Heavens! A ‘SlutWalk’ in Minneapolis

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In Minnesota, we like to hold off just a bit before jumping on board with the latest trends … like SlutWalks. But Richard Chin at the PiPress says: “The SlutWalk is coming to Minnesota. SlutWalks — protest marches against the blaming of victims of sexual violence — have sprung up in cities around the globe since the first SlutWalk was staged April 3 in Toronto. Now a SlutWalk Minneapolis is being planned for Saturday. The original SlutWalk arose in response to a comment by a Toronto police officer to a group of college women in a personal-security class that to avoid being victimized, women should not dress like ‘sluts.’ Organizers of the Toronto event estimate that 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up for the first SlutWalk, some dressed in lingerie, miniskirts, high heels and fishnet stockings and carrying signs that said ‘Sluts Unite’ and ‘Slut and Proud.’ ” I’m not at all sure this is a crossover event for the Red Hat ladies.

Hope is fading for Hope the bear. Steve Karnowski’s AP story says: “Researchers fear a hunter may have killed a black bear named Hope who became famous when her birth in northeastern Minnesota was broadcast live to a worldwide audience over the Internet. Lynn Rogers, senior biologist with the North American Bear Center and its affiliated Wildlife Research Institute, said Monday that Hope was last seen Sept. 4. Rogers is waiting to hear from the Department of Natural Resources whether a hunter registered killing a bear matching the description of Hope. He said the local game warden told him he’d need to seek clearance from other DNR officials to release the information. … Rogers said he knows the hunter who maintained the bait station, and knows he would not shoot a radio-collared bear, which is legal but officially discouraged in Minnesota. He said the hunter answered some questions via email but did not say if he shot Hope.”

So, the mom who confronts the brats bullying her kid … gets disciplined by the Minneapolis school district? WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy reports: “Tanya Sydney said she does not regret taking actions into her own hand to keep her son from being a victim. Last week, fifth-grader Sovante Griffin told his Mom and Stepdad he was being bullied on the school bus. Sydney said he told her boys were hitting him, so she took matters into her own hands. She went to the bus stop the next day and confronted the bus driver. ‘He told me ‘I am doing the best I can, I can’t be in 50 million places at once,’ Sydney said. She then got on the bus and yelled at the two boys that Griffin said were the bullies. … Sydney got a letter from the principal saying she is banned from school grounds and the bus stop for the rest of the school year. ‘It’s mindboggling,’ she said.”

What was Reagan’s line? “Trust, but verify”? Samantha Bushey of the AP tells the story of the Minnesota guy who says he’s walked 25,000 miles: “When he celebrated walking 600 miles, Irvin never imagined he would someday walk enough to have gone around the world. It quickly became a possibility, then a goal and finally reality as he walked more and more each day, up to 32 miles. He reached his prime in 2005, when he walked more than 438 miles that June. ‘This is all the miles I went on my walk,’ Irvin said. ‘This doesn’t count walking on my farm.’ Throughout the last 10 years, Irvin has been chased by animals and even a car during his walks. He carries spray in case any animals get too close, but after being chased by the car Irvin changed his route.” So I wonder how many miles I’ve put on walking from the couch to the car in the garage?

The AP also says North Dakota is trying to get as tough as Minnesota on texting drivers: “The Minnesota State Patrol has been increasing enforcement of a similar law enacted in 2008. After issuing just 18 tickets in the last five months of 2008, troopers issued 137 tickets in 2009, 355 tickets in 2010 and 332 tickets through Aug. 31 of this year, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, patrol spokesman. Troopers also have issued 2,151 warnings. The penalty for texting and driving in Minnesota is $135, including a $50 base fine, $75 surcharge and $10 law library fee.”

