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At the most recent Minneapolis City Council meeting, Democrat Jeremiah Ellison criticized Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, saying “You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.”

Councilman Ellison should read the newspapers more often. This article starts by saying “Some South Minneapolis residents are voicing concerns about staffing at the city’s Fifth Police Precinct. The commander of the precinct confirms that some nights there are only eight officers on patrol covering 20 neighborhoods.”

The article continues, saying “Minneapolis Deputy Chief Erick Fors said the department is short on officers. The reason, he says, ranges from early retirements to hiring freezes to dozens of officers on medical leave, mixed with COVID-19 challenges, like officers having to stay home and quarantine if they’re exposed to COVID-19.”

“So yes, that’s considerably less than an authorized total strength of 888 officers, so that requires us to look at our resources, look at our demands, again focus on our core services and move resources around as needed,” Fors said.

Apparently, Councilman Ellison hasn’t pulled his head out of his butt. Thanks to grandstanding politicians who blame police officers whenever possible, officers are leaving for better jobs or they’re taking early retirement. Why put up with the politicians’ abuse week-after-week? Their job is difficult enough as it is with a full compliment of officers. Check this article out:

Service calls for police response either through 911 or other dispatches noticeably declined since the unrest that rocked Minneapolis ended, in part underscoring the department’s staffing and budgetary problems. After Floyd’s death, the force lost more than 10 percent of its officers through resignation, termination, retirement or medical leave – and could shed more employees by year’s end.

Watch this video from November, 2019:

It says that the Minneapolis City Council “is set to approve a $772,000 sculpture” but that the police department is understaffed. It’s in that context that we have to picture Jeremiah Ellison’s statements. He voted for the statue. Then he voted for dismantling the police department. Here’s how Chief Arradondo replied:

Arradondo said he’d like to see deeper research into the root causes of community and police violence. “Too often, we as police departments, we are dealing in a reactionary mode. We have oftentimes come to finding crime as opposed to preventing it. If we just stayed status quo, right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable about what we should have in terms of community violence, and we don’t do a deep dive as a city as to what caused all of those.”

Instead of dismantling the MPD, Minneapolis should strengthen training while hiring more officers. Finally, it’s time for the people to fire grandstanding politicians like Jeremiah Ellison the next time he’s up for re-election.

That means electing Republicans to the City Council. Jeremiah Ellison and his DFL friends have failed miserably at protecting Minneapolis residents.

This article shouldn’t surprise people. Since DFL politicians like Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey let Minneapolis get torched, it was inevitable that citizens would start taking matters into their own hands. This article simply confirms that:

Gun dealers in Minnesota attribute a surge in firearms sales to anxiety over the coronavirus, civil unrest and the uncertainties involving the presidential race. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota in August of 2019. This year, there were nearly 35,000 in the same month.

This says it all:

Dave Amon, an agent at Gunstop of Minnetonka, said the demand shows no signs of slowing especially as the changing role of law enforcement is in the spotlight, the Star Tribune reported. “I’ve seen a lot more single moms that are scared and need something to protect them,” he said. “They’re scared when people talk about defunding the police.”

This is an indictment against DFL mayors and DFL Gov. Tim Walz. They let Minneapolis burn the first 2 nights of the George Floyd Riots. Frey gave orders to sacrifice Minneapolis’s Third Precinct Police Station. When it went up in flames, so did the surrounding neighborhood:

Here’s drone video of the riots’ damage:

That’s what happens when there’s a leadership vacuum. When politicians won’t act, the citizenry will. This isn’t unusual. It’s quite predictable, in fact.

This article reports about the dispute between embattled Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. According to the article, “Ahead of a private meeting between the two on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz’s office issued a stern letter admonishing the Senate Majority Leader for not taking a greater role in the state’s COVID-19 response, after repeated criticism from Republicans over the governor’s continued use of emergency powers.”

Tim Walz and the DFL own the damage done by his shutdown policies. The House DFL majority has kept Gov. Walz’s Peacetime Emergency Powers intact. They’ve voted against shutting those powers off each time a special session is called. The House DFL majority isn’t interested in declaring the emergency over. I don’t understand why they don’t.

