Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.
The governor said in a statement to The Associated Press that Peterson is innocent until proven guilty.
But Dayton also called Peterson’s actions “a public embarrassment” to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota.
"Whipping a child to the extend of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. "Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accustaions of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system."
h/t: Star-Tribune, via AP
They protested the grand opening and have kept a constant presence outside of the clinic to offer “sidewalk counseling,” according to Cosmo. PLAM activists blasted the city’s Chamber of Commerce for “advocating for abortion” by putting together a ribbon cutting for the building in which no abortions are performed.
Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, told Cosmo that the group only take issue with the clinic’s role in providing abortions. The group argues that certain forms of birth control “can cause early abortions” and that emergency contraception drugs “function most often as abortion-inducing drugs.”
The new Planned Parenthood opened up after the Centro de Salud clinic in South Minneapolis closed, potentially leaving a gap in services for the Hispanic community.
The group claims they have gotten a largely positive response to their efforts to protest the clinic and refer individuals to a Catholic crisis pregnancy center.
"Several people have requested information on what they can do to aid the effort," Gibson told Cosmo. "Some have expressed gratitude for undertaking this effort. Virtually no negative responses have come from identifiable members of the Hispanic community."
But according to the clinic’s director of operations, Kristen Bucko, the protests have not kept people from seeking care at the Planned Parenthood.
"We’re really fortunate that our patients feel very confident walking into our building. It also helps that we had security there the first few days when there were more people outside," she told Cosmo.
She said that the constant protests have even led to donations.
H/t Raw Story
MN GOP candidate Kihne: ‘Knocked up’ women don’t deserve dinner, dancing at their wedding [TW: Misogyny, Sexism]
A Republican candidate for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives is being criticized for outrageous statements about mothers-to-be she posted on her right-wing blog.
Sheila Kihne hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. “People want a choice,” Kihne told Minnesota Public Radio. “I was at a point where I felt like I couldn’t vote for [Loon].”
“Don’t you think that if you’re having a baby — and you’re not married — that you should forego the shower?” she asked. “I also think that if you get married — and are knocked up — you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home.”
Kihne specifically said that there should be no dancing or dinner for prospective brides who are pregnant. She acknowledge that “I’m seen as very cold-hearted with this issue and it’s caused a couple of big arguments in my family,” but insisted on standing her ground against “the idiots in Hollywood who make it look ‘cool’ to tote a baby around sans daddy.”
In that same post, she complains that an unwed mother included a portable DVD-player on her Target registry, addressing a complaint about the “extravagant lives” of people who are below her station. On her Twitter account, she posts photographs — accompanied by outraged comments — of what she is watching on television:
Two big Harley’s & a newer model SUV in the garage of gvt-subsidized housing unit pic.twitter.com/CvAn6Gz7JQ— SheilaKihne (@SheilaKihne)May 14, 2014
Kihne bills herself as a “small-government conservative,” but is unafraid to insert herself into every aspect of a person’s life.
She wrote a book with her sister about convincing men that the woman who purchased it is “the one.” According to the “About the Author” section of The List — which promises to teach women how to convince their prospective husbands to “take 7 swift actions to secure [their] love forever” — Kihne is one of a pair of “fiery sisters who share a passion for telling other people what to do.”
Profiles In Cowardice: Vikings Won’t Release Independent Report On Whether Their Punter Chris Kluwe Was Fired For LGBT Advocacy
The Minnesota Vikings have decided not to publicly release the findings of an independent internal investigation into whether the team cut former punter Chris Kluwe over his outspoken advocacy for LGBT equality, Kluwe and his attorney asserted in a press release Tuesday. The team, according to the release, informed Kluwe’s attorney Monday that it would withhold the report from Kluwe even after months of promising to make the findings public.
