Thursday, June 30, 2005

Daily Demise

  • Today's the day, kiddos. Minnesota Meltdown 2005 is nigh, and I hope you're prepared. I know I am: I've got fresh batteries in all of my flashlights, a year's supply of Ramen noodles, and a 50 gallon drum of fresh drinking water stored in the basement. But seriously, the fact that our leaders haven't been able to resolve this budget dispute is pretty ridiculous. And while I admit that I'm biased, I think the bulk of the responsibility for this display rests on Teflon Tim's shoulders. The DFL have backed away from their most controversial measures, and they passed the bipartisan transporation bill almost two months ago that would have helped avert all this (if Teflon T hadn't VETO'd it). So here we are. Good news: they're going to pass a bill to keep state parks open. Bad news: Pawlenty and his ilk won't even agree to a "lights-on" measure that would ensure government runs normally for another month or so while they figure this out. Does anyone know what happens during a shutdown? I mean, how long could this thing go on?
  • Here's a great reason to open a sex shop: Spite.
  • It wouldn't be a beautiful day in Minnesota without constant reminders that we now have real, genuine, we're-not-kidding-they're-gorgeous, Hollywood (that's in California) stars right in our own little St. Paul! And, we even have those, those, those, papa-rAzzzees! Real ones...from New York and London, Engaland!
  • Another annoyance that's soon-to-be-coming to St. Paul: mayoral polls. The City Hall Scoop says the Chris Coleman and Randy Kelly campaign staffs will be setting goals of personally calling every St. Paul resident 113 times in the next year. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.
  • In a more somber note, the Minnesota Women's Press has an excellent article about the struggles of women in Darfur. (

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