Where Government and Faith Collide


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For as long as this country has existed, it’s bedrock has been faith. Starship may have built this city on rock and roll, but we built this country on a deep-seated faith in God. It does not mean that government is run by religion or vice-versa, but rather that it was constructed on Judeo-Christian principles. The lines between government and faith have become majorly blurred as our society has allowed their faith to become colored by the state of our society. On one hand, some have given less of their time and money to help the less fortunate. On the other, some have pushed for greater government involvement to make up for the lack.

As of late, some have begun to join forces with socialists to create partnerships between government and faith groups to implement programs that strip individuals of the choice to be generous, and instead just take it. One such group is Isaiah MN. Their board is made up of more social workers and those with a government background than representatives from the faith community, and they have ties to CAIR. They are calling for everything from driver’s licenses for immigrants, to 100% clean energy, MNCare for all, child care assistance, and more. They use religious texts (but not in context) to back up their position, and use willing pastors to enlist their congregations to fight for these concepts. Isaiah has events coming up around the state real soon. We ask you to go and let us know what happens. This is a dangerous concept, because once socialist government gets their claws into this space, they will not leave willingly.

Also, we give our take on the fallout from the release of the Muller Report. We take our fellow media cohorts to task and give you the real scoop.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

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April 20, 2019 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

A Republic, If You Can Keep It


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After the constitution was written, a woman asked Ben Franklin what kind of government our founders gave us. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it”. There has been a movement at play to dissolve the republic, in favor of a straight democracy. One way they have done this is by advocating to get rid of the electoral college for a presidential election in favor of the national popular vote. Groups like National Popular Vote and FairVote have put a ton of money into this effort to get states to put their electors behind whoever wins the national popular vote, rather than the candidate that actually wins that state. This removes the power from smaller states and places it in the hands of large cities. Minnesota has it’s own set of bills to try and implement this terrible, terrible, idea. It is the local push that could potentially push us over the cliff.

Also, Jason recently went to go see the Unplanned movie. It is the true story of Abby Johnson, who was the youngest director in Planned Parenthood history, and she was instantly transformed into being pro-life after assisting in an abortion. Naturally, there is a concerted effort by Hollywood and the MPAA to keep it from being successful. Please support this important movie. You can buy tickets here.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

April 12, 2019 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Reach for the Sky


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When we say the word “police” it produces a reaction. For some it is positive, for some negative, and for others it is smack dab in the middle. We, at Community Solutions MN, call ’em as we see ’em. No one or no thing is all good or all bad. We take some time to trade stories about our interactions with police (good and bad) and what the proper role of law enforcement is. We understand they have a difficult job and risk their lives everyday. We also know full well that they can go over and above in extra enforcement, public campaigns, and profiling. What is the right amount of law enforcement? How much is too much? How little is too little? We start the discussion, because we all want safe communities, but none of us want to be made into a potential criminal. Add your $0.02!

In the Local Lowdown, we discuss how the Republican-led MN State Senate passed a bill to ban cell phone use in vehicles without a hands-free device. DFL Senator, Bobby Joe Champion, introduced an amendment to allow for a piece of clothing, like a hijab or a scarf, to act as a hands-free device. Some of our conservative senators were against the amendment, but voted for it anyways, as part of the full bill.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

April 3, 2019 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

All Are Welcome Here


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There is an initiative floating around in local government circles called Welcoming Cities. It sounds great, doesn’t it? I mean, we want to be friendly and welcoming to everyone that comes to our city. We want our new residents to feel included and participate in the fabric of our segment of society. We want visitors to enjoy themselves, spend money with our businesses, and desire to come back for another visit. As with all progressive programs, however, it is named something positive like “Candy Super Fun Factory”, while in reality it’s a program to do away with the free market system. It’s no different here. This is a program that sounds like it helps immigrants get acclimated to living in America, but instead it is a way to bribe illegal immigrants to take advantage of generous welfare packages. Of course there are metro and out-state Minnesota cities that have classified themselves as “Welcoming Cities”. Grab onto your wallet and buckle in!

