By Andrew Richter
Take a look around folks, not only is our nation dying but so many Minnesotans are just sitting by and watching their state crumble.
Somali immigrants are flooding Minneapolis and it’s only a matter of time before they filter out to the suburbs. These immigrants or refugees are not assimilating into the United States. Many of them disrespect our laws yet of course they want all of our “free stuff.” Why else do you think they settle in Minneapolis? Here’s a recent story on what’s going on in Minneapolis;
A mob of up to 30 young Somali men paraded through one of Minneapolis’ more upscale neighborhoods last week, yelling disparaging comments and threats against homeowners.
A female resident of the neighborhood, obviously shaken in a TV interview, related how she was screamed at by a Somali man who threatened to kidnap and rape her.
“They were screaming at the house that they were going to kidnap you and they were going to rape you,” one Minneapolis resident told KSTP TV. “It was a very traumatizing experience.”
Somalis living in Minneapolis are almost all Sunni Muslims, and residents of the Lake Calhoun area say this isn’t the first time a group of Somali men has made an intimidating march through their neighborhood, which is filled with million-dollar homes.
No hate-crime charges are apparently being considered by either the Minnesota authorities or the Obama Justice Department headed by Loretta Lynch.
Yeah like those idiots would ever do that. hate crimes are reserved for white defendants.
Police were called to the scene on June 28 about 9:30 a.m. and are investigating the incident as a potential case of terroristic threats. No arrests have been made, and the Minneapolis media appear to be largely uninterested in reporting on the mob threats.
No arrests? What if the Ku Klux Klan was marching down the street making threats? I bet there would be arrests and the media would probably find a way to try and link it to Donald Trump.
According to a Minneapolis police report, between 20 and 30 young Somali men showed up in front of a woman’s house about 9:30 in the morning and started shouting insults. “The comments turned to threats,” the report said.
Nearly all Somalis living in Minnesota are either refugees or children of refugees. They form a burgeoning Muslim enclave created by the U.S. government’s long-term refugee policy.
The U.S. State Department, working with the United Nations, has permanently resettled more than 132,000 Somali ”refugees” into dozens of American cities since 1983, according to federal data collected by the State Department.
Over the last decade, the feds have resettled an average of 7,000 Somali refugees per year into the U.S., with Minneapolis-St. Paul receiving the largest number, followed by Columbus, Ohio, San Diego, Seattle and Atlanta. Maine, Texas, North Dakota, Tennessee and even Alaska have also received dozens if not hundreds of Somali refugees.
And of course we have the media indifference
The most shocking part of the incident may be the Minneapolis media’s coverage of the incident – or lack thereof. A check of the Star-Tribune website, Minneapolis’s largest newspaper, did not turn up a single story about the June 28 terror-threatening run through the Lake Calhoun neighborhood.
KSTP Channel 5, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, never mentions that those making the alleged terroristic threats were Somalis. The station’s video report by Brett Hoffland, however, zooms in on a police report highlighting that the suspects were “approximately 20-30 Somali males” who were making “comments” that turned to “threats.”
“Multiple young men have been harassing them,” Hoffland reported. “We couldn’t get them out,” a woman tells Hoffland from behind shadows, her voice digitally altered to protect her identity. “We didn’t know what to do.”
When the shouts of “We’re going to rape you” rang out, “it was just a very traumatizing experience,” the woman said. The Somalis were driving onto the sidewalk and onto the homeowners’ lawns, “all while shooting off bottle rockets and screaming” their threats, she said.
“It’s a scary thought especially for those who have young children.” Multiple neighbors took cell-phone videos of the roaming gang of young Somali men.
It’s not the first time they’ve showed up, but on June 28 the threats were “much more personal,” the female resident told KSTP. The Minneapolis Police Department told KSTP it has opened an active investigation, and police were taking it “very seriously.”
Yeah whatever! Look at what Minneapolis and Minnesota officials are doing and tell me there’s going to be any response;
The Somali refugee program has been among the most widely criticized of all refugee programs for the lack of assimilation that the Somalis have exhibited over the past 30 years. At least three-dozen Somali men from Minnesota have been charged since 2007 with trying to leave the U.S. and join overseas terrorist organizations including the Islamic State and al-Shabab. Others have been convicted of providing material support to terrorist organizations. That prompted the state’s U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger in April 2015 to admit that “Minnesota has a terror recruitment problem,” but he stopped short of saying the “S” word.
Minnesota politicians and media have for the most part toed the line of political correctness whenever crimes or terrorist activity surfaces involving Minnesota’s Somali community, say local activists.
The Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis is often called “Little Mogadishu” for its swelling Somali community. The city’s mayor, Betsy Hodges, has in the past showed up for meetings with leaders of the local Somali community dressed in a hijab – the headscarf worn by Muslim women as a sign of their submission in a male-dominated society governed by Shariah law.
