And just think, this is just vacation travel. Not included are the summits, golf outings, fundraising…

Here’s how much the Obama family has spent on vacations over the last eight years

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Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama and his family have spent more than $10 million a year for travel and vacations, totaling in excess of $85 million — and the number is still growing.

The numbers were revealed Monday by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The organization has been tracking the president’s travel spending for several years and just disclosed, based on bills it received this week, that the first family spent almost $5 million in taxpayer money for their annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii last year.

The Obamas, who will officially move out of the White House on Jan. 20, are expected to leave soon for their annual Christmas trip, which last year lasted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.

The exact number for the 2015 holiday trip rang in at $4,823,206.88, which accounted for a robust U.S. Secret Service apparatus, flights and transportation and lodging for the security officials. That number does not include the costs for prepositioning aircraft and ships in the area or much of the necessary communications to protect the president and his family.

“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement on the matter. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”

From the Judicial Watch report:

According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.

The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz — 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.

Reportedly, the Obamas stayed at the Hale Reena Estate, which “rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.”
The first family also dined at several top-of-the-line restaurants while they were on the trip, which — in addition to the fees for the food — required presidential-level security.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the information in January and the documents were released in response to a lawsuit filed on May 6.

Another taxpayer funded scam. If was all on the “up and up” why are they reimbursing their use of “free” suites?

Ten U officials enjoyed free access to government suites at U.S. Bank Stadium

U officials released the names because of “desire for transparency.”
By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune DECEMBER 5, 2016 — 12:38PM
University of Minnesota officials and, in three cases their spouses, say they attended Minnesota Vikings and/or soccer games in luxury suites controlled by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) at U.S. Bank Stadium and will now personally write checks for their tickets.

Among those who attended were Athletic Director Mark Coyle and his wife, several associate and deputy athletic directors, and from the president’s office: Amy Phenix, chief of staff, and Beth Eull, deputy chief of staff for policy and initiatives, as well as their husbands. Two officials attended two events: deputy AD John Cunningham and senior associate AD Tom McGinnis.

The university provided the names in an e-mail along with a statement that even though the officials’ attendance was “clearly work-related, the involved individuals value their public roles and the public’s desire for transparency, and to avoid any controversy and appearance whatsoever of impropriety” they will now pay for their tickets. It wasn’t immediately clear how much the officials would reimburse the MSFA.

The Star Tribune reported on Nov. 27 that the MSFA controls two lower concourse luxury “Norseman Suites” at U.S. Bank Stadium. For Vikings games alone, the suites sell $200,000 to $300,000 for the 10-game season. But the MSFA controls the suites for all events, including soccer and concerts, in the $1.1 billion building.

MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale, both of whom are state employees, say they use the suites for marketing purposes. They have repeatedly declined to release the identities of their guests, although previously their family members and friends, as well as those of the four other commissioners have attended games. Since the newspaper report, the two said they’d suspend the practice of bringing friends and family pending an investigation.

On Monday, MSFA spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway said again said that state law prohibits them from releasing the names of their “marketing targets” and guests and “the University is a marketing target.”

Minnesota Sports Facilities Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen controls two lower level suites at U.S. Bank Stadium with almost 40 available seats per game or event. She says she uses them for marketing purposes.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen controls two lower level suites at U.S. Bank Stadium with almost 40 available seats per game or event. She says she uses them for marketing purposes.

Legislative auditor James Nobles, however, said last week he has opened a “priority” investigation into the MSFA’s control of the suites that he wants to complete by next month so legislators have the results before the session begins. Several legislators, especially Republicans who now control both chambers at the capitol, have expressed dismay and disgust at the practice and pledged to take action.

The MSFA pays millions annually to global event giant SMG to book and operate the building, but those employees have not been guests in the suites.

University officials who attended the first event at the stadium Aug. 3 were Cunningham associate AD Scott Ellison, McGinnis, TCF Bank Stadium director of event management John Tweedy and former senior associate AD for strategic communications Chris Werle.

The purpose, according to Evan Lapiska, director of public relations at the U, was to join stadium staff, Sports Minneapolis, an arm of the city’s convention bureau, because they were jointly pursing an X Games bid and working on NCAA Championship bids.

Attending the Minnesota Vikings inaugural regular season game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 18 were Coyle and his wife, Cunningham and McGinnis.

