Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement—the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases? MR. SPEAKES: What’s AIDS? Q: Over a third of them have died. It’s known as “gay plague.” (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it’s a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it? MR. SPEAKES: I don’t have it. Do you? (Laughter.) Q: No, I don’t. MR. SPEAKES: You didn’t answer my question. Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President— MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.) Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke? MR. SPEAKES: No, I don’t know anything about it, Lester. Q: Does the President, does anybody in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry? MR. SPEAKES: I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s been any— Q: Nobody knows? MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester. Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping— MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he’s had no—(laughter)—no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is. Q: The President doesn’t have gay plague, is that what you’re saying or what? MR. SPEAKES: No, I didn’t say that. Q: Didn’t say that? MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn’t you stay there? (Laughter.) Q: Because I love you, Larry, that’s why. (Laughter.) MR. SPEAKES: Oh, I see. Just don’t put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.) Q: Oh, I retract that. MR. SPEAKES: I hope so. Q: It’s too late.
like, it’s cool that the Doctor is “not alone” now that Gallifrey was saved, but you guys, the Time Lords were a flock of tumbling, tumbling dickweeds with rococo fashion sense and The Stick of Rassilon up their asses
Plus, by the end of the Time War the culture of the Time Lords had an awful combination of militarism and nihilism. So that’s going to be fun for the rest of the universe if/when that time lock is unlocked.
“Thanksgiving is for real Americans not Indians. We founded this Christian nation. Why if it wasn’t for the God-fearing pilgrims, the natives would still be running around in loin cloths shooting at things with their arrows." The gracious host tried to save her by stating, “Surely, you’re aware that the Indians were the native population of this country and were driven from their homes by the European settlers. This further incited Palin and her rant continued, “I’ll tell ya what I know. I know that these tribes do a lot of whining. I mean they got special rights up the wazzoo. They have those casinos all over the place. Seems to me they got a great deal. If they would just put down the bottle and whatever they’re smoking in those peace pipes and get a job like the rest of us, they’d be alright. I see it all the time in Alaska with the Inuit. They just don’t want to join the rest of us. They’re still hunting whale for gosh sake.”—
an excerpt from a Sarah Palin interview (via sikssaapo-p)
brb while I vomit. she makes me want to sink a hatchet firmly between her eyes.
It’s a fantastic 2br in the heart of Minneapolis. It’s on the bus line, the light rail, and in the center of a wonderful conscious-based community. I have loved living here, but I have to move back to Duluth for a job. I’m trying to sublease this place by Dec. 1 or shortly thereafter. It’s $870/mo + electric, which is excellent for this area. The larger of the rooms is perfect for a couple, if need be. There’s off-street parking, on-site laundry, and it’s completely open to any and all pets (meaning pit bull pups welcome)!!!
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This is my brother (as of now, soon to begin the transitioning!). He is an unemployed, transgender, US Veteran. Our area is not the friendliest to LGBT individuals and the city of Dayton, Ohio does not have anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people. He’s a super talented artist and already designs games on his PC.
Veterans have a hard time finding jobs period. Imagine being transgender on top of it. He is actively looking and has even MORE places he’s going to look tomorrow, but as of now he does not have a job. His goal is to go stay with our aunt in North Carolina, go to an art school that has shown great interest in him, and begin to transition.
Please help him out in anyway you can! Thank you!
Please boost this guys. My brother needs to get to a safe place before he can start identifying and transitioning.
Canadian aboriginals are preparing what they call the first-ever sale of tribal debt backed by taxes and other revenue, earning an investment grade rating by pooling together the funding needs of dozens of communities.
Hey so this is the first issue of debt by the First Nations Finance Authority. Basically, the FNFA allows access to international markets for borrowing, which means that as long as investors are convinced that First Nations governments will be able to pay back their debts, they can borrow at interest rates around 1% (like provincial governments can) and pay the debt back out of property taxes, resource revenues, or other income sources.
So far, investors seem pretty convinced that this is a safe investment - a little less guaranteed to pay back than provincial government debt. For comparison, the Moody’s rates the FNFA debt about as safe as Chicago or Malaysia - so definitely this means cheaper borrowing that would be possible before.