Last year, Ami Horowitz of the David Horowitz Freedom Center filmed a series of interviews on the streets of Minneapolis’s Cedar Riverside community, and the vast majority of Somalis he spoke with said they preferred Shariah law over U.S. law.
Yet Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, has let it be known his commitment to the multicultural model, the same model followed by the European Union which is now breaking apart, is unwavering.
Last October, Dayton told those attending a town-hall meeting in St. Cloud that those Minnesotans not comfortable with the arrival of Syrian refugees and the state’s expanding Somali population “should find a new state” because Minnesota’s economy “cannot expand based on white, B+, native-born citizens. We don’t have enough.”
Nothing is going to happen with these idiots in charge! We are going to continue to be invaded by people with no respect for our country or our culture.
So what’s going to happen? With over 25,000 Somalis in Minneapolis alone how long before these incidents happen in your town? Folks, we have to protect our culture from Sharia Law and if our state and federal governments won’t act then our local governments will have to!
By Andrew Richter
It appears that the old Terrace Theater in Robbinsdale is going get demolished.
The Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale, the fate of which has been hotly contested ever since city leaders revealed plans to replace the building with a Hy-Vee grocery store, has been slated for demolition. The Robbinsdale City Council unanimously approved a demolition permit for the theater Aug. 23 after the building’s owners requested it the Friday beforehand.
“It’s a sad day that the theater’s going…it’s a wonderful day for Robbinsdale and the people who live nearby the theater,” said Councilmember George Selman. The theater opened in the 50s and was a West Metro destination for years, but it closed in 1999 and the building has fallen into disrepair.
Hy-Vee pumped the brakes on the planned development on that site Aug. 18, citing the sustained protest from preservationists who wanted to see the theater building restored as a proper movie theater, community center, or event space.
“I hope Hy-Vee will pick up the process again,” said Councilmember Dan Rogan. Over 40 speakers weighed in on the demolition and the development in general. Most said they were in favor of the Hy-Vee proposal, even if it was off the table for the moment.
Other news outlets reported that a group called “Friends of the Historic Terrace Theatre” filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court and requested a temporary restraining order to halt the demolition.
The council also approved creation of a tax increment financing plan, which, in a nutshell, pays a developer back for any new property taxes their development generates. City Manager Marcia Glick stressed that the plan, if and when it is enacted, does not explicitly cost the city any money.
The council elected to table a measure that would “vacate” a portion of the development land in order to build a stoplight, as well.
Good old tax increment financing; yet another government scam.
I don’t know how I feel about this. I went to the Terrace Theater as a kid. And while I sympathize with the group trying to save the theater, I wonder what real choices the city council had here. They had a developer interested in a property that had been closed since 1999 while decaying away. What were they supposed to do?
Now, if the proponents of the Terrace theater wanted to really do something here, they should’ve tried to buy the property and reopen it or something. The building has been closed 17 years so it’s not like there was no chance to do that.
Either way, I’m sad to see it go. So long Terrace Theater! Off to the grave of Robbinsdale history you go!
By Andrew Richter
New Hope New Hope New Hope! Their demand for money just never ends. Their annual 7% tax increase isn’t enough. Now they want an increase in the city franchise fee. And they don’t just want to increase it! They want to double it!
The New Hope City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 22, to consider increasing utility franchise fees to provide additional funds for the city’s pavement management program. State statute allows Minnesota cities to charge gas and electric companies a franchise fee to reimburse the cities for the damage and disruption the utilities cause in the public right‐of‐way. New Hope first implemented a utility franchise fee in 2003. The residential franchise fee rate, at that time, was $1.50 per month, per utility customer, for each utility. Commercial and industrial customers pay varying rates. New Hope has not increased its utility franchise fee rates since 2003, and New Hope’s rates are currently substantially below the average rate charged by other area cities.
Oh well we can’t have that. New Hope needs to copy everyone else.
The City Council is considering a proposal to double the residential electric and gas franchise fee from $1.50 to $3 per month. Commercial and industrial rates would increase to the average rate charged by other cities. The proposed rates would bring New Hope’s franchise fees more in line with those charged by comparable cities.
Monkey see monkey do.
If the increase in utility franchise fees is approved, it would generate about an additional $400,000 each year. New Hope began implementing a more aggressive approach toward pavement management in 2014.
How about you cut spending $400,000?
New Hope property owners do not pay special assessments for street improvements. The city funds those improvements through an annual street infrastructure levy. With New Hope’s recent efforts to improve city streets more quickly, however, it has been difficult for the levy funds to keep up with the project needs. The additional $400,000 in utility franchise fees will be used to provide additional funding for street improvements. Interested residents are invited to attend and comment at the public hearing on August 22. The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N.
