A Vikings receiver telling a legless Iraq vet legislator to “sit down n shut up” is not exactly up there with clever things to say when your bosses are trying to wring taxpayer money out of the masses. Tom Scheck at MPR reports: “Things aren’t going too well on the public relations front for the Vikings. The team is winless after four games. The Ramsey County Charter Commission also got an earful from angry constituents who urged the commission to approve a move that would require voter approval of a countywide sales tax that would pay for the stadium (a move that some lawmakers say would sink the Vikings chances). There are also reports that the Vikings could pull up stakes and move the team to Los Angeles. Vikings Wide Receiver Bernard Berrian isn’t helping the team’s efforts. Berrian criticized Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, on Twitter for questioning Berrian’s characterization of today’s game. ‘If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he’s open a lot and should get the ball more,’ Kriesel wrote on Twitter. Berrian quickly took issue with Kriesel. ‘Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them,’ Berrian wrote to Kriesel. “and if not sit down n shut up!!” Berrian wrote in another tweet. Kriesel, who lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq, is one of a handful of state lawmakers who have publicly advocated for a new stadium for the Vikings. He is also a co-author to the Vikings stadium bill.”
At first glance, it looks like a tough, uphill slog for two local Somali women accused of handling financing for al-Shabab fighters. The AP’s Amy Forliti reports: “One of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia allegedly told potential donors to ignore charities and focus on ‘the jihad’ and helped finance local Somali men’s travel to their war-torn homeland to fight, prosecutors alleged in court filings. The details hint at evidence the government claims it has against Amina Farah Ali, who is scheduled to stand trial Monday on multiple terror charges. Prosecutors said Ali, 35, and her co-defendant, 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan, were part of a ‘deadly pipeline’ that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia. The women, both U.S. citizens of Somali descent, were among 20 people charged in Minnesota’s long-running federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab.”
Today in Bachmannia: With Our Favorite Congresswoman’s polling drifting ever closer to negative territory, Brian Bakst of the AP has a story wondering if she’ll be content to run for re-election in little old 6th District Minnesota: “A loyal GOP base back home, uncertainty over district boundaries and tepidness by possible successors are helping keep Bachmann’s political options open. But among party operatives and past allies, there are increasing doubts that Bachmann will try to reclaim her seat — or would even want to go back to the House. The fuzziness around Bachmann’s future distinguishes her from a House colleague in the presidential race, Ron Paul of Texas, who closed the door to another congressional campaign. None of the other GOP hopefuls face the up-or-out choice because they’re mostly former officeholders … Bachmann regularly finds herself at odds with Republican leaders on strategy and policy. Her bid for a leadership post went nowhere last winter. She is better known for her vocal opposition to legislation than brokering deals. And the possibility of lucrative TV or speaking circuit contracts could prove more enticing — and assure her continued visibility.” Which raises the question, “How many of of the GOP’s current candidates are really running for a FoxNews contract?”
Mark Sommerhauser of the St. Cloud Times picks up on Our Gal’s truancy from her day job. He writes: “Bachmann hasn’t cast a House roll-call vote since Aug. 1, when she voted for a reauthorization act for the Administrative Conference of the United States. … Bachmann’s congressional spokeswoman, Becky Rogness, declined a request for an interview about the congresswoman’s missed votes. Instead, Rogness responded with this statement: ‘By continuing to lead the fight against President Obama’s job-destroying policies, Congresswoman Bachmann is serving not only her constituents, but also the 14 million Americans who are unemployed, and millions more who are reeling from the effects of an economy that’s been devastated by overtaxation, overregulation, and by White House attacks on job creators.”
You know you’ve always wanted to … you know, wander out in the woods and make love calls to a bull moose. Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune tells you how: “Minnesota moose are getting harder to find. The population has been slowly declining for a decade. Do some advance work before you go and try to find out where people are seeing moose to increase your odds.
Here are some of Sundberg’s tips for finding and calling moose.
Time of year — The only time of year that one can call in a bull moose is when the moose are in their mating season. That peaks at the end of September and the beginning of October.
Time of day — Early morning, shortly after sunrise, and at dusk are the best times to call, Sundberg said. The wind is usually calm at those times. Moose can hear your calling better, and you can hear them respond to your calls better.