According to KSTP 5 At Issue, the monthly reports are definitely improving. According to their reporting 12 people died as a result of COVID in March, 331 died as a result of COVID in April, with 696 dying in May (the peak), followed by 401 in June, 159 in July, followed by 217 in August. I can’t wait to hear Gov. Walz and the House DFL explain how 2 months of COVID deaths (July, August) is smaller than a single month (June). Further, I’d love hearing Gov. Walz explain how the peak was reached in May but we’re still in a crisis. BTW, my trusty calculator says that the total amount of deaths in July and August is just 54% of the deaths in May.

The first thing Republicans will do if they hold the Senate and retake the majority in the House is end Gov. Walz’s autocratic rule of the state. Further, they should vote to open indoor restaurants and change the rules on indoor seating. About 4 minutes into this video, Sen. Gazelka puts a heavy burden on Gov. Walz:

Sen. Gazelka said “I think it’s serious. I think we should take it serious but at the same time, we have to measure all these businesses closing, kids not in school. What are we gonna do about those issues as well?”

The DFL is in trouble this year. They’re running ads saying that their candidates will vote to keep your health care. What they aren’t talking about is whether they’ll vote to send kids back to school. In the suburbs, sending kids back to school is infinitely more important to voters. Further, the DFL won’t get away with saying that they’re for sending kids back to school if it can be done safely. Everyone knows it can be done safely. That line is just thrown in to protect EdMinn teachers. Private and Christian schools are open in other states. Those schools haven’t had anything resembling an outbreak so it can be done safely. Period. Full Stop.

If Gov. Walz and the DFL want to face a hord of angry voters this fall and in 2022, they should just keep doing what they’re doing. Thanks to Gov. Walz’s and the DFL’s mishandling of the COVID crisis while taking us from a surplus to a major deficit while needlessly driving family-run businesses into bankrupty, Gov. Walz and the DFL will get to face that angry mob soon.

After reading this article, I wasn’t surprised to find Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s tweet:


The article that Sen. Gazelka linked to is hostile to the Iron Range way of life. It essentially says that the metro DFL wants Iron Rangers to live in poverty:

Last weekend, the DFL party officially adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium banning copper-nickel mining projects in Minnesota, according to the DFL Environmental Caucus’s Facebook page. The move is the latest sign that the policies endorsed by the party are moving further toward the agenda’s of urban environmentalists and further away from the rural roots of the party that support farmers and laborers.

Democrats insist that they are the party that insists on following the science. That’s a lie. They’ve said that it’s impossible to safely mine precious metals. I wrote this post in 2013. Here’s the major takeaway of the post:

In 1936, Kennecott constructed evaporation ponds to store and evaporate mine water originating from the Bingham Canyon watershed. Over time, additional ponds were constructed to increase capacity, and the area became known as the South Jordan Evaporation Ponds (SJEP). The ponds were used for mine water until 1965 and for periodic storage of runoff water until 1987. SJEP use was discontinued in 1987.

Studies in the early 1990s concluded that there were elevated levels of heavy metals in the soil where the holding ponds had been located. Kennecott took responsibility for the impacts and agreed to reclaim and remediate the SJEP area. The removal work was undertaken pursuant to an EPA Administrative Order on Consent (AOC).

A massive clean-up operation began in 1994 involving the removal of pond sediment and six additional inches of underlying native soil. The material removed from Daybreak was permanently relocated to the Kennecott Blue Water Repository as part of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) clean up. At this time, some sediment, with a low concentration of lead and arsenic but an elevated sulfate concentration were consolidated onsite and capped with topsoil and re-vegetated. In 2001, the EPA issued a Record of Decision stating that the removal action adequately satisfied the remedial objectives and EPA determined that no further action was required. An Operation and Maintenance Plan (O&M Plan) was established to address
further management of the consolidation site.

Pursuant to agreements between the EPA, UDEQ and Kennecott, Kennecott began removing the remaining sediments at the consolidation site under the guideline of the O&M Plan. In 2006, Kennecott, the EPA and the UDEQ entered into an agreement solidifying the unrestricted residential and commercial use clean-up standards for the entire site.

In early 2007, the consolidated pond sediment removal project was completed. In 2008, the EPA and UDEQ issued a Consent Decree for the ground water cleanup efforts.

In other words, the DFL is the party of science except if it gets in the way of their political agenda. That isn’t intellectually consistent. The DFL knows about this. Kennecott’s example has been thrown in their face multiple times.

