UPDATE: City of Sioux Falls Crack Legal team agrees, Jesus plows violate separation clause

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I figured this was coming. I’m wondering when Christians, or for that fact, any religious sect are going to figure out the separation clause is there to protect you from government’s interference in your religious lives and beliefs;

Two private schools in Sioux Falls have been asked to repaint city-owned snow plow blades after a group complained about student artwork with Christian themes.

I think Amanda sums it up very nicely

Some residents might be upset about a protest of Christian-themed art on city snow plows, but all they need to do is consider a role reversal, Amanda Novotny said.

“It would have no business on a plow, I would never do it, but if I painted a plow that said ‘There is no god,’ I think people would be very, very upset about that,” she said.

This commenter to the story also makes a fine point;

It is not discrimination against A religious establishment, it is protection for ALL religious belief.

Exactly!

This is going to get ugly. Already talked to a city councilor who has been getting blowback about it.

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SF City Council Public Input, 10/21/14, ‘The Dribble’

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Federal investigation remains ‘Active’ into EB-5

I wonder how many adult diapers were changed at Rounds’ campaign headquarters today, when the FBI decided to tell the press that the investigation is still on going?

A person from ‘another’ campaign I talked to today wondered if the reason Joop is out of the country is because he has been offered immunity from the FEDS?

Doesn’t it seem odd that a program that is still being investigated by the FBI would allow their main (and alive) witness to leave the country?

Maybe he supplied the murder weapon in Benda’s death to the FBI . . . Ah, I mean, the stick Benda used to push the trigger to kill himself.

Sorry. It’s hard to keep track of these conspiracy theories these days.

Keep digging Marion. Keep digging.

My favorite resident cartoonist has book signing. Cool.

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Found on FB (H/T – Horndog)

Nothing like a cup of coffee, a piece of cheese and Jesus. I’m good now.

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SD DOT SD100 Update

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There are some “ongoing” road studies affecting the Sioux Falls area we should understand. They are located HERE.

We got to go to church tonight to find out what is happening to our new by-pass highway, SD100. Oh boy. We find out the chosen route from Madison Street to the EROS / I-90 exit. Don’t be expecting to use the new road anytime soon, we have about 5 years of construction to look forward to.

Note to State DOT and City of Sioux Falls, hold these meetings at Carnegie Town Hall so the nerds amongst us can watch them on SIRE or channel 16. It is the least the City of Sioux Falls can do to let us in on some of the plans affecting our lives. It amazes me the amount of money and energy the city spends on feel good press conferences about drunks in the park and people who get punched in the face over defending a taco restaurant employee, but we can’t simply have a meeting at Carnegie and turn on the video camera? How many millions of dollars have we spent remodeling the joint? Why not use the facility? Instead we hold a Hwy meeting in a church.

It is going to be a while before the south route is even being considered. Looks like Walmart may be waiting until the next decade for the road they want. Call a Whaaabulance.

Why hasn’t Gov. Daugaard endorsed Mike Rounds for senate?

I have been thinking about this every since the fake governor appeared on the Colbert Report.

No TV commercials. No print ads. No radio. No direct mail. Zilch. Why wouldn’t the former Lt. Governor endorse his former boss? We all know Dennis is going to wallop Wismer. What is he afraid of?

EB-5 seems to be a virus that Dennis is trying to shake. C’mon Dennis. Endorse your former BFF.

Sioux Falls Citizen Survey to remove employees from mailing list

When I had made the recommendation to the city council to remove city employees from the survey mailing list, I made the assumption that a survey company would already be doing that, I guess not. Legislative advisor and council errand boy, Jim David said this in the informational yesterday (FF 25:30):

. . . request to remove city employees from that list and they seemed agreeable to that . . . no city employee or council member will receive these surveys . . .

I had made the suggestion because I thought it would skew the results a bit if these were being mailed to city employees. You have to realize, they only mail out 3,000 of these and the response rate is around 32%.

What surprised me was that this seems like the first time the city has told the survey company to do this. Not that this is the city’s fault, besides they hire the company to do a fair survey, right? You would think that the company would already be purging those people, but apparently in the past they have not.

I was also a little astonished when Jim said, “they seemed agreeable” Well I damn well hope so. It is unfortunate that a citizen has to point out something that should have been done already by the survey company.

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What are your thoughts?

I found this image of Christine Erickson interesting. A sitting Sioux Falls city councilor essentially endorsing a Senatorial candidate. While I don’t have a problem with her endorsing a candidate (even if he is a crooked snake) I question why she would want to emcee the event and put herself in that spotlight?

The one thing I have learned about following SF city government, whether you are Republican or Democrat it is always best to portray yourself as a non-partisan in the capacity of your service to the city.

It will be interesting to see how residents portray Erickson now and the decisions she makes as a councilor, no matter if Rounds wins or loses. Some will ask,

“Is Christine a puppet for the SD GOP? Will she treat Sioux Falls Democratic business owners the same as Republican business owners? Will her decisions be based on ‘Big Republican Government’ or common sense. Does she approve of how Rounds has handled EB-5?”

These are important things to think about when you are serving on a non-partisan body of government while out publicly endorsing party members. There is NO fine line. Endorse away, but stay out of the spotlight.

Not sure about you. But it has changed my opinion about her.

SCREENSHOT: Dakotawarcollege.com

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Arresting people over their yards

I think a better approach would have been to mow her lawn and send her a bill, instead they decided to waste a lot of time on courts, lawyers and such, initially wasting more tax dollars to make an ‘example’. But hey, like the Bruce Danielson case, let’s blow tax payers money on frivilous lawsuits, and even if we lose, who cares, it’s not our money;

According to Knoxville’s WVLT, Karen Holloway was cited by the city last summer for her failure to maintain a neat and orderly yard. She received a citation in the mail, but was too consumed with other things to pay it much mind.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” said Holloway.

The working mom said that she would be the first to admit that the yard around their house could use some maintenance, but she was utterly shocked on Monday when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence.

“It’s not right,” Holloway said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters, and people who’ve done real crimes, because I haven’t maintained my yard.”

Holloway made an additional appearance before Judge Vann to plead for clemency. Vann reduced her sentence to six hours in the county jail, but would not dismiss the charges altogether, nor would he allow her to serve the time by performing community service.

She turned herself in to authorities at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

This was not the first time that she has been served with code violation citations, she told WVLT. When her husband was stationed overseas, she fell behind on the yard work due to “personal, family issues.”

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” Holloway said.

A gigantic floodgate of giving absolute authority over what your private property should ‘look like’.