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Sheriff, police are OK with Wall Street protest camp-in


Our “Occupy Wall Street” protest, which will require camping out in front of the Hennepin County Government Center, got an OK from the cops. Says the Strib’s Randy Furst: “Local Wall Street protesters who plan to descend on the Hennepin County Government Center plaza Friday met with the Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan today in separate meetings as the activists geared up for what they hope to be a large multi-day ‘occupation’ of the plaza. ‘We have come to an agreement that we will be free to exercise freedom of speech in a safe environment as long as people follow the rules,’ said Todd Dahlstrom, a security representative for OccupyMn, one of the protest representatives at the meeting. The sheriff appeared to be pleased with the meeting. ‘They’re nice people,’ he said. ‘They’ve got a mission, we’ve got a job to do … As long as we keep the lines of communication open, we’ll be fine.’ ”

Arizona authorities are calling the deaths of three members of a Minnesota family at the Grand Canyon a murder-suicide. Says the AP: “The investigation into the deaths of three people whose bodies were found inside a charred motor home at the Grand Canyon points to a possible murder-suicide, National Park Service officials said Wednesday.”

Minnesota businessman and inadvertent Watergate character Ken Dahlberg has died. Paul Walsh of the Strib writes: “As the Midwest finance chairman of President Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign, Dahlberg was pulled into the Watergate scandal even though he didn’t engage in any wrongdoing. He became linked to the scandal after a check he delivered to the Nixon campaign turned up in a Watergate burglar’s bank account, tying Nixon to the break-in. The contribution, which was legal, had come from Dwayne Andreas, a native of Worthington, Minn., and former chairman of Archer-Daniels-Midland. Dahlberg was cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing, but his role in Watergate was parlayed into a moment of high drama for the movie that documented the scandal, ‘All the President’s Men.’ One scene shows Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward phoning Dahlberg to ask about the check, eliciting a tense standoff, though no allegations are made against Dahlberg. At one point, as the White House tapes later revealed, White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman mentioned Dahlberg’s role to Nixon, to which the president responded, ‘Who the hell is Ken Dahlberg?’ “

There are more than a few classic Great Recession-era facets to the current Regis Hair vs. hedge fund fight. Tom Webb of the PiPress continues his reporting, saying: “Against Regis’ wishes, Starboard and its affiliates are attempting to elect three members to the seven-member Regis board, and have unleashed an attack against Regis’ leadership and its performance. On Monday, Regis leadership announced a series of changes, similar to ones sought by the activist hedge fund. That included selling off non-core assets, naming a new CEO and further cutting expenses. But the hedge fund registered in the Cayman Islands wasn’t impressed, and has been blasting away ever since. In today’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Starboard criticized Regis’ moves as ‘transparent attempts by the company to win votes in the upcoming election contest. When the pressure is off, what will keep the board from returning to its past practices of complacent oversight and weak governance’? Today’s filing contained Starboard’s most caustic language to date, lashing out at the board for ‘sitting idly for years while shareholder value deteriorated.’

On the matter of the giant St. Croix River bridge moving to the floor of the House, Jeremy Herb and Kevin Giles of the Strib say: “The vote in the Natural Resources Committee broke almost entirely along party lines, with most Republicans favoring and most Democrats opposing. The bill was authored by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
It seeks a congressional exemption to the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the law that protects the St. Croix and 202 other rivers nationwide. It would give Minnesota and Wisconsin a green light to build a $690 million bridge at Oak Park Heights to divert vehicle traffic from the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge. … Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, referring to the Sierra Club, said bridge stakeholders had worked for years to arrive at a compromise but ‘then a radical group stepped in and sued.’ The bridge would be built among existing ‘sewer plants and smokestacks,’ he said, dismissing environmental concerns.”

