Walker says he’s open to building wall along Canadian border

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to voters during a campaign stop at Morse Sporting Goods in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

Call me when he demands a wall on Wisconsin’s border with Minnesota. Says Erin Durkin of the New York Daily News, “Secure the border — with Canada. Republican presidential contender Scott Walker said he’d be open to building a wall along the border with our northern neighbor — just like the one Donald Trump wants to keep Mexicans out. … The 5,525-mile-long U.S.-Canada frontier is the longest undefended international border in the world, but only a small percentage of people entering the country illegally come that way.” I say we profile everyone with Ontario plates!

Some smartening has taken place, says Dave Orrick in the PiPress. “The past seven years has seen an explosion in how much Minnesotans know about the quality of their waters. The state’s monitoring program is now seen as among the most comprehensive in the nation, giving policy makers, scientists, land managers, farmers and environmentalists unprecedented insight into which lakes and streams are healthy, which need help and what should be done. Amid the heated politics of ‘big ag’ vs. the environmental lobby and suburban sniping over green lawns, Minnesota’s growing network of monitoring stations and its testing regimen provide scientific data on the levels of aquatic life and pollutants — and where the pollutants are coming from. It’s the result of one of the least-visible programs to emerge from the state’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which was approved by voters in 2008.”

In the end, not a lot of drama. MPR’s story on the Black Lives Matter Fair protest reports: “The Black Lives Matter demonstration at the State Fair has ended, and the crowd of about 325 marchers has dispersed after a peaceful protest at the fairgrounds. The march began [Saturday] morning at Hamline Park in St. Paul. Demonstrators marched one and a half miles up Snelling Avenue to the fairground. They were escorted by St. Paul Police on bikes and horses. … At one point, the group deviated from their announced route and gathered in front of the gates on Como Avenue. Some protesters attempted to enter the fair, but were stopped by police. After pausing on Como Avenue, the group gathered at the Snelling Avenue entrance for a number of speeches by organizers of Black Lives Matter – St. Paul. Organizers called for body cameras on all city police officers. They also called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the fatal police shooting of Marcus Golden last January.”

I would have bet Utah would have led the list. Tu-Uyen Tran of the Forum News Service writes, “Data from the breached Ashley Madison website —which promises to help clients have affairs — offers a rich, albeit incomplete, portrait of infidelity in Minnesota and North Dakota. An analysis of the massive trove of data, released earlier this month by hackers, shows that more North Dakotans and Minnesotans were paying customers adjusted for population than the nation as a whole.” Given that almost no women were actively participating, you really start thinking we’re pretty pathetic.

Even if you don’t get a license, you can find a road house and drink like you’ve got one. Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune writes, “Drawing a bear license in Minnesota used to be a routine thing. A hunter usually could get a license in the state’s bear lottery every year or every other year. Those days are gone — at least for the foreseeable future. Now, a hunter might have to wait three or four years to draw a bear license. In an effort to rebuild the state’s bear population, currently estimated at 12,000 to 15,000 animals, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources again has been conservative with bear licenses this fall.”

Even though Sean Hannity says the whole thing is a hoax. Erin Golden of the Strib reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will follow up a July meeting with the pope on climate change with a second summit on the issue, this time in New York City. The one-day event in late September will occur in conjunction with a lengthier gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. Hodges will join other mayors who previously pledged to work on a set of shared goals on climate change and sustainable development to again discuss the work their cities are doing on the issue.”

But if she does fall. Alana Abramson of ABC News says, “Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is confident Hillary Clinton’s campaign will avoid a repeat of 2008, when she lost the Democratic presidential nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, even as the party’s frontrunner starts to slip in the Iowa polls and faces growing controversy over her private email server. ‘Her campaign is so much different than 2008,’ Klobuchar told Martha Raddatz today on ‘This Week.’ ‘It has energy, it’s organized, it is a grassroots campaign’. … A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll shows Clinton polling at 37 percent in Iowa, losing ground to Bernie Sanders, who is at 30 percent. But Klobuchar, who noted that the caucuses are still several months away, did not seem concerned. ‘This is not a coronation. She [Clinton] expected there would be other candidates in the race,’ Klobuchar said. ‘You can’t just waltz in and win a Democratic primary.’”

What does reading have to do with sugar and fat? Stribber Laurie Hertzel writes, “It has to be said: For one day, there will be more writers at the Minnesota State Fair than you can shake a stick at. Wednesday is Read & Ride Day, which begins with reduced admission for anyone who shows a valid library card, and goes on to feature writers, books, comics, poetry, songwriting and other literary activities. The action will be at Carousel Park (in front of the grandstand), where folks from Rain Taxi Review, SubText Bookstore, and the mystery writers group Sisters in Crime will spend the day along with a host of library-loving volunteers.”

In that vein, Peter Cox of MPR says, “The only bookstore in north Minneapolis will close next month, just 16 months after it opened. Ancestry Books features the work of indigenous authors and writers of color. The store’s Facebook page says the closing is due to a disagreement with the landlord. Verna Wong, who owns the store with her husband, said they hope to continue to host poetry readings, book sales and similar events at other locations.

As for the Fair’s walking, ingesting wounded, a PiPress story says, “Nobody wants to see the inside of the first aid stations at the Minnesota State Fair, so listen up, fairgoers: Drink tons of water and don’t wear flip-flops. Fair health officials agree that many of the 4,000 or so people they see each year could avoid trips to the stations if they’d just follow those simple guidelines. ‘Last year, we saw 3,700 people. In ’13, it was just over 3,000 and in ’12, just over 4,000, and, often, those people are coming in and saying, ‘I have a blister on my foot from walking the 350 acres of the Fairgrounds in flip-flops.’ We hand out a lot of Band-Aids’, says Kent Griffith, a registered nurse and the clinical supervisor for Regions Hospital’s emergency medical services, which has staffed the Fair’s first aid stations for several years … .”