The investigation is a result of allegations Kluwe made against the franchise in a Deadspin column published in January, when he asserted that he was cut from the team after refusing to remain quiet about his LGBT advocacy. Kluwe wrote in the column that then-head coach Leslie Frazier had asked him to cease his public advocacy for marriage equality both at the Minnesota state level and across the country, and that special teams coach Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks to and around Kluwe and often criticized his pro-equality efforts, which included work with Minnesotans for Marriage Equality and a co-authored brief (with fellow NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo) in a Supreme Court case involving a California marriage law. “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows,” Priefer said during one special teams meeting, Kluwe wrote in the column.
The Vikings cut Kluwe in May 2013 after his eighth season with the team.
“I honestly don’t know if my activism was the reason I got fired,” Kluwe wrote. “However, I’m pretty confident it was.”
Kluwe will hold a press conference today to call on the franchise to release the report to both him and the public, according to the release from his attorney.
“The Vikings promised to make a full report of the investigation available to Kluwe and his attorney,” the release states. “Now, more than six months later, the investigators have handed over their report to the Vikings — and the Vikings refuse to give Kluwe a copy of the report.”
A source told KSTP news in Minneapolis that the Vikings were walking back their pledge to make the investigation’s findings public because they were “damaging and embarrassing” to the franchise. Two weeks ago, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman tweeted that he had heard that the results of the investigation were “favorable to Kluwe.”
KSTP’s source told the station that the Vikings had already taken action to “correct any homophobic culture that exists within the organization.” But without releasing the report, its findings, or its recommendations, there is no way to assess how deep the problems ran within the organization or whether any such action has been taken. At the very least, refusing to make the findings public, no matter how “damaging and embarrassing” they might be, makes it look as if the Vikings are more interested in covering up whatever homophobia existed than they are in fixing it and preventing it in the future.
The Vikings fired Frazier in December, before Kluwe published his allegations, after he amassed a 21-32-1 record in three seasons as head coach. The franchise announced in February that Priefer would remain as the team’s special teams coach despite Kluwe’s assertions.
The law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi*, which conducted the independent investigation, released an email statement in response to Kluwe, saying that they planned to discuss the issue with Kluwe and his attorney at a meeting scheduled before Kluwe’s statement today. Here is the statement in full:
“Chris Madel, Eric Magnuson, and Jennifer Robbins of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. met with Chris Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, July 14 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the independent investigation and to arrange a meeting between Halunen and Vikings representatives for Thursday, July 17 to continue that discussion. At no time during the July 14 meeting did Madel, Magnuson, or Robbins tell Halunen that the Vikings “would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public” as Halunen’s press release of this morning states. At the meeting, Halunen agreed to meet with Vikings representatives on Thursday, and that meeting is still scheduled. It is anticipated that issues relating to the investigation will be discussed at that meeting.”
*This update originally said the statement came from the Vikings. We apologize for the error.
NOTE: On the term “Profiles in Cowardice” in the headline, it refers to the Vikings’ actions related to the independent review on Chris Kluwe.
h/t: Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports
MINNEAPOLIS - A national news anchor was arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. An airport spokesman says police arrested FOX News Channel’s
MINNEAPOLIS - A national news anchor was arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
An airport spokesman says police arrested FOX News Channel’s Gregg Jarrett.
Police were called to Northern Lights Grill in Terminal One on Wednesday.
When they got there, they say Jarrett appeared to be drunk and wouldn’t obey orders.
They took him to the Hennepin County Jail. He’s charged with interfering with a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor.
Minnesota’s longest-serving member of Congress, former U.S. representative Jim Oberstar, has died. He was 79.
A statement released by his family says Oberstar died Saturday morning in his sleep. No cause of death was provided.
"Congressman Jim Oberstar stands as one of the finest legislators the House has ever known — a man of vision, intellect, and energy with a record of service and accomplishment that spans five decades," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a statement Saturday.
"Our nation has lost an extraordinary public servant and a man of integrity, committed to civility and bipartisanship and he will be greatly missed," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement.
Oberstar, a Democrat, served northeastern Minnesota for 36 years and became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in 2006.