A long-range forecast says we’re looking at the coldest weather of any major U.S. metro area. Andy Rathbun of the PiPress writes: “Wednesday marked four days in a row of temperatures in the Twin Cities reaching the 80s. The high of 88 degrees measured at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport broke the record for the day — 87 degrees set in 1879. But now comes the bad news: you might want to soak up the sun and warmth while you can, because this winter is forecast to be a cold one. ‘We are expecting below normal temperatures throughout the winter, the worst of it coming December into January,’ said Steve Travis, a meteorologist with, which released its long-term winter forecast Wednesday. Of all major U.S. metro areas, the Twin Cities is forecast to have the worst of below average temperatures this winter, Travis said. Mean monthly temperatures are expected to be several degrees below normal. The metro should expect to see above normal snowfall again this year, but in smaller, more frequent amounts, he said.”
According to census figures, gay couples like the city life, and lesbian couples are OK with the country. Jeremy Olson of the Strib writes: “There were almost twice as many male same-sex households as female same-sex households in Hennepin County (3,479 and 1,859, respectively). And the gender split was relatively even in Ramsey County (746 male versus 873 female). But in the rest of the state, the number of female same-sex households outpaced the number of male same-sex households by 17 to 1. There were an estimated 3,080 female same-sex households in the rest of the state last year, compared to 174 male same-sex households.”

This was before last night’s shocking news that Sarah Palin would not be running for president this year … unless perhaps drafted at the GOP convention. But even women are now abandoning Our Favorite Congresswoman. Says Alex Pappas of The Daily Caller: “Conservative women are now supporting Herman Cain’s presidential bid, even over Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, according to the group Concerned Women for America (CWA). The most recent online polling of the group shows that 36.3 percent of its members favor Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Trailing Cain in a distant second is Palin, the former governor of Alaska, at 9.7 percent. ‘Deep doubts about Mitt Romney continue as now Cain has almost pulled even with Romney on the question of who do people think will win the nomination,’ said Penny Nance, CEO of CWA’s Legislative Action Committee. ‘That is a significant shift from previous surveys which showed while most preferred someone else, they thought Romney would win. The ground is shifting.’ ”

What safety net isn’t stronger with a few strands of cord yanked out of it? Over in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan involves … well, here’s how the AP puts it: “Walker said his administration’s proposed cuts to Medicaid are designed to preserve a basic safety net. State health officials released a series of proposals last week designed to generate $554.4 million in Medicaid savings. The centerpiece calls for winning a federal waiver that would allow the state to stiffen eligibility requirements for people with some employer-based insurance and force young people to join their parents’ insurance. Without the waiver, provisions in the state budget would lower eligibility minimums to the point where 53,000 people would lose their coverage. Regardless of whether the state gets the waiver, 215,000 people would see reduced benefits.” See … “less” plus “fewer” plus “reduced” =  stronger.

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Comments (17)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/06/2011 - 09:26 am.

    Gov. Walker will “force young people to join their parents’ insurance.”

    Hmmmm, sounds like a mandate to me, and one made possible by, of all things, OBAMACARE!

    Oh, the irony.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2011 - 09:44 am.

    We’re really missing a big opportunity here with the Wall Street protests.

    There are many conservatives and independents that are plenty tic’d off about the bail-outs that Bush and Obama gave investment brokerages, but, speaking for myself and others I’ve talked to, there’s no way we’re going to join in a protest being led by unionthugs and leftist kooks.

    If this protest would form around one central theme of abuse of the capitalist system through government intervention; sweetheart deals, bailouts, manipulation and cherry picking of regulation enforcement etc., this protest could grow into a genuine popular movement.

    Instead, we’re going to get a couple of days of sloganeering by union bosses, Anarchists, Socialists and Communists, oh, and drum circles from burned out hippies and stoned college kidz…it really is too bad.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 10/06/2011 - 11:02 am.

    Swifty, your ability to miss the obvious never ceases to amaze me. Re-read your comments, then think of why the vast majority of Americans have no patience for the Tea Party. And yet, you think this notion of “I can’t get to the Message because of my hatred for the Messenger” is just a character flaw of the Left?

  4. Submitted by Jim Roth on 10/06/2011 - 11:36 am.

    Thomas, it sounds like you’d like to become the self-annointed leader of the “Wall Street protests.” You seem to have a very specific agenda that perhaps not everyone shares. And I doubt that everyone who disagrees with you fits into your neat categories of “union bosses, Anarchists, Socialists, Communists, burned out hippies and stoned college kidz.” You seem to love labels. Do you have access to a crystal ball or some other source of information about the future or are your comments based on preconceived prejudices?

