The City Council in Red Wing has passed a resolution calling for a change in federal law that would include hurting a police officer as a hate crime, WCCO reports.

“I’d like to see the state legislators do the same thing and make this statewide statement and mean it,” Council Vice President Peggy Rehder told the TV station.

But the hate crime law is about race (it was also expanded to include sexual orientation).

It reads:

Offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person—

The Fraternal Order of Police is pushing the legislation, suggesting that the killing or injuring of police officers is about color.

“We feel it’s inappropriate to target people because of the color their skin and it’s inappropriate to target people because of the color of their uniform,” says James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of the Police.

“Hate crimes against black Americans have had a long history in this country – we didn’t just see a rise of hate offenses against black Americans over a period of a month or two,” Criminologist Jack Levin told US News earlier this year. “Hopefully the ambushing of police officers will turn out to be a short-term clustering and not some kind of long-term form of hate against the police force in general. We just don’t know that yet.”

Bob Dylan is doing TV commercials now.

“Why is Dylan shilling for IBM on a set of commercials that place him on the same level as Ken Jennings?” USA Today’s For the Win blog asks today. “He’s the voice of an entire generation? He’s the greatest poet in American history. Why debase himself like this?”

In the distant past, he’s also done commercials for Victoria’s Secret, cars, and a soft drink.

It’s been said that Bob Dylan is the biggest enigma in American culture. But what if it was just as easy as a one-time troubadour turned folk singer turned rock star turned recluse turned country singer turned revue musician turned born again Christian turned fading superstar turned man recovering from a near-death experience turned wistful musician with a keen eye for life, death and everything in between simply doing something that makes him happy? What if it’s as easy as that?

That is to say: Does Dylan need to be what we want him to be?


David Greene’s job is to ask tough questions but his interview today — or at least the way it was edited for broadcast — was more about what a tough interview it was for him because Hynde was clearly tired of answering the same, old questions about her book, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, in which she claimed responsibility for what would be characterized as a sexual assault. Read more

A week ago, we were pretty enthralled with the moon, which provided a show during a lunar eclipse. It was like old times. Excitement about the moon.

It’s probably coincidence, though, that Kipp Teague, an information technology specialist in Virgina, has done more in the last week to remind us of a time when the moon was special, than any human has since a small group of men traveled there.
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