Oberstar “knew everything there was to know about our nation’s infrastructure, and fought tirelessly to rebuild and renew it,” Pelosi said.
He was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 18 terms before he narrowly lost to GOP challenger Chip Cravaack in 2010.
Oberstar is survived by his wife, Jean, four children and eight grandchildren.
"Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother," the family’s statement said. "While we mourn the loss of a good man, we also celebrate his life and his service. We ask for your thoughts and prayers, and understanding, at this very difficult time."
Former congressman Dave Obey, D-Wis., was a close friend of Oberstar’s.
"He was a great Congressman and a wonderful human being," Obey said in a statement. "He had guts and his top priority was always, in every way, the economic wellbeing of working families everywhere."
We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time. We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.
Republican Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer whining about representing 50% of the population.
Equality and sick pay are whining? How out of touch and selfish can you be? Kieffer is enjoying her equal pay as a Rep, but others can screw themselves.
Dumbest NBA tweet of the day —the week? the month?— goes to…*drumroll*…Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Minnesota. (pic via @CJZERO)
According to a release distributed by Change.org, Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would make Minnesota the third state (following New Jersey and California) to ban the type of therapy Marcus Bachmann made famous — ex-gay therapy.
It’s likely a companion bill would be pushed in the Senate by openly gay Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, who earlier this year told City Pages, “These therapies are premised on a falsehood… We all know that you can’t change people.”
Clark’s bill was drafted with the help of Alec Fischer, a young Minneapolis resident who authored a Change.org petition calling on legislators to “protect children from dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy.” His petition has been signed by more than 75,000 people as of this morning.
Fox News incited Islamophobic fears in its reporting on a weekly swim class at a YMCA facility that ensures the privacy of Muslim girls learning to swim, framing it as evidence that “Sharia law is now changing everything.”
In October, a St. Paul YMCA in partnership with the local police department decided to offer an hour long swim practice once a week to give Muslim Somali-American girls between the ages of 5 and 17 an opportunity to learn basic swimming skills, making considerations for the girls’ modesty and religious beliefs. On the December 2 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox’s Heather Nauert framed this story as evidence that “Sharia law is now changing everything”:
NAUERT: Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men’s locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We’ll keep watching this story for you.
Fox’s use of an hour-long swim lesson for girls to push the myth that Sharia is taking over is disconcerting to say the least. For many Muslim girls, this class represents their first opportunity to learn these basic skills, and the Star Tribune noted that this is an important and much-needed program for the community, and that “[s]pecial considerations have to be made to address modesty concerns.”
From the 12.02.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:
Daily Kos: Rabid Islamophobe Jan Markell fearmongers about a possible Westgate Centre-style attack in the USA
Rabid far-right Islamophobic bigot Jan Markell, the head of Maple Grove-based Olive Tree Ministries and host of OTM’s Understanding The Times, demonizes Minnesota’s Somali American immigrant community (most of whom are Muslim) by falsely accusing them of having the “potential to carry out a Westgate Centre-style attack on the Mall of America.”
"A significant percentage [of them] maintain their clan ties to the terrorists in Somalia; they maintain their animosity,” she shares with OneNewsNow. “They make no attempt at integrating themselves into the general population. They are prone to violence. And the gangs of area Somalis are mugging area people on bicycles and other venues.”
"The liberal, twisted mind here in Minnesota cannot possibly conceive of some of these people as being evil,” she laments. “But I and many other conservatives here in Minnesota are very concerned that this Mall of America is going to be targeted eventually – and the casualties could be astronomical."
Editors’ Note: I apologize if I used the OneNewsNow site to link to Markell’s disgusting quotes.
The Somali American community has rightfully condemned the attack on Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which further undercuts Markell’s idiocy.
Now, the Twin Cities Somali community is wondering whether two of its own are actually involved in the Kenyan mall attack that killed 62 people.
The horrifying attack in Kenya was strongly condemned by Muslim leaders at a Minneapolis mosque this afternoon.
