If we’re going to make America great again, maybe we can start with getting rid of rain ponchos.
Poor President Bush. He was the latest victim of the design at Friday’s inauguration.
Oh, yes. We’ve seen this before, my fellow Americans.
A custom rifle manufacturer has apparently decided to halt the sale of a Mankato, Minn.-themed rifle after complaints that it used a noose to depict the Dakota Conflict. Mankato was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history when 38 Dakota men were hanged.
“We definitely listened to what everybody had to say,” Jean Van Oppen, the general manager of American Legacy Firearms, tells the Mankato Free Press. “Hindsight is 20/20. It probably wasn’t the best choice to put on the rifle. … Unfortunately we did not put our best foot forward there.”
“Yeah, the noose that was put on there, that definitely got some attention. We thought it was very forward of us to do that,” he said. “We did not mean to hurt anyone’s feelings or to be mean or rub it in or anything like that, it was just the historical aspect.”
The reaction to the company’s Facebook post of the availability of the $2,000 rifle was swift and unanimous, however.
“We’ve been trying for so many years to get past this tragedy,” one Mankato resident said. “I don’t believe anyone in our town is proud of what happened to those people! You really dropped the ball on this design guys. I hope you’re not planning anything for Oklahoma City or God forbid NYC.”
Today’s must-listen/must-read story comes — not surprisingly — from StoryCorps on NPR this morning, which is the story of John Marboe, who picks up trash for a living. That’s in addition to being a Lutheran pastor in St. Paul and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. He got his Ph.D. in 2011. Read more →
The students who run the school’s newspaper and news website at St. Louis Park High School are making a stand for their right to data they say they need to tell the story of a November incident in which a senior boy allegedly pulled a hijab off another student. Read more →
I don’t do the Monday Morning Rouser anymore, nor its occasional offspring on Friday.
Today seems like a good day to make an exception.
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The Twin Cities got a shout out from the International Space Station during its pass on Thursday. Read more →
If you know how artists are, perhaps you can understand the sort of thing that drives Pete Souza crazy. Souza, the official White House photographer during the Obama administration (he also was the photographer during the Reagan years), took these two iconic photographs.
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Angie Arnold’s picture tells the story of Wednesday’s bomb scare at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park far more poignantly than any news story about the assault could.
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Unless there’s a miracle, a big part of our condimental heritage could soon disappear. Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum is in trouble, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
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The Hill reports that the Trump administration is planning to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for Humanities.
It’s part of a package to reduce the national debt by $10 trillion over the next 10 years. Read more →
Let’s update a the old misguided and inaccurate barometer to measure presidential performance that surfaced often since the dawn of NewsCut 9 years ago. Read more →
What happens to old playground equipment when affluent suburbs move on to something better?
They end up in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. Read more →
What a terrific piece of reporting Marketplace health beat reporter Dan Gorenstein turned in on the show last night!
It followed a comment from the likely new secretary of Health and Human Services at his confirmation hearings yesterday. Read more →
There isn’t a lot new in Pew Research’s survey today about where people got their news about the election and campaign. Trump supporters mostly used FoxNews and Clinton supporters didn’t.
But there are a few interesting nuggets, including the fact that digital publishers weren’t much of a source. That includes operations such as Breitbart or BuzzFeed.
So the sun hasn’t set quite yet on traditional news ‘brands.’ Read more →