Not only does the party platform now officially oppose copper-nickel mining, something mining supporters have long suspected, but it also calls for increasing the use of wind and solar, which require enormous amounts of copper, nickel, and cobalt. The platform also opposes nuclear power, which along with hydroelectric power are the only sources of reliable carbon-free electricity.

How do you rely on wind and solar energy without the raw materials to make wind turbines or solar panels? Does the DFL think that these materials just miraculously appear at the manufacturing plant when they’re needed?

Iron Rangers appear to be figuring things out. They’re realizing that this is what’s happening:

It’s time for Tom Bakk and the rest of the Iron Range DFL delegation to flip the metro DFL the bird. The metro DFL doesn’t care about Iron Rangers’ families. Republicans share their priorities. Susan Kent and Ryan Winkler don’t.

Last week, 6 DFL mayors issued a statement that they were endorsing President Trump’s re-election. This week, 3 of those mayors officially endorsed Jason Lewis’s US Senate campaign. While both gentlemen still face uphill fights to win a statewide election in Minnesota, the odds keep improving.

One of the mayors that’s endorsed both the Trump-Pence ticket and Jason Lewis is Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich. She joined with Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe and Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich in a roundtable discussion with Lewis. After the event, Lewis said “I’ve been on the Iron Range countless times since launching our campaign a year ago and I’m proud to be back today chatting with outstanding leaders like these Mayors. I am humbled to have the support of Larry, Bob, and Andrea in my campaign to represent Minnesotans and the Iron Range in the United States Senate. It speaks volumes about how radical Democrats in D.C. and St. Paul have become when even lifelong Democrats here on the Iron Range are willing to stand up and endorse Republicans for federal offices.”

Mayor Zupancich was interviewed by Tammy Bruce Thursday night. Bruce was filling in for Laura Ingraham. Here’s that interview:

It’s long past time for the Iron Range to flip from bright blue to red. The DFL is controlled by the Metro DFL, which means anti-mining environmental activists. The DFL’s anti-mining activist wing of the party hate Iron Rangers. They tolerate Iron Rangers only to have a chance of holding House or Senate gavels.

This article highlights part of the letter endorsing President Trump:

“Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left, it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class. The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us.”

President Reagan once historically said that he didn’t leave the Democrats, that they’d left him. The DFL isn’t the party representing farmers and laborers. The DFL has become the party that’s dominated by environmental activists and white collar elitists. Republicans now represent farmers and laborers.

I wrote here that President Trump won the 4 rural congressional districts by comfortable margins:

In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 54%-38% margin in Minnesota’s Eighth District. That year, In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 61%-31% margin in Minnesota’s 7th District. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 52%-38% margin in Minnesota’s First District. Finally, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 59%-38% margin in Minnesota’s Sixth District.

It’s time to recognize the GOP as the Blue Collar Party. These Iron Range mayors reflect that change.

If you haven’t noticed, the Iron Range is changing. When Vice President Pence visited Duluth Friday, he took the stage with 6 Iron Range mayors. That would’ve been unthinkable in 2008.

It’s taken time to transition from DFL domination to where we’re at today but it’s worth it. It’s just a matter of time before the Iron Range delegation to the state legislature changes. When that happens, Republicans will cement their majorities in the Minnesota legislature.

“There’s many people in northern Minnesota who truly are Republicans,” Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson said, describing a blurring of what had once been solid Democrat country. “They truly understand what’s going on.” Swanson joined five other Range mayors in timing their Trump endorsement with Pence’s arrival at the Clure Public Marine Terminal.

This is telling:

Former Duluth Mayor Gary Doty was also pointed out of the crowd by Pence, for being another Democrat who has swung in favor of Trump. Afterward, Doty explained he was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor office-holder in the state Legislature in the 1970s, but held a series of nonpartisan offices after that. He’s always prided himself on being independent, he said.

“I come from a DFL family and many of them still are,” Doty said. “My dad was the head of the Teamsters and the things he fought for, jobs, benefits and working men and women, the Democratic party has lost that. They’ve gone so far left I can’t support the Democratic ticket this year.”

