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South DaCola 2016 year in review (Part I)

art-maze-mower-lrArtMaze, one of the better parts of Sioux Falls life in 2016

2016 has been a rough year for citizen activism. While it has been up and down here in Sioux Falls with many successes and failures to boot, it seems Washington DC has gone into full collapse as we allowed racist, sexist, hillbillies to elect our president.

READ ABOUT 2015 REVIEW HERE.

But locally there were three things that stood out;

• Governor Daugaard claiming that voters were ‘hoodwinked’ into voting for IM 22, then getting the Pierre (in)justice system to go along with it. Funny how for over 40 years voters have been voting his party into power, and no word about ‘hoodwinking’ but once that corrupt power will be challenged, all the voters are idiots. As one official told me that used to work for Dennis, it’s not the public that are idiots, it’s Dennis. And his idiocy has been shining through.

• The South Dakota Democratic Party’s bottom completely fell out, and the people in charge patted themselves on the back. Insanity I tell you! Insanity!

• But one of the greatest achievements of the year is the Sioux Falls City Council’s change of power. The four new councilors have been flexing their muscles with a little help from Councilor Erickson, and while they have had a few missteps to start out, they have been learning from the battle scars. While ‘leadership’ of the council (Rolfing and Kiley) seem to be on a two man mission to rubberstamp all things Huether, shut down public input, and concoct false ethics charges against a fellow councilor (until they got caught lying like the snakes they are) they are becoming more and more in check. The city council has many big plans for 2017, and I have a feeling their agenda will push through easily as our lame duck mayor melts.

Let’s take a look at some the finer high and low points of 2016;

• The Huether Tennis center continues to block parking from other event attendees at the Sanford Sports complex though they basically stole $500K from taxpayers for the facility. Throughout the year there was several reports on cones and signs blocking the lot with not cars in it. But hey Mike’s Bride won an award this year and seemed surprised she did, without commenting that her check to the organization that gave the award wasn’t returned.

• The Sioux Falls City Council leadership and mayor’s HR department pulled a military retiree out of their asses for city clerk, a person who will be in charge of our city elections and hasn’t been registered to vote for years. He also proved his knowledge of official stamps when he stamped a petition without even bothering to read it. While Mr. Greco has gotten better over the year, the city clerk position should not be a $80K+ a year job as an apprentice, sadly being trained by one of his assistant clerks who has ten times the qualifications and applied for the position but was turned down. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the council chair’s view of women in the work place.

• Speaking of letting the mayor’s HR department and Leadership’s Mutt and Jeff pick the next internal auditor, the council barked loud enough that they did not want another ‘Greco’ pick. Not sure if the barking worked, but the person who was set to take the job saw the writing on the wall and turned it down. Hopefully the person who ultimately gets the position won’t be turned down because they shave their legs.

• The city continues to blow money on the Winter Wonderland Display, but the way the mayor has been cutting budgets these days, I expect next year’s display to be a couple of homeless barrel fire pits, sponsored by the Dudley House of course.

• After posting about the ridiculous corporate like raises the mayor has been giving to his management team, he turns around and still screws the minions with dismal raises again this year. I think in a special note to the city employees on their Christmas paystub he wrote, “I don’t care.”

• The city continues the FREE condom distribution program at area bars, and for some reason Monk’s is always emptied the quickest. Coincidence that is also a favorite watering hole of city managers . . .

• The Tuthill shooting case becomes ‘inactive’ and a tree branch shadow gets off scott free.

• The Erp wrongfully calls out local massage therapists as prejudice because they pointed out the ‘shower massages’ that were taking place around town. Apparently someone got a bad fortune cookie that day.

• The car rental tax and BID tax grabby-grabby fails in Sioux Falls, but the state legislature passes one of the most idiotic tax increases ever so our teachers are now just tied for last instead of dead last in pay. Out hoodwinking governor already has plans to rob the pot only one year after its passage.

• Hartford’s city government was in a state of collapse. Who really cares?