The idea here is to lower the cost to First Nations governments of providing services or infrastructure by initially borrowing money and then paying it back through property taxes or resource revenue. It’s definitely not a substitute for meaningful treaty negotiations or land rights reforms or government provision of equitable social services - but it does set up an institution that massively lowers the cost of large-scale service and infrastructure improvements. The FNFA plans to issue more bonds in the spring, so will be interesting to see how investors respond.
listen, i’m sorry that your culture is destroyed and that you all seem to suffer from alcoholism but we didn’t steal your land and we sure as hell didn’t do this to you
we bought this land
like 300 fucking years ago
get the fuck over it, get a fucking job, become a functioning member of society and shut the fuck up.
i have to work and go to school full time to afford to eat, you whiny cunts get free education, tons of race-specific scholarships, free housing etc etc
my family had to put off our disney world vacation by a year to pay for my braces
if we were native my braces would have been free
White guy bitching. What else is new.
Let’s play out a scenario. Imagine, if you will, some family just coming and buying your family’s home out from under your nose. No paperwork, no warning, no nothing. Just all your shit on the lawn one day.
Then imagine, if you will, a bunch of other families who had the exact same thing happen to them. At the same time. All of you are pushed onto distinct pieces of land. You aren’t told to stay on this land, but it’s implied strongly that you should not venture off. You’ve lost the things you rightfully owned, you aren’t allowed to be functioning members of society, you aren’t even a human being anymore. All because imperialists and people went all manifest destiny on you.
You’d want a beer too.
So you can take your white guy problems and start a club. Because what I just described happened to real, actual human beings.
What you just described is a privileged bullshit sandwich.
More accurately: Imagine you were living somewhere. Just living there. You don’t own it because you have no concept of land ownership. Now some people come over to you and say “Hey, we’ll give you this thing if you let us live here.” Of course you’re going to accept: whatever, it’s just some other people living near you. And, hey, you got some nice shiny things from them as well! What nice people! Now, a month or so later, you’re just wandering around and out of nowhere one of them starts yelling at you and throwing rocks, telling you to get off their land. You have no idea what they mean, but you figure they’re probably just having a bad day or something. A few weeks later, though, you wander by again and they shoot you.
You just died because some asshole came and imposed his ideas about life upon you without thinking that you might have different ideas. Before you could do anything about it or even help him understand your worldview, he imposed his upon you and your people with force.
Now imagine this happened en masse to every family you’ve ever known.
Now quit imagining, because it fucking happened.
Um. Also. Can we put to rest this “handouts” bullshit? I do not know a single Native that got free college. There are plenty of white-race-based scholarships out there also, plus just that most scholarships of any (non-race-based) kind go to white kids anyway. We don’t have free housing. Or free health-care. And even so, what is being called “free” is actually the payment for the land you stole. Yes, I know, you have never read any of the treaty agreements that specify how your ancestors were offering to “pay” for all they took. And guess what? There is not one single treaty agreement that has been honored either. I am currently having to pay back a loan of $5,000 for my son’s braces, after the insurance I work and pay for paid their small portion. Like every other Native I know, I work full time, pay rent, pay taxes, have never had a damn thing handed to me, and have no fucking idea of how I will pay for my son to go to college - which, by the way, I did not even manage to ever go to because I don’t get ANY financial assistance to do so. And I have never been to Disney World you sorry sack of shit.
————ADR: I will be replying to this in full very soon.
The government paid for my degree, and i will never apologize for that. I could count on my fingers the number of natives in my year at university. Even with the financial support to go to university, many natives encounter so much resistance / racism / hostility and lack of support on campus that they drop out early, or can’t imagine facing in the first place. The government allotment of money for Native education is ALWAYS a surplus. Don’t fault those of us who make it. We tried our fucking hardest to get here, and we deserve it.
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I’m a bit surprised by how few notes this post has.
In response to the rising tide of tribal and landowner opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which is slated to destructively cut through numerous sacred sites and compromise the safety of land and water for all citizens, several tribes and allies of the Ponca Nation will participate in a Spiritual Camp on the Ponca Trail of Tears near Neligh, Nebraska on Nov. 8-11, 2013. The State Department and the Nebraska DEQ reports failed to study the impacts and risks of the pipeline to this culturally significant area.
