Minnesota

22 Percent of Resettled Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Tuberculosis

One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health. Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control. The April 2016 edition of the Refugee Health Quarterly, published by the Minnesota Department of Health reports that: Minnesota had 150 cases of TB in 2015, compared to 147 cases in 2014 (a 2 percent increase). The most common risk factor for TB cases in Minnesota is being from a country where TB is common. TB screening is offered to all refugees during the domestic refugee health exam. In 2014, 22 percent of refugees screened tested positive for LTBI (latent tuberculosis infection). 26 percent of all foreign born cases of tuberculosis in Minnesota were from people born in Somalia. Somalians almost exclusively enter the state through the refugee resettlement program. More than 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States annually for the past three decades by the federal government. It’s not just tuberculosis being brought in by these resettled refugees. Measles, whooping cough, diptheria, and other diseases that were on their way to eradication are also coming in across the borders of the United States. A recent outbreak of measles in Memphis, Tennessee, a center for refugee resettlement, began at a local mosque..

And yet we continue to import these problems en mass.. We are currently over $13 TRILLION dollars in debt, and growing. We cannot afford to be the world’s charity. Between this, and the invasion of illegal aliens crossing our southern border (with the willing support of our idiot-in-chief President), our infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.

Parents, educators rally behind Minnesota high school teacher suspended for ‘racist’ social media posts

Calls for the resignation of a Minnesota superintendent grew on Monday, after a high school teacher was suspended for social media posts deemed racist by the Black Lives Matter activist group. Theodore “Theo” Olson, a special education teacher at Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., was placed on administrative leave March 9 over two posts he wrote on Facebook about student discipline in the school district. The posts were deemed offensive by former school board candidate turned Black Lives Matter activist Rashad Turner who reportedly accused Olson of being a racist. Turner said Olson’s posts show he is “the epitome of a bad teacher” and a “white supremacist,” EAGnews.org reported. According to the website, Olson wrote on Facebook, “Anyone care to explain to me the school-to-prison pipeline my colleagues and I have somehow created, or perpetuated, or not done enough to interrupt? Because if you can’t prove it, the campaigns you’ve waged to deconstruct adult authority in my building by enabling student misconduct, you seriously owe us real teachers an apology. Actually, an apology won’t cut it.” “Phones and iPad devices, used for social media and gaming,” wrote Olson. “There have always been rules for ‘devices,’ and defined levels of misconduct. Since we now have no backup, no functional location to send kids who won’t quit gaming, setting up fights, selling drugs, whoring trains, or cyber bullying, we’re screwed, just designing our own classroom rules.” The group, Black Lives Matter St. Paul, charged that Olson portrayed students as drug dealers and gang bangers in his Facebook posts about a lack of district support in discipline matters, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Black Lives Matter had threatened a “shut-down action” at the school if Olson was not fired, but the group did not follow through with it after Turner reportedly met with St. Paul superintendent Valeria Silva. In an email Monday to FoxNews.com, Silva’s office said Olson was placed on administrative leave and that the district “is currently conducting an investigation.” No further comment was provided. Parents and teachers, meanwhile, are rallying behind Olson — and calling for the resignation of Silva in an online Change.org petition. The petition had 742 signatures as of Monday afternoon. “This petition has been started because the current incumbent Valeria Silva has constantly demonstrated her inability to drive improvements in local St Paul schools,” the petition reads. “Her inability to make changes to benefit the teachers and students include, but are not limited to, rapid increase in violence towards students and teachers; the lack of support for teachers; the removal of disciplinary actions for violent students, and the lack of transparency between her and protagonists such as Rashad Turner,” the petition says. The same day Olson was placed on administrative leave, another Como Park High School teacher, Mark Rawlings, was beaten by students when he attempted to intervene in an alleged drug deal. Rawlings suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for injuries suffered during the altercation. The two students were charged with felony assault, according to CityPages.com. The final few minutes of the fight were captured on video. Parents and teachers have expressed an outpouring of support for Olson since he was suspended. “The teachers at Como are outstanding, and for a long time they have not felt free to speak up and defend students’ rights,” parent Jane Sommerville told CityPages.com. “When Theo posted his post, he was expressing his frustration with St. Paul Public Schools.” “I could see that a lot of people were misconstruing what he said, and I stand for the heart of what he posted, that school climate is a major issue in St. Paul Public Schools and it is not being addressed,” Sommerville said. “He meant to say there just isn’t enough support from the school district and administration. There aren’t the social workers, the counselors, the support staff, or a discipline policy that is effective for schools,” added Randolph Heights special education teacher JoAnn Nathan said.

Minnesota Girls Basketball Team Benched for being too Good

A Minnesota basketball team was bounced from a league for being too good. The coach of the Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association says his team was forced out of the Northwest Suburban Basketball League, Fox 9 reports. “We found out Friday at lunchtime that we’re not going to be allowed because according to the league our girls were too talented,” coach Jason Hanauska told the station. The team received a letter that stated the girls teams was too talented and other teams don’t want to play to their higher standards. It would sort of be like telling the Carolina Panthers they aren’t allowed to play in the Super Bowl because they are too good. The coach hopes the league will reverse their decision – but it’s unlikely. “Are we supposed to play worse just to make them happy?” team member Tessa McCarthy told the station. Welcome to the era of entitlement, folks. Everyone’s a winner. Everyone gets a trophy. No hurt feelings. On the flip side – we’re quickly becoming a nation that celebrates inferiority. A nation of losers.

Agreed..  This is what happens when touchy-feely political correctness, and ensuring nobody’s feelings are hurt, is valued above all else.   Thanks to Todd Starnes for bringing this disturbing story to our attention.

