Michele Bachmann Calls Minneapolis Cop An ‘Affirmative-Action Hire’ Adding to Unwanted Attention Brought to Somali Community

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The killing of an unarmed Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer who is a Somali-American has turned an unwelcome spotlight on the city’s beleaguered Somali community, where many again find themselves on the defensive.

The city’s police chief said Officer Mohamed Noor’s race and ethnicity had nothing to do with the July 15 killing of Justine Damond, who was shot after she called 911 to report a possible rape. But negative comments have included former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s recent statement that Noor was an “affirmative-action hire by the hijab-wearing mayor of Minneapolis” — an apparent reference to the fact that Mayor Betsy Hodges has worn a head scarf when meeting with leaders of the city’s Somali-American community. Bachmann also suggested Noor may have shot Damond for “cultural” reasons.

But Mohamud Noor, a community advocate who is not related to the officer, said the shooting “has nothing to do with the Somali community, period.”

“It’s easy to target individuals who are from a small minority community and say, ‘See, I told you so,’ rather than focusing on the issue we have, which is a police issue.”

Damond, a white, 40-year-old spiritual teacher who was engaged to be married in August, was shot by Officer Noor as he sat in the passenger seat of a police vehicle. Noor’s partner, who was in the driver’s seat, told investigators he was startled by a loud noise immediately before Damond approached the squad car. Noor fired across his partner and through the driver’s side window, hitting Damond once in the abdomen.

Police Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned Friday, criticized Noor’s actions but said he was well-trained. On Thursday, she dismissed the notion that he was an affirmative-action hire, saying: “This is about an individual officer’s actions. … It’s not about race or ethnicity.”

From Sunday until noon Friday, the city had logged 55 complaints to its civil rights division, many expressing concern or anger about the shooting. Several were characterized as derogatory, discriminatory or anti-Muslim. At least one death threat was made against Noor.

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, roughly 57,000 people according to the latest census figures, most of whom live in the Minneapolis area. The immigrants have been coming to Minnesota from their war-torn homeland since the 1990s, drawn by generous social services and the sense of community among the diaspora.

Minneapolis has made an effort in recent years to hire more Somali officers to ensure the department “reflects the city,” and Hodges said that effort will continue. The Somali officers on the force are seen as community role models, and are among the success stories of the immigrants in Minnesota.

The Somali community also is seeing its political influence grow. Ilhan Omar gained worldwide attention when she was elected to be the United States’ first Somali-American state legislator last November. Her election followed that of Abdi Warsame to the Minneapolis City Council in 2013. He was the first Somali elected to a U.S. city council. Somalis also serve on the Minneapolis and Mankato school boards.

But there have been troubles along the way, too.

More than 22 young men from the community have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group. In November, nine men were sentenced on terror charges for plotting unsuccessfully to join the group and fight in Syria.

Separately, a 20-year-old Somali-American went on a stabbing rampage at a shopping mall in St. Cloud last September, wounding 10 people before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him.

Community, city and government leaders have worked to combat such violence, with programs including a pilot project designed to counter violent extremism by bolstering social services for Somali youth. State funding was allocated to similar programs to help keep the community engaged.

Farhio Khalif, a Somali and women’s advocate, called Damond’s shooting “unacceptable” and said the incident has taken a toll on local Somalis.

“We didn’t do anything wrong,” she said. “We are Minnesotans. We come together and light the candle as Minnesotans and treating us as different is unfair. … Just like in the Somali terrorist cases — this community is not a terrorist community.”

Abdirizak Bihi, another community advocate, said when other officers have fatally shot people, city leaders have typically reserved judgment until all facts are in and the police union has stood up for the officers. In this case, he noted, the union hasn’t been vocal and the police chief spoke out against the officer’s actions.

“What in the world is that supposed to mean?” he said. “This was completely different because of his ethnicity, and that’s what scares the hell out of us.”

