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More fun with the Best of DaCola

Chris Browne moves to town.

Reproductive Fascism.

My love for Robert.

Catholic Birth Control.

Someone needs to make Pierre illegal.

A reoccurring toon.

Johnny has a gun, in fact two of them. But only one is loaded.

When Stormland TV used to like me. I’m starting to think they need to change their name to Sick-Kids TV.

Randell Beck, the Blogger.

This guy didn’t last long with his crazy ideas.

The Yankton Recall.

Mike Rounds always had his head in the clouds.

Thune vs. Daschle.

The Best of DaCola

Here is round two of the Best of DaCola

More Babies!

Oh how I miss the Beckster!

Saint Denny.

I miss Pukey.

There’s a tear in my beer . . .

Another Lost and Found city website idea.

Just another plagiarist sent to the curb.

Are you qualified to legislate in South Dakota?

Boy Scout Badge Bob Litz.

Bookstorecoffeehouse.

Tit for Tat.

And it isn’t even FALL yet.

The war on Christmas.

Marion Rounds, such a kindhearted governor.

Christmas in Sioux Falls.

Gee, who thought of Snowgates?

What’s that sucking sound?

The Best of DaCola

I decided I would start looking at the significant posts and toons over the past 8 years (since 2007) and share with you.

This was one of my favorite toons I did before I even started the blog. It published in the Argus Leader around the same time in art news they were claiming that the Mona Lisa was probably pregnant when she posed for her famous portrait.

This toon is about our wonderful Legislature, seems nothing has changed in 9 years.

This toon is about Former Super Homan’s ‘transparency’ issues.

Somethings never change at the corner of 13th & Phillips.

Well, Vern, your wish finally came true.

Shotgun Cheney.

When this toon printed in the Argus, some readers actually thought it was real.

American Gothic.

I did this toon after the Argus cynically accused me of being an infamous graffiti artist in town. He was never caught, and after he moved away, I arranged an interview with him at the Top Hat when he was visiting. He chickened out and I never did get his name.

Oh, XL, you are at it again.

Sioux Falls Plaque-Gate.

Can you believe these two clowns are working in Washington together?

Janklow, Dan Scott and Satire-Gate.

We still don’t know who Roger laundered this money for.

Some things never change. I think they turned in the barrel for grain bin though.

Sin taxes.

One mayor vetoed increasing the police, another wants to hire more.

Smoking ban.

Don’t know if anyone remembers the adventures of ‘Verle’ the guy who would masturbate in snow banks, have sex with his closet door and eventually got busted humping a street sign.

My thoughts on building an East/West corridor.

Larry Craig, the gift that kept giving, and giving, and giving.

A Janklow complex.

The politics of polling, and east/west route and the events center.

Behind the Heads!

Stay tuned for more!

Why I love this guy

Trust me, I strive to be as good as this guy, everyday, he inspires me to be more of an activist.

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The comment section is there for a reason . . .

I agree, I was skeptical of Susan Wismer, but her passion in the Dakotafest debate was wonderful. Wake up South Dakota! We want people who represent us.

Let Cory educate us!

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Holsen’s views on TIF’s and Public Transportation in relationship to Affordable Housing

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Holsen made some interesting observations recently on her blog.

First about TIF’s and the mayor’s conflicts of interest;

35.028  CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; ACTING IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY ON MATTERS IN WHICH AN OFFICIAL OR EMPLOYEE HAS A PRIVATE FINANCIAL INTEREST CLEARLY SEPARATE FROM THAT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