The Keystone XL pipeline cuts a swatch through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears — the forced migration route for the Southern Ponca who were exiled from their homelands in Northern Nebraska during the 1800s. The famous Ponca leader who challenged the government and eventually returned to his homelands was Chief Standing Bear, now buried near Niobrara.
With this new erosion of tribal rights, this time at the hands of a foreign company, tribal families are saying “enough.” The entire KXL pipeline path cuts through Treaty and aboriginal lands without respect to water rights, sacred sites, and threats to the environment. Landowners feel the same way, their scared land and water is being taken against their will. The Ponca Spiritual Camp — the first of four tribal spiritual camps scheduled for the fall and winter of 2013 — will send a strong message to President Obama, Congress and TransCanada that this pipeline and tarsands development will not be allowed, is not wanted and is not in our national interest.
The Ponca Trail of Tears Spiritual Camp is hosted by Ponca Tribal families, Brave Heart Society, Oceti Sakowin tribes, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, and Bold Nebraska.
Hey so in the Minneapolis municipal election it looks like DFL candidates are winning virtually everywhere. Do Socialists or Greens or other harder-left types ever pick up seats, or has DFL domination been basically standard for a long time, or how does that work? And are there significant differences in policy/ideology between DFL candidates? Because in some races it looks like they're running against each other.
The short answer to your first question is that the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party for those unfamiliar with Minnesotan politics) dominates Mpls politics, and will for the foreseeable future. For forty years now the general expectation is 11-13 seats for the DFL in every election.
Republicans (or at least candidates more conservative than the DFL) have been elected to the city council as recently as the 1990s, but they typically came from the 11-13th Wards (less dense, wealthier, whiter). However these council members would often publicly identify as Independents even if they personally identified as Republicans - Cam Winton did just this for his mayoral campaign, emphasizing his love of the gays and renewable energy and de-emphasizing his dislike of unions and government spending.
Currently, there are 12 DFLers and 1 Green on the City Council. Cam Gordon (who represents the Ward I’m registered in) has been on the council since 2005, and for his entire tenure has represented the sole “opposition” to DFL rule in the city. In reality he’s just one of the more leftist members of the Council and the DFL has an unspoken rule against challenging him for his seat (his only opposition this year came from his own left in the form of Socialist Diana Newberry).
If there is going to be any real opposition to DFL ideology in Mpls (which I’ll address later), it will come from Socialist Ty Moore in Ward 9. He’s currently behind by about 3% to DFLer Alondra Cano. It’s more likely she’ll win than he will, but he’s been very vocal about combating foreclosures and evictions and takes a pretty hard line against financial interests. He’s also strongly connected to the remnants of the Occupy movement in Mpls and has acquired financial support from leftists from around the country. Also, if he wins, do not expect the DFL to have the same agreement with him as they do with Cam Gordon. Disclosure: His wife is a friend and former co-worker.
Addressing your second question, I’m going to address some of the fault lines this election exposed within the party as well as demographic and generational shifts.
Social Justice vs. Labor – Much of the rhetoric of the two leading candidates – Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew – revolved around who should be considered the True Progressive ™. Andrew drew much of his support from municipal unions. The Fire Dept. union was most antagonistic toward Hodges (due to unfriendly negotiations while she was president of the city council) and charges of anti-unionism were thrown around. Hodges was widely seen as a candidate devoted to fighting the staggering differences in economic and educational opportunity between whites and non-whites (specifically African-Americans and American Indians). It’s telling that one of the unions that did support her over Andrew was the SEIU.
Assuming Hodges wins the election (Disclosure: she was my 1st choice), along with the future composition of the city council, this solidifies Labor’s repositioning from backbone of the party to just another component of the coalition. City leaders are likely to have more leeway in future negotiations (in particular with the teacher’s union), but expect Labor to lick its wounds and wait.
Pro-Development vs. not-so-Pro-Development: Minneapolis, like some other urban cores, is undergoing intense housing construction and actively expanding its systems of mass transit. There has been pressure in some wards and within the mayoral election about what sorts of mass transit should be encouraged and developed, and exactly how much preservation is required in the city’s neighborhoods.
