“But in fully implementing Obamacare, Sandoval faces a double-edged sword: He’s helping bring health care coverage to a state with the second highest uninsured rate in the country, while he may be hurting his national ambitions because he’s not actively blocking the president’s law.”—
I love that Politico writes this sort of thing without any apparent self awareness. The good news is that he’s vastly expanded medical coverage in a state that really needs it. It’s going to save a lot of lives. BUT of if he ever wants to run for President, there might be some angry Republicans. So, on one hand, competent governance and thousands of lives saved. On the other hand, maybe an awkward explanation to some angry people. It’s tough to balance this sort of thing.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—
“A former Army National Guardsman has settled his lawsuit claiming that managers at the Target in North Fayette fired him in October 2011 for failing to call in daily while he trained for deployment.”—Fast, fun, and friendly.
“As Mark Dayton dons a hard hat today to break ground for the new Vikings stadium, it’s important to highlight Dayton’s fumbles on the Vikings Stadium. Next year, Minnesotans may give Dayton a four year penalty at the ballot box,” said Ben…
“In response to the demonstration, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said that “while we respect the rights of everyone to express their opinions, it is disappointing that [the workers group] has chosen this approach. We have had multiple conversations with the group over the past several months and have continually shared our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of ethical business practices and that we hold our vendors to that same standard.”—Rather than sharing their “commitment to maintaining the highest standards of ethical business practices" Target could share some of their $5.325 billion in profits with the people who clean their stores.
Any one commenting on the belief that this man should be brought to justice need to educate themselves more then what they see on a liberal news program, read a book you people discuss me and have no idea if this man did it or not and are just blindly assuming that he should be hung for some thing he mite not have even done! Get a clue people and wake up!! start thinking for your selves and understand what these men went through during this turbulent period in our world’s history! this man needs to be honored as a war hero and you people spit In his face!
If anyone needs me, I’ll be at home, asleep, for the rest of the week.
“I remember working with a law school in which white men heavily dominated the faculty. They used lots of sports metaphors (doing an end run, Monday morning quarterbacking, and so on), with legal jargon thrown in for good measure. I suggested that this was not a particularly welcoming trait in their school, that in fact it was sexist, but they paid little attention. I made my point by speaking for about five minutes in dressmaking terms: putting a dart in here, a gusset there, cutting the budget on the bias so it would be more flexible, using a peplum to hide a course that might be controversial. The women in the room laughed; the men did not find it humorous….Language is power, make no mistake about it. It is used to include and exclude and to keep people and systems in their places.”—
Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege (via nadashannon)
This is wonderful. In college, we talked about philosophy as if it were warfare. “Defend your position.” “Take the best line of attack.” “Shoot him down here.” Ever since, I’ve been very wary of metaphors. They’re powerful, and they can distort and alienate.
This is a great point. I remember reading a book around 13 years ago about a large travel agency (at the time) that had a policy of picking a class of metaphors for use in meetings. As in, one week football metaphors would be acceptable but the following week it would be something like dressmaking, then fishing, etc. I tried to find it but didn’t have any luck with some quick Googling.
The time I spent in college with non-American born roommates (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Russian) was my first exposure to this. If your goal is to communicate with people who don’t obsess about football or war to the degree that you do, you may have more success if you don’t use language that’s foreign to them.
Some of those meetings occurred in 2007 or 2008, when [Rev. Kevin] McDonough was Senate chaplain. At one of those meetings, Simon remembers McDonough telling him that an expanded statute of limitation would expose victims to the additional emotional pain of retelling their story of abuse.
“I thought it was totally inappropriate and borderline offensive,” [Rep. Steve] Simon said.
The Archdiocese argued that victims of sexual abuse by priests shouldn’t have their day in court because it may be too painful for the victims?
Unlike Rep Simon, that doesn’t seem borderline offensive to me (Simon’s being charitable with that characterization). McDonough’s justifications are downright offensive.
“I want the plaintiffs to have their day in court,” Ortman said at the hearing. “But I also want the defendants to have some certainty to when the claim can end. They have a business to run.”—Julianne Ortman isn’t saying that she’s cool with child molester priets not having to face their victims in court. She just happens to be pro-business.
This will be an exciting weekend as candidates and their supporters make their final case. This has been one of the most positive and constructive campaigns for Mayor that I can remember, and I hope all candidates can resist going negative now so we can all make a positive, informed decision.
If you happen to read this, you may find this back story on the fire fighter controversy interesting. Sometimes butting heads creates enemies. But, sometimes it’s worth it.
With less than a week to go, I’m currently plan to vote for Betsy Hodges with my 1st choice.
She took on many of the entrenched City Hall interests (including certain union elements on a bad pension-funding formula) that greatly righted the city’s fiscal ship. She also opposed the Vikings stadium…
Great post by Brauer weighing the strengths and weaknesses of top Minneapolis mayoral candidates.
I’m pretty sure it’s more than four different ways. After all, “people on welfare” implies TANF or other cash assistance. That number is actually 1.9 million. The number increases to 8.3 million if you include SSI. To get to the 108.6 Million number, you need to include medicaid and a whole lot of other things that don’t come to mind from the phrase “on welfare.”
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, however, has some special complications with its pension plan, sparked by recent sex abuse scandals and controversy over its handling of continuing “disability payments” to priests.
“The annual cost that American taxpayers spend on public assistance programs for the 52% of fast food workers who access them out of necessity: $7 billion. The amount of those workers’ employers—the seven largest fast-food companies—netted last year alone: $7 billion. That’s right: The tax dollars going to keep fast-food workers afloat are more or less equal to the profit their employers are making.”—