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Counter-point to Paul

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In a thread below, Bart responded by stating that the Anti-Strib will call a conservative out, if they feel the person is in the wrong. Ron Paul was mentioned by name.

In the majority of cases, I totally agree with Ron Paul and am glad he is speaking his mind on fiscal issues. In my mind, I occasionally weigh supporting him in the primary. However, there's the occasional foreign policy comment that convinces me otherwise. Below is one example.

Another example is the 9-11 troof-ers. Although Paul is not a truther himself, he does attract a great deal of troofers. I want no association with these ideas, and it's enough to sway me away from Ron Paul.


Letter of the Day (and it's not from Ed)

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Today's fun letter of the day sheds more light into the big brother mindset, as well as highlights the huge flaws in their conclusions. The author, a professor at the HHH School, Law School, and Applied Econ School at the U of M, lays out his argument for more sin taxes on soda pop and booze. Let's have at it:

While poor people may smoke, drink and engage in other unhealthy behavior more than the rich (including food choices leading to obesity), causing such fees to be regressive, these decisions are voluntary and consistent with a Republican free-to-choose ideology.

Yes, free-to-choose is consistent. But feel-good taxation is not consistent with conservative thinking.


That Other Branch...

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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Now seems like a good time get some good Constitutional Law discussions going. Before Bart lights up the first Rocky Patel Vintage for the weekend, or Nobody taps into another bottle of COSTCO brand bourbon.

I haven't seen much, if anything, on the blogosphere about the legality of a County District Court Judge being able to decide what services are to be open or not. The basis of decision was whether or not discontinuation of said service represented a violation of civil rights. To me, this is fishy.

For example, let's say, Judge Gearin decided that MN Services for Blind People Racing Formula One Cars Career Center (BPRFOCC ) needed to stay open during the shutdown. Such ruling deems that such level of service needs to be maintained at, say, $10 Million per year in order that no one loses any Civil Rights.


Quote of the Day

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From today's Star Tribune, read this gem:

"From its birth in the 1940s, the DFL has been the anti-property-tax party."

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/122981403.html


Pie in the Sky

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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"A building that could still be loved"

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/121809629.html

The attached article does a poor job selling us on why $138 million should be spend to upgrade Riverside Plaza. She tells us that the millions should be spend to preserve the populist, humanist ideas of the architect. 

"Humanist to the core, Rapson's approach synced nicely with the progressive ethos of Minneapolis during the 1960s and '70s"


Cultural Update and PSA

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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Time once again for an Anti-Strib public service announcement. Tradionally, COSTCO has been well known for producing high quality own-brand products. For example, they have released a Scotch manufactured by Macallen and a vodka by Grey Goose. One would be lead to believe other beverage ventures are of the same caliber.

The local COSTCO prominently displayed, near the entrance, an entire pallet of COSTCO branded bourbon. From the label and bottle, it appeared to be a re-bottle of Knob Creek. To the unsuspecting person of Irish descent, it was also labeled "Premium" and "Small Batch".  Here's where our PSA comes into use for the reader: please avoid this product. It's not Knob Creek, or even anything close. It's not premium, and I hope it's small batch, as then quantity will be limited. 


More Stadium Funny Business

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FYI on a recent move to again subvert the public and break their own laws:

Vikings stadium bill skirts vote on sales tax

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/119226314.html

In summary, two legislators are describing a plan to allow local governments to bypass the  law that forbids them to raise taxes without a referendum. We saw this same nonsense from government 5 years ago for the last publicly funded stadium. Even before the economy tanked, our all-knowing leaders realized the public would never support a stadium tax referendum.


Happy St. Patrick's Day from Everyone at the Anti-Strib

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Letter of the Day

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Some "Top Flight" Counter-Intelligence Work

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Saudi Arabia Captures Israeli 'Spy Vulture'

As a nasty follow-up from the devastating Zionist shark attacks, the Saudis are claiming the Mossad is at it again with a top secret bird.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/04/saudi-arabia-captures-israeli-spy-vulture/?intcmp=prn_baynote-js_Saudi_Arabia_Captures_Israeli_Spy_Vulture


True Grit Review

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A remake of the classic 1969 film True Grit debuted last week, also based on the Charles Portis novel of the same name. My thoughts on the film were as follows: A solid movie overall, probably one that beckons you to see. Not something that happens often, given that I haven't been in a movie theater in over a year. Good performances from all 5 leading characters of the film.  Jeff Bridges did a great job re-creating Roster Cogburn.

