Today in Bachmannia: I doubt she has Fishbone on her iPod. So Our Gal didn’t quite get the joke by Roots, Jimmy Fallon’s house band, as she walked on his show last night. Says the AP: “Fallon’s house band the Roots didn’t have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show early Tuesday. As Bachmann strode on to the stage at Fallon’s ‘Late Night,’ the show’s band played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called ‘Lyin’ Ass Bitch.’ The song begins with a distinctive ‘la la la la la la la la la’ refrain — the only words audible before Bachmann, smiling and waving to the audience, sat down. The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn’t political. Among its cleanest lyrics: ‘She always says she needs you, but you know she really don’t care.’ Bachmann’s campaign had no immediate comment.” She probably thinks it was a Carpenters song.
The push to unionize day-care providers gets the front page treatment from the PiPress. Doug Belden writes: “[W]ith just more than two weeks before ballots are mailed, key questions remain. Chief among those emerging from a House committee meeting: Will any agreements reached between state-subsidized providers and the state apply to those who don’t receive subsidies, and if so, shouldn’t those who don’t receive subsidies be allowed to vote? Meanwhile, there is an effort in Ramsey County to block a budget allocation for a nonprofit group linked to the union organizing child care providers. Gov. Mark Dayton touched off the flurry of activity last week with an executive order calling for providers to vote on whether to be represented by a union in ‘meet and confer’ talks with the state. Republicans immediately said the Democratic governor had overstepped his authority and threatened to sue. Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, a critic of Dayton’s action, said Monday that nothing had been filed in court yet but that an announcement might be coming in the next few days. Providers who oppose unionization reportedly are considering legal action, too.”
Remember Chris Cook? The professional football player accused of throttling his girlfriend around the neck, allegedly over her getting calls from an old boyfriend. Well, Cook has his defense. The AP reports: “Cook plans to claim self-defense as he fights charges stemming from an altercation with his girlfriend. Attorney David Valentini said at a court hearing Tuesday that Cook would contest two felony charges, which include domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault. A criminal complaint said Cook attacked the woman Oct. 22 after she spoke to an ex-boyfriend. Valentini says the alleged victim has recanted her allegation that Cook tried to strangle her. Prosecutors say they intend to pursue both charges.”
While not quite Cheech and Chong, or Harold and Kumar, Chad and Zach may offer serious competition. Andrea J. Cook of the Rapid City Journal writes: “Chad Brommerich, 27, and Zachary Fricke, 24, both of Winona, Minn., are facing multiple felony charges after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper found hashish and more than four pounds of marijuana in their car. Bond is set at $25,000 for each man. The trooper stopped the men east of Rapid City for traveling 69 mph in a 65 mph zone. One suspect told the trooper that the men were returning from a trip to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to check out golf courses. The other man claimed they were visiting friends and family. A search of the suspect’s car produced a bag containing the marijuana, a marijuana pipe, a bag sealer, a marijuana grinder and a digital scale.” No, really! That’s not a bong. That’s a sand wedge.
The demand for more meat could double the demand for food in 40 years, says a U of M research paper. At MPR, Matt Sepic reports: “Jason Hill, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, said as people in developing countries get wealthier and eat more meat, demand for grain to feed livestock will continue to rise. Hill said farmers in the developing world can meet that demand by using more fertilizer and water. He said more intensive farming can be environmentally friendly as long as farmers don’t try to squeeze every last bit of grain out of each acre. … More intensive farming is less damaging to the environment than clearing more land, he said.”
Cellphone etiquette gets a workout from Janna Brayman Krawcyzk in an MPR commentary: “[W]e need a new etiquette. We need a new Amy Vanderbilt to sit us down and tell us how to act. Because we are too busy responding, texting, tweeting and Facebooking to even realize what we are teaching our children. This may simply require a return to the basics: When people are talking to you, listen to them. Be where you are. When you are in a restaurant, put your phone away and be with the people you are with. Share what’s on your mind with them, rather than your followers or Facebook friends. Because the people who matter in that moment are the people right in front of you. If we are unable to draw boundaries around our use of technology, we cannot expect our children to draw their own. We will greet a distracted, increasingly fragmented generation with its attention in a thousand pieces.” The author turns 40 next year, which may put her 25 years older than the target distracted demo.
And on the home mortgage front … John Welbes at the PiPress reports: “Nathan Daniel Jesh, 34, was sentenced Monday to three years probation for his role in the TJ Waconia mortgage fraud scheme. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Jesh, who was a closer at Total Title LLC, admitted in his plea agreement that he agreed to close at least 175 sales, though he knew that some loan applications contained fraudulent information. Jesh also knew that the seller — TJ Waconia — was providing the ‘straw buyer’ with funds to do the deal. TJ Waconia was a Roseville-based real estate company that bought more than 200 properties, mostly in North Minneapolis, during the height of the housing boom. The properties were then sold to ‘investors,’ or straw buyers, at inflated prices, with some $35 million obtained through fraudulent mortgages. The investors received a kickback of about $2,500, along with a promise that TJ Waconia would buy back the property a couple of years later, prosecutors say. But that didn’t happen and the homes typically slipped into foreclosure.”
Pretty much a wash, in other words. That report on the cost of the July shutdown shows negligible harm to the state coffers. Our story is here. Elsewhere, the AP says: “[T]he Minnesota Management and Budget department said the state lost almost $50 million in revenue and spent about $7 million preparing for the shutdown and $3 million in recovery costs. Those cost estimates could rise, it said. But that was more than offset by savings in payroll costs for about 19,000 state employees who were furloughed during the shutdown.”
Attention! Anyone with an opinion on this Vikings stadium thing! Let your voice be heard! Says Doug Belden (again): “Republican legislative leaders released details today on the first of two planned hearings on the Vikings stadium issue. The hearing — which will focus on potential locations for a stadium — is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tues., Nov. 29, in Room 15 at the state Capitol. Seating is limited, and overflow rooms with televisions will be set up for additional public seating. The hearing will be a joint meeting of the Taxes committee, chaired by Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen; and Local Government and Elections, chaired by Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake.”