   (a)   No officer or employee of the city shall knowingly have a financial interest clearly separate from that of the general public in any contract, transaction, zoning decision or other matter which is subject to an official act or services from the city. This provision shall not apply if the interested officer or employee discloses by written communication to his or her immediate supervisor, director and the appropriate elected official(s) and they reply with unanimous consent to the financial interest or if the person serves on a lay board and discloses to the city council the full nature and extent of that interest and disqualifies and/or removes himself or herself from consideration or future participation in the matter in any respect.
   (b)   The foregoing conflict of interest prohibition shall not apply if an interested officer or employee does not or will not act in the regular course of his or her duties and responsibilities, directly or indirectly, for the city as to inspection, any related performance issues or any operational oversight or work with the matter in question. Also, this prohibition may not apply if the interested officer or employee is an employee of a business involved in the matter in question and the officer or employee has no ownership interest in the matter and will not receive a fee or compensation related thereto.
Clearly, current TIF ordinance language does not speak to criteria or investors. Ordinance language in Chapter 37 should address criteria.  However, the conflict of interest ordinance (Chapter 35.028)  does speak to acting in an official capacity on matters where the official might have a financial interest. It is mindboggling to read the councilors responses to the disclosure about the mayor’s wife’s involvement in an approved TIF.  Do they not comprehend ethics or conflict of interest when they are elected officials?
Uh, not really. In fact, I think most of them are in cruise control, don’t ask any controversial questions, and just move right along. Just look at councilor Enteman, ever since he said he wasn’t running for re-election, you haven’t seen much of him. ‘Caring’ about what is ‘ethical’ and ‘right’ doesn’t seem to cross their minds much.
Holsen also brings up the gorilla in the room when it comes to public transit and affordable housing, and how they don’t match up;
The city says its nearly impossible to expand transit services to keep up with the growth rate of the city and federal funding just doesn’t keep pace with increased costs associated with transit fixed route costs. The city is growing outward from the core and many of the outlying areas don’t even have transit service. So, it’s kind of a head scratcher to learn that city is awarding funds to private developers to build affordable housing in an outlying area that doesn’t even have transit services and probably won’t get transit services.
More like banging your head against the wall, especially when a committee (of supposed experts) approved this loan and gave the loan to a developer who is the Planning Commission’s Chair. Besides the obvious conflicts of interest, shouldn’t he have known better? Doesn’t leave a lot of confidence in the man running our Planning Commission. But according to the Planning Department, they do no wrong, EVER!

Jennifer returns!

January-30-2012

I was glad to see several posts by Mrs. Holsen this month, we really need her voice as we go into the municipal elections this Spring.

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Bloggers as journalists?

“Let’s see here, I have three Whopper Jr’s, a Thune press release, a hidden server and STYX blaring on my stereo. I’m ready to blog!”

The Argus is at it again, asking if Bloggers are journalists. I ask the bigger question, are their journalists very good bloggers? Well, during the State Legislative session, David Montgomery had the most extensive coverage of any journalist of the session. Fair, balanced and accurate, but you didn’t read about it in the newspaper or even on their website, all of this very well balanced ‘reporting’ by a ‘journalist’ occurred on David’s BLOG.

Do I think I am a journalist? No. I prefer citizen advocate. I don’t have a degree in journalism, and I often misspell words and use poor grammar. But the main reason I don’t consider myself a journalist is because 1) I am not getting paid to write on my blog 2) I don’t consider what I do as writing ‘news’ stories. I see things happening, I get a couple of good sources, I ask questions. I also offer my opinion, which makes me more of an editorialist then anything (the main reason I started the blog to begin with).

I did get a kick out of the cast of characters rooted up for the Robo-call trial though;

He and several high-profile Republicans have been called by Willard as witnesses for the defense, along with Secretary of State Jason Gant, state senator Dan Lederman, and Tony Venhuizen, a senior adviser to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (also Powers, Joel Arends and Shawn ‘The Tornado’ Tornow are involved).

Joel Arends VS. Shawn Tornow. Would love to see that Sh*t Show. I hope they don’t slip on each other’s slime. Then you have Powers as a ‘Journalist’ (I didn’t know publishing Thune and Noem press releases was considered ‘journalism’)

So do I agree with the judge that bloggers are journalists? I dunno?

Ruf’s new blog

I read parts of it this morning, pretty funny stuff

http://hicktownhighjinks.blogspot.com/

Just for clarification

I will admit, I was blindsided a little bit ago. During the LIVE meeting of the SF City Council informational meeting, councilor Staggers questioned why he could not access certain ‘blogs’ on his city computer. He iterated that it was perfectly acceptable for the administration to block certain sites from city employees. And I agree. While I would love it that people read my blog, I would prefer they DID NOT do it on the taxpayers dime. However, he brought up the topic of ‘research’ and they should be able to access it for that. He also reminded the ADMINISTRATION they are welcome to block their employee’s internet access, but they have NO RIGHT to block elected officials. And he is right.

I will also say this. Kermit and I had a splendid convo today about tonight’s city council meeting’s agenda. He never once brought up blocking blogs. (We were not in cahoots on this) Like I said before, people will still read my site. They will just have to do it with their morning coffee at the breakfast table or with their end of the day night cap.

I think they referred to my sites as ‘MSN’ and ‘Hotmail’, LOL!