Environmental activists run the Metro DFL. The Metro DFL runs the DFL — for the time being. When Susan Kent defeated Tom Bakk to become the Senate Minority Leader, it signalled that the Metro DFL was asserting control. When Jen McEwen humiliated Erik Simonson in the SD-7 primary, the DFL sent the unmistakable message that support for mining in the DFL had finally evaporated.

Support for the Democrats is shrinking in Minneapolis, thanks to the Minneapolis City Council, which is 100% DFL, voting to eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department. Republicans already dominate rural/exurban Minnesota. With President Trump emphasizing school choice, the Trump-Pence ticket has a legitimate shot at flipping Minnesota into the red column.

Last night’s GOP Convention featured rising star Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General, and Ryan Holets, a police officer and “father of five who, together with his wife, adopted the daughter of a drug user living on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” It featured President Trump pardoning “Jon Ponder, who was arrested” and “went to prison for bank robbery; after his release, he became the founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners, which helps ex-convicts reenter civilian life.”

Last week’s Democrat Convention featured has-beens like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton. The Democrats’ rising stars are mostly radicals who fit into the mainstream of the Democrat Party but are far outside the mainstream of American politics. Maine lobsterman Jason Joyce “spoke in support of Trump’s trade and fisheries policies.” Cris Peterson spoke “in support of Trump’s trade policies that favor American dairy exports.” DFL Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevic praised “Trump’s steel tariffs”:

Last week, speaker after speaker spoke about what a nice guy Joe Biden is. What they omitted is that he’s been wrong on policy after policy. Vlaisavljevic said that Biden has been in DC for 47 years before asking “why would year 48 be any different?” Getting thing after thing wrong isn’t just something that Joe Biden is famous for. It’s who he is.

President Trump has made mistakes with the China Virus. Nobody would’ve gotten every decision right. When it comes to the economy and trade, though, President Trump got everything right. Literally for decades, Joe Biden got those things wrong. To answer Mayor Vlaisavljevic, there’s nothing in Biden’s record to think that year 48 will be better than the first 47.

To: Iron Range DFL
From: Gary Gross, uppity peasant, patriot & 2A advocate
Subject: Guilt by party affiliation

The blue collar workers that populate the Iron Range DFL have a question that can’t be avoided anymore. In the past, it wasn’t that difficult to justify staying affiliated with the metro DFL. They didn’t like mining, you said, but they tossed the Iron Range DFL delegation a few scraps at the end of the session each year. It’s true that the Metrocrats hated the Second Amendment but they weren’t fanatics about it.

The thinking was that, for the most part, the Metro DFL supported the police. Those rationalizations have disappeared entirely. While there’s still some common sense still found in the Iron Range DFL, that can’t be said of Metro DFL. The Metro DFL is largely represented by people like John Thompson. “John Thompson is running for Minnesota State House District 67A.” This is John Thompson in action:


The lunatic in that video doesn’t resemble the man in this video:

They’re both the same guy. The man in the second video is the fake face of a man who will say anything to win a seat in the Minnesota House. The man in the first video is the real face of the man. The point is that the lunatic that was unleashed in the first tape belongs to the same DFL that the Iron Range DFL belong to.

The Iron Range DFL needs to make a decision fast. When Erik Simonson got thrashed in his SD-7 DFL primary, he didn’t just lose every precinct in his district. He was told by the lunatic fringe of the DFL that blue collar workers weren’t welcome in the DFL anymore.

The question you need to ask yourself is whether you’re ok being treated like dirt by the Metro DFL simply because you want to make living and provide for your family. The Metro DFL have made it exceptionally clear that they have a problem with you making a living. Isn’t it time you flipped the Metro DFL the bird and told them to eff off and die?

Each day, it becomes more clear that this election isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans. Rather, it’s about sane people vs. the lunatic left. Friday afternoon, the NYPD and the NY Police Benevolent Association, aka NY PBA, endorsed President Trump.

Joe Biden’s message on policing has been inconsistent. One day, he’s said that he’s fine with redirecting money away from police budgets. At other times, he’s said he’s for strengthening police forces. Those 2 positions are opposites. You can’t strengthen police forces if you’re cutting funding. More importantly, it’s important to consistently have the officers’ backs. The exception to having the officers’ backs is in a George Floyd-like situation. There isn’t a need to defend the indefensible.

