Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fare Thee Well, Irving Inquisition Blog, You Burned Too Brightly To Burn Very Long...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

For the past two years, Irving Inquisition blog (www.theirving
inquisition.com) has occupied a sentimental place on my "blog roll," a sidebar feature where I try to highlight blogs I feel are important to our North Minneapolis neighborhood issues. 

But it's been a long time since any new material was added to The Irving Inquisition. In fact, it's been a while since ANYTHING was on that blog besides what I might dub "placeholder material," including a notice that "this domain name may be for sale." 

Sigh. For a while, Irving Inquisition burned brightly. It pulled no punches and asked for no quarter in return...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

End Of An Era As Minneapolis Crime Watch Blog Goes Away, Leaving Foreign Language Spam In Its Wake...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

The Minneapolis Crime Watch blog (http://minneapoliscrime
watch.blogspot.com) was, once upon a time, one of the most popular blogs in North Minneapolis. Though ostensibly covering crime all over the city, for obvious reasons the blog tended to cover North Minneapolis A LOT. 

Some years ago the author of the blog moved on to other professional opportunities, but the Mpls Crime Watch blog itself remained--still being fed upon by search engines, still modestly useful in an archival sort of way--and so it remained on my blog roll. 

Today that changes. The crime watch blog has apparently been taken over by spammers speaking a foreign language...

AmeriCorps Inner City Tutors Program Gets Short End Of Wage And Benefits Stick, But It's The Children In North Minneapolis Who Pay The Ultimate Price...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

A recent article republished on Twin Cities Daily Planet, but originally published in Insight News, (click here for the article) highlights the fact our North Minneapolis schools need 150 tutors for math and literacy. 

In case that number didn't register, let me stomp my virtual foot and highlight it more. Our North Minneapolis schools need ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TUTORS to teach our children basic math and literacy...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Don Allen Of IBNN Confirms A Ceasefire In North Minneapolis "Blog Wars," Tenuous Internet Peace Appears To Be Holding Among The Two Major Players In Widespread, Complex Social Media Conflict That Spanned Years...

Image from IBNN blog, original images were from another media source, (left) and
Don Allen Facebook (right) and have both been used extensively under Fair Comment
and Criticism by various entities, blog post by John Hoff

A ceasefire in the vicious North Minneapolis "blog wars" has been called by the two major players, JNS blog and Don Allen of IBNN, as first announced here on JNS blog and now subsequently announced by Don Allen upon IBNN. With the ceasefire now publicized by both parties, it is becoming more and more of a reality. 

"Don and John" (or "John and Don?") have discussed the possibility of mediation or other direct and formal talks...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

JNS Blog Acknowledges St. Anthony For Helping Me Recover My Lost Keys...

Image found on CatholicCulture.org, which hopefully doesn't mind me using it
and linking back to their website, (if they do I'll remove it) blog post by John Hoff

I acknowledge the miraculous helpfulness of St. Anthony, yesterday, in the finding of my lost keys. 

Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony, look all around. Something is lost which must be found...

Plus I will add this saintly intervention is particularly miraculous due to the fact I am not Roman Catholic. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

JNS Blog Brings Back Open Thread "Free Speech Friday" Which Is Kind Of Strange, Because It's Saturday...

Creative stock photo, summer 2013 Dad and Alex road trip, blog post by John Hoff

Like Mike Myers used to say on the SNL skit "Coffee Talk," go ahead and...

Talk amongst yourselves. 

Here, I'll give you a topic...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

JNS Blog And Don Allen Of IBNN Reach Tenuous "NOMI Blog War Cease Fire" Agreement And Try To Hammer Out Possible Long Term Truce...

Creative stock photo, (my duffel bag, it has been a few places) blog post by John Hoff

JNS blog breaks the self-imposed silence caused by a direct hit from a "First Amendment Chill Ray" to announce a metaphorical cease fire agreement has been reached with Don Allen of IBNN blog.

Click here for an article referencing what have been called the "NoMi Blog wars." The article is from February of 2011 but the vicious "Blog Wars" have been ongoing all this time, pulling in many participants, and have even moved into the new territory of North Minneapolis Facebook forums such as North Vent and North Talk. 

By email and text message initiated by IBNN blogger Don Allen earlier today, my former friend Don Allen is asking Johnny Northside for certain things and he is promising certain things in return. The conversation is...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sadly North Minneapolis Has Become Accustomed To Violence And Crime. But When A Tiny Baby Was Shot In The Head, We Were All Left Speechless! Exclusive Update As Baby Isaac Early Turns One Year Old (GUEST BLOG POST BY JORDAN NORTH YES THE GIRL WONDER HAS SURVIVED THE FIRST AMENDMENT CHILL RAY! THIS PARENTHETICAL COMMENT IN THIS HEADLINE IS BY JOHNNY NORTHSIDE, STILL WITH SOME MINOR BLOGGING LIFE FUNCTIONS!!!!)

