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It’s been clear for months that the statutes pertaining to the governors’ Peacetime Emergency Powers needed reforming. Currently, the authorities get extended if the governor says they’re required and either the House or Senate agrees with the governor.

What’s required is for these authorities to be limited to 30 days initially. If the authorities need to be extended, then both the House and Senate must be required to approve of the extension. In this instance, a Democrat House is protecting a DFL governor. There might be a time when an extension is required. I’m not disputing that. What I’m disputing is the situation that we’re currently in. The current situation includes the governor unilaterally shutting down cafes and restaurants:

Five more Minnesota restaurants have been issued cease-and-desist orders and license suspension notices from the Minnesota Department of Health. A press release from the MDH claims Long Pine Store in Pine River was observed on Dec. 18 serving beverages in person, and Jamieson’s on Main in Oslo was found serving food for in-person dining on Dec. 21.

Investigators determined “that the facilities had violated executive orders designed to protect their employees, customers, and communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The governor’s Executive Order 20-99 prohibits restaurants and bars from offering dine-in options. Cease-and-desist orders were issued to both within the last week, as well as notices of “license suspension.” The news release does not specify which licenses MDH plans on suspending.

Gov. Walz unilaterally decided to shut these restaurants down. He didn’t consult with the legislature. He didn’t seek testimony from the restaurateurs or their worker. He just issued EO-99. He didn’t even talk with these owners.

The DFL is complicit in this by extending the not-that-limited DFL lockdown by not ending Gov. Walz’s shutdown. That means that the DFL, from Gov. Walz to Melissa Hortman, own this recession and deficit. This borders on the dictatorial:

The Declaration of Independence emphatically states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Gov. Walz isn’t issuing these executive orders with the consent of the governed. He’s issuing them because he’s trying to look like he’s doing something while the ship sinks. Yes, the ship is sinking under his watch. Life savings have been lost. He’s turned a surplus into a significant deficit. He and the DFL are threatening people with crippling fines for trying to make a living. He’s done these things without listening to the people.

That’s the definition of a tyrant!”

Keith Ellison’s priorities are getting clearer with each lawsuit. This week, the “Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division has let Cornerstone Café in Monticello, The Interchange in Albert Lea and The Pour House in Clarks Grove know of its intention to revoke their liquor licenses for 60 days for violating Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-99.”

That’s just part of it. According to the article, “Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, Mission Tavern in Merrifield, Neighbors on the Rum in Princeton and Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, which the Attorney General’s Office also has a temporary restraining order against, are among those facing suspensions.”

Cease-and-desist orders and restraining orders

Meanwhile, Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office has filed lawsuits against Cornerstone Café, Cork in Anoka, Neighbors on the Rum, Boardwalk Bar & Grill and St. Patrick’s Tavern in New Prague.

Ellison and Walz are doing their best to put Minnesota out of business. These bars aren’t causing the spread of COVID. Walz and Ellison know that. They don’t care apparently. They’re power-tripping and loving every minute of it. The only cure for that disease is firing them the next time they’re up for re-election. This is exactly the right way of thinking of Gov. Walz during this Christmas season:

Gov. Walz isn’t a leader. He’s an autocrat. There’s a gigantic difference between the 2. An autocrat says ‘go this direction.’ A leader says ‘let’s head this direction.’ An autocrat gives orders. A leader provides insight, instruction. Gov. Walz isn’t insightful. He doesn’t provide leadership, either.

Keith Ellison is an autocrat, too. Thus far as Minnesota’s AG, he’s been thrilled to push people around. That’s especially true of mom and pop restaurants. As a young attorney, he ran interference for Joanne Chesimard, aka Akata Shakur, and for Kathleen Soliah:

Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing bombs with intent to murder Los Angeles police officers. The St. Paul resident said despite her guilty plea, she is innocent of the charges. Olson says she wasn’t able to get a fair trial in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Local supporters say they’re surprised, but supportive of Olson’s decision.

Sara Jane Olson, previously known as Kathleen Soliah, had been charged with conspiring to blow up two police cars in 1975. Prosecutors said the bombs were retaliation for the deaths of six Symbionese Liberation Army members who died in a shootout. The bombs never exploded. Since the incident, Olson, 54, had been living in St. Paul and was arrested here two years ago. The actress and mother of three has always maintained her innocence.

Keith Ellison isn’t a leader, either. Pushing people around is his specialty, too. He’s enforcing a dictate that isn’t enforceable. The court rule is that a solution must be the least intrusive when taking away a person’s fundamental rights. Feeding one’s family is definitely a fundamental right.

Further, the court is supposed to insist that there be proof that the dictate be proven scientifically. With roughly 2% of COVID cases coming from restaurants, it’s safe to say that shutting down restaurants isn’t the least intrusive solution. In fact, it isn’t proof that it’s a solution. I’d argue that a court is giving the government too much deference in these cases.

