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  • Deadly force bill missed target (MN barf alert)

    04/05/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 4 April, 2012 | NA
    Gov. Mark Dayton was right to veto the so-called Castle Doctrine bill, but he did it for the wrong reason. The bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas, would have gone further than the Florida “shoot first” law now being invoked in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. The proposed Minnesota law would not have endangered police officers, and would not have resulted in a rash of shootings. But it would have made it easier to shoot and kill someone, and the vaguely-worded bill would have made it very difficult to prosecute anyone who used deadly...
  • Victim describes 'flash mob' attack in downtown Mpls. (8th one since Feb)

    04/05/2012 10:57:30 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 31 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 4/5/2012
    MINNEAPOLIS - To hear the story from the one who lived it is unsettling. Matthew Collie was walking near Marquette and 9th Street in Downtown Minneapolis last Saturday night heading to Hell's Kitchen for a concert. He had just gone to the TCF ATM on Marquette and was in front of the W Hotel when he said everything went dark. "I was walking on the sidewalk and then the next moment I was on the sidewalk. Totally disoriented, I didn't know who had come up and hit me," Collie said Wednesday recalling the moment he was jumped from behind. For...
  • Hennepin County takes down U.N. flag

    04/05/2012 5:58:25 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 17 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 2, 2012 | Keven Duchschere
    The United Nations flag came down outside the Hennepin County Government Center last week after commissioners unanimously voted to fly only the U.S., Minnesota and county flags over the red-brick plaza facing Minneapolis City Hall.
  • City banishes Bibles during 'gay' fest

    04/04/2012 4:03:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/3/2012 | Drew Zahn
    For over a decade, Brian Johnson has peaceably passed out Bibles during Minneapolis’ Twin Cities Pride Festival, but if he tries it again this year, he fears, he could be arrested. Through some clever legal wrangling, Twin Cities Pride, the organizers of the annual festival celebrating homosexuality, have convinced the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to allow them to exile anyone attempting to distribute Bibles or communicate unapproved messages at the event to a “no pride zone” far away from the festivities. Now Johnson is filing a federal lawsuit against the Board, claiming it can’t banish First Amendment free speech...
  • Mpls. Police Ponder 8 P.M. Curfew After Youth Mob Attacks

    04/02/2012 8:56:56 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 82 replies
    CBS Minneapolis ^ | 3/31/12 | CBS Minneapolis
    Watch the video. The story doesn't mention the characteristics of the mob members. Wonder why not? Mpls. Police Ponder 8 P.M. Curfew After Youth Mob AttacksThere have been six mob attacks, in all, since February. Now, police are now wondering if an 8 o’clock curfew keeping anyone 17 and under from two downtown streets will stop the violence. Nicollet Mall is a destination for many. Outdoor patios where drinks and food are served are a draw not only to people who live here, but also tourist. Since February, when the sun goes down, later in the evening, mobs of teens...
  • Minneapolis rally protests Trayvon Martin's shooting

    03/30/2012 6:28:20 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies ^ | March 30, 2012 | Rupa Shenoy
    MINNEAPOLIS — Speakers at a gathering in Minneapolis to remember slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin said his death should be a rallying cry for racial justice in the country. Hundreds of people rallied in a University of Minnesota courtyard Thursday evening showing solidarity with others around the country who are protesting over the death of the 17-year-old who shot and killed as he walked to his father's home by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self defense. People in the crowd held signs that read "Justice for Trayvon" and "hoodies up" — a reference to the hooded...
  • Property Tax Revolution in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan

    03/26/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 7+ views ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The granddaddy of property tax revolts is now underway in North Dakota. The North Dakota group, Empower the Taxpayer writes "On June 12, 2012, the voters of North Dakota will have the opportunity to make North Dakota truly 'Legendary', as the first to pass a state constitutional amendment that will abolish the property tax, prioritize spending by the legislature, and finally give local governments something they never had: true local control over spending." Public unions and proponents of big government are now involved in a major wave of fearmongering because North Dakota counties get about 60 percent of their revenue...
  • 9 charged in connection with gang rape of 14-year-old girl at party in St. Paul, Minn.

    03/24/2012 4:12:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/24/12
    Nine suspected gang members and associates were charged Friday in a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl who was forced back inside an abandoned St. Paul house and raped after trying to leave a party last November, authorities said. The girl and her friend were picked up at school by one of the men and lured to a party with suspected members of the TB22, or True Blood 22, street gang, prosecutors said.
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).

    03/21/2012 1:49:29 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 57 replies · 4+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 21, 2012 | Fox News / Breitbart TV
    Video at the link: O’REILLY: Congressman, the reason we like you as a guest is because you’re an honest man, But I will point to history. I will point to history. The same mindset was taken when dealing with Nazi Germany. We’re not going to go in aggressive action. We don’t believe they’re going to do this. We don’t believe they’re going to do that. And they absolutely did everything. So I think you’ve got to learn from history. ELLISON: Let me tell you in World War II, in World War II they attacked Pearl Harbor. That would be enough....
  • Burnsville Man Arrested, Jailed for Siding Code Violation ( MN )

