Animal Rights Activists Ignorantly Kill Thousands Of Mink





A mink-pelt farm near Eden Valley, Minnesota is reeling after vandals attacked their property and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

In the middle of the night in mid-June, unknown vandals cut down an exterior fence at Lang Fur Farms and released over 38,000 mink from their cages. Given the nature of the attack, it is assumed by local police and the FBI that the people involved are animal rights activists. County Sheriff Don Gudmundson has referred to the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.”

In the fur business since 1936, Lang Fur Farms has been raising mink for generations. Dan Lang and his brother Scott took the reins just a few years ago. Given that the mink are raised for the purpose of being killed, activists took it upon themselves to go out one late night and tear apart the outer fencing at the farm and release almost 40,000 (valued at around $750,000) of them into the wild.

Social justice achieved, right? Did the mink, free of the horrors of the farm on which they were raised, finally have the chance to live carefree like Timon and Pumbaa of The Lion King? Did they get to explore the vast depths of the world like our favorite fish, Nemo?

No. Most of them immediately died – many of them are still dying.  It turns out releasing domesticated animals into the wild is a pretty stupid thing to do.

“There were mink dead all over the road,” Lang said, describing the horrific scene at his family-run farm the morning following the attack. Unsurprisingly, after the mink were released, they quickly began to die by the thousands. Having been raised on a farm their entire lives, the animals do not know how to live on their own and depend on people for their well-being. Even in moderate temperatures, domestic mink cannot survive long on their own. Piles of carcasses scattered the farm as employees rounded up the dead.

For the mink that were recaptured alive – many of them are still dying. In a desperate attempt to recapture as many as possible, employees rounded up mink that were not raised together. Mink in completely altered groups are fighting and killing each other. “We just threw mink in pens to try to get as many back as we could. And now they are killing each other,” Lang went on. “And they’re still dying. They are still dying from heat stress.”

In a follow-up story by the St. Cloud Times, it was reported that Lang Farms has recaptured 11,000 live mink. 15,000 have died and another 14,000 are still unaccounted for.

Given the magnitude of the vandalism, authorities believe more than one person was involved. Unfortunately, no real leads have surfaced. Fur Commission USA is offering a $10,000 reward for any information, and the Tri-County Crimestoppers is offering another $1,000.

This incident is not new to mink farmers in Minnesota. In 2013, hundreds of mink were released at a farm 200 miles away from Lang’s. The man and woman involved were eventually caught two years later. The animal rights terrorists had gone on an animal-freeing spree – releasing furry animals and vandalizing farms in  Iowa, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

 

 

 

MN Gov says ObamaCare “no longer affordable”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) on Wednesday became the first Democratic governor in the country, according to the Associated Press, to admit that ObamaCare isn’t working. “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people,” Dayton said at an event where he address concerns over Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. The exchange nearly collapsed earlier this year and consumers in Minnesota are facing massive premium increases this year.

Dayton was held up by some liberals, particularly in neighboring Wisconsin, as a model governor for his full embrace and implementation of ObamaCare, including the establishment of a state exchange, MNSure, and a Medicaid expansion funded by ObamaCare.

The Minnesota governor didn’t blame his state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act for recent woes, instead laying the blame at the feet of the Obama Administration and a Congress that rushed to enact the landmark regulatory expansion in 2009. “It’s got some serious blemishes right now and serious deficiencies,” he said.

Another prominent Democrat who recently criticized ObamaCare is former President Bill Clinton, who told a Michigan audience last week that President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform is “the craziest thing in the world.” Clinton cited rising premium costs as evidence of ObamaCare not working as planned.

“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

Rising premiums and insurers fleeing the online marketplace at HealthCare.gov and state-funded exchanges have defined the health insurance landscape over the past couple of years. In Wisconsin, for example, state regulators have announced that health insurance premiums are going up an average of 15.88%. Some plans will see premiums rise 30.37% and several large insurance companies have stopped offering plans on via the ObamaCare exchange in Wisconsin.

Minnesota faced a dire crisis earlier this year when insurers that offered plans via MNSure threatened to pull out of the marketplace if they weren’t allowed to raise rates to cover the cost of the plans.

Under ObamaCare, insurance premiums in Wisconsin and Minnesota have increased far faster than the rate of inflation for medical service costs.

ObamaCare’s failure to control costs thrusts the matter back into the spotlight for the 2016 election, a time when Republicans who won Senate seats in 2010 based in no small part on public backlash over ObamaCare are trying to defend those gains.

