a good start joke

If the GOP really wants black and Latino voters, climate change would be a good start

Below is a letter by a community coalition, including myself and Congressman Ellison, calling for an end to the occupation of the 4th precinct. A full list of signers is at the very bottom.

For two weeks, we have shared the sadness of many in Minneapolis who have been grieving. Throughout this time, we have held two values paramount: the safety of everyone in our city, and the need for racial equity.

We will continue to hold these values paramount and urgent as we call today for an end to the occupation in front of the Fourth Precinct headquarters on Plymouth Avenue, and for the protest to move to the next phase. In so doing, we join our voices to those of Representative Keith Ellison, the Urban League, neighborhood residents, and the family of Jamar Clark, among many others….

…Chief among our concerns is the presence of open fires and uncontrolled heat sources. In the interest of safety for demonstrators, neighbors, and the general public, it is vital that these open fires be extinguished immediately. It is a sad, known fact that air quality in North Minneapolis is among the poorest in Minnesota, and that children in North Minneapolis already suffer from the highest rates of asthma in our city. It is another mark of the racial disparities that plague our city and our neighborhood. The presence for two weeks of open fires has caused the air quality in North Minneapolis to deteriorate even further. We are particularly concerned about the health effects of the fires on the elders and children who live nearby and in our neighborhood. And with the colder weather, more fires have appeared.

Neighbors have also lodged numerous complaints about the fires: they have expressed concerns about the height of fires, embers blowing into yards and onto structures, and proximity to gas lines, among others. The Minneapolis Fire Department shares their concerns, and has also witnessed ashes from the fires being disposed of in the sewer…

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…and Baltimore…



  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm |

    Previously previously:

  2. Fawkes News (Barack Lies Matter)
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm |

    Because the Loony Left is always the best source of GOP campaign strategy advice.

  3. bocopro
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm |

    Fire is a great tool to have but a bad enemy to have. I’ve read articles suggesting that in terms of bang for the buck, arson is a great investment for terrorists, especially large acreage fires such as grasslands or forests.

    The only reason I don’t suspect terrorists of being responsible for some of the major forest and urban structure fires in the past 20 years or so is that they haven’t claimed responsibility.

    Mayhap the propaganda strategy is under review?

  4. MikeG
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm |

    Someone tell me WHY I live in Minnesota. I’m only 40 miles or so from the Iowa border. I could make a run for it.

  5. Jimmy don\'t play that
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 11:43 am |

    How is it that the FD isn’t putting those out? Oh, yeah… that would be… well, you know.