In the Local Lowdown, we discuss an ongoing lawsuit, where a citizen group in St. Cloud is suing the city for selling a swath of land to Costco for what they assert to be way below market value, and an illegal sale. We give you the skinny on some big time corporate welfare.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 28, 2019 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Did Race Play a Role in the Armstrong Principal Debacle?


By Andrew Richter

Well for those of you that haven’t heard, Armstrong Senior High School will have a new principal next year. The strange thing is trying to figure out why. Of course, I have a theory and it’s not very politically correct.

Parents, students and district stakeholders voiced concerns regarding the reassignment of longtime Armstrong High School Principal David Dahl during a Robbinsdale Area Schools community engagement session March 7 in the high school auditorium.

Attendees expressed support for Dahl and questioned the district’s leadership after Superintendent Carlton Jenkins made the announcement via email March 4 in which he stated: “After several conversations with Mr. David Dahl as well as careful reflection about our Unified District Vision and Armstrong High School, I have made the decision to have Mr. Dahl serve as Principal on Special Assignment for the 2019-2020 academic year.”

Special Assignment? What is that a Dateline exclusive?

Board Chair John Vento thanked those in attendance for their support of Armstrong and Dahl and said that while questions could be asked of the school board, the evening was an opportunity for the board to hear the public’s concerns and that no decisions would be made that evening. “We are here to listen and we understand a lot of frustration is out there,” Vento said, also noting the district is dealing with a personnel issue protected by privacy laws. Boardmembers Helen Bassett and Sherry Tyrrell were also on the leadership panel, along with Jenkins and Kristine Wehrkamp, executive director.

When asked about the personnel review process for Dahl, Jenkins said there was no deficiency in Dahl’s performance that played a part in the reassignment decision. Rather, the decision was about strengthening the district and taking it to the next level, Jenkins said, noting this isn’t the first time he “strategically moved an administrator.”

Hmmm interesting. So if his performance isn’t an issue, and I have no idea what the truth is, then what is the reasoning for removing him? Why fix it if it isn’t broke?

Dahl’s new role will help the district fulfill a three-year reconciliation agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to help the district address disproportionality in disciplinary outcomes to reduce the disparities in suspension and expulsion rates for students with disabilities and students of color.

Ah I see….so this about the racist suspensions. A three year reconciliation agreement? What is that? Here’s an idea; if you don’t want to get suspended, change your behavior.

What are you going to do to change that? Suspend white kids for being tardy and let minority kids do whatever they want? If you have behaviors that are unacceptable and enforce the consequences equally, then what is the problem exactly?

An administrator is required for such a role and Dahl is “highly qualified,” Jenkins said, with Dahl having the requisite qualifications and experience to fulfill the expectations of this position.

So we are going to pay this guy a six figure salary to “reduce disparities in suspensions?”

The effectiveness of the district’s communications also came into question as a parent commented that the community’s perception and the reaction may have been different if Jenkins’ email had given recognition for Dahl’s 17 years as principal and provided an explanation of his new role. Bassett later acknowledged this concern and said the district needs to do a better job of communicating.

Well, according to Unified District Vision, this should have been done years ago.

In November, district voters approved a referendum that will generate $6 million over 10 years. An attendee questioned the financial sense of moving Dahl into this new position and hiring a new principal when Dahl suggested he was retiring in 2020.

Jenkins said there was no indication that Dahl would retire next year when the decision was made, nor was there any notice with the human resources department as of that day. After being informed of Dahl’s plans and the disappointment by the district stakeholders, Jenkins was asked whether he would reconsider the reassignment.

Jenkins said he appreciates the feedback he’s been given and is looking at the totality of that decision, noting he will also talk with students to get their perspective. “I didn’t say yes or no,” he said. Anna Niemela, co-class president at Armstrong, asked that Dahl remain in that role for his last year at the district.

“Having the voice of the student body, and having worked closely with Mr. Dahl this year, I know that Mr. Dahl is a very successful and loyal principal at Armstrong High School,” she said. Also questioned was the superintendent’s leadership, including the hiring process and the decision to spend money on a national search to fill the principal position when qualified candidates could be considered from within the district and within the state.

Folks, let me tell you something, Jenkins already knows the “type of person” he’s going to hire. Its like a football team firing a coach; you don’t do it without having a replacement in mind.

