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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].”

On a blog she discontinued in 2009, she wrote that President Barack Obama was leading the one-world-order communists and demanded that single mothers be denied formal wedding ceremonies.

“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:

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.”

h/t: Scott Kaufman at The Raw Story

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 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.


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.

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Dumbest NBA tweet of the day —the week? the month?— goes to…*drumroll*…Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Minnesota. (pic via @CJZERO)


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:

h/t: MMFA

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.

(cross-posted from Daily Kos)

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 New York Times reported:

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.

h/t: Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA

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.

There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.

Jim Graves, who narrowly lost to Bachmann in the last congressional election.

Read more: With Bachmann not running, Jim Graves pulls out of 6th District race | MinnPost

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