Both Hodges and Andrew adopted an “ALL THE MASS TRANSIT” approach, so streetcars are likely a go. The most prominent anti-streetcar candidate, Cam Winton (R/Ind), fared poorly so I’m assuming this question is mostly resolved. The current controversy will surround the alignment of the Southwest Corridor LRT, and whether it will go through Uptown (one of the densest areas of the city), or whether it will go through the Kenilworth corridor (which is low density and has just over zero transit users). Because this involved the Metropolitan Council, expect headaches.
With regard to development, the pro-development (pro-density) side won handily in this election. The likely winner Hodges is adamant on increasing city density and the two council members who were most likely to oppose developments for threatening neighborhood character lost by 20 point plus margins.
The growing power of Somalis in Minneapolis: Abdi Warsame became the first Somali to be elected to the city council and is considered the highest ranking Somali official nationwide. This influence still has its limits, though: Somalis seem to have backed Andrew overwhelmingly, but he’s still likely to lose.
Age: More Gen-Xers and Millennials voting and winning elections. The majority of the next city council will be first termers and comparatively young. As examined in the above segments, this generational shift will lead to differing priorities than older DFLers.
Although most races in the city are generally DFLer vs. DFLer, almost all of the candidates are going to be labeled as progressive by someone. It’s really just your parents’ progressives vs. your kids’ progressives. Moderate DFLers generally don’t fare well (Cherryhomes, Woodruff), and I expect Ranked-choice voting to make that even more apparent in the future.
Minneapolis is currently going through the 2nd and 3rd choice tabulations so R.T. Rybak can have a replacement
You can watch here if CSPAN is too interesting for you.
The threshold for victory is 39,708. At last look, Betsy Hodges was at 28,962 while Mark Andrew had 22,648.
There are also a few seats on the city council that are up in the air right now.
Ward 5: The district that represents the center of Black Minneapolis, is currently in a tight race between Blong Vang (42%) and Ian Alexander (30%).
Ward 9”: Latin@s and hippies. Currently in a tight lock between progressive DFLer Alondra Cano (41%) and Socialist Ty Moore (38%). Disclosure: I am a friend and former coworker of Moore’s wife.
Ward 13: One of the wealthiest and whitest areas of the city, this one seems most up in the air between Linea Palmisano (43%) and Matt Perry (39%). Perry appears to have more 2nd choice votes than Palmisano, so this is likely the race with the most opportunity to surprise today.
I’m imagining a sitcom that’s a cross between Parks & Recreation and Party Down, with elements of Portlandia in the background. A senile-but-affable equestrian businessman runs a campaign to be the next mayor of Minneapolis. The sad staffers are either naive, broken, or oblivious, and the candidate is basically @shitmydadsays. I’ve been inspired by the Star Tribune’s coverage of Dan Cohen’s mayoral campaign:
During opening statements, Cohen held up a framed photo and explained that he has made many Hispanic friends over his 25 years in the thoroughbred horse business. “I brought a picture of myself with one,” Cohen said. “Here I am. I’m very small here.”
Question: Do you support allowing non-citizens to vote in municipal election?
Betsy Hodges and Don Samuels said, “Yes.” Dan Cohen was confused by the question.
Question: What have you done in recent years for Latino community?
Cohen noted that one of his campaign staffers is Latina.
If Cam Winton wins this election, I will be thoroughly pissed. If Dan Cohen wins, I will napalm every precinct that voted for him.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region in the US state Minnesota is the posterchild for economic growth, diverse business sectors, and strong trade ties in America.
Despite major cities, such as Detroit, tumbling into bankruptcy, the 16-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul region has GDP is slightly larger than that of Ireland and Portugal and has reported economic growth that is 56% times faster than the US as a whole.
GDP is at $220bn (£136bn, €161bn) and is home to 3.4 million residents which enjoy the lowest unemployment rate of all major economies in the US at 4.9%.
Meanwhile, around 90 British companies operate in the state, investing more than $1bn in the economy, employing more than 14,000 Minnesotans, largely in the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro region.
Worldwide, Britain is the second largest investor in Minnesota, second only to Canada.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Michael Langley, CEO, Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership all caught up with IBTimes TV to tell the secrets behind the region’s success.
Masturbatory article/video by the Brits on why the Twin Cities are winning.
And the unemployment rate in Minneapolis-St. Paul is as of August 4.7%., which is still tied for the lowest of any metro with at least 1 million people.