“This outrageous act of violence has no place in Islam. The perpetrators of this barbaric act do not share our Islamic values,” Imam Abdisalam Adam said.
Several leaders said the names of two the Twin Cities men reported on Twitter do not match the names of any members of the Twin Cities Somali community they know of.
Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the country, making it a recruitment target for terrorist organizations in Somalia. While the majority will not be lured away, there is a small number that have left Minnesota to join that terrorist organization.
#MN06: Michele Bachmann May Go From Congress to Prison as DOJ Launches Investigation; Her Husband Marcus May Go To Prison As Well
Marcus and Michele Bachmann could be heading to prison as the Department of Justice is investigating the couple for possibly breaking at least 11 election laws in 2012.
The latest is a federal inquiry into whether an outside “super PAC” improperly coordinated strategy with Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign staff, including her husband, in violation of election laws.
The Department of Justice demanded records from the super PAC last week of its finances and its communications with Mrs. Bachmann; Marcus Bachmann, her husband; and former staff members, according to a grand jury subpoena reviewed by The New York Times.
The investigation appears to stem from a complaint a former campaign staff member made to the Federal Election Commission and to the F.B.I. The staff member told of overhearing the president of the super PAC asking a Bachmann senior adviser about buying advertising on radio and TV stations in Des Moines ahead of the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3, 2012.
Although Bachmann may have technically retired from Congress, in reality she quit because the criminal investigations were closing in on her. This is the first time that Marcus Bachmann has been named in reports as part of an investigation. The same troubled presidential campaign that the Department of Justice is looking at is also the subject of an investigation in Iowa, an FBI investigation, and a House Ethics Committee investigation.
It is ironic that Bachmann’s people used conviction in their title because the Bachmanns are going to be lucky to avoid conviction and jail time. Michele Bachmann is in a huge amount of trouble, as it it appears that she was running one of the most ineptly corrupt presidential campaigns in recent memory.
Even if Bachmann is convicted of a felony, none of this will stop Fox News or the right wing media from giving her a job. After all, these are the same people who have kept Ollie North and G. Gordon Liddy employed for decades.
Michele Bachmann is close to trading the easy life of a member of Congress for a rap sheet and criminal convictions.
The leading Republican candidate in retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann’s congressional district denies climate science, is virulently anti-gay, and sponsored everything from voter ID legislation to a minimum wage law repeal. No wonder he’s already being labeled “Michele Bachmann 2.0.”
Former Minnesota State Rep. Tom Emmer (R) was the first candidate to step up when Bachmann announced last month that she would be retiring from representing the state’s 6th congressional district at the end of her term. He is best known for unsuccessfully running for Governor in 2010, coming close enough to Democratic candidate and now-Governor Mark Dayton (D) to trigger a recount.
Here are a few things voters should know about Tom Emmer:
1. He opposed anti-bullying legislation because he doesn’t “want the government doing that for us.” Emmer voted against the Safe Schools for All bill, which included sexual orientation among fourteen different characteristics, and would have introduced consistent anti-bullying policies and mandated training for teachers and staff. During his 2010 campaign, he promised to veto it if it were to come across his desk as Governor, saying, “it’s up to the parents, Jacquie and I, to educate our children, how they handle that situation. We’re the ones who have to be the front line of defense for our children. I don’t want the government doing that for us.” The bill was proposed after a rash of gay teens in Minnesota committing suicide. Emmer has adopted virulently anti-gay positions throughout his political career.
2. He thinks waiters make too much, proposed cutting their minimum wage. At a campaign stop in 2010, Emmer said he had heard from local restaurant owners that “there are some people earning over $100,000 a year, more than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families’ future.” He suggested that bartenders, servers, and other hospitality workers should get a “tip credit,” which would functionally lower their minimum wage. Although Minnesota is one of the only states that does not follow the federal minimum wage for tip-earners of $2.13 (it instead requires tip-earners be paid at least $5.25 hourly), the average food or beverage service worker earned an average of only $10.45 an hour in 2010. Emmer introduced an amendment that would have eliminated the state’s minimum wage laws altogether in 2005.
