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Sioux Falls City Council & City Boards Agenda for the week of August 9, 2021

While all of these meetings are important, I was troubled by this in the consent agenda of the city council;

Health, COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Study Agreement. Augustana University, $50K

So while we will have a half-ass education program on getting vaccinated, blow $50 Million on crap unrelated to Covid, we will spend this kind of money asking the public why they won’t get a shot. I think we know the answer. It was the Butler in the Kitchen with the Knife in City Hall.

Item #12 should have an exemption for the Parks Department since I heard they have NO minority employees in that department.

Item #14 has $6 million in Covid money going to the Pavilion. Because when you think of helping people with Covid, think the arts, or should we say fixing a roof?

Item #15 isn’t much better with $7 million going to the River Greenway Project that just got a $25 million dollar tax break in the form of a TIF and a land transfer of a park that didn’t exist, but we will never know because that is confidential information.

And you wonder why no one is getting shots?!

Great interview with the author of Benjamin Franklin, An American Life

There is a lot to learn about this great person, the working man’s founder. Ken Burns will be releasing a 4 hour documentary about him soon.

Relax, Enjoy Life, Have Fun

John Oliver points out why spending public money on stadiums is a sham

My presentation to the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers

I did this in 2014 and one of my better BS sessions;

Strange Toilet (found on FB)

The South Dakota Fascist GOP Party in charge in Pierre take from the Covid trough to benefit themselves

While this is certainly extremely unethical, some are wondering if it is even legal?

A company directly connected to a member of Gov. Kristi Noem’s cabinet received nearly $600,000 in coronavirus relief grants from the state, while additional companies registered to the cabinet member’s business associates received at least $3 million. 

Steve Westra is the commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. When Noem appointed him to the job in 2019, he was chief operating officer of Hegg Companies in Sioux Falls. He filed a financial interest statement at that time listing income from Hegg Companies, but cabinet members are not required to update those statements annually. 
What makes it even more ironic is that Steve is the one who testified in front of the Sioux Falls City Council about the importance of more socialist handouts to big business in the form of TIF-23, all the while helping some of his other buddies out. I have also heard rumors that since his former(?) employer couldn’t get a deal with housing at the USD Discovery Center, he cut state funding. Notice there hasn’t been a lot of talk about it.

Like I said, I cannot determine if this is legal or not, but it is pretty arrogant to think no one would connect the dots on Federal funding. Besides Pierre being full of Fascist Authoritarian Corporate Welfare Socialists, they also appear to be crooked as all get out.

I’m hoping and praying one of the first orders of AG Garland’s DOJ is to investigate the State of South Dakota and the massive corruption. Not only what is going on under the Noem regime but Gear-Up ad EB-5. It’s time for Federal officers to head to Pierre and round up all the crooks, lock them up, and throw away the key.

Most Americans lean middle to left

In the recent Gallup Poll taken last month it reveals something I have known for quite awhile, a majority of Americans 41% embrace ideas from both sides of the aisle. I certainly do, there are conservative and liberal values I accept and embrace. For instance, I think the government spends too much money period, and I think a good chunk of it doesn’t help the general public one single bit. Locally, just take the 2nd penny. Originally it was meant to build roads and other needed infrastructure, that idea has been dismantled. In fact in the 2021 budget only around 40% of the 2nd penny goes toward needed infrastructure. It is a travesty. That means in 2021 around $138 million that is supposed to go towards this is spent on ‘other stuff’.

I saw an article in 2018 that said the extreme right and left combined only make up about 14% of the voting body while about 67% are pretty much right in the middle. So why do so many of us listen or allow their garbage to proceed? We shouldn’t. We need to put an end to extremist views on both sides.

We can talk about the hot button issues all we want, but a majority of Americans just want a fair shake, and whether they know it or not, that kind of leans our country to the left (progressive), just a little bit.

I’ll take 10 minutes of Dave over 60 minutes of Don

This has been out for a few weeks, but I thought I would post today right after I listened to Trump’s live CPAC speech. The one thing I have learned about either reading poetry, or philosophy or even political analogy is that less is more. Trump doesn’t understand this, but Chapelle does.

Amber Ruffin; Nazis, Traitors and Fascists

I just got into watching Ruffin over the weekend. She’s hilarious.