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Answering a Liberal Diatribe

The release Monday of our Fall issue of Thinking Minnesota, with its cover story exposing how test results have dropped in Edina as left-wing ideology has taken over their schools, has created quite a stir, especially since we mailed a copy to every Edina household.  All I can say (after monitoring calls and receiving emails for three days) is that liberal snark and arrogance is breathtaking. But, inspired by Michelle Obama (“when they go low, we go high”), I wanted to attempt something constructive, hence this post. Thursday I corresponded via email with a woman from Northwestern Minnesota who was very angry...

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Liberals Respond As Usual, By Bullying

One thing you can say about liberals, they are consistent. They don't argue; they don't marshal facts; they don't state their case, whatever it may be, logically. Instead, they try to bully those who disagree with them. It happened again this week when the current issue of Thinking Minnesota came out. The cover story is on leftist indoctrination in the Edina public schools. The article, by Kathy Kersten, is a blockbuster. Meticulously researched and cogently written, Kathy's story documents a history of intolerance, indoctrination, ignorance and intimidation on the part of liberal teachers and others in the Edina public school system....

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A Curriculum of Political Indoctrination in Edina’s Public Schools

  An investigation by writer Katherine Kersten released today exposes systematic political indoctrination of students in Edina public schools, beginning as early as kindergarten, all while the district’s long time reputation for academic excellence experiences a notable decline. The report, “Whose Values? Educational excellence threatened by ideology in Edina schools” appears in the Fall 2017 edition of Thinking Minnesota, the quarterly magazine published by Center of the American Experiment. Kersten, a writer and attorney, is a senior policy fellow at American Experiment. Here is the article; you can read it here or download it: TM Fall2017 Edina 1 by John...

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Public Safety Becoming Key Issue in Minneapolis Mayoral Race

How much of an issue will public safety be in the upcoming Minneapolis mayoral election? The Star Tribune raised the stakes with an editorial a week ago headlined "Downtown's dilemma: 'A mind-set of violence' in Minneapolis." But downtown also has a stubbornly rising crime rate that threatens all of the effort and investment in making this area vibrant and attractive. Robberies are up significantly. Homeless encampments are becoming more common. Weekends bring regular reports of shots fired. Complaints about aggressive panhandling are up, and some light-rail transit stations have become trouble spots that draw crowds of young people late at night. The...

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Is Minnesota Nice? Not If You Are a Conservative

To my knowledge, this story has gotten no local attention. But it ought to be of concern to all Minnesotans, especially given that it involves the flagship Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. A national outlet, the Daily Beast, found it newsworthy: "A Campus Conservative’s Year Facing Anger, Doxing and Intimidation." Madison Faupel...

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Leftists Want to Replace Christopher Columbus With…Prince?

One might think that Minnesota would be one of the last places to pull down statues. The state joined the union just in time for the Civil War, in which its young men fought heroically in the anti-slavery cause. But when Leftists get going, they never know when to stop. The Star Tribune reports on an effort to cart away a statue of Christopher Columbus and replace him with...

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Minneapolis Eliminates Parking Spots to Deter Driving

The parking shortage in Minneapolis is a lot like the Twin Cities traffic congestion crisis American Experiment highlighted this summer. It's self-inflicted by politicians, urban planners and environmentalists determined to dramatically alter our lifestyle, especially when it comes to cars. Turns out Minneapolis drivers have lost 2,400 private parking spots in ramps and lots overall in just the last three years. And Minneapolis officials don't deny it to the Star Tribune. City officials have been holding back downtown parking construction for years. Lately they have doubled down, investing in bicycle lanes and approving new apartment buildings with few parking spaces that encourage...

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Trump Brings Back Work Requirement for Welfare

It's almost Labor Day, perfect timing to overturn one of President Obama's most counterproductive policies. Obama essentially rolled back the requirement for welfare recipients to get a job that had proved so successful in moving Americans off the federal dole. But the hallmark of the landmark welfare reform measure championed 20 years ago by President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has just been revived, according to the Heritage Foundation. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration policy that undermined one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the last half-century. In doing so, Trump took strong...

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Cops Let Enviros “Do Their Thing” and Shut Down New Pipeline

The "water protectors" have resurfaced in northwestern Wisconsin, targeting another strategic oil pipeline project. But this time they did it with the tacit acceptance of local law enforcement. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Douglas County deputies were under instructions to basically stand down Monday, as about two dozen environmental extremists shut down construction of the Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline near Superior, Wisconsin. Some protesters wore masks covering their faces and could be seen in videos locking themselves to heavy equipment. Others were overheard telling workers to "go home early," "stop destroying our mother" and "we're here to protect the water." They...

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Thomas Friedman agrees with the Trump agenda

Steven Hayward calls it a “stopped clock moment” but in his latest New York Times column Thomas Friedman basically comes out as agreeing with key parts of the Trump agenda.  Imagine that from one of Minnesota’s own and perhaps the most celebrated liberal columnist in America.  It remains to be seen how the horde of Friedman worshipers will take this new revelation from their oracle.  Here’s Friedman’s surprising list of issues: We can’t take in every immigrant who wants to come here; we need, metaphorically speaking, a high wall that assures Americans we can control our border with a big gate...

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