Jenkins was hired in 2015 to help move the district forward in its unified district vision, which has four main goals:

• Implement policies and practices that open pathways to academic excellence for all students.

• Utilize culturally responsive teaching and personalized learning for all students.

• Engage family and community members as partners.

• Engage and empower students by amplifying student voice.

The board evaluates the superintendent on his performance as it relates to those goals.

And of course the Board is just glowing in its reviews even though we showed on one of our latest podcasts that results in the district haven’t moved.

As of Jenkins’ mid-term evaluation, “he is doing an excellent job at moving our district toward the vision that our staff had set out six years ago that we’re continuing toward now,” Tyrrell said.

Bassett agreed that Jenkins is doing what they expect of him in regard to the unified district vision, and added she was “surprised and unhappy at the juncture we are at right now.”

“The school district is the driver for many things in this community,” Bassett said. “We have a responsibility to many people and so we expect a leader who can take us where we need to go. And if we need to get back and recalibrate how we’re doing, we ought to have enough sense to do that when we need to, and I believe this board has that.”

“So, yes, we have our unified district vision – that’s the goal and hope we have for the academic achievement for our students – but we also have a responsibility as good neighbors and good business leaders for this community and we’re going to fulfill that,” Bassett said.

OK so what’s behind this? This United District Vision is being used as an excuse to do everything, but what’s the real end result?

Here’s my guess; Jenkins wants the “old white guy” in Dahl to gracefully exit. And he will use demographics to claim that “because of the trends” we need a more “culturally diverse” faculty. I guess minorities cant learn from whites, Imagine if it were the other way around? What if whites complained the staff was too “multicultural?”

For those of you who think I’m out in left field here, consider this: District 281 takes race into account for absolutely everything; graduations rates, test scores, after school activities, free and reduced lunch, pre K, suspension policy, criteria to get in a magnet school etc.

Why then would it be so far out to think that race won’t be taken into account when moving a principal and hiring a new one? My guess is that Armstrong with have a minority principal in September and the district and the diversity crowd will hail this as some sort of “progress.”

This is the “race paradox” that the political left constantly lives in. They say they want a color blind society, yet they judge everything based on race. As far as I’m concerned, District 281 has done nothing but divide us on this issue.

We shall see if I’m right. I’d bet that I am.

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March 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

There’s a New Sheriff In Town


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In the last election, long time Hennepin County sheriff, Rich Stanek, was replaced by Democrat-endorsed, Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson. Sheriff “Hutch” brings with him a whole new set of priorities. If justice is supposed to be blind, then we certainly aren’t going to be headed in that direction. He is already talking about special treatment of transgender people in jails, not reporting illegal immigrants to ICE, making procedural changes to firearms ranges, and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. We cover a number of the laws he is willing (or not willing) to enforce. Hutch has also advocated for increasing the diversity of sheriff’s deputies to reflect the ethnic makeup of the county they serve.

In the Local Lowdown, we discuss District 281’s move to put Armstrong High School principal, David Dahl, on special assignment next year to find someone that better fits with their Unified District Vision. Did the district actually say that it’s because he’s not “diverse enough”?

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 22, 2019 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

A Vision For Failure


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School Boards are possibly one of the most overlooked and over-excused elected bodies of government. We continue to elect the same union-endorsed people to office over and over. They can call for a tax-raising referendum whenever they want, and almost always get what they ask for. Do we know what we are really getting for our hard earned dollars? What are the Minnesota graduation standards? Are graduation rates even improving? How are the standardized test scores? These are serious questions, if it is as they say “all for the kids”. The truth is, they waste a ton of that money on touchy-feely, “I’m ok, you’re ok” kind of propaganda. (No, we’re not advocating for bullying, because the truth is that much of the anti-bullying crowd uses bullying tactics to force their will upon the majority.) Instead of teaching vital skills that could be used to prepare our kids for their future, we turn out a bunch of confused adolescents that really aren’t sure where to go from here. Our public schools have failed us, and it’s high time for a new model, created by someone in the private sector that doesn’t feed at the trough of government-run education. That is not a knock on teachers. This system is rotten from the inside. We need to stop the child mill from churning, and we need to do it now, before we lose an entire generation to the idiocy coming out of our public schools.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm Leave a comment

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