Where to go — Minnesota Highway 1 from Murphy City to Isabella is a good stretch, Sundberg said. Look for boggy areas where mud is churned up, so-called moose wallows. Pull off the highway and set up at the edge of one of these wallows to call.” So you lure this 1,200-pound beast over by your car …then what?
A Minnesota couple was among a number of people up and down the middle of the country who claim to have seen a UFO in the past few days. Roger Marsh, the “UFO Examiner” for Examiner.com, says: “The two had just stepped outside onto a deck when they noticed the object hovering close by. ‘It had two solid, huge, bright blue LED-style lights on the left side, with two rows of four red lights of the same style and size about one-half inch vertically separated from my view that went off like a wave on the right side of the craft from the left to the right (right and left are relative to my view; the left was the rear of the craft, where the open part of the ‘V’ was, the right was the front, the vertex of the ‘V’),’ the witness stated. They watched the object hover, then move very slowly. ‘Then it took off straight north, covering the remaining field of my vision (about 45-50 degrees to the north from the original spot of the craft) in about four seconds. Right as it went too far north for me to see any longer, I saw a plane, which was heading south, as I was watching the craft turn abruptly and head north.’ No town name was mentioned in the public portion of the … report, which was filed on September 30, 2011. The events occurred on September 29, 2011.” Pretty much the same thing was seen in Nebraska and Kansas.
Lezlie Johnson of WDAY-TV in the Red River Valley has a story about a first-of-its-kind machine out working the sugar beet harvest: “A European company brought over the first self-propelled sugar beet harvester to be used in the United States. Chris Adams and his dad are harvesting their 5,000 acres of land near East Grand Forks. … But this fall is different. After years of farming, Adams is testing a piece of equipment new to the United States. [The] farmers got the chance to see how the self propelled beet harvester works in the fields and say it’s much more convenient. Frank Gowan [of] Pro-Ag Equipment Inc. [says] ‘We’re eliminating man power, instead of running 24 hours with four people; we’re running 24 with 2, the fuel savings running one machine versus two.’ The half a million dollar European machine is finally here after interest from local farmers.”
Police in New York over the weekend arrested 700 protesters demonstrating against Wall Street. That is — let me see, that is … carry the zero — roughly 700 more arrests than they’ve made on Wall Street for melting down the world economy. Now a “sympathy” rally/occupation is scheduled for Minneapolis. Randy Furst of the Strib and the AP write: “The cofounder of an amorphous group called OccupyMN said on Sunday that 500 to 1,000 protesters will take over Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis at 9 a.m. Friday. They plan to stay as long as authorities will allow them — possibly weeks, they say — in sympathy with similar ‘occupations’ in Manhattan and elsewhere. ‘We are definitely in it for the long haul,’ said Osha Karow, 23, who helped start the movement about 10 days ago. OccupyMN has been meeting for days to plan what it refers to as the ‘Minnesota occupation.’ At first, it planned to protest outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. After consulting on Saturday, it changed the location to Government Plaza, between Minneapolis City Hall and the Hennepin County Government Center. ‘The plaza is more of a communal space,’ Karow said on Sunday. ‘It’s more open; it’s more symbolic.’ “
I’m not absolutely sure, but I think Ol’ Sooch is OK with dropping tax money on a new Vikings stadium. In his Sunday column, Joe Soucheray does allow a flash of indignation over other misuses of (his) money — you know, buying pensions and health benefits for his publicly employed neighbors — but this Vikings tax? Lighten up, dudes: “Imagine if we could see every object of public spending. We can see roads, bridges, police cars, fire trucks, schools and libraries, and we all acquiesce in the sense that we have a social contract to provide such fixtures. But what would get lopped if we could see everything, if we truly knew what it cost us to provide so many entitlements, so many pensions and health benefits, so many water fountains and trails and yoga programs and seminars? Property taxes in Ramsey County are outrageous and getting worse. But you would be hard-pressed to get people to show up and complain with such fervor as they demonstrated the other night about the Vikings stadium. That 0.5 percent sales tax would mean a nickel every time you spent $10. Not even the most down on their luck would notice it. What we wouldn’t give for a property tax bill that we wouldn’t even notice in our family budgeting.” Someone should buy Soochie a month’s worth of Hot Yoga classes.