The purpose, according to Lapiska, was to work with Meet Minneapolis and Sports Minneapolis from the city’s convention bureau to “host staff members from the NCAA and observe stadium operations.” The NCAA’s 2019 Final Four will be at the stadium.

Attending the Minnesota Vikings game on Nov. 6 against the Detroit Lions were Phenix, Eull and their spouses.

Lapiska said the two women attended the game “as representatives of the office of the president” while the U and the MSFA “partner on a variety of event hosting bids.”

For each event, the MSFA can host up to 36 guests in the two suites and, in some cases, the guests get free parking in the adjacent lot used by Minnesota Vikings players that is not open to the public.

Lapiska said the “business invitations” to U officials included the option of bringing a guest and that two parking passes in the players’ lot were offered for each event. He added, “Business invitations for events outside of normal business hours can occasionally include a family member or a guest as well, which was the case in these instances.”

After repeat requests from the Star Tribune, the MSFA released a list of a dozen public officials who had been there and reimbursed them $200 for their tickets, food and drink during events.

The MSFA initially said they couldn’t release the names of guests because their marketing efforts needed to be private. Last week, the MSFA shifted, saying it was legally prevented from disclosing the names of the guests.

Hamline University law and ethics professor David Schultz has questioned the legality of the arrangement as well as the lack of disclosure. He said Monday the U’s disclosure raised more questions. The MSFA “is the sole arbiter of what the public has the right to know. They’re basically saying, ‘Trust us; … we’ll decide what the public has a right know.'”

He noted that lots of organizations, including the NCAA and the NFL openly court cities in an attempt to pit cities against each other for bids.

Schultz went as far as saying the invitations to U officials looked like “payback” for the use of TCF Bank Stadium during 18 months of construction for U.S. Bank Stadium.

He also questioned the need to use suites to build relationships. “No. You don’t need to sit in a luxury suite and eat a bratwurst,” Schultz said, noting that a lot of what partners would need to see is the operation, not the game on the field.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who appoints a majority of the board, said he has “expressed concern” about the use of the suites to Kelm-Helgen, his longtime political ally and former deputy chief of staff, but that he will wait to get all the facts before taking a position.

Last week, the governor said that he had been unaware that several of his commissioners and his deputy chief of staff Linden Zakula had attended games in the suite and subsequently paid $200 each for the experience.

Twitter: @rochelleolson

She should be unceremoniously removed from her job and publicly humiliated.

OSU Administrator Stephanie Clemons Thompson Slammed Attack Related Post

By Bolo On December 4, 2016 0 Comments


OSU administrator Stephanie Clemons Thompson took to social media to defend a terrorist who tried to murder her students.
Ohio State University administrator Stephanie Clemons Thompson is under fire for showing public sympathy for a terrorist who attempted to commit mass-murder of innocent people on November 28th, and she referenced Black Lives Matter while doing it.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee who also resided in Pakistan, was a student at OSU. After an anti-American rant on social media, Artan drove his vehicle into a crowd of innocent people on campus, exited the vehicle and began to hack at his victims with a butcher knife before he was gunned down by hero, OSU Police Officer Alan Horukjo. He succeeded in injuring 11, and could have injured or killed many more during his rampage if he wasn’t neutralized by Officer Horukjo.

Thompson, who currently holds the position of assistant director of resident life, went to Facebook with her sympathy, not for the victims, but for the attacker. In her post, Thompson reminds her readers that Artan “was a BUCKEYE, a member of our family”. She went on to say, “I pray you find compassion for his life, as troubled as it clearly was”.
One has to question the intent of someone who’s shown compassion for the “troubled” life of a terrorist- reportedly influence by the radical Islamic hate group ISIS- who attempted to kill innocent people. But at the end of her post, Thompson showed her own influence and intended message. She ended the post with the hashtags “#BuckeyeStrong #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName”, the latter two in reference to the anti-police hate group. She has since removed her post, but not before many people outraged by her comments saved the image.