3. He was one of the first conservatives pushing unconstitutional nullification bills to undermine Obamacare. Even before healthcare legislation passed in Congress, Emmer was making the rounds on Fox News, pushing the idea that any form of federal healthcare program would be unconstitutional. In October 2009, he proposed a “Health Care Freedom Act” that would define Minnesotans as “sovereign individuals” in an attempt to prevent federal law or state law from affecting the health insurance of any individual. Soon after the Affordable Care Act passed, Emmer began advocating nullification of federal laws, an unconstitutional theory used by advocates of slavery before the Civil War, in his state.
4. He denies climate science is real. In addition to calling green jobs a “fancy marketing campaign“, pledging to withdraw Minnesota from a regional climate pact, and telling supporters of the EPA to vote against him, Emmer has publicly denied climate science, saying, “the empirical evidence does not support this and the other reps that have talked. There is another side. Just because we make these chambers available to Will Steger and the crowd that wants to rely on Al Gore’s climate porn doesn’t mean that that’s the way it is. … Folks, there is another side.”
Emmer’s views keep him in good company in the 6th district – Michelle Bachmann is also a climate denier.
5. He wanted to make English the official state language because of the supposed high cost of translating. In 2008, Emmer co-sponsored a bill that would have made English the official state language of Minnesota, in addition to imposing strict immigration status checks for renters and buyers of homes. The Star Tribune asked him about his support of the language component of the bill two years later, reporting, “Emmer said he co-sponsored the 2008 measure because his home county said the cost of producing signs in multiple languages ‘was killing them.’”
Emmer has also sponsored legislation that would have, if passed, imposed sweeping and restrictive voter ID laws in Minnesota, asserted that there is “no constitutional right to abortion“, and allowed for forced castration of sex offenders.
Tom Emmer has views as staunchly anti-LGBT as Michele Bachmann’s.
Recent news out of the state of Minnesota concerning the vandalization of a church demonstrates an important argument LGBT advocates have been making for years: religious belief has less to do with the LGBT civil rights debate than the need to impose specific religious beliefs on others. Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove, Minnesota have discovered this the hard way as they’ve advertised themselves as pro-gay in their ministries.This past Sunday churchgoers arrived to church to find their place of worship desecrated with eggs and anti-gay graffiti. The tags contained the typical anti-gay drivel - references to Leviticus as well as Sodom and Gomorrah. “We are a very liberal progressive voice in Maple Grove,” Pastor Robin Raudabaugh told local news affiliate KARE. “And so I think that’s when people do things like that, when they’re fearful of maintaining their own position. This was a very hate-filled act.”
This isn’t the first time the church has faced intolerance from other “Christians” in their community. They’ve had sings stolen, other ant-gay graffiti tags, and more.While the members of the church seem to be forgive and forget types, I’m less inclined to offer an olive branch to those who would seek to engage in hypocritical behavior. The same people stomping their feet like children demanding that the rest of the nation abide by their religious beliefs refuse to acknowledge that some churches - churches that follow Christianity no less - don’a agree with their anti-gay message.Why is a religious message only relevant when it opposes LGBT rights? Why do certain religious beliefs and certain churches believe their First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion are “better than” others? The answer is simple: it has absolutely nothing to do with religion and everything to do with irrational ant-gay bias. Religion is merely how these people dress up their hate to legitimize it - to make it sound more credible.
It’s the reason why people throughout the history of our nation have been able to use the Bible to justify everything from slavery and segregation to denial of women’s rights, interracial marriage and LGBT rights. Taken out of context and cherry-picked, the Bible can justify just about any archaic, antiquated belief system.It’s time for real Christians to begin calling out the faux-Christians within their ranks for what they are - profiteers and wolves in church clothing trying to pass their hate off as fervently held religious belief. If these people really did have a respect for the First Amendment and everyone’s right to worship and believe as they choose, incidents like the vandalism at Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove would never happen. Period.