    03/20/2012 8:59:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 54 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | 03/17/2012 | Jennie Olson
    A Burnsville man on his way to work was arrested and thrown in jail without bond, and then subjected to electronic home monitoring. But it wasn’t for drugs or a DWI or some other major crime. Burnsville city leaders say Mitch Faber’s dealings with the law all stem from his failure to properly put up siding on his house. Yep, siding. Faber says he had every intention of completing the stucco and decorative rock project on his home but he ran into money troubles when the economy soured. Burnsville leaders say they had no choice to enforce the law. ......
  • Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests

    03/16/2012 10:43:10 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 148 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/16/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 3/16/12 1:18 PM The Obama administration is getting grief from a pro-life group for approving an experiment using the remains of the bodies of unborn children victimized in abortion for research continues in U.S. laboratories. Scott Fischbach, the director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life uncovered the information showing a clinical trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration uses brain tissue from aborted unborn babies to treat macular degeneration. StemCells Inc. will inject fetal brain stem cells into the eyes...
  • Camera Catches Would-Be Armed Robber Hitting Girl(MN)

    03/15/2012 2:47:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Jody Ambroz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A camera inside a store on St. Paul’s East Side captured images of a would-be armed robber who hit a young girl at the counter during his failed attempt at holding up the business. Now, police are hoping to find him before he strikes again. Owner Ying Thao takes pride in caring for his customers at the Corner Express, and Thao wanted to protect them when a robber walked in with a gun. Thao recalled, “He said, 'All I need is your money. Give me your money before I blow you up.'” Surveillance video from inside...
  • Senate GOP makes a power play on Right-to-Work Amendment

    03/09/2012 7:50:44 AM PST · by Parmenio · 4 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tom Scheck
    Republicans in the Minnesota Senate took an unusual step today by moving a bill from one committee to another before the first committee voted on the measure. The bill in question is a proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide whether workers could voluntarily avoid paying union dues. Sen. Dave Thompson, R- Lakeville, requested that the so-called "right-to-work" bill be moved from the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's a simple procedural move, but it upends the typical Senate process that allows policy committees to debate and vote on bills that fall within...
  • Keith Downey: Why 'right to work' would be good for workers and their unions

    03/09/2012 5:22:39 AM PST · by rhema · 15 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/8/12 | Keith Downey
    The state Legislature should listen to the 70 percent of Minnesotans, including a majority of union members, who support the "right to work" legislation pending at the Capitol. Twenty-three states already have it. And as the public learns more, support grows stronger. No surprise there. Right-to-work simply says you are free to join a union or not; and if you choose not to join, you cannot be forced to pay union dues. That, it seems, is just plain fair and a basic employee freedom. Many Minnesotans are surprised it's not the law right now. They have no idea that current...
  • Define the meaning of marriage in Minnesota Constitution

    03/09/2012 5:15:00 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 3/7/12 | STEPHEN J. HEANEY
    Robert Franklin's call for "some straight talk about the marriage commitment" (Feb. 24) is on the money. He notes the percentages of divorces, cohabitation and out-of-wedlock childbirth. Marriage is in such bad shape, he says, that calling for a constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is like calling for an architect when the house is ablaze. Then, as a reductio ad absurdum, he suggests that we could, if we wanted, make divorce difficult to obtain and enforce laws against fornication. Will we? No, because we have grown beyond such government control of personal choices. There...
  • 23 Somalis on Trial in Tennessee for Sex Slavery

    03/06/2012 12:23:12 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | 05 March 2012 | Cort Kirkwood
    Twenty-three Somalis will go on trial this month in connection with operating a sex slavery ring that sold little girls into slavery in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nasvhille, Tennessee; and other cities. ... authorities busted the Somali gang while some of its members were leaving a parking lot with one of its victims in the car. “One victim, Jane Doe One,” the newspaper reported, “was first taken from Minneapolis to Nashville in December 2005 to sell for sex. She was 13 at the time.” ... Another victim, who had run away from home, suffered terribly at the hands of the men. “The...
  • State Rep. Mary Franson apologizes for comparing food stamps to feeding the animals

    03/05/2012 7:34:14 PM PST · by do the dhue · 30 replies
    star tribune ^ | 3/3 and 3/5/12 | Jennifer Brooks State Rep. Mary Franson has apologized and removed a YouTube video that compared Minnesota’s food stamp program to “feed(ing) the animals.” It started Friday, when Franson, a first-term Republican from Alexandria, posted a week-in-review video on YouTube. She ran through the news about the new state budget forcast and ended with a plea to end child sexual abuse. In between, at about the two-minute mark, she turned to the welfare reform. “I'll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend. It says, 'Isn't it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department...
  • Dayton vetoes "castle doctrine" self-defense bill(MN)

    03/05/2012 5:53:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Jim Ragsdale
    Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the so-called "castle doctrine" self-defense bill on Monday. The proposal, supported by the gun-rights groups and opposed by Minnesota's law-enforcement organizations, would have expanded the legal justification for citizens who use deadly force in threatening situations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, was the top priority of the National Rifle Association and drew some DFL votes in addition to near-unanimous Republican support. The measure passed by votes of 40-23 in the Senate and 85-47 in the House. It would have changed the legal definitions of self-defense for someone...
  • NFL: Saints defense had 'bounty' fund

    03/02/2012 2:41:59 PM PST · by toast · 65 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 2, 2012 | Adam Schefter
    Between 22 and 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints, as well as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, maintained a "bounty" program funded primarily by players in violation of NFL rules during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, the NFL announced Friday.