This is nothing but a tax by another name. My guess is that a decision to do this has already been made and the public hearing is just for show.
Come on New Hope citizens! Show up to this meeting and give them hell!
By Candace Oathout
Well, the folks in Crystal are slammed again. The Metropolitan Council scheduled a number of public meetings to hear residents’ concerns about the Blue Line Extension which completely ignored. Not only did they deal dishonestly with our Mayor and City Council, they ignored our very valid concerns about the safety of both school children and adults. The proposed pedestrian crossing should be built regardless of the light rail alignment.
Bass Lake Road and County 81 is a dangerous intersection as it stands. The Northeast quadrant of the city has no safe way for the non-driving residents, especially children, to get to the Crystal Community Center, Cooper High School or the shopping center. We, residents attend meetings discuss our concerns and ask that they be considered. Our Mayor and Council Members make the needs of the constituents clearly known requesting that both the pedestrian crossing and sound walls are needed. They negotiated in good faith although they were told that these accommodations were “beyond the scope” of the project. Rather than continue a public discussion, the Metropolitan Council moved negotiations to a corridor management committee meeting which voted to remove this addition from the project. Our County Commissioner Mike Opat refused to support the safety needs of the people of Crystal. He spoke against this important safety addition. As a result, Crystal’s residents will be forced to deal with years of construction disruption, increased noise and traffic congestion. This rail line will never be an asset to Crystal or the other pass through communities that will suffer from neighborhood disruption, increased noise and increased safety hazards for pedestrians along the route and increased traffic congestion. We just have to allow our City to be cut in two for a $1.49 billion (and rising) Light Rail Line which will remain drain on the taxpayers for as long as it exists as Commissioner Opat decrees.
By Andrew Richter
I need a good laugh folks! The city of New Hope is celebrating Diaper Need Awareness Week!!!!
The New Hope City Council proclaimed the week of September 26 through October 2, 2016 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week in the city of New Hope” at its meeting on August 8.
I think that motion really stinks!! Paaaaahhhhh! And really, they issued a proclamation? I her ye declare this to be diaper week!
The city of New Hope began supporting a bi‐annual diaper drive by Helping Us Grow (HUG), a program coordinated by Robbinsdale Area Redesign and Robbinsdale Area Schools, in January 2016. The city agreed to place a diaper collection bin in the lobby at City Hall in February and September of each year.
So you’ve done this before????
The most common material requests by local families in need are diapers, car seats, and cribs. The New Hope Police Department and North Memorial have helped residents obtain car seats and HUG has been successful in obtaining portable cribs for those in need. HUG’s bi‐annual diaper drive will help to fill that need. Community members interested in participating in the HUG Diaper Drive may drop off new packages of diapers, open packages of diapers (if a child outgrew a size), or new packages of wipes at New Hope City Hall during August and September. Cash donations may also be made through the Diaper Bank of Minnesota, diaperbankmn.org
The Diaper Bank????? Are they FDIC insured?
Seriously folks, what’s next?
By Andrew Richter
We’ve had a long tug of war with former Crystal mayor ReNae Bowman and I have no issue with that. I have no problem disagreeing with people or even having people hate me. I’ve learned that’s part of politics. A thick skin is a requirement.
But, I’ll tell you it’s hard not to get angry at some of the things directed towards me and my group or other candidates running for office. Now, according to Bowman, we are apparently inciting violence! Check this out:
Bowman “shared” a post on Facebook about Planned Parenthood, apparently trying to draw an analogy between Crystal and people who disagree with that organization;
From Rolling Stone Magazine: Re: Planned Parenthood people being killed:
1. A public figure with access to the airwaves or pulpit demonizes a person or group of persons.
2. With repetition, the targeted person or group is gradually dehumanized, depicted as loathsome and dangerous—arousing a combustible combination of fear and moral disgust.
3. Violent images and metaphors, jokes about violence, analogies to past ‘purges’ against reviled groups, use of righteous religious language—all of these typically stop just short of an explicit call to arms.
4. When violence erupts, the public figures who have incited the violence condemn it—claiming no one could possibly have foreseen the ‘tragedy.'”
That is absurd and it’s always aimed at conservatives. The idea that disagreeing with someone incites violence is one of the reasons we can’t have a civil debate in this country. Abortion is one of those hot-button issues people feel very passionately about. Either way, it is unfair to hold someone accountable for the actions of another. What this has to do with Crystal I’m trying to figure out, but Bowman seems to think the same thing is being done locally but by whom she doesn’t say. Check out what she says about it:
This is happening at local levels! If you start to hear words about a candidate that sound like personal attacks, they are!
