Do ‘Asian carp’ put Asian people in a ‘negative light’?

But we’ll keep Lake “Calhoun”? The AP says: “The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light. Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as ‘invasive carp.’ ”

Uh, this is what YOU are paid to do. In the PiPress, Doug Belden writes: “Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk has been saying for weeks the Senate won’t vote for an annual inflation adjustment to the minimum wage. On Thursday, he proposed letting voters decide. Bakk, of Cook, is co-sponsoring a bill from fellow DFLer Ann Rest of New Hope that proposes a constitutional amendment that would lock in inflationary adjustments for the minimum wage starting in 2017.”

The idea takes a pounding on Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie blog: “Unlike Republicans who place voter suppression and marriage inequality on the 2012 ballot in order to please the supporters on both measures, Senators Tom Bakk and Ann Rest are pursuing this approach against the resolute objections of the broad-based coalition that’s been fighting for an indexed $9.50 minimum wage.  Why do we smell the sweet civet odor of insincerity in the air around this bill?”

At MPR, Catharine Richert reports: “[T]he Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has its eye on helping Republicans retake control of the Minnesota House, and it will use donations from major corporations, including Minnesota companies, to try to do it. … Combined, firms including Best Buy, 3M, Target, United Health Group and others have given the RSLC nearly $800,000 since 2011. (Minnesota companies, including Target and 3M, have also given to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which gave the state’s DFL party roughly $700,000 in 2012.)

Texas … I thought it was seceding? Todd Wilson of KSTP-TV reports: “A recent Texas oil spill threatens not only wildlife and the fishing industry there but also migrating birds heading back home to Minnesota. More than 160,000 gallons of oil is estimated to have spilled from a tanker. Thousands of birds could be at risk of never making it here. … The birds include ‘the American White Pelican, lots of redhead ducks from the prairie pothole region, some western grebes winter there and also lots of birds we refer to as blue bells,’ he said.”

If ever there were a reverse barometer … Stribber Corey Mitchell tells us: “Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed GOP U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman, who is running in a crowded field of Republicans angling to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken. In a post on her Facebook page, Palin slammed Franken, a former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star and liberal radio host, calling his political career a ‘joke.’ Palin also heaped praise on Ortman, a state senator, calling her a ‘conservative champion’ and a ‘fighter for life and for our Second Amendment rights.’ ” What are the chances Palin can explain our Third Amendment rights?

Generally speaking, a common-sense notion … John Flesher of the AP writes: “Great Lakes levels will continue rising and falling in often unpredictable ways and people should learn to deal with the changes instead of trying to tame nature with costly engineering projects, experts said Thursday. Donald Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, announced a wide-ranging study of ways to adapt to up-and-down water levels during a seminar.”

The GleanLet’s call this a “no” to pardoning the Mankato 38 + 2. In a Strib commentary, John Haack, a “Mankato Free Press history correspondent,” says: “Yes, Chaska apparently was hanged by mistake, and certainly, he should be pardoned. But Cut Nose — who boasted of how he killed white babies by bashing out their brains on trees and of murdering many women and children — he should be pardoned? Should we pardon Andrew J. Myrick, the corrupt Indian trader who told the Indians they could go eat grass and was found slain, with his mouth stuffed full of grass? The standards of the time said ‘no,’ and the standards of today say ‘no.’

Now all we need is … sun. Elizabeth Dunbar of MPR says: “The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday determined that a 100-megawatt solar project should proceed to help Xcel Energy meet extra demand for electricity in the coming years. The Geronimo Energy Aurora project, which will be built on 20 different sites throughout the state next to Xcel substations, will give the state about eight times the solar energy output currently produced. One hundred megawatts is enough electricity to power about 20,000 homes.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Presley Martin on 03/28/2014 - 08:54 am.

    Call ’em by their name

    Why not call them Silver Carp, or Grass Carp, or Bighead?

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 03/28/2014 - 09:18 am.

    That’s like worrying

    we’re giving the American Bald Eagle a bad name. They’re fish, not people. They originated in Asia.

    Perhaps we should pretend they’re from Australia.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 03/28/2014 - 09:22 am.

    I would expect Governor Palin

    to welcome American military into her home, day or night, war or no war, at no charge.

  4. Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/28/2014 - 11:15 am.

    Why stop there!

    I also object to Norway Rats! And Japanese Stink Bugs! (I’m sure I could find more if I could think of the proper Google search terms!).

    This is exactly the kind of thing that gives political correctness a bad name . . . . . . . . .

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