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Goodbye, Columbus

A number of statues stand on the ground of the Minnesota Capitol. Since 1931, these have included a statue of Christopher Columbus. The Columbus monument was erected, in part, to honor Italian Americans. Left-wing activists have criticized the Columbus statue for some time, and in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the mania for destroying monuments that swept the country thereafter, activists decided to dismantle it. Their intention was no secret. Via Facebook, the activists announced their intent to take down the statue at 5:00 p.m. on June 10. Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety was aware of the planned attack on...

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When a liberal got a tax demand

Carl Solberg's excellent biography of Hubert Humphrey - the liberal Mayor of Minneapolis, Senator for Minnesota, and vice president to Lyndon Johnson - contains the following story. Until he became vice president in 1964, Humphrey was perennially short of cash. When the candidates released statements of their wealth in 1964, Humphrey was the only one to have to pad his to make him look richer than he was. He topped up his salary with speaking fees, but these dried up during his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 1960. Then, as Solberg tells it, he was hit with an "unbelievable" $225 [$1,950 in...

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Video: Trump rally protesters turn violent

While protestors outside of Trump's Minneapolis rally were peaceful most of the day, there were multiple reports of vandalism, violence, and clashes with the police after the rally ended. Here's the coverage you might have missed: WCCO Minneapolis: Fox News: Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Fox 9 Minneapolis: KARE 11 Minneapolis: Sign that reads “Blue Lives Don’t F@$king Matter” Absolutely pathetic. #tcnt https://t.co/WJ7nfneRFi — Nick Zerwas (@NickZerwas) October 11, 2019 Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protestors lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene. pic.twitter.com/HxUFzs8OWF — Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019 More video from outside Trump rally in Minneapolis. We saw protestors throw stuff...

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Why Is Minnesota Making War On the Little Sisters of the Poor?

The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international organization of Catholic nuns. Founded in the 19th Century, its mission is to care for the impoverished elderly. Its nuns take vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality. The Little Sisters were swept up in constitutional litigation when the federal government tried to force the Little Sisters to provide week-after pills and other contraceptive devices as part of the Sisters' health care plan, in violation of the Sisters' religious beliefs. The government tried to collect $70 million from the order to punish it for refusing to succumb to government bullying. Happily, in...

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Minneapolis cancels “sacred” race-segregated staff meetings; Pearlstein calls out Identity Politics

Why is Minneapolis, engaged in this conversation? How does this get any pot holes filled or make the city a safer, better place to live? Just as importantly, how does this advance the “equity” ball? Is this what “Equity Coordinators” do? If so, I have a suggestion for staff cuts that could result in immediate savings to the city’s bottom line....

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Bde Maka Ska is now just Lake Calhoun. And Cofffman Union will remain Coffman Union.

It has been a puzzle to me that Lake Calhoun was named after John C. Calhoun. After all, Minnesota was a hard-core abolitionist state. Besides, the guy looks way too intense, perhaps a bit mad, not very Minnesotan. You cannot imagine him enjoying a stroll around any lake, even one named after him. ...

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