FAIL: Minnesota Police Rout Black Lives Matter Protesters at Mall of America, Airport

A much smaller than expected turnout of Black Lives Matter protesters were routed by disciplined police work Wednesday, first at the planned protest at the Mall of America and then at an impromptu action at the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport. At the Mall, police shut down stores in the East Rotunda prior to the protest and set up a perimeter that kept protesters isolated from shoppers. Then after numerous warnings to leave, they slowly walked in further isolated the protesters. Last year’s protests had an estimated 3,000 attendees, but this year’s protest over the shooting of a convicted criminal named Jamar Clark failed to bring out anywhere near that number. From video and social media, it appears that only a hundred showed up. As Breitbart News reported yesterday, a judge ruled that any protests at the Mall of America would be illegal and placed a restraining order on three Black Lives Matter leaders. Activists from Unicorn Riot live streamed the actions and provided overdramatic narratation to their viewers, claiming the police were “pushing” protesters–but the videos shows they never were touched. As another example of media bias towards the protesters, NBC claimed the protesters “marched out of” the Mall, even though they were clearly forced out by police…something at least one protester freely admitted on social media. After their failure, some protesters took the Light Rail to the airport, where they were rebuffed by police. A few dozen protesters—some wearing “Assata Taught Me” shirts that honor convicted terrorist cop killer Assata Shakur—marched in the street and disrupted traffic at Terminal One of the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport but were quickly contained by the police, as a Unicorn Riot activist complained. At the protest’s end, the scraggly Unicorn Riot activist is reduced to claiming that the Mall of America protest was a “ruse” and the real protest had been meant for the airport.

To read the rest of this article, and see the accompanying videos from today’s bust of a protest by those losers, click on the text above.  Kudos to the local law enforcement authorities who put the kibosh on this so-called “protest.”

Mall of America tries blocking Black Lives Matter protest

The Mall of America is taking legal action in an attempt to prevent a protest by the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter. The group says it will rally at the mall Wednesday to protest the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man who died after he was shot by Minneapolis police last month. But the mall is private property and doesn’t allow protests. The Mall of America is seeking a temporary restraining order that would bar the group from protesting. It also wants the group to post a message on social media saying the protest is cancelled. In a statement early Monday, Black Lives Matter organizers said they have no plans to halt the demonstration unless authorities meet their demands, which include releasing video of Clark’s shooting.

Kudos to the owner of the Mall of America!  It IS “private property,” and if they don’t want to allow such a protest, it’s their right.  And, if those losers show up, then they should be arrested and hauled away.  We’ll, of course, keep an eye on this to see how this develops…

Minnesota man accused of threatening FBI agents on social media

A Minnesota man was charged Friday with threatening FBI agents on social media after the arrest of a friend on charges of conspiring to help ISIS, and authorities say the man had hopes himself of traveling to Syria. Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, posted two separate threats on Twitter after the arrest of his friend, Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan, according to a criminal complaint. He was charged with one felony count of impending and retaliating against a federal law enforcement officer. FBI agents arrested Abdulkadir on Friday. Abdulkadir, of Minneapolis, wrote messages that included the words “kill them FBI” and “I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers,” according to court documents. Investigators were able to take screen shots of the tweets before they were eventually deleted. Abdulkadir is being held without bail until his next hearing on Wednesday. Judge Becky Thorson granted his request for a federal defender after he said his income is just $1,200 a month and only has about $56 in the bank. It was unclear what his job was. “While there are many legitimate means in the United States to voice dissent and difference of opinion with our government, threatening violent retaliation against federal agents is both illegal and outrageous,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement. The 19-year-old has been on authorities’ radar, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent. The document claims Abdulkadir was in contact via Twitter with a Minnesota man, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, also known as “Miski,” who left in 2008 to join the extremist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia and was known for tweeting jihadist comments. The messages they exchanged in January indicated Abdulkadir was interested in getting to Syria, the affidavit says. The State Department said Monday that Hassan had turned himself in to authorities in Somalia on Nov. 6; Hassan has claimed he was captured. In January, the affidavit says, Abdulkadir also “liked” an old tweet posted by Hanad Mohallim, a former Minnesotan who the affidavit says was reportedly killed in November 2014 while fighting for ISIS in Syria. And it says he exchanged messages via Facebook in May 2015 with Abdi Nur, a Minnesota man who traveled to Syria a year earlier to fight for the group, showing “an aspiration” by Abdulkadir to travel to Syria to be with him. The affidavit also alleges Abdulkadir was part of a group of young men who videotaped a deputy U.S. marshal from about two feet away through a window on the ground floor of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis after the initial court appearance of one of six men arrested April 18 on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. Roughly 22 young men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join Al-Shabaab in Somalia; about a dozen Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups there since late 2013. Abdulkadir’s case has parallels with that of another Minnesota man, Mahamed Abukar Said, who was charged with two felonies for tweeting “ima whack that us attorney general” after the arrests of the six men in April. Said pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge last month and faces a maximum of a year in jail plus supervised release and probation when he’s sentenced later this month.

Wait..  I thought Obama said that there was no threat to the homeland from ISIS or any other Islamo-fascist group of nutcases..

10 Charged In Minnesota ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest

The Bloomington City Attorney announced Wednesday that ten people have been charged in connection with the “Black Lives Matter” protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014

Good!  Hopefully THIS is a trend that we’ll see catch some momentum.  You have the right to free speech.  Absolutely!  But, that doesn’t mean you have a right to be heard…and to harass individuals and businesses.  So, this is perfectly appropriate.  Besides, these idiots were given a fair warning.  Hopefully other municipalities across the country take an equally courageous stand against these self-righteous, selfish, obnoxious racial rabble rousers.