This isn’t the first endorsement President Trump has gotten from a police organization. In this post, I wrote about the endorsement President Trump received from the National Association of Police Organizations, aka NAPO. This is part of that post:

According to NAPO’s website, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.”

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

What’s telling is that Joe Biden didn’t even try to get their endorsement. Biden would love to tout the support of another labor union so that isn’t why he didn’t try for this endorsement. He didn’t want to run afoul of the Antifa/BLM wing of the Democrat Party.

Democrats have stated that they aren’t anti-police. Democrats have also insisted that the violence isn’t widespread. Both statements are lies. The AOC/Jeremiah Ellison wing of the Democrat Party is just as anti-police as the Antifa-BLM wing of the Democrat Party. That’s before considering the fact that the Seattle PD cut the funding for the SPD, then tried cutting Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best’s salary.

Democrats think that police officers pose a bigger threat to society than Antifa-BLM. That’s how nuts they’ve become. The national leaders can make whatever conciliatory-sounding pro-police statements they want. They’re utterly irrelevant. Police departments are run locally. At that level, they’re run by Antifa activists:


Keith Ellison, Jeremiah’s father, tried spinning Jeremiah’s tweet:

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) said Monday that his son’s tweet in support of Antifa was more a comment about the “absurdity” of President Trump’s remarks blaming proponents of the anti-fascist ideology for violence at recent demonstrations across the country over the police killing of George Floyd. “I think that was a comment about the absurdity of the president’s comment more than anything else,” Ellison said Monday on CNN.

That is some of the most absurd spin I’ve ever heard. That being said, it’s what I’d expect from Keith Ellison.

Harold Hamilton’s weekly commentary contains some bad news for the DFL. This past Tuesday, while I was paying attention to the national news, DFL primary voters delivered a harsh message to the DFL. First, Hamilton highlights the fact that the “labor wing” of the DFL is persona non grata within the DFL. Hamilton wrote “Start with State Senate District 7, where incumbent Erik Simonson suffered a savage beatdown at the hands of newcomer Jen McEwen. Simonson, a moderate, supported mining and pipelines and frequently crossed party lines. In short, he was an old-school blue-collar Democrat.”

Hamilton continued, writing “Simonson had the backing of nearly the entire constellation of DFL opinion leaders, including Governor Walz and a raft of independent spending on his behalf from unions and other special interest groups. Despite this dynamic, Simonson was crushed 74-23%, losing every single precinct in the district.”

Couple this thorough thrashing with Susan Kent’s defeat of Tom Bakk to become the Senate DFL Leader and it’s exceptionally clear that the Iron Range DFL delegation are welcome only to maintain the chance of putting together a majority. The DFL doesn’t want the Iron Range delegation’s mining agenda.

In House District 59B, Rep. Raymond Dehn was beaten by newcomer Esther Agbaje. Let’s be clear about Rep. Dehn’s liberal, woke street cred. Dehn is a proud ex-con, having done time for a 1976 felony burglary, presumably to feed an admitted cocaine addiction. More importantly, Dehn can rightly proclaim that he was for defunding the police before “defunding the police” became a cause célèbre. Dehn was excoriated for his suggestion to disarm the Minneapolis Police Department, even though he was more than prescient as a liberal standard-bearer. The problem for Ray Dehn, clearly, was that he was the wrong race and color for the Group Identity Mob.

Then there’s this:

In another section of Minneapolis, Senator Jeff Hayden lost his primary to Omar Fateh, a Democrat of a different stripe. Fateh proudly ran against Hayden as a Democrat Socialist. Again, Jeff Hayden wouldn’t be mistaken for a moderate anywhere. He has earned high marks from progressive groups everywhere.

Finally, over in Saint Paul, longtime legislative fixture John Lesch was unceremoniously dumped in the most surprising result of the night, save for Simonson’s beat down.

The thought that Jeff Hayden. Ray Dehn and John Lesch aren’t sufficiently leftist enough in this DFL says everything. When Jeff Hayden isn’t sufficiently left for the activists, that means that major changes are about to happen.

I’m sticking with my prediction that Jeremiah Ellison will be the next mayor of Minneapolis. I’ll further predict that he’ll run the city into the ground. The DFL is at a tipping point. If they don’t return to their blue collar roots, they’ll essentially be an urban party for a generation.