Needless to say, her view of the incident and attacker has not been well received by the OSU community, as well as by people around the country. An online petition on, created by Brock Jenkins, called for her immediate firing. In the associated statement, the petitioner said:

“Stephanie Clemons Thompson used Facebook as a public platform to shame those who were grateful and relieved the terrorist was taken out so quickly, preventing even more unthinkable terror and destruction in his wake. Because this man was taken out so quickly his goal of murder was foiled and his victims will live on. Stephanie Clemons Thompson, however, condemns this sentiment of relief by prioritizing the feelings of the terrorist over his innocent victims, their families, and the Buckeye community as a whole.

Furthermore, bringing the group #BlackLivesMatter into her post as a defense to these heinous acts only further promotes the violent and racially divided rhetoric being flooded by our media. That racial divide goes against the morals and principals OSU stands for. Her actions, as an employee, reflect on the university.”

As of this writing, the petition has been signed by over 1000 supporters.

Thompson, who holds a major administrative position with a university in which a terrorist attack took place, obviously has shown more compassion for the terrorist than that of his victims. It is just as obvious, in referencing Black Lives Matter, that Thompson showed her true racial bias and was against the justified killing of this terrorist by a hero police officer who thankfully was close enough to stop him before the terrorist injured or killed others.

Constitution? You will obey… Its disgusting how our government just seems to do whatever they want..

FBI Quietly Gains Remote Access To America’s Computers

Tech and Law Reporter
11:31 AM 12/02/2016

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies were officially granted expanded hacking powers Thursday after an eleventh-hour attempt by the Senate to block the changes failed.

Judges across the country will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the power to remotely access computers and online communications, according to Reuters. Before, judges were only allowed to permit searches within the rangebound jurisdiction of their court.

Privacy activists originally urged that departments acquire a warrant because they worry such surveillance will be indiscriminate and thus violate the rights of innocent people or cause dangerous situations.

“By sitting here and doing nothing, the Senate has given consent to this expansion of government hacking and surveillance,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said. “Law-abiding Americans are going to ask ‘what were you guys thinking? when the FBI starts hacking victims of a botnet hack. Or when a mass hack goes awry and breaks their device, or an entire hospital system and puts lives at risk.”
The FBI, CIA and other law enforcement institutions likely want these extended powers for a number of reasons, like being able to pinpoint the whereabouts of tech-savvy cybercriminals who obscure their location. The FBI, for example, has been actively seeking out child porn sites in order to catch predators.  The Supreme Court officially approved amendments made to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure in April.

“The amendments do not change any of the traditional protections and procedures under the Fourth Amendment, such as the requirement that the government establish probable cause,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Criminal Division wrote on an official Department of Justice blog post.

“The amendments would not authorize the government to undertake any search or seizure or use any remote search technique, whether inside or outside the United States, that is not already permitted under current law.”

Certain lawmakers like Wyden, Democrat Sen. Chris Coons and Republican Sen. Steve Daines, gathered to pass a bill that would disallow the amendments.

These efforts were blocked by opponents like the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, Sen. John Cornyn.

During a speech on the Senate floor, Wyden said the changes to Rule 41 are “one of the biggest mistakes in surveillance policy in years,” according to Reuters.

Wyden argues that this will give “unprecedented authority to hack into Americans’ personal phones, computers, and other devices.”

“The possibility of such harm must be balanced against the very real and ongoing harms perpetrated by criminals—such as hackers who continue to harm the security and invade the privacy of Americans through an ongoing botnet, or pedophiles who openly and brazenly discuss their plans to sexually assault children,” Caldwell said in a separate blog post on the Justice Department’s website.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies across the world have been aggressively using several different virtual tactics in order to target and apprehend criminals broadcasting and purveying child pornography over the dark web.

U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra ruled in September that the FBI needed a warrant when it hacked a child pornographers computer with malware.

Now the FBI has the ability to obtain that warrant.

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Its about damn time we had some men running this country, isn’t it?

These Are The 7 Most Alpha Quotes From Trump’s Future Secretary Of Defense

Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter
6:17 PM 12/01/2016
Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis is known for speaking his mind, and throughout his 40-year career, he has offered up some choice quotes.

Here are some of the best from Trump’s future secretary of defense:

On war protesters:

“When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look at him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend because she knows she’s dating a pussy.”

On the importance of artillery:

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes. If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

Mattis delivered this gem after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 while meeting with Iraqi elders in his unit’s area of operations.

On woman-beaters:

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

Mattis offered these thoughts on domestic abuse during a panel discussion Feb. 1, 2005.

