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Intoxilyzer gets Supreme OK, 4,000 cases affected

The state Supreme Court has signed off on the Intoxilyzer. The AP story says: “The Minnesota Supreme Court found Wednesday that the Intoxilyzer breath test for blood-alcohol content is reliable, a ruling that allows more than 4,000 drunken driving cases to move forward. In a 4-3 ruling, the high court agreed with a district judge that although the Intoxilyzer 5000EN’s source code contains errors its overall accuracy isn’t affected. The decision sends more than 4,000 drunken driving cases back to district courts in Minnesota. The cases were placed on hold during a six-year legal fight in state and federal courts.”

You kinda knew someone like Gawker would catch wind of the Facebook hacking of anti-gay marriage campaigns. The snarky site says: “Minnesota for Marriage, an umbrella organization campaigning to add a ‘marriage definition’ amendment to the North Star State’s constitution, seemed to take things too far when it posted a bible quote to its official Facebook page that appeared to condone the execution of homosexuals. ‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable,’ reads the verse (Leviticus 20:13) that was posted last night. ‘They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.. Earlier [Wednesday], the group’s deputy campaign manager Andy Parrish issued a tweet claiming the Minnesota for Marriage Facebook page had been hacked, along with his personal Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail accounts. Parish, who also happens to be Michele Bachmann’s former chief of staff, called the controversial post ‘garbage,’ and told the alleged hackers ‘I won’t be intimidated.’ But … you will be punk’d.

The AP is quoting Gov. Mark Dayton as suggesting that Minnesota will continue on course even if the Supreme Court invalidates some or all of the Affordable Care Act: “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was such a big supporter of the federal health care overhaul that his first act when he took office last year was extending Medicaid coverage to 84,000 vulnerable adults, taking up the push to expand health care coverage. His embrace of the law included pursuing more than $28 million in federal dollars to create a state-crafted health insurance marketplace, a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the overhaul expected Thursday, the first-term Democratic governor hasn’t said what he will do under various scenarios. But Dayton told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he stands by the Medicaid expansion.”

MPR’s Dan Kraker continues reporting on the aftermath of last week’s flood in Duluth. He writes: “It overwhelmed a system designed to handle big storms — but not this big. In the first few hours of the flooding it became apparent that Duluth’s aging sewers could not handle so much water. As city workers clean the system, officials are weighing how to prepare for future storms of that magnitude. But after last week’s record-setting deluge, they acknowledged that it may not be possible to prepare for such a storm. … In a neighborhood on the west side of Duluth, city utility operations manager Steve Lipinski pointed out where the storm washed out an eight-foot-tall culvert that crossed underneath an alley. … ‘Once they’re blocked it starts overtopping, and you get this undermining, this erosion that takes out everything alongside the pipe,’ Lipinski said. There are now huge gullies on either side of the pipe, several feet across, where the water washed the alley away. That happened throughout the city.”

The big bank with a heart … Annie Baxter of MPR reports: “TCF Bank says it’s ditching a monthly maintenance fee for most of its checking accounts. The bank had imposed the fees in 2010 in response to federal restrictions that cut into revenue. TCF CEO Bill Cooper said the bank surveyed customers, who said they didn’t like paying the maintenance fees. ‘Fees on checking — monthly fees on checking in particular — are perceived more negatively than they were two years ago. We were losing some customers and we weren’t growing customers as fast,’ Cooper said.”

There’s been 65 percent more gunfire in St. Paul. MaryJo Webster and Mara Gottfried of the PiPress say: “In the first five months of this year, gun incident reports were up 65 percent, compared with the average for the same period between 2008 and 2010, a Pioneer Press analysis of St. Paul police data found. St. Paul police, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and community members are holding a press conference Thursday … to talk about gun violence and what they’re doing to combat it. … Reports of shots fired and aggravated assaults with guns in St. Paul started to increase last fall. But the winter months saw the largest increases — the reports were more than double what has been typical. In April and May, the number of reports were just slightly higher than normal. When it comes to homicides, there have been six so far this year. There were four at this time last year.”

