This Is Minnesota’s Gun Control Movement In Action

Gun control groups don’t care about saving lives.

It’s true in big ways – you will never see a gun control group, or at least not one of the main line, lily white ones like Everytown Julie one of their protest in any American inner city, which is where the vast majority of the “gun violence” actually happens. In fact, you could hear some of their partisans even trying to change the subject back when the topic strange away from school shootings.

So there’s that.

But just to further illustrate the movements depravity – and I use that term with full knowledge of what it actually means – look at this little bit of social media effluvia from “Protect” Minnesota from the other one

I’m not sure if I have ever seen and less responsible posting – even for a bunch of teenagers.

But this should clarify things; the “Gone Safety” movement hasn’t the foggiest thing to do with saving lives. It’s about controlling society.

And it seems I owe Heather Martens an apology. For years I said, not joking in the most remote way, that she had never, not once, made a single original, true, substantial statement about guns, gun owners, gun control, gun history or anything to do with the subject. And that was absolutely true.

But the Reverend Nancy Nord Bence – who replaced Heather as director of “Protect” Minnesota – Adds a little extra twist to the formula; she seems to generally despise human beings. Which seems an odd trade in a Lutheran minister.

Two Standards For The Price Of One For Happy Hour

SCENE:  Mitch BERG is enjoying a primary-night libation, engrossed in reading results in a booth at a local tavern – so miuch so he doesn’t notice Avery LIBRELLE has entered the room and noticed him.   By the time BERG notices, it’s far too late.

LIBRELLE:  Merg!

BERG:  Hey.

LIBRELLE:   Look at all that DFL turnout in the primaries yesterday.

BERG:    Huh.  Yeah, look  at that.

LIBRELLE:  Ketih Ellison won!

BERG:  Yeah.  Huge suspense there.  Hey – question for you.  Do we always believe women who report violent physical abuse?

LIBRELLE:  What, are you a barbarian?  Of course we do.

BERG:  So Ms. Monahan, the woman who claimed Ellison abused her…

LIBRELLE: Worthless lying whore.

BERG:  Huh.  So…women who claim abuse…

LIBRELLE:  Above reproach.

BERG:  Women who claim abuse by Keith Ellison…

LIBRELLE:   Filthy trollop!

BERG:  …or Al Franken…

LIBRELLE:  Vile harridan!

BERG:  …Garrison Keillor…

LIBRELLE:   Two-bit crack whore!

BERG:  … women making claims against men in general?

LIBRELLE:  Absolute moral authority.  #MeToo

BERG:  Women accusing prominent Democrats

LIBRELLE:  Wretched filth.

BERG:   Huh.   Gotcha.  Hey – did Paul Wellstone just walk in?

BERG slips away as LIBRELLE looks around. 

And SCENE. 

This Should Be A Surprise To Nobody

People with carry permits commit gun crimes at about 15% the rate…

…of police.

“With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” the report reads. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.”

The study refers to Texas and Florida, which it says mirror most other states, to compare permit holders with police and the overall population. It used data from 1987 through 2015.

“We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers,” the report says. “Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”

And that includes Florida, which is…well, Florida.

About Those Crickets

Everyone in Minnesota politics is buzzing about the rather serious domestic abuse allegations against Congressman and Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison.
 
Everyone but the news media.
 
Members of that media are responding – understandably – “we’ve got to have time to actually do our jobs, here”, and “Accuracy > Speed”.
 
Which all makes sense on its face – but then, there’s some history involved.
 
In 2006, Ellison was running to replace the retiring Martin Sabo – and while the DFL as a rule can nominate a set of wind-up chattering teeth in the 5th CD and get 70% of hte vote, the polling must have looked a little tight (1).
 
The StarTribune ran an “October Surprise” hit piece against Alan Fine, Ellison’s GOP opponent, about a domestic abuse *arrest* ten years before, in the middle of a custody fight.
The Strib didn’t include in its report the fact that Fine was never convicted – the accusation was tossed for lack of evidence – and that Fine went on to get custody of the couple’s kid (which never happened in Minnesota at that time), and that his ex-wife wound up getting convicted of domestic abuse herself, in a later relationship, all of which tends to support Fine’s response.
 
I did a ton of writing on the subject, as did Scott Johnson – an actual lawyer:
I also had one of the story’s reporters on my show at the time. I asked her (in one of the better interviews I’ve ever done) why those salient facts, which were a matter of the legal record of the case, were not reported at the time. She said it was an editorial decision – there’s only so much space that can be devoted to a story.
 
Which claim I went on to flense, by going through the story and figuring out how much redundant fluff could have been cut from the original hit piece to make room for a simple paragraph showing, for balance, Fine’s side of the story.
It wasn’t even difficult.
So when journalists claim they’re not rushing material about Ellison out to air/print because “they’re trying to get things right” – well, maybe (2).
 
