Minnesota

Glad to be unhappy

Featured image If some reputable organization declared Minneapolis the smuggest city in the United States, I would find it plausible. The happiest, not bloody likely. Yet according to the Institute for the Quality of Life 2024 Happy City Index, Minneapolis is it. Surely you — you Institute — jest. I think Rodgers and Hart’s “Glad To Be Unhappy” is more like it: “Look at yourself – if you had a sense of »

Color him father

Featured image I wrote this on Father’s Day in 2010. It is a post that struck a chord with at least a few readers. I amplified it in 2020 and am taking the liberty of reposting these reflections in honor of the day. My father was a thoughtful man in his own way. In the last years of his life he recited for me the things for which he was most grateful. »

The State That No Longer Works

Featured image Having more or less given up on California, New York and Illinois, liberals now tout Minnesota as the golden left-wing state–the state that shows liberal policies can succeed, after all. This effort to valorize–to borrow a liberal cliche–Minnesota is nothing new. Way back in 1973, Time magazine touted Minnesota as “the state that works.” Minnesota’s “working” at that time consisted partly of the fact that it had recently raised taxes. »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Mostly guilty

Featured image After three-plus days of deliberation, the jury returned with its verdict in the massive Feeding Our Future fraud trial. The verdict was read in open court at 1:00 p.m (CDT) this afternoon by Minnesota Chief Federal District Judge Pat Schiltz, our former law partner. This was the first of the trials to be held in the Feeding Our Future case, involving some $40 million in fraudulent transactions. In total the »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Farah raided

Featured image Yesterday morning the FBI raided the home of Abdiaziz Farah, one of the seven defendants in the Feeding Our Future fraud case that has now been submitted to the jury. Farah’s home in Savage was first searched in January 2022 when the FBI executed warrants on several of the homes and business locations related to the case. At that time the FBI scooped up cash and evidence from Farah’s home. »

He Did It Because She’s Queer?

Featured image Remember the good old days when Samuel Johnson wrote that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel? Would that it were still true today! These days, the last refuge of a scoundrel–Mary Moriarty, in this case–is far worse. We have written repeatedly about Moriarty, the Hennepin County Attorney, and her misadventures, most recently including the prosecution of a Minnesota State Trooper for what was obviously an act of self-defense. »

Can Trump Win Minnesota?

Featured image Donald Trump came to Minnesota two weeks ago to headline the Minnesota Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. It was quite a coup for a state that has been mostly blue in recent years, but there is a reason why Trump took the time to come here: a May poll had him three points ahead of Joe Biden in Minnesota. Is Trump really ahead here? The Democrats are not taking any »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Let the credit go

Featured image Bribing a juror is a an assault on the integrity of the legal system and a serious federal offense. On Sunday evening someone dropped off a bag of cash in the approximate amount of $120,000 at the home of one of the jurors in the first trial in the massive Feeding Our Future fraud case. The bribery is a shocking development, but illustrative of the millions of dollars that flowed »

Madel versus Moriarty

Featured image Attorney Chris Madel represented Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan in the absurd murder case she brought by Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty against Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan. Moriarty is a Soros-style prosecutor who has proved an embarrassment to the DFL. At long last she stood down and dismissed the charges against Londregan. John covered the dismissal in a post with links to his previous commentary on the case here. »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Detention

Featured image Judge Brasel announced at the conclusion of jury instructions and a long day in the courtroom that she was sequestering the jury. This came as news to the jury. I felt incredibly sorry for them. She then held a hearing on the issue of detention of the seven defendants in light of the bribery of a juror with a bag full of $120,000 cash (100s, 50s, and 20s) at her »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: An update

Featured image Following up on the adjacent post: Judge Brasel voir dired each of the remaining 17 jurors and alternates in the Feeding Our Fraud trial this morning. None had been contacted by anyone regarding the trial “by anyone, including media,” over the past six weeks. She had lunch brought in for the jury and will order their sequestration during deliberations. She intends to avoid a mistrial resulting from the attempted bribery. »

At the Feeding our Fraud trial: Cash for a juror

Featured image I am on hand for the last of the closing arguments scheduled for this morning in the first Feeding Our Future fraud trial. When Judge Brasel took the bench she announced that she had just learned of a juror contact at home last night and that the FBI was investigating. She further announced that she had excused the juror — juror number 52. Judge Brasel intends to voir dire the »

A Win For the People

Featured image Mary Moriarty is the pro-crime County Attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota. We have written about her a number of times, including her prosecution of State Trooper Ryan Londregan (here, here and here.) The linked posts contain more detailed accounts of the facts, but briefly, Trooper Londregan and his partner tried to execute an arrest warrant on a career criminal named Ricky Cobb. Cobb, knowing he was in trouble as a »

Another Officer Down

Featured image A week ago, I wrote an op-ed in the New York Post on the condition of Minneapolis, four years after the death of George Floyd. My assessment was not very positive. It included this, on crime: Crime spiked throughout Minneapolis beginning with the [2020] riots. While violent crime has declined somewhat since 2021, it remains elevated far above pre-George Floyd levels. This is due largely to the fact that the »

At the Feeding Our Fraud trial

Featured image Attorney Steve Schleicher is a partner at Minneapolis’s venerable Maslon firm. He is the firm’s Chair of Investigations and White Collar Defense Group. His colleagues obviously think highly of him. Schleicher represented the State of Minnesota pro bono in the prosecution of Derek Chauvin. Attorney General Keith Ellison personally recruited him and was thrilled when he consented (as I found in the emails supplied by the AG’s office in response »

Chimes of freedom

Featured image Bob Dylan celebrates his 83rd birthday today. When he snagged the Nobel Prize for Literature a few years ago, I pulled out all the stops by posting a big set of my favorite covers of his songs. I don’t have any stops left to pull, but I’m adding another cover or two (again) this year in honor of his birthday today. Dylan is first and foremost a songwriter. See, for »

Not dark yet

Featured image Today is the birthday of Minnesota native son Bob Dylan. He turns the ripe old age of 83. It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. I want to celebrate him as long we’re both still around to enjoy the occasion. He is a remarkable artist, self-invented, deep in the American grain. A few years back I visited Dylan’s old home at 2425 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. The house »