The story moves along well, as does the entire movie. At 110 minutes, the time went by pretty fast. I can't stand movies that drag on forever, but this was not the case with True Grit.

Unlike the typical Coen brothers movie, violence was not over the top, and I didn't see any weird hidden messages or overlays. In fact, many of the scenes and much of the dialog is straight from the 1969 film and likely the book. Given the good film, I'm prompted to read the book now, but the library has 64 holds on the copies available.


He's still not close to getting a life...

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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A few months before the election, the Strib ran an article about Tom Horner's lawsuit happy brother. This week, the City Pages picked  up on the story with a few updates.

http://www.citypages.com/2010-11-17/news/steve-horner-sues-to-stop-ladies-night/

"At his home in St. George, Utah, Horner fumed at the thought that every Wednesday, from 10 p.m. to midnight, college girls in Minneapolis were violating his civil rights."


"I weep when I think about it"

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http://www.startribune.com/politics/local/108296039.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUvckD8EQDUX

Regarding the recent great change in 8th CD representation, here's a quote from a local DFL'er:

"I weep when I think about it," Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, a key mover in Twin Cities light rail, said of the loss of Oberstar". It's tough to see old DFL'ers mourning the loss of a nearly 40-year member of Congress.


Wisdom (or not) from JW

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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With the election next week, another blog posted it’s election predictions. Seems like this other blog has been doing a lot of cheerleading lately. I feel it’s a good time to share my opinion on the local races, less optimistic than you may find elsewhere. Cheerleading has it’s time and place, but one thing I like about the Anti-Strib is that we aren’t afraid to kick anyone in the shorts, regardless of party affiliation.
So here goes minions,, my opinion on the local election next week:

Gov: My concern is that Dayton will win this election. Not necessary from the strength of his campaign or his charm. The last two elections have benefited from an independent running, but this time may be different. All of the local “business leaders” and Republican moderates who support Horner are looking for the well spoken, effeminate, and moderate candidate who won’t say anything to make them uncomfortable. To them, they can go crap in their hat for helping Dayton win. If Horner wins higher than 11-12%, lower than 2002 or 2006, it’ll be enough to help elect Dayton. Pawlenty was both lucky and skilled for the 2002 and 2006 elections. In a few years, we will think of him as one of our better governors.
My other prediction is that Dayton would step down before finishing the full 4 years if elected Hostile legislature, nervous breakdowns and the media may turn on him after a few.

CD races: No changes, CD8 might swing away from Oberstar.

Other: Outside of the Auditor’s race, I don’t see any changes. Anderson may win the Auditors race, which would be great. Although change would be great, it may not happen for the other offices. As for local House and Senate, I don’t see a change either.
These aren’t very optimistic, but I’ve had success with handicapping elections before. We call it like it is here at the Anti-Strib. Please opine, or tell me I’m full of shit and should leave handicapping to Rasmussen and go back to doing what the Irish do best.

 

 





Interesting commentary in the New York Times, hinting at how androgynous our society could become.  Driven by changes from Hollywood, music, and offices.  I nor you will agree with some of the conclusions, but the article points out some interesting trends.  One has to look no further than Western Europe to see what's being said.  Continuing to hold this idea that gender is a "construct, only a representation of conflict between gender" is partly the problem, brought about by the post-modern garbage that Bart mocked a while ago.

In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, doing the same, mind-based work.  Physicality is suppressed; voices are lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space.  Men must neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreations.  Androgyny is bewitching in art, but in real life it can lead to stagnation and boredom, which no pill can cure.

In the 1980's, commercial music boasted a beguiling hose of sexy pop chicks like Deborah Harry, Belinda Carlisle, Pat Benetar, and a charmingly ripe Madonna.  Late Madonna, in contrast, went bourgeois and turned scrawny.  Madonna's dance-track acolyte, Lady Gaga, with her compulsive overkill, is a high-concept fabrication without an ounce of genuine eroticism.

"No Sex Please, We're Middle Class" 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/opinion/27Paglia.html

True that it is. Somehow, Lady Gaga, wearing a bra to the Yankee's game, is construed as sexy these days. Pass. But imagine Marilyn Monroe going to the New York game 50 years ago, and oozing a whole different kind of a sweet aura, without looking like a weirdo.