WI Left Silent on MN ObamaCare Exchange Disaster

Minnesota’s ObamaCare insurance exchange is on the verge of collapse, but don’t expect Wisconsin liberals to be talking about it any time soon. Ever since Gov. Scott Walker (R) rejected federal ObamaCare Medicaid expansion money and refused to have Wisconsin pay for an insurance exchange (leaving the state to use the federal exchange), Wisconsin liberals have repeatedly pointed to Minnesota as a shining example of what Wisconsin could have been if only Walker had embraced the Affordable Care Act.

But Minnesota, once that shining example of all that was good about state-funded, federally-controlled health insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid roles, is now in big trouble. According to Bloomberg, Minnesota’s individual insurance exchange has come “to the brink of collapse” in recent weeks and only emergency measures to allow insurers to raise rates has staved off further disaster. Rates will rise by at least 50%, and a spokesman for MNSure, the cleverly named state ObamaCare exchange, told Bloomberg the average rate increase will be a stunning 60%.

One of Walker’s biggest critics, and one of the Minnesota exchange’s biggest fans, has been Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a liberal think tank that has spent ample time defending Minnesota’s approach to ObamaCare and criticizing Wisconsin’s approach to the program. In 2013, Citizen Action released a report that blamed Wisconsin’s higher insurance premium costs on Walker’s refusal to embrace ObamaCare.

“Wisconsin’s rejection of a state-based exchange strip policymakers of additional tools for moderating health insurance rates,” the liberal group asserted. Additionally, the state’s unwillingness “to implement rigorous review of health insurance rates,” which means use its regulatory power to practically set the prices of private insurers, contributed to Wisconsin premiums being higher than Minnesota premiums.

What Citizen Action doesn’t mention in all of its praise of the Minnesota approach to ObamaCare is that despite fully embracing the program, insurance premiums still rose after MNSure launched its marketplace. Further, Robert Kraig, the head of Citizen Action, has tried to have it both ways when it comes to his critique of Wisconsin and ObamaCare. Citizen Action has a distant relationship with Common Ground Healthcare, a federally-subsidized health insurance cooperative that launched in Wisconsin around the time the ObamaCare exchange opened.

As part of Citizen Action’s “Got Healthcare?” campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act, Kraig excitedly praised the number of options Wisconsin consumers had for health insurance on the exchange. “It’s what we were hoping for. We were hoping people would have a lot of options,” he told the Associated Press in 2013.

Trying to have it both ways, criticizing Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of ObamaCare on the one hand while praising Wisconsin’s overall mandatory participation in ObamaCare undermines Kraig’s message. But that hasn’t stopped numerous media outlets from touting or quoting Citizen Actions’ report praising Minnesota’s insurance exchange and price controls.

The Minnesota exchange’s embarrassing near-collapse is proof that Citizen Action’s theory about the state’s success with ObamaCare was based on flawed assumptions. Writing for the MacIver Institute, a free-market think-tank, Nick Novak pointed out in 2013 that Citizen Action used incomplete rate data to make their case.

“The first problem with Citizen Action’s analysis is its misrepresentation of rates in Minnesota. The report relies on information released by the federal government on September 25th that only included health care rates for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, instead of the whole state.”

Novak when on to point out that there are states not named Minnesota who did exactly what Minnesota did and ended up with insurance rates that were higher than Wisconsin’s rates. By confining their research to just two states, Citizen Action managed to create a small enough data sample that verified their own research bias.

A researcher with Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute also expressed skepticism in 2013 of the theory that state-funded exchanges result in lower premium costs for consumers. “I don’t know that there’s evidence to suggest that state-based exchanges have average lower premiums,” he told a Minnesota newspaper.

But while the recent near collapse of Minnesota’s ObamaCare exchange proves the state and its liberal policies aren’t the utopian success liberals and some media outlets want to make it out to be, the development is further proof that the ultimate losers under ObamaCare are consumers.

A headline in the Star Tribune blared this week: “Choices shrinking in Minnesota’s individual health plan market.” The story went on to quote a local health insurance industry expert who observed, “It’s almost like they’re running out of good choices. Each year, the selection gets higher priced and more limited.”

In Wisconsin, federal premium data reviewed by the MacIver Institute shows Wisconsin consumers will see an average price increase of 10%, with some plans costing up to 45% more. This is on top of premium increases last year.