  5. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/06/2011 - 11:43 am.

    Until this morning, I’ve paid no real attention to Occupy Wall Street. My efforts to learn something about it have been frustrated by its very design. This is the most cogent discussion I’ve found, describing it not as a targeted movement, but as an attempt to involve the public in a discussion focused on the disparities in America of which Wall Street is but a symbol:

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2011 - 11:48 am.

    Reread it yourself, Jackson. I said in this instance I’d be willing to overlook my distaste for the messengers from the left, if they’d stick to a reasoned message.

    As for your observation regarding the Tea Party, well, you should take another look at that as well. According to Gallup:

    “The poll revealed that around 50% (half) of all U.S. citizens have unfavorable take on the Tea Party..

    On the other hand, those who identify themselves as “supporters of Tea Party” have remained stagnant at 30%”

    We’re an evenly divided nation, what you meant to say was that the vast majority of *leftists* have no patience for the Tea Party.

  7. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 10/06/2011 - 12:02 pm.

    Thanks MinnPost for ruining my day….as I look out into the beautiful leaves and heat coming off the blacktop all I think about is ice and snow…. You counldn’t have waited a couple of weeks to ruin it for me. 🙂 That’s why we love MN I guess.

  8. Submitted by Kristin Neises on 10/06/2011 - 12:42 pm.

    Personally, I can’t wait to join the masses tomorrow. The mere thought of having my voice heard, for once (other than casting a vote every so often), is very exciting to me. I heard some angry white males on the radio yesterday telling these protesters to “get out and get jobs and quit whining.” I think that’s totally inappropriate and not what this movement is about in the least. If we don’t speak out, we are just going to keep getting run over and crushed further and further into the ground. See ya out there, Mr. Swift.

  9. Submitted by scott gibson on 10/06/2011 - 01:12 pm.

    I agree with Swifty that the Wall Street protest is unfocused. Some aspects of it are unlikely to register any sympathy with me. However, it was not started by “unionthugs”. They have little to do with it, other than being among Wall Street’s many victims. So, if you don’t like the tone of the protest, but you feel that there is still something worth protesting, nothing is stopping you from starting your own “conservatives against Wall Street abuse” protest. Oh, wait, I guess that’s not likely to happen.

  10. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 10/06/2011 - 02:31 pm.

    Comment #2 is delightful. I’ll agree to support the protests, provided they agree to change everything the think, and adopt the same conservatism that blew apart the economy and made the government dysfunctional.

  11. Submitted by Kevin Whalen on 10/06/2011 - 02:35 pm.

    Too bad about those lefties and their protests, Swifty. Looks like you’ll just have to keep on complaining on internet comment boards instead. As for your assertion that the financial crisis was precipitated by government intervention… that’s, well… a unique theory. Most people seem to place the origins of the recession in a lack of government regulation on the home mortgage market.

  12. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/06/2011 - 02:51 pm.

    It seems to me that the Regis/hedge fund fight is the very reason why “Occupy Wall Street” has become necessary in this country.

    It would seem that the owners/operators of the foreign hedge fund (which, of course, is actually run by “Americans” so lacking in loyalty to their country and/or patriotism that they are registered offshore in order to avoid paying even the miniscule taxes they would otherwise owe),…

    don’t think it’s enough to screw the middle class and poor people by sucking up the resources which should go to the employees of the companies over which they already have control, but feel the need to evangelize;…

    the need to spread their destruction to as many lives as possible by buying up controlling interest in companies that don’t yet follow their economic “true” “beliefs” in order to force those companies to clean out their pension funds, lay off as many workers as possible, and screw their customers seven ways from Sunday, thereby seeking to destroy the lives of as many average citizens of this nation (and the world) as possible.

    What’s wrong with these people? Their families, communities, churches, etc., have abused them (mentally or physically) in ways that make it impossible for them EVER to experience satisfaction with their ill gotten gains (no matter how wealthy they become).

