Minnesota

Black Lives Natter in St. Paul

Featured image The local Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again in St. Paul yesterday. The marchers, some 40 in all, marched by the Governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue to protest Governor Mark Dayton’s disparagement of their State Fair protest this past weekend as “inappropriate.” That’s stern stuff coming from a liberal Democrat; the Black Lives Matter crowd is not used to that kind of disrespect. Indeed, that is precisely »

“Pigs in a blanket”

Featured image The Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair included a frank expression of hatred of the police in the sickening chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” (video below). The Star Tribune somehow missed this episode in its coverage of Saturday’s protest on Saturday, hours after the murder of Deputy Sheriff Goforth in Houston. Protest organizer Rashad Turner helpfully explained that the chant is nonviolent; those »

What matters at the State Fair

Featured image What is the point of the Black Lives Matter movement? It represents an assault on law enforcement in the name of racial equity. It mounts a race based attack on the forces of order. It seeks to undermine and overcome democratic politics. Thus the epithet hurled by Ta-Nehisi Coates — a sort of one-man Black Lives Matter gang — in his vile manifesto: “majoritarian pigs.” That’s us. In Minnesota we »

The Ventura factor

Featured image I wrote about Donald Trump’s relationship with Jesse Ventura in “The Trump factor.” I think the relationship is illuminating and deserving of attention in a number of respects, including Trump’s discussion with Ventura late last year regarding the difficulties of a third-party presidential run. Now Ventura has made it clear that he is available and eager to join the Trump ticket as a vice presidential candidate. “I shocked my staff »

Fact vs. Theory: A special case

Featured image The ceiling collapsed during a performance at the famous Minneapolis rock venue First Avenue on Wednesday evening. Star Tribune rock critic Jon Bream and two other reporters covered the story of the ceiling collapse here. The story is no joke; the ceiling collapse sent three people to the hospital. Bream and his colleagues reported: A 30-foot-by-30-foot section gave way during a concert about 10 p.m., the Minneapolis Fire Department said. »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (9)

Featured image James Scanlan is a Washington attorney specializing in the use of statistics with respect to employment discrimination litigation and compliance. He has forwarded a copy of the letter he has submitted to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Chief of Police Janeé Harteau regarding the recent American Civil Liberties Union Minnesota study of the racial impact of Minneapolis policing practices. I have referred to the ACLU study at several points in »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (7)

Featured image I have sought in this series to provide a background of relevant facts within which to understand the welter of stories featuring race and law enforcement over the past nine months. This past week the Star Tribune’s Eric Roper delivered another such story, this one with a local angle, in “Push is on for more policing reforms in Minneapolis.” For relevant background to Roper’s story, please see John Hinderaker’s post »

Obamacare in one state

Featured image Unfortunately for the people of Minnesota, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had a free hand adopting Obamacare in Minnesota, and Minnesota has gone all in. Courtesy of Governor Dayton and a Democratic legislature, we have bought into the Medicaid expansion and all the rest. In Minnesota the Obamacare set-up runs under the rubric of MNsure. I wonder how many voters know that Minnesota has adopted Obamacare and that MNsure, c’est ça. »

Not dark yet, part 2

Featured image WUMB’s Saturday morning radio show Highway 61 Revisited devoted its four hours yesterday to a celebration of Mr. Bob’s birthday today. Host Albert O played songs written by Dylan nonstop. Given the limits imposed by applicable law, he filled out the show with cover versions. It was an illuminating exercise. The variety of artists to have covered Dylan is wide. The Band, Solomon Burke, the Byrds, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Yesterday’s Star Tribune featured Paul McEnroe’s page-one story “Minneapolis nonprofit tests program to pull teens from terror’s grasp.” Taking off on the arrest of the Minneapolis based Somali six who sought to depart these parts to join ISIS, the article focuses on an experimental program implemented under the auspices of Heartland Democracy to divert Somalis from such a path. Mary McKinley is the nonprofit’s executive director; Ahmed Amin is a »

Free the Somali six

Featured image Minnesota authorities have gone deep in search of taxpayer funds to lavish on Somali immigrants in the name of “outreach.” Someone should probably reach out to the supporters of the local Minnesota based Somalis recently charged with seeking to depart these parts in order to join ISIS, but I wonder if we have a government program in process to help Minnesota taxpayers resolve anger management issues arising from reports like »

The Klobuchar kludge

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

A Minnesota problem revisited

Featured image Announcing the indictment on Monday of six Minnesota based Somali immigrants for seeking to join ISIS, United States Attorney Andrew Luger declared that the indictment represented “a Minnesota problem.” He meant that as an indictment of Minnesota. Native Minnesotans are somehow at fault for the irresistible attraction to wage jihad felt by an uncomfortably large number of Somali immigrants in our midst. A disinterested observer might start with the common »

What Mr. Luger said

Featured image I’ve written here many times about the challenges raised by Minnesota’s large and ever growing Somali population, as in “Somalis say: Show us the money” and “The Somali muddle, once more once.” Today with the arrest of six Minnesota based Somalis for conspiring to join ISIS, we witness another manifestation of a deeply embedded problem about which approximately nothing remotely reasonable is being done. The Star Tribune story on today’s »

Crisis of the detergent pod

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a certain genius for avoiding outspoken stands on important issues and leading the way on trivial matters calculated to garner broad public support. If she secures a favorable headline or two in the process, it’s no coincidence. It is the true object of her efforts. Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want »

Another note on the Menendez indictment

Featured image I took a brief look at the indictment handed up this week against Senator Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen in “Notes on the Menendez indictment.” Andy McCarthy brings an educated prosecutorial eye to a reading of the indictment in “Obama’s Justice Department charges Menendez…but not Reid.” There is a dearth of intelligent commentary on the indictment. Andy’s post stands out in this context, but not just for this reason. »

From Minneapolis to ISIS

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times featured Scott Shane’s long page-one article “From Minneapolis to ISIS: An American’s path to jihad.” Shane explores the departure of Abdi Nur from Minneapolis to join ISIS in Syria. Nur comes from the Twin Cities’ large and still growing Somali community. Shane wanders off to discuss the cases of others who have left the United States to sign on with ISIS. Here is the local angle: »