Also from the PiPress, David Hanners looks closer at the family of the 5-year-old boy killed in north Minneapolis: “Police and court records show that the adults in his life had several run-ins with the law. Before Tuesday’s shooting, police had been called to the home four times this year. Police records show 10 calls for service to the home last year and 17 in 2010. It could not immediately be determined how long Rochelle Banks, 39, the grandmother, has lived at the address. In 2009, she listed an address on Sheridan Avenue North when she entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor theft in Ramsey County. She was placed on a year’s probation. Two months after that, she listed a home address in Brooklyn Park when charged with driving after her license had been revoked. … Her daughter, Christina Banks Nizzel’s mother has also been arrested. In November, Banks, 20, was placed on a year’s probation for giving a false name to a peace officer. … Nizzel’s father, Cornelius Arthur George, 25, has the nickname Nizz and lists himself as a student and “executive producer/ceo/artist/father/gangsta and a gentelmen(sic)” on his Facebook page. He is a rap artist, performing under the name Bizznizz. He is on four years’ probation after he pleaded guilty in December to felony charges of assault and domestic assault by strangulation.” Poor little kid didn’t get to pick his parents.

Blue Dog Rep. Collin Peterson is voting with the GOP in the contempt citation against AG Eric Holder. Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post reports: “At least four House Democrats plan to vote with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and dozens more may join them, potentially undercutting the Obama administration’s argument that the vote is an election-year ploy by Republicans. The four Democrats — Collin Peterson of Minnesota, John Barrow of Georgia, Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Jim Matheson of Utah — maintain generally moderate voting records and face challenging re-election campaigns in moderate- or Republican-leaning districts. Their votes may be influenced by the National Rifle Association, which supports the contempt citation and said it plans to track how members vote Thursday in determining future endorsements. The four have received NRA endorsements in the past.” Somehow I doubt Peterson has read the Fortune story on “Fast and Furious.”

Pick on someone your own size, pal. Heather Rule of the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports: “The owner of a pit bull that allegedly attacked and killed another dog at Austin’s new dog park last weekend has been served with a dangerous-dog notice. The pit bull’s owner, David Davenport, has 14 days to notify the Austin City Council if he wants to contest the notice, which was issued Monday. If he does nothing, the dog will be euthanized. A Chihuahua, owned by a 19-year-old woman, was killed Sunday morning at the dog park, which is in the 500 block of Second Street Southeast. She told police she, her dog and three other dogs were in a fenced area within the park when the pit bull ran along the fence line. She told police the pit bull got into the fenced area, took the Chihuahua in its mouth and shook it violently, said Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.”

So much for dropping in at this place whenever I liked … Rick Nelson of the Strib writes: “When it came to snaring the lease on the former Cafe Twenty Eight, the competition was fierce. ‘Everyone wanted this spot,’ said Alain Lenne, a cocktail of pride and swagger in his voice. ‘But we got it.’ For diners everywhere, I can only say, ‘Lucky us.’ The ‘we’ is Lenne — owner of the tiny La Belle Crêpe in downtown Minneapolis — and chef Fernando Silvo. The two have not squandered the opportunity. Their collaboration, the Harriet Brasserie, is special, and it astutely complements rather than mimics neighboring Tilia and the Zumbro Cafe. Now, more than ever, Linden Hills, which already rates high on the Charm-O-Meter, boasts a food lovers’ critical mass that just might be second to none.” Thanks, Rick.

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Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/28/2012 - 07:52 am.

    Rather than having us

    rely on an article in Fortune magazine, all the Obama administration has to do is allow for the release of the documents requested by congress. The parents of the murdered border patrol agent deserve to know how their son died, that’s all.

    The stonewalling of such a simple request doesn’t pass the smell test. Pretty soon people are going to be asking “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 06/28/2012 - 08:21 am.

      Actually, that’s fairly easy Dennis

      He was shot. OK then, If you’re a man of your word, that should end the hubbub.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/28/2012 - 09:27 am.

      Keep up to date on your talking points

      Rep. Issa has concluded that the White House was not involved. I believe he came to this conclusion to defeat any claims of executive privilege, but there you are.

      The real question is, why should the Justice Department release records relating to an ongoing criminal investigation? Only a fool would think that the Republicans in Congress would keep the records secret if they saw a way to score political points by releasing them.

  2. Submitted by Larry Copes on 06/28/2012 - 08:42 am.

    Minnesota for Marriage hacking

    Without approving of the hacking, I must say that it points out the inconsistency of the position of those who quote the Bible in opposition to homosexuality. The quote from Leviticus 20:13 not only says that sexual relations between men is “detestable,” but it condemns the men to death. Of course, Leviticus also condemns many other behaviors that, while they may have made sense under the assumptions of Moses, don’t apply today.

    • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 06/28/2012 - 11:24 am.


      It’s amazing how all these non-Jews who quote Torah in an argument think that makes them Torah scholars. This level of ignorance is not surprising, since it is obvious none these commenters know the first thing about Judaism, Torah, or halakha.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/28/2012 - 02:26 pm.