I confess I haven’t followed the story of the American hikers held captive (and now released from) Iran all that closely. If not actual spies, they do seem, uh, “misguided.” But Glean reader Chris alerts me to the comments on the Strib’s site to the AP story of the two guys finally landing back in the U.S. So much for, “Welcome Home.” A few samples:

“This makes me sick to see these people walking with their elaborate boquets, etc. acting as if they are heros. We don’t treat our brave military with half the amount of respect. We have spent millions of dollars of OUR money on these ding dongs and quite frankly it “ticks” me off! Snotty punks who where in the wrong place, doing who knows what, and we act like they are some big time heros. DRIVES ME NUTS!”

“I’m tired of hearing about these spoiled kids. I can’t afford air fare to the Middle East, so obviously they are spoiled brats to travel, not work, and having gone to Berkeley. And, now they say how wonderful Iran is? Send them back. And, don’t go hiking in the New Mexico mountains. We don’t want you, either.”

“And hey, when these Berkley Bozos go on their inevitable book signing and speaking tour, can we like, glitter-bomb them and shout them down like these leftists most always do to conservatives? It’s only ‘equitable’ and ‘just’ and ‘fair’ that we get our turn, yes?”

You can bet everyone in Minneapolis (who reads a paper) read Steve Brandt’s Strib story on neighborhood-to-neighborhood property taxes. “In 11 neighborhoods across the North Side and the near South Side, Mayor R.T. Rybak’s no-tax-hike budget proposal means every homeowner should see taxes stay the same or drop in 2012. In 10 neighborhoods, primarily in southwest Minneapolis, Rybak’s frozen levy still will mean higher tax bills for two-thirds or more of homestead owners. In the Prospect Park/East River Road neighborhood, more than three-quarters of the homes likely will see a tax hike, although much smaller than last year, according to new projections. ‘Oh, boy, we’ll complain about that,’ said one Prospect Park homeowner, Elizabeth Zerby. ‘On the other hand, it’s probably a sign that our neighborhood is in better shape than other neighborhoods.’ She’s right. In general, the zero levy hike is generating increases in homeowner bills more frequently in the city’s higher-income areas. That’s because those homes, often along water or parkways, hold their value better.”

In Green Bay, they mean it when they say you cannot take it with you. The AP reports: “A grounds worker at a Green Bay area cemetery is accused of stealing a $2,000 guitar from the casket of a man who died recently. Brown County sheriff’s investigators say the worker was accused of stealing the Fender Telecaster from the mausoleum at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. His employer, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, says the grounds superintendent is on unpaid leave pending the result of the criminal investigation. Authorities say another cemetery employee became suspicious after he overheard the suspect talking about the guitar and how much he admired it.”

She’s probably reached the point where no one cares anymore how outlandishly wrong Our Favorite Congresswoman was in her latest public statement. But she gets (another) “Four Pinocchios” from Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post for her claim that President Obama has the lowest approval ratings … ever. “Those who dropped below Obama’s low during their first term: Carter (28 percent at 890 days), Truman (34 percent at the 514-day mark) and Gerald Ford (37 percent after 153 days). Even Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who left office with relatively high marks, saw their popularity levels dip to 37 percent and 35 percent, respectively, before this point. Three presidents — Carter, Bill Clinton and Ford — had lower average ratings than Obama during their first terms. Reagan rounds out the bottom five with 50.3 percent, inching above Obama’s 50 percent. A Fox News article shows that Obama did indeed set one historic mark when his approval rating fell to 47 percent in early December 2009: He had the lowest rating of any modern president at that point during a first term — roughly 325 days into it. That’s getting pretty specific. It’s also the only instance we could find in which Obama set a record low of any kind.”

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/26/2011 - 03:52 pm.

    While I may have refrained from a lot of the adjectives, I have to concur with the basic sentiment of the comments posted on the Iran hikers story.

  2. Submitted by B Maginnis on 09/26/2011 - 04:10 pm.

    “That’s because those homes, often along water or parkways, hold their value better.”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Can’t make it up.

    Why don’t you do a bit of digging into how that’s playing out on Minnetonka…..