But there’s some very troubling history, out there, and you’re a pollyanna if you dont realize it.
 
(1) It seems unbelievable looking at Minneapolis these days, but Ellison got 50% of the vote. Fine got 25%, and an Independence Party candidate got another 25%. To be fair, she was both a great campaigner and, um, photogenic as hell.
 
(2) I’d say “ask Rod Grams”, but he’s unfortunately unable to respond.

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Life Is Almost Never A Museum

Prince’s Paisley Park has almost literally become a Prince museum – and it should, most likely; it’s a fascinating product of a fascinating guy.

But at least commercially, Flyte Tyme Studio (which became Runway Studio after Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis moved to LA fifteen years ago) may actually have been the Twin Cities’ biggest musical export.

And it‘s closing down in October, to make room for the Twin Cities’ current biggest import, “affordable housing”:

“It’s bittersweet because this was a dream for us to purchase part of music history of not only Minneapolis, but the world,” said Richard McCalley, the owner of Runway Studios.For 15 years, the building was the base for Jam and Lewis, where they produced songs for everyone from Janet Jackson to Mariah Carey to the Sounds of Blackness.

Janet and her brother Michael Jackson recorded their duet “Scream” inside these walls and it’s where Janet gave her iconic shout out to Minneapolis in her hit “Escapade.”

It’s just one more bit of the Twin Cities I moved to in 1985 slowly fading away.

#NotMe

You’re millennial New Money  fad-apparel “entrepreneur”.

You’re so woke, you name your entire company “Feminist Apparel”.   You become a staple of the woke PC elite, worn by the glitterati at events ranging from the March for Women to…er, the Women’s March.  And everything in between.

And then complications arise:

It all came to a grinding halt in June of 2018 when Feminist Apparel staff discovered that the brand’s founder and CEO Alan Martofel had an admitted history of sexually abusing women. In fact, he claims it’s the reason why he started the company in the first place.

Opportunity to get even more woke?

Oh, what do you think?

After asking for his resignation, all nine employees were fired without notice or severance. (Only Martfel and an outside consultant remained.)

I’ve got a conundrum here.  On the one hand, it sounds like Marfel is a grade-a piece of garbage.

On the other hand,  en masse demands for a company’s owner and entrepreneur to resign from his own company, even given the backstory seems a little…

…well, I’ll let one of the victims tell it in her own words:

“This is the patriarchy and toxic masculinity at its fucking finest,” says Rebecca Green, the company’s now-former art director.

(Pro tip:  it’s not “masculinity” at al).

“I feel righteous and angry. I feel supported by my coworkers and friends. I also feel tired. I feel incredibly sorry knowing that there are survivors in this office who were led to believe that their contributions to this company were directly going to creating a safe space and platform for survivors, feminists, and marginalized identities. As an artist myself creating work based on my own experiences with the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and harassment for this company — and by extension this man — I feel used and willfully mislead.”

Is it wrong to hope everyone in this story gets a smack upside the rhetorical head?

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The Real Resistance

“Resistance” implies one is fighting an all-powerful status quo.

LIberals in liberal cities are not the “resistance”; they are “the power”.

And teachers?  People in the public education system?  Going against the herd in the world of public education is truly resistance.

And teachers who have decided that their and their charges’ lives are worth more than the vague blandishments of security theater may be the bravest resistance of all:

On a recent morning in Newcomerstown, Ohio, a row of teachers stood in a line with guns drawn and moved slowly toward a row of steel plate targets.

As the teachers advanced, bullets pinged off the metal with each round they fired.

The teachers had come to take part in Faster Saves Lives, a voluntary training program run by an Ohio-based nonprofit that has taught more than 1,300 school staff members to carry and use firearms since 2013. (Faster stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.)

“My students are my kids, basically, and I want to be able to protect them just like I would protect my own son,” said a 34-year-old Ohio teacher of students with special needs who participated in the program and spoke on the condition of anonymity out of concern that by going public, she or her school could be targeted by a shooter.

I suspect – and all the evidence that actually exists supports me on this – that the opposite is the case.

Anyway – more, faster, please.

The Tyranny Of Small Evils

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

In the late 1700’s, people protested to win their independence.  In the 1850’s, people protested to free the slaves. In the 1920’s, people protested to get votes for women. In the 1960’s, people protested to get civil rights for Blacks. In the 1970’s, people protested the Vietnam War.  The people who protested in those Great Causes got to brag to future generations about how they changed the world.  But notice how the causes got smaller, less significant, as we ran out of great evils to protest.  How does this generation validate itself? What’s left to change? Global warming?  Transgender bathrooms?  Hate Trump?  Russian influence on social media? Trivia.
We need a Cause.
Joe Doakes

“Hate Trump” seems to be serving for the moment.