• The Levitt Pavilion is moving forward in Sioux Falls. It will be nice watching outdoor concerts sitting in the grass while battery acid is boiling beneath our asses.

• The Boulevard ordinance changes went into effect. Now stop worrying about rocks and plant a garden.

• The Washington Pavilion got a change of leadership after Darrin Smith takes over as President. So far he has only eliminated one director, but I hear the blood-letting has just begun. Now let’s throw another couple of million at the place to fix the poor construction to begin with. That will never happen with the Events Center . . .

• The Events Center cracks down on outside snacks and guns at events. We are all now safe from cheap fat people shooting us, but not in the parking lot.

• The Pottie Room war starts in Pierre and is guaranteed to return in 2017.

• A state legislator calls transgender people ‘twisted’. Now I’m struggling with what word to use describing our state legislators?

• A city council candidate throws a hissy fit over a post I wrote about his wife’s involvement with the Jesus plows and after threats to my employer I pull the post. He ends up taking last place in the at-large race. How’s Jesus working out for you now?

• Due to health reasons, Kermit Staggers decides not to run for a 4th term on the city council. His endorsement of Stehly puts her over the top.

• One of the youngest candidates in city history runs for city council. I apologize to Briggs for all the shitty things I said about him during the campaign.

• The Argus Leader sues the city for the details in the secret events center siding settlement. The Argus loses the first round but it is headed to the SD Supreme Court.

• On a similar note, the SON neighborhood is also awaiting a judgement in their Walmart suit with the SD Supreme Court.

• While our Sioux Falls City Council approves the DAPL through Sioux Falls, it takes thousands of protesters in ND to actually stop it. Too bad our city council chair doesn’t understand how to vote.

• The Mayor and Q-Tip Smith screwup the DT parking ramp development by flapping their traps to soon, and the council later on in the year returns the favor and defunds the ramp all together for 2017. I still think the fiasco is what got Smith to seek refuge at the Pavilion.

• City officials throw a hissy-fit over Bruce’s camera at a city meeting we were invited to by then city councilor Kenny Anderson. Looking back on it now, I just chuckle.

• Former city councilor Dean Karsky and now commissioner elect has become the official endorser in Sioux Falls.

• Bruce and I do a presentation on voter turnout in Sioux Falls at Democratic Forum and one of the mayor’s buddy developers in Sioux Falls tries to shut us down. When he fails, he walks out. Another casualty to transparency.

Just another reminder of how civilized small town SD is.

This Lake Andes Motel sounds like a good place to stay . . . that is, if you are white and Republican.

I’m all for freedom of speech, and think it is fantastic that these people wear their racism on their sleeves (probably in the form of an armband) even though they seem to be in denial;

Mary Snyder swears to the Mitchell Daily Republic that she and her husband are just misspellers, not racists.

Yeah . . . right. If you don’t like black people, pull off your white hood and just say it. That is the beauty of our country, you don’t have to like people, and you don’t even have to be informed about why you don’t like them.

Saw this coming . . .

. . . concerning the racial discrimination accusations towards the ’18th Amendment’ bar. I received this comment on January 30 about the establishment, but didn’t really think much of it, until reading the Argue Endorser‘s story today;

2011/01/30 at 9:11 am

so it turns out that the 18th amendment is turning away black people at the door by handing them a card and telling them they have to call to find out why they are not allowed in the bar…sounds like a lawsuit to me!

I really don’t understand handing out the card? If you are so concerned about these ‘people’ being a threat to society I would hand them a condom instead.

As a result, management had instructed security workers to hand a piece of paper to people who they deemed might cause problems because of gang-related or “thug” dress, or because of perceived aggressive demeanor.

The paper invites the person to call the bar’s manager the next day to discuss why he was turned away and what the expectations are that would allow him in next time.

I’m on the fence about this issue. Racial discrimination is intolerable, and if they have people working for them that are racist towards blacks, they should be fired, I just find it odd that the same establishments employee black people. I have even heard councilor Anderson Jr. bar tends part time at one of the said bars.