Note the adjective of choice. Chris Tomasson of the PiPress has a story titled, “Vikings’ stadium will trump Cowboys’, Lester Bagley says.” “A Vikings executive says the Dallas Cowboys have the best stadium in the NFL. That is, until U.S. Bank Stadium opens next season. While preparing to build their new stadium, Vikings officials took several close looks at AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009. That included being given a private tour in 2013 by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. ‘This is the most incredible stadium in the world, until the Vikings stadium,’ executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said after Minnesota’s 28-14 preseason win over Dallas on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. ‘It’s a great stadium, but ours will top it.’”

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/31/2015 - 07:37 am.

    Canada, here comes the Republicans

    Scott Walker is pandering to the totally insecure. Now Walker is open to building a wall between the US and Canada. A wall on the southern border and now a wall on the northern border. It is going to be interesting to see how the party that never wants to spend any money is willing to spend many multi-billions on two walls. All this because of political immigration inaction over the years. Trump’s idea is totally crazy plus unaffordable and Walker’s idea is beyond that. Walker is what desperation looks like. Wait a minute fellows. There is a Russian island in the bearing straits that would call for a wall around Alaska. Remember Sarah Palin can see Russia from her front porch. The east side of Alaska borders on Canada too. Walker doesn’t have a core belief system to work from. He is a “follower” and he doesn’t have any idea who his handlers want him to be. Should he jump in the wake of Trump, follow the Koch brothers, or be his own man which will be hard because he doesn’t know who he is supposed to be. The Canada wall option fits right into the Republican fears of the sky is falling, every 15 minutes, somewhere it wasn’t before. This is a prime example why Walker isn’t getting any traction. Watch as his funding and support starts to dry up, just like Jeb’s money and support are already drying up. Pretty soon the Republicans won’t even need a tent because there won’t be anybody to put in it. They can hold their sixteen ring circus out in the open. The GOP circus continues.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/31/2015 - 09:51 am.

      On the Contrary

      Walker does indeed have a core belief. That is, he wants to advance his own career, which has done thus far by doing the bidding of the wealthy. And he certainly knows what his handlers want him to do: get elected and advance the cause of the 1% by lowering their taxes, further loosening regulations, and increasing the of looting of the public treasury for corporate gain.

      What Walker clearly is having trouble with is just HOW to deceive the voters into thinking he’s on the side of what Paul Wellstone called “the little Fellers”.

      I thought Chris Christie jumped the shark on Saturday when said he wanted to track undocumented people by tracking them “like Fed Ex tracks packages”. Apparently on Sunday Walker felt he need to top that by doing a triple back flip over the shark.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/31/2015 - 07:50 am.

    I guess things have improved.

    Oh good, the ultra rich are down to arguing about my stadium is better than your stadium. I guess that is better than my dad can beat up your dad. Now if they could only field a team as good as the stadium.

  3. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 08/31/2015 - 07:57 am.

    Senator Klobuchar…

    is pretty realistic about this not being a coronation. However I do not think that Mrs. Clinton’s ego allowed her to accept the fact that someone would dare to challenge her.

    Does Black Lives Matter have any idea what they are protesting against? And when have protesters been given not only permission to disrupt a public thoroughfare while having police escorts?

  4. Submitted by Gerald Abrahamson on 08/31/2015 - 08:39 am.

    Anyone got a spare $120B to $125B per year?

    Dibs on the contract !!

    It will cost $120B to $125B per year just for labor and benefits for the guards on that wall (at $15/hr). Then add “management”, “profits”, “overhead”, and so on.

    Let’s see Walker raise taxes to pay that bill, never mind the construction and maintenance costs.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 08/31/2015 - 11:00 am.

      They would just tuck it

      into an already bloated defense budget. Their flag waving sycophants wouldn’t care a wit until they notice that government spending shot up, at which time they would blame welfare fraud.

  5. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/31/2015 - 10:06 am.

    The candidates…

    Must really be busy because they obviously have zero time to actually consider what they are saying. I could not resist going to Google Earth and flying over Scott Walker’s new wall locations. The Great Wall of the BWCA? As the youth say: ROFLMAO. Also stopped by the MN GOP booth at the fair where an Iowa like “Corn Poll” was under way. In order to get a kernel to toss in the jug of your favorite candidate you had to make a contribution or be a party member (card carrying, I guess). Surprised to see that some of the lesser knowns had more corn than Trump when I realized that he was on his 6th jug: doubling up his #2 rival Ben Carson. It must be a strange time to be a Republican…

  6. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 08/31/2015 - 10:48 am.

    Black Lives St Paul disappoints…

    BLM St Paul turned down a booth at the fair where they could have discussed their gripes with the fair. So the only way to know what their specific issues are beyond the general racism and white privilege of this country, you would have had to been at the march. Way to get the word out. I think they were afraid to face the crowds of white people, but it would have been a great venue to pursuade a few friendly but ignorant allies. Instead we got the t-shirt guy selling Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter t-shirts. Sad.

    In other sad news we get Scott Walker trying to out dumb Donald Trump demonstrating that the real base of the Republican party is the dumb, ignorant non-high school graduates. I bet if chewing tobacco came from Canada he’d think twice about that wall, although I doubt he thinks twice about anything he says.

  7. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 08/31/2015 - 11:19 am.

    Scott Walker….

    may want the wall to keep people from fleeing the US into Canada.

  8. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 08/31/2015 - 12:31 pm.

    Smaller, more effective wall

    Can’t we just build a wall around all 17 of the GOP contenders for president? Then they’d all be safe and protected from the rest of the world, and we wouldn’t have to consider any more of their harebrained notions of “national security.”

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