Minnesota as model for fighting domestic terror recruitment

    12/15/2015 7:12:35 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/15/15 | Patrick Condon
    Hillary Clinton cited efforts already underway in Minnesota as an example of how to fight domestic recruitment of terrorists, using a Minneapolis speech on Tuesday to call for a stepped-up effort but one that respects people of different backgrounds. "We cannot let fear push us into reckless actions that end up making us less safe," Clinton said in a 45-minute speech at the University of Minnesota. Her campaign billed the speech as a major address on counterterrorism and preventing the radicalization of U.S. citizens into global jihad. "Americans are going to have to act with both courage and clarity." Speaking...
  • Come join Senator Ted Cruz for our Minnesota campaign rally in Saint Paul! (December 17 6:00 pm)

    12/15/2015 9:23:52 AM PST · by Isara · 3 replies
    Ted Cruz for Minnesota ^ | December 15, 2015
    'Take Off with Ted' Saint Paul Rally Doors Open: 5:00pmRally Start: 6:10PM*Limited seating available. Primarily standing room only.Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)Harriet Island Pavilion - 251 Plato Blvd West Saint Paul, Mn 55107Register for the event.
  • 20-Year-Old Recruiter for ISIS Busted in Minnesota, Check out Where he Worked…

    A 20-year-old man from Minnesota — a recruiter for radical Islamic terror group ISIS — was arrested by the FBI and is being charged with providing the organization with material support. Check out the details below. From IJReview: The FBI is putting another arrest on the books with the apprehension of 20-year-old Abdirizak Warsame. Warsame, a Somali in Minnesota, was was trying to recruit for the terrorist organization and provide financial means for people who were intent on joining ISIS to travel to Syria. MPR News reports: Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan, was arrested Wednesday evening. Prosecutors say Warsame...
  • Flashback: Iowa Poll: Gingrich Leads Paul, Romney

    12/12/2015 3:19:39 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 28 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 03 Dec 2011
    A surge in support for Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has made him the new front-runner in Iowa, which holds the first of next year's U.S. presidential nominating contests, according to a closely watched opinion poll published Saturday. Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has support from 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers, up from just 7 percent in late October, the poll conducted for The Des Moines Register newspaper found. --- Texas Representative Ron Paul and Romney finished second and third, with support at 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Support for Minnesota Representative...
  • St. Paul Could Declare Donald Trump to be 'Unwelcome' in City Limits

    12/11/2015 5:12:32 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 40 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/11/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    The St. Paul City Council will vote next week on a resolution that condemns "anti-Muslim and anti-immigration speech" from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The resolution, sponsored by council member Dai Thao, is on the agenda for next Wednesday, Dec. 16. In the document, Thao says that the city has a rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees and strives to be the "most livable" city in America for all people. He said the "anti-Muslim and anti-immigration speech" from Trump conflicts with the values of the city of St. Paul, and he wants the city to officially condemn it. The...
  • Minnesota man accused of threatening FBI agents after friend's arrest

    12/11/2015 4:18:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/11/15
    A Minnesota man was arrested on Friday on charges that he threatened federal agents and a judge this week after a friend was taken into custody and accused of conspiring to join Islamic State militants, prosecutors said.Khaalid Abdulkadir was accused of impeding and retaliating against a federal judge and federal law enforcement officers on Wednesday, sending two tweets within hours of the arrest of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, a criminal complaint said.The complaint said Abdulkadir sent two tweets after Warsame's arrest that referred to killing FBI agents "for take my brothers" and the judge. Both tweets were removed by Thursday...
  • Report: ‘White privilege’ inspired policies leading to attacks on teachers

    12/11/2015 8:42:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    EAG News ^ | 12-11-15 | Steve Gunn
    Administrators and teachers at St. Paul Public Schools have their own ideas about what to do regarding the lack of student discipline, which has led to an alarming spike in violence and unruly behavior, and culminated in the assault of two teachers in the last week. The teachers union wants the district to provide millions of dollars for teacher/parent committees in each building, to spend as they wish on potential remedies to the problem. Administrators want an overall district committee that will not have to spend millions of dollars. Only one source, Joe Soucheray, a columnist for the St. Paul...
  • As The Plot Thickens In The San Bernardino Massacre FBI Discovers A Massive Network Of Terrorists

    12/10/2015 4:51:20 PM PST · by amorphous · 70 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    As the plot thickens in the San Bernardino massacre, the FBI is trying to decipher several issues from abuse of the marriage and immigration system and whether these terrorists had Jihadi brides. Also who are these Russian girls involved in the marriage scheme. Also the FBI believes Farook had ties to a group of jihadists in California who were arrested in 2012 (which caused a previous attack to be thwarted that Farook was planning) for attempted to travel to Afghanistan to join al Qaeda. Then we have the possible main ringleader, second man, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (aka Miski, Malik John,...
  • While D.C. Downplays Risk, U.S. Sees Shocking Rise in Terror Arrests This Year

    05/28/2015 3:19:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5/27/15 | Patrick Poole
    The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.)This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June halfway through 2015 the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48). <-- PJM_300_by_250_middle --> The Islamic...
  • Steve King: Even Muslims In Congress Won't Renounce Sharia Law

    12/10/2015 5:48:00 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    TPM ^ | December 9, 2015 | Lauren Fox
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who's previously made clear that he doesn't believe immigrants from the Middle East want to assimilate into American culture, wants Muslims who come to the U.S. to reject Sharia law. King made the comments when TPM asked him on Wednesday whether he supported Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. King said he wasn't confident any immigrants from the Middle East would do so, citing what he said was the failure of the only two Muslim members of Congress to renounce Sharia. Sharia law is incompatible with the United States Constitution and so if they...
  • Minnesota man accused of conspiring to help Islamic State

    12/09/2015 10:29:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2015 1:26 AM EST | Jeff Baenen
    Another Minnesota man has been charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State. Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan was charged Wednesday by criminal complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Court documents allege Warsame tried to help other young men from Minnesota's Somali community travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. Nine others in that group have already been charged, authorities say. The documents allege Warsame and others settled on a plan of going to Syria by way of Mexico. ...
  • Feds charge another Somali youth with supporting ISIL terrorists (MN)

    12/09/2015 6:14:22 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/9/15 | Dan Browning and Mary Lynn Smith
    Federal charges were filed Wednesday in Minneapolis against another young Somali man from the Twin Cities alleging that he conspired to provide material support to the terrorist organization known as ISIL. The charges were filed in a criminal complaint, rather than an indictment, indicating that it was done to prevent an imminent action, such as leaving the country or to other criminal behavior. For the case to proceed to trial an indictment would need to be handed up by a federal grand jury. The criminal complaint alleges that Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan, was among a group of nine...