  3. Submitted by Jenny Larson on 09/26/2011 - 04:49 pm.

    The cop in Toronto is right: it’s not smart to tempt criminals. This these SlutWalks are a lot like a FlashLargeAmountsOfCashInABadNeigborhoodWalk. Both muggers and rapists are criminals, who bear full responsibility, but its foolish to tempt them into their crimes.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/26/2011 - 08:13 pm.

    The comments quoted from the STRIB’s web site reflect such a combination of dysfonic attitudes and ignorance that the only thing sane, well-informed people can do is shake their heads in shame that such people share this great nation with us.

    Of course it’s also a reminder of why the STRIB went from being my home page a few years back to a site I hardly ever visit. Once the paper was bought with way too much leverage in the deal (for the 2nd or was it the 3rd time?) and the editorial attitude began to reflect what over-leveraged, stressed out, arrogant bosses always require of their underlings,…

    It simply wasn’t worth wading through the right-wing bias woven into so many of the articles to find the snippets of accurate and useful “news” that might have been hidden there.

    That, and of course, the comment section became a cesspool of effluent left behind by shrieking dysfons who had nothing better to do and were allowed to post continuously and endlessly, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

  5. Submitted by Brian Newhouse on 09/27/2011 - 02:46 am.

    Karin (#4),

    They were hiking, not only in a war zone, but on the border of a country considered hostile. Would you go there? would you allow your children to go there?

  6. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/27/2011 - 08:43 am.

    Karin at #3, how do you feel about the proverbial child that antagonizes the chained up dog, only to be bitten?

  7. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/27/2011 - 08:49 am.

    Jenny at #3, the next thing you know, you’ll be warning hikers not to venture across enemy borders.

  8. Submitted by Shannon Drury on 09/27/2011 - 10:29 am.

    HEAVENS! What a terrific way to insult and diminish a subject as serious as the continued stigmatization of sexual assault survivors (a delighful example of which was kindly provided by Jenny Larsen in the comments).

    I’m disappointed that MinnPost failed to make an effort to cover either the event itself or the movement behind it. Faux pearl-clutching is something I expect from the Pioneer Press (and got, despite allowing myself to be interviewed by Chin and quoted in his rather lame article). MinnPost can and should do better.

  9. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/27/2011 - 11:19 am.

    I wish the hikers nothing but the best, and I have plenty of sympathy for their families. However, only affluent kids with a over-developed sense of entitlement would go “hiking” in a war zone along an unmarked border of a nation like Iran. It’s hard to describe this choice as anything other than stupid. There are a million places in the world to go hiking, and these guys decide a war zone next to a country that has a history of taking US citizens hostage is THE place to go. Frankly, I don’t blame the Iranian’s for not buying it. From their perspective either these kids were really stupid, or spies… and who’s that stupid? The Iranian’s just don’t have any experience with affluent American sense of entitlement. The world is their oyster… even if it’s a war.

    This doesn’t mean they deserve what happened to them, but their experience was a product of their own bad choices, and it’s hard get around that. The comments have been unduly harsh but the media seems to have had the mistaken impression from the beginning that these kids were going to get a lot of sympathy for some reason. Beyond that, I don’t think the hikers were ever in any serious danger. They were locked up in an unpleasant place for two years, but they were not tortured, and never really faced execution. They’re experience, as bad as it may have been, pales by comparison to the experiences of hundreds of thousands of soldiers who went to Iraq.

    I think one reason these guys may have gotten such a harsh response was simply the contrast they offered. Here they are in Iraq making video’s of themselves dancing and laughing as tourists in the same country where over 50,000 Americans have been killed or wounded. I think the contrast between their tourist videos and the combat footage a few hundred miles away was just too much for some people. I think the contrast between our soldiers being sent there to fight and die, and these hikers expecting to go there and have a nice time… was just to much. But I think the reaction was predictable.

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