And to you a “personal attack” is disagreeing with you! How about the names you have called me, or Jim Adams, or Jeff Kolb? How about saying that you lost the election to the “dark side.” Oh, that’s right, it’s OK as long as you do it. And where is this happening at a local level? Who is doing this?
As citizens we must demand better behavior from candidates, incumbents or not!!
I agree! That’s why we voted you out of office.
Please do me a favor and contact the candidate personally to seek a truthful answer rather than rely on the lies and personal attacks spewed out by extremist candidates!
And who are these extremists? Who exactly is spewing out lies and personal attacks? What are the lies? Who are you talking about?
We, as individuals, can stop the crazy, by not being a lazy American! Smeary gossips is a form of entertainment in our media, cannot be allowed in our voting process! Check facts by contacting the candidate you just might learn the truth!
Well, if anyone would know about facts it would be you (wah wah).
Here is the screen shot before I’m accused of being a liar;
Now one may dismiss this as the usual ReNae Bowman “playing the victim.” But, folks I’m telling you that this goes deeper. She’s basically trying to criminalize anyone who disagrees with her. If you disagree with her, it’s a personal attack. If you don’t like her personally, then you hate her and are inciting violence against her.
Let me tell you the truth folks. The people who disagree with the former mayor, or were treated poorly by her, or who don’t like her for whatever reason, organized and defeated her and her friends at the ballot box. And part of that was exposing who she really is. We took statements she made and dispersed them to a wider audience. We have a bigger and wider audience than she ever will and that has to drive her crazy. We quoted her, played video of her, and shared her votes and policies. That’s a fact, not a personal attack.
This is nothing more than an attempt to shut us up or intimidate us to be quiet by claiming that we are “inciting violence.” It won’t work my friends. It won’t work. I know this is aimed at people like me and Madam former mayor, you don’t scare me.
By Andrew Richter
Folks, I have to be honest here. I’ve been no more then a lukewarm fan of the Brooklyn Park city council. I like Bob Mata. I like John Jordan. Peter Crema and Terry Parks I can tolerate. But, when I look at who is running for council this year I’m getting scared.
Take Susan Pha for example who is running for city council in the West District. She did an interview for the Hmong Times and why this lady is running and what she is saying is ignorant, idiotic, and downright racist.
Susan Pha decided to run for a spot on the Brooklyn Park City Council this fall after reading an article about local students visiting the council as a job shadowing experience. She was disappointed when she saw the photo – seven students of diverse backgrounds and genders stood next to seven City Council members who were all white males. She was even more surprised given the fact that Brooklyn Park is actually a diverse community.
“I said, ‘I can’t believe it,'” said Pha. “I said to my husband, ‘That is not right.’ I know when I was growing up I often met people in leadership positons and I would come into a room and they all didn’t look like me – it crushed my dreams. As a kid I felt my dreams were unrealistic when none of them looked like me.
Talk about a racist! What only colored people can represent you? What if I said that a council was “too black” and we should vote for white people? Do you have a clue at what names I would be called? Why is the standard any different for Ms. Pha? I guess whites need not apply.
I’ll tell you it’s gets worse. listen to the answers to some of the questions she was asked;
How do you believe a city should spend its money?
I believe a city should spend its money to provide a good quality of life for all its residents by investing in schools, providing access to affordable higher education, growing good jobs with livable wages, supporting our local businesses to thrive, helping its aging residents attain access to healthcare and a chance to enjoy their retirement, creating beautiful community spaces and parks residents can enjoy, and more.
What? Invest in schools, provide higher education, and access to healthcare? Anyone tell her she’s running for city council not Congress? Talk about an ignoramus! The comments about a livable wage are really scary. This tells me Pha is a left-wing ideologue who wants to bring Minneapolis like policies to the suburbs. And someone tell me how you support a climate where businesses can thrive while supporting a livable wage?
What are your values regarding property taxes and levies?
Property taxes and levies are a necessary cost to residents for the sustainability of a city, but I believe in being conservative in our spending. We have to be watchful in all areas of cost to prevent wasteful spending. Affordable housing is very important to me, so keeping our property taxes and levies down play a big role in that.
It’s not your job to manipulate home prices! Government should get the hell out of the real estate business!
What changes would you like to see in how the city of Brooklyn Park is run?
I’d like to see our city be more inclusive and representative of our diverse and multicultural residents. We have a very vibrant community of residents from all walks of life with very unique life experiences and a wealth of knowledge. I believe our diversity can be our strength if we embrace it.
In other words, I hate white people and don’t want them to serve.
Martin Luther King once said he wanted people judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I wonder what he’d think of this.
My friends, I’m telling you this lady isn’t the only kook running in Brooklyn Park, there’s more to come unfortunately.