Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Musings: Evening Edition

Busy day today... Let's muse...


My brother's church, "The Urban Refuge", has been featured on KARE 11 news, which did a feature this afternoon on their annual "Mission to the City" project. They usually do cooler stuff than pulling weeds, but the story is pretty positive.


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When I said that R.T. Rybak has made it his personal mission to get Minnesotans to stop drinking bottled water, I wasn't kidding. Rybak has secured $500,000 to build fountains across the city for the purpose of advertising to us how awesome our water is.


Now, this is a transparently stupid idea under any normal circumstance. Confounding the absurdity is the fact (noted by a Star Tribune editorial) that water in the city smells like eggs thanks to an overpopulation of algae. Oh, and the murders and rapes and stuff...


Of course, R.T. Rybak is spending and additional $250,000 to market the new fountains, so that I can peruse the new designs whilst waiting for the city to turn my water back on, as the city is engaged in an unending project to repair aging pipelines on the north side. What is this, Beijing? If I receive a chocolate ration in the mail, I'm moving to Eagan.


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In defense of the project, Rybak notes that it is a small gift to the arts community that has invested billions of dollars in our city. I thought this was what that horrible chunk of aluminum foil masquerading as an art museum was supposed to accomplish.


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Of course, the above comment prompts the question, "which one?"


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Some of you may have heard the story of a father and daughter who were accosted by thugs at Valleyfair, the local roller coaster emporium. The men began to sexually molest the daughter, and beat the man nearly to death when he decided to intercede.


Of course, one could have predicted this. Two of the men, Darris and Derry Evans, had been found guilty of possessing illegal firearms, and running a prostitution ring. In other states, they would not have been free to commit this atrocity, but this is Minneapolis, and crime is legal here. And of course, they thugs are out on bail. Meaning that somebody came out of nowhere to over several hundred thousand dollars for their release. I'll simply assume this money was attained legitimately In other words, a judge looked at this guy:




Who has a career of assaulting women and has probably killed three or four, should be back on the street. What's the over/under on his prison sentence? 8 months?

A walking argument for conceal to carry. Nice cornrows, jackass.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Tracey said...

Why do you feel a picture is necessary here, Kevin?

I'm also assuming that when you say a judge "looked at him," you mean his record?

Don't start mincing words now, good sir.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Adam Omelianchuk said...

One of the guys, Terry Laron Arnold, has a nice rap sheet:

19HA-CR-08-1088 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 04/29/2008
Dakota-Hastings - Criminal Crim/Traf Mandatory
Dormant Promotes Prostitution of an Individual
Dangerous Weapons-Possess Dangerous Article/Substance

19-K8-95-001443 ARNOLD, TERRY LEE
06/13/1973 07/25/1995
Dakota-Hastings - Criminal Gross Misd - DWI
Converted Closed AGGRAVATED VIOLATIONS
MISD DWI
MISD OVER .10

19-T8-95-003225 H2 060231
H2 060232
H2 060232
H2 060232
H2OR079124
H2 060231 ARNOLD, TERRY LEE
06/13/1973 05/05/1995
Dakota-Hastings - Criminal Driving Intoxicated
Converted Closed REFUSE IMPLIED CONSENT
DAR
ALLOW OPEN BOTTLE; DRIVER
EXHIBITION DRIVING
POSS DRUG PARA; DRIVER
DUI

27-CR-04-034286 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 05/26/2004
Hennepin Criminal Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory
Closed MINOR CONSUMPTION - NOT IN MV

27-CR-04-038246 2040265254 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 06/14/2004
Hennepin Criminal Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory
Under Court Jurisdiction POSSESS SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA

27-CR-04-057353 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 08/26/2004
Hennepin Criminal Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory
Closed DISORDERLY CONDUCT

27-CR-04-072440 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 11/01/2004
Hennepin Criminal Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory
Closed ASSAULT IN THE FIFTH DEGREE - HARM
RIOT IN THE 3RD DEGREE
TRESPASS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
ASSAULT IN THE FIFTH DEGREE - FEAR

27-CR-06-052849 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 08/04/2006
Hennepin Criminal Ridgedale Crim/Traf Mandatory
Dormant ASSAULT IN THE 5TH DEGREE
ASSAULT IN THE 5TH DEGREE

27-CR-07-117815 ARNOLD, TERRY LARON
02/24/1986 10/12/2007
Hennepin Criminal Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory
Under Court Jurisdiction Trespass Upon the Land or Property of Another

62-K2-02-004281 STALEY, BILLY SHANE
10/22/1973 11/21/2002
Ramsey Criminal Downtown Felony
Converted Closed AID & ABET MANF METH 1ST
VOCSL1 SALE METH
CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT DIST
VOCSL1 POSS NARC DRUG

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Thom said...

Because Kevin hates black people.*


Apparently, according to an op ed piece in the Star Tribune notes we could have avoided this entirely-if we had simply gotten rid of rap music.









*just a joke. I am quite confident that Kevin does not hate black people.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Because there is nothing repentant or trustworthy about that face. Contrary to what you may have heard (from Hopeface et al...) it is possible to be both black AND a bad person. I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yet another reason I want to apply to a conceal & carry class to get my permit.

What happened to vigilante justice???

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Thom said...

Frankly, if you don't put on a costume and mask, you should not indulge in vigilante justice. I do not think we really want to go back to vigilante justice...

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Guy Incognito said...

No... but we could definitely use a super hero in Minneapolis.
Thom, dig out your leprechaun costume...

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Thom said...

Can we have Denise whip up a cool cape and mask to go with it?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Vigilante justice is, by definition, illegal. Somebody using a gun for which they had a permit in order to help a defenseless father keep his daughter from being raped would not be an example of vigilante justice.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Contrary to what my 2nd grade arch-nemesis Tiffany Michaels said, I am not stupid.

However, I am optimistic that a person can be a bad person all on their own, without anyone feeling obligated to point out skin color or hairstyle.

I also realize this is your blog, and I respect that. The undertone I perceived just surprised me, is all.

Hope we can still be BFFs.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

I didn't point out his skin color. You read that into my post.

But I always welcome comments.

Let's be BFFs forever!

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Thom said...

I am confident Kevin would have mocked the corn rows if the guy was white. If fact, I have a feeling he would have been LESS merciful in that case.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Cornrows are mullets for black people.

9:09 AM  

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