After reading this article and this article, it’s clear that Minnesota doesn’t have a justice system. It has a system that coddles criminals and sues law-abiding citizens.

The first story is about Farhan Musse Ibrahim, who “was charged in 2019 with four counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges in two separate cases stemming from incidents in February of that year.” According to the article, Ibrahim, “who police say is a member of the Somali Outlaws gang”, “recently received a plea bargain and concurrent sentencing that will leave him free in under three-and-a-half years.”

That isn’t justice. That’s injustice. Getting out in 3 years getting charged with 4 counts of second-degree attempted murder is the personification of injustice.

Meanwhile, the second article focuses on Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. According to the article, “Ellison’s office yesterday filed lawsuits against two restaurants that have been open for dine-in despite the governor’s executive orders. Cornerstone Café in Monticello and Cork in Anoka are Ellison’s latest projects.”

Gov. Walz’s EO is utterly too restrictive. It isn’t supported by science whatsoever. Attorney Gen. Ellison’s lawsuit is about intimidating hard-working citizens so they don’t step out of line in the future. These restaurants have installed mitigation devices to keep people safe. Apparently, in the Walz-Ellison police state, that isn’t enough. Walz and Ellison apparently hate businesses because they’re suing them each week.

The DFL’s priorities aren’t Minnesota’s priorities.

People ridiculed President Trump when he said that we’d have a vaccine for COVID by the end of this year. Those people were wrong – – bigtime. This past Monday, frontline workers in New York were the first to get vaccinated. That same day, the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Minnesota.

We know this because Gov. Walz told us that in a Friday email. In that email, it said “On Monday, the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrived in Minnesota. Governor Walz visited the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center to greet the very first shipment’s arrival. On Tuesday, the Governor returned to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center to applaud as the Minneapolis VA administered their first vaccine to nurse Thera Witte. ‘This is an exciting day for Minnesota,’ said Governor Tim Walz. “The first vaccines are here. They are safe, and they will be ready to go soon. The sun is coming up, Minnesota’. ‘With these first shipments, we will soon begin vaccinating thousands of health care workers and the most critically at-risk Minnesotans,’ Governor Walz continued. ‘All Minnesotans will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine in time, but until then, we need to stay safe and keep up the fight.'”
Walz inspects vaccine shipment

The state has been waiting on this shipment for months. They’ve theoretically had months to train for administering the shots. Each day that the shots aren’t administered, additional people needlessly die. Those lives are on Gov. Walz’s head.

According to the Blaze’s Daniel Horowitz, Tim Walz is a tyrant. In his article, Horowitz writes “There is no subtlety to Walz’s tyranny, and his evils are clearly no longer sufferable. His regime is now threatening to imprison business owners who have no options to feed their families other than keeping their businesses open. At the same time, he is releasing violent criminals, including child murderers, as violent crime consumes the Twin Cities region.” Check this out:

Larvita McFarquhar is America embodied. An African-American single mom with four children to support, Larvita never asked for handouts. She opened Haven’s Garden, in Lynd, Minnesota, a family-oriented restaurant with an attached gymnasium for kids to have a good time. She is the ultimate entrepreneur and family woman, but in Walz’s Sodom and Gomorrah, she is now a criminal. She had the audacity to pursue the rights spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and kept her business open at great expense with full compliance with all the unscientific distancing restrictions.

The twisted irony is that Walz is all in on the de-incarceration agenda. Just last month, he stated that “incarceration is a failure of the system.” But what he really meant was only incarceration for dangerous criminals should be shunned. On Wednesday afternoon, Nathan Hansen, Larvita’s attorney, posted on Twitter that “Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Kaitrin C. Vohs filed court documents to have Ms. McFarquhar potentially imprisoned to force her compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s executive order.”

With so many criminals being released for violating real laws, you know, like not to steal, carjack, or murder, wouldn’t “Mr. Anti-incarceration” himself not want lovely people like Ms. McFarquhar to be imprisoned for living a free life? Don’t count on it.

President Trump, a supposedly heartless Republican, signed the First Step Act to reform sentencing laws. Tim Walz, a supposedly compassionate Democrat, wants to jail a black single mother of 4 for wanting to put food on her family’s table and keep a roof over their head.

Who’s the heartless politician? Who’s the compassionate person? I think LFR readers understand that that’s a rhetorical question. The heartless politician, IMHO, is Tim Walz with a dishonorable mention to Keith Ellison:

Tim Walz’s indifference towards law-abiding citizens doesn’t stop there. Logic isn’t Gov. Walz’s strength. Be prepared to clench your fists after reading this:

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, as part of the state’s Board of Pardons, voted to immediately commute the life sentence of Myon Burrell after he served 18 years for the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002. He intended to kill someone else in a gang fight that day, but a stray bullet hit Edwards in the heart while she was in her home doing schoolwork. Burrell’s cousin and jailmate testified in 2002 that he confessed to the killing, and Timothy Oliver, the intended victim of the shooting, testified that Burrell pulled the trigger. But, of course, Burrell and his lawyer maintain that he is an innocent man.

