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January 31st, 2013 — 1st Amendment, Freedom, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
There has been a little less than a peep from the SF city council since they were chastised for implementing a time limit rule on public testimony during the snowgate special election meeting.
The only thing that has been said is that they will ‘address’ the issue during a work session in March.
Our media has been somewhat quiet about the issue also, except for a short editorial by AL’s editor, Patrick Lalley suggesting we have special meetings for testimony. My suggestion is that the city council just follow city ordinance. No closing of debate unless there is a 2/3 thirds vote by the entire council and allowing 5 minutes per person, per agenda item. Pretty simple.
Heck, when I spoke at the Minnehaha County Commission a few weeks back, they had no time limits, but just asked we ‘keep it brief’. We also had great interaction with the commissioners, in which we asked questions back and forth. They also listened and were split on their decision. I can hardly say that about the city council, that seems to be run by one person, Council Chair Michelle Erpenbach who is getting her marching orders from the Mayor.
There is a rumor floating around that the council is considering revisiting putting public testimony to the end of the meeting.
Where does all of this animosity towards the VOCAL public come from? I told someone the other night that I felt it stems from a certain citizen showing up each week at the council meeting (Tim Stenga) and calling the council and mayor out on their BS. I think it came to a boiling point when the mayor and Stenga had a heated exchange in the parking lot after a meeting (in which Stenga called Mike a ‘Rich Snob’). The council doesn’t want the public telling them how to do their job, and they certainly don’t want to be exposed for lying, or for what they really are, ‘Rich Snobs’.
This pushback is common from people who have something to hide. If the council and mayor were on the up and up, they could care less how many Tim Stengas showed up to the meetings.
Do I think there is rabid corruption going on in city government? Maybe a little, but I attribute it more to incompetent city employees, power hungry city directors and a city council and mayor that are controlled by their own greed and special interests. They just don’t have time for the Tim Stengas of the world. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding. Over 8,000 voters asked for a special election this Spring, and not only did they refuse to hold the election, they limited our testimony. When was the last time Craig Lloyd or any other developer in town had to get over 5,000 valid signatures to receive a TIF or tax funded landscaping? Never.
Who do you think our mayor and city council works for?
As for limiting public testimony, this will eventually blow up in their faces. When government officials on any level thumb their noses at a constitutional right, free speech, they are asking for a backlash. If you think Detroit Lewis and his foot soldiers have decided to give up on this issue, you are sadly mistaken. More to come.
December 18th, 2010 — DADT, Freedom, Gay
At least our wimpy ass legislators in Washington accomplished something during the lame duck session;
WASHINGTON— In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Gay rights? More like equal rights. I’m tired of people putting gays in a different category. What they do in their bedroom is none of your business, just like it is none their business what you do in your bedroom. Like my late grandpa Mel said once while bitching about getting a fishing license,
“Pretty soon they are gonna require you to get a license to fuck in your own home.”
January 14th, 2010 — America, Dumbass, Freedom, Fuck Off, homeland security
Thanks be to the TSA for keeping their eyes on a budding terrorist.
Ever since he was two years old, Mikey Hicks has been getting extra attention from the TSA when he flies.
He was recently frisked aggressively when his family flew to the Bahamas for vacation on Jan 2, just days after the so-called “underwear bomber” attempted to ignite explosives on a flight from Amsterdam to Michigan.
“Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch — someone is patting your 8-year-old down like he’s a criminal,” Mikey’s mother told the newspaper. “A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my 8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.”
With a unique name like Michael Hicks, it’s a pretty safe bet that the TSA has the right guy. In fact, there are only 1,600 other people named Michael Hicks in this country – including young Mikey’s father, according to a national directory. Pretty cut and dried if you ask me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad we have psychics working for our government who are able to see into the future and know this kid will grow up to be the next Bin Laden. It just gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling all over. Kind of like a good pat-down.
October 1st, 2009 — 1st Amendment, America, anger, Bush, Caves, Dumbass, Freedom, Fuck Off, Homosexuals, Jews, obama, racism, Roly-Poly, Unemployment, You Tube
I have no words. Just watch and throw up a little.
September 14th, 2009 — anger, Conservatives, Freedom, Tea Party
It’s not every day we can sit back in our secure bunkers, and rest easy knowing there are some in this new generation of heathens who truly are Real Americans. This kid is one of them, and is dead on about the president of Kenya:
Yeah! In your face, Pinkos!!!
The kid’s t-shirt displays his true patriotism even better:
It’s good to know we have a new generation of Real Americans ready to carry the flag for us when we pass on to eternity. Hopefully, his parents were smart enough to hold him out of public schools, and build a secure bunker stocked with ammo and gold coins for him to ride out the coming apocolypse to emerge as our new ultra-president/potentate and lead us down the Real American path.
See ya later, fornicators!
August 26th, 2009 — America, congress, Conservatives, Freedom, Healthcare, Healthcare reform
In these trying times of woe, when our own illegitimate president from Kenya is attempting to destroy our economy, take over all our hospitals, and kill our grannies, it’s nice to know we can still count on the LORD to send us true Real American Patriots like Michelle Bachmann.
On a conference call the other day, along with North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx – who correctly exposed the murder of that gay kid in Wyoming as a hoax, and former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave – who bravely stood her ground even as it became obvious that the people of her district had mistakenly elected her Godless heathen democrat opponent, Bachmann exposed president Barry Hussein’s true agenda:
“We all need to consider that in God’s timing that he may have allowed us, as members of Congress, to be in the position that we’re in just for this specific issue right now,” she said. “Everything that all of us have worked together and labored for over the years, all of it could be undermined with this one bill. President Obama realizes that. The radicals that are on the pro-abortion left, they realize that. They could win it all. And the unborn, and the vulnerable, the disabled and those at the end of life could lose it it all.”
Without such brave Real American Patriots in the halls of congress, people might start believing the myths that the government doesn’t want to send your grandmas to government-run glue factories.
See ya later, fornicators!
March 26th, 2009 — America, anger, beer, Federal Spending, Freedom, Lame, protesters, Silly, Taxes, Unruh
As mentioned in an earlier post, there’s going to be a tax protest at Covell Lake where participants will reenact the Boston Tea Party. It’s being organized on facebook. I think a counter protest should dress as British redcoats and threaten to arrest the protestors for treason against the crown – not because they don’t have a right to protest taxes, but because it would be equally silly and pointless.
Funny how almost no one complained when the last administration outspent all the others combined.
PS: Everyone’s favorite back-cracker is organizing the event.
March 5th, 2009 — Freedom
This study is laughable. Though I don’t disagree with there findings, I find it ironic what they consider ‘FREE’.
South Dakota received a top ranking in economic freedom and scored second in fiscal freedom.
Yeah, the rich are economically FREE from paying their fare share of taxes.
But the study criticized the state’s high sales taxes and higher-than-expected transportation spending for a state with such a low population density.
The sales taxes are not high, they lack equality. We shouldn’t be paying retail taxes on food and the retail tax rate should be equal on every item, big or small. As for transportation, boy, if that isn’t glaring. We are a state of 700,000 that has 9 state owned airplanes – go figure.
Personal freedom dropped South Dakota into the middle of the pack at 24th.
WooHoo! We weren’t dead last for once! Even though that rank probably would drop to 50 in Sioux Falls, where code enforcement spies on it’s residents 24/7 and drug dogs wait outside bars for you.
Moderate, centrist governments offer their residents the most freedoms, according to the study.
And the wingnuts wonder why Obama is so popular – go figure.