On manners:

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

Mattis gave his Marines this piece of advice while in Iraq.

On terrorist retirement:

“There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists.”

Mattis gave us this thought in 2004 while in Iraq.

On assholes:

“That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot. There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim. It’s really a hell of a lot of fun. You’re gonna have a blast out here!

“Mad Dog” delivered this comment during a gathering of 200 Marines.

On history:

“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

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Another example of the embarrassment known as Keith Ellison. How loud would the cries be if a white politician proposed a “white state”?

EXCLUSIVE: Black Congressmen Refuse To Condemn Ellison’s Past Proposal For A ‘Black State’

9:31 AM 11/30/2016

WASHINGTON — Several Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday refused to denounce Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for a black state. One congressman stated, “I don’t see anything really objectionable.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation recently reported on columns Minnesota Rep. Ellison wrote under a pen name while in law school. In one of them he called for a black state in southeastern American states.

Under the name Keith E. Hakim, Ellison wrote: “Finally, blacks would have the option of choosing their own land base or remaining in the United States. Since black people toiled most diligently in the southeastern section of the United States, this land, quite naturally, would be most suitable. That means Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Blacks, of course, would not be compelled to move to the black state, and, of course, peaceful whites would not be compelled to move away.”

The Daily Caller reached out to Ellison’s office to ask if he still believes in these ideas and received no response. TheDC showed or read to multiple black Democrat congressmen this quote from Ellison and asked them what they thought about it.
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When asked if what Rep. Ellison proposed was black nationalism, Johnson said, “I don’t know what to call it. It seems to have been born out of academia, a thoughtful discussion on possibilities.”
“These are not ideas that have not been discussed by black folks throughout history,” Johnson added. The Georgia congressman said that while he is not in support of the ideas now “there was a time when I would have been.” Johnson told TheDC that time was when he is college.

Other congressmen were not as outspoken as Johnson about Ellison’s past writing. Georgia Rep. John Lewis said: “I don’t know what condition he wrote it in, so it’d be hard for me to comment. But many years ago there was other groups suggesting that there was some part of America that would be like a homeland or a state or something.”
The Georgia Democrat said he wouldn’t comment on whether Ellison would have to denounce these comments. While Rep. Lewis said previous groups espoused similar ideas for a black state, the New Black Panther Party currently supports it.

The group’s co-leader proposed an idea very similar to Ellison’s. He said that African-Americans should claim a “black nation” in “Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.” Ellison’s black state would be in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Other black Democratic congressmen TheDC spoke to at the nation’s capitol refused to comment on Ellison’s writing. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said he would need to read the whole article by Ellison before he could comment, as the two paragraphs calling for a black state could have been taken out of context.

Indiana Rep. Andre Carson looked over Ellison’s writing for multiple minutes and still refused to comment. Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay also refused to comment when told Rep. Ellison supported a black state when he was a law student.

TheDC read out Ellison’s writing to Congressional Black Caucus chairman North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield as he walked to his car. Butterfield responded, “I have to find out if he said it. It doesn’t sound like Keith Ellison to me.” TheDC informed Rep. Butterfield that it was indeed Ellison who wrote the column, Butterfield then said he had to go and climbed into his car.

Rep. Ellison has declared his candidacy for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. He has been endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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What makes me think there’s so much more to this tale?

Eveleth man faces three felonies in alleged gunpoint kidnapping
By Tom Olsen Today at 3:03 p.m.
Kyle Martin Olson
A 28-year-old Eveleth man faces three felony charges in an alleged kidnapping at gunpoint on the Iron Range over the weekend.

Kyle Martin Olson allegedly held the 21-year-old victim hostage over a $500 debt for more than nine hours, according to a criminal complaint filed in State District Court in Virginia.
The victim was secured by authorities at a residence on the 100 block of Sixth Street Southwest in Chisholm at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said the victim had been taken at gunpoint from a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 7 and Iron Junction Road around 11 p.m. Friday. A shot was fired during the incident, but no injuries were reported.

Olson was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault. Sixth Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti set his bail at $100,000.

A second suspect, a 21-year-old Chisholm man, was released from the St. Louis County Jail pending further investigation, said Sgt. Steve Borchers of the sheriff’s office.