    Being unable to examine their own lives, their own upbringing, and their own psyches for the source of their consistent and continuing dissatisfaction, they can only project it outward and seek to punish and destroy all those they falsely believe to be responsible.

    Of course they’ll never see it coming, but the truth is, if we don’t stop them, they will eventually work so much destruction that they will find THEMSELVES among their own victims.

    Hopefully “Occupy Wall Street” is the beginning of the rest of the citizens of our nation seeking to save the dysfonic hedge fund managers and their fabulously wealthy (and equally dysfonic) cohorts from themselves.

    Lacking that, we ALL go down to destruction.

  13. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2011 - 03:58 pm.

    “Most people seem to place the origins of the recession in a lack of government regulation on the home mortgage market.”

    Yeah well, I know that’s what Barney Frank says, but then he was the guy sweeping the Freddy & Fanny scam under the rug, too.

    Intervention is the federal government getting into the mortage biz in the first place, where it had no biz being.

    The reason Wall Street loved the securitization of mortages was that Freddy & Fanny were out there underwriting all that bad debt with the FHA provided de-facto insurance…it was a no lose proposition for the stock market.

    Political manipulation of regulations pretty well sums up the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Clinton signed in exchange for a handful of leftist wish list items he wanted to use to polish his image.

    Like I said, there’s something in there for everyone to hate, but I’m not going to join with a bunch of Socialists to tear down our Capitalist system just to get back at one part of it. Fer cripes sake, just look at what Greg posted for instance; honestly do *you* understand any of that pap?

  14. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 10/06/2011 - 04:23 pm.

    C’mon Swifty, at least try to make it challenging for me. Now you claim “I’d be willing to overlook my distaste for the messengers from the left”, while earlier today you said “there’s no way we’re going to join in a protest being led by unionthugs and leftist kooks.” Which is it?

    And when 2 polls (conducted in the last 2 months)give the Tea Party “favorable” ratings of 20% and 28%, I’d call that a vast majority. But then I understand that to clear thinkers like you & Tom Emmers, when 52% is a “mandate”, you might reach a different conclusion.

  15. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2011 - 05:03 pm.

    “earlier today you said “there’s no way we’re going to join in a protest being led by unionthugs and leftist kooks.” Which is it?”

    Fair enough. I *meant* to say that ther’s no way we’re gonna join protests by unionthugs demanding more union influence over employers and leftist kooks promoting kooky leftist agendas…and while we’re at it, no drum circles either; we don’t do drum circles.

    Now it’s your turn.

    “And when 2 polls (conducted in the last 2 months)”

    *What* polls? I provided a link, as I always do.

  16. Submitted by Charles Senkler on 10/06/2011 - 05:14 pm.

    My Mother at 92 used to tell me about how proud she was to be part of America’s greatest generation. The sacrifices, hardships and committment they made to keep the light of freedom burning. My Fathers hardships in the Pacific, my Uncle surviving 30 bombing missions over Germany and my Aunt’s career working nights in a munitions plant all reflected a total committment to America.

    I dread the day that meeting her again I will have to admit, well Mom I was part of America’s worst generation. We started wars for economic gain, we promised programs we couldn’t deliver and worst we dimmed the light of freedom in the eye’s of the world.

    We have created a society where the most currupt politicans, the greed driven corporate executives snd the bleeding heart liberals care only for themselves and their organizations, it’s all about me. Can I get the campaign donation? Will the Postal Workers vote for me? Will I get the tax loop hole? Will I get my program refunded? Every one is in it for them selves, we are a reflection of our leadership and as a generation we aren’t doing so hot.

  17. Submitted by Annie Grandy on 10/09/2011 - 11:53 pm.

    #13 “the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Clinton signed” has me ROFLOL. Messers Gramm, Leach and Bliley were all Republicans. If conservatives didn’t want the bill why did they present it to the President for signature? If you don’t like the results of the repeal of Glass-Steagall look to the Republican party and their continued rant of ‘too much government regulation’ and their efforts to write laws to decimate all the safety precautions put in place to control corporate greed (the reason for the first tea party – a protest against the East India Company which was doing then what Wall Street is doing to the middle class today – picking their pockets).

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