Comment of the Day: What Rhymes with "Quagmire"?

The Minneapolis protesters don't want to see repeats of scenes like this one from the Iraq War.
In response to the news about last Saturday's "No New Quagmires" protest against American military involvement in the Syrian conflict, some readers got deep:


Others, however, cracked wise about how difficult it is to work "quagmire" into a catchy slogan.

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Antonio Washington, Jarret Maiden Arrested for State Fair Armed Robbery [UPDATE]

Categories: Crime
Jarret Maiden, left, and Antonio Washington
-- Update at bottom --

(Original post from September 18) Police announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with the August 29 armed robbery at the State Fair's Land of 10,000 Beers Craft Beer Hall.

St. Paul residents Antontio Washington, 20, and Jarret Maiden, 35, have been booked into jail in suspicion of being behind the $10,000-plus heist, which was the first armed robbery in the fair's history.

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"No New Quagmires" Protest Takes Aim at U.S. Involvement in Syrian Conflict

"It was the U.S. invasion and occupation that destroyed Iraq and brought about the current crisis," MPAC says. "Nothing the Pentagon does can undo that or bring about peace."
The Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC) is organizing a "No New Quagmires" protest tomorrow, scheduled for 4 p.m. along the sidewalks at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis.

In the wake of Congress approving President Obama's request for authorization to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants, protesters plan to demand "No New Iraq War!" and "No U.S. War in Syria."

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Chief Janee Harteau Bails on Public Meeting

MPD's top cop
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau pulled out of a town hall-type event Thursday, claiming her presence might agitate folks in the crowd.

In a statement, the chief mentioned "credible information from a long-standing community leader, in addition to a number of other sources, about planned physical disruptions," which she went on to describe as "known threats" on social media.

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Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren't Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say

Emmer enjoys a Twins game while one of his campaign signs hangs in the background.
As photos of what appeared to be a Tom Emmer event at Target Field during a game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, circulated online, we asked Twins officials if Emmer's camp had approval to display his campaign signs at the ballpark.

Turns out they didn't, but just went ahead with it anyway.

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Bloomington Police Explain Why Vikings' Jerome Simpson Wasn't Arrested

Categories: Crime, Vikings
Simpson's mugshot from his 2013 arrest.
The Vikes aren't strangers to no-good-very-bad weeks, but this one might take the cake.
Yesterday, the Vikings released wide receiver Jerome Simpson with little fanfare: The reason? A traffic citation that occurred... over two months ago.

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Mark Dayton Takes Credit for Historically Low Unemployment Rate... But Should He?

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The Minnesota August jobs report released yesterday is a tale of two stats.

On one hand, the state's unemployment rate, now at 4.3 percent, is at an eight-year low, and in an election year, that should bode well for Gov. Mark Dayton, right? But on the other, the state's workforce participation rate, at 69.8 percent, is at a 30-year low, which suggests the economic situation is sufficiently bleak that some job seekers have simply given up. That's certainly not as promising for Dayton's reelection prospects.

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Comment of the Day: Guns at the State Fair

Erik Hess for City Pages
This beer hall was the location of the first armed robbery in the fair's history.
News that arrests have been made in connection with the State Fair armed robbery prompted a comment section debate about guns.

One exchange in particular neatly captures the fundamental disagreement between pro-gun folks who think firearms enhance safety and anti-gun folks who think more guns leads to more violence.

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Burnsville Police Chief Explains How Cop Cams Resolve Misconduct Disputes

Categories: Police
A Burnsville officer wearing a head-mounted camera.
As Minneapolis officials prepare to green-light a pilot cop camera program tomorrow, we called Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke to learn about how his department -- which was one of, if not the first in the state to adopt a cop cam program back in 2010 -- has been impacted by them.

Gieseke cited two examples of how cop cameras have helped investigators quickly resolve allegations of officer misconduct.

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Racist, Homophobic Posts Force Wisconsin Republican Jacob Dorsey Out of Race

Jacob Dorsey screencap via Digital Journal
Think Minnesota Republicans have a hard time with social media? Consider the case of young Wisconsin GOPer Jacob Dorsey.

Dorsey, 19, took a semester off from his studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho to run for a Janesville seat in the state assembly, which is the Wisconsin equivalent to the Minnesota House. But he's headed back to school after screencaps of racist and homophobic online posts he wrote surfaced.

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