Borchers said the investigation is still ongoing and that charges against that man and others are still possible.

Check back for updates to this story.

Would you stop to help a cop getting attacked? Hump day feel good story…

Two Suspects Attack Florida Trooper, Retired RI Trooper Jeffery Duclos Jumps In To Help

By Cowgirl On November 30, 2016

A Florida State Trooper didn’t have to fight alone when to men attacked him. Retired Trooper Jeffery Duclos jumped in to help.

A Florida State Trooper didn’t have to fight alone when to men attacked him. Retired Trooper Jeffery Duclos jumped in to help.

When Attacked, A Florida Trooper Was Helped By Retired Rhode Island Trooper Jeffery Duclos

Collier County, FL – When two suspects attacked a Florida State Trooper, a retired Rhode Island Trooper stopped to help.

The Florida State Trooper, whose name has not been released, had stopped a vehicle earlier this week in on I-75 in Collier County for speeding over 100 mph. He said that he observed the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Richard Lazo Torres, switch places with the passenger, Issac Ruiz Wilson. It was later determined that Lazo Torres didn’t have a valid driver’s license and that it was suspended.

Both men in the vehicle became hostile toward the Florida State Trooper shortly after the stop, and began to resist arrest. A retired Rhode Island State Trooper, Jeffery Duclos, was driving by, and saw the trooper wrestle one man to the ground. He immediately stopped to assist the trooper despite the busy highway and developing situation, and later said that he didn’t hesitate when he saw the trooper on the ground. He said that his training and 30 years of experience of a law enforcement officer kicked in.

Jeffery Duclos said that one suspect stopped resisting when he approached the trooper, but that the other suspect continued fighting. He then assisted the trooper with taking the second suspect into custody. Both suspects were later charged with resisting arrest and other charges. Jeffery Duclos said that “I think more people ought to be prepared to help,” and that he knew it could have been worse if the trooper had not made it home that night.

This is the second time this month that a Good Samaritan has stopped to help a Florida law enforcement officer who was involved in a physical confrontation with a suspect. On November 14, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dean Bardes, was assisting the Florida Highway Patrol in investigating a traffic accident on I-75. During the accident investigation, Deputy Bardes was passed on the median by a vehicle which was being driven at speeds at over 100 mph.

Deputy Bardes began pursuing the driver who soon stopped, got out of his vehicle, and began fighting Deputy Bardes. The deputy later said that he observed upon approaching the stopped vehicle that the suspect was armed with a handgun. A Good Samaritan who had a valid concealed carry permit saw the suspect fighting with the trooper, stopped, and told the suspect he would shoot him if he didn’t stop beating Deputy Bardes. The suspect refused to comply and this Good Samaritan shot the suspect three times. The suspect later died. The names of the Good Samaritan and the Lee County deputy have not been released.

We thank both retired Trooper Jeffery Duclos and the Good Samaritan for their heroic actions in assisting law enforcement officers.

Would you be ready to help a law enforcement officer who is fighting with a suspect?

Governor goofy gets his panties in a bunch over history. I think he’s overmedicated.


Gov. Dayton walks out of public meeting over Capitol art controversy

Governor charges political motives by GOP lawmaker in squabble over Civil War paintings in Capitol.
By Patrick Condon Star Tribune NOVEMBER 30, 2016 — 10:54AM


Gov. Mark Dayton stormed out of a public meeting about the State Capitol restoration on Tuesday, after accusing a Republican state lawmaker of playing politics with decisions about a set of Civil War paintings and their placement in the soon-to-reopen building.

“If this commission gets hijacked for political purposes, I’ll resign from it,” Dayton said at the meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission. He cited a recent memo by state Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, to his House colleagues arguing against what he alleged was a move by the administration to remove one or several Civil War paintings.

“The Capitol should not be designed around the likes and dislikes of any temporary tenant,” Dean wrote in the memo.

“I won’t allow this to become the new norm,” Dayton said. Then he got up and left, leaving a room full of prominent state lawmakers, state officials, citizen members and others momentarily befuddled. He later clarified that he wasn’t actually resigning from the commission.

Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman took over the meeting, and after further discussion the commission voted to recommend to the Minnesota Historical Society that four Civil War paintings be returned to their original spots in one of the Capitol’s grandest spaces, the Governor’s Reception Room. The Historical Society’s board has the final decision.