Another new feature of the individual insurance market in Wisconsin is the departure of three insurance companies who have announced they are no longer going to offer plans through the federal ACA exchange. In May, Humana announced it was going to stop offering individual plans in Wisconsin through the exchange. In June, health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare announced it wasn’t going to participate in the ObamaCare marketplace in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, the insurer cited a lack of profitability as a key motivator behind its departure. Now in October a hometown insurer, Arise Health Plan, a subsidiary of Madison-based WPS Health Solutions, announced it wasn’t going to offer plans via the ObamaCare exchange. “The marketplace was telling us that these are not profitable products,” a corporate spokesperson candidly said of the news.

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Stealing Minnesota: Al Franken’s Mixed Up Made Up Facts Du Jour

As you know, the Franken campaign is trying to convince everyone that 133 ballots are missing (though it appears Minneapolis gave up looking for them today) . That is why Franken wanted a church searched and janitors, election workers, and others interrogated by the authorities. Unfortunately, no one seems to be pointing out a couple of rather obvious alternative explanations for 133 ballots not being able to be found:

1. Cindy Reichert, the Minneapolis Elections Director, originally offered the explanation that write-in votes were mistakenly counted twice. She has since walked back that explanation a bit, but it’s still a real possibility. Also note this: “In other developments, Minnesota’s second-largest county is refusing a state directive to sort rejected absentee ballots into five piles, a move that set the stage for possibly counting mistakenly rejected absentee votes.” In other words, the votes could easily have been counted twice.

2. It seems that a lot of students in the relevant area registered on the same day, signed in, and got in line—but the lines were very long. According to people I spoke to up there, it took several hours to vote because the lines were so long. It’s entirely possible that some of the students might have left to go to class, make it to an appointment of some sort, or frankly, just gotten bored and decided they couldn’t be bothered to actually vote… but they would have most likely been signed in.

The Franken campaign is desperate to change the narrative. Keep in mind that his campaign claims he was ahead in the counting, though no media organization, the elections boards, nor any other group agrees. Now he wants to cast doubt on the election by claiming 133 votes mysteriously were stolen from him — never mind that the people doing the stealing would have been Democratic elections officials.

At some point the media is going to have to stop just passing on the Franken line as fact and point out that Franken’s facts exist in some reality other than the current one the rest of us live in.

Stealing Minnesota: If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules

What is it about guys named Al trying to change election rules ***after*** the election is over?

Geez.

Franekn has filed suit with a favorable judge in a favorable county demanding the right to dig through rejected absentee ballots. It’s against the rules, mind you, so Franken is demanding the rules be changed.

Opening up the rejected-ballot question is also a recipe for potential fraud. When the Franken campaign filed its initial lawsuit demanding access to the voter lists, it used as an example an 84-year-old woman in Beltrami County whose vote was supposedly rejected because she’d had a stroke, and therefore her signature on her absentee ballot did not match the one on file. After some outside investigation, the Franken campaign admitted that the story was not true, and that her ballot had been rejected for entirely different (and legitimate) reasons.

In other words, Franken is lying to sow doubt about the election. Stealing it during the canvassing process didn’t work. Now he has to change the rules.

Of course, even the media in Minnesota is getting tired of his antics.

Franken needs to trust the secretary of state and the 87 county auditors to do their jobs and do them well. The system in place is open and transparent. A lawsuit at this point is like trying to change the rules of a football game during the overtime period. Let’s play by the rules of the existing recount lawbook.

Stealing Minnesota: Best Efforts

The Franken camp is working over time to steal Minnesota now. With them worried they won’t catch up, Roll Call reports the Franken camp wants a delay.

With the State Canvassing Board set to certify the results in Minnesota’s unresolved Senate race Tuesday, the campaign of comedian Al Franken (D) has asked the board not to officially call the race until the votes of several voters who cast absentee ballots are included in the final count.

The Franken campaign filed a brief with the five-person board Monday, demanding that every vote be counted.

“We would ask them to not certify the vote count,” Marc Elias, a Democratic election lawyer working for Franken, said in a news conference Monday.

Notice they aren’t asking to count every legal vote, but every vote. This is important because some people who voted straight Democrat still couldn’t bring themselves to vote for an ass like Franken. Nonetheless, Franken wants the person to be deemed a Franken voter because the person voted for every other Democrat.

Having spent years surrounded by fawning admirers paid to worship him, Franken just can’t handle the real world where everybody knows his name and hates him.