Tag Archives: Minnesota

Swords up, ladies.

womens-march-on-versaillesRepublican legislators in five different states have introduced bills that would quell peaceful demonstrations.

Here’s an example of one from North Dakota. Motorists can run over and kill a protester blocking access — provided it was an accident. Here’s more on a bill in Minnesota.

Legislators should know this will not quiet the demonstrations. If anything, it will inflame them.

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Ladies (and gentlemen)? We march.

screenshot-2017-01-16-13-08-51This is a Google map of the warming stations that are opening in and around the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday.

It struck me this weekend that about the time the inaugural balls are winding down, and the new president is taking to Twitter to create his sham of a reality, my bus from Middletown, Conn., will be revving up. I know at least one woman busing in from Minnesota. She said she will spend 48 hours on a bus for a six-hour march. Now that’s dedication. My bus leaves in the wee hours, arrives in D.C. around 7 a.m., and the leaves again at 1 (I think).

This is in addition to multiple marches around the country, for people who aren’t coming to D.C.

I’ve already started packing my no-bigger-than-8-by-6-by-4-inch bag — hand warmers given to me by my friend, Steve; a change of socks; snacks; more snacks; phone; charger for phone. I think it will be uncomfortable and exhilarating.

We march!

Look at the difference between this Minnesota police chief & the Republican presidential candidate

Bless the heart of Chief Blair Anderson, a Real American.

Despite the attempts of  the folks at Fox & Friends, Anderson stayed on message after a horrific attack by a 22-year old college student who hailed from Somalia, but had been in the States for 15 years. The attacker was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which injured eight people.

You can read more here.

Should colleges reveal when there’s a gun crime on campus?

downloadRep.  Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will introduce a bill today that will require colleges to reveal when crimes with guns have been committed with a gun.

Honestly, why isn’t this the case already?

See how pretty is your county…

amenities_500x404…but see how pretty is your country based on criteria from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leftover sent this, and maybe you notice that Minnesota and North Dakota share some truly (government-labeled) ugly spots. The criteria included the amount of winter sun, summer humidity, and topographic variation, among three other elements.

A deeper dive from the Washington Post is even  more revealing.

Trickle-down economics don’t work

explaintrickledowneconomicssmallJust look at the example of Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton, who taxes the rich and raised the state’s minimum wage, and now? The state’s economy is pretty healthy, thanks.

The Dayton family ain’t hurting too bad, either.

And thanks, Jac, for the link.

Why some legislative-types want to do the shopping for the poor

RTR2RN4PAt least, we can only assume as much, as the discussion about precisely what impoverished people on assistance choose to buy through the SNAP program (formerly food stamps).

The first examination started in 2003 and Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and junk food, according to this ThinkProgress article, and continues on to today.

Pawlenty’s efforts were unsuccessful. Earlier this year, there was concern (pretend concern, I should say) that food stamp recipients were buying food on cruise ships.

Fraud, while troubling, appears to be relatively rare. But yes! Let’s debate those cruise ship food stamps!