The Messenger Is The Medium

Bruce Willis’s remake of Death Wish got panned. Flamed. Excoriated. Racism, sexism, gun-ism, failure to recycle, the works.

Now comes Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner.

And what’s the theme, you ask?

“What do I want? I want justice,” Garner warns in the trailer’s opening seconds. From there, we see her spending quality time with her family before tragedy strikes. She retreats for a while, licking her wounds and turning herself into a living weapon.

Why? To take out the trash.

And the media the skinned Willis alive? Silent.

This is nothing new, of course; about ten years ago, Hollywood released a couple of movies where sympathetic characters went on vigilante sprees, where “sympathetic” meant suitably left of center; most noxious was Jodie Foster as an NPR host who went all Charles Bronson on her husband’s killer.

The lesson?

The only thing consistent about out culture’s misbegotten “elites” is ther hypocrisy.

The Wrong Lesson?

So why did Trump win the ’16 election?

Was it the Democrat party’s rocket-ride to the extreme left?

The “Elite” condescension toward the great American geographic, political and economic middle?

Donald Trump’s facility at seeing the above and appealing to people to whom it mattered?

Or was it simple crass vulgarity?

Wisconsin Democrats are picking “D”:

Democrats are convinced that Wisconsin is primed for a Trump-backlash-inspired “blue wave” come November, and potential Walker challengers have joined the race in droves. With so many bodies in the race, a fringe candidate could conceivably win the primary with 15 to 20 percent of the vote and move on to face the vulnerable Republican incumbent in November. And just as Candidate Trump used vulgarity, insults, and half-cooked media stunts to differentiate himself from his primary opponents two years ago, so, too, are Walker’s Democratic challengers in 2018.

And they are quite the cast of himbos:

Mike McCabe, a former “good government” activist who suggested he would rent the governor’s mansion out to travelers on Airbnb, began his campaign by promising to end Walker’s “golden-shower economics.” Businessman Andy Gronik, who received a settlement of more than $6 million in a lawsuit he filed claiming a house he had purchased had given him an inflammatory-bowel disorder, told a debate crowd that he couldn’t wait to “hit” Walker. And on the same rainy day Mahlon Mitchell dropped his scatological stylings on the transportation group, state school superintendent Tony Evers joined a group in Madison protesting cuts to the state’s university system and told the group Walker’s cuts were “bullsh**.”

And just watch – if they win, “being crude, crass and impolitic” will suddenly become a virtue among Dems.

If there is a favorite in the Democratic field, it is Evers, a buttoned-up 65-year-old former teacher who has won three statewide elections as school superintendent. Nearly a decade ago, Evers beat cancer after having his esophagus and part of his stomach removed; today, he can’t eat a full meal and has to sleep at a 45 degree angle. However, even though the avuncular Evers has appeared on three statewide ballots, he is still relatively unknown in areas outside heavily liberal Madison. One recent poll had Evers leading the primary field with a flaccid 20 percent, which may explain his sudden foray into campaigning’s dark arts. In one January interview, he referred to Walker as an “idiot,” and he recently told the state Democratic convention that he was “goddamn sick and tired” of Walker’s policies.

And just when you thought nothing could be…loonier than this past DFL convention..

“But Why Do You Need An Assault Rifle?”

Philadelphia man kills two home invaders with his AK47 (which liberals seem to have forgotten about in the past few years)?

The anonymous homeowner said he shot and killed the men — 17-year-old Demond Barnes and 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon — after retrieving the gun from a hall closet during the incident Friday.

When progressives get exercised about firearms, they are given to claiming that “assault rifles” are “designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible”.  It’s untrue, of course; they’re designed for two things; to never, ever jam, and to not run out of bullets before your attacker runs out of attack.

Mission accomplished.

 

Førti År Sen

The good news:  research shows that the old theory that “if you start leaning a language after age eight, you’ve got no chance of reaching fluency”.  (I started German at fourteen).

The bad news:  The new cuitoff is 18.

The older you get the more difficult it is to learn to speak French like a Parisian. But no one knows exactly what the cutoff point is—at what age it becomes harder, for instance, to pick up noun-verb agreements in a new language. In one of the largest linguistics studies ever conducted—a viral internet survey that drew two thirds of a million respondents—researchers from three Boston-based universities showed children are proficient at learning a second language up until the age of 18, roughly 10 years later than earlier estimates. But the study also showed that it is best to start by age 10 if you want to achieve the grammatical fluency of a native speaker.

To parse this problem, the research team, which included psychologist Steven Pinker, collected data on a person’s current age, language proficiency and time studying English. The investigators calculated they needed more than half a million people to make a fair estimate of when the “critical period” for achieving the highest levels of grammatical fluency ends. So they turned to the world’s greatest experimental subject pool: the internet.

So I guess starting Norwegian a year ago February isn’t going to get me there.