Why did Walz release him? The “science” of teenage killers! “We cannot turn a blind eye to the developments in science and law as we look at this case,” said Walz. “We can’t shackle our children in 2020,” added Walz. “We need to grow as our science grows.”

The science? What the hell is Walz talking about? I get it that Ellison has supported murderers in the past. That’s old news. That he still supports murderers is disappointing on steroids, though it isn’t surprising.

Minnesota deserves a governor that applies logic to situations like this. Tim Walz doesn’t fit that description. He’s a tyrant drunk on his authorities. He’s unfit for office.

It isn’t surprising that the DFL is already attempting to limit the political damage that’s heading the DFL’s direction. House Democrats have kept intact Gov. Walz’s autocratic authorities about 6 months longer than they should have. This week, they’re attempting to claim credit for fixing what the DFL broke through Gov. Walz’s shelter-in-place orders.

Contrary to Walz’s statements, the DFL’s edicts weren’t based on science. They’re based on a thirst for controlling (and ruining) people’s lives. Yesterday, DFL Rep. Dan Wolgamott sent out a statement on the relief package the legislature passed Monday night.

He wrote “Monday night, after weeks of negotiations, the Minnesota Legislature finally passed a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at providing a lifeline to our state’s small businesses and working families. This isn’t a perfect, fix-all solution, but it does provide a lifeline for those struggling to get by until federal relief can arrive. The bill includes a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance and direct financial support for businesses. The Department of Revenue estimates that 5,800 small businesses will receive $82-88 million beginning before the end of the year. Another $114.5 million will be distributed to counties to provide grants to impacted businesses, and movie theaters and convention centers will receive $14 million. In this bill, Stearns County would receive just over $3.16 million for small business grants, and Benton and Sherburne Counties would receive $256 thousand and $1.9 million, respectively.”

Had the DFL followed the science and put in place mitigation standards for small businesses and restaurants, businesses would’ve stayed open and they wouldn’t now need this lifeline from the government. Wolgamott essentially represented Tim Walz during each of the special sessions this summer and fall.

Wolgamott isn’t in good shape because of redistricting. He lives to the east of Highway 10 but the vast majority of his district is west of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud proper is losing people. Most of the population growth is to the north (Sauk Rapids and Tim O’Driscoll) or east (township country and Shane Mekeland). He’d get obliterated against either opponent.

Dan Wolgamott voted to keep businesses closed despite the data. He and the entire DFL own the shutdown. Ditto with Tim Walz. The fact that he voted to pay off the business owners is irrelevant because he and the DFL voted to put these businesses in dire straits in the first place.

Tim Walz consistently emphasizes as fact that he’s following the science in fighting COVID-19. That isn’t the truth. It’s the opposite of the truth. Late last week, 5 Republicans sent Gov. Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, a letter calling for the reopening of gyms in Minnesota.

The 5 representatives sending this letter are Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Pat Garofalo, Barb Haley, Dave Baker and Ann Neu Brindley. In the letter, the Republicans said “While we share a common goal of keeping Minnesotans safe and slowing the spread of the pandemic, the data simply does not support keeping these facilities closed. It is devastating to the business, their employees, and the health and wellness of Minnesotans who rely on their services.”

The data is that “According to statistics from the YMCA and Life Time, a mere .002% of visitors across 35 Minnesota YMCA locations have contracted the virus since June. Across 23 Minnesota Life Time locations, there have been just 352 cases out of 3.17 million visits, according to the letter. The national numbers match that, with the same rate of only .002% of all visitors contracting the virus from a gym.”

The scientific data doesn’t fit the DFL’s decision. In other words, the DFL’s decision is spin, not scientific. Let’s hope that these fitness centers sue Gov. Walz and the DFL to reopen. That’s what it will take to get them reopened because the DFL House has protected Gov. Walz. Here’s the statistical case against the closure:

This graphic shows that Gov. Walz’s order isn’t justified. The DFL House majority is complicit in Gov. Walz’s order. This paragraph summarizes things perfectly:

“Finally, health and wellness facilities should be considered some of our strongest allies in our fight against COVID-19,” the letter advises. “These facilities promote regular physical activity, which improves health, strengthens your immune system, and reduces the risk of many common diseases. It’s also a way for many to strengthen their mental health —another major challenge during these difficult times.”