By Tracy/AtlantaBlackStar

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Michele Bachmann: I lost my insurance

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Rep. Michele Bachmann says she is one of the people who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare and she won’t go shopping on a health exchange until it’s fixed.

“Are you kidding? I’m not going to waste an hour on that thing,” the Minnesota Republican said when Wolf Blitzer asked her on CNN on Thursday if she’d signed up on the exchange website. “I lost my health insurance under Obamacare. And so now I’m forced to go into the D.C. health exchange. I’m waiting until they fix this thing. I’m not going to sit there and frustrate myself for hours and hours.”
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Video Suggests Hurricanes Be Named After Politicians Who Deny Climate Change

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350 Action is out with a video that is as jarring as it is hilarious. It notes the injustice of naming devastating hurricanes after people who, most likely, had nothing to do with their destructive power.

It suggests a new nomenclature: “As climate change continues to create more frequent and devastating storms, we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms after policymakers who deny climate change.”

Before the “Hurricane Marco Rubio” graphic popped up, it seemed as though they would suggest naming hurricanes after the corporate world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters. There’s a poetic justice here, though, to calling out some of the more prominent politicians that deny climate change:

  • Sen. Marco Rubio: “I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify it … The climate is always changing. The climate is never static.”
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann: “Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural. It occurs in Earth. It is a part of the regular lifecycle of Earth.”

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Michele Bachmann retiring under fire

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — the tea-party firebrand facing investigations and a daunting reelection race — abruptly announced on Wednesday morning that she will not seek reelection to a fifth term.

Her move marked a spectacular fall for a congresswoman with a bull’s eye on her back every congressional cycle: Less than two years ago, she won the Iowa straw poll and was briefly regarded as a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination.

Bachmann, 57, who took office in 2007, said in a video posted on her website: “My good friends: After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the Sixth District of Minnesota. After serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision.”

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The Last Word Uttered ‘Till She Runs for the Presidency

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I have been harsh on the former governor and with good reason. As the title reads, I will not utter another word about her ’till she runs for the presidency. The stage was set for her to run this election cycle. Yet, she took this time to gain riches, not advance the party, not advance women’s rights. She didn’t endorse her buddy for female solidarity either. Bachman can say what she wants, they both hid behind the so-called Reagan rule. Palin was jealous of her.  At least Bachman stood there and weathered the storm, unlike Palin.

Palin expressed her likeness for Newt but did nothing for him when elections were held in Alaska. So what does she stand for? Is she relevant anymore? I haven’t heard her colleagues speak of her running; that counts more than anything. I don’t hear the puffed up one doling out platitudes for her to run.

NBC and The Today Show should be ashamed of themselves for having her on as co-host, which she really didn’t do by the way. Why is she (Palin) competing with Katie Couric. Katie was kicked off of CBS News because she’s a woman. Yeah, I said it, men are more comfortable getting their news from men. News is news to me. At any rate she’s not on the same par as Katie Couric. If you believe her to be, have her guest host Katie’s old job; it won’t EVER happen. Palin is at her best when she’s with Sean (I have a crush on Obama) Hannity. He doesn’t challenge her, you know, ask her to elaborate. Oh let’s see, we both like Reagan, name five progressive policies he put in place, since she loveeeeeeeees Reagan so much.

Palin expressed no remorse for not seeing the movie Game Change, I guess I see her point on this one. Who would want to have to relive that? Again she does this to herself, it’s all self- inflicted. She a disaster as politician and as a parent. She’s the Christian as she claims but take a look at Bristol and her latest exploits, good job Sarah.

I question her love of God as well as country. She has put the worship of money ahead of her convictions. Don’t give some written gibberish, what causes are you advancing with your celebrity? Palin is also thin-skinned, she can dish it, but can’t take it. She is best suited doing…NOTHING! She doesn’t add or progress thought. Until she stands for something, she’ll always be looked at as an oddity. Until you stand on the podium as one of the hopefuls and bring a message and a suitable platform, I nor the American people can’t take you seriously. Until you stop the rhetoric and propose solutions I don’t want to hear from you. The person of President Obama who you rail against, whom you were too afraid to face went up against the machine: Hillary Clinton. You are no Hillary Clinton! You have had plenty of time to study Politics 101. Until you throw you name in the hat, your words of critique are empty.