Blog post by Jordan North


Baby Isaac, at the ripe old age of one has had more tragedy and triumph than many of us have in a lifetime. He was shot and still has the bullet lodged in his head. He made a miraculous recovery that surprised doctors and specialists. At the very same time he was in a hospital struggling for his life, his big sister was in the hospital, doing the same.

Sadly a few months later, she...

FIRST AMENDMENT "CHILL RAY" STOPS JOHNNY NORTHSIDE BLOG IN ITS TRACKS!!! TROLLS AND EVIL DOERS SEEMINGLY RUN RAMPANT AND TRIUMPHANT! OH, NOOOOO, IS THIS THE END FOR JNS BLOG? AND WHAT OF BLOGGER JORDAN NORTH, THE GIRL WONDER? WHERE IS SHE? IS SHE STILL ALIVE? CAN ANYBODY SAVE FREE SPEECH IN THE BLOODY, TROUBLED STREETS OF NORTH MINNEAPOLIS? PAYPAL BUTTON, PAYPAL BUTTON, HELP HELP HELP...

Image found at this website, click here, go there to support what they're doing after
learning of it here, gee, hopefully they're cool about me using the picture if not I'll
find a different one, blog post by John Hoff

What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been 

For an unknown period of time, the many readers who depend on this blog or at least enjoy reading this blog won't see new stuff published unless a guest author seizes the helm of the U.S.S. Johnny Northside and writes something. 

Click here for an editorial that explains as well as I can explain. 

Now this is the part where I tediously mention the PayPal button to the right. I hate sounding like a televangelist. HATE IT. But like my mom says, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."  

Since 2008 this blogger has lived like a... 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

(TEMPORARY NON-CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGING RESTRICTION IN PLACE) A Reader Chimes In With An Idea About How Maybe Johnny Northside Could Blog Without Actually Writing Anything, JNS Blog Responds With A List Of Ways How "If It Bleeds..."

Photo, blog post by John Hoff, CENSORSHIP DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!!!! 

Click here for editorial explaining (to the degree I can explain it right now) why this blog is "chilled" in its free speech. Readers and supporters are directed to the PayPal button to the right to help me eventually achieve a thawing spell, or so I hope. 

In the meantime, I recommend my frustrated readers go to North Vent Facebook Forum for a pep-inducing addictive fix of North Minneapolis information and opinion. (For now, wait until THAT forum is chilled, too, and I can totally see the writing on the wall) 

But I am being careful over there at North Vent too, because I am CHILLED. Mostly I am just pressing the "like" button now and then. 

But recently my "$10 Johnny Northside donations fun rider" (who is getting this second ride for free, I guess, what a bargain!) gave me some feedback by email on this odd First Amendment situation, as follows...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

(TEMPORARY NON-CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGING RESTRICTION IN PLACE) You Must Be At Least $10 High To Get On Board The Johnny Northside Donations Fun Ride...

Stock photo, child at a North Minneapolis Islamic learning center,
circa 2008, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for editorial discussing the current status of this blog. Readers are directed to the PayPal button on the right to help support a First Amendment defense of this blog. 

Yesterday I received a THIRD cash donation. And don't think I don't realize what's up, oh, yes I do...

Monday, August 4, 2014

(TEMPORARY NON-CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGING RESTRICTION IN PLACE) Donations To Defend First Amendment Rights Of JNS Blog Are Trickling In, Meanwhile Allow Me To Comment On A New Trend In Personalized License Plates...

Photo, blog post by John Hoff

This blog is under a self-imposed non-controversial blogging restriction due to being chilled in its First Amendment rights. Click here for editorial discussing the situation with my readers, to the degree I can discuss it. 

As of several minutes ago, I received a second cash donation of support. I do not know if I'll be able to publicly acknowledge each and every donation, but for now I'm trying. 

Pictured above, the pending end of Western Civilization as...

(TEMPORARY NON-CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGING RESTRICTION IN PLACE) Death Of The Warnke Willow, Part One Of I Don't Know How Many, Settle Back For An Exciting Urban Lumberjack Tale!!! OK, Actually, It's Not That Exciting And I Will Totally Understand If You Go Get Your News On North Vent Facebook Forum, Instead...

Photo, (circa June 21, 2013) blog post by John Hoff

This blog is under a temporary, self-imposed "non-controversial" blogging restriction. To support and defend this blog and hopefully one day get things back to normal, please use the PayPal button on the right side. Click here for editorial.

Now then.

While murder ravages my neighborhood, allow me to turn aside from all THAT and present the dramatic, possibly six part series on cleaning up a tree in my front yard...