At a news conference later in the afternoon, Dayton reiterated that he believed House Republicans were trying to make political hay out of disagreements over the paintings’ placement: “I’m not going to sit around and be part of that contrivance,” the DFL governor said. He said he would not try to influence the Historical Society’s decision.
Dayton said he believed the art kerfuffle was an attempt by Republicans to distract from their inaction in addressing an expected spike in MNsure premiums in January. He also alleged that Dean, who is considering a 2018 bid for governor, was using the issue to bolster his own conservative credentials.

“No, this was done because we’re supposed to do our job on the Capitol Preservation Commission, which is to preserve the Capitol,” Dean said. He added: “The governor has yelled at me before, he probably will again.”

Before the Capitol closed for renovation, there were six large, painted Civil War scenes in the Governor’s Office: four in the Reception Room, and two in an anteroom leading into the larger room. Minnesota governors use the Reception Room for news conferences and other public events, for Cabinet meetings and often for legislative negotiations.

Dayton first remarked several years ago that he thought such a heavy focus on Civil War paintings was perhaps outdated.

“Is that broadly representative of 150 years of Minnesota history? Clearly it’s not,” Dayton reiterated Tuesday. Since he first raised the issue, several committees and subcommittees of legislators and citizens have struggled with questions of where and how the Capitol’s vast art holdings should be displayed.

“I think it’s really important we keep those paintings,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said at the meeting. “I realize it’s controversial, but I think it would be more controversial to remove them. I think it would be a disgrace to the soldiers who fought in the Civil War for Minnesota.”

Many of those veterans helped build the Capitol, which was completed in 1905; supporters of keeping the paintings in place said the building itself was meant to be a Civil War memorial. “The bloodstains of history can’t be washed away by removing a picture,” said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, who has written books about Minnesota history.

But Rep. Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis, said those contributions could still be properly honored even if room were to be made in the Reception Room for newer art. “I personally think a Civil War room would be more effective to tell that story to all visitors.”

Two other Reception Room paintings are more likely to be removed, though no final decisions have been made. Both depict scenes of interaction between Minnesota settlers and several American Indian tribes, and some Indian activists have criticized the paintings for historical inaccuracy.

Urdahl said he wants those painting to remain, too: “They are part of the story of Minnesota, the good and the bad, and they deserve to be explained.” 651-925-5049 PatrickTCondon

Un frigging believable.

OSU Diversity Officer Apologizes For Terrorist In Facebook Post, Urges Sympathy

8:40 AM 11/29/2016
Abdul Razak Artan, a third-year student in logistics management, sits on the Oval in an August 2016 photo provided by The Lantern, student newspaper of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. on November 28, 2016. Courtesy of Kevin Stankiewicz for The Lantern/Handout via REUTERS Abdul Razak Artan, a third-year student in logistics management, sits on the Oval in an August 2016 photo provided by The Lantern, student newspaper of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. on November 28, 2016. Courtesy of Kevin Stankiewicz for The Lantern/Handout via REUTERS ∧

Ohio State University Assistant Director of Residence Life Stephanie Clemons Thompson may have urged sympathy for suspected Monday attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan in a Facebook post.


The Daily Caller News Foundation was not able to independently verify the authenticity of the post, and Clemons was unavailable for comment at press time.

Clemons apparently repeated urging for her friends not to share the Facebook post, suggesting she was aware of the controversial nature of her language.

Artan emigrated to the U.S. in 2014, NBCNews reports. Artan was a refugee whose family left Somalia in 2007, spent seven years in Pakistan, and became legal permanent residents of the U.S. in 2014.
Before the attack, Artan reportedly posted on Facebook, “I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” according to ABCNews. “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,” he declared.

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Artan was profiled in an Aug. 25 segment titled, “Humans of Ohio State” where he lamented, “This place is huge, I don’t even know where to pray.” Artan said he wanted to pray in the open but was scared because of recent media coverage.
“If people look at me a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, whats going to happen.” Artan then railed against the media saying, “its the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”

“We have to consider that it is” a terrorist attack, Columbus Ohio Police Chief Kim Jacobs told reporters Monday. Jacobs elaborated that police “engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat.” Reports indicate he allegedly swerved his car onto the curb striking students, before attacking other students with a butcher knife.

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