Tim Walz and the DFL have killed lots of small businesses with their draconian shutdowns. Their insistence that they’re following the science is an outright lie. The Daudt letter proves that. Small businesses, gyms and restaurants across the state should vote to throw the anti-science DFL and the anti-science Gov. Walz out of office in 2022.

Once again, the DFL-filled Minneapolis City Council, aka MCC, voted to increase crime in Minneapolis. “The Minneapolis City Council voted to move an additional $7.7 million out of the Minneapolis Police Department early Thursday morning, but backed down from a plan to reduce the number of officers.”

This guarantees that more crimes will be committed in Minneapolis. This stunt of not reducing the number of officers while cutting their budget isn’t fooling the people. Carjackings, which are up 537%, will continue being a problem because the police force is stretched too thin.

Council President Lisa Bender said “Our city’s workforce has adapted to an incredible challenge this year of working remotely and completely shifting the way we’re working as a community, while facing a pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, the destruction of the Third Precinct, and so much of our community’s commercial corridors.”

Bob Kroll, the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis responded, saying “The City Council is decimating the police department. The number of working officers is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. Murders, shootings, and other violent crimes are approaching record levels. Our officers are severely overworked, understaffed, and cannot keep the public safe with these cuts.” Shepard Smith, now with CNBC, characterized the cuts this way:

Smith opened by saying “Today, some reforms.” Tell that to the victims of carjackings, shootings and rapes. With fewer officers to protect them, fewer shoppers will visit Minneapolis, hurting the few businesses left downtown. Despite the rising crime, the DFL City Council won’t learn from their mistakes:

Jeremiah Ellison, the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said the council will revisit the charter change next year. “This is NOT the last chance we will have to dramatically rethink public safety in our city,” said Ellison. “We will quickly be in 2021 budget discussions, we will continue to ramp up community engagement on the future of public safety, and we will revisit the charter change for the 2021 ballot.”

The results are predictable. People will leave Minneapolis at a faster pace. Businesses will close, then move to the suburbs where sane-thinking people still live. The poorest people will be trapped.

This isn’t compassion. It’s cruelty masquerading as compassion. The MCC should be fired the next time they’re up for election and replaced with clear-thinking adults this time.

Tim Walz has killed another business. This time, Gov. Walz killed Wayzata Brew Works on Lake Minnetonka with another lockdown order.

In a statement, Wayzata Brew Works said “Wayzata Brew Works opened in April 2015, [and] almost instantly became well known for the view of Lake Minnetonka, live music, exceptional craft beer and great pizzas. After enduring the spring shutdown, imposed by the governor, and then managing through the governor’s mandated reduction of capacity during our most profitable part of the year on Lake Minnetonka, we are now faced with a second shutdown imposed by Gov. Walz, a shutdown that doesn’t involve any sustainable relief from the governor in order to help alleviate the economic calamity brought to our industry as a result of his decision.”

Apparently, Gov. Walz wants to become known as the job-killing governor. His one-size-fits-all approach to policy-making has led Minnesota’s businesses to the brink of bankruptcy. Minnesota’s hospitality industry is decimated. It might take years to form the capital needed to get these businesses started again.

The profit margin in this industry is slim. In Minnesota under Walz, the tax and regulatory structure is punitive. Unfortunately, it isn’t stable, making it quite unpredictable. In that type of environment, why would anyone work hard to build capital, then put it at risk in such conditions?

The idiots in charge of the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County apparently want to incentivize crime in their jurisdictions. That’s apparent because “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that bail amounts will no longer be required for those charged with 19 different felony-level crimes after Jan. 1. Some of the crimes covered under the bail change include auto theft, identity theft and thefts valued under $35,000.” Last week, HotAir’s Ed Morrissey wrote this article about carjackings.

In the article, Morrissey wrote “Ho hum, just another couple of months in the reduced-policing utopia known as Minneapolis. With fewer police on the street, that must mean that residents in the city that made ‘abolish the police’ official policy must be enjoying a more peaceful and free life, right?” Then he cited this Star Tribune article, writing “Well, some are — and the rest are paying for it:”

Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities had largely linked to small groups of marauding teens. But an increasing number of adults have been arrested in recent weeks for the same crime.

Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head. Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.

“The numbers are staggering,” said police spokesman John Elder. “It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency.”

That happened before getting rid of bail. Is Hennepin County trying to eliminate carjackings or increase carjackings? This isn’t just happening in poor neighborhoods:

The violence is beginning to meander to more wealthy neighborhoods, as the violent criminals have had time and resources to organize and look for more lucrative targets.

This video is frightening:

The implications from this interview are frightening. It’s apparent that this isn’t the work of punks who don’t fear the police. It’s the work of gangs working a system.

In Minneapolis, police funding has been cut. The Council wants to cut it more. That means few carjackers will get caught. Now, the ones who get caught will be released virtually immediately.