The NON-Conformist


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What comes up when you look up the word Santorum in Google? Let me save you the time; it reads, Santorum-The frothy mixture of love and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex. Usually I would wear my moderate hat except for this time Santorum deserves the frothy mixture comment. He was caught pandering to his base with, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” I could get even more pissed by looking at the full context, that would be the moderate in me. He made these comments in front of an all white audience; he was race baiting. That’s fine if you’re in front of your “peeps”, not alright for the wanna be leader of the free world. Keep in mind dick, I meant Rick that there are more whites on welfare than blacks. While I’m dealing with idiots, the self-named historian Newt had to chime in as well. During a town hall in New Hampshire he made his frothy comment, “I will go to the NAACP Convention, and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.” Newt does use the moniker Food Stamp President to refer to President Obama and I guess blacks are the new welfare punching bag.  But when it comes to total welfare recipients, Whites receive 34 percent of federal food assistance benefits, African-Americans 22 percent, and Hispanics 17 percent, according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture. Who cares if both of these men made these statements, they weren’t getting the black vote anyway. Remember blacks don’t vote!*%-WTF!

While I’m not an apologist for the President I have to ask, what quantifications does Willard have to run the country? Wasn’t he a liquidator of companies? The President has done some things correct. The Iraq war is over and we have a form of universal healthcare that closes some of the loop holes. He refused to privatize healthcare, not bad I say-WTF!

Music artist Chris (beat a woman) Brown says he will not give interviews in 2012; GOOD. Have you heard the guy, he’s worse than R. (pee on you) Kelly. They guy has the mind-set of a small child. What does he have to say, huh?

Almost forgot, Bachmann jumped out the presidential race, yeah! She wasn’t an idiot per say, she simply made idiotic comments. She was the Tim Tebow of the campaign. Her dumb arse rhetoric got her into trouble, and the dumbing down of the Bible, the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. The supposed expert didn’t know squat.

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Post Hawkeye State Caucus Hangover

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I have it. I’m glad it’s over and in spite of it being a close race between Romney and Santorum, I’m glad Romney won. Santorum is just too weird and too conservative. Too Weird…he took his son that died at birth home for a couple of hours so his other kids could see that it was a real baby. I’m not discounting the trauma and sadness of the death but surely there was a better way to handle it. Too Conservative…Santorum blamed the left for students’ low history test scores saying it was a conspiracy to, “Desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America.” And then there is that welfare comment he made but I’ll the NON-Conformist deal with him. More weirdness from the caucus, Ron Paul came in third when pundits were sure he might win the whole thing, he’s too old and will never be the party’s nominee. A few other hawkeye caucueye facts, so-called savior of the Republican party came in 5th and poor Iowa native Michele Bachmann came in sixth. She’s stepping aside because she has to, not because she wants to, and besides by now she looks ridiculous in most polls. Let’s not forget Newt Gingrich who looked like he would sail to the nomination(his words). He came in fourth but the bigger story about him is in late 2011 he was polling in double digits only to squander it all by not responding to a boat load of negative ads. In his outsized head, I’m sure he felt he didn’t have to but ha! the laugh is on him.

Last night’s Iowa Caucus held none of the magic of the Democratic one in 2008 when a young upstart named Barack Obama shocked the world by winning. The fact that last’s night’s was decided by a mere eight votes should have made it more interesting but it was after all the stiff Mitt Romney against the several other nut cases all in their own right.

It’s on to New Hampshire and the race really is shaping up to be a three-man race between Romney and possibly Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. The rest are just hangers-on.


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