Frank Erickson

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Terror stories toothless

Including the Sunday, September 7, 2014 front-page story, the Star Tribune has run more front page Sunday “terror” articles on local Somalis going to the Middle East to fight than the actual number of young men and women who have gone to fight. How is this even a story? Not one individual that has left Minnesota has been proven to have killed anyone. What is the Star Tribune’s obsession with this all about? It is such an empty, toothless nonstory. Continue Reading →

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Palestinians also have the right to defend themselves

The “right to defend yourself” is a bit slippery, a little tricky, because most of the time those with the most lethal violence are the ones left standing, left alive, left with a voice, and they use their voice to write history books, claiming their right to defend themselves. Israel does not get the freedom to kill a hundred Palestinians for every five Israelis killed, from a “right to defend itself.” Evidence of this is what happened in 2003, when Iraqis had every right to defend themselves, just as Israel is said to have, but were unable to defend themselves, were defenseless against the U.S. and British militaries. Iraqis did not have the violent capacity to “defend themselves” the way Israel does, killing a hundred Americans or Brits for every five Iraqis killed. For Iraqis, the right to defend themselves meant nothing, and if they did exercise their right to defend themselves, it only brought more violence upon them. This is what blurs and makes the “right to defend yourself” suspect, because it is always those with the best violence who can use and take advantage of “the right to defend yourself.”

Obama and the Star Tribune do absolutely nothing to better the world when they say “Israel has a right to defend itself.” If Iraqis during the war were able to defend themselves using the same kill ratio that Israel uses, 100 Americans killed for every five Iraqis killed, would anyone in the U.S. say that Iraq had the right to defend itself this way? Continue Reading →

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Co-ops are not for poor people


Let’s be clear on one thing, the true working poor, the unemployed poor, poor people, do not shop at our local co-op grocery stores. Seward Co-op can go on and on about their mission to bring healthy food to the inner city, but if you really want to help poor people in South Minneapolis get affordable fruits, vegetables, rice, beans, salsa, seafood, chicken etc., give them a ride to Cub Foods on Lake Street because that is where poor people in South Minneapolis shop.  

Seward Co-op is on steroids, just slow down! I remember shopping at Seward in 1992. It was in the little storefront that is now Welna Hardware, on East Franklin. Continue Reading →

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An ‘all knowing God’ loves all equally






I was raised a Christian, as most of us were around here. One thing that stands out for me, was being taught that this God, was an “all knowing God.”

Those who work in Washington may go to church because they really believe in this God, or they may go because it is good for their political careers. Regardless of why they go, maybe they should pray that this “all knowing God” does not exist because he, or she, or it, being all knowing, would see through the smoke. Washington kills people in Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan with as much thought and concern as we kill mosquitos. Washington kills tens of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the only killing in the past 13 years that has Washington in an uproar is the few Americans killed in Benghazi. Continue Reading →

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Home-remodeling junkies claim sustainability







It’s nice to see that the Spokesman has a Green page. The May 25th Star Tribune “homes” section features three local homes as examples of “green living” in a “Style & Sustainability” article. It is very misleading, because if everyone produced a home as these three homeowners have, the environment could not sustain it! What these three homes have in common is not sustainability, what they do have is an attempt to impress their peers. Two out of the three are newly constructed houses. Continue Reading →

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U.S convinces itself that some killing is OK

Does the U.S. government believe that it is acceptable to encourage and assist the Yemen government in their killing of citizens with drone strikes, since due process is not real popular or prevalent in Yemen, that this is all that is needed or not needed, to make it morally acceptable to execute people? Are the U.S. government leaders thinking, “Well, they are not real big on due process, so we have every right to encourage and assist the Yemen government in executing their citizens without due process?” What opportunistic bastards, that they in Washington will take advantage of Yemen’s weak government and law structure, so they can gun down as many individuals as possible. How do their minds work? No different than the minds of terrorists; convincing yourself that your killing is acceptable. U.S. drone strikes in Yemen over the past 10 years number over 100. Continue Reading →

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Why did the Vikings pass on Michael Sam?

In the third round of the NFL draft, the Vikings took a defensive end out of Oregon State. The Vikings said of him, “He was the best player on our board at the time of the pick.” Best player at playing what — softball? No, college football, of course. College football players are ranked and picked based on how they performed in college. Scott Cricton, of Oregon State, “started 36 of 38 games in three seasons and finished with 22.5 sacks, 51 tackles for a loss and a record 165 tackles.” His stock as a pro prospect was based on what he did in college. Continue Reading →

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U. S. oil greed puts Libya in the spotlight


How come we never hear news about Madagascar? They have three times the population of Libya. I have never seen an article about Madagascar, yet countless articles on Libya. Good grief, Libya has only six million people; Minnesota has 5.2 million. How can such a small country create so many mainstream stories? Continue Reading →

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Useable fingerprints ‘12 percent of the time’

The March 6 Star Tribune article about the found gun and sock that are being linked to Terrance Franklin has the police telling us that a certain study/report has shown that only “12 percent of the time are there usable fingerprints on a weapon.” This handgun that was found had no fingerprints or DNA from Franklin on it, but the sock is said to have Franklin’s DNA on it. Deputy Chief Kris Arneson was asked if the sock and gun were proof that Franklin was armed on the day he was shot. She said she couldn’t comment on that, but then said “people can draw their own conclusions.”

He wasn’t armed when he was shot. Are you armed even when you are unarmed if you were armed earlier in the day? Just what is the City of Minneapolis trying to do here? Continue Reading →

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Excessive wealth for some creates extreme poverty for others

A Timothy Egan New York Times editorial (Dec, 22, 2013) talks about a Montana wheat farmer who gets $300,000 a year in federal subsidies. He spends a month in Hawaii. The title of the editorial is “Good Poor, Bad Poor.”

He also talks about a homeless girl named Dasani, who is “at the center of Andrea Elliot’s extraordinary series in the New York Times — a Dickensian tale for the modern age.” New York mayor Mike Bloomberg said of this homeless girl named Dasani, “the kid was dealt a bad hand, I don’t know why, that’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky, and some of us are not.”

So what is it mayor, is it “God’s work,” or is it luck? As far as I can tell it is neither. Continue Reading →

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