Next week in Minneapolis, the Midwest Women’s Summit

The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute hosts the Midwest Women’s Summit at the Airport Hilton Airport Hotel conveniently located down the street from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota next week. Scheduled to run from April 23 (Thursday night) to April 25 (Saturday morning), the summit features a killer lineup including True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht, CBLPI president Michelle Easton, Regnery Publishing president Marji Ross, Nonie Darwish, and several others. See the event information postedhere; the summit agenda is posted here. Registration is accessible here. Please note that travel and hotel scholarship are available for high school and college women student activists.

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Stadiumpallooza!

"Man, it is good to live in a land of unlimited (tax) money!"

We are big time now. Big, big, big, big time! We have more stadiums than one could shake a stick at! And now we might get yet one more! What a life! What a country! What a waste...

In the real world, this type of stadium planning would not cut it. It is a huge waste of money. Money. What money? And whose money? The "Bank" stadium at TFC is open for revenue business a few (about 7) Saturdays in the fall. The place is seldom filled up, and at times the student section looks like there had just been a bomb scare. Some question what was wrong with the University sharing a stadium with the Vikings. Answer - nothing. Many Gopher fans liked it better at the Metrodome as the tailgating was much, much better. However, due to special and selfish interests, the "Bank" was built. And taxpayers got stuck with this $300M lemon.

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Don't make me do it without the Hez on

From what I've been told, the reason we need to sign a nuclear deal with Iran is because the only alternative is war. So what's the deal with this development, then?

According to a Channel 2 report Monday, Israel has observed an increase in Iran weapons shipments to Hezbollah members — in Lebanon and on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Iran has also sent weaponry to Hamas rulers in Gaza and is even attempting to arm Hamas members in the West Bank, the report said.“Israel warns: Iran is acting in recent days and weeks to prepare and arm Hezbollah for conflict with Israel, on a large scale,” Channel 2’s diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal tweeted later Monday.The TV report said Israel was alarmed that the sanctions relief Iran would enjoy if it reaches a deal on its nuclear program would free up “billions of dollars” for further such weapons shipments, and for Iranian support for terrorism. The TV report said the officials added that it was “hard to see” how the deal, so firmly backed by the US, could help the interests of Israel and other US allies.

But see, the Iranians (and the Cubans, for that matter) are no longer on the list of terrorist states. Hezbollah is some sort of chowder and marching club now. It's all good. Just so you know.

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2014 MCA Tests in Reading Put Local Districts Near the Bottom

Well, 117 districts had at least 100 10th grade students and the districts in this area didn’t very well. The Robbinsdale district ranked 101 with only 51% of 10th graders proficient (ie; students who “meet” and “exceed” standards.) Brooklyn Center District 286 ranked dead last. Once again, Minneapolis and St, Paul are near the bottom ranking 113th and 116th respectively. This of course despite the unbelievable spending levels.

You can see the chart HERE

It is sad to see such terrible results in the area in which I call home. Worse yet, nobody in education seems to have any answers other than “more money, lower class size.”

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Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good

I need to get in shape.  The best way to do this is to win the Olympic Decathlon – because those people are in the best shape in the world.  I’ve decided that if I’m going to do anything about my physical fitness, it’ll be “win the Olympic Decathlon”.

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And what if?

"He was a bad man. A very bad man indeed. Could he have kept ISIL at bay? Good question..."

Recently we have found out this bloodthirsty band in the Middle East called ISIL is NOT a JV team. So a question which seems to pop up more and more frequently now is this - Would ISIL exist if Saddam Hussein was still in power? In other words, if the United States had not gone into Iraq and deposed of Saddam, what would the Middle East look like right now? And if we had left Gaddafi in power. Or if Mubarak was still in power? In know, I know - this is the "what if" game.

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The Real Minimum Wage

The real minimum wage has remained unchanged -- it's zero. There are some people who don't seem to understand that:

Low-wage workers — and their sympathizers — had their say coast to coast on Wednesday.Thousands of workers and protesters from New York City to Los Angeles walked, marched and shouted their demands in front of fast-food locations and on several major college campuses for $15-an-hour wages. No arrests were reported. At least one McDonald's in New York City was temporarily closed by protesters. Several McDonald's stores kept drive-throughs operating, even while the restaurants were temporarily locked.

Meanwhile,

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You keep using that word......

In today's political campaigns, candidates and their supporters realize the importance of a strong social media presence. The obligatory attempts to look hip and cool to millennials is imperative as well.

I dunno who came up with this latest t-shirt, but it's...um....embarrassing.

kill me now pic.twitter.com/7eaGb6yoTq
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 16, 2015



If you're not completely up to speed on your social media vernacular, the word "bae" is commonly used on the internet to mean "baby," "sweetie," etc.

Oh, and it apparently is also a Danish term for "poop."

That is all.

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Secret Republican auditions for President?

Every election cycle, suggestions that cabals of establishment figures hand-pick nominees for high office make the rounds, even as those same candidates spend most of their time struggling for donations and endorsements. Yesterday’s report from National Journal’s Tim Alberta on a “secretive” plan to anoint a presidential nominee flips the narrative in one unique way. Instead of a group of secretive Republican insiders, this effort comes from a group of secretive conservo-libertarian outsiders.

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Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good

I need to get in shape.  The best way to do this is to win the Olympic Decathlon – because those people are in the best shape in the world.  I’ve decided that if I’m going to do anything about my physical fitness, it’ll be “win the Olympic Decathlon”.

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When will women’s-rights activists challenge Hillary on Clinton Foundation corruption?

As the Daily Beast puts it in their link to this Wall Street Journal article, the message from Clintonland is “sorry, not sorry.” Two months after revelations that the Clinton Foundation took millions of dollars from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, some of which represent the worst offenders of human and women’s rights in the world, the Clinton Foundation insists that they’re keeping the cash, as Mary Katharine also noted last night:

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Meeting controversy head on.

Whenever MN state GOP legislators hold a press conference to convey legislative proposals and/or fixes to current laws. our petulant governor Mark Dayton often accuses them of "grandstanding." That's pretty rich coming from someone who himself has a tendency to make mountains out of molehills.

The latest offing from the erratic chief executive of our state has to do with his concern over a lack of umlauts on a certain small town sign. That's right. Umlauts

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