While we like to jest here about the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ and the incredible income gap that exists in this community, there is a group of gents in this town that don’t let those things bother them. Some have referred to them as the ‘City Fathers’. I refer to them as ‘Developer Welfare Queens’.

Someone recently said to me, “You know how people say the Developers run this town? Well they do.” And while this statement is thrown around figuratively a lot, I got the feeling this person meant it literally.

You know the conspiracy; there is a secret cabal of very influential and powerful people running this community. If they are not at a secret board meeting they are attending the monthly key club gathering or receiving a relaxing ‘massage’ after a pressing game of golf.

I think my friend Jade refers to this as ‘Hookers and Cake’.

There are so many stories I am surprised no one has written a romance/mystery novel about it, and I am not talking about meeting your dreamboat at a tire change shop.

To often I hear snippets with no concrete evidence ever putting the supposed ‘fathers’ in the supposed ‘places’ at the supposed ‘times’.

I know, frustrating, and to tell you the truth, I have given up knowing I would never be invited to one of these gatherings.

In fact, I was invited to one of these gatherings a few years back, and the host who invited me got quite the ribbing about it. While no one approached me and asked how I snuck in, after the event the host had a lot of explaining to do. I played dumb when people told me about it. I just said, ‘I was there for the free apps and drinks, could care less what was discussed.’

Of course, at such public/private events the nitty gritty on how to control the minions in this town doesn’t come up in a casual conversation, those things happen in private, PRIVATE. And that is exactly what happened last week.

I guess the cabal of tired old fathers in town had their annual ‘High Tea’ this past week, or is it next week? It is hard to keep track.

The snarky title of their annual soiree doesn’t escape me;

High tea is a working-class meal eaten around five o’clock onwards, usually consisting of a hearty meal and a pot of tea

These group of folks wouldn’t know working class if it hit them like a $25 million dollar TIF.

So what was discussed? You know, the normal run of the day city operations like; massive tax rebates and TIFs for underserving luxury housing projects, keeping wages as low as possible, keeping affordable housing and food availability low, fill just enough pot holes to make it appear the city is doing something to fix our streets, avoid de-icing and plowing residential streets properly, make it very expensive to get a seat on the city council, de-regulate zoning laws, divvy up the dead animals from Lenin’s Tomb, monopolize garbage hauling, kill any and all moves towards sustainability, and make sure there are hundreds of plaques memorializing the incredible contributions of these robber barons.

So did any of this really happen? Who knows. I am just having a little fun speculating what it must be like to be a part of this extremely compassionate group 🙁 and if anyone asks me if I ever attended one of these meetings, my answer is always the same, “I’m just here for the free apps and drinks.” (and if you are really lucky you can catch a toke from one of the caterers back by the dumpsters).


So what’s next?

Briefing from the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest by Itai Biran, Consul for Political & Commercial Affairs, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

Maybe we should invite someone from Border Patrol to give us an update on the Southern Border crisis, or maybe we could invite the Secretary of Transportation and have a public meet and greet with him . . . wait . . .

I make my feelings known on the conflict, I support neither side, because of my strong feelings on diplomacy.

While I found the presentation odd for a local governing body, I can’t help thinking this may rub the Arab community the wrong way. Was a representative from the Palestinian government invited to also speak on the conflict?

Oh, Scott, you know the answer to that question.

I’m sure this will be our next city council presentation.

11 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls Annual ‘High Tea’ meeting happened last week

  1. D@ily Spin on November 25, 2023 at 11:05 am said:

    Has the Tri-Colateral commission become worse a monster than Netanyahu?

  2. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on November 25, 2023 at 3:21 pm said:

    But if you invited someone from the “Arab community” or the Palestinian government to speak, then at least one of the local political leaders might have to all a sudden go camping.

    As far as “Hookers & Cake”, well, what is that they say about blanking it and having it too? Or, better yet, I thought Dallas was in Dallas, and not the one in Texas, but then again, what ‘If Dallas Was In Tennessee’ or somewhere else?…. AND, once again, talk about below the Mason Dixon Line, my goodness…..:


    ……Because Dallas once took a president, but please don’t let it also take our city as well….

  3. "Woodstock" on November 25, 2023 at 3:24 pm said:

    “Oh, so that’s why that new business in Sioux Falls is called ‘Pasties and Cakes’, huh?”…. 🙁

  4. Further Fear & Loathing on November 25, 2023 at 3:28 pm said:

    Taupeville needs to be careful, because a purple door down there might stand out too much.

  5. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on November 25, 2023 at 3:34 pm said:

    The real question to ask is whether it was the John Birch Society, or just general fears of The Trilateral Commission which birthed Trump-ism…. But now with artificial intelligence on the horizon, does such a question even matter? Because any true intelligence should be able to handle the JBS or any Trilateral fears, but then who will be next, those of us who believe ourselves to be smarter and all knowing?

  6. Sick of Fearing on November 25, 2023 at 3:47 pm said:

    But we need to be careful with this story, because you are either talking ‘Epstein II, The Sequel’, or else ‘Pizza-gate II’….. Speaking of that, I remember the good old days when at Pizza Hut it was only “$2.99 for all you can ….. “

  7. Fear Not! on November 25, 2023 at 4:17 pm said:

    We were once known as the “Divorce Capital of America”. So, isn’t it interesting how things always seem to go full circle? Also, I always thought TIF was short for Tiffany…. and speaking of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, just how much does it cost for a woman to go to the powder room around here anyways?…. AND, we may no longer have the Cataract, and some of us are probably due for such eye opening surgery, but just how painful would it be for all of us to finally see the truth about our fine city, it’s tale of two, and maybe even a three(some)?…..:


  8. Archie Bunkerramp on November 25, 2023 at 5:32 pm said:

    Did you know that the Dallas Cowboys played their second profession game ever (exhibition) at Howard Wood in Sioux Falls against the Vikings (August, 1961), which for the Vikings was their first professional game?…. Not only that, the Cowboys stayed at the Cataract and had to dress there for the game, because the Vikings used both dressing rooms at Howard Wood…. So, there you go…. I don’t know, I thought this might be relevant to this thread…. 🙂 AND so, I guess this is not the first time Dallas has been in Sioux Falls, and at the Cataract, too…. 😉 …. #Skol! #AmericasTeam!

  9. Ask Not! on November 25, 2023 at 5:56 pm said:

    Country sucks!…. I prefer something….. like The Romantics:


  10. The Guy From Guernsey on November 26, 2023 at 12:26 pm said:

    Given a title of “SIOUX FALLS ANNUAL ‘HIGH TEA’ MEETING HAPPENED LAST WEEK” and passages such as, “I guess the cabal of tired old fathers in town had their annual ‘High Tea’ this past week …”, I was expecting a blog post which actually poured the tea (urban dictionary definition – share the gritty and unseemly details).

  11. Otto Dix on November 26, 2023 at 1:36 pm said:

    Sounds like mister dacola’s scribe was 1% truth and 99% bs, or maybe it is the other way around?

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