Bar and restaurant owners can refuse service to anyone. I worked at a restaurant downtown that had a strict policy about teenagers and loitering. If they did not buy anything, I told them to leave. Were they pissed? Sure. But I will defend a business owner’s right to make money, and if a certain kind of patron is preventing that, throw their asses out.

I can hear it already. How is this any different then the smoking ban? It is very different. The smoking ban was about having a safe work environment for EMPLOYEES. It had nothing to do with patrons.

Who knows how this will play out.

My advice to the patrons that were turned away, stop crying and change your clothing. My advice to the bar owner, fire racists.

Holy holy holy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvkatCGNFYI have no words. Just watch and throw up a little.

We have a long way to go in race relations in this country

I think some people believed that racism and predjudice would disappear overnight when Obama got elected. Yeah right.

It’s the little things that stick out when it comes to how far we have come and how far we have to go.

Yesterday while working, I had a middle-aged white couple from a major southern city make an astonishing comment to me. They said, “We love vacationing in South Dakota because there isn’t a lot of black people here.” Of course I was a little taken back about the comment. I commented that there is ‘black’ people who live here. I also told them when I visited their city a few years ago that I had no negative experience from the ‘blacks’ in their community. To which they replied, “Well you weren’t there when Obama won.”

As I told co-workers about this comment, many were shocked. But to be honest with you, I wasn’t really shocked at all. I am not naive, racism is exists in our country, and it’s out and it is proud, which is unfortunate.

Going to HS in a suburb of Seattle I learned a lot about tolerance, especially being a whitebread farmkid from SD. Most of my friends were Vietnamese American or African American or white trash punk rockers. I can tell you one thing I have learned, there is bad apples in all races, and there is also good people. As far as I am concerned the only people we should be scared of is rich, greedy Republicans, they are the ones destroying this country, not the ‘blacks’.

Slow news day?

You would think so, after reading this article;

The U.S. Department of Justice notified the state’s congressional delegation that it was sending personnel to Sioux Falls “in response to increased racial tensions” in the city, but now federal officials say the April 6 visit won’t happen.

 

The reasons for the “deployment” remained nebulous Wednesday, and the incident had local officials wondering what “racial tensions” the department was referring to.

As you read more of the article, you will find that everyone is clueless of what it could be.  I think our city fairs pretty well when it comes to these kind of issues, but of course I hear differently from minorities. The most frequent complaint I hear is being pulled over for a DWI (driving while indian). Like I have said, I don’t hear any ‘major’ issues but one has to wonder how helpful our multi-cultural center is when it has been run by the same director (who created the job himself) for so long.

Qadir Aware, the director of the Multi-Cultural Center, said he hears complaints about racial issues, but he said those complaints are minor.

 

“We have some radical groups on either side who take a small thing and make a big deal about it,” he said. Some recent immigrants have complained about profiling because they’ve been pulled over when they weren’t speeding. Aware said they didn’t realize they had to renew their license plates.

Qadir represents a very small portion of minorities in our community (he is Iraqi) when most of the minorities that live here are either Hispanic, Native American or African. I wonder how well they are being represented by an Iraqi? I also have had some business conversations with Mr. Aware, and am not impressed by his attitude. I think the mult-cultural center would be better served if they had more sub-group directors that could address the problems of the particular minority groups. I also think that the directors should change every couple of years to keep perspective fresh. This is not happening. So everything is ‘Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy’ as Aware would like you to believe;

“I think we have a good community in Sioux Falls,” he added. “I’m proud of this community.”

This story has me curious though, and I know two people in particular that I am going to question about this.

Racism Is Over

Did you all know that racism is over?

Catholic Bishop speaks out on politics and racism

This is one of the better columns I have read about the issue of the Catholic church’s stance on racism. I wonder if Pastor(?) DooHickey will post this on his site . . .