You have got to be kidding me. Jeremy Rogalski of KHOU-TV in Houston reports, “Photos and text messages obtained by the I-Team reveal another incident in which Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy. The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child. … A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy’s mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.” Has anyone ever figured out how many kids he has?
On the topic of corporal punishment, retired law enforcement officer Richard Greelis of Bloomington says in a Strib commentary, “As parents, we are responsible for knowing how to teach, nurture and discipline our children to help them develop safely into good citizens. And, though we tend to emulate our parents, falling back on an obsolete, draconian tradition that has been proven to be emotionally and physically abusive does not qualify as a legitimate excuse. Just like mental-heath professionals who no longer believe that a frontal lobotomy is an appropriate method for handling mental illness, we know that there are better forms of discipline than what often amounts to the physical abuse of our children.”
If there’s more like this, change will come real fast. The AP reports, “The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it ‘takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.’”
John Kline isn’t going to let some two-bit comedian scare him. ABC News Veronica Stracqualursi says, “After recently being named the ‘winning loser’ of Maher’s ‘Flip the District’ campaign, Kline struck back with statements criticizing both Maher and his Democratic opponent, Mike Obermueller. ‘Minnesotans are tired of sleazy and slimy politics, but DFL candidate Mike Obermueller certainly isn’t,’ Kline’s campaign spokesman Troy Young said in a statement. ‘Maher saluted 9/11 terrorist and called our troops “cowardly,” he repeatedly has degraded Christians and calls them “schizophrenic,” and he repugnantly compared special-needs children to ‘dogs,’ yet Mike Obermueller promotes this behavior essentially naming Maher as his campaign manager.’” Uh, never get in the ring with a guy who has an hour of national air time.
SPIN magazine has video of The Replacements’ final number at Midway Stadium Saturday night.
“Emotional problems,” he says. Kevin Giles of the Strib says, “A former history teacher who lived in Stillwater pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with two girls he taught in a Grantsburg, Wis., high school. Matthew Robert Koenen, 37, admitted in Washington County District Court that he cultivated ‘inappropriate and romantic’ relationships with the girls, both of whom were 16 at the time. Defense attorney Tina Appleby said Koenen was experiencing ‘emotional problems’ and was taking medication for depression in the months before he lured the girls individually to his house in Stillwater in August 2012 and had sex with them.”
Since they didn’t go so far as tell him to resign: Chao Xiong of the Strib says, “Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has agreed to meet with University of St. Thomas professors after they sent him an e-mail over the weekend urging immediate action to repair damage caused by child sex abuse investigations.”
John Myers of the Forum News Service says, “Minnesota drivers will face a 1-in-88 chance of hitting a deer on the state’s highways this year, according to a report released Monday by the nation’s largest auto insurance company. State Farm’s annual report estimates that Minnesota drivers will collide with 37,549 deer in 2014. Minnesota drivers have the eighth highest odds of hitting a deer among the 50 states, according to the report, down from sixth highest in last year’s report.” Well, I’ve got three, plus that moose in Yellowstone.
On second — or is it the fortieth — thought? Stribber Chris Serres says, “In a surprise reversal, both state and county authorities moved to oppose the release of a convicted serial rapist, effectively quashing a long and highly politicized sex offender case. Thomas Duvall, 58, a rapist who has admitted to attacking at least 60 women, dropped his petition for provisional discharge from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) on Monday after both the Human Services commissioner and assistant Hennepin County attorney filed letters to the court last week saying they opposed Duvall’s provisional discharge.”
Now we can decide who is funnier. Abby Simons in the Strib says, “Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden have agreed to three debates leading up to the election. The first of the debates will take place in Duluth [on Oct. 1], followed by two in the metro just before the Nov. 4 election. ”