        Instead of critiquing the “level of ignorance,” why don’t you point out what’s incorrect about what was said? Does Leviticus not call for the death penalty for homosexuality?

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/28/2012 - 09:30 am.

    “Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test?”

    Is just another favorite “conservative” phrase which reveals nothing more nor less than that they’re hoping to gain information by which to attack anyone who doesn’t agree with what they dysfonically believe MUST be true.

    The real threat our “conservative” friends see in “fast and furious”-type sting operations, which were begun under Bushco, is that they reveal how the nation’s largest gun dealers are selling massive amounts of arms in ways that allow those guns to end up in the hands of criminals and to be used against the general public for criminal purposes, in the US and neighboring countries…

    which of course only helps them in their efforts to convince the general public that EVERYONE needs a gun to “feel” safe (a self-fulfilling prophecy they’ve been desperately trying to force on the public for decades).

    The goal of this congressional investigation is to try to harass the FBI, the Justice Department, and ATF so continuously and so thoroughly as to make sure that they NEVER pursue such programs again.

    Indeed, it would not surprise me in the least to discover that the “fast and furious” guns found next to this dead American agent were planted there for that express purpose by some gun lover or someone hired by an American arms dealer or manufacturer.

    In the end, NO AMOUNT of documentation would be enough to satisfy Issa and the “conservatives” on his committee, unless and until they find what they, like some of our commentors, here, “believe” MUST be there.

    They will NEVER accept that such evidence cannot be supplied because it does not exist, and, therefore, what they “believe” is, in reality, NOT TRUE, but will remain forever convinced that the evidence necessary to confirm their “true beliefs” is simply being hidden.

    For similar situations, see comments regarding how “angry” Senator Al Franken is, and how he “stole” his election to the senate and how “weapons of mass destruction” WERE found in Iraq and gave us ample reasons to invade that nation,…

    all three assertions long since having been proved false, but remaining points of “true belief” on the part of “conservatives” who reject evidence in favor of what they believe simply MUST be true.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/28/2012 - 09:40 am.

    Old Testament Law

    Is, indeed, every bit as draconian in its description of crimes and punishments as the “Sharia Law” our “conservative” friends and neighbors so love to paranoiacally panic about.

    The scary thing about such “conservatives” is that you can always tell what they would do, themselves, if given sufficient power to do so, by what they accuse others of doing.

    If we were to give “conservative” “Christians” (who are in reality, far beyond what most of us would think is being described by both of those words), power to determine national policy and law, they would, in the name of “decency, morality, and purity,” inevitably take us deeply into basing our laws on the Old Testament,…

    while completely ignoring that the strict and heartless way the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and San Hedrin were applying those same laws to everyone but themselves in order to bolster and expand their own positions of wealth and power while excusing their extraction of resources from and rank oppression of all those of lesser position, and (wrongly) proclaiming that God was the source of their abusive and extractive practices,…

    was EXACTLY what Jesus sought to change, and exactly the reason they tortured him to death.

    • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/04/2012 - 07:21 pm.

      And where did you get this account –

      from the Christian apostle Paul? From The Christian New Testament? From the pagan Romans?

  5. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/28/2012 - 10:29 am.

    Gunfire in St. Paul

    It would have been nice if the Press article had included the numbers and not relied entirely on percentages. The searchable map showing the location of the gunfire reports was chilling, however.

  6. Submitted by Joe Musich on 06/28/2012 - 12:34 pm.

    fast and futile

    From the fortune article

    Irony abounds when it comes to the Fast and Furious scandal. But the ultimate irony is this: Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for not seizing enough weapons—ones that, in this case, prosecutors deemed to be legal.

    Once again trying to have it both ways are you now Tester ?

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 06/29/2012 - 08:16 am.

      It was a long article, and at times a little convoluted and difficult to follow.

      Still, it was worth the time spent in reading it, and I’m astonished it’s not being made more widely known. Because I found it unconscionable how the ATF agents were painted into a corner attempting to comply with competing legal requirements and directives and yet how patiently they (or at least David Voth) tried to comply nevertheless.

      The whole thing was a mess, and it appears that confusion, misdirections and misstatements are all over this thing. And yet the Republicans continue to pursue it as if it’s a clearcut case with wrongdoing well established.

      The whole thing puts me in mind of the witch hunts against the Clintons while Bill was in office. Don’t govern, just accuse.

      What a waste!

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